Belhaven Campus Life Releases Spring Semester Activities Schedule


Intramural Sports, Laser Tag, Kayaking and Tubing trips and the first annual Highland Games highlight the spring semester student activities schedule at Belhaven University. The full activities schedule is available on the Campus Life website.

Campus Recreation will host a Video Game Night on Thursday, January 19 to kick off the semester, and students are invited to serve the Jackson community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King on Saturday, January 21.

“The genius behind each event is that it is created, planned and executed by students for students,” said Drew Gardner, Coordinator of Student Leadership and Recreation. “We find that this is the best model for student leadership, that students would use their gifts and talents to lead and serve other students.”

Another highlight of the January schedule is a High Heaven Night on January 26. Students will take over the nearby High Heaven Trampoline Park for a night of extreme air sports.

Local churches and community organizations will gather in the Billy Kim International Center on January 29 for a Worship Night and Community Connections. A leadership fair is scheduled for February 1, giving students the opportunity to explore opportunities to serve on campus and beyond.

“Get connected” is our motto,” added Gardner. “The hope behind that motto is that students would find community as a result of a campus event or activity and experience life change.”

Campus Recreation will be busy throughout the semester, with intramural soccer, badminton, pickleball, basketball and flag football on the slate. Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and an 80s-style workout is also on the schedule.  Campus Rec will also host a Super Bowl Watch Party on February 5 in the Belhaven Bowl on the 30-foot high definition video board.

New to this year’s activities is the first annual Highland Games on March 22-23. This is a chance for students to get in touch with the school’s Scottish Highland heritage by competing in traditional and not-so-traditional games, food, music, and fun.

Off-campus activities also dot the schedule, beginning with a Smith Robertson Museum trip on February 11 and Horseback Riding on February 18. On March 4, students can take part in the Trailblazer Hike at Red Bluff Canyon. Kayak the Pearl River on April 1 and Tube down the Bogue Chitto River on April 29.

The highly anticipated Spring Formal is scheduled for April 7 at Duling Hall. On April 20, one of the most requested events takes place with Movie Night in the Bowl.

“This semester is rather unique. It is the most programming we’ve ever planned for a single semester,” said Gardner. “Events range from horseback riding to service projects, laser tag to cultural history museums, worship nights to lip sync battles. Our hope is to provide a variety of events and activities that would appeal to our diverse student body.”


The Top Social Media Posts of 2016 at Belhaven


2016 was a great year at Belhaven University. We celebrated record enrollment, numerous awards, and our students received great recognition. Over the past two weeks, we have counted down our top social media stories of the year – the most liked, shared and commented stories – on our official Facebook page.

The Top Stories of 2016 included:

  1. For the fourth consecutive year, Belhaven was named to U.S. News and World Report’s list of Top Regional Universities. Additionally, the publication named Belhaven to its “Best Value” list.
  2. The $4 million Belhaven Bowl Stadium opened at the heart of campus.
  3. The Dr. Billy Kim International Center was opened, highlighting Belhaven’s commitment to international studies and its relationship with South Korea.
  4. Belhaven’s campus was named among the top 25 Most Beautiful Christian College campuses in the South.

  5. Belhaven was one of just 31 colleges represented at the National Collegiate Dance Festival in Washington, D.C.

  6. The Belhaven softball team made a postseason run to the national championship game at the NCCAA World Series.

  7. The Nursing program at Belhaven achieved national accreditation and was named one of the nation’s Top 25 values for online nursing degrees.

  8. Coach Hal Mumme’s Blazer football squad opened the season with an exciting 28-25 win over Millsaps in the Riverside Rumble.

  9. Belhaven announced and started a degree in Film Production, which quickly became one of the most popular majors on campus.

  10. The university was once again honored as being Military Friendly.

To keep up with what is happening on campus in 2017, make sure to follow Belhaven on our other social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin , YouTube and Pinterest.


Alumni Invited to Participate in 84th Singing Christmas Tree


The 84th edition of the Belhaven University Singing Christmas Tree is scheduled for December 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. in the newly completed Belhaven Bowl Stadium.

The event, which is billed as the nation’s oldest outdoor singing Christmas tree, has been a staple on campus since 1932. Thousands of students have participated over the years, and this year, they are being invited back to relive the joy of singing on the tree!

The brand new Belhaven Bowl Stadium gives the University an opportunity to expand the number of voices heard during the singing Christmas tree. Seats around the tree can comfortably accommodate up to 250 alumni singers.

The Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree began 84 years ago

The Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree began in 1932.

Interested alumni can participate by simply completing this form and let us know which of the following rehearsal times you can attend.

