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  •   Katherine Koestner, a national expert on student safety and wellness issues, will speak at Bethel University Wednesday night, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Crisp Arena. The event, sponsored by the Department of Housing and Student Life, is part of a month-long event to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. The event is free and open to the public, and high school students as well as church youth and adult groups are encouraged to attend.      Ms. Koestner has presented to more than one million students in the U.S. As the first victim of date rape to speak out nationally and publically about her experience at The College of William and Mary, she appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine in June of 1991. HBO made a movie about her story in 1993. Ms. Koestner has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Lifetime Television, Italian TV, The Jane Whitney Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, and dozens of other news programs. She has given interviews for the Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Journal of Higher Education, and countless other national and regional publications.      Ms. Koestner’s appearance and press conference on Capitol Hill with Congressman Jim Ramstad helped to encourage Congress, and later President George H. Bush, to pass the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights into law in 1992. Ms. Koestner has keynoted over 200 conferences including the East and West Coast 4th Annual Student Conferences on Campus Sexual Violence in 1995, as well as on behalf of the New Mexico School Boards Association, the association of Maryland Independent Schools, the Pennsylvania State Educators’ Association, and the U.S. Department of Defense. She has presented at the national conferences for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and the Association for Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA).      At age 21, Ms. Koestner was asked to present to the incoming students at MIT, Dartmouth University, West Point, the US Naval Academy, Brown University, Amherst College, Williams College, Colorado College and many other top universities. She continues to regularly present for students and is under contract with public and private secondary and post-secondary schools throughout the country, ranging from Phillips Andover Academy and the Lawrenceville School to Brown University and Colorado College. To date, she has presented on student safety issues at over 1,500 schools in forty-nine states, Canada and numerous other international locations.      Ms. Koestner has served as a consultant to schools on the revision and development of their sexual misconduct and technology policies and response protocols. She is the architect of The Complete Sexual Misconduct Reduction and Response System and The Customizable Model Acceptable Use Policy in place at schools across the country. She has partnered with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars’ Foundation to work with students in twenty-four public schools in Jacksonville, Florida. The U.S. Department of Education asked Ms. Koestner to work with Tipper Gore and Bonnie Campbell in its initiative to help women at risk for sexual violence. She founded “The I Club,” a national high school peer leadership organization focusing on respectful relationships, and she directs the foundation for Take Back the Night, an international organization dedicated to ending sexual violence.      In 2002, Ms. Koestner worked with MIT to create “LifeLessons: Sexual Assault 101,” an interactive CD ROM for high school and college students. In 2003, she wrote and directed two films with national award-winning Top Hat Productions: “Please Write Back: Sexual Assault among America’s Students” and “Helping a Sexual Assault Survivor.” These thirty-minute educational videos are used by schools and rape crisis centers across the country to educate students in health classes and other community awareness programs, as well as to train faculty, police officers, coaches and other responders on the appropriate steps to take in assisting a student who reports a sexual assault experience. In 2008, Ms. Koestner developed the first Virtual Sexual Assault Response Training Center for schools, utilizing subject matter experts from Colorado College, Harvard University, the University of San Diego, Franklin and Marshall College, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and top education attorneys. This online platform enables any school to provide affordable, consistent, high-quality training and resources for their staff.      Ms. Koestner’s latest energies have focused on the risks and responsibilities for students and schools with respect to technology in its many forms. She has assisted schools and school districts in developing proactive policies, procedures, risk management strategies, and educational programs around such topics as social networking sites, video phone usage, text and instant messaging, boundary setting for faculty and staff members, online gaming, identity theft, defamation of character, bullying, harassment, sexual exploitation, and a myriad of other ramifications of technology.      In 2006, Ms. Koestner developed an online education series, Parent-Connect, a powerful program that brings together parents nationwide through the internet to hear from national experts on a variety of student wellness and parenting issues, such as depression, learning differences, harassment, substance use, and high risk drinking. Additionally, her foray into the benefits of technology has also enabled her to direct an annual program to assist schools in updating their policies and procedures on an emerging issue each spring in order to stay ahead of the fast-paced curve of today’s ever-changing educational landscape. She has been asked to assist fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Military, large public school districts, national public television groups, Canadian university presidents, and numerous other groups with their technology education programs.      In 2009, the U.S. Ambassador to India asked Ms. Koestner to lead the first campaign to raise awareness about violence against women in India. Ms. Koestner also keynoted the First National Take Back the Night Conference at Columbia University in November 2009, and has since become a highlight for boarding schools in annually reviewing top risk issues.      April 2010 became the first year for Take Back the Night to hold its Ten Points of Light to Take Back the Night Campaign. Her tireless campaign for safety and respect continue to lead her down new avenues toward that end. In 2010, she launched Dragonfly learning, an online educational series for parents, students and schools.      In 2011, Ms. Koestner’s Foundation, Take Back the Night, was chosen by the TV Show, The Good Wife, as their charity of choice for their first ever Celebrity Golf Tournament. In November 2011, the Girl Scouts of America selected Ms. Koestner, Katie Couric, and a handful of others as honored women leaders to present for their 125th Anniversary Celebration. January 2012 marks the first Thaw Out the Night Benefit for Take Back the Night.
