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Past Bethel College News: 2012

Moving forward: New football coach arrives, meets with prospectives

Marty Mathis arrived at Bethel Dec. 17 with two new assistant coaches.  Read more

NAACP state president to give MLK Day keynote address

Bethel College will celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday, Jan. 21, with Rosemary Harris Lytle, Colorado Springs, as a keynote speaker.  Read more

Adviser works to bridge Bethel cultures with music, dance and relationships

Caleb Lazaro looks back on his first semester as Multicultural Student Union adviser.  Read more

Art professor assembles an exhibit on workers and work at Wichita museum

Rachel Epp Buller, assistant professor of art, is the curator of a new temporary exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum through March 17, 2013, “Occupy Art: Protest and Empathy for the Worker.”  Read more

Bethel announces fall Dean’s List, Honor Roll

Associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel students whose fall 2012 semester grades have earned academic distinction.  Read more

Bethel signs its first nursing agreement with Hesston College

As Bethel College’s online RN-BSN program moves closer to going live, a new agreement will ease the transition for graduates of nearby Hesston College.  Read more

Third museum program to look at women’s work in latter 19th century

Isaias McCaffery of Independence Community College will present a program on Kansas rural women and work (1850-1900), Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the Kauffman Museum auditorium.  Read more

Forensics qualifies another for nationals, welcomes new coach

Mark Stucky will become an assistant coach and recruiter for Bethel forensics, beginning in January.  Read more

Lighting of the Green will start the Advent season at Bethel

The 27th annual Lighting of the Green takes place Sunday, Dec. 2, starting at 8 p.m. in the center of campus.  Read more

Bethel names Marian assistant coach to head football position

Martin Mathis, who is finishing his sixth year as an assistant coach at Marian University, Indianapolis, has been hired as head football coach.  Read more

Special exhibit to feature local college, high school art students

“Remixed and Remastered,” featuring drawings by students from Bethel College, Hesston College, and Newton and Hesston high schools, will be in the Fine Arts Center Gallery Dec. 4-6, during Bethel’s finals week.  Read more

Recital on two organs to honor Alice Loewen Kreider’s legacy at Bethel

Rosi Penner Kaufman will give an organ recital Dec. 1 at 4 p.m., starting in the Ad Building chapel, in honor of the life and teaching of Alice Loewen Kreider, who died a little over a year ago.  Read more

Gala Jazz will have a distinct Yuletide flavor this year

Bethel College Jazz Ensembles I and II will perform Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium as part of the annual Christmas Gala.  Read more

Students spend weekend networking, learning at MEDA

Four senior business majors spent a chilly but "enlightening" weekend at the annual convention of Mennonite Economic Development Associates in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in early November.  Read more

Salina artist's show based on farming, family

"Stewards of the Land" by Carolyn Wedel is on display in the FAC Gallery through Friday, Nov. 30, with the artist reception scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m. outside the gallery.  Read more

World renowned baritone to make rare south-central Kansas appearance

David Adam Moore, one of the world’s most sought-after operatic baritones, will make a rare Kansas appearance, with pianist Earl Buys, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church as part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series.  Read more

Second threshing stone program to look at 19th-century agriculture

The second of four programs scheduled to go with Kauffman Museum’s special exhibit “Threshing Stone: Mennonite Artifact and Icon” will take place Nov. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium.  Read more

5 Places of Christmas to include the world through display of Nativities

The Bethel College Women’s Association is sponsoring “Nativities Around the World” Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center.  Read more

Christmas Gala Jazz to feature seasonal favorites

Bethel College’s annual Christmas Gala jazz concert will feature some seasonal favorites this year, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center.  Read more

New orchestral group to take the stage Nov. 19

A brand-new ensemble at Bethel College will give its first concert Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  Read more

Head volleyball coach resigns

After seven years as head volleyball coach, following 11 years as assistant coach, Chad Schilling has announced his resignation.  Read more

Play is dark comedy with intimate setting, real-time action

The Bethel theater department’s production of 'God of Carnage,' a Tony Award-winning comedy by Yasmina Reza, will be on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage, in the college’s Fine Arts Center, Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Bethel singers do well at regional vocal competition

Bethel sent eight singers to the National Association of Teachers of Singing annual regional competition Nov. 1-3, with four advancing in one or more of their categories.  Read more

'Day of the Dead' event gives a voice to a living community

Senior social work majors in the Intervention in Human Systems class join a local Catholic parish to hold Newton's first-ever Dia de los Muertos parade.  Read more

