- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the six 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Regional Coaches of the Year, all of whom are finalists for the Pat Summitt Trophy to be presented to the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year. They are: * Region 1 – Shelley Jarrard, Westminster College * Region 2 – Drew Olson, Concordia University (Neb.) * Region 3 – Dale Neal, Freed-Hardeman University * Region 4 – Mike Williams, Davenport University * Region 5 – Ginger Colvin, Campbellsville University * Region 6 – Chris Nelson, Bethel University (Tenn.) The 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year will be named during the Fifth Annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 6, in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®. "The WBCA congratulates these six outstanding coaches on being named finalists for the Pat Summitt Trophy, presented to the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "Each coach was selected as a finalist by their peers after leading their respective teams to exceptional seasons. The WBCA appreciates and applauds each coach's commitment to their student-athletes, institutions, and communities." "The Marine Corps congratulates the finalists for the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NAIA National Coach of Year," said Lieutenant Colonel Brian C. Proctor, Assistant Chief of Staff Diversity, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. "The hard work and dedication needed to achieve this recognition from their peers exemplifies the Marine Corps leadership values of honor, courage and commitment." The United States Marine Corps and the WBCA present the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the legendary University of Tennessee coach, to the United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coach of the Year annually in each of the six WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; junior/community college and high school). This is the 31st year since 1983 that the WBCA has presented this honor to an NAIA head coach. For a list of past recipients, visit WBCA.org. # # # About the WBCA: Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.
- Due to extensive inclement weather, The Bethel University Fitness Expo and Wildcat Fitness Classic, which were originally scheduled for March 27 and 28, have been postponed until further notice. Unexpected school closings from the winter storms earlier this year have made drastic changes to all organizations on campus for scheduled events.
- Luke Cagle of Linden, Tenn., is Bethel University’s 2015 Hendrix Scholarship winner. Cagle was chosen based on competition examination scores and an interview process. As the winner of the prestigious Hendrix Scholarship, Cagle will earn full tuition, room and board at Bethel. Cagle attends Perry County High School and New Life Christian Church. Cagle, who plans to major in business with an emphasis in accounting, is the son of Ginger and Gil Cagle. Vernon “Trey” Cook III of McEwen, Tenn., is the runner-up in the competition and will earn full tuition. Cook attends McEwen High School and attends Westgate Church in Dickson, Tenn. The son of Ann Marie and Vernon Ray Cook, he plans to major in Christian Studies. Cagle and Cook can both renew their scholarships each year as long as they maintain a 3.6 grade point average (GPA). The Bethel University Hendrix Scholarship celebrates its 27th year in 2015. It was established by Willard R. Hendrix, a successful Nashville civic leader and businessman who had a great desire to bring qualified and dedicated faculty into contact with outstanding and deserving students.
- Students from any major can sign up to take SOC 490 (Global Service Learning), a course offered by Bethel's Sociology department that provides students with opportunities to learn and serve around the globe. This year's service project will take place in Cali, Colombia June 1-10, 2015 and will involve teaching English at Colegio Americano, a school affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
- Bethel University Renaissance will present “Easter with Renaissance” this weekend Friday March 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday March 21 at 2 p.m.
- Potential traditional undergraduate students can get a good idea of what Bethel University is all about this Saturday, March 21, by attending an Open House hosted by the Bethel University College of Arts and Sciences Office of Enrollment Services. Held on the McKenzie campus, the Open House will allow students to tour the campus and to meet with campus representatives.
- For the first time in Bethel fitness history, the Bethel University Fitness Society will be hosting an open fitness competition, the Wildcat Fitness Classic. After years of providing a fitness contest for students, the Fitness Society is now providing a show for the public to get involved.
- The Bethel University Art Department will present its first art exhibition of Spring 2015 in the Kathy Sacks Art Gallery located in the lobby of the Dickey Fine Arts Building with a solo exhibition showcasing work of Nashville photographer John Thomas Collins. Mr.
- Thirteen Bethel University Renaissance students spent the day with Mark Lowry and Kevin Williams and had the chance to record with them in the TMC studio in Nashville, Tenn. The group was a variety of students from Bethel’s Renaissance Choir, Vocal Authority, the Quartet and the Renaissance Theatre program. "Our students did an incredible job! I couldn't be more proud of their professionalism and overall talent," commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. Some of the biggest names in gospel music have made contributions to this project through singing, playing, or producing. A couple of those names include Bill Gaither, The Martins, Dailey and Vincent, Kevin Williams, Greg Ritchie, and Bethel's own Matthew Holt. Holt played piano on several songs, as well as arranged and produced a song that Lowry and the Martins sang. The project is set to release this March.
- The latest graduates from Bethel University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for the second straight year, according to Bethel Nursing Program Director Mary Bess Griffith. “We are so proud of our students and of our faculty and staff who are so committed to the success of this program and of our students,” Griffith said.