Clubs and Organizations

With more than 20 recognized student organizations, Bethel has something for everyone. If you are interested in starting your own student organization, please fill out the necessary Student Organization Docs and turn them into the office of Student Life in the basement of the Ad building. 

Campus Government

SGA Executive Council is charged with the oversight of all student organizations and working to address student concerns and issues to increase the overall student experience at Bethel College. The Executive Council sets the tone for the entire SGA and represents the student interest at the faculty, staff, administration, Board of Directors and community level. The Student Body President and Vice-President are elected each spring and a cabinet of four Secretaries are appointed each year to carry out the mission of the SGA.

Leader – Heath Goertzen

Contact – sga@bethelks.edu, heathrgoertzen@bethelks.edu

SGA Judicial Council serves as the adjudicators for the student body. Charged with carrying out the Student Conduct Process and assigning sanctions to students who violate policies, the Judicial Council carries out the Code of Conduct for all students and the community.

Leader – Neil Smucker

Contact – sga@bethelks.edu, neiltsmucker@bethelks.edu

SGA Student Senate is charged with addressing and developing policies that impact the student experience. Charged with the oversight of the Student Activity Fee and services provided by the SGA, the Senate works to set the student experience each year. A total of fourteen senators are elected to serve on the Senate with representation from each class, the student body, and the commuter population.

Leader – Sydney Bollinger

Contact – sga@bethelks.edu, sydneylbollinger@bethelks.edu

Campus Engagement

Student Activities Council, a council under the SGA Executive Branch, is the campus programming board, is responsible for campus events and entertainment. SAC plans and produces activities for the entire campus, such as Welcome of Week, Spring Fling, Bubbert’s and much more. Any student who enjoys event planning and entertainment is welcome to join SAC.

Leader – Sarah Turner

Contact – sga@bethelks.edu, sarahjturner@bethelks.edu

The Diversity Council, a council under the SGA Executive Branch, is the campus diversity board made up of Ambassadors from each cultural organization that serves in the best interest for Bethel’s diverse population. Charged with implementing programs and/or services that creates a safe and inclusive environment for each student and member of the community.

Leader – Akiyaa Hagen-Depusoir, Austin Prouty

Contact – sga@bethelks.edu, akiyaanhagen-depusoi@bethelks.edu, austiniprouty@bethelks.edu

The Collegian is the official newspaper of Bethel College, and serves as a medium for communication to the student body and the College community. News stories concerning current campus, national, and international events that are of interest to the student body shall be published. The Collegian functions as a learning tool by providing the students of Bethel College with an opportunity to develop their organizational, financial, journalistic, and graphic design skills.

Leader – Elizabeth Ratzlaff

Contact – elizabethlratzlaff@bethelks.edu

Academic Organizations

BC Kansas National Education Association 
Bethel College-Kansas National Education Association provides the students on campus, who are preparing to be teachers, a local education association which offers its members all the opportunities, responsibilities, and privileges of associate membership in a chose professional organization by promoting high standards and equality through the dissemination of information.

Club Leaders – Callie Ross

Contact – callieeross@bethelks.edu 

Student Social Work Organization offers students the opportunity to learn more about the social work profession. The Student Social Work Organization provides opportunities to participate in service to the community, advocacy for social justice, and to join together with like-minded students in social and educational activities.

Club Leader – Sophia Minder

Contactsophiabminder@bethelks.edu

Clio hosts various history themed events for students, by offering museum trips, historically themed movie showings, and other opportunities of historical and sociological value.

Club Leader – Aaron Long

Contact aaronalong@bethelks.edu

BC National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)Bethel College National Alliance on Mental Illness (BC-NAMI) is dedicated to the education of Bethel College’s community on mental illness, to the elimination of the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to promoting the understanding and to creating a safe environment for any and all affected by mental illness.

Club Leader – Vacant

Contact – Joanna Bjerum jbjerum@bethelks.edu, Rachel Messer rmesser@bethelks.edu

Pre-Health Professions Club provides students who are interested the opportunity to learn about health related careers and projects from Bethel alum who are currently in those positions.

