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Past Bethel College News: 2015

Bethel launches socially responsible endowed fund

One of the outcomes of fall board meetings at Bethel College was establishment of a socially responsible investment (SRI) fund for endowed gifts.  Read more

Unruh honored as Kansas Teacher of Promise

Michelle Unruh attended the Kansas State Teacher of the Year 2016 State Awards Banquet along with other Kansas college and university students who have been named Teachers of Promise.  Read more

Forensics novices compete at Hutch tournament

Candy Dao, Shekhinah Jones, Emily Kondziola and Heather Chaney took part in the Outer Limits Swing at Hutchinson Community College Dec. 5.  Read more

Bethel will light the Green Dec. 6

The 30th annual Lighting of the Green will be Sunday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in the center of campus, with candles provided.  Read more

Cross-country athletes earn academic honors

Junior Grace Bradfield and seniors Olivia Gehring, Laird Goertzen and Erin Regier were named to the 2015 NAIA Daktronics Cross-Country Scholar-Athlete Team.  Read more

Organ music for Christmas and Advent returns to Bethel chapel

Donna Hetrick will play organ music for Christmas and Advent Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in the chapel -- followed at 8 p.m. by the 30th annual Lighting of the Green.  Read more

Christmas Gala Jazz an anticipated part of fall semester’s end

Christmas Gala Jazz, featuring Bethel Jazz Ensembles I and II, will be Friday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Sixteen Bethel nursing students inducted into honor society

The induction ceremony for the student nurses' honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, took place Nov. 15 at Wichita State University.  Read more

Symposium devoted to practices that sustain the worshiping community

Christine Pohl from Asbury Theological Seminary and Father Michael Driscoll from the University of Notre Dame were on campus Nov. 21 to explore how gratitude and hospitality are essential to healthy Christian life.  Read more

Sunflower Trio concert to honor late Bethel music professor emeritus

The Sunflower Trio will perform Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in Bethel College Mennonite Church in a program honoring the life and work of J. Harold Moyer.  Read more

Celtic music and dance to ring in holiday season

The award-winning Irish-American band Cherish the Ladies will be at Hesston Mennonite Church Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. for the next event in the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series.  Read more

Sharp to speak on Orie Miller’s broad influence on Mennonite institutions

Hesston College professor John Sharp will speak about his book on Orie O. Miller at the next Friends of the MLA program, Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Kauffman Museum auditorium.  Read more

Wind Ensemble and 3rd Honors Band welcome guest composer Maslanka

The Wind Ensemble and 3rd annual Honors Band will play works by composer-in-residence David Maslanka, Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Issei Tsuji to give senior trombone recital

Issei Tsuji's senior recital is Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel and will also include selections by Bethel College Jazz Combo.  Read more

Krahn contest offers college scholarships to winners

The Cornelius Krahn Mennonite Multimedia Contest for High Schoolers has added a new incentive for 2015–16 — a $500 scholarship to winners who enroll at either Bethel, Hesston or Tabor College.  Read more

Third Thresher qualifies for the forensics national tournament

After taking the tournament championship in Persuasion this past weekend at the Broncolope Swing at Hastings College, sophomore Shekhinah Jones will be going to nationals in that event.  Read more

Volleyball players honored for achievement on, off court

Ashley Dishon, Emma Hilgenfeld, Katie Neira and Amanda Ramsden were named to the All-KCAC Honorable Mention team, and Tia Goertzen to the KCAC Champions of Character Team.  Read more

Lecturer speaks on why Mennonites should pay attention to their writers

Writing in the categories of desire, heresy, defiance and doubt -- where many current Mennonite literature can be found -- is indispensable to both creative work and true faith, says Jeff Gundy, professor of English at Bluffton University.  Read more

Fall jazz concert a collaboration between collegiate, high school players

Joel Linscheid, saxophone, and Nick Schroeder, trumpet, will be guest soloists for a joint concert featuring Bethel Jazz Ensemble I and the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble, Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Freshman qualifies for forensics nationals

