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Past Bethel College News: 2009

Graber named head football coach

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Athletic Director Diane Flickner announced today that Travis Graber will be the new Threshers head football coach. Graber has been on the Thresher coaching staff since 2001 and has been serving as interim head … Read more

Concert Choir to perform across Europe

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Every four years, the Bethel College Concert Choir tours in Europe, performing in churches, cathedrals and other venues over a three-week period. The 2010 tour, Jan. 6-25, will take the choir to five countries, for a total of 14 … Read more

McCartney picked for NAIA coaches’ All-America Team

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The 2009 AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team announced today includes Bethel defensive lineman James McCartney, senior business major from Hesston. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has picked an All-America team … Read more

Class will address personal finance for students, community members

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Responding to national data that shows a lack of basic financial knowledge among college-age students, the Bethel College business department has developed a new course. Allison J. McFarland, Bethel College professor of … Read more

Birders to brave weather for annual Christmas count

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bird enthusiasts will be rising early this Saturday to participate in the 61st annual Halstead-Newton Christmas Bird Count. The event begins at 6:45 a.m. Dec.19 at Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. … Read more

Bethel students learn and practice integration in teaching

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College education class gives education majors a unique classroom experience – by going into an elementary school classroom. Rather than just talking about how to integrate music, art, P.E., drama and writing into … Read more

Elite high school jazz group comes back to Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – From Bethel College to Wichita State University and back again, the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble will perform Monday, Dec. 14, in Bethel’s Krehbiel Auditorium. The concert, which also features Bethel College’s Jazz Combo, is at 7:30 … Read more

Bethel forensics competes in Nebraska

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College took a small forensics squad to the University of Nebraska-Kearney and came home with a first-place finish. At the Outer Limits Swing Part I: Lopers are From Venus Tournament, Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, and … Read more

The spirit moves in many ways at new campus ministries facility

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Remodeled in summer and opened this fall, the new home for Bethel College campus ministries, Agape Center in the Richert House, has already demonstrated that the spirit of God moves and acts in myriad ways. The house recently … Read more

Christmas Vespers organ recital, Lighting of Green, to be Dec. 13

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College student chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) presents the annual Christmas Vespers concert Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus. This year’s … Read more

New scholarship honors Mennonite heritage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College is honoring its Mennonite heritage with a new scholarship for graduates of Mennonite high schools. The Mennonite Heritage Scholarship guarantees $50,000 in institutional scholarships over four years. Federal and … Read more

Friesen selected to receive annual UPS Scholarship

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Elizabeth Friesen, a senior at Bethel College, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship. Friesen, from Littleton, Colo., is a 2006 graduate of Columbine High School. At Bethel, she is majoring in psychology and sings in … Read more

Kauffman curator receives top Kansas museums award

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Chuck Regier, curator of exhibits for Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum, is the recipient of a top award from the Kansas Museums Association (KMA). Outgoing KMA president Carla Barber, director of McPherson Museum, presented the … Read more

‘Diverse and exciting’ jazz to be part of Christmas Gala concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Jazz Ensembles will perform “a wide range of styles, from big band to small-group jazz” on Friday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be … Read more

Bethel service project gets an enthusiastic Harrisonburg reception

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the second straight time, the Harrisonburg (Va.) Mennonite Church youth group won Bethel College’s service promotion at the Mennonite Youth Convention (MYC). And for the second time, Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia … Read more

Low German radio program comes to KBCU

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Low German radio program with a growing body of listeners in North America and Latin America has now added Bethel College’s KBCU to its host stations. “Zachries Fetalt” (“Zacharias Speaks”) is now airing on 88.1 FM … Read more

Social work placements help students put theory into practice

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – With increasing pressure for college programs to offer real-world experience, Bethel College’s social work department stays ahead of the curve by requiring students to complete two field placements. Bethel’s social work program, … Read more

A Bethel Christmas tradition turns 25

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Christmas tradition returns for its 25th year when the Bethel College German and music departments present Deutsche Weihnachten, a German Advent and Christmas service, Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Bethel College Mennonite … Read more

Wind Ensemble to present “a musical painting”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In its annual early winter concert, the Bethel College Wind Ensemble will evoke images of bustling trains, old cathedrals and rolling hills through a blend of modern and standard tunes. The concert is Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in … Read more

Bethel campus will be a jazzy place in December

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – If you’re feeling a lack of jazz in your life, you may want to consider coming to Bethel’s campus this December. Jazz drummer Peter Zimmer and jazz pianist Ben Markley get things started with a free clinic Tuesday, Dec. 1, from … Read more

Goerz House and Kauffman Museum part of annual holiday open house

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College and Kauffman Museum will be among the venues that sparkle with holiday lights during the annual open-house celebrations of Five Places of Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 5. The free event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on that … Read more

Bethel football becomes YouTube sensation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Few will forget the last game of the 2009 season for Bethel College’s football team, and not just because the Threshers won 30-0 or the fact that it was Mike Moore’s last game as head coach. Instead, the game will be remembered … Read more

Team unity a strength for Bethel cross country

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In its third year of competition, Bethel’s cross country team continues to thrive. The 13-member team completed their competitive season on Nov. 7 with the KCAC Championships, hosted by Friends University. Gary Histand, Bethel … Read more

Siebert presents research at Neuroscience 2009

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – While many Bethel College students are involved in research projects, not many get the chance to present their results at one of the world’s largest forums for neuroscientists to debut research. Aimee Siebert, senior psychology … Read more

