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Past Bethel College News: 2007

Three Bethel music groups chosen for 2008 KMEA event

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Three Bethel College music groups have been selected to perform during the annual In-Service Workshop of the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) Feb. 28-March 1, 2008, at the Century II convention center in Wichita. The … Read more

Bethel announces fall semester honor roll

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel College students whose fall 2007 semester grades have earned academic distinction. Students are eligible for semester honors provided they … Read more

Schlabaugh and Tirk to conduct mini-tour in the upper Midwest

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Last January’s mini-tour in Colorado was so much fun, two Bethel College music faculty decided to do it again, this time in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. Bethel College professor of music Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, piano, and … Read more

Start the new year with Education Day at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Get your questions on financial planning, digital photography, whole foods or that unusual lamp you inherited from Great-Grandma answered at the Bethel College Women’s Association’s (BCWA) education event at Bethel College. BCWA … Read more

Kreider and Juhnke to talk on Khiva museum agreement

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum recently signed a historic agreement with a museum in Khiva, Uzbekistan, and two of the men responsible will talk about the agreement and its implications at the next Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum … Read more

Nursing director search begins; Schroeder to return to teaching

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s director of nursing, Gregg Schroeder, has announced his intention to return to full-time classroom teaching at the college, leaving the director position open. The search for a new director of nursing will begin … Read more

What to do with a biology degree: Three grads take three different directions

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Career Night, held annually in mid-November, gives students a chance to network with alumni and discover “life-after-college” possibilities. Sometimes, as was true this year, Career Night demonstrates that a … Read more

Organ students to present annual Christmas Vespers

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College student chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and friends, will present the annual Christmas Vespers concert Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus. … Read more

Jazz ensembles to showcase big band music

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Those who attend the Bethel College Jazz Ensemble Christmas Gala concert will be treated to a showcase of jazz big band music blended with jazz arrangements of holiday classics. In addition, Jim Pisano, assistant professor of … Read more

Buchta wins award at national research conference

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the second time, Bethel College students attended a national research conference and for the second time, one of them brought home an award. Rebecca Buchta, Newton, received a cash award and a medal in the behavioral science … Read more

Deutsche Weihnachten, annual German Advent service, will be Dec. 2

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Native German speakers and those interested in the German language who live in the south central Kansas area have a unique opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the Advent season (the part of the Christian year that anticipates … Read more

Powell places third in regional student competition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College vocalist placed third at the annual regional meeting of teachers of singing at the high school, undergraduate and graduate level. The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) is divided into regional … Read more

Instrumentalists to spread 'good music and holiday cheer'

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Audience members at the upcoming Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra concert will be treated to both a festive musical celebration and the technical mastery of the music performed. “This is one of the hardest … Read more

Thiesen to examine 'forgotten history' of Thresher symbol

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When Bethel College’s Thresher Stadium went up in 2005, co-director of libraries John Thiesen began to think about the history of Bethel’s use of the Thresher symbol as an athletics mascot and more broadly as the foundation of a … Read more

Bluffton poet will read ‘hot off the press’ work in convocation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Poet Jeff Gundy, a professor of English at Bluffton (Ohio) University, returns to Bethel College to read from his latest book, brand new from the University of Akron Press. Gundy will be featured in a Bethel College convocation … Read more

Museum signs cooperation agreement for new Mennonite exhibit in Uzbekistan

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A retracing of the “Great Trek” into Central Asia by Mennonites in the late 19th century continues to yield fruit – currently the formation of a new Mennonite museum exhibit in Khiva, Uzbekistan, in cooperation with Bethel College’s … Read more

Debaters take first in Big Twelve tournament

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College debate and forensics team members turned in strong performances Nov. 9-11 at the Big Twelve South Swing Tournament, hosted by the University of Oklahoma and Texas Tech on the OU campus in Norman. In the Nov. 9 … Read more

Former Bethel presidents to gather on campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has more living presidents currently than ever before in its history. This fact came to wider notice last March when Barry C. Bartel, inaugurated as Bethel’s 13th president in October 2006, joined members of the … Read more

Campaign enters "quiet phase"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has launched a $21 million financial campaign that includes major capital improvements to one of the college’s historic older buildings. At its Oct. 5 meeting on campus, the Bethel College Board of Directors … Read more

Linscheids to give back-to-back senior recitals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students Aaron and Caitlin Linscheid, North Newton, will give their senior recitals back-to-back on Sunday, Nov. 18, starting at 3 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Aaron Linscheid’s … Read more

