Bethel Faculty, Students and Staff Celebrate MLK Day

Bethel College’s Center for Intercultural Development (CID) and Multi-Ethnic Resource Team (MERT) will offer activities for faculty, students and staff in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday, Jan. 16. Classes are canceled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and staff and faculty will receive four hours of paid release time for the purpose of attending a sponsored activity of their choice.

“We believe in Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of equality and brotherly love,” says Alex Gonzalez student coordinator of the Center for Intercultural Development. “As a Bethel community, not only do we want to celebrate and honor our own diversity, we also want to provide the opportunity for our faculty, staff, and students to participate in the South Bend/Mishawaka community as well.”

The celebration begins during chapel from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. inside the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center –Auditorium. The message is “King’s Timeless Dream.” In addition, Bethel administrators encourage faculty, staff and students to take part in some afternoon activities.  

Showing of the feature film, “The Help”

Will be shown three times, followed by facilitated small group one-hour discussions

 Traditional Memorial March

March to Century Center from County City Building/Lobby

How Do We Eliminate the Racial Gap for youth and adults - seminar/lecture

Followed by one- hour discussion back on campus

“A Free Life” Center for History Tour and Documentary

Followed by a one-hour discussion on what you saw and heard back on campus

Location: Center for History Museum, 808 W. Washington St. – free admission

Martin Luther King Celebration Concert

Location: Northside Hall Auditorium on the IUSB Campus

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.