- David Lankford of McKenzie, who taught Mathematics at Bethel for more than four decades, was presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during Spring 2013 Commencement to honor his years of service and leadership to the school's Math Department.
- 601 students graduated from Bethel University during the school’s Spring 2013 Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 4. Commencement was held in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus, and Roy Herron, Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party and a former legislator, was the Commencement speaker. Herron kept his remarks very brief sharing a couple of stories that conveyed what he wanted the graduates to remember. “Your life will be as you will it to be,” Herron said. “And nothing can separate you from the love of God.” Students graduated with the following degrees: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
- Roy Herron, former legislator and current Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, will deliver the Commencement address at Bethel University’s spring 2013 Commencement. Bethel’s Commencement ceremonies will be this Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m., in the school’s Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on Wildcat Lane on the McKenzie campus. Roy Herron graduated from UT-Martin with highest honors, studied New Testament and Ethics in Scotland as a Rotary Scholar, then became one of Vanderbilt University’s first two joint Divinity and Law graduates. He worked part-time as a minister and began making his living as a country lawyer and small businessman. He began public service by working on the staffs of his Dresden neighbor, then-Speaker Ned McWherter, and then-Congressman Al Gore when he ran for the U.S. Senate. He was elected to Governor Ned McWherter’s Tennessee House seat, and served there and then in the Tennessee Senate where his colleagues elected him Democratic Floor Leader and Democratic Caucus Chair. He authored literally dozens of laws strengthening ethics, enabling health care, attacking crime, helping victims, and protecting children, workers, whistleblowers and freedoms. Herron held over 1,000 listening meetings, more than any other Tennessee legislator, while attending 1,292 floor sessions, every single session for 26 years except the day his youngest son was being born. He also worked on Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaigns, serving as Gore’s Tennessee state director in 2000. In 2010, Herron won the Democratic nomination seeking to fill Congressman John Tanner’s seat representing Middle and West Tennessee. He earned all eight newspaper endorsements, including those of the Nashville, Jackson and Memphis dailies. In January 2013, Herron concluded his service in the Tennessee Senate and was elected Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party. Herron is the author of three books about faith, family and political humor. He and his “bride” of 26 years, Nancy, a Tennessee Claims Commissioner, are the parents of three Eagle Scouts who now are college students. They are members of the First United Methodist Church in Dresden. Herron also is a Boston Marathoner who has completed more than 30 marathons and ultra-marathons, and last August he completed his fourth Ironman Triathlon, swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, then completing a marathon, 26.2 miles, for a total of 140 miles. Seating for Commencement will begin at 9 a.m. and the processional lineup (for both students and faculty) will also be at 9 a.m. For more information about Bethel University’s spring 2013 Commencement, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The No. 8 Bethel Wildcats captured the AMCW/HAAC/TSAC Unaffiliated Conference Championship Saturday in Springfield Missouri, defeating Graceland University 5-3.
- On Thursday, April 18, 2013 more than 100 women gathered together in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment for the First Annual Bethel University Women’s Conference. The conference proved to be a wonderful time of worship and encouragement. Candise Moody Farmer, a Bethel graduate, author, and founder of Enough Grace Ministries, was the event’s keynote speaker. She spoke about the hope that can be found in God’s promises given through His word. Bethany Ellis, also a Bethel University graduate, provided the music and Bethel student Dorcas Buzigire shared her personal testimony of how God continues to work out all things for good in her life. Before the conference, attendees had the opportunity to eat lunch and fellowship as they browsed through tables set up by local vendors. During the conference, those in attendance were encouraged to hold onto the promises of God, no matter what they were going through. Plans are being made to bring more events like this to Bethel in the future.
- For the first time in its history, Bethel baseball is the TranSouth regular season champion after an 8-2 win Saturday afternoon over No. 17 FHU at Carnes Field in Henderson.
- Several hundred fans were in the Crisp Center Friday night in McKenzie as Legendary Coach Bobby Knight was the keynote speaker at an athletic fundraising event. Coach Knight, a personal friend of Bethel Athletic Director Dale Kelley entertained the crowd with his views on various subjects centered on his career.
