- Matthew Gainey of Seymour, Tenn., is Bethel University’s 2014 Hendrix Scholarship winner. Gainey was chosen based on competition examination scores and an interview process. As the winner of the prestigious Hendrix Scholarship, Gainey will earn full tuition, room and board at Bethel. Gainey attends Seymour High School, and he attends Seymour Heights Christian Church. Gainey, who plans to major in theatre and participate in the Bethel University Renaissance Performing Arts program, is the son of Wes and Rose Gainey. Tyler Vernon of Bartlett, Tenn., is the runner-up in the competition and will earn full tuition. Vernon attends Tipton-Rosemark Academy and attends Ellendale United Methodist Church. The son of Justin and Lesa Vernon, he plans to double major in history with a pre-law interest and in theatre. Vernon also has interest in Bethel’s Renaissance and Honors programs. Gainey and Vernon can both renew their scholarships each year as long as they maintain a 3.6 grade point average (GPA). The Bethel University Hendrix Scholarship celebrates its 26th year in 2014. It was established by Willard R. Hendrix, a successful Nashville civic leader and businessman who had a great desire to bring qualified and dedicated faculty into contact with outstanding and deserving students.
- Bethel's Spring Break for traditional students is scheduled for March 10-14. While there will be no classes during this time, administrative offices will remain open.
- Bethel’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is among 22 of 704 BSN programs in the U.S. to have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) among those who took the examination from April through September 2013, according to a report released recently by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
- Students enrolled in Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences traditional programs for 2014-15 will see no increase in tuition from the 2013-14 academic year according to Interim President Walter Butler. Many of Bethel’s other programs have also kept tuition the same for the coming year.
- Dr. Andy Harnsberger, a world-class marimba artist, will present a recital on Friday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in Odom Lecture Hall on Bethel University’s McKenzie campus. The recital will also feature members of the Bethel University Percussion Ensemble. Dr. Harnsberger will be presenting a recital of solo marimba literature featuring original works along with pieces considered standards in percussion repertoire. Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as “A Master of Musical Nuance,” Andy Harnsberger enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator. He has performed in a variety of settings across the United States, Australia, Europe, and Japan and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the country each year. He has been a featured solo artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has also appeared as a guest clinician at many Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion. His compact disc, “Vertigo,” has been recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as “a must purchase for anyone who collects important marimba recordings…His performance makes it clear that he is a master player, not only technically, but musically as well.” Dr. Harnsberger has performed as percussionist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet Orchestras, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra as well as the contemporary music ensemble “Currents,” and has toured extensively as percussionist and xylophone soloist with The Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band. He has also made several guest appearances on National Public Radio, both in interviews, and live performances to bring public awareness to the marimba as a solo instrument. Harnsberger is Assistant Professor of Music and Percussion Coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and is active throughout the year as a freelance percussionist and recitalist. He is in demand as a clinician across the country and internationally, presenting clinics and masterclasses at many universities each year. His compositions have been performed around the world, and he is a recipient of the ASCAP PLUS award for his contributions to American Concert Music. Dr. Harnsberger earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received the prestigious Performer's Certificate. Andy is a performing artist and clinician for Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion, Inc., Evans Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Ltd., and Grover Pro Percussion. For more information about Harnsberger’s Bethel performance, contact Dr. Joshua Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In early January, Tourbeau Sports unveiled its newest project called the "Soccer Evolution Academy" starting with this year's Class of 2014. Tourbeau's Soccer Evolution Academy is a selected group of graduating Seniors at the NAIA Men's Soccer level who are believed to be the best-of-the-best in this year's class. Every player picked to take part in this year's event are either NAIA All-Americans, Conference Player of the Year or First-Team All Conference players. Bethel's Mo Dumbuya is among the select group who made the class. He captured the "Offensive Boot" award and also was named the offensive player of the year by the Southern States Athletic Conference. He played in 16 games this season for the Wildcats scoring 14 goals with 29 shots on goal. He had six assists. The senior from Cobb, Georgia played in 67 games in his career at Bethel. He had 47 career goals and 11 assists and finished with 112 shots on goal as a Wildcat. As a part of the this year's academy class, Tourbeau Sports invited these players on a (11) eleven-day US-based tour from March 6-17, 2014– alongside the best 20 players in the nation this season. Today, we announce the scrimmage and/or exhibition schedule that will include 5 USL-PRO clubs, 2 NASL clubs and a MLS club for the 2014 March Tour: Friday, March 7- Carolina Railhawks (NASL), Charleston Battery (USL Saturday, March 8- Charlotte Eagles (USL) Monday, March 10- Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) Wednesday, March 12- Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) Friday, March 14- Columbus Crew (MLS) Saturday, March 15- Indy Eleven (NASL) Sunday, March 16- Dayton Dutch Lions (USL) The selected group of matches include clubs with a rich history and tradition of quality professional soccer boasting titles ranging from the MLS Cup Champion, MLS Supporters Shield, NASL Champions, former USL-2 Champions, USL-PRO Regular Season Champions, US Open Cup Final 4, Finals participants and more! Last week, the 21 players were announced who will travel and take part in this prestigious Tour and be a part of this year's inaugural class. To learn more about the story, visit our website at: http://www.tourbeausportsgroup.com/tourbeau-s-soccer-evolution-academy-class-of-2014.html Visit on Twitter @tourbeausports for more developments around the game of soccer!
- The Division of Music is pleased to present two music events this week. On Thursday, Feb.
- Coach Rusty Thompson (167-119) enters his seventh season at the helm as head coach of the Bethel University Wildcats. He and his staff are excited about their new chapter joining the Southern States Athletic Conference this season.
- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre’s presentation of the classic play “To Kill A Mockingbird” is scheduled for this weekend at the Bethel Performing Arts Center in McKenzie. This powerful drama is an adaptation of the beloved novel by Harper Lee, and tells the story of the Finch family in depression era Alabama.
- Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences will host the 2014 Hendrix Scholarship Competition on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 on the school’s McKenzie campus.