- With the flu season underway, the following policy regarding class cancellation applies: Classes will continue as scheduled. Should the Bethel University administration deem any change to this policy, the information will be posted here at www.bethelu.edu and will be posted in a recorded message on the Bethel Bulletin Board at 731-352-6450.
- Potential students can get a good idea of what Bethel University is all about Tuesday, Sept. 29, by attending the first of the school’s Preview Days this year.
- Bethel welcomed 17 area guidance counselors to campus Thursday, Sept. 10, for their annual Guidance Counselors’ Retreat.
- Sept. 8, 2009 KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Despite a tie in its season opener, Bethel (Tenn.) University holds as the No. 1 team in the first regular season 2009 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the NAIA announced Tuesday. With a 2-0-1 overall record, Bethel totaled 19 out of the possible 22 first-place votes and 617 points. In the opener against Lee (Tenn.) on Aug. 25, the Wildcats and Flames played to a 0-0 tie after two overtimes. Since then, the Wildcats have swiped two wins by a combined score of 9-2. Bethel, the defending national champions, now holds a 17-match unbeaten streak dating back to Oct. 4, 2008. With two first-place votes and 592 total points, No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) moved up three spots from the preseason poll (Aug. 18). The second spot is the highest for the Eagles since No. 2 on Aug. 19, 2008. Concordia took down then-No. 11 Hastings (Neb.), 2-0, at home on Sunday for one of its two early wins. No. 3 Notre Dame (Ohio) has sprinted out to a 4-0 start to the year. The Falcons earned 581 points and jumped up four spots. Notre Dame has now been ranked in the top 10 in the last six polls. Through four matches, Notre Dame has out-scored its opponents by a 21-3 margin. A team that is consistently among the top 5, No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), tallied 573 total points and the other first-place nod. Lindsey Wilson, who has been ranked in the top 5 in 12 of the last 13 polls, has yet to allow a goal during its 2-0 start. Moving up five spots to No. 5 is Azusa Pacific (Calif.). The Cougars own a 4-0 record and were awarded 531 total points in the Top 25 poll. Azusa Pacific owns a 14-3 combined scoring advantage including an impressive 2-1 win over then-No. 15 Simon Fraser (B.C.) on Aug. 27. St. Xavier (Ill.) reaches the Top 25 for the first time since the preseason poll back on Aug. 17, 2004, at No. 24 - the Cougars are No. 12 this week with a 3-1-0 mark. Bethel (Ind.) has also snapped a long drought with a No. 17 ranking this week. The Pilots last were ranked back on Nov. 1, 2006, in the No. 20 slot. Two teams that made a big fall out of the Top 25 since the Preseason poll is Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) (No. 4) and Mobile (Ala.) (No. 7). Mount Vernon Nazarene is 3-2 on the year having lost its first two games. Mobile is 1-1 having lost to then-unranked Martin Methodist (Tenn.). The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. The second regular season Top 25 poll will be announced on Sept. 15. For more information on NAIA men's soccer, please click here.
- The very prominent Bethel College Student Center Sign that welcomed visitors to the Marrs-Stockton Student Center now reflects Bethel's name change to a university! Bethel officially became a university on Aug.
- A discussion style forum on Tuesday, Sept. 8, gave students at Bethel University the opportunity to ask some very frank and honest questions about suicide and about how to prevent it.
- Bethel University’s Renaissance Theatre program formally announces it shows for fall 2009 according to Brian Hill, Renaissance Theatre director. “The first production will be the comic play The Curious Savage,” Hill said.
- A rare, five-way tie resulted in the naming of five Bethel University students for the 2009-2010 Hutchins Scholar award. Audrey McClain of Columbia, Brittany Meeks of Fairfield, Ill., Sandy Nasif of Nashville, Candace Salcido of Portland, Tenn., and Joshua Wharton of Marion, Ill., were each named Hutchins Scholars at the school’s Opening Convocation service on Aug.
- Cindy Mallard of Milan has been appointed Interim Academic Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Bethel University according to Walter Butler, Executive Vice-President of the College of Liberal Arts. “I am very pleased that Cindy will assume this role,” said Butler. “She has involved herself in many aspects of Bethel’s academic atmosphere, and I think those experiences will allow her to make decisions for the academic process with a knowledge of the many perspectives that will be impacted.” Mallard is 1983 graduate of Milan High School, and she earned her B.A. in English from Bethel College, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1998. In 1999 she earned a master’s degree in English at the University of Memphis and began teaching in the English Department at Bethel in the fall of 1999. She has been the recipient of Bethel’s Shelton Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership and has served as Faculty Secretary as well as on many committees, including a term as chair of the Faculty Communications Committee. A frequent contributor at regional and national academic conferences and a performer in college and community drama productions, Mallard is also a successful artist whose painting and pottery have appeared in exhibits and art fairs throughout the area. She has two sons, Christopher Fuchs and Nathan Fuchs.
- Bethel held its annual freshman orientation carnival on Thursday, August 13 in the courtyard on campus. The carnival ended the first day of freshman orientation where close to 350 undergraduate students classified as freshmen took part.