- Florence, Ala. -The Bethel University Bass Cats took first place in a huge victory this past week during very tough competition from over 165 other Bass teams in Florence Alabama. Day one saw Bethel's Cody Ross and Dewey Swims with an expressive five fish limit weighing in at 23.07 pounds. Not far behind the dynamic duo were teams from UT Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech University as well as another Bethel Bass Cat team consisting of Zack Parker and Matt Roberts. Murray State would round out the top five teams at the end of day one. Day two would start out at a chilly 45 degrees and breezy conditions for the field of collegiate anglers. As the Sun warmed the Tennessee River impoundment of beautiful Pickwick Lake, things heated up for all three of the Bethel Wildcat Bass Teams. Only a few of the 168 teams had reached the weigh in site when Bethel's Parker and Roberts walked to the scales. As the huge sack of five fish was weighed, the total for the second day was tabulated at 25.88 pounds topped by the big fish of the tournament weighing in at 7.87 pounds. This put Parker and Roberts' two day total weigh at 46.76 pounds. Holding the other top four teams back until the entire field had weighed- in created a huge amount of tension for Zack and Matt especially knowing that their teammates had done so well during the first day of competition. Tennessee Tech weighed in second to last and tipped the scales at a two day total of 44.27 pounds with Bethel's team of Ross and Swims headed to the scales next. The crowd of over four hundred fans and spectators watched as the day one leaders placed their fish on the scales. The second day weight of 20.78 pounds would not be enough to unseat their teammates from Bethel but would vault the to third place as Tennessee Tech took second place. Hats off to Bethel's team of Jake Lawrence and Jacob Hardy for their 16th place finish. After having motor trouble on day one just minutes after the blast off, the guys had to be towed back to the dock. They were then allowed to take another boat and head back out onto the lake. Their total for the two day tournament was an impressive 35.03 pounds The Bethel Wildcat Bass Team was crowned Boat U S Collegiate Bass Fishing National Champions for 2013 Statistics can be found at www.collegiatebassfishingchampionship.com Bethel Coach Garry Mason commented on the effort and championship. "Both myself and Coach Louden are very proud of our team. These great young anglers have represented our university on a national platform and have performed without flaw throughout our whole fishing season. Congratulations to Bethel University and thanks to everyone for supporting the Bethel University Collegiate National Championship Bass Fishing Team."
- Bethel University was host to a community wide Renewable Energy Forum on Friday, May 17 in the Board Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. The event was planned by the Tennessee Renewable Energy Economic Council (TREEDC). TREEDC Mayors McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride and Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley helped to coordinate the event. Other sponsors included Pathway Lending, the Tennessee Soybean Association, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative. Presentations included information on the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative, the Tennessee Technology Center of McKenzie’s Green Initiatives, the benefits of compressed gas, converting fleets to natural gas, solar renewable energy programs, grant writing tips to attain money for renewable resource projects, and many other topics as well. TREEDC is a statewide network of 92 city and county mayors and businesses working together to create a path to fast-track renewables in Tennessee. Its mission is to promote and connect renewable energy with economic development and energy efficiency for all Tennessee communities.
- Mobile, Ala. –The Bethel Wildcat Men's Tennis squad lost to Cumberland University 5-2 Wednesday in the 2013 Men's Tennis National Championship in Mobile, Alabama. The Wildcats' only two losses were to CU as the Bulldogs were the only team to have beaten Bethel during the regular season, doing so back on March 27 in McKenzie. Cumberland beat Mobile 9-0 Tuesday to advance to the match-up against the Wildcats. CU faces No 2 seeded Auburn Montgomery in the Quarterfinals Thursday at 9 a.m. AUM beat Graceland 5-0 Wednesday to advance. AUM is 19 -4 on the season. The No. 7 seeded Wildcats qualified for the national event with an automatic bid after winning the AMWC/HAAC/TranSouth Conference tournament. The Wildcats finished 20 -2 on the season and were ranked 7th in the nation in the final regular season poll of the year. This was Bethel's fourth appearance in the national tournament and marked the first appearance for Bethel since 2009. Bethel is 3-4 all-time in national tournament matches. Peter Baca, Robin Demasse, Eduardo Espinar, Travis Hyman, Nilola Salvik, Kristian Takac, and Paolo Vecchi represented the university in Mobile. The squad is coached by Rafael Delgado who is assisted by Ernesto Escamilla Jr. Escamilla was named the ITA Men's Assistant Coach of the Year earlier this week.
