- 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.
- Bethel University’s Department of Nursing and Division of Human Services hosted a poverty simulation on Thursday, Sept. 12, where students were given the opportunity to assume life situations of individuals living at the poverty level.
- Bethel's SGA/Student Life Department announces that Dale Kelley, Director of Athletics at Bethel, has agreed to be the Grand Marshal in this year's Homecoming parade. SGA representatives said they chose Kelley because of his community involvement and service.
- Bethel University’s annual Homecoming Golf Tournament will be Friday, Oct. 4 at Carroll Lake Golf Club.
- To have the ability to work with a Tony Award and Emmy Award winning actress like Cherry Jones, is an opportunity that most actors will never get. This semester the cast of “Doubt” at Bethel University got the opportunity to have an insightful conversation with Jones, who won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress for her work in “Doubt.” “To be a college student and to have the opportunity to work with someone who originated the role has left me speechless,” commented Faye Taylor, who is playing Sister Aloysius in the Bethel production. “Her depth and capacity to create a life out of the words on a page gave me an unexplainable inspiration toward acting.” Jones gave the cast notes and shared her elaborate backstory behind the character of Sister Aloysius. Providing a first hand perspective, she was able to prepare the cast for how to deal with the audience, and their reaction to the show. “Play Aloysius rigid and unyielding, and with 100% certainty,” Jones noted. “One-third of the audience will side with Aloysius, one-third will side with Flynn and one-third will be left scratching their head, and that is the beauty of this production.” The play is set in 1964, at St. Nicolas Catholic Church and Elementary School in the Bronx. The crisply-written play focuses on the conversations between Sister Aloysius (Faye Taylor, Senior), the strict school principal, a more progressive and kindhearted Sister James (Chelsea Fuller, Senior) and Father Flynn (Jamie Sullivan, Senior), who is also the new-age parish priest. Once Sister Aloysius suspects Father Flynn of committing a serious crime again the school's only African-American student, Donald Muller, she is determined to have Flynn removed from the school. In his defense, Father Flynn reminds Sister Aloysius “even if you feel certainty, it is an emotion and not a fact.” The audience is also introduced to Donald Muller’s cunning mother Mrs. Muller (Alexis Ward, Sophomore). “I am thrilled for the opportunity and challenge of directing this complex production,” commented Travis McLeese, Director of Renaissance Relations who is directing this production. “I remember seeing the production and walking out of the theatre speechless.” “The cast got the explicit opportunity to see inside the mind of the brilliant imagination of such an acclaimed and experienced actress,” added Chelsea M. Fuller who is playing Sister James. The Bethel cast is set to present the award winning play “Doubt” A Parable, written by John Patrick Stanley September 13 & 14 at 7:00 pm at the Bethel Performing Arts Center. Jones is preparing her return to Broadway in September as Amanda Wingfield in a revival of “The Glass Menagerie,” which had a much-praised run this winter at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. The Broadway run is currently set to run through early January 2014. Tickets for Doubt are $10. All Bethel Faculty, Staff and Students receive free admission with Bethel ID. For more information or to reserve your tickets contact the Renaissance Office at 731-393-0405.
- Nursing students in Bethel’s graduating class of 2013 have received a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX), which measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse, according to Mary Bess Griffith, Director of Nursing at Bethel. The overall pass rate for first-time, U.S.
- Students beginning the Bethel University nursing program this fall gathered for orientation this week. They included (back row l to r): Heather Merrell of Buchanan; Cassandra Laws of Trezevant; Cayla Busuito of Paris; Alex Bearden of Trussville, Ala.; Rachael Perrault of Clarksville; Hannah Potts of Henry; Morgan Gilliam of McKenzie; Jimmie Walker of Bartlett; Lesley Medlin of Camden; and Austen Daniels of Buchanan; (front row l to r): Ndidi Umezinwa of Newark, N.J.; Kaitlin Wood of Dyersburg; Anna Bullard of Counce; Sarah Mann of McKenzie; Shelby Harris of Camden; Amalia Aguirre of Alamo; Teresa Farmer of Bruceton; Victoria Dowd of Eagleville; Deanna Irvin of Ashland City; Melissa Wyatt of Camden; Kyle Trent of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Brittany Reeder of Hollow Rock; and Christopher Yeater of Newbern.