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Past Bethel College News: 2016

Museum receives award, grant associated with current special exhibit

A grant from the Kansas Museums Association will help Kauffman Museum facilitate its Kids Make Memories interactive activity and enable it to last through the end of May 2017, when the associated special exhibit by Gesine Janzen closes.  Read more

KIPCOR hopes to help spread welcome signs west of Mississippi

A welcoming sign that originated at a church in Virginia and made national news is now available for purchase at cost from KIPCOR at Kaufman House, 2515 College Ave., on the Bethel campus.  Read more

Bethel announces fall 2016 Dean’s List, Honor Roll

A total of 172 students were named to the Dean's List or Honor Roll for earning fall semester GPAs of 3.50 or higher.  Read more

Board Executive Committee names chair, reps for presidential search

The Executive Committee of the Bethel College Board of Directors has approved 11 members (two ex officio) for the presidential search committee.  Read more

Football stats update reveals new record set in 2014

Junior Robert Smith set a Bethel kickoff return record in 2014, but didn't know it until just a couple of weeks ago.  Read more

Student selected to play with national honor band

Senior Abby Phillips has been selected for the 2017 College Band Directors National Association Small-College Intercollegiate Band, which will play for the CBDNA annual conference next March in Kansas City.  Read more

Students earn national athletic, academic honors

Senior Rickey Rodriguez has been named an NAIA All-American in football, while seven students earned NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors in volleyball, women's cross country and women's soccer  Read more

Award-winning book to be subject of next museum discussion time

There will be a discussion of Isabel Wilkerson's acclaimed 2010 book, The Warmth of Other Suns, Thurs., Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Kauffman Museum, co-sponsored by the Student Government Association.  Read more

Basketball will host Family Night Dec. 13

A food drive, free popcorn, the chance to win prizes and a visit from Santa Claus are all part of a Bethel home basketball event Tuesday, Dec. 13, starting at 6 p.m. in Thresher Gym.  Read more

Bethel announces reduced hours for the holidays

Kauffman Museum, Thresher Shop, Mojo's Coffee and the Bethel College library will all have varying reduced hours and some closures, beginning Saturday, Dec. 10.  Read more

Two teacher education students honored as Teachers of Promise

Bethel's teacher education faculty picked Jaime Tschetter (elementary education) and Braden Unruh (K-12 music education) as Teachers of Promise, enabling them to attend a workshop and the Kansas Department of Education's State Awards Banquet Nov. 19.  Read more

Bethel, MC USA work to secure future of MLA

Bethel College and Mennonite Church USA have reached an informal agreement, to be solidified in early 2017, about the short-term future of the Mennonite Library & Archives, with plans for its health in the longer term.  Read more

Bethel invites community to help light the Green Dec. 4

The 31st annual Lighting of the Green takes place Sun., Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. around the Green.  Read more

Nursing students inducted into honor society

Eight senior nursing students became members of Sigma Theta Tau International Epsilon Gamma Chapter-at-Large, the student nurses' honor society, Nov. 12.  Read more

Cason will present Bach-themed program on chapel organ

David Cason, organist at East Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita, will play music that influenced Bach, and music by Bach, including pieces that display subtle themes from the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.  Read more

Gala Jazz an annual part of Christmas at Bethel

Christmas Gala Jazz, featuring Jazz Ensembles I and II playing jazz standards and seasonal favorites is Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

At 30, KIPCOR recalls its history, looks to future challenges

The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution kicked off a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary with a dinner and program, featuring storyteller Leroy Hershberger and singer Arthur Marks, for long-time supporters Nov. 13.  Read more

Foster’s paintings comment on ideal and real of family, motherhood

Candles: Paintings by Rachel Foster is currently on display at the Regier Art Gallery, through Friday, Dec. 2 (closed Nov. 24-25 and Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving break).  Read more

Krehbiel Auditorium to be filled with wind music in multiple genres

A concert Sat., Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium features the 4th annual Honor Band, the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble.  Read more

Silent cinema classic to show in next #PieceUnited event

SGA and Kauffman Museum are sponsoring a screening of the controversial 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, Thurs., Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the museum.  Read more

