- The Bethel University Library partnering with the McKenzie Public Library held its second session of the the 2011 Summer Reading Program on Thursday, July 14 on the Bethel campus. Special guest was the Mad Scientist.
- Bethel University friends are cordially invited to the dedication and ribbon cutting for Bethel University’s newly renovated Odom Hall on Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. on the Bethel campus.
- Arete What did Arete do this summer? We took a trip to Arizona, May 10-17. What did you do in Arizona? Partnered with the Desert Gardens Cumberland Presbyterian Church...We traveled first to the Navajo Nation's Reservation outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. We worked alongside the ministerial leadership team, which included Pastor Jerry Hagelin, Kelvis Josh - Navajo CEF Team Leader, as well as Jordan and Megan Cody - CEF Leadership Team, to clean (inside and out) the geodesic structure where teen training, summer kids camps and retreats are held for the Navajo Indian Nation. Outside activities included roofing a shed which housed the batteries for their solar energy (which had been destroyed because of the hole in the roof) and ripping up scrub brush and bushes near the building so that the teens and kids would be safer from rattlesnakes which like to hide in them. Broken glass that might hurt kids was cleaned up along with any debris. Inside the structure was prepared for summer use by cleaning the walls, floors, kitchen, bathroom, and living areas. When we finished working, we traveled to a Navajo flea market in Tuba City, where students interacted with Navajo vendors, purchased a few items such as jewelry, and tasted a variety of Navajo foods. Students and faculty tried blue corn mush made with ashes from the Pinion Tree, mutton, Navajo cakes, Navajo burgers, and two students even ate a Navajo delicacy called achii, also known as, deep friend sheep intestines! The Grand Canyon was only an hour away, so we detoured en route back to Desert Gardens CP Church where we were staying to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Many had never been to the Canyon, and we all found it to be a wonderful experience. The following day, we assisted the members of the Desert Gardens CP Church back in Tuscon on a roadside cleanup project they are committed to year round . Our group collected over twenty bags of trash in just a few hours … setting a new church record! At Pastor Jerry’s invitation, our group gave an "All About Bethel" presentation at the church during the Sunday morning church service. Ms. Freeman and Ms. Corbin spoke to the congregation about the mission of BU and the many ways that Bethel is becoming more service oriented. Ellen Hudson, Chris Williams, Kaneeshia Wade, and Rachel Rosser discussed the many ways that Bethel has afforded them opportunities for emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth and development. Mary Creasy, Dennis Hughes, Ellen Hudson, Kaneeshia Wade, Christa Tatum, and Rebekah Mahoney performed “How Great is Our God” for the congregation. How was the trip, fun, emotional...hard work? It was fun and educational to learn more about the Navajo and Southwest cultures and to spend time together working toward a common goal. While certainly the work that we engaged in was somewhat physically draining/demanding it was very rewarding to be working with this wonderful group of people on such a worthwhile cause. ARETE MEMBERS - KANEESHIA WADE, ELLEN HUDSON, CHRISTA TATUM, NIC TATUM, BRITTANY PRESSON, CHRIS WILLIAMS, RACHEL ROSSER HUGHES, DENNIS HUGHES, MARY CREASY, REBEKAH MAHONEY TWO ADVISORS: STACIE FREEMAN & KRISTI CORBIN
- Select students from as far away as Florida, Alabama and Kentucky are on the Bethel University campus this week taking part in Camp Renaissance Onstage, a competitive and intensive weeklong theatre camp for students age 13-18 that will culminate into a performance of the educational musical Schoolhouse Rock Jr. this Saturday night at the Bethel Performing Arts Center.
- Amanda Lynn McDowell What are you doing this summer? I have an internship at the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville which is like any other internship - I'm doing ALL the grunt work...but I absolutely love it. I'm also working at the Parthenon, part time, which is a really cool experience. (Mrs. Scruton gives extra credit to those who attend the parthenon...I wonder if she would've given me EXTRA extra credit for visiting AND getting job out of it? Maybe not… Haha. Are you from Nashville? I'm not from the Nashville area, but rather Peach Bottom, PA in the heart of "Amish Country". You can imagine between home and Bethel, jumping into "city life" has been a bit of a change. Interstate driving has gotten a lot easier. What’s your major? I'm a music business major which means I had to do an internship before my senior year. When I found this out as a first semester freshman my mind immediately went to IBMA (the International Bluegrass Music Association). IBMA is a non-profit organization which helps preserve and promote bluegrass music all over the world. They host an annual week long event which is held at the Renaissance Hotel/convention center and includes a 4 day long business conference with music showcases in the evening as well as a 3 day music festival known as Fan Fest. There's also an awards ceremony right in the middle of the week at the Ryman Auditorium which is like any other awards ceremony - everyone's dressed to the nine's in tuxes and ball gowns everything - it's pretty legit. :) What do you do at the IBMA? I've been in charge of stuffing envelopes, mailing all sorts of things (I mail a lot of stuff to Alison Krauss...it's not nearly as exciting as it sounds haha), renewing memberships, making spreadsheets (something I've been learning since the 7th grade - I finally got to use it!), answering phones, inventory, running the copier to death, organizing papers, helping Photoshop stuff for the website...basically all the grunt work that nobody wants to do or puts off doing until they find someone to do for them. Thing is, I absolutely LOVE it. The people are really great, there's music playing in there all the time and I get to see EVERYTHING that goes into producing the event that I've gone to religiously since I was 14. When this year even rolls around at the end of September I'll be coming back to Nashville to help out with it. I couldn't ask for a better internship. Would you want to work at the IBMA full time? If they offered me a job when I graduate, darn skippy, I'd take it in a heartbeat! What are you doing at the Parthenon? The days I don't intern I'm working at the Parthenon. I really, really like it there. I've gotten to meet people from all over the world and to be honest, the hours and pay aren't that bad which is definitely a plus! I've learned so much about Greek mythology it is ridiculous...and I only work at the front desk and gift shop! (I wish I would've had humanities NEXT semester - that's one test I would have aced!) It's a lot of fun and I work with some really cool people there too. So there ya have it. That's been my summer in a nutshell. BUSY BUSY BUSY! In fact, tomorrow will be the first day I'll have had off in 9 days...it's veg out time! But while it's been crazy busy it's been extremely fun and full of wonderful learning experiences and life lessons.
