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College of Arts & Sciences | College of Adult & Professional Studies | Graduate School | Bethel Seminary

From the President Winter/Spring 2012 Volume 3 Number 2

Can’t We Just Get Along? The heart of the election season is just around the corner. In primary and caucus states, nonstop political ads fill the airwaves. Television and talk radio compete for market share by serving up adversarial dialogue. Political discourse seems more like a food fight in a junior high cafeteria than a reasoned attempt to determine what is best for the country. The harsh rhetoric is not limited to the political arena. Some of the meanest remarks I’ve ever heard have come in the context of church leadership. Our worksites, neighborhoods, and families suffer from our inability to disagree without being disagreeable. What is the role of Bethel University in preparing graduates to counter these cultural norms and practices? How do we promote an irenic spirit, that peacepursuing disposition that has been a hallmark of our heritage? How do we encourage civility, and at the same time, build convictions? There are some biblical directives and educational practices that help us. One directive is the message from Genesis onward that we are created in the image of God and should treat each other as such. A second is found in Galatians 5, where Paul shows us two contrasting ways of life—the life driven by sin and the life driven by the Holy Spirit. The “life of sin” includes hatred, contention, dissention, and outbursts of anger. Life in the Spirit is characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control—none of which sounds like what we hear on talk radio! This doesn’t mean we avoid the truth or fail to deal directly with issues; in fact, Paul instructs us in Ephesians 4 to “speak the truth in love.” Easier said than done! From an educational perspective, all of our schools teach liberal arts skills that oppose the cultural tendency toward hostility while encouraging honest conviction. Students learn to evaluate ideas carefully, work with others from diverse backgrounds, understand issues in the context of history, and communicate clearly—all skills that enhance civility. Beyond the classroom, co-existing with a roommate, living out biblical truth by serving others, and participating in athletics (the one who retaliates usually gets the penalty) all improve our ability to get along in the world. I know I need to be better at this. Be encouraged that we are working on it together at Bethel!

Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing Sherie J. Lindvall ’70

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 Leah Sands ’13 Scott Streble Tricia Theurer Alennah Westlund ’14 Suzanne Yonker GS’09 Design Darin Jones ’97

Staff Photographer Woody Dahlberg ’69

Cover Photo Andy Berg and Andy Kenutis Nine1Photography President James (Jay) H. Barnes III

Vice President for Constituent Relations Ralph Gustafson ’74, S’78

Editorial Offices 3900 Bethel Drive St. Paul, MN 55112-6999 651.638.6233 651.638.6003 (fax) Address Corrections Office of Alumni and Parent Services 651.638.6462 Bethel Magazine is published three times a year by Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN 55112-6999. Postage paid at St. Paul, Minnesota, and additional mailing offices. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2012 Bethel University. All Rights Reserved. Bethel University is sponsored by the churches of Converge Worldwide, formerly known as the Baptist General Conference. It is the policy of Bethel not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, or disability in its educational programs, admissions, or employment policies as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to: Compliance Officer, Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN 55112-6999.

Jay Barnes

Cover photo by Andy Berg ‘07 and Andy Kenutis ‘07 of Nine1Photography. Read more about them, and other Bethel entrepreneurs, beginning on p. 16.

Drumroll, Please The Bethel community celebrated Black History Month in February with a number of dynamic events, including an African drum performance. Other activities included a film forum, dramatic presentations, a gospel concert, and a music and literature review. And all month long, community members donated books depicting diversity to the university’s two child development centers, where a number of students, faculty, and staff also read to the preschoolers.

Departments Campus News


12 Bethel Sciences: Beyond the Lab


16 Open for Business

High-profile campus visitors, lifechanging interim abroad


Recently published books by Bethel faculty members



The historical Scandia Church



Justin Wise ‘10, Bethel Seminary St. Paul, InMinistry Master of Divinity graduate

Alum News



Faculty-student research is leading to promising real-world applications. Find out what they are.

Meet 10 Bethel entrepreneurs who’ve launched creative and diverse start-ups.

24 A More Civil Discourse Bethel experts point us to common ground in a frequently hostile culture. See this icon? Go to for more.

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Welcome Week 2011 Young Alums Report Positive Experience In summer and fall 2011, Bethel surveyed alumni from 2010, 2006, and 2001. Questions related to the alums’ Bethel experience, as well as their personal, spiritual, and work lives since graduation. Results were encouraging: respondents reported relatively low unemployment, high job satisfaction, and a high level of satisfaction with

their preparation at Bethel for graduate studies, where applicable. “The responses also showed that these graduates are continuing the spiritual growth they experienced at Bethel,” says Ralph Gustafson, vice president for constituent relations. “They have a high involvement in a faith community, they attend church frequently, they have a high rate of volunteerism, and they are more likely to donate money to a religious organization, compared to the national average.” In addition, reported divorce rates were significantly lower than the national average, at 3.9% for 5-year alumni, and 3.5% for 10-year alums. Respondents indicated a consistent level of satisfaction with their overall Bethel educational experience, citing “Learner” and “Truth Seeker” as the top core values they developed.

San Diego Construction Begins Construction on an addition and the fundraising goal to $1.5 million. This renovations at the Bethel Seminary San milestone prompted Bethel’s Board of Diego campus began in January. The Trustees to authorize bridge funding and project is expected to be completed in the start of construction. 2012. “Many people have been dreaming about and planning for this project Architectural rendering of the proposed addition and renovations for a long time, and I’m very glad to see construction begin,” says Bethel President Jay Barnes. The campus expansion includes a two-story 14,500 square foot addition and a renovation of 6,800 square feet. The net gain of the project will be a 380400-seat chapel and conference center, additional classroom spaces, offices, and an expanded student center. Generous gifts from the Solheim Foundation, Converge Worldwide, and key committed investors, Visit for received in 2011, narrowed updates and to watch the construction process via webcam. 2

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Older and New:

Programs at the College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School M.A. in Gerontology Ages Well Bethel’s Master of Arts in Gerontology program recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. In the past 10 years, more than 90 students have graduated with a Master of Arts in Gerontology degree from Bethel University’s Graduate School, and the program has also expanded to offer a graduate certificate beginning this year. Program directors hope this new option will equip those who have already attained a bachelor’s degree in another discipline to gain a greater understanding of gerontology and develop the necessary skills to prepare them for future work with older adults in a variety of venues.

New B.A. in Human Services Bethel University’s College of Adult & Professional Studies (CAPS) has added a new Bachelor of Arts in Human Services degree. The degree will assist adult learners preparing for a variety of careers, including counseling, health education, and crisis intervention. Upon completion of the degree, adults may go on to Bethel’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, Marriage and Family Therapy degree program at Bethel Seminary, or another graduate program. The first Human Services cohort starts this spring, and in fall 2012 the program will go online. With the new B.A. in Human Services, CAPS now offers a total of seven undergraduate degrees.

Campus News

Social Media Challenge After years of enthusiastically encouraging pastors and churches to use social media, Associate Professor of Communication Studies Peggy Kendall realized that she herself had never done exactly what she was telling others to do—and she wanted to change that. Enter Kendall’s 30-Day Social Media Challenge, where she committed to a month of immersion into social media, including Twitter, Delicious, Facebook, Pinterest, Google Analytics, and Tweetdeck. The Challenge proved…challenging. “It was not one long love affair with social media,” admits Kendall. “I struggled to fit it into an already full day.” But she finished out the month strong, determined to understand how to keep ministries motivated and active in social media. “Many people invest much of their time and identity in social media—so what makes us think that we need to stay offline to minister?” she asks. “Isn’t ministry all about building relationships? Social media has become the fabric on which our culture writes its stories. If we want to be part of the plotline—that’s where we need to be.” Kendall documents her 30-Day Social Media Challenge experience on her blog

Heard on Campus We today, more than any time in history, have a real opportunity to end child hunger as we know it, to end preventable child death as we know it, to end HIV/AIDS as we know it. Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), visited Bethel on February 24. USAID is the primary relief and development agency of the U.S. government. Shah is the highest-ranking government official in the current administration to visit a member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). His Bethel stop was coordinated by Chris LaTondresse ’05, an advisor at the USAID Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Rep. Betty McCollum; USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah; Vice President and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Deb Harless; USAID Advisor Chris LaTondresse ’05

Better in Business

A team of five students representing Bethel’s Department of Business and Economics competed in the recent CFA Research Challenge, a prestigious internationally recognized equity research challenge. In intense competition against programs like the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and the St. Thomas MBA program, Bethel made a strong fourth-place showing, with just five points separating the team from first place. Team members include Ethan Anderson, Kellan Dahlquist, Toby Robinson, Dan Cannon, and Will Pearce.

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Feeding Children, Changing Lives Thirty students in Associate Professor of Mathematics Patrice Conrath’s Operations Research course recently conducted a simulation study at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a nonprofit Christian organization that handpacks meals specially formulated for malnourished children, shipping the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. The study’s findings helped FMSC determine that they could increase production by two million meal packs per year at their Coon Rapids, Minn., site simply by adding an additional funnel at each food station. “Students went to FMSC and collected data during two packing events,” explains Conrath, “then went back to Bethel to create a computer

simulation model of the process. They reviewed several possible layouts for the packing process and found that adding an additional funnel to make a ‘two-funnel system’ provided the fastest layout. Their findings were presented to FMSC officials in late 2011. Recognizing that a faster system would require additional food costs, the students also presented a check covering these costs for 30 packers, representing the size of their class.” Over the years, Operations Research students have worked on a number of real-world projects that relate to Bethel’s operations, such as the dish return area of the Dining Center, check-in lines during Welcome Week, and customer service lines at Royal Grounds. Students have also worked on research for off-campus sites, including models for the local McDonald’s drive-through and a network of airstrips in Africa. This year’s Feed My Starving Children project not only “met the technical requirements,” says Conrath, “but also inspired students as they came to understand the lifechanging impact of their work.”

Students Host Presidential Candidate Thanks to the work of three Bethel University students, congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke to a standing room-only crowd at Bethel on February 4. The event attracted students and Paul supporters in addition to local and national media, with live streaming on CNN. For Andrew Baker, Mike Thompson, and Grant Erickson, who lead the Bethel chapter of College Republicans and hosted the event, it was more than just an education in politics. According to Baker, “I learned how much work it takes to make an 4

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event like this successful, how many people are involved, and how great those people are at their jobs. I also learned about how contracts work and the responsibilities of the club and the campaign. I’ll remember this night for the rest of my life.”

