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Bethel College News

The Bethel bell

Bethel releases action statement aimed at racial justice

June 2nd, 2020

President Jon Gering, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, shared a statement and action steps following the most recent death of a black man in police custody. Working with Julián Gonzalez-Salamanca, director of the ODI, Gering sent the statement on the evening of June 2 to faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and… Read More

Ad Building with threshing stone, by Glen Ediger

Bethel announces plans for fall reopening

June 1st, 2020

President Jon C. Gering, Ph.D., has begun to outline Bethel’s plan for the fall semester. "We are planning for in-person classes in fall 2020,” he said. According to a Chronicle of Higher Education database, the majority of the nation’s colleges and universities are taking this approach. During a May 4 online meeting with college employees,… Read More

Kristen Herzet, field athlete

Four student-athletes earn All-District First Team honors

May 28th, 2020

Bethel golfer Parker Austin, tennis players Ryan LaCombe and Kaci Wilson, and track and field competitor Kristen Herzet have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District® At-Large First Team. The College Sports Information Directors of America announced the awards this month. LaCombe becomes the first student-athlete in school history to earn… Read More

The solar carport in the parking lot of Luyken Fine Arts Center

Carport will add to student center solar capacity

May 28th, 2020

It’s hard to miss the new structure that has sprung up in the fine arts center parking lot, with the aim of increasing campus energy sustainability. The solar carport, which includes two electric car charging stations, came from the efforts of Bethel alumni Richard and Donna Zerger of McPherson, with the support of nine other alumni and friends… Read More

The decorated back of Courtney Simpson's commencement hat

Accomplishment not dimmed by no live commencement, speakers say

May 28th, 2020

Participants in the May 17 virtual commencement emphasized the gains as well as the losses of semesters and college careers cut short by pandemic. The title of Doug Siemens’ address was a common phrase that’s been evoked a lot lately. “This is not happening” is what Siemens, Bethel associate professor of teacher education, said was his first… Read More

Social work mentors reflect on their experience.

College mentors see changes in themselves, students

May 12th, 2020

As with so many things, the pandemic put an abrupt end to a special mentoring program involving Bethel College students, but they won’t forget it any time soon. Seven young African-American men volunteered at Chisholm Middle School in Newton during the 2019-20 school year (two are repeats from the previous year). They found out about the program… 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.