NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The nursing class of 2008, the largest ever admitted to Bethel College, held the traditional lamplighting for juniors on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the college.
Fifty (one in absentia) students participated in the ceremony. The original admission group numbered 60. The largest lamplighting group previously was last year’s, with 45 students.
Director of nursing Gregg Schroeder noted that, in addition to being the largest class, this one is also the most diverse in Bethel’s history. It includes nine men, as well as 18 students who are foreign-born, coming from Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo and Vietnam.
Special speaker for the event was Tamara Stuhlsatz, B.S.N., A.R.N.P.-C., assistant professor of nursing, speaking on “Life lessons in nursing.” In addition to her teaching duties, Stuhlsatz works as a nurse practitioner in the Emergency department at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.
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 students honored at the lamplighting were: Abiodun Afodunrinbi, Wichita; Sara Allen, Wichita; Sade Ayodele, Newton; Rachel Baker, Wichita; Samuel Bankole, Wichita; Breann Beagley, Wichita; Kemal Bonfoh, Wichita; Ashley Brewer, Peabody; Lucinda Cain (in absentia), Hutchinson; Georgina Chamungwana, Wichita; Victoria Charles, Newton; Rebecca Claassen, Newton, Chelsea Corwin, Hutchinson; Lillian DaCosta, Wichita; Nikkii Dolce; Christina Enegren, Goddard; Allen Graham, Moundridge; Chelsea Hahn, North Newton; Eleazer Harelimana, Wichita; Amanda Hayes, Canton; Vanh Kathagnarath, Wichita; Brandi Kaufman, Newton; Sarah Kearns, Wichita; Autum Knox, Minneapolis; Judith Lusenaka, Wichita; Rachel Maingu, Wichita; Andrea McMillen, Wichita; Evan Meyer, Hutchinson; Thomas Morse, Wichita; Nicholas Mwangi, Wichita; Patricia Ngigi, Newton; Nikki Nguyen, Wichita; Ihuoma Nwoke, Wichita; Geofrey Nyangweso, Wichita; Olusegun Olaosebikan, Wichita; Rachel Pederson, Hillsboro; Michele Pennington, Wichita; Brandi Peterie-Shipman, Newton; Amanda Ratzlaff, Buhler; Laura Rowe, Newton; Jason Santiago, Watsonville, Calif.; Tessia Sorensen, Wichita; Sally Thiesen, Goessel; Sarah Thompson, Newton; Megan Tomoson, Seattle; Elyse Unruh, Newton; Brenna Wiebe, Sterling; Bobbie Wiley, Wichita; Kelly Yoder, Hutchinson; and Kathlene Young, Hesston.
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.