Fall Commencement 2014
The December Commencement Ceremony will be held in Trinity Chapel with a reception in Honsey Hall.
Dr. John Boubel was raised near Hayward, Wisconsin. He completed his bachelor of science in history with teaching licensure and a music minor at UW-Superior. He earned a master of science in counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater where he became very involved in campus ministry. He then attended Concordia University-Wisconsin for certification as a Lutheran lay minister in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. His doctorate in philosophy and history of education was earned at Marquette University, and his master of arts in Medieval and Renaissance history. He then completed all course work for a second doctorate in early modern European history. While at Marquette, he was made a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. He also finished a bachelor of arts degree in Theology from Concordia.
Professor Boubel served fulltime in parish ministry for three years as a called lay minister, assisting with services and preaching, teaching Bible studies and confirmation, and making hospital visits. When he was called to teach at Concordia University, he began his career in higher education. While at Concordia he was the Associate Director of the Lay Ministry Program and taught philosophy, practical theology courses, church history, and senior seminar.
Dr. Boubel was hired in 1998 as professor of history at Bethany. Drawing on his broad experience at other colleges, he developed the history and broad field social studies majors. He was chair of the History Department, the Humanities Division, and chaired the Ceremonies Committee for many years. He served on the Faculty Development Committee, and was secretary for the Faculty Assembly. Professor Boubel was the historical consultant for two series of children’s books. He worked with colleagues to develop a research conference on campus, oversaw students at Scholars at the Capitol, and arranged for history students to attend professional conferences. He developed a course on Egypt concluding with the students traveling there during spring break. While at Bethany, he was able to attend faculty seminars on three continents. The knowledge he brought back greatly enhanced his teaching of world history, most recently culminating in a course on Africa. After sixteen years at Bethany he will be retiring at the end of the fall semester. He married his wife Karen, in 1973; she is a music faculty member at Minnesota State University, Mankato, who is also retiring. They have one son, Gregory, a software engineer (with a history degree) in Boulder, Colorado.