- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
- Bethel University has been ranked 2nd in the nation in the BestColleges.com list of Best Online Christian Liberal Arts Colleges for 2015. The list, found at www.bestcolleges.com, included Liberty University (Virginia) at number one followed by Bethel, the University of Findlay (Ohio), Indiana Wesleyan University (Indiana), and Southeastern University (Florida) to fill the top five positions.
- The Rev. Kip J. Rush, will be the speaker for Bethel University’s Spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 9. Rush received his Bachelor of Arts from Bethel College in 1986. He is a life-long Cumberland Presbyterian and was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in 1990 after earning his Masters of Divinity at Memphis Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. He is currently the pastor of the Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, Tenn., where he has served for the past 10 years. He also serves on the Youth Ministry Planning Council for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium Production Team. In Nashville Presbytery, he serves on the Committee on Ministry for Ordained Clergy. Rush met his wife, Jodi Hearn, while they were cheerleading together at Bethel. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Madison, who is a 2015 Bethel graduate, and Devin, who is a sophomore at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich. When weather permits, Rush can be found in the woods around fairways looking for his golf ball, and being a Texan -- he loves watching the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys. Rush and wife, Jodi, have also served as co-presidents of the Bethel Alumni Association. Commencement will be held in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena located in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on the school’s McKenzie campus. Undergraduates from all programs will graduate at 10 a.m.; Graduates from all programs will graduate at 1 p.m. Prospective graduates and family members with questions, please contact the registrar of your program for additional information.
- Spring 2015 Graduation will be Saturday, May 9. There will be two services: Undergraduates from all programs will graduate at 10 a.m.; Graduates from all programs will graduate at 1 p.m.