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Past Bethel College News: 2014

Writing class helps an unheard population find a voice

Ami Regier, professor of literary studies, and Will Shoup, senior literary studies major, find themselves learning as much as they teach while working with a group of inmates at Hutchinson Correctional Facility on life writing.  Read more

Fall Dean's List, Honor Roll announced

Bethel College associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of students whose fall 2014 semester grades have earned academic distinction.  Read more

Artist on the spot proves popular with visitors to Regier Gallery

The sealed-bid auction of the work of Wichita sculptor Christopher Gulick, along with matching funds from two donors, raised more than $2,500 for the gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center.  Read more

Stories build bridges between Bethel students and elders

Rachel Epp Buller's College Issues Colloquy section visited with residents of Kidron-Bethel Village Assisted Living to share stories and discover what they had in common.  Read more

Bethel named to 2014 community service honor roll

Bethel was one of six Kansas schools and one of four Kansas private colleges named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2014, announced Dec. 8.  Read more

Author of new book to speak at Kauffman Museum

Lisa Weaver, author of Swords to Plowshares: The Creation of John P. Klassen's Mennonite Central Committee Medallion, will give a program at Kauffman Museum Sunday, Dec. 21, at 3:30 p.m.  Read more

New Bethel board members represent rural, urban settings

Kate Brubacher, New York City, and Sharon Waltner, Parker, South Dakota, are the two newest members of the Bethel College Board of Directors.  Read more

Alumni choir to give inaugural concert Dec. 7

A group of Bethel College choir alumni will perform secular and seasonal music in a concert Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton.  Read more

Standards and seasonal tunes on Christmas Gala Jazz program

An annual event, Christmas Gala Jazz features Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II, Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Annual Lighting of the Green marks start of Advent

Bethel College's 29th annual Lighting of the Green will take place Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the center of campus.  Read more

Programmers finish strong in annual competition

Brendan Bergen, Dylan Jantz and Tim Regier of Team "Grey" solved two problems in 161 minutes to finish in the top third of the annual ACM North Central North America regional programming competion, Nov. 8 in Lenexa.  Read more

Nursing students join honor society, prepare for Haiti trip

Nine seniors were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society, Nov. 9, and a total of 17 students are preparing for a service trip to Haiti right after final exams, with a fundraising Haitian meal on Thursday, Dec. 4.  Read more

Former Kauffman Museum director wins Distinguished Service Award

Rachel Pannabecker, who retired as Kauffman Museum director in October after 17 years in the position and 30 years at the museum, was honored by the Kansas Museums Association at the annual conference Nov. 7.  Read more

Freshmen do well at Tulsa forensics tournament

Kaitlyn Scribner and Shaelyn Atwood each had a pair of second-place finishes at the Green Country Swing, Nov. 15-16 on the campus of Tulsa Community College.  Read more

Christmas collections are the feature for 5 Places location on Bethel campus

The annual 5 Places of Christmas will take place Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and will include the Luyken Fine Arts Center with Christmas collections sponsored by the Bethel College Women's Association, as well as special features at Kauffman Museum.  Read more

Wind Ensemble welcomes guest conductor, high school honors band

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble, joined by a 32-member high school honors band, will play a program of American music from the 20th century Monday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Play incorporates visual techniques from the other side of the world

Ethan Koerner's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book will be on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, at 7:30 p.m. and will draw on shadow puppetry styles most frequently found in southeast Asia.  Read more

Bethel has first nationals qualifier after Hutchinson forensics tourney

Jacob Miller, sophomore from Westmoreland, qualified for forensics nationals in two events, Informative Speaking and Persuasive Speaking, Nov. 2 at the Loper Rodeo Swing on the Hutchinson Community College campus.  Read more

The installation is the process in current Regier Gallery exhibit

Sculptor Christopher Gulick's show In the Studio LIVE, Part 2, now in the Regier Gallery in the Luyken Fine Arts Center, depends on interaction with visitors to determine what actually goes on display.  Read more

Lectures: What North American Mennonites can, and should, learn from the world

In this year's Menno Simons Lectures, Walter Sawatsky challenged North American Mennonites to pay attention to "Radical Reformation" values found in Mennonite, other Christian and even secular groups around the world.  Read more

Concert to be double treat with classical, jazz

The Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and Bethel College Philharmonia, with guest conductor Daniel Hege, music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, get double billing Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Threshers make an impact at fall forensics tournaments

