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Bethel College announces new faculty and staff appointments

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College announces the hiring of the following new faculty and staff for the 2005-06 school year: Nate Bartell, Newton, athletic trainer. He is a 2004 graduate of Bethel College with a B.S. in athletic training and a B.S. in health management. Before coming to Bethel, he worked in construction.

Naomi Berends, Garden Plain, instructor of nursing. She has a B.S. in nursing from Bethel College in St. Paul., Minn., and a M.S.N. from Case Western Reserve University. She currently works as a R.N. at Via Christi-St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita.

Kayla Corbett, Newton, assistant to the vice president for Student Life. She has a B.S. in health, physical education and recreation from McPherson College. Before coming to Bethel, she worked as program director for the Newton Recreation Commission.

Brett Dewey, Newton, assistant professor of Bible and religion. He has a B.A. in religious studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., and a M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif. Before coming to Bethel, he did doctoral course work and taught at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Sharon Eicher, Wichita, associate professor of business/economics. She has a B.A. in political science from Barnard College of Columbia University, a M.A. in Islamic societies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, a M.A. in Central Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, a M.A. in economics from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in development economics from Kansas State University. She recently returned from two years living in Kazakhstan, Central Asia, and teaching economics at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Prognosis (Strategic Research), or KIMEP.

Mark Fox, Newton, women’s head basketball coach. He has a B.S. in education (middle and secondary school) from the University of Kansas and a M.S.Ed. (curriculum and instruction) from Emporia State University. He was previously an admissions counselor and assistant men’s basketball coach at Newman University in Wichita.

Travis Graber, Newton, assistant football coach. He is a 1997 graduate of Bethel College with a B.S. in business administration. He also has a B.S. in secondary education from Kansas State University and a M.Ed. in sports administration from Wichita State University. He previously taught marketing and entrepreneurship at Newton High School and worked part-time on the Thresher football coaching staff.

Vanessa Irby, Wichita, instructor of nursing. She has a B.S.N. from the University of Oklahoma and a M.S.N. from Wichita State University. She currently works as a staff nurse at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita.

Kelley O’Reilly, North Newton, admissions counselor. She is a 2005 graduate of Bethel College with a B.A. in psychology.

Halie Schmidt, Wichita, instructor of business/economics. She is a 2002 graduate of Bethel College with a B.S. in business and a minor in economics. She currently works for Banc of America Investment Services in Wichita.

Kara Schmidt, North Newton, Kauffman Museum assistant. She is a 2005 graduate of Bethel College with a B.A. in English and elementary education.

Christina Schneck, Conway Springs, clinical instructor of nursing. She has an A.D.N. from Newman University and a B.S.N. from Southwestern University.

Libby Schrag, North Newton, resident director of Voth Hall. She is a 1998 graduate of Bethel College with a B.A. in German, and has a M.A. in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University. She spent three years with Mennonite Central Committee in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and most recently worked at Offender-Victim Ministries in Newton.

Tina Schrag, North Newton, events coordinator. She is a 2003 graduate of Bethel College with a B.S. in business administration. Before coming to Bethel, she worked for the Newton Chamber of Commerce.

Richard Tirk, Augusta, assistant professor of music. He has a B.A. in music education from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., a M.M. from Western Michigan University and a D.M.A. in trumpet performance from Michigan State University. Previously, he was director of instrumental music studies at Independence (Kan.) Community College.

Fred Unruh, rural Newton, maintenance. He has an A.A. from Hesston College and most recently worked at Kropf Lumber in Hesston.

Sharon Unruh, Newton, assistant director of nursing. She previously worked in the Alumni Office at Hesston College.

Jessica Ward, North Newton, resident director of Warkentin Court. She is a 2005 graduate of Georgia College & State University with a B.A. in rhetoric and political science.

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