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Faculty lecturer will focus on student experiences, learning in Haiti

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Women’s Association invites the public to the annual faculty public lecture June 5 on campus.

Geraldine Tyrell, newly appointed director of nursing, will be the speaker. The lecture will be at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus.

A brief business meeting for BCWA members will precede the June 5 lecture. Following Tyrell’s presentation, there will be refreshments and socializing, open to everyone, in the FAC lobby.

The title of Tyrell’s lecture is “Through a Lens: A Pictorial Representation of Developing Critical Thinking, Management and Appreciation in Haiti.”

“I’ll look at the historical makeup of Haiti and the effects of the 2010 earthquake that put the nation into the forefront of service projects,” Tyrell said. “Using the experiences that Bethel College students have had in travel opportunities to Haiti over the last three years, the focus will be centered on the ability for students to develop critical thinking skills, resource management and an appreciation for Haitian culture.

“The lecture will engage these aspects from a multidisciplinary approach that includes nursing. The concluding points will look at why it is important to continue with efforts in bringing awareness and education about Haiti to students here at Bethel College.”

Tyrell graduated from Bethel with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She has been on the nursing faculty as an assistant professor since 2008. She assumes her duties as director of nursing July 1.

Before taking the faculty position at Bethel, Tyrell worked as a staff nurse at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, and Cottonwood Pediatrics, Newton.

She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Tulsa, and holds certification as a nurse educator from the National League for Nursing.

In the Bethel nursing program, Tyrell has taught a range of courses. In 2011, she pioneered the nursing travel/service course to Haiti and the broader Cross-Cultural Learning: Haiti course, both recently approved as permanent offerings by faculty vote.

For more information about the BCWA annual meeting or the faculty lecture, contact BCWA member Donna Becker at

The BCWA Faculty Public Lecture award is open to any Bethel College professor. The lecture is intended to showcase faculty expertise and research interest in a presentation that is interesting and stimulating for the audience. The award carries a $1,000 stipend, with $200 going to the faculty member and the remainder to his/her department to be used at that department’s discretion. Last year’s winner was Rachel Epp Buller, assistant professor of art.

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