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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

August 30
9:30 a.m. Student Success: A Day in the Life of the Vice President for Student Life
Aaron Austin, Bethel College
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. A Child’s View of War in 1940s England
Mary Goering, retired medical clinic administrator, Texas
11:30 a.m. Canine Demonstration
Randy Jordan, North Newton Police Department
September 6
9:30 a.m. Photographic Journeys
Max Voran, retired educator/IT director, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Fifty Years in Radio and Music
Orin Friesen, KFDI-FM radio and the Prairie Rose Wranglers, Benton
11:30 a.m. Orin Friesen continues (double session)
September 13
9:30 a.m. Germans to Germans: The Story of the P.O.W. Camp at Peabody, Kansas
Peggy Goertzen, director and archivist, Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Tabor College, Hillsboro
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. National Parks and Monuments of the U.S.
John and Alice Suderman, photographers, North Newton
11:30 a.m. Bethel College Student Summer Internships
Peter Goerzen, campus pastor
September 20
9:30 a.m. From Plate to Palate: A Day in the Life of Our Food Service Director
Nolan Corne, Aladdin Foods, Bethel College
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Making of an Orchestra: History and Highlights of Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra
Jill Gatz, NMKSO manager, Newton
11:30 a.m. Three Years to a Healthier Harvey County
Lynette Redington, director, Harvey County Health Department, Newton
September 27
9:30 a.m. Christianity in China: Fourteen Hundred Years of Hope, Persecution, Joy and Concern
Jim Goering, retired diplomat, international educator, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Discoveries in Astronomy and a Review of the Great American Eclipse
Jim Yoder, professor of chemistry, Hesston College
11:30 a.m. Steel Drum Band, Year 2 
Brad Shores, athletic band director, Bethel College
October 4
9:30 a.m. Ag Agent and Exhibition Poultry
Ryan Flaming, agriculture and natural resources agent, Kansas State University Research and Extension, Harvey County
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Congo Bamboo Bicycle Project
Chuck Regier, curator of exhibits, Kauffman Museum, North Newton
11:30 a.m. Harper Industries (formerly DewEze)
Tim Penner, president, Harper
October 11 - NOTE LOCATION: Bethel College Mennonite Church
9:30 a.m. Don’t Touch that Dial! Remembering Old Time Radio
Kip Wedel, assistant professor of history and peace studies, Bethel College
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Bal-A-Vis-X – Balance, Auditory, Vision, Exercise: What Is It?
Megan Baldwin, special education teacher, Newton
11:30 a.m.

A. Fall Fest theater highlights: Godspell
B. Art and Auction - Bethel College Chapel Stained Glass Windows Replicas by Hugo Boschmann

Bethel College Principles of Marketing class

October 18
9:30 a.m. Pine Village Players
Becky Yoder, Pine Village activities director, Moundridge
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Free Speech in Times of Crisis
Steve Wolgast, Kansas Humanities Council speaker, journalism and digital media faculty, Kansas State University Manhattan
11:30 a.m. Steve Wolgast continues (double session)
October 25
9:30 a.m. The Quiet Demonstration in Mississippi, 1950s and 1960s
Harold Regier, retired pastor, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Wind Farms and Their Impact on Rural Kansas
Wes Mizell, manager, Westar Wind Energy, Meriden
11:30 a.m. From Sudan to Newton: The History of Both
Elshami Elamin, oncologist, Central Care Cancer Center, Newton
November 1
9:30 a.m. Fake News: How to Survive in Information Overload
Dan Eells, adult services supervisor, and Betsy Davis, technical services supervisor, Newton Public Library
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Youth as Resources: Empowered Youth Creating Positive Change
Desiree Martens, coordinator of prevention services, Mirror, Inc., Newton
11:30 a.m. Local Girl Follows Her Dreams
Melissa Scheffler, anchor/reporter, KWCH-TV Channel 12, Wichita
November 8
9:30 a.m. Harvey County’s Foulest Crime and Legal Battle
Bob Myers, city manager, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Black and White Together
Mark McCormick, director, The Wichita African American Museum
11:30 a.m. Newton Woman of the Year: 40-Year History
Erin McDaniel, director of communications, City of Newton
November 15
9:30 a.m. Japanese Gardens Through the Year
Catherine Edwards, commander, United States Navy (ret.), Harvey County Master Gardener, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Road Trip Ideas for Kansas Explorers
Marci Penner, director, and WenDee Rowe, assistant director, Kansas Sampler Foundation, Inman
11:30 a.m.

Instrumental Country and Gospel Music
Bob Delk & the Boys, Hillsboro

Nov. 15 is our final session. Tentatively, we begin our spring 2018 Life Enrichment schedule on Feb. 7, 2018.