The Bethany Hawkwatch will kick off a special week of raptor migration counting in observance of the Hawk Migration Association of North America’s (HMANA) International Hawk Migration Week (IHMW). IHMW will take place September 15-23, 2018. This window typically sees the highest number of raptor migrants and species diversity, highlighted by the movement of Broad-winged Hawks. This species can sometimes be seen in large flocks that number into the hundreds, particularly on northwest winds.

Bethany Lutheran College’s enrollment for fall 2018 has broken several records. Most notably, the incoming class of students is the largest in the history of the institution. The fall 2018 class of first year and transfer students exceeded projections, and at 225 students, it surpasses the previous record set in 2008 by 10 students.

The College also saw increases in several other enrollment categories. Bethany’s international student enrollment is also at all time high with 59 students from 19 countries represented on campus.

Bethany Lutheran College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit on October 29-30, 2018, from a team of peer reviewers representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. Bethany Lutheran College has been accredited by HLC since 1974.

Associate Professor of Theatre Benji Inniger took a very unique, and perhaps inspirational approach, to his preparation for teaching this fall semester’s offering of Music 480 - Composing for Media class. Inniger was in Baden, Austria, in late July and early August for two weeks learning from some of the top film music composers and arrangers in the world! 

A milestone of sorts was reached on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, when a new grand piano was delivered to the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center. Bethany Lutheran College is in the midst of a campaign to replace old and damaged pianos throughout the campus. Dr. Bethel Balge (Music, Piano Instruction) is organizing and leading the effort. The new grand is manufactured by Steinway and Sons and carries the Boston pianos name. Bethany’s plan is to replace all of the aging pianos with either the Steinway or Boston brand. 

One member of the Bethany Vikings Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) championship team is getting in some quality work on the diamond this summer. Bethany sophomore Logan Nissen is pitching well for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is one of the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball leagues. Read more about Nissen on the Bethany Athetics website.