Editor’s note: This is the second part in a two-part series on the Bethel College Awards Convocation.


Editor’s note: This is the second part in a two-part series on the Bethel College Awards Convocation.

Bethel College’s annual Awards Convocation, one of the last two convocations of the school year, recognizes student achievements in academics.
The May 9 Awards Convocation also noted faculty transitions, and included presentation of the Helping Hand Award to a Bethel staff member.
Gary Flory, director of the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), recognized the Bethel College winners of the 2011 C. Henry Smith Peace Oration competition. Brandon Schwager, senior from Lawrence, placed first, with Taylor McCabe-Juhnke and Naomi Graber giving the second- and third-place speeches, respectively.
Brian Becker, instructor of business and economics, presented the Ray and Betty Funk Prize for Entrepreneurship, which recognizes creativity, practicality and potential for success. Members of the winning group, who submitted a business plan for Blue Skies Pet Care, a service developed by Ashley Klein, sophomore from Newton, were, in addition to Klein, Sean Claassen, sophomore from Elmira, Ore., Nathan Knight, junior from Moundridge, and Jacob Maldonado, sophomore from Ft. Myers, Fla.
Allison McFarland, professor of business, gave the J. Lloyd Spaulding Prize in Business and Economics to Garrett Hiebert, senior from Goessel.
Chad Childs presented the Resident Assistant of the Year award to Caleb Regehr, senior from Whitewater, an RA in Voth Hall.
At the close of the convocation, Bethel President Perry White recognized Les Goerzen, director of facilities and technology, and Rodney Schmidt, maintenance, for 35 years of service to Bethel College; John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, and Gail Stucky, co-director of libraries, for 25 years; and Dan Quinlin, professor of languages, and Jane Schmidt, admissions activities coordinator, for 20 years.
White also noted Diane Flickner’s 20 years as athletics director, which she concluded at the end of the school year, was given special recognition at the Champions of Character Convocation, the last of the year, May 13. He then cited Larry Friesen, professor of social work, who retired after teaching in and directing the social work program at Bethel for 28 years.
Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is in the first tier in its category in the “U.S. News & World Report” annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.