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  •   Alumni and friends are encouraged to register online for Bethel's 2012 Homecoming, which is Oct. 14-20 on the school's McKenzie campus. Events take place all week and end with the Homecoming Football Game on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 20 and a performance of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" by Renaissance Theatre at 8 p.m. that night. For a list of all Homecoming activities, go to http://www.bethelu.edu/alumni/homecoming/sm_files/Homecoming%20brochure%202.pdf. To register online for Homecoming events go to http://www.bethelu.edu/alumni/homecoming/registration_homecoming. For other questions about Homecoming 2012, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu. 
  •   In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bethel University will hold a “Paint the Campus Pink” week Oct. 1-4. The event is sponsored by the school’s Student Government Association.       A number of activities will take place during the week. On Monday, Oct. 1, pink bracelets will be sold in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment from 10:30 until 1 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, there will be a t-shirt contest in the Vera Low Center from 10:30 until 1 p.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, there will be a sorority-sponsored bake sale in the Vera Low Center from 10:30 until 1.      “One of the activities we will have is a luminary decorating event,” said Leanne Kerner, spokesman for the event. “Anytime during the day on Thursday, Oct. 4, luminary bags will be handed out to be decorated. This is free of charge. We really want anyone who has been touched by breast cancer, or any cancer for that matter, to come and decorate a bag.      “Then we will have a pink rally in the quad with chalking, lighting the luminaries, and a dance and snacks that night,” Kerner said. "The campus will also be lit with pink lights. We invite everyone to come check it out."      For more information about Bethel University’s “Paint the Campus Pink” week, contact Leanne Kerner at kerner.leanne@gmail.com.
  • Alex DeBonis, Assistant Professor of English at Bethel University, and Bethel Theatre major Patrick Crawford are featured in the September 2012 issue of the literary journal website decomP magazinE. DeBonis’ story “Nursery,” is a flash fiction (a story of less than 1,000 words) piece, and it is read in character by Crawford.
  • The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre Program is excited to present the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue “Smokey Joe’s Café.” Performing at 10 venues across Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina this tour will bring back songs that we all know and love.
  • Greenfield, Tenn. - The Bethel University Archery Team did well at the Tennessee State Archery Association Championship tournaments over the weekend.
  • The Bethel University Wildcats were ranked No. 8 in the 2012 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll released Tuesday.
  •   Bethel held its Fall 2012 Opening Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena. Opening Convocation is the official beginning of the new school year for traditional students at Bethel University. Fall semester classes for traditional students actually began Monday, Aug. 20.      Dan Ridley was the convocation speaker. Ridley is a 46-year lifelong learner and educator. He is an alumnus of Bethel College with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching. He also has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Memphis State University. Ridley completed his undergraduate work in Communications at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  
  • Cadence Whaley debuted as the first ever featured twirler for the Bethel University Band during halftime of the first home game of the season. She twirled three batons at once and twirled fire (shown above).
  •   McKenzie, Tenn. -In only the second overtime game in Wildcat Stadium history the Bethel Wildcats lost a heartbreaker to Virginia-Wise 24-21. Wise placekicker Paul Melshen connected on a 41-yard field goal to hand the Cavaliers one of the biggest wins in the school's history.   The No. 11 Wildcats entered the game riding a seven game home winning streak and appeared to take early command of the contest as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two field goals by sophomore Robby Phillips. Philips hit a 35-yard attempt with just over ten minutes left in the first quarter and then connected on another attempt from 23 yards out early in the second stanza. The Cat defense had held the Wise offense at bay until quarterback Tye Marshall hit receiver Ryan Bouldin on a 57-yard pass play which put Wise deep into Wildcat territory. A few plays later Marcus Jones would scoot in from 1-yard out and after the point after by Melshen, Wise would lead for the first time at 7-6. Bethel responded with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Wil Masoud to Justin Brandy and led 13-7 after the PAT by Phillips. The score would come at the 2:10 mark of the period and that is how the first half ended. After a scoreless third quarter with Bethel missing on a couple of scoring chances, Wise would retake the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 12 play 90-yard drive with Marshall scoring on a 1-yard dive into the north end zone. Melshen's PAT made it 14-13 Wise. Bethel's Phillips missed a 41-yard field goal attempt and Wise took advantage with a Zach Cochran 5-yard touchdown scamper capping off an impressive 76-yard drive. Wise converted on four third down opportunities in the drive. The Melshen point after gave Wise a 21-13 lead. With three and half minutes left Bethel's Masoud would answer the challenge taking the ball at the Cat 25-yard line and marching his team down field and scoring from 15 yards out to pull his team within two. All-American Cordarious Mann tied the game on a two point conversion run. With just over 40 seconds left in regulation Wise elected to run the clock out and the teams went to overtime tied at 21. UVA-Wise won the overtime coin toss and elected to put Bethel on offense first. Mann appeared to have a first down when Wise defender Nehemiah Jones stripped him of the ball and put Wise on offense. That set up the Melshen game winner from 41-yards out spoiling the debut of Bethel Coach Chris Elliott. Freshman running back Connery Swift led Wise with 146 rushing yards. Bouldin had three catches for 61 yards. Redshirt Freshman Raquis Hale led Bethel with 109 yards rushing. Mann had 82 yards on the ground. Bethel outgained Wise 389 yards to 319 on the night but it  was not to be with Bethel falling to 0-1 while Wise returned home at 1-0. Bethel is 0-2 in overtime affairs at Wildcat Stadium falling to Lambuth in a 2008 heartbreaker. Coach Elliott commented on the contest." We simply did not play well but give Wise credit as they made some big plays which really hurt us. We were inconsistent on both sides of the ball at times and I thought that cost us in the long run. We had some missed opportunities and that hurt us." He added, "I told the guys one game does not make a season. There were a lot of positives tonight and we will look at the film and work hard to get ready for No. 3 Marian." Bethel will face Marian in the Big River Bowl in Dyersburg, Tennessee Saturday at 5 p.m.
  •   Bethel University traditional students began the fall 2012 school year with a weekend of events leading up to the beginning of classes on Monday, Aug. 20. On Saturday, Aug. 18, a freshman carnival included games and community vendors. Students had the opportunity to interact with each other before classes began and to get acquainted with community businesses, churches and other organizations. On Saturday evening, a concert with Renaissance, the Bethel University Performing Arts Experience, and a fireworks show celebrated the school’s 170th anniversary. Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream was also on hand for the concert. A foam party was the last event held for Bethel students before classes began. Held in the parking lot of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on Sunday evening, it gave students one last study-free night.      Bethel’s College of Liberal Arts offers the traditional classroom and campus experience. Registration for fall 2012 traditional classes continues through Friday, Aug. 24. For more information about enrolling in traditional classes for Fall 2012, contact the Bethel University Office of Enrollment Services at 731-352-4030.   For more photos from the weekend's events, go to the Bethel Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bethelu

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