- Bethel University Spring 2016 semester traditional classes began Monday, Jan. 11 on the school’s main campus in McKenzie. Those interested in taking coursework for Spring 2016 can enroll through Friday, Jan. 15 by contacting the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Enrollment Services at 844-497-0265.
- Bethel University President Dr. Walter Butler has made the announcement that David Huss, Director of Business Affairs, has been appointed Vice President of Finance for the university. According to President Butler, Huss will oversee all business and finance functions and he will serve on President Butler's administrative cabinet. “In his role as Director of Business Affairs, David has shown exemplary work -- work that has made me confident that he can successfully take on these additional responsibilities,” Butler said. Huss has served as Director of Business Affairs at Bethel since 2013. He is also a practicing attorney who has authored and published School Finance, with Related School Law, for Principals, Assistant Principals and Administrative Assistants. Prior to coming to Bethel, Huss served for seven years as Director of Obion County Schools where he was responsible for all aspects of the operation of the school district. From 1999 until 2003, Huss served in the same capacity as Director of Schools for the South Carroll County Special School District. He also served the McKenzie Special School District as Director of Finance from 1996 until 1998. Huss has also served as Executive Director of LEA Support Services and as a Fiscal Consultant with the State of Tennessee Department of Education and as a Legislative Auditor for the State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UT Martin, a Master of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law. “I am honored to serve Bethel University in the capacity of Vice President of Finance and equally honored to serve on Dr. Butler's cabinet,” Huss said. “I will continue to work tirelessly as part of the team that will make Bethel University the most dynamic educational institution possible. My role is to concentrate on building and maintaining a sound financial base to ensure financial stability.” Bethel University is one of Tennessee's oldest 4-year institutions. Headquartered in McKenzie, Tenn., it offers bachelor's, master’s and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms. For more information about Bethel University, go to www.Bethelu.edu.
- Bethel University held its Fall 2015 Commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m., in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus. Approximately 350 graduates took part in the ceremonies. The Honorable Donald Parish, Circuit Court Judge with the Tennessee State Courts, delivered the Commencement address. Parish began his message by recalling a time in high school when he felt like he had accomplished something great. Parish’s history teacher told him, “Parish, ain’t nobody so slick for what they can’t use another greasin’.” Parish pointed out to graduates that this message has always stuck with him. “It has served as a reminder,” he said “that success is relative to the grand scheme of things. “You will occasionally disappoint as you move on in life,” Parish said. “Admit your mistake, forgive yourself and move on. “I tell you all this,” he said, “because humility produces strength – not weakness.” Parish next reminded graduates that we all have to live in this world together. “Remember that the thing that will unite will be ideas and ideals,” he said. “Also remember that God expects servants. The work you’re called to do might not be glamorous. But experience the life changing value of being a servant.” Parish asked the graduates if they felt “slick” today, and the graduates answered yes. “Slick folks should pick up the broom first,” Parish said. “Your time is now.” For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.
- Bethel University’s Twinkle Ball was held Wednesday, Dec. 2 in Baker Fieldhouse.
- Bethel University’s Department of Nursing was recently notified that it has received reaccreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This is a continuation of the accreditation it currently held, according to Mary Bess Griffith, Director of Bethel’s Nursing Program. “The Bethel nursing program received a 10-year reaccreditation with the next visit scheduled for April of 2025,” Griffith said. “This is the longest accreditation awarded by CCNE and indicates the highest confidence in the Bethel nursing program.” In a letter from the CCNE, it stated, “the board determined that the (Bethel) program met all four accreditation standards.” The same letter stated that Bethel University’s nursing program was compliant with all 28 key elements related to the accreditation process. The Bethel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program continues to be recognized for high quality programming. In January 2015, it was recognized after its most recent graduates had achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) – an accomplishment the program enjoyed for a second straight year. “I would like to thank all individuals who played a part in achieving this outcome but especially the nursing faculty and staff,” Griffith said. “They strive daily to provide the highest quality nursing education possible; CCNE validated their efforts and the outcomes of their efforts.” “This is a great honor that the university can certainly be proud of,” said Bethel President Dr. Walter Butler. “Those involved with making this happen are certainly to be commended.” Bethel University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program prepares its graduates for entry level Registered Nurse positions in primary, secondary, and tertiary health care settings and for entry into graduate studies which lead to advanced degrees in nursing. Bethel University also offers an online RN-BSN program that accomplishes the same outcomes as the on-site BSN program. For more information about Bethel University’s Nursing program contact Kim Hammonds at 731-514-1410 or at email@example.com.
- Bethel University’s Fall 2015 Commencement will be held this Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. The event will take place in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena at 101 Wildcat Lane on the school’s McKenzie campus. The Honorable Donald Parish, Circuit Court Judge with the Tennessee State Courts, will be the Commencement Speaker. Guest seating will begin at 9 a.m., and line up of graduates will begin at that time as well. For questions regarding Bethel Commencement, graduates should contact the registrars within their specific colleges. Anyone else with questions may contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bethel University’s “Christmas with Renaissance” shows are this weekend, Dec. 4-6. Some tickets are still on sale for the following shows: December 4 at 7 p.m., December 5 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., and December 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $10 for Adults and $5 for Children 12 & Under. Credit Cards and Checks are accepted. Complimentary tickets are available for Bethel Faculty, Staff, and Students. Bethel Faculty and Staff are also allowed to bring their immediate family (spouse and children). These tickets will need to be reserved through the Renaissance office and will be available at will call. Any tickets that are not claimed by the start of the performance will be released to the general public. To purchase tickets contact the Renaissance office at (731) 352-6980 or email email@example.com. Due to a high volume of phone calls, if you do not get an answer, please leave a message and someone will confirm your tickets within 48 hours.
