Bethel, You’re Famous!

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If you’ve noticed TV cameras around Bethel this week, you’re not alone. We’re honored that Bethel University has been featured this month on Vermont Public Radio, in the Associated Press, on WCAX TV and in nearly a dozen other newspapers, radio stations and TV channels.Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 5.29.58 PM.png

Check out some of the great coverage of our little town and our big pop-up university!

WCAX TV: Watch WCAX’s live coverage of needle felting at Bethel University

VPR’s Vermont Edition: Listen to an interview with BU organizer Rebecca Stone

Associated Press / The Republic: Check out the AP’s coverage of Bethel University, picked up by newspapers across the country

Teach a Course at BU 2015

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BU Logo RustGot skills? Got time to share? Sign up to teach a course at BU 2015!

Bethel University will be in session again for the month of March. During that month, anyone can teach a course on any topic under the sun, and anyone can take courses for free.

Don’t delay! We’re only accepting course proposals from now until January 26.

Learn more about teaching and get our course proposal forms here >

Don’t want to teach a full course but still want to meet some new folks? We’re offering a new option this year: easy “meet-up groups.” Just pick a topic of interest, pick a time and a place, and meet up with people who want to play/talk/meet/learn together.

If you’d rather fill out a paper form, download one below or pick one up at the Bethel Village Sandwich Shop, Whitcomb High or Bethel Elementary School, or the Bethel Public Library.

And help us spread the word! Put up a poster and pass the word to anyone you know who might be interested. See you in class!

Download the Bethel U Poster >

Download a Bethel U Course Proposal Form >


BU 2015: Teach, Learn, Create!

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idea_challenge2Bethel University 2015 starts in less than 2 months… time to start scheming!

What courses do you want to teach this year? What do you want to take?

We’ll be opening up course proposals in about 2 weeks. We’d love to hear what you’re thinking about or what you want to learn. (Sign up for our email list or follow this blog to receive news about teaching & taking courses.

BU organizers don’t go out and find professors for requested courses, but if enough people speak up about what they’d like to learn, we hope someone will step up to teach!

What other ideas do you have to make BU even better this year? We have several in the making, but we’d love to hear more thoughts.

Our planning team also is thrilled to have new people joining us this year, and there’s still room for more. All are welcome to help with the process in whatever way works for you. Join our planning meetings to share ideas (schedule on our home page), offer to help with a specific task (everything from hanging posters to writing press releases to mentoring student “professors”… and more!). If you have questions or want to join us, shoot us an email here or just come to a planning meeting.

Bethel University is Coming Back

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Wine Tasting ClassMark your calendars for March, 2015! Bethel University will be back in town.

The Bethel Revitalization Initiative heard from people all year long, asking when Bethel University will be happening again. We’re very excited to announce that it will be back again in 2015 for the month of March.

Want to get involved?

It takes a lot of preparation, energy and ideas to make BU happen, and we’re starting now. We want to hear from you if you’re interested in contributing in any way – offering ideas, volunteering to spread the word, help plan or hang posters, or add a fantastic new component.

Here are four great ways to get involved:

  1. Come to the informational meeting next weekWhen: Tuesday, November 18, 7 PM
  2. Sign up to be a volunteer
  3. Start dreaming… Want to teach a course? Want to take a course? We’ll be putting out information on those opportunities after the new year. And join our new email list so that you can be sure to get news & announcements about Bethel University.
  4. Tell everyone you know!
    • Share our post on Facebook, in email, or send it to any of your friends who might be interested.
    • We’re also helping other VT towns to start their own community universities this year. Know someone nearby who might be interested? Pass the word!

Watch the Bethel University video

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Bethel University is a couple months in the past, but the energy lives on! We’re very pleased to release this short video slideshow of the project… a great opportunity to thank all of the Professors, students, organizers, volunteers, and donors who made this project happen.

Special thanks to: Town of Bethel, Bethel Schools, Bethel Public Library, Christ Church, and the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small & Inspiring Grant Program. We could not have made this happen without you.

And thanks to Elizabeth Farrell, Rebecca Sanborn Stone, Laura Rubenis and Kirk White for the photography in this slideshow!

Take a Free Course at Bethel University

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Course registration is now open for the first semester of Bethel University!

More than 20 Bethel residents and businesses signed up to teach 18 great courses. Ever wanted to learn how to BBQ or play tennis? Improve your non-defensive communication skills or set up your own vermicomposting system? Boost your health with oriental herbs or sample fine wines on a small budget?

There’s something for everyone at Bethel University. Check out our course listings, see what our amazing professors have to offer, and sign up today. Registration is first come, first serve… don’t miss out!

Registration is available online… scroll to the bottom of a course listing to find the register now button. You can also register in person at the Bethel Village Sandwich Shop.

Please help us spread the word!

How to become a professor in three easy steps

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Always wanted to be a professor? Now’s your chance! Bethel University is accepting course proposals until January 28. Sign yourself up in just three easy steps: Professor

1. Come up with a course idea.  You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t need a PhD… just a skill or interest that you want to share with your neighbors. Read our FAQ to get more info on what it’s like to teach and what you need to know.

2. Think about the details. When would you be available to teach? What kind of space do you need? What would people learn in your class?

3. Fill out the form. Take 10 minutes to fill out this easy online form (or get a paper copy at the Bethel Village Sandwich Shop). Tell us the who/what/when/where/why, and we’ll respond in early February with details!

Ready? Set? Go!