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Seek. Serve. Grow.

The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically.
Sarah Unruh ’12


Convocation is an all-school assembly that generally meets twice weekly (Monday and Friday) at 11 a.m. during spring and fall semesters in Krehbiel Auditorium. It is an integral part of the liberal arts education experience at Bethel. Guest lecturers, performing groups and audio/visual presentations provide students with a wide-ranging exposure to issues in politics, society, religion, the arts and sciences. The convocation experience is designed to help build community, broaden horizons and explore basic value issues.

Fall 2015 Schedule

August 17, 9:00 a.m. Welcome to Bethel College & Bethel Bridge Overview
August 18, 9:00 a.m. "Seek, Serve, Grow at Bethel: The Foundational Values of Your College"
August 19, 11:00 a.m. Formal Opening of Bethel College
August 21, 11:00 a.m. Title IX and Active Shooter Training
August 24, 11:00 a.m. Mishaps to Mentorship: The Rewards of a Career Spent in the Service of Others"
August 28, 11:00 a.m. Matt Krehbiel, Young Alumnus Award Winner
August 31, 11:00 a.m. Student Involvement Fair
September 4, 11:00 a.m. Dan Quinlin, Ralph P. Schrag Teaching Award Winner
September 11, 11:00 a.m. Jerrell Williams, Mass Incarceration and Our Roles within It
September 14, 11:00 a.m. "Anesto: A Cherokee Ball Game"
September 18, 11:00 a.m. "Film & Discussion: From Football to Futbol"
September 21, 11:00 a.m. "Ballplayers in Mexican America: Softball as a Cultural Resource"
September 25, 11:00 a.m. "The Kansas City Monarchs in our Hometown"
September 28, 11:00 a.m. Lessons of a D.O.T. (Diligence, Obedience, and a Team Player Attitude)
October 2, 11:00 a.m. "Hispanic Heritage Month: Tropicante"
October 5, 11:00 a.m. URICA Convo
October 9, 11:00 a.m. "Title IX and Bethel College Athletics: Individual Journeys"
October 12, 11:00 a.m. "The Sports Mascot Controversy"
October 16, 11:00 a.m. "Kansas Basketball and the 1936 Olympics"
October 23, 11:00 a.m. "Concussions Among Bethel Athletes: Research, Beliefs, and Prevention"
October 26, 11:00 a.m. Romans 12: Paul's Sermon on the Mount?
October 30, 11:00 a.m. "Thinking Theologically about the Character of the Monsters in the Bible"
November 2, 11:00 a.m. Hearing Mennonite/s Writing: Somewhere Near Defiance
November 6, 11:00 a.m. "The World is Your Classroom", Bethel College Students
November 9, 11:00 a.m. Creating the Global Classroom
November 13, 11:00 a.m. The Place where Glitter and Rainbows and Dignity Meet
November 16, 11:00 a.m. Pacifist Battlegrounds: The Struggle for LGBTQ Justice in a Peace Church
November 20, 11:00 a.m. "Worship and Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us"
November 23, 11:00 a.m. Clown Convo

Past lectures

This list is constructed from the published convocation brochures, which may not necessarily reflect last-minute changes to the convo schedule.