- The Rev. Lisa Anderson, moderator of the 184th General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, will serve as Bethel University’s summer 2014 commencement speaker. It has been a long-standing tradition that the recently elected moderator serve as summer commencement speaker at Bethel. Rev. Anderson currently serves as pastor of Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Memphis. She also serves as Pediatric Chaplain at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a role she has held for two decades. Additionally, Rev. Anderson is founding director of Room in the Inn-Memphis, a ministry for those experiencing homelessness in Memphis. Rev. Anderson holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Christian Brothers University and a Master of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary. Summer 2014 Commencement services are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2 on the McKenzie campus in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena. Approximately 250 students are scheduled to earn degrees. Commencement services for those receiving undergraduate degrees will be at 10 a.m., and Commencement services for those receiving graduate degrees will be at 2 p.m. Seating for each service begins one hour prior to each event. For more information about Summer 2014 Commencement, contact Myra Carlock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bethel and Henry and Carroll Counties are co-hosting the very first Bassmaster National High School Championship beginning today running through Saturday on Kentucky Lake and Carroll County's One Thousand Acre Recreational Lake. "Sixty of the best high school teams in the nation are competing for scholarships and merchandise as well as the first National Championship trophy," said Hank Weldon who is the tournament director. The teams qualified through individual state B.A.S.S. Nation organizations. "This is really kicking up the B.A.S.S. high school initiative," said Jon Stewart, director of B.A.S.S. Nation. "With the competition later being aired on ESPNU, the growing high school sport of bass fishing will be showcased like never before." Full coverage of the event will be carried on ESPU, Sunday, July 27 at 9 a. m. The first two days of competition will be on Kentucky Lake with weigh-ins at Paris Landing in Paris, Tennessee. The finalists will compete for two days on Carroll County's One Thousand Acre Recreational Lake and weigh their catches on the beautiful campus of Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee Friday and Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m. Besides earning the title of national champion, the winning team will receive $21,000 in scholarships from B.A.S.S. as well as merchandise provided by sponsors. In addition, Bethel will award $40,000 in scholarships; $5,000 a year for four years will go to the top two finishing anglers provided they are either a junior or senior in high school. The Bethel Scholarships will be awarded to the two anglers who qualify to be used at Bethel University as they become a part of the Bethel University Wildcat Bass fishing team. . "We are so proud here at Bethel University to help host the very first Bass Masters High School National Championship. Bethel University has created a huge legacy in the sport of Bass Fishing and now we get to showcase our school to high school students from all across America -- students who we hope will make more than one trip to our campus and who will want to become a part of the Bethel Bass Fishing tradition. What a wonderful way to highlight our University on a national stage," said Garry Mason Head Bass Fishing Coach.
- Four Bethel nursing students were awarded scholarships from the Tennessee Nurses Association recently. Each district in the state is given $2,000 to give to currently enrolled nursing students, and the following students (shown l to r) were awarded $500 scholarships each: Amanda Ayers of McKenzie; Cassandra Laws of Trezevant, Nicole Hall of Big Sandy and Hannah Potts of Henry.
- Bethel will hold its Summer 2014 Commencement services on Saturday, Aug. 2 on the school’s McKenzie campus in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena.
- (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Former Bethel University President Robert Prosser received a resolution today from the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives congratulating him on his retirement and honoring his service to the University. The resolution was presented to Prosser by Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) who sponsored the congratulatory measure in the Tennessee Senate. Prosser retired as President of the University last July. The General Assembly, which had adjourned for the summer and fall months, passed the resolution upon returning for the 2014 legislative session. “Without a doubt, Robert Prosser has been one of the best Presidents ever to have served Bethel University,” said Senator Stevens. “His vision and his extraordinary entrepreneurial skills resulted in unprecedented growth, both in enrollment and academically.” Senate Joint Resolution 585 states “known as ‘The Entrepreneurial President,’ Robert Prosser has built a legacy of leadership at Bethel which shall continue to guide the university for years to come. It is fitting that this legislative body give due recognition to Robert Prosser, one of Tennessee’s most distinguished and accomplished educational leaders, on the occasion of his retirement and extend to him our best wishes for success in his every future endeavor.” The resolution notes that during Prosser’s fifteen-year tenure, a number of new academic programs were founded, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program, the Master of Business Administration program, and an on-line bachelor and master degree program in criminal justice which is one of only fourteen in the nation endorsed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates.
- Bethel University’s Department of Athletics held the First Annual Bacon and Egg Scramble at Dyersburg Municipal Golf Course in Dyersburg on Friday, May 30. The event was a fundraiser for Bethel athletics and was sponsored by Heart and Vascular Center of West Tennessee.
