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Seven-figure gift will establish endowed chair in business department

A gift from an alumna and spouse will go to create an endowed chair within Bethel’s Department of Business.

On Sept. 27, Pam Tieszen, vice president for advancement, announced the $2 million estate gift that will establish the Douglas C. and Jane M. Seibel Endowed Chair in Accountancy. Jane Seibel is a Bethel graduate.

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Senior soccer player receives national scholarship award

Lucas DuPriest, senior from Fort Collins, Colorado, and Fjaras, Sweden, has been awarded the 2015 A.O. Duer Scholarship by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The scholarship is named in honor of former NAIA secretary A.O. Duer’s 26 years of service to the organization. It has been presented yearly since 1967 to one female and one male junior student-athlete, selected from all member institutions. The award is based on excellence in scholarship, character, citizenship and playing ability.

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Bethel institutes updated version of 125th-Anniversary Scholarship

The scholarship first instituted to celebrate Bethel’s 125th anniversary in 2012 guarantees at least $50,000 of institutional aid over four years to the following groups of incoming freshmen:

  1. Kansas residents
  2. Legacy students
  3. Graduates of Mennonite high schools
  4. Students who attend Mennonite churches
  5. Students who have participated in AVID or Upward Bound programs in high school

The practical application of this guarantee is that after academic merit scholarships and any performance, departmental or service learning scholarships are awarded, any student for whom that total is below $12,500 will receive additional Bethel aid up to $12,500 per year.

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Exhibit reveals 65 years of sculptor’s storytelling with wood

For the first time in many years, John Gaeddert ’50 of North Newton did not have a table of his creations in wood for sale at Fall Festival.

However, the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center was full of his work, in an exhibit that opened Sept. 30, titled “Revelations in Wood: The Sculpture of John Gaeddert, 1950–2015.”

The exhibit was curated by Gaeddert’s grandson, Nathan Bartel ’02 of North Newton. The sculptures range in size from around six feet to six inches, and are created from pieces of wood that Gaeddert found in Kansas or Colorado – Osage orange, black walnut, bristlecone pine, cherry, ash and others.

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Exhibit on race making West Coast tour

Kauffman Museum’s traveling exhibit “Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations” is currently on display at the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno. In March, it moves to the Renton (Washington) History Museum.

There is an opening in the exhibit schedule between December 2016 and May 2017 — Bethel alumni living on the West Coast who know of a venue that might like to host “Sorting Out Race” (at a discounted rate), please contact Chuck Regier ’81, Kauffman Museum curator of exhibits, via e-mail or at 316-283-1612.

Bethel alumna recognized by Mennonite Economic Development Associates as one of “10 Young Women Changing the World”

Audra Miller, San Francisco, is a project associate for Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH) SF. After graduating from Bethel in 2014, she dedicated two years to Mennonite Voluntary Service, where she initiated the “Everyone Deserves a Home” project, a large-scale public portrait series featuring formerly homeless San Franciscans.

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Post job openings to Bethel alumni in THRESHEReview

Career Services and Alumni Relations will be collaborating to provide Bethel College alumni with more job opportunities. If you own or manage a company and are interested in hiring Bethel alumni, please contact Megan Kershner, Director of Career Services, via e-mail or 316-284-5305 for more details.

High school educators, BC admissions wants you

Bethel College admissions staff is looking to enhance communication with alumni who are currently high school teachers, staff or administrators. If you’re interested in learning more about ways Bethel seeks to connect with your school, please contact Andrew Schmidt ’10 in the Admissions office (316-284-5315).

Consider giving monthly!

Monthly gifting benefits alumni, friends and the Bethel Fund. Donors tend to give at calendar- and fiscal-year end (the “balloon months” of December and June), and we are extremely grateful for your generosity. But have you considered the benefits of an ACH withdrawal or credit-card gift that would take place automatically each month? It’s an easy way to start giving and make a difference for our students.  

You also can calculate your gifts, so at the end of the year you don’t have to wonder how much you gave or what you need to give to reach a specific threshold. On Bethel’s end, monthly giving helps us with a more consistent flow of funds. 

We encourage you to consider monthly giving for your benefit and Bethel’s.  

Make a gift, make a difference.

Send your completed committment form to:

Development Office
Bethel College
300 E. 27th St.
North Newton, KS 67117

Vice president for advancement resigns

Pamela K. Tieszen, Bethel College vice president for advancement, has submitted her resignation, effective Dec. 31.

She will become superintendent for Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Mennonite School.

“I have appreciated Pam’s leadership and work in our advancement office over the past two-and-a-half years,” said Bethel President Perry D. White. “She has worked quickly and effectively to learn the art of fundraising while managing a good deal of change in personnel, processes and technology within the office during her short time with us.

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