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

Life Enrichment

The Life Enrichment series is planned especially for adults age 60 and over and is made possible by funding from Bethel College and the generosity of speakers who share their talent and expertise without compensation. The series is held in conjunction with Bethel’s academic year.

Cost: $20 per semester or $2 per week; first-time attendees get a free day
Time: 9:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (lunch following)
Location: Krehbiel Auditorium in the Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus, unless otherwise noted

Coffee break time is usually 10:15–10:35 a.m. (donations needed to help cover cost). Lunch is served in the Schultz Student Center dining hall. Tickets for lunch should be purchased by 10:35 a.m. Cost: $5.50 for full meal; $3.75 for soup/salad/dessert.

Current schedule

February 4
9:30 a.m. NHS Azteca Dancers
Patrice Olais, Newton High School
10:35 a.m. Our Trip to Alaska (It took all summer!)
Janet and Orvin Voth, Newton
11:30 a.m. In jail, my mind opens. . . : Life Writing at Hutchinson Correctional Facility
Ami Regier, professor of literary studies, and Will Shoup, BC student
February 11
9:30 a.m. Confessions of an Indian Trader
John Torline, North Newton
10:35 a.m. Fifty-Year Anniversary: Mayday over Wichita
David W. Carter, Kansas Humanities Council
11:35 a.m. Music
Judy Mace, harpist, Newton
February 18
9:30 a.m. Turkey: Hizmet and Hope
James Juhnke and Miriam Nofsinger, North Newton
10:30 a.m. Art is Ageless
Noell Dickinson, Presbyterian Manor, Newton
11:30 a.m. The Weather is Going to the Dogs
Ross Janssen and Millie, Channel 12, Wichita
February 25
9:30 a.m. Sweet Legacy—A Family History Told in Maple Syrup
Steve Lehman, St. Paul, Minnesota
10:30 a.m. Managing Rail Traffic through Newton
Justin Gee, BNSF terminal manager, Newton complex
11:30 a.m. Education Issues in Kansas—Not Just Finances
Allen Jantz, Lisa Janzen Scott and Doug Siemens, panel of BC education faculty members
March 4
9:30 a.m. Building Relationships for a Better Community
Jennifer Rose, director of Peace Connections, and Danny Barrera, AmeriCorps, Newton
10:35 a.m. Living Out the Peace of God: Paul and Jesus
Ray Reimer, co-pastor, Zion Mennonite Church, Elbing
11:30 a.m. Swinging: Golf Impacts Local, National, and International
Chris Tuohey, manager, Sand Creek Station Golf Course, Newton
March 11
9:30 a.m. Herbs: Zest for Life and Food
Key Neff, Neff Family Farm, Sedgwick
10:35 a.m. Robots, Mowers and Landscaping. Oh My!
Leon Guhr, Moridge Mfg. Inc., Moundridge
11:30 a.m. A 40-Year History of Kansas-Paraguay Partnership
Merrill and Boots Raber, Newton
March 18
9:30 a.m. Music—Dunns Plus One
Kathy Neufeld Dunn, vocals, Ann Dunn, violin, Faith Wenger, piano, and Michael Dunn, electric bass
10:35 a.m. Laos: Land of Gentle People, Elephants, Big Dam and Cluster Bombs
Jim Goering, North Newton
11:30 a.m. Forensics Showcase: BC Students
Mallory Marsh, director of forensics
March 25
No Life Enrichment—Spring Break
April 1
9:30 a.m. Introduction to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Chris Naylor, director of the Textual Records Division
10:35 a.m. My Peace Pilgrimage
Robert Epp, Henderson, Nebraska
11:30 a.m. Climate & Energy
Dorothy Barnett, Hutchinson
April 8
9:30 a.m. Burning Hearts: Campus Ministries at Bethel College
Peter Goerzen, campus pastor and director of church relations
10:35 a.m. Music
Donna Stucky, pianist, Ken Rodgers, organist, and Janie Brokenicky, vocalist
10:35 a.m. C. Henry Smith Peace Orations
BC students
April 15
9:30 a.m. Radio Surgery
Dr. Brian Berger, radiation oncologist, Central Care Cancer Center, Newton
10:30 a.m. 100 Years on an Idaho Farm
Joanna Fenton Friesen, Newton
11:30 a.m. German Prisoners of War at Peabody in WWII
Mark P. Schock, author
April 22
9:30 a.m. Creating Curriculum for Sorting out Race
Annette LeZotta, Kauffman Museum director
10:30 a.m. Scandinavian Travels
Craig and Cindy Simmons, Newton
11:30 a.m. The Rewards and Challenges of Student Recruitment
BC Admissions Staff
April 29
9:30 a.m. Introduction to Brahms’ Requiem
William Eash, director of choral activities, Bethel College
10:35 a.m. Immigration Hits the Historical Highway: Key Themes in Mexican Immigration
Antonio Delgado, Wichita, Kansas Humanities Council
11:35 a.m. Music—The Flannelbacks
Bethel College students