Bethel students take on modern drama in Pinter’s "Moonlight"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Harold Pinter is not your typical playwright, which means Bethel College’s fall production of Pinter’s Moonlight is not your typical drama. To add to the challenge for the student actors, a last-minute and unavoidable change in … Read more

Platt to present program on birders from Halstead

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum continues to follow the bird theme established in the current special exhibit, “Meet the Beak,” with a presentation by one long-time birder about some bird-watching women from Halstead. Dwight … Read more

Larry Voth’s work at Bethel is visible all over campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Those who knew Larry Voth say he loved raising money, and Bethel College, for one, has benefited in countless visible and invisible ways. A. Lawrence Voth, a pastor, administrator and Bethel College director of development for 28 … Read more

Bluffton prof to speak on Flannery O’Connor and Catholic fiction

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – L. Lamar Nisly’s research over the past few years has focused on southern Catholic writers, including Flannery O’Connor. He will be sharing his findings with Bethel College seniors and interested others in several lectures Monday, … Read more

Vocal ensembles to present joint concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Professor of Music William Eash will direct the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Chorus in their annual joint fall concert Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Admission is … Read more

Internationally acclaimed violinist Shaham to take the stage for HBPA

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Violinist Gil Shaham, one of the most sought-after artists in the world, will present the second concert in the 2007-08 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series. Accompanying him is another internationally renowned artist, pianist … Read more

Artist, speaker will each address issues of resistance to war

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College will host a one-day exhibit of anti-war sculpture by a local artist in conjunction with a lecture and conference on war tax resistance in early November. Beth Vannatta, who often goes by the name “Piglet,” is a … Read more

Printmaker explores collecting and the creative process

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Printmaker Peter Massing is fascinated with the creative process. On Thursday, Nov. 1, Massing will open an exhibit of his prints, drawings and mixed media works in the Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery and, as the Greer … Read more

Rudy Wiebe to give Menno Simons Lectures

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Rudy Wiebe hasn’t been to Kansas in about 20 years, but he is steeped in the prairies that stretch from Oklahoma to northern Alberta. Wiebe, from Edmonton, Alta., is one of Canada’s most distinguished writers, having won nearly … Read more

Thresher 5K draws 87 participants

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces overall and age division results for the Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk that took place Saturday, Oct. 6, on the Bethel campus with 87 runners and walkers of all ages. Matt Rogers of Derby had the fastest … Read more

Connecticut professor to speak on contributions of 18th-century mathematician

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The year 2007 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler, and one of his modern-day admirers is doing what he can to keep Euler’s memory fresh. “Some people are more famous now than when they … Read more

Histand will look at what makes chemistry ‘green’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Gary Histand, associate professor of chemistry at Bethel College, will present the first Faculty Seminar Series lecture for 2007-08 on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Histand’s presentation is … Read more

Music teacher receives community service award

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College adjunct faculty member has been named the first recipient of the Daniel J. Sevart Community Service Award from the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Violist Kay Buskirk, Wichita, has been teaching in Bethel’s strings … Read more

Science students, faculty and alumni gather for symposium

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – During this year’s Fall Festival, Bethel College science faculty and alumni organized the first-ever STEM Symposium on campus. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, a grouping used by the U.S. National … Read more

Photographer to tell about stalking “bird celebrities”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Supporters of Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum who are interested in birds, photography or both are in for a treat. Nature photographer David Seibel, Overland Park, will present “Confessions of a bird paparazzo,” a mixture of … Read more

Centuries of experience: Nurses celebrate 50th class reunion

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Fall Festival at Bethel College is class reunion time, and this year there was a special one. For one thing, there was a celebration on the Fall Festival program for the Bethel nursing department’s 25th anniversary. Well before … Read more

Art professor mounts first campus exhibit in six years

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College associate professor of art David Long has mounted his first exhibition on campus in six years. He has not had a Bethel show since 2001, the year he began teaching at the college. The display of pottery pieces runs … Read more

Fall 2007 enrollment shows increase in student diversity

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Enrollment at Bethel College remained steady, increasing slightly to 541 students this fall as compared to 539 in fall 2006. This fall’s student body is more internationally mixed than has been true in several years. In fact, … Read more

Small forensics squad makes big showing at Sterling

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Though small in size, the Bethel College forensics team made a strong showing in the Barton County Community College-Sterling College tournament last weekend. Bethel was one of 11 schools participating in the tournament, held at … Read more

