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From the President Summer 2012 Volume 3 Number 3

End-of-Life Conversations Our culture has come to an interesting place in its thinking about life, death, and eternal matters. I’m at the stage in life where the death of a friend or family member is not unusual. Two of the men who were groomsmen in our wedding party are now with the Lord, and both Barb and I have lost our dads. We were unusually blessed to have parents who celebrated almost 71 years of marriage (Barb’s parents) and 67 years of marriage (my parents). As death approached for each dad, there was a clear sense that they were ready and eager to be with Jesus. Given their failing bodies and failing minds, there was very little upside to continued life on earth in their current state. While it was hard to say the final goodbye, as Christians our trust in Jesus gives us hope of being reunited in heaven. In both our families it helped that there had been plenty of conversation about endof-life care and decision making. Depending on the family culture, those conversations may be easy and direct or painful and evasive. Financial matters, funeral arrangements, inheritance issues, and levels of medical intervention are issues that can provoke passionate discussions in families who are willing to talk about them. Failure to talk about them only delays the inevitable and can be like a time bomb in family systems. My wife and my sister, both nurses, were good at reminding us of the issues involved in various treatment options and what we had agreed upon in prior family conversations. In my dad’s case, my sister was also a skilled advocate in negotiating the challenges that come when medical professionals seem more interested in avoiding death than prolonging life. In American culture, however, and even to some extent in the church, realistic acknowledgment of the end of life is hard to come by. I’m thankful that professors in each of our schools are helping us think biblically and skillfully about this topic. Some faculty do research to advance what is medically possible, while others sort through the thorny and complicated moral and ethical decisions that come with medical progress. Several of us with Bethel connections have been involved in the Honoring Choices project to “encourage families and communities to have discussions regarding end-of-life choices” ( With some Bethel faculty skilled as medical ethicists and theologians and others skilled at counseling, pastoral care, and medical intervention, Bethel students are being equipped to lead and serve in the name of Christ locally and globally. You will find helpful information about end-of-life conversations, as well as a list of resources, in “The Last Word” (p. 26). Perhaps this issue of Bethel Magazine will prompt some significant discussions in your family!

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Editor Michelle Westlund ’83 Senior Consulting Editor for Bethel Seminary Scott Wible S’02 Contributors

Samantha Allgood ’12 Barb Carlson Nicole Finsaas ’14 Erik Gruber ’06 Jared Johnson Kelsey Lundberg Cindy Pfingsten Scott Streble Tricia Theurer Alennah Westlund ’14 Suzanne Yonker GS’09

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President James (Jay) H. Barnes III

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Summer School A very warm greeting from Bethel University! Temperatures in the Twin Cities approached 100 degrees in early July, but summer campus activities continue at their usual busy pace, including publication of this first-ever summer issue of Bethel Magazine, timed to provide you with news about commencement and other spring and summer events.

Departments Campus News


12 Going Greener


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Commencement 2012, new physician assistant program, distinguished spring guests Tony Dungy, Tim and Mary Pawlenty, and Wess Stafford


Recently published books by Bethel faculty members



The Russell W. Johnson Nature Trail



Paula Moutsos ’11 Bethel Seminary of the East, Master of Arts (Theological Studies) graduate and former White House chef

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Bethel cares for creation in some unique ways. See what we’re doing to be greener.

and the Reading’s Delicious

Vacation time? Dig into a few of these savory summer reads.

20 For the Love of Lake Valentine You may know the lake, but do you know its story? Read it here.

26 The Last Word

Expert advice and resources to guide end-of-life conversations. See this icon? Go online for more.

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147 Bethel Seminary St. Paul students graduated June 2

Spring brought commencement ceremonies at all Bethel locations, as more than 1,000 graduates in St. Paul, San Diego, and on the East Coast embarked on a new phase of their journeys as Christ-followers. View commencement photo galleries at


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Advice to Graduates from President Jay and Barb Barnes 1. Don’t do life alone. 2. Grow your faith. 3. Don’t be pressured into marriage. 4. Enjoy your flexibility. 5. Don’t spend more than you earn. 6. Live simply. 7. Give to others. 8. Maintain your health. 9. Learn to be content. 10. Be thankful and kind. 11. Forgive. 12. Take Sabbath rest. 13. Come back for Homecoming! Read the entire text of the Barnes’ advice on the Just Jay blog at

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524 College of Arts & Sciences students graduated May 26

Make sure you always love God more than you love the dream or the work He has given to you.

Commencement by the Numbers 838 May graduates 324 Mid-year graduates 207 Seminary graduates 1,369 Total Bethel graduates this academic year

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Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14), 1988 Bethel graduate and 2012 Bethel University commencement speaker

San Diego students graduated June 9

314 College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School students graduated May 26

17 Bethel Seminary of the East students graduated June 16

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Roosa Named New! Physician Assistant Program University Professor Wayne Roosa has been named University Professor of Art, the fourth faculty member to earn University Professor recognition. He joined the Bethel faculty as assistant professor of art in 1983 and has served as department chair since 2000. Author of The Next Generation: Contemporary Expressions of Faith, Roosa has another book to be published this year, and has written multiple catalogs, exhibition essays, and journals. He is also a popular presenter at national and international professional conferences. Roosa twice served as a national board member with Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) and collaborated with CIVA as well as with the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City. His other national and international accomplishments include serving as an Andrew Mellon research fellow at the Metropolitan Museum in New York; having his exhibition catalog essays on American artist Stuart Davis used for shows in Japan, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, New York City, and Washington, D.C.; twice serving as a juror for the National Endowment for the Humanities; receiving a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research at Harvard University’s Rare Books Library; and playing a role in cofounding Bethel’s New York Center for Art & Media Studies. Says David Clark, executive vice president and provost: “One consistent aspect of Wayne’s leadership at Bethel is his continued influence on individual students, the Bethel community, and the greater world.” 4

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The Graduate School at Bethel University announces the launch of its physician assistant program, making it only the third such program offered in the state. The Master of Science in Physician Assistant (P.A.) program will begin in May 2013, pending accreditation approval. The degree is a 28-month, full-time master’s program designed to give physician assistants a foundational, generalist training that prepares them for all areas of medicine. Through coursework, lab sessions, and clinical rotations, the program will train students to diagnose patients, treat diseases, prescribe medications, and assist with preventive care. “Our goal is that P.A. graduates will leave Bethel prepared to work alongside physicians, treating illnesses and serving their patients with compassion,” says Wallace Boeve, director of the new program. “Our facilities offer low- and high-fidelity simulation equipment that provides hands-on experience right in the classroom. Plus, rotations in several specialty areas will give our students the chance to apply what they’re learning in class to a variety of real-world settings.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the physician assistant profession will grow 30% by the year 2020, due in part to an aging population that will put increasing pressure on healthcare providers. Adding the P.A. program at the Graduate School is part of a larger university strategic plan to expand Bethel’s presence in health sciences. The university already has a long-standing tradition of solid health science and nursing programs in the College of Arts & Sciences as well as the M.S. in Nursing at the Graduate School. Along with a recently hired parttime medical director, Daniel Leafblad, M.D., Boeve is developing the P.A. program at Bethel by hiring new faculty

members, working with area doctors and hospitals to establish clinical sites for the students, and developing materials to meet accreditation requirements. “Bethel University’s distinctive Christian mission to be world-changers, as well as salt and light in the world, is what

Program director Wallace Boeve (right) talks with Board of Trustee members.

drew me and my family here,” says Boeve. “We are excited to be only one of three P.A. programs in the United States with a specific Christian focus to educate students to become physician assistants who are competent and ethical practitioners, as well as possess integrity and are compassionate reconcilers.” The M.S. in Physician Assistant program is scheduled for a provisional accreditation visit from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) in December 2012. Notification from ARCPA about program approval is expected in April 2013. The program will also apply for appropriate Higher Learning Commission accreditation status, as well as prepare to meet Minnesota Department of Education requirements. If ARC-PA does not award provisional accreditation, the first class will not be accepted into the program for May 2013.

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Bookmarked Recently published books by Bethel University’s faculty Justification: Five Views Edited by general editors James Beilby and Paul Eddy, Professors of Biblical and Theological Studies, and associate editor Steve Enderlein, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies (IVP Academic) “Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). When Paul wrote these words, he seemed confident he had made himself clear, but for centuries the Pauline doctrine of justification has been a classic point of interpretation and debate. This volume focuses on five views of justification, as proponents for each view set forth their case and then respond to each other. The book is a lively and informative engagement with the biblical, historical, and contemporary understandings of justification.

of the writers of this commentary is that its use will make the Scriptures more intelligible and that by knowing God’s Word believers will come to a more penetrating, meaningful, and lifechanging understanding of God and His purposes.”

New Century, New Directions: The Baptist General Conference/ Converge Worldwide Edited by Jim Spickelmier, former Associate Vice President for Seminary Development, and Carole Spickelmier, former CAS Admissions Systems Manager (Harvest Books) A collection of writers throughout the Baptist General Conference, now Converge Worldwide, paints a picture of the kingdom work accomplished by the conference in the last decade.

