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Past Bethel College News: 2005

Kauffman Museum showcases "The Gift of Quilting"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- For many Mennonites today, quilting is more than a recreational activity. It represents a rich tradition and a gift to be passed from generation to generation. A new exhibit at Kauffman Museum recognizes the historical, cultural … Read more

New playground equipment honors parents, recalls memorie

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- About 44 years ago, Berneil Rupp Mueller was a young mother finishing up her degree at Bethel College and being the parent to two small daughters while her husband, Ted, continued teaching in Hutchinson. "I had an apartment on … Read more

Publication praises Bethel College’s new stadium

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Midwest Precast Association highlighted Bethel College’s new sports complex in its fall publication. Prestressed Concrete Inc. of Newton supplied the material for the stadium standing west of Joe W. Goering Field. The stadium … Read more

Bethel forensics wraps up semester in Oklahoma

LAWTON, OK. -- The Bethel College forensics squad earned four awards in its final tournament of the semester at Cameron University on Dec. 2 and 3. Eight members of the team competed against teams from 30 other colleges and universities at the Cameron … Read more

Concert Choir to kick off European tour with home concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- In many different ways, the Bethel College Concert Choir’s upcoming European tour will connect students in the group to history and tradition. For starters, the Concert Choir has been taking trips to Europe since the 1950s. … Read more

Organ students to present Christmas Vespers at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College organ students will present a Christmas organ recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Administration Building Chapel on the Bethel College campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Sara Adrian, a … Read more

Bethel College jazz ensembles to give holiday concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- This year’s Bethel College jazz ensembles have taken some challenges and under the direction of Stephen Jones, assistant professor of music, turned them into opportunities. Both Jazz Ensemble I and II initially encountered … Read more

Bethel College Sinfonia and Wind Ensemble to present holiday concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- On Monday, Dec. 5, the Bethel College Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and the Bethel College Wind Ensemble will welcome the holiday season with a wide range of music, from 18th-century opera to 20th-century Christmas music. The annual … Read more

Bethel Christmas events represent more than 40 years of tradition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- This year, two Christmas traditions at Bethel College hit milestone birthdays: 21 and 20. Deutsche Weihnachten, or German Advent, began in December 1985 when professor of German Merle Schlabaugh, then a new faculty member in the … Read more

Scholarship established to honor lifelong musician

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Lovella (Schneider) Goering’s lifelong love of music has led her family and friends to establish a scholarship in her name. The Lovella Schneider Goering Music Scholarship will be awarded to freshmen students who have an interest … Read more

Latin American Mennonite scholar makes history

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Jaime Prieto is making history in more ways than one. Jaime Adrián Prieto Valladares, professor of theology at Latin American Biblical University in San José, Costa Rica, delivered the 54th Menno Simons Lectures at Bethel College … Read more

Thresher forensics has another successful weekend

WARRENSBURG, MO. -- The Bethel College forensics team brought home eight awards after its latest competition, at Central Missouri State University Nov. 4-6. Five team members participated in the tournament, competing against teams from 14 other … Read more

Prominent theologian to present four lectures on environmental ethics

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A distinguished writer and teacher in environmental theology, ethics and stewardship will be in Newton and North Newton to speak on issues specifically related to this part of the country. Larry Rasmussen was Reinhold Niebuhr … Read more

Bethel College forensics qualifies student for nationals

LEE’S SUMMIT, MO. -- The Bethel College forensics squad earned six awards from their most recent tournament, the Central States Swing at Longview Community College, Oct. 28-30. Seven members of the squad attended the tournament and competed against … Read more

Bethel College students are busy with student teaching assignments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Allen Jantz and Judith Miller, Bethel College associate professors of education and student teaching advisers, have announced student teaching assignments for the fall semester. Jayson Artaz, North Newton, a fifth-year elementary … Read more

Bethel College student receives UPS scholarship

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Rae Dain, a senior computer science and psychology major at Bethel College, has been selected to receive a United Parcel Service (UPS) scholarship totaling $2,750. Last April, Dain was chosen to present her research on Capitol … Read more

Bethel College’s teacher education program earns national accreditation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College teacher education program has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the first time in its history. Teacher education was previously accredited with the … Read more

