- Bethel University held its Summer 2012 Commencement on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena at the school’s McKenzie campus. Two hundred seventy-two students graduated. Additionally, Harry L. Crisp II, CEO of Pepsi MidAmerica, was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Bethel President Robert Prosser. “As the CEO of Pepsi MidAmerica, Mr. Crisp is one of the most influential leaders in the soft drink industry today,” Prosser said. “Under his leadership, Pepsi MidAmerica has grown into the largest individually owned Pepsi Bottler in the United States. Because of your lifetime achievements in the business world and your expertise at organizational management at the highest level of industry and because of your devotion and commitment to higher education, I confer on you this honorary degree.” A dedication for the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena was held earlier in the day. Crisp Arena is the new home to Bethel University Wildcats Basketball, a facility that was made possible by significant contributions from Crisp. Another special degree was presented during the ceremony as well, to the wife of Bethel student Justin Maples, who was killed this past May while serving as a police officer for the Cleveland, Tenn., Police Department. Mrs. Danielle Maples accepted an Honorary Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice on her husband’s behalf. Tre Hargett, Secretary of State for the State of Tennessee, delivered Bethel’s Commencement address. Secretary Hargett reminded graduates to look forward to the future. “Don’t look back on what you would have done differently,” Hargett said. “If you stare back too long, the path can paralyze you.” Instead, Hargett told them to step to the line to start the next race. Hargett also encouraged graduates to use the piece of parchment they received to change their lives and to change the lives of the people around them. “I encourage you to make others around you better,” he said. “I implore you to be prepared for the moments God has built you for.” Headquartered in McKenzie, Bethel University is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees through both face-to-face and online learning platforms. In addition to McKenzie, Bethel has satellite campuses in Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Clarksville and Chattanooga. For information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.
- Bethel Alum Bethany Ellis who has been a member of Bethel’s Renaissance Choir, Renaissance Trio and Renaissance Quartet, is being featured on the Sirius-XM satellite gospel radio show Daniel Britt and Friends. The show’s host, Daniel Britt, invited established artists Libbi Perry Stuffle and Gordon Mote to hand pick singers to feature on broadcast. Stuffle chose to put the spotlight on Ellis, who was featured on the show on Thursday, July 26 and will be featured again on Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m. CT. Listeners will be able to hear Ellis’ story and to hear some of her songs, and they will be able to find out why many in the music industry have her on their radar. Daniel Britt and Friends is a one-hour gospel music radio show, available each week to nearly 30 million satellite subscribers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Interested persons can also catch the show online at siriusxm.com, Smartphone devices, or with Dish Network on channel 6018. After the broadcast, persons can download the extended interview from www.danielbritt.com. Ellis is also a financial aid counselor at Bethel.
- LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Georgetown College and Bethel University are the preseason favorites to win their football divisions in the Mid-South Conference this season, according to the preseason coaches' poll announced today. Georgetown is projected as the favorite in the East Division with 25 voting points, including five of the six first-place votes from the East Division coaches. Bethel is the team to beat in the West Division after picking up 32 voting points, including four of the seven first-place votes. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll. Georgetown enters the 2012 season following a MSC East Division championship in the 2011 and a trip to the NAIA Football Championship Series national semifinals a year ago. The Tigers finished last season with a 12-1 record, including a 5-0 record in the MSC East Division. Georgetown owns four East Division crowns and 17 overall regular season titles in its history. University of the Cumberlands is projected to finish second in the East after picking up 17 voting points, including the final first-place vote. Cumberlands returns to the East Division after a two-year stint in the MSC West Division. Prior to the move, Cumberlands had claimed at least a share of three straight East Division titles (2007-09). University of Virginia's College at Wise is projected to finish third with 14 voting points followed by Union College -- who also completed in the West last season -- in fourth with 13 voting points University of Pikeville (11 voting points) and Kentucky Christian University (10) completes the East Division preseason poll. In the West, Bethel is coming off the program's third MSC divisional title in 2011. The Wildcats also captured the West Division in 2005 and 2007. Bethel finished 2011 with an 8-3 overall record, including a 5-1 divisional record, and a trip to the NAIA Football Championship Series. Cumberland University is projected to finish second in the West after receiving 31 voting points, including two first-place votes. Campbellsville University (23) and Lindsey Wilson College (20) is third and fourth respectively in their first year in the West after finishing tied for second last season in the East. Belhaven University is fifth in the preseason poll with 18 voting points and Faulkner University is sixth after receiving 17 voting points, including the final first-place vote. Bluefield College -- playing in its first season since 1941 -- is seventh with six voting points. The 2012 season begins in late August. Link: http://www.mid-southconference.org/article/2124.php
