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— Allison Boehm, ’09


Michael Unruh

Michael Unruh

Admissions Counselor
Ext: 236
Phone: 316-284-5236
  • B.A., Biology Bethel College 2009
About Michael: "I grew up on a farm outside of Peabody, Kansas, where I learned to love
the outdoors from a very early age. Spending entire days fishing, climbing trees, chopping weeds, or swimming was a very common occurrence for me! I graduated from Peabody-Burns High School in 2004. I attended Bethel College from 2004-2009, where I studied biology, played football, sang in concert choir, worked as an RA in the upperclassmen residence hall (Warkentin Court), and helped organize intramural sports.

After I graduated with a biology degree, I served with Mennonite Voluntary Service for one year at Camp Mennoscah, a church camp near Kingman, Kansas, where I worked to maintain the grounds and buildings of the camp. One year of volunteering wasn’t enough for me, so I served another year in Fresno, California as a child care worker at a group home for teen boys.

I enjoy playing most sports like basketball, softball, ultimate frisbee and golf. I like to listen to and play music and am currently involved in a bluegrass band with a few current Bethel students and alumni. I like fishing and most other outdoor activities, and helping out on our farm when I can.

For me, Bethel was an unexpected destination, because I had planned to go to a large state school. But once I visited the campus and saw the strength of the academic programs and how relatable the faculty and coaches were, I knew Bethel would be a good fit. For this reason, I think a visit to campus is a good idea before making a decision on any college. Bethel gave me the opportunity to continue playing football at a higher
level, which wouldn’t have worked out at a larger university. It was such a thrill to be a part of two conference championship teams!I also had the opportunity to study biology in Costa Rica through Bethel trips in January, which is only one of the numerous study abroad experiences available at Bethel.

I work with Kansas high school students in Marion and Sedgwick counties, as well as Eastern Kansas, including the Kansas City metro area. I also work with high school students in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and California."