NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The Bethel College Alumni Awards Committee announces two of the college’s 1986 graduates, Paul Schrag and Wendy Funk Schrag of Newton, as recipients of the 2003 Young Alumni Awards. They will be honored at 10 a.m., Monday, March 3 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center during convocation, where they will speak on "Vocation as a Calling." Admission to the convocation is free and open to the public. Wendy Funk Schrag completed her bachelor’s degree in social work at Bethel, received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare in 1990 and attended Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. She is a dialysis social worker and patient services manager with Renal Care Group, a provider of dialysis services for more than 25,000 patients across the country. She is president of the National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers, a frequent speaker at professional meetings and has had articles published in professional journals.
An English major at Bethel College, Paul Schrag attended the University of Kansas and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. Continuing a three-generation family tradition that began in 1925, he is editor of Mennonite Weekly Review (MWR), an independent, inter-Mennonite newspaper. Based in Newton, MWR has 10,000 subscribers nationwide. Schrag has written more than 450 editorials and also reported from Kenya, Zimbabwe and India for MWR and for Meetinghouse, the association of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ publications. As chair of Meetinghouse, he will coordinate the coverage by Meetinghouse editors at the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, next August.
The Schrags have two daughters, Abigail and Rebecca. The family attends First Mennonite Church, Newton.