Faculty/Staff News – Spring 2015
GREAT Job Awards
In November 2014, President Gregg Chenoweth, Ph.D., recognized several Bethel employees who have done an exemplary job in living out the GREATer priorities. Awards were given to Ed Bernhard ’03 ’07, senior director of auxiliary services; Stacy Bone ’04, director of audio services; Krissy (Hershberger) Campbell ’13, former campus visit and event coordinator; Jeanne Fox ’84 ’01, registrar; Lisa Greco ’04 ’05, Ph.D., director of conference services and community engagement; Josh Hartsell ’08, resident director; Jim Metherd, director of food services for Sodexo; Paul Neel, director of campus safety; Derrick Null ’01, Everest-Rohrer operations manager; and Joe Zappia, lead electrician. For more information about their accomplishments, visit BethelCollege.edu/GreatJob.
Sherwood Named Director of Alumni Relations
Emily (Rodgers) Sherwood ’99 has been named director of alumni relations. She’s served as Bethel’s international student coordinator since 2012 and transitioned into her new role in January. Sherwood has deep roots at Bethel — her grandfather, Marcus Krake, was Bethel’s first graduate, transferring from another institution and receiving his diploma in 1948. A top priority for Sherwood is creating opportunities for alumni to renew and deepen the relationships they developed at Bethel.
Walker Joins Bethel as Director of Financial Aid
In November 2014, Bethel welcomed Jody Walker as director of financial aid. She previously served as director of enrollment management and financial aid at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Ind. Walker is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition to her seven years at AMBS, she served in roles with the Nappanee Redevelopment Commission, the Family Christian Development Center and the Elkhart County Special Education Co-Op. Her husband Tom, is a 1984 Bethel graduate.
Campbell Begins as Director of Annual Fund
Krissy (Hershberger) Campbell ’13 recently began a new role as director of annual fund in the Institutional Advancement Office, having previously served as the campus visit and event coordinator for the Admission Office. Campbell will oversee fundraising efforts for Bethel’s annual fund, including the annual phonathon and the Online Day of Giving.
Meister Releases New Book, Receives Fellowship
Professor of Philosophy Chad Meister, Ph.D., recently completed “Philosophy of Religion,” his second textbook and the 18th book he has authored or edited. His new book is useful for anyone looking for a concise analysis of current philosophical thought. It focuses on cutting-edge topics in philosophy such as the problem of evil, pluralistic religious issues and exploring how we think about ultimate reality. Meister has also been invited to study at two prestigious institutions in England. This summer he will be a visiting research scholar at the University of Oxford, give invited lectures at Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and then will serve as the William Paton Fellow at the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham in the fall.
Linhart and Yoder Launch Podcast
Professor of Youth Ministry Terry Linhart, Ph.D., and Resident Director Michael Yoder ’09 recently launched “37 the Podcast.” Each podcast will feature an interview with a leader and tell their story of how they stepped out from the norm, moving from pedestrian to proficient. The first guests were Mark Matlock, executive director of Youth Specialties and founder of WisdomWorks Ministries, and Todd Gongwer ’99, author of “Lead for God’s Sake.” For more information, visit 37thePodcast.com.
Hammett and Schavey Receive Acton Institute Fellowships
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Adam Hammett, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Economics Aaron Schavey, Ph.D., will receive fellowships to attend Acton University, a week-long conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. Hundreds of attendees from around the world will gather to hear from more than 70 experts on topics related to liberty, faith and free-market economics.
Lightfoot Becomes All-Time Winningest Coach for Indiana Colleges
On Feb. 10, with a win against Huntington University, Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Lightfoot ’78 became the all-time winningest head coach at a four-year Indiana college with 735 career wins. In his 28th season at Bethel College, Lightfoot has won 73.3 percent of the games he’s coached (735-267). Lightfoot is the 20th quickest coach in men’s college basketball history to reach 700 career wins, doing so in only 960 games, and the third quickest in NAIA history. He has won more games than all previous seven Bethel coaches combined (735-441). The Pilots have been equally successful in the classroom under Lightfoot. In his first 27 years, Lightfoot has graduated just over 98 percent of his players who have completed their eligibility.
Godwaldt Wins Award
In January 2015, Associate Professor of Theatre Johan Godwaldt was one of four recipients of the Faculty Service Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region 3. The award recognizes exemplary service to KCACTF. Godwaldt was chosen from among faculty in public and private colleges throughout Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Faculty Receive Tenure
Seven faculty members recently received tenure: Associate Professor of Missions Kent Eby, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Theatre Johan Godwaldt; Associate Professor of Chemistry Beth Kroa, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek David McCabe, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Philosophy Cristian Mihut ’97, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Linguistics Eric Oglesbee ’02, Ph.D.; and Associate Professor of Education Jeff Stueve, Ph.D.