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Past Bethel College News: 2017

Bethel announces reduced hours for the holidays

Thresher Shop, the library and Mojo's have reduced hours (and some closures) over the holidays, through Jan. 3, while Kauffman Museum retains its regular hours (closed Mondays).  Read more

Museum concludes WWI programs with Community of Christ speaker

Andrew Bolton of the Community of Christ (formerly Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) will speak at Kauffman Museum Sun., Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. on his church's embrace of pacifism and turn toward Anabaptism.  Read more

Terry Harrison named head football coach

by Joshua Booth After five seasons at Wichita Heights High School, including four Kansas 5A regional championships, Terry Harrison begins his collegiate coaching career at Bethel College, as announced Dec. 18 by Bethel Athletic Director Tony Hoops.  Read more

Haynes will be new VP for student life

Interim President John Sheriff has announced the appointment of Samuel C. Haynes, Claremont, California, as vice president for student life and dean of students, beginning in January.  Read more

Kauffman Museum board appoints interim director

Linda Rostine Schmitt of Hutchinson, who retired in 2015 as the executive director of the Reno County Historical Society, will begin Jan. 2, 2018, as interim director of Kauffman Museum, to serve until a new director is named.  Read more

Graduate among journal’s list of quiet influencers in nonprofit world

Bethel's 2016 Young Alumnus Award winner, Aziza Hasan, is among those featured in the current issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy for having a quiet but powerful impact in the nonprofit world.  Read more

MLA partners with KU, K-State for Vietnam exhibit at KU library

Bethel's Mennonite Library and Archives provided material for an exhibit currently in the Haricombe Gallery of KU's Watson Library on Kansans' response to the Vietnam War, from protest to support to tribute, on display through Jan. 12, 2018.  Read more

Programmers finish first in online contest

Bethel computer programming students found a way to have fun and be successful in a competitive setting with a small online contest just before Thanksgiving.  Read more

Exhibit uses paint, photography to embody grief, anger and the push for truth

by M. Zuercher Jerry Holsopple's exhibit of paintings using photo transfers, currently in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center, is an exploration of abuse of power through sexualized violence, and a lament for the culpability of church leaders a  Read more

Beloved Advent tradition has endured for more than 30 years

by Sam Bertholf The 31st annual Lighting of the Green will be Sunday, Dec. 10, starting at 8 p.m. -- the annual event when the Bethel community circles the Green with lit candles to symbolize the light of Christ coming into the world.  Read more

Inaugural winter run will honor Neufeld’s memory, legacy

Russ Neufeld, who died last January, loved Mojo's, and played there with his band the Ne'erdowells a number of times -- so Mojo's is the starting point and a main sponsor for a winter race (9K and 2-mile) called Run the Neuf, Jan. 13, 2018.  Read more

Christmas goes Caribbean with steel drum holiday concert

by Sam Bertholf The Bethel College Steel Drum Band and the faculty-staff-community band Steel Paradise will play their first-ever Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Symposium: Using the body brings Scripture, worship to life

by M Zuercher The 4th biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium, held at Bethel Nov. 18, looked at how using the physical body, through theater, laughter and dramatic Scripture performance, can enhance worship and connection to God.  Read more

Football coaching staff undergoes major transitions

Morris Lolar, head football coach, and Kevin Griffin, assistant coach, have resigned their positions effective Nov. 21.  Read more

Boettger returns to alma mater to join jazz faculty

by Sam Bertholf After completing a master's degree at Eastman School of Music, Joel Boettger is back at Bethel, directing Jazz Ensemble II, Jazz Combo II and teaching classes in jazz.  Read more

Africa tour adds depth to senior’s liberal-arts education

by Sam Bertholf Austin Regier, a senior social work and Bible and religion major, had the opportunity earlier this fall to take a learning tour to southern Africa, where he spent most of his time with a group of other North Americans in Zimbabwe.  Read more

British WWI film is final fall program for museum special exhibit

Kauffman Museum will screen Behind the Lines, the British film adaptation of Pat Barker's award-winning World War I novel Regeneration, Thursday, Nov. 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium.  Read more

Brass quintet to help usher in the Christmas season with HBPA concert

Mirari Brass Quintet, a group of young music professors (two trumpets, a horn, a trombone and a tuba), will present Christmas with Mirari Brass Quintet Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church.  Read more

Afternoon of jazz features student compositions, guest artists

Bethel Jazz Combo I and the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble will give a joint performance Sun., Nov. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Mem Hall, featuring two faculty as guest artists, and original compositions by seniors Westen Gesell and Neil Smucker.  Read more

Two seniors close out careers with KCAC football honors

by Joshua Booth Logan Matthewson and Brett Mathis finished their Thresher football careers on their home field by helping defeat Friends, 13-20, Nov. 11 and earning Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week honors, respectively.  Read more

Bethel will host 5th Bal-A-Vis-X training on campus

BCAPA is sponsoring its 5th Bal-A-Vis-X training with Bill Hubert, the method founder, Jan. 12-14, 2018, in Memorial Hall, with discounts available for registration by Nov. 20 or for group registration and continuing education credit available.  Read more

Bethel women sweep Player of Week honors in basketball

by Joshua Booth Freshman Abby Schmidt and junior Jade Brown earned KCAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, for Oct 30-Nov. 5.  Read more

Varney’s academics, service earn an exclusive Kansas scholarship

Students from any of the 19 member institutions in the Kansas Independent College Association can apply for this scholarship but only one will qualify -- and this year that was Bethel's Kiley Varney, a senior biology major.  Read more