- Bethel University welcomed Chick-fil-A to campus as it celebrated its grand opening today in its new home in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on the school’s McKenzie campus. Bethel administration, faculty, staff, students and community members gathered to watch the ribbon cutting and to be some of the restaurant’s first customers. “We are thrilled that Bethel has Chick-fil-A,” said McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland. “Having such a facility strengthens the relationship the city of McKenzie has with Bethel.” Claiming the first Chick-fil-A sandwich purchased was Bethel student Anna Cary of McKenzie. “It’s awesome that we have a chick-fil-A on our campus,” Cary said. “It’s my favorite restaurant ever!” Community member Ruth Webb brought her granddaughter, Morgan, and friend Leslie. “We sometimes go to Jackson just to eat Chick-fil-A,” Webb said. “And when we go shopping in Jackson, we always get Chick-fil-A. The crinkle fries are the best. We are just so excited it is here now.” Tasha Woodall brought her family from nearby Huntingdon, which is about 10 miles away for the grand opening. “It’s going to be nice to be just fifteen minutes from a Chick-fil-A,” she said. Bethel students Jovana Petrovic and Jessica Quinn are both excited as well. They will not only have a new restaurant on campus, but they also have new jobs at Chick-fil-A. “I think Chick-fil-A is a great job opportunity,” Quinn said. “It’s a good, Christian environment for me to work in.” Petrovic, who is an international student from Serbia, said she couldn’t be more thrilled about her new job. “I think I am going to love it because it’s a job on campus, and I will be able to interact with students and bethel faculty and staff. It will be fun to get to serve in this way.” Restaurant hours for Chick-fil-A @ Bethel University are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and closed Sunday. Chick-fil-A @ Bethel University features in-restaurant dining for approximately 75 and take out and is open to students and the public. The local menu features the original chicken sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, salads, nuggets, and waffle fries, as well as Chick-fil-A's famous hand-squeezed lemonade. To see pictures of the grand opening go to http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150968133613391.425969.106266778390&type=1
- Bethel University President Robert Prosser has announced the appointment of Dale Kelley of Huntingdon as the athletic director for Bethel University. Kelley will succeed Glenn Hayes who announced his retirement in June. "Dale Kelley is a Bethel graduate who has done extremely well," said Prosser. "Perhaps he is best known for officiating nine consecutive NCAA playoffs and selected for three final four NCAA basketball tournaments but more impressive is his career in sports, business and politics. Dale Kelley knows how to lead and will be a worthy successor to the exemplary leadership given Bethel by Athletic Director Glenn Hayes." Kelley has served three Tennessee governors: as Commissioner of Employment Security and as Commissioner of Transportation under Lamar Alexander; on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission under Don Sundquist; and as Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to Governor Bill Haslam. Kelley has also served as Coordinator of Officials for the Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, the Sunbelt Conference, the Southland Conference and the Ohio Valley Conference. Furthermore, Kelley is an accomplished athlete and has been named to the Bethel University Sports Hall of Fame, the TSSAA Hall of Fame, the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Kelley has also served three terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives as well as nine years on the Huntingdon School Board. He currently serves as the Mayor of Huntingdon, a role he has held for 20 years. Additionally, Kelley is the owner of K & K Real Estate and Rental Properties. "Dale Kelley has a vast experience base in working with coaches, managing operations and motivating people in the pursuit of excellence. This, along with his personal style of respecting people and his character suit him well to be the leader of Bethel’s athletic programs," Prosser said. Kelley has a long list of leadership accomplishments. He was instrumental in seeing the construction of Carroll County’s new 1,000-acre recreational lake. He led the vision and development of the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center. He was instrumental in attracting and securing the $240 million industrial expansion of Norandal USA, Inc., to the town of Huntingdon, and he worked with state and local teams for the location of Behlen Manufacturing Co. in Huntingdon’s vacant industrial building in 1999. As Commissioner of Transportation, he selected the site and appropriated funding for the Carroll County Airport. He is the 1985 Bethel College Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award Winner, and he was the first recipient of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce’s Carroll Countian of the Year. Kelley is a Carroll County Silver Medallion Award Winner, and a recipient of Huntingdon’s Pinnacle of Excellence Award for outstanding leadership and accomplishments in government, athletics and community. Under his leadership, the town of Huntingdon has received the Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award, and the 2007 Governor’s Award in the Arts. Kelley is married to Carlene Tullos Kelley, and they have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Mr. Kelly commented on his appointment, "I am elated to be returning to my alma mater, Bethel University. I treasure nothing but great memories of my basketball career at Bethel." He added, "I have always been extremely proud of Bethel; Bethel University is growing and is making an outstanding reputation all across this nation. In my new role, it is my desire and hope to give back to Bethel and to build on the solid foundation that has been laid. Throughout the years, Bethel has been a shining example of how academics and athletics work together to mold young women and men into responsible and productive citizens. Athletics have played a major role in my life. It has opened doors that a young boy from Buxter could have never dreamed of. Athletics instills in young people the importance of team work, the drive for excellence, the value of hard work and the significance of character-all of which are vital in today’s workforce. As a player on the Wildcat Basketball Team, I never imagined that I would become a NCAA Basketball official and supervisor of several college conferences. I suspect that I have visited more than 500 colleges and universities during my playing and officiating career and have also conducted clinics in Germany and England. I hope to use this experience to continue to grow the Bethel Sports Program." Kelly summed up his thoughts, "President Prosser, thank you for giving me the opportunity to help an institution that we both love and cherish. Bethel has a rich and proud history, and I look forward to helping this great institution continue to make strides forward in its Athletic program. I look forward to working with the student athletes, coaches, our support team, and the school’s administration in making Bethel the Best University in the nation." Bethel University is a member of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and competes in the TranSouth Athletics Conference in all sports except Track and Football. The football and track programs compete in the Mid-South Athletic Conference. Bethel was a charter member of the VSAC. The school has 30 intercollegiate athletic programs competing in traditional and non-traditional sports.
