There's more to life at Bethel than classes & seminars

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  • Mudslam, AKA The Dirtiest Volleyball You Have Ever Played

    Mudslam, AKA The Dirtiest Volleyball You Have Ever Played

  • Mod Life: Finding Fun Amidst Stress

    Mod Life: Finding Fun Amidst Stress

The End of a Tennis Season

The End of a Tennis Season

This past weekend were the conference tournaments for the men's and women's tennis teams. Unfortunately, neither team made it to nationals but that does not discount the great and successful seasons they had.
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Pirates Of Penzance

Pirates Of Penzance

Over the past month many of Bethel’s students have been working on the opera, The Pirates of Penzance.
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Bubbert Awards 2014

Bubbert Awards 2014

This year’s Bubberts Awards were on the evening of April 12th. Bubberts was great as always! Everyone looked super spiffy and fancy.
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Concert Choir In Europe

Concert Choir In Europe

The Concert Choir gave a bittersweet farewell to our European choir tour with a final concert on Sunday, this time in front of the friendly faces of Bethel’s campus.
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Spring Fling week

Now….to catch-up. Between my last post and now a lot has happened, I was in a movie for Bubbert’s Awards, fell off my bike, Qualified for Nationals and found a job for the summer. First the Bubbert’s Movie, I along with my friends were part of a Bubbert’s movie, I’m a Mennonite (here is the link too it.). For those who don’t know, Bubbert’s is our own little version of the Music Video awards or Movie Awards. Students across campus are encouraged to make their own film and submit it.

Unlike last year in which we only had three videos submitted, there were 7 submitted. We got Honorable Mention, but it was a whole lot of fun. The concept is based off the song Swananana by Baby Bash. A alumni had thought the song said I’m a Mennonite, so our fearless director came up with the lyrics and we made a song.

She was using my computer, which unfortunately crashed right before the movie was due so she had to start over. I felt awful but she go the movie done on time, so that’s all that matters.

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Back in Business

So for about three weeks, my laptop has been out of commission. Fortunately for me, there are awesome people who work here and are able to fix almost anything. So today I was able to get my laptop back (happy dance)!! In those weeks that I was without laptop.

I found out a few things: If I really want to get something done, I should go to the computer lab to work on them, I don’t really need my laptop ( but really enjoy having it), I use my iPhone a lot more when I don’t have my laptop, and I get really lazy when I have to walk across campus too much to use the computers.

I know this is short but I am just so happy to have my laptop back I had to let you know. :)

Masterworks

I’ve blogged about music at Bethel many times before, and for good reason. Music is a huge part of campus life with a large portion of the student body involved in choir, wind ensemble, jazz band or orchestra. The end of the semester brings many concerts, including Masterworks, the annual mass choir performance. The choir is made up of the Concert Choir, Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Chorus and community members.

Usually the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony performs with the choir but this year the program on Sunday included James Syler’s Symphony No. 1 ‘Blue’ which uses a wind ensemble instead of a string and wind group. The wind ensemble, comprised of students, community members and professionals, also performed Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4.

As a member of the wind ensemble, I was very excited to be a part of the concert this year. We had been preparing the pieces since March. The Maslanka piece in particular was huge-both musically and in number of players. A symphony written for wind ensemble is rare, and this one in particular is spectacularly awesome and worth looking up online.

The performance in Memorial Hall was unforgettable. For one thing, there is no air conditioning in the performance hall so that made everything more exhausting. With 80-some performers in the wind ensemble and 200+ including the chorus, the sound was incredible.

Masterworks happens every year. It’s a staple in Bethel’s musical tradition, but this year was particularly spectacular.

“Supermoon”

Yesterday’s full moon was the largest and brightest of the year, due to its close proximity to the earth. This is because the moon occupies an oval (rather than round) orbit. Several friends and I decided to go up to the telescope on the Krehbiel Science Center to try and view it.  While we weren’t able to see many stars due to the light pollution from the moon, we did get to see the many craters and rifts on the moon’s surface. Unfortunately, the moon was so reflective that it blinded us for several minutes! Here are a few pictures of the campus from slightly different perspectives than what we’re all used to seeing. Keep in mind that these were all taken between midnight and 1am, and that no editing was done to enhance the lighting or color effects.

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Diary of a Student Teacher Part 3: A Week of My Life

The week of April 16-20 was absolutely crazy!  This was the third week of my “block” which means I am responsible for the entire day totally on my own.  I have done the lesson planning and am supposed to carry out the week from beginning to end.  The first two weeks of my block went very well and I feel comfortable in the classroom with my students.  I really have the confidence necessary for me to teach next year!  Whoo-hoo!  The first two weeks were pretty tiring though, and I know I need to start getting more sleep.  There’s just always so much to do what with lesson planning, prep, or grading to do after school plus working on the KPTP (Kansas Professional Teaching Portfolio, required by the State Department of Education for a teaching license), and don’t even get me started on how far behind schedule I am on wedding planning and shower thank you notes.  There are just not enough hours in the day!

