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Bethel College President Gregg A. Chenoweth, Ph.D., announced today that on May 6, 2019, the institution will begin operating under a new name, Bethel University. The decision for the name change was made by Bethel’s Board of Trustees at their spring 2018 meeting.

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The Bethel College Music Department Faculty will present their annual fall recital on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Art Center – Auditorium. The program will feature a wide variety of selections for piano, percussion and voice.

Bethel College’s 30th annual campus-wide Service Day will take place on Tuesday, Oct 2  at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by United Federal Credit Union (UFCU), Bethel students, faculty, staff and credit union employees will serve together throughout Michiana. The day will start in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center on Bethel’s campus, where individuals will divide into groups and leave campus to volunteer at various local organizations from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Bethel College Department of theater kicks off the 2018-19 season with THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams. It will be performed on the Earl Reimer stage in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center on Bethel’s campus, Thursday, Sept. 27 and Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee at 1p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Steve Govorko, adjunct professor of kinesiology, is partnering with Aleck’s Home Medical to raise awareness of the struggles of persons with physical disabilities. On Tues., Sept. 18, 10 of his PE Methods for Elementary Students class will use wheelchairs from Aleck’s to get around campus for the afternoon, and then journal about their experience. The class will meet at 2 p.m. in room 100, in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Bethel’s campus, to get their wheelchairs.

“Remembering Ray: A Night of Reflection and Laughter,” will celebrate the legacy of former Bethel College Professor of Music and Fine Arts Ray Weaver, who impacted students from the college’s founding in 1947 to 1986. The event will be held Sept. 14, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium on Bethel’s campus. It is free and open to the public.

HCM Records, the Bethel College record label, announces the release of a new student album, “Heartcry.” A release party, including live performances of songs from the album, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Sufficient Grounds coffeehouse on Bethel’s campus.

Bethel College will present “Operatic Irregulars,” a performance filled with fast-paced comedy, on Sept. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium, 1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka, Ind. Admission is free.

Bethel College will host approximately 30 Christian colleges for the annual South Bend/Mishawaka Christian College Fair on Monday, Sept. 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Wiekamp Athletic Center, 1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka, Ind. High school, junior high, and junior college students and parents are encouraged to attend.

Bethel is one of ten Indiana colleges to be recognized as a 2018 College of Distinction, and one of 72 schools in the nation to be named a Christian College of Distinction. Bethel also received program-specific recognition in business, education and nursing. 

Athletic Director Tom Visker is pleased to announce that Bethel College will offer men's and women's bowling as varsity programs for the 2018-19 academic year. The addition of bowling will bring Bethel to a total of 21 varsity programs competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and 27 intercollegiate teams total.

Athletic Director Tom Visker is pleased to announce that Bethel College will offer men's and women's swimming and diving as varsity programs for the 2018-19 academic year. The addition of swimming & diving, as well as bowling announced earlier this summer, will bring Bethel to a total of 23 varsity programs competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and 29 intercollegiate teams total.

Bethel College and the Kelly Cares Foundation dedicated the Paqui and Brian Kelly Auditorium on Thursday, June 21. Renovations to the auditorium, Bethel’s largest lecture hall, were made possible by a gift from the Kelly Cares Foundation.