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Seek. Serve. Grow.

Even as I graduate and leave campus for the final time, I won’t stop asking myself, How can I seek, serve, and grow?
Jennifer Warkentine ’12

Bethel Bridge

The Bethel Bridge program is designed to prepare new Bethel College students (freshman and transfer students) to be successful members of the Bethel College community. It is also an opportunity to learn more about majors, interact with other new students, and get to know faculty and staff members outside of the typical office or classroom setting.

Register now to choose the sessions you would like to attend.

In addition to the special sessions on Monday, we will have a food-packaging event Tuesday morning, when we will package 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 17
9–9:45 a.m. Welcome to Bethel College! Aaron Austin Krehbiel Auditorium
10–11:45 a.m. First-year Seminar
All first-year freshmen students.
Freshman Advisors (LEAs) Adventure Course
10–11:45 a.m. Orientation for All New Transfer Students Dr. Merle Schlabaugh & Marcia Miller WAC 208
noon–1 p.m. Luncheon for all New Transfer Students President White Goerz House lawn
noon–1 p.m. Lunch for All Other Students Cafeteria
1:15–2 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (students select)
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2:10–2:55 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (students select)
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3:05–4 p.m. Major Fair
Individual departments host events focused on showcasing their major to allow students to explore their interests
See table below Multiple sites
4 p.m.– Athletic Practices, Supper, Hall Meetings, etc. Multiple sites
5 –7 p.m. Welcome Week ’15: Cookout and Carnival on the Green
Join Student Activities and Local Businesses at the Back to School Carnival for your chance to win some awesome prizes. Dinner will be served on the Plaza.
The Green and Plaza
Tuesday, August 18
9–9:50 a.m. Seek, Serve, Grow at Bethel
The foundational values of your college.
Peter Goerzen Krehbiel Auditorium
10 a.m.–noon Service Project
First-time Freshmen & Transfer students food packaging event to support Harvey and Sedgwick County food pantries
Peter Goerzen, Matt Hein, Aaron Austin Memorial Hall
10 a.m.–noon Optional Service Project(s) for Returning Bethel College Students TBD
noon–1:30 p.m. Lunch for All Students in Cafeteria
1:30–3:30 p.m. Welcome Week ’15: Pool Party for All Students Gabriel Fonseca, Student Life Newton Municipal Pool
Athletic Park
4 p.m.– Athletic Practices, Supper, Hall Meetings, etc. Multiple sites
9:45 p.m.– Welcome Week ‘15: Movie Night and Watermelon Extravaganza
Join SGA as they welcome back all students and welcome new students with the showing of a movie and enjoy some nice cool watermelon!
Student Government Association, Gabriel Fonseca The Green

