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Past Bethel College News: 2013

Bethel announces fall 2013 Dean’s List, Honor Roll

Associate Registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel College students whose fall 2013 semester grades have earned academic distinction.  Read more

Mojo’s to host 3rd annual jazz reunion concert

Mojo's Coffee Shop is the venue for 3rd annual Jazz Reunion Concert, Monday, Dec. 23, from 6-8 p.m., featuring Bethel College and Newton High School jazz alumni.  Read more

Mandela death prompts memories for Bethel alumni

Bethel College students who were on campus the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison remembered that event the day after the former South African president died Dec. 5.  Read more

Tieszen will be new VP for advancement

Pamela K. Tieszen, currently superintendent and principal of Freeman (S.D.) Academy, has accepted the position of vice president for advancement, to begin in 2014.  Read more

Tom Adrian appointed to Bethel College board

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College welcomed Newton attorney Tom Adrian as a new member of the college’s board of directors. Adrian & Pankratz, Attorneys at Law, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. The firm began as Adrian & Walker, founded … Read more

Lighting of the Green welcomes Advent season at Bethel

The 28th annual Lighting of the Green will be Sunday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. in the center of campus.  Read more

Bethel named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for 4th year

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has been named a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2012-13 school year, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Nov. 19. This is the fourth consecutive year Bethel … Read more

Annual Christmas Gala Jazz to feature Charlie Brown, Nutcracker

The annual Gala Concert, featuring Jazz Ensembles I and II, will be Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium and will feature music by Duke Ellington as well as some seasonal jazz favorites.  Read more

Bethel programming teams perform well in Kansas City

Six Bethel students in two teams competed Nov. 9 at the Kansas City site for the annual Intercollegiate Computer Programming Competition, North Central North America region.  Read more

Illinois youth group chooses charity to receive Bethel convention award

Rachel Walker of Hopedale (Ill.) Mennonite Church was picked in Bethel's Mennonite Youth Convention booth drawing and her youth group chose to give the $500 award to Anthony's Promise.  Read more

Two jazz groups to play in Krehbiel Auditorium Dec. 3

The Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and Bethel College Jazz Combo I will give a joint concert Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, with a reception following.  Read more

Nursing students prepare for second winter service trip to Haiti

Bethel nursing students are offering a full Haitian meal, catered by Pandea Smith at The Leaf Tea Lounge in downtown Newton, Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a reservation deadline of Saturday, Nov. 30; donations to support the Dec. 13-20 service trip.  Read more

Chemistry majors show their stuff to colleagues, kids

In the past month, Bethel chemistry students have presented posters at an American Chemical Society meeting and given demonstrations to about 180 middle school students.  Read more

College community spends 24 hours praying with and for each other

Bethel student chaplains Katelyn Melgren and Alli Rudeen organized 24 hours of prayer Nov. 9-10 and were awed by the results.  Read more

Professor picked as volunteer for 2014 Winter Games

Allison McFarland, professor of business and economics, will be one of 29,000 volunteers at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February.  Read more

Wichita Chamber Chorale to present special HBPA Christmas concert

The Wichita Chamber Chorale presents its annual Christmas performance, Sounding Joy, Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church, with special guests the Wichita Brass Quintet.  Read more

Thresher football has reasons to celebrate

After a 26-14 win over Bethany to end the season, Bethel saw several players honored by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, including two Player of the Week designations and a First Team All-KCAC pick.  Read more

Forensics has its first qualifier for 2014 nationals

Freshman Jacob Miller, Westmoreland, has qualified for AFA-NIET next April after fifth-place and second-place finishes in After Dinner Speaking at the Green Country Swing Tournament in Tulsa Nov. 16-17.  Read more

Nativities are back for this year's 5 Places of Christmas

The annual 5 Places of Christmas, held Saturday, Dec. 7, will include Kauffman Museum and the Fine Arts Center on campus, along with three downtown Newton locations, and will feature about 100 Nativities set up in the FAC from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Read more

Symposium presenters call for return of power and meaning to Christian funerals

Tom Long and John Ferguson helped participants in Bethel's second Worship and the Arts Symposium consider new ways of looking, as Christians, at dying, death and funerals.  Read more

