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Erin Bradley ’14

Fall Festival Schedule

Thursday

Each year, the Newton community kicks off Bethel’s Fall Festival on Thursday evening from 6–9 p.m. with Taste of Newton downtown. Dozens of food booths sponsored by groups from the college, area churches, civic clubs and service organizations line the streets. Music and dance groups perform at two locations.

Friday

On Friday, Admissions hosts prospective students and their families on campus. A special Fall Festival convocation sets the mood for of the upcoming weekend. Classes end at noon and the afternoon and evening include special activities for students, alumni and guests.

Saturday

Most Fall Festival activities are held on Saturday. The campus comes alive with a Fall Festival fair across the Green:

  • foods of all kinds, including traditional Mennonite fare
  • the Feast and Fellowship Tent, a place to eat and visit with friends old and new
  • booths by academic departments and clubs
  • music and other entertainment
  • children’s activities
  • sports events, including competitions and recognitions
  • arts and crafts by alumni and guests
  • a stage production
  • humorous programs in Swiss-German and Low German dialect
  • exhibits in the art gallery and at Kauffman Museum
  • a Market on the Green to benefit the Bethel College Women’s Association
  • lectures by alumni
  • alumni reunions for grads in various majors, and for the 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th and 45th anniversary classes

Sunday

On Sunday morning, the Bethel College Mennonite Church, adjacent to the campus, hosts a Fall Festival worship service. Fall Festival activities conclude with a final stage production performance in the afternoon.

For more information, please contact the alumni office, which coordinates Fall Festival.

2016 Schedule

Thursday, September 29
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Revelations in Wood: The Sculpture of John Gaeddert, 1950–2015

This exhibition surveys the sculpture of John Gaeddert ’50 from his post-graduation explorations in 1950 to his most recent work in 2015. Gaeddert sculpts primarily with windfall Kansas and Colorado woods, including Osage orange, walnut, cedar and bristlecone pine. The show is curated by his grandson, Nathan Bartel ’02. The gallery is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, and 2–4 p.m. Sundays, with no admission charge.

Meet the artists at a reception from 6–8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The exhibit will run Sept. 29–Oct. 28.

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Kauffman Museum open

The current special exhibition, “Memory Matters: Works by Gesine Janzen,” explores the independence yet interconnectedness of time and memory. Photographs, etchings and mixed-media pieces share space with decorative arts, textiles, architectural fragments and documents from the museum.

Janzen majored in art at Bethel, graduating with a B.A. in 1990, and currently is associate professor of printmaking at Montana State University, Bozeman.

The museum store, the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” and “Mirror of the Martyrs,” the tallgrass prairie reconstruction, and the historic farmstead will also be open.

Museum admission is free Thursday through Sunday for Fall Festival.

Museum hours:
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:30–4:30 p.m.

On Fall Festival weekend, admission is free Thursday through Sunday.

Kauffman Museum
6–9 p.m. Taste of Newton

For 30 years, BC and the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce have planned this annual event to celebrate the community and to kick off Fall Festival. Churches, clubs and organizations host food booths covering three city blocks downtown. The evening also features local musical and visual entertainment, listed below (schedule and performers still tentative at press time).

At Sixth and Main, due to the overwhelming number of requests to perform, and to give a fair amount of time to everyone, we are no longer able to schedule every group every year. Watch for a different mix of performers next year.

Downtown Newton
Friday, September 30
9 a.m.–10 a.m. STEM Symposium See schedule
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Revelations in Wood: The Sculpture of John Gaeddert, 1950–2015

Exhibit details

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Kauffman Museum open

Exhibit details

Kauffman Museum
11 a.m.–noon Convocation Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
5–7 p.m. BCAPA “Dart for Art” early check-in and late registration

If you’ve preregistered for the 9–10 a.m. fun run on Saturday, check in early and receive your event packet. If not, register last-minute. See Saturday listing for details.

Mojo’s Coffee Bar, Schultz Student Center
6–8 p.m. Artists’ reception

Exhibit details

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
6:30–7:30 p.m. Ticket window open Lobby, Luyken Fine Arts Center
7–9 p.m. Athletic Booster Club and Hall of Fame banquet

Members of the booster club, their families, other alumni and friends are invited to the 4th annual BC Athletic Booster Club’s Hall of Fame banquet. The event is a time to recognize former athletes, coaches,administrators and teams as well as hear an update on current athletic programs.