Concert Choir to perform with Wichita Symphony

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Concert Choir will join the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for its annual free family holiday concert. The concert, this year titled “The Spirit of Christmas,” is Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Century II … Read more

Bethel and NMKSO musicians will join for concert featuring soloists

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Chamber Orchestra will join with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring faculty from Bethel and from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The concert is Sunday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. … Read more

New garden: Turning the earth to plant community

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who gathered recently to break ground for a new cooperative venture between Bethel College and residents of North Newton. The project, called Sand Creek Community Gardens, is being … Read more

Bethel College head football coach resigns; interim coach named

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Mike Moore, Bethel College head football coach, has resigned effective Nov. 16, 2009. “Mike has touched the lives of many young men during his tenure, and his leadership of the Bethel College football program will be greatly … Read more

Urban pastor shares vision with Bethel students

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When Cyneatha Millsaps visited Bethel College for the first time recently, she found a whole network of connections had preceded her. Millsaps, the lead pastor at Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Ill., is on a mission to … Read more

'Postcards from hell': Letters tell forgotten stories of Stalin's Gulag

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Perhaps the most amazing thing about the letters from Stalin’s Gulag is that they exist at all. Ruth Derksen Siemens, an instructor in rhetoric and writing at the University of British Columbia, has made it her mission to tell … Read more

Forensics qualifies two more for nationals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team had a busy and productive outing Nov. 7-8 at the Hutchinson Community College Tournament and HCC Alumni Tournament. The Threshers qualified two more competitors for the American Forensic … Read more

Twins find further common ground at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When starting college for the first time, many students like to see at least one familiar face as they enter this new stage of their lives. For eight Bethel College students, this came in the form of a twin sibling. “We always … Read more

Performer to bring words of Jesus, Bonhoeffer to Bethel stage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Minister and chaplain turned full-time performing artist Al Staggs will give two presentations on the Bethel College campus as part of the Staley Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series. Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., Staggs will … Read more

Three Bethel singers place in regional competition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Eight Bethel voice students sang in 11 events at the annual regional competition for the National Teachers of Singing (NATS). NATS is divided into regional groupings that meet yearly in different locations. The West Central … Read more

Wheels keep turning at Kauffman Museum

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum will celebrate the recent opening of a new special exhibit with a free outdoor event for families. The public is invited to view “Big Wheels” in the museum parking lot, 27th and North Main … Read more

Bethel fields another successful programming team

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student programmers had another successful outing in an annual regional competition held at Emporia State University. Bethel sent seven students on three teams to compete in the North Central Region of the … Read more

Exhibit to feature everyday objects transformed by ‘magical process’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Sculptor Erin Coleman-Cruz, DeKalb, Ill., will be the next guest artist to show her work in the Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery. Coleman-Cruz will open her show with a reception Friday, Nov. 6, from 9:30-11 a.m. outside … Read more

Chun to join with guest tenor for Nov. 6 recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Soyoun Chun, soprano, assistant professor of music at Bethel College, will give a recital with guest artist Joseph Perniciaro, tenor, director of opera at Fort Hays State University. Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel College … Read more

Wedel is new interim VP for business affairs

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Interim President John Sheriff has announced the appointment of Allen R. Wedel, Newton, as the college’s new interim vice president for business affairs, beginning Nov. 2. Wedel’s term as interim vice president will … Read more

Bethel names presidential search committee

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Meeting in its fall session on campus Oct. 23-24, the Bethel College Board endorsed a recommendation for the search process to select a new president. The board also selected a presidential search committee. Ray Penner, North … Read more

NPR's Neal Conan joins Ensemble Galilei to perform in next HBPA event

HESSTON, KAN. – Ensemble Galilei and Neal Conan, host of National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation , will present “A Universe of Dreams,” including images from the Hubble space telescope, as part of the 2009-10 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series. … Read more

Forensics team competes in Kansas City

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Competing against 11 other schools Oct. 25, Bethel College forensics team members earned a fourth-place finish in team sweepstakes. The Threshers participated in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Swing Tournaments hosted by Kansas City … Read more

Women’s Chorus to sing from several styles and time periods

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As they showed in their Fall Festival preview, the Bethel College Women’s Chorus has the numbers and talent to perform music from a variety of styles and time periods. The group will give their fall concert Sunday, Nov. 1, at 4 … Read more

Public theology and historic peace churches topic of Menno Simons Lectures

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Theology, culture and peace are topics that Scott Holland of Bethany Theological Seminary will treat in the 58th annual Menno Simons Lectures at Bethel College Nov. 1-3. Holland is completing a decade at Bethany, the Church of … Read more

Kauffman Museum receives inaugural Technology Award

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum is the first winner of a newly established award from the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) MPMA chose the museum to receive its inaugural Technology Award, given for a multimedia project … Read more

Siebert to give first “Big Read” lecture at Kauffman Museum Oct. 25

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College and Kauffman Museum are joining in the second annual Wichita-area Big Read during October and November. The reading initiative this year, which kicked off Oct. 3, features “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan … Read more

Library will use grant to enhance graphic novel collection

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the 18th year in a row, the Bethel College Library successfully applied for funds from the State of Kansas Interlibrary Loan Development Program (ILDP) to expand and improve its holdings. The library received $2,500 for FY … Read more

Bethel qualifies first forensics competitor for nationals

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Just a few weeks into the forensics season, Bethel College has qualified its first competitor for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET). In the Sunflower-Sooner Swing, Part II, hosted … Read more

