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Bethel holds traditional nurses’ lamplighting for juniors

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The nursing class of 2010 held the traditional lamplighting for juniors Sunday, Feb. 8, at the college.

Several of the junior students and their relatives took part in the lamplighting service. A total of 28 students participated.

Following prelude and processional music by Rich Toevs, Newton, junior student David Nyakundi gave the welcome, followed by an invocation offered by Rev. Robert Smith, father of junior student Tremekia Atkinson.

Junior student Lisa Fulghum introduced the speaker, her mother, Paula Fulghum, R.N., O.C.N., who spoke on “Nursing – A Life Altering Profession.” Before that, interim Director of Nursing Phyllis Miller explained the meaning of lamplighting and following the address and the junior students’ reciting of the “I Believe” pledge, Miller and other Bethel nursing faculty presented the students with their lamps.

During the service, Bethany Amstutz, a 2005 Bethel College graduate from Hillsboro, offered two special music numbers, “A Living Prayer” (with Tim Schrag) and “Let Me Live.” Junior student Ruth Tumblin gave the closing and Toevs played a recessional to conclude the service.

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.

Members of the nursing class of 2010 honored at the lamplighting were: Tremekia Atkinson, Wichita; Erika Barnes, Hutchinson; Malick Baruti, Wichita; Manisha Bhandari, Andover; Sandra Bobbitt, Wichita; Amy Clements, Canton; Mohamed Conteh, Katy, Texas; Miranda Crile, Newton; Shawna Cummings, Wichita; Lisa Fulghum, Wichita; Kacy Garnett, Halstead; Courtney Gassman, Wichita; Lindsay Herrell, Nickerson; Billye Jerde, Newton; Jessica Koblitz, Abbyville; Michelle Love, Whitewater; Maureen Mose, Wichita; David Nyakundi, Wichita; Samfin Ogega, Wichita; Ajay Pineda, Wichita; Sunita Rijal, Arlington, Texas; Kelly Robinson, Marion; Wilfred Suleiman, Wichita; Priscilla Tang, Newton; Ruth Tumblin, Moundridge; Esther Wanyoike, Wichita; Andrea Wheeler, Wichita, and Ravi Yadav, North Newton.

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’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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