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Bethel by the Numbers

100% of Sign Language Interpreting majors passed the national interpreter certification written exam, for the sixth year in a row. (Spring 2016)

1,974 hours were donated by Bethel students to nearly 50 organizations for Bethel’s 28th annual service day, Oct. 4, 2016.

25% of undergraduate students come from culturally diverse backgrounds.

36 National Championships have been awarded to the Pilots in the NAIA and NCCAA.

89% of Bethel graduates who have applied to medical school since 2001 have been accepted. This is more than twice the national average. 

37 is the number of task force trips on which students have served since 1988.

Outstanding Students

Three writers from the Bethel Beacon won five awards from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association in the Newspaper Division III for non-dailies with less than 3,000 enrollment. Wesley Lantz '17 won first place for Best In-Depth Story, second place for Best Entertainment Story and third place for Best Opinion Column. Caitlin Halstead '16 won second place for Best Review, and Micah Hershberger '17 won third place for Best Sports Column.

Angelica (Angel) Hedglin '16, a biochemistry and molecular biology major and softball player, was accepted to four medical schools (Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, and Uniformed Services University College of Medicine). She received a placement at her first choice: Indiana University School of Medicine. She was also invited to interview at six other schools

Senior Collin Smith ’16 completed a summer communication internship with The Richards Group, the largest independently owned agency in the country who has worked with clients such as the Atlanta Falcons, Chick-fil-A, Home Depot, Caterpillar, Pier 1 Imports, Jeep and Famous Footwear. Part of his internship focused on the production of digital marketing pieces for the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, the company’s largest digital account to date. This included managing the production of digital ad units for Dr. Pepper’s largest initiative of the year – college football – from start to finish.

Bethel College cross country and track standout Joel Hartman ’17 carries the Bethel men’s cross country record in the 8K (a record he set in 2014 and broke again four times in 2015) and five Individual Bethel Track and Field records; he is also a two-time NAIA All-American and a five-time NCCAA All-American.

Notable Alumni

Blessing “Yemi” Mobolade ’01 co-founded the Wild Goose Meeting House, a specialty café in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo., and Niche Coaching and Consulting. He is the minister of City Engagement and Worship at First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs and planted the Movement Church, a network of missional communities. He was recognized as one of Colorado Springs Business Journal’s 2016 Rising Stars, received the Colorado Springs 2015 Mayor’s Young Leader Award for Economic Impact and is a member of the prestigious Colorado Springs Leadership Institute. He was named the 2016 Bethel College Alumnus of the Year.

Hannah (Miller) Silveus ’12 has worked in public health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, producing such great results that she was featured on the CDC website and offered a position with the National Center for Environmental Health. She spent her first post-college years with her husband, Neil Silveus ’13, living and serving on the South Side of Billings, Mont., a neighborhood with some of the largest pockets of poverty and disparities in the city. They assisted with transitional houses for men and women coming out of prison and treatment centers and helped start a Christian discipleship house for college-aged students in the South Side. They were named Bethel’s Young Alumni of the Year for 2016. Read their story in the Bethel Magazine.

Kintae Lark ’07 runs Inspiration Barber Salon and Inspiration School of Beauty Culture, with the aim of bringing reformation to South Bend, Ind. He requires students to take what they learn outward by completing 10 percent of their work in the community for free. Lark, the former director of Multi-Ethnic Programs at Bethel, is passionate about fighting violence and destruction in the community. In June 2016, he took his barber’s chair out to the street, where a shooting had taken place the night before, and offered free “haircuts for peace.” Lark also serves as a youth pastor at Horizons Outreach Ministry. He was given Bethel’s Timothy Award for Outstanding Service in 2016. Read more in the Fall 2016 Bethel Magazine.

Heather Gilbert ’02, the only attorney in Minnesota who is also a court-certified sign language interpreter, started Gilbert Law, PLCC in 2012. Her firm has represented more than 500 clients, most of whom have some level of hearing loss. One of the firm’s greatest victories was an astonishing federal court decision for deaf patients in a case against the Mayo Clinic, the first ever decision of its kind in favor of deaf hospital patients in Minnesota. Gilbert was selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2014-2016 for her work in civil rights. Read more in the Fall 2016 Bethel Magazine.

Matt Kopsea ’88, a former Bethel College Men’s Basketball announcer, was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame. He worked as an early sports information director at Bethel and then worked at the South Bend Tribune. He currently writes for the Regional Radio Sports Network and the Indiana Football Digest.

Brock Zeeb ’04, ’09, became the new director of administration and finance at South Bend International Airport (SBN) in January 2016. He manages administrative, business and financial activities of the St. Joseph County Airport Authority. Zeeb holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA, both from Bethel. He also played on the golf team under Head Coach Chris Hess. Zeeb previously served as director of economic resources for the City of South Bend, where he managed seven redevelopment areas and $25M in revenue. Read more about him and the airport.

Faculty and Staff in Focus

In the summer of 2016, Associate Professor of New Testament David McCabe, Ph.D., traveled with five Bethel students to Israel for a "walking the text" experience. Students earned credit as they visited the Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem and surrounding areas, including a lesson on David and Goliath while sitting and overlooking the valley where the story took place. This was McCabe's first visit to the Holy Land, and he says it will give his teaching a whole new perspective and awareness of the locations of the text.

Don Hunter ’06, theatre department chair, served as production manager for the 2016 Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare Festival, providing all the organization and oversight to make the event run smoothly. He helped hire and managed a staff of 50 for the show, including the festival’s professional company members, union and non-union actors and stage managers, and students from 11 colleges and universities. This was his second year serving in this role.