Last weekend at the Green Country Swing in Tulsa, Emily Kondziola qualified for forensics nationals (AFA-NIET) in Extemporaneous Speaking.  Read more

Bethel announces coaching changes

Bethel College men’s soccer coach Brennan Peacock and volleyball coach John Marble have announced their resignations.  Read more

New drama from 16th-century martyr history at museum Nov. 15

Katie Schmidt, Adam Robb and Doug Siemens will perform the readers theater piece I Have Not Forsaken the Word of God Sunday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. in the Kauffman Museum auditorium.  Read more

Vocalist takes top honors at local, regional competitions

Freshman Blake Overman took first place at the Tabor College Vocal Competition Oct. 24 and second place in his division at the NATS West Central Region student auditions Oct. 31 at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  Read more

Programmers compete in regional contest

Bethel sent two teams of three students to ACM's annual regional programming contest Oct. 31, where they competed against students from colleges and universities in the North Central North America region.  Read more

Three Bethel teams are academic champions in KCAC

Softball, women's soccer and men's indoor track were top academic teams for the KCAC in 2014–15, tying Bethel with two other schools for the most All-Academic Team awards.  Read more

Bethel’s 3rd worship and arts symposium to look at place, value of community

Christine D. Pohl from Asbury Theological Seminary and Father Michael Driscoll from the University of Notre Dame will be the resource people for the Worship & the Arts Symposium Saturday, Nov. 21, on campus.  Read more

Exhibit shows engraver’s work well beyond Martyrs Mirror

Professor of Visual Art and Design Rachel Epp Buller and senior Allie Shoup have curated an exhibit of prints by 17th-century Dutch artist Jan Luyken, gathered from Bethel's collection.  Read more

Class invites public to Dia de los Muertos celebration on campus Nov. 4

Come learn about Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico and Guatemala and participate in traditional activities Weds., Nov. 4, from 7-9 p.m. in the atrium of Will Academic Center.  Read more

Film shows climate change occurring right before viewers’ eyes

The award-winning documentary Chasing Ice will screen Sunday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, with KU professor David Braaten leading the talk-back session following.  Read more

Gundy will unravel essential thread of Anabaptism in lectures

Jeff Gundy, professor of English at Bluffton (Ohio) University, will speak on the overall theme of Wrestling with Mennonite/s Writing, Sunday, Nov. 1, and Monday, Nov. 2, in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center.  Read more

Fall concert to feature all five Bethel choral groups

The Concert Choir, Woven and Open Road will join the fall concert of the Women's Chorus and Men's Ensemble for a choral extravaganza, Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m. in Bethel College Mennonite Church.  Read more

Sports columnist to speak on how youth baseball builds community

Wichita Eagle sports columnist Bob Lutz will be the featured speaker for Kauffman Museum's Living Endowment Dinner Sunday, Nov. 8, with reservations due by Nov. 3.  Read more

Philharmonia, Honors Orchestra to present all-Beethoven concert

The Philharmonia, with the 2nd high school Honors Orchestra, will play works by Beethoven, including Symphony No. 8 and the first movement from Symphony No. 5, Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  Read more

Bethel welcomes visiting writers to campus

Steven Wingate will be on campus Oct. 27, including a reading in Memorial Grove (bad weather alternate: Ad Building chapel) starting at 7:30 p.m., and Jeff Gundy Nov. 1–2, with a reading of recent poetry during convocation Nov. 2 at 11 a.m.  Read more

Biblical scholars to speak at from Old, New Testament perspectives

New Testament scholar Tom Yoder Neufeld, Waterloo, Ontario, speaks on campus Oct. 25–26, and Safwat Marzouk, a professor of Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Oct. 29–30, with all lectures in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Bethel community mourns the loss of student

As Bethel students returned from fall break, they learned of the passing of Qadrey Tolliver, a first-year student from Kempner, Texas.  Read more

New board members appointed, come from western U.S.

