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  •   Several students from Bethel's Academic Theatre Department are participating in the 2013 Echoes of the Past cemetery walk through McKenzie's historic Mount Olivet Cemetery.   The event will take place on April 12 from 1 - 4:30 p.m. and again on April 13th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Re-enactors will portray some of McKenzie’s former citizens.    Meet Dr. Jabez Pugh Cannon, Mrs. Carrie Whitten Gilbert and her husband James Monroe Gilbert, Charles Smith (survivor of the Sultana), Mrs. Sally Sharp Gaines Ridley, and Nathan W. McNeill.   Echoes of the Past is an entertaining way of getting acquainted with local history.  There is no charge to attend, however donations are accepted.  Vehicles are allowed if needed.
  •   On Wednesday, April 3, 12 students from the Human Services Department at Bethel University traveled to Thistle Farms, a social enterprise in Middle Tennessee that is run by the women of Magdalene, a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets.  While at Thistle Farms, the students participated in the morning devotional, toured the facility, and then served alongside the women of Magdalene in the farm’s paper making department.      In the weeks prior to the trip, these Bethel students participated in what Thistle Farmers refer to as "harvesting cotton."  The students collected and donated nearly 700 cotton t-shirts which will be turned into rag paper. This paper will then be made into cards, journals, and other items by the women of Magdalene. These products (along with a line of bath and body products) are available in more than 200 stores in Tennessee and across the country. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of Thistle Farms products go back into the program that benefits the women of Magdalene.       The belief behind Magdalene is that love is the most powerful force for change in the world and their dream is that people will come to see Thistle Farms as a humble but powerful business synonymous with women’s freedom.       In attendance were students:  Zac Hannaford, Dylan Fussell, Jennifer Hamilton, Connie Oliver, Hayley Hatch, Lauren Stamps, Jessie Settles, Lindsay Johnson, Sabrina Sevah, Megan Parker, Kristen Birdwell, and Kayla Clanton. They were accompanied by Ms. Stacie Freeman, a faculty member in Bethel’s College of Liberal Arts.         Please visit www.thistlefarms.org for more information about their work and their vision.
  •   All types of creative projects will be displayed in this year’s Bethel Humanities Creative Arts Exhibit April 15-17. The projects are part of a sophomore survey two-semester humanities class at Bethel University. The projects include all types of art media.      The exhibit will be free and open to the public in Waddle Recital Hall in Bethel’s Dickey Fine Arts Building on the school’s McKenzie campus. Viewing times are as follows: Monday, April 15 from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, April 16 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 17 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.      For more information about Bethel University’s 2013 humanities exhibit, contact Sharon Scruton at scrutons@bethelu.edu.
  •   The Bethel University Department of Music is scheduled to present a number of upcoming concerts and musical events beginning with a Recital Hour this Friday, April 5, at noon in the L.J. Turner Recital Hall in the Marrs-Stockton Music Building. On Monday, April 8, the Department of Music will present a Percussion Ensemble concert at 7 p.m. in Bouldin Auditorium in the Dickey Fine Arts Building. On Tuesday, April 9, the Bethel University Wind Ensemble will present a concert in Bouldin Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. A Symphonic Band concert will follow on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m., also in Bouldin Auditorium. On Monday, April 15, the Department of Music will present a Faculty Voice Recital featuring Dr. Hope Thacker and Dr. Alan Cross. This event will begin at 7 p.m., in the L.J. Turner Recital Hall. Finally, on Tuesday, April 16, the Department of Music will present a Jazz Band concert at 7 p.m. in the L.J. Turner Recital Hall. All events are free and open to the public. For additional questions about any of these concert events, contact Dr. Keith Herris at 731-352-4205 or at herrisk@bethelu.edu.