The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary It’s Milking Time Job commentary by Gary Long, Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies; Matthew commentary by Jeannine Brown, Professor of New Testament and Interim Dean for the Faculty, Bethel Seminary St. Paul (Baker Books) The effort of more than 40 evangelical scholars, this commentary was written to help pastors, students, and church leaders understand and apply Scripture. According to the book’s preface, “The sincere desire

by Phyllis Alsdurf, Associate Professor of English (Random House) This engaging, educational readaloud answers children’s questions about dairy farms, dairy animals, and where milk comes from. Inspired by Alsdurf’s own experiences growing up on a dairy farm, the book chronicles a young girl’s special relationship with her father and the animals on their farm.

All books, as well as many others by Bethel faculty, are available at the Campus Store. Shop in person, by phone at 651.638.6202, or online at

Faculty and Students Collaborate on Summer Research The academic year has ended, but academic research continues all summer long, as faculty and students use the break to collaborate on numerous projects. Once a week, a faculty/student research group meets for a pizza lunch to discuss their current work. One or two teams present their research to 20-30 participants, with time for questions and discussion afterward. In addition, the Edgren Scholars Award is granted annually to four summer research teams, funding summer research collaboration between faculty and students that has resulted in numerous scholarly publications and presentations. Established in 2001, the award is named for Bethel founder John Alexis Edgren. This year’s teams include Dmitri Medvedovski, associate professor of economics, and Andrew Reynen ’15, who are researching “Lithuanian Family Economics, Religion, and Health Outcomes”; Megan Flynn, assistant professor of psychology, and Ingrid Vatsaas ’12, who are researching “Predictors of Peer Victimization during the Transition to Adolescence”; Brian Hyatt, associate professor of biological sciences, and Anna Fuglestad ’14, who are researching the “Examination of the Effects of XER81 and FGF10 Overexpression on the Development of the Lung in the Frog Xenopus Laevis”; and Rollin A. King, professor of chemistry, and Sarah Greteman-Leo ’14, who are researching “Improving Theoretical Prediction of Absolute Configurations of Molecules via Incorporation of Explicit Solvent Effects.” Find detailed stories on summer research teams all summer long at Bethel University


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Bethel Hosts Distinguished Spring Guests Tony Dungy Former NFL coach Tony Dungy visited Bethel in April to speak to Bethel athletes as well as the university-wide community. Dungy, a Super Bowl-winning coach, New York Times best-selling author, and outspoken Christian, first encouraged Bethel’s student-athletes to build a culture that wins, both in sports and in life. He then addressed the entire Bethel community, discussing the importance of a spiritual component in one’s life, especially in conjunction with the social, educational, and physical demands typical of the collegiate lifestyle. Describing a person in the Bible who resonates with him, Dungy mentioned the apostle Paul. “I admire Paul, who lived with a mixture of boldness and compassion,” he explained. “Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11, ‘Follow me as I follow Christ,’ which challenges me to live accordingly, and I challenge you to do the same.”  

Tim and Mary Pawlenty In April, Tim and Mary Pawlenty dropped by Bethel to talk politics, faith, and life after the campaign. The event was arranged by the Bethel chapter of College Republicans, led by President Andrew Baker ’12. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty shared about his humble beginnings, his eight years as governor, and his recent presidential run. Mary Pawlenty shared about her former roles as a law student, a judge, and the First Lady of Minnesota. “I invited the Pawlentys to speak to our club, and the greater Bethel 6

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community, due to their high level of influence in the political arena,” says Baker. “It’s beneficial for Bethel students to see how successful political figures can choose to live out their faith in politics.”

Mary Pawlenty attended Bethel University for her undergraduate degree in political science, graduating in 1983. “Life is going to take all kinds of twists and turns,” she told Bethel students, “and being ready for that and having a foundation for that is essential. And that of course is what Bethel University is all about—preparing you to face all of life’s challenges and to do your very best to give back.” After four years at Bethel, Mary Pawlenty went on to law school, where she met her husband. Tim Pawlenty said he felt blessed to be a guest on Bethel’s campus. “I want to congratulate Bethel University on this values-based, beautiful institution,” he said. “Because of the quality of the curriculum, the quality of the college, but also the fact that this institution still stands for important values … I hope it also gives you a sense of pride to be connected to such a fine university.”

Wess Stafford Wess Stafford, internationally recognized advocate for children in poverty and CEO of Compassion International, visited Bethel in April during the two-day “Faith and Values” symposium series sponsored by

the Office of Campus Ministries. Founded in 1952, Compassion International is one of the world’s largest Christian child development agencies, partnering with more than 60 denominations and thousands of local churches to serve more than a million children in 26 countries. During his Bethel visit, Stafford spoke at a leadership event for area pastors, then engaged hundreds of listeners in a “Conversation on Compassion” in Benson Great Hall. The next day, he addressed the Bethel community at chapel, where he shared his journey to faith and his experience growing up as the son of missionaries on the Ivory Coast, in western Africa. Stafford said he was moved to advocate for children (“the least of these,” Matthew 25:40) when, at age six, he witnessed many of his friends dying from measles. He remembers crying as he realized that not all children had the same protection or safety he did. He challenged the audience to join him in listening to, and advocating for, children. He then called on listeners to find a cause, like he did, that kindles their deepest passions. “What’s your cause?” he asked. “What affects you so deeply that you’re moved to tears in 30 seconds, whether those are tears of loss or tears of joy? Find your cause! Something that’s bigger than you that requires your time, talent, and treasure.”

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Professor Published in Science Magazine Sara Wyse, assistant professor of biological sciences, had an article published recently in the prestigious Science magazine. She and her co-author, Tammy Long of Michigan State University, wrote “A Season for Inquiry: Investigating Phenology in Local Campus Trees,” which was awarded the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction. Wyse says she and Long wrote the article “in response to numerous national calls to improve undergraduate biology education—to make it reflect more accurately the process of science and how science is practiced rather than a regurgitation of facts.” Their article outlines the Campus Trees Phenology Lab, a hands-on lab that allows students

to develop skills necessary for working as a scientist outside of the undergraduate program. Students problem solve, analyze changes, and collect data, working independently on the experiment. “We must allow students opportunities to wrestle with real problems,” state Wyse and Long, “and be rewarded for conceiving creative strategies for solving them. Our students have shown us they are ready for the challenge.” Students in Wyse’s course Introduction to Biodiversity, Ecology, and Adaptation take part in the lab, and Wyse says it helps them engage in God’s creation: “Comments from Bethel students about this project include how amazing and creative God is, how attentive He is to details, and how incredible these phenological events are that take place around us all the time without our awareness. The praises rising from my students and me as we study what He has made is a highlight of teaching!”

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Record spring enrollment at Bethel Seminary San Diego. Added to 620 seminary students enrolled in St. Paul and 75 at Bethel Seminary of the East, total Bethel Seminary spring enrollment was 929 students.


Years of renewed accreditation officially granted to Bethel Seminary St. Paul by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools

Student Awarded Fulbright Fellowship Chris Goldsby ’12, a business and Spanish major, was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year. The award, called the Garcia Robles Binational Business Fulbright Grant, will allow him to study at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico in Mexico City or the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, both top universities in Mexico. He will also work full time in a business internship with a multinational corporation or nonprofit, with the goal of finding creative economic development solutions in areas such as poverty alleviation, child malnutrition, sanitation, and domestic violence. Goldsby completed a rigorous application process to receive

the highly competitive and prestigious grant, including a Skype interview—in Spanish—with an eight-member panel that included four government officials. “Many people were instrumental in helping me achieve this award,” he says. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, and receive the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international

concerns. Approximately 1,600 U.S. students receive Fulbright awards each year. Two other Bethel students have been awarded Fulbright fellowships: Charity Kroeker ’08, Poland, 2008-09; and Anna Wilson ’10, Slovakia, 2010-11. Learn more about the Fulbright program at Bethel University


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Under Construction Dictionary of Christian Spirituality Wins Christian Book Award Members of the Bethel Seminary San Diego Executive Board toured the seminary’s new facility construction site in June.

The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, edited by Glen Scorgie, professor of theology and ethics at Bethel Seminary San Diego, received a 2012 Christian Book Award in the Bible Reference category. James D. Smith III, Bethel Seminary San Diego professor of church history, served as a consulting editor, and the dictionary includes entries and articles by more than 30 other Bethel contributors. “All together, 34 Bethel University faculty and staff members, from St. Paul and both coasts, wrote pieces for the volume—an encouraging indication of ongoing commitment at Bethel to the university’s historic regard for ‘heart and mind,’” says Scorgie. “We trust that this milestone work will prove very useful to the people of God in the days ahead.” The Christian Book Awards are presented annually by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association to the finest works in Christian publishing.

