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Past Bethel College News: 2006

Education Day at Bethel to offer a variety of activities

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The new year is traditionally a time for resolutions. If any of yours were to eat healthier, to learn how to buy and sell on eBay, to take up container gardening or to gain a new artistic skill, the Bethel College Women’s … 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 2006 semester grades have earned academic distinction. Students are eligible for semester honors provided they complete a … Read more

Couple’s gift will help Bethel students keep making music

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Jerry and Leann Toews of Goessel love music, and they love Bethel College. So they decided to do something for the benefit of both. On Dec. 18, the Toewses presented Bethel College’s instrumental music department with a gift of … Read more

Bethel College named to national service honor roll

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College was one of only seven Kansas colleges, and one of only two private liberal arts institutions in the state, to be recognized recently as part of the first-ever President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. … Read more

Bethel professor named to national science education program

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College professor of psychology Dwight Krehbiel was one of 25 college and university faculty nationwide to be recently named a BiosciEdNet (BEN) Scholar or Mentor. The BEN Scholar program is one of the grassroots outreach … Read more

Bethel College athletes named to Academic All-America teams

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has named five Bethel College students – two volleyball players and three soccer players – as Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athletes. Bethany Trimble, a senior from … Read more

Students to present annual Organ Vespers Dec. 10

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College student chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present its annual Organ Vespers concert on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus. Katie … Read more

Holiday concert at Bethel will feature some new musical mixes

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s annual holiday concert by its Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra will feature a new percussion ensemble and the return of a brass choir. This will be the premier performance of the Percussion Ensemble, formed … Read more

Women’s soccer coach Byrd-Stevenson resigns

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Angela Byrd-Stevenson has announced her resignation as Bethel College women’s soccer coach. Byrd-Stevenson just completed her third season as the head coach of the Thresher women. The 2006 team finished tied for ninth in the KCAC … Read more

Bethel players receive KCAC All-Conference honors

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Along with the Bethel Thresher football team’s finish as 2006 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) co-champions, with Friends University, came some individual honors for Bethel players. Beau Cox, a sophomore running back … Read more

Bethel College will “light the Green” for the 21st year in a row

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Advent season tradition, the Lighting of the Green, returns for its 21st year. The event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. on the college Green, in the center of the campus. Participants form a … Read more

Annual "Messiah" sing-along scheduled for Dec. 8 at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College will again sponsor the annual sing-along of Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah , but on a different day than in past years. The sing-along, which is open to all Bethel students, faculty, staff and the general … Read more

New music professor has rich jazz experience

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When the Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I takes the stage for their first concert of the school year, they will do so under the direction of first-year music professor James Pisano. On Monday, Dec. 4, Pisano will direct this … Read more

Annual German Advent service set for Dec. 3 at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Students and faculty in Bethel College’s German and music departments will present the annual Deutsche Weihnachten (German Advent) service on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Bethel College Mennonite Church. This will be the 22nd … Read more

Award-winning poet to read at Bethel College Nov. 27

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Keith Ratzlaff is, among other things, a multiple-award-winning poet, a Mennonite originally from Henderson, Neb., and a professor of English at a small liberal arts college in Iowa. He is also a graduate of Bethel College and … Read more

Students to present summer research findings

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The growing emphasis on undergraduate research at Bethel College meant that eight students spent last summer researching selected topics in their major areas of study and getting paid to do so. Convocation on Monday, Dec. 4, will … Read more

Campus ministries events bring area college students together

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A worship event spearheaded by students and staff involved in campus ministries at Bethel College continues into its second year. Bethel campus pastor Amy Barker knew from her conversations with students and with other area … Read more

Bethel programmers place high in regional competition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the second time in four years, Bethel College placed first out of all Kansas schools competing in the ACM North Central Regional Programming Contest held Nov. 11 at Emporia State University. Bethel took two teams to the … Read more

In a visionary’s footsteps: Tour seeks to retrace the route of Claas Epp to central Asia

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Most Anabaptist Mennonites went west. The cradle of their faith lies in what is now Germany, Switzerland and Holland. Later, a significant group lived for several generations in the current Poland and Ukraine (then Russia). Driven … Read more

Bethel College’s Jazz Combo, visiting trumpeter, to give free concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Jazz Combo is taking advantage of the visit of a trumpeter from Denver to play a free concert on Wednesday, Nov. 29, on the Bethel campus. Jeff Uban is a former student of Bethel assistant professor of music … Read more

Sheriff’s decades of service to Bethel lead into new administrative role

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After spending most of the past 40 years at Bethel College, John K. Sheriff, Ernest E. Leisy Professor of English, must by now have done it all. With the Oct. 8 inauguration of Barry C. Bartel as Bethel’s 13th president, Sheriff … Read more

Sieber wraps up almost four decades of coaching and teaching

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For Gerry Sieber, coaching and teaching have been more than a job. He considers them his ministry. After 13 years coaching – in recent years, only men’s soccer but at one time women’s soccer as well – and teaching health and … Read more

