Student Life Staff
- B. Music Education Kansas State University 1997
- M.Ed. Arizona State University 2002
Aaron L. Austin has served as Vice President for Student Life at Bethel College since 2012. Aaron earned his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in Music Education and completed a minor in American Ethnic Studies. Eventually, Aaron moved on to Arizona State University – Tempe, where he completed a Master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. from Texas Tech University, and plans to focus on Black Male Achievement as a research topic.
Aaron has worked in professional positions at Kansas State University, Arizona State University, the University of California – San Diego, and Texas Tech University, and has a variety of experiences ranging from fraternity advising to student conduct boards.
Originally from Garden City, KS, Aaron is excited to be back in Kansas and to work with the Student Life staff to develop, implement, and maintain a quality Student Life department that provides the best experience possible to Bethel College students.
- Bachelor of Science Bethel College 2005
- Master of Social Work Newman University 2010
- A.A. Bethel College
- B.A. Communication Coker College
Gabriel Fonseca is originally from a suburban community in Puerto Rico. As a military child, he has moved from time to time ending up in Columbia, SC. He graduated from Coker College (Hartsville, South Carolina) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. He hopes to earn a Masters in Higher Education in the upcoming years.
While at Coker College, Gabriel had the opportunity to work in almost all areas of Student Affairs. He was a resident assistant for two years before serving as the Residence Life Coordinator overseeing internal and programming operations for the Residence Life Student Staff.
Following an early graduation, he began working at Ridge View High School in Columbia, South Carolina as the Lead, Learn and Serve Program Coordinator (a leadership based community service program).
I am extremely excited about beginning a new fresh start here at Bethel, says Gabriel. I am so thrilled about getting to know Bethel students and it’s community. I am truly excited about being a part of students’ lives.
- B.A. Bethel College 2007
- M.Div Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary 2015
- B.S. in Elementary Education Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2013
Paige is originally from Western Pennsylvania, where she attended college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). While earning her degree in Elementary Education, Paige became involved in various organizations in Residence Life and began serving on various committees. In addition to her organizational involvement, Paige worked as an Academic Peer Mentor and a Community Assistant.
During her last two years at IUP, Paige worked at a regional campus designated for First-Year Students. Through these experiences, Paige was able to see the struggles and successes with students working through academics in Higher Education for the first time, building relationships, and transitioning to a new environment.