Education Majors Benefit from New Residency Model Over the past three years, Bethel’s education department has worked to integrate a new residency model for elementary education majors as part of their methods coursework and

student teaching. Participating students have benefited through this extensive practicum experience, which provides valuable opportunities to make immediate applications in a classroom immersion setting. “The residency is an incredible 8

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opportunity for any candidate who is truly passionate about being a teacher,” says Associate Professor of Education Sandi Horn. “We have seen that the residents have a slight advantage when job hunting since it is a unique experience on their resume. They are able to talk from a place of greater classroom experience than traditional graduates.” In January 2009, the Department of Education formed a partnership with North End Elementary School in the St. Paul School District, St. Paul, Minn., and nine senior elementary education majors volunteered to participate in the pilot residency program that fall, which entailed spending time in their classrooms five days a week. The K-6 licensure candidates all have four practicum experiences before student teaching, but the residency model provided a more extensive methods block practicum, allowing five of the nine methods classes to be taught onsite in the elementary school. School consolidations and budget cuts redirected

the program to a charter school in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul for the 2010-2011 school year, with eight students participating. The following year, Bethel connected with the Fridley School District, Fridley, Minn., and in fall 2011, eight candidates were placed in two Fridley elementary schools. “Professors continue to see the development of deeper understanding and accelerated acquisition of pedagogy skills in the residents,” says Horn. Benefits include more time in the classroom; an opportunity to be part of a school staff; tangible lesson planning; and the chance to develop close relationships with the kids, allowing students to plan for and target specific learning needs. During the 2012-2013 school year, there will be six to eight positions for students within the Fridley schools. The department plans on further recruiting to continue the program’s significant progress.

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Investing in Bethel Students— Now and into the Future

Math Team Excels Bethel’s Math Team, including (above, l to r) Blaine Goscha, Jacob Smith, and Michael Tetzlaff, was recently awarded the designation of “Outstanding Winner” in this year’s COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), making it one of the top 10 teams in the prestigious international competition. A total of 3,697 teams from 17 countries competed. In the past 12 years, this is the third time Bethel has been awarded this top honor, receiving “Outstanding Winner” designations in 2001 and 2002 as well. “Bethel’s success in this contest speaks highly of both the students who choose to attend Bethel, and also the education those students receive here that prepares them to excel in this competition,” says Nathan Gossett, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science. “There are thousands of teams competing from all over the world, and Bethel students consistently stack up very well against them. Students are developing skills to excel in both the MCM and also after college, as they are called upon to tackle newly developing, previously unsolved problems that they encounter in their jobs, research projects, and beyond.” View full competition results at mcm/contests/2012/results

Warren Magnuson served as general secretary for the Baptist General Conference (BGC), now Converge Worldwide, from 1969-1987. While Magnuson’s work was based in Chicago and he traveled to countless countries and numerous churches, he has remained connected to Bethel University. “I love the Lord and I love Bethel,” he states. Magnuson attended Bethel Junior College and graduated from Bethel Seminary in 1946. His support and recognition of Bethel has never wavered through the years. “Bethel plays a distinct role in the conference,” he says. “I hope its identity remains strong.” Magnuson has answered the call to ensure that Bethel remains a strong university. Through a charitable remainder trust with the Bethel Foundation, he and his wife Margaret gave lakefront property near Aitken, Minn., to Bethel in a transaction that benefited both parties. Explains Dan Wiersum, associate vice president of development and director of planned gifts, “They didn’t have to pay taxes on the capital gains when the property sold, they received a charitable deduction for income tax purposes, and they receive quarterly payments from the trust. Someday, Bethel will receive the remaining principal of the trust to fund our ongoing ministry.” When Margaret died, Magnuson established the Margaret Magnuson Scholarship in her memory, with a portion of donated assets from their trust. The scholarship provides financial aid to students pursuing nursing or related caring professions. Recently, Magnuson established the Warren R.

Magnuson Scholarship fund, which benefits international seminary students. Magnuson plans to provide annual funding until his death, when it will be funded with proceeds from his IRA and become endowed. “I believe we have an obligation to educate others for the larger church,” he explains. “I appreciated what Bethel did for me and I hope it would be a continuing source of pastors and missionaries for the missions God has given to us.” Magnuson has a clear understanding of ownership versus stewardship, and smiles wryly when recounting a meeting with his financial advisor, whom he told, “It’s not my money.” The advisor, obviously nervous, asked, “Whose is it?” Magnuson clarified, “It’s God’s.” And he trusts Bethel to steward it well. “The Lord is looking over your shoulder,” he says. “I don’t worry about it.” For more information about including Bethel University in your estate planning, please contact Dan Wiersum, associate vice president for development and director of planned gifts, and certified specialist in planned giving (CSP), at 651.635.8052 (800.255.8706, ext. 8052) or d-wiersum@, or visit creative-giving

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The Twin Cities’ warmest spring on record provided balmy weather for Bethel athletes to set some records of their own. For more information, game recaps, and feature stories on all sports, visit


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Matt Schafer ’13 (#1) and Zach Haskins ’13 (#2) 2012 All-Americans

The 2012 season was an incredible one for the Bethel University baseball team, as the Royals advanced to the MIAC playoffs for the first time since 2000. With new Head Coach Brian Raabe, seven seniors, and a solid core of young talent, Bethel’s club finished 20-20 overall and 11-9 in conference play. Junior utility player (pitcher/outfielder) Matt Rowley (Minnetonka, Minn.) was selected MIAC Player of the Year, along with receiving All-Region First Team accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association and Besides Rowley, Jay Slick (Sr., River Falls, Wis.) received his third All-Conference award, and Buddy Flaherty (Sr., Victoria, Minn.) his first. In addition, the Royals garnered an MIAC Player of the Week award three times throughout the 2012 campaign, including Rowley, Flaherty, and junior David Freed (North Oaks, Minn.).

Matt Rowley ’13 Baseball MIAC Player of the Year

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The 2012 softball team came just shy of a return trip to the MIAC postseason. A split on the final day of play pushed the Royals out of the conference tournament, and they finished the season with a 10-12 league record and an overall record of 16-24. Bethel had a strong finish to the conference schedule, winning nine of 14 contests. The Royals received exceptional help from junior Rachel Gilbert (Becker, Minn.) and freshman Kalyn Sorensen (Maple Grove, Minn.), who were welcomed to the MIAC All-Conference First Team. Additionally, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association awarded Gilbert a spot on the All-Region Third Team.

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field New standards were set during the 2012 outdoor track and field season, as 12 school records were bettered by five women throughout both indoor and outdoor competition. Sophomore Ashley Magelssen (Forest Lake, Minn.), an MIAC Athlete of the Week, took ownership of four individual records and assisted in five relay records. Magelssen advanced to the NCAA Division III National Outdoor

Track and Field Championships in both the 100- and 200-meter dash, as well as in the 1600-meter relay along with Ashley Quick (So., Johnston, Iowa), Courtney Fregeau (So., Andover, Minn.), and Krista McCright (Jr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Rachel Kalk (So., Isanti, Minn.) was also exceptional, taking first place at the MIAC Outdoor Championships in the 100-meter hurdles event with another Bethel University record-breaking time.

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field The men’s track and field squad continued the success from their indoor season throughout the outdoor campaign. Juniors Matt Schafer (New Brighton, Minn.) and Zach Haskins (Maple Grove, Minn.) finished their seasons with high achievements, receiving All-American honors at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Schafer captured third place in the 800-meter, while Haskins finished seventh in the 1500-meter run. Senior Gabe Hymer (Apple Valley, Minn.) and junior Rob LeMay (Maplewood, Minn.) both took first place at the MIAC Outdoor Championships. Hymer was champion

Anna Carlson ’12

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Senior Anna Carlson (Roseville, Minn.) was selected to the six-member 2012 CCM Division III women’s hockey West All-American First team in March. Carlson led the West Region in defenseman scoring with 26 points on four goals and 22 assists; her 26 points this season made her Bethel’s highest-scoring defenseman with 75 career points.

in the pole vault, while LeMay bested all competitors in the 400-meter dash.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis While the men’s and women’s tennis teams played through a challenging 2012 campaign, there were some positive notes for each team. The women ended 6-13 (1-9 MIAC), putting together a solid 5-5 record early on. The men finished 4-11 (2-7 MIAC), losing several close matches. Juniors Tucker Morris (Arden Hills, Minn.) and Reggie Ronning (Alexandria, Minn.) were selected to the MIAC AllConference Doubles Team for their 3-1 record throughout the conference season.

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by Michelle Westlund ’83 with Samantha Allgood ’12 and Alennah Westlund ’14

Bethel cares for creation through sustainability and stewardship

Long before the color green became the catchword for all things eco-friendly, Bethel was committed to the wise stewardship of resources. The university’s Covenant for Life Together asserts that “we believe all human and natural resources are a trust from God…We believe in wise use of natural resources. We will use them to do God’s work and to benefit God’s creation.” Even the most casual visitor, upon entering campus, invariably comments on the visible evidence of Bethel’s commitment to creation care: the lush beauty of its natural setting and the peaceful lake at its center. But Bethel is more than just a pretty place. With a renewed emphasis on becoming a more environmentally sustainable campus, Bethel is going greener. Two groups are spearheading campus efforts to exercise responsible resource stewardship. The Bethel Green Council is a university-wide organization that encourages the conservation of environmental resources. Founded in 2001 as a faculty committee, the group now has about 25 active members who meet regularly to 12

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examine and evaluate issues relating to energy, materials, and space. “We’re passionate about helping Bethel become a leader in sustainability and stewardship,” says Jacob Johnson ’04, Bethel web designer and Green Council chair. “We believe that as Christians we have a unique calling to care for God’s creation.” The student-led group Creation Restoration also focuses on caring for God’s creation, specifically in how students can better themselves and campus by moving in a more sustainable direction. The group sponsors activities that raise awareness and support for green living, including an Earth Day celebration and campus cleanup efforts. “In the Greek translation of Genesis 2:15, God called Adam and Eve to ‘serve and preserve’ the garden,” says Colin Veerman ’13, an environmental science major and copresident of Creation Restoration. “We believe this ‘serve and preserve’ mentality should be lived out by every one of us.” Here’s a sample of the many ways Bethel is going greener.