Lehman ties for first in history essay contest

GOSHEN, IND. – A Bethel College student has tied for first place in the 2009 John Horsch Mennonite History Essay Contest, sponsored by the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee. “Fragile Bonds and Global Brotherhood: The Ninth Mennonite World … Read more

Instrumental ensembles to make “waves of sound and color”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – With a program spanning standards to contemporary pieces, the fall performance of the Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and Bethel College Wind Ensemble promises to please. The concert will take place Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 … Read more

New enrollment leader looks forward to challenges

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s new vice president of enrollment says he’s excited about the challenges that small private colleges face in recruiting students in a tough economy. Todd Moore began Sept. 14 in the position, replacing Lori … Read more

Bethel announces three new board appointments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College will welcome three new members to its Board of Directors at the fall board meeting later this month. Brent Auernheimer, Reedley, Calif., will represent Pacific Southwest Conference of Mennonite Church USA. He … Read more

Powell and Reed to give joint vocal recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students Kelly Reed, senior from Edinburg, Texas, and Joshua Powell, junior from Basehor, will give a joint vocal recital Friday, Oct. 9. The recital will be at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the … Read more

Adventure course construction set to begin this fall

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Implementing adventure education at Bethel College was a high priority for its former head of student life, and his successor is seeing that dream to reality. For several years before he left Bethel to take an assignment with … Read more

Writer to share hidden stories from Stalin’s Gulag

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Canadian visitor will give the first Friends of the MLA (Mennonite Library and Archives) program of the school year at Bethel College, at a place and time different from the usual. Ruth Duerksen Siemens, Vancouver, British … Read more

Bethel board chair defends decision to remove president

by Paul Schrag, editor of Mennonite Weekly Review NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The chair of the Bethel College board of directors on Sept. 25 defended the termination of the president as necessary for the institution’s health. Melvin Goering of Santa Fe, … Read more

Season’s first HBPA event to feature Kansas City Chorale

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The first concert of the 2009-10 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series features a renowned vocal ensemble from Kansas City that includes a Bethel graduate. The Kansas City Chorale, a Grammy®-winning professional chorus under the … Read more

Bethel off to strong start in debate and forensics

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Threshers forensics and debate teams got off to a rousing start in their first tournament competition of the 2009-10 school year. Bethel brought home the second-place trophy in the overall combined team … Read more

Program proves Low German language still very much alive

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When the popular Low German program returns to Bethel College’s Fall Festival this year after a one-year hiatus, it will feature a real live Low German radio personality. Carl Zacharias, Reinland, Manitoba, is the host of … Read more

Students try pastoral wings in Ministry Inquiry Program

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Before deciding what they want to do with their lives, many students would jump at the chance to experience careers firsthand – which is precisely what Bethel College junior Daniel Klaassen, Whitewater, and senior Mayeken Kehr, … Read more

Museum Day offers free admission to special exhibits

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The exhibit of photos from small towns of Kansas by Bob Regier, currently on display at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum, will be up only until the beginning of October, but you have an opportunity this weekend to see it free of … Read more

Being the leaven: Death penalty foe tells students they can make a difference

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Sister Helen Prejean got a rare standing ovation from the convocation audience at Bethel College on Sept. 21. Maybe that was because she spoke directly and personally to them. The long-time anti-death penalty advocate perhaps … Read more

Fall Festival "Jazzfest" to include campus, local groups

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Jazz by campus and local high school groups has long been a favorite feature of Bethel College’s annual Fall Festival, but James Pisano, Bethel’s director of jazz studies, hopes to make it into an even bigger deal. To that end, … Read more

Fans invited to watch Threshers vs. Southern Nazarene

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s game against Southern Nazarene University Saturday, Sept. 19, will be the College Fanz™ NAIA Football Game of the Week. The live video can be viewed by going to athletics.bethelks.edu or fans can come watch the … Read more

Bethel history a feature of 39th annual Fall Festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College continues to look toward its 125th anniversary in 2012, with some special events to remember parts of the college’s history, at the 39th annual Fall Festival, Oct. 1-4 with most events Saturday, Oct. 3, on campus. … Read more

A play about families, Bethel’s "Our Town" features four “sister acts”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Take two American families, add elements of everyday life and find the eternal. Bethel College’s upcoming performance of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town seeks to do exactly that, while using four pairs of acting sisters. “[ Our Town … Read more

Through the polymer glass: Chemist to present keynote at 2009 STEM Symposium

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A North Newton native will be coming home to celebrate his 30-year college reunion and to talk about glass in ways that go well beyond windows and drinking vessels. Mark Ediger, a 1979 graduate, will be the keynote speaker at the … Read more

Juhnke to demonstrate championship strategy game skills at Fall Festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Newton High School graduate who has made a name for himself in the world of abstract strategy games will return home to demonstrate his skills. Karl “Fritz” Juhnke, NHS class of 1987, is the two-time world champion of the … Read more

New scholarship already making an impact on campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Although it only took shape a matter of months ago, a new Bethel College scholarship is already making an impact on campus. There are a half-dozen new students present this fall who most likely wouldn’t be there without a … Read more

Dad comes off sidelines to join daughter in national tennis competition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Many athletes are used to parents cheering them on from the sidelines. But for Rachael Bachman, Bethel College junior from Emporia, parental support goes beyond the stands to side-by-side on the court. Rachael and her father, … Read more