Lori Schmidt-Harrison, Pasadena, California, and Wynn Goering, Albuquerque, were appointed to the Bethel board at fall meetings Oct. 8–9, to start their terms Jan. 1, 2016.  Read more

Gypsy jazz and silent films to open performing arts series year

Hot Club of San Francisco opens the 2015–16 season of Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, with music accompanying films by early filmmakers Ladislaw Starewicz and Charley Bowers.  Read more

Quinlin earns Faculty of Distinction honor from college association

Dan Quinlin, professor of languages, was among 17 faculty members selected to receive the Kansas Independent College Association’s (KICA) 2015 Faculty of Distinction award.  Read more

Board approves strategic plan

The Bethel College Board of Directors unanimously approved a strategic plan that has been in development since 2014 and is designed to carry the college through 2022.  Read more

Bethel has first nationals qualifier in forensics, first sweepstakes win of year

Jacob Miller, and the Threshers forensics squad, needed only two swing tournaments to, respectively, qualify for forensics nationals and bring home the first sweepstakes trophy of the year.  Read more

Summer ministry experiences affirm students’ pastoral calls

Seniors Allie Shoup and Josh Janzen spent 11 weeks of their summer as pastoral interns with the Ministry Inquiry Program, Shoup in North Newton and Janzen in Salem, Oregon.  Read more

Play for all ages about making connections in a diverse environment

The first theater production of the year, Oct. 9–11 during Fall Festival, is Brooklyn Bridge by Melissa James Gibson, the heartwarming story of how a girl discovers connections and community in New York City.  Read more

45th Fall Festival is chock-full of reunions

Most Fall Festival activities — including a variety of class and special group reunions — take place on campus Saturday, Oct. 10, starting with New Year's cookies and going through the homecoming football game.  Read more

Gallery features recent work by two emeritus faculty

“Gail Lutsch and Bob Regier: Recent Works” opened in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center Sept. 25, with the artist reception to be held during Fall Festival, Friday, Oct. 9, 6–8 p.m.  Read more

Hasan named to presidential advisory council

Aziza Hasan, a 2003 Bethel graduate, is among the 18 individuals whom President Barack Obama has appointed to the President’s 3rd Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  Read more

Buzbee receives UPS Scholarship for 2015

Bethel College sophomore Kimberly Buzbee has been selected to receive a $2,425 UPS Scholarship for 2015-16, provided through the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) Fund.  Read more

Bethel welcomes healthy enrollment increase for 2015

Overall enrollment jumped 8 percent, from 481 to 525, last fall to fall 2015, the best numbers in four years.  Read more

First Wind Ensemble concert of school year to feature American composers

The Wind Ensemble's first concert of the year will be Sunday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. in Mem Hall, featuring works by Kallstrom, Ives, Schuman, Persichetti, Nielsen and Sousa.  Read more

In his new job, alumnus joins tradition of prison ministry

Jerrell Williams, the new director of prison ministries for Offender Victim Ministries in Newton, took the job with the intent of diving into the issue of mass incarceration in the United States.  Read more

Exhibit, grant show how sports build college, hometown community

The community-building potential of sports are what drew Rachel Epp Buller to curate “Root for the Home Team,” the special exhibit at Kauffman Museum through the end of the school year.  Read more

Miller is third-place winner in international peace speech contest

Jacob Miller was the first Bethel student since 2008 to finish in the Top 3 for the international C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest for students from Mennonite colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.  Read more

Three events to explore Mexican-American fast-pitch as cultural resource

Ben Chappell, a professor of American studies at KU, speaks at Kauffman Museum Sunday, Sept. 20, 3 p.m., and in convo Monday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m., and moderates a panel that evening at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

U.S. News 2016 rankings place Bethel College highest of peer schools

Bethel is in the top third of the top tier of the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Regional Colleges-Midwest for 2015-16.  Read more

Film reveals a different truth about the end of slavery in America

KIPCOR opens its annual film series Sunday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium with a documentary about how slavery in America continued well beyond the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.  Read more

Science standards a lever to move education forward, says alumnus award winner

Matt Krehbiel, the 2015 Young Alumnus Award winner, spoke in convocation Aug. 28 about building coalitions with a goal of changing systems.  Read more

