Voices from each of the past seven decades reflect on Bethel’s impact.
Athletics is an integral part of campus life at Bethel College, with 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women and an estimated 360 athletes (almost 22 percent of students). But it wasn’t always this way.
After 30 years as head Basketball Coach, Mike lIghtfoot ’78 retires, leaving an indelible legacy on and off the court.
Brooke (Magary) Fuller ’03 turned her hobby into a booming online business with celebrity clients.
Read about Bethel College just one decade ago, as we draw nearer to the end of our 70th commencement celebration series, highlighting each decade of Bethel’s history. This decade features alumni Jacob and Carly (Randol) Ringenberg telling of their experience as Bethel students in one of the college’s most prosperous decades, with high enrollment and significant growth and accomplishments.
Take a look at Bethel in 1997 as we continue to celebrate Bethel’s 70th commencement with our 70 years blog series. Shawn (Canfield) Skaggs ’97 describes a Bethel fresh out of an incredible revival, the thriving campus it was becoming, and how it helped shape her into who she is today.
Part of our 70 Years of Bethel celebration, this story focuses on the 1960s decade, where Bethel grew rapidly, in numbers, infrastructure, and especially in athletic programs. Lauralee Nothstine ’67, an elementary education major, reflects on her Bethel experience and how it prepared her for teaching and mission work in Africa, alongside her husband Tom Nothstine ’66.
Kintae Lark ’07 and his wife, Tanika Walker-Lark run their salon and school with the goal of bringing reformation to the South Bend community.
Alumna Heather Gilbert ’02 advocates for civil rights as the only attorney in Minnesota who is also a court-certified sign language interpreter.
Bethel-educated nurses Anita Thiessen ’09 and Elizabeth LeFeber ’10 have a shared passion and calling. Both felt led to serve in Africa early in their lives. Both pursued nursing as a career at Bethel College. And earlier this year, both volunteered to work on the Africa Mercy, a 78-bed floating surgical hospital, then docked in Madagascar.