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Bethel College grants degrees to 99 graduates

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - President E. LaVerne Epp conferred baccalaureate degrees upon 99 graduates during Bethel College commencement ceremonies May 25 in Memorial Hall on the North Newton campus. Thirty-six percent of the graduates were honored for earning grade point averages of 3.5 and above. Graduate -- Hometown -- Major(s)

Bachelor of Arts

  • Nathan Joshua Abrahams -- Newton, Kan. -- Art
  • Clint D. Ackerman -- Salt Lake City, Utah --History (7/03)
  • Adam Lance Akers -- Concordia, Kan. -- Communication Arts (7/03)
  • Jason J. Auernheimer -- Moundridge, Kan. -- Natural Sciences
  • Joy Elizabeth Blackburn ** -- Hesston, Kan. -- Communication Arts, English (7/03)
  • Katherine L. Cabarga -- Miami, Fla. -- Natural Sciences (7/03)
  • Justin Dwayne Dalke -- Moundridge, Kan. -- Mathematical Sciences, Physics (7/03)
  • Crystal Marie Derstine ** -- Newton, Kan. -- Elementary Education
  • Kendra Kay Doyle -- Pflugerville, Texas -- Mathematical Sciences (7/03)
  • Victoria M. H. Eastes *** -- Halstead, Kan. -- History
  • Nicholas James Enz * -- Newton, Kan. -- Music
  • Ricardo Eliseo Garcia -- Miami, Fla. -- Natural Sciences (7/03)
  • Ian Christopher Gingrich-Gaylord ** --Wichita, Kan. -- Art, Music
  • Christopher Ryan Graber * -- Newton, Kan. -- Communication Arts
  • Aziza Farouq Hasan ** -- Halstead, Kan. -- History and Social Science
  • Rachel Audrey Hawpe -- Newton, Kan. -- Biology
  • Elizabeth Marie Howard * -- Kansas City, Kan. -- History and Social Science
  • Aaron Marquis Joseph -- Easton, Md. -- Business Administration
  • Allison Jill Kauffman -- Newton, Kan. -- Psychology
  • Amy Ruth Kaufman *** -- Marion, S.D. -- Mathematical Sciences
  • Reid Alan Kaufmann ** -- New Paris, Ind. -- Computer Science, Music
  • Michael W. Klein *** -- Durham, Kan. -- Psychology
  • Brett James Klingenberg * -- Peabody, Kan. -- History
  • Karenza E. Kroeker -- Chouteau, Okla. -- German, Music
  • Benjamin Wayne Lichti *** -- Newton, Kan. -- Music
  • Laurel Harms Martens -- Henderson, Neb. -- History
  • Amy Rebeccah Mattson -- Salina, Kan. -- English
  • Megan Jane Mowery * -- Hutchinson, Kan. -- Business Administration, Spanish
  • Kathleen Marie Mueller -- Appleton, Wis. -- Music
  • Sophia Berith Muthuraj -- Bangalore, India -- English, Psychology (7/03)
  • Marena Dawn Nachtigall * -- Mt. Pleasant, Iowa -- Art
  • Brandon Dale Nelson -- Newton, Kan. -- Communication Arts
  • Nisha Onta * -- Kathmandu, Nepal -- Business Administration (2/03)
  • Clark Layne Oswald -- Kalona, Iowa -- Business Administration, German
  • Jennifer Marie Owens * -- Haven, Kan. -- English
  • Nicole Jacqueline Patton * -- Wichita, Kan. -- Natural Sciences
  • James Peter Regier * -- Haven, Kan. -- German, History
  • Sarah Elizabeth Renich -- Shawnee, Kan. -- Chemistry, Natural Sciences (7/03)
  • Kenneth Maghema Riungu -- Mombasa, Kenya -- Computer Science
  • Amanda Lynn Sazama * -- Edna, Kan. -- Music, Spanish
  • Erin Denae Schmidt *** -- Newton, Kan. -- English
  • Amber C. Schrag * -- Marion, S.D. -- History
  • Derek D. Schutte -- Pretty Prairie, Kan. -- History and Social Science
  • Sarah Susannah Shorthill -- Wichita, Kan. -- English
  • Jared Michael Smith -- Newton, Kan. -- English, Social Work (7/03)
  • Travis Joe Stephenson -- McPherson, Kan. -- Physics (7/03)
  • Alan Todd Stucky -- Goessel, Kan. -- Bible and Religion
  • Emily Ann Suter ** -- Bluffton, Ohio -- Mathematical Sciences
  • Kristine Ann Thimm *** -- Beatrice, Neb. -- German, Psychology
  • Amanda Gayle Voth *** -- Goessel, Kan. -- Business Administration, Communication Arts
  • Jennifer Denise Wiebe ** -- Newton, Kan. -- Global Peace and Justice Studies, Music
  • Rachael Erin Yoder -- Goshen, Ind. -- Social Work