Bethel programmers finish strong in annual regional contest

Team Thresher finished first at the Garmin-hosted site of an annual programming contest called NCNA, with Matt Lind, Jordan Schroeder and Neil Smucker solving enough problems fast enough for first place and an overall regional showing in the top quarter.  Read more

Organ recital is a celebration of collaboration

Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor emeritus of music, will give a concert of ensembles (pieces played with trumpet, with clarinet, and with a second organist) Sun., Nov. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

KIPCOR film will help launch new restorative justice network

The first film in KIPCOR's Film Series for 2017-18, Healing Justice, will screen at 2 p.m. (NOTE EARLIER START TIME) Sun., Nov. 12, in Krehbiel Auditorium, and will start a launch event for the Kansas Restorative Schools Network.  Read more

Vocal groups front and center for 3rd annual Bethel Sings

by Sam Bertholf Bethel's choral ensembles showcase will be Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. in Bethel College Mennonite Church, featuring the Men's Ensemble, Women's Chorus and Concert Choir, along with Woven and Open Road.  Read more

Wind Ensemble concert to feature guest composers, conductor

by Sam Bertholf Composers Derek Jenkins and Peter Meechan and guest conductor Joseph Parisi will participate in the Wind Ensemble's second concert of the year, Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

World War I novel is foundation of final two exhibit-related museum programs

Brad Born will speak on a novel set in World War I that explores themes related to conscientious objection in a program at Kauffman Museum Sunday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m.  Read more

Fourth biennial symposium will examine place of theater in worship

Actor, playwright and comedian Ted Swartz is the keynote presenter for Bethel's biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium, taking place on campus Saturday, Nov. 18, with related events Friday, Sunday and Monday.  Read more

Vienna Boys Choir will bring sounds of Italy to arts series concert

The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir will sing a program called Bella Italia -- music by Italian composers and representing Italian life and culture -- Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church as the next HBPA event.  Read more

Bethel names new director for peacebuilding institute

Sheryl R. Wilson of Cary, North Carolina, will begin Nov. 6 as the next director of KIPCOR, bringing with her an array of experience in mediation and restorative justice.  Read more

Goshen professor will illuminate stories of Hutterite pacifists in WWI

Duane Stoltzfus, author of a book on the experience of Hutterites who were conscientious objectors to World War I, will speak about that topic and what he has discovered in his study and writing, Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. at Kauffman Museum.  Read more

Lectures examine gifts of Luther, Anabaptism to each other and to Christianity

by M. Zuercher In a series of three lectures, Timothy Wengert highlighted Martin Luther's contributions to Protestantism in the 21st century, with a special focus on Anabaptists and Mennonites.  Read more

Jonathan C. Gering appointed 15th president of Bethel College

The Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Jonathan C. Gering, Kirksville, Missouri, as the next president of Bethel College, to take office Jan. 29, 2018.  Read more

Bethel speech winner takes first place in binational contest

Jacob Miller, a 2017 graduate, has won first place in the binational C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee U.S., for the speech he gave last spring on including race issues when discussing peace.  Read more

Fall Festival to feature 8th annual JazzFest on outdoor stage

Jazz at Fall Festival starts Thursday night, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at Taste of Newton, then continues Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., on the Prairie Sky Stage, with area high school groups, Bethel jazz faculty and Bethel student ensembles.  Read more

Professor’s show exhibits new work from recent sabbatical

An exhibit of work from David Long's recent sabbatical is now open in the Regier Art Gallery through Nov. 3, with the reception during Fall Festival, Friday, Oct. 13, from 6-8 p.m.  Read more

Will Scholarship winner is multi-talented athletically and academically

Bethel freshman Katelyn Boston comes to Bethel after a busy and well-rounded career in athletics, academics and community service at Halstead High School and in the local Newton and Halstead communities.  Read more

Philharmonia to begin season with three classic works

by Sam Bertholf Looking forward to a KMEA appearance next February, the Philharmonia Orchestra will play its first concert of the school year Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. in Mem Hall.  Read more

Bethel, MC USA reach agreement on denominational records

Bethel and Mennonite Church USA have finalized a memo of understanding that cedes ownership and responsibility for records of the former General Conference Mennonite Church to the college.  Read more

Beloved musical to make silver-anniversary appearance on Bethel stage

by Sam Bertholf Bethel College music and theater departments present Godspell as the Fall Festival 2017 musical, on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage Friday, Oct. 13 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, Oct. 14 (3:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 15 (2 p.m.).  Read more

In WWI centennial year, interviewers will recall CO stories

Nearly 50 years after participating in an oral history project that collected stories of WWI conscientious objectors, former students and their professors will gather for a panel at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Kauffman Museum (part of Fall Festival)  Read more

47th annual festival celebrates fall at Bethel

Fall Festival is Oct. 12-15, with most events on Saturday, Oct. 14, on campus -- including food, music, soccer, science, Low German, a bird walk, and a special program at Kauffman Museum.  Read more

Fall enrollment numbers show healthy rise over 2016

Bethel saw an uptick in enrollment this fall of close to 10 percent, going from an overall number of 460 in 2016 to 503 in 2017.  Read more

Student spends summer in paradise to help create dream weddings

by Sam Bertholf Sarah Turner, interested in wedding planning as a career, found herself a summer internship in Hawaii that also taught her the value of self-motivation, flexibility and learning from every experience.  Read more