In lectures, Sprunger looks at writing a college history for the 21st century

Keith Sprunger, author of Bethel's first full-length history in more than 50 years, gave the 2012 Menno Simons Lectures Oct. 28-30.  Read more

Emeritus professor known as composer, arranger

J. Harold Moyer, professor emeritus of music who was known by many for his hymn arrangements and musical compositions, died Oct. 28 in North Newton at age 85.  Read more

Jazz groups to collaborate for fall concert

The Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I will give a joint concert Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Forensics team competes in Central States Swing

Chris Riesen took first place in Prose Interpretation on Day 2 of the tournament at Metropolitan Community College at Longview, Lee's Summit, Mo.  Read more

Nursing students prepare for service trip to Haiti

Seven Bethel senior nursing students will be taking a service trip to Haiti Dec. 8-16 and will hold a fundraiser at Pages Books & Coffee in Newton Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6-8 p.m.  Read more

Vocal groups to fill Sunday afternoon air with singing

The Men's Ensemble sings Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel. The Women's Chorus concert is at 4 p.m. in Bethel College Mennonite Church, a change of venue brought about by the group's growth in number over recent years.  Read more

Bethel graduate and colleague to present art song recital

Julia Foster, soprano, and Susan Gaeddert, piano, will present a recital of art songs Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.  Read more

James Will estate contributes to Bethel through new scholarship fund

The James Will estate gift to Bethel College has been used to establish a scholarship for students from Halstead and Harvey County.  Read more

Bold string quartet to open HBPA concert series

The Turtle Island Quartet, which fuses classical music traditions with contemporary American styles, will open the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series Sunday, Nov. 11, in Hesston.  Read more

Wind Ensemble to finish semester with concert full of color and variety

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble will cap an afternoon and evening of music on campus Sunday, Nov. 4, with a concert at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

For 3rd year, Bethel is a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

Bethel College has been named a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2011-12 school year, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Oct 17.  Read more

Athletes take part in Operation Christmas Child

Bethel's Fellowship of Christian Athletes group has a goal of 50 Christmas boxes for needy children around the world.  Read more

Miller qualifies for fourth straight trip to forensics nationals

Bethel College has qualified its first forensics competitor for the 2013 national tournament after a weekend at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Oct. 20-21.  Read more

Buhler High singers to join with Bethel choirs, orchestra

Three choirs from Buhler High School will be part of concert that also features Bethel College student musicians, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The final piece will be Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria."  Read more

Bethel lectures on college’s history help mark 125th anniversary

The 2012 Menno Simons Lectures will take place on the Bethel College campus Oct. 28-30, with Keith Sprunger talking about the history of the college and his newly published book.  Read more

Special art exhibits keep celebration going at Bethel

Two special art exhibits remain up at Bethel College through the end of the month, in the Fine Arts Center Gallery and Mojo's coffee shop.  Read more

Bethel, Goessel and McPherson winds to give joint concert

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble will be joined by the Goessel High School Wind Ensemble and the McPherson Brass Ensemble for a joint concert Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Donor’s generosity leads to naming new academic center

James Will was known throughout his lifetime for his generosity, which Bethel College has honored in the name of its new academic center.  Read more

Archives is quiet contributor to Bethel anniversary celebrations

One of the most visible contributors to Bethel College’s quasquicentennial (125th) year celebrations is, at the same time, among the least noticed.  Read more

Ediger to describe his quest for threshing stone history

Glen Ediger, curator of Kauffman Museum's current special exhibition, "Threshing Stone: Mennonite Artifact and Icon," will give an illustrated talk on his research, Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1:45 p.m., repeated at 3:30 p.m., in the museum auditorium.  Read more

Check presentations continue Bethel service emphasis from Pittsburgh 2011

Mennonite youth continue to help spread Bethel College’s emphasis on service from its booth at the Mennonite Youth Convention in Pittsburgh, well over a year later.  Read more

2012 STEM Symposium honors biology at Bethel

The sixth annual STEM Symposium at Bethel College will feature three alumni presenters, all Kansas natives, honoring Professor Emeritus of Biology A. Wayne Wiens.  Read more

Fall Fest musical: classic family fare, and metaphor for Bethel anniversary

For this year’s Fall Festival, the Bethel College theater department is bringing a well-loved musical to the Krehbiel Auditorium stage.  Read more