Bethel's forensics team was fifth of 13 schools on Day 1 and fifth of 10 on Day 2 of the Golden Eagle Swing at John Brown University, Oct. 25-26.  Read more

Singers successful at regional vocal competition

Cameron Ponce and Abby Christensen took part in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) West Central Region annual convention and student auditions in Denver, both advancing in their divisions.  Read more

Lecture will explore impact of global climate change on Kansas

John Harrington, professor of geography at Kansas State University, will speak on what global climate change could mean for Kansas Sunday afternoon, Nov. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the Kauffman Museum auditorium.  Read more

Two small choral groups to give fall concerts Nov. 2

This Sunday, Nov. 2, the Men's Ensemble and Women's Chorus will perform under the direction of William Eash, the men at 2 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel and the women at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of Bethel College Mennonite Church.  Read more

Some of Broadway’s best on Bethel stage for second HBPA event

Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway, on the Mem Hall stage Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., features Broadway stars in musical theater roles they made famous, along with local talent chosen through audition.  Read more

Fine Arts Center name now includes that of Dutch engraver

The Fine Arts Center now bears the name of Jan Luyken, a 17th-century Dutch engraver, illustrator and poet whose copper etchings illustrate the 1685 edition of the Martyr's Mirror.  Read more

Philharmonia goes from dark to light with Persichetti, Brahms

The Bethel College Philharmonia will play a piece by Vincent Persichetti, featuring Evan Koch on trumpet, and Brahms' Second Symphony in a concert Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Student’s dream becomes reality with new disc golf course on campus

Bethel's new Disc Golf Club celebrated the even newer Thresher National Disc Golf Course, right in the middle of campus, with a ribbon-cutting Oct. 14.  Read more

Board supports rephrased mission and values statements

Bethel College’s Board of Directors, meeting on campus Oct. 16-17, unanimously approved revised mission and values statements.  Read more

Science and faith, creation and evolution, to be BIFL lecturer’s topics

John Haught, author of one of the common texts for this year's Basic Issues of Faith and Life classes, will be on campus to give two lectures Monday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Film profiles world’s leading expert on nonviolent revolution

The second film in this year's KIPCOR series, showing Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m., in Krehbiel Auditorium, profiles Gene Sharp, whose writings on nonviolent revolution have influenced anti-government resistance movements around the world.  Read more

Music theater aficionados invited to audition to sing with Broadway stars

Aspiring music theater performers are invited to submit an audition to be considered for a singing role in Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway when it's onstage at Bethel College Friday, Nov. 7.  Read more

Going global with God is focus of 2014 Menno Simons Lectures

Walter Sawatsky, professor emeritus at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, will deliver the annual Menno Simons Lectures, Oct. 26-28, on the overall topic Going Global with God in the Third Millennium.  Read more

HBPA brings sonic possibilities to Bethel stage with percussion ensemble

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts opens the 2014-15 season Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Krehbiel Auditorium with the Chicago-based quartet Third Coast Percussion.  Read more

World-renowned music headlining Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season

The 2014-15 HBPA series kicks off with Third Coast Percussion, continuing with Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway and the St. Louis Brass this fall, and the King's Singers and Trio Voronezh next spring.  Read more

Three new books with local ties coming to Kauffman Museum

Beginning Oct. 18, the Kauffman Museum store will carry new children's books by Lisa Weaver and Brenda Eck (with illustrations by Bethel student Jessie Pohl) and a new book of bird illustrations by Bob Regier.  Read more

Psychology is on stage for 8th annual STEM Symposium

Psychology alumni Louise Hawkley, Homewood, Illinois, David A.S. Kaufman, St. Louis, and Angela Troyer, Toronto, will be the featured presenters for this year's STEM Symposium, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.  Read more

Emergency training proves successful for Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Emergency drills and crisis plans are a little like insurance – you hope you never need them. But preparation paid off when, during the overnight hours of Oct. 6-7, there were reports of shots being fired near Bethel College’s … Read more

Students learn small ways to fight big problem of human trafficking

During a week when convocations focused on human trafficking worldwide and right here in south-central Kansas, Bethel students learned about what they could do on a small but effective scale.  Read more

Well-known musical will be on Bethel stage for Fall Festival

The Fall Festival musical, Man of La Mancha, takes place in Krehbiel Auditorium Friday night, with Saturday and Sunday afternoon matinees, Oct. 17-19.  Read more

