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Past Bethel College News: 2008

Two new awards reinforce values of Bethel’s nursing program

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Strong belief in the values that Bethel College teaches its nursing graduates has motivated two new awards specifically for nursing students. The Doris and Menno Schmidt Award for Excellence in Nursing has been established by a … Read more

Nursing students inducted into honor society

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Sixteen nursing students at Bethel College have been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International is one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world. The … Read more

Pohl places second at Nebraska tournament

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College freshman Sarah Pohl placed second in Dramatic Interpretation at the University of Nebraska-Kearney forensics tournament Dec. 6. Pohl, Moundridge, is a graduate of Moundridge High School. Bethel competed against … Read more

Hasan, Bethel named “Champions of Character"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College football player received the 2008 Dr. Ted Kessinger Champion of Character Award from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) even as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) named Bethel … Read more

Bethel organists to present annual Christmas Vespers Dec. 14

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College student chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) presents the annual Christmas Vespers concert Sunday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus. This year’s … Read more

Jazz groups will take the Krehbiel Auditorium stage Dec. 12

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A favorite holiday event takes place on the Bethel College campus Friday, Dec. 12, when the jazz ensembles take the Krehbiel Auditorium stage. The performance is at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A freewill offering … Read more

Bethel will light the Green in annual Advent tradition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the 23rd year, Bethel College students, faculty and staff invite the community to join them in the Lighting of the Green, an Advent season tradition. The event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. on the college … Read more

Percussion Ensemble on program for final fall orchestral concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The final concert of the fall semester by Bethel College’s Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will also include a number by the Bethel College Percussion Ensemble. The concert will take place Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in … Read more

Weems is Student Associate for Anabaptist Disabilities Network

GOSHEN, IND. – Christy Weems has been named a Student Associate by Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet) for the 2008-09 academic year. Weems is a junior elementary education major at Bethel and a native of Topeka. She is carrying out a project … Read more

Chittum’s winning speech emphasizes becoming anti-racist

AKRON, PA. – In a speech that took first place in the 2008 C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest, Bethel College senior Josh Chittum asserts that resisting racism requires more than not being racist – it means being anti-racist. Chittum, Demorest, Ga., … Read more

Noted astronomy professor and researcher to speak

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A noted teacher of astronomy and the history of science and a Newton High School graduate, on his way to Texas to receive a prestigious prize, will stop off first in North Newton to deliver two lectures. Owen Gingerich, … Read more

Bethel team performs well in regional programming contest

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A team of Bethel College students finished first in a programming contest at Emporia State University November 15. The event was the International Collegiate Programming Contest for the North Central Region, sponsored by the … Read more

Deutsche Weihnachten, German Advent program, to take place Dec. 7

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Christmas tradition returns for its 24th year when the Bethel College German and music departments present the annual Deutsche Weihnachten, a German Advent and Christmas service, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Bethel College … Read more

Historic Hall’s Chapel to be focus of Kauffman Museum program

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The next Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum event at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum will focus on the story of historic Hall’s Chapel, an African Methodist Episcopal congregation in Newton. The program takes place Sunday, Nov. 30, … Read more

Collectors collaborate on Native American exhibit at Kauffman Museum

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Newton-area collectors worked together on the newest special exhibit at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum, “Pathways of Tradition: Native American Footwear, 1860-1930.” John Torline, North Newton city administrator, and Keven … Read more

Bethel seeks public comment for accreditation process

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College, currently in the midst of its periodic accreditation process, will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit February 16-18, 2009, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central … Read more

"Five Places of Christmas" will feature two Bethel locations

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Visions of holidays past and present will dance at the annual tour of Five Places of Christmas Saturday, Dec. 6, featuring Newton arts, culture and education organizations. The “five places” are the Carriage Factory Gallery, … Read more

Volleyball wins tournament, advances to nationals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College volleyball team won both the conference championship and post-season tournament to advance to national competition for the first time since 1983. The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference named Kristen Schrag, … Read more

Huxman is second Bethel student to qualify for 2009 forensics nationals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has qualified a second student for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), to be held next April at the University of Akron. Julia Huxman, freshman from Wichita, finished … Read more

Bethel physics professor publishes third book

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In publishing his third book, a Bethel College professor has produced “a perfect tool for teaching a notoriously difficult subject.” Don Lemons, professor of physics, is the author of Mere Thermodynamics , released November 10 … Read more

Bethel featured in “Colleges of Distinction”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College is one of only two schools in Kansas to be profiled in the newly released 2008-09 edition of Colleges of Distinction. Unlike traditional numeric-based college guidebooks, Colleges of Distinction recognizes and … Read more

Forensics wins team trophies; Stucky qualifies for nationals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team brought home two team trophies and qualified its first member for the 2009 national tournament over the weekend at Hutchinson Community College. The Threshers competed against 15 other schools in … Read more

Woodwind quintet to give next HBPA concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The second group of performers in the 2008-09 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series will also present a convocation and master class at Bethel College. The Lieurance Woodwind Quintet will give the second concert of the series … Read more

Bethel vocalists have good showing at regional competition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Several Bethel College students competed successfully 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 … Read more

Class to teach research methods, explore Wichita’s Black history

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students will have a chance this spring to help give the gift of history to Wichita’s Black community. Under the supervision of Wichita social scientist Galyn Vesey, an adjunct instructor at Bethel, students will … Read more

Recital to feature piano music for four hands

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Lovers of piano music – especially that written for four hands – can look forward to a treat Sunday, Nov. 16, at Bethel College. Bethel graduate Susan Gaeddert, Madison, Wis., and Bethel Professor of Music Karen Bauman Schlabaugh … Read more

