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Bethel College makes new faculty and staff appointments

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the following new faculty and staff appointments for the 2008-09 school year:

Megan Abrahams, admissions counselor. She has a B.A. in music performance from Bethel College.

Kate Becker, interim resident director for Voth Hall and Warkentin Court. She has a B.A. from Bethel College with majors in mathematics and physics and a minor in Bible and religion, and a master’s degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.

Karey French,admissions counselor. She has a B.A. from Bethel College with a major in global peace and justice studies and a minor in Bible and religion.

Krista Graber, Web editor. She has a B.A. in English from Bethel College.

Chase Hansen, assistant football coach (tight ends) and strength and conditioning trainer. He has a B.A. in biology from Bethel College.

Alonzo Jamison, assistant men’s basketball coach. He has a B.A. in communication from the University of Kansas.

Adrian Johnson, assistant football coach (linebackers).

Paul Lopez, assistant football coach. He is studying sports administration at Wichita State University.

Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, assistant professor of biology. She has a B.S. from East Texas Baptist University and earned her M.S. from Central Missouri State University and her Ph.D. from Texas Tech.

Phyllis J. Miller, interim director of nursing. She has an A.A. degree from Hesston College and a B.S.N. from Eastern Mennonite University, and earned her M.S.N. from the University of Maryland.

Jason Moore, head men’s and women’s soccer coach. He has a B.S. in recreation and sports leadership with a concentration in movement sciences from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Lonnie Morford, assistant football coach. He has a B.S in secondary education/social studies from Kansas State University and an M.S. in adaptive special education from Emporia State University.

Roger Reimer, maintenance. He has a B.A in industrial arts from Bethel College.

Jessica Scott, head athletic trainer. She has a B.S. in athletic training from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University and an M.S. in athletic training from West Virginia University.

Timothy M. Shade, director of instrumental music. He a bachelor’s degree in music from Youngstown State University and earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami, Fla., with emphases on performance (euphonium) and conducting.

Doug Siemens, director of elementary education. He has a B.A. in education from Bethel College with certification in English 7-12 and social studies 7-9, earned his master’s degree in special education from the University of New Mexico and holds pre-K-12 certification in adaptive special education.

Lisa Thimm, assistant professor of mathematics. She has a B.A. from Bethel College and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University.

Laurie Tietjen, vice president for business affairs. She has a B.S. in education from the University of Missouri and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Garret Whorton, admissions counselor. He has a B.S. in health management from Bethel College.

In the Department of Sociology, one adjunct instructor: Stanley Eitzen, John N. Stern Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Colorado State University, to teach Principles of Sociology.

In the Department of Business and Economics, four adjunct instructors: Bob Meacham, director of Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton, to teach Business Ethics; Halie Schmidt-Smith, client manager for Bank of America, Wichita, to teach International Trade and Finance; Noreen Templin, consultant for Lain Empowering Solutions, Elbing, to teach Principles of Microeconomics; and Allen Wedel, general accounting manager for AGCO Corporation, Hesston, to teach Principles of Accounting.

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 only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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