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On May 6, 2019, Bethel College will begin operating as Bethel University. Today, the new logo and seal were officially revealed to students at chapel, and to faculty, staff, and alumni through email. 

Eight local churches and Bethel College are partnering together to offer, “ReFuel,” a one-day conference for church worship teams and leaders. The event will be held Saturday, Jan. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium on Bethel’s campus.

A new One Button Studio is designed to make professional recordings for everything from preparing for presentations to developing material for online courses.

The Bethel College Music Department will present its 71st Annual Christmas Concert, Goodwill to All, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., with a Dec. 1 matinee at 2 p.m. The concerts will take place in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium on Bethel’s campus.

Bethel College’s Weaver Gallery presents the Alumni Art Group Exhibition. A reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Weaver Gallery located in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center’s Great Hall on the campus of Bethel College. The artwork will be on display from Nov. 16, 2018 through Feb. 1, 2019. 

Bethel College announces a new major in Computer Science, to begin in the fall of 2019. The program was created in response to the increasing local, regional and national demand for professionals skilled in the areas of technology and software development, and builds on Bethel’s existing Computer Science minor.

This new Field Scholar Program is a partnership with local employers to provide a low- or no-debt option for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Bethel. It is designed for commuter students who will take about half of their coursework online and be paired with an employer who will guarantee work (15-20 hours per week during academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer). The first cohort will begin in the fall of 2019.

The Bethel College School of Nursing announces that it is now offering a direct admission option for exceptional high school seniors who meet specific criteria. This option allows students to be granted admission into the School of Nursing with their college acceptance, instead of waiting until their freshman year to apply.

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.

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.

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.

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Bethel earned the 29th spot among the Midwest’s Best Regional Universities in the 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, improving nine spots over last year. Bethel was also ranked No. 16 on the list of "Best Undergraduate Teaching - Regional Universities Midwest."

“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.

Terrell Elam, Ph.D., has been named Vice President for Enrollment Management. Elam most recently served as Dean of Admissions for Liberty University and will lead Bethel teams in Traditional and Adult & Graduate Studies Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment Marketing. 

Bethel College and the Missionary Church USA announce the creation of a living endowment to fund a professor in the denomination’s name at Bethel College. The Missionary Church Endowed Professor of Biblical Theology was created to address the critical importance of comprehensive and Biblically-faithful theological academic training for future pastors and church leaders.

More than 425 students plan to participate in Bethel's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 5. The speaker will be Katelyn Beaty, an editor-at-large with Christianity Today. Beaty previously served as the magazine's youngest and first woman managing editor. She is the author of "A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World" (Simon & Schuster). A native of Dayton, Ohio, and graduate of Calvin College, she has written for The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Atlantic and lives in the Chicago suburbs.

Bethel Athletics is proud to announce that Hoosier Tire will be the naming sponsor of the 2017 Hoosier Tire Bethel Athletics Golf Outing. This summer marks the 25th annual outing that helps support the efforts of the Bethel Athletic Department.

Bethel College is seeking comments from the public about the college, in preparation for its 10-year re-evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission. Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process that evaluates an institution’s ability to meet educational standards. Bethel College has been accredited by the Commission since 1971.

The Bethel College Music Department presents its Spring Choral Showcase featuring the Concert Choir and Voices of Triumph. The concert is on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

The Bethel College Music Department presents Voices of Triumph in their annual presentation of a cappella choral music for chamber choir. The concert will be on Friday, April 28, 8 p.m. at Evangel Heights United Methodist Church, 114 N. Ironwood Drive, South Bend, Ind. Admission is free.

President Gregg Chenoweth, Ph.D., recently recognized several faculty and staff for doing an exceptional job of living out the GREATer priorities.

Three Bethel College Art Department faculty will be featured at the Elkhart ArtWalk on April 12. Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Art Michael May, Adjunct Professor of 2D Design & Digital Photography Jeffrey Combs and Adjunct Professor of Ceramics Kari Black will have their work showcased at the event.

Bethel College will celebrate the naming of the Therese and John Gardner Softball Field on Friday, March 31 at 2:45 p.m. The recently constructed softball stadium is located on the corner of Liberty Drive and West LaSalle Avenue on Bethel’s campus.

The Bethel College Campus Store is hosting a book signing for “The Self-Aware Leader,” written by Terry Linhart, Ph.D., Bethel College professor of Christian ministries and chair of the Department of Religion & Philosophy. The signing will be on Thursday, March 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Store.

Cidney DoBrodt, a senior in Bethel's Worship Arts program, will release her debut album, "Undone," on March 17. The album will be available for purchase on iTunes, in the Bethel College Campus Store, and available for listening on Spotify.

The Bethel College School of Nursing has been ranked seventh in the nation on the list of “Top RN Degree Programs for 2017.” The list, compiled by Accredited Schools Online, ranked schools all over the country based on criteria such as cost, graduation rates and resources available to them. With a score of 97.20 out of 100, Bethel is the only Indiana college to appear in the top 30 and the only CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) school to appear in the top 20.

The Bethel College Education Department recently received accreditation for all of its programs through 2023, based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. All accreditation standards were met, with no stipulations.

Bethel College students, faculty and staff are joining together to create a “free to pick” garden on Bethel’s campus. The project is a collaboration with South Bend Unity Gardens, the college’s Enactus student team, and individual faculty who are passionate about beginning a garden on campus.

