- 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.
- Wednesday October 2 Blessing of the Animals 5:30 pm, Alumni Garden - As we share in this ancient and liturgical service, we commemorate the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all of God’s creatures great and small. The officiates will be the Reverend Dr. Anne Hames, University Chaplain, and the Reverend Dr. Jon Carlock, Professor of Religion and Philosophy. Bethel family, community, alumni and their pets are invited to participate. Light refreshments (pet treat buffet will be sponsored by PetSmart) and fellowship will follow. Photographers will be on hand to capture the moments. Portrait sessions are available from 4:30 to 5:15 at the Log Cabin and immediately following the service. *Please remember leashes, carriers, etc. for the safety of your pet and others. friday, october 4 Registration and Information 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Campbell Hall - Pick up your tickets and name tags; make any last minute reservations you might have forgotten to make, and more! 13th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament 10:00 AM, Carroll Lake Golf Club - Reservations Required, $220 per team/$55 per person - Fee include greens fee, cart, lunch & prizes. Registration begins at 9:00AM. Tee off at 10 with lunch service starting at noon. For more information and to make reservations contact Myra Carlock @ 731-352-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org Division of Music Recital Hour Noon, L.J Turner Recital Hall, Marr’s Stockton Music Center - Enjoy choral and instrumental performances by Bethel University music students. Purple and White Men’s Basketball Scrimmage 3:00 PM, Wildcat Gym, Crisp Arena - Watch the Wildcat Men’s Basketball Team in scrimmage action! GOLDEN GRADS CLASS OF ‘63 REUNION 5:00 PM, Wildcat Alley (behind the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment) - Reservations are Required - Join your classmates for a time of fun and fellowship! This event is being hosted by Jim and Maribeth McGuire & Charles and Wanda McCaskey. Alumni Dinner, Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions and Alumni Award Presentations 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Board Room at the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment, Crisp Wing - Reservations are Required - $15/person - Catch up on all that is going on at Bethel University. Learn about our future plans and visit with old friends.The 2013 Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions will be celebrated during the dinner plus special recognition of the Class of 1963. Unveiling and rededication of the Athletic Hall of Fame 8:15 PM, Crisp Arena (located in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment) - Join us to see the unveiling of the new Athletic Hall of Fame. AN EVENING WITH Renaissance 8:30 PM, Dickey Fine Arts Building, Bouldin Auditorium - Don’t miss this incredible Renaissance performance showcasing Vocal Authority, Bethel Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and more in an all new show that you’re sure to love! BONFIRE AND SPIRIT RALLY 8:30 PM, Parking Area behind Wildcat Stadium - Let’s get fired up for Saturday’s game! Join the Wildcat Marching Band, the Wildcat Cheerleaders, the Wildcat Football Team, alumni, faculty and staff in a revival of this special tradition. If you remember them fondly, you won’t want to miss this. If you’ve never been to a bonfire, you CAN’T miss it! COFFEE HOUSE 10:00 PM, Daily Grind at the Marr’s Stockton Music Building (formerly the University Center) - Coffee House is BACK and on Friday night! We’re inviting alumni to showcase their talent along with current students, faculty and staff. Do you have a song or poem you want to share with your BU Family? Then Coffee House is the place to be. Contact the Student Activities Director, Rachel Stephens at email@example.com or Caleb Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 731-614-1085 to sign up for your chance in the spotlight. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 WILDCAT 5K RUN 8:00 AM, Baker Fieldhouse - 5K sponsored by the Bethel Cross Country Team and hosted by Coach Brandon Kilburn, phone 731-412-8824 or email email@example.com. The race will begin at 8:00AM Registration is required as well as a $10 entry fee, and the first 15 registrants will receive a Wildcat Run Kit. Alumni and Friends 20th annual Parade Breakfast 10:00 AM, Home of Jon and Myra Carlock, 248 Cherry Ave. - Join your friends and come watch the parade with us. *Current students may only attend if they are accompanied by their parents* THE 2013 HOMECOMING PARADE 10:00 AM - For more information about the parade contact Rachel Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or Caleb Butler at email@example.com or 731-614-1085. LADY WILDCAT’S BASKETBALL SCRIMMAGE 11:00 AM, Crisp Arena - Watch the Lady Cats in Scrimmage Action! KidZONE! FUN! FUN! FUN! 11:00 - 2:00, Located in the greenspace next to Baker Field House - Sponsored by the College of Professional Studies. Bring the Baby Cats and the Jr. Cats and let them have some big fun while you take a break. Enjoy Inflatables, Jumpers, Face