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Concert Choir Tour 2015

Concert Choir Tour 2015

The choir's annual spring break tour took them into churches of various denominations in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, where they experienced amazing hospitality from an equal variety of people.
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Bethel in bloom

Bethel in bloom

It seems like we just turned around and suddenly it's spring all over the Bethel campus.
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Spring Fling 2015

Spring Fling 2015

Above is a photo from 2015's Bubbert Awards fun. The Bubberts capped off Spring Fling week, which also included Ultimate Trivia, laser tag, Capture the Flag and Bethel Olympics. Plus an Iron Chef Cook-off with a secret ingredient...
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The end of another school year

The end of another school year

Wrapping up, finishing up and moving out, as another school year ends. Our bloggers appreciate coffee, friends, beautiful coffee, summer plans, study breaks and ... coffee.
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BC: Senior Edition

Me with my roommate/friend from freshman year. We're finally seniors!

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!



Family Weekend

 My family does not live very far from Bethel… about twenty minutes to be exact.  So, when I heard Bethel was having a Family Weekend, I was not too excited. I can go home very easily and didn’t really see the point in inviting my family here for a special weekend. Because of this, I did not even bother telling my parents about family weekend. That is until about two days before, when I got an email about family weekend and decided I should at least forward it to my family. 

Little did I know! My parents were SUPER excited to come to family weekend! They called me up and wanted to know all about it. Honestly, I could not tell them much, but they said they would come for lunch the next day and then see what the rest of the day would bring. The next day around noon I met my parents and two younger sisters (Katrina is also attending Bethel) for lunch. My friend Katelyn Melgren also joined the Regehr family for that day. We were treated to an awesome lunch outside the Caf where many tables were set up. It was a great day for eating outside! Here is a picture that was taken by Vada Snider.

 After lunch we skipped over to Kauffman Museum (it was free admission for family weekend). Most of my family had been there before, but there was an awesome new display on the WPA, which stands for Work Progress Administration. The WPA was part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. Besides this new display, all of the year round displays were very interesting. We learned about Anabaptist history, the Mennonites journey from Europe to the Central Plains in the 1870’s, and many other cool things about countries from all over the world! Also, we saw many awesome pieces of Mennonite immigrant furniture. 

 Next, we ran over to Thresher Gym to watch the volleyball games. Bethel went up against Manhattan Christian in a close game, but ended up losing 2 matches to 3 matches. Then it was time for the family to head home.

 Next day, they were back! Bethel College Mennonite Church welcomed all students and their families to come and worship with them for the morning. After that, my family went over to the Caf for the brunch that was being offered. My dad, especially, greatly enjoyed the food! All in all it was a great weekend, and I think it can grow into quite the tradition for years to come!


New School Year, New Faces, New Beginnings

Every new school year starts off with the opportunities for new beginnings, new experiences, and new encounters. This year, is the same. Already, we have almost been back in the groove of things for a month now. We have had our regular beginning traditions that Bethel has, various sporting events well under way, and unfamiliar faces are starting to turn familiar. I am one of those “new” faces that started out unfamiliar.

I am a transfer student to Bethel, from Butler Community College. So far, I have enjoyed every second here at Bethel, and would like to thank all of you that I have had the chance to get to know, for making me feel welcome. I was blown away at my orientation at how nice everybody seemed. I figured it was just because those people had to be there, you know like those people that are staff and get paid to be nice to strangers. But then after classes started, I realized everyone was nice. At least, everyone that I have encountered so far.

So, a little bit about me, that way if we haven’t met yet, I won’t be so unfamiliar. My name is Mallory. I am considered a sophomore and a junior, so I classify myself as a “Junmore” and I have found several people here at Bethel that fit that description as well. It should be a legitimate class I think.

I live in Wichita, and was born and raised there. I have two children, Emma who is 6, and Luke who is 3. If you see me at the football games, chances are I will have them in tow. They are a lot of fun, and are very friendly, so don’t be afraid to come say hi to them. If they bite, I apologize, but hey, at least they have had their shots and are up to date! (seriously….just kidding on the biting part) I do not fit the definition of a “Traditional student”.