Improv musical theater show to light up stage in HBPA season opener

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts opens the 2017-18 season with the only unscripted theatrical awards show, Broadway's New H!T Musical, Thurs., Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Iceland proves a rich and varied field for student’s summer research

by Sam Bertholf Heath Goertzen spent a summer in a landscape vastly different from his native Kansas -- Iceland -- as part of an international team of scientists examining stream ecology and its relationship to global warming.  Read more

Annual lectures part of year marking Reformation’s 500th anniversary

The Menno Simons Lectures, Sunday-Monday, Oct. 8-9, will take place in two venues: the first (Oct. 8, 7 p.m.) and second (Oct. 9, 11 a.m.) in Krehbiel Auditorium and the third (Oct. 9, 7 p.m.) at Bethel College Mennonite Church.  Read more

Pitts packs Mem Hall, issues strong challenge to act for change

by Sam Bertholf Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. minced no words in explaining why he believes the nation is on the brink of insanity, speaking to a full house at Bethel Sept. 12.  Read more

Wind Ensemble kicks off a big year with first concert Sept. 24

by Sam Bertholf The Wind Ensemble, which will appear at the KMEA annual meeting early next year, plays its first concert Sunday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. in Mem Hall, featuring music by Arnold, Bernstein, Grainger and Ticheli -- and also Bjork.  Read more

Provisional presidential candidate campus visit to start with students

Provisional presidential candidate Jon Gering and his wife, Deborah, will be on campus Sept. 24-25 to meet with various groups of campus and community stakeholders in a variety of settings.  Read more

Athletics department announces upgrade to Threshers website

The athletic department website has undergone major revision, with a new appearance, many new features and upcoming mobile apps that are specific to each sport.  Read more

Traditional, contemporary art sit together in Bethel gallery exhibit

The first show of the school year in the Regier Art Gallery is a set of paintings by Colorado-based artist Lindey Anderson that celebrate and support a particular shade of red and its link to Anderson's Ojibwe heritage.  Read more

Bethel provisional candidate has background in sciences, administration

Though he has spent almost a decade in higher-education administration, Jonathan C. Gering, Bethel College’s provisional candidate for the office of 15th president, also has a foundation in the sciences, the liberal arts and community engagement.  Read more

Goossen looks at conflicted relationship of Mennonites, Germany

Ben Goossen spoke at Kauffman Museum about his research into Mennonites' relationship with German nationalism, especially within the context of recent white nationalist activities in the United States.  Read more

Kauffman Museum to host outdoor concert with Cherokee Maidens

The Cherokee Maidens with Sycamore Swing will perform on the Kauffman Museum grounds Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6-8 p.m., with refreshments available for sale.  Read more

Summer in southern Mexico proves valuable for biology student

Ben Wiens, senior from Goessel, spent the better part of the summer working with other students from UNICACH in Chiapas, Mexico, on biology research projects.  Read more

Historian’s talk will open new WWI exhibit at Kauffman Museum

Kauffman Museum will open its new special exhibit Sunday, Sept. 10, with a talk by Rachel Waltner Goossen, Washburn University, on conscientious objection during World War I, at 3 p.m., and the exhibit reception at 4 p.m., in the museum.  Read more

For peace, justice to win, proponents must stop being passive, Pitts says

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, who will speak at Bethel College Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall, shared some of his thoughts about recent events in the United States.  Read more

Bus tour one of several Kauffman Museum events marking WWI centennial

The next Kauffman Museum bus tour is a day trip, Thursday, Sept. 21, to Kansas City to the National World War I Museum and Memorial, with options to visit Crown Center and the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank.  Read more

Gering is Bethel's provisional candidate for 15th president

Jonathan C. Gering, professor of biology and founding dean of the School of Science and Mathematics at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, will be formally introduced to the campus and community Sept. 25.  Read more

Bethel makes statement opposing racism, white nationalism

Bethel College has issued a statement in response to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the weekend of Aug. 11-12.  Read more

First Regier Gallery exhibit to open with reception Aug. 31

Denver-based artist Lindey Anderson's show, They Sit Together, will be the first of the 2017-18 school year in the gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center, opening with the artist reception Thurs., Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m.  Read more

Four Threshers named to football Preseason All-KCAC Team

by Joshua Booth The KCAC Football Preseason Team includes two Thresher offensive players, senior Montero DuBose and sophomore Broderick Green, and two defensive players, seniors Michael Bell and Jariah Booker.  Read more

Vice president for student life resigns

Aaron Austin has submitted his resignation effective Sept.15 and will take a position as VP of student affairs, student life, at Wichita State University.  Read more

Martinez is first Bethel harrier to make Preseason All-KCAC Team

by Joshua Booth Senior Julio Martinez is Jeff Hoskisson's first cross-country runner to make the Preseason All-KCAC Team, after being Bethel's first male cross-country runner to compete at nationals in his junior year.  Read more

Bethel makes new faculty and staff appointments

Bethel welcomes new faces in administration, academics, athletics and staff for the coming school year.  Read more

HBPA celebrates 35 years with wide array of performances

The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series 2017-18 will feature Broadway improv, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Mirari Brass Quintet, VOCES8, and guitarist Berta Rojas with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra.  Read more

Harvard historian will look at Mennonite relationship to German nationalism

Ben Goossen, Cambridge, Massachusetts, will speak about Mennonites and German nationalism, and sign copies of his new book, Sun., Aug. 27, at 3 p.m. in the Kauffman Museum auditorium.  Read more

Bethel names 2017 athletics Hall of Fame class

by Joshua Booth Brent Martens in football, and Eric Peters and Kendra Doyle in track and field, will be inducted into the Athletic Boosters Club Hall of Fame Oct. 13 as part of Fall Festival celebrations.  Read more

