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Bethel University Recognized by U.S. News for 18th Consecutive Year

For the 18th consecutive year, Bethel University has been recognized by U.S. News on their annual Best Colleges list. For 2022, Bethel is ranked among the Midwest’s Best Regional Universities, distinguished in the top 10 for social mobility and recognized for its nursing program.

Bethel Partners with United Federal Credit Union for Annual Service Day

Bethel University’s 32nd annual campus-wide Service Day will take place on Tues., Sept. 28, starting at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by United Federal Credit Union (United), Bethel students, faculty, staff and United employees will serve together throughout Michiana. The day will start in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center on Bethel’s campus, where individuals will divide into groups and leave campus to volunteer at various local organizations.

Bethel University will host nearly 30 Christian colleges for the annual South Bend/Mishawaka Christian College Fair on Monday, Sept. 27 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.

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For the 18th consecutive year, Bethel University has been recognized by U.S. News on their annual Best Colleges list. For 2022, Bethel is ranked among the Midwest’s Best Regional Universities, distinguished in the top 10 for social mobility and recognized for its nursing program.

Bethel University will host nearly 30 Christian colleges for the annual South Bend/Mishawaka Christian College Fair on Monday, Sept. 27 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.

Brent LaVigne, Ph.D., has been named Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethel University, and began his new role Sept. 6.

LaVigne comes to Bethel with more than a decade of experience in Christian higher education, serving at Southern Nazarene University (SNU), in Bethany, Okla., a fellow Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) institution, since 2010. His roles ranged from staff member, to faculty member to administrator.
 

Bethel University is offering free boot camps in the area of cloud computing basics and services. These camps, funded through the LIFT Workforce Accelerator Grant, will help equip Michiana’s information technology (IT) community to understand cloud technology, ultimately preparing them to analyze the different advanced cloud options for companies and move forward toward a career in cloud computing.

Bethel University was recently awarded $25,000 through the 2021 Ball Venture Fund grant. Sponsored by the Ball Brothers Foundation of Muncie, Ind., the Ball Venture Fund provides seed funding for initiatives to stimulate creativity and innovation and foster competition and collaboration among Indiana’s 30 private, non-profit campuses.

Robby Prenkert ’92, D.Litt., has been named Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bethel University, beginning his new role July 1. Prenkert has served the university for 25 years, most recently as Chair, Literature & Language Studies; Associate Professor of English & Humanities; and First Year Experience (FYE) Coordinator. Prior to his faculty position, Prenkert was a resident director, men’s JV basketball coach, mentoring program coordinator and adjunct faculty.

On June 1, Barbara Bellefeuille, Ed. D., officially began her role as Interim President of Bethel University. Bellefeuille previously served as the Vice President for Academic Services at Bethel, and transitioned to her current position following the appointment of former president Gregg A. Chenoweth, Ph. D, as president of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Bradley Smith, Ph.D., has been named Vice President for Academic Services at Bethel University, beginning his new role June 1. Smith has served the university for 27 years, most recently as Dean of Humanities & Social Science and Associate Professor of Economics. During that time, he also served as Interim Vice President for Academic Services (VPAS).

In April 2021, Bethel University received a $255,000 Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation (LIFT) grant, allowing for greater educational opportunities related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The revised Phase II proposal of the LIFT grant was presented in December 2020. The $255,00 total project budget includes $230,000 for Phase II and $25,000 of remaining Phase I planning grant funds.