The mission of the Office of Alumni Relations is to renew or enhance already existing relationships of alumni—near and far, and of various ages and interests—with the college and among each other, so that they support the institution by volunteering, praying, giving, and encouraging students to attend, even as these alumni benefit by networking and supporting each other.
In support of that mission, a 25-member Alumni Council represents the Alumni Association, advises alumni office staff and implements special projects and programs to support the college.
New or returning members are affirmed at the Alumni Association meeting each May. They serve three-year terms and may renew for a second term. In addition, Alumni Association representatives to the Board of Directors also serve on the Alumni Council.
The council holds six meetings during the year — in August, September, November, January, March and April. In October, members participate in Fall Festival. In February, they conduct an annual fund-raising phonathon. In May, members help with Alumni Weekend. A picnic for those who are new, returning or leaving is held in June. No meetings are held in July and December.
Through various committees, the Alumni Council:
- facilitates class reunions
- runs golf tournaments
- raises money at Fall Festival
- supports the Student Alumni Association
Council members and staff 2013–14
From left: Bethel College Alumni Council members for 2013-14 are, front row, from left, Greg Bartel ’78, Newton; Nate Regier ’90, Newton; Ray Penner ’66, North Newton; Delbert Peters ’75, Goessel; and Kevin Neufeld ’94; second row, Shirley Delk ’73, Wichita, Kathy Campbell ’70, North Newton; Bev Baumgartner ’94, Newton; Sarah Hershberger ’03, Newton; Greg Shelly ’11, North Newton, and Dave Weaver ’85, Hesston; and third row, Felice Goering ’59, Moundridge; Monica Schmidt ’11, Newton; Linda Buller ’70, Wichita; Kathy Preheim ’89, Peabody; Morrie Scheffler ’07, Valley Center; and Debbie Claassen, ’85, Whitewater. Not pictured are Heather Fischer ’04, Newton; Ted Krehbiel ’89, Hesston; Christy Schunn-Sebes ’92, North Newton; Dave Stucky ’05, Newton; Terry Unruh, ’71, Wichita; and Zach Unruh ’04, Hesston; David Linscheid ’75, North Newton; and Wendy Nugent, administrative assistant, Newton. Photo by Wendy Nugent
Executive Committee 2013–14
- Kevin Neufeld ’94, North Newton (president)
- Sarah Duffy Hershberger ’03, Newton (recorder)
- Linda Buller ’70, Wichita (representative to the board)
- Ray Penner ’66, North Newton (representative to the board)
- Dave Linscheid ’75, North Newton (director of alumni relations)
Alumni Association representatives to the Board of Directors 2012–13
- Brett Birky ’87, Denver
- Linda Buller ’70, Wichita
- Ray Penner ’66, North Newton