Cebrun receives Bethel's 2014 UPS Scholarship

Hannah Cebrun, freshman from Valley View, Texas, will receive the UPS Scholarship awarded every year to one student from each of the 18 member institutions of the Kansas Independent College Association.  Read more

Enrollment holds steady for fall 2014

Overall enrollment for fall 2014 is 481, with 111 first-time freshmen and 63 transfer students.  Read more

Jantz honored as KICA Faculty of Distinction

The Kansas Independent College Association named one faculty member from each of its 18 member institutions -- including Allan Jantz, professor of education -- to its inaugural class of Faculty of Distinction.  Read more

Art faculty’s recent work now on display in Regier Gallery

Ceramics and photography by David Long and prints and artist books by Rachel Epp Buller are on display through Oct. 24, with the artist reception during Fall Festival, Friday, Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m.  Read more

44th Fall Festival to feature facilities, fun run, social work celebration

Fall Festival this year will spotlight the renovations and additions to the Fine Arts Center, a BCAPA-sponsored fun run, the social work department's 40th anniversary celebration and performances on the new outdoor stage (weather permitting).  Read more

John Boyd family donates eight of late artist’s prints to Bethel

The family of John Boyd has donated eight of the late WSU professor's prints to Bethel after a successful inaugural exhibit in the newly renovated Regier Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Center.  Read more

Kauffman Museum exhibit explores climate change, renewable energy

Climate and Energy Central: Doing Science in Kansas is the current special exhibit at Kauffman Museum, through Jan. 18, 2015, with special programs Saturday, Oct. 18 (Fall Festival), and Sunday, Nov. 9.  Read more

Wind Ensemble to open year with concert of classics

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble will play works by J.S. Bach, Wagner, Grainger and Prokofiev in the final event of Family Weekend, Sunday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Academic dean to step down at end of school year

Brad Born, vice president for academic affairs, has announced his resignation effective June 30, 2015, with plans to return to full-time teaching in literary studies starting in August 2016.  Read more

Student illustrates new children’s book about Kansas’ Big Brutus

Senior Jessie Pohl is the illustrator for a children's book by two Wichita women about Kansas' giant coal-mining machine, Big Brutus.  Read more

Bethel is Top 25 school according to 2015 U.S. News rankings

Bethel is in the top 25 "Best Regional Colleges-Midwest" in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the highest-ranked of its KCAC peer institutions.  Read more

Film explores stigmas associated with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

The KIPCOR Film Series for 2014-15 opens Sunday, Sept. 21, with a screening of Miss HIV, 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, followed by a talk-back session with Martin Wilson of Positive Directions in Wichita.  Read more

After an international start, Krahn Contest now open for second year

The second annual Cornelius Krahn Mennonite Multi-Media Contest for High Schoolers is now open for submissions from secondary school students in the United States and Canada.  Read more

Beloved printmaker’s work on display in Bethel art gallery

The Fine Arts Center gallery, newly renovated and renamed in honor of Professor Emeritus of Art Bob Regier, is hosting an exhibit by the late John Boyd of Wichita through Sept. 19, with a reception Thursday, Sept. 18, 6-8 p.m.  Read more

Bethel retains Top 5 national ranking

For the second year in a row, Bethel College appears at No. 3 on the Washington Monthly Best Baccalaureate Colleges list.  Read more

All-campus service project will help feed Harvey County hungry

About 450 students, faculty and staff participated in the Aug. 19 food-packaging event, part of Bethel Bridge, with all 50,000 meals going to the Harvey County Food Pantry.  Read more

Bethel announces new faculty, staff appointments

Bethel has new employees in athletics, residence life, administration and in several academic areas.  Read more

Hesston student receives second Will Scholarship

Veronica Ziegler, a 2014 graduate of Hesston High School, is the recipient of this year's Will Family Scholarship, given for academic achievement and community service.  Read more

New report: Kansas private colleges add $981 million annually to economy

Bethel is one of 18 private, independent colleges in Kansas that collectively generate the equivalent in revenue of nine Super Bowls annually for the state of Kansas.  Read more

For the seventh year, Bethel is on Forbes.com’s top colleges list

When it comes to return on investment (ROI), Bethel is right up there with the big players in Kansas higher education.  Read more

Women's basketball, volleyball teams earn national academic honors

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has ranked the Lady Threshers 15th academically for 2013-14 among schools in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.  Read more