Saxophonists to give joint senior jazz recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students Brett Jackson and Joel Linscheid, both of North Newton, will give a joint senior jazz saxophone recital Friday, Nov. 14. Both are majoring in music with education licensure and will graduate in May 2009. … Read more

Piper named to distinguished chair honoring pioneering woman botanist

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Jon K. Piper, Bethel College professor of biology, has been appointed to the Katherine Esau Distinguished Chair in Plant Sciences. Barry Bartel, president of Bethel College, will officially bestow the honor on Piper in a … Read more

Brooklyn artist to display paintings and drawings in Bethel gallery

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Linda Kamille Schmidt will be the third artist to display work in the Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery in a year of exhibits honoring Professor of Art Gail Lutsch, who retires at the end of the 2008-09 school year. … Read more

Vocal program to range from chant to "Show Boat"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – William Eash, Bethel College professor of music, welcomes everyone to the fall concert of the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Chorus, which he directs. “The groups will be presenting a joint concert of sacred and … Read more

Doll-making suits Greer lecturer's creative curiosity

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Alice Watterson has been making extraordinary dolls – of both human and animal forms – for the past 20 years. On Thursday, Nov. 6, Watterson, from Santa Fe, N.M., will present a slide lecture “Being human … through the eyes of … Read more

Author of “Gillespie Algorithm” to give STEM lecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Physicist and mathematical chemist Dan Gillespie will give a STEM Lecture at Bethel College Thursday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. in the Administration Building chapel. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, a … Read more

‘A table of reconciliation’: Bethel professor joins meeting with Iranian president

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Peace and reconciliation are things to pursue with your enemies rather than your friends, says Bethel College Professor of Bible and Religion Patricia Shelly. She doesn’t claim the observation as original, but it has become even … Read more

McKinney pulls upset, finishes in top 4 at national tournament

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has one of the top four women’s tennis players in the country among small colleges who compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association/National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Bethel College senior … Read more

Root selected to receive annual UPS Scholarship

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Matthew Root, Topeka, a senior at Bethel College, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship. Root is the son of Ann and Darren Root of Topeka and is a 2005 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School. He is majoring in history … Read more

Anabaptist historian to give 2008 Menno Simons Lectures

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A historian internationally known for his research and writing in the German Protestant Reformation, particularly the Anabaptist movement, will deliver the 57th annual Menno Simons Lectures at Bethel College Nov. 2-4. James … Read more

State grant improves distance learning at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A grant of nearly $15,000 from Kan-ed, a statewide information network administered by the Kansas Board of Regents, has enabled Bethel College to improve its ability to offer distance learning. Earlier this school year, Kan-ed … Read more

Kauffman Museum celebrates historic organ

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Several former Bethel College faculty members will reunite to celebrate a historic 1750 cabinet organ and headline the annual Living Endowment Dinner at Kauffman Museum Oct. 24. The dinner, held on-site at the museum, is one of … Read more

Claassen establishes endowed chair in business administration at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Professor of Business and Economics Allison J. McFarland is the first recipient of the Walter C. and Helen E. Claassen Endowed Chair in Business Administration. Barry Bartel, president of Bethel College, announced the … Read more

Bethel tennis player advances to semifinals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Women’s tennis player Paige McKinney won her first match at the ITA/NAIA Small College National Tennis Championships in Mobile, Ala., earlier today. McKinney, a senior from Newton, defeated the #2 seed Maria Klokotzky of Fresno … Read more

Restoration ecology projects provide research options

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Three Bethel biology majors spent the summer on the prairie – that is, working on the restoration prairie and woodland project with Jon Piper, professor of biology. Junior Chelsea Robertson, Leavenworth, Wash., has been involved … Read more

Author, activist to give next KIPCOR Peace Lecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Steve Ratzlaff, longtime Mennonite pastor and advocate for peace and justice and the author of a new book, will be the second speaker in the Peace Lecture series sponsored by the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution … Read more

Bethel Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing celebrates centennial

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When the Bethel Deaconess Hospital (BDH) School of Nursing opened 100 years ago, it planted the seeds of the current nursing program at Bethel College. As part of the centennial celebration, the Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Bethel … Read more

Bethel team places 2nd in home debate tournament

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College had the 2nd-place debate team and saw all six of its debaters finish in the top 10 at the Sunflower-Sooner Swing Invitational Tournaments, held Oct. 10-13 on the Bethel campus. Bethel was one of 26 schools … Read more

Student summer research spans mice to measurements

by Michael Voth NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Rebecca Claassen and Paul Regier were two of the Bethel College students who spent at least a part of the summer doing science research, in two quite different contexts. Claassen, a senior biology major from … Read more

Fall Festival Thresher 5K results announced

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces overall and age division results for the Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk that took place Saturday, Oct. 4, on the Bethel College campus. Todd Lehman of Hesston had the fastest time, finishing in 18:33. He … Read more

Instrumental groups to perform “Songs and Dances” for fall concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will make their debut for the year, along with Director of Instrumental Music Timothy Shade, who will conduct his first concert since joining the Bethel faculty. The … Read more

Purveyors of “America’s original music” will open HBPA season

HESSTON, KAN. – Rick Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra will open the 2008-09 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season with a 3 p.m. concert at Hesston Mennonite Church, Sunday, Oct. 26. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (PRO) is the world’s only … Read more