Bethel at top of new college ranking’s list of Kansas schools

College Consensus has named Bethel the top college in Kansas, based on national rankings systems such as Forbes.com as well as web-based student review sites.  Read more

Former football coach Rogers was record-setting and high-impact

by Joshua Booth Former head football coach Kent Rogers, who led the team from 1979-94, died Aug. 3 after several years of illness  Read more

Bethel announces new men's, women's soccer coaches

Victor Garcia-Bebek will take over Bethel's men's soccer program while Alex Hagan has been named head coach of the women's team.  Read more

Schlabaugh has spent Bethel years teaching and making music

Karen Schlabaugh's teaching career in Kansas spans three different Mennonite colleges (the last 24 of them at Bethel) and piano performances all over the state, region and country.  Read more

At Bethel, Lewis found rigorous scholarship, compatible colleagues

When Paul Lewis figured out teaching at the college level was what he wanted to do, he went looking for a small liberal-arts college with rigorous academics like the one he graduated from himself.  Read more

KIPCOR's Flory relished opportunities to make a difference

Gary Flory retired in July from 19 years as director of KIPCOR, spanning the first years when he was the sole staff person at barely half time to the present busy multi-staff organization.  Read more

Krehbiel is first Bethel golfer to receive All-American Scholar award

by Joshua Booth Brian Krehbiel, graduating senior from Donnellson, Iowa, was the first Bethel golfer to be named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar, one of only 260 such in the entire NAIA and one of just three from Kansas.  Read more

Golf program only one in region to earn academic award

by Joshua Booth Bethel golf was one of only five such programs in the NAIA to receive the President's Special Recognition academic award for 2016-17, for having a team GPA over 3.5 (the team's was 3.60).  Read more

Renowned journalist to join in celebration of KIPCOR anniversary

As KIPCOR continues its 30th-anniversary celebrations, nationally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. will speak on campus Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall..  Read more

Eleven sports teams achieve NAIA academic honor status

by Joshua Booth With golf leading the way, 11 Bethel teams cracked a 3.0 cumulative GPA to earn NAIA Scholar-Team designation for 2016-17.  Read more

Husband-wife coaching team has deep Kansas roots

Athletic Director Tony Hoops announced the hiring of Drew Johnson and Nicole (Ohlde) Johnson as head coach and assistant coach, respectively, of the women's basketball team.  Read more

Women’s, men’s soccer coaches resign

Bethel College Athletic Director Tony Hoops has announced the resignations of both men’s and women’s head soccer coaches.  Read more

Bethel has first three Honors Court members in men’s basketball

Graduating senior Jacob Miller, senior Chase Banister and junior Tanner Long were named to the NABC Honors Court, which recognizes student-athletes' academic accomplishments.  Read more

Mennonite Life 2017: Is Anabaptism actually 500 years old?

The 2017 issue of Mennonite Life is now live -- a special issue devoted to an essay by Ben Goossen and 13 responses from Anabaptist historians and scholars from North America, Colombia and South Korea.  Read more

New volleyball, softball head coaches no strangers to Bethel

Head Softball Coach Stacy Middleton has made a move to the volleyball team, taking over as head coach, while David Middleton, an assistant softball coach for the past three years, will become head softball coach.  Read more

Mennonite colleges and universities launch collaborative campaign

by MC USA/MEA staff The five Mennonite Church USA colleges and universities, which include Bethel, are joining forces to highlight the ways strong academics and affordability prepare their graduates for success.  Read more

Esses accepts NCAA Division I assistant coaching position

Head women’s basketball coach Adam Esses has announced he will become lead assistant for a Division I women’s basketball program, with his resignation effective July 7.  Read more

Weston to leave head volleyball coaching post

Citing the desire to be closer to his family, Head Volleyball Coach Scott Weston has submitted his resignation, effective July 1.  Read more

Church relations position shifts to admissions office

Peter Goerzen, campus pastor, will also be half-time instructor of Bible and religion, while Andrew Schmidt will become assistant director of admissions for constituency and church relations.  Read more

Many campus services have changed to summer hours

The library, cafeteria, Thresher Shop and Mojo's have reduced or changed hours during the summer months.  Read more

Schrag will be Bethel's new VP for institutional advancement

Interim President John K. Sheriff has announced the appointment of Eric Schrag, currently administrator and CEO of Bethesda Home, Goessel, as vice president for institutional advancement, to begin July 1.  Read more

Bethel announces spring 2017 Dean’s List, Honor Roll

Students whose spring semester grades earned academic distinction have been named to the Spring 2017 Dean's List or Honor Roll.  Read more

Five Bethel women named Academic All-American

Katelyn Fatten and Bryna Rietcheck in women's track and field, and Jeni Reichenberger, Trista Rich and Alyssa Sullivan were all named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes.  Read more

Teaching award goes to artist, activist and art historian

Rachel Epp Buller, associate professor of visual art and design, received the Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award at commencement this year.  Read more

Austin tells 2017 graduates to always look, listen and learn

Aaron Austin, VP for student life, shared things he's learned from his 3-year-old daughter, his pastor, Prince, kids' TV and the Bible, among others, in his address to the Class of 2017 at commencement.  Read more

Bethel group invites walkers to Sand Creek Trail for national event

The Sand Creek Trail Committee invites the public to participate in Walk Sand Creek Trail Day Sat., June 3, with water and information available from dawn to dusk (6 a.m.-8 p.m.) at the Memorial Grove trailhead.  Read more

