Board Chairman Randy Lehman ’82 shares about Bethel’s historic decision to change its name to Bethel University.
Paqui and Brian Kelly are passionate about supporting educational, heath care and community initiatives through the Kelly Cares Foundation. That’s why they chose to support the renovation of Bethel’s largest lecture hall on campus, which will primarily be used as a classroom for nursing and science lectures.
When New York Times best-selling author Lee Strobel came to campus to speak at Bethel’s first-ever Give Back Gala on May 12, there was no one more excited to see him than Bethel mom and grandma Mattie Ulrich, of Osceola, Ind. Mattie had been waiting to meet Strobel for nearly 40 years – since 1978, when their lives intersected in a way that would change them both forever.
As manager of Grace Christian School in Lagoj, Romania, Emanuel Olariu ’08 has seen the power of lives transformed through Christian education. He helped start the school with just 32 students after graduating from Bethel. Nine years later, the school has grown to 430 students – from preschool to eighth grade – and 80 staff members.
Alumna Michelle (Ferris) FitzGerald ’09 founded Make South Bend, a maker space and art studio for local artists and makers.
Rev. Mark and Sheryl Douras are connected to Bethel College in way that has touched them deeply. Both of their children, Jonathan (attended ’02-’05) and Elizabeth ’07, chose Bethel. And it was at Bethel that their son, Jonathan, made friends, played music and searched for his career path, before a cancer diagnosis changed the family’s plans.
Bethel welcomes Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rich Cummins, CFRE.
This year, Bethel launched the Bethel College Rising Entrepreneur Scholarship. It celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship in Michiana by providing a scholarship to a student who has completed the Startup Moxie (formerly St. Joe CEO) entrepreneurship program.
Transition to teaching alumnus Eric Johnson ’10, ’12 is one of 28 teachers from 11 countries to serve on the first TED-Ed Innovative Educator cohort.
Three Bethel alumni created created software that transforms statistics into detailed infographics – instantly.