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Warren Rohrer, courtesy of Rohrer family

Mennonite Life 2020 now online

July 20th, 2020

Arguably the two most widely known Mennonite artists, and a survey of literature on Mennonites and the Holocaust, highlight the current issue. The online-only journal Mennonite Life is produced at Bethel College. The current issue can be viewed at ml.bethelks.edu. Mennonite peacebuilder Lisa Schirch, Harrisonburg, Va., has surveyed “Anabaptist-… Read More

Legacy star

Harvey County COVID announcement moves Bethel alert level

July 11th, 2020

Bethel College President Jon C. Gering, Ph.D., has informed the college community of a change in the color-coded campus procedures for COVID-19. On July 10, Harvey County Health Department officials, in consultation with Public Health Officer Doyle Detweiler, M.D., identified community spread of COVID-19 in Harvey County. Gering emphasized that… Read More

Move-in at Haury Hall

Bethel names hotspots to help determine student arrival dates

July 6th, 2020

The Office of Student Life has communicated updated information about student arrivals for the start of the fall 2020 semester. Samuel Haynes, vice president of student life and dean of students, sent an e-mail to all new and continuing students in which he identified “hotspots” for COVID-19 infection that will require anyone traveling from there… Read More

Floyd Sowers coaching women's basketball at Bethel

Bethel mourns death of former basketball coach Sowers

June 22nd, 2020

Bethel athletics and members of the campus community are mourning the loss of Floyd Sowers, former head coach of Thresher women's basketball. Sowers died June 19 in Overland Park, Kan., with his family at his side. He was 72. According to his obituary, Sowers was born in 1947 in Elkhart, Ind., and was the first person in his family to graduate… Read More

Ad Building view from south plaza

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion makes Juneteenth statement

June 19th, 2020

Julián Gonzalez-Salamanca, director of the ODEI, has released a public statement marking the June 19 holiday. Bethel President Jon C. Gering, Ph.D., earlier this week announced that Gonzalez-Salamanca, who had been serving in a two-year interim position with the new Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), has been given a permanent appointment,… Read More

Ed Smith as a Bethel College Thresher

Smith nominated for national College Football Hall of Fame

June 19th, 2020

Bethel football legend Ed Smith, Orlando, Fla., has been nominated for induction into the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Football Hall of Fame for 2021. Smith, a 1987 Bethel graduate originally from De Leon Springs, Fla., is considered one of the greatest student-athletes ever to put on the helmet and shoulder pads as a Thresher… Read More

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.