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Bethel College shares its story with a number of audiences through the work of the Office of Institutional Communications. They promote Bethel, its people, programs and achievements through:

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Bethel College News

Floyd Sowers coaching women's basketball at Bethel

Bethel mourns death of former basketball coach Sowers

June 22nd, 2020

Bethel athletics and members of the campus community are mourning the loss of Floyd Sowers, former head coach of Thresher women's basketball. Sowers died June 19 in Overland Park, Kan., with his family at his side. He was 72. According to his obituary, Sowers was born in 1947 in Elkhart, Ind., and was the first person in his family to graduate… Read More

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Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion makes Juneteenth statement

June 19th, 2020

Julián Gonzalez-Salamanca, director of the ODEI, has released a public statement marking the June 19 holiday. Bethel President Jon C. Gering, Ph.D., earlier this week announced that Gonzalez-Salamanca, who had been serving in a two-year interim position with the new Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), has been given a permanent appointment,… Read More

Ed Smith as a Bethel College Thresher

Smith nominated for national College Football Hall of Fame

June 19th, 2020

Bethel football legend Ed Smith, Orlando, Fla., has been nominated for induction into the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Football Hall of Fame for 2021. Smith, a 1987 Bethel graduate originally from De Leon Springs, Fla., is considered one of the greatest student-athletes ever to put on the helmet and shoulder pads as a Thresher… Read More

Class of 2020 graduation hat

Bethel announces graduates, spring 2020 Dean’s List, Honor Roll

June 16th, 2020

Students whose semester grade point average is 3.7 or higher are named to the Dean’s List, while those with a GPA of 3.50-3.699 are listed as members of the Honor Roll.   DEAN’S LIST Jennifer Andres, Newton Jesse Balzer, Freeman, S.D. * Sarah Balzer, Inman, Kan. Landon Barnes, Ashland City, Tenn. Emma Beachy, Kalona, Iowa Alex Bearup,… Read More

Softball groundbreaking

Softball takes another step forward with new facility

June 16th, 2020

Bethel softball celebrated an infrastructure milestone with the June 4 groundbreaking for a new building. Representatives from the college and Vogts Construction were on hand at Wedel Field on the Bethel campus with hard hats and shovels to kick off construction of a combination locker room and clubhouse. “Two years ago, a parent of a current… Read More

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Bethel shares more re-opening details with the public

June 8th, 2020

After a recent announcement that the 2020 fall semester will begin with in-person classes, President Jon Gering has now shared more information about the college’s plans. “Our academic calendar originally identified Aug. 19 as the start date for classes,” he said. “We have examined other calendar options with earlier start dates. “In the final… 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.