AD Kent Allshouse resigns, position undergoes changes

With the resignation of Kent Allshouse, athletic director and VP for Athletics, the position responsibilities being divided between Tony Hoops, head men's basketball coach, who assumes the AD title, and Andy Johnson, vice president for admissions.  Read more

Museums join to give historical prologue to new TV film on migration

Dr. David Moon of the University of York will give a lecture at Kauffman Museum May 28 about the influences on the Great Plains of Mennonites who migrated there in the 1800s and 1900s, ahead of a new History Channel film that includes the same story.  Read more

Bethel has four golfers named Academic All-American

Sam Bertholf, Brian Krehbiel, Kyle Regier and Jaden Schmidt have been named Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athletes in men's golf, out of only 144 nationwide.  Read more

Bethel helps student navigate a rough road, achieve her nursing degree

Morgan Schrock overcame a number of obstacles, including the tragic death of her father, to successfully complete her nursing degree, and is set to graduate May 21.  Read more

Students’ business purpose is to help other people find theirs

by Sam Bertholf Seniors Austin Mitchell, Brian Krehbiel, Chase Banister and Grant Walker are launching an apparel company that aims to do more, by helping people find a purpose for themselves and to help others.  Read more

From Prince to kids’ books, commencement speaker finds lessons everywhere

Vice President for Student Life Aaron Austin gives the commencement address during the 124th commencement ceremonies Sun., May 21, at 4 p.m in Thresher Stadium (Mem Hall if rain).  Read more

Senior Kate Fry’s show is final exhibit of year in Regier Gallery

Kate Fry's senior show of photography and graphic design pieces is now on display in the Regier Gallery, through Sun., May 21, with the reception Fri., May 19, 7-9 p.m. outside the gallery.  Read more

Miller wins Bethel peace speech contest for second time

Jacob Miller, senior from Westmoreland, took first place in the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oration Contest, sponsored at Bethel by KIPCOR, with Emily Alexander, freshman from Wichita, receiving second.  Read more

Krehbiel is second Bethel athlete to receive regional academic award

by Joshua Booth Brian Krehbiel, senior from Donnellson, Iowa, and a member of the golf team, has received a CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team award for his performance on the course and in the classroom.  Read more

Grace Bradfield to give senior violin recital

Grace Bradfield presents her senior recital Sun., May 14, at 4 p.m. in the chapel, with a reception to follow in The Meeting Place.  Read more

Presidential search continues as Sheriff agrees to extend interim

With John Sheriff agreeing to stay on as interim president through the 2017-18 academic year, the Presidential Search Committee will continue its work through the summer and early fall of 2017, as necessary.  Read more

Awards convocations recognize achievement in academics, athletics

Among the dozens of recognitions at the final two convocations of the school year were three Thresher Awards, Bethel's highest academic awards, which went to Spencer Bailly for history, Azucena Gonzalez for psychology and Jacob Miller for forensics.  Read more

Listening for peace: Mediation class serves nurses, patients and care

Bethel's one-of-a-kind (in the state) peace, justice and conflict studies requirement translates into a mediation class adapted especially for nurses.  Read more

Wind musicians to give special concert May 13

The Bethel College Brass Quintet and the Bethel College Saxophone Quartet will perform a joint concert Sat., May 13, at 2 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel.  Read more

Final concert a chance for Woven to share love of music with audiences

by Sam Bertholf This year, Woven's end-of-year concert follows, rather than precedes, Open Road's -- it is Mon., May 15, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall, and the last concert for senior Mareike Bergen.  Read more

Open Road celebrates music and friendship in year-end concert

by Sam Bertholf Open Road gives their annual year-end concert Sun., May 14, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall, the last concert for seniors Matt Graber and Chase Stucky.  Read more

Artist creates connections of memory to long-gone Mennonite ancestors

Gesine Janzen's interactive, multi-media installation Memory Matters is in its final month at Kauffman Museum (closes May 28).  Read more

Young Alumnus Award winner’s work knows no boundaries

Newton native Kate Becker, who now works with space weather observation for NOAA in Washington, D.C., will give her Young Alumnus convocation next fall.  Read more

Outstanding Alumnus 2017 has spent a lifetime caring for people, churches

Harold Thieszen, North Newton, who has spent more than 60 years in ministry with congregations and nonprofit organizations, will receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award at the Alumni Banquet June 3.  Read more

Achievement awardee led company to corporate, community citizenship

Paul Mullet, CEO and president of Excel Industries in Hesston and Bethel’s 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award winner, will be honored at the Alumni Banquet June 3.  Read more

Concert on the Green wraps up Bethel jazz year

Jazz Ensembles I and II will give the annual Jazz on the Green concert (in Krehbiel Auditorium in case of bad weather) Weds., March 10, at 8 p.m.  Read more

New Bethel band to show their steel-plated stuff in May 11 concert

by Sam Bertholf Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in Mem Hall, the Bethel College Steel Drum Band will give their first formal concert, with opening act The Parrotheads, a faculty/staff steel drum group.  Read more

Haydn mass, Mozart piano concerto on program for annual Masterworks

by Sam Bertholf Masterworks is Sun., May 7, at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall, with Haydn's Missa in Angustiis and the Mozart A-major piano concerto, featuring Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, who retires as professor of music at the end of this school year.  Read more

Annual URICA Symposium includes science, art, internships

The URICA Symposium begins with the Student Art Exhibit reception April 27 and ends with the Wind Ensemble concert April 30, and includes the spring play, April 28-29, and a day of student presentations, Fri., April 28.  Read more

