Joel Dendiu ’07 recently opened his own law practice in Mishawaka, Ind., called Mishawaka Law. Dendiu specializes in personal legal issues, primarily related to family law (such as divorces, guardianships, adoptions). He also handles estate planning and probate, bankruptcy, real estate transactions and general litigation. He strives not only to be a good attorney but also a good listener, serving his clients to the best of his ability.
Brooke Whittaker ’07 graduated from Bethel College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and serves as a nurse at Memorial Hospital, working primarily in the heart and vascular unit. She generally works the night shift and often works overtime, but on Sunday, Aug. 17, something remarkable happened.
Hesbon Mwangi’s time at Bethel left a deep impression on him. He says he considers himself privileged to have received such a quality education and that he wants to make a difference for children back in Kenya by providing books and materials that will promote their education. That’s why he started “The Favorite Book” project.
When Shelby Glantz ’15 first heard about an opportunity to teach art classes for students at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, she was immediately intrigued. This would be a way to use her passion to meet a need in the community.
When Cory Martin ’00 walked across the stage at graduation, he certainly didn’t expect that God would lead him to pursue jail ministry. He had just earned his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and planned to become a youth pastor.
Women’s Golf Coach Chris Hess ’93 is known for his belief that “every day is a gift.”
During the summer of 2012, Hess was diagnosed with basal cell melanoma. He underwent surgery and was told he was cancer-free. However, in the summer of 2014, Hess discovered the same type of spot, further inside his ear. After some tests, it was discovered that the cancer had returned and that it had spread from its original location. He had surgery in August 2014, just before students returned to school for the year.
When Toni Steffensen Pauls, Ph.D., and her son were involved in a life-threatening car accident on Oct. 3, 2001, the doctors said she wouldn’t live. Her left leg was crushed and she had several other broken bones and internal injuries.
“When they put me on the life flight to the hospital in Fort Wayne, they notified the hospital to expect the patient dead on arrival,” says Pauls.
The ball is rolling and the first full year for the Bethel Sports Network is well underway. The network was founded by Tim Ceravolo, director of student media and assistant professor of communication, to showcase Bethel sports and provide students with opportunities to gain experience in sports broadcasting.
Terry Linhart, Ph.D., who serves as chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, is known for his passion for youth ministry and evangelism. He first came to Bethel College in 2001 to oversee the Youth Ministry and Adolescent Studies degree, which, under Linhart’s leadership, has grown from just 17 students in 2001 to more than 70 students today. While he now oversees the entire department, he says his favorite classes to teach include those on multicultural youth ministry and the senior ministry capstone course.
Senior Advisor and Recruitment Manager Sandra Lesko ’06 knew when she took over recruitment for the Transition to Teaching program in the fall of 2013 that it would be a challenge. Enrollment was low at that time, but Lesko believed in the program and its ability to thrive.