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Bethel College News

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Alumni gift for endowed chair to help build major

September 8th, 2020

A major gift from two Bethel alumni is meant to get the college closer to a major in economics. Lois M. Unruh Reimer (Class of 1960) and Richard D. Reimer (Class of 1957) of North Newton made the gift as part of the academic program enhancement piece of the college’s Engage the Future capital campaign, said Brad Kohlman, Bethel vice president for… Read More

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Fall Fest activities modified to include virtual events

September 2nd, 2020

Bethel will celebrate the 50th Fall Festival Oct. 3 and, as with many events this year, it will look a little different. The most visible change will be no booths, vendors or entertainment on the Green. Instead, planners are organizing several smaller in-person and virtual events, "still committed to being a community of Threshers," said Brad… Read More

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New faculty, staff, administrators announced

August 26th, 2020

Bethel College has made new faculty, staff and administrative appointments for the 2020-21 school year. Faculty Nancy Banman – associate professor of social work and social work field coordinator. She has an A.A. from Hesston College and a B.A. from Bethel College and earned a Ph.D. from the Bryn Mawr (Pa.) College of Social Work and Social… Read More

Andi Schmidt Andres

Andres named museum director

August 25th, 2020

The Kauffman Museum board of directors has appointed longtime employee Andi Schmidt Andres as museum director.  She had been serving as acting director since Jan. 28, following the resignation of Michael Reinschmidt. Andres began working at the museum in 1993. She has held the positions of assistant to the director, education coordinator,… Read More

Larry Friesen and friends in Mexico

Social work professor emeritus leaves a legacy of service and stories

August 19th, 2020

Generations of Bethel social work majors are recalling their favorite “Larry stories” following the death of Larry D. Friesen on Aug. 8. He had struggled for a decade with frontal temporal dementia (FTD). Friesen was born and raised on a farm in the Aberdeen, Idaho, area. Both he and his older brother, Duane K. Friesen, fulfilled the dreams of… Read More

Caleb Abbott and Joel Boettger, saxophones

In COVID era, the arts are looking for alternatives

August 18th, 2020

As Bethel resumes classes in a pandemic, fine arts is an area in which instructors are having to be especially creative. Bethel’s fall 2020 semester begins Aug. 19 with the traditional opening convocation taking place virtually, only the first of many such events (convocation will be all-online this fall). The first and likely the second of the… Read More

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.