- Bethel University has selected Emily Hunt of Paris as the 2016 Hendrix Scholarship winner. Megan Stevens of Stantonville is the runner-up. Bethel University’s most prestigious scholarship, the Hendrix Scholarship Competition, is a premier program established in 1988 by Mr. Willard R. Hendrix of Nashville, Tenn. The competition is for traditional undergraduate prospective students. As the winner of the competition, Hunt has earned a full tuition, room and board scholarship to Bethel University for four years. Stevens, the runner-up, has earned a full tuition scholarship to Bethel for four years. Hunt is the daughter of D.J. Hunt and Mary Smith. She attends Henry County High School. A member of Paris First United Methodist Church, Hunt plans to major in psychology. Stevens is the daughter of Jess Stevens and Anita Stevens. She attended McNairy Central High School, and her intended major at Bethel will be business. A member of 4th Street Church of Christ, Stevens is also interested in Bethel’s Renaissance Performing Arts Program.
- Bethel University invites you to “Easter with Renaissance”, Sunday April 3, at 6 PM. This event will feature all aspects of the Renaissance Program.
- On Tuesday, March 22 at 7 pm, the Bethel University Singers, soloists, and chamber orchestra under the direction of Dr. Brian E. Paulis, will present Handel’s Messiah at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon, Tenn. (www.dixiepac.net) This event is free and open to the public, and the audience may participate in singing selected choruses from the work. BYOM: Bring your own Messiah. What better way to prepare for the celebration of Easter? This is a non-ticketed event, and seating is available on a first-come, first served basis. A freewill offering will be taken at intermission to defray costs for this performance.
- 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.”
- The latest issue of Bethel University's Captions Magazine is here! Click on the magazine above to read it.
- Bethel University’s Academic Theatre will present the play, The Odd Couple” in both male and female versions beginning Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. “The Odd Couple,” a play by Neil Simon, revolves around two mismatched roommates: the neat, uptight Felix Ungar and the slovenly, easygoing Oscar Madison. Simon adapted the play in 1985 to feature a pair of female roommates (Florence Ungar and Olive Madison) in “The Female Odd Couple.” Bethel Academic Theatre will show both versions. All performances will be in Bouldin Auditorium of the Dickey Fine Arts Building on Bethel’s McKenzie campus. The male version of the play will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 23, Thursday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 27. Each of these performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The female version will have two 7:30 p.m. performances – one on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and the other on Friday, Feb. 26. A 2 p.m. matinee performance of the female version will be held Saturday, Feb. 27. Admission is $7 at the door of each performance. Bethel students, faculty and staff get in free with ID. Note: The presentation does contain mature themes and is recommended for mature audiences only.
- Bethel University’s most prestigious scholarship, the Hendrix Scholarship Competition, was 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.