The second in our Pilot Profile summer series, Michaela Behrens ’19, a nursing major, shares about her Bethel experience. “I chose Bethel because I knew that not only would I receive a high-quality education but I also would be challenged in my faith, encouraged by others and accepted into a new family away from home. Coming to Bethel has definitely been one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
Kenton Leidy ’16 is the first student featured in our Pilot Profile summer series, focusing on why students chose Bethel and what they’ve gained from their course of study. Leidy was a Math/Physics major and part of our 3-2 Engineering program, in partnership with University of Notre Dame. While at Bethel, he gained real-world experience through an internship at AM General, and participated in Jazz Ensemble and Chapel Band. He is heading into his second year at Notre Dame, where he will graduate with an engineering degree in 2018.
Joel Runyon ’09 has competed in some pretty impressive races in the past two years. From a 12-hour race in Narrabeen, Australia, to a 62-mile trudge through the frigid landscape of Antarctica, he has shown radical stamina. However, no race has required more endurance and perseverance than completing the 777 project: Seven races. Seven continents. Seven schools.
Runyon designed the 777 initiative to raise enough funds to build seven schools for children in communities that are in need of basic resources for proper education. He committed to run an ultra-marathon on each of Earth’s seven continents and partnered with Pencils Of Promise to raise $175,000 – enough to build seven schools.
Rev. Don Conrad, Ph.D. ’50, a beloved Bethel alumnus and professor, went to be with the Lord Mon., May 22. Dr. Conrad was the first graduate to have completed all coursework at Bethel College. This is his first-person reflection on his life at Bethel, published in the fall 2007 issue of Bethel Magazine and reposted in remembrance.
Bethel College alumni Aaron ’10 and Jessica (Wick) Harsch ’07 are co-founders of Redemption Road Coffee – a privately owned, wholesale coffee roasting business based in Mead, Colo. The venture launched in May of 2016, and the word (and coffee) has been spreading ever since.
Read about Bethel College today as we conclude our 70 years series in honor of the 70th commencement being held on April 29th, 2017. Graduating senior Ivette Ferreras discusses all that her past four years at Bethel have meant to her, and the foundation it has given her to reach her future goals.
Read about Bethel College just one decade ago, as we draw nearer to the end of our 70th commencement celebration series, highlighting each decade of Bethel’s history. This decade features alumni Jacob and Carly (Randol) Ringenberg telling of their experience as Bethel students in one of the college’s most prosperous decades, with high enrollment and significant growth and accomplishments.
Take a look at Bethel in 1997 as we continue to celebrate Bethel’s 70th commencement with our 70 years blog series. Shawn (Canfield) Skaggs ’97 describes a Bethel fresh out of an incredible revival, the thriving campus it was becoming, and how it helped shape her into who she is today.
The 1980s were a trying time for Bethel College – perhaps the most difficult time in the college’s history – with consistently low enrollment numbers. But according to alumnus Courtney Richards ’87, the development of mentoring programs was key to turning the college around.
“Personal, hands-on mentoring has been the most transformative thing from 1987 to now,” he says.
Although Associate Professor of English Maralee Crandon, Ph.D., did not graduate from Bethel College, she did earn the title of Honorary Alumna of the Year in 2016. She arrived on campus in 1977 — the day before her 30th birthday. She laughs at the memory:
“I had a goal to become a college professor by the time I was 30, and I just made it!”