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The Lodge becomes Bridges Hall

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  Bethel's newest dorm was built in 2008 and opened in 2009 to serve female resident students who are juniors or seniors. It has been called "The Lodge" by students, but it has never had an official name. On Oct. 24, in honor of former Bethel President Norman Bridges and his wife Janice, it was dedicated as Bridges Hall.  New Bethel College President Dr. Gregg Chenoweth led the dedication ceremony.
Bethel College President Dr. Gregg Chenoweth speaks during dedication ceremony for new Bridges Hall. -Photo by Ashley Albrecht
"Tammy and I follow after those who have laid the groundwork over the previous 66 years, including Dr. Norman and Janice Bridges who we honor today, said Chenoweth. "We not only dedicate a residence hall at this hour, but we honor a couple who may have given their heart, soul, and affection to this place called Bethel College, the House of God." Norman Bridges was president of Bethel College from 1989 to 2004. As president, Bridges is credited with increasing the annual operating budget from under $3 million to about $30 million. Enrollment more than tripled during that time to 1850 students. It was also a time when the school added 40 academic programs. Bridges received many honors during his career, including a "Sagamore of the Wabash" honor from Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan. Bridges passed away in 2010 at the age of 72. Bridges married his wife Janice in 1958, while they were still students at Bethel. Janice became a licensed marriage and family therapist. She counseled in the Bethel College wellness center until the couple's retirement in 2004. Janice attended today's dedication ceremony, along with other family members. For a gallery of more photos from the Bridges Hall dedication click here:
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