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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 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.

Spring 2014 Life Enrichment schedule

February 5
9:30 Walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiogo
  • Don and Debbie Schmidt
10:35 From 200 Books To Kindles and Nooks: Hesston Public Library Celebrates 75 Years
  • Libby Albers — Director
11:30 Photographing the 8 Wonders of Kansas
  • Harold Schuster — photographer
February 12
9:30 This is My Father’s World, music and photography
  • Vada Snider
  • Karen Loucks
  • Duane Graham
10:35 Why am I a Mennonite? The Petals of a Kansas Sunflower
  • Melvin L. Epp — author
11:30 The Newton Fox Theatre…Reel Memories
  • Fox Board of Directors:
    • Barbara Burns — Community Advancement City of Newton
    • Kevin Geraci — Exec Director Kidron-Bethel Village
February 19
9:30 Garden Fish Pond Development and Landscape
  • Linda Reimer — Master Gardener
10:30 Collaboration in Harvey County for More Efficient Local Government
  • John Waltner — County Administrator
11:25 A BC ABC BOOK: the joy of creative collaboration!
  • Bethel College Community
February 26
9:30 Project-Based Learning the Farming Way
  • Natise Vogt — Principal, Walton Rural Life Center
10:30 Uncommon Ground - A Century of Bartlett Arboretum
  • Robin Macy — steward, Belle Plain
11:25 Two Wheels, Two States: Bicycling in Iowa & Colorado
  • Larry Sperling — Moundridge
March 5
9:30 Safe Drinking Water
  • Edward Bonham — Water and Wastewater Superintendent
  • Suzanne Loomis — Director of Public Works and City Engineer – Newton
10:35 Malaysia – Truly Asia: Land of Diversity and Beauty
  • Jim Goering
11:30 Sampler: The Pirates of Penzance
  • John McCabe-Juhnke
  • Chris Westover
  • and BC students
March 12
9:30 Sacredground: A Catholic mission to Venezuela
  • Walt and Lois Silvernale
  • Father Jerry Beat
10:35 Double Session: Doing Anthropology and Art History in the Congo in 2013
  • John Janzen — Professor of Anthropology, Kansas University – Lawrence
  • Reinhild Janzen — Professor Emerita of Art History at Washburn – Topeka.
March 15–23
Spring Break
March 26
9:30 Perennials to the Rescue!
  • Tom Reid — Education and Development, The Land Institute – Salina
10:35 Sharing a Vision
  • Dr. Deb Hamm — Superintendent, USD 373, Newton Public Schools
11:30 Forensics Showcase
  • Mallory Marsh — Director of Forensics
  • and BC students
April 2
9:30 Floods, Snakes, and Wheelbarrows: Five years on the Sand Creek Trail
  • Richard Rempel — Kansas Master Naturalist, Sand Creek Trail Caretaker
10:35 The Nonviolent God
  • J. Denny Weaver — Prof. Emeritus of Religion, Bluffton University
11:30 From 200 Books To Kindles and Nooks: Hesston Public Library Celebrates 75 Years
  • Libby Albers — Director
April 9
9:30 Building on a Dream
  • Kathy Schwarzenberger — Director, Newton Area Senior Center
  • and the Golden Notes Choir
10:35 Double Session: Bucket Lists & Looking Back: What was Worth the Work?
  • Karen Roth Ridder — freelance journalist, Kansas Humanities Council
April 16
9:30 The Pastor Wears a Skirt
  • Dorothy Nickel Friesen — interim director, AMBS – Great Plains Extension
10:35 Resurrection Leadership
  • Thane Chastain — Program Manager, Kansas Leadership Center, Leadership and Faith Transforming Communities
11:30 Commerce Keeps Communities Vibrant
  • Pam Stevens — Director, Newton Area Chamber of Commerce
April 23
9:30 Alzheimer’s 101
  • Marsha Hills — Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association – Central & Western Kansas – Wichita
10:30 New Life, New Sounds
  • Eleanor Kaufman — organist
11:35 C. Henry Smith Peace Orations
  • BC Students
April 30
9:30 Therapeutic Harp
  • Judy Mace — Candidate for Certified Harp Therapy Practioner
10:35 Double Session: Do you know the Chapman artist Henry Varnum Poor?
  • Ron Michaels — Curator, Birger Sandzen gallery – Lindsborg