Bethel faculty finds new ways to collaborate with teachers

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College science and mathematics faculty continue to work at collaborating with science and math teachers at local public schools as well as keeping up with technical innovations in teaching methods. On Nov. 4, the science … Read more

Bethel College Student Senate institutes car co-op

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the second year in a row, the Bethel College Student Senate has organized a program that is money-saving, community oriented and environmentally friendly. After realizing that a number of students don’t have their own … Read more

Trombone is the star of Nov. 18 music workshop

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Teachers and students of trombone can “Get Trombona-fide” Saturday, Nov. 18, at Senseney Music, 2300 Lincoln in Wichita, with the help of area college students and Bethel College’s trombone instructor. Rob Tierney is the low … Read more

History professor examines women’s roles in Vietnam protests

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Penelope Adams Moon, assistant professor of history at Bethel College, will present the second Faculty Seminar Series lecture for 2006-07 on Monday, Nov.13, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Moon has a particular … Read more

Organ represents more than two centuries of Mennonite history

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As organs go, this one is not very big. But it represents a vast heritage. In the auditorium of Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum sits a parlor organ, with a label that names it the “Teschemacher/Deknatel/Van der Smissen Organ.” … Read more

Salzburg Chamber Soloists to perform at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An internationally acclaimed group of young chamber musicians will give the second Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts concert of the 2006-07 school year. The Salzburg Chamber Soloists will appear Monday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in … Read more

Convocation lecture to bring together orchestra and hip hop

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As genres that can seem to be on opposite ends of the musical spectrum, “hip hop” and “orchestra” are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. However, in an upcoming convocation at Bethel College, Marina Peterson, a cellist and … Read more

Chelsea Vaught to give senior piano recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Chelsea Vaught, Henderson, Neb., will give her senior piano recital on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. Vaught is a music and education major … Read more

Seeing double: Bethel football roster includes two sets of twins

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It’s difficult enough to keep one set of twins straight. Bethel College football coaches have to deal with two. David and Dana Daugharthy, first-year freshmen from Iola, and Jesse and David Mueller, first-year freshmen from … Read more

Vocal ensembles to present joint concert

By Adam Gaeddert NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The 2006-2007 Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Chorus are once again under the leadership of William Eash, professor of music, who was on sabbatical last spring. Beginning at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5, in the … Read more

Bethel faculty approve revisions to General Education Curriculum

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After more than a year of work by representatives of Bethel College’s faculty and administration, the faculty on Oct. 24 voted its initial approval to a revision of the college’s General Education (GE) requirements. The most … Read more

Wind ensemble and orchestra to present first concert of the year

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For many years, Sinfonia was the name of Bethel College’s sole instrumental ensemble. Depending on what instrumentalists were available, the ensemble would be either a band or an orchestra. Now that the Wind Ensemble has become a … Read more

The border and the monastery: Bethel professors spend sabbaticals exploring academic interests

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Even teachers need to take time out to be students. To that end, two Bethel College professors took sabbaticals during spring 2006 to explore areas of academic interest through firsthand experience. William Eash, professor of … Read more

Ceramics artist looks at how art faculty “picture peace”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Potter and ceramicist Gregg Luginbuhl has focused much of his energy over the past several years on how art faculty from Mennonite colleges and universities – of which he is one – have used images of peace in their work. … Read more

New Testament scholar Swartley to give Bible Lectures at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A noted New Testament scholar and long-time professor at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., will give three Bible Lectures at Bethel College, Nov. 5-6. Willard Swartley, professor emeritus of New Testament … Read more

Egyptian development worker to speak on pursuit of “durable peace”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An Egyptian Christian with international experience as well as Mennonite connections will be the first speaker in the annual Peace Lecture Series sponsored by the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel … Read more

Mathematician’s work sheds light on sound

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Some simple mathematics can shed a lot of light on sound, and why we like or dislike what we hear. Mathematician Leon Harkleroad, Wilton, Maine, will speak on “What Makes Notes Sound Good?” in a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. on … Read more

The community's art: Bethel graduate helps create a guide to murals across Kansas

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For Lora Jost, art shouldn’t be separated from community. “I’m interested in art that brings the broader community into the vision,” she says, “that has a bigger than individual draw.” The story that the art reflects is also an … Read more

Community has shaped young poet and teacher’s work

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For Nathan Bartel, it’s about work and community. Only four years out from finishing his undergraduate degree, Bartel is back at his alma mater, Bethel College, as an assistant professor of English and writer-in-residence. … Read more

Bethel graduates see the country up close, via bicycle

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Poll a sample of recent college graduates, and you’d probably find that most of them head out in pursuit of career goals, through full-time work or graduate school. But a few take the road less traveled – and in the case of two … Read more

Marching Bulldogs bring extra flair to Bethel football game

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Independence High School marching band is headed for the Cotton Bowl in January. Before that, though, they’ve been wowing some crowds a bit north and east of Dallas. At the invitation of Bethel College’s assistant professor … Read more

