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Daniel Hege ’87

Alumni Weekend

This year’s Alumni Weekend is scheduled for June 6–8, 2014, a bit later than has been the tradition. With the theme Back to Bethel! and no longer on the same weekend as baccalaureate and commencement, it provides new opportunities for alumni to return to campus to

  • stay in the dorm
  • honor the Golden Thresher Class of 1964
  • fellowship with others in the Classes of 1965, 1959, 1954 and Heritage Classes of 1949 and earlier years
  • reminisce with others in the 1967 European tour choir
  • recognize alumni award recipients
  • help with simple projects on campus
  • enjoy time back in a Bethel classroom
  • tour the campus with student hosts
  • sing and worship together
  • acknowledge those who have supported Bethel in a special way.

Some of this year’s Alumni Weekend activities are listed below. The complete schedule was mailed to alumni in March. Alumni who did not receive it or who need more information may contact the alumni office, which coordinates Alumni Weekend. We hope you can spend an evening, a day or a weekend back at Bethel! Photos from alumni weekend can be found at www.VadaSnider.com.

Alumni Weekend 2014 Tentative Schedule

Friday, June 6
7 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Back to The Inn, Mojo’s, Schultz Student Center
Back then the snack bar was called the College Inn or simply The Inn. Now students and the community frequent Mojo’s Coffee Bar, which serves coffee, cold drinks, and a variety of sandwiches and snacks.
1–2 p.m. Check in, Lobby, Schultz Student Center
Hosted by members of the Alumni Council.

Back in the dorm, Voth Hall
Back then they were called dorms; now they’re residence halls. Settle in at Voth Hall, the newest such facility, or make your own arrangements with friends or at a local hotel.
2:30–4:30 p.m. Back to serve, meet at Schultz Student Center
Bethel has a long tradition of service, including a history of Service Day. If you wish, sign up to help presidential spouse Dalene White with light-duty projects across campus.
6–7 p.m. Check in (if not earlier), Lawn, Goerz House (Lobby, Schultz Student Center if rain)
Hosted by members of the Alumni Council.
7–9 p.m. Back at Goerz Hall, Lawn, Goerz House (Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center if rain)
Enjoy ice cream with President Perry White and Dalene White at what has been a family home, women’s residence hall, health center, offices and a guest house--now the president’s home known as Goerz House. This official opening of Alumni Weekend is free, courtesy of the Alumni Association.
9 p.m. Back in the dorm, Voth Hall
Those staying on campus settle in for the night.
Saturday, June 7
8–11 a.m. Check in, Lobby, Schultz Student Center
Hosted by members of the Alumni Council.
8–9 a.m. Back to the dining hall, Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
Back then it was the dining hall. Now students simply refer to it as “the caf.” Start your day with a breakfast buffet in the college’s beautiful new eating area.
9–10 a.m. Back to class #1, Room 203, James A. Will Family Academic Center
The old “stair-step classroom” on the main floor of what was the old Science Hall still exists. Head back there for an enjoyable discussion led by former professor John Sheriff. No reading nor tests to worry about.
10:30–11:30 a.m. Back to class #2, Room 203, James A. Will Family Academic Center
Enjoy a visual presentation by former professor Bob Regier.
11:45 a.m. Back to the Ad Building: Golden Thresher class photo, steps of the Administration Building
In times past, graduating classes and even the entire student body assembled on the steps of the Ad Building for photos. The Class of 1964 is invited to have their photo taken before proceeding as a group to the Alumni Banquet.
Noon–2 p.m. Alumni Banquet, Jolliffe Auditorium, Memorial Hall
Founded in 1894, the Bethel College Alumni Association has held annual banquets since 1896. This one will include special recognition of Golden Thresher Class of 1964 and presentation of 2014 alumni awards to Leona Penner ’66, Lincoln, Neb., and Peter Goering ’77, Silver Spring, Md. This year’s reunion classes will sit together and be recognized. Open seating for others.
2–3 p.m. Reception with alumni award recipients, Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
3–3:30 p.m. Back on campus, meet in lobby, Schultz Student Center
Take a brief walking tour of the campus with a student host, who will highlight recent projects. Transportation for up to seven people provided by Alumni Council hosts.
3:30–4:30 p.m. Back in choir, Chapel, Administration Building
Singing is a long Bethel tradition. Whether you were in an established group or not, rehearse with others for Sunday’s service with former professor Marles Preheim. The choir will include singers who toured Europe in 1967.
4–4:30 p.m. Back on campus, meet in lobby, Schultz Student Center
Take a brief walking tour of the campus with a student host, who will highlight recent projects. Transportation for up to seven people provided by Alumni Council hosts.
6 p.m. Back with your friends
Close the day at dinner with your classmates.

Heritage Classes: Classes of 1949 (65th anniversary) and earlier years
Lounge, Mantz Library

Class of 1954 (60th anniversary)
Mabee Atrium, James A. Will Family Academic Center

Class of 1959 (55th anniversary)
Kaufman House/KIPCOR, 2515 College Ave.

Golden Thresher Class of 1964 (50th anniversary)
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center

1967 European Tour choir (special reunion group)
Atrium, Krehbiel Science Center

Sunday, June 8
8–9 a.m. Back to the dining hall, Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
9–11:30 a.m. Check out (for those staying on campus), Lobby, Voth Hall
10–11 a.m. Back to chapel, Chapel, Administration Building
Worship with others in Bethel’s historic chapel, music by alumni choir, hymn singing; Heritage Roll of Honor memorial service. Hosted by President White, Dalene White and Advancement Office staff.