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

1995–1999

Fall 1999

  • Sep 6: John Sheriff, "The Aims of Education, or, a Guess about . . . What?"
  • Sep 10: Club Fair
  • Sep 13: "Pushing Forward the Frontiers of Science," student summer internship reports
  • Sep 17: Thorvald Holmes, "Who’s at Home on the Range?"
  • Sep 20: Student Senate
  • Sep 24: Michael McPherson, "A New Picture Album in My Mind about the College Experience"
  • Sep 27: Merle Schlabaugh, "Andere Länder, andere Sitten, or Why I’m a Foreign Language Educator" (honors convo)
  • Oct 1: Lemuel Sheppard, "The Traditional Blues: History and More" (Fall Fest convo)
  • Oct 8: J. Nelson Kraybill, "We Regret to Inform You that Tomorrow has been Canceled: Anxiety and Faith in Early Apocalypticism," (Staley Lectures)
  • Oct 10: J. Nelson Kraybill, "In Bed with the Beast: Making Sense of the Book of Revelation" (Staley Lectures)
  • Oct 11: J. Nelson Kraybill, "Out of the Loony Bin and into the Church: Eschatology for a Pilgrim People" (Staley Lectures)
  • Oct 15: Tanya Ortman, "Stepping into Another Culture: Three Years in the Rural Philippines" (Social Work 25th anniversary convo)
  • Oct 18: Summer 1999 undergraduate research student reports
  • Oct 31: Royden K. Loewen, "Wonders and Drudgeries: The Worlds of Migrant Diarists" (Menno Simons Lectures)
  • Nov 1: Royden K. Loewen, "The Potato Patch in the Corn Field: The Hidden Worlds of Women Migrants" (Menno Simons Lectures)
  • Nov 1: Royden K. Loewen, "If Equal in Grace, How Much More in Property? Migration and Inheritance" (Menno Simons Lectures)
  • Nov 2: Royden K. Loewen, "Bright Lights, Hard Truth, Soft Facts: Learning from Ethnic History in Canada and the United States" (Menno Simons Lectures)
  • Nov 8: Student Senate
  • Nov 12: Academic Fair
  • Nov 15: International Students
  • Nov 19: Alcohol Awareness (sponsored by Student Development)
  • Nov 22: James Juhnke, Kirsten Zerger, Lois Barrett, "Vietnam Moratorium Remembered, 1969-1999"
  • Nov 29: Tom Luer, "Bebop, Cool, and Blue: Fifty Years of Great American Music"
  • Dec. 3: "Lines: Poetry and Prose from the Bethel College Journal of Creative Writing"
  • Dec. 10: "A Special Christmas Convocation"

Spring 1999

  • Feb 5: Study Abroad: Student Presentation
  • Feb 7: Theodore Hiebert, "Through a Priest’s Eyes: Dominion (Genesis 1)" (Bible Lectures)
  • Feb 8: Theodore Hiebert, "The Priest’s Legacy: Stewardship" (Bible Lectures)
  • Feb 8: Theodore Hiebert, "Through a Farmer’s Eyes: Dependence (Genesis 2-3)" (Bible Lectures)
  • Feb 9: Theodore Hiebert, "The Farmer’s Legacy: Servanthood" (Bible Lectures)
  • Feb 15: Stephen Obold, Christa Eshleman, Krista Voth, "Considering Service in Your Future"
  • Feb 19: Majory Byler, "Rights for All? Human Rights Abuses in the United States" (peace lecture)
  • Feb 22: Robert Regier, "Visual Journeys - Visual Voices"
  • Feb 26: Chris Clark, "Minority Life Program: Bethel and Beyond"
  • Mar 1: Priscilla Howe, "The Truth and Beyond"
  • Mar 5: Multicultural Organization
  • Mar 8: Susan Schultz Huxman, "Where No Voice Had Ventured: Stories of Rhetorical Genius from Petticoats, Plowboys, and Politicos" (Young Alumna Award)
  • Mar 12: David Grossman, "Lessons from Jonesboro: The Effect of the Media on Our Culture"
  • Mar 22: James H. Chapmyn, "The Fruit of My Veins"
  • Mar 26: Student Development
  • Mar 29: Wichita State University Dance Ensemble
  • Apr 5: Pascal Poindron, "International Scientific Cooperation"
  • Apr 9: Forensics
  • Apr 12: Donald M. Douglas, "You HaShoah, National Observance Day for the Holocaust Victims"
  • Apr 16: Adrian Melott, "How We Happened: The Beginning of Everything"
  • Apr 19: J. Daniel Hess, "Faith, Culture, and Communication: - A Day with Dad"
  • Apr 23: Student Senate
  • Apr 26: Administrative Cabinet report
  • Apr 30: Charles Benjamin, "Spirituality and the Environment"
  • May 3: Raymond Olais, "Cinco de Mayo: The Significance of the Celebration"
  • May 7: Music Dept. performance
  • May 10: Honors Convocation

