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Jon and Deborah Gering at Fall Festival 2017

Gering inauguration celebration to combine college, community


Jonathan C. Gering, Ph.D., will be inaugurated as Bethel’s 15th president on Sunday, Oct. 7, when the college will formally recognize Gering in the role he has filled since Jan. 29 of this year. The inauguration worship service and ceremony take place in Memorial Hall starting at 10 a.m., the penultimate event in the college’s 48th annual Fall… Read More

Detail from Rachel Epp Buller's "Taking Care" project, part of her exhibit "Listening Across Time"

Mix of media expresses ways people care for each other through words


This is the last week to see Rachel Epp Buller’s master’s thesis exhibit, “Listening Across Time,” in the Regier Gallery through Nov. 2. The exhibit is built on a foundation of letters, and caring with words. When she began working on her Master of Fine Arts degree about two years ago, Epp Buller says it didn’t take long to identify what the… Read More

Detail from the cover of the "Memory Matters" exhibit catalog

New publication allows revisiting of artist’s conversation with memory


The newly published catalog for a 2016-17 exhibit at Kauffman Museum invokes both how it looked and the memories it sought to recall. When Gesine Janzen was growing up in the Newton area, her parents, John Janzen and Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen, were hard at work developing Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum. So it’s perhaps not so surprising that… Read More

Scene from Bethel production of "Little Women"

Musical is part of Fall Festival in original novel’s 150th year


Little Women – Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m. Little Women is the musical based on Louisa May Alcott's classic novel of the same name, will be on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5, 6 and 7. John McCabe-Juhnke, who’s directing this year’s Fall Festival… Read More

Bethel College Wind Ensemble

Ensemble’s first concert of the year will feature Canadian guest composer


The Bethel College Wind Ensemble opens its 2018-19 concert season Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m., with works by Cait Nishimura, guest composer, as well as by Montague, Holst, Gershwin and Marquez. The ensemble’s season premiere is meant to get the school year going with “fun and energy,” said conductor Adam V. Fontana, D.M.A. Plus, it will… Read More

Marty Ward

Two Thresher tennis legends tapped for interim coaching roles


Marty Ward and Angela (Brodhagen) Bontrager have agreed to fill in as interim men’s and women’s tennis coaches, respectively, through the rest of the fall season. This follows the resignation of Head Tennis Coach Richard Southern on Sept 17, to take a collegiate coaching position in Phoenix. Said Tony Hoops, Bethel athletic director, “When I… 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.