Professor named Faculty Athletics Rep of the Year for KCAC

Merle Schlabaugh, professor of German, transfer student adviser and faculty athletics representative since 2000, has been named 2013-14 FAR of the Year for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.  Read more

Bethel explores new ways to help students maximize value of liberal arts

As more students start college undecided about a major, Bethel has been implementing ways to address that trend.  Read more

KIPCOR receives grant to help lessen divorce impact on kids

The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution has been awarded a $23,425 grant to carry out divorce impact education with parents in the Ninth Judicial District (Harvey and McPherson counties).  Read more

Kauffman Museum selects new director

Annette LeZotte has been named director of Kauffman Museum, to begin her duties Sept. 8.  Read more

Alumni Association to host 21st Henderson golf tourney

The annual Summer Golf Classic in support of activities sponsored by Bethel's Alumni Association will be at Galaway Creek Golf Course in Henderson, Nebraska, Saturday, Aug. 2.  Read more

Golf team members teach and learn from young campers

Eight members of the Thresher golf squad participated in the seventh straight service trip at Kids Across America in southwestern Missouri.  Read more

New VP for admissions begins work

Jeffrey Baylor, most recently at the University of South Dakota-Vermillion, began June 23 as vice president for admissions.  Read more

Two-sport athlete signs with Bethel

Elise Gerlach, a transfer from Cowley Community College, has signed to play women's soccer and basketball next year.  Read more

Training helps teachers create positive discipline through restoring relationships

Over the past three years, KIPCOR staff have led a number of Restorative Schools Initiative trainings – aimed at public school teachers, administrators and social workers – on “classroom discipline and school climate.”  Read more

Bethel maintains high pass rate for national nursing exam

For the third year in a row, Bethel College nursing graduates exceeded the national average pass rate for the licensure examination for registered nurses.  Read more

Bethel announces spring 2014 Dean’s List, Honor Roll, graduates

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel College students whose spring 2014 semester grades have earned academic distinction. Students are eligible for semester honors provided they … Read more

Community acceptance directs graduate toward voluntary service

While several Bethel seniors each year typically choose voluntary service, that wasn't automatic for Wes Goodrich.  Read more

Professor awarded Fulbright, will teach in Ukraine

Professor of Communication Arts John McCabe-Juhnke has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship for the 2014-15 school year.  Read more

Fifth Mennonite Life: From Yoder to immigration to music video

The fifth annual issue of Mennonite Life is now live and offers a large number of articles in several theme groupings.  Read more

Start celebration of National Trails Day with a bird walk on Sand Creek Trail

Take part in National Trails Day by walking Sand Creek Trail on Bethel's campus, with the option of an early-morning bird walk beginning in the Kauffman Museum parking lot.  Read more

Pinning ceremony honors nursing graduates

The 20 members of the Bethel nursing class of 2014 received their pins and celebrated special awards at the pinning ceremony May 17.  Read more

Professor of education is distinguished teacher for 2014

Allen Jantz, professor of education, received the Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award during commencement ceremonies May 18.  Read more

All true Threshers now: Schrag reminds graduates of valuable grain gleaned from a Bethel education

Dale Schrag, retiring director of church relations and campus pastor, gave the commencement address to the Class of 2014 all in rhyme.  Read more

Bethel summer art academy offers something for everyone

Bethel art faculty and guest artist instructors will lead a variety of art camp options for people of all ages, beginning with a five-day sculpting class May 26-30 and running through the end of June.  Read more

Faculty lecturer will focus on student experiences, learning in Haiti

Geri Tyrell, newly appointed director of nursing, will give the annual BCWA Faculty Public Lecture Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Long-lost etching plate for famous martyr volume now at Kauffman Museum

A recently discovered etching plate used in illustrating a 15th-century volume on Anabaptist martyrs is on display at Kauffman Museum through the end of this calendar year.  Read more

Bethel promotes nursing faculty member to director position

Geri Tyrell, who has taught in the Bethel nursing program since 2008, will assume the position of director of nursing beginning July 1.  Read more

New campus pastor brings both Bethel and wider church experience

Peter Goerzen, a 2007 Bethel graduate who has been a pastor at Grace Hill Mennonite Church in rural Newton, will become the new campus pastor and director of church relations, beginning in July.  Read more