Freshman, legacy enrollment rises at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College saw an increase in enrollment of both first-time freshman students and legacy students this fall. First-time freshman numbers went from 108 in fall 2007 to 119 in fall 2008, a 10.2 percent increase. The class of … Read more

Forensics has strong showing at Barton County

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s forensics team came out strong in the “Debates on the Plain” Swing Tournaments, held Sept. 27-28 at Barton County Community College in Great Bend. Bethel was one of 20 schools competing over the weekend. Bethel … Read more

Kauffman Museum program will complement Wichita area “Big Read”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Great Plains residents of the 21st century can step back in time through an afternoon of free activities at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum meant to coincide with an area-wide event called The Big Read. Sunday, Oct. 12, visitors … Read more

McKinney wins regional tennis title

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College junior Paige McKinney , Newton, won the women’s singles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Central-West Regional, played Sept. 26-28 in Topeka. … Read more

Library receives state grant to expand collection

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the 17th consecutive year, the Bethel College Library is a recipient of grant monies distributed by the State Library of Kansas. The state gave out $516,824 in Interlibrary Loan Development Program (ILDP) funds for FY 2008 to … Read more

Recovering the story: Filmmaker documents journey of Great Trek Mennonites, descendants

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It began with graduate studies, curiosity about an old family diary and every journalist’s unceasing quest for “a good story.” Walter Ratliff, Herndon, Va., works as content manager for Associated Press Television. Among his … Read more

School of the Americas Watch founder to speak

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The first speaker in the annual Peace Lecture series of the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College will be given by internationally known peace activist Father Roy Bourgeois, M.M., founder of … Read more

Orville Voth, Bethel College’s eighth president, dies at 84

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s eighth president, Orville L. Voth , Hesston, died Sept. 22 at St. Francis’ Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita following a stroke. He was 84. Voth was born Jan. 4, 1924, in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. The son of … Read more

‘A castle of learning’: At 120, Ad Building embodies Bethel’s history, identity

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Administration Building is not only the symbol of the college for generations of alumni. It is also a tangible piece of history and the centerpiece of this year’s Fall Festival at the college. Bethel, chartered … Read more

Ad Building will star at 38th annual Fall Festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A birthday party for the Administration Building and the world premiere of a new documentary are some of the events on tap for Bethel College’s 38th annual Fall Festival, Oct. 2-6 with most events Saturday, Oct. 4, on campus. … Read more

2nd annual STEM Symposium will look at topics in biology, conservation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – With rising gas prices, ongoing discussion about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the recent placement of Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin, on the Republican presidential ticket, Stan Senner’s lecture topic … Read more

Students benefit from varied summer experiences

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The necessity of getting a summer job led to unique, enriching experiences for several Bethel College students – from seeing a Chinese child begin to adapt to America to playing a saxophone on top of a table to dressing up as a … Read more

Ministry program challenges and teaches

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When Bethel College student Nathaniel Yoder decided to participate in a summer ministry internship, he admits, he was unaware of exactly what he was agreeing to. Yoder, a junior, was part of the Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP), … Read more

Bethel presents graduate-written farce for Fall Festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Fall Festival at Bethel College this year will feature the comic play-writing talents of Falun native and Bethel graduate Aaron Christopher. Suzanna Mathews, instructor in communication arts, will direct the farce Protection … Read more

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

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – People of all ages are invited to kick off the main day of Bethel College’s 38th annual Fall Festival with the annual Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk, Saturday, Oct. 4. The all-terrain circuit includes Sand Creek Trail (dirt and … Read more

Artifact workshop to honor memory of Smithsonian archeologist

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Mud Creek chapter of the Kansas Anthropological Association (KAA) will help Kauffman Museum honor the memory of distinguished Bethel College alumnus and nationally prominent archeologist Waldo Wedel in what would have been his … Read more

Exhibit innovation to be unveiled at Kauffman Museum

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – At the annual meeting of the Kauffman Museum Association, staff of the Bethel College museum will demonstrate an innovative design for an exhibit crating system that turns inside out to become a display system. The meeting takes … Read more

2008 graduate among historical essay contest winners

GOSHEN, IND. – An essay by 2008 graduate Peter Miller, Partridge, tied for second place in the annual John Horsch Mennonite Historical Essay Contest, sponsored by the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee. Miller’s essay, “Souls, Cars and … Read more

Grant to help social work program address needs of aging population

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s social work program will develop additional curriculum to prepare graduates for work with an aging population, thanks to a grant from the National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education of the Council on … Read more

National grant will help preserve rare Mennonite film in Bethel archives

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Mennonite Library and Archives is the repository of rare work by a pioneer Mennonite filmmaker, and now some of it has a better chance of surviving for posterity. The Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee has … Read more

New scholarship honors Hispanic heritage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A new scholarship established at Bethel College recognizes the reality and the potential in a diversifying pool of prospective students. Bruce and Joan (Mueller) Reed of Edinburg, Texas, have set up the Hispanic Legacy … Read more

Newton native to open the year at Fine Arts Center Gallery

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Newton native Gesine Janzen, Bozeman, Mont., will open the year in the Fine Arts Center Gallery at Bethel College with “Gesine Janzen: New Work in Prints,” Sept. 5-26. Janzen, currently associate professor of art and head of … 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 2008-09 school year: Megan Abrahams , admissions counselor. She has a B.A. in music performance from Bethel College. Kate Becker , interim … Read more

Bethel is only Kansas private college in new ranking

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas and one of only three institutions of higher education in the state to be ranked in a new survey by Forbes.com. Even as U.S. News & World Report was releasing its yearly … Read more

