- Bethel University was named the top accredited online school in Tennessee for the 2015-2016 school year. Accreditedschoolsonline.org recently analyzed data from hundreds of colleges across the nation with online degrees at the bachelor’s level. The goal was to discover which colleges offer the most notable balances of academic rigor, student support, and affordability for online learning – and Bethel University topped the list. “We are thrilled with the ranking, which includes vital data that every college student should take into account when choosing a university,” said Kelly Sanders-Kelley, Executive Vice President of Bethel’s College of Professional Studies. “Moreover, coming on the heels of other recent awards -- to include Best Criminal Justice Program in Tennessee, and 2nd in the nation in BestColleges.com’s list of Best Online Christian Liberal Arts Colleges – the ranking confirms what we have always believed: Bethel does things right.” "To have a nationally known and very respected agency like Accredited Schools Online independently rank our Online Programs as Number 1 in Tennessee is a huge honor for Bethel University,” said the school’s President, Dr. Walter Butler. “We strive to be the best, and this lets us know that others think we are the best. I thank our faculty and staff for their hard work in this achievement, and I know it further shows why so many students in our Volunteer State are choosing Bethel University to further their education online. We are proud to be a part of higher education to our citizens of Tennessee." To determine the rankings, data analysts and college experts developed a proprietary scoring system to rank these colleges based on various cost-to-quality criteria and metrics, or the ASO Peer-Based Value. This proprietary metric compares qualitative aspects of colleges with similar costs against the tuition of colleges with similar quality metrics. The general criteria and scoring metrics include the student-faculty ratio; not-for-profit status; the number of online bachelor’s degrees available; the online tuition rate; the loan default rate; the six-year graduation rate; and job placement and career counseling for graduates. Over 55,000 Tennessee college students are currently taking at least one online course, according to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group. “We wanted to recognize schools that are implementing convenient and cutting-edge technological learning opportunities to all students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of Accredited Schools Online. “These schools are not only offering exceptional programs, but they have expanded their program excellence to the much-desired online environment.”
- Judge Nathan Pride will be the guest speaker for the Black History Month Celebration on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM in Odom Lecture Hall. All students are welcome to attend. There will be a meet and greet reception following the speech. Judge Pride earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University where he graduated, magna cum laude, in May of 1978. While enrolled at TSU, Judge. Pride was an active member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Sigma Rho Sigma Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, as well as University Peer Counselor for 3 years, Chairman Student Election Commission and Student---Faculty Judiciary Committee. Following his graduation from TSU, Judge Pride was granted admission to the University of Georgia School of Law. While in law school, Judge Pride held the office of First Year Honor Court Justice, was President of the Black American Law Student Association, and Honor Court, and was actively involved in the Faculty Recruitment Committee. Judge Pride has enjoyed a storied career and has had the privilege of being a professor at the Jones School of Law at Faulkner University, a member of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, the City Attorney for Jackson, legal counsel for Lane College, and Assistant DA for Madison, Chester and Henderson Co. In August, 2012 Judge Pride was elected Circuit Court Judge for Madison County.
- The Bethel Lady Wildcats, riding a nine game winning streak were ranked in a tie for second in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released Tuesday, Jan. 19.
- Bethel University’s most prestigious scholarship, the Hendrix Scholarship Competition, is Feb. 19-20.
- The American Red Cross Blood Drive that was scheduled for today (Wednesday, Jan. 20) has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
- Due to early morning winter weather that has occurred, Bethel University's McKenzie campus classes and administrative offices will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan.