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- Third year students in Bethel University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program have achieved a 100% pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) which certifies them to be licensed to practice medicine as a physician assistant. “The national average pass rate on the PANCE is 91%,” said Dr.
- It is Bethel University’s policy that ALL students attending class on campus must have valid health insurance. Bethel University is pleased to announce that it is now able to offer a student health insurance plan called First Health. The cost for this plan will be added to each student’s account. Students who already have comparable insurance that is valid while attending school may waive enrollment in this plan. To waive enrollment, students must go to the plan webpage and follow the instructions on the “Online Waiver System” link by AUGUST 24, 2012. Contact Cindy Price, Insurance Coordinator, with questions: 731-352-6923. The insurance plan details can also be accessed on this site. First Health is a PPO plan and has a $250 deductible per injury or sickness, but this can be waived with a referral from Student Health. Details, including an ID card, can be found on the Ascension website. A link is posted on the Current Students page of the Bethel website. For more information, contact For More Information Please Contact: Emily Harford 800-955-1991 x105 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guntersville, Ala. -Bethel University Head Coach Garry Mason's Bass ‘Cats entered the 2012 Southern Collegiate Championships at Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama hoping to repeat as champions in the event. Not only did they repeat but they set a new Southern Collegiate record with over 84 pounds caught when the fishing ended Saturday afternoon. The catch broke the record by over 10 pounds. The four two-man teams in the two-day tournament included Zach Parker and Matthew Roberts; Matthew and Myles Palmer; Will Davis and Ben Freeman, and Jacob Hardy and Jake Lawrence. Bethel beat the likes of Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, and other top teams from around the nation. Coach Mason commented on the win, "Not only did we repeat but setting a new record is simply phenomenal. I am so proud of these young men and how they go about their business as students and people. They are great. We beat some of the very best teams in the nation."
- Bethel University announced today that one of its most beloved friends, Dr. Vera Low, has died after an extended illness. Low, of Springfield, Mo., along with her family, was a long-time supporter of Bethel University, having contributed significant funds toward the Ray and Linda Morris Science Building and to the school’s capital campaign efforts. Her son, Dr. Robert Low, and his family gave a substantial gift to Bethel to build a new student enrichment center in her honor. Phase I of the facility, which was named the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment, opened in August 2011 and boasted a new and spacious cafeteria, a student activities room, student life and enrollment services offices and a bookstore. Phase II of the Vera Low Center project: a new gymnasium, has just been completed and ground has recently been broken on phase III of the student center project, which will be a 900-seat chapel. Low, a long-time Cumberland Presbyterian, delighted in seeing students in their environment at Bethel. At the ribbon cutting for the Vera Low Center, Mike Parker, Vice President for University Development said, “Today we see this beautiful new building. What Ms. Vera sees is a building that provides opportunities for our students. This building is going to provide a place where students’ bodies will be nourished. But more importantly, it’s providing a place for fellowship that will feed their souls.” Low, who co-founded, Prime, Inc., one of North America’s most successful carrier companies, was the daughter and granddaughter of Cumberland Presbyterian ministers. She was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Bethel, and she had also served on the Bethel University Board of Trustees and as an honorary co-chair for the Bethel University Capital Campaign. According to a respected trade publication, Prime, Inc., is one of the five best-run trucking companies in the United States. “Words can’t express how much we are going to miss this very special friend to Bethel,” said President Bob Prosser. “Personally, she was a mentor to me, and I am so appreciative of the many words of wisdom she has provided to me through the years. We are so grateful to Ms. Vera and to the Low family for their commitment to Bethel University, and we are very happy that her legacy will continue with each student who uses the Vera Low Center.” Funeral arrangements for Low are incomplete at this time.