The women’s tennis team this spring won their fourth conference championship out of the last five and made their fifth straight trip to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics team championship tournament in Mobile, Ala., in May. Head coach Lonnie Isaac ’93 was named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, while Sam Gaeddert ’10, who just finished his third year as assistant coach, was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Assistant Coach of the Year for Central West, Bethel’s region.
There were two Thresher Awards given this year to seniors who have made “an outstanding contribution in their academic field” which, for both, was music. Joel Boettger, Hesston (saxophone and clarinet), will take a fifth year to complete education licensure, while Jordan Ortman, Marion, S.D. (piano), graduated May 19. For a full list of students receiving academic and athletic awards, see www.bethelks.edu/news-events/news/post/4842/.
Bethel honored two faculty members at the end of the year for their accomplishments and contributions in both scholarship and teaching. Rachel Epp Buller ’96, assistant professor of art, received the David H. Richert Distinguished Scholar Award. A Fulbright Scholar grant allowed Epp Buller to study in Berlin in summer 2011, and she returns there this summer after being awarded a Gerda Henkel Stiftung research fellowship. Sarah Masem, assistant professor of nursing, received the Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award, which is based on both student evaluations and peer reviews.
Twenty-nine students in 11 sports were named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes. For a full list of students receiving academic and athletic awards, see www.bethelks.edu/news-events/news/post/4842/.
Erin Bradley, senior from Newton, made her second straight trip to the NAIA track and field nationals May 23-25 in Marion, Ind., to compete in discus. She qualified with a throw of 42.68 meters (140 feet) April 19 at the Tabor Invitational and later won the KCAC conference meetwith a throw of 40.41 meters (132 ft. 7in).
The Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity (URICA) Awards for summer research this year went to seniors Brooke Banning (biology), Nicole Eitzen and Rebecca Epp (literary studies), Rachel Evans and Wesley Goodrich (natural sciences), Megan Leary and Austin Unruh (math and computer science), junior Emily Luedtke (art history) and senior Jocelyn Wilkinson (communication arts).
The Kansas State Board of Nursing issued Bethel College’s Department of Nursing a certificate of excellence in May, recognizing a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate above the national average for 2012. Bethel’s nursing class of 2012 had a 100 percent pass rate.
Bethel College and the Bethel College Academy for the Performing Arts were two of the first three recipients of grants given by one of the state’s newest community foundations, the North Newton Community Foundation, organized in 2011. NNCF board member Jake Goering ’41 presented the award of $500 to President Perry D. White to support ongoing campus beautification efforts, specifically through funding production of a large outdoor map installed in the new entrance plaza at the south end of the Green.