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It is the comprehensive Bethel education both inside and outside of the classroom that will have a lasting and profound impact on my future
— Josh Chittum ’09

Bethel Bridge

This fall we will kick off a new initiative: Bethel Bridge. Instead of starting your semester with your regular class schedule, you will be attending a wide range of special programs designed for new freshman students, all new transfer students, and all returning students.

You will enroll in those special sessions as part of the registration process, and to complete your registration you will need to select your options for each of those three Monday sessions. In addition to those special sessions on Monday, we will have an all-campus food-packaging event Tuesday morning, when we will package 50,000 meals to be shared with local food pantries.

See detailed schedule and offerings below. Please keep in mind that participation in these Monday and Tuesday sessions is an important part of your academic experience in fall, and attendance will be recorded.

Event Schedules

Monday, August 18
8:30–9:45 Ringing the Bell and Touching the Stone
Convocation: Formal Start of the School Year
Brad Born Krehbiel Auditorium
10–11:45 Making Connections on the Discovery Adventure Course
Freshman Seminar/CIC (all first-year freshmen students)
Freshman Advisors (LEAs) Krehbiel Auditorium
10–11:45 Orientation for all new transfer students Aaron Austin, Merle Schlabaugh Chapel
10–11:45 How to Choose your Major
For all students other than first-year freshmen who have not yet declared a major
Brad Born, Joanna Bjerum Mantz Library 141 (Projection Room)
10–11:45 Major department sessions for declared majors
(New transfers attend the transfer student orientation instead)
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12–1:30 Luncheon with President Dr. Perry White for all new Transfer Students President White Goerz House
12–1:30 Lunch in the Caf for all other students Cafeteria
1:30–2:30 Concurrent sessions (students select)
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2:45–3:45 Concurrent sessions (students select)
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4:00– Athletic practices, supper, hall meetings, etc. multiple
Tuesday, August 19
8:30–9:45 Seek. Serve. Grow.
Convocation: Peter Goerzen, Campus Pastor
Brad Born, Peter Goerzen Krehbiel Auditorium
10–noon All Campus Service Project
A food packaging event to make 50,000 meals for the Harvey and Sedgwick County food pantries
Mem Hall Gym
12–1:30 Lunch for all students in the Cafeteria Cafeteria
1:30–3:30 Games and activities Aaron Austin, Student Life Multiple sites?
4:00– Athletic practices, supper, hall meetings, etc.