This year’s selection for the Athletic Booster Club Hall of Fame is the 1976 volleyball team and coach Barb Graber.

The 1976 team had a perfect KCAC record of 14-0 and a winning streak of 26 matches, holding all but two opponents to fewer than 10 points. The Threshers picked up ve more wins on their way to winning the Kansas small-college championship. The ’76 team ended their season with a 37-3 match record and a 74-7 set record – clearly one of the most dominant teams in Thresher history.

Come and support the 2016 induction of the 1976 volleyball team members: Cynthia Doyle Perkins ’77, Lori Erb Thimm ’80, Jill Ewert Backhus ’80, Cynthia Habegger Loganbill ’77, Margie Harder Wiens ’78, Sandy Kaufman Stephenson ’80, Marcia Kroeker Miller ’78, Annette Stucky Epp ’77, Barb Unruh Beachey ’80, Rhonda G. Wedel ’77, Minnie Wiens, Sheri Campos ’78, Rich Harder ’76 (assistant) and Barb Anderson Graber (head coach).

Tickets are available Sept. 1 through the deadline of Friday, Sept. 23. There is no charge, but the Booster Club appreciates goodwill donations at the event. Everyone is welcome to attend. You must reserve a ticket by Sept. 23, or pick one up by that date.

Tickets available Sept. 1 through the deadline of Friday, Oct. 2. No charge, but the Booster Club appreciates goodwill donations at the event. Everyone planning to attend — including Bethel students — must reserve a ticket by Oct. 2 or pick one up by that date.

Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
7:30 p.m. Fall Festival play: The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Variety Magazine drama critic Greg Evans praised The Last Night of Ballyhoo as “a more than worthy successor” to Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy. Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play, Ballyhoo is set in Atlanta, December 1939. The movie Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more preoccupied with who is going to Ballyhoo, a lavish cotillion ball. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo), and their widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her daydreaming daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to nd a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred and, furthermore, of Eastern European heritage – several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Nevertheless, Lala is charmed by Joe – but she faces competition from Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. With abundant humor and profound insight, Uhry reveals the tension between acceptance and denial, as American Jews from di erent social strata negotiate their cultural identity

Three performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30; 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Adults $10, non-Bethel students and adults ages 65 and older $8, children (ages 3-12) $7. Bethel students $2 Friday and Saturday, free Sunday. Kidron Bethel residents pay regular price; admission is not prepaid. Cost:
  • Adults: $10
  • Non-Bethel students and adults age 65 and older: $8
  • Children age 3–12: $6.50
  • Bethel students: $2 for Friday & Saturday night, free on Sunday

Tickets available Sept. 1 and following. Use form on page 15 of the downloadable brochure; call 316-284-5205 or stop by Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays; or purchase at ticket booth one hour before the performance, subject to availability.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
Saturday, October 1
9 a.m.–10 a.m. STEM Symposium See schedule
7–9 a.m. 24th Annual Kidron Bethel Country Breakfast

Hearty pancake, sausage and egg breakfast in the Harvest Table Dining Room. Cost is a donation. No reservation needed. Come join your friends for fellowship.

Kidron Bethel Village
7–9 a.m. Breakfast for retired Bethel faculty, administrators and staff

Come when you can to enjoy the 7–9 a.m. Kidron Bethel Country Breakfast (see listing above), where a special section of tables will be reserved for former Bethel faculty, administrators and staff.

After breakfast, you’re invited to head to the campus to meet friends and alumni, and enjoy the array of Fall Fest activities.

Kidron Bethel Village
7:30–8:30 a.m. Kauffman Museum monthly bird walk

Local birding experts will lead a one-hour, 1.5-mile walk along Bethel’s Sand Creek Trail, looking and listening for birds. Binoculars recommended but not required.

Meet in the Kauffman Museum parking lot. Trail terrain is uneven and mostly unpaved. No cost.

Kauffman Museum parking lot
8 a.m. New Year’s cookies and coffee

Enjoy this ethnic Mennonite treat before it sells out. This year, get these goodies at a tent, rather than the little, white structure, which was no longer viable. Provided by BC Women’s Association.

Schmeck Haus on The Green
8 a.m. Rolls and coffee

Come to the gazebo to enjoy cinnamon rolls and coffee until they’re gone while visiting with parents of current students. Ice cream and bottled water also are for sale until 3 p.m. Provided by BC Parents Association.

