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The mission of the Office of Alumni Relations is to renew or enhance already existing relationships of alumni—near and far, and of various ages and interests—with the college and among each other, so that they support the institution by volunteering, praying, giving, and encouraging students to attend, even as these alumni benefit by networking and supporting each other.

In support of that mission, a 25-member Alumni Council represents the Alumni Association, advises alumni office staff and implements special projects and programs to support the college. Members serve three-year terms and may renew for a second term. In addition, Alumni Association representatives to the Board of Directors also serve on the Alumni Council.

The council holds six meetings during the year—in August, September, November, January, March and April. In October, members participate in Fall Festival. In February, they conduct an annual fund-raising phonathon. In June, members help with Alumni Weekend. A picnic for those who are new, returning or leaving is also held in June. No meetings are held in July and December.

Through various committees, the Alumni Council:

Council Members 

  • Beverly Baumgartner, ’94, Newton
  • Greg Gerstenberger, ’78, Newton
  • Cory Buchta, ’09, Newton
  • Elizabeth Lind, ’16, Newton
  • Scott Erb, ’86,  Newton
  • Tammy (Stucky) Fast, ’80, Moundridge
  • Jeanette (Rinner) Grantstein, ’75, Wichita
  • Kathy (Kaufman) Preheim, ’89, Peabody
  • Maureen Entz Preheim, ’89, Newton
  • Aaron Tschetter, ’15, Newton
  • Carla (Schrag) Stucky, ’85, Moundridge
  • Cameron Voth, ’12, North Newton
  • Garrett Whorton , ’07, Newton
  • Peter Wintermote, ’12, Newton
  • Ariel Smith, ’14, Newton
  • Graham Unruh, ’11, Wichita
  • Sean Classen, ’13, Newton
  • Michelle Classen, ’14, Newton

Alumni Association Representatives to the Board of Directors 

  • Brett Birky ’87, Denver
  • Lori Schmidt-Harrison ’87, Sherman Oaks, California

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.