Professor joins church leaders in continuing dialogue with Iran

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – “Hospitable” is probably not the word that would best describe the reception Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got at Columbia University in New York on Sept. 24. Two days later, when a group of religious leaders met with the … Read more

Big band to Renaissance: 2007 Fall Festival is musical showcase

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As always, this year’s Fall Festival at Bethel College plays host to a variety of musical acts, but in particular several events that showcase the talents of students, professors and guest soloists. Richard Tirk, assistant … Read more

Canadian choir to bring Afrocentric music to year’s first HBPA concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – One of the foremost professional choral groups in North America dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles will take the stage at Bethel College for the first concert in this season’s Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series. The … Read more

37th annual Fall Festival features lots of music

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A wide variety of music in several venues, an early morning bird walk and a display of hand-crafted immigrant-style furniture are among the highlights of this year’s Fall Festival at Bethel College, Oct. 4-7 with most events … Read more

Kauffman Museum to join in second Smithsonian “Museum Day”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – If you’ve never visited Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum, if you haven’t yet seen “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture,” the museum’s newest permanent exhibit that went up last year, or if you’re especially interested in birds, here’s a … Read more

Birds flock to Kauffman Museum in new exhibit

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Feathered friends are the feature of Kauffman Museum’s new special exhibit “Meet the Beak,” now open through January 20, 2008. Designed as a learning center, the exhibit includes 34 bird specimens from the Charles J. Kauffman … Read more

Roots musician returns to some family roots in south central Kansas

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the first time since he began playing and recording with his current band, a young musician with local ties will perform with that band in south central Kansas. Trent Wagler, a Haven High School graduate who also attended … Read more

Summer work shores up study, expands student horizons

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For several Bethel College students, exploring their various fields of study didn’t end with the school year. Seniors Emily Kerbs, Laurie Steffen, Michael Unruh and Joel Linscheid all spent the summer working in positions that … Read more

Admissions counselor goes home to Hopi Mission School

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Lowell Wyse was on a mission, but he was also going home. Wyse, an admissions counselor at Bethel College, recently delivered a check for $1,179.57 to Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi Village, Ariz. The money came from a … Read more

Bethel College sponsors play on 500 years of crisis and reconciliation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College will host an unusual three-person drama depicting the interactions between Native Americans, Africans and Europeans and the resulting cultural crises over more than 500 years. Three Innocents and a Spirit will be … Read more

Bethel College promotes “steps toward health”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When Bethel and Sterling College fans come out this Saturday to watch their football teams compete on Bethel’s Joe W. Goering Field, they’ll be invited to take a step (or 500) toward better health, and get a gift for doing so. … Read more

Library receives interlibrary loan development grant

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the 16th consecutive year, grants from the Kansas Library Network Board have allowed the Bethel College Library to update and expand its collection, reported Gail Niles Stucky, library co-director. For fiscal year 2006, a … Read more

Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk aimed at all ages

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk will help kick off the major day of Bethel College’s annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct.6. The all-terrain circuit includes Sand Creek Trail (dirt and wood-chip surface) in the northeast corner … Read more

New group for nurses helps supply mentors

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The importance of good mentors can’t be overestimated. That was a major motivation behind the formation of a new student group at Bethel College, which has turned out to be the only one of its kind in the country. At the end … Read more

MIP clarifies gifts for pastoral intern

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It isn’t that Miriam Regier doesn’t believe people – including herself – don’t have gifts. She’s just a bit skeptical of “gifts language.” As a senior majoring in mathematics at Bethel College, perhaps Regier can be forgiven for … Read more

Bethel makes new faculty and staff appointments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the following new faculty and staff appointments for the 2007-08 school year: Rosa M. Barrera , assistant to the president. She has a B.S. from Newman University and most recently worked at Prairie View … Read more

Women’s clothing inspires Wichita artist’s work

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery will open its 2007-08 season with an exhibit of the work of Wichita artist Mary L. Werner. The title of the exhibit, works of oil on canvas, is “Domesticity is not as carefree as it … Read more

Bethel ranks well in new category in annual U.S. News survey

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College is the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” published annually by U.S. News & World Report . The rankings, which this year feature some … Read more

Golfers get more than they give in work with inner-city kids

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When Bethel College golf coach Gregg Dick considered team-building activities leading into a new season, he wanted it to be about more than just the team itself. So in early August, Dick and seven of his golfers spent several … Read more