The Bethel College Music Department presents its 69th annual Christmas Concert. Performances are Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.

Two actors and one director from the internationally acclaimed Stratford Festival will present a four-day residency at Bethel College. Bethel is the first private college to do a residency with this prestigious group, who has previously conducted workshops at Michigan State University, University of Missouri and Wayne State University.

Recording artists David Britton and Jean Watson, along with the Nashville Bandoliers, will present the “Sounds of the Season” Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. on the campus of Bethel College, in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium. The concert will be a unique blend of musical styles that will delight the audience with a variety of Christmas favorites.

The Bethel College Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Percussion Ensemble will present their annual fall Jazz and Percussion Night on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this exciting and entertaining program.

Bethel College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a $1 million nursing simulation lab on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. on the south side of the Middleton Hall of Science. A reception will follow in the School of Nursing.

The Bethel College Art Department presents a “before and after” student art show titled, “Something Better.” The show will run through Dec. 16 in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center—Great Hall.

Tickets are on sale now for “Shadowlands,” presented by the Bethel College Theatre Department. Performances are Thursday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

Bethel College will host more than 30 Christian colleges for the annual South Bend/Mishawaka Christian College Fair on Monday, Sept. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Wiekamp Athletic Center. High school, junior high, and junior college students and parents are encouraged to attend.

With the news that ITT Tech is suddenly closing all campuses, including the one in South Bend, Bethel College is stepping in to help local students complete their degree. Bethel has a more generous credit transfer policy than many other institutions and is prepared to assist displaced students so they can continue their education without disruption.

Washington Monthly has ranked Bethel College No. 6 of 367 colleges in the Midwest on their 2016 list of the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges.” Bethel was also ranked No. 48 in the nation on the list of “Top Master’s Universities.”

See the full list of students who made the Dean's List for the 2016 Spring semester. Congratulations, we are proud of your hard work!

Bethel is one of nine Indiana colleges to be recognized as a 2016 College of Distinction, and one of 59 schools in the nation to be named a Christian College of Distinction. This honor is given to colleges and universities that excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Bethel College and Visit South Bend Mishawaka are partnering to offer a safety workshop for hospitality and tourism professionals and others who work with large crowds. The event, prompted by recent tragedies such as the mass shooting in Orlando, aims to increase awareness and preparation in the event of a crisis.

At a special ceremony on May 3, several Bethel employees were recognized for doing an exceptional job in living out the GREATer priorities.

HCM Records will host an exclusive Christian Songwriting Master Class with Billy Smiley on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bethel College. Smiley, one of Christian music’s most successful songwriters and producers, will collaborate with participants and help them take their songwriting skills to the next level.

Bethel College will offer its annual academic camps, which provide campers from ages 9-14 with the opportunity to explore their interests with college professors, instructors and leaders who channel their knowledge into a fun, hands-on college learning experience.

Adults interested in a ministry degree from Bethel College now have a new option for taking classes in St. Joseph, Mich. The satellite location will serve adult students pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in Bible and Ministry, as well as graduate students working towards a Master of Arts in Ministry or Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

Last week, Bethel College began a Hispanic Initiative, offering bilingual adults a new option for obtaining a college degree. The Spanish-assisted business degree is the first of its kind in the United States and is geared towards Hispanic adults who have the ability to earn a college degree, but have stayed out of the classroom due to language barriers.

Registration is open for the Summer Institute for Teachers, hosted annually by Bethel College. The institute will be held June 20-22 and those participating can earn up to 18 professional growth points (PGPs) or three graduate credits.

The Bethel College Theatre Department presents, “Barefoot in the Park,” by Neil Simon, nominated for a 1964 Tony Award for Best Play. Performances are Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m., in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium.

Bethel College will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Bethel Innovation Gateway (BIG), a room on campus designed to encourage problem-solving and spur creativity. The ceremony will take place at on Tuesday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m., in Room 433 of the Miller-Moore Academic Center.

Bethel College’s graduating class raised money to create a prayer garden on campus. The 50-year reunion class of 1966 joined in the fundraising efforts to make this a combined gift from both classes, a tradition for Bethel alumni. A groundbreaking for the prayer garden will take place outdoors near the Sailor Residential Center on Saturday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m., as part of Bethel’s graduation weekend.

WorkOne, Bethel College and local unions and employers are partnering to provide a two-week building trades training program designed to put area workers on the path to a career in the building trades industry.

Bethel’s second annual Online Giving Day will be on Wednesday, April 13. All gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar and will go towards three projects: an active-learning classroom, a prayer garden, and expansion of the Weaver Art Gallery.

Bethel College Athletics is pleased to host the sixth annual Northern Indiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Luncheon on Tuesday, April 12. This year's speaker is Bethel graduate and MLB pitcher, Eric Stults, who has taken the mound for the Dodgers, Rockies, White Sox, Padres and Braves.

Bethel College announces the creation of a record label, HCM Records, and music publishing company, Bethel College (IN) Publishing. Its first project, "Anchor in the Undertow," will be released on April 12.

Bethel College will host a free community health workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about the Creighton Model FertilityCareTM System. The system is used for family planning and is also highly effective for identifying and treating health issues such as endometriosis, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, polycystic ovarian disease, infertility, and recurrent miscarriage, among others.

Community members have the opportunity to become a certified community health worker (CHW) by attending a three-day training at Bethel College, April 25-27. The deadline to apply is April 18.