What a Year for Sports

Belhaven Athletics just completed one of the best seasons in school history as the Blazers reached unprecedented heights during the 2009-10 campaign. Belhaven softball made their first ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament while the Blazer baseball team made school history with their first appearance in the Avista NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. For just the second time in the program’s history, the Belhaven men’s basketball team returned to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. This was their first appearance since 1972 when Head Coach Charlie Rugg took the Blazers into Municipal Auditorium. Plus, for the first time, Belhaven University was awarded the 2010 Thomas Howell Cup, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference’s (GCAC) award for best overall athletics department. In addition to outstanding sucess in the conference, Blazer Athletics achieved their highest ever national ranking as a department finishing 75th out of 300 NAIA schools in the 2009-10 Learfield Director’s Cup Standngs. Director of Athletics Scott Little remarks, “Between the Thomas Howell Cup, the Learfield Standings, the setting of new team records, and the number of outstanding individual performances, this has been Belhaven’s best ever year for athletics.” Great strides were made by all the Blazer teams, and all of their efforts were recognized at the Excellence in Athletics Day. The following updates are specifically about the teams and players that broke school records and gained both conference and national recognition. Continue reading

Creative Writing Sweeps Awards in 2010 Southern Literary Festival Competition

Creative Writing
Sweeping the competition with placement in all four writing categories in the 2010 Southern Literary Festival undergraduate writing contest, Belhaven University students had the strongest showing of any participating institution. Out of the four writing categories (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and one-act plays), Belhaven students won first place in two, second place in two, and third place in one. In addition, the Brogue won first place in the literary journal category! Continue reading

International Ballet Competition

Every four years the International Ballet Competition (IBC), called by the New York Times “the most important competition in North America,” comes to Jackson, Miss., which has been designated by Congress as “the official home of the USA IBC.” As in the Olympics, competitors from around the globe vie for gold, silver, and bronze medals; in addition to the competitive element, IBC also hosts a Dance School & Teacher Workshop. Continue reading

University: Who We Have Become

“University fits Belhaven just right, as they have grown so dramatically– becoming an important, influential center of academic quality and educational innovation. They are a Mississippi treasure that is reaching our state and the world, and I’m especially proud of how they have masterfully blended academic rigor with Christian values based teaching.”—Governor Haley Barbour, State of Mississippi Continue reading