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

Life Enrichment

The Life Enrichment series is planned especially for adults age 60 and over and is made possible by funding from Bethel College and the generosity of speakers who share their talent and expertise without compensation. The series is held in conjunction with Bethel’s academic year.

Cost: $20 per semester or $2 per week; first-time attendees get a free day
Time: 9:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (lunch following)
Location: Krehbiel Auditorium in the Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus, unless otherwise noted

Coffee break time is usually 10:15–10:35 a.m. (donations needed to help cover cost). Lunch is served in the Schultz Student Center dining hall. Tickets for lunch should be purchased by 10:35 a.m. Cost: $6 for full meal; $4 for soup/salad/dessert.

Current Schedule

February 3
9:30 a.m. How Cycling Benefits You and the Community
Heather Barringer, Newton Bike Shop
10:35 a.m. Leadership Development and Community Vitality
Racquel Thiesen, former Newton mayor
11:30 a.m. Therapy Dog Dottie
Mark Jenkins, North Newton
February 10
9:30 a.m. Personal Medical Access—Theory vs. Fact
Matthew Schmidt, executive director, Health Ministries, Newton
10:35 a.m. Still Driving You Wild: Sedgwick County Zoo
Schanee Anderson, education specialist, Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita
11:30 a.m. The Economic Impact of Illegal Drugs on Newton and the Surrounding Area
Mitch Nedrow, detective, Newton Police Department
February 17
9:30 a.m. Eight Days in Nicaragua
Clyde and Felice Goering, North Newton
10:35 a.m. Singing the Cattle North
Jim Hoy, retired professor, Emporia State University (Kansas Humanities Council presentation)
11:30 a.m. Continue Jim Hoy’s Kansas Humanities Council double-session presentation
February 24
9:30 a.m. Caring for Children and Youth
Victor Peterson, church operations manager, Youthville (EmberHope), Wichita
10:35 a.m. Julia Child, the French Connection
Ken Rodgers, Hesston College
11:30 a.m. Where There’s a Need, There’s a Lion
Dan Heinze, Jr. and Erin McDaniel, Newton Lions Club
March 2
9:30 a.m. Newton YMCA project update
Todd Tangeman, chief operating officer, Newton Medical Center
10:35 a.m. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of a Political Candidate
Barbara Bunting, community volunteer, Newton
11:30 a.m. Reconciling Parents in the United Methodist Church—Cleaning Closets A Mother’s Story
Beverly Cole, Salina
March 9
9:30 a.m. The Aging Mind: What’s Normal, What’s Not
Chris D. Keiper, psychology intern, Prairie View, Newton
10:35 a.m. The Secrets of the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Ago
Ernestine Williams Krehbiel, Butler Community College, Wichita
11:30 a.m. Coaching Without a Whistle
Ron Flaming, North Newton
March 16
9:30 a.m. Understanding and Overcoming Hearing Loss
Barbara Jozsa, M.A., CCC-A, audiologist, Ford Hearing Aid and Audiology, Newton
10:35 a.m. The History of the Bethel College Bell
Levi Goossen, attorney, Newton
11:30 a.m. Teaching English in Mongolia and Turkey
Wallace Good, Newton
March 23
Spring Break – No Life Enrichment
March 30
9:30 a.m. Our Architectural History
Billi Jo Wilson, historical preservation planner, City of Newton, and Steve Johnson, Newton-North Newton Historic Preservation Commission
10:35 a.m. Children’s Haven in Mexico
Amanda and Paul Friesen, Newton
11:30 a.m. Desiderius Erasmus, the Most Famous Man You (Probably) Never Met
Dale Schrag, North Newton
April 6
9:30 a.m. Experiences in Starting a Newspaper
Wendy Nugent, features editor, Newton Now
10:35 a.m. Know Before You Drone
Nick Onelio, Blue-Chip Unmanned Aerial Solutions, Wichita
11:30 a.m. Vocal music
Goessel High School Choir, Andrew Voth, director
April 13 (Grandparents Day)
9:30 a.m. Ukraine Sabbatical 2014–15
John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, Bethel College
10:35 a.m. Thresher Shop management and fashion show
Casey Schunn, Thresher Shop manager, Bethel College
11:30 a.m. C. Henry Smith peace orations
Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR, Bethel College
April 20
9:30 a.m. South America: A Continent of Beauty and the Unexpected
Howard and Judy Woelk Schrag, North Newton
10:35 a.m. The Sights and Sounds of Cheyenne Bottoms and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Curtis Wolf, site manager, Great Bend
11:30 a.m. Let It Be Good
Chris Oberle, paraplegic surfer, Los Angeles
April 27
9:30 a.m. Heart-to-Heart Child Advocacy
Kerry Grosch, director, Newton
10:35 a.m. Masterworks concert presentation
Chris David Westover, director of instrumental music, Bethel College
11:30 a.m. Vocal music
Open Road, Bethel College men’s a cappella group