Some of the craziness of this week included an observation by my building’s principal.  I found that I wasn’t nearly as nervous to have him in the classroom as I thought I would.  I really appreciated the fact that he took the time to spend half an hour watching me teach and then 15 minutes the next day to visit about what he had seen and how I can become a better and more effective teacher.  He used the same form and structure for his observation as he does with his yearly review of teachers, so I feel like when it comes time for my first observation next year in my own classroom.

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Winding Down…

It’s getting to the point in the semester where seniors are starting to panic a bit over what they’ll be doing after graduation. Many of us have found jobs and/or housing for the summer, and some have found both for the fall as well. Quite a few of us will be entering voluntary service of some sort in the fall, while others are getting married or starting careers. Among my modmates, two are getting married, two have plans for further education in the fall, another has a teaching job lined up, and the rest are continuing their search for employment. I just finalized my plans to move to Oakland, California in the fall to join a Catholic Worker house that works with Latin American immigrants and homeless, so I’m feeling significantly less stress today than I was yesterday!

It’s also the point in the semester when we realize that we’re leaving Bethel. Many of us are ready and can’t wait to walk across the stage. Some, like me, are feeling nostalgic about the last four years, and aren’t quite ready to make the transition. But, ready or not, in two-and-a-half weeks, it will be here. Now we just have a multitude of papers, recitals, concerts, seminars, projects, exams, and finals to squeeze in before that day!

 

Grandparents Day

One of Bethel’s most active clubs, Student Alumni Association (SAA), puts on a Grandparents Day open to any grandparents of students. Students provide SAA with the addresses of grandparents and SAA sends out invitations. Grandparents come from all across the area and even from out of state to spend the day learning about what their grandchildren do.

After registering in the morning, grandparents are treated to a sampler of student performances. Then they join their grandchildren for convocation, lunch and possibly afternoon classes.

My grandparents are unusual in the fact that all four of their grandchildren go to Bethel. As an added bonus they are also Bethel grads themselves and huge fans of everything Bethel.

Grandparents day is an important way for students to connect with their grandparents and for grandparents to learn about the college.

Mudslam all over the place!

Spring brings on many stresses with projects, concerts, seminars and finals looming on the horizon, but one week has all sorts of fun activities as well. Spring Fling week consists of various fun activities like a water fight, an Iron Chef competition, powderpuff football, a movie awards competition and last but definitely not least, Mudslam.

Mudslam is a mud volleyball tournament open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni. Teams of 8 with 6 playing at a time face off in the mud pit. With 28 teams this year, the tournament took most of the afternoon on Sunday. There is always a make-up date in case of rain or extreme cold, but we played in some pretty cold weather this year.

Since a major portion of campus participates, the emphasis is less on athletic ability and more on having fun getting very dirty. The mud proves difficult to have an actual game happen. The winners get a 50 dollar Pizza Hut gift card for winning, so there is an incentive to play well.

 

Senior Seminar Anyone?

It’s Senior Seminar Season!!  That wonderful time of the year when the campus community is invited to a variety of presentations with titles such as:

  • Personality and Perspective: The Effects of Having a Sibling with a Disability
  • Branding in Higher Education and Its Effective Application in Television Advertisement: A Bethel College Case Study
  • A simple analysis of trends in giving
  • Erasure: a process of creation through destruction
  • Revision and the Writing Workshop: Editing Our Selves as Therapy
  • The Effectiveness of Retrofit Wall Insulation Using a Bethel College Dormitory as an Example
  • Peace or Persecution? Mennonites in the Holocaust
  • The Panama Canal and the United States-Panamanian Relations It Created
  • The Use of Morpholino Oligos in the Controlled Gene Expression of Prion Protein (PrP-1) in Danio rerio
  • 2D Video Game Landscaping: From Generation to on-the-fly Isometrism
  • Gathering ‘Round to Vision the Future: A Closer Look at Western District Conference and South Central Conference’s Reactions to the Gather ‘Round Sunday School Curriculum and the Next Denominational Curriculum

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Teacher Interview Day a.k.a. Teacher/District Speed Dating

“9:00 appointments.  It’s time for 9:00 appointments.  Proceed to the gym if you have a 9:00 appointment. ”

I joined the crowd of professionally dressed college students rushing down the hall to the gym.  The crowd was nervously straightening skits and blazers as they tried to smile at classmates while sizing up the competition moving down the hall with them.  It was ACCK’s [Associated Colleges of Central Kansas which Bethel is a part of] annual Teacher Interview Day.

We were told that registration for Teacher Interview Day would open on a certain day at 5:00pm.  I made sure I was home early that day, sitting in front of my computer, and logged onto the website at 5:00 sharp (registration didn’t open until 5:02 according to the clock in my kitchen and on my computer by the way).  I had already looked through the list of school districts that would be at the event to see who I would be interested in meeting with.  In class we were told to sign up for as many interviews as possible in order to get our names out and gain experience interviewing.  I decided that 9 interviews would really be enough for me even though we could sign up for more.

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