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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 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 10:30 a.m. Cost: $6.50 for full meal; $4.50 for soup/salad/dessert.

Current Schedule

August 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
September 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
September 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,”
continued (double session)
11:30 a.m. Story drama: “The Lopsided Crane,”
Laurel D. Gugler, storyteller, North Newton
September 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
September 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
October 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
October 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
October 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
October 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
October 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)
November 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
November 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.