- Bethel University Renaissance Regiment is proud to announce the 1st Annual Band Day! We would like to invite all High School Band students to Bethel University on January 30, 2016 to perform with the Renaissance Regiment Basketball Pep Band. There is no charge for the event. Students will receive a T-Shirt, and lunch will be provided. “This Band Day is our way of garnering interest in collegiate level music and sports and reaching out to our surrounding community,” commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. We invite the participants to play with us during a Women’s and Men’s Basketball game against Loyola University. The Women’s game begins at 2:00 pm, and the Men’s begins at 4:00 pm in Crisp Arena. “We are excited about this event and expect it to be a greatly rewarding experience for all members involved,” stated Keith Cottrill, Director of Renaissance Bands. “We are confident that students will benefit from playing alongside and learning from the musicians from our University. We are composed of students who are both music majors and non-music majors, who are all passionate about playing music.” The Renaissance Regiment, Bethel University’s Marching Band, is an exciting and energetic group that electrifies audiences by performing all styles of music. Crowd favorites include popular, jazz, swing, show tunes, R&B, standards, and popular classic music. The Regiment performs at all home football and basketball games, and a few other events throughout the semester. Substantial Scholarships are available for students who have had experience as an instrumentalist, a color guard member, or a twirler. For more information or to register, please visit www.bethelrenaissance.com and click on the Band Day link. You can also contact the Renaissance Office at (731) 352-6980.
- Bethel University Spring 2016 semester traditional classes began Monday, Jan. 11 on the school’s main campus in McKenzie. Those interested in taking coursework for Spring 2016 can enroll through Friday, Jan. 15 by contacting the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Enrollment Services at 844-497-0265.
- Bethel University President Dr. Walter Butler has made the announcement that David Huss, Director of Business Affairs, has been appointed Vice President of Finance for the university. According to President Butler, Huss will oversee all business and finance functions and he will serve on President Butler's administrative cabinet. “In his role as Director of Business Affairs, David has shown exemplary work -- work that has made me confident that he can successfully take on these additional responsibilities,” Butler said. Huss has served as Director of Business Affairs at Bethel since 2013. He is also a practicing attorney who has authored and published School Finance, with Related School Law, for Principals, Assistant Principals and Administrative Assistants. Prior to coming to Bethel, Huss served for seven years as Director of Obion County Schools where he was responsible for all aspects of the operation of the school district. From 1999 until 2003, Huss served in the same capacity as Director of Schools for the South Carroll County Special School District. He also served the McKenzie Special School District as Director of Finance from 1996 until 1998. Huss has also served as Executive Director of LEA Support Services and as a Fiscal Consultant with the State of Tennessee Department of Education and as a Legislative Auditor for the State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UT Martin, a Master of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law. “I am honored to serve Bethel University in the capacity of Vice President of Finance and equally honored to serve on Dr. Butler's cabinet,” Huss said. “I will continue to work tirelessly as part of the team that will make Bethel University the most dynamic educational institution possible. My role is to concentrate on building and maintaining a sound financial base to ensure financial stability.” Bethel University is one of Tennessee's oldest 4-year institutions. Headquartered in McKenzie, Tenn., it offers bachelor's, master’s and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms. For more information about Bethel University, go to www.Bethelu.edu.
- Bethel University held its Fall 2015 Commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m., in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus. Approximately 350 graduates took part in the ceremonies. The Honorable Donald Parish, Circuit Court Judge with the Tennessee State Courts, delivered the Commencement address. Parish began his message by recalling a time in high school when he felt like he had accomplished something great. Parish’s history teacher told him, “Parish, ain’t nobody so slick for what they can’t use another greasin’.” Parish pointed out to graduates that this message has always stuck with him. “It has served as a reminder,” he said “that success is relative to the grand scheme of things. “You will occasionally disappoint as you move on in life,” Parish said. “Admit your mistake, forgive yourself and move on. “I tell you all this,” he said, “because humility produces strength – not weakness.” Parish next reminded graduates that we all have to live in this world together. “Remember that the thing that will unite will be ideas and ideals,” he said. “Also remember that God expects servants. The work you’re called to do might not be glamorous. But experience the life changing value of being a servant.” Parish asked the graduates if they felt “slick” today, and the graduates answered yes. “Slick folks should pick up the broom first,” Parish said. “Your time is now.” For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.