  •   The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre Program will offer two final performances of “Hairspray” at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon April 12 & 13. The shows will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at www.dixiepac.net or at the door. For ticket information contact the Dixie Box Office at (731) 986-2100. “Hairspray” will delight audiences by sweeping them away to 1960's Baltimore, where you meet Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with a HUGE heart!  She has a very strong desire to be a dancer and gets her chance when she earns a spot on the local dance T.V. program, "The Corny Collins Show." Overnight she finds herself transformed from a girl just trying to fit in, to a star! Can this larger-than-life teenager defeat the show’s reigning princess, integrate it, and find true love all without messing up her hair?  With arguably one of the most upbeat and catchy scores of all time, “Hairspray” includes tunes such as “Good Morning Baltimore,” “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” “Big, Blonde and Beautiful,” “It Takes Two,” “Welcome to the 60’s,” “I Can Hear The Bells” and more.  This production is Directed by Brian Hill; Music Direction by Lisa Powell; Choreography by Aubrey Doyle The cast includes: Katie McGill, Chelsea Fuller, Drew Montoya, David French, Jason Wade, Lauren Lay, Mallory Sellers, Mary Grace Stockdale, Sarah Wilson, Hannah Witten, Allin Montford, Cody Allen, Jordan Nichols, Jamie Sullivan, Erika Blake, Jacob Estes, Heather Voytek, Alyssa Hassell, Megan Ellis, Kaylea Goodman, Beth Operia, Elizabeth Cook, Anna Cary, Molly Willis, Kristen Reynolds, Naomi Mahoney, Joy Pointe, Alexis Ward, China Mcfarland, Najah Turner, Carmen Myers, Valencia Averyheart, Kyiara Jackson, Darnell Neder, Josh Randle, Josh Shaw, Ralph Morgan, Ben Montoya, Daulton Burns,Vincent Pupo, Kelsey Wynn, Jalen Ellison, Will Hill, John Dyson, Isaiah Johnson, James Turk, Ethan Williams, Victoria Motherall, Kelsey Collins, Megan Norris, Karissa Corder, Brad Jackson, and Justin Ripley.
  •   Bethel University is proud to present an evening with legendary Basketball Coach and ESPN Analyst Bobby Knight Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the campus of Bethel University. Knight currently serves as a basketball analyst for ESPN. He retired as the winningest coach in NCAA history with 902 wins-mostly coming at Indiana University and Texas Tech University. He also coached at West Point. While at Indiana, Knight led his teams to three NCAA championships, one National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship, and 11 Big Ten Conference championships. He received the National Coach of the Year honor four times and the Big Ten Coach of the Year honor eight times. In 1984, he coached the USA men's Olympic team to a gold medal, becoming one of only three basketball coaches to win an NCAA title, NIT title, and an Olympic gold medal. Coach Knight was one of college basketball's most successful and innovative coaches, having perfected and popularized the motion offense. He has also been praised for running clean programs (none of his teams were ever sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations) and graduating most of his players. The event will serve as an athletic fundraising event to ensure the continued growth of the 30 Bethel athletic programs. This past year these programs involved the university providing over 800 students an opportunity to earn a top notch college education as a student athlete.  Tickets  are still available and can be purchased in the Bethel University Bookstore, via phone at (731) 352-6445.  Fans can pay by cash or check. Most credit cards will also be accepted. Ticket prices include: Table of Ten-$1250, Floor seats-$125(includes seat at table with meal), Chairback Seats-$20, Bleacher Seats-$10, Student Bleacher-$5 All seating is reserved seating.
