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  •   Bethel University’s Homecoming 2015 weekend took place this past weekend.      The week began with a Blessing of the Animals service on Wednesday, Oct. 14.      “This has become a Homecoming week tradition,” said Myra Carlock, Director of University and Alumni Events.      According to Carlock, the service was officiated by Reverend Dr. Anne Hames, the University Chaplain, and the Reverend Dr. Jon Carlock, Professor of Religion and Philosophy. The service was held in the Bethel University Alumni Garden.      Also on Wednesday night, there was a Coffee House in the parking lot of the Marrs-Stockton Music Building.      “We invited area alumni back to showcase their talent, along with current students, faculty and staff,” Carlock said. “We were so pleased with how so many came to this event to enjoy this talent showcase.”     On Thursday, Oct. 15, alumni artists showcased their work in the Kathy Sacks Art Gallery in the lobby of the Dickey Fine Arts Building. Those featured included Dudley Condron, Kathleen Sacks, Cindy Mallard, Wayne Bannister, Jason Cole, Kara Barnhardt, Debbie Broadbent, Emily Laforce and Kayla McKenzie.       Thursday evening also featured the premiere of Bethel Academic Theatre’s presentation of Evita, the Tony Award-winning musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Evita showed throughout Homecoming Weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings and on Sunday afternoon.       The 15th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament kicked off events for Friday, Oct. 16. Golfers teed off with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. at Carroll Lake Golf Club. Seventeen teams took part in the event. The winning team was made up of Paul Glass, Larry Joe Smith, Stanley Welch and Gus Glass.      At noon on Friday, the community enjoyed a Recital Hour presented by the Division of Music. The event included performances, both vocal and instrumental.      On Friday afternoon, the community got a sneak preview of Wildcats Men’s Basketball. A Purple and White Scrimmage was held in Crisp Arena.       Also on Friday afternoon, was a book signing by Bethel alumnus Josh Harper, who currently pastors the Second Congregational Church in Memphis. Harper has released his first book, “Last One Picked,” and he signed copies for those who purchased his book.       Alumni will have several opportunities Friday evening to catch up with former classmates and friends. A mixer was held from 4:30 until 6:30 for those who graduated in 1945, 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005, and 2015. The event was held in the Kathy Sacks Art Gallery in the Dickey Fine Arts Building.      The Alumni Dinner, Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions and Alumni Award Presentation were held at 6 p.m. Honored with the Alumni Achievement Award was Mary Elizabeth Wilson Shuck (BS'83) who is a research scientist with Proteos, a company in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Alumni Service Award was Randy McAdams.       Later that evening the Golden Grads Class of 1965 held their 50 year reunion at T-Birds on the Square in McKenzie. Around 30 individuals took part.      A Bonfire and Spirit Rally was in the Parking Lot Behind Wildcat Stadium on Friday evening at 8:30 p.m.       Saturday Oct. 17 events began with a Wildcat Run 5K Sprint and 1 Mile fun run/walk. The event was sponsored by the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program, and the proceeds benefited NBIA.       At 9 alumni gathered in the alumni garden for a breakfast reception.           A preview of the Lady Wildcats 2015-16 team began at 9:30 a.m. with scrimmage play in Crisp Arena.      Bethel’s Annual Homecoming Wildcat Alley began at 10 a.m. and continued until 1:30 p.m., which was kickoff for the Wildcats football team.      Other Saturday events included alumni games for baseball and softball, and Wildcat Soccer.      An evening with Renaissance, the Bethel Performing Arts Troupe, rounded out Homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 18.    
  •  It's not too late to check out Bethel's first art exhibition of the Fall in the Kathy Sacks Art Gallery in the lobby of the Dickey Fine Arts Building on the school's McKenzie campus. The Bethel Art Department is proud to present Collected Works, a solo exhibition of the work of Memphis artist Nikkila Carroll.
  • Bethel's Renaissance Theatre is excited to present our next musical production, “Next to Normal.”  This production will take place Sept.
  •   Samuel J. Blanton, a history major from Henderson, Tenn., was named the 2015-16 Hutchins Scholar at Bethel University’s 2015 Opening Convocation Ceremonies. The Hutchins Scholar Award was established by Bethel in 1976 to honor the generosity and Christian ideals of George and Lottie Mae Hutchins of Marshall, Texas. The Hutchins Scholar award is presented each year to the rising senior who has achieved the highest academic average. In establishing the endowed trust fund, the Hutchins said this: “Our supreme interest in life has been religious and humanitarian. We have regarded such advantages, opportunities, and possessions as were ours as a trust from God, to be administered in a spirit of responsibility and helpfulness. As this feeling has grown on us, life has taken on a greater meaning with each passing year. It is the in the light of this meaning that we have created this trust. We wish this instrument to speak for God, for Jesus Christ, and for the cause of Christianity, which we have sought to serve in sincerity and truth. Because He has done so much for us and through us, we wish to live on in His service herein below long after our spirit has gone to dwell with Him forever. We have genuinely loved our fellow man and have sought to serve to the best of our ability.” Blanton, a computer science minor, is in the Bethel University Honors Program, and he is a member of Bethel’s in-line hockey team. As the Hutchins Scholar, Blanton was granted full tuition for each semester of his senior year, a $500 check, and an engraved plaque.
