Annual Freshman Carnival Held


Kameron Guy of Trezevant and Rebecca Meals of Cedar Grove were among the freshmen who stopped by the Verizon Wireless booth at Bethel University's Freshman Carnival -- one of the many

Bethel held its annual freshman orientation carnival on Thursday, August 13 in the courtyard on campus. The carnival ended the first day of freshman orientation where close to 350 undergraduate students classified as freshmen took part.
     According to Executive Vice President of the College of Liberal Arts Walter Butler this number is significantly higher than the number of traditional undergraduate freshmen who took part during last year’s orientation.
     “Last year, around 250 students took part,” Butler said.
     Freshman orientation continued through the weekend and concluded with church services on Sunday morning.
     “We really try to help these new students get acclimated before actual classes begin,” said Sandy Louden, director of orientation, and a counselor for Bethel. “We’ve had campus tours and sessions on being successful in school. The carnival was one of the many fun activities for the students. It gave them the chance to interact and make friends before classes began. We had local merchants set up booths so students could be aware of what is available to them in the community.”
     Bethel’s fall 2009 classes began on Monday, Aug. 17.