- Bethel’s Department of Nursing held its ceremonial nurse pinning for its spring 2014 graduates on Friday, May 9. The evening began with dinner with graduates and their families along with nursing faculty and staff. The speaker for the evening was Angel Parker, BSN, RN, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, who gave an inspiring speech on the role compassion plays in the life of a nurse. Next, awards were presented with a milestone occurring with one award. “This is the first time we have not been able to determine just one student who stood out because this is such a strong class of students,” said Mary Bess Griffith, Bethel Director of Nursing. “Therefore, the award for Excellence in Clinical Performance goes to our entire class of 2014.” Recipients of the remaining awards included: Shaniece Bond of Jackson, who received an award in Recognition of Growth & Achievement; Jennifer Roberts of Bartlett, who received an award in Recognition of Growth & Achievement; Ashton Carnahan of Waverly, who received the Excellence in Nursing Professionalism Award; Andrew McNeese of Greeneville, who received Recognition for Caring and Compassion; and Dawn Walker of McKenzie, who received the Florence Nightingale Award in Nursing. After awards, the pinning ceremony began. The nurse pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcome into the nursing profession. This year’s pinning included a new component where graduates chose someone of significance in their lives who could come forward and take part in the pinning with them. Following pinning, Florence Nightingale lamps were lit to honor the founder of modern nursing, and graduates vowed to carry Nightingale’s ideals as they recited the International Council of Nurses Pledge. Spring 2014 graduates included: Sara Anese Baker of Lawrenceburg; Shaniece Noryelle Bond of Jackson; Ashton B. Carnahan (Magna Cum Laude) of Waverly; Wendy Rebecca Cude (Magna Cum Laude) of McKenzie; Britany Leigh Dyer of Medina; Jason M. Hypes of Greenfield; Melesa Gayle Lassiter of Dresden; Linzee Devan McCollum (Cum Laude) of Lexington; Kimberly Dawn McCormick of Parsons; Elizabeth Ann McCrory of Paris; Andrew Jones McNeese of Greeneville; Melissa Ann Morales of Antioch; Scott Sampson Norris Sr. of Parsons; Ashley Lauren Peterson of Huntingdon; Jennifer Lynn Roberts of Bartlett; Steven Charles Sweatt of Paris; Dawn M. Walker of McKenzie; Deseray Shaniel Washington of Jackson; Kayla Miles Watson of Cottage Grove; and Joseph Dalton Wilder of Dyersburg.
- Judge Ben Cantrell, Chair of Bethel’s Board of Trustees, presented Bethel Interim President Walter Butler with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Bethel during 3 p.m. Commencement services on Saturday, May 10. The degree was awarded to Butler after the board voted to bestow the honor. A Doctor of Humane Letters is an honorary degree conferred to those who have distinguished themselves in fields such as those of science, religion, literature or government. “This is truly the most meaningful honor I’ve ever received,” Butler said.
- Bethel University held graduation ceremonies May 10 on the school’s McKenzie campus in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena. Seven hundred two students were spring 2014 graduates while 504 students were graduates from the December 2013 ceremonies that were cancelled due to inclement weather. Three ceremonies were held throughout the day to accommodate the large number of graduates. The following degrees were awarded: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration. The Honorable Barrett Rich, a Tennessee State Representative, was the Spring 2014 Commencement speaker, while the Rev. Leonard Turner, minister of Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn., was the speaker for the rescheduled December 2013 ceremony. Photos from graduation will be posted to Bethel's Facebook soon.
- Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences held its annual academic awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 22. Those receiving awards were as follows: Student Marshal Scholarship- Caitlin Runions of Dyersburg & Brittney Guyer of Savannah Naomi Blanks English Award- C.J. Cassell of Nashville Humanities Highest GPA award- Devin Lambert of Paris Humanities Creative Project award- Megan Parker of Jackson Outstanding Business Student of the Year- Dao Thi Hong Nguyen of Ho Chi Minh Distinguished Theater Student- Elena Spradlin of McKenzie & Cody Allen of Millington Kathy Sacks Art Award- Samantha Evans of Paris Senior Biology Award- Holly Pierce of Jackson Physics 200 Award- Shelby Evans of Camden, Ramon Padilla of McKenzie & Holly Pierce of Jackson Senior Psychology Award- Kenisha Dowell of Paris Sociology Student of the year- Nikki Barnhill of Paris Human Service Award- Lindsey Johnson of Jackson Rowe Gene McMahen Service Award- Megan Parker of Jackson History Award- Ashley Whitworth of Paris & Miranda Ornouski of Pine Grove, CA Freshman Music Award- Erica Cuevas of Hohenwald Music Achievement Award- Brad Ray of Selmer Music Industry Studies Award- Cody Allen of Millington Outstanding Criminal Justice Student- Katie Pope of Decaturville & David Ivy of Gleason Fall 2013 Outstanding Student teacher- Joseph Dickinson of Dyer Spring 2014 Outstanding Student teacher- Emily Maggard of Paris Servant Leadership Award- Kayla Dyer of Dresden Cumberland Presbyterian Women’s Ministries Award- Andrea Marulanda of Cali, Colombia Florence Nightingale Model Student Nurse Award- Dawn Walker of McKenzie Crucifer Scholarship- Jonah Lusk of Stantonville Outstanding Tutor Award- Sarriah Johnson of Milan & Juan Hernandez of Madrid Laddie H. Lollar Academic Award- Landon Hardison of Fairview Roy and Mary Shelton Teaching Excellence & Campus Leadership Award- Dr. Jon Carlock, Professor of Religion; The Roy and Mary Shelton Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award was established in 1994 to honor a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding teaching and important leadership in the campus community during the academic year. NAIA Team Highest GPA Award- Softball NAIA Male Athlete Award- Jacob Reeves of Cedarhill NAIA Female Athlete of the Year Award- Katie VanDyke of Puryear NAIA Coach of the Year Award- Chris Nelson Club Sport Team Highest GPA Award- Dance Club Sport Coach of the Year- John Thompson Sorority& Fraternity of the Year- Lambda Sigma and Phi Delta Sigma Mr. & Miss. Greek- Mr. Dillon Cottrell of Trimble & Jenna Franklin of Paducah, Ky. Mr. & Miss. Bethel- Mr. Tyler West of Goodlettsville & Ms. Brooke Childers of Milan Student Organization of the Year- Baptist Collegiate Ministry SGA Service Award- Erin Swindle of Tampa, Fla., & Landon Hardison of Fairview Staff Member of the Year- Mr. Cliff Bush Faculty Member of the Year- Dr. Hector Tato, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice