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  •   Bethel’s spring 2014 Commencement will be Saturday, May 10 with two ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m., and noon. Undergraduate candidates will take part in the 9 a.m., ceremony, and Graduate candidates will take part in the noon ceremony. Fall 2013 Commencement that had to be postponed due to inclement weather this past December will also be held Saturday, May 10 at 3 p.m. All three ceremonies will be held in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on Wildcat Lane on Bethel’s McKenzie campus.      Tennessee State Representative Barrett Rich will be the Spring 2014 Commencement Speaker. Representative Rich, the son of Gary and Patsy Rich, is a lifelong resident of Fayette County. He had a career in local law enforcement that spanned from Shelby, Fayette and Davidson Counties. After working the road for three years as a Tennessee State Trooper, he served for two and one half years on the governor’s security detail for both Governors Sundquist and Bredesen.  After ten years in law enforcement, Rich left for a business opportunity with Farm Bureau Insurance. Before, seeking office, he founded the Fayette and Hardeman County Young Republicans (which became the largest group of Y.R.’s in the state). Chairman Rich is a graduate of Bethel College and received his Juris Doctorate from the Nashville School of Law. In 2008 he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives with a 60% majority of the vote of the 94th District. Once in the chamber, he was chosen by his colleagues to be Freshman Class President and elected to serve as the Republican Assistant Floor Leader.  As a legislator he sponsored bills in the 106th General Assembly that were tough on crime and protected individual and property rights. He served in the 107th General Assembly as the Republican Majority Whip, Vice Chairman of the Government Operations Committee, and member of the Judiciary Committee. As a member of the 108th General Assembly he is Chairman of the Health Sub Committee and a member of the full Health Committee, Criminal Justice Committee, and Ethics Committee. He also serves as a member of the POST Commission (Peace Officer Standards and Training).  Representative Rich was featured by the Memphis Business Journal as one of the “People on the Move,” and he also volunteers in many capacities including roles with Fayette Cares and his role on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Pastoral Parish Relations Committee of the First United Methodist Church in Somerville. He has a daughter, Alexis Dunn Rich.            The Rev. Leonard Turner, minister of the Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn., the scheduled speaker for Bethel’s Fall 2013 ceremony, will speak at the rescheduled event at 3 p.m.       Seating for each Commencement and processional lineup (for both students and faculty) will be one hour before each scheduled ceremony or as soon as a previous ceremony ends. For more information about Bethel University’s Commencement exercises on May 10, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu.    
  •   Bethel’s Department of Music will present a number of concerts throughout the remainder of April that will showcase various aspects of Bethel’s music program.      On Thursday, April 24, there will be a Chamber Choir concert beginning at 7 p.m., at McKenzie First United Methodist Church on McTyeire Street.      On Friday, April 25, the Department of Music will present a Recital Hour beginning at 3 p.m.,  in the L.J. Turner Recital Hall located in the Marrs-Stockton Music Building.      An April 29 Brass Ensemble concert beginning at 7 p.m., in Odom Lecture Hall will be the final April 2014 event.      All concerts are free and open to the public.      For more information about any of these events, contact Dr. Keith Herris at herrisk@bethelu.edu.      For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.
  • Bethel Academic Theatre Major students participated in the City Of McKenzie “Echoes of the Past Cemetery Walk” this past weekend.  This is an annual event featuring historic figures of McKenzie who established and molded the city and influenced the surrounding communities.
  • Continuing a tradition that began during the Fall 2012 semester with the Bethel Fitness Pageant, the Bethel University Fitness Society proudly presents the latest fitness competition for Bethel students: the first-ever Bethel Fitness Invitational!      It will take place on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m., in the Dickey Fine Arts Building (DFAB) Auditorium.
  •   The Tennessee Supreme Court held court at Bethel on April 10 providing area high school students and Bethel students a unique opportunity to attend a Supreme Court Session in their own community. The event was part of the SCALES (Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students) Project, a Tennessee Supreme Court initiative designed to educate students about the Judicial Branch of government. Through the SCALES Project, students are provided with study materials and classroom instruction in advance so they understand the issues in the cases they will hear and how those cases reached the Supreme Court. Using materials provided by the court, teachers include judicial education in their curricula before and after students attend oral arguments.  
  •   The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bethel University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.      “We couldn’t be more pleased with this news,” said Bethel Interim President Walter Butler. “We are very proud of the caliber of our Physician Assistant Program, and this continued accreditation lets everyone know that our program meets rigorous standards and is a quality educational product.”      Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.  The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.      The mission of Bethel University’s Physician Assistant Program is to create opportunities for the members of the learning community interested in healthcare to ultimately graduate as exceptional and compassionate healthcare professionals who practice medicine within an ethical framework grounded in Christian principles.      For more information about Bethel University’s Physician Assistant Program, contact Janet Peeler at 731-407-7662 or at peeler@bethelu.edu.
  • On April 10, 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court will hold court at Bethel providing area high school students and Bethel students a unique opportunity to attend a Supreme Court Session in their own community. The event is part of the SCALES (Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students) Project, a Tennessee Supreme Court initiative designed to educate students about the Judicial Branch of government.
  • All types of creative projects will be displayed in this year’s Bethel Humanities Creative Arts Exhibit April 14-16. The projects are part of a sophomore survey two-semester humanities class at Bethel University.

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