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Monique Ferguson-Riley CAPS’18 Named Alumna of the Year for the College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School

Monique Ferguson-Riley CAPS’18 Named Alumna of the Year for the College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School

Monique Ferguson-Riley is a survivor of human trafficking. She’s also a mom, a wife, a CEO, a student, and one of Bethel University’s 2021 Alumni of the Year. Today, she’s using her personal story to fight human trafficking through prevention, advocacy, and survivor support as founder of Freedom Youth Family Justice Center in the Bronx, New York.

September 23, 2021 | 10 a.m.

Joel Johnson ’80, S’86 Named Bethel Seminary Alumnus of the Year

Joel Johnson ’80, S’86 Named Bethel Seminary Alumnus of the Year

From his long and fruitful ministry career, Joel Johnson, senior pastor of Westwood Community Church in Chanhassen, Minnesota, offers these words of advice: “Just make yourself available.” His willingness to be available to God’s call led Johnson to Bethel as an undergraduate, then to Bethel Seminary and a ministry that has included planting Westwood in 1995, leading its expansion, and serving on Bethel’s board of trustees. For his leadership, service, and impact, Johnson has been named 2021 Bethel Seminary Alumnus of the Year.

September 22, 2021 | 1 p.m.

MLB Umpire Jeff Nelson ’87 Named CAS Alumnus of the Year

MLB Umpire Jeff Nelson ’87 Named CAS Alumnus of the Year

Jeff Nelson has been on the field as an umpire for historic moments in Major League Baseball, including a Hall of Famer’s final All-Star appearance and game seven of the World Series. But his career could have ended in Little League if not for a trusted mentor, and that has inspired him to give back.

September 21, 2021 | 11 a.m.

Bethel Celebrates the “Grand (re)Opening of the Science Spaces”

Faculty in Bethel’s STEM programs hosted an open house to welcome alumni back to campus for a night of interactive exploration, innovation, and fellowship in the newly built and renovated science spaces.

September 20, 2021 | 2:30 p.m.

The Power of a Dream

The parents of Ricardo Ramos GS’21 had a dream—that their son would be the first in their family to finish high school and go to college. But Ramos dreamed bigger, earning a college degree and a master’s degree, and is nearing completion of a doctor of education degree in Bethel’s graduate school. Now he’s prepared to help others in marginalized communities do what his parents did for him: harness the power of a dream and pursue an education that changes everything.

September 13, 2021 | 1 p.m.

Q&A with Dr. Rahn Franklin, Jr.

With more than 14 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Rahn Franklin, Jr. says it is his life’s work to “join God in connecting people to people, the planet, and our Creator.” Meet Bethel’s new vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

September 09, 2021 | 10 a.m.

Bethel Welcomes New Faculty to the College of Arts & Sciences

Eight new faculty members join the College of Arts & Sciences in social work, philosophy, chemistry, nursing, engineering, and communication studies.

September 07, 2021 | 1 p.m.

Meet Our Newest Royals!

Last week, the Bethel community welcomed hundreds of new undergraduate students to campus. Learn more about the Class of 2025, including who they are, where they’re from, and what they’re planning to study.

September 01, 2021 | 2 p.m.

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