Men’s basketball to begin a new Hoops era

Tony Hoops, a 2005 Bethel graduate and a member of the 2003 KCAC Championship men's basketball team, will become head coach for Thresher men's basketball starting in the fall.  Read more

San Antonio, Whitewater seniors sign to play women’s basketball

Sybella Sandoval, a senior at John Jay High School, San Antonio, Texas, and Kylee Schunn, a senior at Remington High School, Whitewater, will be coming to Bethel next year to play basketball.  Read more

Hays senior signs to play women’s soccer

Lacey Pfannenstiel, currently completing her senior year at Hays High School, signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Bethel beginning next fall.  Read more

Awards convocations recognize achievement in academics, athletics

As spring semester winds to a close, the last two Bethel convocations of the school year recognized students for their academic and athletic accomplishments in 2013-14.  Read more

Schrag will wind up 30 years at Bethel with commencement address

Dale Schrag, campus pastor and director of church relations, will speak to the Class of 2014 at commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. in Thresher Stadium.  Read more

Barrera and Lehmann to give senior saxophone recital

Danny Barrera and Carl Lehmann will give a joint saxophone recital Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Peace oration contest winner looks at social violence in tradition

Senior Henry Unruh gave the winning speech in Bethel's 2014 C. Henry Smith Peace Oration contest in late April, with junior Jerrell Williams taking second and senior Megan Siebert third.  Read more

Four Bethel art majors featured in final gallery exhibit of year

The annual Senior Art Exhibit, open now through May 18, features Sara Boman (photography), Edward Davila (photography), Audra Miller (drawings and graphic design) and Sam Sheridan (graphic design).  Read more

Jazz on the Green means it’s spring at Bethel

The annual Jazz on the Green concert will be Weds., May 7, starting at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium due to bad weather, featuring Jazz Ensembles I and II.  Read more

NAP time: Faculty, tutors offer remedies for procrastination

Nearly a quarter of the student body turned out at the library between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. April 30-May 1 for the first-ever Long Night Against Procrastination at Bethel.  Read more

Nothing but nets: 500 free throws raise funds to fight malaria

Heather Eddy and Daniel Ratzlaff's research project on malaria and West Nile virus spurred them to plan a fundraiser to buy treated mosquito nets to send to Africa.  Read more

Moms and others welcome at Open Road’s Mother's Day concert

Four seniors will be singing with Open Road for the last time in a Mother's Day concert, May 11 at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Audience invited to weave some new tunes with Woven

Woven's final concert of the year, Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall, will be the last for three graduating seniors and also mark the release of the group's newest CD, Wander Free.  Read more

May the fourth put a spring in your step with Wind Ensemble performance

The Wind Ensemble will mark National Star Wars Day with a concert of epic proportions, Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m. (note time change from printed calendars) in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Regular Sand Creek Trail bird walks to begin in May

Beginning May 3, there will be bird walks on Sand Creek Trail, starting from Kauffman Museum, in North Newton on the first Saturday of every month (start time will be sunrise as listed in the local paper or online).  Read more

Penner Math one of many distinctions for Bethel Outstanding Alumnus

Leona Penner, a 1966 graduate from Lincoln, Nebraska, who taught math for 46 years in Lincoln public schools, will receive the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award June 7 at the Alumni Banquet on campus.  Read more

FDA research scientist will receive Bethel achievement award

Peter Goering, a 1977 graduate from Silver Spring, Maryland, and a research toxicologist for the Food and Drug Administration, will receive the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award June 7 at the Alumni Banquet on campus.  Read more

Aaron Tschetter to give senior voice recital

Aaron Tschetter's senior recital is Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, featuring music by Handel, Schumann, Ravel, Donizetti, Finzi, Lehrer and Loesel.  Read more

URICA Symposium research presentations to take place April 25

Student research presentations will take place throughout the day in various campus locations Friday, April 25, beginning with the convocation slot at 11 a.m. and going through 4 p.m. Designed as an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the many … Read more

Student blazes trails in research, education

Guadalupe Gonzalez, senior from Newton, will be headed for Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C., April 27-29, to present her research on brain processing and language acquisition.  Read more

Portraits intended to stimulate conversation on gender labels

Audra Miller's photo exhibit, "The Gender Project," is now on display just outside the FAC Gallery for one week only, April 21-26.  Read more