Campus Cleanup. In late spring,

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volunteers participated in a campus buckthorn removal day. Buckthorn is an invasive plant that out-competes native plants for nutrients, degrades wildlife habitat, and contributes to erosion by shading out other plants. “Buckthorn is a serious environmental issue here on campus,” says Professor of Biology Jeff Port, “and this effort represents a significant step forward in what will be a longterm, multi-stage process.”

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Community Gardens. Fourteen Bethel students teamed up with faculty and staff to serve alongside Frogtown-Summit/University (FSU) community members for the Community Garden Service Event. The project was part of Bethel’s participation in the White House Interfaith Campus and Community Service Challenge. The group prepared four community gardens for spring planting; enjoyed food from local restaurants highlighting various cultures; and dialogued with four community elders who discussed the role of faith in motivation for service, the function of community gardening in the neighborhood, and how community members navigate diverse faith traditions in their neighborhoods. “It was a beautiful day and a great chance to get to know the people who help support the communities around them every day,” says Tim Larson ’12.

The mission of environmental studies at Bethel is to guide students in the pursuit of truth about the workings of creation and the human place in it, and to enable them to practice environmental stewardship in their lifestyles and professions. Students are prepared for creation care through a curriculum that integrates knowledge and perspective from disciplines like biology, chemistry, economics, geology, history, and political science. Bethel’s environmental studies programs combine classroom and laboratory instruction with a variety of field experiences, preparing graduates for advanced degrees or employment in areas like natural resource conservation, outdoor education, and environmental advocacy. Off-campus study opportunities include courses in tropical ecosystems and sustainable community development. Summer courses are offered through the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies on campuses in the Great Lakes region, Pacific Northwest, South India, and Latin America.

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Earth Day Activities. As part of Bethel’s Earth Day celebration, Cody the Buffalo ambled by, patiently posing for photos with enthusiastic students. Cody represents Buffalo Gal, Inc., which produces organically pastureraised meat. Cody is seven years old, weighs 2,000 pounds, and has appeared in commercials for Taco John’s and jeans. He is the cousin of Cody I, who is famous for his roles in the movies Radio Flyer and the Academy Award-winning Dances with Wolves.

Locally Sourced Food. Sodexo, Bethel’s food services provider, maintains the on-campus Royal Gardens, where produce is grown for use in catering and often appears on the Monson Dining Center’s salad bar. Sodexo also partners with nearby vendors and farmers to feature locally produced foods, including cheese, vegetables, fruit, rice, maple syrup, herbs, butter, cream, grass-fed beef, and organic produce and milk.

It’s Easy Being Green

Take this quiz and apply what you learn to live more sustainably! 1. Recycling glass can save energy. By recycling one glass bottle, how many watt-hours do you save? a) 20 b) 100 c) 250 d) 400 2. Which of these sweets causes farmers to cut down the rain forest canopy in order to increase production? a) licorice b) chocolate c) jelly beans d) caramel


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3. Drinking tap water instead of bottled water can help you and the environment because… a) Tap water is generally healthier than bottled. b) More water bottles are littered or trashed than recycled. c) Manufacturing bottles consumes valuable energy. d) all of the above 4. When making “greener” decisions at the airport, you can… a) Fly during the day, not at night. b) Buy food in the airport. c) Follow the carry-on liquid restrictions. d) Fly first class.

5. If 20% of U.S. households switched from paper to e-billing statements and payments, we would save how many trees each year? a) 10,000 b) 875,944 c) 1,811,275 d) 2,120,784 6. By switching off lights when you leave the room, you could save how much money per year? a) $10.35 b) $40.15 c) $60.50 d) $150

Recycling. Bethel provides on-campus bins for recycling paper, paperback books, cardboard, metal, glass, batteries, inkjet cartridges, and cell phones. Gently used clothing and other small items are collected in residence halls for donation to local charities, and used electronics are gathered for proper disposal and recycling. Disposable coffee cups, lids, and plastic utensils are recycled, and coffee grounds are used for composting. Bethel also recently expanded plastic recycling to include all seven types of plastics, a change that will “save as much as 10-20% of what ends up in the trash and landfills,” according to Steve Porter, manager of building services. Even food waste is recycled by Sodexo, Bethel’s food provider, which sends it to feed farm-raised pigs. Lake Valentine Preservation. Creation Restoration, a student-led campus environmental organization, plans to officially adopt Lake Valentine through the Department of Natural Resources, which would allow the group to do continued cleanup and watershed restoration. The lake has long been the focus of research by biology and environmental studies students, and recent data has shown that restoration efforts are succeeding. “From an ecological perspective, it’s a very healthy system,” says Professor of Biology Jeff Port. For more on Lake Valentine, see p. 20. BU

7. Recycled newspapers can be used for: a) cardboard b) kitty litter c) egg cartons d) all of the above 8. We could power 3,657 U.S. homes for a year if we recycled how many laptops? a) 100 b) 1,000 c) 1 million d) 2 million

Answers: 1. d. 400. Recycling a single glass bottle saves 400 watt hours. That’s enough power to run your computer for 30 minutes. 2. b. Chocolate. Cocoa is grown on a shade tree. To increase production, farmers cut down parts of the rain forest

canopy so cocoa trees can grow in direct sunlight. 3. d. All of the above. Bottled water isn’t as well-regulated as tap water, and plastic often leaks bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor, into liquids. Every year in the U.S., 80% of plastic bottles are littered or trashed, not recycled. The manufacturing of these plastic bottles requires more than 17 million barrels of oil. 4. a. Fly during the day, not at night. Daytime flights have less than half the environmental impact of red-eyes, because the contrails formed by jet emissions capture heat. Contrails have at least as much negative impact on the climate as carbon-dioxide airplane emissions. 5. c. 1,811,275. If a fifth of our nation switched to online billing, we would save 150,939,615 pounds of paper, sparing 1,811,275 trees per year. 6. b. $40.15. A

kilowatt-hour of energy costs about 11 cents. Leaving a light on unnecessarily for 16 hours a day costs $40.15 extra each year. 7. d. All of the above. Each year, more than 24 billion newspapers are published. Recycling newspapers to produce other goods can save trees and water, as well as reduce air and water pollution. 8. c. 1 million. Computers contain materials that are dangerous when they end up in landfills. A lot of this waste is burned or exported, polluting the air. We can save energy and reduce pollution by recycling these electronics.

Quiz information adapted from, which helps users assess their energy footprints and go greener. Bethel University


PlaceMeant– Russell W. Johnson Nature trail

by Tricia Theurer

The Russell W. Johnson Nature Trail winds its way around the northern half of the Bethel University campus. Hikers along the one-mile trail explore oak savannah, the littoral zone of Lake Valentine, a wet meadow, lowland cottonwood forest, upland oak-maple forest, wetlands, groves of conifer trees planted by Johnson and his students, and the campus tall grass prairie. The nature trail is named in honor of the late Russ Johnson, associate professor of biology, who taught at Bethel from 1951-2000. Not only was Johnson the founder of the biology and science programs at Bethel, but he was an active and dynamic lover of natural creation and an advocate for our roles as stewards. Johnson died in 2002, but his legacy lives on amid the forests and meadows of his namesake trail, which was dedicated during Homecoming 2003.




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1. The trail map’s legend indicates where upland forest, bottomland forest, conifer woodland, oak woodland, tallgrass prairie, water, wetlands, managed landscape, and the athletic areas appear on campus. 2. The Tartarian honeysuckle is a common shrub of Minnesota deciduous forests, flowering in May to June. Introduced to the area from eastern Europe/Asia, it has become naturalized throughout our region. 3. Johnson helped others hear “the first book”—the creation story — that God shared with humanity in Genesis. His faith and passion for both the Lord and the natural world have influenced all those whose lives he touched. 4. The trail sign beckons a lone hiker to take a break from the bustle of campus and encounter the beauty of God’s creation. 5. On the Lake Valentine side of the path is the littoral zone, which buffers the lake from nutrients coming from the developed areas of campus. 6. Among the species of trees found along the trail are groves of conifers planted by Johnson and his students. 7. The Russell W. Johnson Nature Trail was dedicated during Homecoming on October 18, 2003. Seventy-five people attended the dedication of the trail as a part of the permanent Bethel landscape plan. 8. Several of Russ and Margaret Johnson’s family members are also connected to Bethel: son Stephen attended Bethel, and Stephen’s son Brad taught in the art department; son Dan is a 1969 grad and taught geography at Bethel, and Dan’s daughters Krista, Angie, and Jenny are also Bethel graduates. Krista taught in Bethel’s nursing program.


photos by Scott Streble


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S and u mthe m e r t i m e Reading’s Delicious

by Scott Wible S’02


t was June—finally—and my fellow seniors and I couldn’t wait to escape high school forever. But blocking the door to summer’s freedom was Miss McKenna, our English teacher/drill sergeant. “One last assignment,” she announced as we filed by, handing us each a mimeographed list of some 200 literary works. “These are just a few of the books you absolutely must read during your lifetime.” It was a feast. I devoured the first title that very summer. And nearly 40 years later I still refer to that faded bill of fare, savoring every selection. Following is a smörgåsbord of favorites from Bethel faculty and staff to whet your own appetite. Grab some lemonade, dig in, and read hearty!


