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BCWA's WEB Day event turns 40

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) is marking its 40th year of offering “a time of learning and fellowship” to the community.

BCWA invites both men and women to participate in its Welcome to Education at Bethel (WEB) Day, taking place this year on Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus. BCWA began hosting WEB events in 1971.

WEB Day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. During that time, you may choose two of four different workshops being offered.

Brett Dewey, former assistant professor of Bible and religion at Bethel and now pastor of Hope Mennonite Church in Wichita, will offer “Learning to Bend: The Lord’s Prayer and the Christian Life.”

Dewey’s workshop will examine the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples – the Lord’s Prayer – phrase by phrase, from “Our Father” to “Amen.” This prayer “can be applied to the whole of the Christian experience and reflects the heart of life in the Christian community,” Dewey says.

A second workshop option is “The Color of Chemistry – Green,” led by Gary Histand, Bethel professor of chemistry. Histand has taught chemistry at Bethel for 20 years and is well known for his accessible and entertaining presentations on chemistry to general audiences of all ages.

Histand calls “green” chemistry “a win-win-win situation.” By definition, green chemistry is “the design, development and implementation of chemical processes [that] reduce or eliminate use and generation of substances hazardous to human health and environment.” His workshop will look at recent work in green chemistry.

Newton native, Bethel College graduate and Bethel Board member Leticia (Palacioz) Nielsen, president of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, will present “A Hispanic Journey: Newton Railer to Bethel Thresher.”

Nielsen describes herself as “a working woman who believes that faith is essential to one’s daily existence.” She will present background on Hispanic culture and heritage, the obstacles and challenges facing the Hispanic community and the influence of faith and family.

The fourth workshop choice is “Dig into Container Gardening” with Sharon Boese, owner of The Garden Center in Hillsboro.

Boese has worked in garden centers and landscaping for more than 30 years. She will look at the vast variety of plants – from vegetables to shrubs – that work well in containers, and give a few basic tips to help container gardeners achieve successful planting.

The cost for WEB Day is $20 per person, which includes brunch. The registration deadline has been extended to Jan. 10. Brochures with registration forms are available at the Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center on the Bethel College campus, open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or a brochure can be downloaded from the Bethel College website at www.bethelks.edu/bc/affiliateorganizations/bcwa/index.php. For more information, call the bookstore at 316-284-5205 or Valerie Klaassen at 316-799-2641.

All WEB Day activities will take place in the Fine Arts Center, which is handicapped accessible. WEB Day begins with registration from 8:30-9 a.m., followed by an opening program in Krehbiel Auditorium that features Bethel College forensics students. Workshops begin at 9:50, with a brunch break at 11 a.m. and the second workshop slot beginning at 11:50.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 Forbes.com 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 www.bethelks.edu.

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