Gazebo West of the Ad Building
8:30–9:30 a.m. BCAPA “Dart for Art” check-in and late registration

If you’ve preregistered for the 9:30 a.m. fun run, check in and receive your event packet. If not, register last-minute. See event listing for details.

Mojo’s Coffee Bar, Schultz Student Center
8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Market in the Round

The Market on the Green has grown to the extent that it has now moved into Luyken Fine Arts Center as Market in the Round. The anticipated baked goods will be there, as well as a silent auction with contributions by various artists and craftspeople. Glasses etched with a Bethel logo and note cards with a depiction of the Ad Building by Audra Miller ’13 will be available. Other featured items include: threshing stone book by Glen Ediger ’75; cookbooks; stadium seats; handcrafted items; purses; aprons; pillows; tea towels; wall hangings/blankets; stu ed animals; hot-pad bowls; and jewelry.

Lobby and halls, Luyken Fine Arts Center
9–10 a.m. BCAPA 3rd annual “Dart for Art” fun run

Run, walk, skip or leap for two miles on the north and east sides of campus to support arts education at the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts. All income from this runner-, walker- and stroller- friendly race goes to support programming and scholarships at BCAPA. Enjoy live performances by musicians and dancers along the way. Pass visual artists as they are busy in the act of painting. All participants receive a T-shirt; medals are awarded to those who place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their category; and there are door prizes.

Early registration cost (form received or postmarked no later than Sept. 20) is $18 for adults, $12 for children ages 13 and younger. Register for $22 for adults, $15 for children 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Mojo’s in Schultz Student Center, or 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, before the event.

For a registration form, stop by BCAPA, 400 South Main Street, Suite 110, Newton, open 4-8:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center on campus, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays; or request a brochure on the ticket order form (page 15).

For forms or more information, e-mail bcapa@ bethelks.edu, visit BCAPA’s Facebook page or phone 316-283-4902.

Participant packets may be picked up 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Mojo’s, or 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday before the event.

If you’re unable to join the race but would like to donate, ll out a registration form and check the box next to “Donate Without Running,” specifying where your gift should go. Donations also can be sent year- round to Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, 400 South Main Street, Suite 110, Newton, KS 67114.

This is not a certified race but a family-friendly fun run for all to enjoy. Come dart for art!

Joe W. Goering Field, Franz Plaza, Sports Complex
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Celebrating the 90th anniversary of men’s soccer at Bethel!

Stop by and connect with others from Bethel’s long soccer tradition. Did your relative play on Bethel’s first intercollegiate soccer team (1925–29)? Were you a member of the 1955 Bethel Foreign Student Soccer Team, which defeated a club team from the University of Kansas in its only game? Perhaps you played with one of the club teams between 1972–1984, known as the Bethel College International Soccer Club and Bethel Soccer Club. Have you been part of a varsity team during the recent 30 years?

Players from Bethel’s 2015 men’s team, as well as club and varsity alumni, will be at booth to hear and share soccer stories. The booth will close in time to cheer on the men’s and women’s soccer teams in their Fall Fest games at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Green
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Thresher Shop grand opening

Formerly known as the bookstore, the Thresher Shop is the only place to get exclusive Bethel apparel and gifts for current BC students, parents and family, alumni and community members. Stop by to see our changes, along with new clothes, water bottles, mugs and other products for the 2015–16 school year!

Thresher Shop will be open during the day and will have a stand at the football game from 6 p.m. until halftime.

Schultz Student Center
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Yearbooks available

Current students and last year’s graduates may pick up their yearbooks. Free to students who were full-time, available for others to purchase. Hosted by BC Student Government Association.

SGA booth, West of Ad Building
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Find out about Bethel!

Prospective students are invited to stop by the Admissions tent in front of the Luyken Fine Arts Center. Chat with Bethel students and staff about your interests, learn about Bethel, pick up literature, get free BC stuff. Parents, alumni and friends of the college are welcome to visit the booth, as well.

Have your picture taken at the photo booth nearby (in the Luyken Fine Arts Center lobby, if rain), courtesy of Bethel and 2002 grads Kendall and Joel Smith of Newton. Hosted by BC Admissions Office.

Admissions tent, Luyken Fine Arts Center Plaza
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Fall Festival booths

Booths and exhibits by academic departments, clubs, organizations, alumni and guests.

