Introducing the New Diversity Council

The newly restructured Diversity Council met for the first time last Tuesday, May 17th.

Members in attendance were:

  • Diversity Affairs Chair – Zachary Preheim  
  • Ryne Preheim
  • Tyrine Harris
  • Maya Kathrineberg
  • Mark Martin
  • Kimberly Carbonell
  • JDaijon Sumpter
  • Bethany Montoya
  • Emily Kondziola
The Council met last Tuesday in the basement of the Ad building

The new Diversity Council was created by the Campus Life committee in conjunction with members of #BethelLivesMatter. It hopes to reach a broader scope of students through new stipulations passed by the Student Senate. 

In the meeting, the Council mainly discussed activities and discussions they would like to hold in the upcoming school year, as well as what expectations are for new members. Current members hope to keep working on these ideas throughout the summer.

The Diversity Council is also looking for new members to join! Any student who is interested in broadening horizons for others on topics of diversity can contact Chair Zachary Preheim, or Gabriel Fonseca to join. 

Diversity Council Chair, Zachary Preheim


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!

We’re all about giving back!

One of SGA’s goals for the current sessions is to get our members more involved in community service.  Vice President Jacob Miller organized two volunteering opportunities for the fall semester, and plans to organize at a couple more for the spring semester.

Just before Thanksgiving break, six SGA members went to New Jerusalem Missions (an organization in Newton that serves as a shelter and resource center for those in need) and did some volunteering.

Some of us helped pick out Christmas gifts for families from a room that had been filled with toys from a recent toy run.  Others helped with cleaning and repairing things in a large room in the building.

Serving in our community is a great way for us to give back, and it’s great to step outside of ourselves and help others. SGA plans to continue volunteering in various ways around the community in the future.

Thank you to the organizations that provide us with the opportunity to come and serve.  We greatly appreciate it and and hope to do more!

Public Forum

On Wednesday, November 11, SGA hosted a public forum for the student body.  


This was a place for students to come and voice their concerns and opinions, share thoughts and ideas, and have the opportunity to hear about the goals that SGA has set for the year.

The students that showed up to the public forum gave us lots of good feedback, and gave us some great suggestions and ideas.  One of the suggestions was to think of ways that SGA could involve and support minority groups such as the LGBTQ community on campus.

After the public forum, an informal discussion sessions was held while enjoying a hot chocolate bar.

Thanks to everyone who came to the forum!  We plan to host another in the spring semester.

Remember, you can always talk to any SGA representative about questions/ideas/concerns about Bethel College!  We’d love to hear from you in person, over email, or on our SGACares page on the website.

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!

Fall 2015 Photo Shoot: Success!

With new freshman senators elected and the open junior senator seat filled, everyone is beginning to settle into their places for the 83rd session of Bethel’s SGA.

To make things official, a photo shoot was held last week to get headshots of all members as well as branch photos and an entire group picture.  

Here’s a couple of the fun pictures that were taken.  Check out the website’s other pages for the rest of the updated (more serious) pictures!

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.


For more information on the Kansas Independent Colleges Association, visit