125th-anniversary celebration will highlight 42nd Fall Festival

Bethel College is turning 125 in 2012 and though there will be special events throughout the year, the bulk of them happen during the 42nd annual Fall Festival, Oct. 10-14 this year.  Read more

Bethel community responds to tragedies at Tabor, McPherson

Bethel College students, faculty and staff took a few minutes out of convocation Sept. 24 to remember their counterparts at two sister schools.  Read more

North Newton declares Bethel College Month

North Newton has designated October 2012 as Bethel College Month.  Read more

Kauffman Museum offers free admission on annual Museum Day

NORTH NEWTON, KAN – Kauffman Museum at Bethel College, along with the Harvey County Historical Museum in Newton, will participate in the Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! for the eighth consecutive year. Saturday, Sept. 29, the two museums – along with … Read more

Priest to speak on School of the Americas, women’s ordination

NORTH NEWTON, KAN – A well-known peace activist returns to south central Kansas this week, with two public appearances on the Bethel College campus. Wednesday, Sept. 26, Father Roy Bourgeois will speak at Kaufman House, the offices of the Kansas … Read more

Delaying college for service can yield multiple benefits, students say

It has become a small but significant Bethel College tradition for a certain number of graduates each year to choose voluntary service right after college.  Read more

Despite scores, football is having a good season

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Morale on the Bethel College football team is high. Not what you might expect, given a head coach resignation two weeks before athletes arrived on campus for the 2012 season, a string of injuries that resulted in only 36 players … Read more

Book brings together professor’s worlds of art and mothering

NORTH NEWTON, KAN – Life for Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel College assistant professor of art, is a complex mix of mothering three children, teaching art and creating her own. Now Epp Buller has edited a book in which she, 22 other women and one man … Read more

Bethel makes third national ranking for 2012-13

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As of Sept. 12, Bethel College has taken its place on three national college ranking lists. The longest running and most recently announced of these is the U.S. News & World Report 2013 edition of Best Colleges. For the second … Read more

Senior has prize photo at Kansas State Fair

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Though Bethel College senior Audra Miller has been “taking photos” since 4th grade and the days of disposable cameras, she began doing serious photography in high school when a friend wanted senior pictures but couldn’t afford to … Read more

Children invited to expressive arts event in Mem Hall

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Women’s Association is starting off this school year with an expressive arts event for children involving several college departments. “Tales and Tunes – Adventures with Aesop” is a free, interactive concert, … Read more

Students find summer break a time of both earning and learning

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Just because a school year ends and students leave for the summer doesn’t mean the learning stops, as Bethel College students can attest. During the three months between the end of May and the end of August, Bethel students, … Read more

FAC Gallery will celebrate 125 years with shows by alumni artists

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Over the past several years, Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery has featured at least one exhibit a year of work by a Bethel alumnus. So in this year 2012-13 in which the college celebrates its 125th birthday, gallery … Read more

Former president to help rededicate facility named for him

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College welcomed students back to campus at the start of this quasquicentennial (125th) year with major improvements to a central facility – Schultz Student Center. SSC comprises the cafeteria, bookstore and Mojo’s coffee … Read more

Bethel in top five of national college ranking

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College vaulted to the top of a national ranking, sitting at No. 4 in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Baccalaureate Colleges 2012-13.” Washington Monthly groups institutions into four areas as defined by the … Read more

Lazaro to give second immigration program for exhibit closing

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum at Bethel College will close the current special exhibit “Americans by Choice: The Story of Immigration and Citizenship in Kansas” with a program by a new Bethel staff member. Caleb Lázaro, multicultural student … Read more

For fifth year, Bethel is only Kansas private college to make Forbes listing

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the fifth year in a row, Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas and one of only four institutions of higher learning in the state to be ranked in Forbes.com’s analysis of top U.S. colleges and … Read more

New faculty and staff appointments announced

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the following new faculty and staff appointments for the 2012-13 school year: Aaron Austin , vice president for student life. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Kansas State University … Read more

Dotson named interim head football coach

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Athletic Director Kent Allshouse announced today that James Dotson has been named interim head football coach for the 2012 season. “We are very fortunate to find somebody with Jim’s qualifications to step in and … Read more

Golf team earns academic national championship

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Not all championships are won on the field, court or course, as the Bethel College golf team proved. The Golf Coaches Association of America informed Bethel coach Gregg Dick Aug. 1 that his 2011-12 team had been named academic … Read more