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LoveLake The beloved campus landmark is restored by a community committed to creation care


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by Erik Gruber ’06

Lake Valentine has been at the heart of Bethel life for 50 years, setting the scene for countless intimate conversations between friends, adventures that shaped the Bethel experience, and moments of solitude to listen and reflect. When the weather’s warm, students might throw a line in the water or walk the nature trail. In winter, they use the frozen lake for broomball and cross-country skiing. And then there are the infamous lakeside “define the relationship” walks, familiar to Bethel couples from one generation to the next. Everyone who has attended Bethel has experienced Lake Valentine.

photo by Dean Riggott

But not everyone knows the lake’s story. The tranquil waters of this iconic campus landmark have a rather murky history.

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In 1986, Bob Kistler, now senior faculty instructional technology consultant, joined Bethel’s biology department. Trained as an ecologist, Kistler considered himself an applied scientist, using his expertise and training to “make changes that benefited the natural creation,” he explains. Kistler was drawn to Bethel by the unique beauty of a campus offering tall-grass prairie, uplands, lowlands, wetlands, oak savannah, and a lake. But when he arrived, he noticed immediately that Lake Valentine was in trouble. The water was cloudy and had a stagnant odor. Fish were dying. “You couldn’t see into the water more than a foot,” he says. “It was filled with blue-green algae.” Kistler’s passion for applied science was ignited. First he had to figure out what, exactly, was going on. He learned that Bethel’s campus is part of the Rice Creek Watershed District, a series of connected lakes, wetlands, streams, and ditches covering about 186 square miles of Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington Counties in Minnesota. Starting near Forest Lake and flowing southwest toward the Mississippi River, the water system covers such a large area, collecting pollutants and sediments throughout, that watershed management becomes extremely important. Healthy lakes and wetlands have a natural buffer zone of cattails, wild grasses, and aquatic plants that act as a filter to catch pollutants before they enter the water. But in the 1980s, says Kistler, “the management practice in the northern Twin Cities was to mow [the vegetation] right down to the water line. It was an aesthetic decision. The perception was that creek systems and wetlands were unsightly.”

“Out of Genesis, our call is to take care of creation. And we can take tangible steps to do that right here on campus.”


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– Sara Wyse, assistant professor of biological sciences

photo courtesy of the History Center

A Lake in Peril

A view of the dock and lake, circa 1970s.

When that buffer zone was cut down, chemicals and fertilizers from paved roads and manicured lawns ran off into the watershed. Those chemicals wreaked havoc in Lake Valentine. “Algae quickly takes advantage of the excess fertilizer,” explains Jeff Port, professor of biological sciences. “It likes the nitrogen and phosphorous. When those nutrients become abundant because of runoff, you get an algal bloom and the blue-green slime that we associate with a lot of lakes in Minnesota. As summer progresses, the algae dies and the decomposition draws the oxygen out of the water. The lake freezes over and there isn’t enough oxygen for fish to survive. Come spring we have fish kills.”

Increasing Awareness To break this toxic cycle, Kistler rolled up his sleeves and took on the hard work of educating the Bethel community. He talked to administrators about water management practices, and worked with colleagues and students to raise awareness of Lake Valentine’s condition. One of his first projects was teaming with Professor of Chemistry Ken Rohly to establish Bethel’s environmental studies program, giving students an academic option that focused on environmental issues and included research on Lake Valentine.

“God’s Miracle on Lake Valentine” really a nice property. How do we get Dupont to pay attention to us?’ Kronholm told President Lundquist about a contact in Dupont’s main office, and the president talked to him. Nothing happened at the time, but later, Dupont approached Bethel and said ‘If you’re still interested…’ There was no other explanation that I know of.”

photo courtesy of the History Center

Before Bethel built the campus we know today, Lake Valentine was just a small body of water on an undeveloped patch of land in Arden Hills, Minnesota. The land was owned by E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, commonly called Dupont, a 200-year-old chemical company that made its name producing black powder and high explosives in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dupont’s success was due largely to military contracts. The company produced half the gunpowder used by the Union Army during the Civil War and was a major munitions supplier for the Allies during World War I. Dupont bought the land in Arden Hills in 1913 to store commercial dynamite. Following World War I, Dupont’s interests diversified and the company shifted its focus to developing new materials. During this period they discovered neoprene, nylon, and Teflon, created the first synthetic rubber, and played a major role in the development of modern body armor. And that was the state of things in 1959, when Bethel President Carl H. Lundquist made a phone call to Dupont. At the time, Bethel was a small college and seminary with a 10-acre campus in St. Paul. The school was thriving and Lundquist knew it would soon outgrow its facilities. He believed the 235 acres owned by Dupont would provide the perfect setting for a new campus, with Lake Valentine as the backdrop. There was just one problem: Dupont wasn’t selling. At least not at first. Safely storing dynamite required a lot of land. Small amounts of the material had to be housed in bunkers with enough distance between them that one explosion wouldn’t cause a chain reaction. Bethel simply wasn’t offering enough money to convince Dupont to remove the dynamite and sell its valuable storage space. After years of phone calls and refusals, prayer and persistence, Dupont relented and agreed to sell the land to Bethel, at one-fourth the price a development firm had offered. In the words of Bethel historian Jim Spickelmier ’63: “A family named Kronholm was connected to Bethel through the Baptist General Conference, and one of the Kronholm brothers worked for Dupont. As I understand it, President Lundquist talked to him and said, ‘That’s

Bethel executive leadership gathered at the college campus groundbreaking. (L to r) Carl Lundquist, Virgil Olson, Burton Wessman, Gordon Johnson, and Harvey DeVries.

Lundquist attributed Dupont’s change of heart to God’s mighty work. In an article for The Baptist Pietist Clarion, he wrote that “divine work is never limited to human genius or human resources or human organization. The big question about any undertaking is not ‘Can we do it?’ but ‘Is God in it?’ If He is, anything is possible.” Lundquist affectionately referred to Bethel’s campus as “God’s miracle on Lake Valentine.” So it was, through answered prayer, that the stories of Bethel and Lake Valentine became inextricably linked.

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In 1991, Kistler and a group of environmental studies students participated in the Citizen Assisted Monitoring Program, a project overseen by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to track the health of Minnesota lakes. Around that same time, Kistler worked with Professor of English Thomas Becknell, Professor of Science Education Patti Paulson, and Bethel’s Office of Development to raise money for the Russell W. Johnson Nature Trail (see p. 16), which “has helped raise awareness of the lake by giving people access,” says Kistler. The clearest sign of Bethel’s increasing environmental awareness was the decision to let cattails grow along Lake Valentine’s shoreline. Kistler remembers a key conversation with former President George Brushaber that led to the change. “The campus was having trouble with geese,” he remembers, “and George wanted to know if there was anything he could do about it. I told him that cattails would help by taking away the open walkway from the water to the shore. As a bonus, that natural buffer zone would make the lake a lot cleaner. He liked the sound of that, and asked staff to back off on the mowing.” At the time, the changes happening at Bethel represented a progressive approach to the stewardship of natural resources. “Bethel was at the cutting edge of thinking about some of these issues,” says Kistler. “Environmental awareness didn’t start hitting Christian college campuses until the early ’90s.”

Lake Valentine’s shoreline after a snowfall, 2010

Breakthrough It was in the late ’90s that Kistler’s hard work started paying off. “I was doing some research with students, using computers to image the organisms in the lake,” he explains. “We noticed a decline in some of the negative species, the blue-green algae. We were seeing more of the green algae, which are typical of cleaner waters. So we saw it at the lake microstructural level first, small changes that normally nobody would pay attention to.” 24

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A student enjoys a stunning sunset from the dock, 2007.

Over time, that cleaner water allowed sunlight to penetrate deeper into the lake and gave native plants a chance to grow. “Water clarity went from one foot to six feet,” says Kistler. “The lake is only 13 feet at its deepest point, and most of it isn’t much deeper than six feet, so light gets to the lake’s bottom a lot of the time. This gives larger plants, known as macrophytes, a chance to grow, and forms a great habitat for fish.” Port sees these improvements as a true success story. “We don’t get the huge algal blooms that we used to get during the summer, or the subsequent fish kills as a result of oxygen deprivation. There are cattails and grasses around the lake, so fertilizers don’t run directly into the water. We have a healthy population of fish. And turtles, both snapping and painted. From an ecological perspective, it’s a very healthy system.”