Bethel stays in national top 5 for Best Baccalaureate Colleges

Bethel appears high on the list of Washington Monthly's rankings of 344 baccalaureate colleges and universities in the United States for 2015-16.  Read more

Bethel makes fall classes available for community audit

Special audit rates are now available to community members interested in Bethel's fall class schedule.  Read more

Cox uses clay to express life experience, extend compassion through art

"Compassionate Clay," ceramics by Wichita artist and teacher Debi Cox, is in the Regier Gallery through Sept. 20, with the artist reception Thursday, Sept. 17, 6-8 p.m.  Read more

Bookstore has new name to reflect changing services

The Bethel bookstore name has been changed to Thresher Shop, with many of the same services still provided, just not many books.  Read more

School year starts with food packaging service project

New students work together to package 20,000 meals that the Salvation Army will use to feed the hungry in Harvey County.  Read more

Bethel to host reunion jazz concert with alumni, faculty and guests

Some of the finest jazz musicians in the Wichita and Kansas City areas will perform in Krehbiel Auditorium Sunday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m.  Read more

Halstead High School student is Bethel's third Will Scholar

Nathan Gamache, Halstead, is this year's recipient of the Will Family Scholarship, which rewards community service and academic performance in honor of the late James A. Will.  Read more

Bethel College makes new faculty and staff appointments

Bethel has announced new administration, faculty and staff appointments for the 2015-16 school year.  Read more

Professor emeritus Howard Snider a lifelong learner with varied interests

Bethel College Professor Emeritus of Sociology Howard M. Snider died at his home in North Newton Sunday, Aug. 2, at the age of 92.  Read more

Bethel ranks high in Kansas for return on investment

Once again, Bethel is the only private liberal arts college in the state to make Forbes.com's list of top colleges, ranking ahead of Wichita State University in return on investment (ROI).  Read more

Fulbright year teaches McCabe-Juhnke value of living as resident alien

One goal Professor of Communication Arts John McCabe-Juhnke had for his sabbatical in Ukraine in 2014-15 was to test and refine his own capacity for empathy.  Read more

HBPA season to feature artists from around the world

Chanticleer and Cherish the Ladies are among the five groups spanning genres and sounds in this school year's Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series.  Read more

Stucky papers at Bethel cover topics from social concerns to wheat centennial

Mennonite Library and Archives volunteer David Haury has completed a detailed listing for the papers of Harley J. Stucky, the second-largest personal collection in the MLA.  Read more

Mennonite witness leads to lasting change in U.S. mental-health care

Aaron Barnhart’s long interest in American pacifism led him to explore Civilian Public Service, an alternative service program operated during World War II, and its effects on the present day.  Read more

Program will explore Kansas Mennonites’ impact on U.S. mental-health care

Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas Humanities Council's Speakers Bureau will explore how alternative service led Kansas Mennonites to spearhead mental-health care reform, Sunday, July 19, 3 p.m. in the Kauffman Museum auditorium.  Read more

Thrift-store items become catalyst for changing ideas on race

The first-ever Kauffman Museum exhibit to focus specifically on a social issue will now become a traveling exhibit that hopefully sparks conversations about stereotyping and race across the country.  Read more

Plaque honors a Sand Creek Trail founder for his vision

Nearly 20 years ago, Jake Goering of North Newton had the vision to develop a hiking trail on the Bethel campus that is now used and loved by many.  Read more

Youth Ministry class opens doors while it fulfills requirements

Although few in the spring class Introduction to Youth Ministry are planning on that as a vocation, the experience opened some new possibilities for a number of students.  Read more

Awards convocations recognize achievement in academics, athletics

Scholars, athletes and scholar-athletes were rewarded for a year of hard work and accomplishment at the final two convocations of the school year.  Read more

Bethel announces spring 2015 Dean’s List, Honor Roll

Bethel College associate registrar Kay Schmidt has announced the names of Bethel students whose spring 2015 semester grades have earned academic distinction.  Read more