Nursing honor society inducts seven Bethel students

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Seven seniors in the Bethel College nursing program were recognized at the annual induction ceremony of Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing honor society. The Pi Epsilon Gamma Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International held the … Read more

Women’s tennis signs first two for 2014-15

Steph Brown, Newton High School, and Breanne Rogers, Parsons High School, will join the women's tennis team as freshmen in 2014.  Read more

Honors convocation recognizes students who embody Bethel’s core values

Sarah Masem, assistant professor of nursing, gave the address at a convocation that also recognized students who demonstrate Bethel's four core values: discipleship, scholarship, service and integrity.  Read more

Women’s soccer announces signing of Jessica Kerstine

Defender Jessica Kerstine of Blue Valley High School has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Bethel beginning next fall.  Read more

After summer flooding, Bethel will get new gym floor

Removal of the Thresher Gym floor begins the week of Nov. 25, with installation of a new floor to be completed by Christmas.  Read more

Museum receives state award of excellence for threshing stone exhibit

At its annual meeting Oct. 18, the Kansas Museums Association gave Kauffman Museum the Award for Excellence for last year's special exhibit Threshing Stone: Mennonite Artifact & Icon.  Read more

Orchestra’s fall program to feature Dvorak and Sibelius

The Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra will give its fall concert Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Remembering those who have gone the base for Wichita artist’s current work

Inconsolable, an exhibit by Ann Resnick, is on display through Nov. 29, with the artist reception Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. outside the FAC Gallery.  Read more

First concert of HBPA season to feature globally influenced jazz

Metta Quintet performs Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, with a free masterclass featuring Bethel jazz ensembles earlier in the day, 4-5:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Concert celebrates American composers, marks JFK death anniversary

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble plays works by American composers Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, with Michael Kallstrom present to conduct his own work and pianist Michelle Price as a guest soloist.  Read more

How Christians mark life transitions to be subject of Nov. 16 symposium

The second Worship and the Arts Symposium will draw on the knowledge and teaching of Thomas G. Long and John Ferguson and will conclude with a hymn festival worship service, Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

In lectures, zwieback symbolizes place of food in Mennonite history, culture

In the annual Menno Simons Lectures, Oct. 27-29, Marlene Epp looked at how food reflects gender roles, spiritual practices, social consciousness, family memory and much more for Mennonites and Mennonite communities.  Read more

Symposium combines mothering and Mennonites in many ways and contexts

Participants in the Mothering Mennonite Symposium, held at Bethel Oct. 26, heard from speakers in a broad range of ages, experience and perspectives on what it means to be a mother in a Mennonite context.  Read more

Readers’ theater performance recalls theater artist, national program

Local Bethel alumni and current students will perform a readers' theater piece on the Federal Theatre Project, a Depression-era initiative in the United States, Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3:30 p.m. at Kauffman Museum.  Read more

Student named Member of the Year for mental-health advocacy group

Laura Jensen, junior from Everest, was named Kansas Member of the Year by the state board of NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, at the organization's annual meeting Oct. 18 at Fort Hays State University.  Read more

Choral groups to give fall concerts Nov. 3

The Bethel College Men's Ensemble performs Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel and the Bethel College Women's Chorus at 4 p.m. in Bethel College Mennonite Church.  Read more

Limerick book launch a smashing success

An alphabet book about Bethel College, written in limericks and illustrated with art by alumni, had nearly sold out 24 hours after it was introduced during Fall Festival.  Read more

Will Lewis to give senior voice recital

Will Lewis's vocal recital, on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, will include works by Handel, Schumann, Donaudy, Donizetti, Quilter, Faure and Bizet.  Read more

Renee Reimer to give senior voice recital

Renee Reimer's vocal recital, on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, will include works by Brahms, Debussy, Rossini, Obradors and Jason Robert Brown.  Read more

Bethel and local church join for 2nd annual Dia de los Muertos celebration

Bethel students are joining Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Newton for an All Souls' Day event Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 5 p.m. in Themian Park, 8th and Poplar Streets in Newton, and including a parade from the park to the church starting at 6:30 p.m  Read more

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season offers eclectic lineup

JazzReach featuring Metta Quintet, the Wichita Chamber Chorale, Rachel de Benedet singing Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and the Soweto Gospel Choir are on tap for HBPA 2013-14.  Read more

Choir chosen to perform for national choral directors group

The Bethel College Concert Choir, directed by William Eash, will perform March 21, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark., for the Southwestern Division convention of the American Choral Directors Association.  Read more

Krahn Contest gives long-running essay competition new lease on life

The John Horsch Mennonite History Essay Contest, now called the Cornelius Krahn Mennonite Multi-Media Contest, has moved to Bethel College and is open to high school students in the United States and Canada.  Read more

Actor/theologian to premier new theater work at Bethel on sexuality

After receiving the third request for a show on sexuality, veteran actor and theologian Ted Swartz will premier one Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium (ticket purchase required).  Read more

Symposium to explore mothering in many contexts

Bethel College will host a one-day symposium Saturday, Oct. 26, on mothering as a Mennonite in a variety of contexts, with topics including millennial mothering, other-mothering, infertility, sexuality, historical models of Mennonite mothering and more.  Read more

Limericks, artwork bring Bethel lore alive in new alphabet book

There will be a celebration at Mojo's Coffee Shop Friday, Oct. 4, beginning at 5 p.m., for a new book of limericks and original artwork on Bethel College history, life and lore.  Read more

Bethel to celebrate Flickner, volleyball with Hall of Fame honors, 40th-year events

Diane Sanders Flickner will be inducted into the Athletic Boosters Club Hall of Fame, Friday, Oct. 4, during the 2013 Fall Festival, which also includes a celebration of 40 years of Bethel volleyball on Saturday, Oct. 5.  Read more

Fall Festival production has humor, meaning and explosions

Bethel's production of You Can't Take It With You, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, takes place during Fall Festival, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4, 5 and 6, in Krehbiel Auditorium  Read more

Ceramics artist influenced by botanical life and hidden nature

Ceramics by Carol Long, St. John, are on display in the exhibit Efflorescence in Clay in the Fine Arts Center Gallery through Oct. 25, with the artist reception Friday, Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m., outside the gallery.  Read more

Mennonite foodways are topic for 2013 Menno Simons Lectures

Marlene Epp, professor of history and peace and conflict studies and director of Mennonite studies at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario, will deliver the 61st annual Menno Simons Lectures on Mennonites and foodways, Oct. 27-29.  Read more

New student numbers up significantly for fall 2013

Overall enrollment for fall 2013 is 482, with 123 first-time freshmen and 74 transfer students.  Read more

Art historian to discuss well-known Newton sculpture from the WPA era

Art historian Reinhild K. Janzen, of Whitewater and Lawrence, will speak at Kauffman Museum Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3:30 p.m. about Newton's Mennonite Settler statue, erected in 1942.  Read more

2013 STEM Symposium will spotlight chemistry

Bethel chemistry graduates Daniel Unruh (uranium chemistry), Sharon Thieszen (wastewater treatment) and Donald Miller (pharmacology/toxicology) will be featured at this year's STEM Symposium, which begins Friday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Wichita artist invites local collaboration for Bethel installation

Ann Resnick collaborated with North Newton residents to create an installation piece that will be part of Resnick's exhibit Inconsolable, Nov. 1-29 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery, with an artist presentation at the Nov. 16 Worship and the Arts Symposium.  Read more

Wind Ensemble to try out the Fox for year’s first concert

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble, under the baton of Chris Westover, will play its first concert of the year at the Fox Theatre in downtown Newton, Sunday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m.  Read more

Some changes on tap for 43rd Fall Festival

Fall Festival takes place Oct. 3-6, with most events on campus Saturday, Oct. 5, when there will be food, music, crafts, demonstrations and displays all around the Green and across campus.  Read more

Kauffman Museum exhibit illustrates how art can work

The new special exhibit at Kauffman Museum, "Art that Worked: WPA Art in Newton 1935-43," will be on display through Jan. 5, 2014, with admission always free to Bethel students.  Read more

