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Life Enrichment

The Life Enrichment series is planned especially for adults age 60 and over.

Campus Events and Meetings

Effective Friday, March 13 at 10:00 PM, the college is canceling or postponing all non-essential large indoor gatherings and public events consisting of 50 or more people.  These include regularly scheduled events such as Life Enrichment, Convocation, guest lectures, performing arts events, and other gatherings meeting the aforementioned criteria.  

The series 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: $30 per semester or $3 per week; first-time attendees get a free day
Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m. for two-session dates; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for three-session dates
Location: Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus, unless otherwise noted

Coffee break time is usually 10:15 a.m.-10:35 a.m. (donations needed to help cover cost). Lunch is served in the Schultz Student Center cafeteria. Tickets for lunch should be purchased by 10:30 a.m. Cost: $6.50 for full meal; $4.50 for soup/salad/dessert.

Current Schedule

Feb. 5
9:30 a.m. Athletic Department Transition
Andy Johnson, VP for admissions, and Tony Hoops, director of athletics
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Don’t Give Them a Cup, Give Them a Cow
Arlin Buller, retired educator, North Newton
11:30 a.m. Smoky Valley Bluegrass Band
Don Alvord, rural Galva
Feb. 12
9:30 a.m. Barkman Honey and ‘Project Re-entry’
Brent Barkman, CEO, Hillsboro
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:50 a.m. Video: Kind, True and Necessary – Mary Lou and Ernie Goertzen
Introduced by Zona Galle, relative of the Goertzens, North Newton
Feb. 19
9:30 a.m. How You Can Support Area Youth Facing Adversity
Shelly Chinberg, area director, and Haley Butts, volunteer manager, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Harvey County, Newton
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:50 a.m. Kansas Climate + Health Declaration
Rachel Myslivy, assistant director, Climate + Energy Project, Hutchinson
Feb. 26
9:30 a.m. Teaching at Bethel College in the 1960s: Student Protests and Student Rights
Keith L. Sprunger, Bethel professor emeritus of history, North Newton
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:50 a.m. The Tanganyika Story
Matt Fouts, assistant director, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Wichita
Mar. 4
9:30 a.m. Songs and Stories of Peace, Hope and Justice
Tony Brown, McDonald, Pa.
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. A Journey Back to the Family Farm: The Quest to Find a Sustainable Model for a Small Farm in the 21st Century
Jason Schmidt, Grazing Plains LLC, Whitewater
11:30 a.m. The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Oct. 9 and Nov. 9, 1989
Mark Jantzen, professor of history, Bethel College
Mar. 11
9:30 a.m. Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
Allison Pate, residential director, EmberHope Youthville, Newton
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:50 a.m. It All Started with PAX – Living Between the U.S. and Congo
Ron Mininger, Hesston
Mar. 18
9:30 a.m. The Moccasin Speaks: A Story of the Red River War
Keith Spurgeon, assistant professor of history, Friends University, Wichita
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Astronomical Imaging in Research and Education at Bethel College’s Mabee Observatory
Martin Ratcliffe, Valley Center, Bethel adjunct instructor of astronomy and Cohen Honors Fellow, Wichita State University
11:30 a.m. Eden Worship Band
Rebecca Setser, director, Moundridge
Mar. 25
No Life Enrichment, Spring Break
Apr. 1
9:30 a.m. Little Arkansas Reservoir: The Lake that Never Was
Brian D. Stucky, Goessel
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:50 a.m. Life of Rodolphe Petter, Swiss Missionary to America
Weldon Schloneger, photographer and retired pastor, North Newton
Apr. 8
9:30 a.m. Rebuilding Lives with Strength and Resiliency Skills Following a Nepal Earthquake
Debra Voth, Hesston, and Bethany Amstutz Schrag, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. The Mute Stones Speak
Joe Goering, professor of medieval history, University of Toronto
11:30 a.m. Piano Duet Favorites
Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor emeritus of music, Bethel College, and Ben Woodward-Breckbill, associate pastor, Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton
Apr. 15
9:30 a.m. Harvey and Marion Counties True Crime Cases
David Yoder, County Attorney, Newton
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:50 a.m. C. Henry Smith Peace Orations
Bethel College students
Apr. 22
9:30 a.m. Living Life with Autism
Barbara Moran, author, Topeka
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:50 a.m. Fresh Produce: Orchardists, Market Growers and Truck Farmers
Cindy Higgins, Eudora
Apr. 29
9:30 a.m. The Genesis of the #ChurchToo Movement: Charting its Origins and its Critiques of Purity Culture
Christine Crouse-Dick, Ph.D., associate professor of communication arts, Bethel College
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. The Highs and Lows of Grandparents Raising Grandkids
Cindy Miles, Parenting Again Club founder, and executive director, Nonprofi t Chamber of Services, Wichita
11:30 a.m. Introduction to the Masterworks Concert Program
William Eash, D.M.A., director of choral activities, Bethel College, with music by Woven, women’s student a cappella ensemble

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.