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Spring retention numbers show reason to celebrate

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 02/22/2022 - 16:21
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Bethel’s spring semester enrollment, and in particular the retention percentage, showed numbers worth celebrating, especially in a pandemic.

Enrollment numbers become official on the 20th day of classes, which was Feb. 8 for spring 2022.

The report showed an official count of 449, the second highest spring number in a decade.

Equally important: the retention rate for all students is 93.2% (fall 2021 to spring 2022), and 89.9% for first-time freshmen, both of which are above average overall.

Thresher Stadium facility gets go-ahead

Submitted by mzuercher on Wed, 12/15/2021 - 10:38
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The Bethel board's approval of a major addition to the Thresher Sports Complex begins the public phase of a capital campaign to build a football locker room after nearly four years of “quiet” work by athletics and advancement staff.

The facility will also have features that serve each of the 19 varsity sports in which Bethel competes.

The current locker room, in the basement of Goering Hall on the north side of campus, has been subject to flooding and water damage from groundwater seepage – “three times over the past four years,” said Tony Hoops, athletic director.

Hoops named conference AD of the Year

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 15:18
Tony Hoops in mask at the Threshpy Awards

Tony Hoops has been named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year for 2020-21, and will be formally recognized by the conference later this summer.

“I’m extremely humbled and honored to receive this award, voted upon by the amazing network of athletic directors we have within the KCAC,” said Hoops.

“This year was challenging for us all, so I’m extremely grateful for all of their support and dedication to the conference this year.”

Bethel President Jon Gering, Ph.D., spoke to Hoops’ deep commitment to the college.

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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.