President George W. Bush Visits Bethel College

Bethel College welcomed President George W. Bush to its campus Thursday, February 23 to speak at a congressional fundraising luncheon hosted by Indiana Congressman Chris Chocola in the Wiekamp Athletic Center. This was President Bush's first time to visit Mishawaka, Ind., and the first time a sitting president has visited Bethel College.

"It was an honor to welcome President Bush, Congressman Chocola and other dignitaries to our campus," said Bethel College President Steven Cramer. "This was an opportunity to showcase our institution and allow our guests to experience Bethel first hand. It was also a great educational experience for our students!"

Congressman Chocola also broadcasted the President's luncheon speech live in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center Auditorium for Bethel College students, faculty and staff.

"This was the best day of my life because it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the person who runs our country," said Bethel sophomore Tonya Coburn. "It was awesome to see the secret service and tight security all over our campus."

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of 1,964 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 20 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four satellite locations, as well as its Elkhart campus. The Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.