Bethel Thresher Review: April/ May 2017


April/May2017

  • ALUMNI WEEKED DEADLINE NEARS

  • AWARDEE LED COMPANY TO CORPORATE, COMMUNITY CITIZENSHIP

  • OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS 2017 HAS SPENT A LIFETIME CARING FOR PEOPLE, CHURCHES

  • YOUNG ALUMNUS AWARD WINNER’S WORK KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES

  • SCHMIDT’S DREAM BECOMES REALITY WITH NEW INDOOR GOLF TRAINING FACILITY

  • BETHEL ADDS MAJOR, CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

  • THRESH THREADS IN THRESHER SHOP!

  • ALUMNI EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • SENIOR GIFTS CONTINUE TO BENEFIT BC

  • KAUFFMAN MUSEUM BUS TOUR HEADS TO TOPEKA

  • FIELD ATHLETE TOPPLES 61-YEAR-OLD SHOT PUT RECORD

  • PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE GIVES UPDATE AT SPRING BOARD MEETINGS

  • BETHEL COLLEGE ALUMNI NIGHT AT KAUFFMAN STADIUM

  • MILLER IS BETHEL’S FIRST-EVER FORENSICS ALL-AMERICAN
  • FOUR ALUMNI EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR NEBRASKA
  • CONCERT ON THE GREEN WRAPS UP BETHEL JAZZ YEAR
  • NEW BETHEL BAND TO SHOW THEIR STEEL-PLATED STUFF IN MAY 11 CONCERT
  • HAYDN MASS, MOZART PIANO CONCERTO ON PROGRAM FOR ANNUAL MASTERWORKS
  • ARTIST CREATES CONNECTIONS OF MEMORY TO LONG-GONE MENNONITE ANCESTORS
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ALUMNI WEEKEND DEADLINE NEARS

 

 

Registration for Alumni Weekend (June 2-4) is due on May 17th. Our wonderful weekend provides opportunities for alumni to return to campus to:

  • enjoy an Ice Cream Social
  • honor the Golden Thresher Class of 1967
  • fellowship with others in the Classes of 1967, 1962, 1957 and Heritage Classes of 1952 and earlier years
  • recognize alumni award recipients – Harold Thieszen, ’51, and Paul Mullet, ’72.
  • enjoy one of our learning sessions “Sneak Preview of Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War” by Annette LeZotte and “Mennonite Library and Archives: Past, Present and Future” by John Thiesen, ’82, and Dale Schrag, ’69.
  • tour the campus with our admissions team
  • sing and worship together
  • acknowledge those who have supported Bethel in a special way.

For more information, or if you would like to register, you can contact the Bethel College Alumni Relations office by calling 316-284-5251 or emailing cgoen@bethelks.edu.

You can also print an return the form found by clicking here.

 

Return to :

Alumni Relations

300 E 27th

North Newton, KS 67117

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OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS 2017 HAS SPENT A LIFETIME CARING FOR PEOPLE, CHURCHES

 

 

In the middle of his long list of interests, Harold Thieszen of North Newton, Bethel College’s 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Award winner, places “listening to and visiting with people.”

 

And that becomes more than obvious when looking at Thieszen’s life’s work and accomplishments.

 

An Aurora, Nebraska, native (he was born on a farm near there), Thieszen was raised and baptized in Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, Nebraska.

 

After getting his Associate in Arts degree at Freeman (South Dakota) Junior College, Thieszen completed his B.A. at Bethel in 1951. He studied two years at Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Chicago, 1951-53, and earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Oberlin (Ohio) Graduate School of Theology in 1959.

 

Read more here

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FOUR ALUMNI EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR NEBRASKA

 

 

Join us if you can! These spaces will include a brief program, refreshments and casual conversation with fellow alumni.

 

Representing Bethel College will be Brad Kohlman ’07, director of alumni relations, and Fred Goering ’72, interim vice president for advancement.

 

Please RSVP by contacting the alumni office at 316-284-5251 or alumni@bethelks.edu

 

When: Sat., June 17, 7 p.m.

Where: First Mennonite Church, Beatrice

 

When: Sat., June 17, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Valentino’s, Beatrice

 

When: Sun., June 18, 7 p.m.

Where: Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson

 

When: Sun., June 18, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Chances “R,” York

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BETHEL ADDS MAJOR, CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

 

 

Bethel faculty proposals for changes in two departments have been approved and will go into effect with the 2017-18 catalog.