Kauffman Museum Association welcomes new board members

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Members of the Kauffman Museum Association will be able to greet returning and new members of the museum board of directors at the association’s annual meeting Sunday, Sept. 13, at 3:30 p.m. at the museum. Association members … Read more

Behind the scenes work yields campus energy savings and stewardship

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The open space in the center of campus isn’t the only “green” at Bethel College these days. It’s just more visible than the efforts of three Bethel staff, which over the past several years have reduced water and energy … Read more

Columbus nonprofit thanks Bethel for youth convention service project

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The recipients of Bethel College’s on-site service project at the Mennonite Youth Convention (MYC) in Columbus, Ohio, this past July recently surprised college staff with a citation of thanks. A resolution from the MiraCit … Read more

Bethel one of only three Kansas schools in Forbes.com listing

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the second year, 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 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United … Read more

Bethel makes new faculty and staff appointments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the following new faculty and staff appointments for the 2009-10 school year: Scott Befort , resident director of Warkentin Court. He has a B.A. in interpersonal and public communications at Oklahoma … Read more

Work by several artists to open FAC Gallery year

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Four Wichita artists, including a Bethel College art faculty member, will be featured in the inaugural show of the 2009-10 school year in the Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery. “The Human Figure On and Off the Pedestal” … Read more

First campus ministries house close to becoming reality

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – While most students are away for the summer, one building on the Bethel College campus has been given a new mission meant to enhance their experience when they return. The small brown structure known as Richert House, near the … Read more

Bethel College enters presidential transition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Board of Directors “is saddened to report that Bethel College is in the midst of a presidential transition,” said Board chair Mel Goering, Santa Fe, N.M. “The Board acknowledges and expresses appreciation for … Read more

Bethel golfers build tradition of service at Christian sports camp

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After their third straight year of working as a team at a summer camp, Bethel College golfers are beginning to see the experience as a highlight of their participation in the sport. That’s the assessment of Bethel golf coach … Read more

Annual alumni golf classic in Nebraska benefits Bethel

HENDERSON, NEB. – Forty-six golfers participated in the 16th annual Summer Thresher Golf Classic Saturday, August 8, at Galaway Creek Golf Course in Henderson. The 18-hole, four-person scramble tournament benefited Bethel College. At 12 under par … Read more

New faces, roles in Office of Student Life

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces several new appointments in the Office of Student Life at Bethel College. Chad Childs, Newton, began in June as vice president for student life. Before coming to Bethel, Childs was director of the … Read more

Connections help Bethel College find its Columbus service project

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As Bethel College worked on how to make “service” the central component of its presence at the Mennonite Youth Convention (MYC) in Columbus, Ohio, staff turned to the time-honored Mennonite tradition of networking. For the … Read more

Expanded Bethel grant seeks to draw more diverse student population

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As Bethel College continues to look for ways to make higher education opportunities more accessible to racial/ethnic students from the Mennonite Church USA congregations, it is expanding one of its specifically targeted grant … Read more

Bethel, local Mennonite conference cooperate to “take musical national”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It packed out Mennonite churches across south central Kansas in January 2008, with audiences begging for “just one more performance.” So now Bethel College is cooperating with Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA to … Read more

Bethel joins second “Big Read” program, focused by Poe bicentennial

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Following the success of the Wichita area’s first Big Read last year, Bethel College and its Kauffman Museum will again join the initiative for 2009. Vicki Tiahrt, wife of U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, appeared at a media conference … Read more

Sculptor installs bench on Bethel campus to honor father-in-law's memory

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Denver-area sculptor and Bethel College graduate recently oversaw a special installation of one of his pieces to honor the memory of another Bethel graduate who happened to be his father-in-law. Norman Epp created a limestone … Read more

Bethel’s Wedel Series breaks new ground with Spanish edition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the first time since Bethel College’s Mennonite Library and Archives (MLA) initiated it in 1987, a volume in the Cornelius H. Wedel Historical Series has been published in a language other than English. When Jaime Prieto, … Read more

Broadway at Bethel to present State Fair

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Broadway at Bethel, an annual production featuring high school students, will bring an old-fashioned American musical, State Fair , to the Krehbiel Auditorium stage. Structured as a music theater camp, Broadway at Bethel … Read more

Students test calling to ministry through inquiry program

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Bethel College students are 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 … 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 7, there will be a Music Camp faculty and staff recital in … Read more

Bethel students scatter for research and internship experiences

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For 22 Bethel College students, summer will be a time to delve into their subject matter even more, as they complete research and internships in areas related to their majors. Junior biology majors Chelsea Robertson, Newton, and … Read more

Social work professor receives teaching award from colleagues

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work at Bethel College, received the Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award at this year’s Bethel College commencement May 24. The award is given to a faculty member by the academic … Read more

Books to go back to Europe, closing a circle that links much of Mennonite history

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Four record books from a defunct Prussian Mennonite congregation that have been housed in the Mennonite Library and Archives on the Bethel College campus for more than six decades are being prepared to return to Europe this summer, … Read more

Bethel announces spring Dean’s List, Honor Roll

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel College students whose spring 2009 semester grades have earned academic distinction. Students are eligible for semester honors provided they … Read more

Bethel introduces new scholarship to honor its 125th anniversary

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As Bethel College looks toward the celebration of its 125th anniversary in three years, the institution has identified a way to honor the community that helped give it birth in 1887. “The vision and entrepreneurship of three … Read more