- Bethel University Academic Theatre's first ever Studio Production, "On the Verge" by Eric Overmyer, is coming to Bouldin Auditorium April 18 -20 at 7:30 p.m. The Studio series is completely student driven. They are the designers and builders and learn how to mount a play from the ground up. This production will be unique in that the audience will be seated on the stage. Therefore, seats are limited and reserving tickets in advance is highly encouraged. All reserved tickets must be claimed 1/2 hour before show time, or they will be released due to limited seats. "On the Verge" is directed by Kristin Klonowski (debut directing at Bethel). The cast features Mallory Sellers, Elena Spradlin, Marion Graham, Christian Cook, Spencer Tabor, Michelle Neel, and Ryan McBee. The designers and production team include Jeremy Hurley, Joy Pointe, Cody Allen, Beth Operia, and Asa Dean. The play starts out in the late Victorian era, and follows the expedition of three women explorers who set out on an expedition into the Terra Incognita. They travel through space and time and end up in the 1950's. This is a very entertaining and thought provoking piece. It promises to be a very unique experience. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Professor John Klonowski at email@example.com. All Bethel students, faculty, and staff will receive one free ticket each. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the box office on the day of the event.
- Legendary Basketball Coach and ESPN Analyst Bobby Knight will speak at Bethel this Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school's McKenzie campus. Knight currently serves as a basketball analyst for ESPN. He retired as the winningest coach in NCAA history with 902 wins-mostly coming at Indiana University and Texas Tech University. He also coached at West Point. While at Indiana, Knight led his teams to three NCAA championships, one National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship, and 11 Big Ten Conference championships. He received the National Coach of the Year honor four times and the Big Ten Coach of the Year honor eight times. In 1984, he coached the USA men's Olympic team to a gold medal, becoming one of only three basketball coaches to win an NCAA title, NIT title, and an Olympic gold medal. Coach Knight was one of college basketball's most successful and innovative coaches, having perfected and popularized the motion offense. He has also been praised for running clean programs (none of his teams were ever sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations) and graduating most of his players. The event will serve as an athletic fundraising event to ensure the continued growth of the 30 Bethel athletic programs. This past year these programs involved the university providing over 800 students an opportunity to earn a top notch college education as a student athlete. Tickets can still be purchased in the Bethel University Bookstore, via phone at (731) 352-6445. Fans can pay by cash or check. Most credit cards will also be accepted. Ticket prices include: Floor seats-$125(includes seat at table with meal), Chairback Seats-$20, Bleacher Seats-$10, Student Bleacher-$5 For more information call Myra Carlock at (731) 352-4090, or Brad Chappell at (731) 352-6432.
- The Bethel Wildcats will hold the annual spring football game at Wildcat Stadium this Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. The Pigskin Cats began spring practice Monday March 25. Bethel finished last season at 9-4 and No. 9 in the final NAIA Top 25. The Cats won seven games in a row before losing at Missouri Valley in the second round of the championship series. Coach Chris Elliott enters his second season as head coach of the Wildcats after winning coach of the year honors last year in the Mid-South Conference Western Division. The Wildcats lost 19 seniors from the 2012 squad but return many key members from a team which carried Bethel back to the play-offs for the first time since 2007. With those returning and the latest recruits to the program, the Wildcats will look to build on the success of last year. A partial 2013 fall schedule has been released by the Bethel Sports Information Office. Fans are advised to note one of two open dates on the schedule will be filled as Coach Elliott and his staff work on completing the schedule as soon as possible. Times will be announced at that time. 2013 Bethel University Football Schedule 8/31- Open 9/7- @Kentucky Christian -12:30 p.m. 9/14- Georgetown -TBA 9/21- Campbellsville -6 p.m. 9/28 - @ Reinhardt -11 a.m. 10/5- Bluefield -Homecoming -TBA 10/12- Lindenwood -Belleville 1:30 p.m. 10/19- @ Pikeville -12:30 p.m. 10/26- @ Faulkner -6p.m. 11/2- @ Cumberland University TBA 11/9- Open 11/16- Belhaven 1:30 p.m.