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.
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 a December evening, in the heart of Nashville, Tenn., a group of Bethel College students gathered in a recording studio and sang Chris Tomlin’s song, “Good, Good Father” into a microphone. The unified, choral ending wrapped the week of recording students’ original songs. What began as a simple conversation between a five-time Grammy-nominated Bethel alumnus and the college, led to this opportunity for worship arts majors to spend a week in the music capital of the world.
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).
The Crossings, the student-led literary journal of Bethel College, recently launched online. Its purpose? To cultivate “a community at Bethel College which takes seriously the call to worship God and express ourselves through the creation of a wide variety of beautiful art.”
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.”