Renowned Chemist Visits Bethel On March 12, Henry F. Schaefer lll, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and director of the Center for Computational Chemistry at the University of Georgia, spent the day at Bethel, speaking in several venues about his personal faith journey, his latest research, and the relationship between science and faith. Schaefer, who holds a B.S. from MIT and a Ph.D. from Stanford, is one of the most respected chemists of his generation, publishing more than 1,300 articles, presenting lectures at more than 240 conferences, and speaking at more than 50 universities. From 1981 to 1997, he was the sixth most highly cited chemist in the world. His research seeks to develop theoretical and computational methods to understand the movement and function of electrons in molecules, and to use those theoretical methods to solve important problems in molecular quantum mechanics.

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Bookmarked Recently published books by Bethel University’s faculty Papa’s Blessings: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Thinking About Christian Apologetics: What It Is by Greg Bourgond, Adjunct Instructor, and Why We Do It

Bethel Seminary (iUniverse Publishing) Every human being longs for the affirmation, acceptance, and esteem of someone who matters to them. Sadly, many never hear words of appreciation, esteem, recognition, and value. In Papa’s Blessings, Bourgond focuses on the vital importance of bestowing blessings upon others. This practical and helpful guide provides a fresh take on applying an ancient practice to life in the modern world.

Evidence and Religious Belief

by James Beilby, Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies (IVP Academic) While most introductions to apologetics begin with the “how to” of defending the faith, this book gives a more foundational look at this theological discipline, addressing questions like: What is apologetics? How has it developed? What are the basic approaches? And why should we practice apologetics? Thinking About Christian Apologetics is a useful starting point for Christians seeking a responsible way to defend and commend their faith.

Edited by Ray VanArragon, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy; and Kelly James Clark, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College (Oxford University Press)

Mass Communications Law

Does religious belief need evidence? It’s a fundamental question in philosophy of religion. In recent years two prominent positions on this issue have been closely examined: evidentialism, which claims that proper religious belief requires evidence; and Reformed epistemology, which claims that it does not. In 11 chapters, prominent philosophers push the discussion in new directions.

This easy-to-read study guide is packed with information on key areas covered by college-level media law courses.

by Scott Sochay, Associate Professor of Communication Studies (BarCharts, Inc.)

Youth Ministry in a Technological Age by Peggy Kendall, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, and several others outside the Bethel community (Xlibris Corp.) The many and continual advances in technology can be both exciting and daunting. This holds true in youth ministry, where youth workers serve a population that seems to be innately in tune with technology and what it offers. Youth Ministry in a Technological Age shares insights and makes

recommendations about how to approach and use technology in youth ministry in a way that is faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow by Daniel Nayeri, Adjunct Instructor in Writing, New York Center for Art & Media Studies (Candlewick Press) Nayeri’s work is a collection of four stories, each in a different genre: Christian allegory, sci-fi, a detective story, and a comedic love story. Kirkus Reviews calls the effort “provocative and deeply satisfying,” and two-time Newbery winner Gary D. Schmidt remarks: “With characters deft and real, with language quick and clever, with insight deep and full, these stories lead the reader to wonder, ‘Is this possible?’ And then, incredibly, it is possible…Dare to read this.”

Not Perfekt by Arthur Terry, Associate Professor of Communication Studies (self-produced) This “spoken word” album is full of free verse tracks accompanied by music or sound effects. Terry produced the CD himself, doing all the engineering in his home studio. The content is available on iTunes, Spotify, Zune, and Amazon Mp3. For many other books by Bethel faculty, visit the Campus Store at and click on “Bethel Authors.” Bethel University


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Interim Abroad Students Gain Lifechanging Experiences by Alennah Westlund ’14

Hostel Fire Sparks Spiritual Growth In the early morning hours of January 12, a fire broke out in the Brussels hostel where 28 Bethel students and two faculty members were staying as part of All students and faculty were safely evacuated from this Brussels hostel after an early morning fire caused extensive damage.

the January interim course Introduction to International Business. Damage to the building was extensive, but all of the students and faculty were safely evacuated and relocated. Though the experience was listed nowhere in the course syllabus, for many of the travelers, it turned out to be the most meaningful learning opportunity of the trip. The group learned it had a reliable support system in case of emergency. Faculty leaders were prepared for contingencies, says Bethany Opsata, assistant professor of business. “We are experienced, prepared, and we plan in advance so we can better respond in times of crisis,” she explains. The hostel manager, Brussels’ Office of Tourism, and Bethel’s International Studies Office all provided support in the fire’s aftermath. The group also learned about resilience. “I was really impressed with how patient and mature our students were,” says Opsata. “I learned that they can handle a lot more than we typically give them.

Some thought this setback would end the trip, but learned that with some flexibility and good decision making you can overcome any obstacle.” Junior Carson King, a business finance and marketing major, describes the group’s reaction following the ordeal as peaceful and cohesive. “Our entire group…was completely overwhelmed by a calming sense of God’s peace. We were completely confident that God was firmly in control of everything.” Opsata sees the experience as producing strong positive growth. “I saw students grow and develop their independent critical thinking skills more during those 24 hours than sometimes I see during a whole semester,” she says. “Overall, the fire was a great firsthand experience of God’s intervention and protection in our lives. Although scary for awhile, it will turn out to be a very potent catalyst for spiritual growth.”

Students Witness Changes in Middle East Less than a year after the revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak, 11 Bethel students traveled to Egypt for the interim course Literatures of Faith, to study Islam and interact with the Christian minority there. Students attended a midnight mass at the Coptic (Egyptian) Cathedral of St. Mark, met Cairo evangelicals who cared for Muslims at their church near Tahrir Square, and were challenged to pray for the religious freedom of the 15 million Christians in the Middle East, as well as for other religious minorities. The trip was “a necessary 6

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and extraordinary experience learning about one of the other dominant religions of the world,” says sophomore relational communication major Cat Squires. “I now desire more of God’s agape love for people of any race or religion, a desire that has been fueled by this trip.” The group was led by Daniel Ritchie, professor of English, and his wife, the Rev. Judith Ritchie, and concluded with six days in Israel.

Bethel students at Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo, less than a year after the revolution that toppled Egypt’s leader Hosni Mubarak.

Campus News

Professor Honored for Third World Studies

[Bethel Values. My Story.] Bethel community members explain which of Bethel’s seven core values most resonates with them, and why.

Angelina Omodt-Lopez ’15 Character-builder

Evan Johnson ’12 Learner “I’m devoted to pursuing new knowledge and expanding my mind daily. I make it a goal to learn just as much outside the classroom as in it. Being a learner means being attentive and engaged at all times.”

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photo by Scott Streble

“Character is built by consistently choosing to do what is right. I hope to make that choice every day that I’m at Bethel, and for the rest of my life.”

Ben Ballard ’12 Truth-seeker

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“Being at Bethel has taught me to seek out truth in relationships, academics, and my spiritual life. Being a part of a community of believers with different backgrounds has challenged me to live my faith as a lifelong learner.”

Michelle Perry ’08 Salt and light

What’s Your Story?

Read more stories, and add your own, at

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“As believers, we’re called to be an example to others, love them, and meet them where they’re at, and for that reason, Bethel’s value of being salt and light in our darkened world sticks with me the most.”

Professor of Sociology Samuel Zalanga was recently a co-winner of a Presidential Award from the Association of Third World Studies, Inc., in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the promotion of scholarship devoted to the Third World. Zalanga was given the award in absentia in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, at the Association of Third World Studies annual meeting.

Bethel’s study abroad participation rate ranks 10th in the nation in the “Master’s Institutions” category of the 2011 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Of the 860 students who earned undergraduate degrees from Bethel in 2009-2010, 441 students, more than 50%, studied abroad. “We’ve been very successful in helping students grasp why studying abroad is important,” says Vincent Peters, associate dean for off-campus programs. “We’re able to facilitate students linking their Christian faith with the global experience, as well as how the experience will shape their career and future after Bethel.” Bethel University


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Fundraising Underway for New Campus Wellness Center Bethel strives to develop whole and holy persons. This holistic education entails fostering growth—not just mentally, socially, and spiritually—but also physically. A proposed new, multi-phase Wellness Center will help the Bethel community build healthy bodies as well as healthy minds. The facility is integral to the future of Bethel University for many reasons, including: • Community. Bethel’s current facilities are very limited, and therefore are used primarily by sports teams. Most students use off-campus fitness centers at their own expense, lessening the oncampus, community experience. • Health and Wellness. Today’s students are committed to a healthy and active lifestyle, and a new center will provide them with a variety of exercise opportunities. • Expanded Resources. Student athletes will have more resources for strength training and conditioning. • Recruitment and Retention. A convenient, state-of-the-art fitness center, capable of accommodating all students, is essential for Bethel to compete with other colleges and universities in today’s marketplace.

“At this point in Bethel’s history, there are very few higher facility needs than a wellequipped, state-of-the-art Wellness Center. Not only is this critical for the current general student population, but also for student athletes and for prospective students…” —Edee Schulze, Vice President for Student Life

Wellness Center Highlights • Approximately 30,000 square feet of new and retrofitted space located between the Robertson Physical Education Center and the Hagstrom Center.

• The project will provide much-needed general purpose classrooms to replace current temporary buildings.

• Situated in the heart of campus, it will serve the entire community by providing one integrated, easily accessible location that promotes fitness, health, and wellness.

• Construction will follow securing of funds, with a goal of $5.5 million for Phase 1. Fundraising is in progress with just over $2 million secured. Inquiries from interested Bethel investors are welcomed. Call the Office of Development at 651.635.8050 or 800.255.8706, ext. 8050.

• The concept incorporates an inviting two-level fitness facility (Phase 1) with cardio, weight, and other studio workout areas.

Visit for more information on the Wellness Center project.

Whose Path Will You Light? Invest in a Bethel Student with a Gift to the Bethel Fund by May 31, 2012 Students don’t progress from the start of spring semester in February, to graduation in May or June, to their next step into the world without the support of investors like you who donate to the Bethel Fund before May 31, the end of our fiscal year. Make sure that a quality, Christ-centered Bethel education is available for both current and future students. Donate online at or call the Office of Development at 800.255.8706, ext. 8050.


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Sports News

Bethel University Summer Athletics Camps For more than 30 years, Bethel summer camps have taught players the high-level skills and playing styles used at the collegiate level. Under the direction of Bethel University coaches and varsity athletes, campers are taught the skills, hard work, and competitive attitude that are necessary for improvement. They will receive the personal instruction needed to improve in the physical elements of the game, and will also learn how faith can be incorporated into athletics. For more information about Bethel University sports camps, visit


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June 11-14, 2012 | Grades 3-9

June 11-14, 2012 | Grades 3-9

June 25-28, 2012

July 23-26, 2012 | Grades 9-12

Overnight Camps

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ID Camp

Day Camp

July 9-12, 2012 | Grades 5-10 July 16-19, 2012 | Grades 7-12

June 25-28, 2012 | Grades 5-12

July 29 – August 1

The Bethel University Christian Girls Basketball Camp strives to provide opportunities for players to grow spiritually and athletically in an environment that is both challenging and encouraging. Campers receive instruction from Christian coaches and basketball players who promote spiritual growth and teach core basketball skills. The instruction is nondenominational so that players from all church backgrounds feel welcome.