The Green
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Kauffman Museum booth

Budget cuts to school districts nationwide have affected teachers’ options for providing learning experiences outside the classroom. Field trips to Kauffman Museum have gone down 45 percent in the last eight years. Often the major financial barrier is the cost of transportation.

Kauffman Museum is initiating a new program to help provide funding for bus costs. Stop by to see how you can help ensure that school children continue to experience the wonders of Kauffman Museum.

The Green
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Revelations in Wood: The Sculpture of John Gaeddert, 1950–2015

Exhibit details

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
9:30–9:55 a.m. YAWP! literary magazine: Student reading and fall issue sneak peek

Bethel students read their creative writing, offering listeners a sneak peek into some of the literary magazine’s fall offerings.

Student broadsides of individual poems will be available for $3 to benefit YAWP! and its ongoing publication.

If rain, location will be the Memorial Hall auditorium.

Prairie Sky Stage on The Green
9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Moozie® the Cow

Popular Moozie® the talking robotic cow returns to Fall Festival. Come visit with Moozie, the ambassador for the Children’s Kindness Network. See www.childrenskindnessnetwork.org and www.moozie.com to learn more. Moozie has books, CDs and curriculum materials specially developed for children pre-kindergarten through third grade. More than 20,000 children a year hear Moozie’s message of kindness, helping to reduce bullying.

Memorial Hall Basement — Enter through the East doors
10–10:20 a.m. Newton Community Children’s Choir

The Newton Community Children’s Choir again brings its music to Bethel in a free outdoor concert under the direction of artistic director JMegan Siebert and assistant director Aaron Tschetter.

The choir is an auditioned choir of fourth- through ninth-grade boys and girls that provides an opportunity for children in Newton and surrounding communities to enhance their choral music interest, education and experiences through exposure to singing and performing great choral literature. Melody Bontrager ’90, North Newton, is the accompanist.

If rain, location will be the Memorial Hall auditorium.

Prairie Sky Stage on The Green
10–10:30 a.m. Kindermusik

Fun with music! Children ages 2–5 with a parent or adult caregiver are invited to a Kindermusik workshop that will include songs and stories, music and movement, and playing simple instruments with Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts teacher Kristin Kliewer. Also at 11 a.m.

Room 23, Luyken Fine Arts Center
10–11 a.m. BDH/BC Nursing Alumni Association coffee

Graduates of the Bethel Deaconess Hospital (BDH) School of Nursing and the Bethel College nursing program plus family members and friends are invited to enjoy refreshments and see the new nursing classrooms and other facilities, located on the east side of the academic center.

Nursing Department, James A. Will Family Academic Center
10–11 a.m. Schweitzer dialect program

Bethel continues the Fall Festival tradition of celebrating the Swiss-German dialect brought to the United States by Mennonites in the late 1800s. The program honors the Mennonite heritage of communities such as Moundridge, Pretty Prairie and Kingman in Kansas, and Freeman and Marion in South Dakota.

The program is free and open to the public (tickets no longer required), but a freewill o ering will be taken to bene t the college.

Look forward to a Low German dialect program at Fall Festival next year.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center
10 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Class reunions
  • 1991 (25 years) — Mabee Atrium, James A. Will Family Academic Center
  • 1996 (20 years) — Lounge, Mantz Library
  • 2001 (15 years) — West hall, third floor of James A. Will Family Academic Center
  • 2006 (10 years) — Lounge, Haury Hall

Fellowship and refreshments, with chairs provided to form a circle or circles for visiting if desired. Watch the mail for more information. Alumni in classes “one-up and one-down” are invited, too. (For example, classes of 2000 and 2002 are welcome at the 2001 reunion.)

See 2:30 p.m. listing for 1971, 1976, 1981 and 1986 reunions. Classes celebrating 50 years or more will meet on Alumni Weekend, June 2–4, 2017.

Campus-wide
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Children’s Park

The Parents Association again hosts activities for young Fall Fest-goers. To participate in an activity, children turn in tokens purchased at the booth at the entrance to the park. Funds raised benefit Bethel students. Sponsored in part by Newton Medical Center and Team Carbajal and RE/MAX Associates.

North of the Ad Building
10:30–10:55 a.m. Woven and Open Road

Bethel’s premiere women’s and men’s a cappella vocal ensembles will perform. Buy CDs at their booth nearby.

