Second Annual Online Giving Day

Lissa Diaz
Bethel's second annual Online Giving Day will be on Wednesday, April 13. Gifts from this campaign will go towards three $5,000 campus projects that were submitted by staff and faculty. The goal for alumni and friends is to raise at least $2,500 for each project, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by generous donors. The project that raises the most money beyond this initial $2,500 will be given an additional donated $1,000 towards their project.

Help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GiveBC, then visit the Bethel website on April 13 and click the top web banner to contribute towards one or more of the selected projects:

Classroom Refresh

Classroom Refresh is intended to create an active learning environment, breathing new life into one classroom space (CC-101). Not only will this room be inspiring to those who enter, but there is hope that this transformed space will motivate ongoing revitalization of campus learning environments.

The new space will include sleek and stylish movable desks, accented walls, and artwork. This is in addition to necessary (and already budgeted) updates to technology (speakers, whiteboard space, and chalkboard paint), that will enhance both the aesthetics and functionality of the classroom, energizing teachers and students toward excellence.

Watch this video to learn more.

Prayer Garden

The upperclassmen council hosted a senior forum in the fall that led to the idea of building a prayer garden for the Class of 2016's class gift to the college.

“We are doing this to give back to Bethel and show that we are proud of who we are,” says Austin McCutcheon, senior. “We acknowledge that we wouldn't be the men and women we are without Bethel standing by our sides as we move into the next part of our lives.”

The goal is to provide a peaceful place to use for intentional prayer. A prayer garden will allow a space for solitude and quiet, and to get away from dorms, noise and distraction. The space will also provide another outdoor spot for weddings on campus.

Watch this video to learn more.

Weaver Art Gallery

A couple of years ago, the Everest-Rohrer and Art Department staff members started the process of adding an art hanging system in part of the Great Hall. This project helped the aesthetics of the space and provided a more visible way for art students to showcase their work.

The goal is to complete the art hanging system and to add display boards and cases to better showcase class art projects and 3D art.

This space will motivate current students to reach their potential, will demonstrate to prospective students and guests the commitment that Bethel has for the visual arts, and will allow us to host shows for community members like local artists and middle and high school students.

Watch this video to learn more.