NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Lori L. Livengood of Wichita began Jan. 3 as director of marketing and communication at Bethel College. Most recently, Livengood was graphic art and office manager for Kleinco LLC of Wichita. Before that, she was assistant director of public relations at Friends University in Wichita for eight years, April 1997-April 2005.
Livengood has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in management from Friends University.
As director of marketing and communication, Livengood’s responsibilities will include, among others, external media relations, development of communication and marketing strategies to ensure a consistent message across all mediums (including print and web) and management of communications projects for the college.
"I am eager to assist the Bethel College community in honing its marketing message, strategy and components and excited to be in a position to help increase awareness of all Bethel’s attributes," Livengood said.
John Sheriff, interim president of Bethel College, added, "I am pleased that Lori has chosen to join our staff. Her extensive experience and expertise will allow the marketing and communication department to better support the excellent work being done in recruitment, advancement, public relations, alumni relations and the many academic programs of Bethel College."
Brad Born, interim academic dean, also announces several sabbatical replacement and adjunct faculty appointments.
Amber Rife will teach in the English department during the January interterm and spring semester. She is a graduate of Bluffton (Ohio) University and has a master’s degree in creative writing from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Rife is a poet who has published in The Paris Review. She most recently taught at Ohio Dominican College in Columbus.
While professor of music William Eash is on sabbatical during the spring 2006 semester, Jonah Kliewer will conduct the Bethel College Concert Choir and Men’s Ensemble. Kliewer is retired from the faculty of Tabor College in Hillsboro, where he taught for 23 years, serving as chair of the Music Department and director of choral music. Kliewer is well-known in the Newton and North Newton community as a bass soloist. He filled that role in 2004 and 2005 for Bethel College’s annual Masterworks Concert. Currently, he sings with the Newton-area mixed quartet On with the Show and with Conspirare in Austin, Texas.
Also as a sabbatical replacement for Eash, Albena Akers, Newton, a 2004 graduate of Bethel College and piano instructor at the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, will conduct the Women’s Chorus.
Among several one-course adjunct appointments during the spring semester is Marci Maschino, Valley Center, who will teach Intermediate Accounting. She is a CPA with a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College, Lindsborg, and a master’s degree from Wichita State University.
Returning adjunct faculty include Cindy Harms, Newton (retired Newton High School biology teacher), teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology; Randall Pankratz, partner in the Newton law firm Adrian & Pankratz, teaching Business Law; and Richard Walker, chief judge for the Ninth Judicial District (Harvey and McPherson Counties), teaching Principles of Political Science.