- Six time Grammy Nominee, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage were on the Campus of Bethel University Monday, May 25 filming her new LIVE DVD. With over 100 Awards, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most award winning group in Bluegrass Music. The full house concert was the first of two that will take place in the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located at 652 Stonewall St North in McKenzie. The second concert is tonight, May 26. Seating will begin at 6 p.m., and the taping will start at 7. Admission is free. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served. For more information about tonight's concert, contact the Renaissance Office, (731) 352-6980 or email us at email@example.com.
- Saturday, June 20 will be Bethel University's 2nd Annual Junior Physician Assistant (PA) Day. The event will be from 10 a.m.
- Bethel University held its Spring 2015 Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena located in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on the school’s McKenzie campus. More than 600 students earned degrees.
- Bethel University has been ranked 2nd in the nation in the BestColleges.com list of Best Online Christian Liberal Arts Colleges for 2015. The list, found at www.bestcolleges.com, included Liberty University (Virginia) at number one followed by Bethel, the University of Findlay (Ohio), Indiana Wesleyan University (Indiana), and Southeastern University (Florida) to fill the top five positions.
- The Rev. Kip J. Rush, will be the speaker for Bethel University’s Spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 9. Rush received his Bachelor of Arts from Bethel College in 1986. He is a life-long Cumberland Presbyterian and was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in 1990 after earning his Masters of Divinity at Memphis Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. He is currently the pastor of the Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, Tenn., where he has served for the past 10 years. He also serves on the Youth Ministry Planning Council for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium Production Team. In Nashville Presbytery, he serves on the Committee on Ministry for Ordained Clergy. Rush met his wife, Jodi Hearn, while they were cheerleading together at Bethel. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Madison, who is a 2015 Bethel graduate, and Devin, who is a sophomore at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich. When weather permits, Rush can be found in the woods around fairways looking for his golf ball, and being a Texan -- he loves watching the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys. Rush and wife, Jodi, have also served as co-presidents of the Bethel Alumni Association. Commencement will be held in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena located in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on the school’s McKenzie campus. Undergraduates from all programs will graduate at 10 a.m.; Graduates from all programs will graduate at 1 p.m. Prospective graduates and family members with questions, please contact the registrar of your program for additional information.
- Spring 2015 Graduation will be Saturday, May 9. There will be two services: Undergraduates from all programs will graduate at 10 a.m.; Graduates from all programs will graduate at 1 p.m.
- Katie Koestner, a national expert on student safety and wellness issues, spoke at Bethel University Wednesday night April 8 in Crisp Arena. The event, sponsored by the school's Department of Housing and Student Life, was part of a month-long celebration to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Ms. Koestner, who has presented to more than one million students in the U.S., was the first victim of date rape to speak out nationally about her experience at The College of William and Mary. Here, she is shown speaking with Bethel students after her presentation. Koestner's presentation kicked off a Take Back the Night event where students made t-shirts and signs to raise awareness and to gain empowerment against sexual assault.
- More than 40 employees from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences and Public Service were recognized recently for milestone years of service to Bethel University. Recognized for five years of service were: Kim Callahan, John Norwood, Craig Lunn, Tina Sumner, Brandon Kilburn, Christopher Terry, Eddie Christian, Garry Mason, Thomas “Bub” Edwards, Dustin Boyd, Nick Thompson, Julie Miller, Michael Taylor, Eric Patton, Dayna Edwards, Sandra Smith, Alex DeBonis, Dan Dalrymple, and Charlie McConnell. Recognized for 10 years of service were: Sandra Ashley, Lisa Bolin, Steve Cude, Farrell Hubble, Sabrina Chambers, Peter Jeffrey, David Lancaster, Teresa Rose, Rusty Thompson, Becky Hames, Chris Elliott, Jana Higdon, and Bob Hicks. Recognized for 15 years of service were: Cindy Mallard, Misty Aird, Brenda Bradshaw, Joe Hames, and Sherrye Hudson. Recognized for 20 years of service was: Keliea McCartney. Recognized for 25 years of service were: Russell Holder and Jane Campbell. Finally, Laura Bateman was recognized for 35 years of service to Bethel.
- The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre Program is honored to present one of the most highly acclaimed musicals of all time Les Miserables. This enormous production will boast intricate costumes, elaborate sets, and most importantly, an astonishing cast and crew. “Les Miserables is one of those productions that makes you leave the theatre wanting more,” added Travis McLeese, Associate Director of Renaissance. “This story takes you on a journey through 20 years of struggle, passion, love, rebellion, and redemption. The timeless music, multitude of settings, and numerous costume changes are all just extras!” Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The true modern classic is based on Victor Hugo’s novel and features one of the most memorable scores of all time. “This is one of the largest and most well known productions our program has ever tackled,” commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. “Our staff is doing a remarkable job at organizing and bringing to life a production of this magnitude.” Les Miserables will take the stage of the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center Friday April 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday April 11 at 2 p.m., Friday April 17 at 7 and Saturday April 18 at 7 p.m. There will be a special “Bethel Only” performance on Thursday April 9 for Bethel Faculty, Staff and Students. Tickets for the Bethel Performance on April 9 can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Renaissance office (731) 352-6980. Tickets for this production are $15 and can be purchased on the Dixie website www.dixiepac.net. For more information contact the Dixie Box Office at (731) 986-2100.
- It was another historic week-end for the Bethel University Bass program. The Bass Cats competed in the FLW event at Moors Resort and Marina at Kentucky Lake near Benton. Kentucky. Three teams from the program qualified for the upcoming nationals being held in April 2016 at Lake Murray near Columbia, South Carolina. No School has ever qualified three teams in one FLW tournament to advance to the national championship. Bethel holds the record for the most teams to qualify for any national championship when they qualified five teams in 2014 to fish the Bass Masters national championship. Bethel will have a chance to qualify more teams for the FLW championship as the season progresses. FLW Tournament Director Kevin Hunt had the following statement.” I've been very impressed with Bethel University and its Wildcat Bass Fishing program. They are consistently in the top tier of collegiate bass fishing and I am very impressed with the freshmen and sophomores Bethel has recruited. Bethel has acquired some great young talent from across the nation. Plus, to have three teams place in the top 10 at the FLW College Fishing Open speaks volumes of how good they are and will continue to be with such young anglers.” The three teams qualifying were: Ty Dyer and Joseph Huggins, 5th place, 10 bass, 38.1 lbs. Grant Rutter and KJ Queen, 7th place, 10 bass, 36.2 lbs. Alec Piekarski and Kyler Chelminiak, 8th place, 10 bass. 34.9 lbs. Brian Pahl and John Garrett with four of their five fish weighing in at over 25 lbs. tied for the largest five fish one day weight in the tournament. They did not qualify for the nationals but will have other chances before the event to do so.