At Bethel University’s soccer camps, we strive to encourage the growth and development of young athletes to better reflect and live out the biblical witness of Jesus. We believe that Jesus has something very relevant to say regarding the way we compete, grow, learn, and challenge one another through sports. We strive to create an environment that is challenging, fun, and invites participants to challenge themselves to become better athletically, mentally, spiritually, and relationally.

Advanced Skills Overnight Camp

July 30-31, 2012 | Grades 6-8 Bethel University Christian Volleyball Camps provide opportunities for players to reach their potential through athletic and spiritual training. Campers receive nondenominational instruction from Christian coaches and players so that players from all backgrounds feel welcome. Campers will get the personal instruction needed to improve in the physical aspects of the game, and will also learn how faith can be incorporated into athletics. Despite the growth of Bethel University Volleyball Camps in the last several years, the ratio of coach to camper remains very low, with approximately one coach to every six campers. 

Day Camp

Bethel University Boys Basketball Camps help players develop basketball fundamentals and build confidence in their skills. It’s our goal to create an environment that provides both challenge and encouragement, allowing campers to develop a healthy self-image and a positive attitude toward the game of basketball. The Bethel Basketball Overnight Camp is a fun week of great competition, individual and fundamental basketball development, and learning team play concepts. Find more information and register for Bethel University sports camps at

Day Camp

Cross Country

Day Camp

Skills Camp

July 30-August 3, 2012 | Grades 9-12 This individual skills camp is designed for runners entering grades 9-12 for the 2012-2013 school year who want to develop their running skills even further through small and large group activities. Bethel University


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Taylor Sheley ’12 Women’s Basketball MIAC Player of the Year

Men’s Basketball The BU men’s basketball squad composed its best record since the 200809 season. Winning 10 of 13 games down the stretch played a huge role in the team’s success, including a buzzer-beater victory at defending national champion St. Thomas and a 68-52 win over firstplace Gustavus to cap the season. Bethel then soundly defeated St. Olaf 77-58 in the opening round of the MIAC playoffs before falling to St. Thomas in the conference semifinal game. Taylor Hall (Jr., Blaine, Minn.) and Daniel Baah (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) were two of BU’s key players, averaging double-digit points throughout the 2011-12 campaign. The duo was honored as the MIAC Athlete of the Week in back-to-back weeks—a rare feat in Bethel hoops—and both were selected to the MIAC All-Conference team. Hall was also welcomed into the 1,000-point club with more than 400 points in the season.

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Women’s Basketball

Bethel’s winter sports completed an exciting season, with several sports competing in the playoffs and a number of athletes selected to MIAC All-Conference teams. To read up-to-date information, game recaps, and feature stories on all sports, be sure to visit athletics. 10

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Bethel secured an MIAC playoff berth for the third time in the last four seasons, thanks in part to an eight-game winning streak to begin the 2011-12 season. The Royals were led by their only senior, Taylor Sheley (Backus, Minn.), who delivered an All-Conference caliber season. Sheley’s 19.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game garnered her two MIAC Athlete of the Week awards, membership to the 1,000-point club, and the MIAC Player-of-the-Year award. The Royals finished the regular season sixth overall, capturing another opportunity to advance to postseason play.

Men’s Hockey The Royals hockey team stayed competitive all season long, as the Bethel skaters were in the thick of the pack until the very end. BU’s season highlight came just before winter break, when they

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swept Hamline University, last season’s MIAC champion, and followed with their third consecutive victory over No. 11 Milwaukee School of Engineering. Senior Jake Kogler (Forest Lake, Minn.) was the team’s highest goal scorer and also ranked among the top players in the conference in goals scored, while Chris Fiala (Sr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.) recorded the most overall points for Bethel. Kogler, along with Jack Paul (Jr., Minnetonka, Minn.) and Jon Crouse (Jr., Alexandria, Minn.), were chosen to the MIAC AllConference team.

Women’s Hockey BU came into the season riding the winds of a second-place finish in the 201011 campaign and fought with the same winning mentality throughout the entire season. The Royals led the conference in power play scoring, enabling them to achieve their third winning season in the last four years and advance to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. Many players contributed to the team effort, including Biz Huss (Jr., Beaver Bay, Minn.), Anna Carlson (Sr., Roseville, Minn.), Cristina Masten (So., Fergus Falls, Minn.), and Kalie Johnson (Fr., Richfield, Minn.), who each finished the season with more than 20 points. Rachael Geng (Sr., South St. Paul, Minn.) was selected as the conference’s recipient of the 201112 Sheila Brown Award. Bethel also captured a thrilling come-from-behind 5-4 overtime victory over St. Olaf in the opening round of the MIAC playoffs.

team that at one point had the fifth fastest time in the nation. For the women’s team, sprinter Ashley Magelssen (So., Forest Lake, Minn.) has been a critical piece in the success of the program thus far, vaporizing BU records with her times in both the 200-meter dash and 4x200.

Anthony Puckett ’14 and Jordon Spronk ’12

Indoor Track and Field The men’s and women’s track and field teams have recorded numerous milestones throughout the indoor season. Senior Jordon Spronk (Pipestone, Minn.) has paced the Royals with his individual effort in the 400-meter dash, stamping his name at the top of the BU record book. Spronk, an MIAC Player of the Week selection, has also been a valuable part of the 4x400

In mid-November, Bethel University volleyball punched its ticket to the postseason, advancing to the 2011 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament for the fourth time in school history. The Royals traveled to Moorhead, Minn., where they defeated Northwestern College (Minn.) 3-0 in the opening round before falling to Concordia College on day two. It was the second straight time the Royals have won in the tournament’s first round.

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Biz Huss ’13

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: s e c n e i c S Bethel ab L the Beyond r ’06 by Erik Grube

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Bethel University has a reputation for taking science seriously. With nationally recognized programs, accomplished faculty, and an emphasis on active student-professor collaboration, it’s no wonder that Bethel alumni have achieved the highest level of success in graduate programs, medical schools, and influential science careers. But Bethel faculty and students are also working behind the scenes—in campus labs—to shape the futures of their respective fields. Their current research could significantly alter how we think about medical diagnostics, cancer treatment, and nutrition. World-changers? Bethel sciences take this university core value to heart.


Department of

Physics/ Engineering Program Majors: B.A. Physics; B.S. Physics; B.S. Applied Physics; B.A. Science Education 5-12: Physics Emphasis; B.A./B.S. Engineering Science (dualdegree program)

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Minor: Physics

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The properties of a material, such as color, are usually measured by looking at large chunks of that material. But those properties change when you look at nano-sized pieces. (For some perspective, a human hair is about 100,000 nanometers thick.) Assistant Professor of Physics Nathan Lindquist and senior physics and mathematics major Lauren Otto have been studying that phenomenon in Bethel’s physics lab. They built a powerful microscope to look at different arrangements of gold nanoparticles and gold films perforated with tiny holes to see how the particles react to light. These structures are extremely sensitive because they’re so small, and will change color if even single molecules of another material land on them. Using a simple laser, it’s also possible to “fingerprint” exactly which type of molecule has landed. The most promising, and perhaps world-changing, application of this research may be in medical diagnosis. Nanotechnology goes hand-in-hand with the development of the “lab-on-a-chip,” an extremely sensitive biological sensor that works with a single drop of blood. Using the nanoparticles of gold as a biological

sensor, it’s possible to quickly detect trace amounts of disease marker molecules. Or picture this: tiny gold particles float through the bloodstream and identify a problem area—such as a tumor— with astonishing precision. The particles attach to the tumor and enhance the contrast of x-rays so doctors can spot it. Lasers are then used to “activate” the gold particles, causing them to give off enough heat to destroy the tumor but not the surrounding tissue. The process sounds like science fiction, but nanotechnology is making it a reality. Lindquist recognizes that cost is a major challenge. While a trillion gold nanoparticles cost less than a penny, the technology is expensive to produce. He wants to change that. “One of my goals is to be able to make nano-sensors cheaply enough for mass-market use,” he says. “The technology could revolutionize medical diagnostics.” Bethel University


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Chemistry Majors: B.A. Chemistry; B.S. Chemistry; B.S. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology; B.A. Science Education 5-12, Chemistry Emphasis; B.S. Chemical Engineering (dual-degree program)


Predicting Prostate Cancer

photo by Scott Streble


According to the American Cancer Society, about one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and about six in 36 will die of it.The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test, most commonly used to detect the disease, measures dramatically, however, if the tumor spreads elsewhere in the body. We are investigating the ability of ZEB1 to be used as the blood-level concentration of a protein produced by the a prognostic tool to determine if the cancer will spread. This prostate gland. High levels of PSA indicate the possibility of knowledge can be used to help physicians and patients decide, prostate cancer. early on, the most effective course of action to maximize the But there are two disadvantages to the PSA test. The first is health of the individual.” that factors other than cancer can lead to high PSA levels and false positives. The second is that prostate cancers aren’t all the same. Some forms of the disease grow slowly and don’t cause any harm. Others are more aggressive, growing quickly and spreading to other parts of the Department Highl ights: body (metastasis). The PSA test doesn’t • Approved by the Amer ican differentiate between the forms, meaning Chemical Societ y since 20 of Chemistr y 07 a person with prostate cancer might Ken Rohly in • Extensive fa 2004 and to Associate P cult y-student undergo treatment, and suffer all of its rofessor of Che en ga gement through course mistr y Rollin King in s, labs, research life-altering side effects, unnecessarily. 2010. , seminars, and • King served ChemClub acti Associate Professor of Chemistry as 2008 guest vities • Strong alum professor at the prestigi n i re lations, w ith an Bynthia Anose ’98 and senior Zach ous Sw iss Fede nual fall and spring ral Institute of Te events that invo Larson are working on that second chnology-Zur ic lve both alumni an h, the to p research instit d current stud problem. Continuing research she ution in the w ents • R apid grow orld ou th tside the United in the number started in graduate school, Anose is St ates. of graduates over the past 15 ye studying a specific gene to predict if Recent Alumni Su ars ccess: Research Opportu a healthy person is likely to develop nities: • Taylor Mach a deadly form of prostate cancer. The ’09 is a gradua • All majors en te student in theoretical gage in two ye gene, known as ZEB1, is controlled chemistr y at V ar s of a complete rese irginia Tech. He was arch experien by the hormones that stimulate the named one of ce, including pres on ly 10 Doctoral Sc entation at regi development of male characteristics holars in all fie onal and national meeti ld s of sc ie nt ng ific study ther s. and has been shown to change e. • Student pres • K ar en a tation opportun (Benjamin) W dramatically when prostate cancer ielinski ’08 won ities include presti the Seaborg N gious meeting spreads. “Simply knowing if a person obel Travel Aw s of the Amer ican Che ard and presented the mical Societ y, is likely to develop cancer is not as result s of her Sigma Zet a, and /or th re search at the Nobel Pri ze e Minnesota A significant as it may seem,” says ceremonies in cademy of Science. Stockholm in Anose. “In the early stages, most 2008. • Ja mie (Schwendi Aw ards/Honors: cancers are highly treatable, as they nger) Schreck ’07 is a doctoral cand are localized to the tissue of origin. id at e at Yale suppor • The CAS Fa ted by cu a lt y pr E estigious Natio xcellence Awar The patient’s survival rate drops nal Science d in Scholarship w Foundation (N as awarded to SF) fellowship Professor .