Final Wind Ensemble concert of year promises to be a prize winner

by Sam Bertholf The Wind Ensemble's spring concert -- Sun., April 30, 3 p.m. in Mem Hall -- will feature three pieces by three different Pulitzer Prize winners: Howard Hanson, Aaron Copland and Zhou Long (premiere of a commissioned piece).  Read more

Small Canadian town fights a battle in wake of war in Bethel spring play

by Sam Bertholf Unity (1918) by Kevin Kerr, Bethel's spring drama, Fri. and Sat., April 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, describes the struggles of a community facing Spanish flu and other results of the First World War.  Read more

Jazz trio with drummer Zimmer will be in Krehbiel Auditorium April 23

Pete Zimmer will join Jim Pisano's trio Organique for a special concert Sun., April 23, at 5:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium (right after the KIPCOR Film Series presentation).  Read more

Parenting, art and activism important to next Greer Lecturer

Chicago-based artist Christa Donner will give the next Greer Lecture, Mon., April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel, after meeting with the Activism, Art and Design class earlier that day.  Read more

Flannelbacks prepare to play their Bethel swan song

by Sam Bertholf The Flannelbacks: The Farewell Concert will take place on the Green Fri., April 21, at 8 p.m. (bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and tissues).  Read more

Rock-star string quintet is last HBPA event of school year

Sybarite5 will perform Thurs., April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church and will also give a public master class Tues., April 18, at 3 p.m. in the chapel.  Read more

Final event in this year's KIPCOR series examines Doctrine of Discovery

A YouTube video with Chief Oren Lyons and the documentary Reserve 107 will be the last event in the 2016-17 KIPCOR Film Series, Sun., April 23, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, with John Stoesz as post-film discussion leader.  Read more

Mika Patron to give senior organ recital

Mika Patron's senior organ recital is Sat., April 22, at 3 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel and will include works by Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Hindemith, Vierne and Alain.  Read more

Wilderness, solitude have helped build foundation of visiting poet’s work

The Bethel College Visiting Writers Series presents Sam Taylor, a poet and the director of the MFA program in creative writing at WSU, who will read from his work Thurs., April 20, at 6 p.m. on the Prairie Sky Stage.  Read more

Field athlete topples 61-year-old shot put record

by Joshua Booth Kyle Wilson broke the longest-standing Bethel track and field record at the Friends Invitational April 8 when his 15.87-meter heave of the shot put bested the previous mark by more than a foot.  Read more

Annual student exhibit now open in Regier Gallery

Work by 46 Bethel students is on display through April 28, in media including drawing, photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture, artist books and jewelry.  Read more

Palestinian, Jewish voices for peace to speak in south-central Kansas

Jonathan Kuttab, a human-rights lawyer and Palestinian Christian, will speak at Bethel Tues., April 18 (7 p.m.) and Weds., April 19 (11 a.m.) in the chapel, with Laura Tillem, Wichita, of Jewish Voices for Peace joining him for the eve  Read more

Presidential search committee gives update at spring board meetings

Following spring board meetings March 31-April 1, the chair of Bethel's Presidential Search Committee, Dan Flickinger, gave a progress report on applications and interest thus far, and next steps going forward.  Read more

Forensics team to give nationals showcase April 10

The Bethel forensics team will give a sampling of the 15 events they took to the national tournament, Mon., April 10, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium (for mature audiences due to language and graphic content).  Read more

Softball to honor Wedel with field dedication April 8

by Joshua Booth Thresher softball will dedicate their field, naming it to honor Vice President for Business Affairs Allen Wedel, Sat., April 8, between games (first game starts at 1 p.m., second game scheduled for 3 p.m.).  Read more

Programmers finish first in intercollegiate contest

Competing against teams from four states, Bethel's Team Thresher -- Mareike Bergen, Zach Preheim and Neil Smucker -- won the programming contest held April 1 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Read more

Miller is Bethel’s first-ever forensics All-American

April 1 during opening ceremonies for this year’s AFA National Individual Events Tournament on the campus of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, senior Jacob Miller was announced as a member of the 2017 All-American team.  Read more

Museum, students collaborate for special events

Thurs., April 6, on the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War II, Kauffman Museum and CLIO, the history club, will sponsor a screening of A Farewell to Arms, with a light meal at 6 p.m. and the film at 6:30 in the museum auditori  Read more

Women’s Chorus to give spring concert April 9

The location of the Women's Chorus spring concert has been changed to the Ad Building chapel (from Bethel College Mennonite Church), Sun., April 9 at 4 p.m.  Read more

BCAPA will celebrate move to campus with April 1 open house

BCAPA will move into Mem Hall this weekend, and invites the public to an open house Sat., April 1, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with classes to start Mon., April 3.  Read more

Trombone legend Gordon to join jazz groups for workshop, concert

On Fri., March 31, Wycliffe Gordon will participate in a day-long workshop with Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble, then join MKJE and Bethel Jazz Ensemble I that evening at 7:30 for a concert in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Schmidt's dream becomes reality with new indoor golf training facility

by Joshua Booth Senior Jaden Schmidt's vision became reality earlier this semester with the opening of Bethel's indoor golf training facility, located in the storage shed in Thresher Sports Complex, just north of Goering Hall.  Read more

Concert Choir will raise money for relief on spring break tour

Proceeds from almost all freewill offerings during the Concert Choir's spring break tour (to Illinois, Iowa, Manitoba, Minnesota, Missouri and South Dakota) will go to the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).  Read more

