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  •   Bethel University held its opening convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Opening convocation is a worship service that officially kicks off the new academic year for traditional students in the College of Arts and Sciences.      Serving as speaker at Convocation 2014 was the Rev. Dr. Mitzi Minor, The Mary Magdalene Professor of New Testament at Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS). Minor’s message centered around a poem called “Born Again,” by David Whyte. Minor read passages from the poem that encouraged readers to live and hear from the inside out. She pointed out times in her own life when she didn’t realize she should have lived and heard from the inside out.      “Too often,” she said, “I’ve gotten it – something really important – after the fact because I didn’t hear from the inside out.”      According to Minor getting to a place where we take every opportunity to listen from the inside out only comes after many life experiences and with time.      “So I asked myself,” she said, “is there any way to get you who are here today to appreciate the importance of being aware of the inside out? In other words, after the fact, your being aware of the inside out allowed you to say I’m glad I picked up on this – not, I wish I had picked up on this.”      Minor said she doubted there was a way to compel everyone to do this.      “If it’s not possible, then what is possible?” she asked.      “I might be able to put ponderings in your head that would prompt you to be aware inside out earlier in your life than otherwise.”      “Pay attention,” she said, “to the real conversations going on around you. I’m talking about the real conversation when you find yourself catching your breath and thinking WOW – I’ve never thought about that!      “Real conversations are revelatory,” Minor said. “You are learning about yourself. You are learning that faith is not as simple as you thought and that life is complex. Life is revealing itself to you through these real conversations.”      Minor pointed out that in real conversations both mind and body must be involved. She also pointed out that real conversations cannot happen over social media and that social media conversations are only interactions.      “A college campus is a wonderful place to have real conversations,” Minor said. “It might be the only time in your life when you are completely surrounded by others like you who are looking for life’s answers.      “Real conversations are sometimes hard,” she said. “It might be the conversation you don’t want to have, but sometimes these are the ones that allow us to move forward.”      
  •   Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences welcomed several new faculty members for the 2014 academic year. Pictured l to r are: Thomas Crawford, Instructor of Psychology; J. R. Robles, Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Kathleen Baczynski, Assistant Professor of Biology; Dr. Andrew Evans, Instructor of Chemistry; John Buteyn, Instructor of Music; Stephen Haynes, Assistant Professor of Speech/Theatre; Keith Cottrill, Director/Instructor of Music; and Dr. Darryl Tukufu, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Welcoming new faculty was Cindy Mallard (far right), Academic Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. Not pictured are: Dr. Carla Eribal, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Dr. Michael Poore, Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Accreditation and Assessment; Dr. William “Bo” Miller, Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Instructional Leadership Licensing and Transitional Licensure Programs; and Dr. Paul Doyle, Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Academics.
  •   After serving as a graduate assistant for one season and an assistant coach for three years Cliff Barna has hung up his football cleats and is beginning a new service with athletics at Bethel. Barna has accepted the position of Chaplain of Athletics at the school serving the various 28 sports programs, coaches, staff, and over 750 student-athletes.  Barna is originally from Ocala, Florida and attended Bethel University from 2003-2010. He played football on the Defensive Line from 2003 to 2008 and received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 2008. After graduating he pursued his Master’s in Education at Bethel University and became a Graduate Assistant as the Defensive Line Coach for the football team. After receiving his Master’s in Education in 2010 he became an assistant coach remaining the Defensive Line Coach. Until last season Barna was the All-Time Sack Leader and Tackles for Loss leader at Bethel. Ironically, under Barna’s guidance Joey Dienye broke both career records in 2013.  In the summer of 2010 Cliff began his pursuit in his second Master's in Divinity at Memphis Theological Seminary. Coach Barna is married to Kasey Hope Barna. Kasey is from Paris, Tenn. She played softball for Bethel from 2007-2011. Kasey received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in the spring of 2011 and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing May of 2013. She is currently working as a Registered Nurse at Henry County Hospital in Paris. Bethel Associate Director of Athletics Richard Vaughn said, “We are very excited about Cliff's appointment as Chaplain of Athletics. Cliff will be a valuable resource for our student-athletes. Being a former player and coach, Cliff has a background that our athletes will relate well to. Cliff has been, and will continue to be, a valuable asset to our department and University". Chaplain Barna feels very blessed with the opportunity to serve at a place he loves. "Bethel University has been a huge blessing in my life as an undergraduate student, graduate student, and football coach. I am thrilled to fill in the new position as the Chaplain of Athletics and the opportunities I will have to serve the coaches, students, and all of Bethel University. I look forward to witnessing how God moves through these opportunities, all glory be to God!"    