HBPA holiday concert to feature premier men’s vocal ensemble

The eight-voice men's a cappella ensemble Cantus will present a seasonal program Sat., Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church as the second HBPA event of the year.  Read more

Matthew Graber to give senior piano recital

Matt Graber will play works by Beethoven, Ginastera, Townsend, Faure and Chopin Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Martinez will go to cross-country nationals

by Joshua Booth Julio Martinez finished 13th at the KCAC Cross-Country Championships Nov. 5, and is Bethel's first qualifier to the NAIA championships since 2011.  Read more

Students gain practical experience while aiding Admissions efforts

by Austin Prouty Adding to the existing Admissions staff efforts, a group of students from Bobby Lloyd’s Sales class have started calling prospective students, gaining real-world experience on cold-calling.  Read more

New books examine Mennonite engagement with society in Europe, Kansas

The two newest books in Bethel's Wedel Series, published by the Mennonite Library and Archives, are the presentations from the Mennonites and Modernity conference in 2010, and the second volume of James Juhnke's study of Kansas Mennonites and politics.  Read more

Students present at chemistry society conference

Six Bethel students presented research to peers, faculty and representatives of the chemical industry as part of a regional meeting of the American Chemistry Society in Manhattan, Oct. 26-28.  Read more

Programmers make annual trip to regional contest

Six computer programming students competed in two teams at the annual ACM Programming Contest Oct. 29 in Kansas City, finishing solidly in the top half among teams from colleges and universities in eight states and two provinces.  Read more

Unruh is Bethel’s fourth nationals qualifier in forensics

Clinton Unruh's 5th-place finish in Extemporaneous Speaking at the Green Country Swing in Tulsa Oct. 29 qualifies him for the national collegiate forensics tournament next spring.  Read more

Choral showcase is back by popular demand

Bethel Sings, Second Edition, featuring the Women's Chorus, the Men's Ensemble, Open Road, Woven and the Concert Choir, is Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. in Bethel College Mennonite Church.  Read more

Mennonite witness by example must give way to action, says lecturer

In the Menno Simons Lectures, Oct. 30-31, Perry Bush of Bluffton University looked at the history of U.S. Mennonites' social engagement and related it to current political and economic realities.  Read more

Writer’s work reflects Cherokee heritage in multiple genres

The Bethel Visiting Writers Series presents Diane Glancy, who will be on campus Thursday-Friday, Nov. 3-4, with a public reception at Mojo's Thursday evening, 6:30-8, and a convocation presentation Friday at 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Performing arts series to open with St. Louis-based dance company

The contemporary jazz dance group The Big Muddy Dance Company opens the 2016-17 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series with a performance in Krehbiel Auditorium, Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

One month into competition, forensics has three nationals qualifiers

Senior Jacob Miller, sophomore Emily Kondziola and freshman Akiyaa Hagen have qualified a total of eight events for the national forensics tournament to be held in early April 2017.  Read more

Forensics starts strong in new tournament season

The Bethel forensics team got off to a strong start with good showings in their first tournaments of the 2016-17 season.  Read more

Sykes named National Offensive Player of the Week

Senior Jalen Sykes rushed for a career-high 330 yards, including five touchdowns, against Sterling Oct. 15, to earn National Offensive Player of the Week honors from the NAIA.  Read more

President White to leave at end of academic year

Bethel College President Perry D. White has announced his plans to step down at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year, concluding seven years of service to the college.  Read more

Museum dinner to feature long-time Wichita news personality Hatteberg

Longtime video storyteller Larry Hatteberg will be the featured speaker for Kauffman Museum's annual Living Endowment Dinner fund-raising event, Fri., Oct. 28, in Luyken Fine Arts Center.  Read more

Lectures will examine Mennonite movement from relative seclusion to society

Perry Bush, professor of history at Bluffton (Ohio) University, will give the annual Menno Simons Lectures Oct. 30-31 on an overall theme of American Mennonites, History and the Common Good.  Read more