Bethel announces spring break hours

Bethel College is on spring break starting Saturday, March 18, through Sunday, March 26, with reduced hours for the library, Thresher Shop, Mojo's and the Mennonite Library and Archives (cafeteria and Regier Art Gallery closed).  Read more

Bethel has four basketball All-America Scholar-Athletes

Chase Banister, Elise Gerlach, Jacob Miller and Kylee Schunn were named NAIA Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athletes in basketball for the 2016-17 school year.  Read more

Kids invited to museum to make their own memories

Admission to Kauffman Museum is free on Third Thursdays, and on March 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., parents and grandparents are invited to bring kids for a special art activity associated with the exhibit Memory Matters.  Read more

Bethel to host conference on Mennonites and Holocaust in 2018

The call for papers has been issued for an international academic conference on Mennonites and the Holocaust, to be hosted at Bethel a year from now, March 16-17, 2018.  Read more

Museum, symphony will collaborate for gala evening March 19

Gesine Janzen, whose exhibit Memory Matters is currently in Kauffman Museum, will be the special guest for the museum's Spring Gala, March 19 starting at 5:30 p.m., following the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra's spring concert in Mem Hall.  Read more

Jazz groups back in a favorite campus venue March 13

Jazz Ensemble II, Jazz Combo I and Jazz Combo II will play in Mojo's Mon., March 13, starting at 7 p.m., with no cover charge but with donations accepted to support Bethel jazz studies.  Read more

Andrew Thiesen to give senior trombone recital

Andrew Thiesen will give his senior trombone recital, featuring music by Rachmaninoff, David, Bernstein and Hindemith, Tues., March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel.  Read more

Bethel qualifies all team members to national forensics tournament

With Shekhinah Jones and Heather Chaney qualifying events to AFA-NIET over the weekend, Bethel will be taking its entire forensics team to the national tournament for the second straight year.  Read more

Newton native’s first solo show is now in Regier Gallery

Denise Renee: Mundane and Magic is a show of fiber art -- quilted, woven, hand-dyed and/or felted wall art, as well as handbags -- in the Regier Gallery through March 30, with the artist reception Thurs., March 16, 6-8 p.m.  Read more

Nursing program ranked in state’s top 10 by nursing website

Bethel's nursing program is the only one ranked in the top 10 among the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference regional group of colleges and universities by the website RegisteredNursing.org.  Read more

Bethel adds major, certificate program

The addition of a major in History and Political Science and a Creative Writing Certificate, to go into effect with the 2017-18 catalog, has also meant there will be several new course options.  Read more

Quirky musical spelling bee spills over from words into life

In this musical in one long act, six unusual adolescents vie for the local spelling bee championship with dreams of national competition, and bump up against their lives and families in the process -- in Krehbiel Auditorium March 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30  Read more

Bethel continues spring forensics competition

The Thresher forensics squad has been keeping a fast pace as the spring tournament season winds to a close.  Read more

Instrumental groups to collaborate for March 5 concert

The Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra will have a joint concert Sun., March 5 at 8 p.m. in Mem Hall, with works by Stucky, Gilmore, Mahler, Buxtehude and Wagner, and featuring Soyoun Chun as vocal soloist.  Read more

Junior nursing majors observe annual lamplighting

In a traditional ceremony honoring the profession of nursing, 21 of the 22 members of the nursing class of 2018 took part in the lamplighting service Feb. 18.  Read more

Miller wins state oratory crown, qualifies maximum events to nationals

Senior Jacob Miller won the state championship in Persuasive Speaking Feb. 18, which means he has six events (the maximum allowed) qualified to forensics nationals, and will represent the state of Kansas in the country's oldest oratorical competition.  Read more

Two students attend state conference for educators

Seniors Mattison Hiebner, an elementary/special education major from Hampton, Nebraska, and Kyle Regier, a history secondary education major from Whitewater, were named "Teachers of Promise" and attended a state educators conference in Topeka Feb. 10-11.  Read more

Professor to present on how to imagine memory through art

Rachel Epp Buller will reference Kauffman Museum's current special exhibit of works by Gesine Janzen in a talk on art and memory, part of the Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum series, Sun., Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. in the museum.  Read more

Hart calls church to Jesus-shaped solidarity

The message of Jesus is one of total inclusion and absolute equality, said Drew Hart, a professor at Messiah College, in two recent lectures at Bethel – but the church has largely missed it.  Read more

Conference: Just future requires new ways, new words, new eyes

Students from several Anabaptist-related colleges in the United States and Canada heard speakers talk about the intersections of environmental, racial and LGBTQIA justice at a peace conference held on campus Feb. 10-12.  Read more

Guitar trio to bring eclectic excellence to arts series stage

Crossing genres and continents, Montreal Guitare Trio comes to Bethel March 4, 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium, as part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series.  Read more

South America trip shows distance traveled can be in more than miles

by Austin Prouty A variety of climate zones, cultures, economies and experiences across six countries gave students a greatly expanded view of the world.  Read more

Stories from people in Mexico open eyes as well as borders

by Rebecca Schrag A class that crossed physical and cultural borders and time spent listening and learning to a variety of people gave students a stronger feeling of connection to the world  Read more

Students bring back hope for peace from visit to Holy Land

by Alec Loganbill In addition to traveling to many of the sites known from biblical stories of Jesus and Israel, this class talked to people who live there now and heard their stories of pain, struggle and hope.  Read more