A Lake Restored Today Lake Valentine is the centerpiece of campus, the backdrop to activities that spill from the nearby Lundquist Community Life Center and the new Brushaber Commons, which was constructed to take maximum advantage of the stunning lakeside views. West-facing windows in Monson Dining Center look out over the water so diners can enjoy the scenery while they eat. A quiet path winds along the lake from the commons to the seminary buildings, a visual expression of the connected communities of the College of Arts & Sciences and Bethel Seminary. Sara Wyse, assistant professor of biological sciences, considers the lake a great blessing, and says that we have a serious responsibility to protect it. “In the past, being a steward of creation was equated with being a ‘tree hugger.’ But the distinction is vast,” she asserts. “You can love trees, but the point is that you love God, and you love His creation. Out of Genesis, our call is to take care of that creation. And we can take tangible steps to do that right here on campus.” Lake Valentine’s story is a testament to the persistence of community members willing to take those steps. Its restored waters beckon onlookers to stop, look, and reflect on their Creator. “Romans 1:20 tells us that from the beginning of the world, people could see what God is like through the things He has made,” says Wyse. “In the lake we can see His calmness, His majesty, His ability to create stunning beauty. It’s a witness, and it’s right at the entrance to campus.” BU

ProFile– Paula Moutsos

by Tricia Theurer

As a chef, Paula Moutsos nourished bodies. But these days, as a youth minister at Streams of Hope Church in Maryland, she’s nourishing something more lasting: the souls of young people. Moutsos’ career in the food industry includes 12 years as a staff chef at the White House, where she fed politicians and heads of state. But God changed her career plans, and in spring 2011 she graduated from Bethel Seminary of the East with a Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree. “I’ve come to understand that I am still a cook, but I feed people spiritually now,” she says. While employed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Washington, D.C., native was also active in her church, Streams of Hope. And yet, “I felt that God was calling me to something more,” recalls Moutsos, “but I didn’t know how to explore that.” Enter Streams of Hope Associate Pastor and Director of Spiritual Formation Larry White, a graduate of Bethel Seminary San Diego. Soon the two began a spiritual mentoring relationship. “We talked on many occasions,” recalls White, “but one particular day, it suddenly came to me: ‘Paula, why are you earning your living by using your hands and not your voice?’ Paula has a great gift for speaking truth.” The summer of 2006 was pivotal for Moutsos. While attending a conference, she had a “powerful encounter with God” and felt called to full-time ministry. But she hesitated. “I was the type of person who would never change careers suddenly,” she explains. “I still wasn’t convinced that I was supposed to be in full-time ministry.”

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In spite of her doubts, that fall Moutsos began her seminary journey. Returning to school as an adult was challenging, she admits. Juggling seminary, family, church, and work required some creativity. She laughs as she recalls, “At the beginning of seminary, I studied Hebrew at work from index cards stuck to the White House wall!” Eventually, Moutsos decided to focus solely on her seminary education. “I had to let go of my job and fully trust that this was what God called me to,” she explains. That calling was fully supported by her family, including husband Peter, the executive chef for the Treasury Department (“Cooks can only marry other cooks,” she jokes), son J.T., and daughter Mesale (Mimi), adopted from Ethiopia while Moutsos was in school. Her “other” family, the Bethel Seminary of the East community, cheered her on too. She describes Bethel staff and professors as “godly and supportive people who walked with me academically and journeyed through life with me. Bethel really touched every aspect of my life.” And Moutsos in turn is touching the lives of young people, a recipe that is sure to yield eternal results. Bethel University


The Last Word

Advance care planning at the end of life

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die…” Eccl. 3:1-2 by Suzanne Yonker GS’09


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Death is a part of life, as surely as birth is. Yet when it comes to discussing the inevitability we all face, words often fail us. End-of-life conversations, when graced with compassion and truth, can be a vital part of making a natural transition to this season of life. Bethel’s Department of Nursing held its own end-of-life conversation, “Ending Life Well,” at its annual spring symposium. From that event, as well as the input of a number of Bethel experts, comes this advice on preparing for the transitions and conversations that enable one to have the last word on a life well lived.

Cancer. The diagnosis caught Donald Leigh and his family completely off guard. The 72-year-old retired pastor had visited his doctor because of a cough. But when something didn’t look right, Leigh was sent for more tests. He was stunned to learn he had Stage IV cancer, with a prognosis of about eight months. “Knowing he was dying was both a blessing and a curse,” says Leigh’s daughter Susan Brooks, Bethel professor of English. “Dad had been a pastor for many years. He had seen some families who were prepared and others who weren’t, and he really wanted to end his life well.” The knowledge that their father faced an imminent death forced Brooks and her brother to have difficult conversations, but it also gave them the luxury of including their father in discussions about his end-of-life care. “Most of us hope to have a peaceful death,” says University Professor of Nursing Marjorie Schaffer, co-author of Being Present: A Nurse’s Resource for End-ofLife Communication. “But we know that’s not the reality for many people. So we need to think about advance care planning and end-of-life care.” Bethel experts provide four suggestions:

Ask lots of questions. When facing a life-threatening medical issue such as cancer or a stroke, family members need to understand their options. “Information plus hope reduces stress and helps with decision making,” says Karen Gutierrez, assistant professor at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, who spoke at Bethel’s nursing symposium. “Most providers underestimate the family’s need for information, and families often have substantial knowledge deficits about medical issues. More information brings comfort to the families, who often would rather hear the truth even if it’s hard to hear.” Schaffer says some of the most pertinent questions to ask the physician include: • What is the benefit of treatment A over treatment B? • Given my own wishes and values, what do you recommend?

• Given the situation, does treatment make sense? • What will we accomplish with the treatment? • What would life look like if we had treatment? If the ill person cannot communicate his or her wishes because of the health condition, Schaffer believes it is important for family members to be direct with healthcare providers and tell them what they think their loved one would want in terms of self-care, aggressive action, or measures to prolong life. If the decision is made to suspend or forgo treatment, family Marjorie Schaffer, University Professor of Nursing and members should be assertive in making co-author of Being Present: these preferences known. “Medical care A Nurse’s Resource for systems are rather programmed to do End-of-Life Communication whatever they can to keep people going,” Schaffer explains. “It is hard for doctors to switch to comfort care, though I think providers are getting better at that.”

Plan ahead. If the decision is made to stop treatment, or if a medical crisis arises, someone needs to decide what medical measures should be taken to prolong life, such as artificial feeding, intubation, or ventilation, or whether to donate organs. “If a person is competent according to the legal definition, they should always be involved in decision making. It is never our role to take over,” says Pam Zimmerman, co-director of Bethel’s Master of Arts in Gerontology program. “Even people with dementia can sometimes make basic decisions about their own care.” In Brooks’ case, she knew her father was dying. “Decisions regarding his end of life were made before everyone was grieving,” she says. “At the time, I thought Dad was rushing things. But he said the time to do it was when everyone still felt good and was able to participate in decision making. In the end, I could see he was right.”

Resources For a nurse’s perspective, read Being Present: A Nurse’s Resource for End-of-Life Communication by Marjorie Schaffer and Linda Norlander. Schaffer also recommends Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond by Jane Brody. My Life, My Care, My Way is an advance personal care plan workbook written by Paula Harder Kenemore, Bethel M.A. in Gerontology graduate. Visit to view modules on end-of-life decision making. View Bethel President Jay Barnes discussing end-of-life issues at (search Jay Barnes). Bethel University


Exceptional Preparation for Healthcare Careers But what do you do when a loved one is not competent to communicate or make decisions? Following a stroke, car accident, or other trauma, family members often have to make decisions for which they feel unprepared and unqualified. “Emotions and confusion often make it hard to understand what the doctor is saying, or to make sound decisions in those circumstances,” Gutierrez says. Many people make this process easier for their families by completing a healthcare directive before they become ill. Once known as a living will, a healthcare directive helps people communicate their values about end-of-life issues. The document allows individuals to make choices about pain management, life-prolonging treatment, and use of finances, as well as organ donation and choice of burial or cremation. “A lot of people think of this document as just for end-of-life issues, but it is for any stage of life,” explains John Kantke, an attorney who teaches ethics and aging in Bethel’s gerontology program. “Healthcare directives are best created when someone has the ability to make decisions on their own and has the time to reflect on their decisions,” says Schaffer. Directives give family members peace of mind that one’s wishes are known; they relieve the burden of decision making for families and friends; they reduce conflict among family members over end-of-life care; and they allow individuals to name one or more agents who are charged with making medical decisions on their behalf. “Choose someone who you feel confident will stand up to medical professionals if needed, and someone you can trust to go to bat for you,” Zimmerman recommends. Contrary to what people commonly believe, a married person cannot make decisions on behalf of his or her spouse without a healthcare directive, Kantke says. “With the new data privacy laws, there are zero exceptions.” Healthcare directives are not connected to medical records, though medical providers will ask if one is in place. However, a Provider Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (POLST) offers the same type of information as a healthcare directive, while allowing the patient to communicate directly to healthcare providers through his or her medical chart. Whatever method of communication is chosen, Kantke advises that “people should review their directives regularly, and keep them up to date according to their current values.”

Consider hospice care. When a loved one is in his or her final stages, bringing in hospice for the last six months or fewer can be a source of comfort. “Hospice helps coordinate care between doctors and the family,” says Tim Bredow, Bethel professor of nursing. During hospice, all treatment measures cease, and the medical


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team focuses only on the patient’s comfort. In that way, “hospice is about quality at the end of life. It’s not about sending someone somewhere to die,” Bredow says. Hospice gave Brooks and her family structure around her father’s process of dying. “It helped us negotiate the emotional and logistical transitions my father faced, such as from being mobile, to using a cart to get around, and then to being in bed all day,” she says. “They didn’t tell us what to do, but they did tell us what to expect for a typical person in a certain stage, and having this information gave us a lot of comfort.”