Painting and Snacks. BASEBALL/CROSS COUNTRY 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM - Located at Wildcat Field - SOFTBALL STYLE ALUMNI GAME. Immediately following the game THE 3rd ANNUAL TIMMY KILBURN SHRIMP BOIL! Food will be ready at noon, and all are welcome to swing by and grab a bite of Cajun style shrimp, corn and potatoes. For more information contact Rusty Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 731-415-8914. TAILGATE WILDCAT STYLE! Noon until 2:00 PM - Located in Wildcat Alley - Music, specialty food vendors and the first ever WILDCAT STRUT!!! You won’t want to miss this! ULTIMATE TAILGATE COMPETITION Noon until 2:00 PM - Located in Wildcat Alley - It’s the Ultimate Tailgate Competition- Reservations are required as well as a $50 entry fee ($25 for Student Organizations)! Join some of the best tailgaters in the county and show off your Wildcat Style. Judging will begin at 1:00 PM. There will be 3 divisions for tailgating: 1) Students, 2) Alumni, 3) Others (non-student, non-alumni). Prizes will be awarded to the top tailgating spots in each division. Prizes to include prize packs from the Alumni Office consisting of fun Bethel University gear, bragging rights and the coveted Tailgate Trophy! Tailgates will be judged on the following categories: 1) Decorations/Theme, 2) Food – with categories Appetizers: hot or cold, Main Dish: soup, chili, stew, gumbo, From the Grill: beef, chicken, pork, seafood, Dessert: cake, cookie, pie, specialty sweets 3) Entertainment (what is going on at the tailgate), 4) Overall spirit. Enter one category or enter them all! It’s time to let your TAILGATING LIGHT SHINE!!!!! To register and to receive a copy of the rules please contact Myra Carlock at email@example.com or 731-352-4090, Rachel Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 731-352-4068, or Caleb Butler at email@example.com or 731-614-1085 Copies of the rules will also be available on line via the BU website and on Facebook BU Homecoming 2013 . WILDCAT FOOTBALL 2:00 PM, Wildcat Stadium - Bethel vs Bluefield Rams GO CATS GO!!!! Homecoming Royalty, Alumni Award Winners and Athletic Hall of Fame Winners, Spirit Week Winners, Golden Grads will be recognized during halftime along with a spectacular performance by the Wildcat Marching Band. SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Reunion Mixer 5:00 to 6:00 PM, Carroll Lake Country Club - Join Kelly Sanders-Kelley and alumni SIFE members for a relaxed gathering to cap off your Homecoming Weekend. ALPHA PHI SIGMA’s 75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Carroll Lake Country Club - Alumnae Sisters are invited to share in this very special anniversary celebration. Reservations required/$30 per person. Ticket price includes 75th Anniversary t-shirts, dinner and the dance following. For further information please contact Audra Henderson at 731-415-9220 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To make reservations for this event, make checks payable to: Audra Henderson, 10 Kambridge Dr., Medina, TN 38355. *At 8:00 PM this event opens to anyone who is 21 years or older with tickets available at the door for $5.00 AN EVENING WITH Renaissance 7:00 PM, Dickey Fine Arts Building, Bouldin Auditorium - Cap off your Homecoming experience with this encore performance showcasing Vocal Authority, Bethel Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and more! This is just a taste of what Homecoming 2013 has in store for you! We sure hope to see you on campus the first weekend in October! It’s been a while for some of you and we miss you when we don’t see you! For any additions to the Homecoming line up or to schedule a special interest reunion during the weekend, please contact Myra Carlock at email@example.com or 731-352-4090
- Students from Bethel’s School of Education spent a weekend volunteering at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, KY. The Center for Courageous Kids is a world class medical camping facility that provides a cost-free, safe, and fun camping experience for seriously ill and disabled children and their families.
- Bethel University had its second annual Relay for Life Kickoff on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Odom Lecture hall with huge success. More than 50 students, faculty and staff attended to show their support for the Fight against Cancer. American Cancer Society Representative David Lane opened up with explaining how Relay for Life is more than just a fundraiser. Relay is a life-changing experience. Every person in the community has a chance to celebrate, remember, and fight back. And every person who participates joins others around the globe as part of this worldwide movement to end cancer. Kayla Dyer, a Senior Bethel University Student, shared her moving story of battling cancer twice and defeating it! A short Luminaria Ceremony was held to remember those who had lost their fight in the battle with cancer. Both experiences were very moving, motivating four teams to sign up that night alone! For more information, contact Relay for Life Committee Chairmen David Ivy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Advisor Rachel Stephens at email@example.com.