Summer Science Institute marks 10th year with scholarships

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Although school’s out for the summer, Bethel College’s Summer Science Institute invites high school students to campus to experiment with science June 7-12 – for free. Inaugurated in summer 2000, the program’s goal is “to provide … Read more

Speaker challenges graduates to “cultivate caring”

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s commencement speaker, Mark McCormick, tackled what seems to be the looming issue for the class of 2009 in the United States: the economy. But the career journalist deliberately gave his address a title – “The … Read more

Good chemistry: Bethel lab assistant “retires” at 90, after 25 years

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The first week of May marked two milestones for Paul Renich of Hesston – he turned 90, and he turned in his Bethel College keys. Renich is a 1942 graduate of Bethel and has a master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemistry from the … Read more

Faculty lecture will look at Millennials in the workforce

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the sixth annual Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) Faculty Public Lecture, Allison J. McFarland, Bethel College professor of management and marketing, will talk about the newest generation of employees to join the … Read more

Kauffman Museum camps offer learning and fun for many ages

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – College students may be scattering for the summer, but a broad spectrum of other students will be converging on the Bethel College campus over the next two months, including at Kauffman Museum for the popular Uncle Carl’s Camps. … Read more

Bethel-NMC partnership lets nursing students practice skills

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After hours of reading, listening to lectures and taking tests, Bethel nursing students relish the opportunity to practice their skills outside of the classroom. Bethel’s new Shadow-a-Nurse program, developed through a partnership … Read more

Academic achievement is focus of annual awards convocation

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual Awards Convocation held each spring at Bethel College recognizes students’ academic excellence, notes faculty transitions and includes presentation of the “Helping Hand” award to a staff or faculty member. This year’s … Read more

Wichita journalist to address 2009 Bethel graduates

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A long-time staff member and popular columnist for The Wichita Eagle who recently became executive director of the Kansas African-American Museum will address graduating seniors, their families and friends at Bethel College’s 116th … Read more

Two vocal groups combine for one end-of-year concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s independent vocal ensembles Open Road and Avenue 8 will perform an array of spirituals, gospels, classical and contemporary works Sunday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. … Read more

Three seniors’ work on display for annual spring art exhibit

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual Bethel College Senior Art Exhibit opened May 8, with a reception for the artists to be held during Commencement Weekend. Three seniors are showing work in a variety of media in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on the … Read more

Bethel coach, 4th-grade teacher, only Kansan selected for science academy

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This summer Adrian Howie, fourth-grade teacher at South Breeze Elementary School in Newton, and Bethel College assistant women’s basketball coach, will pack his bags and head to New York City to attend the 2009 Phil Mickelson … Read more

Year of performing winds up with perennial favorite Jazz on the Green

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s jazz program will wind up an exciting performing season with the perennial favorite end-of-year event, Jazz on the Green. In addition to on-campus appearances, Bethel jazz groups have performed at KMEA in … Read more

Verdi’s “Requiem” to be spring Masterworks performance at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The spring Masterworks concert at Bethel College returns to its traditional Mother’s Day spot on the calendar (May 10) for a second consecutive year. The Bethel College Oratorio Chorus, consisting of members of all Bethel student … Read more

Track and field seniors have seen stadium help build success

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Just four years after the opening of Bethel’s new stadium, the Thresher track team is thriving. In fact, Bethel already has five athletes qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Outdoor … Read more

Annual symposium to highlight student research

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s annual Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity (URICA) symposium will take place on campus Saturday, May 2. The public is invited to any session of interest. There is no charge. Presentations … Read more

Spring service trip a chance to enjoy friends while making a difference

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Like most other college students, those from Bethel are always looking for spring break options that allow them to have fun with friends while spending as little money as possible. The students who went to Hopi Mission School for … Read more

Instrumental ensembles to end year on ‘loud, boisterous’ note

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The audience for the Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble spring concert can expect it to “end on a very loud, boisterous [and] sort of exhilarating note,” says Timothy Shade, Bethel’s director of instrumental music. … Read more

New museum exhibit sees small-town Kansas through an artist’s eye

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum on the campus of Bethel College will highlight, in one exhibit to be displayed twice, artist and teacher Bob Regier’s eye for Kansas. For 20 years, Regier, of North Newton, has traveled the main streets and back … Read more

Fair Trade Day to include free showing at Bethel of coffee documentary

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Newton businesses and area individuals who support and promote global fair trade will celebrate May 9, World Fair Trade Day, by showing a documentary on the Bethel College campus that asks consumers to “wake up and smell the … Read more

Chun to join with guest pianist for joint recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Soyoun Chun, soprano, assistant professor of music at Bethel College, will give a recital at the college, along with guest pianist Jayoung Hong. The two will perform Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building … Read more

NPR reporter tells Bethel audience of putting stories on air and page

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For Jacki Lyden, the narrative line is the bottom line. The long-time international correspondent and current substitute program host (these days on “Weekend All Things Considered”) for National Public Radio was in south central … Read more

Jazz Combo to play UNC Jazz Festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Jazz Combo follows their performance at the Wichita Jazz Festival last weekend with one in Greeley, Colo., this weekend. Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble I both played in Wichita, and Jazz Combo now heads to the … Read more

Annual student exhibit opens in FAC Gallery

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students from a variety of disciplines working in a variety of media are featured in the annual student art exhibit, which opened Friday, April 17, and continues through May 1 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. The … Read more

