- Bethel University adjunct faculty member Dr. Hope Fairchild Thacker and Bethel student Katie McGill represented Bethel well at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) competition recently. Thacker won the Tennessee NATSAA competition in February and advanced to the Mid-South Region NATSAA competition March 9 where she also won. Thacker will compete at the National Convention this summer. Two components of the first prize of the national competition are a monetary award and a New York Debut Recital. “Throughout its history, the purpose of this competition has been to select, through a series of elimination rounds on the district, regional and national levels, singers whose artistry indicates they are ready for a professional career and to encourage them toward that goal with a cash prize and the opportunity for performance engagements,” said Edward Baird, President of NATS, 1985-1987. The NATSAA competition encompasses the classical genres of opera, oratorio, and art song. Contestants must prepare a recital of at least 14 songs from memory. Judges may ask for any song on the list to be sung in part or in its entirety. Anonymity is required at all rounds, and judges are chosen from the members of NATS within the state or region of the competition. Bethel University sent its first student ever to the NATSAA Mid-South Regional Competition on March 9. Katie McGill of Humboldt prepared three to four songs from memory and sang them for judges composed of NATS members. There are three rounds of competition: preliminary, semi-final and final. McGill was a semi-finalist in the competition. A sophomore music education major from Humboldt, McGill studies voice with Dr. Hope Thacker.
- Bethel University student Kimberly Ferguson of Clarksville has been accepted to the Women in Mathematics Program at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Since 1994 with the support of the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study, together with Princeton University, has hosted an intensive 11-day mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate women in mathematics.
http://www.bethelu.edu/life_on_campus/arts_and_culture/renaissance/theatre/The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon. Based on Ferenc Molnar’s play Liliom as adapted by Benjamin Glazer, Carousel is centered around Billy Bigelow, a man desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, who is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery.
- Bethel University Renaissance will present “Because He Lives: An Easter Celebration,” on Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m., in Bouldin Auditorium of the Dickey Fine Arts Building. “This musical event will be similar to the performances we have during the fall at Homecoming,” said Peter Jeffrey, Executive Director.
- During Bethel University’s 2012 Spring Break a group of physician assistant and nursing students traveled to Belize to set up medical clinics and administer medical care. The group of 20 also consisted of Bethel faculty.
- A group of Bethel University students in Sociology/Business 490 traveled to Costa Rica over Bethel's 2012 Spring Break. “During this Alternative Spring Break Service Learning experience, we stayed in a small village called El Sur,” said Robin Salyers, Assistant Professor of Computer Science. “The students who went have been studying the culture, the food, the economy, the business practices and the social structure of Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica, they helped repair a water well.” According to Salyers, El Sur's water source is located on top of a mountain, (a 2 hour hike) and it had suffered damage when a tree fell on it during a storm. “Because of the damage, the community’s water source was murky,” Salyers said. “We hiked to the top of the mountain, and cleaned the site, which was full of mud, leaves and branches. Then we mixed concrete, and repaired the cracks and damage that had occurred during the storm. Our students also cleared an area behind the school to provide a spot for the students to plant a garden, which will help provide food for the school. Bethel students also painted a bridge as well as the exterior of the school, and they had the opportunity to teach English in the school.” Salyers said the students also made sugar from sugar cane, milked cows and made cheese. “I have never been so proud of our Bethel students,” Salyers said. “They worked very hard and never once complained.” According to Salyers, one of the projects the students will be working on throughout the remainder of the semester is a blog about the Costa Rica trip. “Each of the students was required to journal about each day's events,” she said. ‘We will create blogs from these journals.” “There are a lot of ways these students could have spent their spring break,” said Stacie Freeman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, who also made the trip. “The fact that they took the week to serve others is really impressive! Since we have returned home, we are encouraging these students to use this experience as an opportunity to learn more about themselves, and to think about the role this experience plays as they are planning their futures beyond Bethel.” Participants in the Costa Rica trip included: faculty members Stacie Freeman and Robin Salyers, and students Chelsea Fuller, Eddie Torres, Erika Blake, Kayla Taylor, Sasha Arnold, Staci Michael, and Trae Vaughn. The trip was organized through GlobalAware.
- The Dream Share Project, an inspirational documentary film that follows recent college graduates Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin on a road trip across America, made a stop at Bethel on Monday, Feb. 20.
- Soprano Maryann Kyle conducted a Command Performance Workshop at Bethel University on Friday, Feb. 10, following a local performance of Sondheim in the City, featuring Kyle, the previous night.
This Saturday, basketball will play its last game in Dishman Gym, home to Bethel basketball for almost 50 years.
The New England Revolution of the MLS selected four players in today's Supplemental Draft, which consisted of four rounds of 19 selections each. The Revs picked third in each round, selecting four players. Bethel University's Dawyne "Rick' Smith, was selected in the first round, (third pick overall).