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Students De-Stress with Kittens from Pet Refuge

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.

Bethel University to Launch Esports Team in 2020

The Bethel University Athletic Department announces the formation of an Esports team, set to begin in fall 2020. A partnership with the City of South Bend will give the Bethel team a dedicated practice room within the state-of-the art LAN cafe and access to a 600-seat Esports arena with Bethel organizing and hosting competitions at the Century Center. Christopher Hess, Bethel’s associate athletic director, is leading the charge for getting the program up and running, including a search for a coach for the team.

At their fall meeting, the Bethel University Board of Trustees gave approval to break ground on a $3.9 Million Athletic Training Facility, to be built on Bethel’s campus. Construction is expected to begin in the spring with completion by the end of 2020. The building is funded by donations from Bethel’s GROW campaign, with $284,000 still being raised for equipment and furniture to furnish the inside.

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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.

The Bethel University Athletic Department announces the formation of an Esports team, set to begin in fall 2020. A partnership with the City of South Bend will give the Bethel team a dedicated practice room within the state-of-the art LAN cafe and access to a 600-seat Esports arena with Bethel organizing and hosting competitions at the Century Center. Christopher Hess, Bethel’s associate athletic director, is leading the charge for getting the program up and running, including a search for a coach for the team.

At their fall meeting, the Bethel University Board of Trustees gave approval to break ground on a $3.9 Million Athletic Training Facility, to be built on Bethel’s campus. Construction is expected to begin in the spring with completion by the end of 2020. The building is funded by donations from Bethel’s GROW campaign, with $284,000 still being raised for equipment and furniture to furnish the inside.

The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform on Thurs., Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center Auditorium on Bethel’s campus. Then on Fri., Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m., the Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra will perform at the same location.

Bethel University Theatre Department presents “Sense & Sensibility” by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen. Performances of the show, directed by Deb Swerman, will run Nov. 14, 15*, and 16 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m., in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium on Bethel’s campus.

The Weaver Art Gallery presents the “Essence and Matter” art exhibition, featuring the work of Ramiro Rodriquez and Laurie S. Rousseau. The artwork will be on display Nov. 8, 2019-Jan. 30, 2020, in the Weaver Gallery and Great Hall, located in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center. An opening reception for this show will take place on Fri., Nov. 8 at 11 a.m.

Bethel University will host Go2BU, a special three-day, two-night campus visit experience for junior and senior students, transfer students and parents from Thursday, Oct. 24 to Saturday, Oct. 26. The event is designed to expose students to campus and give them a taste of life as a BU student. Registrants will be automatically entered to win a $5,000 or $10,000 scholarship*, and the event features the Christian band Building 429 in concert on Fri., Oct. 25. The concert is open to the public, and tickets are available now at https://www.itickets.com/events/422267.

The Bethel University Concert Choir and Voices of Triumph will present a Fall Choral Concert on Sun., Nov. 3, 2019 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Mishawaka, Ind., (401 Lincolnway E), under the direction of Vicky Warkentien, D.M.M.

Bethel University’s 31st annual campus-wide Service Day will take place Tues., Oct. 1. Sponsored by United Federal Credit Union (United), Bethel students, faculty, and staff, and United employees will serve together throughout Michiana.

A variety of locations will be served this year, including Center for the Homeless, the Foodbank of Northern Indiana, Transformation Ministries, the City of South Bend, Goodwill Industries and St. Paul Retirement Community, among others.

The Bethel University Theatre Department presents a performance of “Three Sisters,” guest directed by Clarence A. Gilyard Jr., Sept. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. in the Paqui and Brian Kelly Auditorium, Middleton Hall of Science.

Bethel University will host more than 30 Christian colleges for the annual South Bend/Mishawaka Christian College Fair on Monday, Sept. 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Wiekamp Athletic Center, 1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka, Ind. High school, junior high, and junior college students and parents are encouraged to attend.