A New Class of Threshers
Bethel bucks regional trends by realizing enrollment growth.
A cycle of compassionate change
Guest writer Nate Regier is a 1990 graduate of Bethel College (psychology). He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas before serving for 11 years as a staff psychologist with Prairie View in Newton.
Hasan named to presidential advisory council
Aziza Hasan ’03 was among the 18 individuals whom President Barack Obama appointed this fall to the President’s 3rd Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Extending heritage, expanding impact
In fall meetings Oct. 8–9, the Bethel College Board of Directors unanimously approved a strategic plan that has been in development since 2014 and is designed to carry the college through 2022.
Around the Green | Faculty & Staff
A Fulbright year teaches McCabe-Juhnke value of living as resident alien
John McCabe-Juhnke ’78, professor of communication arts, believes in the importance of empathy.
Howard Snider was lifelong learner with varied interests
Professor Emeritus of Sociology Howard M. Snider died at his home in North Newton Aug. 2 at the age of 92. Al Meyer, then academic dean, recruited Snider to join the Bethel faculty in August 1966. Snider “retired” in 1992, but continued to teach courses both here and at other ACCK schools until 2000. Social Geography and Sociology of Religion were special interests.
Around the Green | Campus
Class helps transfer students make the college transition
Bethel has a long history of helping first-time freshmen make the jump from high school to college. For many years, all freshmen have been placed in small advising groups for a class their first semester. More recently, all freshmen live in Haury Hall, where the resident director is also director of first-year success.
Exhibit, grant show how sports build community
Though she’s certainly been known to watch college basketball, Rachel Epp Buller ’96, associate professor of visual art and design, would not describe herself as a sports fanatic.
Bethel tradition of prison ministry
When Jerrell Williams was a child, he remembers asking his mother, “What’s a prison?”
Around the Green | Students
Summer ministry experiences affirm students’ pastoral calls
This year the Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP), which originated at Bethel in 1987, sent two Bethel students into Mennonite congregations—one far and one not so far from home.
School year starts with food packaging service project
For the second year in a row, Bethel kicked off its school year with a group service project.
Campus mourns loss of student known for spirit, friendship
First-year student Qadrey Tolliver, 18, Kempner, Texas, died in an automobile accident Oct. 20 in Texas during fall break.
- Class Notes
The Friesen Family Legacy
The descendants of John H. and Katie Ensz Friesen made Bethel the location for their 12th reunion this past June, with 77 family members attending from 12 different states.
“Root for the Home Team: Building Community Through Sports”
To develop “Root for the Home Team,” Rachel Epp Buller ’96, associate professor of visual art and design, relied on Kauffman Museum’s collection and also put out a call in the Newton community and through as many Bethel alumni avenues as she could for both artifacts and stories.