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I love the community here at Bethel. We are a 500-member support group. I am going to miss that more than anything.
Elizabeth Shelly ’12

Thresher Days

Our new student (freshman and transfer) orientation program is designed to help you navigate your transition to Bethel College, both academically and socially. During Thresher Days, new students will interact with other new students and get to know faculty and staff members outside of the typical office or classroom setting and engage in various aspects of Bethel student experience.

Arrival to Campus

Moving to college is a major life event – for you and likely for your family too. The following information should help you prepare to take the final leap to being a Bethel College Thresher.

  • Saturday, August 12
    New and returning fall student-athletes
  • Saturday, August 19
    First-year and new transfer students 

As you arrive at Bethel College, be sure your first stop is the Luyken Fine Arts Center for Registration. This process is essential to receiving your student ID, mailbox key and residence hall key.

If you still have questions, please contact Gabriel Fonseca, Director of Student Activities and Engagement.
 

Saturday, August 12
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Residential Student Registration
Make this your first stop when you arrive at Bethel College. You must complete financial registration before you will be given your student ID. Your ID card is required to eat meals, to check into residence halls and to participate in practices, auditions and classes.
Luyken Fine Arts Center
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Residence Halls Open
Remember all students must complete registration and pick up your key in the LFAC to move into your residence hall.
Haury Hall, Voth Hall or Warkentin Court
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thresher Shop Open
Stock up on Bethel gear!
Thresher Shop, Schultz Student Center
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Commuter Student Registration
Make this your first stop when you arrive at Bethel College. You must complete financial registration before you will be given your student ID. Your ID card is required to eat meals and to participate in practices, auditions and classes.
Luyken Fine Arts Center
noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch — sponsored by Athletic Booster Club
Families are invited to lunch in the cafeteria. Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Welcome Session Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Athletic Department Open House
All fall student-athletes, athletic training students, and Athletic Department staff meeting.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Parent and Families 101
This session will have representatives of the Office of Student Life and other support services that will be available to answer your questions about how to best support your student’s safety and wellness throughout their Bethel Career. Additionally, the Family Rights to Privacy Act will be discussed.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
3:45 p.m. Individual Team Meetings TBD by coaches
5:30-7 p.m. Dinner
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
7 p.m. Individual Team Meetings TBD by coaches
Sunday, August 13
8 - 10 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
10-11 a.m. Fellowship of Christian Athletes Campus Worship Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
All Day Baseline Testing TBD by athletic trainers
11:15 - 1 p.m. Lunch
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
3 - 5 p.m. Team Meetings TBD by coaches
5 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
7 p.m. Team Meetings TBD by coaches
Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18
7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
9 a.m. - noon Athletic Practices TBD by coaches
11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
Friday, August 18
1 - 5 p.m.
Fall Athletic Team photos
See coach for details.
Goering Hall
3 - 5 p.m. Team Meetings TBD by coaches
5 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
6 - 10 p.m. Athletic Practices TBD by coaches
10-11 p.m. Late Night Snack TBD by coaches
Saturday, August 19
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Residential Student Registration
Make this your first stop when you arrive at Bethel College. You must complete financial registration before you will be given your student ID. Your ID card is required to eat meals, to check into residence halls and to participate in practices, auditions and classes.
Luyken Fine Arts Center
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Residence Halls Open
Remember all students must complete registration and pick up your key in the LFAC to move into your residence hall.
Haury Hall, Voth Hall or Warkentin Court
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thresher Shop Open
Stock up on Bethel gear!
Thresher Shop, Schultz Student Center
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Commuter Student Registration
Make this your first stop when you arrive at Bethel College. You must complete financial registration before you will be given your student ID. Your ID card is required to eat meals and to participate in practices, auditions and classes.
Luyken Fine Arts Center
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch – sponsored by Bethel College Women’s Association
Families are invited to lunch in the cafeteria. Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. The Commuter Student Experience for Transfers Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Welcome Session Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Parent and Families 101
This session will have representatives of the Office of Student Life and other support services that will be available to answer your questions about how to best support your student’s safety and wellness throughout their Bethel Career. Additionally, the Family Rights to Privacy Act will be discussed.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Start Your Days the Thresher Way
Students, get ready for Thresher Days! Join the Thresher Days staff to kick off Thresher Days!
Memorial Hall
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Group Meeting #1
Join your Orientation Leaders for a Thresher Days group meeting.
See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
5 - 7 p.m. Dinner
Do not forget your student ID!
The Caf, Schultz Student Center
7:30 - 7:45 p.m. Group Meeting #2
Join your Orientation Leaders for a Thresher Days group meeting.
See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
7:45 - 9 p.m. Freshmen Rumble
Join the Student Government Association, Orientation Leaders and Community Assistants for a large scale meet and greet with a reduced version of Thresher Olympics!
The Green
7:45 - 9:15 p.m. Transfer Mingle
Join the Student Government Association, Orientation Leaders and Community Assistants for an opportunity to meet new and returning Transfer students. A Dessert Bar will be provided. Be sure to have your student IDs.
Drama Lab
9:15 - 10 p.m. Mandatory Hall Meetings Haury Hall, Voth Hall or Warkentin Court
10 p.m. First Night on Campus
Join the Orientation Leaders and Community Assistants as they welcome you to your first night at Bethel College!
Haury Hall Lounges
Sunday, August 20
9 - 9:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Do no forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
9:30 - 11 a.m. Worship Service and Brunch at BCMC
Join the Bethel College Mennonite Church congregation for a Sunday service and enjoy a brunch from our neighbors across the street.
Bethel College Mennonite Church
11:15 a.m. - 2 p.m. STEM Orientation and Lunch
Join the STEM Faculty for the new STEM students orientation
Meet in The Caf, then Room 218, Krehbiel Science Center
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Affinity Lunch for LGBTQ+ and Allies
An important part of a student’s transition to college is being able to find others with a shared identity. In an effort to create an inclusive environment and to celebrate the multiple identities of our community members, students who identify as LGBTQ+ are invited to a lunch to meet others in the LGBTQ+ community and to talk about resources and opportunities on campus.
Mantz Library Lounge
12:45 - 2 p.m. Math Competency Exam
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET MET MATHEMATICS COMPETENCY you may demonstrate competency through this examination
Room 210, James A. Will Family Academic Center
12:45 - 2 p.m. Foreign Language Competency Exam
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET MET FOREIGN LANGUAGE COMPETENCY you may demonstrate competency through this examination
Room 213, James A. Will Family Academic Center
12:45 - 2 p.m. Baseline Testing
For all New Athletes (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Training Room
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Group Meeting #3
Join your Orientation Leaders for a Thresher Days group meeting. 
See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
2:45 - 4:25 p.m. Campus Networking Sessions
Get ready to network on campus. During these networking session, you will engage with various entities on campus to learn more about Bethel College services.
See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Understanding Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in any educational programs and activities of educational institutions that receive federal funding. Join Allison McFarland, Title IX coordinator, and Aaron Austin, vice president for Student Life, as they discuss how Title IX protects you and procedures at Bethel College.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
5:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner
Do not forget your student ID!
The Caf, Schultz Student Center
5:30 - 7 p.m. Affinity Dinner for Students with Disabilities (visible and invisible)
An important part of a student’s transition to college is being able to find others with a shared identity. In an effort to create an inclusive environment and to celebrate the multiple identities of our community members, students who identify having a visible or invisible disability are invited to dinner to meet others and to talk about resources and opportunities on campus!
Mantz Library Lounge
6 p.m. Music Auditions
Auditions for Choral and Instrumental Ensembles
Luyken Fine Arts Center
7 p.m. Social Work Meeting
 