2016 Young Alumnus awardee to speak in Oct. 17 convocation

Aziza Hasan, a 2003 graduate and this year's winner of the Young Alumnus Award, will receive her citation and speak in convocation Monday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Kauffman Museum, SGA, to host book, film discussions

On "Third Thursdays" starting Oct. 20 through Jan. 19, Kauffman Museum will host alternating book and film discussions (with screenings) related to race issues in the United States.  Read more

Teacher education professor goes back to high school

Allen Jantz spent his sabbatical in 2015-16 teaching math at Southeast High School, Wichita, where he also taught math as a young teacher 27 years ago.  Read more

Vice president for advancement resigns

Pam Tieszen, Bethel College vice president for advancement, has submitted her resignation, effective Dec. 31, and will become superintendent for Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Mennonite School.  Read more

Exhibit reveals 65 years of sculptor’s storytelling with wood

The work of John Gaeddert, who has been creating art from pieces of found wood for 65 years, is on display in the Regier Art Gallery through Oct. 28 in the exhibit Revelations in Wood: The Sculpture of John Gaeddert, 1950-2015.  Read more

Bethel exhibit raises money, and more, for refugee artists

The Building Bridges exhibit at Bethel, work by professional Iraqi artists and Palestinian art students, raised $3,200 (gross sales) mostly through silent auction.  Read more

Lecture on African-American quilter at Kauffman Museum

As part of its participation in the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, Kauffman Museum will host a lecture by quilt historian and textile artist Marla Jackson of Lawrence.  Read more

Seven-figure gift will establish endowed chair in business department

An estate gift of $2 million will establish the Douglas C. and Jane M. Seibel Endowed Chair in Accountancy with Bethel's Department of Business.  Read more

Students add their pieces to new museum’s story

Kauffman Museum is hosting two special exhibits, one created by students, to celebrate the opening Sept. 24 of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.  Read more

Kauffman Museum seeks World War I artifacts for new exhibit

Next year is the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into the First World War, and Kauffman Museum is developing an exhibit telling the conscientious objector story, with artifacts needed.  Read more

Fall Festival 46 features creative work by Bethel alumni

The 46th annual Fall Festival features visual and written creative work by several Bethel alumni, along with food, music, children's activities, reunions, athletic events, theater and much more -- mostly on Sat., Oct. 1, on campus.  Read more

Fall Festival play evokes laughter, calls up issues that are still current

The Tony Award-winning play The Last Night of Ballyhoo, by Alfred Uhry (author of Driving Miss Daisy), will be on the Bethel stage for Fall Festival, Fri., Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 1, at 3:30 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 2, at 2 p.m., in  Read more

Building Bridges exhibit draws to close with special guests, events

Mel Lehman of Common Humanity, New York City, will be on campus this week as the exhibit of paintings by Iraqi and Palestinian refugee artists, and the associated silent auction, draws to a close.  Read more

Bethel the only Kansas private college on three national lists

It's college rankings season, with Bethel standing alone on listings in U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly and Forbes.com, and also changing categories in two of those.  Read more

Bethel looks at ways to improve enrollment after 2016 numbers dip

Bethel College saw a dip in enrollment for 2016, but the news wasn’t all bad, with GPA and ACT scores for the Class of 2020 slightly higher than those of previous years.  Read more

Senior soccer player receives national scholarship award

Senior Lucas DuPriest has been awarded the NAIA's A.O. Duer Scholarship, given to one male and one female scholar-athlete each year, chosen from all the NAIA member schools.  Read more

Kauffman Museum part of national celebration for new museum

Kauffman Museum will be part of a nationwide celebration Sat., Sept. 24, for the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, with a special poster exhibit for one afternoon only and a student event the following afternoon  Read more

Wind Ensemble sets sail in new direction under new leadership

by Ryne Preheim Adam Fontana, new director of instrumental music, makes his Bethel conducting debut with the Wind Ensemble's first concert of the school year, Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

KIPCOR series begins with film on refugees’ unusual journey across Europe

On the Bride's Side, which documents an unorthodox attempt to help five refugees from Syria reach Sweden through Europe, screens Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Summer in the lab yields personal, research results

