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The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically.
Sarah Unruh ’12


Convocation is an all-school assembly that generally meets twice weekly (Monday and Friday) at 11 a.m. during spring and fall semesters in Krehbiel Auditorium. It is an integral part of the liberal arts education experience at Bethel. Guest lecturers, performing groups and audio/visual presentations provide students with a wide-ranging exposure to issues in politics, society, religion, the arts and sciences. The convocation experience is designed to help build community, broaden horizons and explore basic value issues.

Fall 2016 Schedule

August 17, 11:00 a.m. Formal Opening of Bethel College
August 19, 11:00 a.m. Introduction to Convocation and Faculty / Staff Profiles
August 22, 11:00 a.m. Active Shooter Information and Title IX
August 26, 11:00 a.m. "Be 212: The Experiences of Being Involved"
August 29, 11:00 a.m. Student Involvement Fair
September 2, 11:00 a.m. Rev. Alex Awad, Bethlehem Bible College, Baptist Minister and Evangelical Palestinian Leader
September 9, 11:00 a.m. Brad Shores, "What is a Scramble Band?"
September 12, 11:00 a.m. SGA Organized Panel Discussion on Scholarships and Financial Aid
September 16, 11:00 a.m. Michael Staab, Mission Control Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
September 19, 11:00 a.m. Grand Opening Celebration of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
September 23, 11:00 a.m. Mel Lehman, Building Bridges International Art Project
September 26, 11:00 a.m. Cade Amend, LPC, Prairie View "Common and Not-so-Common Stressors of College Students:
September 30, 11:00 a.m. Ernestine Williams Krehbiel, League of Women Voters
October 3, 11:00 a.m. Mallory Marsh, Ralph P. Schrag Teaching Award Winner
October 7, 11:00 a.m. Micala Gingrich-Gaylord, "Carrying Your Own Weight: Body Image Issues in America"
October 14, 11:00 a.m. Hispanic Heritage Month Convocation Gene Chavez "Flour Power"
October 17, 11:00 a.m. Aziza Hasan Young Alumnus Award Winner
October 21, 11:00 a.m. Jordan Poland "The Common and Quirky Mascots of Kansas"
October 24, 11:00 a.m. Sumbul Ali-Karamali author of The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Medai and that Veil Thing
October 28, 11:00 a.m. Mark McCormick, The Kansas African-American Museum
October 31, 11:00 a.m. Menno Simons Convocation, Dr. Perry Bush
November 4, 11:00 a.m. Native American Heritage Month Diane Glancy, Cherokee Nation Poet and Filmmaker
November 7, 11:00 a.m. John Roth, Goshen College, Why Not to Vote
November 11, 11:00 a.m. Dr. Edgar Tidwell, KU, When Freedom Changed America
November 14, 11:00 a.m. URICA Fall Semester Projects
November 18, 11:00 a.m. Study Abroad Convocation
November 21, 11:00 a.m. CCL, North Newton to China, Gary Histand
November 28, 11:00 a.m. Peter Goerzen and Annette LeZotte, Christ's Nativity in the Bible and Art

Past lectures

This list is constructed from the published convocation brochures, which may not necessarily reflect last-minute changes to the convo schedule.