- Bethel University held its summer 2011 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the school's McKenzie campus.
- The Bethel University Center for Travel Studies is offering a Disney Institute travel study opportunity Aug. 28-Sept.
- Daniel Killian What are you doing this summer? I am doing an internship this summer at Universal Music Publishing, the largest music publishing company in the world. How did you get involved with this internship? I got involved in this internship because it is required for me to graduate. And for me the choice was simple, I went to Nashville on career day with the rest of the music industry majors from Bethel. We were exposed to many different areas of the business and I chose to intern at a publishing company. I applied at several, and was surprised to secure an internship at the biggest music publishing company in the world, Universal Music Publishing What is your major? I am a music business major. What are your duties in this internship? So far, I have helped update the catalog. I’ve met many famous songwriters, and even talked to a few well-known superstars of country music such as Keith Urban. What are you planning to do when you graduate? After graduation, I plan on attending law school specializing in entertainment law.
- Kayla Dyer What are you doing this summer? I am doing mission work this summer at a deaf Church in Nashville. It's called Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church. How did you get involved? How I got involved...Well last summer I went on a mission trip to West Virgina with the Weakley County Baptist Association and my friend and the intern for the BCM at UTM and now Bethel went with us. When we got there our camp pastor had a son who has special needs and was starting to learn sign language. We got super close and I would sign with him a little each day. Well that summer I felt lead to do mission work more during college and to make it a life choice for after college. I said that God spoke through a little boy who couldn’t speak. Also my major at Bethel is special education and I want to work with deaf children. When we were still in West Virginia the intern (Sam) told me about a mission trip that his friend had gone on to Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church and he thought it would be a great idea for me to apply for a summer internship with them so I prayed about it and applied and one year later here I am at that very church! God is Good! How did you start signing? I got started with signing through my church. We have always had a signing team. We sign to music. I started when I was in 5th grade. I have never had a sign language class before this trip. This is my first time working with this church and with deaf people! What an experience!
- Bethel University friends gathered on the school’s McKenzie campus Saturday, June 25 for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Odom Hall. “We are very proud of this renovation,” Bethel President Bob Prosser said.
- Zach Tucker What are you doing this summer? I’m going to airborne school this month at Ft. Benning, GA to jump out of C-130 planes and I can’t wait! How or why did you get involved? I’m in an Infantry unit out of Springfield TN. I got back from Iraq last August. I went to Air Assault School over Christmas break. It was the toughest ten days in the Army; rappelling out of Blackhawk helicopters. I actually had to complete a semester two weeks early to go.
- Leanne Kerner What are you doing this summer? This summer I am working as the children's minister at Margaret Hank Cumberland Presbyterian church in Paducah Ky. My job is to pick out literature and other age appropriate materials for the youth, teach a Sunday school class, do an age appropriate bible study on Wednesday night and even add a few random fun activities like Put-Put, baseball games, Luaus, movie days and my favorite of all plan vacation bible school. Bible school is something that is consuming most of my time at this point but I am so excited to see what God has in store for it! How did you get involved with Margaret Hank C.P.? I have been at Margaret Hank since September but didn't really have that much time to spend with the kids until this summer because I was in school. They are great to work with and each has their own unique personality to share with the world. This is an experience I would not trade for the world. After all I get to do what I love, work with kids and plan fun activities for them. Have you participated in anything else this summer? I have also had a great opportunity to do some community service this summer; the biggest thing was a “stuff the truck” event to benefit those affected by the Alabama tornado. We took donations of clothes, food, toys and totalities in hope to fill a semi to be unloaded at a community center serving food and trying to meet basic needs in the time of disaster.
- 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