Each year, Bethel College recognizes the outstanding achievements of alumni or friends of the college with Alumni Awards.
On Wed., Aug. 26, the historic Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend, Ind., held the premier of the movie Woodlawn, a film based on the true story of the Woodlawn High School football team that finds itself caught between severe racial tensions and the 1973 Jesus Movement. Bethel College helped promote the premier of the movie along with Empowered Living, Life Action Ministries, and various churches, businesses, and groups within the community. As a result of the partnership, 150 free tickets were offered to Bethel students who wanted to attend the premier. While it was a night of entertainment, the evening was about far more than the glitz and glam of the red carpet.
Ricardo Carvalho ’15 never envisioned himself in Mishawaka, Ind., with a college degree and three languages under his belt by his mid-twenties. The business administration major, who hails from Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil, came to Bethel College after connecting with Bethel Head Men’s Soccer Coach Thiago Pinto ’05, ’07, ’11, through mutual friends in Brazil. Studying and playing soccer at Bethel proved to be life-changing for Carvalho, who was recently honored as the 2014 NCCAA/NSCAA Player of the Year for D1 men’s soccer (a first in Bethel men’s soccer history).
Lindsay Sherburn ’13 recently returned to the United States after the globe-trotting experience of a lifetime. She trekked through the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal, taught English in Moldova and Thailand, wrote newsletters and prepared land for farming in Romania, served as a Spanish-English translator in Guatemala, crossed the Pacific Ocean by fishing boat from El Salvador to Nicaragua, ate strange and interesting food and learned about how the love of God knows no borders.
It was all part of World Race, an 11-month, 11-country mission trip where participants are trained and equipped to work with local churches and organizations to meet community needs while living radically for the sake of the Gospel (worldrace.org).
Joel Dendiu ’07 recently opened his own law practice in Mishawaka, Ind., called Mishawaka Law. Dendiu specializes in personal legal issues, primarily related to family law (such as divorces, guardianships, adoptions). He also handles estate planning and probate, bankruptcy, real estate transactions and general litigation. He strives not only to be a good attorney but also a good listener, serving his clients to the best of his ability.
Brooke Whittaker ’07 graduated from Bethel College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and serves as a nurse at Memorial Hospital, working primarily in the heart and vascular unit. She generally works the night shift and often works overtime, but on Sunday, Aug. 17, something remarkable happened.
Hesbon Mwangi’s time at Bethel left a deep impression on him. He says he considers himself privileged to have received such a quality education and that he wants to make a difference for children back in Kenya by providing books and materials that will promote their education. That’s why he started “The Favorite Book” project.
When Shelby Glantz ’15 first heard about an opportunity to teach art classes for students at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, she was immediately intrigued. This would be a way to use her passion to meet a need in the community.
When Jenny (Dyer) McGee ’99 graduated with a degree in literature and language, she never imagined that, one day, she’d be running an international business.
She set out to do mission work in East Asia and had a heart for women who were victims of trafficking. McGee envisioned Bible studies and one-on-one ministry with these women but soon discovered they could not build a new life without something extremely practical – a new way to earn a living.
During the spring semester, about 50 sixth graders from Brown Intermediate School in South Bend visited Bethel College for College for a Day. Bethel has been doing this for two years now, as part of the Diversity in the Classroom course. The day is designed to give middle school students, who may not even be thinking about going to college, a taste of college life.