Day rehearsals are at 12 p.m. on November 28 – December 2 
Night time rehearsal are at 7 p.m. on November 28 – December 1

Thousands of students have sang on the tree over the years.

Thousands of students have sang on the tree over the years.

Alumni will sing a select number of songs during the concert, and only one rehearsal is required to take part in the singing Christmas tree again. Don’t forget to sign-up for the alumni reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Dr. Billy Kim International Center foyer before each performance. If you need additional information, contact Mr. Christopher Phillips at or 601-974-6497.

Online Graduate Celebrates Diploma and Wedding at Graduation


Graduation is oftentimes one of the biggest days of a person’s life. Years of sacrifice and studying culminate in the moment that the diploma is received. But what if that milestone were combined with another big life moment? Maybe a wedding?

That’s exactly what happened to recent Belhaven graduate Danielle Lewis. Immediately following her commencement ceremony, where she received a Bachelor of Health Administration from Belhaven. Diploma in hand, she married the love of her life, Joseph.

“My professors at Belhaven were so supportive during my journey, and my husband sacrificed so that I could finish my degree,” said Danielle in a recent interview. I could not think of anyone better to share the moment with.”

Danielle’s journey to Belhaven was unexpected. A 44-year old mother, she worked as a registered nurse in intensive care units and emergency room until 2011, where an injury forced her to leave a career that she loved.

“I was devastated,” recalled Lewis. “After working for 12 years in critical care nursing and building a good life for my daughter, I lost it all.”

Through all of the treatments and pain, Danielle still felt that she had more to give. Being bound to a wheelchair made it impossible to return to her old job, so she began to pray about going back to school. Her faith led her to seek a Christian university, and she enrolled in the BHA program through Belhaven’s online program.

“I loved what Belhaven had to offer,” said Lewis. “Belhaven really values family. From the first conversations that I had with admission counselors, I could tell that Belhaven was for me.”

Her time as a student was also spent having surgeries and receiving physical therapy. Belhaven’s flexible online program allowed her to not fall behind.

“I was doing assignments from hospital beds,” Lewis said. “The online format was key in allowing me to finish the degree.”

In April of 2015, Danielle began intensive physical therapy to help her walk again. Within a year, she participated in her first 5k race, and of course, finished her degree and got married. Her and her fiancée chose to be married at the Atlanta campus graduation by a Belhaven staff member.

“It was very special to exchange our vows in front of everyone that contributed to my success,” said Lewis. “It was certainly a blessed day to graduate and get married to someone who stayed by my side through everything I went through.”

Shortly after the big day, Danielle updated her Linkedin profile to reflect her graduate status. Within a few days, she received a call from one of the largest internal medicine groups in North Carolina, where she now works as the practice manager. She has also enrolled in the Master of Health Administration program through Belhaven Online.

“It’s amazing how God pulled everything together,” said Danielle. “I have come so far in such a short amount of time, and I have to thank Belhaven for their important role in my life.”

10 Things Belhaven Students and Alumni Love!

1. Rigorous academics taught from a Christian Worldview

Belhaven University is known for its Christian Worldview curriculum, where all classes are taught through the lens of scripture. Whether it is the art of the Renaissance era or the history of the nation, students gather a deeper understanding of God’s word through their academic pursuits.

2. Faculty that Pour Themselves into the lives of their Students

One of the biggest benefits of attending a small university is the impact of the faculty. At Belhaven, faculty and staff go above and beyond in serving the student, whether its extra help in the classroom, or hosting Thanksgiving dinner for students who cannot travel home for the holidays.

3. Academics that prepare you for great careers

Belhaven alumni go on to become leaders in their community. Leaders in business, athletics, and politics are proud to call Belhaven their alma mater. In fact, one of the world’s leading technology companies, Bomgar, was founded by students at Belhaven.

4. A Vibrant Arts Community that is Second to None

As just one of 36 colleges or universities in the nation accredited in all four of the major arts, Belhaven is known for its vibrant arts community. Dancers and visual artists roam the halls of the Bitsy Irby Studio while musicians and thespians call the Center for the Arts home.

5. You Don’t Want to Miss Fried Chicken Thursday

On Fridays, we wear green. But on Thursday, we eat chicken. Fried chicken Thursdays are so popular at Belhaven that you are likely to see members of the community in the Dining Commons. Add in the famous Blazer rolls and Thursdays are definitely a day to look forward to.

6. Studying at Gillespie Commons

Belhaven’s 42-acre campus is definitely beautiful. Belhaven Lake is a great place to hang out and view nature, but there is no better place to study outdoors than Gillespie Commons. With the calming sound of the fountain in the background, this area at the center of campus sometimes hosts full classes during the gorgeous weather of the Mississippi spring.

