- Students Deonte Etheridge and Chelsea Lucas were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during Bethel's Homecoming 2015 festivities Oct. 16-18. Etheridge is a Music Industry major from Augusta, GA. He is the son of Sharon Etheridge. He is a Residence Director in University Hall and is also part of Renaissance Regiment. His future plan is to become an audio engineer, and he hopes to transition artists and musicians to the next level in the music industry. Lucas is majoring in Child Learning and Development. She is the daughter of Jan & Ernie Weaver and Scott & Leann Lucas, and she is from Newbern, TN. She is president of Zeta Nu Theta Sorority and part of Bethel University's Renaissance Choir. Her future plans are to student teach this coming spring and graduate from Bethel in May 2016.
- Randy McCadams (FS'73) was named Bethel University's 2015 Alumni Service Award Winner during Homecoming Weekend 2015 Oct. 16-18. McCadams has strong ties to Bethel University. In addition to his attending Bethel for 2 years before transferring to UT Martina and completing his degree, his maternal grandfather, Calvin Ramsay, taught math and History at Bethel, and his mother and uncles, Dana and Leland Ramsay, attended Bethel also. McCadams' daughter, Jan, works at Bethel in the business department, and she is enrolled in coursework through Bethel's College of Professional Studies. McCadams began serving in the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1971 immediately upon graduating from High School. In 1983, after working seven years with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, he took a full time job with the Army National Guard where he served until retiring from the military in 2004 with 33 years of service including 21 years of active duty. In 1998, while serving with the Army National Guard, McCadams experienced his first work in the mission field when his unit was deployed to Honduras Central America to construct roads, schools and water wells. This tour of humanitarian service forever changed his life giving him an abiding fervor to continue reaching out to the challenged countries of the world. Since his first visit to Central America in 1998, Randy has returned annually, sometimes three times per year, in service to the people there in need. Beginning in 2001, McCadams and a fellow member of his church began taking a mission group to Honduras, C.A., coordinated through the McKenzie Church of Christ. This mission team included a medical team of three to five doctors, a construction crew, benevolent crew and a spiritual team. McCadams has continued coordinating this mission team each year until this present year. In 2004, He began working as a volunteer with Healing Hands International, a disaster and humanitarian relief organization of the churches of Christ, located in Nashville, TN. Through this organization and working in the area of teaching sustainable agriculture, he has worked in four countries of Africa, the northern provinces of Afghanistan, Honduras, Central America and the Navaho Indian reservation in Arizona. Also, he works with Harding University each year during the summer interim semester teaching prospective mission students elements of sustainable agriculture. McCadams also works each Fall in a Healing Hands International program called The Magi Project where thousands of shoe box size gifts are collected and sent to countries of the world including Honduras. Then in December, he travels to Honduras to assist in distributing the boxes to children in rural areas of the country. McCadams' future plans are to continue working abroad as well as here in our own country through Healing Hands International, teaching sustainable agriculture and promoting the elimination of poverty and hunger and bringing glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. He is arried to Judy Scott McCadams, and they have two daughters, Jan and Jennifer, and two grandsons, Lucas 19 and Henry, age 8. He is a member of McKenzie Church of Christ where he is a deacon of Missions.
- Mary E. Shuck (BS'83) was recognized at Bethel University's Homecoming 2015 as this year's recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. Shuck graduated from Bethel with a BS in Biology, cum laude. After graduating from Bethel, she worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, as a technician in the Departments of Virology and Molecular Biology. Her work involved the study of immunoglobulin heavy chain gene rearrangements in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In 1987, Shuck moved into the pharmaceutical industry working for over 20 years as a Drug Discovery Scientist for Pfizer and its legacy companies in Kalamazoo, MI, St. Louis, MO, and Groton, CT. During that time she cloned, expressed, and pharmacologically characterized a number of novel drug targets for Neurobiology, Inflammation, Cardiovascular, and Osteoporosis programs. She was awarded the Upjohn Special Recognition Award for her pioneering work on the establishment of stable cell lines expressing G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) and ion channels, for improved drug screening and lead evaluation. Working across divisional boundaries, Shuck worked with colleagues in Drug Metabolism and Toxicology to establish a novel effux assay to assess the activity of the breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP). This work led to a Special Recognition Award from the Pharmacia Drug Metabolism Transporter Initiative. The most rewarding discovery of her career came as part of the team that identified the Alzheimer’s Beta-secretase 1 (BACE-1). BACE-1 is the enzyme involved in amyloid plaque formation, which is one of the pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Disease. Shuck returned to Kalamazoo, MI in 2009 to work with former colleagues who founded Proteos, a contract research organization (CRO) specializing in the production of recombinant proteins for the life sciences. Shuck is currently the Director of Protein Expression at Proteos, where she leads a team of cell and molecular biologists focused on the production of custom recombinant proteins from mammalian and insect cell systems. She works collaboratively with her customers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, to produce protein reagents that will advance their basic research and drug discovery efforts. "It’s been rewarding to be able to produce high quality reagents for researchers," Shuck said. "Having spent the majority of my career in their shoes, I have a unique perspective on their needs and concerns." Shuck lives in Schoolcraft, MI with her husband of 32 years, Bill Shuck (Bethel, BS,1983) and dog Louie. She spends her free time gardening, cooking and reading. Go to http://www.bethelu.edu/alumni/homecoming/alumni_award_winners/ to see Mary Schuck's acceptance speech for her achievement award.
- Bethel University’s Academic Theatre presented the Tony Award winning musical, Evita, Thursday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 18 on the school’s McKenzie campus. Evita offered music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrated on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story followed Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. The event was part of Bethel's Homecoming 2015 weekend.
- Bethel University hosted its annual Homecoming Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 16 at Carroll Lake Golf Course.
- An Open House for Prospective Traditional Undergraduate students was Saturday, Oct. 17 on Bethel's McKenzie campus. The event coincided with the 2015 Homecoming Weekend, and students had the chance to tour campus, take part in Wildcat Alley pregame activities, tailgating activities and the Bethel Homecoming football game. More than 30 students and their families took part. For information about scheduling a campus visit, go to www.bethelu.edu and click on schedule a visit.
- 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.