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Bethany College Receives Grant from McPherson County Community Foundation to Launch Cadaver Dissection Program


By Bethany College


LINDSBORG, Kan. (April 15, 2024) — The McPherson County Community Foundation (MCCF) has awarded a generous grant to establish a groundbreaking Cadaver Dissection Program at Bethany College. This initiative, made possible by the Foundation’s unwavering support and distribution of the David J. Nutt Fund, will revolutionize the educational landscape at Bethany College and in the Smoky Valley community.

The grant, totaling $175,000, will facilitate renovating two spaces on the Bethany College campus to create a state-of-the-art cadaver dissection lab and update teaching laboratories. The College will actively pursue further funding to commence this transformative project.

Danielle Loder, Assistant Professor of Biology at Bethany College, expressed her enthusiasm for the project, stating, “This grant is a game-changer for our students. The opportunity to engage in cadaver dissection will deepen their understanding of human anatomy and enhance their competitiveness in graduate programs and healthcare careers.”

Interim President Steve Eckman commended the efforts of the faculty and staff in securing the grant, stating, “We are immensely grateful to the McPherson County Community Foundation for their incredible generosity. This grant will benefit our students and enrich the educational experiences available in the Smoky Valley community.”

The Cadaver Dissection Program will serve Bethany College students and offer educational outreach to local high schools. The program aims to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals within the region by providing access to advanced anatomical studies.

Bethany College is committed to launching the Cadaver Dissection Program and looks forward to its impact on students and the community. The College sincerely thanks the McPherson County Community Foundation for its visionary support and the David J. Nutt Fund for its continued contributions.

The McPherson County Community Foundation (MCCF) is dedicated to improving the lives of McPherson County, Kansas residents. Through its various funds, including the David J. Nutt Fund, the Foundation supports community initiatives, educational programs, and projects that enhance the quality of life in the region.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service. At Bethany, students join a community of dedicated educators and caring mentors who walk alongside them as they discover, explore, and navigate the path to their purpose. Bethany College is online at and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.