Sociology professor to report on Venezuelan election assistance

NORTH NEWTON, KS. -- The 2000 presidential election in the United States raised concerns about the role of election procedures in ensuring fair and democratic results. For Julie Hart, these concerns have been the focus of study on the international … Read more

Bethel College vocal ensembles to give fall concert

NORTH NEWTON, KS. -- The Bethel College men’s and women’s vocal ensembles will perform in concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Administration Building Chapel on the Bethel College campus. William Eash directs the ensembles. Admission is free and … Read more

Thresher forensics team takes third at tournament with 13 awards

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College forensics team shone on their home ground as they hosted the Sunflower-Sooner Swing on campus Oct. 14-16. The squad competed in parliamentary debate on Oct. 14. On Oct. 15, the team hosted 13 other colleges and … Read more

Bethel graduate’s winning speech stresses importance of hope in peacemaking

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Jesse Nathan, a 2005 graduate of Bethel College in Bible and religion, took first place in the annual C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest with a speech that looked at how bringing hope is critical to building peace. Nathan titled … Read more

Ustad Mahwash and Radio Kaboul to perform at HBPA Nov. 8

Concert features Afghanistan’s greatest female singer HESSTON, KAN. -- Ustad Mahwash, Afghanistan’s greatest female singer, will perform for a central Kansas audience in a November 8 concert at Hesston College’s Yost Center. The 7:30 p.m. concert … Read more

Greer Lecturer to present on "art, food and life"

NORTH NEWTON, KS. -- Nancy Palmeri, the 2005-06 visiting artist in the annual Greer Fine Arts Lecture Series at Bethel College, is highly aware of the effect of culture on her printmaking. "As the daughter of Sicilian immigrants, my daily existence … Read more

Bethel College enrollment increases slightly

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College’s total enrollment showed about a 1 percent increase this fall over last. Bethel has 514 students this fall as compared to 509 in fall 2004. The number of new students on campus increased 2 percent over last year, … Read more

Latin American scholar to give 54th Menno Simons Lectures

NORTH NEWTON, KS. -- Jaime Adrián Prieto Valladares, professor of theology at Latin American Biblical University in San José, Costa Rica, will deliver the 54th annual Menno Simons Lectures Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at Bethel College. Prieto’s theme for his … Read more

Bethel College Sinfonia and Wind Ensemble to present joint fall concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- New assistant professor of music Richard Tirk will make his conducting debut at Bethel College when the Bethel College Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble present a joint concert on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Joliffe … Read more

First Faculty Seminar lecture of the year to address corruption

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- You can’t read international news these days without coming across a story about transition economies. Particularly since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, eastern European economies, for one, have been in transition from … Read more

Bethel College forensics earns awards in Missouri

KIRKSVILLE, MO. -- At their first tournament of the 2005-06 season, the Bethel College forensics squad brought home four awards. The team participated in three days of competition at Truman State University, Sept. 23-25. Seven squad members attended … Read more

Bethel College psychology department receives NSF grant

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A recent National Science Foundation grant awarded to Bethel College will help promote research collaboration between beginning and advanced students in the sciences. The NSF awarded Bethel $31,357 over three years to purchase … Read more

35th Fall Festival to include dedication of new sports complex

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- This year’s Fall Festival celebrates 35 years of tradition with the lots of local musical talent, a wide variety of children’s activities and especially sports-related events, as Bethel College dedicates its new sports complex on … Read more

Bethel plans to break a world record with Fall Festival Frisbee® toss

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Two Bethel College sports traditions--one long-standing and well-organized, the other newer and more freewheeling--will come together at the Fall Festival homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 1. And the event will make it … Read more

Table tennis champion to give exhibition at Fall Festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A nationally ranked table tennis player with Bethel connections will exhibit his skills at Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1. Joshua Bartel has a cousin in the Bethel student body (Margaret Penner, senior from Chester, Ohio) and … Read more

Bethel College art professor to present sabbatical show

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College professor of art Gail Lutsch will present new pieces from her 2004-05 sabbatical in a show in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on the Bethel College campus. The show will be on exhibit from Thursday, Sept. 29, to Friday, … Read more