If rain, location will be the Memorial Hall auditorium.

Prairie Sky Stage on The Green
10:45–11:15 a.m. Men’s cross-country meet North of stadium by MCC-Central States building
11–11:30 a.m. Kindermusik

See 10 a.m. listing

Room 23, Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Beef borscht and zwieback

Enjoy a taste of Mennonite culture at Fall Fest – homemade beef borscht in a bowl, topped o with a delicious zwieback. All proceeds bene t Bethel College through BCWA.

Bethel College Women’s Association tent, West side of The Green by Schultz Student Center
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Homemade Pie

New this year – homemade pie! Come select your favorite fruit or nut pies while you chat with friends old and new.

Bethel College Women’s Association tent, West side of The Green by Schultz Student Center
11 a.m.–2 p.m. Jazzfest at Fall Fest

The 7th annual Jazzfest at Fall Fest will feature (schedule tentative at press time):

  • Newton High School, 11-11:25 a.m.
  • Hesston High School, 11:30-11:55 a.m.
  • McPherson High School, noon-12:25 p.m.
  • BC jazz faculty, or another local high school jazz group, 12:30-12:55 p.m.
  • BC jazz groups, 1-1:55 p.m. (see 1 p.m. listing for details).
Prairie Sky Stage on The Green
Noon–3:30 p.m. Ticket window open Lobby, Luyken Fine Arts Center
Noon–1 p.m. Coming Home Open House

The Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA) cordially invites Fall Fest goers to visit the art school’s future home in Mem Hall. See the exciting changes in the Mem Hall basement from the renovation progress, learn about the plans for children’s art programs on campus, meet BCAPA faculty, enjoy refreshments and listen to short musical performances by BCAPA students and instructors.

Memorial Hall Basement — Enter through the East doors
1–1:55 p.m. Bethel jazz ensembles

Come hear Bethel musicians led by Bethel jazz faculty members Jim Pisano and Joel Linscheid ’08, part of this year’s Jazzfest at Fall Fest (see 11:30 a.m. listing).

Prairie Sky Stage on The Green
1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Varsity volleyball

Bethel vs. Ottawa University. Regular admission charged.

Thresher Gym
2–2:30 p.m. Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, “Movie Music on the Green”

Music students from Bethel’s community arts school perform a selection of favorite pieces from the silver screen. The rst audience members to guess the movie that the themes are from receive a prize!

Joe W. Goering Field, Sports Complex
2–3 p.m. Alumni Choir concert, hymn sing and reunion for opera, vocal and ensemble singers

Motivated by fond memories of singing together and a longing to continue to perform fine choral music, Bethel alumni in the Newton area formed a choir in September 2014 and gave their first concert at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church last December. The group has about 25 members and continues to grow.

This year’s traditional Fall Festival hymn sing will again be enhanced with participation of the group. Anyone who sang in a Bethel choir may join, for Fall Festival only or beyond. On Fall Festival Saturday, the group will rehearse at BCMC, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and then perform as part of the hymn sing. Music will be handed out at rehearsal. For more information, email votha@usd411.org.

A special addition this year is a welcome to the all singers reunion – a great opportunity o meet and visit with individuals who have contributed to the choral excellence at Bethel College.

Singing hymns in old-fashioned four-part harmony still will be part of the event. Anyone is welcome to attend — to sing or just to listen. Song leaders will give pitches and a cutoff now and then, with the choir plus audience members lifting their voices together in song.

Because the hymn sing alone traditionally filled the Administration Building chapel, it will be at the church in order to accommodate more participants. Hosted by BC Campus Ministries.

Sactuary, Bethel College Mennonite Church
2:30–4 p.m. Class reunions
  • 1971 (45 years) — Lounge, Mantz Library
  • 1976 (40 years) — Mabee Atrium, James A. Will Family Academic Center
  • 1981 (35 years) — West hall, third floor of James A. Will Family Academic Center
  • 1986 (30 years) — Lounge, Haury Hall

Fellowship and refreshments, with chairs provided to form a circle or circles for visiting if desired. Watch the mail for more information. Alumni in classes “one-up and one-down” are invited, too. (For example, classes of 1969 and 1971 are welcome at the 1970 reunion.)

See 10 a.m. listing for 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 reunions. Classes celebrating 50 years or more will meet on Alumni Weekend, June 2–4, 2017.