Bethel gives faculty awards for distinguished scholarship, teaching

At the end of this school year, Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, received the David H. Richert Distinguished Scholar Award, while Dan Quinlin, professor of languages, was the recipient of the 2015 Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award.  Read more

Mennonite Life 2015 issue includes articles on Harding, Yoder

Mennonite Life's 2015 issue includes sections on the late Vincent Harding, a civil rights activist and former Mennonite pastor, and theologian John Howard Yoder, along with a variety of other articles and book reviews.  Read more

National Trails Day on campus will honor trail champion

Walk Sand Creek Trail Day, part of the 23rd annual National Trails Day celebration, will be Sat., June 6, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sand Creek Trail, with a special recognition event for Jake Goering at Memorial Grove at 3 p.m.  Read more

New VP for admissions comes to Bethel from Fresno Pacific University

Andrew Johnson, who recently completed two years as director of undergraduate admissions at Fresno (California) Pacific University, will become Bethel vice president for admissions starting July 13.  Read more

Bethel C. Henry Smith winner: How labeling harms peacemaking

Jacob Miller placed first and Jesse Voth-Gaeddert second in the Bethel section of the C. Henry Smith Peace Oration contest, held in late April.  Read more

Epp gives graduates ideas for building lives from their college foundation

Former Bethel President E. LaVerne Epp, Lawrence, addressed the 95 members of the Bethel Class of 2015 at commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 17, in Thresher Stadium.  Read more

Museum racing forward with special exhibit

"Sorting Out Race: Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations" closes Sun., May 24, with a program by exhibit collaborators Annette LeZotte and Rachel Pannabecker, 3 p.m. at the museum.  Read more

Final gallery exhibit of the year features two senior art majors

Paintings by Jessie Pohl and Tiana Williams are on display in the Regier Gallery through May 17, with the artist reception Fri., May 15, 7-9 p.m. outside the gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center.  Read more

Open Road to give Mother’s Day concert

The Open Road year-ending concert is Sunday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  Read more

Woven’s final concert of year to feature guests for Woven Road

Woven's year-ending concert is Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall and will include the men's ensemble Open Road for three numbers.  Read more

Kauffman Museum summer camps offer old favorites and new adventures

Uncle Carl's Camps at Kauffman Museum run in one-week sessions starting June 1, for children ranging in age from preschool to high school.  Read more

Julie Wedel Martens to give senior piano recital

Julie Wedel Martens' senior piano recital is Tues., May 5, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, featuring works by Mozart, Grieg, Debussy and Khachaturian.  Read more

Jazz groups to bring music to the Green in annual spring concert

Jazz on the Green takes place Weds., May 6, at 8 p.m., featuring Jazz Ensembles I and II, with Krehbiel Auditorium as the rain alternative.  Read more

Distinguished Achievement awardee made math history at Bethel

Samir Khabbaz, professor emeritus of mathematics at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was the first Bethel student ever to take the prestigious Putnam exam in math.  Read more

Bethel named a Christian College of Distinction for 2015–16

Bethel is one of only three private faith-based colleges in the state to be named a Christian College of Distinction.  Read more

Former Bethel President Epp to address the Class of 2015

E. LaVerne Epp, Lawrence, Bethel president from 2002-05, will give the commencement address Sunday, May 17, with the title "From Here to There."  Read more

Brahms’ largest, best-loved work to be Masterworks performance

Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms is this year's choral masterworks, with the Bethel College Oratorio Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra and soloists, Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Deckers to be honored for giving Bethel students a home away from home

It’s probably impossible to get a firm count on the number of Bethel College students Jerry and Delora Decker have hosted in their home.  Read more

Golf receives first KCAC Team of Character award

Thresher golf joins volleyball in being named the first KCAC Team of Character in their respective sport.  Read more

Symposium celebrates research, internships and creative activity

Bethel's annual URICA Symposium includes a day of student research presentations, Fri., April 24, along with theater, music and visual arts.  Read more

Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble founder to return to Bethel to lead workshop

The Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I will give a concert with guest artist Mike Steinel, Denton, Texas, Mon., April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, following a jazz clinic at Bethel April 26-27.  Read more