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Hope in Christ. Comfort also comes from having hope, which can play a role in our loved one’s dying process, Schaffer says. “There’s always a time to die because it’s part of God’s plan,” she explains. “While having hope is important, we have to balance it with reality. As Christians, we look for miracles. Sometimes they happen, but sometimes waiting for one keeps people from saying goodbye. I am a firm believer that there is healing at the end of life through healed relationships with family, friends, and God.” Susan Brooks traveled to Colorado Springs to spend time with her parents and extended family in late June 2011. Her dad was still mobile but tired easily. He told his grandkids he was looking forward to going to heaven and invited them to ask questions. He also took a road trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota to visit with parishioners from the churches he served; he said it was the best trip of his life. After being in hospice care for several weeks, Donald Leigh died on August 26, 2011. BU

Alum News “Measure our performance by what God accomplishes through our graduates after they have been prepared at Bethel to go out into the world to serve.” —John Alexis Edgren, founder

40s Delphine Adele (Johnson) Byleen ’40 celebrated her 95th birthday in April.

50s Carol (Bessey) ’53 and Albert Windham C’53, S’55 will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in August.

60s Paul Nelson ’62 represents the District of Columbia Baptist Convention on the American Baptist Convention board of international ministries. Arlington, Va. James H. Carlson C’68, S’72 and ’98 retired from more than 40 years of pastoral ministry. He was a Navy chaplain during the Vietnam era, planted a church in Hawaii, and served with the North California Baptist Conference and at churches in Colorado and Michigan. He and his wife Marilyn have three grown children (two Bethel grads), and 10 grandchildren. Florence, Ky.

70s Ronald Troxel C’73, S’77 is associate professor, chair, and director of graduate studies of the department of Hebrew at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cross Plains, Wis.

David Asp ’74 is embarking on his third career, encouraging pastors in crisis and transition as a mentor for Pastor Assist Ministries (www. His new calling follows 17 years as a pastor in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio, and 12½ years as the college coordinator for Ashland University, Ohio, in that area’s prison. Pete Enchelmayer ’75 retired as a captain after 34 years of federal service, including 12 years of active duty in the Navy and 22 years in the Civil Service, which included 15 years in the Naval Reserve. He says Bethel foreign language and linguistics studies were a good foundation for learning and interpreting Russian language throughout the Cold War, and then Japanese and Spanish for subsequent assignments in the Reserve. He did civilian work with Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and as a senior intelligence analyst he identified and helped apprehend the “D.C. snipers,” who terrorized the Washington, D.C., area in October 2002. Enchelmayer’s final eight years were spent with the Department of the Treasury-Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, International Programs Division, working in the Western Hemisphere/Americas area to uncover fraud, money laundering, narcotics financing, and terrorist financing through online research of bank records. After he retired, he moved home to Chapel Hill, N.C., with his wife Kate. Bruce Dahlman ’76 received the missionary physician of the year award from the Christian Medical and Dental Association in April. He was

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Bethel’s 2010 alumnus of the year and is a family physician in Grand Marais, Minn. Daniel Holmes ’76 is pastor of Cushing Baptist Church, Cushing, Minn., where he’s rebuilding a rural congregation. His wife Debbie works for Ehler’s, Inc., a finance advising firm for municipal finance. They have three granddaughters: Emma, 7; Alaina, 3; and Addison, 1.

Janel Curry ’77 was named provost of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. She is an award-winning geographer and educator who has published three books and more than 45 academic articles, building an international reputation for her research on human-land relations, institutional health and resilience, and theological perspectives on nature. She served on the faculty at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was a

Bun Intended by Nicole Finsaas ’14 Nate Beck ’96 loves hot dogs, a passion he attributes to “my dad and a lifetime of trips to the Minnesota State Fair.” In fact, he enjoys footlongs so much that he once consumed eight of them in a single day. But Beck does more than just eat hot dogs— he has created an entire business around them. He’s owner and operator of Natedogs, a hot dog cart that sells “family-farmed, hormonefree, all-natural heritage pork wieners and brats on locally made, perfectly soft buns.” The Natedogs cart can be found in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, feeding the local lunch crowd, and is also available to cater picnics, parties, and events. Beck now offers his own handcrafted, honey-spiced mustard for sale, too, both at his cart and online. And how did a Bethel music degree prepare him to sing the praises of hot dogs? “Performing in front of large audiences as a student is very much like the interactions I have with customers every day,” Beck explains. “My comfort with people and crowds is due in large part to the training I received at Bethel.” Hungry? Find the daily location of the Natedogs cart at or follow Nate on Twitter @nate_dogs

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80s Brian Joyce ’82 directed Shadowplay Theater’s The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie in February and March at the Minneapolis Theater Garage. Dave Fauth ’83 was promoted to group senior vice president for Stewart Title, covering 23 states in the Midwest and Northeast United States. He’s been with the company for 27 years. Fauth and his wife Sue (Duehn) ’84 have two daughters,

Maddie, 14, and Allie, 13, and live in Hutchinson, Minn. Douglas Bostrom ’86 is a financial professional with Prudential’s Twin Cities agency. He received the company president’s citation at the company’s annual conference and is among the top performing producers in the country. He’s earned the CLU, CLTC, and LUTCF industry designations. Tim Carlson ’87 was named head football coach at Bloomington Jefferson High School, Bloomington, Minn. He’s been an athlete, coach, and teacher there for more than 30 years, and was a Bethel Royals linebacker. He and his wife Kelly have two sons, Joe and John.

Alumni: Going to the Minnesota State Fair? Visit the Bethel booth and get a gift! When you need a break from munching on cheese curds and petting the baby farm animals, stop by the Bethel University booth in the Education Building. Say hi; reconnect with friends; find out what’s new at Bethel; have your photo taken; and take home a gift, courtesy of your friends in the Office of Alumni and Parent Services.

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90s Ronda (Peterson) Oliver ’91 was selected as one of the “Eleven Who Care” award winners by Twin Cities NBC television affiliate KARE 11. Oliver is the founder of Reach and Restore, a volunteer outreach to families in need of clothes and household items at no cost to the families. She was featured on KARE 11 several times. Robin (Reinert) Olsen ’93 graduated in March from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences with a Master of Nurse Anesthesia degree. She received the Robert Johnson Achievement Award for the highest score on the senior comprehensive exam. She was also voted by her peers to give the commencement address during graduation ceremonies. She and her husband Andrew Olsen ’91 are parents to three children: Jaynie, 15; Elora, 12; and Cully, 10. She works at Winona Health. Jill Richardson S’95 is the pastor of discipleship at Resolution Church in Oswego, Ill. She just published Don’t Forget to Pack the Kids: Short Term Missions for Your Whole Family. It’s available at

00s Danielle (LaValle) ’00 and Mike Ferrin ’97 moved their family to Ashburn, Va., where Mike works for Orbital Science, a satellite company. Sarah (Carlson) Wauterlek ’00 published Young Widow: A Memoir, about her spiritual and emotional recovery after her husband Mark was killed in a 2007 plane crash. Following a mission trip to India, she felt a new call on her life, and she co-founded Traveler’s Gift Vacations, which combines luxury travel and volunteer work in unique ways. (


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Sara Lightbody ’02 is the musical arts associate at Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina, Minn. She writes, “I love my church community and love being able to use my Bethel degree and my passions full time to enhance their worship experiences.” Jay Milbrandt ’04 is director of the Global Justice Program and interim associate director of the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine University School of Law. He wrote Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time, recently published by Tyndale House. Milbrandt holds an MBA and a law degree from Pepperdine University, and has traveled much of the globe bringing justice and healing to people from many cultures. Stephen Sammons S’04 is the pastor of Lake Murray Community Church, La Mesa, Calif. His book, Reflections of a Recovering Dispensationalist: Revisiting the Pre-tribulation Rapture in Light of the Bible, was recently released. Noelle Roubinek ’06 teaches English as a Second Language at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She earned a master’s degree at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn. Meghan Suba ’08 is interning for the California Bureau of Land Management, teaching tide pool education programs for children. Pleasanton, Calif.

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Extra Serving by Alennah Westlund ’14 Last summer, Kirsten (Skoglund) Shabaz ’97 entered a national cooking contest sponsored by Kraft Foods and Food Network personality Paula Deen. Shabaz’s creation, “Savory Garlic Beef & Broccoli Turnover,” won her the title of Season 2 Entree Host, and she was flown to Los Angeles to produce professional cooking videos. Though she was elated by the win, she was even more excited by what she planned to cook up with the $25,000 prize money. Shabaz had spent years dreaming of starting an organization that fulfills, in her words, “the two greatest commands: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind’ and ‘Love Kirsten Shabaz ’97 and Food Network your neighbor as yourself’ in a very practical way—with food!” personality Paula Deen Her family’s hardships during her childhood gave Shabaz a compassionate heart for people in need of this most basic resource. She used her winnings to start Dishin’ Up Some Love, a Twin Cities area nonprofit ministry that delivers prepped and frozen homemade meals to families facing long-term health complications or the unexpected death of a loved one. Shabaz says that Bethel played a role in developing and maturing her serving heart: “Bethel provided me with opportunities both on campus and on missions trips…to reach out and help those in need. Those who are our ‘neighbors’ left a lasting impression on me.” To learn more about Dishin’ Up Some Love, visit

Allison Hebrink ’11 is an elementary school social worker. Clara City, Minn. Adam James ’11 is working toward a master’s degree in Edinburgh, Scotland, as is Caroline Park ’11. Upon completion of their studies, they plan to return to the U.S. and get married in early December.