Poet to open Faculty Seminar series at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Nathan Bartel, writer-in-residence at Bethel College this school year, will present the first Faculty Seminar of the year on Monday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the Administration Building. Bartel, who is also assistant … Read more

Catholic-Mennonite dialogue focus of 2006 Menno Simons Lectures

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A long-time leader and educator in the Mennonite church in Canada will deliver this year’s Menno Simons Lectures at Bethel College, Oct. 29-31. Helmut Harder, Winnipeg, Man., professor emeritus of theology at Canadian Mennonite … Read more

“Holy space” of Bethel College expands to celebrate inauguration

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The “holy space” of Bethel College (named from the Hebrew Beth-El, “house of God”) was a much-invoked metaphor during the celebration that marked the inauguration of the college’s 13th president, Barry C. Bartel, on Oct. 8. … Read more

Friesen to speak on life as a “missionary kid”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The second Friends of the MLA presentation for 2006-07, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, will also draw on the Journey from Darlington conference held in Oklahoma last spring. Richard Friesen, North Newton, will describe – using a number of … Read more

Amnesty International official to speak at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Moundridge native and senior official for Amnesty International will be at Bethel College to tell about his recent experiences in Lebanon. Curt Goering, senior executive director for Amnesty International USA, will speak on … Read more

Fall Festival football crowd to shoot – or dribble – for another world record

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Last year at the Fall Festival football game, Bethel College students and supporters set a world record for most flying discs thrown at the same time, successfully launching 853 of them onto Joe W. Goering Field. This year, they … Read more

Volleyball reunion to highlight weekend of athletic recognition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As is traditional, the Fall Festival homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 7, will include several inductions into the Bethel College Athletic Hall of Fame. Bethel volleyball greats Barb Anderson Graber, Newton, and Lori … Read more

Environment lawyer, former Harvey Countian, to speak on global warming

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Charles Benjamin says that Kansas stands “at the crossroads on global warming.” The former Harvey County resident and Harvey County Commissioner, now based in Lawrence, will present “Global warming: The Kansas connection” on … Read more

Food, sports, music and reunions among Fall Festival highlights

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has much to celebrate at the 36th annual Fall Festival, Oct. 5-8, which will culminate in the inauguration of Barry C. Bartel as the college’s 13th president, on Sunday, Oct. 8. Fall Festival begins, as it has for … Read more

Fall Festival 2006 will culminate in presidential inauguration

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College was only 10 years old when, in 1897, a group of faculty and staff started the Mennonite congregation that bears the college’s name. As Bethel prepares to inaugurate its 13th president, Barry C. Bartel, that special … Read more

New permanent exhibit unpacks Mennonite immigrant furniture tradition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The newest permanent exhibit at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum has been in the making for more than 15 years. “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” opens to the public on Saturday, Sept. 23. Based on the museum’s 1991 temporary … Read more

Kauffman Museum to join in national Museum Day

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – If you’ve never visited Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum, or if you’re waiting for your chance to see the new permanent exhibit on Mennonite furniture or the widely acclaimed traveling exhibit, “K is for Kansas,” which is home for … Read more

Student summer jobs cover everything from HIV research to Wonder Woman

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For most college students, summer vacation is a time to take a break from academia, get out into the world and make some money. Four Bethel students proved this summer that those three months in the “real” world can have its own … Read more

Bethel alumni Golf Classic has high turnout

NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Alumni Association hosted one of its largest golf tournaments ever on Saturday, Sept. 16, with 129 golfers on 33 teams participating in the 15th annual Fall Thresher Golf Classic. The tournament was held for the … Read more

Bethel College Fall Festival theater production to feature Twain

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This year’s Fall Festival theater production at Bethel College draws on the work of American humorist and philosopher Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain). Mark Twain’s “The Diaries of Adam and Eve,” adapted for the stage by David Birney, … Read more

Bethel College alumni to lecture in psychology, math at Fall Festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Bethel College alumni who have spent the majority of their careers teaching and researching at graduate universities will deliver this year’s math and sciences lectures at Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7. Deborah Wiebe, … Read more

Chanticleer to open Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season October 1

HESSTON, KAN. – Chanticleer, a world-renowned choral ensemble, will open the 2006-07 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series with a concert at Hesston College’s Yost Center at 7 p.m., Sunday, October 1. Hailed by the New Yorker magazine as “America’s … Read more

Library receives Interlibrary Loan Development Grant

NORTH NEWTON, KS. – For the 15th consecutive year, a grant from the Kansas Library Network Board has allowed the Bethel College Library to update and expand its collection, reports Gail Niles Stucky, library co-director. The $4,800 grant has enabled … Read more

Lecture to look at first Mennonite mission

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In 1872, the participants in the sixth session of the General Conference formed the Foreign Mission Board. In 1875, at the seventh session, Samuel S. Haury was accepted as missionary, but it was not until May 1880 that Haury and his … Read more

Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk kicks off Fall Festival Saturday

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This year’s Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk at Bethel College’s annual Fall Festival will be an all-terrain circuit like last year’s race. It will include part of Sand Creek Trail in the northeast corner of the campus and will very … Read more