Fall 1998

  • Aug 31: Douglas A. Penner, "A Call to Hospitality," opening convo
  • Sep 4: John Sheriff, "Romans 12:2--or Living Creatively with Chaos"
  • Sep 7: "A Look into Bethel’s Future: Capital Campaign/Campus Facilities Task Force"
  • Sep 11: Club Fair
  • Sep 14: Summer science student internship reports
  • Sep 18: Richard Santillán, "Mexican-Americans of the Midwest"
  • Sep 21: Jim Lawing, "Election ’98" (candidate for 4th Congresstional District)
  • Sep 25: Student Senate
  • Sep 28: Keith Sprunger, "Sabbatical, Scholarship and Teaching: On the Trail of History in Amsterdam" (honors convo)
  • Oct. 2: Jim Shores and Carol Anderson drama team, "Acts of Renewal" (Staley Lectures)
  • Oct. 5: Jim Shores and Carol Anderson drama team, "Acts of Renewal" (Staley Lectures)
  • Oct 9: Craig Owens and the Bodo Ensemble, jazz concert
  • Oct 12: Summer ’98 undergraduate research student reports
  • Oct 16: "Conflict Management Credentials: Value Added to Your Resumé" panel discussion
  • Oct 19: John K. Sheriff, "NCA Report"
  • Oct 23: Raylene Hinz Penner, "Ah Paradise . . . reading Toni Morrison
  • Oct 30: Rabbi Pinchas Aloof, "The Role of Torah in Judaism"
  • Nov 1: Gayle Gerber Koontz, "Place with God: A Mennonite Perspective on the Sacred" (Menno Simons lectures)
  • Nov 2: Gayle Gerber Koontz, "Theology of Space: Mystery and Meetinghouse" (Menno Simons lectures)
  • Nov 2: Gayle Gerber Koontz, "Theology of Space: There’s No Place Like Home" (Menno Simons lectures)
  • Nov 3: Gayle Gerber Koontz, "Holding On, Letting Go: Body and Place with God" (Menno Simons lectures)
  • Nov 9: Student Senate
  • Nov 13: Academic Fair
  • Nov 16: International Students
  • Nov 20: Angela Bates-Thompkins, "Black Women in the West"
  • Nov 23: Alcohol Awareness
  • Nov 30: Douglas Todd Shima, G. Joseph Pierron, Jr.; Richard B. Walker, "The Supreme Court in Review"
  • Dec 4: Lines, Bethel College creative writers’ journal
  • Dec 7: Richard Kyle, "Countdown to Apocalypse"
  • Dec 11: A Special Christmas Convocation

Spring 1998

  • Feb 6: Davis "Buzz" Merritt, "Journalism’s Search for Purposefulness"
  • Feb 9: Edward L. Smith, "Bethel and Beyond" (sponsored by Minority Life program)
  • Feb 13: Charles Wiwa, "The Cost of Peace and Human Rights" (Nigeria)
  • Feb. 16: Bethel College students, "Discrimination Firsthand"
  • Feb 20: Indonesian Mennonite Cultural Team, "Sights and Sounds of Indonesia: A Creative Worship Experience"
  • Feb 23: "Racism Awareness: Step One in Dismantling Racism, ’Skin Deep’ video" (Damascus Road team)
  • Feb 24: "Racism Awareness: A Student Dialogue" (Damascus Road team)
  • Feb 27: Student Interterm travel reports
  • Mar 2: Multicultural Organization
  • Mar 6: Philip D. Straffin, Jr., "Voting among Several Alternatives" (math lecture)
  • Mar 9: Joseph Harder, "Leadership for the 21st Century" (young alumnus award)
  • Mar 13: Hayward Alker, "Social Science Results from a Comparative Study of Conflict Prevention, Successes and Failures" (peace lecture)
  • Mar 16: Bethel College Forensics
  • Mar 20: Judy Hiebert, "Why Gamble?"
  • Mar 30: Sondra Koontz, "The Academy Award Short Subjects"
  • Apr 3: Loretta Ross, "White Supremacy vs. Human Rights" (peace lecture)
  • Apr 6: Merle J. "Bo" Hodges, "Kansans in the Civil War"
  • Apr 13: Student Senate
  • Apr 17: Albert Goldbarth, poetry reading
  • Apr 20: H. Wayne House, "Biblical Inerrancy"
  • Apr 24: Donald Douglas, "Forest Children" drama
  • Apr 27: Allan van Asselt, "Something I am Excited About"
  • May 4: John McCabe-Juhnke, "Reality, Representation and Rhetoric: A Bertold Brecht Birthday Bash"
  • May 8: Music Department Concert
  • May 15: Honors convo