Weddings ’99 Jill Ludwig married Matthew Walker in October. Sara (Ludwig) Milewski ’03 was matron of honor, and Kelly (Sewick) Johnson ’99 and her husband sang a duet during the ceremony. Phoenix, Ariz. ’04 Minda Johnson married Moises Gomez in December. She graduated in January from Hamline University with a master’s degree in English as a Second Language. ’07 Allie Smith married John Day ’07 in April. New Brighton, Minn. ’08 Kate Harvey married Gareth Mayhew in September in Koh Samui, Thailand.





’95 Jackson Edward was born in October to Susan Gerber and David Krueger. Philadelphia. ’01 Katelyn Ruth was born in August to Caroline and Matt Barnes. She joins sister Lauren, 3. Brooklyn Park, Minn. (1)







’04 Julia Leigh was born on leap day, February 29, to Renee (Rasmussen) and Matt Huisinga ’04. Julia joins Isaiah, 6, and Lydia, 3. (2) ’04 Zoe Noelle was born in January to Kristin (Johnson) Kuehn and Brandon. Zoe joins brother Beckett, born in 2009. Kristin earned a Master’s in Educational Technology degree in 2010 and teaches in the Olathe, Kans., school district. Brandon works for the Social Security Administration. (3)

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In Nairobi, Kenya, Amy Herman-Roloff ’00 snuggles her adopted Rwandan daughter Keza Rose, who perfectly captures the meaning of her Kinyarwanda name: beautiful. When she’s not spending time with Keza, Herman-Roloff uses her master’s degree in public health and doctoral degree in epidemiology for her work as a regional researcher with Population Services International. Her calling was clear from a young age. “When I was 10, I told my parents that I would be living and working in Africa,” she says. Today she’s fulfilling her childhood vision by studying the HIV crisis and developing prevention techniques in East Africa. Her regional assignment focuses on five countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. A typical workday could include anything from sending emails in the office to talking with commercial sex workers in Ethiopia or Tanzania. While there has been significant progress in the development of HIV prevention strategies, such as medical male circumcision, Herman-Roloff explains the real difficulty of applying those solutions to people’s daily lives—the gap between knowledge and behavior. It’s not only about preventing the disease clinically, she says, but figuring out how to prevent it socially. “It’s not going to be easy,” she continues. “It requires transformation and it requires leaders globally and in the community.” A Bethel physics and English graduate, Herman-Roloff is thankful for the range of study abroad programs available at Bethel, which provided her first opportunity to spend time in Africa. She also appreciates her physics professors, who strengthened her biblical perspective in a field that often conflicts with faith. “They had such a good way of mentoring students to put science and faith together, instead of separating them,” she says.

Tammy Vosika ’02 teaches right next to the Bethel Library, while at the same time savoring the sun, mango trees, and children of Cebu City, Philippines. As a missionary teacher at the Children of Hope School at the Children’s Shelter of Cebu (CSC), Vosika shares the passions of Bethel alumni who have served as founders, faculty, and supporters of this Christ-centered ministry. The shelter’s own “Bethel Library” is named in honor of Bethel’s faithful connections. Founded by Paul Healy ’77 and his wife Marlys in 1979, CSC has grown to care for about 80 kids, providing quality developmental education, recreation, medical care, and preparation for adoption. Shari Reasoner ’77 has been a key component in curriculum and staff development as the school’s advisor. Her husband Paul Reasoner ’75 is a Bethel University professor of philosophy; the couple’s son and daughter-in-law Joel and Jinkee Reasoner serve at CSC along with Mitch Ohlendorf ’85. Vo sika joine d the school as a science teacher in 2005, though her spiritual journey and preparations began much earlier. In 1996, she joined a ministry group on a short-term missions trip to CSC, and simply knew where she was meant to be. “God just put such a great passion and love for the kids there in my heart,” she recalls. “When I left the Philippines that year, I made a promise that someday I would be back.” Nine years later, armed with an elementary education degree, teaching experience, and faith gained by trusting and waiting, she kept her promise. Vosika has no doubt that she made the right decision. “I’ve seen God’s faithfulness to the ministry and to the kids,” she says. “They learn to trust. They learn that we love them. And they learn that God loves them and cares for them. He will be their Heavenly Father even if their earthly fathers can’t be with them.”

’04 Haley Grace was born in February to Amy (Hanson) and CAPS adjunct instructor Gregg Lindberg C’04, GS’06. St. Louis Park, Minn. (4) ’04 Luke Raymond was born in February to Shannon and Greg Schutte. Blaine, Minn.


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’05 Elliana Marie was born to Shannon (Rabe) O’Reilly and Kevin in October. Shannon and Kevin are both public school teachers in Southern California. Elliana is the first great-grandchild of Zelda and Curt Fauth ’54.

’05 Fiona Rose was born in November to Colleen (Sullivan) Martinson and Brady C’05, S’08. Chicago. (5) ’07 Blair Adlee was born in June to Kari (Blair) Ahlquist and Adam ’08. Adam is in medical school at the University of Minnesota and

will graduate in May 2013. Kari is a family practice physician assistant in Andover, Minn. (6) ’08 Addison Marie was born in December to Angie (Hugoson) Toothaker and Cody. Grandparents are Mary and Kevin Hugoson ’84, and uncle is Eric

Alum News Hugoson ’11. Granada, Minn. (7) ’09 Samuel Darshan was born in March 2011 to Amanda Cunningham and Michael Balonek GS. He joins Micaiah, 4. Spencerport, N.Y. (8) ’09 Isaiah Michael was born in April 2011 to Erin Correna (Hurley) and Brady Birk ’09. Chisago City, Minn. (9)


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’52 Roger Hedberg S’56, age 84, died on February 27. Born in Iowa, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force, and then as a pastor in Illinois, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Hedberg was Bethel’s director of seminary housing and seminary bookstore manager. After retiring, he became pastor to senior adults

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Bethel Seminary 50-year Class Reunion In June, Bethel Seminary St. Paul honored eight alumni celebrating their 50th class reunion. Pictured with President Jay Barnes (left) are (l to r) John Oase, Adrian Sundberg, Bill MacKinney, Andy Husmann, Raymond Hunt, Paul Gunther, Leonard Karlberg, and John Anderson. Together, the eight represent 350 years of ministry and service since graduating from Bethel Seminary in 1962.

at Edinbrook Church, Brooklyn Park, Minn. He is survived by his wife Phyllis S’94; daughters Linda and Karen (David); son Steve (Nancy); twin brother Robert (Arleen); and six grandchildren.

vived by six daughters: Nancy ’74 (Dave Healy ’73); Jane ’78 (Tim Hubbard); Carol ’80 (Doug Sokolowski); Colleen ’80 (Jake Niccum ’79); Lois ’85 (Carmelo Bruno); and Joyce ’83 (David Olson); and 16 grandchildren.

’54 Floyd Meyer, age 88, died in January. He married Evelyn Oberg in 1946, and had a 20year ministerial career that took them to Connecticut, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. From 1975-1997, he served as chaplain at Friendship Village in Schaumburg, Ill. After his wife’s death in 2008 he moved to Tucson. He’s sur-

’67 Bruce Allan Armstrong, age 67, died in February in Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated from William Mitchell College of Law and practiced law in Minnesota and California. In 1987, he purchased Academy Riding Stables in Colorado Springs, and enjoyed meeting the many guests who came to ride the horses and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Survivors include his wife Shirley; son Marc; stepdaughters Kimberly Saum (Jeff) and Kristin Arritt (Bob); and five grandchildren.



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’79 Karis (Robinson) Griffing died in December in Washington. She’s survived by her husband David, son Alex, and three grandchildren.

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’69 Connie (Thomas) Dick died in February. She is survived by her husband Doyle, daughters Charlene and Rachel (Alan) Racher, son Denny, and four grandchildren.


’92 Robert W. Gordon (S), age 78, died in March in Leland, N.C. He and his wife Anne were married 40 years. He is survived by Anne and their two daughters, Hilary-Anne and Aileen, and a grandson.


’93 Samuel S. Himes, age 41, died on April 15 in Marshfield, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay (Langenbach) ’93; his children, Hayley Himes and Samuel Himes IV; his parents; two sisters; and extended family.

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“We had been looking at war sites for three days, and everything we experienced made me feel angry, sad, bitter, confused, twisted. We got to the cemetery and I saw this tree, its shape contrasting with the rigidity of the gravestones. It reflected what I felt: emotions in turmoil, clashing with the formality of distant historic memory.” Emily Noble ’12 took this photo at the World War II American Cemetery in Normandy, France, during England Term.

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