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.
Former major league pitcher Eric Stults ’02 talks faith, family and his decision to retire after 14 years of professional play.
Baseball pitcher Eric Stults ’02 came back to campus this summer to show his family where his 14-year pro career began.
While the world has been watching the competition of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the last two weeks, alumnus Jonathan Goodson ’11 has been capturing a different side of the event. He’s working on a documentary about human trafficking for the organization A Voice for the Voiceless (a school and ministry affiliated with Youth With a Mission), headquartered in Kona, Hawaii. Because of press passes obtained for the games, he and his co-leader have had the opportunity to get an insider’s look at the competition – and what happens outside of events like this.
On July 7, a piece of Biblical history came to life in Williamstown, Kentucky, that’s been seven years in the making. It’s a full-size Noah’s Ark, built to biblical specifications, spanning 510’ long, 85’ wide and 51’ high. This engineering marvel is the largest timber-frame structure in the world.
LeRoy S. Troyer, FAIA, founder, chair and president of The Troyer Group in Mishawaka, Ind. – and a member of Bethel’s Board of Trustees since 1977 – served as the architect for the project. Alumnus Kyle Silveus ’09, a civil engineer at The Troyer Group, served on the civil team.
Bethel launched its inaugural season of rugby – one of the fastest growing college sports in the United States – in the fall of 2015, with a sold record of 4-2. Two of the team’s more seasoned rugby players Patrick Hafenbridle ’16 and Caleb Keas ’18 found their place on the pitch at the University of Kentucky before transferring to Bethel.
On Saturday, April 30, Yesenia Raygoza ’16 achieved a dream that’s been years in the making. The human services major walked in Bethel College’s adult and graduate studies commencement ceremony. After a summer internship, she will receive her bachelor’s degree – and she will have done so debt-free.
The single mom came to Bethel to make a better life for herself and her family. What she found here was real-life application in every class, caring faculty and a subject matter that she was passionate about.