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Four athletic teams earn NAIA academic honors

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Four Bethel College athletic teams have been listed on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) roster of 2007-08 scholar teams, through which the NAIA honors student-athletes from around the country who have worked diligently throughout the year for academic excellence at their respective institutions.

This year, more than 750 teams earned at least a 3.0 team grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), as defined by its institution, during the 2007-08 academic year.

The NAIA scholar teams at Bethel College are women’s basketball, coached by Mark Fox, with a collective GPA of 3.14; women’s cross-country, coached by Gerry Sieber, at 3.35; women’s tennis, coached by Lonnie Isaac, at 3.39; and volleyball, coached by Chad Schilling, at 3.37.

The NAIA is committed to high standards and to the principle that participation in athletics serves as an integral part of the total education process. The NAIA is dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics and provides student-athletes an environment that values academic and athletic excellence.

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 was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. In sports, Bethel competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and is part of the NAIA’s Region IV. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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