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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

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Alumni winners span teaching, human rights, informatics

May 11th, 2020

The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association has announced its selections for the college’s three annual alumni awards. Todd Flory, Wichita, will receive the 2020 Young Alumnus Award, which recognizes character and citizenship, achievement or service rendered, and honors and recognition received. The recipient must be 39 years of… Read More

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Bethel presents top academic awards virtually

May 11th, 2020

As with almost every other activity normally held in the spring semester, the internet was the venue for presenting the Thresher Awards, which went to five graduating seniors. May 8 was the scheduled date for the convocation at which they would normally have learned they had received the highest academic honor given each year. Instead, at 11 a.m… Read More

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Bethel will honor Class of 2020 with online commencement

April 28th, 2020

No commencement in Bethel College’s history has ever looked like the 127th will. Ninety-nine seniors are scheduled to take part in virtual commencement exercises necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent local and state prohibitions on large gatherings. The various pieces of the commencement ceremony will be recorded on film in… Read More

Ada Schmidt-Tieszen

Professor named local Woman of the Year

April 28th, 2020

Professor of Social Work Ada Schmidt-Tieszen was named a Newton Area Woman of the Year for 2020. She will retire from Bethel at the end of the 2019-20 school year, after 35 years on the Bethel faculty. Schmidt-Tieszen graduated from Bethel in 1974 as a member of the first class of social work graduates. She spent most of the next decade in… Read More

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Meeting virtually, board approves new major

April 28th, 2020

Like most boards across the country, Bethel College’s Board of Directors held its spring 2020 meetings via videoconference, April 2-4. One significant decision was approval of a new major, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, pending subsequent approval by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Bethel’s accrediting body, which it did in mid-April… Read More

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Museum offers outdoor exhibit on coronavirus

April 15th, 2020

Kauffman Museum is closed to the public but still offering education to that same public on the topic at the front of everyone’s minds. “Science Behind the News: Viruses” is a new pop-up exhibit at Kauffman Museum that is mounted outside the front entrance (the building is at the corner of Main and 27th Streets in North Newton, across from 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.