Bethel Professor Recognized for Work with The Drifters, Inc.

Irene Eskridge, assistant director of graduate programs, recently received the key to the city of Greensboro, N. C. The recognition took place at the 53rd Annual Drifters Convention in New York City.

Greensboro Mayor Yvonne Johnson, a member of The Drifters, Inc., presented the key to Eskridge for her work as national president of The Drifters. Eskridge built the organization by adding three new chapters, creating a Web site and increasing scholarships for women during her four years as president.

The Drifters, Inc. is a group of women from all over the country with unique charitable, civic and social involvement in their communities. The sisters involved volunteer in programs throughout the country such as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardian ad Litem), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, and Volunteer and Mentoring Initiatives in School Districts within their chosen communities, to name a few.

The organization started in Waco, Texas in 1954. Currently there are 34 Chapters throughout the United States including one in South Bend, Ind. For more information about The Drifters, Inc., visit

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations 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. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.