Bethel College nursing department adds state-of-the-art simulators

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College’s nursing department recently completed state-of-the-art upgrades that will give students more opportunities for hands-on learning and development of critical thinking skills. The centerpiece of this improvement is … Read more

Mantz Library receives Interlibrary Loan Development Grant

NORTH NEWTON, KS. -- The Mantz Library at Bethel College has received a grant from the Kansas Library Network Board, says Gail Niles Stucky, library co-director. The $4,500 grant will enable the library to purchase materials on nationalism, as well as … Read more

Verch to bring her high-energy fiddling to the Bethel College stage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN.--An April Verch show has been described as riding on a supersonic freight train from an old lumber camp in northern Ontario, across the open prairies, through the Appalachian Mountains, down the Mississippi to the Louisiana bayous and … Read more

Bethel College alumni to give Fall Fest math, science lectures

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College alumni Doug Jones, Boone, N.C., and James Roesler, Hillsboro, Ore., will present lectures at the college’s annual Fall Festival. Admission is free and open to the public. Jones will deliver his speech, "Ladders, … Read more

Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk returns to Fall Festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- After a one-year hiatus, a popular Fall Festival event returns to Bethel College. The Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the new Thresher Sports Complex on the north end of the … Read more

Bethel College to present "The Fantasticks" during Fall Festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Students at Bethel College will present the musical "The Fantasticks" by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt four times during the college’s Fall Festival, Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Stage director is Peggy Mead-Finizio, adjunct instructor of … Read more

Bethel College community mobilizes for disaster relief

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- As Bethel College students were moving into dorms and starting fall semester classes, tens of thousands of people on the Gulf Coast of the United States were in a life-and-death struggle with Hurricane Katrina and the flood that … Read more

Bethel Quartet and Friends faculty to present "Carnival of the Animals"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel Quartet, with faculty from Friends University and a faculty member and student from Wichita State University, will present Camille Saint-Saëns’ popular chamber piece "The Carnival of the Animals." Performances will be … Read more

Richerts’ "drop in the bucket" totals more than $900,000

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- When the new sports complex at Bethel College opens this fall, the entry area will bear the name of a couple who spent most of their married life in eastern Arizona, supporting Bethel College modestly from afar. The $864,000 … Read more

Bethel College announces new faculty and staff appointments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College announces the hiring of the following new faculty and staff for the 2005-06 school year: Nate Bartell , Newton, athletic trainer. He is a 2004 graduate of Bethel College with a B.S. in athletic training and a B.S. … Read more

Kauffman Museum fall tours will cover St. Louis and central Kansas

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Kauffman Museum’s fall trips will include the fourth of Robert Kreider’s popular "Mennotours" as well as a four-day trip to St. Louis. "Explore St. Louis: From the Arch to Archeology" will take place Sept. 13-16 and will include … Read more

Local artist and museum designer to help celebrate "K is for Kansas"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- In mid-July, Kauffman Museum welcomed home its award-winning exhibit, "K is for Kansas"--26 giant alphabet blocks that illustrate significant natural, cultural and historic features of the Sunflower State. "K is for Kansas" will … Read more

Bethel College holds its top-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College is in a top category of U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of colleges and universities for the eighth year in a row. The national news weekly publishes new rankings each fall. Bethel is one of only four … Read more

A unifying thread: Duane Friesen looks back at 35 years of teaching and scholarship

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- When fall classes begin this year, for the first time in the memory of many at Bethel College, there will be a certain face missing from campus. Duane Friesen, professor of Bible and religion and holder of the Edmund G. Kaufman … Read more

Bethel College receives $550,000 from Mabee Foundation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College has received $550,000 from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla. for the school’s new sports complex. The gift of $550,000 completes the challenge grant the Mabee Foundation had awarded last July. … Read more

"K is for Kansas" comes home

Special Lewis & Clark program to be given NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Almost three years ago, Kauffman Museum first opened its exhibit "K is for Kansas," 26 giant alphabet blocks that illustrate significant features of the natural and cultural history of … Read more

