- Bethel University’s 2013 “Christmas with Renaissance” completed its first weekend of shows at the Bethel Performing Arts Center this past weekend. It also had one show at TPAC in Nashville.
- The Bethel University Percussion Ensemble is proud to present the First Annual Community Percussion Christmas Concert, a family-friendly event featuring a variety of favorite Christmas carols and hymns. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., in the L.J. Turner Recital Hall in the Marrs-Stockton Hall. Milk and cookies will also be served.
- The Bethel University Department of Music will present “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
- Bethel’s Renaissance Program is excited to announce the schedule for 2013 “Christmas with Renaissance.” “Christmas with Renaissance” is an annual celebration that showcases the talents of the Renaissance Program at Bethel University. This “fun for the whole family” performance will boast a wide variety of genres of music all focused on the Christmas theme. The concert will feature all aspects of Renaissance including the Renaissance Choir, The Renaissance Quartet, Vocal Authority, Renaissance Theatre, The Renaissance Bluegrass Band, and Renaissance Revolution. Performances are November 22 and 23 at the Bethel Performing Arts Center and December 6 and 7 at the Dickey Fine Arts Building, both in McKenzie. All shows start at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. Matinees will be on November 23 and December 7. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Children and can be purchased at the Bethel University Bookstore. To order tickets through will-call, contact the Bethel Bookstore at 731-352-4094. Bethel Faculty, Staff and Students will receive free tickets for all three performances at the Dickey Fine Arts Building. We encourage you to reserve those tickets in advance in the Bethel Bookstore. This year the group has added another performance on November 24 at the acclaimed Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. This performance will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets to the TPAC Performance will only be sold through the TPAC Box Office. That number is 615-782-4040, or you can purchase them online at tpac.org. Those tickets are reserved seating for $15 each. Groups of 10 or more can contact the TPAC Groups Sales at 615-782-4060 for a discounted ticket price. Like in the past, the group anticipates sold out crowds for each performance.
- Two students from Bethel’s Academic Theatre Production of "Eurydice" -- theatre major Mallory Sellers, and theatre minor Vincent Pupo, have received nominations for their work in the production, to compete at the Irene Ryan Acting Competition at the annual Regional Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival which will be held in Roanoke, Virginia at Hollins University, Feb. 4-8, 2014. Cody Allen, a Bethel Music Major and Theatre Minor, was also given an honorable mention for his work in the area of sound design for the play, "Eurydice." The KCACFT Region Four festival is held every year, and is host to some one thousand theatre students and faculty. This festival includes competitors from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
- Bethel’s Renaissance Theatre will present “Once on This Island,” a musical tale of the power of love, beginning this Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
- Adam Tyler West of Goodlettsville, Tenn., and Joy Pointe of Clarksville, Tenn., are the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen. West and Pointe were crowned during halftime festivities of Bethel University's 2013 Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct.
- Steve Perryman, Treasurer of Bethel University’s Board of Trustees and Vice President of Finance for the school, was awarded the Bethel University Service Award during the 2013 Homecoming Alumni Dinner on Friday, Oct. 4. Perryman was recognized with the award because of his continued support to Bethel through his 10 years of service on the school’s board. Also, Perryman, a seventh generation Cumberland Presbyterian, has supported the Cumberland Presbyterian affiliated Bethel University through the years. In addition to his work with Bethel University, Perryman is a Partner of Abacus CPA's, LLC, one of the leading Certified Public Accounting firms in Springfield, Mo. He also serves as Partner of Abacus Technologies, LLC. Perryman, a native of Calico Rock, Ark., graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. After starting his accounting career in Arkansas, Perryman had an opportunity to move to Springfield, Mo., and formed his own practice, Perryman & Associates in 2000 where he was the sole owner. In January of 2011, Perryman joined forces with the owner of another local firm and formed what is now known as Abacus CPAs, LLC. Perryman has also served as an elder in both the Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Springfield, Mo., Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
- Bethel honored a national championship team and three individuals with inductions into the prestigious Bethel Athletic Hall-of-Fame Friday night at the 2013 Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall-of-Fame Inductions. The event was held in the Board Room in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on the campus of the school. A huge crowd was in attendance to salute and help honor the inductees. The 2013 inductees are: Kayla McSweeney Collins (BS '04) Women's Basketball Glen McCadams (BS '69) Golf, Basketball, Baseball Shorty Akers (Former Student- 58 Basketball) Contributor 2008 Men's National Championship Bethel Soccer Team Alacia McCadams accepted the award on behalf of her late husband. Prior to this year, seventy people had been enshrined into the hall. The 2008 soccer team is the first Bethel team to be inducted. After the ceremonies, many of those in attendance made their way to the East Wing of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment for the unveiling and rededication of the Hall-of-Fame.
- Walter Butler, Interim President for Bethel, was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award during Homecoming Weekend 2013. Butler first came to Bethel College on September 15, 1975, as an Admissions Counselor in the Administration of Dr. Bill Odom. Butler worked for three years in the Admissions department until at the age of 24, he ran for the Office of Carroll County Trustee and won. Butler became the youngest county wide official ever elected in Carroll County. He served as Carroll County Trustee for 16 years being re-elected in 1982, 1986, and 1990, each time unopposed. In 1983, Butler returned to Bethel to complete a second college degree in 1985 in Accounting. In August of 1994, he ran successfully for the Office of Carroll County Executive (now Carroll County Mayor). He served in this capacity until September 1, 1996, when Governor Don Sundquist asked him to become Tennessee’s Director of State Parks. As Director of State Parks he oversaw 54 state parks, 1600 employees and a budget of more than $57 million. In 1999, his last year with State Parks, Tennessee was recognized as one of the top four (4) managed park systems of our 50 states by the Sports Foundation. In early 2000, Governor Sundquist appointed Butler the Deputy Commission of Personnel for Tennessee’s 38,000 employees. In March, 2001, he was asked to become Deputy Commissioner of the newly merged Department of Labor and Workforce development. He was tasked to work with the merger and the Departments of Labor and Employment Security and manage 15,000 state employees, 2,500 contract employees and a budget of $193 million. In January of 2002, Governor Don Sundquist appointed Butler as the Commissioner of Personnel, a position he held to the end of the Governor’s term in office. Bethel President Robert Prosser asked Butler to come back to Bethel and serve as Director of Business Affairs beginning in January of 2003. Butler worked in that position until early 2010 when he was named Executive Vice President for the College of Liberal Arts. In 2011, he moved to become the Vice President for the College of Criminal Justice until he left Bethel in the Fall of 2011. In February of 2013, Butler returned to Bethel University in his position as Director of Business Affairs and on August 1, 2013, he was appointed Interim President by the University’s Board of Trustees. Butler, his wife, Jennifer, and his three sons all graduated from Bethel University.