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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, get to know faculty and staff members outside the typical office or classroom setting, and engage in various parts of the 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, Aug. 10
    New and returning fall student-athletes

  • Saturday, Aug. 17
    First-year and new transfer students 

As you arrive, be sure your first stop is the Luyken Fine Arts Center for registration, a process 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 with questions.

Student Accounts (financial registration and payment information):
Karen Garcia
kargar@bethelks.edu
Ext. 233

Financial aid information:
Clark Oswald, financial aid director
coswald@bethelks.edu
Ext. 232

For other questions pertaining to Thresher Days, 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, Aug. 10 (Athletes)

Student schedule

Time Session/Topic Location
8 am-1 pm New residential student registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
8 am-1 pm Residence halls open Haury Hall, Voth Hall or Warkentin Court
9 am-2 pm Thresher Shop open Schultz Student Center
11 am-1 pm Commuter student registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30 am-1 pm Lunch, sponsored by Athletic Booster Club Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
11:30 am-1 pm Transfer student lunch with VPSL Haynes Mantz Library lounge
1:15-1:45 pm Welcome session Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
2-3 pm Individual team meetings To be determined by coaches
3-3:30 pm Break  
3:30-4 pm Athlete/coach/family meeting To be determined by coaches
4:15-4:30 pm All athletes/coaches/families meeting Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
4:30-5 pm Parents, families and friends send-off Luyken Fine Arts Center Plaza
5-6:30 pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
7-9 pm Individual team meetings To be determined by coaches

Parent schedule

Time Session/Topic Location
8 am-1 pm New residential student registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
9 am-2 pm Thresher Shop open Schultz Student Center
11 am-1 pm Commuter student registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30 am-1 pm Lunch, sponsored by Athletic Booster Club Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
11:30 am-1 pm Transfer student lunch with VPSL Haynes Mantz Library lounge
1:15-1:45 pm Welcome session Luyken Fine Arts Center | Krehbiel Auditorium
2-2:30 pm Parents, families and friends session Luyken Fine Arts Center | Krehbiel Auditorium
2:45-3:15 pm Parents, families and friends panel Memorial Hall
3:30-4 pm Athlete/coach/family meeting To be determined by coaches
4:15-4:30 pm All athletes/coaches/families meeting Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
4:30-5 pm Parents, families and friends send-off Luyken Fine Arts Center Plaza
5-6 pm Parents, families and friends reception Will Academic Center Atrium

Sunday, Aug. 11

Time Session/Topic Location
8-10 am Continental breakfast Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
10-11 am Fall athlete worship Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30 am-1 pm Lunch Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
Noon Baseline testing To be determined by athletic trainers
3-5 pm Team meetings To be determined by coaches
5-6:30 pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
7 pm until ? Team meetings To be determined by coaches

Monday, Aug. 12-Friday, Aug. 16

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

Saturday, Aug. 17

Student schedule

Time Session/Topic Location
8 am-1 pm All new student registration; residence halls open Luyken Fine Arts Center
9 am-2 pm Thresher Shop open Schultz Student Center
11 am-1 pm Commuter student registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30 am-1:30 pm Lunch, sponsored by BC Women's Association Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
11:30 am-1:30 pm Transfer student lunch with VPSL Haynes Mantz Library lounge
1:45-2:15 pm Welcome session Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
2:30-3:30 pm Group meeting with Orientation Leaders See Thresher Days nametag for location
3:30pm-4:30pm Break  
5-6:30 pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
6:30-7:15 pm Break  
7:15-9 pm Freshman Rumble The Green
9:15-10 pm Mandatory hall meetings Haury Hall, Voth Hall or Warkentin Court

Parent schedule

Time Session/Topic Location
8 am-1 pm New residential student registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
9 am-2 pm Thresher Shop open Schultz Student Center
11 am-1 pm Commuter student registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30 am-1:30 pm Lunch, sponsored by Athletic Booster Club Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
1:45-2:15 pm Welcome session Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
2:30-3:30 pm Parent session Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
3:45-4:30 pm Parent panel Memorial Hall
4:30-5 pm Parents, families and friends send-off Luyken Fine Arts Center Plaza
5-6 pm Parent reception Will Academic Center Atrium

Sunday, Aug. 18

Time Session/Topic Location
Noon Baseline testing To be determined by athletic trainers
9:30-11 am Worship service and brunch Bethel College Mennonite Church
11:30 am-1 pm STEM orientation and lunch Meet in The Caf; then Krehbiel Science Center 218
11:15 am-12:30 pm Lunch Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
1-2:45 pm Math and foreign language competency exams Will Academic Center 210 | WAC 212-213
2:45-4:25 pm Networking sessions See session schedule for location
4:25-5 pm Break  
5-6:30 pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
6 pm until ? Music auditions Luyken Fine Arts Center
TBD Game Night Haury Hall

Monday, Aug. 19

Time Session/Topic Location
7-9 am Breakfast Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
9-9:45 am Understanding Title IX Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
10-11:30 am First-Year Seminar Discovery Adventure Course
10-11:30 am Transfer student session Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:15 am-1 pm Lunch Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
1-1:30 pm Break  
1:30-1:50 pm Group meeting with Orientation Leaders Will Academic Center
2-4:25 pm Keys to Success sessions See session schedule for location
4:30-5:30 pm Break  
5-7 pm Dinner Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
7-9 pm Trivia Night Mojo's Coffee Bar

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Time Session/Topic Location
7-9 am Breakfast Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
9-11 am Exploring and engaging diversity on campus TBD
11:15-11:45 am Thresher Rally TBD
11:45 am-1 pm Lunch Cafeteria | Schultz Student Center
12:45-4 pm Concurrent sessions See session schedule for location
5-7 pm Dinner and Block Party The Green
7-8:30 pm All-athletic meeting Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Time Session/Topic Location
11 am-noon Formal opening of school: Convocation Krehbiel Auditorium | Luyken Fine Arts Center

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.