Kauffman Museum to celebrate Earth Day with family program

Kauffman Museum's annual Earth Day event will be Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in the museum and will include children in brainstorming to develop text for a book on care for the earth.  Read more

Michelle Unruh to give senior piano recital

Michelle Unruh's piano recital will be Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, featuring works by Husa, Liszt, Scarlatti, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Shostakovich.  Read more

Actors play multiple characters in comedy about conflict, class and family

Bethel's production of The Dining Room will be on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 23-25, at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Lecture at Kauffman Museum will examine history of racial stereotypes

Dr. Robert E. Weems Jr., professor of history at Wichita State University, will speak Sun., April 19, at 3 p.m. at Kauffman Museum in connection with the current special exhibit, "Sorting Out Race."  Read more

Band concert includes guests, hearkens back to another era

The Wind Ensemble will collaborate with the McPherson Community Brass Choir, under the direction of Jerry Toews, and baritone William Browning for a concert Sunday, April 19, 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  Read more

Gift of scanned negatives gives positive turn to Hopi Mennonite mission story

John Thiesen, co-director of libraries, made a trip to the Hopi Reservation over spring break to present a digitized version of the H.R. Voth photo collection, taken at Hopi in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Read more

Annual student exhibit now open in Regier Gallery

The annual Student Art Exhibit features sculpture, ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, embroidery, jewelry and prints by 36 different Bethel students.  Read more

Bethel director of development to step down at end of fiscal year

Fred Goering has announced his resignation, effective the end of the current fiscal year (June 30).  Read more

Weather Update April 4

Power restored on campus.  Read more

Bethel to honor 2015 Young Alumnus for high standards in science

Among the things most important to Bethel College’s 2015 Young Alumnus Award winner: his family and his professional identity as a science teacher.  Read more

Riley King to give senior voice recital

Riley King, baritone, will give his senior recital Sat., April 11, at 4 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Former Wichita Wild head coach to lead Thresher football

Bethel's new head football coach, Morris Lolar, was a member of a Grey Cup-winning CFL team in 1993 and coached the Wichita Wild to a league championship in 2013.  Read more

Trio Voronezh brings sounds of Russia to HBPA stage

Trio Voronezh makes a return appearance as the final Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts event of this school year, Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m. on the Hesston College campus.  Read more

Students awarded prestigious fellowships for graduate studies

Senior Dylan Jantz and 2014 graduate Guadalupe Gonzalez have been awarded major fellowships to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Kansas and the University of Texas-Austin, respectively.  Read more

Kauffman Museum looking for sports objects that tell important stories

Rachel Epp Buller is looking for memorabilia that tells stories about how sports help build community, for a special exhibit to run at Kauffman Museum next school year.  Read more

Conference affirms career choice for social work students

Ten social work students attended a conference in Kansas City that proved invaluable for networking, building confidence and showing the potential in their major and career choice.  Read more

KATS announces student honors in athletic training

Bethel had the second-highest number of students to be named to the Kansas Athletic Trainers' Society (KATS) 1st Team for the 2014 academic year.  Read more

Milliman named vice president for academic affairs

Robert Milliman, professor of New Testament and Greek at Cedarville (Ohio) University, has been appointed vice president for academic affairs, beginning July 1.  Read more

Choir to wind up spring tour with home concert March 29

After traveling to churches in Oklahoma and Texas over spring break, the Concert Choir will perform in Mem Hall Sunday, March 29, at 7 p.m.  Read more

New look, features make tuning in to Bethel radio station easier

Jesse Kaufman's redesign of the KBCU website, kbcu.bethelks.edu, makes it easier to listen to and interact with Bethel's student-run radio station.  Read more

Unruh and Schrag to give joint recital with trumpet, bassoon

Braden Unruh, trumpet, and Liz Schrag, bassoon, will give a joint junior recital Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, featuring works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Osborn, Fasch and Kennan.  Read more

Retired pastor, gun violence prevention advocate, to speak

Rev. James Atwood will speak Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium about his book America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose.  Read more