Bethel jazz musicians named to statewide band

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Four Bethel College students have been named to the 2005 Kansas Intercollegiate Jazz Band. Ten colleges and universities across Kansas nominated the students who were selected as band members and alternates. The only school to … Read more

Sixth annual butterfly count to take place July 9

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Whether you’re a butterfly expert or would like to learn more about those butterflies native to Kansas, you can spend several hours or a whole day looking for them for the benefit of the North American Butterfly Association. The … Read more

Bethel College announces spring semester honor roll

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel College students whose spring semester grades have earned academic distinction. Spring 2005 Dean’s List--semester GPA 3.7-4.0 Name Hometown … Read more

Bethel College grants degrees to 106 graduates

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College president E. LaVerne Epp conferred baccalaureate degrees upon 106 graduates during the college’s commencement ceremonies May 22 in Memorial Hall. All degrees were granted on that date unless another is listed. * … Read more

Bethel’s 112th commencement sees 300th social work graduate cross the stage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- By the relative randomness of alphabetical order, Greta Steingard, Henderson, Neb., was the 300th student to earn a degree in social work from Bethel College since the program was accredited in 1974. Steingard was one of nine … Read more

Bethel College announces presidential search committee

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Board of Directors has named a 10-person search committee to seek a replacement for college president E. LaVerne Epp, who will leave the position Nov. 15, 2005. Earlier, Danielle Goering, Phoenix and … Read more

French is first student to receive global ministries internship

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Karey French, junior global peace and justice studies major from Moundridge, has been named the first recipient of the Global Ministries Internship Endowment at Bethel College. Family members of the late Waldo H. and Linda L. … Read more

Bethel College celebrates achievement and excellence at annual Awards Convocation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- By tradition, the last convocation of the academic year at Bethel College celebrates student academic achievement. The awards convocation, held this year on May 13, also recognizes a faculty or staff member nominated by students … Read more

Schrag Award recipient Lewis to speak at Bethel College’s 112th commencement

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College will honor 109 graduating seniors as well as returning alumni during end-of-the-year festivities May 21-22 on campus. Bethel’s 112th commencement will take place Sunday, May 22, at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Paul … Read more

Bethel College to hold pinning ceremony for largest nursing class in nine years

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College will recognize its largest nursing class since 1997 during the traditional Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium on the Bethel College campus. Lisa Ann Young, MSN, ARNP, … Read more

Kreider to repeat February program at Kauffman Museum

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- By popular demand, Robert Kreider will repeat the program "Hope Amidst Devastation: Images from the End of World War II" at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, at Kauffman Museum. Admission to the program is free and open to the public. … Read more

Welch to present voice recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College student Caitlin Welch, soprano, will present a voice recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10 in the Administration Building Chapel on the North Newton campus. Welch, a sophomore psychology major from Lawrence, is the … Read more

Uncle Carl’s Camps to feature toys, survival and a writers’ workshop

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- This summer, Uncle Carl’s Camps at Kauffman Museum include a new offering especially for young writers. Uncle Carl’s Camps are named for Charles Kauffman, fondly known as Uncle Carl, who brought his museum from South Dakota to … Read more

Bethel College senior art students to display work

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College graduating senior art majors’ work is currently on display until May 22 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on the North Newton campus. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Bethel … Read more

Bethel Quartet to give recital of Dvorak, Mendelssohn

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel Quartet will give a recital on Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus. Admission is free and open to the public. The Bethel Quartet was established in Fall … Read more

Spring jazz event moves from Plaza to Green

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A Bethel College spring tradition, Jazz on the Plaza, is now Jazz on the Green. Instructor of music Stephen Jones, who directs Bethel’s jazz groups, says the move from Centennial Plaza (in front of Memorial Hall) to the campus … Read more

African-American alumni hold planning meeting

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Members of the Bethel College African-American Alumni Association held a planning meeting in Grand Prairie, Texas, April 22-23. The group heard student and staff reports, reviewed current minority life staffing at the college, … Read more

Bethel Jazz groups score high at Greeley jazz festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I and Bethel College Jazz Combo did a mini-tour to Colorado April 21-24, bringing home high marks from the University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival in Greeley, Colo. The festival is … Read more

