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Life Enrichment

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. 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 a.m.–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 6
9:30 a.m. “The Darkest Period: The Kanza Indians and Their Last Homeland 1846-1873,”
Ronald D. Parks, author, Manhattan
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “New Women of the Trail,”
Dave Leiker, environmental portrait and landscape artist, Emporia
11:30 a.m. “On the Road with Larry Hatteberg,”
Larry Hatteberg, TV anchor/photojournalist, Wichita
February 13
9:30 a.m. “Vernon Rickman: An Artist’s Life,”
Beverly Olson Buller, teacher/author, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “Crossing Flint – Personal Journey of Land and People,”
Florence and Weldon Schloneger, pastors/ authors, North Newton
11:30 a.m. “Music, Brain and Emotion: A Convergence of Art and Science,”
Dwight Krehbiel, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Bethel College
February 20
9:30 a.m. “Becoming a Refugee in WWII,”
Justina Neufeld, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “SMELL SMOKE? – My Work in Wildland Fires,”
Deon Steinle, assistant fire management officer, Mid- Plains Fire Management Zone, Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Refuge, Pleasanton
11:30 a.m. “Dug in for the Night,”
Doug Everingham, musician, Park City
February 27
9:30 a.m. “What South Korea, California, Tucson, Ariz., and Kansas Have in Common,”
Michael Reinschmidt, Ph.D., director of Kauffman Museum, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “Why Use a Billion When You Can Use a Million?,”
Bob Bunting, president of Bunting Magnetics, Newton
11:30 a.m. “The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of J.A. Schowalter,”
Arlan R. Yoder, president, Schowalter Foundation, North Newton
March 6
9:30 a.m. “Wise Fools: Welcoming the Poet, the Prophet and the Provocateur,”
Eric Massanari, chaplain, Bluestem Communities Kidron-Bethel campus, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate? – A Guide to Passing on Personal Possessions,”
Aaron Swank, MPH, nutrition and family finance agent, Kansas State University Research and Extension, Newton
11:30 a.m. “Schowalter Villa Men’s Chorus,”
Leland Flickner, director, Hesston
March 13
9:30 a.m. “Artists and Writers in the Arizona Sonoran Desert Borderlands: Images and Impressions from a Summer 2018 Learning Tour,”
Raylene Hinz-Penner, Ph.D., writer, Topeka
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “Music by Simply Sisters,”
Eunice Kerbs, Newton, mountain dulcimer, Sylvia Bartel, North Newton, guitar and flute, and Debra Voth, Hesston, autoharp
11:30 a.m. “Bethel College Accreditation: What Is It and How Can I Help?,”
Robert Milliman, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Bethel College
March 20

Spring Break - No Life Enrichment

March 27
9:30 a.m. “It isn’t Easy Wearing Pink in a Man’s World,”
Cathy Linaweaver, retired warden, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Wichita
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “Photo Safari of Southern Africa,”
Don and Marcee Suderman, Newton
11:30 a.m. “Wetland Birds in a Dry-Land State,”
Gregg Friesen, Newton
April 3
9:30 a.m. “Saving the Life of a Child – Priceless,”
Maestro, president, Kansas chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, Wichita
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “Auschwitz #34207 – The Joe Rubinstein Story,”
Nancy Geise, author, Topeka
11:30 a.m. “A Journey of Confidence – Learning from Wood,”
Bill Tumbleson, retired technology engineer, Halstead
April 10
9:30 a.m. “Diabetes Myths vs. Facts,”
Patricia Corning, certified diabetes educator, Valley Center
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “The Warkentine Family’s Contribution to Newton,”
Karen Penner, historian, Newton
11:30 a.m. “Soil to Table: An MCC-Haiti Learning Tour,”
Chuck Regier, Newton
April 17
9:30 a.m. “From Bolshevik Russia to America: A Mennonite Family Story,”
Lucy McAllister, Ph.D., arts educator/ amateur historian, Afton, Minn.
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “If These Walls Could Talk: Kansas Murals,”
Dave Lowenstein, artist/author, Lawrence
11:30 a.m. “If These Walls Could Talk,”
continued (double session)
April 24
9:30 a.m. “Depression: A Life Sentence,”
Geoff Deckert, retired professional baker, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “Eye Care for the Mature Person,”
William Beck, M.D., and Jennifer Simmonds, O.D., Newton
11:30 a.m. “C. Henry Smith Peace Orations,”
Bethel College students
May 1
9:30 a.m. “Life-Changing Water,”
Mary and Homer Goering, retired medical administrator and petroleum engineer, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. “Bethel’s Collaboration with the Mexican University of Arts and Sciences in Chiapas (UNICACH),”
Kate Swartley, adjunct instructor of language, Bethel College, and Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, associate professor of biology, Bethel College
11:30 a.m. “Introduction to the Masterworks Concert Program,”
William Eash, D.M.A., director of choral activities, Bethel College, with music by Open Road, men’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.