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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.

Fall 2014 Life Enrichment schedule

September 3
9:30 a.m. Growth of an Idea
  • Harold Schultz, Emerson Wiens, Carolyn Schultz and Walter Jost
10:35 a.m. Reception
11:00 a.m. Lifelong Learning in the 21st Century
  • Perry White – President of Bethel College
September 10
9:30 a.m. 40 Years, 40 Stories: The Making of the Ulrich Museum of Art at WSU
  • Bob Workman – Director, Wichita State University
10:35 a.m. Women, Work and the Civil War
  • Diane Eickhoff – Kansas Humanities Council
11:30 a.m. Sochi Winter Olympics: A Volunteer’s Story
  • Allison McFarland – Professor of Business and Economics, Bethel College
September 17
9:30 a.m. A Christian Liberal Arts University in the Former Soviet Union
  • Jim and Virginia Mininger – LCC International University, Retired
10:30 a.m. From a Creamery Building to a Global Presence: The Bradbury Company of Moundridge
  • Matt Werner – Marketing, The Bradbury Company
11:25 a.m. Summer Internships, Research and Service Projects
  • Bethel College Students
September 24
9:30 a.m. What Dr. Google Won’t Tell You About Diabetes
  • Jan M. Hoffman, M.D. – Newton Medical Center
10:30 a.m. Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention in Kansas
  • Jennifer Rapp, M.A. – Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Kansas Attorney General’s Office
11:25 a.m. Photographing the 8 Wonders of Kansas
  • Harland Schuster – Photographer
October 1
9:30 a.m. The Second Amendment: The Rest of the Story
  • Gary Flory – Director, KIPCOR
10:35 a.m. Cuba – Its Land and People: A 2014 Perspective
  • Jim Goering
11:30 a.m. Art Education for the Developing Child
  • Danika Bielek, Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts
October 8
9:30 a.m. Quest For Passion: Finding Food
  • Tom Basore – Executive Chef, Bluestem Communities
10:35 a.m. Alaska’s Bush: Growing Up In Alaska
  • Billie Miller – Master Gardener
11:30 a.m. This is My Father’s World: Music and Photography
  • Vada Snider – Flutist; Karen Loucks – Pianist; Duane Graham – Photographer
October 22
9:30 a.m. Museum Musing: Conversation on the Future of Kauffman Museum
  • Kauffman Museum Staff
10:35 a.m. The Community Foundation Concept: How Can it Affect You, Your Family and Your Community
  • Sandi Fruit – Executive Director, Central Kansas Community Foundation
11:30 a.m. USDA Veterinary Services: Foreign Animal Disease Investigations and the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility
  • Brian Archer, D.V.M.
October 29
9:30 a.m. The Tectonic Plates Shaking American Families
  • Stan Eitzen – Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Colorado State University
10:35 a.m. Josie: The Story of a Pioneer Girl
  • Donnis Slusser – Storyteller and Author
11:30 a.m. Collectible World Beads
  • Kathy Richardson, Jewelry Designer and Collector, Lindsborg
November 5
9:30 a.m. Bad Ideas and Good Ideas in the History of Psychology
  • Richard Schellenberg – Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Fort Hays State University
10:35 a.m. Reflections on Going to Haiti: Then and Now
  • Michelle Armster – Interim Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee Central States
11:30 a.m. To Be Announced
November 12
9:30 a.m. In the Studio Live: A Gallery Residency
  • Christopher Gulick – Guest Sculptor
  • Rachel Epp Buller – Assistant Professor of Art, Bethel College
10:30 a.m. Birds and the People Who Watch Them
  • Gregg Friesen
11:35 a.m. A 40 Year History of Kansas-Paraguay Partnership
  • Merril and Boots Raber
November 19
9:30 a.m. Pollinator Habitat: What You Can Do to Help the Bees
  • Debbie McSweeney – Kansas Honey Producers Association, Walela Farms
10:30 a.m. Transformed by Mission: The Menno-Clinic, India, Story
  • John C. Murray – Pastor, Hesston Mennonite Church; Board of Directors of Menno-Clinic, India
11:35 a.m. 1,095 Days to Teach Moral Values to Your Medical Doctors
  • Bruce Woods – University of Kansas Medical School (retired)
December 3
9:30 a.m. KPTS Educates, Engages, Entertains and Enriches Kansans
  • Michelle Gors, President/CEO, Channel 8
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break with Christmas Goodies
11:00 a.m. Messiah Sing at Bethel College Mennonite Church