- Businesses in McKenzie joined Bethel University’s College of Liberal Arts Enrollment Services staff on Friday, April 20, to observe Bethel University Day in McKenzie. Businesses across McKenzie donned Bethel University attire to show their support of Bethel University, which is celebrating its 170th birthday in 2012.
- Imagine a large photograph of a young child that, when viewed closely, is actually many small photos of the young child compiled to make the larger photo. This humanities project is one of many projects in Bethel's 2012 Humanities Exhibition that were on display earlier this week. According to Bethel faculty member Sharon Scruton. The projects are part of a sophomore survey two-semester humanities class. “These students are asked to do a creative arts project purely so they will have an appreciation of the fine arts,” Scruton said. Scruton said the projects include all types of art media.
- Bethel University is pleased to announce they have selected Brenda Valentine "First Lady of Hunting®" as the new head coach of the school’s archery program. As head coach, Brenda's duties will include recruiting and organizing a competitive archery team to represent the Bethel Wildcats in intercollegiate and club competition. Brenda, a Tennessee native, is a pillar of the archery and hunting world, with a long list of competitive shooting titles in addition to her enviable collection of bowhunting trophies. She is a member of the National Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, the Henry County, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Tennessee Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame and is a current inductee of the National Archery Hall of Fame. She is most proud, however, of the credit she is given for introducing more women and children to hunting and the outdoors than any person in modern history. Her new position will allow Brenda to further this passion with the next generation and continue building an outdoor heritage. A popular outdoor writer, Brenda is also a member of the Bass Pro Shop's, National RedHead Pro Hunting Team and a co-host of Bass Pro's hunting TV program for 16 years. She is a National Spokesperson of the National Wild Turkey Federation and host of the Turkey Call TV show. Additionally, Brenda is among the 2012 inaugural group selected for the "Legends of the Outdoors" SW Asia tour by Armed Forces Entertainment. Commenting on her selection as head coach, Brenda stated, "Archery is a sport equally suited for male or female athletes. This is one activity where a person’s size, speed, or athletic ability is not a major factor for success. I look forward to being a part of a program that enables students to gain a higher education while also participating in a sport they can enjoy the rest of their lives. The National Archery in Schools Program has introduced countless thousands of kids to archery over the last several years and now we are moving them to the next level of competition." Bethel University, founded in 1842 and recognized as one of the fastest growing universities in the south, is a four-year liberal arts university offering a broad range of undergraduate and graduate level educational opportunities through its multiple campuses. Founded in the tradition of the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination, Bethel’s mission is “to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons – intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically – in a Christian environment”. The Bethel University Wildcats compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics conference. For more information about Bethel University contact the Bethel University admissions office, 731-352-4000, Garry Mason, Athletic Director for Club sports, 731-693-7770, or Brenda Valentine, Head Archery coach, 731-247-3058.
- KEARNS, Utah - In what may be Tennessee's only team collegiate national championship this year, thus far, Bethel defeated Nevada-Las Vegas 4-3 at the Olympic Oval here Saturday night and captured the 2012 National Collegiate Roller Hockey championship. It is believed to be only the second national team championship for Bethel.
- Chick-Fil-A restaurant will soon open on Bethel University's main campus in McKenzie. University officials made the announcement to school faculty last Thursday.
- Bethel University’s Division of Music will present a symphonic band concert April 10 at 8 p.m. in Bouldin Auditorium in the Dickey Fine Arts Building on the Bethel campus.
- The Bethel University Athletic Training staff recently received a Proclamation by Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride declaring March as Athletic Training Month in Carroll County. Bethel University Athletic Trainers provide prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities to all student-athletes on campus. Every Athletic Trainer on staff at Bethel University has a bachelor’s degree and most have received their master’s degree. All Athletic Trainers have passed a rigorous national exam with an average of a 45% pass rate according to NATA-BOC. All Athletic Trainers also hold a state license and a national certification in order to practice. In addition to these qualifications they are required to perform 25 hours a year of continuing education credit to stay current with the changing healthcare environment in which they practice. Each Athletic Trainer is assigned to specific sports within the university. These sports are assigned based on their risk of injury. All sports are assigned to them based on data collected by various sources around the nation and released by the National Athletic Trainers Association which provides recommendations of appropriate athletic coverage for Colleges and Universities around the nation. To promote Athletic Training Month in Carroll County, Bethel Athletic Trainers spoke to high school groups and conducted emergency landing training with AirEvac units. They will also host a coaches clinic this June. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree. For more information on Athletic Training please visit www.NATA.com
- Bethel University is excited to announce the launch of its own Internet radio station, WREN Radio. The internet radio station will be available at all times bringing listeners news and events from the Bethel University campus and beyond.
- 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.