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A threshing stone comes to life in new athletic mascot

October 24th, 2022

Threshy makes a homecoming debut.

How do you create a mascot costume out of an obsolete farm implement from the turn of the (20th) century?






According to Tricia Clark, Bethel College director of institutional communications and marketing, like this: “Three years googling every mascot design from the last 50 years; five months of intense design work with Street Characters Inc.; and a thousand creative discussions with the genius Bethel cheer coach, Joseph Gogus.”

The result is Threshy, introduced to Bethel alumni, football fans and the world at Fall Festival Oct. 8, when the #12 Threshers beat #6 Southwestern College in the homecoming football game.

Threshy will join Bethel super-fan Loren Reusser of North Newton to fire up the crowd at games and matches, and will be part of other special occasions such as alumni gatherings and recruitment events.

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel ranks at #14 in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Bachelor’s Colleges,” and #24 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of “Best Regional Colleges Midwest,” both for 2022-23. Bethel is the only Kansas college or university to be named a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center. For more information, see

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.