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es since 1994, Excellence award four tim This award is most recently in 2006. Department Highlights: more than 400 en to 1% or fewer of the th giv wi d pe uip eq ly ful bs • La nt, including an Tr iBeta chapters. biotechnology equipme student ophotometer, • Twelve students have won ultrav iolet-visible spectr iBe Tr ta regional nt, real-time presentation awards at electrophoresis equipme emy of Science ion machine, conventions, Iowa Acad Polymerase Chain React esota Academy us, microplate Annual Meetings, Minn microinjection apparat Majors: ngs/Winchell of Science Annual Meeti re mo d an r, de rea B.A. Biology; B.S. Biology; B.A. Science a, and Sigma Zeta y with carbon Undergraduate Sy mposi tor ora lab re ltu cu l cel A • Education 5-12: Life Science Emphasis; the last five tional Conventions over exchange Na gas rs, ato ub inc e xid dio B.S. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology; those students sterile hoods, years (2006 -10). Four of analyzer, laminar flow B.A. Environmental Studies; s. ard e microscope won two or more aw and inverted fluorescenc B.S. Environmental Science en awarded Tr iBeta ls cel of ng agi • Eight students have be for advanced digital im last five years. ty for 3-D research grants over the Minor: and tissues, with capaci st awarded in 2004, • Since the grant was fir Biology reconstr uction ed C. Weldon 19 students have receiv anatomy studies • Human cadavers for Scholarships Jones Memorial Research mental chambers • Two walk-in environ mmer research and have car ried out su nce of a biolog y projects under the guida Research Opportunities: t and student/ facult y member. • Senior research projec According to the Aspartame Information jor ma o int ilt facult y collaboration bu i Success: Center, aspartame is an artificial sweetener rtunities Recent Alumn po op ch ear res er mm • Paid su used worldwide in about 6,000 products, a doctoral candidate es Research • Aaron Bumann ’06 is through C. Weldon Jon including diet soft drinks. In our calorieesota in dental olarships at the University of Minn Awards and Edgren Sch counting culture, aspartame is popular stern Regional surgery. He is also the We rtunities with po op hip ers ad Le • because it acts as a calorie-free sugar and President of Legislative Coordinator l honor societ y and ica log bio ta iBe Tr substitute. But aspartame has been blamed esota chapter of the University of Minn l Science Creation nta me on vir En the for a number of health problems, including l Association. American Student Denta the b clu ion rat sto Re multiple sclerosis, methanol toxicity, eived his M.D. from • Brett Einerson ’06 rec depression, and birth defects. Various studies rsity School of the Wake Forest Unive Awards/Honors: have refuted these claims, and the U.S. Food y is in OB/GYN at ter (Gamma Medicine. His residenc • Bethel’s Tr iBeta chap and Drug Administration (FDA) approved icago. ed the Chapter Northwestern University, Ch Omega) has been award aspartame for use in foods in 1974 and in carbonated beverages in 1983. Senior biology major Christina Nowicki, however, is more interested in some less obvious side effects bodies. “Aspartame is consumed in a variety of foods every day,” of aspartame, such as how it alters the way cells move in our she says. “If people consider what it could be doing inside their bodies, they might think twice.” Concerned about the large quantities of this synthetic substance we ingest, spurred on by the curiosity of fellow students, and funded by a C. Weldon Jones Memorial Fellowship and a grant from Sigma Zeta, Nowicki and her mentor, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Paula Soneral, set out to discover the impact of aspartame on cell motility. Simply put, cells have protein complexes, known as focal adhesions, that attach to solid surfaces. They move through a process of sticking and unsticking those focal adhesions during cell migration. In the course of their research, Nowicki and Soneral discovered that aspartame stimulates the formation of focal adhesions, which could have an impact on a particular cell’s movement and, perhaps more importantly, on cell migration, which is critical to healing and immune responses as well as “tumor progression, particularly for promoting invasion and metastasis,” says Soneral. The team is currently analyzing cell migration, particularly the speed of cell movement, to get a better understanding of the effects of aspartame on the process.

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Biological Sciences

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The Unseen Impact of Artificial Sweetener

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Bethel grads are making a living—and serving others—with successful start-ups. A new business? In today’s economy? Many Bethel grads, and even current students, have taken the plunge into start-ups. For some, it’s not just about making a living—they have also become social entrepreneurs, using their work to support ministries or serve others. And they’re not just business majors, either. There’s an English and theatre arts alum who co-owns a massage therapy business; a teacher who uses basketball to reach inner city kids; and an art alum who leads the online division of a printing company that donates 50% of its profits to causes in Haiti. Meet a sampling of Bethel grads who run successful businesses—and maybe get inspired to start one of your own. 16

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Jon Zaugg ’07 CAS business marketing major with a media communication minor

Founder, Zaugg Productions, a video production company

Did you find this career, or did this career find you? Both. In high school and college I produced sports videos, but it was just a hobby. Then in college I started to get paying projects. I realized there was the potential to make a career out of what I loved doing. After I graduated I got hired at the Evangelical Free Church of America to embark on an eight-month trip around the world producing support videos for missionaries. I created my own company during that time.

How many hours do you spend working?

What do you like best about being your own boss? The flexibility I have to take on new opportunities and be creative with the talents God has given me. This job has allowed me to do what I love, while making an income that can support these passions.

It all depends on my current projects, but on average 35-40 hours a week. The challenge is that there is always work to do. It can consume my life if I let it.

Where is your favorite place to shoot?

In what ways has God opened doors for you? I am in awe at God’s timing and plan for my life as well as my company. It’s been amazing to see how, when I trust God, He blows me away with open doors. I have worked hard but know that there is no way I could have opportunities without God creating them.

Anywhere that I haven’t been before. I love seeing new places and being able to capture them from a fresh perspective. I think anything can be beautiful when captured correctly.

Tim Anderson ’05, GS’08 CAS history major and M.A. in Teaching from Bethel

Founder, Ace Hoops, a nonprofit that uses basketball to reach inner city kids

“I don’t have business savvy or training. Scripture shows how God often uses people to carry out His work who are different than the world would choose. God led me to do this work, and I just try to remain obedient even if the work seems unconventional.”

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Julianne Bruce ’92 CAS English literature and writing and theatre arts major

Co-owner, Knotworks, a massage therapy business

Did you find this career, or did this career find you? After working in a variety of administrative jobs, the Lord led me to massage therapy school, and within a week I was signed up. In faith, I leapt without looking!

In what ways is massage therapy a ministry? Massage is a personal experience, requiring emotional and spiritual trust. People’s bodies express their stress, pain, fear, or fatigue. Massage becomes a way to minister and give someone my full attention, and even prayer.

How many hours do you spend working? I conduct hands-on massage about 20 hours a week, then probably take another 20-25 for marketing and follow-up. Our most effective marketing is putting our hands on people at events, and now we’re venturing into social networking.

How did your English and theatre arts degree prepare you to own a business? Continuing education and research are a large part of my life as a therapist, and I credit the English department faculty for my love of research. Bethel’s theatre department taught me how to make the proverbial silk purse from a sow’s ear. The varied experiences I had there, from designing sets and costumes, hanging lights, box office promotion, directing, writing plays, and more, taught me I can do anything!

Jim Rickard ’87 CAS art major with theatre and applied art minors

and we provide a way to make a big difference on every job our customers print. The profit from a simple business card order can feed 35 children for a day!

Agent for Change, Print for Change

Did you find this career, or did this career find you? I started my own graphic design business, J Rickard Visuals, in 1991. Approaching age 50, I started seeking significance more than success, and began running the online portion of another start-up called Print for Change, a business that provides funds for Healing Haiti, a nonprofit that a friend and his wife started. Print for Change donates 50% of its profits to provide clean water, food, education, and housing to starving people in Haiti.

Are people surprised by this company’s level of philanthropy? We feed starving children by selling printing, and people love the whole idea. Social entrepreneurship is gaining in popularity, 18

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How has your company managed in the slower economy? We have a growing business. If you really start focusing on the things that God cares about, stand back and be amazed at the opportunities He lays before you. God’s economy doesn’t have recessions. We also take clients to Haiti three to four times a year so we can show them the difference their work is making. Once that happens, they start talking to colleagues, and the word gets out. 

How many hours do you spend working? I feel like I am always working, but what a privilege! We take orders online, and they have to be processed. I may be processing jobs at any time of the day or night. During the day, there are meetings and other things that need to be done. Our eventual goal is to train some of our Haitian kids who live at our orphanage, Grace Village, to process these jobs so they can make a living.

What do you like best about being your own boss? We started in business with oodles of ambition and little knowledge. Today, that ambition is tempered with experience and a better understanding of how to blend business, people, and priorities. Although ownership has its benefits, it comes with a tremendous responsibility of stewardship.

How many hours do you spend working? Gone are the days of 100-hour work weeks. Today with technology, I can work from home as well as the office. When you’re the owner, the traditional definition of work hours simply blends into a lifestyle of chasing opportunity and challenge. The workday never ends.

Andy Schweizer CAPS ’11 CAPS business management major

President/Owner, Ace Solid Waste, Inc.

What is the weirdest thing you found in the garbage?

Did you find this career, or did this career find you? This career definitely found me. My brother and I were introduced to the industry through a gentleman at church. Before long, my brother invited me to be a partner in his new garbage company. While pursuing our desire for growth, we bought Ace Solid Waste, which at the time provided service to 25,000 residential customers. Today, Ace has built on its rich 55-year history to provide garbage and recycling service to over 80,000 residential and commercial customers.