Pouncy receives UPS Scholarship

Freshman La’Terious Pouncy, Bossier City, La., has been selected to receive a $2,400 UPS Scholarship for 2013-14, provided through the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) Fund.  Read more

Veteran narcotics detective to address failures of war on drugs

Former New Jersey State Police officer Jack Cole will speak in several south-central Kansas venues, including Kaufman House (home of KIPCOR), Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.  Read more

Chun vocal recital to include guest instrumentalists

Bethel voice instructor Soyoun Chun, soprano, will give a joint recital with her husband, violist Chung-Hoon Peter Chun, Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Bethel is A-Plus School in annual national ranking

Bethel ranks well in the annual U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" survey, announced Sept. 10.  Read more

Concert will celebrate local musician and raise money for tornado relief

The Misguided Professors and The Book of JEBB, groups who both feature Jesse Graber on fiddle, will play in Mem Hall Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m., in a free concert with donations taken for tornado relief in central Oklahoma.  Read more

Artist seeks surprise, mystery and humor in her work

"A Look Beyond the Obvious," featuring colored pencil drawings and digital paintings by Ann Krone, is on display in the Fine Arts Center Gallery through Friday, Sept. 20, with an artist reception Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m.  Read more

First-time counselors find the passion through camp experience

Seniors Travon Lewis and Danny Barrera reflect on their first experience as counselors at Camp Mennoscah near Murdock this past summer.  Read more

Bethel moves up a notch, to No. 3, in national ranking

President Perry D. White announced in convocation Aug. 26 that Bethel College, appearing for the second year on the "Washington Monthly" Best Baccalaureate Colleges list, had moved up from #4 to #3.  Read more

Retired professor reflects on historic march, 50 years later

Dwight Platt, professor emeritus of biology, and his wife LaVonne were at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Aug. 28, 1963, and Platt will speak about the experience in chapel Wednesday.  Read more

Garden's giving widens to community, cafeteria

The first produce from Aladdin Food Service Director Nolan Corne's first efforts in Sand Creek Community Gardens may be appearing in the cafeteria now and then.  Read more

Local men part of winning team for annual Henderson golf benefit

HENDERSON, NEB – Twenty-seven golfers participated in the 20th annual Summer Thresher Golf Classic Aug. at Galaway Creek Golf Course, Henderson, Neb. The 18-hole, four-person scramble tournament benefited Bethel College. First place went to the team … Read more

Women’s basketball announces signing of Rachel Green

Rachel Green, a 5'4" guard, comes to Bethel from Berkner High School, Dallas.  Read more

Bethel continues recovery from flooding, storms

Sand Creek Trail on campus remains hazardous because of partially downed trees following high winds in an Aug. 5 storm.  Read more

Bethel makes new faculty and staff appointments

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the following new faculty and staff appointments for the 2013-14 school year: Nancy Ciskey, associate professor of nursing . She has an A.A. in nursing from Hutchinson Community College, a BSN from … Read more

Golf team garners academic honors

The 2012-13 golf team was recognized for academic achievement for the third year in a row by the Golf Coaches Association of America.  Read more

Heavy rainfall ends drought, floods Bethel buildings

Memorial Hall, Thresher Gym and Goering Hall sustained significant water damage when the Kidron-Martin Canal overran its banks following 4-plus inches of rain in several hours July 29.  Read more

Football has positive impact on individuals, campus, players say

Former and current football players George Leary, Michael Unruh and Leland Brown shared what playing the game at Bethel has taught them during the Mennonite convention in Phoenix in early July.  Read more

Bethel makes Forbes.com list for sixth year

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas to be ranked in Forbes.com’s 2013 analysis of top U.S. colleges and universities.  Read more

Retiring from Bethel, two leave legacy both seen and unseen

Diane Flickner retired this summer after 35 years coaching, teaching and lead the athletics department, and Sondra Bandy Koontz after 15 years as vice president for advancement.  Read more

Play gives Bethel student words to express her desire for peace

Senior Renee Reimer performed the one-woman play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" July 4 at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Phoenix, with Corrie's parents, Cindy and Craig, in the audience.  Read more