 

The Department of History and Peace Studies has added a major in history and political science.

 

Department faculty developed the new major “in order to better recruit and retain students who express an interest in political science,” said Mark Jantzen, professor of history. “Most typically, these students are also interested in pre-law.”

 

Also approved were faculty proposals to change the name of the Department of Literary Studies back to Department of English and to add a writing and publishing certificate.

 

Read more here

 

 
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THRESH THREADS IN THRESHER SHOP

 

 

With warmer weather ahead, Thresher Shop is introducing brand-new BC Nike apparel.

 

The Arched Touch SS® T-shirt is made of Drifit® material that helps wick away sweat and looks great on both men and women. The Varsity Fly® short, a mid-length athletic short, comes in both black and maroon with grey accents down the side.

 

Store hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CST Monday-Friday, or shop online at Threshershop.com.

 

Payment can be made by credit card or via PayPal.

 

Thresher Shop can ship almost anywhere in the world.

If questions, e-mail the shop or call 316-283-2500, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday. All Thresher Shop profit goes back to Bethel College.

 
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ALUMNI EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Holly Grove Mennonite Church (Westover, Maryland) – Associate pastor

 

Department of Children and Families (Emporia, Kansas) – Child protection specialist

 

Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice (Newton) – RN case manager

 

Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center (Holton, Kansas) – Intake/crisis service therapist

 

For additional positions, please click here

 

BETHEL COLLEGE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Bethel College – Systems analyst

 

Bethel College – Executive director, Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts

 

Bethel College – Institute director, Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR)

 

Bethel College – Tenure-track position in mathematics

 

Bethel College – Adjunct in computer science

 

For additional Bethel College openings click here.

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FIELD ATHLETE TOPPLES 61-YEAR-OLD SHOT PUT RECORD

 

 

A Bethel field athlete has broken a record that stood for more than twice his own lifetime.

 

Kyle Wilson, junior from California City, California, threw the shot put 15.87 meters (52 feet, 1 inch), to break a record that Don Penner ’56 set in 1956, the longest standing school record in track and field until then.

 

Wilson’s heave came April 8 during the Friends University Invitational meet in Wichita. He placed 2nd in the event.

 

Read more here

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HAYDN MASS, MOZART PIANO CONCERTO ON PROGRAM FOR ANNUAL MASTERWORKS

 

The annual Masterworks concert at Bethel College will feature a choral work by Haydn and a piano concerto by Mozart, with Karen Bauman Schlabaugh in her last solo appearance before retirement.

 

The concert is May 7 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus. Unlike past Masterworks concerts, there is no admission charge for this one. A freewill offering will be taken.

 

On the program are Missa in Angustiis (Mass for troubled times) by Joseph Haydn, and the Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488 by W.A. Mozart.

 

As always, there will be an oratorio chorus made up of the Bethel College Concert Choir, Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Chorus, plus a community chorus, for a total of about 100 singers.

 

Read more here

ARTIST CREATES CONNECTIONS OF MEMORY TO LONG-GONE MENNONITE ANCESTORS

 

 

Memory, especially family memory, is a theme to which artist and teacher Gesine Janzen,’90, keeps returning.

 

Both are integral to her exhibit in Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum. After opening in late August 2016, “Memory Matters: Works by Gesine Janzen” is in its final month as the museum’s nine-month-long special exhibit.

 

Family permeates this interactive, multi-media exhibit that includes prints (several different kinds), photography, fiber art, collage and etching. And “family” starts at the beginning with the exhibit’s curators – the artist’s parents, Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen and John Janzen of Elbing.

 

Read more here

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AWARDEE LED COMPANY TO CORPORATE, COMMUNITY CITIZENSHIP

 

 

Paul Mullet, CEO and president of Excel Industries in Hesston and Bethel’s 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award winner, has helped make his company into more than an economic cornerstone.

 

It has become part of the fiber of the Hesston and wider Harvey County community – perhaps at no time more evident than after a mass shooting at Excel in February 2016 left four employees dead and 14 injured.

 

Mullet was born and raised on a farm near Bloomfield, Montana. In 1958, Mullet’s parents, Roy and Bess Mullet, moved their family of five boys to Hesston so their sons could attend high school without having to commute 25 miles one way in the bitterly cold eastern Montana winters.

 

Read more here

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YOUNG ALUMNUS AWARD WINNER’S WORK KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES

 

 

Growing up in the Great Plains, it shouldn’t be surprising that Newton native Kate Becker, Bethel College’s Young Alumnus awardee for 2017, ended up working with weather.