Bethel College makes new faculty and staff appointments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the following new faculty and staff appointments for the 2006-07 school year: Nick Anneler, resident director of Haury Hall. He has a B.S. in business administration and management from Tabor College, … Read more

Bethel opens school year with established and fledgling traditions

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College formally opened the 2006-07 school year with an old tradition and what will likely become a new one. Sometime during the administration of Harold Schultz as Bethel president (1971-91), the ringing of a large bell … Read more

New students pile into residence halls

by Adam Gaeddert NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The parking lots were bustling as parents, Residence Life staff, returning students and even president-elect Barry Bartel turned out Aug. 25 to help incoming freshmen move into Bethel College’s three residence … 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 ninth year in a row. The national news weekly publishes new rankings each fall. Bethel is one of only three … Read more

Women's basketball team makes NAIA Academic Top 25

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. — The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) recently announced its 2005-2006 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the NAIA. Bethel College, with a team grade point average of 2.991, made the list at number 25. "It is my … Read more

Prison theater program enacts restorative justice

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the second time in less than six months, John McCabe-Juhnke, Bethel College professor of communication arts, directed a play with the U.S. penal system as an important theme or sub-theme. What was probably most different about … Read more

Son establishes award to honor father’s music contributions

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For almost 40 years, from 1923-1962, Walter H. Hohmann taught music and directed choral groups at Bethel College. In a distinguished career that also included writing choral compositions and co-editing the 1940 Mennonite Hymnary, … Read more

New Bethel president and his family’s residence have long history with college

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College, the oldest Mennonite college in North America (dating from 1887), may also have the oldest presidential residence. Bethel president-elect Barry Bartel and his family – wife Brenda, children Jordan and Leah and … Read more

Bethel College volleyball honored for academic achievement

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named the Bethel College Threshers as one of the recipients of the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award for 2005-06. Bethel College was one of 21 NAIA schools and one of only … Read more

Bethel College prepares for students’ return, annual Week of Welcome

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College welcomes all new and returning students with a slate of activities for the annual Week of Welcome. “Orientation activities in the first days on campus are intended to integrate students into the Bethel College … Read more

“K is for Kansas” wins national history award

Exhibit to stay at Kauffman Museum until next June NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum’s traveling exhibit “K is for Kansas” keeps racking up the awards. The latest is the Award of Merit from the Nashville, Tenn.-based American … Read more

New exhibit will unpack a distinct furniture building tradition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum’s newest permanent exhibit has been in the making for more than 15 years. “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” opens to the public on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 1:30 p.m. Based on the museum’s 1991 temporary exhibit of the … Read more

Grant will enable prairie restoration right on Bethel campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Not many people are lucky enough to see history being recreated before their eyes. Now Bethel College students will get the chance—and some will even have the opportunity to participate. Bethel professor of biology Jon K. … Read more

Annual butterfly count set for July 8

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the seventh straight year, Kauffman Museum will sponsor a butterfly count for the benefit of the North American Butterfly Association. Anyone can participate, whether or not you know anything about Kansas’ native butterfly … Read more

Kauffman Museum to join annual CityArts garage sale

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum will be the newest participant in the fourth annual CityArts garage sale on Saturday, July 8. CityArts, a gallery and education center at 334 N. Mead in Wichita’s Old Town, sponsors the unusual sale. Participants … Read more

Schlabaugh and Flickner receive faculty awards

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A highlight of Bethel College’s annual Commencement celebration is presentation of two faculty awards, which this year went to Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, and Diane Flickner, athletic director and associate … Read more

Broadway at Bethel to present "Fiddler on the Roof"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After a week of intense rehearsal, participants in Bethel College's annual Broadway at Bethel theater camp will present Joseph Stein's "Fiddler on the Roof" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts … Read more

Bethel College Science faculty, students host Summer Science Institute

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Eight area high school students recently had the opportunity to come to Bethel College and live the life of an undergraduate science student for a week. The annual Summer Science Institute, which began in June 2000, took place … Read more

Piano instructor awarded Distinguished Teaching Award

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award is given annually to a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to teaching. This year’s recipient, Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, has made significant contributions in both … Read more

Senior social worker spends semester in Northern Ireland

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The city of Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, is filled with reminders of violence. It was the site of the infamous Bloody Sunday, the 1972 killing of 13 nonviolent civilian demonstrators by British police forces. Still today, it … Read more

Governor Sebelius honors Kansas‚ private colleges

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Governor Kathleen Sebelius has declared June 5-9 Kansas Private Colleges Week in recognition of the benefit the 18 Kansas‚ private colleges provide to the state. Sebelius noted that half of the approximately 200,000 living alumni … Read more

Annual faculty lecture will look at prairie restoration

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – One of Bethel College professor of biology Jon Piper’s long-time research interests is prairie restoration. He will speak about some of his findings at the third annual Faculty Public Lecture sponsored by the Bethel College Women’s … Read more