Award winner successfully advocates for women within a religious context

Palwasha L. Kakar, who received the 2014 Young Alumnus Award, was on campus the week of April 14, where she gave a lecture co-sponsored with KIPCOR and spoke about women in Islam in the Judaism, Christianity and Islam class.  Read more

New museum exhibit explores Mennonite life, death, honor

Kauffman Museum is highlighting Mennonite heritage with the special exhibition “What’s Old is New: Recent Acquisitions to Our Mennonite Collections,” open now through May 18.  Read more

Masterworks program to feature French composers, Bethel orchestra

The annual Masterworks concert, featuring instrumental pieces by Hector Berlioz and Claude Debussy, and the choral Requiem by Camille Saint-Saens, will be Sun., April 27, at 4 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Six student directors will bring one-act plays to Krehbiel Auditorium stage

One-act plays -- directed by Dalton Smith, Hank Unruh, Leland Brown, Cody Claassen, Jocelyn Wilkinson and Leah Towle -- are onstage Fri., April 25, and Sat., April 26, starting at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Bethel adds Accounting concentration, Health Studies certificate

Bethel has recently made two curriculum additions: an Accounting concentration (part of the business major) and a certificate in Interprofessional Health Studies.  Read more

Bethel begins search for new admissions VP

Bethel College Vice President for Admissions Todd Moore has announced his resignation, effective April 25.  Read more

Jazz groups to preview festival pieces

Jazz Ensemble I and the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble will give a Festival Preview Concert Tues., April 15, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium before heading to jazz festivals in Kansas City and Wichita April 24-25.  Read more

Students present research at national undergraduate conference

Seniors Laura Jensen and Rachel Unruh presented a poster, based on research originating in a Cognitive Psychology lab, at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky, April 3-5.  Read more

Annual student exhibit now open in gallery

Work by 39 Bethel students is now on display in the annual Student Art Exhibit, April 4-25 in the FAC Gallery, with the artists' reception Thursday, April 24, from 6-8 p.m. outside the gallery.  Read more

Bethel signs new agreement to foster exchange with Chinese college

Brad Born, vice president for academic affairs, was in Guangzhou, China, March 27-30, to sign an agreement with Zengcheng College and its International College that could bring Chinese students to Bethel for a semester.  Read more

Beyond the ugly selfie: Students learn how to take a better photo

More than 50 people signed up for one of Bethel's newest clubs, the Photography Club, which started this fall.  Read more

Bethel orchestra concert to be out of this world

The Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra's spring concert has changed venues, from Mem Hall to Bethel College Mennonite Church, and will be Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m., with works by Franck and Mozart.  Read more

Evan Koch to give senior trumpet recital

Evan Koch's senior recital is Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel and will feature works by Enesco, Vivaldi, Kennan and Clarke.  Read more

Hege will receive first Goering Award for an outstanding music alumnus

Daniel Hege, music director and conductor of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, will receive the first Erwin C. and Verna Kaufman Goering Music Award at the annual Masterworks concert Sunday, April 27.  Read more

Local bird expert to lead walk for museum’s Earth Day activity

Kauffman Museum will host a bird walk on Sand Creek Trail, with local bird expert Gregg Friesen, Sat., April 19, beginning at the museum at 7 a.m.  Read more

Documentary shows the human face of climate change

The acclaimed 2010 documentary Climate Refugees will screen in Krehbiel Auditorium Sun., April 6, at 3:30 p.m., followed by a talk-back session with Jon Piper, professor of biology, and others.  Read more

Concert on historic museum organ to be part of Newton-area arts festival

Donna Ratzlaff Hetrick, adjunct instructor of organ, will give a concert (with junior Mika Patron playing one piece) on the Teschemacher/Deknatel/Van der Smissen organ at Kauffman Museum, Sat., April 5, at 3:30 p.m.  Read more

Kaleigh earns rave reviews on The Voice, will perform at Mojo’s

Kaleigh Glanton will perform two shows at Mojo's Thurs., March 27, from 7-8 p.m. and from 9-10 p.m. (special student show).  Read more

Gonzalez to present research poster on Capitol Hill

Guadalupe Gonzalez, senior psychology and business major, will present her research at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C., April 28-29, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research.  Read more

Bethel’s 2014 Young Alumnus awardee advocates for women worldwide

Palwasha L. Kakar will accept the 2014 Young Alumnus Award and give a KIPCOR Peace Lecture Mon., April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Concert Choir to sing in KC area after convention appearance

