MS. BETTYE QUINN CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY, 52 YEARS AT BELHAVEN

Ms. Bettye Quinn, Associate Professor of Education, has seen a lot in her time as a student and professor at Belhaven University.

Ms. Quinn, who celebrates her 82nd birthday this week, will soon begin her 52nd year of teaching at her alma mater this fall.

“I’ve been working at Belhaven for 52 years, working at the Children’s hospital for 62 years, been a member of my church for 72 years, and this week I’ll celebrate 82 years on earth,” said Quinn, who sat down with us for an interview recently.


Ms. Quinn recalls her earliest memories of Belhaven came as a small child on campus to watch the Singing Christmas Tree, a tradition that turns 85 this Christmas. As a student and later faculty member, she participated in the Singing Christmas Tree.

She routinely runs into her former students, many of which have gone on to careers as doctors, lawyers, judges, and of course teachers. Once, a chance run-in with a former student almost went awry.

“I had a former student that was an FBI agent, and he was looking a little rough,” said Quinn. “I saw him and spoke, and he quickly had to tell me that he was working undercover and that I could not be seen talking to him!”

You’ll find “Ms. Bettye” at theatre and dance performances, concerts in the music department, athletic contests and just about anything that involves her students.

“When I was a student and early in my teaching career, I could attend everything,” said Quinn. “As Belhaven has grown, there’s always something going on. I had to leave a concert at intermission to attend a theatre performance.”

We want to wish Ms. Quinn a Happy Birthday and a successful 52nd year of service to Belhaven University.

Belhaven Reboots Computer Science Program

As the fall semester gets underway on campus, there is an all new program for students at Belhaven to take advantage of. Computer Science makes its return as a major at Belhaven, and alumnus Dr. David O’Gwynn ’99 is excited to lead it.

“Computer science has changed dramatically from the academic programs of the past,” said Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University. “I’m thrilled that our new major will be on the front edge of what students need to get the best jobs in the computer science industry.”

Classes have already started and students are getting the insight they need to succeed in their field of study. Students are learning and creating web and network-enabled software. The core curriculum of the new program is centered around network services and incorporates concentrations in cyber security and indie gaming. Students pursuing an emphasis in cyber security are studying network defense, cyber intelligence, malware reverse engineering, incident response as well as network intrusion and defense.

“One needs only scan the headlines to understand that our networked world is a very hostile place,” said Dr. O’Gwynn. “Businesses and governments alike are under constant attack in the cyber domain from criminals, extremists and others. We are preparing our students for that world, giving them the tools to protect and defend the systems they will build and maintain.”

Dr. O’Gwynn worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he was a technical staff member of the Cyber Systems and Operations Group.  Dr. O’Gwynn worked on projects dealing with cyber situational awareness and the support of national cyber defense. He received his PhD in computer science from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011, his M.S. in computational engineering from Mississippi State University in 2003 and his B.S. in mathematics from Belhaven University in 1999.  His PhD thesis was on a topological approach to shape analysis and alignment.

Belhaven Professor Honored With Prestigious Award

Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony, Professor and Chair of the Communications Department, was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher Award. The award recognizes the contribution of humanities faculty at each of the state’s colleges and universities.

As part of the award’s commitment to the humanities, each recipient prepares and delivers a public lecture prior to receiving this prestigious award. Dr. Anthony presented her lecture “Breaking News: A Christian Journalist Perspective,” right here on campus last week to a packed audience in Barber Auditorium.

With the attention that the news media is garnering in America, Dr. Anthony’s lecture provides a unique Christian viewpoint at how Christian journalists report in today’s high-paced media environment. To view the entire presentation, check out the video below.