Fall 1997

  • Sep 1: Opening convo, Doug Penner
  • Sep 5: John Sheriff, "Untitled: in Two Parts, with a Musical Interlude"
  • Sep 8: Mary Klassen, "Dramatic Monologue of Sister Frieda Kaufman"
  • Sep 12: Summer science student internship participants
  • Sep 15: Steve Meyer, "Recycling and Environmental Stewardship"
  • Sep 19: Gary Sherrer, "Leadership"
  • Sep 22: Bethel students abroad [no tape?]
  • Sep 26: Martha Sanchez, "Contributions and Current Issues of Mexican Americans"
  • Sep 29: Janet Juhnke, "Weaving Excellence" (honors convo)
  • Oct 3: Queen Bey jazz concert (Fall Fest convo)
  • Oct 6: Jay Bremyer, "Scenes from The Dance of Created Lights" with Bret Boyer, guitarist
  • Oct 10: Eugene Lowry, "Jazz and Christianity" (Staley lectures)
  • Oct 13: Eugene Lowry, "Theology of the Blues" (Staley lectures)
  • Oct 17: Scott E. Chesbro, "When the Grass on the Other Side Really is Greener: The Compelling Allure of Diversity"
  • Oct 24: Mark Frey, "Putting a Face on Domination: Spiritual Activism in the Holy Land"
  • Oct 26: Donald Kraybill, Menno Simons lectures
  • Oct 27 twice: Donald Kraybill, Menno Simons lectures
  • Oct 28: Donald Kraybill, Menno Simons lecture
  • Nov 3: Bethel international students
  • Nov 7: Howard Zehr, "The Meaning of Life"
  • Nov 10: Stanley Green, "From a Covenant of Destruction to a Symbol of Peace: A South African Pilgrimage in Hope"
  • Nov 14: Don Lemons, "Physics and Faith"
  • Nov 17: "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes: A Video for Discriminating Viewers" sponsored by Damascus Road team
  • Nov 21: Alcohol Awareness Week
  • Nov 24: Keith Ratzlaff poetry reading
  • Dec 1: Carla Stovall, "U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Sexually Violent Predators and Registration Laws"
  • Dec 5: Student Senate
  • Dec 8: "One Survivor Remembers" documentary film on the Holocaust

Spring 1997

  • Feb 7: Daniel "Nané" Alejandrez, "Healing Our Youth" (peace lecture)
  • Feb 10: Student interterm travel reports
  • Feb 14: James Krabill, "Messy World, Messy Mission" (Service Emphasis Week)
  • Feb 16: Daryl Schmidt, "Jesus in the Narrative World of the Gospels: Bible as Text" (Bible Lectures)
  • Feb 17: Daryl Schmidt, "Jesus in the Social World of Early Christianity: Bible as Canon" (Bible Lectures)
  • Feb 17: Daryl Schmidt, "Jesus in His Own World: Bible as History" (Bible Lectures)
  • Feb 18: Daryl Schmidt, "Jesus in Our Own World: Bible as Scripture" (Bible Lectures)
  • Feb 24: Ruben Eckels, "Black History and Social Responsibility" (Minority Life Program)
  • Feb 28: Dan Holt, "Eisenhower Unbridled--Truth is Better (and Stranger) Than Fiction"
  • Mar 3: Multi-Cultural Organization
  • Mar 7: Dee Gaeddert, "Getting Down to Business"
  • Mar 10: Scott Hiebert, "Understanding Cancer: Is a Cure in Sight?" (young alumnus award)
  • Mar 14: SAPPHO
  • Mar 17: John T. Cacioppo, "The Abyss between Mind and Brain" (science lecture series)
  • Mar 21: Elvera Voth, "A Case for the Changing Career"
  • Mar 24: Jim Kern, "Build the Fort . . . Today!" motivational speaker presented by Student Senate
  • Apr 7: Student Senate
  • Apr 11: Lawrence Hart, "Peace Chiefs of the Cheyenne" (peace lecture)
  • Apr 14: Forensics Showcase
  • Apr 18: Augusta Reed Thomas, "Four Musings for the Next Millenium" (Greer Lecture)
  • Apr 21: Karen Reimer and Ami Regier, "Legendary, Lexical, Loquacious Love"
  • Apr 25: Donald Goering, "I’m Just a Farm Kid: An Odyssey"
  • Apr 28: Donald M. Douglas, "The Reasons behind Holocaust Denial"
  • May 2: Music Department concert
  • May 9: Mike Russell, "Environmental Stewardship and Academia"
  • May 12: Honors convo