Canyon-land research gets students out of the classroom

Biology majors Wes Goodrich and Emily Simpson spent a week in early June participating in a government-funded environmental impact survey in Arizona near the Grand Canyon.  Read more

Historians to debate Civil War at Kauffman Museum

William Juhnke and Tom Morain from Graceland University will debate "Was the Civil War necessary?," inviting input from the audience, July 7 at Kauffman Museum starting at 2 p.m.  Read more

Student will keep spreading seeds of peace when play goes on tour

Renee Reimer will take the one-woman play, My Name is Rachel Corrie, on tour to several Mennonite churches in Kansas, California and South Dakota, as well as the Mennonite convention in Phoenix in July.  Read more

2013 Mennonite Life marks Bethel College’s 125th year

The fourth annual online issue of Mennonite Life, now live, focuses on Bethel College’s 125th-anniversary celebration (view at mennonitelife.bethelks.edu).  Read more

Essays put Mennonite mothering into scholarly as well as personal context

Bethel's Rachel Epp Buller and Kerry Fast of Toronto have compiled the first scholarly treatment of various experiences of motherhood in a Mennonite context that includes essays from two other Bethel faculty.  Read more

Wedel Series volume opens history to wider audience after 150 years

Bethel College's Wedel Series has released "The Military Service Exemption of the Mennonites in Provincial Prussia," the English translation of a groundbreaking history by Wilhelm Mannhardt.  Read more

Public invited to National Trails Day event on Bethel campus

The annual celebration of a national recreational trails day is Saturday, June 1, with members of the Sand Creek Trail Committee at the Memorial Grove trailhead that day between dawn and dusk (6 a.m.-8 p.m.).  Read more

Bethel announces spring Dean’s List, Honor Roll, 2013 graduates

Bethel College associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel College students whose spring 2013 semester grades have earned academic distinction.  Read more

Two faculty awards presented at end of year

Rachel Epp Buller, assistant professor of art, received the David H. Richert Distinguished Scholar Award and Sarah Masem, assistant professor of nursing, the Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award.  Read more

Speaker tells 2013 grads how Bethel has equipped them to "move the world"

Former Bethel president Doug Penner addressed Bethel College's Class of 2013 at commencement, held in newly air-conditioned Mem Hall on account of stormy weather May 19.  Read more

Seniors reflect on women’s tennis championship seasons

Women's tennis team co-captains and only seniors Shayne Runnion and Miranda Weaver look back on four years going to Mobile, Ala., for the NAIA tennis championships.  Read more

Love of animals enhances students' academic disciplines

Four Bethel students did senior seminar research involving companion animals, including dogs, cats and horses.  Read more

Christensen signs at Bethel for performance in theater, music

Bethel College admissions staff recently celebrated an unusual signing -- Abby Christensen of Gardner, for double performance awards.  Read more

Five art majors featured in final gallery exhibit of year

Seniors Leah Clark, Lauren Franz, John Regier and Grady Stultz are displaying ceramics, and Andrew Unruh is showing photography, in the annual Senior Art Exhibit through May 19 in the FAC Gallery.  Read more

Local artist visually explores Kansas small towns in special exhibition

Bob Regier's exhibit of digital photography, "Consider the commonplace," has a return engagement at Kauffman Museum through Sunday, May 19, and includes six new images.  Read more

Shelby Howard is first Will Scholarship recipient

Halstead High School senior Shelby Howard, a member of Bethel's Class of 2017, will receive the first Will Family Scholarship, established earlier this year.  Read more

Awards convocations recognize achievement in academics, athletics, service

Bethel's last two convocations of the year were awards ceremonies that recognized students for excellence in academics, athletics and campus service.  Read more

After a rebuilding year, Open Road to showcase its vocal blend

Open Road will give its annual end-of-year concert Sunday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  Read more

Woven takes on new musical challenges for end-of-year concert

Woven gives its end-of-year concert Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  Read more

Spring and jazz go together at annual outdoor concert

Jazz on the Green takes place Wednesday, May 8, at 8 p.m., featuring Bethel College Jazz Ensembles I and II.  Read more