Thiesen to give program in connection with special immigration exhibit

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum at Bethel College announces two special Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum programs in connection with the current special exhibit “Americans by Choice: The Story of Immigration and Citizenship in Kansas.” The first … Read more

Head football coach Travis Graber resigns

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Travis Graber, Bethel College head football coach, has announced his resignation effective immediately. Graber has been on the Thresher coaching staff since 2001. After Mike Moore resigned at the end of the 2009 season, Graber … Read more

$1.3 million Bethel College Fund goal met

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – More than 1,600 generous donors helped meet the Bethel College Fund goal of $1.3 million, said Sondra Bandy Koontz, Bethel College vice president for advancement. The goal was for fiscal year 2011-12, which ended June 30. “We … Read more

Despite bends in the road, Frey found home at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Over his 40-some years at Bethel College, first as a student, then a faculty member and finally registrar, Rodney Frey found a calling and a home. That wasn’t without some rough spots in the road. But as Frey, who retired June 30 … Read more

Alumni and friends invited to Henderson golf scramble

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. — The Bethel College Alumni Association will host its 19th annual Summer Thresher Golf Classic at Galaway Creek Golf Course, Henderson, Neb., Saturday morning, Aug. 11. The 18-hole, four-person scramble for men and women promotes … Read more

Major renovations start on cafeteria, student center

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – One of Vice President for Business Affairs Allen Wedel’s favorite sayings is “It’s a great time to be at Bethel College.” He has had plenty of reason to say it in the past year, thanks to multiple improvements to campus … Read more

Immigration and naturalization exhibit opening at Kauffman Museum

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A new exhibit now touring the state will make a stop on the Bethel College campus. “Americans by Choice: The Story of Immigration and Citizenship in Kansas” opens Saturday, July 14, at Kauffman Museum and will remain through … Read more

Shade receives statewide honor from bandmaster group

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The newest member of Bethel College’s music department has been honored by his bandmaster peers. Timothy Shade, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music and music education at Bethel, will receive the 2012 … Read more

Student literary journal invites alumni submissions

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s literary journal is back, with a new format and a broader scope. Lines was Bethel’s creative writing journal published in print format until 2005, when it was discontinued due to budgetary concerns. Two current … Read more

Bethel seminario ayudará a los padres con la ayuda financiera para la universidad

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Cuando Rosa Barrera, quien ahora es asistente del presidente de Bethel College, estaba creciendo, atender la universidad parecía un sueño imposible. Sus padres no escucharon a los amigos y parientes quien no recomendaba el … Read more

Spanish-language seminar will help parents with college financial aid

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When Rosa Barrera, now assistant to the president of Bethel College, was growing up, college seemed like an impossible dream. Her parents didn’t listen to the friends and relatives who discouraged them from sending their … Read more

Broadway at Bethel faculty to end their run with ‘L’il Abner’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After nearly 20 years on Bethel College’s Krehbiel Auditorium stage, Broadway at Bethel has become an institution. But institutions, like people, need to change in order to stay healthy and 2012 will mark a major transition for … Read more

‘Mennonite Life’ third issue invites, pays tribute to Cornelius Krahn

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The third issue of Mennonite Life in an annual online format, now live, starts out by remembering the legacy of founding editor Cornelius Krahn. August 2, 2012, marks the 110th anniversary of his birth in the village of … Read more

Bethel recognized for nursing exam pass rate

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As Bethel College’s 2012 nursing graduates marked another passage recently from undergraduate study to professional life, they had even more reason to celebrate. Twenty graduates took part in the nurse pinning ceremony Saturday, … Read more

Service award honors professor for ‘half-century of history’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – At this year’s commencement, Bethel College recognized a professor’s nearly 50 years of doing history, the latest manifestation being a history of the college itself. President Perry White presented Keith Sprunger, professor of … Read more

Biology professor wins 2012 teaching award

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In her four years of teaching at Bethel College, Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, assistant professor of biology, has endeared herself to her students. The chocolate doesn’t hurt – Méndez-Harclerode is known for frequently supplying … 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 2012 semester grades have earned academic distinction. Students are eligible for semester honors provided they … Read more

Faculty lecturer to present research on boys’ educational achievement gap

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Teachers and anyone interested in the education of children, particularly boys, should plan to attend the ninth annual free public lecture that the Bethel College Women’s Association is sponsoring Thursday, June 7. Doug Siemens, … Read more