Bethel College commencement emphasizes service, recalls community

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College graduates are among the elite. That was according to the speaker for Bethel’s 113th Commencement, retired professor and sociologist Galyn Vesey of Wichita. “That doesn’t make you better than anyone else,” he told … Read more

Scholarship will honor woman’s “keen interest” in Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Vera Graber McGlynn loved Bethel College. Although she did not graduate from college, Bethel was the only one she attended, from 1949-51. McGlynn spent her career as an adjuster for St. Paul Insurance Agency in Wichita. “She … Read more

‘The fun stuff’

Young organist likes this instrument’s almost endless variety NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – You might not guess it to look at her, but Chelsea Vaught likes “the fast, loud, showy stuff the best.” She’s talking about organ music, and by now she should have … Read more

Hindu culture provides an important case study for understanding how we think

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – At first glance, looking at Indian art, eating at an Indian restaurant and participating in a Hindu religious ceremony honoring the onset of spring may seem to have little to do with the study of psychology. On the contrary, … Read more

Thresher Awards are highlight of annual honors convocation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Math was the dominant discipline for this year’s Thresher Awards at Bethel College. Threshers are given each year to seniors who have made an outstanding contribution to their academic fields. This year, three math majors and a … Read more

Kasper receives Fulbright grant to teach voice in Paraguay

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When Kathryn Dick Kasper retires this spring from 34 years of teaching at Bethel College, she has no plans to slow down. In June, Kasper, associate professor of music and the college’s primary voice instructor, will join the ranks … Read more

Kasper will leave Bethel College with a legacy of performance

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Although she grew up in the relative obscurity of rural Montana, that fact didn’t stop Kathryn Dick Kasper from beginning her public performance career early. Kasper was in a Tonette (a plastic recorder-like instrument once … Read more

Bethel students, faculty share “books that made a difference”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – During the open mike session of Bethel College’s May 5 convocation, Brad Born, interim vice president for academic affairs, noted, “We don’t read books alone—we read them as members of reading communities.” His comment was … Read more

A book that made a difference: Matt Kaiser

Matt Kaiser (2006 graduate from Inman, Kan., with a B.A. in music) A year or two ago, Dwight Krehbiel recommended a book to the Pre-Med Club for summer reading. It was called Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would … Read more

A book that made a difference: Tricia Lopez

Tricia Lopez (Newton, departmental assistant for teacher education and social work) When Dale asked me what my favorite book was, I did not hesitate for one moment. I did not have to think. It was on my bookshelf in my office. It was a book that I … Read more

A book that made a difference: Meghan Reha

Meghan Reha (Tiskilwa, Ill., junior math major) “The Little Prince lived alone on a tiny planet no larger than a house. He owned three volcanoes, two active and one extinct. He also owned a flower, unlike any flower in the galaxy, of great beauty … Read more

Jazz on the Green to be Jones’ last concert at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This semester’s final jazz concert will feature favorite tunes selected from concerts throughout the year, and will be director Stephen Jones’ Bethel College swan song. “Jazz on the Green” will take place Wednesday, May 10, … Read more

Faculty recital may be last chance to hear Kasper and Jones

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The local public’s last chance to hear Bethel College associate professor of music Kathryn Dick Kasper before she retires and then departs for study in Paraguay this summer, as well as instructor of music Stephen Jones, who will … Read more

KIPCOR announces winners of peace speech contest

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College announces the three winners in its annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. KIPCOR sponsors the event every year in conjunction with the … Read more

Barry C. Bartel named Bethel College president

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Barry C. Bartel of Lakewood, Colo., will become the 13th president in Bethel College’s 119-year history. Bartel’s appointment ends a year-long search process, the goal of which was “to recruit a long-term president with proven … Read more

Social scientist Vesey to give Bethel College’s commencement address

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College will honor 102 graduating seniors as well as returning alumni during annual end-of-the-year festivities, May 19-21. Bethel’s 113th commencement will take place Sunday, May 21, at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Dr. … Read more

Seven seniors to show work during annual spring exhibit

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual Bethel College Senior Art Exhibit opens May 2, with a reception for the artists to be held during Commencement Weekend. Seven seniors will exhibit work in a variety of media in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on the … Read more

Matt Kaiser to give senior guitar recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Matt Kaiser, Inman, will give a lecture and senior guitar recital at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus. Kaiser’s talk is entitled “‘Learn to pick good, … Read more

Community music groups to perform Brahms’ German Requiem

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra celebrates 50 years to the day of incorporation with a performance, along with the Bethel College Oratorio Chorus, of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem ( A German Requiem ), one of the first … Read more

One-act plays explore love, language and monkeys

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This year’s lineup of student-produced one-act plays at Bethel College have themes ranging from marriage problems to Shakespearean monkeys. Seven students in Megan Tyner’s Theater Production class selected and are directing … Read more

A ‘God’ event

Kansas colleges come together to worship rather than compete With around 250 students from seven area colleges crowded into Bubbert’s, the Bethel College snack shop, on the evening of April 20, two students from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina … Read more