Bachelor of Science

  • Garry Lee Albright -- Inman, Kan. -- Accounting, Business Administration
  • Denis A. Antipov -- Dudinka, Russia -- Computer Science (7/03)
  • Ryan Douglas Bartel -- Hillsboro, Kan. -- Elementary Education (2/03)
  • Nathaniel Markus Bartell -- Hesston, Kan. -- Athletic Training, Health Management (7/03)
  • David Calvin Benner -- Elizabethtown, Pa. -- Business Administration
  • Cherie Irene Blair -- Newton, Kan. -- Nursing
  • Amy Elaine Brunk ** -- Inman, Kan. -- Nursing
  • Judi Lynne Burkett -- Hesston, Kan. -- Nursing
  • Jacob Andrew Childs -- South Hutchinson, Kan. -- Business Administration
  • Brett Derek Esau -- Beatrice, Neb. -- Business Administration
  • Lori Nicole Finkner -- La Junta, Colo. -- Nursing
  • Matthew Paul Flaming -- Goessel, Kan. -- Elementary Education
  • Frank G. Flores -- San Antonio, Texas -- Health Management
  • Andrea Leigh Foley -- Newton, Kan. -- Social Work
  • Joel Lee Gerber -- Harper, Kan. -- Athletic Training, Health Management
  • Amy Winn Hines ** -- Hutchinson, Kan. -- Social Work
  • Ryan Lee Hoopes -- Anthony, Kan. -- Health Management
  • Melissa Kay Jost -- Hillsboro, Kan. -- Nursing
  • Jamie Ann Kaminkow ** -- Moundridge, Kan. -- Nursing
  • Nicholas Matthew Mackey -- Newton, Kan. -- Business Administration (7/03)
  • Kevin Michael Manning -- Berryton, Kan. -- Business Administration
  • Matthew Scott McKitrick ** -- Aurora, Colo. -- Social Work (7/03)
  • Eric Jermone Moore -- Arlington, Texas -- Business Administration
  • Wilma Ann Mueller *** -- Halstead, Kan. -- Social Work
  • Anitra Denise Murray -- Newton, Kan. -- Nursing
  • Katie René Ott -- Maize, Kan. -- Elementary Education
  • Yvette Camille Peters *** -- Goessel, Kan. -- Accounting, Business Administration
  • Jarod Curtis Powell -- Wright, Kan. -- Business Administration
  • Aaron Thomas Rayburn -- Prairie Village, Kan. -- Business Administration (7/03)
  • Melissa L. Relf -- Wichita, Kan. -- Nursing
  • Erin Desarae Rosfeld -- Goessel, Kan. -- Nursing
  • Casson Ray Schmidt -- Goessel, Kan. -- Health Management
  • Luke Matthies Schmidt -- Peabody, Kan. -- Chemistry, Physics
  • Tina Rochelle Schmidt -- Goessel, Kan. -- Business Administration (2/03)
  • Benjamin Hertzler Schrag -- Normal, Ill. -- Accounting, Business Administration
  • Pesa H. T. Shayo -- Wichita, Kan. -- Nursing
  • Tiffany Nicole Sims -- Wichita, Kan. -- Nursing
  • Cindi S. Smith *** -- Hutchinson, Kan. -- Social Work (7/03)
  • Kendall Maryn Smith ** -- Clay Center, Kan. -- Elementary Education (12/02)
  • Matthew Scott Steinmetz -- Salem, Ore. -- Social Work (12/02)
  • Thomas R. Szambecki *** -- Wichita, Kan. -- Elementary Education
  • Tina Marie Troyer * -- Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Elementary Education
  • Justin Edwin Wasmuth -- Pierceville, Kan. -- Elementary Education
  • Shelly D. Weibert -- Hillsboro, Kan. -- Computer Science (7/03)
  • John Joseph Wolski III -- Topeka, Kan. -- Business Administration
  • Elizabeth Diane Yunghans -- Sedgwick, Kan. -- Elementary Education
  • Ryan Lee Zern -- Sedgwick, Kan. -- Health Management (7/03)

    All degrees were granted on May 25 unless listed with another date. Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college, affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.

    *cum laude: 3.5-3.649 grade point average (G.P.A.) **magna cum laude: 3.65-3.799 G.P.A. ***summa cum laude: 3.800-4.0 G.P.A.

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