Koehn wants to “give back” for a life spent at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Earl Koehn earned both a degree and his livelihood for most of his working life at Bethel College. So one of his long-held wishes was “to give something back,” says his wife, Louise. The Koehns have done just that, establishing … Read more

Prominent early citizens of Newton to be topic of next museum lecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A retired local legal professional who loves history and sharing it with others will give Kauffman Museum’s next Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum August 19. Karen Penner, Newton, will present her illustrated program “Bernhard and … Read more

President joins tour to look at immigration issues up close

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – To Bethel College President Barry C. Bartel, the current hot-button political issue of immigration in the United States has personal resonance. “There is a link to our experience [as Mennonites] – we are an immigrant people and a … Read more

Youth help Bethel’s promotional budget go for service at San Jose

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – The lack of freebies from the Bethel College booth at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 2-6 didn’t stop high school students from returning each day and encouraging their fellow youth group members to come with them. “The … Read more

Prairie projects reflect tradition, produce new findings

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College professor of biology Jon Piper’s interest in prairie preservation and restoration puts him solidly within tradition. Piper recently learned that his second grant proposal to the Kingsbury Family Foundation, for the … Read more

Sieber’s “active retirement” will see cross-country return

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Gerry Sieber might have officially retired from coaching soccer at Bethel College, but he’s not ready to slow down. In fact, he plans to keep running – literally – and to coach others in running. Bethel president Barry C. Bartel … Read more

Retiring math professor has seen changes over five decades

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Richard Rempel, Bethel College professor of mathematics, never had a class from legendary Bethel math teacher David H. “Uncle Davy” Richert. Richert retired in 1956, after 50 years teaching at the college, and Rempel didn’t … Read more

Juhnke to reflect on 2007 “Great Trek tour” at museum program

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In 1880, a Russian military general welcomed refuge-seeking Mennonites to Tashkent, the capital of today’s Uzbekistan. In 2007, 127 years later, an Uzbek historian welcomed to Tashkent a Mennonite tour group looking for traces of … Read more

San Jose conference booth to emphasize service

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After the 2005 Mennonite Church USA conference in Charlotte, N.C., representatives from Bethel College noted what seemed to be a disturbing trend. “We sensed a disconnect between what the youth were hearing in their worship … Read more

New scholarship lets service contribute to learning, life goals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It’s no surprise that one of Bethel College’s core values is “an ethic of service, that … stresses peacemaking and voluntary service.” It’s a value shared with Bethel’s sister institutions in the Mennonite world and among other … Read more

Athletics department announces 2007 Hall of Fame class

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College athletic department is pleased to announce its 2007 Hall of Fame inductees: Billy Jones, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., a 1976 graduate who excelled in football and track, and Melisa Funk Cooper, McPherson, a 1997 graduate … Read more

Music, satire and hillbilly humor highlight "Li’l Abner"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – High school students under the direction of several Bethel College faculty and alumni will bring a perennial favorite musical comedy, Li’l Abner , to the Krehbiel Auditorium stage for the annual Broadway at Bethel production. … Read more

Mark Yoder returns to lead men's basketball program

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s athletic director Diane Flickner announced today that Mark Yoder will return to the bench to head up the men’s basketball program at Bethel College. Yoder coached at Bethel College from 1993-98. During his … Read more

Spring Dean's List, honor roll, announced

NORTH NEWTON, KAN.—Bethel College associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel College students whose spring 2007 semester grades have earned academic distinction. Students are eligible for semester honors provided they complete … Read more

Governor declares Kansas Private College Week

TOPEKA, KAN. – Harvey County’s two colleges were represented in Topeka May 21 when Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed the document to officially declare June 4-8 Kansas Private College Week. Barry Bartel, president of Bethel College in North Newton, … Read more

Kauffman Museum day camp will look at nature’s diversity

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum’s popular Uncle Carl’s Camps, the summer day camp program for children of various ages, have filled up fast, but one still has room for more participants. “From Microbes to Milkweed,” scheduled for June 25-29 from … Read more

Students help to “rebuild community” in Greensburg

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The end of the school year is not the most convenient time for college students to schedule yet another extracurricular activity. Those last few days tend to be jam-packed with finishing tests and papers, saying goodbye to friends, … Read more

Bethel College men’s basketball coach Chupp announces resignation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After nine years at Bethel College, head men’s basketball coach Gary Chupp has announced that he has accepted the head coaching position at Goshen (Ind.) College for the 2007-2008 season. For Chupp, a native of Goshen, Ind., this … Read more