A foam sphinx statue from a Guthrie Theatre set. We had it in our office for years. Today with our automated trucks, drivers never come in contact with the trash and are not allowed to scavenge like in the good old days.

Starting Up? Start Out Right! Bethel Experts’ Advice for Entrepreneurs • Follow the two-step business plan: 1) Find out what people want. 2) Help them get it. Many entrepreneurs get excited about an idea or product and take it to market without knowing who wants it, how many want it, and how much they are willing to pay for it.—Bill Paxton, management consultant, MBA adjunct instructor • Secure an excellent small business accountant and tax specialist. Business software and do-it-yourself legal sites can’t replace the wisdom and experience of professionals.—Tedi Hasapopoulos S’06, marketing consultant, pastor, and MBA adjunct instructor

• Rehearse your elevator speech. You need to be prepared for any opportunity with a one-sentence, one-minute, or fullblown presentation of your business. People will meet you and think, “I want to be a part of that!”—Vanessa Ranallo, HR consultant, MBA adjunct instructor • Have a business plan, but know that plan will change a lot. Get feedback from many people on the feasibility of your idea and talk it through with them.—Jenna Soule ’95, marketing and corporate communications director, CAS business/ economics adjunct instructor

• Plan for adequate working capital. Be as diligent about financing working capital as you would be about financing fixed assets.—Jim Green, president and CEO of Kemps, LLC and MBA adjunct instructor

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Allison Nelson ’09 CAS business major with a communication studies minor

Manager, Mainstream Boutique

What’s it like working with your mom?

Did you find this career, or did this career find you?

It’s fun to do the buying together because we can get looks for all ages and sizes. She likes to pay the bills, and I love doing the marketing.

This career found me. My mom worked for Mainstream, a women’s boutique, and she asked me if I would open a store with her as a franchisee.

What’s one thing that women can do to update their look? Get a great pair of jeans. When a customer tries on a cute pair of fitted jeans, she looks like she lost 10 pounds!

What do you like best about being your own boss? Flexibility. I do the ordering for both our stores, so I can be at home working as well as in the store selling. Every day is different, and I love that about my job.

Monica Helland ’08 CAS communication studies major with an art minor

Owner, Legacy Wellness

“When I started on my business plan, I decided that fear was not welcome in my thinking. Every time I noticed myself worrying, I chose love, not fear. I decided I wanted my ‘dream job,’ and that’s exactly what I have.”

Andy Berg ’07

Andy Kenutis ’07

CAS elementary education major, science emphasis, with a German minor

CAS business marketing major with a psychology minor

Co-owners, Nine1Photography

Berg and Kenutis share more than just a first name: a friendship, a passion for photography, and a heart for service. “Nine1” is dervied from Psalm 9:1, which says, “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” Their mission, they explain, “is to use the gifts we have been given to glorify God and proclaim the name of Jesus with photography. This is accomplished by putting the needs of others before our own financial ambitions and individual success.” 20

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Travis Dahlke S’09 Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Founder, Hands for Harvest, a nonprofit providing fresh produce to food shelves

Did you find this career, or did this career find you? I grew up on a farm and wanted to share farming with others and provide for the community. We started the ministry in the spring of 2009 to provide fresh produce for food shelves as part of a Bethel Seminary internship. My parents in Green Isle, Minn., donated an acre of land, and the first year we grew 12,000 pounds of potatoes, an eight-fold yield from what we planted (1,500 pounds were planted). We keep the costs to a minimum thanks to volunteers who donate their time to get the work done. The third year we had 50-100 Bethel students volunteer in the garden. Â

How has God opened doors for you? We started two gardens this past year at CH Robinson Company in Eden Prairie, Minn., where I work fulltime in information technology. After praying about it, I just happened to approach the right person at the right time, when the company was already looking into starting a health and wellness garden. The first garden is a company garden growing more time-intensive crops such as tomatoes, green beans, peppers, and squash for the Eden Prairie Food Shelf. We planted potatoes for the food shelf in the other garden.

What are your goals for the future? Many companies are establishing gardens to get people into the sunshine during the day and work together with a common goal of growing fresh food to help others in need. We want to partner with more companies who are willing to donate land to grow food for food shelves. We help them get seed, till the land, and get them off and running on their own with their own volunteers. We can also determine the best crops for the space and type of soil they have.

Business @ Bethel A liberal arts education at Bethel University prepares graduates from all fields of study for a wide range of potential careers, including entrepreneurship. Bethel’s highly respected business programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels offer specific preparation for business leaders in a variety of specialties.

College of Arts & Sciences

B.A. in Business - Accounting emphasis - Entrepreneurship emphasis - Finance emphasis - Human Resource Management emphasis - International Business emphasis - Marketing emphasis B.S. in Accounting and Finance B.A. in Business Education B.A. in Economics and Finance B.A. in Economics B.A. in Business and Political Science Distinctive learning opportunities include study in Europe and internships with thriving Twin Cities businesses, from innovative start-ups, to industry giants, to national nonprofits.

College of Adult & Professional Studies B.A. in Business Management B.A. in Healthcare Leadership B.A. in Organizational Leadership Certificate in Healthcare Leadership Certificate in Human Resource Management

Graduate School

MBA M.A. in Organizational Leadership

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PlaceMeant– Scandia Church

by Scott Wible S’02





They began meeting in Andrew Peterson’s log cabin in August 1855, but just a year and a half later their numbers had more than tripled. So the Swedish immigrant community of Scandia Baptist Church voted to raise a new place of worship. Construction of a 20-by-25-foot log building commenced on the shore of Lake Waconia, Minn., in April 1857. Just three months later, on July 12, Swedish Baptist pioneer F.O. Nilsson noted in his diary that “this morning I preached for the first time in our new meeting house from 1 John 4:10, 11.” Thus began the little church’s more than 115 years of continuous service to its parishioners. In 1973, Scandia Church was relocated to the campus of Bethel University for preservation as a major historical artifact. Now perched on a wooded hillside overlooking Bethel Seminary, the simple structure stands in memory of the pioneers who lived out the gospel message Nilsson preached on that first Sunday so long ago: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”





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1. The tower and front entryway were added to Scandia Church in 1910. Also that year, for the first time in more than a half century, congregants were warmed by a newly installed furnace rather than a wood-burning stove. 2. Four hand-embroidered paper hangings adorn the church’s walls, crafted by women settlers who lacked funds for cloth. “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” was stitched by Alice (Lundsten) Linder. 3. An acrylic window is cut into the whitewashed siding at the church’s northeast corner to reveal the original log structure underneath. The siding was attached in 1875. 4. On October 15, 1973, Scandia Church was loaded onto a lowboy trailer and trucked to its present location on the campus of Bethel University. Since then, a ramp to accommodate wheelchair accessibility has been added to the church entrance. 5. In 1983, Bethel alumni Tim and Patti Olson ’75 researched and restored the church’s interior to its original 19th century simplicity. Removing layers of paint and plaster down to the bare log walls, they replastered and repainted with a color mixed to match the original blue. 6. Scandia Church “saw the light” in 1917 when the building was wired for power and wall-mounted kerosene lamps were outshined by newfangled electric ceiling fixtures. 7. Woodworker Frank Lundsten is credited with building Scandia Church’s beautifully crafted pulpit, pews, and hymnal racks. 8. Although the two antique pump organs that flank the pulpit are not original to Scandia Church, they are historically accurate for the late 1800s. And they actually work. 9. New windows were installed and a new floor was laid as part of a major remodel in 1875. The current windows were installed during recent upgrades. 10. In addition to Linder’s hand-embroidered wall hanging are Anna (Broberg) Bergquist’s “Pray without Ceasing,” Caroline (Anderson) Hagstrom’s “Little Church Around the Corner,” and Albertine (Nelson) Hanson’s “Feed My Lambs.” 11. Perhaps it was because brighter lighting made the floor look drab, but carpet was rolled down the center aisle in 1917 – the same year Scandia Church got electricity.

More than a mere museum piece, Scandia Church today accommodates occasional college or seminary classes, hosts small weddings, and even lends authenticity to period film productions—a testament to the enduring faith of the hardy souls who gathered there 150 years ago.

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Finding common ground when we seem so far apart

A More Civil Discourse by Kelsey Lundberg illustrations by Leah Sands ’13


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It’s a familiar scene—the heated argument between two pundits blasting from a cable news outlet into your living room. It’s ugly and polarizing. It’s entertainment. It sells. But it also shows up at church meetings when disagreement escalates, driving members to retreat into entrenched theological camps. It creeps in during family holidays—a relaxing meal turned emotional debate over political or religious differences. Tough issues often lead to hostile discourse that leaves people on all sides feeling frustrated and alienated—and these days it seems like somebody cranked up the volume. The opinionated are shouting even louder, and the hopeless have retreated into their noise-cancelling headphones. In these moments of incivility, we can quickly forget that we’re all in this together. And those of us who are Christians sometimes lose sight of a better way—one that beckons us to step away from the contagious clutches of culture and into a more civil discourse.

