Here are some examples of the GREAT momentum building on campus as we strive to become GREATer, for the greater glory of God.
- Staff from the marketing and communication office worked with academic departments to revise their website sections, focusing on student and alumni outcomes.
- The Master of Arts in Counseling program, which began two years ago, has 20 students enrolled and will graduate its first class in April. A new class will begin in the fall of 2017.
- In November, the Bethel Chamber Orchestra presented a side-by-side performance with the Mishawaka High School Orchestra, which is directed by alumna Brooke Victor ’13. Between practices, the high school students got to experience Bethel’s campus with current students and faculty.
- Bethel’s coed cheerleading program is making the move to competitive cheer. The team will participate in a number of competitions in the Midwest and at the National Cheerleaders Association Competition.
- The annual World Christian Action Conference was held in January. Students were challenged to engage in ministry locally, regionally and around the world. In addition to regular chapel services, students had the opportunity to have lunch with the chapel speakers and learn more about their ministries; attend two panel discussions; and, participate in a variety of internationally themed dinners hosted by faculty and staff.
- In February, student development staff hosted the 10th annual “Dude Week.” The event was started in 2007 by a group of male students who wanted to be intentional about stepping away from social media, video games and other electronic distractions in order to focus on their relationship with God and others. The event inspired female students to create “Babe Week,” also held annually in February.
- Bethel International Health and Nursing students and faculty attended the Global Missions Health Conference, the world’s largest gathering of medical professionals, students and organizations dedicated to health care missions.
- On new student registration days, the traditional admissions office has increased staff efficiency and student satisfaction by utilizing the app “NoWait,” eliminating the need for students and families to wait in one place for their advising time. As a result, student satisfaction with the length of advising time has increased to an average of 95 percent positive.
- The newly remodeled Weaver Art Gallery was unveiled on Feb. 10. Renovations include new lighting, a vaulted ceiling, updated signage and a new hanging system to display artwork. The project was made possible by money raised during Bethel’s 2016 Online Giving Day.
- Construction is on schedule for the School of Nursing’s $1 million nursing simulation lab. This winter, the outdoor excavation and foundation work was completed, along with progress on updating existing offices and classrooms. Construction is expected to be completed in August.
- Bethel has been ranked No. 2 in the nation on the list of “50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities.” The ranking was compiled by Christian Universities Online and highlights Christian schools with the best return on investment.
- Bethel’s School of Nursing is ranked seventh in the nation on the list of “Top RN Degree Programs.” Compiled by Accredited Schools Online, the list ranked schools based on cost, graduation rates and resources available to students. With a score of 97.20 out of 100, Bethel is the only Indiana college to appear in the top 30 and the only CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) school to appear in the top 20.