Bethel javelin competitors excel at NAIA Championships

FRESNO, Calif. – The Bethel College track and field team had a couple of shining moments at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Championships, May 24-26 at Fresno Pacific University, when two of its javelin throwers placed in … Read more

Families and graduates celebrate 114th Commencement

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Commencement at Bethel College traditionally places high emphasis on family. As in the past several years, members of each graduate’s family were invited to stand and be recognized when he or she walked across the Memorial Hall … Read more

New arrival joins nursing department’s family of simulators

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As Bethel College was welcoming returning alumni as well as families of graduating seniors for the annual Alumni and Commencement Weekend, another new arrival made its debut in the nursing department. Gregg Schroeder, director of … Read more

Eash to talk on music and life among the Benedictines

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College professor of music William Eash will speak about his experiences living with French Benedictines and studying Gregorian chant at the fourth annual Faculty Public Lecture sponsored by the Bethel College Women’s … Read more

Former Bethel College president Epp to address graduates

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College will honor 122 graduating seniors and their families as well as returning alumni and friends during Alumni Weekend, Baccalaureate and Commencement events May 18-20. Bethel’s 114th commencement will take place … Read more

Annual awards convocation honors some of Bethel’s best

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual awards convocation, held each spring at Bethel College, includes recognition of students who excel academically in various disciplines, along with faculty transitions and a “Helping Hand” award to one staff or faculty … Read more

Three seniors to show work during annual spring exhibit

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual Bethel College Senior Art Exhibit opens May 7, with a reception for the artists to be held during Commencement Weekend. Three seniors will exhibit work in a variety of media in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on the … Read more

Thresher golfers take third at regionals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s golf team has completed its most successful season ever, finishing third in regular-season play for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and third in both the KCAC and National Association of … Read more

Health-care economics is specialty of Outstanding Nursing Alumna

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Bethel College Nursing Alumni Association will present its Outstanding Alumnus Award to Lynn Unruh, Orlando, Fla., at the annual Bethel College Alumni Association banquet on campus May 19. Unruh is … Read more

Bethel takes education on the road with Dallas writing workshop

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Sometimes the best way for a college to serve its constituency is to ask. Bethel College has been working for some time to develop a summer term course that will benefit Hispanic Mennonite churches and leaders, particularly in … Read more

Bethel will highlight small ensembles in chamber concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s music department will highlight the accomplishments of its small instrumental ensembles with a chamber music concert. The event takes place Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. (note earlier than usual time) in Krehbiel … Read more

Bethel golf coach takes KCAC honors

LINDSBORG, KAN. — Bethel College golf coach Gregg Dick was named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference co-coach of the year for the 2006-07 season. Dick, in his fourth season with the Threshers, led the team to its highest finish in conference play … Read more

Jazz on the Green concert set for May 9

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual spring Jazz on the Green concert at Bethel College will take place Wednesday, May 9, at 8 p.m. As the name indicates, Jazz on the Green happens on the Green in the middle of campus. It is free and open to the public. … Read more

Joel Garber to give senior voice recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Joel Garber, Hesston, will give his senior voice recital Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Garber, who will graduate from Bethel College in May with a … Read more

Sara Adrian to give senior piano recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Sara Adrian, Butterfield, Minn., will give her senior piano recital Sunday, May 13, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. Adrian, a music and education major who … Read more

Open Road to give home concert on Mother’s Day

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Open Road, the popular a cappella men’s ensemble that began unofficially at Bethel College six years ago out of its members’ love of singing, will perform at the college on Mother’s Day evening, May 13. The concert is at 7 p.m. … Read more

New book outlines congregation’s neglected history

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Important source material on an early and foundational Mennonite congregation in Europe is the topic of the latest volume in the Cornelius H. Wedel Historical Series, published by the Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel … Read more

Spring service trip challenges and inspires

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Spending a week doing home repair in the bayous of southern Louisiana was “more relaxing than a trip to Montreal.” That was the opinion of Chuck Regier, curator of exhibits at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum. Regier, his wife … Read more

Symposium to highlight undergraduate research

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – One of the cornerstones of a Bethel College education is undergraduate research – most majors require it in some form. To celebrate undergraduate research, Bethel will hold its annual Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative … Read more

Spring “Masterworks” concert to feature Carmina Burana

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual spring Masterworks concert at Bethel College, with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Bethel College Oratorio Chorus and soloists, will feature Carl Orff’s scenic cantata Carmina Burana . The concert is at 4 … Read more

