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Family Fest gives family members a glimpse of Bethel College life

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Redesigned and expanded last year, Family Fest at Bethel College has proven to be a popular event. This year’s Family Fest--geared to family members of current students--will take place on the Bethel campus Feb. 11-13 and will include everything from tours of the developing sports complex to a student talent show to a Sunday jazz brunch.

"We want this to be a chance for families to get a glimpse of their student’s college experience, and to meet the people who make up the Bethel family," said vice president for Student Life Donna Becker.

On Friday, family members can attend the 11 a.m. convocation, which will feature travel reports from students who spent time studying in England, France, Germany, Guatemala and Israel-Palestine during interterm.

On both Friday and Saturday, there will be opportunity for a "play-by-play" tour with athletic director Diane Flickner of Bethel’s new sports complex, currently under construction. There will also be tours of residence halls, Krehbiel Science Center and the historic Old Science Hall offered during the weekend.

Also on both Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, the Mabee Observatory will be open from 9-11 p.m. for night sky viewing with the observatory’s telescope, one of the largest in the state of Kansas.

Thresher Bookstore will be open Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Kauffman Museum will extend its Saturday hours just for Family Fest visitors, and will be open from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The museum will also be open from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday and 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Other highlights of the Saturday schedule are breakfast with president E. LaVerne Epp and Marilyn Epp at historic Goerz House and a student talent show in Krehbiel Auditorium.

Bethel women’s and men’s varsity basketball teams will play Ottawa University on Saturday evening, at 5 and 7 respectively, in Thresher Gymnasium. In between, there will be a bonfire and tailgate foods in Centennial Plaza.

Sunday’s schedule includes Family Fest worship in the Administration Building chapel at 10 a.m., led by campus pastor Amy Barker, followed by brunch in the cafeteria to the accompaniment of jazz music.

The last event of the weekend is the traditional Nurses’ Lamplighting Ceremony in the chapel, a special event for upper-class nursing students that marks their commitment to their profession.

"We welcome families to what we think will be an entertaining and informative weekend," Becker said.

For more information, call (316) 284-5324.

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