Former Jayhawk accepts coaching position

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the appointment of Alonzo Jamison as assistant men’s basketball coach for the 2008-09 season. Jamison, originally from Santa Ana, Calif., played for the University of Kansas Jayhawks under Coach Roy … Read more

Students sing, build relationships at Newton First Presbyterian

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As a lifelong resident of Newton, Walter C. Claassen, who now lives in North Newton, believes in giving back to his community. That includes his church, First Presbyterian in Newton. Starting in 2007, Claassen has endowed a … Read more

NSF grant aids work to bolster number of women, minorities in science

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The United States system of higher education isn’t producing enough scientists and engineers. Bethel College, recipient of recently awarded major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), wants to help address that reality. … Read more

Henderson golfers win Thresher Golf Classic

HENDERSON, NEB. – Despite unseasonably cool temperatures and rain early in the day, 52 golfers participated in the 15th annual Summer Thresher Golf Classic and Barbecue Saturday, Aug. 9, at Galaway Creek Golf Course in Henderson. The 18-hole, … Read more

Story led photojournalist to document Seminole Mennonites’ lives

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Laura Camden has been fascinated by Amish and Mennonites from a young age. But it was her journalistic curiosity that finally led her into a particular kind of Mennonite world. A collection of Camden’s black-and-white photos of … Read more

Hesston professor to update Kauffman Museum work in Uzbekistan

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A faculty member from Hesston College will relate the latest chapter in Bethel College’s ongoing relationship with a museum in Uzbekistan. John E. Sharp, Hesston College historian and a professor of history, will present the next … Read more

Two students honored by Kansas Athletic Trainers Society

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Bethel College students were honored recently by the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society (KATS). KATS awards 1st Team, 2nd Team and Honorable Mention All-Academic honors to undergraduate students in athletic training who have … Read more

Vernon Neufeld, Bethel’s seventh president, dies at 88

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s seventh president, Vernon H. Neufeld, died July 18 in Bakersfield, Calif., after a brief illness. He was born April 11, 1920, in Shafter, Calif., one of six children of Nicolai and Justina Neufeld, and raised on … Read more

Friends, family want scholarship to inspire teaching as Kurt Harder did

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kurt Harder may have grown up on a farm in the Buhler-Moundridge area, but his curiosity about the world blossomed early. Harder, a teacher and farmer who died of cancer Dec. 4, 2007, at 49, never lost his inquisitive nature or … Read more

Four athletic teams earn NAIA academic honors

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Four Bethel College athletic teams have been listed on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) roster of 2007-08 scholar teams, through which the NAIA honors student-athletes from around the country who have … Read more

Harrisonburg youth give final San Jose check to Philadelphia school

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Almost exactly a year ago, Bethel College was completing a successful experiment at the Mennonite Youth Convention in San Jose, Calif. Instead of spending money on promotional items, staff from Bethel’s admissions, alumni and … Read more

Science Hall auction to offer chance to “purchase a memory”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As the capital campaign to renovate Bethel College’s old Science Hall into an Academic Center with a wing for the Department of Nursing gets into full swing, a special auction is intended as a chance to reminisce about the … Read more

Kauffman Museum photo exhibit will feature Texas Mennonite group

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum at Bethel College will feature a special exhibit of photos of members of a conservative Mennonite group in west Texas. “Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land” opens at the museum on the Bethel College campus … Read more

Communications professor receives teaching award from colleagues

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Christine Crouse-Dick, assistant professor of communication arts at Bethel College, received the Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award at this year’s Bethel College Commencement May 25. The award is given by faculty to one … Read more

Bethel College, Kauffman Museum to partner with Wichita’s Big Read

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College and its Kauffman Museum are two of four Harvey County participants in the Wichita Public Library’s “Big Read” initiative this fall. Vicki Tiahrt, wife of Congressman Todd Tiahrt, and Kansas Director of Libraries … Read more

Golfers teach and learn at camp for inner-city kids

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A few hours of golf can produce a lasting impact, and not only in terms of scores or sunburn. For the second year in a row, Bethel College golf coach Gregg Dick took several of his seasoned and incoming freshman golfers to Kids … Read more

Free recital to feature trumpet music by American composers

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Assistant Professor of Music Richard Tirk will be leaving to take a position at Luther College in Iowa but there’s one more chance to hear him play in a public concert. Tirk will join two of his students, a Bethel … Read more

Love, laughter and loss all part of "Brigadoon," on stage at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s annual Broadway at Bethel production, featuring high school students under the direction of several Bethel College faculty, staff and alumni, will bring a favorite musical comedy and love story, Brigadoon , to the … Read more

Kauffman Museum to hold antiques sale

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – If you’ve always been curious about the contents of Kauffman Museum’s storage sheds or, especially, wanted to take something from one of them home, now is your chance. The museum, on the Bethel College campus in North Newton, … Read more

A nursing career that saw many changes closes at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Verda Deckert didn’t think she’d be at Bethel College long enough to retire. Eighteen years later, however, she finds herself ending her nursing career there – one that has covered everything from supporting a voluntary service … Read more

Student tests calling to ministry through summer program

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College student is exploring congregational ministry this summer through the Ministry Inquiry Program. MIP is a joint program of Mennonite Church USA and the MC USA-affiliated colleges to help college-age young adults … Read more

Music Camp includes several public concerts

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s annual Music Camp for high school students gets underway this weekend with a lineup of public concerts throughout the week. At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, there will be a Music Week faculty and staff recital. Music … Read more

