Sports Administration Students Study Abroad in London

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Sports Administration students from Belhaven University recently had a chance to see the inner workings of major sports – in London!

Students met with and learned from professional sports leaders across the host city of the last Summer Olympics. They visited Wimbledon, Wembley Stadium, Kingston and Cambridge Universities as well as the offices of NFL Europe and the British Olympic Training Center.

“The success of the London Trip provided a great experience for our faculty and students in our department to see the world of sports abroad”, said Dr. Howard Bartee Jr., Chair/Assistant Professor of the Sports Administration Department. “It is my hope that this experience will set the foundation for future opportunities, as we continue seeking to expand our reach of servant leadership through the academic discipline of sports administration, both locally, nationally, regionally, and internationally.”

Belhaven senior Jonathan Dickson, a member of the Blazers’ men’s soccer team, called the trip the highlight of his time at Belhaven.

“Being a Sports Medicine and Exercise Science major, my goals were to gain an international vantage point in regards to health and wellness,” Dickson said. “We were truly immersed in a culture that upholds a standard of excellence and tradition as well as a culture that celebrates the batty of living a healthy and active lifestyle.”

The trip was the first of its kind through the International Site Observation course taught by Dr. Ed Garrett, Assistant Professor of Sports Administration.

“It is because of Belhaven’s support for this trip that these student’s now have a greater understanding of a Christian Worldview because of their time in London,” said Garrett.

The course is expected to run every other year, allowing every sports administration student the opportunity to take the International Site Observation course before they graduate.

DOXA Elects Officers

“DOXA means glory.”

That’s what you will hear the dancers in Belhaven’s dance club say. Open to anyone, DOXA provides dance majors and non-dance majors alike an opportunity to glorify God through this student-led organization.

The organization, one of the most popular on campus, recently elected officers for the 2014-2015 school year are Edward DeShane (President), Arianna Marcell (Vice President), Hannah Janssen (Secretary), Taylor Ellen (Treasurer), Alayna Brenchley & Kaleb Reilly (Chaplains), Abigail Stauffer (Public Relations Officer), Marian Bayer (Production Manager). Cynthia Newland is the faculty advisor for the group.

DOXA is not just a club you “join”, instead you participate and go to the activities held by the organization. It is a great way for dance majors to get to know and bond their fellow dancers outside of the dance department and classes. DOXA coordinates dance student events such as Secret Encouragers and the Eagle of the Week. The Secret Encourager is where every dancer is given a name of another dancer to stealthily encourage them throughout the second semester of the school year.

The Eagle of the Week is given out during the Dance department’s weekly meeting. The Eagle of the Week is given to someone who has shown servanthood, leadership, encouraged others, and progressed that week. The eagle is given from the previous receiver to the person that has inspired them that week and who needs encouragement. DOXA is a ministry to the dancers from the dancers, there are times where DOXA holds events or worship nights.

“DOXA is great for our student body because it encourages us and reminds us to really just focus on the Lord,” said Stephanie Morales. “It reminds us that even though we are here to dance, we’re also here to worship and be His servants. It’s a really encouraging organization.”

DOXA holds a concert in November and is where dance majors, minors, or non-dance majors audition and are selected to perform a piece choreographed by students. For more information, check out DOXA’s web page.