Bethel College Sinfonia and Wind Ensemble concert date changed

NORTH NEWTON, KAN.-The Bethel College Sinfonia and Bethel College Wind Ensemble’s joint concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, in Joliffe Auditorium in Memorial Hall on the college campus has been changed to Monday, May 9. All other details, … Read more

Open Road to give year-end concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Open Road, a men’s octet group from Bethel College, will present its second annual year-end concert on Sunday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus. The concert will feature a mix of old and new songs … Read more

Bethel College theater department to present drama

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College theater department’s spring play will be the dark comedy "How I Learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel. Performances are set for 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, May 5-7, in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts … Read more

Butcher to present senior psychology seminar

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College student Montrell Lavon Butcher, Dallas, will present his senior seminar entitled "The Cognitive Effects of Diabetes" at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, in room 102 of Krehbiel Science Center on the North Newton … Read more

Bethel College announces interim academic dean appointment

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Associate professor of English Brad Born has been named interim academic dean and vice president of academic affairs for Bethel College. The appointment will take effect Nov. 15, 2005, when current Bethel College president E. … Read more

Chemistry student named outstanding major for state of Kansas

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Kristopher Hiebner, Hampton, Neb., was recognized as one of five Outstanding Senior Chemistry Majors by the Wichita Section of the American Chemical Society at an awards banquet held at Emporia State University on April 14. Dr. … Read more

Bethel College Sinfonia and Wind Ensemble to present joint spring concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Sinfonia and Wind Ensemble will present a joint concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, in Joliffe Auditorium in Memorial Hall on the college campus in North Newton. The performance will include Rimsky-Korsakov's … Read more

Association to give 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award posthumously

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association has selected Rodney J. Sawatsky to receive the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award. The award will be presented posthumously. Sawatsky died Nov. 27, 2004, at age 60 … Read more

Association names 2005 Outstanding Alumnus Award recipient

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association has selected Greg Raleigh, Hesston, as the recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2005. Raleigh will receive the award, which has been presented annually since … Read more

College and performing arts center to present "The Dance of Oz"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Dance Ensemble, in conjunction with the Newton Performing Arts Center, will present "The Dance of Oz" at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center on the … Read more

Masterworks concert to be presented at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College Oratorio Chorus and Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will present their masterworks concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 24, in Memorial Hall at Bethel College in North Newton. Conductor is William Eash, professor of … Read more

Museum to celebrate Earth Day with special night-time activities

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Kauffman Museum will mark Earth Day, April 22, with an "Earth Day Evening Adventure" that will involve what’s at your feet to what’s high overhead. People of all ages can listen for frogs and owls, take an evening hike, look at … Read more

Five to present at national conference on undergraduate research

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Are women unlikely to be found in science and engineering fields, as Harvard University’s president seems to have claimed in a widely publicized speech recently? Not according to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, … Read more

Bethel student chosen for prestigious poster event on Capitol Hill

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A Bethel College psychology student has been selected to present her research on Capitol Hill April 19, under the aegis of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Rae Dain, a senior from Wichita, is one of only 60 … Read more

Vaught to present organ and piano recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College junior Chelsea Vaught, Henderson, Neb., will give a piano and organ recital at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 18 in the Administration Building Chapel on the North Newton campus. Admission is free and open to the public. … Read more

Bethel College music professors to give faculty concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, and Nancy Johnson, instructor of violin, will present a joint recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17 in the Administration Building Chapel on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. … Read more

Bethel College plans annual Service Day

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- More than 150 Bethel College students and faculty will participate in the annual Service Day April 13, mostly in the Newton and North Newton community. Classes are cancelled for the day to allow students to participate in … Read more

Nursing student is first from Bethel to be elected to national office

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Alli Simon was elected to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee-North for the National Student Nurses’ Association at the NSNA annual convention in Salt Lake City, April 6-10. Simon, a junior nursing student from … Read more

Bethel College Board names presidential search committee chair

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Board of Directors has named board member Danielle (Goering) Goering, Moundridge and Phoenix, Ariz., as chair of the presidential search committee. Goering will head the effort to find a new president for the … Read more