Bethel announces spring semester honor roll

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel College students whose spring 2008 semester grades have earned academic distinction. Students are eligible for semester honors provided they … Read more

Museum program shows how garden told immigrants’ story

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – How a flower garden reflected the lives of 19th-century immigrants to south central Kansas, and their descendants, is the topic of the next Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum event at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum. Melvin D. Epp, … Read more

Bethel’s first outdoor Commencement mirrors speaker’s advice to “open the world”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s 115th Commencement was certainly the most colorful in recent memory. A major factor was the setting, outdoors under a bright blue Kansas May sky on the artificial turf of Joe W. Goering Field, the first time … Read more

Miller named interim director of nursing

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Phyllis J. Miller, Arlington, Va., has been named interim director of nursing at Bethel College. Her appointment coincides with the launch of the college’s campaign to raise funds for a new facility for the 120-student nursing … Read more

Bethel is part of third annual Kansas Private College Week

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the third year, Bethel College joins 17 other private colleges across the state to mark the first full week of June with a special campus visit event. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has declared June 2-6, 2008, Kansas … Read more

Prairie and woodland restoration project receives third year of Kingsbury funding

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s on-campus prairie and woodland restoration project has been funded for a third year by the Kingsbury Family Foundation. Kingsbury is a private foundation, based in Virginia and run by two sisters in memory of … Read more

Students reflect on a year of chapel-planning

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The final two chapels at Bethel College this year centered on favorite hymns and reflections on Bethel, both by graduating seniors – a tradition from the past number of years. In other ways, however, the Wednesday morning … Read more

Bethel announces 2008 Athletics Hall of Fame class

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College athletic department has announced its 2008 Hall of Fame inductees - the 1975 football team and women’s basketball standout DeAnn Dick Huxman. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place during Fall … Read more

Buller repeats as national javelin champion

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student-athlete Jeff Buller, senior from Inman, repeated his national championship in javelin, throwing 214' 8'' to take first place at the NAIA Nationals May 22 in Edwardsville, Ill. Buller completes his … Read more

Bethel celebrates student-athlete accomplishments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has celebrated the accomplishments of a number of student-athletes in the last several weeks. Paige McKinney, sophomore from Newton, was designated the International Tennis Association (ITA) Player to Watch for … Read more

New vice president for business affairs appointed

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College President Barry C. Bartel has announced the appointment of Laurie E. Tietjen, Hollister, Mo., as the college’s new vice president for business affairs, beginning June 1. Tietjen has a B.S. in education from the … Read more

Gender roles and protest to be topic of faculty lecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the fifth annual Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) Faculty Public Lecture, Penelope Adams Moon, Bethel College associate professor of history, will look at how American women protested the Vietnam War. The lecture … Read more

Kauffman Museum’s summer camps for all ages to include adults

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As it has for the past number of years, Kauffman Museum at Bethel College will host Uncle Carl’s Camps, with two new offerings in 2008. The summer day camp sessions are intended to provide learning and enjoyment for children of … Read more

Annual awards convocation honors some of Bethel’s best

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

Bethel students sweep 2008 Sider Institute competition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College swept the seventh annual Anabaptist research paper competition sponsored by the Sider Institute at Messiah College, Grantham, Pa. The first-place award of $500 went to Jordan Penner, senior from Reedley, Calif., … Read more

Sound of strings to fill KSC atrium

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Music lovers can enjoy an evening of classical and original music for strings at Bethel College Thursday, May 15. Paul Regier, junior from Newton, and Parker Stanley, Liberty, Mo., who graduates later this month, present a … Read more

Comedy from the dark to the ridiculous in student-directed one-acts

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two very different kinds of comedy will be on stage in an evening of one-acts directed by two Bethel College students. The performances take place Friday, May 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts … Read more

Bethel hosts Kansas Section meeting of math association

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It’s not often a Bethel College team can boast of defeating the University of Kansas. When it comes to solving mathematics problems, however, Bethel did just that, in a competition that was part of the annual spring meeting of … Read more

Anthropologist to address 2008 graduates

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An anthropologist who has spent nearly three decades studying the evolving economic and social order in Eastern Europe will address 125 graduating seniors, their families and friends at Bethel College’s 115th Commencement, Sunday, … Read more

Voices to blend in Open Road home concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The upcoming concert by the Bethel College men’s a cappella octet, Open Road, will preview the group’s new recording. Open Road will perform Sunday, May 18, from a “wide variety of music,” including “both the secular and the … Read more

Music lovers invited to celebrate spring with Jazz on the Green

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College jazz groups are set for their lively and popular annual spring event, Jazz on the Green. Weather permitting, the audience will enjoy both jazz and the beauty of spring at this free outdoor concert. Jazz on the … Read more

Five seniors’ work on display for annual art exhibit

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

Spring Masterworks concert to have a theme of “Magnificat”

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 works by Bach, Mozart and Fasch. The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday, … Read more

Symposium to highlight undergraduate research

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s annual Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity (URICA) symposium will take place on campus Saturday, May 10. The public is invited to any session of interest. There is no charge. Presentations … Read more

Saucedo helps Bethel get to know its southern constituents

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A recent exchange between a Mennonite youth pastor from San Antonio, Texas, and a Bethel College administrator and Texas-based staff person is helping the college and its constituency to the south get better acquainted. Hugo … Read more

Daniel Graber to give senior voice recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Daniel Graber, Marion, S.D., will give his senior voice recital Tuesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Graber will graduate from Bethel this spring with a … Read more