Daniel Ratzlaff, Chase Stucky, Heath Goertzen and Brianna Newport spent their summers in labs at major research universities in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.  Read more

Exhibit seeks to build bridges between Western, Middle Eastern worlds

In Bethel's Regier Art Gallery through Sept. 23 are 25 paintings by refugee artists from Iraq and Palestine -- all available for sale by silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the artists.  Read more

Schmidt’s research contributions show in article publications

Junior Amber Schmidt recently received word that the third article resulting from her summer REU at the University of North Texas in 2015 has now been published.  Read more

Will Scholarship winner puts passion for plants in action through service

Naomi Epp, who received this year's Will Scholarship, put in many volunteer hours in high school as a member of Newton High School's FFA chapter and as part of the cheer team.  Read more

Bethel has 49 KCAC Scholar-Athletes, two Scholar Teams

Bethel's men's basketball team had the most KCAC Scholar-Athletes in its sport, while softball, women's tennis and golf tied for first place.  Read more

Preheim finds culture, service and ministry during summer in the city

Junior Ryne Preheim spent his summer as a Ministry Inquiry Program intern in Kansas City, serving at Rainbow Mennonite Church.  Read more

Interest in rural medicine leads Lawless to scholars program

Junior Cayla Lawless has been accepted into the KU School of Medicine's Scholars in Rural Health program, designed to encourage and support undergraduates interested in someday practicing medicine in rural areas.  Read more

Bethel makes new faculty and staff appointments

Bethel announced new faculty and staff appointments, including five new coaches over the past several months.  Read more

From Kauffman Museum to Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Museum would like to take you out to the ball game Sept 13, with a day trip that includes museums, Kansas City barbecue and the Royals vs. the As; reservations must be made by Aug. 30.  Read more

Forbes.com 9th annual rankings show Bethel education is worth it

As Forbes.com releases its ninth annual rankings of the country’s best colleges and universities, Bethel remains the only private liberal-arts college in Kansas to be listed.  Read more

HBPA season to feature artists from around the world

Big Muddy Dance Company, Cantus, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Montreal Guitare Trio and Sybarite5 are in the lineup for the 2016-17 season of Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts.  Read more

Southern moves just down the road to take the helm of tennis program

Richard Southern, who served three years as an assistant tennis coach at Southwestern College, will take charge of Bethel's tennis program beginning Aug. 8.  Read more

Esses returns to KCAC to lead Bethel women’s basketball

Adam Esses, coming to Bethel after two seasons at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Illinois, will be the new Thresher head women's basketball coach.  Read more

Five additional students named for spring 2016 Dean’s List

Five students were inadvertently left off the Dean’s List when Bethel College earlier announced the names of students whose spring 2016 semester grades have earned academic distinction.  Read more

Kershner to fill career services director position

Allen Wedel, vice president for business affairs, has announced the appointment of Megan Kershner, Hesston, as part-time director of career services, beginning July 18.  Read more

Isaac to leave Bethel tennis position after 10 years

Lonnie Isaac, Bethel head men's and women's tennis coach, has announced his resignation effective June 30, to take advantage of a new position and potential for advancement at another institution.  Read more

Art professor successful with grant for new course

Rachel Epp Buller will receive a grant from the National Art Education Foundation to help with the development of a new course, Activism, Art and Design, set for spring semester 2017.  Read more

Kreider’s spirit present at biennial Mennonite faculty conference

The periodic meeting of faculty members and academic deans from the Mennonite colleges, universities and seminaries in the United States and Canada took place at Bethel May 25-27.  Read more

Kohlman appointed new alumni director

Brad Kohlman, a 2007 Bethel graduate, will become the new director of alumni relations as Dave Linscheid retires after 16 years.  Read more

Forensics coach receives Distinguished Teaching Award

As a young professor, Bethel College’s Mallory Marsh, instructor of communication arts and director of forensics, has already made a significant impact on her students.  Read more

Bethel announces spring 2016 Dean’s List, Honor Roll

Bethel College has announced the names of students whose spring 2016 semester grades have earned academic distinction.  Read more

