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New faculty and staff appointments announced

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the following new faculty and staff appointments for the 2010-11 school year:

Brian Becker, instructor of business and economics. He has a B.S. in secondary education (business) from Kansas State University and an M.A. in school leadership from Baker University. He most recently served as an administrator for Hesston USD 460.

Latasha Berry, admissions counselor (began in 2009-10 year). She is a 2009 graduate of Ottawa University with a degree in communication studies.

Caitlin Buerge, resident director for Haury Hall and Student Activities Committee advisor. She is a 2008 graduate of Bethel College with a degree in theater and most recently worked as a sales associate in a family business.

Brett Clow, admissions counselor. He is a 2009 graduate of Bethel College with a B.A. in business administration and will continue in his role as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the football program.

Reed Hammond, graduate assistant for the football program. He is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College with a B.S. in health and physical education.

Chase Hansen, offensive coordinator for the football program (began in 2009-10 year). He is a 2008 graduate of Bethel College with a B.A in biology.

Margaret (Peggy) Hernandez, associate professor of nursing. She earned a B.S.N. from the University of Illinois and an M.S.N. in community mental health nursing from Loyola University, Chicago, and is a doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. She most recently taught at Aurora (Ill.) University.

Nicholas Krehbiel, assistant professor of history. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Fort Hays State University and earned his Ph.D. in history from Kansas State University. He most recently taught at Fort Hays, K-State and Washburn University, Topeka.

Grettel Vargas Kuhns, multi-cultural student life advisor.

Kristin Larson-Jantzi, admissions counselor (began in 2009-10 year). She is a Bethel College alumna.

Christopher "Jake" Landoll, graduate assistant (defensive line) for the football program. He is a graduate of University of Saint Mary with a degree in physical education and business.

Stacy Koontz Middleton, women’s softball coach. She has a degree in elementary education and physical education from Bethel and will continue in her roles as assistant volleyball coach and assistant track coach.

Peter Miller, resident director for Warkentin Court and international student advisor. He is a 2008 graduate of Bethel College with degrees in history and Bible and religion and most recently served with Mennonite Central Committee in Jerusalem.

Brennan Peacock, graduate assistant for the men's and women's soccer program. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with degrees in physical education and business.

Adam Peterson, graduate assistant (linebackers, special teams) for the football program. He has a degree in mathematics from Wayne State University and an M.A. in physics from the University of Texas.

Megan Upton Tyner, instructor of theater. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Wichita State University and is pursuing an M.A. in communication at WSU. She was previously director of theater at Hesston College.

Nate Wollenberg, running backs coach for the football program. He has a bachelor's degree in social science from Bethany College and a master's degree in education administration from Wichita State University and continues as a physical education teacher and track and field coach for Hesston USD 460.

Adjunct faculty members appointed for the 2010-11 school year are:

Marlene Bogard, adjunct instructor of Bible and religion, currently minister of Christian nurture and Resource Library director for Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

Maria Day, adjunct instructor of Spanish, currently head of the modern languages department at Hesston College.

Judith Hawk, adjunct instructor of social work, currently employed by St. Francis Community Services.

Timothy Richmond, adjunct professor of chemistry, currently assistant professor of chemistry at Tabor College, Hillsboro.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “Best Colleges.” The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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