Grandparents join Bethel student body for a day

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For one day each year, the average age of a Bethel College student goes way up with, however, no accompanying drop in energy level. That would be the annual Grandparents Day, which this year turned 25 on April 25 and likely had … Read more

Tennis player ranked in NAIA Top 20

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College women’s tennis team brought home the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) post-season tournament title with a 5-3 win over Bethany College April 25 in Hesston. Sophomore Paige McKinney, Newton, remains … Read more

Instrumental groups to present lively music and living composers

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – There will be plenty of life – not only in the music but also in the composers – in Krehbiel Auditorium when the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra perform Sunday, May 4. The 4 p.m. concert is the last of the … Read more

Jazz Combo to spend three days on the road

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Jazz Combo will take a mini-tour to the Kansas City area and eastern Iowa this weekend. Friday, April 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the group will play at Toto’s Café, 6915 Johnson Dr. in Mission; call … Read more

Fun, fellowship are part of service trip to Hopi Mission School

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For college students, spring break is about escaping the academic routine for sun, fun and – house painting? Twelve Bethel College students opted for paintbrushes and got the sun and fun besides when they decided to spend their … Read more

Play looks at multiple facets of what it means to be "Well"

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College continues to live up to its “reputation for performing interesting and new titles” with its production of Lisa Kron’s comedy Well . The play will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 24, 25 and 26, at … Read more

Megan Abrahams to give senior clarinet recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Megan Abrahams, Canton, will give her senior clarinet recital Sunday, April 20, at 3 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Abrahams will graduate from Bethel College in May with a … Read more

Penner keeps Bethel's winning history going strong

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College history student tradition of writing award-winning papers continued into 2008 as Jordan Penner, senior history major from Reedley, Calif., became the 21st to take first place in a statewide history teacher-sponsored … Read more

Good for mind, body and spirit: Sand Creek Trail a classroom and community resource

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Located in the Great Plains, Bethel College may not be the first place to come to mind when thinking of diverse natural habitat. Yet someone with a good pitching arm could throw a hedge apple from the roof of Krehbiel Science … Read more

Jazz groups to perform on campus and in Wichita festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Can’t get enough of Bethel College Jazz Ensembles? If so, you’re in luck – there will be a plethora of jazz and talented musicians on stage Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center and four days … Read more

Annual student exhibit opens in Fine Arts Center gallery

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual student art exhibit at Bethel College opens Friday, April 11, in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus. The exhibit features work of students in 2007-08 art classes at Bethel College. Media represented include … Read more

McCabe-Juhnke wins district forensics coaching award

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Out of only six schools in the nation that have qualified for all 30 years of a national forensics tournament, one is right here in south central Kansas. Five Bethel College students, accompanied by a coach and assistant coach, … Read more

Suzanne Tirk and Karen Schlabaugh to preview Kentucky recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Wichita State University music faculty member will present a special recital at Bethel College Monday, April 21. Suzanne Tirk, assistant professor of clarinet, will play with pianist Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel College … Read more

Local contractor helps cure a campus recycling headache

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It might look harmless enough, but that old computer and monitor stuffed in the back of the closet is a virtual storehouse of hazardous waste. So when Bethel College staff considered how to dispose of several hundred pieces of … Read more

Kauffman Museum’s Earth Day celebration will focus on plants

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum’s annual Earth Day celebration will again take advantage of having Sand Creek Trail close by on the Bethel College campus. This year’s activity, which begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, is especially family … Read more

Polish museum director to present public programs on campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Polish museum director coming to do research at Bethel College will share some of his work in two public presentations on campus. Jarek Pająkowski, director of the Lower Vistula River Valley Landscape Park, headquartered in … Read more

Nursing award winner has many years’ service in Hillsboro area

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Bethel College Nursing Alumni Association will present its Outstanding Alumnus Award to Arlene Hett, Hillsboro, at the annual Bethel College Alumni Association banquet on campus May 24. Arlene … Read more

Final senior seminar presentation scheduled this week

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The public is invited to a senior seminar presentation by English major Nathan R. Bartel. Bartel, of Topeka, will read an original fiction piece, “The Art of Lies,” supported by an essay validating fantasy as a legitimate and … Read more

Andrew Toews to give senior recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Andrew Toews, North Newton, will give his senior trombone recital Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Toews will graduate from Bethel College in May 2009 … Read more

Brett Jackson to give senior recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Brett Jackson, North Newton, will give the first of two senior saxophone recitals Sunday, April 13, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Jackson will graduate from Bethel … Read more

Two Harvey County museums gain access to coveted collections resource

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum at Bethel College and the Harvey County Historical Society are recipients of an important resource dealing with care of museum collections. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency, … Read more

State official, a Goessel native, chosen as Bethel’s Outstanding Alumnus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association has named Duane Goossen, Topeka, as the winner of the 2008 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Goossen, a Republican, is current Kansas Secretary of Administration and State … Read more

College president, former Newton resident, receives Distinguished Achievement Award

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association has named Claudia A. Limbert, Columbus, Miss., as the winner of the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award. Limbert was appointed by the Board of Trustees of State … Read more

Concert Choir spring tour to include venue in Canada

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Concert Choir will complete an “exchange” with Canadian Mennonite University, whose CMU Singers performed at Bethel two years ago, with a visit to the Winnipeg, Manitoba, campus. The choir’s concert at CMU is … Read more