Mennonites and writing are backbone topics for Mennonite Life 2016

The latest issue of Mennonite Life is now online, and includes the text of Jeff Gundy's 2015 Menno Simons Lectures, several tributes to the late Robert S. Kreider and a variety of student writing, along with much more.  Read more

Fox resigns as women’s basketball coach

Head women's basketball coach Mark Fox has resigned effective June 30 and will become assistant men's basketball coach and sports information director at Tabor College.  Read more

To find your path, follow your passion, commencement speaker says

Bethel alumnus Daniel Hege addressed the largest class of graduates in at least a decade (131 counting those in absentia) with six points about how to discover and build a life that is your own.  Read more

Sand Creek Trail marks five years on national registry

The public is invited to the fifth annual "Walk Sand Creek Trail Day," Sat., June 4, when members of the Sand Creek Trail Committee will be at the Memorial Grove trailhead, 6 a.m.-8 p.m., with water for people and dogs.  Read more

2016 Achievement Award winner’s work has created therapies to treat illness

Duane Schroeder, who will be honored as the 2016 Distinguished Achievement awardee at the June 4 Alumni Banquet, spent a career as a biochemist, developing therapies to help treat emphysema, HIV and thrombosis, among others.  Read more

Outstanding Alumnus 2016 puts cast-offs to work serving the needy

LaVon Ediger, who will be honored as the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus at the June 4 Alumni Banquet, was a driving force behind the ReUseIt Shop in McPherson, where construction materials are recycled to raise money for relief and service.  Read more

2016 Young Alumnus awardee passionate about conflict resolution

Aziza Hasan will be honored as Bethel's 2016 Young Alumnus Award winner next fall when she presents a convocation for students, faculty, staff and community.  Read more

Awards convocations recognize achievement in academics, athletics

The last two Bethel convocations of the year recognize student academic and athletic achievement, including presentation of Thresher Awards and major service awards in athletics.  Read more

A cappella groups to give year-end concerts

Woven and Open Road, Bethel's small a cappella ensembles, will give their year-end concerts and recognize seniors, Sat., May 14, and Sun., May 15, respectively, both at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Conductor Dan Hege will encourage graduates to find their own path

Daniel Hege, music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and a 1987 Bethel graduate, will be the speaker for Bethel's 123rd commencement, Sunday, May 22.  Read more

Bethel jazz alumnus Jackson to join groups for Jazz on the Green

Jazz Ensembles I and II present the annual Jazz on the Green concert Weds., May 11, starting at 8 p.m., with special guest Brett Jackson, Kansas City, on saxophone (in Krehbiel Auditorium if it rains).  Read more

Symposium celebrates research, internships and creative activity

The annual URICA Symposium takes place on campus Fri., May 6, starting with concurrent presentations at 11 a.m. in the convo slot and continuing with research posters and oral presentations in Will Academic Center throughout the afternoon.  Read more

Regier Gallery’s last exhibit of year has work of four seniors

Graphic design by Sondra Buller, jewelry by Xi Cheng, mixed-media photos and ceramics by Erin Doerksen, and prints by Claire McStravick are on display in the Senior Art Exhibit, with the reception Fri., May 20, 7-9 p.m.  Read more

One-acts pushed their student directors, will challenge audiences

Seniors Josh Lewis, Greg Parham and Will Shoup are the directors for five one-act plays that can be seen on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage Thurs., May 5, and Fri., May 6, at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

With book, exhibit, Bethel professor brings hidden German artist to the world

Rachel Epp Buller's five years of intensive study on the work of 20th-century German artist Alice Lex resulted in the opening of the first-ever Lex retrospective and publication of the exhibition catalog in April.  Read more

Masterworks concert to feature Bruckner, Beethoven and award presentation

The Bethel College Oratorio Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra present works by Beethoven, including one featuring pianist Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, and Bruckner for a Mother's Day concert, Sun., May 8, at 3 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Launch party marks second printed edition of literary magazine