  •                                 This Sunday, August 24 at 7 a.m. on ESPNU, the Bethel Bass team will be featured on the Bass Master College National Team Championship, then at 8 a.m., Zack Parker and Matt Roberts of Bethel compete for a chance to qualify for the prestigious Bass Master Classic. This will make three weekends in a row Bethel University and its Bass Fishing Team has been featured on ESPN national television. For earlier stories concerning these events visit the Bethel University Athletic website at www.bethelathletics.com.
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  • Bethel's traditional students returned to classes on Monday, Aug. 18 for the fall 2014 semester.
  • It is time to get geared up for Fall 2014! This year’s insurance requirements are as follows: Bethel University Insurance 2014-2015 ·         Due to the vast array of classroom and extra-curricular activities associated with the McKenzie campuses, it is Bethel University’s policy that ALL fulltime undergraduate students attending the College of Arts and Sciences and/or the College of Health Sciences must have valid health insurance. ·         You must turn in an active insurance card and go online and opt out of Bethel’s insurance plan if you have valid active insurance. ·         You must go online and opt out by August 22, 2014. ·         You must receive a confirmation number for the 2014-2015 year.  You are not opted out unless you receive a confirmation number.  If you can’t print your confirmation number—I would suggest taking a picture of it. ·         Please note:  Putting invalid information in the system will cause it to be kicked out.  Please make sure you have all your correct insurance information in front of you when opting out. ·         Go to http://www.summitamerica-ins.com/bethel to opt out.  You can also go to bethelu.edu and click on current students-then click on student health insurance-then click on the online waiver option. ·         You must use your whole student ID number to opt out. ·         If you do not have insurance you can sign up for insurance.  The cost is $1,300 for the year.  It must be paid in full.  It must be paid prior to classes starting on August 18, 2014. ·         Hernia will be covered under the policy for the 2014-2015 school year ·         If you have any questions concerning the insurance or want to turn in your card –email insurance@bethelu.edu.  You can also bring your card to me in the Vera Low Center.     We look forward to seeing you for Fall 2014!! Cindy Hurt Student Insurance Coordinator
  •   Bethel welcomed its latest group of bachelor of science in nursing students this week. Students began orientation on Monday, Aug. 11. Those in the new class include (front row, l to r): Maria Escamilla, Caitlin Harper, Morgan Barnett, Tianna Cann, Marlena Durdin, Mishel Castro, Alexandria Wimberly, Janet Burcham, Leslie Cathey, Camille Cooper, Loren Tubbs, Kaitlyn Wood, and Deanna Irvin; (back row, l to r): Alex Crittenden, Kelly Ables, Liliana Mora, Nathan Andresen, Kyle Leighton, Chelsey Queen, Meagan Flick, Jillian Pope, Jay Pope, Rachel Simko, Stacy Creamer, Rachael Perrault, Sarah Hatler, Michael Holt, Heather Merrell, Kyle Trent and Spencer Via.      Bethel’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program prepares its graduates for entry level registered nurse positions in primary, secondary, and tertiary health care settings and for entry into graduate studies which lead to advanced degrees in nursing. Bethel’s nursing program was recently ranked among the top 22 of 704 BSN programs in the nation after achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (among those who took the exam from April to September 2013).      For more information about Bethel University’s nursing program contact Kim Hammonds at 731-514-1410 or at hammondsk@bethelu.edu. 
  • The Bethel University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Bethel Interim President Walter Butler as the 40th President of the school during its Summer 2014 Trustee meeting.      Butler has served as Interim President since Aug.
  •   Bethel University held its Summer 2014 Commencement on Saturday, Aug. 2 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena at the school’s McKenzie campus.      Three hundred fifty-two students graduated.           The Rev. Lisa Anderson, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, delivered the Commencement address.      Anderson shared that even though many point out that these are very challenging times, “we have the same tools as God’s people have always had.”      “We can be optimists about the world today,” Anderson said. “The key is for us to have a simple understanding of who we are and of what God expects of us.”      Anderson referred to the Bible verse, Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.      “We must shed light on injustice,” Anderson said. “We must love kindness and love doing it. The act of showing kindness positively impacts our health. We must also love mercy, and we must recognize that humility is a lifelong lesson – one we learn over and over.”      Anderson ended her address by telling graduates that she would be praying that they would do good in the world.      “Finally,” she said, “don’t take yourself too seriously. Instead, take God seriously.”

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