(1) Career Fair; (2) Nursing Simulation Laboratory Ribbon-Cutting; (3) Service Day; (4) Carpenter Conference Room Dedication.

Bethel Hosts Seventh Annual McDonald’s® Michiana High School All-Star Basketball Games
The seventh annual McDonald’s® Michiana High School All-Star Basketball Games were held March 27, at Bethel College. McDonald’s Restaurants of Northern Indiana and Bethel Athletics joined together to bring this family event, showcasing local high school talent in the northern Indiana and southwest Michigan area. Four Bethel coaches served as boys and girls team coaches for the event. The boys team coaches included Ryan Ehm, Bethel men’s junior varsity head basketball coach, and Alex Daniel, Bethel men’s assistant basketball coach. The coaches for the girls teams were Eric Gingerich, Bethel women’s head basketball coach, and Kelsey Key, Bethel women’s assistant basketball coach.

Bethel Holds Admitted Student Day
About 80 students attended Admitted Student Day in March, where they had the opportunity to experience chapel, connect with faculty, staff and students, explore campus, and learn about activities and financial aid and opportunities. Some opted for the overnight experience, staying in one of our residential halls to really get a taste of what campus life is like. Students who had submitted their enrollment deposit were also able to select their FYE (first year experience) block class.

Bethel Hosts Eating Disorder Workshop for Mental Health Professionals
Bethel College Counseling Service hosted a workshop for mental health professionals entitled, “Understanding Eating Disorders: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment” in March. Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Michelle Mannia, Psy.D., HSPP, CEDS, addressed the causes, prevention, and treatment of eating disordered concerns and behaviors. Psychologists and behavioral health professionals earned two Category I CEUs for attending.

Bethel Hosts Career and Internship Fair with 100 Employers (image 1)
Bethel College hosted a career and internship fair, sponsored by the Center for Career Development, on March 21. Representatives from more than 100 employers — including AM General LLC, South Bend Community School Corporation, and Beacon Health and Fitness — were on hand to talk about available jobs and internships. New this year, interview rooms were provided for employers to screen and even hire prospective employees on the spot.

Bethel Participates in Collegiate Day of Prayer
Thursday, Feb. 22, was the annual Collegiate Day of Prayer in the United States. In honor of the day, the Bethel community gathered together in prayer to ask God for revival at Bethel and on campuses across the nation. Several events helped students, faculty and staff participate, including an individual time of guided prayer in the Taylor Memorial “Log” Chapel and a student-led prayer and worship gathering in the Shiloh Prayer Chapel.

Bethel Hosts Evangelicals for DREAMERS
On Feb. 26, Christians from across Michiana gathered at Bethel to show their support for Dreamers and learn about the needs of immigrant communities among us. The evening featured a time of cross-cultural worship, theological teachings on immigration from several pastors of evangelical churches, including pastors from immigrant churches, testimonies from several Dreamers of Michiana about how the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is affecting them and their families, and how the church can support them. This event was supported by a number of Evangelical churches and organizations, including: the Office of Diversity-Bethel College, Tree of Life Anglican Church and Immigration Legal-Aid, Help With Love, The Sanctuary Network of South Bend, and Keller Park Missionary Church.

ReFuel Conference Energizes Worship Teams and Leaders
Local churches partnered with Bethel College to offer “ReFuel,” a one-day conference for church worship teams and leaders. The event, now in its fourth year, took place Jan. 20, and featured Andi Rozier, worship pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago; Jon Egan, songwriter and worship leader at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Todd Fields, director of worship leader development at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga.; and Kathryn Scott, an internationally recognized songwriter and worship leader, who has penned songs such as “Hungry,” and “At the Foot of the Cross.”

The conference was a joint effort coordinated by staff from Nappanee Missionary Church, First Baptist Church of Elkhart, Grace Community Church, New Life Fellowship, St. Mark Missionary Church, Harvest Chapel, Trinity Evangelical-Free, Maple City Chapel and Calvary Assembly of Elkhart.

Bethel Hosts Ribbon-Cutting and Open Housefor Completed $1.15 Million Nursing Lab (image 2)
Bethel hosted a ribbon-cutting and open house for its newly completed $1.15 million nursing lab on Oct. 26. Guests toured the School of Nursing’s new facility and saw the high-fidelity human patient simulators in action. The lab includes three simulators — and two simulated acute care hospital rooms.

The lab is made possible through a $500,000 foundation grant, combined with the generosity of organizations, friends of the college and alumni. Beacon Health System and Saint Joseph Health System each sponsored one of the simulated acute care hospital rooms. Other contributors include 1st Source Bank, Dr. Dane & Mary Louise Miller Foundation, Schurz Communications Foundation, Nursing Network of Naples, Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation, Kelly Cares Foundation, Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust, Teachers Credit Union Foundation and Goshen Health.

Bethel Partners with United Federal Credit Union to Serve the Community (image 3)
Bethel College’s annual campus-wide service day took place Oct. 3. Sponsored by United Federal Credit Union (UFCU), Bethel students, faculty, staff and credit union employees served together throughout Michiana. More than 800 participants served at approximately 40 different locations in the community, including Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Hannah and Friends, LOGAN Center, Pet Refuge, Center for the Homeless, Unity Gardens, and more. Service at each location varied from physical labor such as yard work, construction, and painting, to personal interaction with the elderly and children.

Carpenter Conference Room Dedicated (image 4)
On Oct. 26, Bethel dedicated the Carpenter Conference Room,located on the third floor of the Huffman Administration Building, in honor of Eugene Carpenter ’70, Ph.D., former Bethel professor. The room was made possible by the Friends of Eugene Carpenter, loving wife Joyce Carpenter and the Bethel Class of 1967.

Bethel Hosts an Afternoon with John Schlitt, Billy Smiley and Jason Fowler
Bethel College and HCM Records hosted a special event Oct. 7 with Christian music legends and friends of Bethel, John Schlitt (Petra), Billy Smiley (Whiteheart) and Jason Fowler. Schlitt, Smiley and Fowler shared songs and stories from their combined 35 years of touring and ministry and answered questions about songwriting. The three toured as part of “The Union Storyteller Tour” last fall. Smiley is a Bethel alumnus and has produced two albums for Bethel College and its record label, HCM Records. For more information and to purchase the albums, visit HCMRecords.org.