 

She’s at about the highest level there is – organizationally as well as literally.

 

Becker, who now lives in Washington, D.C., is a program and policy adviser in the Satellite and Information Service (known as NESDIS) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

Read more here

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SCHMIDT’S DREAM BECOMES REALITY WITH NEW INDOOR GOLF TRAINING FACILITY

 

 

In the wee hours of a recent morning, Jaden Schmidt made golf history. Virtual history, that is.

 

Schmidt, a senior from Moundridge, brought back and cocked his club, made contact with a golf ball and sent it hurtling towards a lit projector screen. After a slight pause, a simulated golf ball soared through the air and landed on a fairway, as grins swept across the faces of Schmidt and Gregg Dick, Bethel head golf coach.

 

After months of work, the Esau Golf Training Facility was officially open.

 

Read more here

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BETHEL COLLEGE ALUMNI NIGHT AT KAUFFMAN STADIUM

 

 

Join fellow alumni for a great night of baseball in Kansas City Fri., July 14. We have a special section reserved for Bethel alumni.

 

Tickets cost $26 each; parking is $15 per car, cash only.

 

For tickets, please contact the alumni office at 316-284-5251 or alumni@bethelks.edu

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SENIOR GIFTS CONTINUE TO BENEFIT BC

 

According to college record-keeping, on Thurs., April 6, the solar panels on the roof of Schultz Student Center generated nearly 60 kilowatt hours of electricity – twice the amount the average Kansas home uses in a day.

 

We cannot say “thank you” enough to the classes of 2012 and 2014 for this wonderful gift to Bethel College. To follow the performance of the panels in real time, click here.

 

For a video from 2015 showing the installation click here

 

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MILLER IS BETHEL’S FIRST-EVER FORENSICS ALL-AMERICAN

 

 

Bethel College has its first-ever American Forensic Association (AFA) All-American.

 

During opening ceremonies for this year’s AFA National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), held on the campus of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, senior Jacob Miller, Westmoreland, was announced as a member of the 2017 All-American team.

The chair of each AFA District Committee submits names to the All-American Team Committee (up to six total from a district). Bethel is part of District III, which comprises Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Read more here

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KAUFFMAN MUSEUM BUS TOUR HEADS TO TOPEKA

 

Join members and friends of Kauffman Museum May 18 for a one-day tour to Topeka. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of the Kansas Museum of History, a guided tour of the Kansas Statehouse and a visit to the historic Ritchie House (a stop on the Underground Railroad). All meals included. Cost is $110 for museum members, $125 for non-members. Call 283-1612 or e-mail Andi Schmidt Andres ’84 at asa@bethelks.edu with questions or to reserve your spot with a credit card.

 
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PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE GIVES UPDATE AT SPRING BOARD MEETINGS

 

Bethel College’s Presidential Search Committee has reported on progress thus far and plans going forward.

 

Discussion of the search process was a major agenda item at the Bethel Board’s spring meeting, March 31-April 1.

 

Search Committee Chair Dan Flickinger ’78, San Francisco, said that eight individuals have applied “with all required materials” and that he has talked with three of those.

 

There are an additional 50 names that came through the board’s on-campus visits in January, a survey sent to faculty, staff, alumni and friends in February, and other recommendations.

 

Read more here

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CONCERT ON THE GREEN WRAPS UP BETHEL JAZZ YEAR

 

Hoping for good weather, Bethel College jazz groups are preparing for their annual end-of-the-year concert, Jazz on the Green.

 

Jazz Ensembles I and II will play at 8 p.m. May 10, with the audience invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for outdoor seating (the concert will move to Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center if the weather is unfavorable).

 

Jazz on the Green is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support jazz study and performance at Bethel College.

 

Read more here

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NEW BETHEL BAND TO SHOW THEIR STEEL-PLATED STUFF IN MAY 11 CONCERT

 

The brand-new Bethel College Steel Drum band will give their premiere concert at the close of the semester.

The event is May 11 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. While the band has appeared in Bethel convocation and at the 2016 Fall Festival, this will be the first “formal” concert. Steel Drum Band Director Brad Shores guarantees the free concert will be “worth every penny.”

The opening act is The Parrotheads, a faculty/staff group of people who have mostly never played steel drums before. The group borrowed its name from the Jimmy Buffett followers who call themselves Parrotheads.

Read more here

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I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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