All invited to Sand Creek Trail’s party for National Trails Day

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It’s a dry campus, but Bethel College will still join in “America’s Largest TRAILgating Party” Saturday, June 2. The Sand Creek Trail Committee invites walkers to visit the trail between dawn and dusk on that day and they’ll be … Read more

Graduates begin journey out of Bethel community with ‘pro-visions’ packed

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The 100 members of Bethel College’s Class of 2012 enter an unknown future with hope and faith in a God who loves them and the strong backing of a community that has nurtured them. Bethel’s 119th commencement took place Sunday, … Read more

Bethel makes first academic signing, in health sciences

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College celebrated a signing recently – for a student with exemplary academic credentials. Starting with the 2012-13 school year, Bethel will award scholarships in five specific academic areas: athletic training, … Read more

Awards given on ‘common ground’ in final two convocations of school year

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As part of the emphasis on “common ground” – the theme infused into the General Education curriculum – Bethel College’s annual awards convocations were arranged differently this year. In the past, one has focused on academic … Read more

Grant will help community garden continue to grow

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As Sand Creek Community Gardens on the Bethel College campus continues to develop and evolve, a recently announced grant award of $4,506 will help in that process. SCCG received the funds through the Kansas Community Gardens … Read more

Alumnus award winner has always wondered ‘how things work’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Growing up on a wheat farm in western Harvey County, Bethel College’s 2012 Outstanding Alumnus Award winner found no shortage of things to dismantle and reassemble. Glen Ediger, now of North Newton, says, “My best education was … Read more

Outstanding alumni called 'role models of nursing'

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Bethel College Nursing Alumni Association has named Marie and Martha Voth of North Newton its Outstanding Alumnus Award winners for 2011-12. The sisters grew up 14 miles north of Newton in the … Read more

Distinguished Achievement honoree enjoys business challenges

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award winner, Toshihiro “Ted” Fukudome, by his own description enjoys “challenges to the status quo.” That may have been why he decided to make the most of his talent for English, … Read more

Bethel art majors featured in final gallery exhibit of year

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual Bethel College Senior Art Exhibit opened Friday, May 4, with a reception for the three student artists to be held during Commencement Weekend. Student artwork includes ceramics, jewelry, painting and photography, on … Read more

Mother’s Day concert to be ‘swan song’ for five Open Road seniors

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After a busy semester of singing, mostly in churches around the area, the Bethel College men’s a cappella group Open Road will finish up with a home concert Sunday, May 13. The concert is at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall and is free … Read more

Women’s a cappella group to share their ‘Woven’ harmonies

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A cappella vocal music will be a highlight of the May 12-13 weekend at Bethel College, starting with the female voices of Woven. Woven will give an end-of-the-year concert Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Administration … Read more

Jazz on the Green will have ‘something for everyone’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and come listen to Bethel College’s Jazz Ensemble I and II Wednesday, May 9, in the annual Jazz on the Green spring concert. Music begins at 8 p.m. on the Green in front of the Administration … Read more

Boettger and Voran to give joint junior recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students Joel Boettger and Paul Voran will give a joint junior instrumental recital Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Boettger, Hesston, plays clarinet, as well as alto and tenor … Read more

Masterworks program music reflects the year at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual Masterworks program, a May tradition at Bethel College, will be a bit different this year. The Masterworks concert is Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus (note time change from some … Read more

Siebert and Yoder to give joint junior recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students Megan Siebert and Allison Yoder will give a joint junior recital Saturday, May 5, at 5 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Siebert, Topeka, is majoring in music and education and studies guitar … Read more

New Bethel RD/advisor came for a study leave, decided to stay

by Melanie Zuercher NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Caleb Lázaro came to Bethel College in March for a six-month study leave, and found a new family. Lázaro, a pastor from Colorado Springs, will become resident director of Bethel’s Warkentin Court … Read more

Bartel and Ortman to give joint junior instrumental recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students Landon Bartel and Jordan Ortman will give a joint junior instrumental recital Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Both are majoring in music. Bartel, Newton, plays double bass … Read more

Nathan Snyder to give senior voice recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Nathan Snyder, Fruita, will give his senior voice recital Sunday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Snyder will graduate from Bethel College in May 2012 with a degree in music … Read more

Orchestra spring concert to feature Copland, guest artists

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Chamber orchestra will fill Krehbiel Auditorium with music on Sunday afternoon, April 29, at 4 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support the instrumental music … Read more

