Allow me to give you a little background information about myself.
In West Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days. Chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool and all, shootin some b-ball outside of the school..
My name is Baylee Teach. I am freshman softball player here at Bethel this year. I graduated from Halstead High, which is about ten minutes from Bethel. I plan on majoring in Secondary Education with my focus in history.
It has taken me forever to write my first post because I have been so incredibly busy. Moving to college is a huge adjustment and it has taken me until now to finally feel like I have a grip on what’s going on. At times I have felt extremely overwhelmed but I’ve found that random dance sessions and coffee breaks help. I hope everything is going well for you all!
It’s that time of year, where apparently, everyone at Bethel goes into mass craziness. With me being new to Bethel, this is a new experience that I am excited to see unfold. I have heard from several different sources around campus, that this week is the busiest, and craziest, but also the funnest and will be one of the best out of the year.
Quite the oxymoron there huh?
Of the clubs and organizations that I am involved in on campus, we have spent about a month planning what we are going to do at Fall Fest. If every club and organization has done the same, I’m sure the results are going to be phenomenal! I honestly can’t wait to walk around to various booths to see what others have put together for their display. That is, given I have enough time between my other Fall Fest obligations and responsibilities.
As far as what my most favorite event is, I’m going to have to say the football game. I say that, because I love watching football,and cheering for my team (Which is OBVIOUSLY Bethel) but also because I don’t fully know what to expect or anticipate at Fall Fest. But that’s half of the excitement…..not knowing. So far, every other Bethel tradition that I have experienced, has been absolutely wonderful, and I am looking forward to Fall Fest….craziness included!
Me (left) with my roommate/friend, Jennifer (right) from freshman year. We’re finally seniors!
I can’t believe it is so, but alas this is my fourth and final year at Bethel College! The years have flown by, I know we hear that all the time, but until now I didn’t realize just how fast my time here has gone.
I’ll give you a brief recap of my past 3 years at BC. I’ve been a member of the women’s basketball team and am currently in my fourth season. I’ve also been a writer for the Collegian (our student-run newspaper), transitioned to a sports editor, now I serve as the advertising manager. I’ve also expanded the clubs I’m involved in from FCA, to Femcore, Multicultural Student Union, and Photography club, and the Collegian.
I’ve been extremely impressed at the progress BC has made in the amount of diversity on campus, the cafeteria has improved so much you wouldn’t believe it, and the aesthetic appeal of this campus has been phenomenal.
Not only have I been involved in a multitude of organizations, but I’ve made an enormous amount of new friends. Joining those groups and being in classes with a variety of other people has provided some great experiences and lasting friendships.
I wouldn’t trade my time at Bethel for anything, I’ve grown as a person spiritually, intellectually, and physically (thanks to basketball). It’s been a great experience so far and I doubt my senior year will disappoint.
I look forward to this final year and the new adventures that it has in store for me!
This is my third year at Bethel and (correct me if I’m wrong) I have never left the Bethel football stadium with that winning high. Actually, I don’t think I have ever experienced a Bethel College football win! This is not to say they have not won during the past two years, just that I have not been at the games they have won. So, last night I went to the game with my normal feelings of “I really have high hopes for this year, but also don’t want to be disappointed again.” I arrived at the student section to find it was mostly full of non-students, so I found a seat and awkwardly kept standing, because I was going to stand for the beginning of this game! As students kept arriving we kept packing people into the small amount reserved for us. I don’t think I have ever seen that many students packed into about three rows of benches! But, we were there; Bethel fans were ready to support their football team!
I saw so many great passes and catches during the game and just great offense and defense in general. I will admit when the other team scored first I got a little nervous, but we came back! I also got a scare when the other team scored a touch down with 4 seconds left to the half… but in the end BETHEL PULLED OUT THE WIN!!! They won 41 to 24! As I said, I have never experienced
the feeling of a football win… it was worth the wait! Watching all the players celebrate that win was awesome! I even saw the coaches get into it!
Here is the Bethel football team celebrating the win. After they shook the hands of the other team and prayed together, they came over to the stands and included us in their celebrations! They did a cool, new chant together and then walked out to the field for celebrations with all their friends and family who came to support them!
This is a picture of just some of the amazing fans that the Bethel football team had last night! Thanks to Lina Adame for letting me use her picture. I would also like to thank the half time entertainment we had! Not sure whose children were up in the press box ( I have heard either the Chalashtari’s or Coach Marble’s) but I greatly enjoyed their random noises! Speaking of Coach Marble, I would also like to give a shout out to the volleyball team and their two wins this weekend! I was very impressed with the talent and team work of their team! Bethel athletics is off to a great start!
Well here we are again, summer is over, classes have started, and the first week has already come and gone! Last week some of my friends and I had been talking about the saying of how: “the days go slow but the weeks go fast.” Now that we are already into our second week of classes I can attest to how true this feels to me.