Costa Rica offers multiple ecosystems, first-hand views of climate change

by Sarah Balzer The Tropical Biology Field Trip visited four research stations in Costa Rica, finding an amazing range of ecosystems inside a country a quarter the size of Kansas.  Read more

Interterm trip finds cultural diversity without leaving U.S. borders

by Elizabeth Ratzlaff While many of their friends were traveling outside the United States during interterm 2017, this class found multiple cultures within this country's borders, specifically in Chicago.  Read more

Bielek announces resignation as BCAPA works toward restructuring

Danika Bielek, who started with BCAPA in 2009 and became executive director in 2012, has announced her resignation effective July 31.  Read more

Bethel wins inaugural KCAC Competitive Cheer Championship

Bethel came home with a first-place trophy and a Coach of the Year Award for Joseph Gogus after the first-ever KCAC Cheer Championships Feb. 11 at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina.  Read more

Current exhibit gives students picture of activist art, design

Hidden Forces: The Kansas People's History Project is in the Regier Art Gallery through Feb. 24, and provides a concrete example of what Rachel Epp Buller is teaching in her new Activism, Art and Design class this spring.  Read more

Miller first Bethel basketball player to receive regional academic award

Men’s basketball player Jacob Miller, senior from Westmoreland, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 Team earlier this month.  Read more

Bethel continues spring forensics competition with Border Wars

The Bethel forensics team traveled to Salina Feb. 4-5 for more spring competition in a swing tournament hosted by Kansas Wesleyan University and Cameron University of Oklahoma.  Read more

Selichnow to give junior trombone recital

Billie Selichnow's junior trombone recital is Saturday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel, featuring work by Ewazen, Marcello, von Weber and Turrin.  Read more

Second film in KIPCOR series examines police militarization

The second KIPCOR film of the year looks at police militarization in the United States since 9/11, and screens Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Forensics opens spring competition with sweepstakes trophy

At the Kansas in Nebraska Swing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bethel amassed enough points for a 3rd-place sweepstakes finish and also saw Jacob Miller qualify his fifth event to nationals.  Read more

Intercollegiate peace fellowship conference comes to campus Feb. 10-12

The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship (ICPF) annual conference will be on campus Feb. 10-12, with the theme Uniting for Social Change: Intersections of Race, Environment and LGBTQIA Identities and four keynote addresses that are free and open to the public  Read more

Bethel stands in solidarity with those affected by executive orders

Interim President John Sheriff and the administrative cabinet released a statement Feb. 2 in response to U.S. President Trump's executive orders of Jan. 27.  Read more

Church must change perspectives to bring real justice, speaker says

Drew G.I. Hart, assistant professor of theology at Messiah College, will give two lectures at Bethel Sunday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. (convocation), both in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Organ recital to feature early music and contemporary composers

Bethel graduate Chelsea Vaught, Fort Wayne, Indiana, will give an organ recital Sunday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. in the chapel, with music of both early and contemporary composers.  Read more

Digital history project opens up MLA to the world

Harvard doctoral student Ben Goossen is the editor of the German Mennonite Sources Database, a large-scale digital history project dealing with mostly German-language materials and hosted by the Mennonite Library and Archives.  Read more

South African group to make return appearance in performing arts series

Ladysmith Black Mambazo makes its second appearance on the Mem Hall stage as part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series, Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., a stop on the tour celebrating the release of the group's latest album.  Read more

Duo piano recital is third collaboration for Schlabaugh, Gaeddert

Karen Bauman Schlabaugh and Susan Gaeddert will perform on two pianos, Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Ad Building chapel, featuring music by Mozart, Schubert, Faure, Corigliano and Townsend.  Read more

Sheriff to serve third term as interim president

John Sheriff, professor emeritus of English who has served two previous terms as interim president, has been appointed to a third, to begin Feb. 1.  Read more

Social workers can earn CEUs through Bethel spring class

Social workers can earn CEUs through an evening class, Healthcare Ethics taught by Monica Flask, MSW, offered at Bethel in the spring 2017 semester.  Read more

Kansas Day 2017 at Kauffman Museum to head down the Chisholm Trail

Kauffman Museum's annual Celebrate Kansas Day! will be Saturday, Jan. 28, starting with a program at 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, continuing in and around the museum from 1-4 p.m., and honoring the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.  Read more

Cross-cultural experiences help prevent stagnation, build faith

by Tana Myers Nine nursing students and their professor, Geri Tyrell, traveled to Haiti before Christmas, where they saw different ways of health-care delivery and received warm and generous hospitality.  Read more

President White accepts foundation CEO position

Bethel President Perry D. White has informed the Board of Directors that he will become the next chief executive officer of Harmony Foundation International, based in Nashville, Tennessee, to begin April 3.  Read more

MLK Day event seeks to renew spirit of empowerment at Bethel and beyond

Speaker Regina Shands Stoltzfus, Goshen, Indiana, and student contributions in the form of visual art, music and poetry are on the program for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, Monday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium.  Read more

Women’s soccer history now available on athletics website

The Bethel Department of Sports Information has completed a history of the women’s soccer program that is now available for public view.  Read more

Search committee to hold listening sessions on campus Jan. 9

Members of the Bethel College Presidential Search Committee will be on campus Monday, Jan. 9, to hold listening sessions with various groups and individuals.  Read more

Goossen presentation sheds light from history on current rise of nationalism

Ben Goossen, Cambridge, Massachusetts, will give the next Friends of the MLA presentation, Jan. 10, 7 p.m., at Kauffman Museum, on Mennonites at War: Military Service, Ethnic Cleansing and Global Migrations during and after the First World War.  Read more

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