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

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: $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 29
9:30 a.m. A Peek Inside Student Life at Bethel
Samuel Haynes, vice president for student life and dean of students, Bethel College
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Youth Sports: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?
Jennifer Koontz, M.D., Newton Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
11:30 a.m. Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians
Pauline Sharp, granddaughter of Chief Lucy, Wichita
September 5
9:30 a.m. Building a Competitive Advantage 
Brent Edmisten, vice president of operations, SCM and engineering, Excel Industries, Hesston
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Use of Drones in Police Work
Craig Dunlavy, assistant police chief, Newton Police Department 
11:30 a.m. The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
Robert Henderson, Ph.D., Whitewater
September 12
9:30 a.m. Life in Babylon: The Story of a Missionary Kid
Joe Manickam, Ph.D., president, Hesston College
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Unmentionables to Overgarments: A Look at Victorian Women’s Fashions
Hannah Thompson, director, Harvey County Historical Museum, Newton
11:30 a.m. Machu Picchu and the Galapagos
Danielle and Wayne Goering, Moundridge
September 19
Please note: this session will be held in Memorial Hall.
9:30 a.m. Stories From My Abolitionist Ancestors
Zona Platt Galle, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Community Emergencies You Did Not Think Of
Skip Cowen, community services coordinator, Harvey County Health Department, Newton
11:30 a.m. Steel Drums: A Cross-Cultural Experience
Brad Shores, athletic band director, Bethel College
September 26
9:30 a.m. The Future of Harvesting is Now
Greg Terjesen, vice president of sales and marketing, Tribine Equipment, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. The Amazing Honeybee
Ken Regier and Ryan Goertzen, beekeepers, Newton and North Newton
11:30 a.m. Escape to Freedom: One Family’s Journey from Vietnam to the U.S.
Kim Huynh, Textron Aviation, and Rob Howes, retired aviation engineer, Wichita
October 3
9:30 a.m. 125 Years of Banking on Main Street
Ronald Lang, president, Midland National Bank, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Finding the Right Time to Have the Difficult Conversations
Sheryl Wilson, executive director, Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Reconciliation (KIPCOR), North Newton
11:30 a.m. Sneak Peek into the Fall Fest Musical, Little Women
John McCabe-Juhnke, Ph.D., professor of communication arts, Bethel College
October 10
9:30 a.m. Sparking Change to Improve Lives: EmberHope and Youthville
Pam Bauer Nolan, chair, board of directors, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. The Famous Group of 62
descendants of Russian Mennonite soldiers rescued a century ago, with panel facilitator John Sharp, professor of history, Hesston College
11:30 a.m. The Famous Group of 62 continues (double session)
October 17
9:30 a.m. Collaboration in the Arts
Rachel Epp Buller, Ph.D., associate professor of visual art and design, Bethel College
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Community Chaplaincy: Service and Solutions
Jason Reynolds, executive director, Community Chaplains Response Team Inc., Newton
11:30 a.m. The Deacon’s Choice: It was a fabulous offer, but would Uncle Dannie sell his farm?
LeRoy Hershberger, storyteller, Hutchinson
October 24
9:30 a.m. Vietnam and Laos: Legacies of the American War and Peace Building for the Future
Heidi Buller Huber, human resources coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee-Central States, North Newton, and Rachel Ringenberg Miller, pastor, Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Photographing Kansas Nature and Landscapes
Scott Bean, Scott Bean Photography, Manhattan
11:30 a.m. Hazel Zink and the Wrinkle Box Players (accordion music), Hutchinson
October 31
9:30 a.m. Our Visit to Cuba was Stepping Back in Time
Carol and Donley Duerksen, Hillsboro
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. McPherson Valley Wetlands: Past, Present and Future
Jason Black, manager, KDWPT fisheries and wildlife biologist supervisor, McPherson
11:30 a.m. The Automotive Restoration Program
Amanda Gutierrez, MBA, vice president for auto restoration, McPherson College
November 7
Please note: this schedule only has two sessions.
9:30 a.m. A River Runs Through It: 3,900 Miles Down China’s Mighty Yangtze
Jim Goering, economist, North Newton
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:50 a.m. End-of-Life Choices: Consider the Conversation
Roberta Loeffler, M.D., and Karen Lehman, DNP, MSN, ARPN, FNP-C, Newton Medical Center 
November 14
9:30 a.m. Lindsborg’s Festivals and Events
Holly Lofton, director, Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Water in Kansas: Past and Present
Rex Buchanan, interim director, Kansas Geological Survey, Lawrence, Humanities Kansas speaker
11:30 a.m. Water in Kansas: Past and Present continues (double session)

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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.