- David Lankford of McKenzie, who taught Mathematics at Bethel for more than four decades, was presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during Spring 2013 Commencement to honor his years of service and leadership to the school's Math Department.
- 601 students graduated from Bethel University during the school’s Spring 2013 Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 4. Commencement was held in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus, and Roy Herron, Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party and a former legislator, was the Commencement speaker. Herron kept his remarks very brief sharing a couple of stories that conveyed what he wanted the graduates to remember. “Your life will be as you will it to be,” Herron said. “And nothing can separate you from the love of God.” Students graduated with the following degrees: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
- Roy Herron, former legislator and current Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, will deliver the Commencement address at Bethel University’s spring 2013 Commencement. Bethel’s Commencement ceremonies will be this Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m., in the school’s Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on Wildcat Lane on the McKenzie campus. Roy Herron graduated from UT-Martin with highest honors, studied New Testament and Ethics in Scotland as a Rotary Scholar, then became one of Vanderbilt University’s first two joint Divinity and Law graduates. He worked part-time as a minister and began making his living as a country lawyer and small businessman. He began public service by working on the staffs of his Dresden neighbor, then-Speaker Ned McWherter, and then-Congressman Al Gore when he ran for the U.S. Senate. He was elected to Governor Ned McWherter’s Tennessee House seat, and served there and then in the Tennessee Senate where his colleagues elected him Democratic Floor Leader and Democratic Caucus Chair. He authored literally dozens of laws strengthening ethics, enabling health care, attacking crime, helping victims, and protecting children, workers, whistleblowers and freedoms. Herron held over 1,000 listening meetings, more than any other Tennessee legislator, while attending 1,292 floor sessions, every single session for 26 years except the day his youngest son was being born. He also worked on Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaigns, serving as Gore’s Tennessee state director in 2000. In 2010, Herron won the Democratic nomination seeking to fill Congressman John Tanner’s seat representing Middle and West Tennessee. He earned all eight newspaper endorsements, including those of the Nashville, Jackson and Memphis dailies. In January 2013, Herron concluded his service in the Tennessee Senate and was elected Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party. Herron is the author of three books about faith, family and political humor. He and his “bride” of 26 years, Nancy, a Tennessee Claims Commissioner, are the parents of three Eagle Scouts who now are college students. They are members of the First United Methodist Church in Dresden. Herron also is a Boston Marathoner who has completed more than 30 marathons and ultra-marathons, and last August he completed his fourth Ironman Triathlon, swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, then completing a marathon, 26.2 miles, for a total of 140 miles. Seating for Commencement will begin at 9 a.m. and the processional lineup (for both students and faculty) will also be at 9 a.m. For more information about Bethel University’s spring 2013 Commencement, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The No. 8 Bethel Wildcats captured the AMCW/HAAC/TSAC Unaffiliated Conference Championship Saturday in Springfield Missouri, defeating Graceland University 5-3.
- On Thursday, April 18, 2013 more than 100 women gathered together in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment for the First Annual Bethel University Women’s Conference. The conference proved to be a wonderful time of worship and encouragement. Candise Moody Farmer, a Bethel graduate, author, and founder of Enough Grace Ministries, was the event’s keynote speaker. She spoke about the hope that can be found in God’s promises given through His word. Bethany Ellis, also a Bethel University graduate, provided the music and Bethel student Dorcas Buzigire shared her personal testimony of how God continues to work out all things for good in her life. Before the conference, attendees had the opportunity to eat lunch and fellowship as they browsed through tables set up by local vendors. During the conference, those in attendance were encouraged to hold onto the promises of God, no matter what they were going through. Plans are being made to bring more events like this to Bethel in the future.
- For the first time in its history, Bethel baseball is the TranSouth regular season champion after an 8-2 win Saturday afternoon over No. 17 FHU at Carnes Field in Henderson.
- Several hundred fans were in the Crisp Center Friday night in McKenzie as Legendary Coach Bobby Knight was the keynote speaker at an athletic fundraising event. Coach Knight, a personal friend of Bethel Athletic Director Dale Kelley entertained the crowd with his views on various subjects centered on his career.