Bethel welcomes former president as 2013 commencement speaker

Doug Penner, Topeka, Bethel College president 1995-2002, will address the Class of 2013 during commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in Thresher Stadium.  Read more

Distinguished Achievement awardee spent a career with NASA, space research

G. John Dick, Claremont, Calif., will receive the 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award at the Alumni Banquet May 18.  Read more

Mental health care, writing have been alumnus award winner’s vocations

Justina Neufeld, North Newton, will receive the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus Award at the Alumni Banquet May 18.  Read more

First-place speech challenges church on speaking truth to power

The top three finishers for Bethel's round of the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oration contest were, in descending order, Arthur Kauffman, Aaron Rudeen and Renee Reimer.  Read more

Film focuses on timely issue of immigration in America

KIPCOR hosts a screening of "Harvest of Empire," about the connection between U.S. intervention in Latin America and today's immigration crisis, Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Bethel wraps up 125th celebration with music from Creation to Broadway

The 2013 Masterworks concert will feature Bethel alumni Rachel de Benedet, Arthur Marks and Doyle Preheim, along with the Bethel Oratorio Chorus and Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Kyle Doesken to give senior trumpet recital

Kyle Doesken's senior recital is Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Jazz group to play at Mojo’s

The Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble, the auditioned honors high school group based at Bethel, will play at Mojo's Thursday, May 2, starting at 7 p.m.  Read more

Megan Siebert to give senior guitar recital

Megan Siebert will give a classical guitar recital Friday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Faculty lecturer’s research, writing focus on art and motherhood

Rachel Epp Buller will give the 2013 Bethel College Women's Association faculty lecture on "Art and the Maternal," Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Wind Ensemble spring concert to feature guests and premieres

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble will play three pieces by Thomas Sleeper under the composer's baton, as well as a world premiere by Steve Danyew, among other works, Sunday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Sisters and history make play a fitting event for anniversary year

Bethel's production of "Arsenic and Old Lace," April 25, 26 and 27 in Krehbiel Auditorium, features sisters Audra and Julia Miller playing sisters onstage for the first time.  Read more

Jordan Ortman to give senior piano recital

Jordan Ortman's senior recital, Saturday, April 27, at 6 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, will feature work by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Chopin and Franck.  Read more

Philharmonia’s second concert will bring big, romantic sounds

The Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra will perform works by Verdi, Vaughan Williams and Borodin Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  Read more

Earth Day activity to feature animals at night

Taxidermy exhibits and a craft activity are slated for Kauffman Museum's annual Earth Day event Friday evening, April 19, at 7 p.m.  Read more

Annual student exhibit now open in FAC Gallery

Thirty-four Bethel student artists now have work on display in the Fine Arts Center Gallery, through April 30 with an artist reception April 25.  Read more

Bethel keeps working to expand China connections

Lijun Zhu, Bethel's instructor of Chinese, is now working with Admissions to recruit Chinese students to Bethel, and she will be a mentor and support to them when they do come.  Read more

Film series opens with stories of women and nonviolence in Colombia

KIPCOR will sponsor a showing of "We Women Warriors," about three indigenous women in Colombia and the struggle for their people's survival, Sunday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Joel Boettger to give senior recital

Joel Boettger's senior recital is Saturday, April 13, at 5 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel and features both clarinet and saxophone, classical and jazz.  Read more

Landon Bartel to give senior double bass recital

Landon Bartel's senior recital is Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Award-winning German a cappella group to close out HBPA season

The German a cappella ensemble Calmus performs Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church as the final event of the 2012-13 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series.  Read more

Barrera and Lehmann to give joint saxophone recital

Daniel Barrera and Carl Lehmann will join together for their junior recital Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Vocal ensembles plan spring concerts

The Bethel College Women's Chorus will give its spring concert Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. in the Bethel College Mennonite Church, while the Men's Ensemble sings April 21 with the Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus.  Read more

Spring service trip gives students a chance to see and feel the results of their work

For students on the service trip to Joplin, Mo., spring break meant learning what a jigsaw is, playing Spoons with ballpoint pens and getting to celebrate an engagement.  Read more