Spring drama to encourage dialogue about capital punishment

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Dead Man Walking began as a memoir and a reflection on capital punishment and the rights of murder victims’ families by Sister Helen Prejean. In 1995, director Tim Robbins turned Dead Man Walking into a major motion picture, and … Read more

Last concert of the year to feature music of living composers

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- When the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra present their final concert of the year on May 1, they will feature music written or arranged by living American composers--including two who will be sitting in … Read more

Mueller and Redelfs to give marimba recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College students Becky Mueller, Halstead, and Tony Redelfs, Mansfield, Texas, will give a joint marimba recital on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, located in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. … Read more

Nursing students learn about medical care and life in Russia

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Most college students head south looking for sun during their spring break. However, a group of 16 Bethel College nursing students braved cold, sleet and even a blizzard in Russia for a cross-cultural perspective on nursing issues … Read more

Harvey Countians rally over immigration reform

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Monday, April 10, designated National Day of Action on immigration reform in the United States, brought thousands of people across the country out with signs and speeches, 70 of them in front of the Harvey County Courthouse in … Read more

Mennonites and Indians explore historic connections

CLINTON, OKLA. -- When Lawrence Hart, a Mennonite pastor and a Cheyenne peace chief, visited the Limmat River site near Zurich where early Anabaptist leader Felix Manz was drowned, he couldn’t help but remember another of his spiritual ancestors, Black … Read more

Bethel Quartet to give "French-flavored" spring recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel Quartet’s spring recital will have more than a little French flavor. The Bethel Quartet, established in fall 2001, consists of string instructors at Bethel College and the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts in … Read more

"Two Saras" to give junior piano recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College students Sara Adrian, Butterfield, Minn., and Sara Miller, Haven, will give the second annual "Sara Squared" concert when they do a joint junior piano recital at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Administration … Read more

Chelsea Vaught to give senior organ recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College student Chelsea Vaught, Henderson, Neb., will give her senior organ recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus. Vaught will graduate from Bethel … Read more

Museum’s Earth Day celebration to include night-time nature hike

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- This year’s Earth Day celebration at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum will give visitors a chance to appreciate nature without having to wander too far. The activities will include a night hike along the Sand Creek Trail and a … Read more

Bethel College’s Jazz Ensemble I to perform "classic to cutting-edge"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College’s Jazz Ensemble I will perform this Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium on the Bethel College campus. This represents a change from the previous date of April 14. The concert is free and open to … Read more

Fundamentalism expert to deliver 35th annual Staley Lecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- This year’s Bethel College seniors, when taking the capstone course Basic Issues of Faith and Life (BIFL), have spent many hours reading, analyzing and discussing "fundamentalism and American culture," both a topic and a book … Read more

Imani Winds to give last HBPA concert of the season

HESSTON, KAN. -- Imani Winds, a woodwind quintet, will present the final concert in the 2005-06 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8, in Hesston College’s Yost Center. The five accomplished musicians of Imani Winds … Read more

Basketball teams place four on academic All-American teams

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Four Bethel College basketball players were named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athletes on March 21. Junior Emily Rothlisberger, Riley, was named an All-America Scholar-Athlete … Read more

Kennedy daughter to speak at Bethel College on politics and religion

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s career in public office has shown how seriously she took the responsibility to serve others that was given to her at an early age. Townsend is the third and final speaker in the annual Peace Lecture … Read more

Bethel students head south for hurricane cleanup over spring break

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Fifteen Bethel College students are foregoing sunbathing or skiing over spring break in favor of hurricane cleanup in New Orleans. The students, along with three staff members, will travel to New Orleans March 19-25 to work on … Read more

Thresher forensics fares well at national tournament

GATLINBURG, TENN. -- The Bethel College forensics team earned seven awards at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, finishing strong despite its small size. With only four members of the squad competing, the Thresher squad placed 12th overall out of … Read more

Running a celestial marathon

Astronomers try to see 110 objects in a single night NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- South central Kansas stargazers, take note: A small window of opportunity will open near the end of March. Actually, however, the window is not on stars, but on 110 mostly … Read more

Bethel College to host teleconference on pain management at end of life

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College will be one of the local hosts for the Hospice Foundation of America’s 13th annual Living with Grief® teleconference. The teleconference will be held Wednesday, April 5, in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts … Read more

Special trumpet recital to feature Marine Band member

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A member of the presidential Marine band will join two Bethel College music faculty for special recitals at Bethel and at Newman University. Richard Tirk, Bethel College assistant professor of music, and Christopher Smith of … Read more

Paleontologist to speak at Bethel College on evolution of whales

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- When Rodney Frey, Bethel College registrar, saw a picture of a paleontologist named Philip Gingerich in National Geographic , the name rang a bell. Indeed, Frey and Gingerich had met in Africa 35 years earlier, where they were … Read more

Award-winning documentary on "death anxiety" to be shown at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Not many of us care to think about death, but not doing so may have a profound effect on us personally and our society in general. That’s the view of a group of social psychologists who are students of the late cultural … Read more