  •   Over Bethel University’s 2013 spring break, 14 students, faculty, and staff members from the College of Health Sciences traveled to southern Belize to set up medical clinics and administer free medical care. The mission team organized five clinics in five different villages seeing close to 700 patients during the week. Medical care included: assessment of nutritional status and overall health needs, administration of worm medication and vitamins, treatment for parasitic disease, nutritional deficiency, minor skin and respiratory infections, as well as more serious problems that required follow up care, and education about hygiene and illness/disease prevention. Patients went through the clinics as families and first registered at the triage table. Their name, age, weight, and symptoms were recorded. Three treatment stations were set up with one physician assistant student and one nursing student at each station Each team collaborated to administer care. Once families were registered they went to one of the treatment stations. Before leaving, each family was given a Bible and a care package that included soap, washcloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toys, etc. In addition to seeing close to 700 patients and passing out care packages, the team also distributed bags of food to the widows, orphans, and elderly of each village. The medical team was hosted by Gaither Evangelistic Ministries headed by Randy Gaither. The College of Health Sciences at Bethel University plans to travel annually to facilitate medical clinics for the people of Belize. Team members included Joseph Hames, Patrick Cafferty, Delecia Parker, Eugene Platt, Matthew Johnson, Tricia Greenwell, Anna Beasley, Christina Aguirre, Ashton Carnahan, Melissa Morales, Kimberly McCormick, Holland Hames, Joshua Sumner, and Candace Salcido. 
  •   “We Shall See Jesus” a Renaissance Easter Celebration will take place at Bouldin Auditorium on campus at Bethel University March 24th at 6:30pm. Admission is free. The show will feature the Renaissance Choir as well as Vocal Authority, The Bethel Bluegrass Band, and The Renaissance Gospel Quartet.   The Renaissance program at Bethel University is a unique, high energy extra curricular program designed to offer substantial scholarships to performers, as well as give them the opportunity to perform all over the world.  Consisting of three core programs-Vocal, Theatrical, and Instrumental-Renaissance attracts a wide variety of talented students.  For more information on the show please contact the Renaissance Office (731) 393-0405 ex. 202. Please join us for this joyous occasion!
  •   Kansas City, Mo. –The No. 24 Bethel University Lady Wildcats will be making their fourth appearance in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship Series which begins March 13 in Frankfort, Kentucky at the Franklin Convention Center. Bethel appeared in the championship in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The Lady Wildcats advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2011. Bethel is 2-3 in the championship series. Bethel will face No. 11 Benedictine College in first round action Thursday night, March 14 at 8:45 p.m.  It is the first championship series appearance ever for the Lady Ravens. The Matchup: The Lady Cats enter the game with a 21 -10 record. The Lady Cats are coming off a 68-54 loss to No. 1 ranked Freed-Hardeman in the semi-finals of the TranSouth Athletic Conference tournament. Bethel was 4-4 in conference play during the regular   season. Bethel was 16-2 at home this year. The Lady Cats were 5-8 in road games and did not play a neutral site game during the 2012-13 season. Bethel played five teams this season who are in the 32-team field. Benedictine was 27-5 on the season and qualified by being the Heart of America Athletic Conference regular season runner-up. They had a 16-3 conference mark and won 14 of their 17 home games. BC was 13-2 on the road.  They are coming off a 78-70 conference tournament loss to Central Methodist. On the Air: Cat and Lady Cat basketball can be heard on WEIO, 100.9, The Farm, with pre-game action beginning thirty minutes prior to tip-off. Dave McCulley, Adam Welch, and Derrick Hubble call the action. Fans can also listen at www.thefarmradio.com. Coaches: Chris Nelson is in his seventh season as head coach of the Lady Wildcats. He is 135 -86 in his career. He has carried the Lady Wildcats to all four of their NAIA Division I championship series appearances. Chad Folsom is in his 12th season as the head coach at Benedictine.  