Class of 1982 Reunion
Thanks to all who attended our Class of 1982 30-year reunion! For those of you who couldn't attend, here are a few highlights.
On Saturday evening, October 6, we joined other reunion classes in the Robertson Center Gym for the Homecoming Reunion Dinner. It sure brought back a lot of memories to be in that gymnasium again!
At the dinner, President Jay Barnes gave a campus update. He is such an impressive leader, truly God's appointed one for this time in Bethel's history. We also heard from Paul Healy C’77, who was honored as Bethel’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year for the work that he and his wife, Marlys, have done in caring for homeless children in the Philippines. Paul accepted the honor with warm, witty words, much like his father, Jerry.
After dinner, our class headed to the Bethel library for a casual, relaxed time to talk and reconnect with one another. You may remember Dr. Debra Klenk Harless C‘83, who now serves as the Vice President and Dean for Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences. She gave us a brief update on new academic programs at Bethel. It’s exciting to realize that Bethel is a stronger, more vibrant, more racially diverse institution than when we were students, yet with the same commitment to Christ-centered higher education. As a group we prayed for Dr. Harless as she leads the faculty and the academic programs at Bethel.
After a time of mingling, Cindy Berglund Boyum and Roger LaRoche led our group in a fun activity that allowed us to get a glimpse of each other's lives over the past 30 years. God has been with our classmates through many adventures, challenges and blessings.
Many of us have sons or daughters who are currently Bethel students. It was fun to make those connections. I commented that my daughter doesn't realize how easy college life is compared to real life. I think it would be lovely to simply live in a dorm, go to a dining center for meals and read all day long. Shelby Paulson didn't miss a beat: "Yeah, Nancy, you could do that. It's called assisted living!"
Some of us stayed until way past 11:00 p.m. just talking and laughing and remembering all sorts of crazy days during college. I hope you can come back to campus for our 35 year reunion in 2017. Hopefully, we won't be in assisted living by then!
Blessings Bethel friends,
Nancy Johnson Owzarek
Class of '82 Reunion Coordinator