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.
In May, three Bethel interpreters provided communication access to the local deaf community on a national scale by interpreting for President Barak Obama’s visit to Elkhart, as well as two political rallies. It was all organized through Community Services With All Deaf, led by Bethel alumna Shanna Montavon ’05.
Senior Collin Smith shares, in his own words, how a campus visit led him to Bethel College. Now, the communication major serves as a campus tour guide, leading even more students to a college decision.
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.
Graduating senior Taylor Nicoletti, the Elizabeth Hossler Outstanding Psychology Student award winner, is packing up and moving to the Chicagoland area where she will enter Wheaton College’s Clinical Psychology doctoral program in fall. The application was long and the process took a lot of work, but Nicoletti felt it was worth the effort.
Four Bethel students, including junior Alex Busse, spent the spring semester in Oxford, England, studying at the University of Oxford, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the English speaking world. The group will return to campus Monday, April 19. Busse shares about his experience abroad — from classes, to culture to food.
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.