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Kendall Davis

Nelson Hall—Resident Director


Residence Hall

Nelson Hall


B.A. Education, Bethel University; M.A. Education, Bethel University

Why I Love Nelson

Nelson Hall has such a rich history! As the first building built on Bethel’s Arden Hills campus, Nelson has been here from the beginning. It’s also the largest of Bethel’s freshman residence halls and holds about a third of the freshmen class. With so many students, there’s always something happening. Nelson is ideally located in the heart of campus, making it the shortest walk to classes, the DC, the workout facility, and everything else.

Best Thing About My Job

I consider this a dream job! I have the privilege of living life alongside students during an incredible year of change and growth. It’s rare to have the opportunity to do life in intentional community. To me this is not just a job, but a way of life for my husband, children, and me.

Number One Reason to Live on Campus

You only have a few years to enjoy college life, so live on campus while you can. You’ll have the rest of your life to live off campus! I have yet to meet someone who regrets their on-campus college experience. Most treasure it, noting that it substantially impacted their college experience through lifelong relationships.

Favorite Bethel Tradition

After many years at Bethel, it’s so hard to pick just one. I have favorites in every season!

  • Bethel has an incredible Welcome Week experience that leaves students and parents in awe. Our current students come out in masses to welcome new students to this place they call home, wanting the new students to love this place the way they do. Welcome Week never gets old and always brings me to tears.

  • I also can’t forget about Homecoming. Homecoming week at Bethel is a really big deal, and so many departments on campus go out of their way to make it an incredible experience for students. Homecoming Cheer night is something you’ll never forget and still gives me goosebumps each year.

  • Another is the beautiful relationships between students and professors. This was a value that Bethel’s founders believed in deeply. Students build relationships with faculty and staff, giving them an invaluable opportunity to be challenged and supported through meaningful mentorship.