Concurrent Session Schedules

Monday, 1:30–2:30
How We Use Media, How Media Use Us
Come view a popular television show, music video, or movie; then examine the communicative elements related to gender, sex, social class, culture, race, etc.
Christine Crouse Dick FA 176
Forensics Workshop
A forensics workshop for current members of the team and students interested in joining
Mallory Marsh, Gail Stucky FA 172
Comics and the Meaning of Life
Help us interpret some pages from Jaime Hernandez’ The Love Bunglers and other comics: we will explore visual and linguistic structures, empathy studies, and going for big meanings.
Ami Regier, Siobhan Scarry WAC 213
Effective Practice Techniques for Musicians
Learn helpful techniques for practice and performance. Bring your instrument for a hands-on workshop.
Chris Westover, Joel Linscheid, Karen Schlabaugh FA 142
The Lost Art of Paper-Quilling
Enjoy a hands-on workshop by a guest artist on the 18th-century art of paper-quilling.
David Long, Rachel Epp Buller FC 6
Muslim Neighbors Next Door
Visit with guests from the Muslim Community Center in Wichita; learn about Islam and ask questions. Led by Patricia Shelly, Professor of Bible and Religion.
Patricia Shelly WAC 119
Serendipity
Join Director of Choral Music William Eash for some unexpected and surprising discoveries.
William Eash FA 143
What it Means to Be a Nurse
Watch and discuss this nursing video.
Heather Moore, Laura Prahm, Bobbi Schrag WAC 108
How to Gut a Book: A Guide to Advanced Reading and Note-Taking Skills Kip Wedel WAC 210
Know your Mennonites: Culture and History
An orientation to Mennonite Institutions and organizations in town
Doug Siemens Kauffman Museum
When Knowledge Conquered Fear
Watch this video by science communicator Neal DeGrasse Tyson and hear an introduction to the joy and applications of mathematics and physics.
Lisa Thimm ML 141 (Projection Room)
Yoga for Anxiety Barb Thiesen AD 212
STEM orientation
An introduction for students interested in majors/careers in sciences, technology and mathematics
Dwight Krehbiel, Paul Lewis, Jon Piper KSC 121
Careers in Biology Francisca Méndez-Harclerode WAC 308
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
Hear Bethel students tell how to get your room and board, transportation and entertainment costs along with >$4000 for 10 weeks of exciting research work in summer.
Kathryn Layman KSC 016
Engaging Diversity on Campus
Learn from a Resident Director, Bethel professor and other students how to benefit from the diverse cultural mix on campus.
Jean Butts, Kristen Marble WAC 203
Don’t Freak Out
Tips on managing stress
Joanna Bjerum WAC 208
Burning Hearts: Joining Together for Spiritual Sojourn with Campus Ministries
Join the new Campus Pastor for this introduction to spiritual life activities on campus.
Peter Goerzen Chapel
What Is There to Do in Newton?
Come and find out!
Allen Wedel WAC 214
Monday, 2:45–3:45
Forensics Workshop
A forensics workshop for current members of the team and students interested in joining
Mallory Marsh FA 172
Comics and the Meaning of Life
Help us interpret some pages from Jaime Hernandez’ The Love Bunglers and other comics: we will explore visual and linguistic structures, empathy studies, and going for big meanings.
Ami Regier, Siobhan Scarry WAC 213
Instrumental Workshop
Learn helpful techniques for practice and performance. Bring your instrument for a hands-on workshop.
Chris Westover, Joel Linscheid, Karen Schlabaugh FA 142
The Lost Art of Paper-Quilling
Enjoy a hands-on workshop by a guest artist on the 18th-century art of paper-quilling.
David Long, Rachel Epp Buller FC 6
What it Means to Be a Nurse
Watch and discuss this nursing video.
Heather Moore, Laura Prahm, Bobbi Schrag, Geri Tyrell WAC 108
First Aid for College Students
Get tips from nursing professionals for how to take care of your health in college.
Nancy Ciskey, Sarah Masem, Paulette Wollenhaupt WAC 308
How to Gut a Book: A Guide to Advanced Reading and Note-Taking Skills Kip Wedel WAC 210
The College Mix: Engaging New Relationships
Join this conversation about how to move beyond your comfort zone to build culturally enriching relationships in college.
Hamilton Williams, Ada Schmidt-Tieszen FA 176
ThresherConnect
Bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to the computer lab and get an overview of the student.
Allison McFarland WAC 101
Learning Style Inventory and Multiple Intelligences
Understand How You Learn for Optimum Success
Lisa Scott, Allen Jantz WAC 216
When Knowledge Conquered Fear
Watch this video by science communicator Neal DeGrasse Tyson and hear an introduction to the joy and applic ations of mathematics and physics.
Lisa Thimm ML 141 (Projection Room)
Yoga for Anxiety Barb Thiesen AD 212
STEM orientation
An introduction for students interested in majors/careers in sciences, technology and mathematics
Dwight Krehbiel, Francisca Méndez-Harclerode KSC 121
Applying to Graduate School in the Sciences—Who, When, What & How Kathryn Layman KSC 016
Careers in Psychology Paul Lewis KSC 102
The Library Demystified
Find out what a helpful resource the library and its staff can be for you at college.
Gail Stucky Library
Engaging Diversity on Campus
Learn from a Resident Director, Bethel professor and other students how to benefit from the diverse cultural mix on campus.
Jean Butts, Kristen Marble WAC 203
Don’t Freak Out
Tips on managing stress
Joanna Bjerum WAC 208
Burning Hearts: Joining Together for Spiritual Sojourn with Campus Ministries
Join the new Campus Pastor for this introduction to spiritual life activities on campus.
Peter Goerzen Chapel
What Is There to Do in Newton?
Come and find out!
Allen Wedel WAC 214

Major Department Sessions

10–11:45 a.m.
Art / Graphic Design David Long FC 6
Athletic Training / Health and Physical Education Doug Maury, Jessica Gillette WAC 203
Bible and Religion Patricia Shelly WAC 214
Biology Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, Jon Piper KSC 121
Business Administration Allison McFarland, Bobby Lloyd, Yanxu Liu WAC 208
Chemistry Katy Layman, Jana Olwine WAC 119
Communication Arts Mallory Marsh FA 172
Elementary Education Doug Siemens WAC 216
History Mark Jantzen, Kip Wedel WAC 210
Literary Studies / English Teaching Major Ami Regier WAC 213
Mathematical Sciences Lisa Thimm, Karl Friesen WAC 212
Music Karen Schlabaugh FA 176
Nursing Geraldine Tyrell WAC 108
Psychology / Natural Sciences Dwight Krehbiel, Paul Lewis KSC 016
Social Work Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, Hamilton Williams WAC 308