The launch party for this spring's printed edition of YAWP! will be Thurs., April 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Mojo's, with music by The Flannelbacks, author readings and food.  Read more

Museum fundraiser will celebrate Newton’s cultural, artistic heritage

Kauffman Museum's spring fundraiser, to be held May 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Newton, will feature Mexican food and music, the Newton Azteca Dancers and a talk by Raymond Olais on the mural La Vida Buena, La Vida Mexicana.  Read more

KIPCOR to show critically acclaimed film on health-care access

The Waiting Room, a documentary that shows the life and times of doctors, staff and patients in a California safety-net hospital, will close out this year's KIPCOR Film Series, Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Photo historian will speak about her work in curating, art writing

Erin Barnett, an art historian and art writer, will give this spring's Greer Lecture, Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Jazz Ensemble I headed for Greeley jazz festival

Jazz I will play Saturday morning, April 23, at 11:30 as part of the 46th annual University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival.  Read more

Wind Ensemble welcomes well-known guest Kehrberg for spring concert

Don Kehrberg, professor emeritus of music and director of instrumental music at Bethel from 1972–2003, will be a guest conductor and performer for the Wind Ensemble's spring concert, April 29 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  Read more

Bethel Board member was a patient’s advocate, known for tenacity

Bethel College Board of Directors member Suzanne K. Wedel, 60, Marblehead, Massachusetts, died March 30 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer.  Read more

Elizabeth Schrag to give senior bassoon recital

Liz Schrag will play works by Mozart, Charles Koechlin, Paquito D'Rivera, Eugene Bozza and Michael Daughterty in her recital Sat., April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Annual student exhibit now open in Regier Gallery

Work by 57 students, from a variety of disciplines, in drawing, photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture, artist books and jewelry, is on display through April 22 in the Regier Gallery, with the reception April 21, 6–8 p.m.  Read more

Professor emeritus Walter Jost had lifelong love affair with music

Walter Jost, professor emeritus of music who had a 32-year teaching career at Bethel, died March 10 at age 89.  Read more

Braden Unruh to give senior trumpet recital

Braden Unruh's senior recital will be Sun., April 10, at 4 p.m. in the chapel and will feature music of Vivaldi, Rachmaninoff, Ketting, Stevens and Clarke.  Read more

Two violinists to play special concert April 9

There will be lots of music at Bethel during Harvey County's annual Spring into the Arts Festival, including violinists Emily Bishop and Hannah Murray, Sat., April 9, at 4 p.m. in the chapel, playing duets by Bartok, Schickele and Newman.  Read more

Women’s basketball ties for most national scholar-athletes

Bethel has 18 more student-athletes on the NAIA Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athlete Team for 2015–16 — eight from women's basketball, six from cheer and four from men's basketball, to go with four from cross country, named earlier.  Read more

Kauffman Museum will host concert on historic organ

Donna Hetrick will play a program entitled Hymns of Spring on the historic Teschemacher-Deknatel-van der Smissen cabinet organ Sun., April 10, at 3 p.m. in the Kauffman Museum auditorium.  Read more

Violin duo to be joined by pianist in April 5 concert

Nova Deco, a violin duo of Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil, with special guest Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, piano, will play a concert to benefit the Hohmann String Scholarship Tues., April 5, at 7 p.m. in the chapel.  Read more

London-based a cappella group to present final HBPA concert

The Swingles, who have morphed with and pushed the boundaries of music for more than 50 years, give the final concert of the 2015-16 HBPA season, Sun., April 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church.  Read more

No fooling: Bianchi and Hammond B-3 join Bethel jazz for April 1 concert

Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and Bethel Jazz I welcome Pat Bianchi as clinician and guest artist for a concert Fri., April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Historian credits courageous, creative women for confronting abuse

Rachel Waltner Goossen, from Washburn University, presented on her latest research into the people and stories surrounding sexual abuse and harassment by the late Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder.  Read more

New coach will fill expanded job description in track, cross country

Coming from Eastern Oregon University, Jeff Hoskisson, 2016 USTFCCCA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, will be the head new track and cross-country coach at Bethel.  Read more