Concurrent Session Schedules

Concurrent Sessions: 1:15–2 p.m.
The Social Betterment Functions of Social Media
You’re often told how social media is ruining your relationships and your lives, but how is social media serving to improve our world? Bring your laptop or your smart phone and come ready to discuss.
Christine Crouse-Dick 12 student limit FA 176
Forensic Science
Answer a series of questions (through inquiry, observation, measurement and analysis) to gain and/or reconstruct evidence found at a crime scene.
Dr. Jana Olwine and Dr. Kathryn Layman 12 student limit KSC 106
Listen to This
Why classical music? What to listen for and finding the art and the humanity in classical music.
Dr. Chris Westover 12 student limit FA 142
Pinhole Photography
For this project we will be using an oatmeal box camera. A pinhole is made on one side of the box and photo paper placed on the other. Pinhole photography is lens-less photography. As a result, pinhole images are softer—less sharp—than pictures made with a traditional camera.
David Long and Dr. Rachel Epp Buller 10–12 student limit FC 6
Serendipity
Bring your cell phone and join Director of Choral Music William Eash for some unexpected and surprising discoveries.
Dr. William Eash 12 student limit FA 143
AAAT/ADHD: Application & Acceptance for Athletic Training/Academic Development for an AHPE Degree
Interested in Athletic Training or Health/Physical Education? Requirements for AT majors and what to do with and HPE degree
Jessica Gillette and Doug Maury 12 student limit WAC 216
All the Fun Things You Can Do as a Nurse
Review what it means to be a nursing student and then cover all of the many areas one could potentially go into with a degree in nursing.
Heather Moore WAC 108
Yoga for Anxiety
A yoga practice focused on breath and movement to ease anxiety. No previous yoga experience required.
Barb Thiesen 14 student limit AD 212
Disaster Planning on Campus
We will cover and practice all of the possible disasters on campus such as active shooter, fire, tornado, earthquake, etc.
Geri Tyrell and the Nursing Department 12 student limit WAC 308
STEM Learning Community, Junior Seminar, Senior Seminar
This session will entail an orientation to and planning for the year’s events in these courses, including discussion of expectations and possible research topics.
Dwight Krehbiel 12 student limit KSC 121
Ongoing Research Projects in Psychology
Discussion of results of studies during the past few years and plans for the coming year. e.g.: Concussions, brain activity, and cognitive performance; Psychology of music, emotions, and brain activity; Schizophrenia and mind; Development of Theory of Mind in children, youth, and young adults.
Dr. Paul Lewis 12 student limit KSC 102
Don’t Freak Out
Beginning college is one of the most stressful transitions of life. Get a handle on understanding stress, why it happens to us and most importantly how to make it work for you. Concrete skills for time management, coping with anxiety and taking care of oneself will be shared as well as an experiential time of deep relaxation.
Joanna Bjerum 15 student limit WAC 210
#BeDynamic: Getting Involved on Campus with Student Activities and Engagement
Life on campus is different for everyone. Come find how you can #BeDynamic & make your college experience AMAZING!
Gabriel A. Fonseca, Matthew Rodenberg, & Megan Dike 15 student limit WAC 208
Beards, Buggies, and Bonnets? What’s A Mennonite Anyway?
So you’ve found yourself at a Mennonite college, but no one looks the part. Who are the Mennonites? What do they believe? How do they live? What do they look like? And how does that affect my life at Bethel? Come and find out!
Jean Butts and Peter Goerzen 15 student limit FA 172
Careers in Biology: I Don’t Plan to be a Doctor or a Veterinarian.
What else can I do with my biology major?
Dr. Francisca Méndez-Harclerode and Dr. Jon Piper 12 student limit WAC 212
Marketing Yourself
How to write a killer resume
Dr. Allison McFarland 12 student limit WAC 119
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? College Study-Skills Edition
This adaptation of the classic game show reveals some important facts about college study skills.  Can you make enough new phone-a-friends to win the game?
Dr. Annette LeZotte 12 student limit WAC 213
How to Get the Most From a Lecture
Understanding the student’s role in learning in college.
Dr. Kip Wedel and Dr. Mark Jantzen 12 student limit WAC 214
Concurrent Sessions: 2:10–2:55 p.m.
Burning Hearts: A Welcome to Campus Ministries
Participants will read and reflect on the story of the walk to Emmaus, found in Luke 24, as we dream about what it might look like to seek God’s reign, serve in the Spirit with unity and purpose, and grow into the faithfulness of Christ at Bethel College.
Peter Goerzen 12 student limit Chapel
#BeDynamic: Getting Involved on Campus with Student Activities and Engagement
