Exemplifying the college’s values

Centreville grad receives Bethel Young Alumni of Year award

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — Each year, Bethel College recognizes the outstanding achievements of alumni or friends of the college with Alumni Awards. This year’s recipients were honored at a special dinner as part of Bethel’s Homecoming celebration.

Hannah (Miller) Silveus, a 2008 Centreville graduate, and her husband Neil Silveus, a 2008 Elkhart (Ind.) Memorial graduate, received the Young Alumni of the Year Award, in recognition of an outstanding young alumnus or alumna of Bethel College, who exemplifies the values of the college in his or her personal and professional life.

Hannah, a 2012 Bethel alumna, and Neil, a 2013 Bethel alumnus, lived and served for several years in Billings, Mont., after graduating from Bethel. There they were involved in a house church in the city’s South Side, a neighborhood with some of the largest pockets of poverty and disparities in the city. They helped with transitional houses for men and women coming out of prison and treatment centers and teamed with another young couple to start a Christian discipleship house for college-aged students in the South Side. In August 2015 they moved two hours west to Bozeman so Neil could begin graduate school at Montana State University, studying applied economics. He plans to also pursue a Ph.D. Hannah has worked in public health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, producing such great results that she was featured on the CDC website and offered a position with the National Center for Environmental Health. She is currently pursuing a 14-month accelerated BSN program at Montana State University, and looks forward to combining public health with direct patient care. She hopes to go on to get her Doctor of Nurse Practice degree.

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