I was a blogger for Bethel last year as well, but for those readers who are new to the Bethel Blog I will introduce myself again. My name is Madelyn Weaver, I am from Hesston, KS, a mere seven miles away from the Bethel campus. I am a Junior majoring in Social Work with a minor in Management. I am involved in many activities on campus including: Tennis, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Student Senate, SAA (Student Alumni Association) , SCAN (Student Community Action Network) and the Student Social Work Organization.
Being involved in all of these different activities including the obvious responsibility of classes, you could say I have been keeping pretty busy, thus the feeling of the weeks moving so rapidly. It has not been all work and no play however, because I live in a wonderful mod with some wonderful girls who love taking breaks together from all the reading and homework we have:).
Left: Me; Right: Miranda
One thing that will be new for me this year is being at Bethel without my sister, Miranda. Miranda is two years older than I, she also attended Bethel College and graduated with a degree in Social Work. It was so special to be able to attend school with her, to be a part of the tennis team together and to sing in the choir together, I was truly blessed to have her as a huge part of my Bethel career the past two years! Although she is no longer a part of my Bethel experience, she and her husband now live in Newton, KS and she will continue to come and support the tennis team and choir by cheering and attending concerts.
On a lighter note, the start of this school year has already been so great, I am looking forward to the rest of the year and all the great memories that will be made in every aspect of my Bethel experience!
Well that’s all for now, I welcome all new students, faculty and blog-readers!
Hello all! My name is Melinda Regehr. I am a junior here at Bethel and am majoring in Social work with a minor in Psychology. I am involved in many things here on campus, like SAA, SAC, and SCAN… or I just liked how those words looked on here, you can decide for yourself. I work in Admissions and Student life and am now writing for this lovely blog! I also volunteer at Western District Conference Library for my service learning scholarship.
Lastly, I like to keep myself busy with going to Applebees for half price apps, going to Druber’s (not really for the donuts, but for the Uno Blitz playing), hanging out with friends, and of course studying! Sometimes I sleep, but only when I have nothing else to do.
Since I have only been at Bethel for a week, I will tell you what I have been doing for the past few months. I was on summer staff at Camp Mennoscah as the office assistant. What did this include?? Well, many things. I ordered pictures, made address sheets, ordered bunches and bunches of pizza every Friday, I swam in flour and water, saw someone eat an enormous, squirming grasshopper, I spent many hours with some amazing staff, and I spent many hours with
some really amazing kids. I did all this and at the same time had time to find God in my life. It’s amazing how hard it is to make time for God in my life at school, but so easy to find God in all the running around at camp. This picture is of all of the Camp Mennoscah summer staff. We are some stunning Doctors!
Since I was at Camp from June-August, I really did not do much else. I went to a few weddings and that’s about all. This picture is from Aaron & Rachel Rudeen’s wedding. The girl next to me is Katelyn Melgren… nothing else needs to be said.
Just in case you are wondering who I live with… here are some of them. Yes, it is quite the adventure! My mod is full of tennis players, singers, writers, Music majors, Education majors, Social work majors, and I think even a Biology major. I am very excited to live with these amazing people and even more excited for this year in general!
Hello! My name is Michelle Unruh. I’m a junior from Goessel, Kansas studying music education. I am pretty involved at Bethel, which keeps me very busy. I’m involved in many musical ensembles on campus. I play bass clarinet in the wind ensemble. I also am an alto in the Concert Choir and Woven, Bethel’s student-led women’s a capella ensemble. I also enjoy taking piano and organ lessons. This year, I am also directing a choir at a church in the area, which I am really looking forward to!
I just finished my second summer in a row at Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Michigan. Last year, I was on rotational staff and worked as a counselor, maintenance, and in the kitchen. I really enjoyed my summer, so I decided to go back for a second summer. This past summer, I spent ten weeks on the leadership staff. I was on the worship team and played guitar for Campfire and Quest, our morning worship time. I also helped to plan skits, devotions that each cabin used daily, and the summer’s theme, Rooted and Growing (Ephesians 3:16-17). In my spare time, I enjoyed leading activities such as Greased Watermelon or Whipped Cream Whiffleball, taking campers on pontoon rides on Lake Shavehead, going on hikes in the Peaceful Woods, or just relaxing on the beach. I had fun getting to know the other staffers as well as the campers that came to Camp Friedenswald. Being at camp was quite exhausting at times, but it was such a rewarding summer job. This was definitely a summer to remember!
I’m so excited for this semester! I have finished my general education courses, and I’m really enjoying all of the music and education classes that I am enrolled in. We’re halfway through our first week of classes, and the homework, assignments, and projects are starting to pile up. I had a really great summer working at Camp Friedenswald, but it is so good to be back at Bethel College with my fellow Threshers. I’m excited to see what this semester has in store for us!