Professor of Christian Ministries Terry Linhart, Ph.D., edited Teaching the Next Generations: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching Christian Formation. The book champions the role of teaching as a necessary skill for ministers to develop, equipping them to work effectively for the spiritual growth of young people. Twenty-five expert Christian educators, representing a broad array of evangelical institutions and traditions, contributed to the book, including Bethel College Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry Robert Brandt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Math Timothy Ferdinands, Ph.D., was selected by the Mathematical Association of America as a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow. Over the summer (2016) he participated in five days of intensive workshops, designed to encourage adoption of teaching strategies that actively engage students. He will also take part in a variety of Project NExT sessions throughout the 2016-2017 school year. 

Andrea Helmuth ’95, Bethel’s assistant vice president for traditional enrollment, was recently appointed to the CCCU’s Chief Enrollment Officers Commission. Helmuth is one of six members of the commission, which advises the CCCU on relevant enrollment topics and collaborates with CCCU members to coordinate the annual enrollment conference.

Rebecca Zellers and Samuel Abraham, both assistant professors of nursing, along with MSN student Coreena Schroyer ’15, were recently published in The Health Care Manager. The article, “Increasing Registered Nurse Retention Using Mentors in Critical Care Services,” discusses the effect of a mentoring program on easing nurses’ transitions into the workplace.

Program Highlights

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) named Bethel Athletics a recipient of the Champions of Character Five Star Award for the 2015-2016 school year. The award is based on an institutional commitment to: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion, and exceptional classroom performance. The NAIA Scorecard emphasizes the core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Institutions must score at least 60 out of 100+ possible points; Bethel scored 86 points for a Silver Star distinction. A total of 171 institutions were awarded Champions of Character Five-Star status.

In the fall of 2016, the Department of Theatre brought the Stratford Festival to Bethel through a 4-day residency. Located in Ontario, Canada, the Stratford Festival is the largest reparatory theatre in North America. Festival staff, including actors, directors, designers and choreographers, brought a series of workshops to Bethel, including fight choreography and Shakespearian text work. Bethel is the first private Indiana college to do a residency with this prestigious group, who has previously done workshops at University of Michigan, Michigan State University and University of Missouri. Bethel’s connection with the festival started in 2013 and in 2016, 13 students from 10 different majors traveled to the festival. 

Zippa, a career resource for new graduates, has named Bethel College one of the “10 Best Colleges for Economics Majors in Indiana.” Out of 162 schools, Bethel ranked number seven on the list, which also included Purdue University, University of Notre Dame and Indiana University. Schools were evaluated in three categories: career results, economics emphasis and school performance. The rankings are based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.

In May 2016, Bethel’s Adult & Graduate Studies office launched a Hispanic Initiative, offering bilingual adults a new option for obtaining a college degree. To our knowledge, the Spanish-assisted business degree is the only one of its kind in the United States. It is geared toward Hispanic adults who have the ability to earn a college degree, but have stayed out of the classroom due to language barriers. Students begin with classes taught by Spanish-speaking professors and class discussions and assignments mostly in Spanish. Near completion of their degree, classes and assignments transition to English. The curriculum is identical to Bethel’s business program. The pilot program is funded through a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, along with a $5,000 gift from a private donor.

The new Financial Services Professional major launched fall 2016. The program was created in response to the projected job growth in financial planning careers, expected to have a 27 percent increase by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The degree will prepare students for jobs in areas such as tax planning, credit analysis and financial planning. Students will complete three internships, made possible by Bethel’s proximity to 16,000 Michiana businesses and organizations. According to Associate Professor of Economics Aaron Schavey, Ph.D., the experience students will gain through these internships will set them apart and provide more access to job opportunities.

Bethel College now has study opportunities in the areas of sports ministry and children's ministry. Both are tracks available in the newly redesigned Christian Ministries major, which has been retooled to offer students more options in high-demand ministry areas. In addition, students in the Christian Ministries major can choose study tracks in Biblical Studies, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), or Youth Ministry. All students will have the same strong theological core of classes.

Bethel’s Center for Professional Development continues to expand the education and training opportunities available for the surrounding community. Following the continued success of the Hospitality & Tourism two-week training program, now offered quarterly on Bethel’s campus, the Center launched a collaborative Building Trades program in April. This program is designed to address the skilled trades gap in Indiana and is offered in partnership with WorkOne and local unions and employers.

In the spring of 2016, Bethel announced the creation of a record label, HCM (Helm Christian Media) Records, and music publishing company, Bethel College (IN) Publishing. Both are an extension of Bethel’s Worship Arts major and are designed to support recording projects that will prepare students for professional leadership in church worship, Christian music and the creative arts. The label’s first project, Anchor in the Undertow, features original songs written and recorded by Bethel students in the Worship Arts program. The album was produced by Billy Smiley, a five-time Grammy-nominated and 26-time Dove-nominated artist, producer and songwriter, based out of Nashville, Tenn. The songs were recorded at Dark Horse Recording Studios and the Playground Studios in Nashville by Bill Whittington, an award-winning engineer who has worked with Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and many others. For more information and to purchase the album, visit

National Recognition

U.S. News and World Report

  • Ranked a top tier college for 13 consecutive years

Colleges of Distinction

  • For the sixth year in a row, Bethel has been named a College of Distinction. We are one of nine Indiana colleges to be recognized, and one of 59 schools in the nation to be named a Christian College of Distinction.

Washington Monthly

  • Washington Monthly ranked Bethel College No. 6 of 367 colleges in the Midwest on its 2016 list of the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges.” The “Best Bang for the Buck” list rates colleges that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

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