“Civil discourse is about making a commitment to relationship in spite of difference or disagreement.”—Sara Shady The reality of diversity

Minnesota, the near-shutdown at the federal level, the election cycle—we just don’t have good examples of civil discourse.” The undisputable reality is that difference is all around us. Stacey Hunter Hecht, associate professor of political science The differences are vast—ranging from peripheral ideas on the and chair of Bethel’s political science department, echoes workings of state legislature to more profound contrasts between Shady’s concern about our nation’s lack of civil role models. faith traditions. Associate Professor of Philosophy Sara Shady In a step toward countering these concerns, Hecht serves on a studies the issues of religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue. discussion panel on the weekly PBS television show “Almanac,” Along with other scholars, she believes that religious diversity in where political scientists debate the pressing issues of the America will be a defining issue of the 21st century. “Whether it’s day—but always leave on good terms. For Hecht, building a increasing religious, cultural, or ethnic diversity, it becomes a lot sense of community that pushes us to engage beyond our areas harder to imagine that there’s commonality out there,” she says. of disagreement is crucial for civil discourse. For example, she “This gives us a choice to make. Do we want to show that we can points out that President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, and navigate being a country with a significant amount of religious Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, a Democrat, got along in part diversity and hold it together, or are we going to let it divide us?” because they spent time together off the congressional floor. Like Shady, Professor of History and Political Science G.W. “When the business of the day was concluded,” she says, “these Carlson has studied these issues in depth. He has also had two Irishmen would sit around together and tell stories. So there personal experience with the joys and challenges of diversity was a common community life in Washington, D.C., that people during a 10-year stint on the St. Paul school board. He’s served were a part of, a whole lot more than they are now.” alongside members of Native American communities, new Hecht is seeing the disintegration of community trickle down immigrant groups, and others to find solutions that meet the from national venues to the local level—into our neighborhoods, diverse needs of students and families. “Are we going to have struggles? Absolutely,” says Carlson. “But we didn’t have any fewer workplaces, and social circles. “We’re no longer sitting down and watching the same six o’clock news at night. We’re not all struggles when the Swedes came or the Norwegians came or the reading the same newspaper and then having a conversation Irish came. We can be an America that values religious, political, about it. Instead we have all these hyper-partisan outlets, and and ethnic diversity and still has enough in common to seek the volume is amped up to create this political infotainment. common ground.” Beyond his school board tenure, Carlson experiences the full spectrum of Christian theological diversity in his classroom, where Bethel students from more than 65 denominations In February, the Bethel community had a chance to explore the topic of come together to examine the gamut of political interfaith dialogue in-depth through the Moberg Conference, the fourth of ideologies. “My goal is to allow students to take a five-year conference series held on campus each winter. David Moberg, a look at the historical roots of the traditions, a leader among Christian sociologists, established the lectureship to help the contemporary expressions, and their core Christians explore how studying sociology is relevant to Christian faith and issues,” he explains. “Students can make up their practice. Through a chapel address, keynote presentation, and numerous own minds about which traditions they prefer to workshops, participants learned about forgiveness, reconciliation, and identify with. But my belief is that you ought to authentic interfaith encounter. Keynote speaker Joseph Liechty, an expert value the fact that people may disagree, rather than in Catholic-Protestant reconciliation, lived in Ireland for more than 20 see that as something that is judgmentally wrong. years, researching and working toward Above all else, the Christian community starts with peacemaking efforts. Now a professor the proposition that we’re all one in Christ, across of peace, justice, and conflict studies the world. Why is it such a difficult thing?” at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., Liechty used his historical perspective Distance from “the other” to help listeners understand what can Indeed, why is it so hard? Why do we so quickly happen when they live out a call to judge a competing perspective, or slip so easily into forgive. “When we live out Jesus’ call harsh arguments? “Part of the problem in society to forgive,” he said, “we change the is that we lack really good role models for this,” world.” explains Shady. “The government shutdown in

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That’s what people are consuming, so that’s what they’re replicating,” she says. With the advent of 24-hour news and intense media competition, we’ve developed the ability to cherry-pick information that best suits our ideology. We can filter our smartphone apps, websites, and TV stations to feed an innate comfort for grouping with like-minded people. “We’re often afraid to face different opinions because it means we could be wrong about our own,” says Kyle Roberts, Bethel Seminary St. Paul associate professor of theology and lead faculty for the Master of Arts in Christian Thought. “If I end up changing my view through engagement with another,” he explains, “it can be disorienting to have to re-situate myself.” To avoid disorientation, we tend to isolate ourselves from the human faces on the other side of an issue. Shady explains that this puts us in danger of slowly stripping away our common humanity as we begin to function with stereotypes and labels—casting complex human beings into broad, over-generalized categories. “It’s really hard to imagine us being a healthy, functioning political and civic society if we don’t figure this out,” says Shady. “Sometimes it takes the problem getting pretty grave for us to take it seriously, and we might be to that point right now.”

Finding common ground “When I think about what it means to act with civility,” says Hecht, “I think of engaging with others in our civic space, in our public space, in our space as citizens, in ways that are

respectful and productive and, ultimately, that lead to an acknowledgment of our common life and our need to resolve common problems together.” Most of us can find common ground if we’re willing to look for it. We want to be free to practice our religion, to pursue livelihoods, and to have our basic human needs met. We want to see our children healthy, educated, and happy. Creating a space to work together toward these aims—respecting our fellow citizens along the way—is what civil discourse is all about. When we come together in this civil space as residents of our neighborhoods or citizens of our nation, our survival depends on our ability to work together—to create safe communities, to provide means of trading goods and services, to set up systems of living together that serve all people—no matter our faith, political bent, or ethnic background. “Everyone needs to feel that they get to speak and that they don’t have to be afraid of retribution for honestly speaking their views,” explains Shady. “Listening is part of that. Rights and responsibilities are two sides of the same coin. Having the right to speak implies the responsibility to listen.” It’s in these moments of listening to others that we take a step back to refocus on our mutual concerns and struggles. And it’s these moments of commonality that help us navigate the times when our differences become pronounced. “Civil discourse is about making a commitment to relationship in spite of difference or disagreement,” says Shady. “To say that even if we disagree, I’m still invested in this community,

Rules of Engagement: Practicing Civil Discourse Be a savvy info consumer. “Being a savvy media consumer is terrifically important in this age. Trying to get information and not spin is a hard thing to do. But I think it’s something we really have to pursue. We’re in an environment where we need to be careful about who we’re listening to and what we’re listening to. If we can read just the facts, then at least we’ve got something to start with in terms of grounding our conversation.” —Stacey Hunter Hecht, associate professor of political science and chair, Department of Political Science 26

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Don’t let disagreement threaten your convictions. “Remember that it’s better to be authentic and to be a genuine truth-seeker than to be stubborn. On the other hand, keep in mind that open-handedly facing diversity or difference doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change your view or convictions. It may just give you a broader, more empathetic perspective on alternative ways of interpreting and navigating the human experience.” —Kyle Roberts, associate professor of theology and lead faculty for the Master of Arts in Christian Thought program, Bethel Seminary St. Paul

invested in this project. It’s not about who’s going to win and who’s going to lose in the end.”

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A Heritage of Civility: Bethel’s Pietistic and Irenic Roots by G.W. Carlson, professor of history and political science Bethel comes out of the Baptist pietist tradition. Pietism was a reaction to the religious wars of the 16th and 17th centuries, when people were using the state to assert the legitimacy of their religious beliefs and to destroy those who were different. The pietists opposed those practices, believing that it wasn’t the role of the state to force beliefs on people. They valued, instead, the act of voluntary conversion, wanting people to become members of the body of Christ because they chose to, not because the state forced them.

When we truly try to live like Christ, we sign on for the tough work of committing to relationships and demonstrating values like humility, servanthood, and sacrifice. We take up the concerns of the widow, the orphan, So our Baptist pietist heritage links us to a favoring of civility of discourse. One of the and the immigrant, working for characteristics of a pietist is the cultivation of the irenic spirit. For me, the irenic spirit justice and showing mercy. That can means that we value having multiple, and even opposing, experts contribute to the give us a powerful—and sometimes dialogue about an issue. While they have different emphases, and to some extent differprophetic—voice in the public square. ent understandings, our goal is to understand them, to read them, to value them, and Jesus frequented busy roads, the then to form our viewpoints based on our full exploration. It doesn’t mean we don’t have temple court, and the community fundamental beliefs or that we change those beliefs. But it does require us to carefully well. He placed Himself in the civic examine whether we’re making peripheral ideals part of our foundational beliefs. space. But His voice and message didn’t necessarily conform to the prevailing And that’s exactly the kind of civil conversation we’re called voices of the day. “The dominant, unavoidable message of the to. As we take up that call to extend Christ’s love and respect gospel is Christ’s respect for persons, His love for persons. And for people, we place our trust in the hope that our message can that’s a pretty weird thing culturally to really do,” says Hecht. be heard in more subtle ways. “We are to be salt and light in the “Imagine the talking heads on your favorite cable television world, but we shouldn’t rely on the methods of the world to ‘win show. What if these people sat there and actually thought, ‘I’m arguments,’” says Roberts. “Rather, we can fully depend on the called to love my sparring partner here.’ It would lead to a very Holy Spirit to persuade and to transform.” different kind of conversation.”

Get involved in your community. Take the time to listen. “Sometimes we tend to go straight to persuasion. But when we do that, we miss earlier stages that help yield a better conversation. One important stage we often miss is the listening stage. By listening, you ensure that each party has a chance to speak. It helps you understand the other’s viewpoint and build the kind of relationship that is key for healthy communities.” —Sara Shady, associate professor of philosophy

“Engage in your community. Find ways to do it that express your faith. You’ll find that there are a lot of people out there who are interesting, who care, who have experiences that you will come to value, and who will debunk stereotypes that you often have because you don’t have those experiences naturally. Don’t do it because you’re going to save them; do it because you’re seeking common ground in terms of our desire to live with one another.” —G.W. Carlson, professor of history and political science

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LAX, JFK, even MSP. But DSM? That last airport code is Des Moines International. And while Des Moines, Iowa, is not exactly an international hub, Bethel Seminary alum Justin Wise hopes that one day people will land there to learn how to more effectively communicate the gospel. Wise was serving on staff at Lutheran Church of Hope in Des Moines when he decided to pursue fulltime pastoral ministry. Because he wanted to stay put, Bethel Seminary’s InMinistry online degree program fit perfectly. He graduated in June 2010 with an M.Div. degree—and a fresh outlook on ministry. “About halfway through seminary I started having misgivings about going into vocational ministry,” he recalls. “As a student, I looked deeply at my beliefs and philosophy of ministry. Bethel was formative, preparing me to come to my own conclusions and think through the implications of what we were learning.” Meanwhile, his entrepreneurial gifts, which had resulted in two successful businesses in college, drew Wise into moonlighting as a social media consultant for churches and ministries. He began to see that he could build the kingdom using his God-given entrepreneurial skills, creating websites for churches and other nonprofits. Wise soon realized the value of providing guidance for the church as a whole, not only his local church. Now he also conducts church strategy sessions and comprehensive social media boot camps to take the guesswork out of their online presences. A second opportunity, at the Center for Church Communication in Los Angeles, allows Wise to pursue another of his passions: helping churches remove barriers to communicating the gospel effectively, from the language used in their Sunday services to their websites and marketing materials. The center aims to give a church, in its local context, the tools and resources needed to communicate the gospel better.

So daily, Wise strives to interact with the broader culture and communicate Christ’s message in an effective way— whether working with a church near LAX or DSM. Wise knows his calling. And Bethel Seminary is glad to call him an alum.


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Wise has made a seamless transition from seminarian studying ancient texts to techie dealing with the newest online delivery systems. It’s all about communication, he says. “When I became a Christian, I saw that Jesus isn’t culture’s problem. The way we communicate His life and teachings, how we relate to the culture, and how we teach Scripture— that’s the problem. Something is getting lost in translation.”

