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  •   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.”
  • On Saturday, July 19, 2014, the Bethel Physician Assistant program class of 2016 hosted its 1st annual Junior PA Day.  Approximately 90-100 children were in attendance for the event. 
  •   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 carlockm@bethelu.edu. 
  •   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.

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