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Friday, November 6

Family Weekend Check-in/Information
9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. | Community Life Center Lobby, level 1
Stop by to pick up your name tags, tickets for the weekend, and schedule of events.

Bethel Campus Store
9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (closed during Chapel) | Brushaber Commons, level 2
Stop by and enjoy a special 20% Family Weekend discount on Bethel apparel!

Chapel with Your Student
10:15-11 a.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center, level 1
Experience one of the hallmarks of Bethel: Chapel featuring student-led worship and a message from Dr. Mark Strauss, university professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary and author of Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee (to be released on November 9, 2015).

Family Weekend Lunch
11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons, level 3
Experience lunch on campus, and enjoy the variety and appeal of Bethel’s buffet-style dining. Special Family Weekend Lunch price: $8.50/adult; $4/child (ages 4-11). Purchase at the Monson Dining Center.

Strengthsfinder™ 101
1-4 p.m. | Location TBA

As part of the Bethel experience, most students take the StrengthsFinder™ assessment to discover more of who God has created them to be. We invite you to this three-hour interactive session to promote deeper understanding and conversation with your son or daughter. We’ll explore 3 questions: What is the StrengthsFinder? Who am I/Who are you? How can this information be embraced? Facilitated by Nikki Daniels, MA, Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and Leadership Development Consultant.

This session is free, but pre-registration is required. In order to participate in this session, you must purchase the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book (available online, at your local bookstore, or at the Bethel University Campus Store), take the online StrengthsFinder assessment as explained in the book prior to Family Weekend. Be sure to download and bring all of the supplementary StrengthsFinder materials available upon receiving your results.

Class without a Quiz
2-3 p.m. | Location TBA
Cancer. Climate change. Emergent infectious disease. Invasive species. Antibiotic resistance. How do we, as Christians, steward the unique global and human health challenges of the 21st Century? Solving these challenges requires integrating our understanding of biological concepts across scales of organization with scientific tools and ways of thinking. Moreover, the call to love God and love others means integrating biblical truth with scientific practices. In this "Class Without a Quiz," Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Paula Soneral and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Sara Wyse will use a case-based approach to highlight how a modern global health challenge is approached from a scientific and biblical viewpoint. You will learn fundamental concepts spanning ecosystem to microscopic scales, use and apply the process of science, and brainstorm individual and corporate solutions to biological challenges of our time. Space is limited; seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Campus Tour
2:15 p.m. | Leaves from Community Life Center (CLC) Lobby, level 1
Enjoy an indoor guided walking tour of Bethel’s campus.

PSEO Professors and Pizza Dinner
5-7 p.m. | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center, level 2
Current PSEO students and their families are invited eat pizza with Bethel professors! Led by the Office of Admissions, this session will include an overview of important PSEO deadlines, an opportunity to hear from members of our distinguished faculty and time to ask some questions. We look forward to seeing you! Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required.

Women’s Hockey vs. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
7 p.m. | Bethel University Arena – National Sports Center, Blaine, Minn.
Cheer on the Royals as they face the Bluegolds! Purchase tickets at the door. Visit the Bethel Athletics website for more information.

Family Weekend Jazz Orchestras Fall Concert
7:30 p.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center, level 1
Relax with the stellar sounds of jazz classics presented by the 10:20 and 5:40 Jazz Orchestras, Jason Harms, director. Cost: Free; no tickets required.

Bethel University Theatre presents “A Shayna Maidel” by Barbara Lebow
7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)| Bethel Theatre, Clauson Center, level 1
Enjoy this powerful and deeply affecting portrait of a family in the aftermath of the Holocaust: two sisters, one a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, the other brought up as an American, meet in 1946 after a separation of almost 20 years.  Cost: $10 general admission; $8 seniors (65+), Bethel employees, and groups of 10 or more; $6 non-Bethel students; Bethel students receive 1 complimentary ticket from Box Office with ID card. Tickets are general seating and can be purchased through the Bethel Box Office.

Saturday, November 7

Family Weekend Check-in/Information
8 a.m.–1 p.m. | Community Life Center Lobby, level 1
Stop by to pick up your name tags, tickets for the weekend, and schedule of events.