Bethel students spread across community on Service Day

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – More than 200 Bethel College students, faculty and staff participated in the college’s annual Service Day April 10, returning to locations from past years and also taking on some new projects. Miriam Regier, junior from Newton, … Read more

Born will lead April 25 "Kansas Reads" book discussion

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Over the last two months, all across Kansas, people have been reading the same book. The Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas chose Fort Scott native Gordon Parks’ landmark autobiographical novel The … Read more

Act of hate or act of love: Play deals with responses to tragedy

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In a post-9/11 world, this year’s spring drama at Bethel College asks a fitting question: How can an individual respond to terror and tragedy? The Women of Lockerbie , written by Deborah Brevoort, is set in the aftermath of the … Read more

Orchestral concert at Bethel to feature work of local musicians

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The forthcoming Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble concert will feature a piece written by an area composer and a performance by one of the college’s own professors. The Chamber Orchestra will perform John … Read more

Bethel completes another successful forensics season at national tournament

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College continued its tradition of devoting one spring convocation each year to the talents of forensics students, in honor of an even longer one – sending successful teams to the major national forensics and debate … Read more

Earth Day activities at museum to feature scavenger hunt, kite flying

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kite lovers should take note: This year’s Earth Day activities at Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus were planned with you in mind. On Sunday afternoon, April 22, the museum will sponsor an Earth Day Adventure Walk. … Read more

Bethel College, graduate, recognized for excellence in science education

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the third time, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has recognized Bethel College for the high number of its science majors who go on to earn M.D. degrees and/or Ph.D. degrees in the sciences. Bethel was recognized in … Read more

Music professor to speak on brass band’s influence on John Wallace

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Richard J.W. Tirk, assistant professor of music at Bethel College, will present the fourth and final Faculty Seminar Series lecture for 2006-07 on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Tirk’s topic … Read more

Bethel to sponsor poetry reading at Newton bookstore

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College will celebrate National Poetry Month by hosting a trio of poets on campus and at a reading at Pages A Bookshop in downtown Newton. Zachary Schomburg and Mathias Svalina, both from Lincoln, Neb., and Joshua Marie … Read more

Denver street musician to be this year’s Staley presenter at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – At first glance, a formerly homeless street musician might seem out of place among some of the greatest Christian thinkers of the 20th (and 21st) century. But according to the guidelines of the Staley Distinguished Scholar … Read more

Smithsonian curator to speak at Kauffman Museum

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This spring’s Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum event at Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus will feature a long-time curator at the Smithsonian Institution. Von Hardesty, a curator in the Aeronautics Division of the … Read more

Bethel’s new voice instructor to give first campus recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – One of Bethel College’s two newest music faculty members will give her first public recital on campus Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Soyoun Lin Chun, soprano, is assistant professor of music … Read more

Carrie Newcomer to present final concert in HBPA season

HESSTON, KAN. – Carrie Newcomer will present the final concert of Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series’ 25th season at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in the newly completed sanctuary of Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main St. in Hesston. Newcomer … Read more

Concert Choir to end spring tour with home concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Concert Choir will conclude its week-long spring break tour through the Midwest with a home concert for the local community. The free concert will take place Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall on … Read more

Re-seeding begins on Bethel College prairie restoration project

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College biology professor, with the help of students, other faculty and community members, has completed an important first step in a prairie restoration project on the college campus. Last year, Jon Piper wrote a … Read more

National Symphony Orchestra personnel to offer master classes at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The National Symphony Orchestra is making two stops in Kansas in late March and in between, two of the musicians will offer master classes at Bethel College. The NSO, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, will be playing … Read more

Happy birthday, Dr. Wedel! – Bethel’s oldest living president celebrates 99 years

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College, the oldest Mennonite college still operating in North America, has another distinction: eight of its 13 presidents are still living. The oldest, D.C. Wedel, has now completed almost a century of life, turning 99 … Read more

Bethel College announces Cabinet and staff appointments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College president Barry C. Bartel has announced two Administrative Cabinet appointments – Brad S. Born as vice president of academic affairs and Aaron Chappell Deckert as vice president of student life. Both have served as … Read more

Bethel forensics squad earns high marks at Pi Kappa Delta tournament

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics squad performed well at the annual Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics and Debate Tournament, in anticipation of a trip to another national tournament in three weeks. The Pi Kappa Delta tournament took … Read more

