Campus Activities

Asking “what is there to do at Hesston College?” is a pretty silly question, but you’d have to have been here to know that. Our student body is as active, engaged, and fun-loving as you’ll find anywhere.

Students play Bunco, a dice game, at a CAB event during Homecoming weekend.
Students play Bunco, a dice game, at a CAB event during Homecoming weekend.
Campus Activities Board

Most of the planned activities on campus are organized by the Campus Activities Board (CAB)—which is student run, so you know they’ve got the goods. Throughout the year the CAB coordinates movie nights, coffee houses, roller skating parties, Feast of Carols, dances, and more.


Throughout each year students enjoy a variety of gallery exhibits and displays, often featuring the work of Hesston alumni and faculty. Shows typically feature architectural displays, ceramics, drawings, graphic designs, illustrations, paintings, prints, sculpture, and photographs. And the Annual Student Art Exhibit features the work of students and is something you’ve really got to see to believe.


Music is a very big deal at Hesston. Our two main choirs—Hesston College Chorale and Bel Canto Singers—perform locally and at major campus events, as well as on extended tours during breaks throughout the year. European Chorale forms every other year for an extended tour after the end of spring term, spending more than three weeks in Europe. Concert Band is our instrumental ensemble. Many Concert Band musicians also add life to basketball games as the “Screaming Larks” Pep Band.

Photo from Hesston College production of A Year with Frog and Toad
The spring 2017 musical, “A Year with Frog and Toad”

Students at Hesston take part in a variety of theatrical productions throughout the year… acting, directing, choreographing, building the sets, you name it. Recent productions include Dead Man Walking, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, All in the Timing, Forever Plaid and Godspell. On top of that, the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series, sponsored by Hesston College, schedules five events during the year with world-renowned performers.


Clearly, a big part of our mission at Hesston is to serve the world around us—whether it’s in our own backyard or half a world away. Students have a number of volunteer service opportunities to choose from, related to mission, service, and peace. Many of these are arranged through Campus Ministries, and include prison and hospital ministries, grandparent adoption, Big Brother/Big Sister programs, Mennonite Disaster Service, and Mennonite Housing.

Recreational Facilities

For a school our size, the number and quality of recreational facilities at Hesston is really pretty remarkable.

  • Yost Center houses two hardwood basketball courts, a jogging track, and racquetball courts.
  • The Campus Activities Center offers basketball courts, volleyball courts, an indoor soccer pitch, a fitness training room, and a variety of top-notch equipment.
  • Outdoor facilities include four lighted tennis courts, soccer fields, softball and baseball diamonds, a sand volleyball court, and a lighted basketball court.
  • Dyck Arboretum features a scenic, half-mile paved path that is great for walking, jogging, and rollerblading.

And all students who pay room and board at Hesston get a membership to the nearby Hesston Wellness Center, a fitness center with exercise equipment, an indoor pool, and a whirlpool.

Special Events

Throughout the year, a number of cool, exciting annual events take place, including:

  • Mod Olympics
  • Alumni Homecoming Weekend
  • Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Christmas Festivities
  • Grandparents Days
  • Commencement Weekend