Prayer Breakfast
8:30-10 a.m. | Bethel Underground, Brushaber Commons, level 1
Experience fellowship and mutual encouragement as you join President Jay Barnes and other parents and family members to pray for Bethel students, staff, and families. Continental breakfast will be served. Cost: $5/person (not included in student meal plan). Pre-registration required.

Bethel Campus Store
10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | Brushaber Commons, level 2
Stop by and enjoy a special 20% Family Weekend discount on Bethel apparel!

Parent Session: Study Abroad Overview
10:15-11:15 a.m. | Location TBA
Bethel offers more than 30 semester, semester, and interim study abroad opportunities. Vincent Peters, Associate Dean of Off-Campus Programs/international Studies, will discuss the rationale for study abroad at Bethel an how it is academically integrated; the various study abroad program options available; financial aid, health, safety and security matter; the important role played by parents in helping students to plan their study abroad experience; and success stories from Bethel study abroad participants. This session is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Parent Session: Career Planning and Student Resources
10:15-11:15 a.m. | Location TBA
Learn about the variety of resources and tools that Bethel offers to help your student achieve success after graduation, including networking, identifying and building upon one's skills and strengths, approaching the job search process effectively, and more. Facilitated by Dave Broza, Director, Office of Career Development and Calling. This session is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Parent Session: Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Overview
10:15-11:15 a.m. | Location TBA
Parents of current or potential PSEO students are invited to learn more about PSEO at Bethel. Led by the Office of Admissions, this session will focus on the PSEO admission process, financial aid, and resources available to PSEO students (Student Life, Career Development and Calling, Academic Enrichment and Support Center, etc.). We look forward to seeing you! This session is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Parent Session: Thriving at Bethel
10:15-11:15 a.m. | Location TBA
Don’t just survive – thrive. Students who thrive in college succeed academically, manage the demands of college, have healthy relationships, and take care of themselves, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Deb Sullivan-Trainor, Vice-President and Dean, will share with you ways in which Bethel and families can help students thrive. This session is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Family Weekend Lunch
11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons, level 3
Experience lunch on campus, and enjoy the variety and appeal of Bethel’s buffet-style dining. Special Family Weekend Lunch price: $8.50/adult; $4/child (ages 4-11). Purchase at the Monson Dining Center.

Football Game vs. St. Johns
1 p.m. | Royal Stadium, Bethel Campus
Cheer on the Royals as they face the Johnnies! Purchase tickets at the gate at the special Family Weekend price of $3/ticket.

Family Weekend Wind Symphony Fall Concert
7:30 p.m. | Benson Great Hall
Enjoy an exciting concert of new and old band favorites presented by Bethel’s Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Steven Thompson. Cost: Free; no tickets required.

Bethel University Theatre presents “A Shayna Maidel” by Barbara Lebow
7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)| Bethel Theatre, Clauson Center, level 1
Enjoy this powerful and deeply affecting portrait of a family in the aftermath of the Holocaust: two sisters, one a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, the other brought up as an American, meet in 1946 after a separation of almost 20 years.  Cost: $10 general admission; $8 seniors (65+), Bethel employees, and groups of 10 or more; $6 non-Bethel students; Bethel students receive 1 complimentary ticket from Box Office with ID card. Tickets are general seating and can be purchased through the Bethel Box Office.

Sunday, November 8

Bethel University Theatre presents “God of Isaac” by Samuel French
2:30 p.m. (Doors open at 2 p.m.) | Bethel Theatre, Clauson Center, level 1
When Isaac Adams, a second generation American Jew, learns of plans for a neo-Nazi group to stage a demonstration in Skokie, Illinois, he wonders, what, if anything, his involvement should be. Determined to find the truth, Isaac ultimately comes to terms with his heritage, his mother, and himself. Cost: $10 general admission; $8 seniors (65+), Bethel employees, and groups of 10 or more; $6 non-Bethel students; Bethel students receive 1 complimentary ticket from Box Office with ID card. Tickets are general seating and can be purchased through the Bethel Box Office.

Student-led Vespers Service
8 and 10 p.m. | Robertson Center Gym, level 3
Experience this special time of worship that has grown from a small residence hall gathering to a weekly service drawing thousands of young people from across the Twin Cities.