Bethel College to welcome two Mennonite poets to campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Widely published Mennonite poets Jean Janzen, Fresno, Calif., and Jeff Gundy, Bluffton, Ohio, will appear at Bethel College on the same day, Thursday, April 14, at different times. Janzen is the author of six books of poetry, the … Read more

Third straight award goes to Bethel history student paper

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- For the third year in a row, and for the fourth time in five years, a Bethel College history graduate has won the Kansas History Teachers Association Award for Best Undergraduate History Paper (Category I). David Unruh, Wichita, … Read more

Kauffman Museum programs will focus on quilts for those in need

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The next Kauffman Kids & Friends program will take place Sunday afternoon, April 10, at the museum. From 2-3 p.m., Esther Eash, Newton, will present "Patchwork Road to Freedom" for children age 6-12. Participants will learn … Read more

Bethel College jazz groups to give concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College jazz groups will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 8, in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center on the North Newton campus. The program will include performances by Jazz Ensemble I and II … Read more

Bethel alumna to honor Friesen with special convocation lecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Duane Friesen, professor of Bible and religion at Bethel College, retires in May after 35 years of teaching at the institution. As one way to honor a distinguished career that includes Friesen’s being named Edmund G. Kaufman … Read more

Governor will appear at conference via video

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Governor Kathleen Sebelius will highlight a day of storytelling by and for women, appearing at Bethel College via a special video. Celebrate! 2005 honors women’s stories of vocational call, creativity, success and friendship, and … Read more

Finnish vocal ensemble to give final HBPA concert of the year

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- According to the six members of the Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton, their name says it all. The word (pronounced rah-yah-ton) translates as "boundless," and Rajaton tries to push the boundaries of what human voices singing … Read more

Regier to present faculty seminar

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Ami Regier, associate professor of English at Bethel College, will present her faculty seminar entitled "Ghost Dancing, Transatlantic Travel and Modernist Arson in ‘Gardens in the Dunes’" at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 4, in the … Read more

Bethel College Concert Choir to give "home concert"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The 52-voice Bethel College Concert Choir will present its annual home concert at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 3 in Memorial Hall on the North Newton campus. Admission is free and open to the public. The choir will perform … Read more

Bethel College forensics squad earns honors at nationals

ST. LOUIS, MO. -- After three days of competition, the Bethel College forensics team brought home nine awards from the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament. Seven squad members attended the tournament March 17-19 and competed against more than 400 … Read more

Kasper deBenedet performance rescheduled

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Rachel Kasper deBenedet, a Bethel College alumna currently appearing in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" on Broadway, will give a presentation and performance on Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium on the Bethel College … Read more

Epp to leave Bethel College in November

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College president E. LaVerne Epp has told the college’s Board of Directors he plans to step down effective Nov. 15, 2005. The board, meeting on campus March 10-12, accepted Epp’s decision with regret, and expressed deep … Read more

Bethel College choral groups to present concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Women’s Chorus and Men’s Ensemble will present their spring concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 20, in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. Admission is free and open to … Read more

Local link: Quartet makes Bethel connection through cellist’s friendship with Newton pastor

NORTH NEWTON, KAN.--Although the Arianna String Quartet is based in St. Louis, there’s a definite local connection for this spring’s guest artists in the Greer Lecture Series at Bethel College. Cellist Kurt Baldwin, the only remaining founding member … Read more

Bethel forensics qualifies more events for nationals

NORMAN, OKLA. -- Bethel College forensics squad members took advantage of their last chance this year to qualify for the American Forensics Association National Tournament by winning four awards. Ten Threshers traveled to Oklahoma University March 4-5 … Read more

Racing for adventure

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- It’s the exercise. It’s being out in the elements. But mostly it’s the adventure. Aaron Chappell-Deckert and Russell Adrian agree--that’s the draw of endurance racing or adventure racing. The two men competed recently as a team … Read more

Kauffman Museum spring trip to explore Mennonite communities

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Kauffman Museum’s first bus trip of the spring is the popular "Mennotour" on March 31, returning for the third time. Mennonite historian Robert Kreider of North Newton will host the trip through the south central Kansas Mennonite … Read more