Final Faculty Seminar’s focus is European Mennonites and nationalism

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The final Faculty Seminar of the school year at Bethel College will focus on European nationalism in the 18th and 19th centuries. Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, will present “Mennonite German Soldiers: … Read more

Bethel singers, Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus to give joint concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Men’s Ensemble has been given a unique opportunity for its spring concert – to team up with several hundred other male singers. The Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus and the Bethel Men’s Ensemble will perform a … Read more

Outstanding Alumnus 2009 known as composer, arranger

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It’s possible that more people know the music than the name of this year’s Outstanding Alumnus at Bethel College, composer and arranger J. Harold Moyer. As just one example, 10 hymns in Hymnal: A Worship Book (“the blue … Read more

Distinguished alumnus has shared business acumen across the church

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Howard Brenneman, Bethel College’s Distinguished Achievement Award winner for 2009, devoted much of his successful business career to serving the Mennonite church. Brenneman, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, graduated summa cum … Read more

Long-time clinical educator to receive nursing alumnus award

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Bethel College Nursing Alumni Association will present its Outstanding Alumnus Award to Gregg L. Schroeder, Goessel, at the annual Bethel College Alumni Association banquet on campus May 23. … Read more

Bethel spring drama "Here" asks deep questions with a comic twist

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – If life is a chain of events, what happens when one link is altered? In short, what is the impact of a single decision? These are the questions that the Bethel College spring drama examines. Bethel students, under the direction … Read more

Night sounds, sights to be focus of museum’s annual Earth Day event

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual Earth Day celebration at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum will be an evening event featuring frogs, owls, stars and marshmallows. Although the official Earth Day is April 22, for this year’s activity at Kauffman … Read more

John McCutcheon to give HBPA benefit concert

HESSTON, KAN. – John McCutcheon will take the stage Friday, April 24, at Hesston Mennonite Church for an evening of music and stories. The 7:30 p.m. concert will benefit the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) endowment. “John McCutcheon is a long … Read more

Kauffman Museum program to survey protest art from Vietnam to present day

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College art instructor will present a program focused on protest art in conjunction with the current special exhibit at Kauffman Museum. Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel adjunct assistant professor of art, will give an … Read more

Fort Hays music faculty members to give recital on campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Department of Music presents Kristin Pisano, clarinet, in a recital with Irena Ravitskaya as piano accompanist Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Both musicians are on the … Read more

Jazz groups to perform at Wichita Jazz Festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Bethel College jazz groups will perform at the 2009 Wichita Jazz Festival, on the campus of Wichita State University, April 17. Jazz Combo will play that day at 6 p.m. in Room C107 of Duerksen Fine Arts Center. The repertoire … Read more

Boehm takes first place in Sider Institute competition

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the second year in a row, a Bethel College student finished first in the Anabaptist research paper competition sponsored by the Sider Institute at Messiah College, Grantham, Pa. The first-place award of $500 went to Allison … Read more

Board approves budget recommendations, reviews operations proposal

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Like many colleges and universities around the state and across the nation, Bethel College faces significant financial difficulties caused by revenue decreases and dramatic drops in the stock market. In their spring meetings … Read more

Longtime NPR reporter to speak on campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Prairie View Mental Health Services will celebrate 40 years of its “Food for Thought” series by bringing the woman behind a well-known radio voice to the Hutchinson and Newton areas, including a stop at Bethel College. Longtime … Read more

Bethel among those marking “Kansas Private College Week”

TOPEKA, KAN. – To celebrate the wide range of choices among the state’s higher education offerings, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has declared April 13-19 Kansas Private College Week. The 18 colleges of the Kansas Independent College Association … Read more

Conference offers students chance to experience chemistry in Chicago

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Cutting class doesn’t usually result in an hour of college credit – unless it’s for one of the world’s largest chemistry-related trade shows. March 8-12, six Bethel College students, along with Professor of Chemistry Richard … Read more

Students gain real-world experience in internships

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Several Bethel College business majors are getting some experience outside the classroom before graduation in May, hoping it will help them land jobs after. “Most employers looking for full-time candidates prefer students who … Read more

Andrew Toews recital to feature classical and jazz

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Andrew Toews, North Newton, will give a trombone recital combining classical and jazz repertoires Monday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. Toews will graduate from … Read more

Classical to folk: Trio Voronezh to present season’s final HBPA concert

HESSTON, KAN. – Trio Voronezh will present the final concert of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) season at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 5, at Hesston Mennonite Church, performing works by Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi, as well as folk and … Read more

Plasma physics is topic of next Faculty Seminar

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Plasma physics will be the topic of the next Faculty Seminar lecture at Bethel College. Don S. Lemons, professor of physics, will present “Plasma Physics, Plasma Simulations, and My Work,” Tuesday, March 31, at 4 p.m. Lemons … Read more

"Great Trek" documentary to make TV debut in south central Kansas market

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A documentary on a 19th-century Mennonite migration from western Europe into central Asia will make its broadcast television debut in the south central Kansas market. Through the Desert Goes Our Journey , which outlines the … Read more

Bethel College announces three Board appointments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has announced the appointment of three new members to the college’s Board of Directors. Donovan Nickel, Windsor, Colo., will represent Mountain States Mennonite Conference, a first-time appointment for MSMC. … Read more

Speaker outlines Congolese women’s struggle for peace

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Ask a group of college students to “Stand if you own a cell phone” and you’ll get an automatic standing ovation. A convocation speaker at Bethel College did that recently, but not for an ego boost. Sara Reschly, Chicago, wanted … Read more

