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

Past Convocations: 2010–2014

Spring 2011

February 4 David H. Richert Distinguished Scholar Presentation
Brad Born, Cice President for Academic Affairs
Introduction to Convocation
Dale Schrag, Convocation Coordinator
February 7 Pueblo, Peace, Papaya Tree
Alan and Elizabeth Claassen Thrush, Mennonite Central Committee workers in Nicaragua
February 11 Interterm travel reports
February 14 Freedom Riders
(DVD), The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
February 18 Is William Martinez Not Our Brother?
William (Buzz) Alexander, Founder and Member, Prison Creative Arts Project, and Professor, School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
February 21 Why We Love Our Enemies: Tactics from Jesus for a World at War
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Author, New Monastic, and associate minister, St. John’s Baptist Church, Durham, N.C.
February 25 The Impact of Globalization on the World’s Poor
Albert Lobe, North American representative, Mennonite World Conference, and friends
February 28 Do Your Future a Favor: What You Do Now Can Shape Your Financial Future
Ashley Hagelin, Counselor, Lutheran Social Services, Duluth, Minn.
March 4 A Conversation with the President
Perry D. White, President of Bethel College
March 7 The Character Challenge
Riccardo Harris, Family Engagement Facilitator, Wichita Public Schools, and pastor, Resurrection Community Church, Wichita
March 11 An Open Clinic with the Bethel College Jazz Combo
Bob Mintzer, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
March 14 Young Alumnus Award: The Power of Possibility
Matthew Schmidt (1994), Director of Community Support Services and Access/Emergency Services at Prairie View Mental Health Center, Newton
March 18 Student Senate Convocation
March 28 Forensics Road Show
April 1 Uneasy Inheritance: Amish Settlements and the Trail of Death
Marty Lehman, Director of Churchwide Operations, Mennonite Church USA, Elkhart, Ind.
April 4 Seeing Afghanistan through a Muslim Woman’s Eyes
Palwasha Kakar, Program Manager, Access to Justice and Women’s Rights in Islam, The Asia Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan
April 8 How I Became a Disability Advocate: My Journey Into the World of the Blind
Carol Thieszen-Culp, independent living core services manager, Center for People with Disabilities, Boulder, Colo.
April 11 Common Ground: Bethel’s Shared Liberal Arts Experience
Common Ground Task Force
April 15 An Introduction to the Electric Violin
Tracy Silverman, the world’s greatest living exponent of the electric violin (BBC)
April 18 Infectious Diseases Challenges in the 21st Century
Laurel Preheim, Chief of Medicine, Department of Veterans Affairs, Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, and Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha
April 25 C. Henry Smith Peace Oration Finals
April 29 Seeking Peace Among Christians, Jews and Muslims
Duane Friesen, Edmund G. Kaufman Professor Emeritus of Bible and Religion
May 2 Schubert’s Mass in E flat Major
William Eash, Professor of Music
May 6 Out of Breath
Margaret Edson, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Wit, Atlanta, Ga.
May 9 Awards Convocation
May 13 Champions of Character Awards Convocation

