Bethel College Alumni Association to Present Awards

Bethel College proudly recognizes the accomplishments of two outstanding alumni who give selflessly for the betterment of community, family, church and their profession. This year Mr. Greg Conrad of Osceola, Ind., will receive the Alumnus of the Year award, and Mr. Melvin Coil of Indianapolis, Ind., will receive the Timothy Award at a ceremony held in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center Auditorium on Saturday, October 28, 2006, at 7:45 p.m.

Melvin Coil ('56), now 84, will receive the Timothy Award for sacrificial roles abroad and at home. A former pastor, county director and advisor for the Indiana Department of Public Welfare, he now touches lives through International Christian Development Mission. Coil recruits sponsors for needy Haitian children and raises funds for food, medical and educational supplies. He is active in the Cardinal Center Foundation and helps his son and other handicapped residents lead fuller lives. He also volunteers as a Guardian Advocate and REAL Community Services Advisory Council member. He frequently visits patients in hospitals and nursing homes.

Greg Conrad (B.A. '81 and M.B.A. '05), oversees home nursing, therapy, supplies and equipment. As vice president of Memorial Health System and general manager of Memorial Home Care, Greg supervises 400 employees who daily care for 2,500 patients. The entire Memorial Health System looks to Greg for leadership on its executive planning group and other committees. He also graduated in 2006 from Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka. Greg contributes his expertise to Bethel students, who also honored him as 2006 Adjunct Faculty of the Year.

For more information, please contact the alumni office at 574.257.7619, or visit the Web site at

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 more than 2,081 includes students from 29 states and Puerto Rico, 21 countries, more than 25 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 main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.