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Bethel praised for peace education and ‘great values with good value’

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has been recognized by another national magazine.

With the start of a new school year come the listings of U.S. colleges and universities noteworthy in a variety of categories. The September-October 2010 issue of Mother Jones magazine included the “MoJo Mini College Guide – Our annual (and completely unscientific) guide to schools that combine great values with good value.”

Among the eight schools listed from across the country was Bethel, cited as a “Best value for: Students who want to give peace a chance.” Bethel earned the honor thanks to the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), where undergraduates can earn a certificate in conflict mediation in addition to their diploma.

KIPCOR, which is celebrating its 25th year, was the first regional peace institute in the Midwest and is one of the oldest in the country. In addition to its undergraduate curriculum, KIPCOR offers extensive resources, in terms of both training and direct staff assistance, for conflict mediation – whether the conflict involves two people, a church or school group or a government agency.

“This listing in Mother Jones is special,” said President Perry D. White, “as it recognizes one of the cornerstone characteristics of Bethel College – our commitment to our traditional institutional values of discipleship, scholarship, service and integrity. We are proud of our heritage and appreciative of this recognition.”

To see the complete Mother Jones college guide, go to

In addition to its spot in Mother Jones, 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 “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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