Fall 2010

August 30 Formal opening of school: The Art of Wondering
Dr. Brad Born, Vice President for Academic Affairs
September 3 Introduction of new faculty/staff and introduction to convocation
September 6 The Night I Met Einstein
Dr. Perry D. White, President
September 10 Impacting the World
Robert William, Director of International Student Services/Program Manager, Brethren Colleges Abroad, Elizabethtown, Pa.
September 13 Student Senate Convocation and Club Fair
September 17 Political candidates’ forum
September 20 The God of Isaiah: A Jewish Reading of the Prophet
Dr. Nissim Wernick, Rabbi of Ahavath Achim Hebrew Congregation, Wichita
September 23 World Café: A Community Exercise
Chad Childs, Vice President for Student Life, Facilitator
September 27 Journey in the Diaspora: A Personal Story
Bassima Schbley, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Washburn University, Topeka
October 1 Student study abroad reports
October 4 Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity (URICA) reports
October 8 Fall Festival Convocation: Bethel’s Got Talent
October 11 Site Inspired
Jennifer Miller, adjunct instructor, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Lakewood, Colo.
October 15 Beating Time
Daniel Hege, Music Director and Conductor, Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Syracuse (New York) Symphony Orchestra
October 22 Broadcasting Belief: Faith, Media and Culture
Walt Wiltschek, Campus Pastor at Manchester College, North Manchester, Ind., and former Editor of The Messenger, denominational magazine of the Church of the Brethren
October 25 Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers: How la causa Turned from Triumph to Tragedy, and Why the Unraveling of This Remarkable ’60s Social Justice Movement Matters
Miriam Pawel, former LA Times Editor/Reporter, and Author of The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement
October 29 Stories from the Mountain Kingdom
Makoala Marake, the Herdboy Professor, Department of Soil Science and Resource Conservation, National University of Lesotho, Roma
November 1 Menno Simons Lecture: The Christian Faith in Global Perspective
John D. Roth, professor of history, Goshen College, Goshen, Ind.
November 5 Lies in the Land of Promise: Reflections from Jerusalem
Peter Miller, Resident Director of Warkentin Court, and Former Service Worker with Mennonite Central Committee in Jerusalem
November 8 Loving Your Enemies: Did Jesus Really Mean It?
Frank Cordaro, former Parish Priest and Founder and Member of the Des Moines Catholic Worker community, Des Moines, Iowa
November 12 A Latino Perspective on the Arizona Immigration Law
Felipe Hinojosa, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
November 15 Honors Convocation: Reflections from a Life of Teaching
Dr. William Eash, Professor of Music, and recipient of the 2010 Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award
November 19 Ugandan Advocates: Peace and Proscovia
Jenna Ingrassia, Middle America Team Leader, Invisible Children Face to Face Tour
November 22 Making Bethel College Greener
Roger Reimer, Maintenance Technician
Gary Histand, Professor of Chemistry
Novoember 29 Called to Greatness
Wayne Simien, former All-American basketball player at the University of Kansas and member of the 2005-06 NBA champion Miami Heat
December 6 Biology: A Lifelong Affair
Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, Assistant Professor of Biology
December 10 Messiah sing
Featuring the Bethel College Orchestra, Student Soloists, Chorus

Spring 2010

February 5 Give Yourself to the Poor
Rick McNary, President and CEO, Numana, Inc., El Dorado, Kansas
February 8 In Pursuit of Hope: My Spiritual Journey
Ervin Stutzman, Executive Director, Mennonite Church USA, Harrisonburg, Virginia
February 12 Interterm travel reports
February 15 An Exploration of South African Music
Gloria Creed-Dikeogu, Director of Library Services, Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas
February 19 Jazz Ensemble I and Mello Cello
February 22 Biblical Storytelling: The Word Made Flesh
Tracy Radosevic, Dean, Academy for Biblical Storytellers, Baltimore, Maryland
February 26 A Western Youth in the Ancient Middle East
Mike Prahm, U. S. Navy Veteran, Missionary, and Plant Maintenance Supervisor, Kansas Ready Mix, Wichita, Kansas
March 1 Beautiful and Abundant: Visualizing a Sustainable Human Future
Bryan Welch, Publisher and Editorial Director, Ogden Publications, Inc., Topeka, Kansas
March 8 Philanthropist for a Dollar: How Tiny Gifts Change the World
Toby Tyner, Associate Director of Development, and the Bethel College Advancement Department
March 15 What Do You Do With a Broken Heart?
Monica Epperson, chairman and CEO of Blended Love, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma
March 19 Asylum Denied: A Refugee’s Struggle for Safety in America
David Ngaruri Kenney, Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, Rockville, Maryland
March 29 Young Alumnus Award: Leaps and Bounds: From Goessel, Kansas, to Washington, D.C.
Katrina Toews (1998), Director of The Washington Ballet at THEARC (Town Hall Education Art and Recreation Campus), Washington, D. C.
April 5 C. H. Wedel: A Centennial Post-Mortem
James C. Juhnke, Professor Emeritus of History
April 9 The Universe in Oscillation: Music for a Higher Purpose
Paul Rudy, Professor and Coordinator of Composition, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Composer in Residence, Bethel College
April 12 Surfing the Event Horizon on the Magic Carpet of Sound
Paul Rudy, Professor and Coordinator of Composition, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Composer in Residence, Bethel College
April 16 Breathe In, Breathe Out: Yoga as Spiritual and Cultural Practice
Karen Sheriff LeVan, English Department, Hesston College
April 19 Cluster Munitions: Can Banning Little Bombs Lead to a Bigger Peace?
Virgil Wiebe, Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 23 Becoming a Supergirl: The Process of Developing a One-Woman Show
Amanda Petefish Schrag, Assistant Professor of Communication, Theatre and Languages, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri
April 26 C. Henry Smith Peace Orations
April 30 Forensics Road Show
May 7 Appreciating Twentieth-Century Masterworks: Poulenc’s Gloria (1961) and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms (1930)
William Eash, Professor of Music
May 10 Awards Convo
May 14 Champions of Character Awards Convo