2007 Outstanding Alumnus winner stresses sports as empowerment

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association has named Cynthia (Alexander) Doyle Perkins, Indianapolis, as the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Perkins is a 1977 graduate of Bethel College with a … Read more

Bethel College cites science educator for distinguished achievement

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association has named Roy D. Unruh, Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Hesston, as the winner of the 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award. Unruh is a 1957 graduate of Bethel College with a … Read more

Bethel professor hopes Iran delegation plants seeds of dialogue

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion at Bethel College, has well over two decades of experience in the Middle East. But her journey to the Islamic Republic of Iran was unlike anything she’s done before. Shelly has … Read more

March 7 chapel service remembers Bluffton community

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The geographical distance between Bethel College and Bluffton (Ohio) University makes it easy to forget, in everyday life, the strong ties between the two schools. But when shock and sorrow came to visit Bluffton early on the … Read more

Concert Choir to tour in four states over spring break

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The spring tour for the Bethel College Concert Choir will take them this year to venues in northeastern Kansas, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, including a concert at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati. The 45-voice choir, … Read more

Young Alumnus Award winner to speak in March 9 convocation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Susan Loepp, Williams, Mass., will be on campus Friday, March 9, to receive the 2007 Young Alumnus Award from the Bethel College Alumni Association. Loepp will deliver a special convocation presentation that morning at 11 a.m. in … Read more

Newton native to open retrospective show in Bethel College art gallery

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Newton native who spent 20 years building exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., will have a retrospective show at Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery, opening Friday, March 9. Vernon Rickman … Read more

Bethel forensics squad qualifies more for nationals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics squad qualified in three more events for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) following competition at the AFA Division III National Qualifying Tournament … Read more

Bethel students plan prayer vigil for Bluffton University

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As a way of expressing sympathy and sorrow with its sister college, Bluffton (Ohio) University, Bethel College students have planned a prayer vigil from 9 to 11 p.m., Monday, March 5, in the Administration Building chapel. Anyone … Read more

Bethel College observes silence to honor Bluffton students, staff, families and community

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – One year ago, Bethel College admissions counselor Lowell Wyse was playing on the Bluffton (Ohio) University baseball team and was on the road with his teammates for the annual spring break bus trip to Florida. Today, his father, … Read more

Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra “on their toes” in concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The first Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra concert of the spring semester will feature a wide range of particularly challenging pieces. “It’s been a great beginning to the semester,” said director Richard Tirk, … Read more

Bethel to mark International Women’s Day with words, music

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College will mark International Women’s Day March 8 by hosting a lecture by an Indian scholar and advocate for the rights of women and children, and a concert by a local women’s ensemble. The third and final Peace Lecture … Read more

Bethel and Hesston team up to produce winter musical

NORTH NEWTON AND HESSTON, KAN. – Last summer, the academic deans and communication arts faculty from Bethel College and Hesston College met to talk about ways they could pool their resources. They noted this: Bethel no longer has a formal theater … Read more

Parker Stanley to give senior cello recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Parker Stanley, Liberty, Mo., will give his senior cello recital Sunday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Stanley is a music education major. He will graduate … Read more

Bethel forensics squad has strong showings in recent tournaments

HUTCHINSON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics squad qualified speakers for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in three more events, while Bethel debaters brought home a Kansas championship, following … Read more

Long-time CPT director to give next KIPCOR Peace Lecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The founding director of Christian Peacemaker Teams will give the next Peace Lecture sponsored by the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), based at Bethel College. Gene Stoltzfus, International Falls, … Read more

Bethel’s largest ever nursing class holds traditional lamplighting

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The nursing class of 2008, the largest ever admitted to Bethel College, held the traditional lamplighting for juniors on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the college. Fifty (one in absentia) students participated in the ceremony. The original … Read more

Ukraine historian to speak on Mennonite entrepreneurs

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Nataliya Venger, professor of history at Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine, who is spending this year as a Fulbright Scholar at Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University, will give the next Friends of the MLA lecture on Tuesday, … Read more

English professor examines social protest through film and fiction

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Brad S. Born, interim academic dean and associate professor of English at Bethel College, will present the third Faculty Seminar Series lecture for 2006-07 on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. … Read more

Doug Talley Quartet to present HBPA concert March 4

HESSTON, KAN. – The Doug Talley Quartet, a Kansas City-based jazz ensemble, will present the fourth concert in the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) season at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4, in Hesston College’s Yost Center. Formed in 1995, the Doug … Read more

