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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: $30 per semester or $3 per week; first-time attendees get a free day
Time: 9:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (lunch following)
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

Aug. 28
9:30 a.m. On the Road with Larry Hatteberg
Larry Hatteberg, TV anchor/photojournalist, Wichita
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. On the Road with Larry Hatteberg, continued
(double session)
11:30 a.m. Song Writing and Performance
Doug Everingham, musician, Park City
Sept. 4
9:30 a.m. An Update on Bethel College
Jon Gering, Bethel College president
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Enriching Life to the Last Minute
Tom Welk, director of professional education and pastoral care, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita
11:30 a.m. Weather in a Word
Merrill Teller, retired KWCH-12 meteorologist, Wichita
Sept. 11
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. The Darkest Period: The Kanza Indians and Their Last Homeland, 1846-1873, cont.
(double session)
11:30 a.m. Story drama: “The Lopsided Crane”
Laurel D. Gugler, storyteller, North Newton
Sept. 18
9:30 a.m. 100 Years of Milling in Kansas
Mike Ginal, plant manager, Ardent Mills, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Dinner Theater in the Prison
Larry Temple, McPherson, and Dawn Abrahams, Moundridge
11:30 a.m. An Update on the Kansas Agricultural Economy, including U.S. and Global Perspectives
Steve McCloud, farmer, Farm Bureau board of directors, Newton
Sept. 25
9:30 a.m. Almost a Decade: Coming Together as Newton Community for Racial Justice
Sara Dick, North Newton, and Larry Lee, Newton, Newton Community for Racial Justice co-coordinators
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. The Rise and Fall of Poor Farms in Kansas
Wes Brummer, Wichita
11:30 a.m. Eric Liddell, the Flying Scotsman
Jim Goering, agricultural economist, North Newton
Oct. 2
9:30 a.m. Teaching at Bethel College in the 1960s: Student Protests and Student Rights
Keith L. Sprunger, Bethel professor emeritus of history
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Folklore and Stories around Alta Mill
Jerry Wall, Newton
11:30 a.m. Feeding the Multitude at Circle of Hope
Margaret Goering, Newton
Oct. 9
9:30 a.m. Becoming a Refugee in WWII
Justina Neufeld, North Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Panel discussion: What You Don’t Know about Dementia
Denise Vann, Kansas Alzheimer’s Association, Wichita; Eric Massanari, chaplain, Kidron Bethel Village, North Newton; Jim Banman, caregiver, Newton; Yolanda Kauffman, life enrichment coordinator, Schowalter Villa, Hesston
11:30 a.m. Elder Abuse and Common Scams
Marc Bennett, Sedgwick County district attorney, Wichita
Oct. 16
9:30 a.m. Off the Beaten Path: A View from the Back Roads and Small Towns of Kansas
Jeff Heidel, professional photographer, McPherson
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. I 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. Wichita’s Best-Kept Secret
Lyndzee Rhine, naturalist, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita
Oct. 23

(Please note: This schedule has only two sessions.)

9:30 a.m. From the Middle East to Sterling, Kansas: Researching the Health Benefits of Arum Palaestinum
Gene Zaid, chief scientific officer, and Preston Moore, vice president of science and technology, Hyatt Life Sciences, Sterling
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:50 a.m. Etzonia: The Lost City in Kansas
Sandy Randel, director, Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum, Arkansas City
11:50 a.m. Evaluation questionnaire handout
Oct. 30
9:30 a.m. Living Life with Autism
Barbara Moran, author, Topeka
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Free Does Not Mean Welcome
Carmaletta Williams, Grandview, Missouri
11:30 a.m. Free Does Not Mean Welcome, continued
(double session)
Nov. 6
9:30 a.m. Hope for Harvey: D-FYing the Drug Trend
Benjamin Meier, coalition coordinator, Harvey County D-FY, Mirror Inc., Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Stories about Bethel College Students in Europe
Merle Schlabaugh, Bethel professor emeritus of German
11:30 a.m. Story of KNORK
Matt Wray, KNORK Flatware, Newton
Nov. 13
9:30 a.m. From Mexico: Building Bridges, Not Walls
Jesus Martinez, Newton
10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:35 a.m. Everyone Belongs
Heidi Classen, mom and educator, Newton
11:30 a.m. Communication through Singing Together
with William Eash, D.M.A., director of choral activities, Bethel College

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.