NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College group made the trip to the Kansas Statehouse (though for some it was only across town) to hear the college’s 125th anniversary year made part of the official public record.
The group included President Perry and Dalene White along with former Bethel presidents E. LaVerne Epp (and Marilyn Epp) of Lawrence and Doug Penner of Topeka, as well as a number of Bethel alumni, many of them also Bethel staff.
The “distinguished alumna” of the group was Rep. Judith Loganbill, a six-term Democrat from Kansas’ 86th district (Wichita) and a 1975 Bethel graduate, who last fall got the process started for writing a resolution declaring 2012 Bethel’s “quasquicentennial year” and made sure it was scheduled to be read in the Kansas House, on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Sen. Carolyn McGinn, whose district includes all of Harvey County, picked up the resolution for reading in the Senate that same afternoon.
In addition to Loganbill, Penner and the Epps, Bethel alumni present for the reading of the resolution on the House floor were Fred Goering, Bethel director of development, Duane Goossen and Rachel Waltner Goossen, Topeka, Jim Juhnke, Wichita, professor emeritus of history, Sondra Bandy Koontz, Bethel vice president for advancement, Dave Linscheid, Bethel director of alumni relations, Natalie Stucky, Bethel junior from Moundridge and Student Senate president, and Toby Tyner, Bethel assistant director of development.
Juhnke and his wife, Miriam, brought their granddaughter Anna Harder, who was a page in the House for the day. They all attend Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita, along with Loganbill.
Although most of the group had to leave after lunch to return to campus or local jobs, the Whites and the Epps were able to attend the reading in the Senate, where Sen. McGinn introduced them following the clerk’s reading of the resolution.
Rep. Loganbill also introduced the guests and made some remarks after the morning reading in the House. Members of both chambers responded with standing ovations.
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