  •   The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the six 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Regional Coaches of the Year, all of whom are finalists for the Pat Summitt Trophy to be presented to the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year.  They are: * Region 1 – Shelley Jarrard, Westminster College * Region 2 – Drew Olson, Concordia University (Neb.) * Region 3 – Dale Neal, Freed-Hardeman University * Region 4 – Mike Williams, Davenport University * Region 5 – Ginger Colvin, Campbellsville University * Region 6 – Chris Nelson, Bethel University (Tenn.)   The 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year will be named during the Fifth Annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 6, in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®. "The WBCA congratulates these six outstanding coaches on being named finalists for the Pat Summitt Trophy, presented to the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "Each coach was selected as a finalist by their peers after leading their respective teams to exceptional seasons. The WBCA appreciates and applauds each coach's commitment to their student-athletes, institutions, and communities." "The Marine Corps congratulates the finalists for the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NAIA National Coach of Year," said Lieutenant Colonel Brian C. Proctor, Assistant Chief of Staff Diversity, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. "The hard work and dedication needed to achieve this recognition from their peers exemplifies the Marine Corps leadership values of honor, courage and commitment." The United States Marine Corps and the WBCA present the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the legendary University of Tennessee coach, to the United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coach of the Year annually in each of the six WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; junior/community college and high school). This is the 31st year since 1983 that the WBCA has presented this honor to an NAIA head coach. For a list of past recipients, visit WBCA.org. # # # About the WBCA: Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.
  • Due to extensive inclement weather, The Bethel University Fitness Expo and Wildcat Fitness Classic, which were originally scheduled for March 27 and 28, have been postponed until further notice. Unexpected school closings from the winter storms earlier this year have made drastic changes to all organizations on campus for scheduled events.
  •   Luke Cagle of Linden, Tenn., is Bethel University’s 2015 Hendrix Scholarship winner. Cagle was chosen based on competition examination scores and an interview process.     As the winner of the prestigious Hendrix Scholarship, Cagle will earn full tuition, room and board at Bethel. Cagle attends Perry County High School and New Life Christian Church. Cagle, who plans to major in business with an emphasis in accounting, is the son of Ginger and Gil Cagle.      Vernon “Trey” Cook III of McEwen, Tenn., is the runner-up in the competition and will earn full tuition. Cook attends McEwen High School and attends Westgate Church in Dickson, Tenn. The son of Ann Marie and Vernon Ray Cook, he plans to major in Christian Studies.      Cagle and Cook 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 27th year in 2015. 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.
  • Students from any major can sign up to take SOC 490 (Global Service Learning), a course offered by Bethel's Sociology department that provides students with opportunities to learn and serve around the globe. This year's service project will take place in Cali, Colombia June 1-10, 2015 and will involve teaching English at Colegio Americano, a school affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
  • Bethel University Renaissance will present “Easter with Renaissance” this weekend Friday March 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday March 21 at 2 p.m.
  • Potential traditional undergraduate students can get a good idea of what Bethel University is all about this Saturday, March 21, by attending an Open House hosted by the Bethel University College of Arts and Sciences Office of Enrollment Services. Held on the McKenzie campus, the Open House will allow students to tour the campus and to meet with campus representatives.
  • For the first time in Bethel fitness history, the Bethel University Fitness Society will be hosting an open fitness competition, the Wildcat Fitness Classic. After years of providing a fitness contest for students, the Fitness Society is now providing a show for the public to get involved.
  • The Bethel University Art Department will present its first art exhibition of Spring 2015 in the Kathy Sacks Art Gallery located in the lobby of the Dickey Fine Arts Building with a solo exhibition showcasing work of Nashville photographer John Thomas Collins.  Mr.
  •   Thirteen Bethel University Renaissance students spent the day with Mark Lowry and Kevin Williams and had the chance to record with them in the TMC studio in Nashville, Tenn. The group was a variety of students from Bethel’s Renaissance Choir, Vocal Authority, the Quartet and the Renaissance Theatre program. "Our students did an incredible job! I couldn't be more proud of their professionalism and overall talent," commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. Some of the biggest names in gospel music have made contributions to this project through singing, playing, or producing. A couple of those names include Bill Gaither, The Martins, Dailey and Vincent, Kevin Williams, Greg Ritchie, and Bethel's own Matthew Holt. Holt played piano on several songs, as well as arranged and produced a song that Lowry and the Martins sang. The project is set to release this March.

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