- More than 500 students are scheduled to graduate at Bethel's Fall 2013 Commencement, which will be Saturday, Dec. 7, with two commencement services.
- Bethel’s senior nursing students presented a check for more than $1,300 to the Caring Hearts Fund of Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, an organization that assists uninsured and under-insured patients with medical bills, prescriptions and transportation expenses to and from treatment. In addition to financial assistance, the Caring Hearts Fund offers cancer survivors and caregivers a cancer support group which meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Cancer Care Center of Henry County.
- Bethel University’s 2013 “Christmas with Renaissance” completed its first weekend of shows at the Bethel Performing Arts Center this past weekend. It also had one show at TPAC in Nashville.
- The Bethel University Percussion Ensemble is proud to present the First Annual Community Percussion Christmas Concert, a family-friendly event featuring a variety of favorite Christmas carols and hymns. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., in the L.J. Turner Recital Hall in the Marrs-Stockton Hall. Milk and cookies will also be served.
- The Bethel University Department of Music will present “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
- Bethel’s Renaissance Program is excited to announce the schedule for 2013 “Christmas with Renaissance.” “Christmas with Renaissance” is an annual celebration that showcases the talents of the Renaissance Program at Bethel University. This “fun for the whole family” performance will boast a wide variety of genres of music all focused on the Christmas theme. The concert will feature all aspects of Renaissance including the Renaissance Choir, The Renaissance Quartet, Vocal Authority, Renaissance Theatre, The Renaissance Bluegrass Band, and Renaissance Revolution. Performances are November 22 and 23 at the Bethel Performing Arts Center and December 6 and 7 at the Dickey Fine Arts Building, both in McKenzie. All shows start at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. Matinees will be on November 23 and December 7. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Children and can be purchased at the Bethel University Bookstore. To order tickets through will-call, contact the Bethel Bookstore at 731-352-4094. Bethel Faculty, Staff and Students will receive free tickets for all three performances at the Dickey Fine Arts Building. We encourage you to reserve those tickets in advance in the Bethel Bookstore. This year the group has added another performance on November 24 at the acclaimed Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. This performance will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets to the TPAC Performance will only be sold through the TPAC Box Office. That number is 615-782-4040, or you can purchase them online at tpac.org. Those tickets are reserved seating for $15 each. Groups of 10 or more can contact the TPAC Groups Sales at 615-782-4060 for a discounted ticket price. Like in the past, the group anticipates sold out crowds for each performance.
- Two students from Bethel’s Academic Theatre Production of "Eurydice" -- theatre major Mallory Sellers, and theatre minor Vincent Pupo, have received nominations for their work in the production, to compete at the Irene Ryan Acting Competition at the annual Regional Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival which will be held in Roanoke, Virginia at Hollins University, Feb. 4-8, 2014. Cody Allen, a Bethel Music Major and Theatre Minor, was also given an honorable mention for his work in the area of sound design for the play, "Eurydice." The KCACFT Region Four festival is held every year, and is host to some one thousand theatre students and faculty. This festival includes competitors from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
- Bethel’s Renaissance Theatre will present “Once on This Island,” a musical tale of the power of love, beginning this Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
- Adam Tyler West of Goodlettsville, Tenn., and Joy Pointe of Clarksville, Tenn., are the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen. West and Pointe were crowned during halftime festivities of Bethel University's 2013 Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct.
- Steve Perryman, Treasurer of Bethel University’s Board of Trustees and Vice President of Finance for the school, was awarded the Bethel University Service Award during the 2013 Homecoming Alumni Dinner on Friday, Oct. 4. Perryman was recognized with the award because of his continued support to Bethel through his 10 years of service on the school’s board. Also, Perryman, a seventh generation Cumberland Presbyterian, has supported the Cumberland Presbyterian affiliated Bethel University through the years. In addition to his work with Bethel University, Perryman is a Partner of Abacus CPA's, LLC, one of the leading Certified Public Accounting firms in Springfield, Mo. He also serves as Partner of Abacus Technologies, LLC. Perryman, a native of Calico Rock, Ark., graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. After starting his accounting career in Arkansas, Perryman had an opportunity to move to Springfield, Mo., and formed his own practice, Perryman & Associates in 2000 where he was the sole owner. In January of 2011, Perryman joined forces with the owner of another local firm and formed what is now known as Abacus CPAs, LLC. Perryman has also served as an elder in both the Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Springfield, Mo., Cumberland Presbyterian Church.