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.
Transition to teaching alumnus Eric Johnson ’10, ’12 is one of 28 teachers from 11 countries to serve on the first TED-Ed Innovative Educator cohort.
Three Bethel alumni created created software that transforms statistics into detailed infographics – instantly.
Alumna Mary Pottenger ’15 serves as the Dismas Designs Project Manager at Dismas House of South Bend (named for the repentant thief at the cross). It’s a place where formerly incarcerated individuals and college students live at the same residence, where they can grow and learn together. As part of her job, Pottenger works to spread awareness about Dismas, while teaching jewelry-making workshops to the residents at the house.
Last year, Andrew Cary ’15 connected with Habitat for Humanity through the annual Bethel College Career and Internship Fair. This year, he stood on the other side of the table as one of 100 employers represented at the fair.
“In 12 months I’ve come full circle,” he says.
Since 2011, alumnus Geoff King ’07 has combined his passion for sports with his adolescent studies and youth ministry degree by working for Athletes with Purpose, a Fort Wayne-based company, specializing in fitness training, that incorporates Christian values.
On Jan. 16, more than 800 people packed the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium for the third annual ReFuel Conference. It’s a day for worship teams and their leaders to be together, be refreshed and be equipped to continue their effective leadership in the church and the world (refuelconference.com).
Alumnus Zachary Gibson ’09 followed his passion for graphic design to Los Angeles, where he now manages the Snapchat team at BuzzFeed, known as “the media company for the social age.” Learn how he got discovered, and find out about the children’s book he’s been working on, with proceeds going toward Midnight Mission (a charity that fights to relieve the massive homeless population that exists in the City of Angels). “Bethel emphasizes being about other people. It’s a huge asset to remember that it’s not all about me,” he says.
Jamie Hilton ’03 released her first album, “Roots & Wings,” this past fall. It’s comprised of original lullabies written for children, about God’s promises for their lives. Its goal: “to guide little hearts to experience God’s gigantic love” – something Hilton found to be transformative in her own life.
“[Having roots and wings] can change the way we live,” Hilton says. “If we can understand that the Lord loves us, then we are going to be courageous enough to do what He calls us to do – because we trust Him.”