The 84th SGA is now in session.

On Friday, May 13th, the 84th session of SGA began as newly elected and appointed officers took their oath of office at Convocation.  

Chief Justice Kelsey Peterson recognized and thanked those who served in the 83rd session of the Student Government Association.  

Some of the highlights of the work done by the members of the 83rd session are: 

  • restructuring of the Student Activities Council
  • creation of a Diversity Council and new executive position to head up the council
  • a very successful first year for the Judicial Council who heard many cases and received much positive feedback
  • launch of the SGA website
  • 2 public forums to gather student ideas, answer questions, and hear concerns
  • an investigation of the housing policy, including a student survey
  • installation of the Student Activity Fee
  • approval of Senator stipends beginning in the fall of 2016
  • continued work by student representatives on the college’s Strategic Planning Task Force

After the 83rd SGA was recognized and thanked, the members of the 84th SGA were then introduced and asked to take their oath of office, and the 84th SGA was called to session.  

It’s been a successful year to say the least.  There has been a lot of quality, determination, and passion that has gone in to the work that has been done by everyone in SGA.  Thanks again to everyone who has served and will serve our organization, school, and community.  We look forward to continuing the work that has been started as well as initiating new projects and conversations in this new session!

It’s Official!

At yesterday’s SGA meeting, all of the newly appointed officers took their oath of office.  The election turnout this year was great, and SGA is happy to welcome several new members into our organization.



Here’s the lineup:

  • President: Jacob Miller
  • Vice-President: Kiley Varney
  • Chief of Staff: Alec Loganbill
  • Secretary of Student Activities: Mareike Bergen
  • Secretary of Public Relations: Emily Kondziola
  • Secretary of Diversity Affairs: Zachary Preheim

Associate Justice Appointment:

  • Terrance Jones

Grace Bradfield was re-elected as Secretary of the Senate, and Junior Senator Cayla Lawless was elected Speaker of the Senate at yesterday’s meeting as well.

Congratulations to all of the SGA members on their recent election/appointment.  SGA is excited to welcome all of the new members as well as the returning ones.  the 84th Session of the Student Government Association is going to be a great one!

Homecoming 2015

A week of fun events led up to Bethel’s homecoming this year.  Homecoming is also the same weekend as Fall Fest — a community-wide alumni event held every year.

In the days preceding Fall Fest, SAC put on several events such as a circus, karaoke, and a night of carnival food (just to name a few).

At halftime of the homecoming football game against the University of St. Mary, the homecoming king and queen were announced.  Homecoming candidates were nominated by the student body, and the top 5 were then again voted on by the student body.  Javen Zellner was crowned homecoming queen and SGA’s very own Kyle Riesen was chosen as homecoming king!


Congrats to Kyle, Javen, and all of the candidates.

Homecoming Week 2015 was a huge success!

Welcome Week 2015

The first week of having all students on campus meant a week full of activities for Bethel College.  At least one event per day during the week of August 16-22 was provided to students.

Check out the gallery below to see everything that Welcome Week 2015 at Bethel College had to offer!

A big thanks to Student Activities and Engagement, Student Activities Council, Student Government Association, and everyone at Bethel who helped make this week one to remember.  Plus a huge shout out to Gabriel Fonseca, Coordinator of Student Activities and Engagement — none of this would be possible without him.  He is so good at what he does!

KICA Leadership Conference

On Monday, August 3, 4 members of Bethel’s Student Government Association along with their Advisor attended the 2015 KICA Student Leadership Day at Newman University in Wichita, KS.


We heard from a Kansas State Representative, the President of Newman University, a professional parliamentarian, and a professor of Leadership Studies from Kansas State University.

Representative Brandon Wipple
Representative Brandon Wipple

While collaborating with other schools’ student governments, we set some S.M.A.R.T goals for the year and made a plan of how to achieve them.  Our S.M.A.R.T goal focused on how to improve our Bike Share Program.


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