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

60s Robert Sorley ’64 served as a missionary in Japan from 1970 to 2008 and is now retired. He preaches once a month at a Japanese church in Columbus, Ohio, and plays on a senior softball team.

70s Richard Ward Brown S’76 wrote Trusting God with the Rest of your Life, published by Crossover Publications in July. Wim Mauldin S’76 served as a pastor of Baptist congregations for 25 years and as the organizer for the Spokane Alliance for 20 years. He and his wife Annette (Anderson) ’69 moved to Seattle so he could take a position as lead organizer of the Sound Alliance, a multi-issued, nonpartisan organization of faith, labor, and education groups working for the common good. It’s part of the nationwide Industrial Areas Foundation. Matthew Floding ’77 wrote Welcome to Theological Field Education, published by Alban Institute Press. For the last two years he chaired the North American Association for Theological Field Education professional organization, giving the opening keynote address to the Australian-New Zealand Theological Field Education Association in November. Craig Bergstrom ’79 owns True North Remodeling, a company that does general remodeling and specializes in correcting construction defects.

His wife Sue is the primary owner of HR Connection, a human resource service company with group members from many major corporations in the Twin Cities. They have one daughter, Tina, whom they adopted from Bogota, Colombia, as an infant 20 years ago. Nancy (Upton) Nethercott ’79 and Paul ’79 have worked in Japan since 1987. Since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters, they’ve partnered with others in relief ministry there. Tarris “Terry” Rosell ’79 is professor of pastoral theology-ethics and ministry praxis at Central Baptist Theological Seminary; The Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics; and clinical associate professor-ethics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He received a D.Min. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1990, and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Ph.D. in ethics and society. While at Vanderbilt he was a Fellow in clinical ethics at the Center for Clinical and Research Ethics and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Transplant Center. He was ordained in 1983 and served American Baptist churches in several states—for many years in co-ministry with his wife Ruth. The couple now job shares at Central Baptist Seminary.

80s Brian Mulder ’80 is the pastor of worship and fine arts at Concord Church in St. Louis, Mo.

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Karen (Hull) Shaw ’81 is married to Perry Shaw, an Australian, and they have two children, Chris, 19, and Phoebe, 14. They’ve lived in the Middle East for 21 years. Both teach at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Mansourieh, Lebanon, where they enjoy training leaders from the Middle East and North Africa using an innovative, integrative curriculum. Shaw earned an M.Div. from Princeton in 1985 and a D.Min from Gordon-Conwell in 2008. Her area of interest is cross-cultural ministry. She writes, “I am grateful for the excellent biblical and theological foundation I gained through my time at Bethel, and I am thrilled to read that there are now a number of women faculty in Bethel’s biblical and theological studies [BTS] department. In my graduating class, there were only three female BTS students and no women profs. Praise God that there is now greater opportunity for women to use the gifts of God and pursue the ministries to which they have been called.” Sheila (Kroon) Williams ’82 is a teacher and volleyball coach at Helena High School, Helena, Mont., where her team just won back-toback state AA volleyball champion-

ships. She’s coached the last three Gatorade players of the year; two of the three were her daughters Kelsey and Kyndal. Deb (Neufeld) Elkink ’83 wrote her first novel, The Third Grace, published by Greenbrier Books.

90s David B. Newton S’90 is the president of Mission America, a 20-yearold organization that assists other organizations in “starting up what the Lord calls them to do.” Mission America also helps those in crisis set up a 501(c)(3) financial accountability system. Ramsey, Minn. Penny Flavin CAPS’92 graduated in May with a doctor of nursing practice degree from Metropolitan State University. Her capstone project was “Assessing the Impact of a Practice Change, Intervention in Pre-diabetes Care.” Stewart Brown S’98 preached to nearly 300 pastors, youth workers, and leaders at a college near Havana, Cuba. He also preached at two Cuban Pentecostal churches. He says it was the most amazing week of his life.

Former Bethel roommates and friends gathered in August in the Twin Cities, traveling from Florida, Washington, and Georgia. Top left to right: Sharon (Lang) Jerzyk ’87, Wavenie (Brathwaite) Plett ’87, Melita Albertha Simmonds-Guye ’88, Elise (Martin) Bushard ’87 First row (left to right): Wendy (Knapp) Shonk ’88, Susan Providence ’87, Tamisha (Werner) Touray ’87

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00s Kevin Hendricks ’01 wrote several books in the past few years: Addition by Adoption: Kids, Causes & 140 Characters; Open Our Eyes: Seeing the Invisible People of Homelessness; and Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication. His writing /editing /web development business can be found at www. Julie Hetland ’01 is a wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual—The Columns Resource

Group. She recently passed the CFP® Certification Examination. Nathan Anderson S’03 wrote Jak and the Scarlet Thread, the first in a series of young adult/tween fantasy adventure novels that will take readers through the entire Bible. A pastor who worked primarily with youth and children for 10 years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Anderson says his goal is “to use story to help students discover God and His ultimate rescue plan as it unfolds through the ordinary people and extraordinary events of Scripture.” Leah (Ingalls) Jacobs ’04 received her master’s degree in nursing in May and her husband John received his MBA in February 2010. John is the director of Wisconsin E-school Network, and Leah is a family practice nurse practitioner for St. Croix Regional Medical Center.

Liesl (Wagner) Einerson ’06 moved to Chicago in June for her husband’s residency at Northwestern University. Kathleen Karja ’07 is working on a master’s degree in social work at the University of St. Catherine/St. Thomas. Arianne (Braithwaite) ’07 and Jeff Lehn ’04 live in Fort Wayne, Ind., where Jeff is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church.

Beth Cook ’05 graduated in November from the Adler Graduate School with an M.A. in Adlerian counseling and psychotherapy. Bloomington, Minn.

Paige Marquard ’07 is a third grade teacher in Escazu, Costa Rica, at an American school that serves the international community. About 30% of the students are American, 30% are Costa Rican, and 40% are from all other parts of the globe.

Krista (Clark) ’05 and Eli Horn ’05 relocated to Duluth, Minn. Krista graduated from Wheaton College Graduate School in May with an M.A.

Author, speaker, and prayer warrior Evelyn Christenson died in November 2011 at age 89. She received an A.A. from Bethel in 1949, and later served as secretary to Bethel President Henry C. Wingblade. She was formally recognized by Bethel in the 1970s, receiving the Pacesetter Award, and she was Bethel’s Alumna of the Year in 1996. Christenson spent 40 years as a speaker and teacher, visiting all 50 states and every continent. Her classic books What Happens When Women Pray and Lord, Change Me! have sold more than five million copies. Her late husband, Rev. Harold Christenson, graduated from Bethel College in 1949 and from Bethel Seminary in 1952. Two of the couple’s three children are Bethel alumni, and two grandchildren are current students. Winter/Spring 2012

Chee Ah (Khang) Thao ’05 is a Ramsey County, Minn., financial worker, assisting county residents in connecting to resources to meet their economic and social service needs. Chee Ah and Kong Mong Thao have two daughters, Selah Suabnkoovzim, almost 3, and Zannah Nkaujntse, 1. Centerville, Minn.

Jennifer Olson GS’04 is the current Mrs. Arizona International and is a regional merchandise planner for Paradies Shops, Goodyear, Ariz.

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in intercultural studies, and Eli graduated from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in June. Eli is completing a three-year residency program in family medicine in Duluth.

Chaplain of the Year Karen Hallett, a 2008 Bethel Seminary graduate, was selected by the Reserve Officers Association as the 2012 Chaplain of the Year. Hallett is an active/reserve army chaplain serving with the 411th Engineer Brigade out of Windsor, New York. She was honored at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., on January 30, and provided opening prayer for the U.S. House of Representatives on February 1. President Jay and Barb Barnes were in attendance at the House session.

Megan Marie (Kuenzel) Arneson ’09 is a pregnancy support social worker for New Life Family Services, Roseville, Minn.

Spills, a diary of more than six years. She’s also self-published four books of autobiographical poems on new marriage.

Leah DeJong ’09 is one of 60 first-year medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth who received their first white coat and took an oath of compassion in October.

Brianne Fast ’11 is on a one-year service assignment with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Chapagaon, Nepal, as a peace program assistant with Rural Institution for Community Development. She’s serving through MCC’s SALT—Serving and Learning Together—program for young adults from Canada and the United States who volunteer outside both countries.

Jennifer (Blake) Oestreich ’09 is an AmeriCorps/Lifetrack Resources employment counselor, assisting immigrants and refugees in locating and applying for jobs. Arden Hills, Minn.

Josh Flom ’11 is a recruiter at the McKinley Group, Eden Prairie, Minn.



Kristin Larges ’10 is a licensed social worker at Southview Acres Health Care Center, St. Paul, Minn.

’94 Beth Beaver married Bill Blakely in November. Her daughters Kjersten and Katie were bridesmaids, and Bill’s two sons, William and John, were groomsmen.

Josie Lynn (Fisk) Richards ’10 self-published Single Christian Girl

Alum News Football Hero Sean Gothier ’91 received the 2011 Chapter Leadership Award from the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) at an awards luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. He was one of five national honorees selected for their outstanding leadership and dedication to amateur football at the local level. “The honorees represent the best of our efforts to engage supporters at the grassroots level,” said NFF President and CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “The success of our chapter network could not survive without their commitment and leadership.” Gothier was a four-year starter at defensive back for Bethel, and taught social studies and coached high school football for more than 10 years. He works as a sales specialist at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He founded the NFF Minnesota Chapter in 2007, and has served as the chapter’s president since its inception. Through his efforts, the chapter reached charter status faster than any chapter in NFF history. He also serves as a bowl scout for the Capital One Bowl, and on the selection committee for the Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place Kicker Award, presented to the top divisional place kicker in the country. He is a leader in developing local youth football programs and often speaks to high school students about the importance of giving back to the community. In 2008, he received the Minnesota Vikings Community Quarterback Award. “Football is a great sport for building character in life,” says Gothier. “I am so blessed to be a part of the NFF, which recognizes football performance, but more importantly, leadership and character. In my NFF role, I travel the country attending football events, and I can tell you that Bethel University has a football program that is highly respected locally, regionally, and nationally.”