Concert Choir to tour in West and Pacific Northwest

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The 51-voice Bethel College Concert Choir will tour in six Western and Pacific Northwest states during the college’s spring break. Performances are scheduled for March 24-April 3 in Colorado, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho … Read more

Putnam "win" of 1964 highlights Bethel history of math excellence

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- On Dec. 5, 1964, six Bethel College students, along with thousands of other undergraduates across the United States and Canada, took a math exam. It wasn’t just any test--it was "the Putnam," a mathematics competition named for … Read more

Actress brings Dorothy Day to life in a one-woman performance

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The final event in the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) Peace Lecture Series for 2004-05 isn’t even a lecture. It’s a one-woman play called "Fool for Christ: The Dorothy Day Story," performed by New … Read more

Kauffman Museum displays German artwork

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Fifty years ago, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) received word that three crates containing more than 50 works of art were on their way from the German Consul in Detroit to MCC headquarters in Akron, Pa. These pieces, created by … Read more

Bethel opera tradition to celebrate 50 years

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Not many small liberal arts colleges can boast the kind of long-lived musical tradition that Bethel College will be celebrating this year. Each year since 1955, the Bethel College theater and music departments have collaborated … Read more

Bethel College to present Gounod’s "Faust"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College theater and music departments will present the tragic opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod. Performances are set for 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12. Charles … Read more

Two students earn two state championships each

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College forensics squad members earned a number of awards at the state tournament, held Feb. 26 on the Bethel campus and Feb. 27 at Hutchinson Community College. Bethel hosted the state of Kansas individual events … Read more

Students gather at Bethel College to talk about practical peacemaking

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- North American peace activists these days live in challenging times, with everything from war in Iraq to continued violence in Israel/Palestine, Colombia and Sudan, to issues of domestic poverty demanding attention. So this … Read more

Bethel professor to present seminar on foster parents and child welfare

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, associate professor of social work at Bethel College, will present "Walking a Tightrope: Foster Parents in Concurrent Planning" for the next Bethel College faculty seminar at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, in the … Read more

Kreider to present program at Kauffman Museum

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Robert Kreider will present the program "Hope Amidst Devastation: Images from the End of World War II" at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27 at Kauffman Museum in North Newton. Admission to the program is free and open to the public. … Read more

Bethel Nursing Department honors students with lamplighting

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Department of Nursing honored 38 students in its annual lamplighting ceremony, held Sunday, Feb. 13, in the Administration Building chapel on the college campus. This particular ceremony honors upper-class … Read more

Bethel College forensics qualifies another event for nationals

NORMAN, OK - The Bethel College forensics squad brought home one award from Oklahoma University on Feb. 11, which qualified another student to attend the national tournament later this spring. Two squad members attended the Sweetheart Swing … Read more

Semester in Budapest broadens cultural and academic horizons

NORTH NEWTON, KAN.--Living in a foreign country might be a bit intimidating, says Margaret Penner--but at least she’ll be able to speak the math. Penner, a junior physics and mathematics major from West Chester who attends Bethel College in North … Read more

Kauffman Museum to open special exhibition Feb. 20

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Kauffman Museum will open the special exhibition "The Art of Sharing, The Sharing of Art: Responses to Mennonite Relief in Postwar Germany" Sunday, Feb. 20. The exhibition will run through May 29. "The Art of Sharing, The Sharing … Read more

Bethel College Young Alumnus Award recipient to be honored March 14

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association has selected Rachel Kasper deBenedet, Eldorado Springs, Colo., as the recipient of the Young Alumnus Award for 2005. Kasper deBenedet will be honored at 11 a.m., … Read more

Bethel College choir to do mini-tour to Colorado

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The 52-voice Bethel College Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. William Eash, will do a short tour with several concert dates in Colorado, Feb. 26-27. The first concert will be on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Wellshire … Read more

Bethel College students spend January in Guatemala

Student perspective: a country rebuilds from civil war By Heidi Holliday NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Guatemala, "land of eternal spring," conjures up images of towering volcanoes and lush rainforests, or perhaps scenes of a marketplace brimming with fresh … Read more