I graduated from Wichita High School North in 2005, and started at Butler as a Psychology major. Then I met the father of my children, here at Bethel. I was currently dating a different Bethel student at the time I met my children’s father….anyway…that’s a boring story, and then this so called thing of life happened. I put school on hold, and went to being a mom. It was after Michael and I broke up that I realized I needed to get back in school. The rest is history, and here I am today, now a nursing major with a psychology minor. (Couldn’t quite give up the psychology completely)

I am looking forward to see what new faces I will encounter, and what new beginnings this year has in store for me. Already, a new beginning is this blog. I have never blogged before, but jumped at the chance to when I heard about the position. I am more than excited to be Bethel’s new blogger. I plan to have lots of exciting blogs so stay tuned!


Football wins at home!!

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 

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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!

fans!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!

The Days Go Slow, The Weeks Go Fast…

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! 

Until next time,

Madelyn Weaver

From Camp Mennoscah to Bethel

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.

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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.

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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!  

From Summer to School

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!

The Life Of Summer Student Staffers


Katie Schmidt doing… something…

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.

When The Students Are Away, The Staff Will Play

My ascent attempt.

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.

Here’s hoping we will make the ascent once more.

Graduation Weekend

This past weekend was graduation/commencement! Boy, it flew by so quickly. Here’s a recap of the weekend’s events:

Friday- All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors had to be out of the dorms by 6 PM, unless they were in concert choir or helping at commencement. Once they left, campus felt much quieter and empty, as 2/3 of the student body had left.

Saturday- Throughout the day, many class reunions took place at the Goerz House, which is where Bethel’s president, Dr. Perry White and his wife, Dalene live. In the evening was the annaul Alumni Banquet, held in Memorial Hall. The banquet is a formal event where alumni who are passionate about Bethel College come to reminise about the past year and recognize those who have won awards. All graduating seniors were invited to attend. There was a fancy dinner, award ceremony where they recognized Outstanding Alumni of the college, and then a short business meeting. The female a capella group, Woven, sang as well.

Sunday- A Baccalaureate service was held at Bethel College Mennonite Church. It was absolutely packed full of people. Musical seniors shared their gifts and verses were read in 5 different languages. Hymns were sang triumphly. Reflections were shared by seniors and candles were lit, with prayers and hopes being said. The concert choir sang my three favorite pieces from this year, “O Nata Lux,” “Filled With His Voice” (a song that we commissioned a songwriter to write in honor of Bethel’s 125th year), and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” Although I didn’t sing in Concert Choir this semester because of student teaching, I was allowed to rejoin them for these three songs and that was extremely special for me. I heard from numerous people that the Baccalaureate service was a very powerful, meaningful service for them.

Commencement was supposed to be held at 4 PM in Thresher Stadium. However, due to the high possibility of severe weather, it was announced that it would be held in Memorial Hall, just like it used to be. The graduates gathered in the Fine Arts Center, like the original plan stated. However, we were quickly moved to the basement of Memorial, due to the fact that we were in a tornado warning. We did not get to process around the green as tradition states. They did move the threshing stone up the steps, so that we could still touch it on our way into the ceremony. Douglas Penner, former professor and president of Bethel College, was the speaker. Even though commencement didn’t go exactly as planned, we still had an incredible day and still recieved our diplomas.

After that, came the parties. I had a party with the 6 other girls from my mod who were graduating in the basement of Bethel College Mennonite Church. We worked together to get food and we ended up having a little over 250 people in attendance. There were many parties happening, both on and off campus.

Monday- We had to be moved out of the dorms by noon. The morning went quickly, full of taking countless loads of belongings to the car, cramming everything in and hoping you’ll have enough room, saying goodbyes to all the friends that you made along the way- some that you will see again and some that you will not, turning in your keys, and leaving the place that you’ve called home for the past 4 years.

It was a very bittersweet weekend, full of much excitement and some sadness too. The weekend is over now though, and I can offically say that I am an alumnus of Bethel College and that I have my Bachelor of Arts degree and diploma! Woohoo! :)