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  • Matthew Holt
      Bethel University and the Renaissance Program are honored to announce that Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance, has been nominated for a Dove Award. The Martin’s album “A Capella” is nominated for Inspirational Album of the Year.  Matthew arranged and produced the classic hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”  Other producers nominated for work on this album include Michael English, Lari Goss, David Phelps, and The Martins.     “The Martins are thrilled with the nomination” exclaimed Joyce Martin, of the Martin’s. We had several producers work on this project and Matthew's contribution is perfection!”   "Everyone at Bethel University is continually amazed at the success of Matthew Holt,” added Walter Butler, President of Bethel University. “His talent in the Music Industry is on a level of its own.  We are very fortunate Matthew is a part of our family as the Director of Renaissance.  His influence to the several hundred students he touches each year is such a blessing for our Bethel family."   The 46th Annual Dove Awards will be held October 13th, 2015 in Nashville, TN. This project was also nominated for Best Gospel Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards. 
  • Twenty-Six Bethel University juniors have been accepted into the Bethel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. They began coursework this month, and they are scheduled to graduate in Spring 2017.
  • The Rev. Dr.
  •                   The last day to opt out of Bethel's insurance is August 24, 2015 at 5 p.m. To opt out, you must complete the form at http://www.summitamerica-ins.com/bethel. For those who have trouble completing the waiver, please email insurance@bethelu.edu.
  •   Bethel University held its Summer 2015 Commencement exercises on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m., in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus. One hundred and ninety-nine graduates took part in the ceremonies. The Honorable Jill Holland, Mayor of McKenzie, delivered the Commencement address.      Holland pointed out that Bethel billboards across the state used the word “Believe.”     “That one word is Bethel,” Mayor Holland said. “Through the decades there were people who believed in Bethel – who believed that Bethel was worth it. Let me tell you my friends, as a graduate of Bethel University, you can go anywhere you want to go – you can be anything you want to be – if you believe you can.”      Mayor Holland went through a number of Bethel graduates who had been successful on the national level, the state level, and on the local level.      “All of these ordinary people had a belief in who they were and in what they could become. And that has made them extraordinary,” she said.      Mayor Holland then discussed the factors she felt make these ordinary individuals extraordinary.      “First,” she said, “Each had the belief that it is important to give back. It wasn’t all about them. They embraced the communities where they lived and made them better.”      Holland also pointed out that these individuals had a strong work ethic.      “Put your cell phone away when you get to work; stay off of Facebook. Be the first to arrive and the last to leave. Be responsible and dependable, and if you say you’re going to do something, do it,” she said.      A third factor Holland said these people each had was a belief in setting long term goals and the realization that those goals would not be reached by taking one giant step.      “There are no giant steps – no sprints,” she said. “But perseverance and tenacity and grit and courage are what gets someone to the summit.”      Finally Holland pointed out that life is hard and that these people knew that.      “Their belief in themselves and their passion to reach the goals gave their lives purpose to get through the tough times,” she said.       “It’s okay to be afraid,” Holland said. “This is how we grow.”
  •   Bethel University’s Dual Enrollment Program where high school juniors and seniors earn both high school and college credit for the same course, is approaching its third year, according to Tina Hodges, Dean of Enrollment for Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s hard to believe that our projected enrollment for dual enrollment this fall will be triple what it was last fall,” Hodges said. According to Craig Lunn, Director of Dual Enrollment and Operations for the School of Education, the focus of academic success is starting earlier and earlier for high schoolers. “Dual enrollment exposes students to rigorous classes that prepare them for college success,” Lunn said. “It also builds their confidence for moving on to the college level.” Lunn also pointed out that dual enrollment speeds a student’s way to an affordable degree. “The costs for taking a dual enrollment class are significantly lower than a traditional college level class,” Lunn said. “The cost for our courses is $498, but the end total is determined by grant eligibility and the Bethel Dual Scholarship. With grant eligibility and the Bethel Dual Scholarship, the student may not have any out of pocket costs for tuition – only a book fee if applicable.” According to Lunn, even though some courses may require a book charge, the book is included with online courses at no additional charge. Lunn encourages parents and students to contact the dual enrollment staff to help determine the final cost of tuition. Lunn said that Bethel offers both online and in the classroom classes at participating high schools. “Some of the courses we offer include English, Algebra, Public Speaking, History and Psychology,” he said.  “I encourage students exploring ways to get the best college value to contact Bethel to inquire about dual enrollment and to let us help you determine your dual enrollment grant eligibility.”  
  • July 23, 2015  9am-12 -- Resident Assistants    July 31, 2015  9am-12 -- Football Check In   July 31, 2015  1pm-4pm -- Fall Sports Check In   August 04, 2015  9am-12 -- Renaissance Check In   August 10, 2015  9am-12 -- S.T.A.R.S. Check In   August 12, 2015  9am-12 -- Freshman Check In   August 14, 2015  9am- 3pm -- All other Returning Students Check In
  •   Six time Grammy Nominee, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage were on the Campus of Bethel University Monday, May 25 filming her new LIVE DVD. With over 100 Awards, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most award winning group in Bluegrass Music. The full house concert was the first of two that will take place in the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located at 652 Stonewall St North in McKenzie. The second concert is tonight, May 26. Seating will begin at 6 p.m., and the taping will start at 7. Admission is free. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served. For more information about tonight's concert, contact the Renaissance Office, (731) 352-6980 or email us at renaissance@bethelu.edu.
  • Saturday, June 20 will be Bethel University's 2nd Annual Junior Physician Assistant (PA) Day. The event will be from 10 a.m.
  • Bethel University held its Spring 2015 Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena located in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on the school’s McKenzie campus. More than 600 students earned degrees.

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