Students explore math, science, culture in Europe

Student perspective: Touring space and time By Meghan Reha. NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - A diverse group of Bethel College students explored scientific history and progress over interterm on a whirlwind European tour this January. The 17-day "Math and … Read more

Bethel College students travel to Middle East for interterm

Student perspective: a land in turmoil By Scott Janzen NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - This past January, seven students in the "Jerusalem Seminar," one of Bethel College’s options for interterm (Jan. 3-27), had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit … Read more

Bethel College students travel to Chicago for interterm theater experience

Student perspective: drama in the Windy City By Julie Miller NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- "Learning outside the classroom" is one of the hallmarks of interterm at Bethel College. "Studies in Drama" was one of several such courses offered this January. It … Read more

Intercollegiate peace conference to be held at Bethel College

Bridging the "domestic divide" is this year’s theme NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Once a year, students and faculty from Anabaptist colleges and universities gather to discuss current peace and social justice issues. This year is Bethel College’s turn to … Read more

From "The Daily Show" to North Newton

Well-known evangelical activist to speak at Bethel College NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- When did Jesus’ priorities become the capital gains tax and the war in Iraq? That’s the rhetorical question Jim Wallis has been asking audiences--including the one on … Read more

Bethel College forensics receives awards at tournament

TOPEKA, KAN. -- The Bethel College forensics squad brought home five awards after two days of competition at Washburn University, Feb. 5 and 6. Seven squad members competed against teams from 13 other colleges and universities at the Capital City … Read more

Bethel professor to present seminar on biodiversity conservation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Jon K. Piper, professor of biology at Bethel College, will present "Agriculture and Tropical Biodiversity Conservation: Two Examples from Costa Rica" for the next Bethel College faculty seminar at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7 in the … Read more

Lehman to display art works at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College will host an art exhibition of mixed media works by Anita Lehman, Feb. 4-25 in the Fine Arts Center gallery on the North Newton campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Quoting James Baldwin, Lehman says, … Read more

Bethel College announces final results of program review

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College president E. LaVerne Epp and vice president for academic affairs John Sheriff on Feb. 1 announced the final results of the college’s academic program review. "Academic excellence is one of Bethel College’s … Read more

King’s Singers to perform in Hesston in February

HESSTON, KAN. -- One of the world’s most acclaimed vocal ensembles will take the stage in Hesston College’s Yost Center for a 7:30 p.m. concert, Thursday, Feb. 17. The performance is the fourth of five events in the 2004-05 Hesston-Bethel Performing … Read more

Popular chamber group to play at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A popular south central Kansas chamber group, Fairmount String Quartet, will perform at Bethel College on Tuesday, Feb. 8. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Bethel College Administration Building. Admission is free … Read more

Family Fest gives family members a glimpse of Bethel College life

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Redesigned and expanded last year, Family Fest at Bethel College has proven to be a popular event. This year’s Family Fest--geared to family members of current students--will take place on the Bethel campus Feb. 11-13 and will … Read more

Museum’s annual celebration marks 144 years of Kansas history

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- One of Kauffman Museum’s most popular annual events, Celebrate Kansas Day!, will take place this year on the 144th birthday of the 34th state, January 29. Special activities are planned from 1:30-4:30 p.m., with admission free to … Read more

Annual King Day celebration set for January 17 at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Dr. Howard Shipp, director of multicultural development at Oklahoma State University, will be the keynote speaker for Bethel College’s annual observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17. Entertainment will be … Read more

Surviving the ice storm of '05

Winter weather cuts power but creates community at Bethel College NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Whether it meant resorting to "old-fashioned" Bunsen burners in a botany lab or stirring soup by flashlight, Bethel College students, faculty and staff found ways … Read more

Kansas Brass Quintet to Perform in Hesston Jan. 21

HESSTON, KAN. -- Kansas Brass Quintet has thrilled audiences in Kansas and the Midwest for more than 30 years. On Friday, Jan. 21, they will travel to Hesston to present the third concert in the 2004-05 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) season at … Read more

Bethel College announces fall semester honor roll

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel College students whose fall semester grades have earned academic distinction. Students named to the Dean’s List (3.7 and above semester GPA): … Read more

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