Life on campus is different for everyone. Come find how you can #BeDynamic & make your college experience AMAZING!
Gabriel A. Fonseca, Matthew Rodenberg, & Megan Dike 15 student limit WAC 208
Know your Mennonites
Overview of the many Mennonite Institutions and Agencies of South Central Kansas An orientation to Mennonite Institutions and organizations in town
Dr. Doug Siemens 12 student limit Kauffman Museum
Listen to This
Why classical music? What to listen for and finding the art and the humanity in classical music.
Dr. Chris Westover 12 student limit FA 142
Pinhole Photography
For this project we will be using an oatmeal box camera. A pinhole is made on one side of the box and photo paper placed on the other. Pinhole photography is lens-less photography. As a result, pinhole images are softer—less sharp—than pictures made with a traditional camera.
David Long and Dr. Rachel Epp Buller 10–12 student limit FC 6
All the Fun Things You Can Do as a Nurse
Review what it means to be a nursing student and then cover all of the many areas one could potentially go into with a degree in nursing.
Heather Moore WAC 108
Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
Learning how to learn for optimum success
Lisa Scott 12 student limit WAC 216
Life IS a Walk in the Woods
An introduction to Sand Creek Trail from a biologist’s perspective. What opportunities exist here for exploration and learning?
Dr. Jon Piper 12 student limit KSC Atrium
First Aid for College Students
Students will be given first aid education and then have the opportunity to practice on mannequins or peers. Utilizes simulation equipment for a hands-on experience.
Sarah Masem 12 student limit WAC 308
The Science of Tie-Dye
Learn the science behind dyes as you tie dye your own Bethel College t-shirt.
Dr. Jana Olwine and Dr. Kathryn Layman 20 student limit KSC 215
STEM Learning Community, Junior Seminar, Senior Seminar
This session will entail an orientation to and planning for the year’s events in these courses, including discussion of expectations and possible research topics.
Dwight Krehbiel 12 student limit KSC 121
Careers in Psychology
From teaching, research, and counseling psychologists, to forensics, animal, and internet psychologists.
Dr. Paul Lewis 12 student limit KSC 102
Serendipity
Join Director of Choral Music William Eash for some unexpected and surprising discoveries.
Dr. William Eash 12 student limit FA 143
Academic Services Photo Hunt
Teams of students will learn about the library and more as they complete (and record with cell phones) a variety of activities.
Gail Stucky 12 student limit Library
Engaging Diversity on Campus
Hear from Minority Mentors, students of color in their third or fourth year, about the challenges and opportunities presented within the Bethel College community.
Jean Butts & Minority Mentors 12 student limit WAC 203
Don’t Freak Out
Beginning college is one of the most stressful transitions of life. Get a handle on understanding stress, why it happens to us and most importantly how to make it work for you. Concrete skills for time management, coping with anxiety and taking care of oneself will be shared as well as an experiential time of deep relaxation.
Joanna Bjerum 15 student limit WAC 210
Advice for New Freshmen
Students may fail to take advantage of the many opportunities in college for learning and career preparation outside the classroom. We will cover some basic but often overlooked advice with input from juniors and seniors.
Dr. Francisca Méndez-Harclerode 12 student limit WAC 119
Sexual Health Education
Understanding STIs/STDs and how to stay safe
Dr. Hamilton Williams 12 student limit FA 176
Resolving Roommate Conflict
Tools for maintaining peaceful relationships in the residence halls
Dan Wassink 12 student limit KIPCOR
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? College Study-Skills Edition
This adaptation of the classic game show reveals some important facts about college study skills.  Can you make enough new phone-a-friends to win the game?
Dr. Annette LeZotte 12 student limit WAC 213
Yoga for Anxiety
A yoga practice focused on breath and movement to ease anxiety. No previous yoga experience required.
Barb Thiesen 14 student limit AD 212

Major Department Sessions

Major Department Sessions: 3:05–4 p.m.
Art / Graphic Design David Long, Rachel Epp Buller, Pam Pancake 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 Christine Crouse-Dick, Mallory Marsh FA 172
Elementary Education Doug Siemens, Lisa Scott WAC 216
History Mark Jantzen, Kip Wedel WAC 210
Literary Studies / English Teaching Major Ami Regier, Siobhán Scarry WAC 213
Mathematical Sciences Lucas Kramer, Karl Friesen WAC 212
Music William Eash, Karen Schlabaugh, James Pisano, Christopher Westover, Joel Linscheid FA 176
Nursing Geraldine Tyrell and Nursing Department WAC 108
Psychology / Natural Sciences Dwight Krehbiel, Paul Lewis KSC 016
Social Work Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, Hamilton Williams WAC 308