Bethel offers young people tools for building financial literacy

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kids want to learn about managing money. If recent action in the Kansas legislature is an indication, their parents think it’s important, too. So Bethel College would like to help. Surveys show that teenagers are eager to learn … Read more

Concert Choir to head south, west for spring tour

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Concert Choir will sing at venues to the south and west, in New Mexico, Arizona, California and Oklahoma. The first and last concerts of the choir’s spring tour will be in Kansas, beginning with a 7:30 p.m. … Read more

Lucky seven: Forensics off to nationals with seven students in ten events

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After a strong showing at the American Forensic Association (AFA) District III Tournament March 6-7, the Bethel College forensics squad will be taking one of its largest groups of qualifiers in recent years to nationals next month. … Read more

Speaker urges Bethel audiences to ‘take Jesus seriously’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Anyone who knows Bethel College Director of Church Relations Dale Schrag well has heard one of his favorite sayings (borrowed from Lynn Miller of Bluffton, Ohio, and referencing the 16th-century Anabaptists): “Jesus meant what he … Read more

Women’s Chorus winter concert to offer variety

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Women’s Chorus winter concert will include spirituals, folk songs and one jazz standard. Seventh Day, a smaller ensemble of chorus members, will also sing. The concert is Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in the … Read more

Jazz saxophone great Bobby Watson to do one-day residency at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bobby Watson, renowned jazz saxophonist and a composer, producer and educator, will be artist-in-residence at Bethel College on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17. Watson will give a free clinic and master class at 4 p.m. that … Read more

Art professor will retire after 28 years of teaching, mentoring

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Though she had never been to Kansas and knew next to nothing about Mennonites, when Gail Lutsch was looking for a college teaching job in art 28 years ago, she thought Bethel College looked promising. “I was finishing my graduate … Read more

Instrumentalists to give lively spring performance

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will usher in spring with several high-spirited pieces. “This concert promises to be an entertaining one filled with lots of light-hearted and fun music,” said Timothy Shade, Bethel … Read more

Friesen continues Bethel history students’ winning ways

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College history students continue their winning ways, with Miriam Friesen, senior history, German and secondary education major from Filley, Neb., taking first place in a statewide history teacher-sponsored writing … Read more

Long-time Christian peace worker to give next Peace Lecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A long-time worker with Christian Peacemaker Teams will give the next presentation in the KIPCOR Peace Lecture Series at Bethel College. KIPCOR is the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Mark Frey will speak … Read more

Juhnke to speak on the Battle of Germantown

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – James Juhnke will give the second of two programs, sponsored by the Friends of the MLA (Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College), to come from a conference last fall in Philadelphia that marked the 300th anniversary of the … Read more

Bethel and Hesston students hear top Kansas teachers

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Teacher education students from Bethel and Hesston Colleges had a chance recently to hear the Kansas Teacher of the Year team talk about why they teach. Five of the eight team members, which include the Kansas Teacher of the Year … Read more

Jennifer Regier to give senior flute recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Jennifer Regier, Elbing, will give her senior flute recital Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Regier will graduate from Bethel College in May with … Read more

An “ordinary radical” to share his message at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Several churches and three colleges, including Bethel College, in south central Kansas are collaborating to bring Shane Claiborne, one of the most sought-after Christian speakers, to the area. Claiborne will appear twice on the … Read more

Bethel brings a modern, complex musical to the stage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The choice of Bethel College’s spring musical this year very much reflects student choice. The college’s music and theater departments present The Light in the Piazza March 5, 6 and 7 on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage. Based … Read more

Sports medicine, service important to Young Alumnus award winner

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Sports medicine, health care for the uninsured and community service have been ongoing interests of this year’s Young Alumnus Award winner at Bethel College. Jennifer (Scott) Koontz, Park City, received a bachelor of arts degree … Read more

Bethel holds traditional nurses’ lamplighting for juniors

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The nursing class of 2010 held the traditional lamplighting for juniors Sunday, Feb. 8, at the college. Several of the junior students and their relatives took part in the lamplighting service. A total of 28 students … Read more

Huxman qualifies for second and third nationals events

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In her first year of forensics competition for Bethel College, Julia Huxman, freshman from Wichita, has now qualified for three events at this year’s national tournament. In the Sweetheart Swing Tournaments, held on the campus of … Read more

Sprunger to speak on early American Mennonite history

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Friends of the MLA (Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College) will sponsor two programs this spring that come out of a conference last fall in Philadelphia that marked the 300th anniversary of the oldest Mennonite church … Read more

Bethel College makes 2008 Community Service Honor Roll

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has been named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second time since the award was launched in 2006. Bethel was one of five Kansas private colleges and universities named … Read more

Band will bring Irish energy to Bethel stage for HBPA event

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The high-energy Irish David Munnelly Band made a big impression on south central Kansas when they first appeared at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield several years ago, and now they’re coming to Bethel College. The band is … Read more

Jazz Combo to play at 2009 KMEA as long musical collaboration winds to a close

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A musical collaboration more than a decade old winds to a close with this school year at Bethel College. Brett Jackson and Joel Linscheid are both Bethel music majors, completing their education licensure. Both are saxophone … Read more

Wiens to address evolution, peacemaking in Faculty Seminar lecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Peacemaking and evolution will be the topic of the first presentation of the 2008-09 school year’s Faculty Seminar series at Bethel College. A. Wayne Wiens, professor of biology, will address the question “Is peacemaking in our … Read more