At 100, Wedel bridges Bethel history

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – At age 100 (as of March 16, 2008), D.C. Wedel is a living bridge of Bethel College history. When family members and a group of Bethel staff and administrators gathered recently at Bethesda Home in Goessel, where Wedel lives, to … Read more

“Blue Sky” helps evoke “sense of place” for Bethel board

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When the Bethel College Board of Directors met on campus recently, they considered a theme of physical environment or place, consistent with the Bethel marketing theme “Find your space.” Several board members, administrators and … Read more

Boston Brass to give clinic at Bethel, HBPA concert in Hesston

HESSTON, KAN. – Boston Brass, a world-renowned brass quintet, will give the final concert of the 2007-08 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) season Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Boston … Read more

Kauffman Museum welcomes visitors to a world of blue

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum explores the history of the color blue in “From Cobalt to Indigo: Blue Artifacts from the Kauffman Museum Collections,” the museum’s new special exhibit. “According to a recent international … Read more

Horst and science research have had a long, fruitful relationship

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Science has long interested W. Dale Horst of rural Newton, one of Bethel College’s strongest supporters of the sciences. Fortunately, science appears to have been interested in him as well. It didn’t seem so earlier in Horst’s … Read more

Krehbiel to speak on recent Bethel research into psychology of music

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In his three decades at Bethel College, Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, has pursued several research interests, among them animal behavior, psychology of music and scientific computing. In recent years, his work has … Read more

Guest soloists to 'tear it up' at spring instrumental concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra’s first full concert of the spring semester will feature works by Bach, Copland and Grainger, among others. The concert will be Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel … Read more

Family ties lead to Bethel stop for Philadelphia-based band

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Family connections and a stop on the road back from Austin will lead a Philadelphia-based indie-rock band to a concert date at Bethel College Monday, March 17. Bethel’s own bluegrass band Radar Ray and the Creekbusters will open … Read more

Forensics qualifies three more for nationals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College forensics qualified three more team members for national competition at the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), to be held April 4-7 at the University of Texas in Austin. … Read more

Trumpeter who's 'done it all' to perform, teach on campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The upcoming performance of the Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I and Wind Ensemble comes in conjunction with the presence on campus of a Greer Visiting Artist who is one of the world’s best-known trumpet soloists. Trumpeter Allen … Read more

Good company: Bethel student gets three days inside Google

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Who would pass up a chance to visit Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., much less turn down a three-day, all-expense-paid trip to the Googleplex? Certainly not Bethel College computer science major Andrea Nickel. … Read more

Wichita barber-artist mounts exhibit in Bethel gallery

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When David Long, assistant professor of art at Bethel College, discovered that his barber was also a visual artist, he decided there needed to be an exhibit mounted at the college. Works of acrylic on canvas by David Friday, … Read more

Joel Linscheid to give senior recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Joel Linscheid, North Newton, will give the first of two senior saxophone recitals Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Linscheid will graduate from Bethel … Read more

Former Halstead resident became 'casualty' of the war on terror

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Brandon Mayfield told his aunt, Beth (Mayfield) Vannatta of Halstead, that he would “give ’em hell” during a Bethel College convocation Feb. 29, but then promised his mother, Avnelle Mayfield of Buhler, to go a little easier on his … Read more

Pastor speaks on harnessing electronic culture for the sake of the gospel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Since communication is essential to Christianity, people of faith need to understand it. And in the 21st century, that means understanding electronic media. This was the message Shane Hipps, pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church in … Read more

Bethel forensics performs well at K-State

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Alex Stucky, Bethel College freshman from Moundridge, brought home first place in Extemporaneous Speaking at the Kansas State University-Hastings College swing tournament. The event was held on the K-State campus in Manhattan … Read more

'Back to Haiti for the first time': An MCC kid gets acquainted with the country of his birth

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Late last year, Jordan Bartel got to do something he’s been waiting a lifetime for. Jordan, a sophomore at Bethel College, visited for the first time the country, city and hospital where he was born. He came into the world at … Read more

Songs across the Rio Grande: Geology interterm trip to Texas raises border issues

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This was the second Geology class group to south Texas that has not been able to cross the border to Mexico without the risk of a $5,000 fine. Professor of Chemistry Richard Zerger led the trip, the fifth time he has made it part … Read more

Stick houses, tamales and smiles: Interterm introduces students to ‘the real Mexico’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – While most Bethel College students who took a January interterm class stayed on campus, one group of eight, led by Larry Friesen, professor of social work, spent three weeks getting to know Mexico’s people and culture. Only half … Read more

Giant ferns and beach sunsets: Costa Rica interterm spans climate zones

by Tyler Doerksen NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An unaccented, gringo-style “¡Gracias!” fumbled out of our mouths, followed by a muffled “¡Mucho gusto!” from the kitchen crew after a much-enjoyed meal during the 2008 interterm class to Costa Rica. Our … Read more

Culture as drama: Interterm class mixes urban experience and the arts

by Cari Holliday NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Before students can graduate from Bethel College, they must fulfill the cross-cultural learning requirement, which often takes them off campus into the wider community to study other cultures and have … Read more

Opera for everyone: "The Magic Flute" brings lighthearted Mozart to Bethel stage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Despite a layered plot, a multitude of oddly dressed characters (including one covered with feathers) and a central role for a woodwind instrument with mystical powers, The Magic Flute is at its heart a simple and well-loved story … Read more

Bethel holds traditional nurses’ lamplighting for juniors

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College nursing class of 2009 held the traditional lamplighting for juniors Sunday, Feb. 10, at the college. Forty-six students participated in the ceremony, making this the second-largest class of juniors in the … Read more