- Students Deonte Etheridge and Chelsea Lucas were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during Bethel's Homecoming 2015 festivities Oct. 16-18. Etheridge is a Music Industry major from Augusta, GA. He is the son of Sharon Etheridge. He is a Residence Director in University Hall and is also part of Renaissance Regiment. His future plan is to become an audio engineer, and he hopes to transition artists and musicians to the next level in the music industry. Lucas is majoring in Child Learning and Development. She is the daughter of Jan & Ernie Weaver and Scott & Leann Lucas, and she is from Newbern, TN. She is president of Zeta Nu Theta Sorority and part of Bethel University's Renaissance Choir. Her future plans are to student teach this coming spring and graduate from Bethel in May 2016.
- Randy McCadams (FS'73) was named Bethel University's 2015 Alumni Service Award Winner during Homecoming Weekend 2015 Oct. 16-18. McCadams has strong ties to Bethel University. In addition to his attending Bethel for 2 years before transferring to UT Martina and completing his degree, his maternal grandfather, Calvin Ramsay, taught math and History at Bethel, and his mother and uncles, Dana and Leland Ramsay, attended Bethel also. McCadams' daughter, Jan, works at Bethel in the business department, and she is enrolled in coursework through Bethel's College of Professional Studies. McCadams began serving in the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1971 immediately upon graduating from High School. In 1983, after working seven years with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, he took a full time job with the Army National Guard where he served until retiring from the military in 2004 with 33 years of service including 21 years of active duty. In 1998, while serving with the Army National Guard, McCadams experienced his first work in the mission field when his unit was deployed to Honduras Central America to construct roads, schools and water wells. This tour of humanitarian service forever changed his life giving him an abiding fervor to continue reaching out to the challenged countries of the world. Since his first visit to Central America in 1998, Randy has returned annually, sometimes three times per year, in service to the people there in need. Beginning in 2001, McCadams and a fellow member of his church began taking a mission group to Honduras, C.A., coordinated through the McKenzie Church of Christ. This mission team included a medical team of three to five doctors, a construction crew, benevolent crew and a spiritual team. McCadams has continued coordinating this mission team each year until this present year. In 2004, He began working as a volunteer with Healing Hands International, a disaster and humanitarian relief organization of the churches of Christ, located in Nashville, TN. Through this organization and working in the area of teaching sustainable agriculture, he has worked in four countries of Africa, the northern provinces of Afghanistan, Honduras, Central America and the Navaho Indian reservation in Arizona. Also, he works with Harding University each year during the summer interim semester teaching prospective mission students elements of sustainable agriculture. McCadams also works each Fall in a Healing Hands International program called The Magi Project where thousands of shoe box size gifts are collected and sent to countries of the world including Honduras. Then in December, he travels to Honduras to assist in distributing the boxes to children in rural areas of the country. McCadams' future plans are to continue working abroad as well as here in our own country through Healing Hands International, teaching sustainable agriculture and promoting the elimination of poverty and hunger and bringing glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. He is arried to Judy Scott McCadams, and they have two daughters, Jan and Jennifer, and two grandsons, Lucas 19 and Henry, age 8. He is a member of McKenzie Church of Christ where he is a deacon of Missions.
- Mary E. Shuck (BS'83) was recognized at Bethel University's Homecoming 2015 as this year's recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. Shuck graduated from Bethel with a BS in Biology, cum laude. After graduating from Bethel, she worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, as a technician in the Departments of Virology and Molecular Biology. Her work involved the study of immunoglobulin heavy chain gene rearrangements in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In 1987, Shuck moved into the pharmaceutical industry working for over 20 years as a Drug Discovery Scientist for Pfizer and its legacy companies in Kalamazoo, MI, St. Louis, MO, and Groton, CT. During that time she cloned, expressed, and pharmacologically characterized a number of novel drug targets for Neurobiology, Inflammation, Cardiovascular, and Osteoporosis programs. She was awarded the Upjohn Special Recognition Award for her pioneering work on the establishment of stable cell lines expressing G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) and ion channels, for improved drug screening and lead evaluation. Working across divisional boundaries, Shuck worked with colleagues in Drug Metabolism and Toxicology to establish a novel effux assay to assess the activity of the breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP). This work led to a Special Recognition Award from the Pharmacia Drug Metabolism Transporter Initiative. The most rewarding discovery of her career came as part of the team that identified the Alzheimer’s Beta-secretase 1 (BACE-1). BACE-1 is the enzyme involved in amyloid plaque formation, which is one of the pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Disease. Shuck returned to Kalamazoo, MI in 2009 to work with former colleagues who founded Proteos, a contract research organization (CRO) specializing in the production of recombinant proteins for the life sciences. Shuck is currently the Director of Protein Expression at Proteos, where she leads a team of cell and molecular biologists focused on the production of custom recombinant proteins from mammalian and insect cell systems. She works collaboratively with her customers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, to produce protein reagents that will advance their basic research and drug discovery efforts. "It’s been rewarding to be able to produce high quality reagents for researchers," Shuck said. "Having spent the majority of my career in their shoes, I have a unique perspective on their needs and concerns." Shuck lives in Schoolcraft, MI with her husband of 32 years, Bill Shuck (Bethel, BS,1983) and dog Louie. She spends her free time gardening, cooking and reading. Go to http://www.bethelu.edu/alumni/homecoming/alumni_award_winners/ to see Mary Schuck's acceptance speech for her achievement award.