My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: Bethel College
Location: Bethel, KS
Over the past few weeks on Wednesday evenings David Ruth; pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton has been profiling different religions. Part of this has been triggered that a large contingency of Mennonites have been staying at First Presbyterian while they perform relief help to our community in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
First Presbyterian Church on corner of 10th and Chestnut Street in Lumberton, NC
Last week the Wednesday Night focus for David was on the Amish. He shared a lot of about them and one notable was that they rarely go on to attend college. That is not the case with Mennonites. In fact there are several colleges founded by Mennonites.
Bethel College is a four-year, private, primarily residential, liberal arts college. It is the oldest Mennonite college in North America and was founded in 1887. Bethel College educates leaders through faith and learning, building its programs on four central values: discipleship, scholarship, service and integrity. Distinctive elements of a Bethel education include requirements in cross-cultural learning and religion and an emphasis on undergraduate research, internships and study abroad.
Aerial photo of Bethel College
One interesting data point about Bethel College. 1 out of every 17 graduates earns a doctoral degree, ranking Bethel first in the state of Kansas and 92nd in the nation in percentage of bachelor degree students who go on to earn a Ph.D.
Also give Bethel College props for a unique nickname. The Threshers.