Austin Unruh to give senior piano recital

Austin Unruh presents his senior piano recital, with works by Brahms, Ravel and Grieg, Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Jazz groups featured at Mojo’s Thursday live music night

Jazz Ensemble II and Jazz Combo II will play April 4 at Mojo's starting at 7 p.m.  Read more

Abstract painter, a Venezuela native, will give Greer Lecture April 4

Mariangeles Soto-Diaz will speak Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium on “Abstraction at work (and at play, even).”  Read more

Bethel receives one of North Newton foundation's first grants

Bethel College, Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts and Community Playschool Inc. were the first recipients of grants, presented March 25, from the recently formed North Newton Community Foundation.  Read more

Julia Miller to give senior voice recital

Julia Miller, mezzo soprano, will present a recital program that includes works by Vivaldi, Bizet, Brahms and Bernstein, among others, Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Forensics will present nationals preview April 1

Bethel has qualified seven students -- five of them seniors -- for AFA-NIET. They will perform their nine events Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Museum event to feature historic Mennonite clocks, clock expert

Kauffman Museum will host Arthur Kroeger of Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 6 from 2-4 p.m., to sign his book, "Kroeger Clocks," and do informal clock appraisal.  Read more

Two Lady Threshers earn national academic honors

Katie Regier and Samantha Wilkerson have been named NAIA DII Daktronics Scholar-Athletes for this year.  Read more

Nursing juniors honored in lamplighting service

The traditional lamplighting service for juniors honored Bethel College’s nursing class of 2014 Feb. 23 in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Bethel named to community service honor roll

Bethel was one of six Kansas higher education institutions and one of four Kansas private colleges named March 4 to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  Read more

Concert a celebration of wind ensemble “color,” includes premiere

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble will give its spring concert Sunday, March 10, at 4 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, including a consortium premiere of "Sinfonietta" by James Syler.  Read more

Kauffman Museum speaker looks at Lincoln history, memory through images

Brian Craig Miller, Emporia State University, will speak on "The Tattered Lincoln Photo Album: Lincoln's Likeness and Image in History and Memory" March 10 at 3:30 p.m. in the Kauffman Museum auditorium.  Read more

Allison Yoder to give senior voice recital

Allison Yoder, coloratura soprano, will give her senior recital Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Artist enjoys using Newton, North Newton as subjects

Joseph Loganbill's exhibit of oils, "A Journey in Painting," is now in the Fine Arts Center Gallery, through March 28.  Read more

Bethel College Concert Choir to head east for spring break tour

The Bethel College Concert Choir will be singing in Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois during the 2013 spring break tour, March 15-24.  Read more

Arts, farming, sustainability important to 2013 Young Alumnus awardees

Sherilyn and Will Ortman, Marion, S.D., co-recipients of this year's Young Alumnus Award, will speak in convocation Friday, April 12.  Read more

Students organize campus blood drive for Feb. 27

There will be a Red Cross blood drive on campus Wednesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  Read more

Washburn professor to give program on Gettysburg Address

The first of two programs connected to the special exhibit at Kauffman Museum, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," will be Sunday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium.  Read more

Bethel represented at KMEA by vocal and instrumental groups

Bethel College will have four music groups at the upcoming annual convention of the Kansas Music Educators Association in Wichita, Feb. 21-23, including an instrumental trio composed of three seniors.  Read more

Play turns Shakespeare heroines against type

A “feminist comedy” by a Canadian playwright comes to Bethel College’s Krehbiel Auditorium stage Feb. 21-23.  Read more

Staley speaker to delve further into incarceration in U.S.