Images of “America in conflict” in new exhibit at Kauffman Museum (opening Friday night)

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When a curatorial consultant from Wichita realized he’d lived his whole life in “a time of war,” he decided to assemble a collection of related art, to go on display at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum. James W. Johnson, director … Read more

Forensics adds two more national qualifiers after Salina meet

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College qualified two more forensics team members to compete at the national level, after a weekend in Salina that saw another student bring home three firsts and a “Top Novice” award. The Threshers competed against 15 … Read more

Student venture encourages community through coffee

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – With a bit of fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate and some toppings, two Bethel College freshmen, though undecided in their respective majors, are learning business as fledgling entrepreneurs. Seth Dunn and Lisa Penner, both from … Read more

Bethel-Tabor interterm explores Holy Land during recent Gaza conflict

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In January, Patty Shelly, professor of Bible and religion at Bethel College in North Newton, and Doug Miller, professor of biblical and religious studies at Tabor College, Hillsboro, had “the unique experience,” as Shelly put it, of … Read more

Alternative energy to vegetarianism: Interterm classes cross disciplines

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students on campus for the January interterm this year could choose from three new courses that evaluated modern issues and art forms through inquisitive and community-based learning. For the first time ever, Gary … Read more

Cathedral and concentration camp: Germany interterm ‘life-changing’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When asked, “How was Germany?” I never seem to have an appropriate response. Should I tell all the embarrassing grammar mistakes I made speaking German? Or do I explain the times I felt ashamed of human beings, or the day I … Read more

Ancient history, modern struggle: Israel-Palestine term full of contrasts

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In late December, the Israeli government launched a military campaign targeting Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip. Most Americans heard the news of escalating violence in a volatile region with the understanding that this conflict … Read more

Aqueducts and art museums: Interterm in Spain rich in culture, history

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The other interterm trips had already departed, while students taking Spanish Language and Culture spent the first week of interterm on campus. We learned about Spanish history and culture with Professor of Spanish Martha … Read more

Influential evangelical voice to be heard on campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – South central Kansans will have a chance to hear one of the most widely respected voices in North American evangelical Christianity in the 20th century and beyond when Ronald J. Sider visits the Bethel College campus Feb. 15-16. … Read more

Bethel qualifies two more for nationals at HCC-Sterling tournament

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A strong showing by a small squad in debate and forensics resulted in a first-place showing in overall results for Bethel College and two more students qualified for the national forensics tournament. The Threshers competed … Read more

Visiting artists from Paraguay to perform

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Department of Music, in conjunction with Kansas Paraguay Partners (KPP), is sponsoring two visiting artists from Paraguay, Liliam Rodriguez, coloratura soprano, and Diego Sánchez Haase, pianist, in concert … Read more

Unruh to be featured as soloist competition winner

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Winter Classics concert by the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will showcase the winners of the orchestra’s first-ever “Young Soloist Competition,” one of whom is a Bethel College student. Kyle Unruh, junior from Goessel … Read more

Action by Bethel Board propels long-term vision via near-term process

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – During a special session January 24, 2009, the Bethel College Board of Directors empowered President Barry C. Bartel, in concert with faculty and staff leadership, to develop an operating model sustainable at varying enrollment … Read more

Potter’s work shows a farmer’s care for the earth

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Though potter Mark Goertzen no longer lives on the farm, the work he will exhibit in Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery clearly shows a rural influence, he says. The first gallery exhibit of the new year is the fourth in a … Read more

Bethel’s newest music faculty member to give recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s newest music faculty member will give his first campus recital Monday, Feb. 2, in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. Timothy Shade began as instructor of music and director of instrumental music and … Read more

The King’s Singers music spans medieval to modern

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The King’s Singers make their fifth appearance on a Harvey County college campus when they perform in Bethel College’s Memorial Hall next month. The all-male a cappella sextet from England will give the next Hesston-Bethel … Read more

“Multicultural Kansas” is theme for Kauffman Museum event

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The cultural diversity of Kansas will be on display at Celebrate Kansas Day!, the annual event marking the birthday of the state of Kansas (148 this year) at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum, Saturday, Jan. 31. The museum will be … Read more

Exhibit closing day to feature a taste of Native American culture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – On its closing day, the current special exhibit at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum will offer visitors a taste as well as a view of Native American culture. The last day for “Pathways of Tradition: Native American Footwear … Read more

Dockum sit-in film to premiere at Bethel’s MLK Day celebration

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The world premiere of a locally produced documentary on the Dockum Drug Store sit-in will cap a day-long observation at Bethel College of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Monday, Jan. 19. At 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center's … Read more

Bethel College announces fall semester honor roll

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

Professor benefits in multiple ways from author of key text

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Long before he ever heard of Bethel College, Jon Piper knew about Katherine Esau. Decades later, the author of one of his key plant biology textbooks would be responsible for Piper’s receiving an endowed chair at Bethel, though … Read more

BCWA extends invitation to Victorian High Tea

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Admit it: You’ve been dying for someplace to wear your gloves, hat and pearls but you couldn’t get a ticket to one of the presidential inauguration balls. Well, now you can spend inauguration night at the Bethel College Women’s … Read more

Parker Stanley to give cello recital on campus

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A well-known musical face at Bethel College over the past several years will be performing on campus Thursday, Jan. 8. Cellist Parker Stanley, a 2008 Bethel graduate from Liberty, Mo., now living in Iowa City, will present a … Read more

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