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’00 Kristina Huisinga married CJ Collins in September. The matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Laura (Huisinga) Rasanen ’06. Willmar, Minn. Jennifer Grace Stewart married John Fueston in July. Longmont, Colo. ’02 Jennifer Moriak married Matthew Staley in October at Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jennifer is a school counselor at Eagleside Elementary in Fountain, Colo. Matthew is working toward an M.Div. while serving as a youth pastor at Calvary Chapel Eastside. Colorado Springs. ’07 Sheri Kornmann married Tsue Vang in April. ’07 Kari Morstad married Grant Weber in May. Two of the bridesmaids were Bethel grads: Mandi Morstad ’03 and Aimee Munson ’08. Anoka, Minn. ’08 Heather Lippert married Dan West in July. She is a kindergarten teacher in the Minnetonka, Minn., school district. ’09 Joanna Miller married David Paulson ’07 in December in St. Paul. David works freelance in sports broadcasting for TV shows such as ESPN, Big Ten Network, and Fox Sports North. Joanna is an R.N. at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Blaine, Minn. ’09 Julie Nelson, CAPS’11, married Christopher Lilley ’10 in August at Eagle Brook Church in White Bear Lake, Minn. Attendants included Jessica Nelson ’06, Jessica Reynertson ’09, Anna Hachfeld ’10, Phillip Martin ’10, James Thostenson ’10, Timothy Whittemore ’10, and Karl Nelson ’06. Bob Merritt ’79, S’83 officiated. ’10 AnnMarie Celiberti married Michael Vennerstrom ’10 in August. Roseville, Minn. ’10 Jacquie Drake married David Farquharson ’10 in October. Verona, Wash.

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Ask Her on a Date, Tim Tebow From ESPN to KARE-11 (NBC), alumna Kaycee Robertson ’09, along with Jenny Lind ’09 and Jill Miller ’09, got the nation’s attention—but no response from Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow—for her video tribute “Ask me on a date, Tim Tebow.” Robertson, a youth pastor at Central Lutheran Church in Elk River, Minn., told KARE-11 TV that she appreciates how Tebow lives out his faith, saying he plays and lives with boldness, conviction, and passion, qualities she greatly values. She made the video in one day with friends Lind and Miller, and posted it to YouTube that night. Two days later the video was covered by ESPN. No news on whether Tebow, who was preparing for the NFL playoffs, was watching. Find links to the stories and video at

Births/Adoptions ’85 Nadia Joy was born in Benin, West Africa, on December 8, 1995, and adopted in Minnesota on November 15, 2011, by Carmen (Wormwood) Gunderson and David. Her siblings are Ruby, 16, Shelley, 14, and Robert, 12. Elk River, Minn. ’93 Allison Faye was born in September to Cathi (Lewis) Dykes and Brian. She joins Abbigayle Jane, 2. Palatine, Ill. ’93 Peter Daniel was born in March to Gretchen (Merwin) Twogood and Dan ’92. Peter joins three brothers and two sisters, ranging in age from 19 to 8 months. Phoenix, Ariz. (1) ’99 Ethan Michael was born to Cindy (Tyson) Anderson and Erik ’04 in October. He joins Kaitlyn, 4, and Brennan, 2. Coon Rapids, Minn. (2)

’00 Joselle “Josie” Brianna was born to Anna (Klett) Unger and Lance in November. (5) ’01 Travis William was born in July to Courtney (Luttrell) Hunter ’01 and Darrin. South Minneapolis, Minn. ’01 Jakob was born to Colleen (Berg) Nelson, S’06 and Chris ’01. He joins Anneka and Broder. Chris is a development officer for Bethel. Arden Hills, Minn. (6) ’01 Immanuel Sunthi was born in May to Phouthalone and Chico Rowland.


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’01 Pippa-Davey Whitaker was born in May to Kristina (Heinz) Whitaker.

He served as Bethel University athletic director and football coach for eight years, and taught junior high science at John Glenn Jr. High in North St. Paul, Minn., for 23 years. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Louise (Joonson) Peterson ’41; children Delray (Sandra) M. Peterson ’67, Judith (Curt) Groen ’76, Lori (Stephen) Dando ’76, Lynne O’Keeffe; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

’06 Soren Robert was born in September to Lindsay (Sorensen) Murchie and Tyler ’06. Both Lindsay and Tyler are employed as teachers. Chicago. ’07 Caprice Kate was born in September to Breonna (Barthel) Bachman and Nolan ’05. ’08 Ella Joy was born in June 2010 to Michelle (Richer) Osborne and Kyle. Michelle decided to leave her position as a case manager at a counseling center in Madison, S.D., after her daughter’s birth, but is still involved in some macro, grass-roots social work with the Domestic Violence Network. Madison, S.D.

’44 David G. Danielson S’46 died in September. His active ministry spanned more than 50 years, including 12 years as senior pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Portland, Ore. He was a gifted musician and a prolific writer of sacred songs. He is preceded in death by his wife, Deloris (Erickson) Danielson ’46, and survived by his daughter Elaine (Terje) Walthinsen, three grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

’09 Titus Reese was born on Christmas Eve 2010 to Lisa (Alf) Stoneberg and Trevor. Coon Rapids, Minn.


’50 Cameron I. Anderson, age 85, of Allendale, N.J., died in June. He worked for Kinney Shoes for 45 years, retiring as president, and was the founder of Foot Locker, a subsidiary of Kinney

’40 DelRay Peterson, age 92, died in October in Cambridge, Minn. He was a Marine Corps pilot in the Pacific during World War II.


’99 Keza Rose was born in March in Rwanda, and was welcomed into Amy Herman-Roloff’s and Kurt Herman-Roloff’s home in August. When not visiting family in Illinois, the family lives in Nairobi, Kenya. (3) ’00 Elizabeth Victoria was born in March 2010 to Amanda (Bristow) Couch and Bobby. Hobart, Ind. (4)

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Alum News Shoes. He was a member of the Retail Shoe Council of America. He was also very active in physical fitness and was a member of the President’s Physical Fitness Council. Anderson was a U.S. Army Veteran, 264th Field Artillery, World War II. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, June; children Marilyn Bristow ’74 and her husband Robert ’75, James C. Anderson and his wife Ruthann, and Robert M. Anderson; grandchildren Amanda Couch ’00 and her husband Bobby, Laura Ramsay and her husband Paul, and Gavin Bristow; and two greatgrandchildren. ’59 Janis (Graber) Larson of Sioux Falls, S.D., died in November. She is survived by her husband, Arnie Larson, and three children, who all attended Bethel: Scott ’84 (Leigh Wachenheim ’86), Lori Larson ’84, and Linda Hurley ’82. ’64 Bruce D. Erickson S’69, age 69, died in November in Sequim, Wash. He pastored Converge Worldwide churches in Ohio, San Diego, and Seattle; completed a D.Min. from Fuller Seminary; and with his wife co-founded SEED Ministries. He traveled the world, wrote discipleship training materials, and consulted with mission

agencies and The Salvation Army. He is survived by his wife, Ardis; daughters and sons-inlaw Kim and Mike Rathbun ’91, and Kelly and Jon Burke; and five grandchildren. ’66 Duane J. Gibson S’70, age 71, died of cancer in February 2011 in Johnston, Iowa. A former Bethel football captain, he was a longtime pastor at First Baptist Church in Des Moines and then in Johnston. His wife of 44 years, Carolyn Gibson ’65, age 67, died July 1 from lymphoma. The couple is survived by three children and nine grandchildren. ’81 Peter Franzen, age 52, of Mounds View, Minn., died in October. He is survived by his wife Kathy, daughter Lindsey, son Patrick, and his father, mother, and brother. ’85 Brian L. McKay, age 49, died in October in Billings, Mont., after surviving seven years with brain and esophageal cancer. He valued his many friends from Bethel as well as his football teammates. He is survived by his wife, Kari (Brakke) ’85, and three children: Lauryn, 20, Rachel, 19, and Tyler, 16. Bethel retiree Adelia “Dee” (Hagen) Monson, age 91, died in October in Littleton, Colo. Her husband of nearly 70 years,

Twice-Honored in Finance Gail Mikolich, who graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Bethel’s College of Adult & Professional Studies, was honored as one of the 2011 Top Women in Finance by Finance & Commerce, the second time she has received the honor, qualifying her to be a part of the Finance & Commerce Circle of Excellence. Mikolich has worked at Northeast Bank since she was an intern, steadily moving up the ranks and becoming the bank’s youngest executive vice president in 1999. During her 25 years there, she has been recognized in Twin Cities Business Journal and Northwestern Financial Review, the latter of which recognized her as a Top Woman in Banking in 2008. Mikolich chose Bethel for its values, curriculum, and proximity to her home. “I enjoyed being able to practice what I learned on the job immediately,” she says. “I believe my Bethel degree enhanced my credibility.” Bob, preceded her in death last year. After a brief period of full-time homemaking, Monson resumed her life work in the 1960s as an executive assistant, first in Honeywell’s legal department and then, for many years, in Bethel University’s development office. She was never far from her IBM Selectric typewriter and easily transi-

If the Shoe Fits... by Nicole Finsaas ’14 Little girls dream of glass slippers, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes. For Jessica Fredrickson ’07, the dream came true: she played Cinderella in St. Paul’s Ordway Center Christmas production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Fredrickson gained performance experience as a theatre arts major, acting in Bethel productions of Joyful Noise, Kiss Me Kate, and The Importance of Being Ernest, among others. But Bethel shaped more than her acting career. “My time at Bethel started me on a process of inherently discovering and knowing who I was, not as a performer, but as a person. This process continued well beyond my time at Bethel and is still going on right now,” she says. Four years later, Fredrickson became Cinderella. “I feel so blessed to have Photo courtesy of The Ordway Center for Performing Arts this opportunity to live out the role of a kind girl who is given the chance to see herself as she really is,” she says, “as someone who is precious and worthy of being treated with love and kindness.” Fredrickson hopes that the audience realizes the deeper message of Cinderella. “Even as little girls oooh and ahhh over the pretty dress and the magic, I hope they see that it isn’t her outward beauty that attracts the prince,” she explains. “It is something that radiates from the essence of who she is.”

tioned to the computer in her late 70s. She is survived by her four daughters, Barbara, Bette, Joanne, and Janet, and their spouses; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. ’10 Steffanie (Lindgren) Dahlseng, of Starbuck, Minn., died on February 20, near Glenwood, Minn., after her car spun into the path of an oncoming truck. Her unborn son, Joshua, died with her. Dahlseng was the news editor of the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood, and was a member of the Clarion newspaper staff while a student at Bethel. She is survived by her husband, Paul, as well as her parents, two sisters, her parents-in-law, and sisters-inlaw.

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“A typical day in our mission work included home visits. On one of them, we ran into this little guy helping his grandpa in the cornfield. This was only a glimpse of all the beauty I witnessed while studying abroad.” Lindsey Vivian ’12 took this photo during Guatemala Term 2011. Vivian, a business marketing and entrepreneurship major, participated in a micro-finance sector of mission work that included home visits and prayer for local borrowers in the program.

Bethel Magazine Spring 2012  

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