Grandparents Day 2015

Grandparents Day 2015
Date Friday, April 17, 2015
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Instructions for GuestsGet maps and directions to Bethel University. Also, see a list of local hotel options.
CostRegistration for Grandparents Day is $12 per grandparent/guest and includes a ticket for lunch in Monson Dining Center.
RegistrationRegistration for Grandparents Day 2015 is now closed.
SponsorsOffice of Alumni and Parent Relations

Event Description

There is a special connection between a grandparent and a grandchild, no matter their age. Bethel University's 3rd annual Grandparents Day is an opportunity for Bethel students and their grandparents to celebrate that special connection and enjoy a day together on Bethel's campus.


8-9 a.m. | Check-In
CLC Lobby, Community Life Center 1st level

Check in and receive your Grandparents Day materials.

8-9 a.m. | Coffee Reception
The Underground, Brushaber Commons 2nd level 

Once you've checked in, make your way to the Underground to enjoy some coffee and pastries before the opening session.

9-9:45 a.m. | Opening Session
The Underground, Brushaber Commons 2nd level

Gather with other grandparents in the Underground to hear from President Jay Barnes, Executive Vice President and Provost Deb Harless, and other members of the Bethel community.

10 a.m.-midnight | Residence Hall Visiting Hours
The Office of Student Life has extended visiting hours for residence halls. Accompany your grandchild and experience his/her living community.

10:15-11 a.m. | Chapel
Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center 1st level

Attend chapel with your student and hear a message from Daniel Taylor, Bethel professor of English emeritus and author of twelve books, including Letters to My Children, Tell Me a Story, and Creating a Spiritual Legacy. Taylor speaks frequently at conferences, colleges, retreats, and churches on a variety of topics. He and his wife, Jayne, are the proud parents of four Bethel graduates and grandparents of seven.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Lunch
Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons 3rd level

Experience lunch on campus with your grandchild (as their schedule allows) and enjoy the variety and appeal of Bethel's buffet-style dining. Your Grandparents Day registration includes a ticket for lunch. Students may use their meal plan or flex dollars.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hospitality Center
The Underground, Brushaber Commons 2nd level

Looking for a place to spend some time connecting with your grandchild or to unwind while they're in class? Visit the Grandparents Day Hospitality Center, where you can enjoy refreshments, have your photo taken with your grandchild, play games, or simply relax.

12:30 and 2:15 p.m. | Campus Tours
The Underground, Brushaber Commons 2nd level

Join student hosts from Bethel's Office of Admissions for a 30-minute indoor walking tour of campus.

1-1:45 p.m. | Class without a Quiz

Eastlund Room, Community Life Center 2nd level

A Christian Perspective on the Cold War: More than a quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War has never been hotter, with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warning of a "new Cold War" between Russia and the West. In this session, Bethel History Professor Chris Gehrz will share one of the central themes of his course on the Cold War: how studying that conflict helps Christians to better understand the biblical values of justice, peace, and hope.

Visit the Campus Store

Be sure to check out all the great merchandise at the Campus Store (next to the Grandparents Day Hospitality Center). You'll receive a special Grandparents Day 20% discount so you can show your Bethel pride.


Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 651.638.6462 or