During the summer, there is not a lot of life on campus. With the majority of students and faculty gone the classrooms are empty, and the dorms are silent. But there are a few signs of life on campus.
There are few departments who hire students to help out during the summer with a wide range of jobs: from grounds keeping and dorm repair, to running the bookstore and helping out with admissions.
If you were to take a walk through campus today, you would most likely see our summer maintenance workers getting our grounds ready for the start of the next semester. Each morning starting at 7:00, the grounds keeping crew is out pulling weeds, mowing grass and watering flowers, tasks that seem to never end. The maintenance department also has several students helping with getting all of the buildings on campus ready for the start of the fall semester.
Audra Miller trying to get work done, despite the interruptions.
There are also a few students helping in the bookstore this summer, doing more than selling Bethel t-shirts. They are manning the school’s switchboard, taking care of campus mail, organizing campus events, essentially keeping the school running during the summer.
One of the harder working students on staff this summer is Audra Miller, working in the Institutional Communications office. While the office going through a staffing transition, she has taken charge of putting together the latest edition of Context, Bethel’s alumni magazine.
There are also students working the Admissions and Financial Aid, preparing the way for the new students joining the Bethel Community in the fall.
The student staffers of the Information and Media Services office have been keeping busy as well, repairing all of the computers on campus. But in between repair jobs, they have been known to start shenanigans. Like the time they generously offered there assistance to the Maintenance staff in testing a recently repaired golf kart:
Putting aside of the malarkey they get up to, students have been doing a tremendous job this summer helping the BC staff get ready for the coming school year. The next time you see a student staffer, be sure to stop, give them a high five, followed by context as to why you gave them said high five.
Typically summer break at Bethel College means a time to catch up on work, tackle special projects and be productive in a relaxed atmosphere. I’m not sure if this falls into any of those categories, but the staff in the Information and Media Services decided to climb the antenna tower for the campus radio station.
This wasn’t one of those “I double dog dare you” type of situations. We had a legitimate reason to do so, or at least that is what we told ourselves. I had wanted to take some photos of the Bethel campus from a unique perspective to use for the school’s website. And my inner adventurer really wanted to climb the 200 foot radio tower, and prove I had conquered a previous fear of heights.
So on a mild June day I donned my safety gear, strapped on a GoPro camera and began my ascent while a small group of staff, students, and cameras watched on. I made pretty good progress for the first 100 or so feet.
Then the wind began.
My view as the tower began rockin’.
The wind caused a slight rocking of the tower. And the higher I climbed, the more the tower rocked. I was within 30 feet of the top of the tower when my once conquered fear of heights decided to return. I hurriedly snapped a few photos with my camera before making a hasty retreat to the bottom of the tower.
Then one of my student workers decided to show me up.
Dylan Jantz striking a pose during his ascent of the tower.
Dylan Jantz is spending his summer days working in the IMS office. And after I made my attempt to climb the tower, Dylan decided he wanted to give it a try. And he did well. He managed to make it up to the top of the tower despite the wind, and take some beautiful shots of of the campus. He even managed a Snapchat or two from a couple hundred feet above the ground.
The photos have turned out pretty great, and the video from the ascent was even better. But I am wanting to make another attempt later this summer when there isn’t any construction going on (the Fine Arts Center is currently getting a facelift), and another student worker is wanting to make the ascent as well.
While the weather may not have agreed with the name, last week was our Spring Fling. Campus was busy with many activities including: Minute to Win It, Ultimate Spoons, Iron Chef, and the ever popular Bubbert Awards.
Other activities scheduled were PowderPuff football and Limeades that had to be postponed because of the weather, which refused to cooperate cancelling the water fight that was scheduled for that Friday as well.
However, Bubbert Awards and the dessert bar was still able to be held! Bubbert Awards is an annual film festival at Bethel that showcases student-made videos. The event was created in spirit of Bethel’s ficticious student, Herman Bubbert, who was known for playing pranks all over campus.
Bubbert Awards takes the form of a Red Carpet event, allowing students to dress up and take part in watching the wide variety of films.
This year there were 11 entries, some inspiring, others hilarious, but all creative. If you would like to watch the video, you can visit this link http://vimeo.com/64145221 which shows the entire show with the hosts and audience members.
Following the Bubbert Awards is a dance that typically lasts a few hours and this year was in the Drama Lab, with student DJ’s.
Spring Fling is always a good time on Bethel’s campus, even if the weather is not “spring” like.
Bethel College is a four-year, private, primarily residential, liberal arts college. Students may participate in campus spiritual life, fine arts activities, sports and more than 50 clubs and organizations. Bethel’s academic buildings, including its historic Administration Building, the Krehbiel Science Center and the James A. Will Family Academic Center, are clustered around the Green, an open grassy area where students gather. The college year consists of fall and spring semesters, a January interterm and a summer term.