Anna Cook to give senior cello recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Anna Cook, Lawrence, will give her senior cello recital Saturday, April 28, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Cook will graduate from Bethel College in May 2013 with degrees in music, with … Read more

Symposium celebrates research, internships and creative activity

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College celebrates its emphasis on undergraduate research with the annual URICA Symposium, April 26-28 on campus. URICA stands for Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity. This year’s symposium has … Read more

Play examines the struggle to grow up, take charge and move on

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A comedy with more than one gut-twist, emphasizing language dexterity and character relationships over plot, is coming to the Bethel College stage. The Bethel theater department presents [sic] , a play by Melissa James Gibson, … Read more

Earth Day Adventure to introduce public to new trail signage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Drivers who have been watching the progress over the past months of a point-of-interest marker on the north edge of North Newton will soon have a chance to learn more about that and seven more like it. Eight “pause points” along … Read more

Andrew Voth to give senior cello recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Andrew Voth, Topeka, will give his senior cello recital Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Voth will graduate from Bethel College in May 2013 with a degree in music, with … Read more

Jazz groups ‘head south’ for annual Wichita festival

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College jazz groups have become a regular part of the lineup at the Wichita Jazz Festival, with three of them on stage this Friday. The Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble (an auditioned high school honors group based at Bethel), … Read more

Students get a day off class, give a day for service

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Whether required (for some) or by choice (for most), service was the primary activity for Bethel College students April 11. That was the annual Service Day, with classes cancelled and the time dedicated to one of Bethel’s core … Read more

Professor organizes exhibit to show ‘art lives’ in Kansas

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The arts in Kansas may have suffered a blow when state funding ended a year ago, but Bethel College’s Rachel Epp Buller is among the Kansans making sure art stays alive in the state. Epp Buller, assistant professor of art, and … Read more

Annual student exhibit now open in FAC Gallery

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students from multiple disciplines working in a variety of media are featured in the annual student art exhibit, which opened Monday, April 9, and continues through April 27 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus. … Read more

Yearly benefit a unique singing experience for Men’s Ensemble

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For many years, it has been a spring tradition for Bethel College to host the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concert – and, more recently, to have the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble join them. The concert will be this Sunday, April … Read more

Museum program will look at 2009 Sand Creek archeology survey

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The third and final program in a lecture series this spring at Kauffman Museum will look at a 2009 archeology survey along Sand Creek in North Newton. Dr. David T. Hughes, associate professor of archeology at Wichita State … Read more

College president, Bethel alumna to be 2012 commencement speaker

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College will welcome one of its distinguished alumnae – who also happens to be the parent of a 2012 graduate – as the commencement speaker May 20. Susan Schultz Huxman began serving July 1, 2011, as the seventh president … Read more

Students laugh, learn and serve on New Mexico spring break trip

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – It’s hard to beat a spring break that includes sun, fun and social work. A group of nine Bethel College students, along with two professors – Hamilton Williams, social work, and Ami Regier, literary studies – spent the college’s … Read more

Nursing students learn as much as they give during spring break trip to Haiti

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Although it came smack in the middle of one of the busiest times for senior nursing majors, their spring break trip to Haiti was all Bethel College students Danica Cox and Laura Prahm could have hoped for. “It was fantastic, … Read more

Governor declares Kansas Private College Week

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has declared April 16-22 Kansas Private College Week in the state. The 18 member institutions of the Kansas Independent College Association are the beneficiaries of the governor’s proclamation, which … Read more

Retired professor to look at Mennonites, U.S. Bicentennial, in Bethel lecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A well-known writer and historian as well as retired Bethel College professor will give the next Friends of the MLA (Mennonite Library and Archives) lecture at Bethel. James C. Juhnke, Wichita, Bethel professor emeritus of … Read more

Graphic design major, two minors to launch in fall 2012

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Input from prospective students as well as increased emphasis on experiential learning have led Bethel College to add a new major and two new minors to the curriculum. Key to the new graphic design major and the sport management … Read more

Forensics 'nationals preview' is April 2

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – With eight members qualified for nationals in 11 events, the Bethel College forensics squad has wrapped up the 2011-12 regular season. They are now concentrating on preparing for the American Forensic Association-National … Read more

Women’s Chorus to sing ‘songs about love and living’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – No fooling – the Bethel College Women’s Chorus will give its spring concert Sunday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. William Eash, Bethel professor of music and Women’s Chorus director, says this concert … Read more