- Allin Montford What are you doing this summer? I am currently working with the Children's Theatre program at KPAC in Paris, TN. I am Assistant Directing, Choreographing, and Musically Directing a production of High School Musical Jr. with high school students aged 13-18. Also I am directing a production of Disney's The Jungle Book with 5-8 year olds later on in the summer. It is such a blast to work with these kids and teach them what I've learned from being in shows in high school and at Bethel. Are you from Paris, TN? Yes. Is this your first involvement with KPAC? I was in the summer plays at KPAC for several years and my senior year I had the opportunity to work with a group of kids on choreography. Following that I have co-directed a short play; directed a short play; and assistant directed, choreographed, and musically directed a full scale musical. Have you ever directed at the KPAC before? This summer is the first time I have been entrusted with directing a full scale musical. It is with a very young group of kids and, I'm sure, will prove to be a very fun and challenging process. What are you studying at Bethel? I'm pursuing a degree in Music Education, however I hope to always have a place, I can, not only develop children's musical talents but also their talent on stage. Why did you choose to major in Music Education? The reason I opted to major in Music Ed rather than Theatre is that, for the most part, a major in Theatre only opens up a few more doors where as a major in Music Ed grants me the ability to teach music, but also I can take my personal experience from my past theatrical endeavors along with those I will face in the Renaissance Theatre program. What do you get out of this experience? I absolutely love watching kids start in the youngest plays and grow. And being able to be a part of that growth is an amazing feeling. One of my favorite moments of being a part of Children's Theatre is auditions. Kids work all year and it’s so amazing when someone comes in that used to be good and blows your socks off with how much they have learned. I hope to always have a part in local theatre wherever I end up.
- Camp Renaissance 2011 kicked off on Sunday, June 5 on Bethel University’s McKenzie campus. This week, campers age 13 to 18 are participating in Camp Renaissance Act One.
- Nelson and the Bear Project By Madison Irving Does climate change affect black bear growth? A study at the University of Memphis, involving five to six hundred black bear skulls from all over the western United States and southern Canada, has set out to prove that it does. It appears that the size of bears correlate to the climate conditions in the range where the bear lived. Using skulls kept in natural historymuseums, researchers have not only been able to study familial relationships between bears but they have also found that the bears tend to be larger where the climate is colder. The additional goal of the study is to determine whether climate change and specifically global warming is causing changes in black bear growth. Global warming is an issue that has intrigued Dr. John Nelson, an environmental studies teacher at Bethel University, for a long time. Nelson received his doctorate from University of Memphis and has kept in touch with a mentor at U of M, Dr. Michael Kennedy. Kennedy, knowing Nelson’s involvement in the study of global warming, asked him to come on board for the bear project in order to create a connection between global warming and its effects on wildlife. There have been many studies done before of the same nature so they are using past data as well as data they have collected themselves. As new information comes in it is sent over to Nelson for analysis. “No evidence is in hand yet, but warmer temperatures are bound to have some effect. What is unknown now is what the ultimate effects will be on each species. I am not real familiar with the scientific literature that deals with temperature effects on wildlife, but my own dissertation research showed that high temperatures do put a stress on females that are carrying young in the womb. And those youngsters showed the stress in minute levels of asymmetrical development in skull structures”, explained Nelson. Doing a project like this is bound to take a lot of time and effort, but Nelson seems to pack it all in. “The time that I will spend on the project will largely be determined by my course load at Bethel University. Right now the Biology Department is severely overloaded. In the current semester the 5 full-time faculty members taught the equivalent of 9 faculty positions. It will probably turn out that I spend lots of time during breaks and weekends working these kinds of projects.” This project is very important to Nelson, as he explained, “the project will give me a chance to get re-involved with wildlife research. It is also a project that will allow researchers a chance to potentially show that global warming is real, and that it is having real, and measurable effects on the wildlife in our country.” Dr. Kennedy is applying for and hopes to receive a grant from the National Science Foundation in order to create a research program that operates to create a connectiondirectly from Bethel University to the program at U of M. Unfortunately, due to the large number of projects currently underway and the limited grant funds available, it may be difficult to receive funding. A project of this nature would make it possible for students at Bethel to participate in research and analysis outside of text books and the classroom curriculum, giving them valuable hands-on experience.
- U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will be Bethel University’s Commencement Speaker for the school’s spring 2011 Commencement on May 7, 2011.