- The Bethel University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Bethel Interim President Walter Butler as the 40th President of the school during its Summer 2014 Trustee meeting. Butler has served as Interim President since Aug.
- Bethel University held its Summer 2014 Commencement on Saturday, Aug. 2 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena at the school’s McKenzie campus. Three hundred fifty-two students graduated. The Rev. Lisa Anderson, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, delivered the Commencement address. Anderson shared that even though many point out that these are very challenging times, “we have the same tools as God’s people have always had.” “We can be optimists about the world today,” Anderson said. “The key is for us to have a simple understanding of who we are and of what God expects of us.” Anderson referred to the Bible verse, Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. “We must shed light on injustice,” Anderson said. “We must love kindness and love doing it. The act of showing kindness positively impacts our health. We must also love mercy, and we must recognize that humility is a lifelong lesson – one we learn over and over.” Anderson ended her address by telling graduates that she would be praying that they would do good in the world. “Finally,” she said, “don’t take yourself too seriously. Instead, take God seriously.”
- On Saturday, July 19, 2014, the Bethel Physician Assistant program class of 2016 hosted its 1st annual Junior PA Day. Approximately 90-100 children were in attendance for the event.
- The Rev. Lisa Anderson, moderator of the 184th General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, will serve as Bethel University’s summer 2014 commencement speaker. It has been a long-standing tradition that the recently elected moderator serve as summer commencement speaker at Bethel. Rev. Anderson currently serves as pastor of Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Memphis. She also serves as Pediatric Chaplain at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a role she has held for two decades. Additionally, Rev. Anderson is founding director of Room in the Inn-Memphis, a ministry for those experiencing homelessness in Memphis. Rev. Anderson holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Christian Brothers University and a Master of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary. Summer 2014 Commencement services are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2 on the McKenzie campus in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena. Approximately 250 students are scheduled to earn degrees. Commencement services for those receiving undergraduate degrees will be at 10 a.m., and Commencement services for those receiving graduate degrees will be at 2 p.m. Seating for each service begins one hour prior to each event. For more information about Summer 2014 Commencement, contact Myra Carlock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bethel and Henry and Carroll Counties are co-hosting the very first Bassmaster National High School Championship beginning today running through Saturday on Kentucky Lake and Carroll County's One Thousand Acre Recreational Lake. "Sixty of the best high school teams in the nation are competing for scholarships and merchandise as well as the first National Championship trophy," said Hank Weldon who is the tournament director. The teams qualified through individual state B.A.S.S. Nation organizations. "This is really kicking up the B.A.S.S. high school initiative," said Jon Stewart, director of B.A.S.S. Nation. "With the competition later being aired on ESPNU, the growing high school sport of bass fishing will be showcased like never before." Full coverage of the event will be carried on ESPU, Sunday, July 27 at 9 a. m. The first two days of competition will be on Kentucky Lake with weigh-ins at Paris Landing in Paris, Tennessee. The finalists will compete for two days on Carroll County's One Thousand Acre Recreational Lake and weigh their catches on the beautiful campus of Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee Friday and Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m. Besides earning the title of national champion, the winning team will receive $21,000 in scholarships from B.A.S.S. as well as merchandise provided by sponsors. In addition, Bethel will award $40,000 in scholarships; $5,000 a year for four years will go to the top two finishing anglers provided they are either a junior or senior in high school. The Bethel Scholarships will be awarded to the two anglers who qualify to be used at Bethel University as they become a part of the Bethel University Wildcat Bass fishing team. . "We are so proud here at Bethel University to help host the very first Bass Masters High School National Championship. Bethel University has created a huge legacy in the sport of Bass Fishing and now we get to showcase our school to high school students from all across America -- students who we hope will make more than one trip to our campus and who will want to become a part of the Bethel Bass Fishing tradition. What a wonderful way to highlight our University on a national stage," said Garry Mason Head Bass Fishing Coach.
- Four Bethel nursing students were awarded scholarships from the Tennessee Nurses Association recently. Each district in the state is given $2,000 to give to currently enrolled nursing students, and the following students (shown l to r) were awarded $500 scholarships each: Amanda Ayers of McKenzie; Cassandra Laws of Trezevant, Nicole Hall of Big Sandy and Hannah Potts of Henry.