After singing for the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, the Bethel College Concert Choir will perform at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, March 22, and at Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, March 23.  Read more

Bethel slate complete for national forensics tournament

Senior Hank Unruh is making his fourth and final appearance at AFA-NIET, April 4-7 on the campus of Arizona State University, Tempe, while Leland Brown, Jacob Miller and Clinton Unruh will all be competing at nationals for the first time.  Read more

Final HBPA event brings world-renowned South African choir to Bethel stage

The Soweto Gospel Choir will kick off the first-ever Spring into the Arts Festival with a performance in Mem Hall Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series.  Read more

Fenske stepping down as cheer coach

Cheer coach Jill Fenske has resigned her position effective April 30, or sooner if the position is filled before then, Kent Allshouse athletic director, announced March 3.  Read more

Annual lamplighting service honors nursing students

Twenty-nine junior nursing students were honored at the annual lamplighting Feb. 22 in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Peace activist to speak on Palestinian conflict and U.S. foreign policy

Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., will speak on "A Review of American Foreign Policy and the Conflict in Palestine," Thursday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Miller creates portraits to stimulate conversation on gender labels

Knowing well that a picture can speak 1,000 words, Audra Miller, Hesston, wants to start a conversation about gender perceptions.  Read more

Memoirist to reflect on writing during Kansas book tour

Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of the 2013 memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, will be on campus March 9-10, at Kauffman Museum (Sun., 3:30 p.m.) and in convocation (Mon., 11 a.m.).  Read more

Jamison ends basketball coaching tenure at Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College head men’s basketball coach Alonzo Jamison will not return for the 2014-15 season. Kent Allshouse, Bethel athletic director, made the announcement Feb. 24 “To have someone with such historic ties … Read more

Pirates and daughters and cops, oh my!: Comic operetta coming to Bethel stage

Bethel's spring opera is Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee March 9 at 2 p.m., in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Better harmony: Dad and daughter work on first book together

When junior art major Jessie Pohl's father, Dan, was preparing to publish his first book-length poetry manuscript, he decided to turn to his daughter as an illustrator.  Read more

Potter’s love of the natural world inspires his work

Travis Berning, whose exhibit Recent Works opened Feb. 21 in the FAC Gallery, will give the next Greer Lecture, Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, followed by an artist reception outside the gallery.  Read more

Bethel continues to qualify for nationals in forensics

Leland Brown will be making his first trip to AFA-NIET in April after qualifying in Dramatic Interpretation, while Hank Unruh qualified a second event, at the KASIE tournament held at Bethel Feb. 15.  Read more

Biology professor was beloved teacher to many

A. Wayne Wiens, Bethel College professor emeritus of biology, died unexpectedly Feb. 6 from complications of a fall suffered in December. He was 77.  Read more

New coach seeks to carry on strong Bethel forensics tradition

Director of Forensics Mallory Marsh comes to Bethel with a long history of competing and excitement for the future of the program.  Read more

Jazz Ensemble I to come out swinging

Classic American big band music will fill up the stage at Newton's Fox Theater Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in a concert by Jazz I with guest musicians Jeff Harshbarger, Brett Jackson and Aaron Linscheid.  Read more

Nicole Smith and Michelle Unruh to give joint piano recital

The recital is Sunday, March 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel and will include one duet number as well as solo pieces.  Read more

Concert will wind up first-ever Honors Band Clinic at Bethel

Seven outstanding high school musicians will be on campus Saturday, Feb. 22, for a band clinic, which will wrap up with a concert by the Bethel College Wind Ensemble in Krehbiel Auditorium that evening at 7 p.m.  Read more

Concert series to host guitar quartet sensation

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts presents the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, performing at Hesston Mennonite Church Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Bethel qualifies second competitor for 2014 forensics nationals

Hank Unruh, senior from Newton, has qualified for AFA-NIET, the forensics national competition, with a 1st-place finish in Impromptu Speaking during the Zombie Apocalypse Swing tournament at Hutchinson Community College Feb. 8.  Read more

Sights, sounds and reality of Haiti produce life-changing experience

Visiting Haiti four years after a devastating earthquake, Steph Shogren and the members of her Cross-Cultural Learning Seminar found a country both beautiful and struggling, full of friendly, hospitable people.  Read more

