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Thresher Days

Our new student (freshman and transfer) orientation program is designed to help you navigate your transition to Bethel College, both academically and socially. During Thresher Days, new students will interact with other new students and get to know faculty and staff members outside of the typical office or classroom setting and engage in various aspects of Bethel student experience.

Arrival to Campus-2019

Moving to college is a major life event – for you and likely for your family too. The following information should help you prepare to take the final leap to being a Bethel College Thresher.

  • Saturday, August 10
    New and returning fall student-athletes

  • Saturday, August 17
    First-year and new transfer students 

As you arrive at Bethel College, be sure your first stop is the Luyken Fine Arts Center for Registration. This process is essential to receiving your student ID, mailbox key and residence hall key.

Please bring the following items to registration:

  1. Medical Insurance Card
  2. Registration Packet (if not turned in)
  3. Payment

A Financial aid plan should be in place before registration. Please contact the Financial Aid office for questions:
Clark Oswald
coswald@bethelks.edu
ext. 232

For other questions pertaining to Thresher Days please contact:
Ana Parra
Coordinator of Student Activities and Engagement
akparra@bethelks.edu
ext. 288

NOTE: tentative schedule, final times and locations will be shared upon move-in

Schedule

Saturday, August 10 (Athletes)

Student Schedule

Time Session/Topic Location
8am-1pm Fall Athlete Student Registration and Residence Halls Open Luyken Fine Arts Center
9am-2pm Thresher Shop Open Thresher Shop | Schultz Student Center
11am-1pm Commuter Student Registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30am-1pm Lunch, sponsored by Athletic Booster Club Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
  Transfer Student Lunch w/ VPSL Mantz Library Lounge
1:15pm-1:45pm Welcome Session Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
2pm-3pm Individual Teams Meeting To be determined by Coaches
3:15pm-4pm All Athlete/Coach/Family Meeting To be determined by Coaches
4pm-4:30pm Break  
4:30pm-5pm Parent and Family Send-off FAC Plaza
5pm-6:30pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
7pm-9pm Individual Teams Meeting To be determined by Coaches

Parent Schedule

Time Session/Topic Location
8am-1pm New Residential Student Registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
9am-2pm Thresher Shop Open Schultz Student Center
11am-1pm Commuter Student Registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30am-1pm Lunch: Sponsored by Athletic Booster Club Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
1:15pm-1:45pm Welcome Session Luyken Fine Arts Center | Krehbiel Auditorium
2pm-2:30pm Parents & Family Session Luyken Fine Arts Center | Krehbiel Auditorium
2:45pm-3:15pm Parent Panel Memorial Hall
3:30pm-4:30pm All Athlete/Coach/Family Meeting To Be Determined By the Coaches
4:30pm-5pm Parent and Families Send Off FAC Plaza
5pm-6pm Parent Reception Will Academic Center Atrium

Sunday, August 11

Time Session/Topic Location
8am-10am Continental Breakfast Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
10am-11am Fall Athlete Worship Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
12pm Baseline Testing To be determined by Athletic Trainers
11:30am-1pm Lunch Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
3pm-5pm Team Meetings To be determined by Coaches
5pm-6:30pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
7pm-until Team Meetings To be determined by Coaches

Monday, August 12 — Friday, August 16

Time Session/Topic Location
7am-9am Breakfast Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
9am-12pm Athletic Practices To be determined by Coaches
11:15am-1pm Lunch Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
3pm-5pm Team Meetings To be determined by Coaches
5pm-7pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
6pm-10pm Athletic Practices To be determined by Coaches

Saturday, August 17

Student Schedule

Time Session/Topic Location
8am-1pm All New Student Registration and Residence Halls Open Luyken Fine Arts Center
9am-2pm Thresher Shop Open Thresher Shop | Schultz Student Center
11am-1pm Commuter Student Registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30am-1:30pm Lunch, sponsored by BC Women's Association Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
11:30am-1:30pm Transfer Student Lunch w/ VPSL Mantz Library Lounge
1:45pm-2:15pm Welcome Session Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
2:30pm-3:30pm OL Group Meeting See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
3:30pm-4:30pm Break  
5pm-6:30pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
6:30pm-7:15pm Break  
7:15pm-9pm Freshmen Rumble The Green
9:15pm-10pm Mandatory Hall Meetings Haury Hall, Voth Hall or Warkentin Court

Parent Schedule

Time Session/Topic Location
8am-1pm New Residential Student Registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
9am-2pm Thresher Shop Open Schultz Student Center
11am-1pm Commuter Student Registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30am-1:30pm Lunch: Sponsored by Athletic Booster Club Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
1:45pm-2:15pm Welcome Session Luyken Fine Arts Center | Krehbiel Auditorium
2:30pm-3:30pm Parent Session Luyken Fine Arts Center | Krehbiel Auditorium
3:45pm-4:30pm Parent Panel Memorial Hall
4:30pm-5pm Parents and Family Send Off FAC Plaza
5pm-6pm Parent Reception Will Academic Center Atrium

Sunday, August 18

Time Session/Topic Location
12pm Baseline Testing To be determined by Athletic Trainers
9:30am-11am Worship Service and Brunch at BCMC Bethel College Mennonite Church
11:30am-1pm STEM Orientation and Lunch Meet in Dining Hall and then KSC 218?
11:15am-12:30pm Lunch Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
1pm-2:45pm Math and Foreign Language Competency Exams WAC 210 | WAC 212-213
2:45pm-4:25pm Networking Sessions See Session Schedule for Location
4:25pm-5:00pm Break  
5:00pm-6:30pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
6:00pm-until Music Auditions Luyken Fine Arts Center
  Game Night Haury Hall

Monday, August 19

Time Session/Topic Location
7am-9am Breakfast Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
9am-9:45am Understanding Title IX Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
10am-11:30am First-Year Seminar Discovery Adventure Course
10am-11:30am Transfer Student Session Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:15pm-1pm Lunch Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
1pm-1:30pm Break  
1:30pm-1:50pm Group Meeting w/ OL WAC
2pm-4:25pm Keys to Success Sessions See Session Schedule for Location
4:30pm-5:30pm Break  
5pm-7pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
7pm-9pm Trivia night Mojos

Tuesday, August 20

Time Session/Topic Location
7am-9am Breakfast Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
9am-11am Exploring & Engaging Diversity on Campus TBD
11:15am-11:45am Thresher Rally TBD
11:45am-1pm Lunch Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
12:45pm-4pm Concurrent Sessions See Session Schedule for Location
5pm-7pm Dinner and Block Party The Green
7pm-8:30pm All Athletic Meeting Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center

Wednesday, August 21

Time Session/Topic Location
11am-12pm Formal Opening of Bethel College Convocation Krehbiel Auditorium

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.