Club Leader – Elizabeth Tran, Jalal Gondal

Contact – elizabethctran@bethelks.edu, jalalagondal@bethelks.edu

Business Club

Club Leader – Caleb Allen

Contact – calebjallen@bethelks.edu

Pi Kappa Delta

Club Leader – Vacant

Contactmtaylor@bethelks.edu

Bethel College KS Association of Nursing Students

Club Leader – Vacant

Contact – Geri Tyrell, gtyrell@bethelks.edu

Arts & Cultural Organizations

FEMCore is a feminist collective that brings awareness to gender and social issues on a campus, state, national, and global scale. FEMCORE also stands as an advocacy group as well as a safe- space.

Club Leaders – Rebecca Schrag & Madison Hofer-Holdeman

Contacts – rebeccaschrag@bethelks.edu & madisonchh@bethelks.edu

BeLonGTo is an organization that exclusively provides support to people who identify as LGBTQ or are questioning their sexual orientation. The group is student led and isn’t open to the community. The meeting space and time of this group is solely anonymous for those who want anonymity.

Contact – belongto@bethelks.edu

International Student Union

Club Leader  – Kaho Yanagidaira

Contactskaho.yanagidaira@hesston.edu

Tolteca Club II

Club Leader – Vacant

Contact – Doug Siemens, dsiemens@bethelks.edu

The Multicultural Student Union is a community of passionate, culturally diverse students who seek to build bridges across social barriers through the organizing of campus-wide artistic events, fellowship meals and awareness campaigns by meeting regularly to brainstorm new ways of ensuring that all cultures are being voiced within our community and that all students, regardless of their background belong and will be heard.

Club Leader – Lyric Martin

Contacts – lyrickmartin@bethelks.edu

Performance Organizations

YAWP! Literary Magazine offers students a place to publish their creative writing and create a vibrant literary community on campus

Club Leader – Vacant

Contact Siobhan Scarry, sscarry@bethelks.edu

BC Swings

Club Leader – Garrett Smith

Contact – garrettdsmith@bethelks.edu

Religious Organizations

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an organization that provides students with opportunities to play games, eat food and worship.  FCA tries to host as many events as possible and reaches out to all of the athletic teams on campus as well as non-athletes.

Club Leader Luke Unruh

Contactslukebunruh@bethelks.edu

Service Organizations

Service Corps provides serves opportunities for students around the Newton area and amount the broader US over Spring Break.

Club Leaders – Vacant

Contacts – Peter Goerzen, pgoerzen@bethelks.edu

Special Interest Organizations

Zazen Meditation Club offers students a setting in which to cultivate their mind and being through the practice of sitting meditation. The regular practice of this secular activity aims to foster compassion and conscienciousness to all students irrespective of background.

Club Leader Neil Smucker

Contant neiltsmucker@bethelks.edu

Bethel College Young Democrats

Club leader – Emily Kondziola

Contact – emilygkondziola@bethelks.edu

Environmental Action Club aims to create a place for conversation about environmental issues and implement green policies and practices here on our campus, as well as in the community.

Club Leader – Maya Kathrineberg, Connor Born

Contact – mayamkathrineberg@bethelks.edu, connorlborn@bethelks.edu

Humans vs. Zombies HvZ sets up one to two zombie apocalypse theme games per semester for students to participate in. HvZ encourages students to get to know each other when they step out of their comfort zones to participate because the games inherent focus on teamwork to achieve a goal.

Club Leader – Connick Roe

Contact – connickjroe@bethelks.edu

Rock Climbing Club

Club Leader – Sarah Balzer

Contact sarahjbalzer@bethelks.edu

Thresher Sharks Swim Club is to promote a life-long healthy lifestyle, provide an outlet to try something new in a safe space, allow for the growth of new relationships and the strengthening of existing ones, and to bring a unique element to Bethel College.

Club Leaders – Madeline Nachtigal and Caroline Preheim

Contacts – madelinepnachtigal@bethelks.edu
                   carolineepreheim@bethelks.edu

Video Game Society

Club Leader – Austin Coulter

Contact – austintcoulter@bethelks.edu

 

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