Profiles

Veeva Lee portrait photo outside among trees

Veeva Lee (’20)

WHAT YOU DO • • • Currently, I am a graduate student at Webber International University in Florida. I am working towards earning my MBA in Sports Business Management. I also compete on the Women’s Beach Volleyball team. WHAT INSPIRES YOU • • •  My family inspires me. I am the oldest of three, and…

Bethany alumnus Omar McMillan.

Omar McMillan (’96)

Bethany alumnus Omar McMillan (’96) was named one of the ten finalists from across the state of Minnesota in the 2020 Teacher of the Year program. McMillan is a fourth-grade teacher at Richfield STEM School, and the head high school boys’ basketball coach for the Richfield Spartans varsity team. McMillan was a scholarship basketball player…

Jason Jaspersen

Education M.S., Experiential Education (Minnesota State University) B.F.A., Studio Art (Minnesota State University) Academic Interests/Specialties Exploring apprenticeship models for experiential art education. Versatile creative specialties include bronze casting, direct plaster sculpting, oil painting, sumi ink painting, woodblock printing, bookbinding, digital illustration techniques, video production, and sand animation. Professional Background Instructing and mentoring in areas of…

Carrie Pfeifer

Education Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University-Fischler School of Education Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Minnesota State Mankato Bachelor of Science in Education-Martin Luther College Academic Interests and Specialties Special Education Curriculum and Instruction The Science of Reading Professional Background Carrie is the chair of the Bethany Lutheran College Education Department…

Alanna Lienig

Licensure District Director of Special Education, MN Department of Education K-12 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, MN Department of Education K-12 Learning Disabilities, MN Department of Education K-6 Elementary Education, MN Department of Education 5-8 Social Studies, MN Department of Education Education Bethel University, St. Paul – Doctorate: Educational Leadership  Special Education Director Licensure Her doctoral dissertation, “A…

David Reagles

Education Ph.D., History and Culture, DrewUniversity (2018) M.A., History of Christianity, Wheaton College (2013) Academic Interests and Specialties Modern British and European History The History of the Book and the History of Reading Malcolm Muggeridge The History of Emotions The History of Empire and Colonialism The History of Christianity Theories of Secularization Research My research…

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Carter Dahl (’19)

Carter is the  Digital Manager for Minnesota State University Men’s Hockey in Mankato, Minnesota. What you do: – Rebrand and redesign the Minnesota State Mavericks Men’s Hockey team social identity – Utilize new graphic templates to portray a consistent message and brand identity – Create weekly graphics showcasing the Mavericks team – Manage a team…

A head shot of alumna Justine Bennett for her alumna profile page.

Justine Bennett (’18)

Justine Bennett, Graphic Designer with Minuteman Press What you do: I work with a variety of customers updating and creating new designs. The projects include wide format signs for companies around the area including Hilton Double Tree Hotels and Ford Dealerships. I also help with new companies establishing logos and branding. What inspires you: There…

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Hayes Schneider (’18)

Digital Graphic Design Specialist, Minnesota Wild Hockey Club, Saint Paul, Minnesota What You Do: On normal work days, I create a variety of marketing materials ranging from print ads, social media content, and TV ads. On game days, during concerts, and for other events I manage over 500 TVs and create and manage all the…

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Caitlyn French (’14)

Caitlyn French – News Reporter, MLive Media Group, Bay City, Michigan What you do: I’m currently a news reporter for the Bay City Times of MLive Media Group. I spend my workday doing boots-on-the-ground journalism, ​digging deep, and getting to know those in my community so I can tell their stories. My job consists of…

Jerome Wardlow was the first Black bachelor's graduate of BLC.

Jerome Wardlow (’05)

While Black students have attended, and graduated, from Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) for many decades, it was in 2005 that the first Black graduate earned his bachelor’s degree from Bethany. His name is Jerome Wardlow. Wardlow came to Bethany from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after being recruited by Art Westphal to join the Vikings basketball program. “Basketball…

Headshot of alumnus Alfonso Mayfield.

Alfonso Mayfield (’07)

Bethany alumnus Alfonso (Fonzie) Mayfield is driven by a desire to affect change for people in his community. Mayfield grew up in the urban Milwaukee. It’s well documented that inner city Milwaukee has its problems, and opportunities for Mayfield in the Milwaukee public school system were muted. Through an opportunity to open enroll at suburban…

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Noella Merchant (’19)

Noella Merchant – Class of 2019 Communication / Theatre (double major) Library Specialist II at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota What you do: As a Library Specialist, I work in the Mayo Clinic Libraries in Rochester, Minnesota. In my unique position, I spend my mornings and afternoons in different departments within the library. The three main…

Student Daniel Halvorson smiling in physics lab

Daniel Halvorson

Alumnus Daniel Halvorson (2018) was interested in pursuing a career in an engineering field since he was young. During high school, he took a number of courses through Bethany’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) program. He decided to enroll at Bethany full time when the engineering sciences program was added to Bethany’s academic offerings in 2016….

Hai Trieu Phan

Hai Trieu Phan – Class of 2018 – Czech Republic – Major Engineering Sciences What you do: I am an English and Science teacher in Vietnam. How you want to make a difference: I want to inspire the next generation to become great people. I want them to dream big and reach for the stars. As…

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