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Past Bethel College News: May 2017

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

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