Austin named new VP for student life

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College President Perry D. White has announced the appointment of Aaron L. Austin as vice president for student life. Austin will begin in the position June 11. Weldon Martens is currently serving as interim vice president … Read more

College honored for community service

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education recently announced its annual honor roll of the U.S. colleges and universities, including Bethel College, whose students, faculty members … Read more

Violin duo to be joined by pianist in Bethel concert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As violin duo Nova Deco brings their string blend to Bethel College for the third year, they will also showcase the talents of Bethel music professor Karen Bauman Schlabaugh. Nova Deco, which specializes in early 20th-century … Read more

KIPCOR film series continues with story of little-known nonviolent movement

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College and the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution continue examining through film issues related to Israel/Palestine with a screening of Budrus . The award-winning documentary will air Tuesday, March 27, … Read more

Concert Choir to sing in seven states over break, with home concert March 25

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Concert Choir will have a busy spring break, singing in seven states, including Kansas, between March 16 and March 25. The 52-member group leaves the morning of March 16, a day early, in order to travel to … Read more

Turini to be new women's soccer coach

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Athletic Director Kent Allshouse has announced the hiring of Anthony (Tony) Turini to lead the women’s soccer program. Turini comes to Bethel College from the University of Maine-Machias, where he served as the … Read more

Nursing juniors honored in annual lamplighting service

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The traditional lamplighting service for juniors honored Bethel College’s nursing class of 2013 Sunday, Feb. 12, in Krehbiel Auditorium. Six of the 23 members of the junior class participated in the lamplighting, which also … Read more

Highly regarded quartet to make return appearance at Bethel

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Arianna String Quartet, making a return appearance at Bethel College, will fill the Administration Building chapel with the sounds of Beethoven, Stock and Tchaikovsky. The St. Louis-based quartet, which was last in Newton and … Read more

Museum to host archeology lecture, artifact identification workshop

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus will host the second of three lectures celebrating two eminent archeologists who grew up in North Newton. On Sunday, March 11, at 3:30 p.m., Raymond H. Thompson will speak as part of … Read more

2012 Young Alumnus awardee focused on study of conflict

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s 2012 Young Alumnus Award is no stranger to the effects of armed conflict, which may be one reason why his academic career has been devoted to studying them. Jaroslav Tir, Boulder, Colo., majored in history and … Read more

A pastor and scholar, speaker’s concern is for marginalized groups

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An intense experience with a troubled, suicidal young woman took Gregory Ellison II off his college pre-med track and in a different direction. Ellison, assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling at Candler School of … Read more

Benefit concert helps produce ‘artists with a conscience’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Some young artists in Bethel College’s Academy for Performing Arts will be using their talent this weekend to do some good for others. BCAPA is partnering with Mennonite Central Committee to support a school in Palestine. The … Read more

Forensics has a good day back in Oklahoma

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Back in Oklahoma for the second time in a month, the Bethel College forensics squad had a highly successful day of competition. The team came home with two more members qualified for nationals and a second-place finish out of 14 … Read more

Kansas lawmakers pass resolution recognizing Bethel’s 125th year

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College group made the trip to the Kansas Statehouse (though for some it was only across town) to hear the college’s 125th anniversary year made part of the official public record. The group included President Perry and … Read more

Bethel represented at KMEA by musicians, prizewinning composer

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College was once again well-represented at the annual meeting of the Kansas Music Educators Association in Wichita, including in a performance of a recent graduate’s prizewinning choral composition. Friday, Feb. 24, the … Read more

Forensics qualifies two more for national tournament

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has qualified two more forensics competitors for the national tournament in April. The forensics squad participated with teams from six other schools in the Kansas Individual Events Championships at Ottawa … Read more

Bethel welcomes guest director for Copland opera production

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An American opera that hasn't been performed on a Bethel College stage in more than 40 years is bringing a new director to campus. The music and theater departments will present The Tender Land by Aaron Copland Friday, March 2, … Read more

Museum exhibit features lives, work of noted archaeologists from North Newton

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The next special exhibition at Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus will celebrate two eminent archeologists who grew up in North Newton. Emil W. Haury (1904-92), nicknamed “the dean of Southwest archeology,” and Waldo R. … Read more

Spectacle of Celtic music and dance coming to Mem Hall stage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The fourth event in the 2011-12 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series brings to Bethel College’s Memorial Hall stage a wildly popular Irish music spectacle. Celtic Crossroads will be at Bethel Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. … Read more

