Alumni E-News – January 2011

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Beginning January 20, we are excited to introduce the Belhaven University Health and Wellness Series to our friends and neighbors in the Belhaven Neighborhood. Made possible through a generous grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, Belhaven University invites you to come and learn with us as we seek to create a healthier community.

The BU Health & Wellness Series, which is free and open to the public, contains two key elements. First, are twoWalking Traildesignated walking trails of either 1 or ½ mile in length. Both trails lead walkers through the beautiful Belhaven campus and offer a safe and scenic way to walk your way towards a healthier life. The Campus Gold Trail is a mile in length and traverses the outside of the campus. The “Academic Green” trail is a half mile and highlights the center of campus which includes the main academic buildings and the Student Center. While all the sidewalks on the BU campus are open to the public, these two trails will be specially marked in order to offer participants a way to measure their progress. Come check them out!

The second component of the BU Health & Wellness Series includes unique, educational, and hands-on programs that have been developed to help participants improve their health IQ. Designed to inform you about the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle, the educational programs are led by experts in a variety of fields and will be enhanced through interaction with Belhaven University Sports Medicine and Exercise Science students and faculty. You will learn and do through informative commentary and interactive demonstrations. Mark your calendars and join us for these Spring 2011 events!

For a list of upcoming events, click here.



The Belhaven Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hirings of a new Head Volleyball Coach and a new Head Softball Coach. Ashley Stathas, Head Volleyball Coach, comes to Belhaven after spending three seasons as the Assistant Volleyball Coach at the University of South Carolina Upstate, an NCAA Division I member in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Head Softball Coach Kevin Griffin comes to Belhaven after spending the last three seasons as the Head Softball Coach at Clinton High School, a 6A school located in Clinton, Mississippi.

“Following an extensive national search, I am very pleased to announce that Ashley Stathas has accepted the position of Head Volleyball Coach and Kevin Griffin has accepted the Head Softball Coach position at Belhaven University,” says Scott Little, Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics. “Our commitment to student-athletes centers around creating an environment where they can compete for championships and mature as men and women, and I’m confident that Ashley and Kevin will successfully lead their programs in that promise.”




Belhaven’s own Shellie Brown, a junior violin student, was selected as one of the nine finalists for the Coer d’Alene (CDA) Symphony Young Artist Competition after competing with 139 applicants at Washington State.

In this difficult competition, Shellie competed against students from big name schools such as Eastman School of Music, Yale, and Vanderbilt to name a few. The finals competition took place on Saturday, January 8, at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Congratulations, Shellie, for this amazing achievement!



The Belhaven University Art Department presents the Mississippi Showcase Art Exhibition, with an Opening Reception on Thursday, January 20, 2011. The Exhibition is located in the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Gallery.

Various Mississippi artists and Belhaven Art Faculty will be exhibiting paintings, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Some artists showing work include Belhaven faculty members Gretchen Haien, Nate Theisen, and David West. There is complimentary admission, and the show will be up until February 14, 2011. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am – 6 pm.

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