MISHAWAKA--Student Life welcomed three new employees for the 2022-23 school year: Allison Nicholas, Andrea Armstrong and Thomas Carpenter.
Nicholas grew up in Indiana and graduated from Bethel in the spring of 2022. She currently serves as the student activities and communication coordinator.
“I actually just graduated from Bethel in the spring, so it’s somewhere that was familiar and close to my heart,” Nicholas said. “I was actually a student intern in this same depart meant for three years as a student, so I was well prepared for this transition.”
Nicholas’s role in the Student Life Department is to help with the planning of student events and to oversee the Bethel Now Instagram page.
Andrea Armstrong is the department’s new office assistant. Armstrong grew up in Elkhart, and she is currently married and the mother of two daughters. Like Nicholas, her roots to Bethel are deep.
“I attended Bethel, graduated from Bethel, my husband graduated from Bethel,” Armstrong said. “I had taken some time off after I had my kids. I had said that if I were to get another job, I would love to work at Bethel. My dad went here, my father-in-law went here, my sister-in-law--so, it just feels like there’s some ties.”
Most of Armstrong’s responsibilities revolve around Bethel’s weekly chapel services.
“I am sort of like chapel police, but then also tracking attendance for the students,” Armstrong said. “Some behind-the-scenes stuff as far as chapel speakers. Once the speakers are on the schedule, I do the legwork of making sure they know when they need to be here and if they’re staying on campus, we have a guest house for them, so reserving that for them and getting it ready for them, things like that.”
The third employee who joined Student Life is Tom Carpenter, filling the role of associate director of community life. In this position, Carpenter oversees the commuter community and spiritual life events, along with assisting with student discipline.
Carpenter was born and raised in Goshen, but for the past seven years he and his wife have been living in West Lafayette with their three kids. He, too, has previous Bethel connections.
“This is my third time at Bethel,” Carpenter said. “I was a student here, and then I was a staff member for six years in the admission office. Now, this is my third time back at Bethel and now staff here in student development. The role came open and it felt like the Lord led that this was the right role and the right time for me to come back.”
Students who want to connect with the Student Life staff should visit the Student Life office on the first floor of the Miller-Moore Academic Center or send them an email at email@example.com.