NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Department of Nursing honored 45 students in its annual lamplighting ceremony, held Sunday, Feb. 12, in Krehbiel Auditorium on the college campus. This is the largest junior class in at least five years, noted Bethel College director of nursing Gregg Schroeder.
The lamplighting honors upper-class nursing students for their commitment to the profession. The lamps are lit and then given to each student to keep. They symbolize the work of British nurse Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the founder of modern nursing, who served soldiers in the Crimean War. She was called "the nurse with the lamp" because of the shadow she cast on the wall as she made her night rounds.
The speaker for the ceremony was Amy Siple, MSN, ARNP, of Wichita, an instructor of nursing at Bethel College. Her speech was called "Let Your Light Shine." Another special part of the service was the invocation given by Tyler Hambley, assistant youth pastor at McPherson Free Methodist Church and husband of junior nursing student Crystal Hambley.
The students honored at the lamplighting were: Brooke Abramczkak, Wichita; Olakunle Adisa, Wichita; Krystal Bacon, Hutchinson; Courtney Barnett, Moundridge; Caroline Blevins, Valley Center; Rebecca Comegys, Wichita; Martha Darby, Wichita; Deborah Davis, Wichita; Abigail Gatz, Newton; Kristina Gomez, Newton; Sorrina Gonzalez, Newton; Crystal Hambley, McPherson; Melissa Hawkins, Elbing; Katherine Hinz, Houston, Texas; Isaac Hochstetler, McPherson; Amanda Hullet, Hutchinson; Amy Hutchison, Wichita; Coshawnasy Jackson, Wichita; Jacqui-Ann Jackson, St. Catherine, Jamaica; Stacy Jasperson, Newton; Tom Martin, Wichita; Andrea Mendel, Enid, Okla.; Amy Mitchel (in absentia); Thelma Latrice Moses, Wichita; Michelle Osborne, Andover; Stephanie Potuckek, Wichita; Mae Reed, North Newton; Natasha Robinson, Wichita; Lindsey Schuckman, Viola; Jillian Schwartz, Wichita; Edith Scott, El Dorado; Jennifer Siefken, Wichita; Amanda Silver, Shawnee; Jessica Smith, Wichita; Janelle Steiner, Albany, Ore.; Stephanie Stivers, Maize; Alicia Tate, Wichita; Michelle Tran, Wichita; Geraldine Tyrell, Newton; Elizabeth Wahl, Newton; Tiffany Walker, Newton; Colleen Warman, Hutchinson; Rachel White, Alamosa, Colo.; Amanda Wyatt, Hillsboro; and Jocelyn Zauche, Garden City.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.