He is 259-131 with the Ravens. His teams have averaged 21-plus win seasons 11 straight seasons. Coach Nelson's Comment's: "We are ecstatic to be playing this time of year. We are very proud of the work our girls have been able to accomplish and getting our program back to the National Tournament. The journey to get to this point is always long, but the reward of getting here and competing against 31 other teams for a National Championship is something special. Only two teams in the whole field have ever won the tourney (OK City/ Vanguard) so we feel like it is wide open. It is a fun time of year and our girls are ready to enjoy it. We will prep for Benedictine and come up with a game plan, but the goal is for us to be the best version of our team we can possibly be and we feel like that is good enough."   Did You Know? Bethel is 18-2 when they lead at the half. They are 3-7 when they trail at the break. The Lady Cars are 0-1 when tied at the break. The Lady Cats are 19-2 when they out rebound their opponent. They are 2-7 when they are out rebounded. They are 0-1 when tied in a game. Bethel is 19-5 when they force their opponent into more turnovers. They are 2-4 when they commit more turnovers. They are 0-1 when they are tied in turnovers. Bethel is 15-1 when they outshoot their opponent. They are 6-9 when outshot. The Lady Cats are 12-3 when they make more free throws. They are 8-5 when the opponent makes more free throws in a game. They are 1-2 when tied in free throws. Bethel is 16-5 when they make more three's in a contest. They are 2-4 when the opponent makes more three's in a game. Bethel is 3-1 when tied in three-pointers. The Lady Cats are 18-3 when they have more steals in a game. They are 2-6 when the opponent has more. They are 1-1 when they are tied in steals. Bethel is 16-2 at home. They are 5-8 on the road. The Lady Cats are 11-8 at night and 10- 2 in day games. Bethel is 12th in the country in three-pointers made per contest at 6.8 per game. Benedictine is 13th in the nation averaging 6.7 three's made per game. The Lady Cats are 14th in scoring offense per game at 73.1. Four Lady Wildcats average in double figures in scoring per game. Alisha Gentry averages 14.4 points per game. Jasmine Taylor pops in 12.7 points per contest. Jackliann Street averages 10.8 points per game. Perica Glenn is averaging 10.9 points per contest. Glenn has scored in double figures in nine of Bethel's last ten games. Glenn is shooting 55 percent from the foul line on the season but has hit over 75 percent from there in her last 14 games. Katie Van Dyke has hit 147 three-point field goals in her Bethel career.  She is one point from 500 in her career at Bethel. Her 65 three's this season ties her for sixth most in a season with Kayla McSweeney (01-02). Jasmine Taylor surpassed the 600 career point mark against Blue Mountain Saturday. She has scored 632 points as a Lady Wildcat. The 45 points scored by Lorna Hudson against Morthland is the national scoring high in any single game in the nation this season. Bethel had four players named as TranSouth Conference Scholar Athletes. Congratulations to Halie Miller, Lorna Hudson, Jasmine Porter, and Camille Copper for their efforts on and off the court. Alisha Gentry and Jasmine Taylor were named to the TSAC All-Conference squad. Lorna Hudson and Jackliann Street were named to the all-freshman team with Street being named as the Freshman of the Year. Bethel is 3-0 when scoring 100 points or more in a game. Bethel is 2-0 when the score in the 90's. They are 5-0 when scoring in the 80's. The Lady Cats are 5-1 when scoring in the 70's. They are 4-3 when in the 60's. The Lady Cats are 1-4 when scoring in the 50's and 1-2 when scoring in the 40's. The Ravens are led in scoring by junior Justice Payne who averages 12.7 points per game. She has hit a school record 87 three-pointers this season.  The Ravens are 10th in the nation in team three's made with 216. Senior Kelsey Anselmi is seventh in the nation averaging 5.5 assists per game. She has 177 assists on the year and is 13 shy of setting a new single season school record.
  •   Potential traditional undergraduate students can get a good idea of what Bethel University is all about Saturday, March 16, by attending an Open House hosted by the College of Liberal Arts Office of Enrollment Services. Held on Bethel’s McKenzie campus, the Open House will allow students to tour the campus and to meet with campus representatives. Additionally, students will get the chance to interact with current Bethel University students.      Those who wish to attend the March 16 Open House are encouraged to contact Bethel’s Office of Enrollment Services either by phone at 731-352-4030 or by e-mail at admissions@bethelu.edu.

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