James Logan will continue the discussion on the U.S. prison industrial complex that Rosemary Harris Lytle began at Bethel College several weeks ago.  Read more

Bethel hires new volleyball coach

Bethel College Athletic Director Kent Allshouse has announced that John Marble, most recently head volleyball coach at Dawson Community College, Glendive, Mont., has been hired to lead the Thresher volleyball program.  Read more

Lincoln exhibition reveals constitutional challenges of Civil War

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition opening at Kauffman Museum at Bethel College Feb. 23, examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War: Southern secess  Read more

Jerusalem Seminar reveals bedrock of history and faith

Participating in a three-week Bethel College interterm trip to Jordan, Israel and Palestine, Jan. 2-23, was a dream come true for Ben Kreider and Sara Regier, both of North Newton, with the added benefit of getting to do it together.  Read more

Shade recital to include concerto, other music for euphonium

Timothy Shade, Bethel College assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music and music education, will present a euphonium recital Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.  Read more

Bethel connections help boy’s KU basketball dream come true

by Melanie Zuercher NORTH NEWTON, KAN.– Community can do a lot of things – even make a little boy’s dream come true. Kristin Larson-Jantzi, an admissions counselor at Bethel College, has a 9-year-old son, Beckham, who’s crazy about basketball – … Read more

Andrew Miller to give senior voice recital

Andrew Miller, Marion, S.D., will give his senior voice recital Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.  Read more

Interterm trip looks at effects of history on people of East Central Europe

The interterm course History of East Central Europe enabled students to grapple with complex historical, political, religious and social issues and to understand how history affects the way people live today.  Read more

Bethel announces football signings

Feb. 6, a national “signing day” in football for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Chi-Emeke Worthington, co-defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, announced the 2013 signing class.  Read more

German interterm a mix of culture, history, food and friendship

There were three life lessons I experienced during interterm in Germany, where we visited more than 10 cities in two-and-a-half weeks.  Read more

Week in Chicago an education in cultural diversity

In January, I had the privilege of traveling to Chicago for a week with a group of fellow education students in the School and Community class.  Read more

HBPA to present a treasure of Mexican traditional music and dance

The Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz comes to south central Kansas Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall, to share indigenous and other traditional Mexican music and dance.  Read more

Seven students inducted into nursing honor society

Seven senior nursing majors were inducted Nov. 6 into Sigma Theta Tau, an international nursing honor society.  Read more

Stucky qualifies for second forensics nationals event

Marike Stucky, junior from Moundridge, is now qualified for AFA-NIET in Prose Interpretation as well as Program of Oral Interpretation.  Read more

Interterm in Costa Rica full of life

This interterm I traveled to the beautiful country of Costa Rica with 15 other Bethel College students and our instructor Jon Piper and his wife Beth. The focus was tropical biology.  Read more

Mexico interterm reveals injustice along with human resilience

Going on an interterm trip was my goal since I became a student at Bethel College.  Read more

Bethel continues building connections with Haiti for service and learning

Bethel College’s Haiti connection continues to strengthen, most recently through two service-related trips by students and faculty.  Read more

Lytle tells listeners: 'Speak out, or be part of the problem’

While Martin Luther King Jr. “left volumes and volumes of written material,” Rosemary Harris Lytle told her Bethel College audience on Jan. 21, she had come “all the way from Colorado Springs” to talk about just seven of his words.  Read more

James A. Will Family Academic Center wins state contractor award

Sauerwein Construction of Wichita received the Associated General Contractors of Kansas Award of Honor for its work on renovating Bethel's Academic Center.  Read more

Epp Buller to speak on contemporary artists and protest at Wichita museum

Rachel Epp Buller will give a free curator's talk, in connection with the temporary exhibit "Occupy Art: Protest and Empathy for the Worker," Thursday, Jan 24, at 6 p.m. at the Wichita Art Museum.  Read more

Snider exhibit collects images of public art installations

The third alumni exhibit for 2012-13, "Dusty Footprints" by Conrad Snider, is now open in the Fine Arts Center Gallery, with the artist reception scheduled for Jan. 31.  Read more

Sweet Honey brings vocal prowess, rich harmonies to songs for a better world

The internationally renowned women’s a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock comes to Bethel College’s Memorial Hall stage Saturday, Feb. 2, as the third concert in the 2012-13 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series.  Read more

Student hopes play will plant seeds of peace that grow in others

Bethel College senior Renee Reimer presents the one-woman play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Museum’s Kansas Day to be a celebration of state’s symbols

Kauffman Museum's 16th annual Celebrate Kansas Day!, Saturday, Jan. 26 from 1:30-4:30 p.m., will focus this year on Kansas symbols such as the Western meadowlark and sunflower.  Read more

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