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Several affiliate organizations function within Bethel College to strengthen connections and provide additional services to the surrounding communities and the institution itself.
  • Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA) a community program that includes instruction in string, wind and percussion instruments, piano, Suzuki violin and dance
  • Bethel College Women’s Association a women’s group dedicated to making connections with the Bethel College community through special events
  • KBCU-FM 88.1 Bethel’s student-run radio station
  • Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) an institute within Bethel College to strengthen conflict resolution and peace-building capacities in the communities and institutions it serves
  • Kauffman Museum across the street from the main Bethel College campus, featuring permanent and special exhibits as well as a tallgrass prairie reconstruction
  • Mennonite Library and Archives (MLA) collects, preserves and makes available personal papers, documents, periodicals, books and other media related to Mennonite studies
  • Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble Top area high school jazz musicians are encouraged to consider auditioning for the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with guest artists and local professionals.
  • Mojo’s Coffee Bar The mission of Mojo’s Coffee Bar is to invite people – students, community, faculty and staff – to come together for learning and socializing in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere with exceptional coffee and extraordinary service.
  • Newton Community Channel 7 The Newton Community Channel on Cox Channel 7 serves as a message board for the Newton community, as well as features locally produced programming.
  • Sand Creek Community Gardens peaceful and inviting gardening spaces for students and neighbors of Bethel College
  • Sand Creek Trail a maintained nature trail along the banks of Sand Creek on or adjacent to campus property and also connected to Newton’s Sand Creek Bike/Walking Trail

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.