Trio to bring acoustic folk, roots sound to Mem Hall stage for HBPA

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Wailin’ Jennys, perhaps best known for their three-part harmonies and numerous appearances on public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” will bring “Version 3.0” to the stage in Bethel College’s Memorial Hall for the next … Read more

Forensics qualifies for 30th straight national tournament

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Following the Kansas State Individual Events (KASIE) championship tournament in Great Bend Feb. 16, the Bethel College forensics team Bethel College received the Top Small School sweepstakes award and is bound for its 30th straight … Read more

Student musicians bring years of experience to Bethel ensembles

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Having three of its musical groups selected to perform for the statewide Kansas Music Educators Association meeting this year points to the success of Bethel College instrumental and vocal groups. A closer look at some of the … Read more

KMEA program to include world premiere by Wichita composer

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When three Bethel College groups preview the concerts they’ve prepared for the 2008 meeting of the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA), they will also be performing the world premiere of a piece by a Wichita composer. … Read more

From Porsche to the pastorate: Phoenix minister to give Staley Lectures on media and faith

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – From publicizing Porsches to podcasts and pastoring, Shane Hipps has been on an interesting journey. Hipps will give the annual Staley Lectures at Bethel College Monday, Feb. 25. His two presentations, under the heading “Digital … Read more

L.A. Urban Corps receives San Jose service funds

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When he was in southern California at the end of January, Bethel College president Barry C. Bartel delivered the third check from the Bethel College Admissions booth four-day fundraiser at the Mennonite Church USA Youth Convention … Read more

A sabbatical spent in prison: Professor sees profound implications for inmates in theater

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For all its rigid structure and scheduling, even prison can be unpredictable. That’s what a Bethel College professor, working at Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) with an inmate drama troupe, discovered last fall, though not … Read more

Jantz to explore use of Appreciative Inquiry in education

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Allen Jantz, associate professor of education and director of the secondary education program at Bethel College, will give the next Faculty Seminar series lecture on an organizational process or philosophy called Appreciative … Read more

Popular folk artist sings about peace and justice

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Popular folk-singer John McCutcheon will be coming to Bethel College to support one of the causes dear to his heart: global peace and justice. McCutcheon will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 in Memorial Hall on the Bethel … Read more

Local artist to display work in Bethel gallery

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The first exhibit of the spring semester in Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery features the recent work of a Newton artist. Rachel Epp Buller is also a freelance writer, curator and editor. Her new show, “Transitions,” is … Read more

College, museum projects win architecture awards

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The American Institute of Architects-Colorado South Chapter recently recognized two Bethel College-related projects for design excellence. The organization’s 2007 Design Jury awarded citations to Bethel’s Krehbiel Science Center … Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day service rescheduled

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An ice storm on Monday, Jan. 21, prevented the Bethel College community from holding its annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The service has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the … Read more

University professor impressed with small college life and learning

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It’s not every day that a well-regarded medievalist and university professor offers his time, free, to teach a class at a small liberal arts college in Kansas. Dale Schrag, left, Bethel College director of Church Relations, … Read more

Music faculty to reprise mini-tour recitals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College music faculty members Karen Bauman Schlabaugh and Richard Tirk, joined by two Wichita university faculty musicians, will give a free recital Monday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the … Read more

“Groundhog cellists” to gather on campus Feb. 2

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Whether he sees his shadow or not, when the groundhog pops his head up on Feb. 2, he might as well go to the cello festival at Bethel College named in his honor. Bethel and Friends University in Wichita are co-hosting “Groundhog … Read more

Stage performer is 2008 Young Alumnus Award winner

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This year’s Young Alumnus Award winner at Bethel College has sung on stages from Wichita to Berlin and inhabited characters such as the Cat in the Hat, Jesus’ disciple Simon Zealotes and Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine. … Read more

Opera Kansas to present Gilbert & Sullivan concert in Hesston

HESSTON, KAN. – Opera Kansas, with special guest Keith Jurosko, will present A Most Ingenious Paradox: The Topsy Turvy World of Gilbert and Sullivan at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main in Hesston, on the Hesston … Read more

Jason Moore to lead Bethel College soccer programs

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Athletic Director Diane Flickner has announced the hiring of Jason Moore to head up the men’s and women’s soccer programs. A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., Moore began his coaching … Read more

Weather is a theme for museum’s annual Kansas Day event

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Weather will be a special theme for Celebrate Kansas Day!, the annual event marking the birthday of the state of Kansas (147 this year) at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26. The museum will be open … Read more

Bethel to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Members of the Bethel College community will join together Monday, Jan. 21, to reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in their own lives. The 7 p.m. service will be held in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. … Read more

Burge selected for UPS Scholarship

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Rondell Burge, Moundridge, a senior at Bethel College, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship. Burge, the son of Rory Burge of Moundridge, is a graduate of Moundridge High School and is majoring in psychology at Bethel … Read more

Eleven athletes receive Academic All-America honors

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has named 11 Bethel College students as Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athletes for 2007-08, representing football, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer. “We have … Read more

Stucky named to statewide library board

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Gail Niles Stucky, Bethel College co-director of libraries, has been appointed to a new 11-member State Library of Kansas Board. The Kansas Legislature created the board during the 2007 legislative session to promote cooperation … Read more

Next museum program to feature Kansas birds

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The next Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum event at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum will be an intergenerational program meant for all ages, and will follow the theme of the museum’s current temporary exhibit, “Meet the Beak,” which … Read more

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