GREATER Updates – Fall 2017
Here are some examples of the GREAT momentum building on campus as we strive to become GREATer, for the greater glory of God.
- In April, the Genesians, Bethel’s traveling drama troupe, held two performances of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” on campus for area schools and homeschool groups. More than 1,000 students and teachers attended.
- Bethel’s Admission Office and Office of Diversity and Inclusion partnered with six local colleges to host Hispanic Day on May 9 with about 350 students and chaperones in attendance.
- The Education Department hosted “Cadet Teacher Day” on March 23. for high school juniors and seniors considering a career in education. About 50 local students learned about teaching strategies, observed our onsite Lab Kindergarten, and talked with faculty and students, all while experiencing Bethel’s campus and hearing about our academic programs.
- Bethel students, faculty and staff served at home and abroad this summer. Four task force teams travelled to Thailand and Myanmar, Guatemala, Alaska and the Dominican Republic; the Admission LEAD team served as counselors at summer camps.
- In August, community worship opportunities included: a faculty and staff worship and communion service; a foot-washing ceremony for student leaders; and a pastor prayer walk on campus, followed by the first chapel service of the year.
- In September, members of the Women’s Soccer Team traveled to Houston, Texas, to serve those affected by Hurricane Harvey. They partnered with Bethel alumni LJ Evers and Joe Hutchinson, who work for the Keystone Project in Houston, to deliver supplies and help the nonprofit provide disaster relief.
- To help new students get off to a great start with their Bethel experience, the Student Life team created a video and app to help students and their families know what to expect for Welcome Week activities in August.
- The Business Department is taking advantage of Bethel’s location by having a number of guest speakers from the Mishawaka/South Bend region. These include Joe Hart, president of the South Bend Cubs; Rob Bartels, president and CEO of Martin’s Super Markets; and Dave Wood, mayor of Mishawaka, among others.
- Part of the third floor of the Huffman Administration Building has been renovated into the Carpenter Conference Room, in memory of former Professor of Old Testament and Scholar-in-Residence Eugene Carpenter, Ph.D. The space includes a conference area, kitchenette and several soft seating areas.
- The $1.15 million nursing simulation lab is complete. The addition created a new classroom, student lounge, faculty lounge, reception area, and a simulation space that includes two simulations rooms with high-fidelity mannequins, a control room and a debriefing room.
- Washington Monthly ranked Bethel College No. 2 of 364 colleges in the Midwest on its 2017 “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges” list. Bethel was also ranked No. 44 of 632 nationally on the 2017 list of “Top Master’s Universities.”
- For the fourteenth consecutive year, Bethel has been recognized as a top tier college by U.S. News Media Group. The 2018 list of “Best Regional Universities – Midwest,” ranks Bethel No. 38 out of 173 colleges.