- Bethel will hold its Summer 2014 Commencement services on Saturday, Aug. 2 on the school’s McKenzie campus in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena.
- (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Former Bethel University President Robert Prosser received a resolution today from the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives congratulating him on his retirement and honoring his service to the University. The resolution was presented to Prosser by Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) who sponsored the congratulatory measure in the Tennessee Senate. Prosser retired as President of the University last July. The General Assembly, which had adjourned for the summer and fall months, passed the resolution upon returning for the 2014 legislative session. “Without a doubt, Robert Prosser has been one of the best Presidents ever to have served Bethel University,” said Senator Stevens. “His vision and his extraordinary entrepreneurial skills resulted in unprecedented growth, both in enrollment and academically.” Senate Joint Resolution 585 states “known as ‘The Entrepreneurial President,’ Robert Prosser has built a legacy of leadership at Bethel which shall continue to guide the university for years to come. It is fitting that this legislative body give due recognition to Robert Prosser, one of Tennessee’s most distinguished and accomplished educational leaders, on the occasion of his retirement and extend to him our best wishes for success in his every future endeavor.” The resolution notes that during Prosser’s fifteen-year tenure, a number of new academic programs were founded, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program, the Master of Business Administration program, and an on-line bachelor and master degree program in criminal justice which is one of only fourteen in the nation endorsed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates.
- Bethel University’s Department of Athletics held the First Annual Bacon and Egg Scramble at Dyersburg Municipal Golf Course in Dyersburg on Friday, May 30. The event was a fundraiser for Bethel athletics and was sponsored by Heart and Vascular Center of West Tennessee.
- Bethel’s Department of Nursing held its ceremonial nurse pinning for its spring 2014 graduates on Friday, May 9. The evening began with dinner with graduates and their families along with nursing faculty and staff. The speaker for the evening was Angel Parker, BSN, RN, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, who gave an inspiring speech on the role compassion plays in the life of a nurse. Next, awards were presented with a milestone occurring with one award. “This is the first time we have not been able to determine just one student who stood out because this is such a strong class of students,” said Mary Bess Griffith, Bethel Director of Nursing. “Therefore, the award for Excellence in Clinical Performance goes to our entire class of 2014.” Recipients of the remaining awards included: Shaniece Bond of Jackson, who received an award in Recognition of Growth & Achievement; Jennifer Roberts of Bartlett, who received an award in Recognition of Growth & Achievement; Ashton Carnahan of Waverly, who received the Excellence in Nursing Professionalism Award; Andrew McNeese of Greeneville, who received Recognition for Caring and Compassion; and Dawn Walker of McKenzie, who received the Florence Nightingale Award in Nursing. After awards, the pinning ceremony began. The nurse pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcome into the nursing profession. This year’s pinning included a new component where graduates chose someone of significance in their lives who could come forward and take part in the pinning with them. Following pinning, Florence Nightingale lamps were lit to honor the founder of modern nursing, and graduates vowed to carry Nightingale’s ideals as they recited the International Council of Nurses Pledge. Spring 2014 graduates included: Sara Anese Baker of Lawrenceburg; Shaniece Noryelle Bond of Jackson; Ashton B. Carnahan (Magna Cum Laude) of Waverly; Wendy Rebecca Cude (Magna Cum Laude) of McKenzie; Britany Leigh Dyer of Medina; Jason M. Hypes of Greenfield; Melesa Gayle Lassiter of Dresden; Linzee Devan McCollum (Cum Laude) of Lexington; Kimberly Dawn McCormick of Parsons; Elizabeth Ann McCrory of Paris; Andrew Jones McNeese of Greeneville; Melissa Ann Morales of Antioch; Scott Sampson Norris Sr. of Parsons; Ashley Lauren Peterson of Huntingdon; Jennifer Lynn Roberts of Bartlett; Steven Charles Sweatt of Paris; Dawn M. Walker of McKenzie; Deseray Shaniel Washington of Jackson; Kayla Miles Watson of Cottage Grove; and Joseph Dalton Wilder of Dyersburg.