Work by area artists shows variety of expressions in clay

Six Wichita-area artists who make up the Clay Cartel, including Professor of Art David Long, have recent works on display in the Regier Gallery through March 20.  Read more

Scenes from Mozart operas to be on Bethel stage

The Bethel College Philharmonia and vocalists will present scenes from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze de Figaro and Cosi fan tutti Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Bethel will take entire forensics team to nationals in April

Clinton Unruh qualified his second event to AFA-NIET and Kendra Gonzalez her first March 7 in Tyler, Texas, at the District 3 Tournament.  Read more

Head football coach Mathis steps down

Bethel College head football coach Martin Mathis has announced his resignation, effective March 2.  Read more

Concert to feature settings from Elizabethan age to 1920s theater

The Wind Ensemble's first concert of the spring semester will be Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, featuring works by Gordon Jacob and Kurt Weill.  Read more

Students present research poster in national forum

Sophomore Azucena Gonzalez and junior Lila Tibbets, along with 2014 graduate Guadalupe Gonzalez, presented a poster at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience session in Washington, D.C.  Read more

Bethel doubles number of nationals qualifiers in forensics

After competing in Nebraska over the weekend, Clinton Unruh and Shaelyn Atwood will be going to forensics nationals in Oregon in April.  Read more

Noted jazz drummer will give clinic, perform with trio

The Pete Zimmer Trio (drums, piano and bass) will give a masterclass from 4-6 p.m. and a concert at 7:30 p.m., Tues., March 3, in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Large class of nursing majors celebrates with lamplighting

The nursing Class of 2016 has 36 members, 34 of whom participated in the traditional lamplighting ceremony Feb. 21 in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Speakers to examine Kansas Mennonite encounters with federal government

The next Friends of the MLA event, Thurs., March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, features Jim Juhnke (Kansas Mennonites in politics) and Robin Deich Ottoson (Hillsboro Mennonites during the Vietnam War era).  Read more

After Saturday tournament, Bethel has four forensics championships

Cameron Ponce qualified his second event for AFA-NIET and earned two state championships, while one of Jacob Miller's two championships will take him to a prestigious oratory competition in Georgia this spring.  Read more

Veteran ponders lessons of military service, Bethel education

A Bethel business major and Iraq War veteran looks back on what brought her to a Mennonite college in a small town in Kansas, and some of what she's learned.  Read more

Reincarnated journal puts a pin in the college literary map

The reincarnation of "BClines," called "YAWP!," is now online and looking for more contributions, from current students, faculty and staff as well as alumni.  Read more

Two students attend state conference for educators

Seniors Alyssa Scheuerman and Jason Friesen, both named "Teachers of Promise" by Bethel education faculty, are attending the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network conference in Topeka and will be honored at a Feb. 20 banquet there.  Read more

Alumni choir to give second concert Feb. 22 at Newton church

The Bethel College Alumni Choir, which organized last fall, will give a concert of folk songs and love songs Sunday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, Newton.  Read more

Jazz Ensemble I to preview KMEA program on campus

Jazz I will play their KMEA program Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, featuring guest instrumentalist James Pisano.  Read more

Peace and human rights activist will make return visit to Bethel, local area

Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch, will be on campus Monday, Feb. 23, in a 9 a.m. class in Krehbiel Auditorium and a 7 p.m. discussion in the KIPCOR office, with both events open to anyone interested.  Read more

Volleyball receives first KCAC Team of Character Award

The KCAC has inaugurated new team awards, especially noting service, with the Bethel Threshers receiving the first one for volleyball.  Read more

Film gives hope for reversing the tide of prison recidivism

The documentary Released screens Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, telling the story of four people released from prison who beat the odds that they would return there.  Read more

Governor declares Kansas Private College Week

Gov. Sam Brownback has declared Feb. 9-15 Kansas Private College Week, honoring the 18 member institutions, including Bethel, of the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA).  Read more

Forensics comes home from Hutch with more nationals qualifiers

Cameron Ponce earned his first nationals qualification and Jacob Miller his third during the Zombie Apocalypse tournament at Hutchinson Community College Feb. 7-8.  Read more