Poet and editor to speak at Bethel

Abigail Cloud, author of the collection of poetry Sylph and editor-in-chief of Mid-American Review, will give a public reading Thurs., March 17, at 7 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel and will speak in convo Fri., March 18.  Read more

Weston to lead Bethel volleyball program

Scott Weston will be the new volleyball coach, coming to Bethel from McCook (Nebraska) Community College and, before that, Iowa Wesleyan University.  Read more

Concert Choir to make spring tour to Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado

The Concert Choir will travel to venues in northeastern Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and western Kansas before returning for the home concert Easter Sunday evening, March 27, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Bethel announces hiring of new men's soccer coach

Mario Felix, who comes to Bethel from Denver and, before that, MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, will be the new head men's soccer coach.  Read more

Mennonite college presidents publish open letter

The presidents of Mennonite Church USA's five colleges and one seminary have released an open letter to all MC USA members and congregations.  Read more

Bethel will send its entire forensics squad to national tournament

All eight members of the Bethel forensics squad will be traveling to AFA-NIET at the University of Florida April 2-4, and the public is invited to a nationals preview Tues., March 29, 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Mojo’s to host an evening of Bethel jazz

Bethel Jazz Ensemble II and Jazz Combos I and II will play at Mojo's Monday, March 14, starting at 7 p.m.  Read more

Mika Patron to give senior piano recital

Mika Patron's senior piano recital will be Sat., March 12, at 3 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel and includes works by Debussy, Hindemith and Schumann, Bizet duets with Olivia Gehring and a Bach prelude and fugue on the organ.  Read more

Goossen to present recent research on John Howard Yoder sexual abuse

Rachel Waltner Goossen, a professor of history at Washburn University, will give the next Friends of the MLA talk Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Kauffman Museum.  Read more

Nature-based paintings now on display in Regier Gallery

"Organic Abstraction," work by Wichita artist Charles Baughman, is in the Regier Art Gallery through March 18, with the artist reception Thursday, March 17, 6-8 p.m. outside the gallery.  Read more

Bethel places high at tournament, qualifies more events to forensics nationals

Clinton Unruh qualified his first event, Impromptu Speaking, to AFA-NIET while Jacob Miller qualified his fourth and fifth, at the Battle for the Capital swing tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska, Feb. 27-28.  Read more

A dark story ends with reconciliation in spring opera

The spring opera is Christoph Willibald Gluck's Iphigenia in Tauris, Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, with alumni Monica Schmidt singing Iphigenia and Andrew Voth singing Thoas.  Read more

Jill Siebert to give senior voice recital

Jill Siebert's senior recital will be Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, featuring work by Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Reynaldo Hahn, Roger Quilter and William Finn.  Read more

Junior nursing majors observe lamplighting

Twenty-five of the 28 members of the nursing class of 2017 participated in the annual lamplighting service Feb. 20 in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Bethel finishes first at state forensics tournament, adds more nationals events

Bethel finished 1st at the Kansas State Individual Events Tournament, held on campus Feb. 20, and will be sending one of the two Kansas representatives, in Shekhinah Jones, to the Interstate Oratory Tournament in April.  Read more

Bethel to form new kind of athletic band, hires first director

Brad Shores, Haven, begins at Bethel in mid-May, where he will recruit for and built the college's first-ever scramble band, the only one of its kind in Kansas.  Read more

Much-loved a cappella group Chanticleer returns to HBPA lineup

Chanticleer, the premiere men's a cappella ensemble based in San Francisco, will be in concert Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Bethel wins conference cheerleading invitational

The Bethel cheerleading team has its first-ever conference championship, beating Kansas Wesleyan, Ottawa, Sterling and St. Mary Feb. 12 at the KCAC Invitational in Thresher Gym.  Read more

Sister Care seminar focuses on particular issues of college women

Fifteen Bethel College women took part in a day spent examining their roles in caring for themselves and others by managing stress, focusing on faith formation, compassionate listening and learning how to maintain boundaries.  Read more

Bethel forensics wraps up regular season at Salina tournament

The forensics team finished the regular season by traveling to Kansas Wesleyan University for the Border Wars Swing Tournament, Feb. 6–7.  Read more

