Bethel University students, faculty, staff and community members gathered on Saturday, August 19 to celebrate the school’s 175th birthday. The 175th Birthday Bash was in conjunction with Bethel’s 2017 traditional student freshman orientation and with the kickoff of the Fall 2017 traditional semester which began Monday, Aug. 21.
Bethel University Renaissance kicked off the bash with a concert that featured the Renaissance Choir singing such selections as All Creatures of our God and King, Old Church Choir, Jesus the Same and Just a Little Talk. The Renaissance Quartet also sang presenting songs that included Givin’ in to Givin’ Up and Time to Walk on Water. The show also included a flash mob by Renaissance Theatre as they danced to a medley of TV theme songs from the last forty to fifty years. Later in the evening, they also presented music from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. Renaissance Regiment, the school’s marching band, gave a sneak peek to their 2017 halftime show.
Birthday cupcakes prepared by JanaBelle's of Medina, Tenn., were served throughout the concert along with ice cold bottled water, and a fireworks show presented by Randy Bast Fireworks was the finale to the evening.
“Whether you are a student, faculty, staff, or board of trustees, you are a part of Bethel history,” President Walter Butler said to birthday guests, “175 years have been completed since they started as Bethel Seminary in McLemoresville, Tenn.”