Literary London: Bethel students experience British culture through diverse theater

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In January, during Bethel College’s interterm, 16 students traveled across the Atlantic to spend three fun-filled weeks exploring the countries of Northern Ireland and England. The course, entitled Literary London, focused on … Read more

Jerusalem Seminar gives insight into stories of past, realities of present

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Six Bethel College students spent three weeks in January traveling in Jordan, Palestine and Israel as part of Bethel’s interterm. The course was also open to students from Tabor College, Hillsboro, and interested community members. … Read more

German Language and Culture in a German Environment: Germany interterm raises questions about role of church

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Over this past January interterm, I had the opportunity to travel in Germany with six other Bethel College students, all of whom had taken at least a semester of German, led by Merle Schlabaugh, professor of German, who has both … Read more

History of East Central Europe: Interterm in Europe highlights its historical link to U.S. story

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The history of Europe, to a large extent, defines the course of America’s own history. Enlightenment ideas born in Europe intermingled with nationalism from the colonies to create the revolutionary spirit of the 18th and 19th … Read more

Matisse Trio to perform at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Matisse Trio, based at the University of Iowa, will be at Bethel College Sunday, Feb. 25, with a 7:30 p.m. performance in the Administration Building chapel. The performance will include Beethoven’s Trio Opus 70 #1 (“Ghost” … Read more

Bethel club launches month-long Energy Reduction Campaign

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Reports about global warming and our nation’s rapid consumption of natural resources can seem daunting and can leave people wondering how they, personally, can really make a difference. The students of Bethel College’s … Read more

Bartel speaks on journeying in Spanish, English Mennonite services

REEDLEY, CALIF. – Bethel College’s new president, Barry C. Bartel, who took office in October, is likely the first in the institution’s 120-year history to be bilingual in Spanish and English. He got to put those language skills to good use recently at … Read more

Bethel announces administrative appointments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College administrators recently made announcements about a continuing and a new appointment. One of President Barry C. Bartel’s first acts in office was to name John Sheriff, who served as interim president and before that … Read more

Hege, O’Connor to appear with symphony at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Newton Mid Kansas Symphony Orchestra and Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series will celebrate two important anniversaries – their 50th and a 25th, respectively – with a joint Winter Classics Concert Sunday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at … Read more

Mathematician to receive Bethel Young Alumnus Award for 2007

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association has named Susan Loepp, Williamstown, Mass., as the winner of the 2007 Young Alumnus Award. Loepp is an associate professor of mathematics at Williams College, where … Read more

Trombonist Tierney to give recital at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Rob Tierney, Bethel College’s instructor of low brass, will give a trombone recital in the college chapel, third floor of the Administration Building, on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tierney is also director of instrumental … Read more

Renowned organist Paukert to perform at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Karel Paukert, world renowned as an organist, judge and organ teacher, will give a recital at Bethel College Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. The recital is sponsored by the Kathy Voran … Read more

Celebrate Kansas Day! at Kauffman Museum January 27

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum will mark the 146th birthday of the state of Kansas with an afternoon of special activities for all ages. The museum will be open free of charge for its 10th annual Celebrate Kansas Day! event on … Read more

Crossing borders to common ground: Poet’s biography of peace chief a journey of personal discovery

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As a poet, an essayist and a teacher of writers (from college undergraduates to medium-security prison inmates), Raylene Hinz-Penner has done plenty of publishing. However, when her first full-length book came off the press this … Read more

Bethel College hires coach for men’s, women’s programs

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Steve Ralos, Wichita, has been hired to lead the men’s and women’s soccer program at Bethel College, athletic director Diane Flickner announced recently. Ralos replaces Gerry Sieber, who retired at the end of the 2006 season … Read more

Interterm takes Bethel students to Middle East, Europe and the stars

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – While most college students were still hitting the Snooze button in the morning, many Bethel College students headed back to class. Bethel College’s January interterm began January 3 and runs through January 26. Students on … Read more

Bethel College faculty members to perform and teach on mini-tour

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Bethel College music faculty members will visit Colorado’s Front Range area in mid-January to perform and to work with college and high school students. Professor of music Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, piano, and associate … Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. to be remembered at Bethel and Hesston

NORTH NEWTON, KAN., AND HESSTON, KAN. – Bethel College and Hesston College will hold a joint celebration and worship service remembering the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday evening, January 15. The 7 p.m. service will be held in Bethel … Read more

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