Campus-wide
3–4 p.m. Book signing with author Kimberly D. Schmidt ’84

Kimberly Schmidt ’84 will read from and sign copies of her recently published young adult novel Magpie’s Blanket (University of New Mexico Press, 2016). Through the eyes of Magpie, a young Cheyenne woman who survives two massacres, this historical novel brings to life the history of Plains Indian women and the white invasion – an account not only of violence and bloodshed but also of healing and forgiveness. Joining Schmidt will be former Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal College president and tribal elder Dr. Henrietta Mann, who wrote the forward to the book. Honored guests Betty ’57 and Lawrence ’61 Hart hope to attend the book reading and signing. Lawrence is a Cheyenne peace chief and a Mennonite pastor. Both Lawrence and Henrietta are direct descendants of massacre survivors.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center
3:30 p.m. Fall Festival play: The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Performance details

Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center
5–6 p.m. Reunion of former BC cheerleaders

The current cheer team and Coach Joseph Gogus invite all former cheerleaders to eat together at the Tailgate Barbecue (see below), then head to the game following. Look for a sign posted at the barbecue. Bring photos, old cheerleading outfits and yearbooks showing yourself or others, if you wish. Regular barbecue meal prices apply.

Any alumni interested in a game day cheer, please contact Gogus.

East of Thresher Stadium Parking
5–6:30 p.m. Tailgate Barbecue

Enjoy an old-fashioned tailgate meal before the football game — barbecued pork, corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans, fresh-baked cookies, cocoa (if the weather is chilly), tea and water. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available upon request in advance by calling 316–284–5251.

Tickets available Sept. 1 through the deadline of Friday, Oct. 2.

Cost:
  • Adults: $10
  • Children ages 5–12: $6.50
  • Children under 5: free
  • Non-meal-plan students: $9

Bethel students on the meal plan may eat for free, but must pick up a ticket at Thresher Shop by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. All others pay regular price (including Kidron Bethel residents, whose admission is not prepaid). Ticket purchase or pickup in advance is required.

Use form on page 15 of the downloable brochure, call 316–284–5205 or stop by Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, open Tickets 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays. Payment or credit card information is required when the reservation is made.

In case of rain, barbecue will take place in the Cafeteria.

East of Thresher Stadium Parking
5:30 p.m. Gates Open Sports Complex
6 p.m. Thresher Shop booth open

Buy items at one of the colorful tents next to the stadium, open 6 p.m. to halftime (also open 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday in Schultz Student Center).

Thresher Stadium, Sports Complex
6:30 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame recognition and introduction of BC sports teams

Recognition of this year’s BC Athletic Booster Club honoree inducted into the Hall of Fame at the banquet Friday. Thresher sports team members also will be introduced.

Joe W. Goering Field, Sports Complex
7 p.m. Homecoming football game

Bethel vs. University of Saint Mary. Use form on page 15 of the downloadable brochure, call 316–284- 5205 or stop by Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays. Bethel students and spectators with sports passes free, Kidron Bethel resident admission is prepaid — show ID to obtain ticket.

Cost:
  • Adults: $6
  • Students and adults ages 65+: $5
  • Children (ages 3–12): $3

All tickets general admission (no reserved seats).

Joe W. Goering Field, Sports Complex
Halftime Homecoming court

During halftime, Student Activities and Engagement and Student Government Association will present the homecoming court and crown a king and queen, concluding of a week of special activities on campus with the circus-related theme “Our Pride Cannot Be Tamed.” Enjoy this vintage Bethel tradition that was renewed last year!

Joe W. Goering Field, Sports Complex
8:30 p.m. Men’s soccer

Bethel plays in an away game.

Southwestern College, Winfield
Sunday, October 2
10 a.m. Fall Festival worship service

Worship with the Bethel College Mennonite Church congregation and the college family. Features Bethel’s acclaimed Concert Choir under the direction of William Eash, professor of music. Everyone is invited.

Bethel College Mennonite Church
1–2 p.m. Ticket window open Lobby, Luyken Fine Arts Center
1:30–4:30 p.m. Kauffman Museum open

Exhibit details

Kauffman Museum
2 p.m. Fall Festival play: The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Performance details

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
2–4 p.m. Revelations in Wood: The Sculpture of John Gaeddert, 1950-2015

Exhibit details

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center