Filmmaker to be present at showing of fracking documentary

Renard Cohen will be on campus for the showing of his film Groundswell Rising, about grassroots opposition to fracking around the United States, Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Organ recital includes music of the season for Valentine’s Day, Lent

Christopher Shaw will give an organ recital of music featuring themes of love and lament, appropriate for Valentine's Day and the season of Lent, Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Reimer shows work from five decades of photography

Stan Reimer's exhibit 50 Years of Photography is in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through Feb. 19, with the artist reception Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6–8 p.m.  Read more

Culture and food adventures are highlights of China interterm

Swarms of people, millennia of arts and cultural history and a range of food options seldom seen in Chinese restaurants in the United States were all part of a two-week interterm experience in China.  Read more

Food, castles, museums and soccer all part of Germany interterm

Travel all over Germany, home stays in Switzerland, boys' choir concerts and soccer in the Olympic Stadium were just a part of this past January's interterm travel course in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  Read more

Bethel keeps qualifying forensics competitors for nationals

Shekhinah Jones was tournament champion in Prose Interpretation at the Zombie Apocalypse Day #2 Jan. 31, qualifying the event for AFA-NIET, while Candy Dao was tournament champion in Poetry Interpretation.  Read more

Two more forensics nationals qualifications include freshman

Candy Dao qualified her first-ever event for collegiate forensics nationals, Dramatic Interpretation, at the State Line Swing Jan. 16-17, while Shekhinah Jones qualified his second event, Poetry Interpretation, at the same tournament.  Read more

Book Arts students to display work at Wichita studio gallery

Students in the Book Arts interterm class will show their final projects at the Fisch Haus as part of Wichita's monthly Final Friday, Jan. 29 starting at 7 p.m.  Read more

Bethel to host conference cheer invitational

The 2016 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Cheerleading Invitational takes place Feb. 12 in Thresher Gym, with doors opening at 4 p.m. and competition beginning at 5 p.m.  Read more

Lockdown at facility puts new twist on prison theater interterm class

After a lockdown at Hutchinson Correctional Facility brought Bethel-inmate collaboration on an interterm theater project to an end, the campus performances will go on, Feb. 5–6, 7 p.m., in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

To change unjust systems, choose a life that matters, says Bethel speaker

Michelle Armster, transitional executive director of MCC Central States, spoke at Bethel's Martin Luther King Jr. Day service about incarceration of and discrimination against women of color in the United States.  Read more

Kansas’ eight best public school teachers visit Bethel education students

The 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year Team spent an afternoon with Bethel teacher education students, talking about characteristics of great teachers.  Read more

Sports and games bring lots of active fun to annual Kansas Day celebration

Kauffman Museum's annual Celebrate Kansas Day! will take place Saturday, Jan. 30, starting with a program on Kansas sports mascots at 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium and continuing with activities on the museum grounds from 1–4 p.m.  Read more

German string ensemble and pianist to merge talents in HBPA performance

The Minguet Quartet with guest pianist Andreas Klein will give the next Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts concert, Monday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church.  Read more

Bethel continues to offer classes for community audit

Community members are welcome to audit Bethel spring classes (where space is available) at reduced rates, including a flat fee of $30 for those age 62 and older.  Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will look at incarceration issues

A screening of a documentary about the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and a keynote address on The New Jane Crow by Michelle Armster will highlight Bethel's celebration of the King holiday Jan. 17–18, with both programs at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Student adds to camp offerings with new disc golf course

Senior Eric Preheim designed a disc golf course, installed in late summer, for Camp Mennoscah, a Mennonite camp near Murdock.  Read more

Bethel announces fall 2015 Dean’s List, Honor Roll

Associate Registrar Tammy Shirley has announced the names of Bethel College students whose fall 2015 semester grades have earned academic distinction.  Read more

Bethel says farewell to “Number 1” football fan Staley

Dennis Staley worked for Bethel food service for 43 years, retiring in 2010, and was a fixture at Thresher home football games.  Read more

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