- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- All types of creative projects will be displayed in this year’s Bethel Humanities Creative Arts Exhibit, which is this week, April 15-17. The projects are part of a sophomore survey two-semester humanities class at Bethel University. The projects include all types of art media. The exhibit will be free and open to the public in Waddle Recital Hall in Bethel’s Dickey Fine Arts Building on the school’s McKenzie campus. Viewing times are as follows: Monday, April 15 from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, April 16 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 17 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information about Bethel University’s 2013 humanities exhibit, contact Sharon Scruton at email@example.com. For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.
- San Antonio, TX. -The Bethel Shooting Sports team competed at the Nationals in San Antonio, Texas (March 25-31). Over 500 shooters and 63 schools were represented in the competition. Bethel took third in Division 1 and two Wildcat shooters won national titles. Ashleigh Hafley of Kokoma, Indiana won the women's Five -stand Championship. Casey Jones of Jarrell, Texas shot a perfect 100 in American Skeet and won a five way shoot off for the championship title. He was named the men's American Skeet Champion after winning the shoot off. Erin Danhausen of Swartz Creek, Michigan shot a perfect in 100 American Trap. Erin finished second in a shoot off and placed second in the nation. Other information on other shooters will be posted when available.
- Fort Myers, Fl. –The Bethel University Wildcats advanced to the Elite 8 of the 2013 NCRHA National Roller Hockey Championships at the Skatium in Fort Myers, Florida Friday afternoon with a 2-1 win over the University of Illinois, but a tough first period against UNLV Friday evening proved to be too much to overcome as the Cats fell to the Runnin' Rebels 6-3. The contest was a rematch of the national title game from last year when Bethel won to capture the 2012 championship. UNLV scored three unanswered goals in the first stanza which proved to be the difference. Both squads scored two goals each in the second stanza. Bethel goals were credited to Cole Sonstelie and Evan Reams. Kekoa Latimore and Sonstelie had an assist each.. Both teams scored one goal each in the final period as Bethel saw their season come to a close with the loss. Andrew Ball scored the lone goal on an assist from Latimore. Bethel finished their season 27-6-2.
- Several students from Bethel's Academic Theatre Department are participating in the 2013 Echoes of the Past cemetery walk through McKenzie's historic Mount Olivet Cemetery. The event will take place on April 12 from 1 - 4:30 p.m. and again on April 13th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Re-enactors will portray some of McKenzie’s former citizens. Meet Dr. Jabez Pugh Cannon, Mrs. Carrie Whitten Gilbert and her husband James Monroe Gilbert, Charles Smith (survivor of the Sultana), Mrs. Sally Sharp Gaines Ridley, and Nathan W. McNeill. Echoes of the Past is an entertaining way of getting acquainted with local history. There is no charge to attend, however donations are accepted. Vehicles are allowed if needed.
- On Wednesday, April 3, 12 students from the Human Services Department at Bethel University traveled to Thistle Farms, a social enterprise in Middle Tennessee that is run by the women of Magdalene, a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. While at Thistle Farms, the students participated in the morning devotional, toured the facility, and then served alongside the women of Magdalene in the farm’s paper making department. In the weeks prior to the trip, these Bethel students participated in what Thistle Farmers refer to as "harvesting cotton." The students collected and donated nearly 700 cotton t-shirts which will be turned into rag paper. This paper will then be made into cards, journals, and other items by the women of Magdalene. These products (along with a line of bath and body products) are available in more than 200 stores in Tennessee and across the country. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of Thistle Farms products go back into the program that benefits the women of Magdalene. The belief behind Magdalene is that love is the most powerful force for change in the world and their dream is that people will come to see Thistle Farms as a humble but powerful business synonymous with women’s freedom. In attendance were students: Zac Hannaford, Dylan Fussell, Jennifer Hamilton, Connie Oliver, Hayley Hatch, Lauren Stamps, Jessie Settles, Lindsay Johnson, Sabrina Sevah, Megan Parker, Kristen Birdwell, and Kayla Clanton. They were accompanied by Ms. Stacie Freeman, a faculty member in Bethel’s College of Liberal Arts. Please visit www.thistlefarms.org for more information about their work and their vision.
- All types of creative projects will be displayed in this year’s Bethel Humanities Creative Arts Exhibit April 15-17. The projects are part of a sophomore survey two-semester humanities class at Bethel University. The projects include all types of art media. The exhibit will be free and open to the public in Waddle Recital Hall in Bethel’s Dickey Fine Arts Building on the school’s McKenzie campus. Viewing times are as follows: Monday, April 15 from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, April 16 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 17 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information about Bethel University’s 2013 humanities exhibit, contact Sharon Scruton at firstname.lastname@example.org.