Ribbon Cutting for Bethel College Innovation Space

Lissa Diaz
Bethel College will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Bethel Innovation Gateway (BIG), a room on campus designed to encourage problem-solving and spur creativity. The ceremony will take place at on Tuesday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m., in Room 433 of the Miller-Moore Academic Center.

Special speakers include Dick Pfeil, entrepreneur and founder of the Pfeil Innovation Center in South Bend. As part of a campus-wide initiative, Bethel is sending 100 employees to Innovation Leadership Immersion at the Center. To date, 38 employees have attended training, including the entire Presidential Cabinet and many campus leaders. The Pfeil Center staff will also be on Bethel’s campus in the fall for a one-day training session as part of the college’s yearly faculty orientation.

The BIG room is the first project created as a result of the college’s innovation initiative, meeting a need on campus for faculty and staff to have an environment dedicated to exploring new ideas. “This new space speaks to our long-term commitment to make Bethel a place where we can be comfortable trying new things, eliminate the fear of failure, and embrace the messiness of innovation,” says Mike Nicholas, director of human resources.

Other special guests at the ribbon cutting will include the Rev. Joe Wenger, superintendent of the North Central District of the Missionary Church, and Joshua Gregory, financial advisor at Korhorn Financial Group and chair of Bethel’s alumni board.

Community members who are interested in reserving the BIG room for meetings, team-building sessions and training workshops can contact the college’s Conference Services Office at 574.807.7618 or Conf.Services@BethelCollege.edu