Campus News – Spring 2019
Grandparents Experience Bethel with Their Students
Bethel’s Office for Institutional Advancement hosted Grandparents Day on March 15. Grandparents of current students enjoyed experiencing life on campus, including chapel, campus and library tours, lunch in the Dining Commons, class observation, and the option to stay for the Jazz Coffee House Concert in the evening. In total, 75 grandparents participated.
Bethel Hosts Career and Internship Fair with More than 100 Local Employers
Bethel College hosted a career and internship fair, sponsored by 1st Source Bank and Dungarvin, on Wed., March 13, in the Wiekamp Athletic Center. Representatives from more than 100 employers in a variety of industries – including Patrick Industries, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, Bashor Children’s Home, Beacon Health System, and St. Joseph Health System, among many others – were on hand to talk about available jobs and internships.
Bethel Observes Collegiate Day of Prayer
On Feb. 28, in honor of the annual Collegiate Day of Prayer in the United States, the Bethel community gathered to ask God for revival at Bethel and on campuses across the nation. Faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to participate individually in a time of guided prayer in The Taylor Memorial “Log” Chapel; in the evening, a student-led Prayer and Worship Gathering was held in the Shiloh Prayer Chapel.
Bethel Partners with Area Churches for Fifth Annual ReFuel Conference
Eight local churches and Bethel College partnered to offer “ReFuel,” a one-day conference for church worship teams and leaders. The event was held Jan. 12, in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium on Bethel’s campus. The conference, now in its fifth year, is a joint effort coordinated by staff from Nappanee Missionary Church, Elkhart Calvary, First Baptist Church of Elkhart, Grace Community Church, Harvest Bible Chapel, St. Mark Missionary Church, New Life and Trinity Church. David Cummings, conference director and worship ministries pastor at Nappanee Missionary Church, says the goal of the event is to energize and refresh worship leaders who spend so much time ministering to others.
Bethel Partners with United Federal Credit Union to Serve Community
Bethel College’s 30th annual campus-wide Service Day took place on Oct. 2, 2018. Sponsored by United Federal Credit Union (UFCU), Bethel students, faculty, staff and credit union employees served together throughout Michiana. More than 700 participants volunteered at approximately 50 different locations in the community, including Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Center for Hospice Care, Rum Village, Pet Refuge, Center for the Homeless, Transformation Ministries, 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.
Bethel College Creates No-Debt Field Scholar Program
Bethel’s Field Scholar Program is a partnership with local employers to provide a low- or no-debt option for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Bethel. It is designed for commuter students who will take about half their coursework online and be paired with an employer who will guarantee year-round work. The goal is to match students with a job that will provide income and field experience relevant to their academic studies, preparing them to enter the workforce upon graduation. Each student will have an alumni mentor and participate in twice-per-semester courses with their cohort, on life skill topics such as financial management. The first cohort begins Fall 2019. Learn more at BethelCollege.edu/FieldScholar.
Bethel Opens Pilot Production Studio
A dedication was held Nov. 28, for the Pilot Production Studio, a One Button Studio concept originally conceived by Penn State University and created at Bethel College through the collaboration of three departments: Adult and Graduate Studies, Center for Academic Success and Information Technology. It meets a need for campus recordings without the expensive production cost. It is open to students, faculty and staff for everything from preparing for presentations to developing material for online courses.
Bethel to Launch New Majors
A new major in Computer Science will begin Fall 2019. The program was created in response to the increasing local, regional and national demand for professionals skilled in the areas of technology and software development, and builds on Bethel’s existing Computer Science minor. Grants are funding the renovation of current classroom space into two dedicated computer labs – an instructional lab with about 25 stations and a collaboration lab for teamwork case studies. Learn more at BethelCollege.edu/ComputerScience.
A new, 100 percent online major, Cyber Security, meets the need for experts in this growing field. Students will learn the newest techniques for cyber security, including system architecture, hacking, countermeasures and cyber forensics. It will prepare students to tackle challenges associated with the collection, use and security of data in computer networks. Learn more at Online.BethelCollege.edu.
The Bethel College Education Department will launch a new major and minor, English as a New Language (ENL), Fall 2019. This on-campus program is designed to meet the needs of area schools for general education teachers who can better lead increasingly diverse classrooms. Bethel students who graduate with this major can become licensed and certified in ENL, which makes them more marketable to employers. Students minoring in ENL will develop skills to better interact with students where English is a new language. Learn more at BethelCollege.edu/Education.
Business Marketing (online and on campus) will prepare students seeking a career in marketing, advertising and retail. Of the majors not offered by Bethel, Marketing is the major most requested by prospective business students. Learn more at BethelCollege.edu/Business and Online.BethelCollege.edu.
A new master’s degree in Sport Administration will have an emphasis on Intercollegiate Athletics compliance. At this time, Bethel is the only college offering this course 100 percent online. This degree consistently provides qualified graduates with immediate job opportunities and will set them apart from others in the field who have general sport management or sport administration degrees. Learn more at Online.BethelCollege.edu.
Bethel College School of Nursing Offers Direct Admission Option
A direct admission option into Bethel’s School of Nursing is now open for exceptional high school seniors who meet specific criteria. This allows students to be granted admission into the School of Nursing with their college acceptance, instead of waiting until their freshman year to apply. Up to 50 percent of available seats in each entering cohort will be dedicated towards students who meet the Nursing Direct Admission criteria. Learn more at BethelCollege.edu/Nursing.
Bethel RN Program Ranked No. 9 in Indiana
RegisteredNursing.org ranked the Bethel College Registered Nursing program No. 9 in the state and a top nursing school in our area. The organization analyzed 48 schools in Indiana on factors that represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond, including past and present first-time NCLEX-RN pass-rates – weighted by year. More information about the methodology is on RegisteredNursing.org.