Monday, August 21
7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
9 a.m. Group Meeting #4
Join your Orientation Leaders for a Thresher Days group meeting. 
See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
9:20 - 9:55 a.m. Welcome to Bethel College: The Vice President’s Address Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
10 a.m. - noon First Year Seminar
Join your fellow First-Year Students and Liberal Education Advisors for this Discovery Adventure Course.
Discovery Adventure Course
10 a.m. - 3:55 p.m. Junior Nursing Student Orientation
If you are currently a junior nursing student, please report to WAC 308.
Room 308, James A. Will Family Academic Center
10:30 a.m. - noon Transfer Student Session
Join your fellow Transfer Students and Staff for transitioning to Bethel College.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
noon - 1 p.m. Lunch 
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
noon - 1 p.m. Affinity Lunch for First Generation College Students
An important part of a student’s transition to college is being able to find others with a shared identity. In an effort to create an inclusive environment and to celebrate the multiple identities of our community members, students who identify as a First-Generation College Student are invited to a lunch to meet other first-generation students and to talk about resources and opportunities on campus!
Mantz Library Lounge
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Group Meeting #5
Join your Orientation Leaders for a Thresher Days group meeting. 
See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
1:45 - 4:10 p.m. Keys to Success Sessions
Keys to Success sessions are designed to provide valuable information to support you in the classroom and help build your connections around Bethel College.
See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
5:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
5:30 - 7 p.m. Affinity Dinner for Students of Color
An important part of a student’s transition to college is being able to find others with a shared identity. In an effort to create an inclusive environment and to celebrate the multiple identities of our community members, students who identify as a student of color are invited to dinner to meet others and to talk about resources and opportunities on campus!
Memorial Hall Gym
Tuesday, August 22
7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast
Do no forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Returner Student Registration Luyken Fine Arts Center
9  - 9:15 a.m. Group Meeting #6
Join your Orientation Leaders for a Thresher Days group meeting. 
Memorial Hall Plaza
9:15 - 11:15 a.m. Thresher Days Service Project
Live out one of Bethel’s values to complete this service project for greater Harvey County.
Memorial Hall Gym
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Senior Nursing Student Orientation
If you are currently a senior nursing student, please report to WAC 108
Room 108, James A. Will Family Academic Center
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
Do not forget your student ID.
Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center
12:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Thresher Days Concurrent Sessions
Thresher Days Concurrent sessions are designed to provide valuable information as you transition to Bethel College
See Thresher Days Name Tag for Location
3:15 - 4 p.m. Matriculation Ceremony
“A Person Who Has Never Made Mistakes, Never Tried Anything New” Be part of the tradition at Bethel College as this ceremony marks your formal admission to Bethel College and ends Thresher Days. Matriculation reflects the ceremonial entrance of the student into the academic community in a similar formal tradition that celebrates the graduate during Commencement.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
5 - 7:15 p.m. Welcome Week 17: Block Party Centennial Plaza and The Green
7:30 - 8 p.m. Mandatory Hall Meetings for Returners
If you are a resident on campus, you are required to join your Community Assistant for Mandatory Hall meetings. Check with your CA for more information
Voth Hall or Warkentin Court
8 - 8:45 p.m. Mandatory All Athlete Meeting
If you are a student-athlete, you are required to attend this meeting.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
9 p.m. Welcome Week 17: Thresher Cinema