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Seth Bartlette ’06 is a nationally recognized producer and creative director for events, conferences and video. He has designed and produced events for clients such as Toyota, Caterpillar Foundation, Invisible Children, Salt, National Youth Workers Convention, and has produced video around the world. In 2014, he was honored to be the recipient of a “40 Under 40” award from Rejuvenate Magazine.
Tammy Boetsma ’93 is the CEO of HMR Acquisition Company, Inc. She graduated from Bethel’s adult program, obtaining her bachelor’s degree in two-and-a-half years while working full-time as a Bob Evans server. Boetsma went on to take and pass the CPA exam on her first attempt, and began climbing the corporate ladder almost immediately. She now oversees 20 restaurants throughout the Michiana region.
Greg Conrad ’81, ’04. is president of Beacon Health Ventures, which includes the home health and professional services division of Beacon Health System. He also serves on the boards of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Downtown South Bend, Inc. and the Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Development Program.
Jenny (Dyer) McGee ’99 founded the Starfish Project, an organization dedicated to rescuing exploited women in Asia by providing them with a trade: making jewelry. Through the Starfish Project, McGee has created a home, an education system, health care options and business opportunities for these women. The company operates in three locations worldwide and is expanding to major retailers in the United States.
Rico Swanson ’98. a former Bethel basketball standout, has been named a 2016 inductee for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame. NAIA Hall of Fame induction remains the highest honor presented by the Association since its foundation in 1952. Swanson is the first Bethel student-athlete to receive this honor.
The Department of Theatre took 19 students to the annual Kennedy Center American College Region 3 Festival in Milwaukee in January (2016). Some student highlights included the following: Josh Maurer participated in the KCACTF national stage manager fellowship and was a finalist; Sarah Leigh Beason was one of 24 finalists (out of 60) to perform in a special cabaret at the festival; Erin Cluckie and Luke Mathys finished first in two events at Tech Olympics, the prop and costume event; and Alex Price received two honorable mentions: one for his regional design project in sound and one as a director in design storm.
Brett Baumgartner ’17. an economics and finance and mathematics major, submitted his essay, “Unintentionally Beneficial,” to the Values and Capitalism essay contest on a moral defense of the free enterprise system. He was awarded third place, which includes a $1,000 tuition scholarship, an invitation to the American Enterprise Institute’s 2016 annual dinner and publication of his essay on the Values and Capitalism blog.
Ricardo Carvalho ’15 is Bethel’s first NCCAA Player of the Year for Men’s Soccer. Carvalho accepted this prestigious award at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. in front of nearly 2,000 NCCAA/NSCAA All-Americans and their families.
During the spring 2015 semester, Taylor Davis ’15 and Sydney Sheltz ’17 presented papers at the 23rd Annual Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference at Purdue University-Calumet. They were among 88 students from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Ohio to present at the conference.
Stefan Roose ’16. was recently accepted to the 85th Army Reserve Band. This Chicago-area band performs in concerts, parades and for funerals; they have also traveled internationally to entertain the troops. Roose had to undergo a rigorous audition process that included learning and performing 8-10 pieces in just 24 hours, participating in a sight-reading audition and performing 2-3 talent showcase pieces. Though his schedule prevented him from joining the band, it was a great honor to be accepted.
Ashley Simon ’16 wrote a review on the book “The Opposite of Loneliness” to fulfill an assignment for Writing Life class. She submitted it to the New Orleans Review, a journal of contemporary literature and culture, published by the Department of English at Loyola University. Her review was published online in April 2015.
Natalie Punkay ’18 competed in the Race to 2025 with Wycliffe Bible Translators. It’s a fundraising adventure trip that requires participants to engage in strange and exciting challenges that are common to missionaries around the world. Punkay raised $500 for Wycliffe’s Bible translation program, which helps unreached groups around the globe see the Gospel written in their native languages for the first time.
Johan Godwaldt, associate theatre faculty and designer/T.D., is serving his first year of a two-year term as co-chair of the Design Tech Management for Region 3 of the Kennedy Center American College Festival.
Barb Bellefeuille, Ed.D. , vice president for academic services, has been named to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Chief Academic Officer Commission. She is one of only six chief academic officers to give guidance to academic issues affecting the 125 CCCU institutions.
Theo Williams. associate professor of communication, was awarded the Human Rights Education Award by the Human Rights Commission at their annual awards banquet, held April 23, 2015. Williams was presented with this award for all of the voluntary service he provides both in our community and around the country.
Professor of Youth Ministry Terry Linhart, Ph.D. and Resident Director Michael Yoder ’09 launched “37 the Podcast.” Each podcast features an interview from a leader and tells their story of how they stepped out from the norm, moving from pedestrian to proficient. Learn more at 37thePodcast.
Tony Tomasino. Ph.D. associate professor of Biblical Studies. had his Evangelical Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Esther chosen by Logos as the featured title for their “Book of the Month” promotion for June 2015. In the first week alone, about 25,000 Logos users downloaded Tomasino’s volume.
The artwork of Katharine Schmidt. assistant professor and chair of the art department ; Suzanne Mauro. assistant professor of ceramics; and Jeffrey Combs. adjunct professor of 2D design and digital photography, was selected from among more than 400 submissions to be featured in the Midwest Museum of American Art’s 37th Annual Juried Regional Art Exhibition.
50 percent of residential students are involved in discipleship or mentoring with faculty/staff
87 percent of tenured faculty hold a doctorate or comparable highest degree in their field
100 percent of students who applied to medical school for fall 2015 were accepted (vs. national average of 41 percent for 2014 - AAMC)
2,091 hours were donated by Bethel students to nearly 60 organizations for Bethel's 27th annual service day
22 percent of undergrad students come from culturally diverse backgrounds
100 percent of nursing students passed their NCLEX exam, while 94 percent of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students passed – this is higher than the national average
35 National Championships for the Pilots in the NAIA and NCCAA
132 Task Force Trips on which Bethel students have served on since 1988.
Bethel’s Center for Professional Development is partnering with Hubbard Hill Estates Retirement Community to provide certified nurse aide (CNA) training. The training can be completed in as little as five weeks. Courses will be taught by Bethel College faculty in state-of-the-art facilities at Hubbard Hill in Elkhart, Ind. The program is designed to prepare students to take the nurse aide competency evaluation to become a CNA in the state of Indiana.
Both the Bethel College Nursing and Music programs have been reaccredited by third-party commissions in their respective fields, recognizing each program as having achieved high standards in teaching and learning. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has reaccredited the master’s in nursing program, with a follow-up visit planned for 2020. The National Association of Schools of Music has granted renewal of membership to Bethel College for seven years, reaccrediting the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance.
The Bethel Education Department has partnered with Brown Intermediate School in South Bend, Ind. to provide students with hands-on experience in the classroom before they begin student teaching. As part of the methods block course, students spend 150 hours in Brown classrooms. This includes a two-week immersion experience, where students work directly with Brown teachers, helping as needed, collaborating on assignments and even teaching lessons.
The Bethel College Business Club (BC) 2 . a member of Enactus, led by professors Lori Gidman and Jennifer Hiers, received a $2,100 grant from the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business Project Partnership. The grant will fund a project to support small businesses in the area, providing borrower education and small business mentorship. The club plans to reach at least 100 small businesses in downtown South Bend with seminars, meetings, luncheons and networking opportunities. They will also extensively mentor one small business by having students and professors partner with the owner in terms of marketing, accounting, aesthetics, management issues, etc. Of 428 Enactus teams nationwide, just 57 schools received grants.