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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: $6 for full meal; $4 for soup/salad/dessert.

Current schedule

August 26
9:30 a.m. Reports by summer interns
Bethel College students with Peter Goerzen, campus pastor
10:35 a.m. My Roles In and Around Bethel College
Dalene White, presidential spouse
11:30 a.m. Prairie Harvest Market & Deli: Family and Tradition in Local Small Business
Aaron Gaeddert, North Newton
September 2
9:30 a.m. Scouting: A Game With a Purpose
Todd Wedel, Eagle Scout, troop committee chairman, Newton
10:35 a.m. On Track for Local Jobs in Harvey County
Mickey Fornaro-Dean, Harvey County Economic Development, Newton
11:35 a.m. About Scams
T. Walton, Harvey County Sheriff, Newton
September 9
9:30 a.m. Conscientious Objectors in WWII: Voices of Some Who Served in Civilian Public Service (CPS)
Rosalind Andreas, North Newton
10:35 a.m. The Legacy of CPS in Treatment of the Mentally Ill: From Bedlam to Therapeutic Communities
Rosalind Andreas, North Newton
11:30 a.m. Learn to Travel and Travel to Learn
Byron and Janet Ediger, Newton
September 16
9:30 a.m. Meanwhile . . . back at YouTube®
Derek Klingenberg, Peabody
10:35 a.m. Rotary International Peace Studies
Rod Kreie, past district governor, Newton
11:30 a.m. Life Before, During and After Prison
Al and Nadine Peters, Newton, and Beth Miller, Nebraska
September 23
9:30 a.m. Et Cetera Shop: 40 Years on Main Street, Newton
Cynthia Linscheid, manager
10:35 a.m. Harvesting Solar Energy on My House Top
Nelson Kilmer, Hesston
11:30 a.m. On the Paths to Pilgrimly: A Life in Poetry
Siobhán Scarry, visiting professor of literary studies, Bethel College
September 30
9:30 a.m. What’s Up at Newton City/County Airport
Brian Palmer, airport manager, Newton
10:35 a.m. Farm Tour Down Under: Australia and New Zealand
Carol and Donley Duerksen, Hillsboro
11:30 a.m. Brooklyn Bridge by Melissa James Gibson (excerpts from Fall Festival drama)
John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, Bethel College, and Bethel students
October 7
Mid-term break for annual Fall Festival week
October 14
9:30 a.m. Mennonite Press: Printing, Paper and Pennies
Steven Rudiger, managing director, and Judy Entz, printing consultant, Newton
10:35 a.m. Reclaim Your Brain—Strategies for Recovering From Brain Injury
John Byler, Hesston
11:30 a.m. Pine Village Memory Care Program
Shelby Shaw, director of marketing, and Jenna Lehrman, director of nursing, Moundridge
October 21
9:30 a.m. What Makes Bunting Magnetics So Attractive
Barry Voorhees, general manager, Newton
10:35 a.m. Return to Tibet: Land of the Dalai Lama, the Snow Leopard and Yaks
Jim Goering, North Newton
11:30 a.m. Songs of the Flint Hills
Annie Wilson, singer-songwriter, Elmdale
October 28
9:30 a.m. Native American Justice—Focus on Kansas
John Stoesz, executive director, Camp Mennoscah
10:35 a.m. United Way of Harvey County— Making a Difference
Tina Payne, director, Newton
10:35 a.m. The Story We Tell Ourselves
Mark McCormick, executive director, Kansas African-American Museum, Wichita
November 4
9:30 a.m. Caring for Families of Special-Needs Children
Connie Rickard, director, Trinity Heights Respite Care, Newton
10:35 a.m. Personal Energy Transportation (PET) for the Disabled
Craig and Cindy Simmons, Newton
11:30 a.m. Scully Land Holdings, Past and Present
Doug Sharp, land manager, Scully Estate (Butler, Dickinson and Marion counties), Hillsboro
November 11
9:30 a.m. A Whole New Outlook on Life
John Gilbert, executive vice president, Mirror Integrated Health, Newton
10:35 a.m. My Quilting Journey
Lois Stoltenberg, Newton
11:35 a.m. Award-Winning Photography of Jim Richardson
Kathy Richardson, Lindsborg
November 18
9:30 a.m. The Latest in Institutional Advancement at Bethel College
Pam Tieszen, vice president for institutional advancement
10:35 a.m. Hutter, Swiss or Low German . . . Only in Freeman
Norman Hofer, Freeman, South Dakota
11:35 a.m. Vocal music
Woven, Bethel College women’s a cappella ensemble