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Top Stories in 2017

January

Teaching (M.A.) Program Director Molly Wickam attends a two-day summit at the White House on Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation.

Bethel Seminary responds to the needs of students and makes it more convenient to earn a seminary degree by moving four degree programs fully online: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), and Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership.

February

The Bethel University men's basketball team wins the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Championship. This was Bethel's second-ever NCAA Playoff appearance for the men's basketball program with their only other trip coming in 1991.

Catalyzed by a $499,221 grant from the Kern Family Foundation, disbursed over five years, Bethel creates the Ministry Scholars Program, a new dual-degree program that allows students to complete both college and seminary in five years.

March

Bethel University announces that Randall Bergen will move from his role as special assistant to the president to a new role as associate provost for the College of Adult & Professional Studies, Bethel Seminary, and Graduate School.

Five graduate students complete their capstone project by creating a recruitment, marketing, training, and retention plan to help manage the growing nonprofit Freeset—and one is given the opportunity to travel to India to help implement it. Becky Amlaw GS’16 shares about her experience.

April

Bethel student Micah Latty ’17 is recognized as the winner of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics Contest.

May

Bethel's baseball team is crowned MIAC champions for the second time in three years after a come-from-behind win in the last inning against Saint Mary's.

The first class of students in the Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development (BUILD) program graduates with Applied Studies Certificates.

June

Vice President and Dean of Bethel Seminary David Clark announces his retirement. He began working as a professor at Bethel Seminary in 1988 and has served as vice president and dean since 2012.

Bethel student Luke Arend ’18 receives the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award for students pursuing careers in mathematics, sciences, and engineering. He becomes the second Bethel student to receive the honor.

July

University Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity Michael Holmes retires after 35 years at Bethel.

August

Bethel begins new undergraduate majors in electrical engineering, neuroscience, and mathematics and data science

September

Summer campus improvements include updating the creekside outdoor space between Freshman Hill and the academic buildings, completing an 18-hole disc golf course on campus, new siding on Arden Village East townhouses, and renovating the physics and engineering space.

Josh Dalki ’18 is named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team by demonstrating his excellence on and off the field. Dalki becomes Bethel's fifth consecutive—and 11th total—football player named to the team.

October

Ed.D. student Hsajune Dyan GS’19 seeks to advance refugee education with support from the prestigious Bush Fellow grant.

November

Bethel announces that a  $4 million renovation project for the Department of Business and Economics will begin in 2018.

Student study abroad magazine Textura wins three national awards.

December

Mikayla Holmgren ’18, a second-year student in the Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development (BUILD) program, makes history by becoming the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss Minnesota USA pageant.

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