Fall 1996

  • Sep 9: Wynn Goering, "The Useful and the Good, or Why Are We Here?"
  • Sep 13: Summer science internship student participants
  • Sep 16: Randy Rathbun, "Politics ’96" (candidate for US House)
  • Sep 20: Student Senate
  • Sep 23: Ann Stanford, "Relationships of Integrity" (Staley lectures)
  • Sep 23: Ann Stanford, "The Season of Reconciliation: A Response to the Race and Gender Problem" (Staley lectures)
  • Sep 24: Ann Stanford, "The Consequences of the Age of Irresponsibility" (Staley lectures)
  • Sep 27: Karl-Heinz Fröhlich, "Weimar between the Frauenplan and Buchenwald--A Paradox in German History"
  • Sep 30: Daisy Kabagarama, "Breaking the Ice"
  • Oct 4: John Sheriff, ". . . but how simple is 1-2-3?" (honors convo)
  • Oct 7: Wynn Goering, "It Always Pays to Talk to a Clever Man: Some Words on the Brothers Karamazov"
  • Oct 11: Bill Harshbarger jazz concert
  • Oct 14: Gregg Schroeder, " Russia - Land of Change 1993-1996"
  • Oct 18: Bethel Peer Mediation Services
  • Oct 21: Ann and Paul Gingrich, "Tales from the Road: Visions of Shalom"
  • Oct 25: Duane T. Gish, "Scientific Case for Creation"
  • Oct 28: Julie Hart and Miriam Maik, "Christian Peacemaking Teams in Haiti (and other hot spots around the world)"
  • Nov 1: Vicky Henley, "Film Production in Kansas"
  • Nov 8: Patricia Traxler, "The Muse in Traffic: A Writer’s Life at the End of the Millenium"
  • Nov 11: John Simmering, "Alcohol and Drugs in America: A Cultural Perspective" (presented by Student Services)
  • Nov 15: Alcohol abuse discussion groups
  • Nov 18: Frank and Elizabeth Soto Albrecht, "Reflections on Colombia"
  • Nov 22: Bethel international students
  • Nov 25: Jim Juhnke and Valerie Ann Schrag, "The Missing Peace: Violence and Non-Violence History"
  • Dec 2: Chuck Waters, "Current Health Care Issues"
  • Dec 6: Brian Bowman, "Peace Enforcement in Bosnia-Herzegovina: One NATO Soldier’s (and Bethel Alumnus’s) Perspective
  • Dec 13: Marike Janzen, "From Kansas to Kühlungsborn: My Year as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant"

Spring 1996

  • Feb 2: Student intertern travel reports
  • Feb 5: Minority Life program
  • Feb 9: Daniel Hege, "Podium Perspectives"
  • Feb 12: Nick Mork, "The Kindness of Strangers: The Importance of Mentoring in the Light of the Failing Nuclear Family"
  • Feb 16: William Browning, "Greening the Building and the Bottom Line" (peace lecture)
  • Feb 19: Kristen Epp, Mary Franz, and Ryan Loewer, "We Have a Cause" (Service Emphasis Week)
  • Feb 23: J. Christophe Arnold, "Discipleship, Commitment, and Service"
  • Feb 26: Jody Miller Shearer, "It’s Not Just about O. J.: Talking about Racism as if it Mattered" (peace lecture)
  • Mar 1: Thomas E. Lovejoy, "Amazonia: A Burning Question" (science lecture series)
  • Mar 4: Multi-Cultural Organization
  • Mar 8: Lori Usher, "Life’s Lessons Shape Your Bedrock Values"
  • Mar 11: Vern Preheim, George Rogers, Larry Voth, "In the Trenches: Close Encounters with Civil Rights"
  • Mar 12: Lauren Friesen, "Voices of Reconciliation: Three Contemporary American Playwrights"
  • Mar 15: Racism seminars
  • Mar 25: Sondra Koontz, "Los Angeles, New York City and Wichita: Academy Award Shorts"
  • Mar 29: Jamal Badawi, "Islam: The Religion of Peace"
  • Apr 1: Forensics Showcase
  • Apr 8: Margo Breckbill, "Sexual Orientation and Social Ostracism"
  • Apr 12: "Pastoral Perspectives on the Bible" local pastors
  • Apr 15: Grandparents Day
  • Apr 19: SAPPHO
  • Apr 22: Sexuality seminars
  • Apr 26: Ted Mitchell, "Just-In-Time Mathematics for Decision-Making"
  • Apr 29: Cecilia E. Mascareñas, "How to Have a Really Good Life with a Liberal Arts/Sociology Degree from a Mennonite College"
  • May 6: Music Department convo
  • May 10: Honors convo