Young Alumnus awardees have common calling in the Middle East

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association has selected Alain Epp Weaver and Sonia Weaver, Amman, Jordan, and Terrance (Terry) Rempel, Bethlehem, West Bank, as recipients of the Young Alumnus Award for 2006. … Read more

Artists’ views of the Flint Hills continue to delight and challenge

Traveling exhibit makes its final stop at Kauffman Museum NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- After two years of traveling and stays in 12 galleries around the state, "Homage to the Flint Hills," an exhibit of 37 pieces of art (mostly paintings and photographs), … Read more

State budget director and Bethel alum speaks on Kansas spending

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- In today’s highly polarized political climate, non-partisan politics are the exception, not the rule. That makes it all the more remarkable that Kansas’ Democratic governor, Kathleen Sebelius, appointed a Republican, Duane … Read more

Concert to include tribute to Rosa Parks

Venue changes from Mem Hall to Krehbiel Auditorium NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The next Bethel College Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert will include several special features. In the 250th anniversary year of Wolfgang … Read more

Bethel forensics team qualifies most events for nationals in 20 years

NORMAN, OKLA. -- The Bethel College forensics squad continued on its post-season roll with nearly a dozen awards at the district tournament, which resulted in tripling the number of qualifiers for the national tournament in April. The Threshers … Read more

Bethel College volleyball coach Mayer resigns

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bev Mayer, Bethel College volleyball coach for 12 seasons, has announced her resignation. Mayer just completed her 12th season, during which the Threshers finished as co-champions of the KCAC (17-1, 22-9 overall) and qualified … Read more

Bethel College winter drama is a parable from a poem

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A play that was first a poem is on stage at Bethel College this weekend, March 9-11. The Conference of the Birds , a play based on the poem by Farid Uddi Attar with stage version by Jean-Claude Carriere and Peter Brook, will be … Read more

Coach Unruh to be inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- On Feb. 21, Ted Hayes, director of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, unveiled the names of the 14 coaches and athletes who will be inducted on June 3--including a well-known Bethel College sports figure. From 1929-43, Otto Unruh … Read more

Bethel College phonathon a unique tradition with unique success

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Every February, alumni of all ages gather on the top floor of the Administration Building to support Bethel College--by asking other people to support Bethel College. The Bethel College phonathon is one of the college’s most … Read more

Communication professor to examine church-state boundary

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Three days after terrorists attacked the United States by flying planes into buildings on Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush declared a nationwide day of "prayer and remembrance." There was a televised National Prayer Service … Read more

Couple’s gift of glassware gives auction an extra shine

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Like any small college with loyal alumni, Bethel College is often the beneficiary of generous gifts. Donavon and Deloris Schmidt’s recent donation had a little extra sparkle. The Schmidts, of rural Newton, are longtime collectors … Read more

Big band sounds take the stage at next Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts event

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The next featured performance in the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series will be the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra conducted by Buddy Morrow, which will appear on the Memorial Hall stage at Bethel College on Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m. … Read more

Wichita artists to display "New Digital Images" at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery will feature the computer-generated images of artists John Boyd and Byron Smith. The exhibit, entitled "New Digital Images," will be on display March 3-31. Boyd and Smith are both art … Read more

Bethel College forensics earns top small school award at state tournament

SALINA, KAN. -- The Bethel College forensics squad had a great weekend in Salina Feb. 18-19, and its members were rewarded when Bethel earned the top small school award for forensics in the state of Kansas. Squad members earned 17 awards over two days … Read more

Teacher will take some American culture back home to Germany

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Although he had to spend Valentine’s Day apart from his wife, Heiko Benzin may observe that holiday differently now because of his visit to the United States. Benzin teaches English, Russian and computer science to students at … Read more

Bethel honors junior nursing students with lamplighting

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Department of Nursing honored 45 students in its annual lamplighting ceremony, held Sunday, Feb. 12, in Krehbiel Auditorium on the college campus. This is the largest junior class in at least five years, noted … Read more

Group hears stories and struggles of being poor in Mexico

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- This past January, 11 Bethel College students flew south for the month in order to experience the rich culture of the people who share our border. Most of us were social work majors with one business major and a social science … Read more

Students enjoy "Livin’ for the city" of Chicago

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- I thought I knew what to expect from the Windy City. Little did I know the surprises the Urban Life Center (ULC) in Chicago would have for me. From January 4-25, I was thrown out of my comfort zone and challenged in many unexpected … Read more

Geology comes to life for class in New Mexico and Texas

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The geology interterm trip encompassed nine days, three states and 2700 miles of driving. The first major attraction was Carlsbad Caverns in southeast New Mexico. The cave had massive stalactites and stalagmites, a bottomless pit … Read more

Pit vipers and parrotfish

Students experience diverse eco-systems in Costa Rica  Read more

Class goes to Washington to put knowledge on public policy into action

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Three important topics were at the heart of the Public Policy for Global Issues interterm class--terrorism, economic globalization, and the AIDS crisis. We studied intensely, covering one topic each week, before flying out to … Read more