In Israel/Palestine, places inspiring and people even more so

Despite conditions of intense militarism in Israeli society, and dehumanization and oppression in Occupied Palestine, the people living there with whom we interacted were surprisingly hopeful and delightfully hospitable.  Read more

Convo speaker: How crime-fighting alienates minority communities

Charles Epp, a Bethel graduate and professor at the University of Kansas, spoke on campus Feb. 8 and 9 about a recent book he co-authored outlining a study of police stops and racial profiling.  Read more

British male vocal ensemble set to take Hesston stage

The King's Singers make their seventh appearance with the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series Monday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Yost Center on the Hesston College campus.  Read more

Deckert devoted to his family, vocation and alma mater

Kenneth L. Deckert's six-figure estate gift will be used for campus upgrades, which follows years of generosity to Bethel's math and information technology departments.  Read more

KU professor will speak about racial profiling and police

Charles Epp, professor of public affairs and administration, will speak at Kauffman Museum Sunday afternoon, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. and Monday in convocation at 11 a.m., looking at racial profiling/stereotyping and police stops.  Read more

Costa Rica interterm a time to be up close to nature in the tropics

We visited four different biological stations, which allowed us to see many of the different environments represented in this beautiful country.  Read more

History becomes real with sights, sounds and tastes of east-central Europe

Lots of delicious breads were indulged in and non-verbal communication used. Passports were lost, appearances were made in foreign news programs and an appreciation for the history of these places was further enhanced.  Read more

Current exhibit in Regier Gallery has Newton as its subject

Debra Payne's Behind the Scenes, on display in the Regier Gallery through Feb. 20, looks at both public spaces and little-seen views of the community of Newton.  Read more

Immersion in South American culture proves full of surprises

I was surprised by how much I changed over 3 1/2 weeks. I learned how to take advantage of every opportunity placed in front of me, and how to embrace uncomfortable situations brought on by language barriers and cultural differences.  Read more

Time in Chicago gives future teachers education outside the classroom

The real learning about diversity happened when we ventured 700 miles north of North Newton to Chicago to immerse ourselves in a culture far different than ours.  Read more

MLK speaker: Conflict co-conspirators create the beloved community

Sarah Thompson, executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, challenged those gathered for Bethel's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration to move toward conflict in order to create space for new life and growth.  Read more

Extended 2015 Kansas Day events at museum to focus on transportation

Kauffman Museum's Kansas Day programming this year, on a theme of "Transportation," starts Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. with historical interpreter Ann Birney in Krehbiel Auditorium and includes events in and around the museum throughout the afternoon.  Read more

Performer-historian will bring Amelia Earhart live to Bethel stage

As part of Kauffman Museum's annual Kansas Day celebration, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m., Ann Birney will appear on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage as Amelia Earhart just before she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.  Read more

Crowd gathers to honor retirement of long-time museum director

Scores of people gathered at Kauffman Museum Jan. 11 to honor Rachel Pannabecker's 30 years of service, including the last 18 years as museum director.  Read more

St. Louis Brass to give next HBPA concert, on Hesston campus

One of America's longest-standing brass quintets will appear Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus as the third event in the 2014-15 HBPA series.  Read more

Freedom Riders documentary to be part of MLK Day events

Excerpts from Freedom Riders will screen Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, with a discussion to follow with guests Dr. Gretchen Eick and Dr. Galyn Vesey.  Read more

Peacemaker and anti-oppression leader to speak for MLK Day

Sarah Thompson, executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will be the keynote speaker for Bethel's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Printmaker to do residency and give Greer Lecture at Bethel

Johanna Mueller will be on campus Jan. 12-15, working with the interterm printmaking class, mounting a "pop-up exhibition" in the Regier Gallery Jan. 13-15 and giving the Greer Lecture Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Kauffman Museum to honor former director Pannabecker Jan. 11

A public celebration of Rachel Pannabecker's 30 years at Kauffman Museum will be Sunday, Jan. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the museum.  Read more

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