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COVID-19 Update March 20, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the decision for all classes to remain online through the end of the spring semester, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This decision was not made lightly, and we grieve with students, faculty and staff over the loss of the on-campus experience.

Join the Bethel University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo for an evening of jazz in a relaxed setting. The Jazz Coffeehouse Concert will be Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8 p.m., in the Bethel University Dining Commons.

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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the decision for all classes to remain online through the end of the spring semester, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This decision was not made lightly, and we grieve with students, faculty and staff over the loss of the on-campus experience.

Bethel University takes seriously the health, safety and well-being of our community members, and we are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Members of the BU Emergency Management Team are regularly reviewing information and recommendations from the CDC and Indiana and St. Joseph County Departments of Health. 

Join the Bethel University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo for an evening of jazz in a relaxed setting. The Jazz Coffeehouse Concert will be Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8 p.m., in the Bethel University Dining Commons.

Thursday, Feb. 27 is the annual Collegiate Day of Prayer in the United States, a day when corporate, organized prayer has taken place for almost 200 years. In honor of the day, the Bethel community will gather together in prayer and ask God for revival at Bethel and on campuses across the nation.

Join the Bethel University Theatre Department for their production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Performances will be held on March 26, 27*, and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and March 28 at 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center on Bethel’s campus.

Bethel University will host “An Evening with Homer Drew,” to honor the former Pilot men’s basketball coach and celebrate his induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Drew began his head coaching career at Bethel, serving from 1976-1987, before going on to coach at Indiana University South Bend and Valparaiso University.

Bethel University’s Weaver Gallery presents the 13th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. A reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at 11 a.m. in the Weaver Gallery located in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center’s Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University. The artwork will be on display from Feb. 14, 2020 through March 12, 2020.

The Bethel University Theatre Department is holding a 24-Hour Theatre Project, starting on the evening of Fri., Feb. 7. Join them on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. for their performances in the Kelly Auditorium located in the Middleton Hall of Science on Bethel’s campus.

Nineteen students and four faculty and staff members from the Bethel University Theatre Department recently traveled to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 3 in Madison, Wisc., where they presented their work, saw shows, made connections in the field of theatre, attended workshops, stage managed events, and volunteered.

Bethel University will host its third annual Give Back Gala on April 25 at 5:30 p.m., in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Bethel’s campus with J.C. Watts as the keynote speaker. Watts –  a former congressman, ordained minister, CNN contributor and professional athlete – is a visionary conservative leader whose concerns encompass the health and welfare of people around the world.

According to data from the recently released 2018-19 IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) report, Bethel University is a leader among its peers in graduating students of color. Bethel’s overall graduation rate was 71% – 10% higher than that of our peer comparison group, which consists of nine schools in our region with similar size, mission and demographics. 

The Bethel University Community Impact Report, a brand-new publication, is now available for viewing on our community partners page. The report, sponsored by Everence®, a financial services organization, focuses on how community partnerships are helping to shape Bethel University and how Bethel is giving back to the local community.

The Bethel University Center for Academic Success wants to help students relieve stress this finals week. They will provide a variety of activities, including “kitten therapy” courtesy of Pet Refuge. Tues., Dec. 10, from 10 a.m.-noon kittens will be available to pet, hold and play with on the first floor of the Miller-Moore Academic Center.