- The Bethel Wildcats will hold the annual spring football game at Wildcat Stadium this Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. The Pigskin Cats began spring practice Monday March 25. Bethel finished last season at 9-4 and No. 9 in the final NAIA Top 25. The Cats won seven games in a row before losing at Missouri Valley in the second round of the championship series. Coach Chris Elliott enters his second season as head coach of the Wildcats after winning coach of the year honors last year in the Mid-South Conference Western Division. The Wildcats lost 19 seniors from the 2012 squad but return many key members from a team which carried Bethel back to the play-offs for the first time since 2007. With those returning and the latest recruits to the program, the Wildcats will look to build on the success of last year. A partial 2013 fall schedule has been released by the Bethel Sports Information Office. Fans are advised to note one of two open dates on the schedule will be filled as Coach Elliott and his staff work on completing the schedule as soon as possible. Times will be announced at that time. 2013 Bethel University Football Schedule 8/31- Open 9/7- @Kentucky Christian -12:30 p.m. 9/14- Georgetown -TBA 9/21- Campbellsville -6 p.m. 9/28 - @ Reinhardt -11 a.m. 10/5- Bluefield -Homecoming -TBA 10/12- Lindenwood -Belleville 1:30 p.m. 10/19- @ Pikeville -12:30 p.m. 10/26- @ Faulkner -6p.m. 11/2- @ Cumberland University TBA 11/9- Open 11/16- Belhaven 1:30 p.m.
- All types of creative projects will be displayed in this year’s Bethel Humanities Creative Arts Exhibit, which is this week, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.
- San Antonio, TX. -The Bethel Shooting Sports team competed at the Nationals in San Antonio, Texas (March 25-31). Over 500 shooters and 63 schools were represented in the competition. Bethel took third in Division 1 and two Wildcat shooters won national titles. Ashleigh Hafley of Kokoma, Indiana won the women's Five -stand Championship. Casey Jones of Jarrell, Texas shot a perfect 100 in American Skeet and won a five way shoot off for the championship title. He was named the men's American Skeet Champion after winning the shoot off. Erin Danhausen of Swartz Creek, Michigan shot a perfect in 100 American Trap. Erin finished second in a shoot off and placed second in the nation. Other information on other shooters will be posted when available.
- Fort Myers, Fl. –The Bethel University Wildcats advanced to the Elite 8 of the 2013 NCRHA National Roller Hockey Championships at the Skatium in Fort Myers, Florida Friday afternoon with a 2-1 win over the University of Illinois, but a tough first period against UNLV Friday evening proved to be too much to overcome as the Cats fell to the Runnin' Rebels 6-3. The contest was a rematch of the national title game from last year when Bethel won to capture the 2012 championship. UNLV scored three unanswered goals in the first stanza which proved to be the difference. Both squads scored two goals each in the second stanza. Bethel goals were credited to Cole Sonstelie and Evan Reams. Kekoa Latimore and Sonstelie had an assist each.. Both teams scored one goal each in the final period as Bethel saw their season come to a close with the loss. Andrew Ball scored the lone goal on an assist from Latimore. Bethel finished their season 27-6-2.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.