Bethel Dedicates Buildings in Honor of Current Professors and Former President

Bethel College administrators will dedicate two spaces on campus on Thursday, Oct. 24. At 11 a.m., Bridges Hall will be named in honor of former president Norman V. Bridges, Ph.D., and his wife, Janice; and at 11:30 a.m., a portion of the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center will be dedicated as the Ham Wing of Music Education and Performance in honor of current professors Robert N. and Marilynn Ham.

Bridges Hall, Bethel’s award-winning 45,000-square-foot residence center, was built in 2008 and serves female students with junior or senior class standing. The beautiful hall anchors the college’s main entrance off of Logan Street and now honors the legacy of Norman and Janice Bridges, who provided leadership for Bethel during the tremendous period of growth in the 1990s.

The Ham Wing of Music Education and Performance is located in the lower level of the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center, which was built in 1996. The wing is named in honor of Robert (Bob) N. Ham, associate professor of music and chair of the music department, and his wife Marilynn Ham, associate professor of music and artist-in-residence. Both have served as music faculty at Bethel since 1989.

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 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 10 countries and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. 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. Connect with Bethel online at, or via Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube ( and Instagram (