Forensics team travels to Oklahoma for Sweetheart Swing

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College forensics competitors traveled to Oklahoma over the weekend for the Sweetheart Swing Tournaments, Feb. 11-12. The University of Oklahoma and West Texas A&M University (Canyon) hosted the tournaments on the OU … Read more

Southern Africa interterm a ‘life-changing’ experience

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The interterm trip to South Africa and Lesotho is an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I make this statement with a kind of certainty I have never felt before because the trip to Africa was unlike anything … Read more

Forensics back in action after winter break

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College forensics competitors got back into action after the Christmas break and interterm with two swing tournaments over the past two weekends. At the Zombie Apocalypse Swing Tournaments, hosted by Hutchinson Community … Read more

Europe tour an education in math, science and architecture

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When I signed up to travel over interterm, I was unprepared for the education I would receive while simply seeing the sights and lights of some of the great cities across mainland Europe. The tour was a delicate balance of … Read more

Social work class encounters global justice issues locally

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When I enrolled in Ada Schmidt-Tieszen’s Social Development and Social Justice class for Bethel interterm 2012, I was not sure what I would be learning. This course prepares students in the social work program to help … Read more

Chicago trip raises questions of invisibility and identity

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – “I am an invisible man. No I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe… I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids – and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, simply because people … Read more

Greer Lecture artist influenced by his native Great Plains

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A printmaker and collaborative artist whose work reflects the Great Plains of his native Oklahoma will give the next Greer Lecture at Bethel College. John Hitchcock will be on the Bethel College campus for several days, speaking … Read more

Made in China: Memories to last a lifetime

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This past month, I had the opportunity to travel to China with a group of students and faculty from Bethel College. Words can’t really express how an experience like that changes the way one thinks and acts. Seeing a part of … Read more

Bethel players have ‘special’ afternoon leading basketball clinic

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College head men’s basketball coach Alonzo Jamison has never forgotten the experience of working with Special Olympics. So he made sure his Threshers had a similar opportunity. Team members held a basketball clinic for 50 … Read more

Education major spends interterm serving and learning in Haiti

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The chance to travel, meet new people and experience a different culture, while offering a needed service, was an interterm opportunity Bethel College student Chris Smith couldn’t pass up. Smith, of Hesston, is a junior majoring … Read more

Sisters’ estate gift to benefit sciences, facilities

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After decades of making strong impacts on their students, two sisters and noted academicians have done the same for Bethel College. Bethel recently received a generous gift from the estate of Dorothea Franzen and Ruth Franzen. … Read more

Rachel Voran to give senior violin recital

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Rachel Voran, Newton, will give her senior violin recital Sunday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Voran will graduate from Bethel College in December 2012 with a degree in music, … Read more

Athletic director takes on assistant football coach role

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A rigorous search and eight interviews seemed likely to produce a new assistant coach/offensive coordinator for the Bethel College football team. But when the top candidates ultimately took jobs at other institutions, Head Coach … Read more

Young pastor’s journey led through Zen Buddhism to Anabaptism

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Caleb Lázaro, Bethel College's Martin Luther King Day speaker, has been a Mennonite for years without knowing it. Lázaro was born in Trujillo, Peru's third-largest city, and came to California with his parents and two younger … Read more

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts presents musical comedy sensation

HESSTON, KAN. – The third Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts event of the 2011-12 season will feature the unique collaborative duo of Igudesman & Joo with their groundbreaking show A Little Nightmare Music . The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, … Read more

Kansas Day program to highlight state’s resources

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A favorite family event at Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus will focus on Kansas resources. The museum’s 15th annual Celebrate Kansas Day!, this year marking Kansas’ 151st birthday, is Saturday, Jan. 28, from … Read more

Museum will hold open house as closing for special photo exhibit

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the last two months, Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus has been featuring the India photos of Cookie Wiebe. The exhibit closes this Sunday with a special open house, including remarks by Wiebe’s husband, Dave Wiebe … Read more

Students plan another ‘Krehbiel cabaret’

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College students who joined Joshua Powell for his senior seminar project cabaret, “Eighty-Nine Cents,” last spring had so much fun with it, they decided to do another one. That program featured juniors Renee Reimer, … Read more

Colorado pastor, activist to be featured at MLK Day celebration

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday will feature a return engagement by a convocation speaker from last fall. The event is Monday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium and is free and … Read more

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