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Bethel 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 2009-10 school year:

Scott Befort, resident director of Warkentin Court. He has a B.A. in interpersonal and public communications at Oklahoma Baptist University and most recently worked at Prairie View in Newton as a case manager and Adventure Course facilitator.

Chad Childs, vice president for student life. He has a B.A. in natural science from Bethel College and a master’s degree from Friends University and is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist.

Brian Epperson, associate professor of business and economics. He has a B.A. from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, an M.A. in organizational communication consultancy/speech from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

John Graber, adjunct instructor of mathematics. He has a B.A. in mathematical sciences and physics from Bethel College and earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Iowa.

Lori L. Livengood, vice president for marketing and admissions. She has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from Friends University and most recently served as director of Bethel’s Office of Institutional Communications.

Sarah Masem, clinical instructor of nursing. She has an A.A. in psychology from Cowley Community College, an A.A. in nursing from Hesston College and a B.S. in nursing from Tabor College and is scheduled to complete her M.S. in nursing education from Fort Hays State University in May 2010.

Tressie Maugans, adjunct assistant professor of nursing. She has a B.S. in nursing from Newman University and an M.S. in nursing with a specialization in health-care education from University of Phoenix and is also certified in emergency nursing.

Erin Myrtle, communications coordinator. She has B.A. degrees in art and communications, focusing on publications and graphic design, with a minor in marketing, from Friends University and was most recently marketing director and graphic designer at the Wichita Business Journal.

Clark Oswald, associate director of admissions. He has a B.A. in German and business administration from Bethel College and has worked in Bethel’s Office of Admissions since 2003.

Dale Schrag, campus pastor. He has a B.A. from Bethel College, a master of library science degree from Indiana University and an M.A. from Wichita State University. He takes on the campus pastor role in addition to his current duties as director of church relations and convocation coordinator.

M. E. Yeager, assistant professor of communication arts. She has a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.A. in communication from Wichita State University and earned her Ph.D. from Kansas State University. She joins Bethel’s Department of Communication Arts as a sabbatical replacement for Christine Crouse-Dick, assistant professor of communication arts.

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 2009 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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