Bethel’s mission is to transform communities through Christ-centered graduates. Here, we feature several members of Bethel College’s final graduating class, before we become Bethel University on May 6. These outstanding seniors have been stretched, challenged and equipped to serve in their various disciplines. Read the greatest takeaways from their Bethel experiences, and what they plan to do after graduation.
Elizabeth McLaughlin, Ph.D., ’98, associate professor of communication, recently published a book showcasing female leaders and their public speeches motivated by religious values.
From its founding in 1947, Bethel’s values have been reflected in its logo and seal.
Senior Jordan Downs recently beat out 15 collegiate, post-collegiate and professional athletes to win the long jump event at the USATF Indoor Championships.
Emily Penaflorida ’22, originally from the Philippines, graduated from Career Academy in South Bend, Ind., and is the 2018 recipient of the Bethel College Rising Entrepreneur Scholarship. This 75 percent tuition scholarship, in partnership with Startup Moxie, has made Bethel a reality for Penaflorida, and is made possible by the generosity of Bethel supporters.
Current Athletic Director Tom Visker and new Athletic Director (and current head track and field coach) Tony Natali discuss what it takes to pursue excellence for Bethel’s athletic program.
Alumnus Ian Lightcap ’03 is helping researchers make new discoveries as the Research and Facilities Program Director at the Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy) at Notre Dame.
Board Chairman Randy Lehman ’82 shares about Bethel’s historic decision to change its name to Bethel University.
Every year, Bethel’s Semester Abroad and Task Force programs offer students the opportunity to see the world in new ways through experiential learning around the globe. It’s part of Bethel’s mission to “prepare students for leadership in the church and the world.” This past May, three short-term trips, each to a different continent, allowed students to earn course credit while immersing themselves in a new culture. Students traveled to France, Israel and Costa Rica on learning and service-oriented trips that provided a rich cultural experience and a broadened worldview.
Director of Career Development Matthew Stackowicz and Associate Professor of Communication Elizabeth McLaughlin, Ph.D., led a group of students, one alumna and a professional photographer, on a trip to the town of St. Hippolyte-du-Fort, France. There, they partnered with YWAM Bridges of Life and Action Tourism to tell the story of the town and the ministry in a brand new way. Using photography, videography, writing, social media, communications and marketing, the Bethel group met with local business owners to interview them and create a marketing package each business could use.