Fall 1995

  • Sep 4: Wynn Goering, "Everything You Need to Know"
  • Sep 8: Steve Collett, "The USA as World Leader: Myth and Facts" (peace lecture)
  • Sep 11: John Billinsky, Jr., "Education and Mental Health"
  • Sep 15: Reinhild and John Janzen, "Between War and Peace in Rwanda and Burundi"
  • Sep 18: Diana Schunn, "Sexual Assault: Myth vs. Reality"
  • Sep 22: Peer mediation group
  • Sep 25: Ian Scott, "Portraits: Images of God in the Stories of Jesus" (Staley lectures)
  • Sep 26: Ian Scott, "And the Word Became Flesh" (Staley lecture)
  • Oct 2: Honors convo
  • Oct 6: Bill Harshbarger jazz concert
  • Oct 13: Brenda Stoltzfus, "Is My-story Her-story?"
  • Oct 16: John Roe, "Searching for Democracy"
  • Oct 20: Stanley L. Jaki, "Creation and Scientific Cosmology"
  • Oct 23: Peter J. Cassagrande, "Dialogue and Creativity"
  • Oct 27: Mexico internship students
  • Oct 29: Sjouke Voolstra, "The Art of Oblivion: Menno Simons in Dutch Mennonite Historiography" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Oct 30: Sjouke Voolstra, "The Anti-clerical Priest: From Father Confessor to Lay Preacher of True Penitence" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Oct 30: Sjouke Voolstra, "The Real Presence of Christ: The Congregation of True Penitents" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Oct 31: Sjouke Voolstra, "The Longing for Perfection: The Segregation of the Saints of the Last Days" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Nov 10: Joseph B. Martin, "The Controversy Surrounding Affirmative Action: What is the Right Course for Institutions of Higher Learning?"
  • Nov 13: Earl Hess, "Character: The Bedrock of Our Society"
  • Nov 17: Von Hardesty, "The Smithsonian as the Nation’s Attic: Reality and Imagination, History and Memory"
  • Nov 20: Luci Tapahanso, "Blue Horses Rush In: Points and Stories"
  • Nov 22: Alcohol Awareness
  • Dec 1: Student Senate
  • Dec 4: International students

Spring 1995

  • Feb 3: Barbara Higdon, "Can We Imagine a World Full of Peace?"
  • Feb 6: Student interterm travel reports
  • Feb 10: Donna M. Bell, "Diversity or Division — What Will It Be?"
  • Feb 13: Donna Harrison Staab, "The Laughter Factor"
  • Feb 17: Campus Community Forum
  • Feb 20: Linda Shelly, "From Bethel to Latin America" (young alumna award)
  • Feb 24: Cookie Wiebe, "Service: I Never Saw a Snake in the Bush . . ."
  • Feb 26: Walter Wink, "The Myth of Redemptive Violence" (Bible lectures)
  • Feb 27: Walter Wink, "Jesus’ Answer to the Myth" (Bible lectures)
  • Feb 27: Walter Wink, "Jesus’ Turn on Nonviolence" (Bible lectures)
  • Feb 28: Walter Wink, "Beyond Pacifism and Just War Theory" (Bible lectures)
  • Mar 6: Myrna roe, "Politics, Community, and a Free Press"
  • Mar 10: Student Senate
  • Mar 13: Emilie M. Townes, "To Be Called Beloved: Resisting Lynching in These Modern Times"
  • Mar 17: Chuck Neufeld, "Hope to the End"
  • Mar 27: James Wiebe, "Ethical Issues in a Fast-Growth Business"
  • Mar 31: John A. Lapp, "Stories from the Files of MCC"
  • Apr 3: Forensics Showcase
  • Apr 7: Gerrit H. Wormhoudt, "The Once and Future Constitution"
  • Apr 10: "Kauffman Museum Presents: An Outrageous Day in the Life of . . ."
  • Apr 17: Reg Boothe, "A Story of Overcoming Personal Tragedy"
  • Apr 21: Steve and Susan Ortman-Goering, "There are 100,000 in the Naked City: This is One of Them"
  • Apr 24: Multi-Cultural Student Union
  • Apr 28: Residence Life Team
  • May 8: Music Department convo
  • May 12: Honors Convo