Kyle Bussse ’17 graduates this April with a B.S. in International Health, as well as a B.A. in Spanish. He also has a music minor and is a member of Bethel’s Concert Choir. Along with an array of community involvement efforts, Busse serves as a teaching assistant in Bethel’s science department and a research assistant to Assistant Professor of Biology Brian Ellis, Ph.D. As a student with a variety of interests and passions, the multidisciplinary International Health major was a perfect fit for Busse.
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.
For the past 30 years, alumna Lynne (Kinsman) Andrews ’86 and her husband, Bob, have ministered in “Little India,” a diverse neighborhood in Chicago, Ill. For the past eight years, their work has focused specifically on refugees. And what started as a humble ministry out of their home has blossomed into the resource center that Devon Oasis is today. Bob serves as the director of this innovative ministry of the Missionary Church.
This fall, a crowd of 100 thinkers, including Bethel students, alumni, faculty and local high school students came together on campus for a screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary Poverty, Inc. The event, sponsored by the Bethel Business Department and organized through the Bethel branch of the American Enterprise (AEI) executive council, challenged viewers to re-think poverty in the developing world – and how to help.
Alumnus Patrick Oetting ’14, who currently serves as director of alumni relations at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich., came to introduce the film.
Part of our 70 Years of Bethel celebration, this story focuses on the 1950s decade, where Bethel experienced tremendous physical and spiritual growth. Don ’57 and Alice (Sahmel) Severance ’52 reflect on their Bethel experience in the ’50s, from helping construct some of campus’ most iconic buildings and witnessing spiritual revival, to abiding by the college’s strict dating policies.
For the past 28 years, Bethel College has given back to the local community through a student-organized Service Day. This year, students and faculty donated 2,007 hours to more than 50 organizations, doing everything from serving meals and lawn and park maintenance to donation sorting, general cleaning/organization and even pet grooming!
This academic year marks Bethel’s 70th! To celebrate, we’ll be featuring a graduate from each decade on the blog, in the months leading up to our 2017 commencement. The first story features Virginia (Schultz) Krake ’49, the wife of Bethel’s very first graduate, Marcus Krake ’48. Read about what life was like when Bethel began in 1947.
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.