Reminders of tragedy, songs of renewal

Concert Choir tours eastern and central Europe by Adam Gaeddert NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- What is most valuable about the Bethel College Concert Choir’s three-week European tour is that it was so many different things. From a snowball fight at a ski … Read more

Cheyenne story of massacre and reconciliation mesmerizes Bethel audience

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Although convocation is a generally appreciated part of campus life at Bethel College, not much can make 300 students sit and listen in absolute silence. But Lawrence Hart can. When he sang a Cheyenne chant--sounds that Cheyenne … Read more

Bethel forensics performs well in Oklahoma

NORMAN, OKLA. -- The Bethel College forensics squad earned five awards at the University of Oklahoma February 10-12. Six Bethel team members participated in the tournament, competing against teams from 22 other colleges and universities at the … Read more

Thresher forensics kicks off spring season

SALINA, KAN. -- The Bethel College forensics team earned five awards from its first tournament of the spring semester at Kansas Wesleyan University, Feb. 3-5. Five team members participated in the tournament, competing against teams from 19 other … Read more

Simulator "Noelle" gives birth to new learning methods at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Naomi Berends, instructor of nursing at Bethel College, has delivered about a thousand babies in her career as a certified nurse midwife. But she’s probably never done it with 30 people in the room at the time. That’s only one of … Read more

Season of champions

Bethel College’s 1955-56 basketball team was first to win KCAC title NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- They had a brand-new coach. They were a bunch of "height-challenged" mostly Mennonite boys from rural Kansas schools. They of all people didn’t expect great … Read more

American choir shares German town’s sorrow with gift of song

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- On Monday, Jan. 2, Bethel College’s Concert Choir was having its last practice before beginning a three-week tour in Europe on Jan. 3. That afternoon, the roof of an ice rink in Bad Reichenhall in Germany’s Bavaria region near the … Read more

Two named volleyball All-America Scholar Athletes

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Two Bethel College volleyball players have been named 2005 Daktronics-NAIA All-America Scholar Athletes, as announced by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics on Jan. 31. Stephanie Thimm, a senior chemistry major … Read more

Fretz estate gift reflects a lifetime interest in peace and justice work

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- In his long life, J. Winfield Fretz had many friends, numerous interests and a web of church connections. A year after Fretz died at age 94 on Jan. 24, 2005, the bulk of his and his wife Marguerite Fretz’s estate (Marguerite, … Read more

Bethel education major finds herself "well-connected"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Sometimes who you know can be as important as what you know. Emily Rothlisberger, a junior education major from Leonardville currently studying at Bethel College, has found her career path strewn with Bethel connections that … Read more

South African choir to bring rich harmony and high energy to Bethel College stage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- They were featured in Oprah magazine (January 2005) and got raves from the New York Times. This past January, they appeared on NBC-TV’s Today show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. They’re headed for the West Coast, the East Coast … Read more

Event will help young people prepare for draft

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- There is currently no draft in the United States, but young people with interest in or questions about conscientious objection and alternative service need to be prepared for it just the same. Youth group members, college … Read more

National Council of Churches head to speak at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A year after the deadly earthquake and tsunami in southeast Asia and months after two hurricanes ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States, a church official will speak at Bethel College on natural and "un-natural" disasters. … Read more

Museum’s annual celebration marks 145 years of Kansas history

Burn ban may limit outdoor demonstrations NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The state of Kansas turns 145 this year and, as usual, Kauffman Museum invites everyone to come and celebrate on Saturday, Jan. 28. Celebrate Kansas Day! at Kauffman Museum takes place … Read more

Football players receive All-America honors

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Three Bethel College football players were honored January 17 when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) named its All-America teams. Punter Garrett Whorton, a junior from Little River, was one of only … Read more

Impressions remain vivid of King’s visit to Bethel College 46 years ago

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- After 46 years and waves of history to wade through, it’s hard to remember details of Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to Bethel College on Jan. 21, 1960. Nevertheless, people who were there say he left an indelible impression. … 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 2005 semester grades have earned academic distinction. Students named to the Dean’s List (3.7 to 4.0 semester GPA): … Read more

Music faculty to do Midwestern mini-tour

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Two Bethel College music faculty members will do a mini-tour to several Mennonite churches and communities in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, piano, and Richard Tirk, trumpet, will give recitals in Henderson, … Read more

Bethel College to host annual celebration of MLK birthday

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Local children will play an important role in Bethel College’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, which will take place on Monday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium on the Bethel College campus. … Read more

Bethel College announces new director of marketing and communication, adjunct appointments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Lori L. Livengood of Wichita began Jan. 3 as director of marketing and communication at Bethel College. Most recently, Livengood was graphic art and office manager for Kleinco LLC of Wichita. Before that, she was assistant … Read more

Michael McKitrick to give guitar recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College student Michael McKitrick, Newton, will give his senior guitar recital at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus. McKitrick is a 2005 graduate of Bethel … Read more

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