Bethel announces 2014 football signings

Thresher football began its signing period Thursday, Feb. 6, National Signing Day, by announcing the names of 20 junior college transfers and more than 70 incoming freshmen who have signed to play in fall 2014.  Read more

Bethel chosen as Hometown Teams partner site, to look at sports and community

Bethel College, through CIC in fall 2015, will be part of the Hometown Teams initiative, to tell the local story of how sports shapes community, through a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.  Read more

Time in Chicago brings plays and issues to life

Abigail Bechtel recounts the interterm 2014 trip to Chicago for the Studies in Drama class -- seeing plays, visiting different neighborhoods, finding the Willis (Sears) Tower and experiencing Chicago-style pizza for the first time.  Read more

Choir tour a combination of music, history, food and friendship

Ben Kreider reflects on the Concert Choir's interterm tour -- singing in venues in Poland, The Netherlands and Germany, making new friends, fortifying existing friendships, eating great food, deepening spiritual life and putting history into context.  Read more

Film tries to facilitate conversation toward reconciliation in Israel-Palestine

KIPCOR will sponsor a screening of Two Sided Story, a documentary that looks at the many facets of conflict in Israel-Palestine, Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Goossen to reprise program on history of Bethel bell

Newton attorney Levi Goossen will present a program on the history of the Bethel bell and its connections to northwest Kansas and Brown v. Board of Education, as well as the Mennonite church and Bethel College, Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Buildi  Read more

Students cross cultures by going into prison

Ten Bethel students will present the collaborative theater project Inside Story, the result of an interterm spent working with inmates at Hutchinson Correctional Facility, Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel  Read more

Choir to sing home concert after returning from European tour

Shortly after returning from their January tour of Poland, Germany and The Netherlands, the Bethel College Concert Choir will give its home concert, Sunday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Emeritus professor built foundation of excellence for forensics, debate

Ada Mae Haury taught speech and coached debate and forensics at Bethel College from 1963-85 and was the first professor to be awarded emeritus status, in 1989.  Read more

The arts take center stage for Kauffman Museum’s 2014 Kansas Day

The 17th annual Celebrate Kansas Day! at Kauffman Museum will be Saturday, Jan. 25, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in and around the museum, with a special focus this year on the arts in Kansas.  Read more

North Newton native, now Broadway star, to make HBPA appearance

Rachel de Benedet (Rachel Kasper Fitzsimons) will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday, Friday, Jan. 31, with a special added performance Saturday, Feb. 1, both nights at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Artist’s books give Pankratz a voice to tell stories of transformation

Teresa Pankratz's installation The Dream House Collection opens Thursday, Jan. 16, with the artist reception that evening from 6-8 p.m., and remains through Feb. 14 in the FAC Gallery.  Read more

Cross-cultural learning in Haiti teaches students gratitude

Seven students, including six senior nursing majors, and nursing professor Geri Tyrell spent a week in Hinche, Haiti, right after fall semester final exams.  Read more

Thresher basketball will break in new gym floor at Jan. 11 home game

The new Thresher Gym floor will be introduced at the home varsity basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11 (women at 5 p.m., men at 7 p.m.), with free admission for everyone wearing Bethel attire.  Read more

Activist, essayist and poet to give MLK Day keynote address Jan. 20

The documentary The Loving Story will screen at Bethel Sunday, Jan. 19, and Ewuare Osayande, who coordinates the Anti-Oppression ministry of MCC U.S., will speak Monday, Jan. 20, both events at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Fall athletes earn academic honors

Eleven Bethel College fall sports athletes were named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athletes, announced by the NAIA in December.  Read more

Bethel coaches sign three more athletes

Kiley Varney, Hesston High School, has signed to run cross-country, while Kate Joliff, Newton High School, and Kimberly Buzbee, Topeka High School, have signed to play tennis, starting in fall 2014.  Read more

Kauffman Museum to host gallery walk for exhibit closing

John Thiesen of the Mennonite Library and Archives and Rachel Epp Buller, assistant professor of art, will lead a gallery walk for "Art That Worked: WPA Art in Newton, 1935-43," Sunday, Jan. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in Kauffman Museum.  Read more

Regier and Friesen exhibit to open in Lindsborg gallery

Pastels by Bob Regier and wood sculpture by Paul Friesen will be on display in the Birger Sandzen Gallery in Lindsborg, Jan. 14-Feb. 23, with an artist reception at the gallery Sunday, Jan. 19.  Read more

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