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Alumni Affinity Groups

Bethel University's community of 50,000+ alumni is becoming more tight-knit than ever before, thanks to alumni who are dedicated to providing opportunities for their peers to connect with one another and support Bethel's mission.

To receive invites to events and opportunities provided by these groups, keep an eye on the Alumni Events calendar, and update your info so we can communicate with you. Are you part of a group of alumni that meets regularly and supports the mission of Bethel? We'd love to promote your group here, too! Contact us today.


Mission: BethelBiz pairs students with a mentor to promote excellence in the business community, the classroom, and the church. By investing in the life of a mentee, our mentors help prepare them to lead and serve with excellence in every aspect of life.

Events: Mentor-mentee gatherings, networking, leadership development.

Led By: Linda Goodwin '79

Bethel Gridiron Club

Mission: Our purpose is to promote and advance Bethel Football by building a strong and viable alumni association with a vision for Bethel Football and a desire to reach others for Jesus Christ; lifting up praise and celebrating what God is doing in and through Bethel Football; building bridges to the alumni, players, coaches, fans, and future players; assisting Bethel Football in recruiting new student-athletes and retaining present students; fostering loyalty and good will towards Bethel Football; encouraging and mentoring current student-athletes and preparing them to be better husbands, dads, leaders, and men of God; creating open dialogue with the coaches, administration, faculty, staff, and students; and supporting Bethel Football each year through sacrificial financial giving and prayer.

Events: Gala, athletics-focused, other.

Led By: Bethel University Football Alumni

BUYA (Bethel University Young Alumni)

Mission: BUYA (Bethel University Young Alumni) are alumni 10 years out and less who desire to support the mission of Bethel beyond graduation and extend BU's impact by living out its core values as Christ-followers, character-builders, learners, truth-seekers, world-changers, reconcilers, and salt and light.

Events: Socials, alumni-student/alumni-alumni networking, community service.

Led By: Office of Alumni and Family Relations


Mission: By connecting one-on-one with working professionals, COMMentor seeks to create a relational network that furthers the professional development of students. COMMentor will cultivate relational foundations between students and professionals through one-on-one mentorship, networking opportunities, and a diversity of learning experiences.

Events: Mentor-mentee gatherings, networking, leadership development.

Led By: Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Studies National Honor Society)

Sign up today, or to learn more, contact Ripley Smith at r-smith@bethel.edu.

The Connection (MBA/MASL)

Mission: It is often said that adult learners return to school not only for the degree but to pay for a network. Bethel University is no different. The Connection is an affinity group of Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership (MASL) alums and current students committed to gathering with other professionals. Our purpose is simple: There is power in our network.

Events: Business-focused, networking, professional panels and speakers.

Led By: Jon Bonkoski '04, GS'16, Tracy Potocnik '07, CAPS'09, GS'11, Claire Giancola-Belmares GS'11, and Molly Christian GS'14