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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

August 24
9:30 a.m. Between Here and the Horizon: Looking Ahead for Bethel and the Higher Education Industry
Dr. Perry White, president, Bethel College
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Magical Modes of Music
Amanda Casper, neurological music therapist, Kidron-Bethel Village, North Newton
11:30 a.m. Vivir Bien (Living Well): Low German Mennonites in Bolivia
Mennonites in Bolivia, Willmar Harder, pastor, Buhler Mennonite Church
August 31
9:30 a.m. PACE: A Retro Approach to Senior Care
Emilie Rains, Marketing and Intake Coordinator, PACE, Bluestem, McPherson
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Feral Hog Control Efforts in Kansas
Gregory Curran Salter, wildlife biologist, USDA/Wildlife Services, Hoisington
11:30 a.m. Responding to Random Acts of Violence
Gwen Haspels, Halstead, 20-year missionary with Suri people in Ethiopia
September 7
9:30 a.m. People of the Land: Mennonites and the Doctrine of Discovery
Doctrine of Discovery, Karin Kaufman Wall (peace and justice), Erica Littlewolf (indigenous visioning) and Michelle Armster (executive director), Mennonite Central Committee Central States, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. A Scrappy Life: How to Piece Together Bits and Pieces for a Beautiful Quilt
Gregory Curran Salter, wildlife biologist, USDA/Wildlife Services, Hoisington
11:30 a.m. Student Summer Internships
Peter Goerzen, campus pastor, Bethel College
September 14
This session will be held at Bethel College Mennonite Church.
9:30 a.m. Cattle Trails of Texas
Gary and Margaret Kraisinger, award-winning historians and scholars, Halstead
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking, Sister Mary Ellen Loch, peace and justice coordinator, Congregation of St. Joseph, Wichita
11:30 a.m. How My Wichita Inner-City Sabbatical Experience Will Change What I Teach Teachers
Allen Jantz, professor of education, Bethel College
September 21
9:30 a.m. Building Bridges Art Exhibit
Building Bridges Art Exhibit, Mel Lehman, director, Common Humanity, New York City
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Writing Your Own Story
Laurie Oswald Robinson, writing coach, Tales of the Times, Newton
11:30 a.m. Fall Fest Theater Highlights
John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, Bethel College
11:40 a.m. Bethel Athletic Band
Brad Shores, athletic band director, Bethel College
September 28
No Life Enrichment
October 5
9:30 a.m. What You Need to Know About Unmanned Aircraft Systems and the Ever-Expanding Drone Industry
Trevor Witt, UAS data analyst and manager, Applied Aviation Research Center, Kansas State University-Polytechnic, Salina
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Prairies, Plains and Rivers: Parlor Songs of the Midwest
Paul Smith, head of the voice area, Friends University, Wichita
11:30 a.m. How to Live in Your Home Longer: Balancing Life Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually
Jerry Pomeroy, P.T., Advanced Physical Therapy, Newton and Hesston
October 12
9:30 a.m. Reflections on a Life in the Third Branch
Karen Humphreys, retired U.S. magistrate judge, Wichita
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. The Psychology of the Social Media
Paul Lewis, professor of psychology and philosophy, Bethel College
11:30 a.m. Curtain Up: Salute to Broadway—Heart of America Men’s Chorus
Deanne Zogleman, artistic director, Heart of America Men’s Chorus, and director of music, Newman University, Wichita
October 19
9:30 a.m. The Global Water Crisis: Too Much Salty Water, Too Little Fresh
Jim Goering, World Bank (retired), North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. The Art of Making Bronze Sculpture
Chris Petrocci Hershberger, sculptor, Inman
11:30 a.m. Performing Music after 60
Jim Keefer, ToDaze Trio, Wichita
October 26
9:30 a.m. Taking Out the Trash: A Developmental Task
Donna Becker, retired nurse educator.
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Healthy Streams for Kansas
Heidi Mehl, Initiative Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Topeka
11:30 a.m. 21st Century Leadership Lessons from 18th Century Leader Frances Willard
Allison McFarland, Professor of Business and Economics, Bethel Colleger/td>
November 2
9:30 a.m. Tramping in New Zealand
Gordon and Jeanne Houser, journalist and retired school social worker, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. The Harvey Girls
Michaeline Chance-Reay, author and historian, Manhattan (Kansas Humanities Council presentation)
11:30 a.m. The Harvey Girls continues
November 9
9:30 a.m. It’s My Thyroid: Fact or Fiction
Jan Ho man, M.D., endocrinologist, Newton Medical Center
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Title IX Impact: Current Issues
Dr. Allison McFarland, Title IX compliance officer, Bethel College
11:30 a.m. Disaster Management Studies: A Unique Partnership between Hesston College and Mennonite Disaster Service
Cleo Koop, director of Disaster Management Studies, Hesston College
November 16
9:30 a.m. Baseball, Preachers, and Funerals
Phyllis Schrag, South Dakota Humanities Scholar, Ames, Iowa
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. If You Have to Grow Up, It Might as Well Be in a Small Town
Phyllis Schrag
11:30 a.m. Presiding over Gods and Monsters: A Judge’s Journal
Jeff Syrios, J.D., Sedgwick County Judge, Wichita

November 16 is our final session. Tentatively, we begin spring 2017 Life Enrichment on February 1, 2017.