  • Matthew Holt
      Bethel University and the Renaissance Program are honored to announce that Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance, has been nominated for a Dove Award. The Martin’s album “A Capella” is nominated for Inspirational Album of the Year.  Matthew arranged and produced the classic hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”  Other producers nominated for work on this album include Michael English, Lari Goss, David Phelps, and The Martins.     “The Martins are thrilled with the nomination” exclaimed Joyce Martin, of the Martin’s. We had several producers work on this project and Matthew's contribution is perfection!”   "Everyone at Bethel University is continually amazed at the success of Matthew Holt,” added Walter Butler, President of Bethel University. “His talent in the Music Industry is on a level of its own.  We are very fortunate Matthew is a part of our family as the Director of Renaissance.  His influence to the several hundred students he touches each year is such a blessing for our Bethel family."   The 46th Annual Dove Awards will be held October 13th, 2015 in Nashville, TN. This project was also nominated for Best Gospel Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards. 
  • Twenty-Six Bethel University juniors have been accepted into the Bethel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. They began coursework this month, and they are scheduled to graduate in Spring 2017.
  • The Rev. Dr.
  •                   The last day to opt out of Bethel's insurance is August 24, 2015 at 5 p.m. To opt out, you must complete the form at http://www.summitamerica-ins.com/bethel. For those who have trouble completing the waiver, please email insurance@bethelu.edu.
  •   Bethel University held its Summer 2015 Commencement exercises on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m., in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus. One hundred and ninety-nine graduates took part in the ceremonies. The Honorable Jill Holland, Mayor of McKenzie, delivered the Commencement address.      Holland pointed out that Bethel billboards across the state used the word “Believe.”     “That one word is Bethel,” Mayor Holland said. “Through the decades there were people who believed in Bethel – who believed that Bethel was worth it. Let me tell you my friends, as a graduate of Bethel University, you can go anywhere you want to go – you can be anything you want to be – if you believe you can.”      Mayor Holland went through a number of Bethel graduates who had been successful on the national level, the state level, and on the local level.      “All of these ordinary people had a belief in who they were and in what they could become. And that has made them extraordinary,” she said.      Mayor Holland then discussed the factors she felt make these ordinary individuals extraordinary.      “First,” she said, “Each had the belief that it is important to give back. It wasn’t all about them. They embraced the communities where they lived and made them better.”      Holland also pointed out that these individuals had a strong work ethic.      “Put your cell phone away when you get to work; stay off of Facebook. Be the first to arrive and the last to leave. Be responsible and dependable, and if you say you’re going to do something, do it,” she said.      A third factor Holland said these people each had was a belief in setting long term goals and the realization that those goals would not be reached by taking one giant step.      “There are no giant steps – no sprints,” she said. “But perseverance and tenacity and grit and courage are what gets someone to the summit.”      Finally Holland pointed out that life is hard and that these people knew that.      “Their belief in themselves and their passion to reach the goals gave their lives purpose to get through the tough times,” she said.       “It’s okay to be afraid,” Holland said. “This is how we grow.”
  •   Bethel University’s Dual Enrollment Program where high school juniors and seniors earn both high school and college credit for the same course, is approaching its third year, according to Tina Hodges, Dean of Enrollment for Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s hard to believe that our projected enrollment for dual enrollment this fall will be triple what it was last fall,” Hodges said. According to Craig Lunn, Director of Dual Enrollment and Operations for the School of Education, the focus of academic success is starting earlier and earlier for high schoolers. “Dual enrollment exposes students to rigorous classes that prepare them for college success,” Lunn said. “It also builds their confidence for moving on to the college level.” Lunn also pointed out that dual enrollment speeds a student’s way to an affordable degree. “The costs for taking a dual enrollment class are significantly lower than a traditional college level class,” Lunn said. “The cost for our courses is $498, but the end total is determined by grant eligibility and the Bethel Dual Scholarship. With grant eligibility and the Bethel Dual Scholarship, the student may not have any out of pocket costs for tuition – only a book fee if applicable.” According to Lunn, even though some courses may require a book charge, the book is included with online courses at no additional charge. Lunn encourages parents and students to contact the dual enrollment staff to help determine the final cost of tuition. Lunn said that Bethel offers both online and in the classroom classes at participating high schools. “Some of the courses we offer include English, Algebra, Public Speaking, History and Psychology,” he said.  “I encourage students exploring ways to get the best college value to contact Bethel to inquire about dual enrollment and to let us help you determine your dual enrollment grant eligibility.”  

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