7. Championship Athletics

Blazer athletics are a staple of campus. The 15 intercollegiate sports compete at the NCAA Division III level as a member of the American Southwest Conference. Men’s soccer and tennis boast national championships, and coach Hal Mumme’s football squad has received national recognition as it builds momentum.

8. The Nation’s Oldest Singing Christmas Tree

One of the premier events in the Southeast, Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree is the oldest in the nation. Since its beginning in 1938, thousands of students have taken part in this event that delivers the joy of Christmas to the Jackson community.

9. Making lifelong friends/family atmosphere

From your first day at Belhaven, you feel like family. New students are introduced to each other through Welcome Week activities, and continue to foster friendships via student activities throughout the year.

10. Wynn Kenyon, Beloved Professor
One of the most beloved faculty members in Belhaven’s history, the late Wynn Kenyon is revered amongst alumni who knew him. His trademark laugh (HA!) was remembered by the Blazer football team with a special helmet sticker after his passing.

Family Weekend Set for This Friday-Sunday at Belhaven!

Belhaven University is excited to be hosting its annual Family Weekend this weekend on campus. Parents and siblings are encouraged to register online for a weekend filled with faith, food and fun.

Family Weekend coincides with Belhaven’s Fall Discover Day, which takes place on Friday, September 25. Siblings and family members interested in attending Belhaven can get a first hand look at college life. Those interested in attending Discover Day should contact the Admission office or register for Discovery Day separately.

The campus will be in full swing on Friday, with lunch available in the Dining Commons. The Wynn Kenyon Think Center will host an open house from 1:00-5 :00pm, including a faculty panel – “Keys to Academic Success,” beginning at 3:30 pm.

At 5:30, families are invited to a catfish dinner in the Dining Commons, and at 8:00 pm, students and families are invited to Rec the Night! Belhaven Activities and Intramurals hosts a popular event that includes laser tag, dodge ball, and more in the Lower Practice Field.

Siblings of the same gender are invited to stay overnight in residence halls with their brother or sister. We know that they have missed each other!

Dr. Roger Parrott, President of the University will host a campus update in the Student Center beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday. At 11:30, head on over to Newell Field for tailgating prior to the Blazers’ 1:00 game with Alabama’s Huntington University. There will be a drawing for a family and their student to serve as honorary captains at the game.

Families are encouraged to spend Saturday evening with their students, as well as attend Sunday morning worship services on their own. We look forward to seeing everyone on campus for this great weekend event!

Enjoy Selections from Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree

The 82nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree took place at Belhaven University earlier this month.

The event first debuted to the public in 1933 and has become a yearly tradition. Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree was named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, and has been featured in Southern Living Magazine.

We would like to share a video from this year’s event, featuring five timeless Christmas classics: O Christmas Tree, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Hark, the Herald Angels Sing and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Annual Singing Christmas Tree Scheduled for Weekend

In 1933, a group of faculty and students, led by music professor Mignonne Caldwell, had the idea to construct a wooden frame for the campus choir to stand on while performing traditional Christmas carols. Some 82 years later, that moment shines bright as America’s Oldest Singing Christmas Tree, a Belhaven University tradition.

This year’s performance, open to the public, takes place on December 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m in the Athletic Bowl at the center of campus. This wonderful community event has been highlighted by the likes of Southern Living Magazine, and named among the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Ms. Bettye Quinn, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Elementary Education, has seen the event 77 of the 81 times it has taken place.

“I remember when I was three years old in 1937 and a family friend brought me to see the Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree for the first time,” recalled Ms. Quinn. “At the time, the tree was a group of 40 girls on a platform between the columns. They had on white robes and held bright lights that reflected into the lagoon. It was a glorious sight for a little child to see!”

Since then, the Singing Christmas Tree has taken on a few technological advances. A state of the art sound system is used and the candles remembered by Ms. Quinn have been replaced by LED lights. The 35-foot tall tree holds up to 100 men and women singers, and the LED lights change colors in various patterns and sequences according to the character of each Christmas carol.

Holidays, End of Fall Semester Approaching On Campus

The end of the fall semester is always a bittersweet time on a college campus. Football, soccer and volleyball seasons come to a close, students return home for Thanksgiving only to return for final exams, and then leave again for Christmas break. For seniors, graduation is right around the corner, for other students, a nice break awaits before returning for the spring semester.

Whether its the first or last semester for a student at Belhaven, this ia a busy time of final projects, papers and presentations, and of course final exams. Students returning in the spring should have already gone through Registration Week (it   was October 27-31), but there’s still time if you missed out. Students can contact their advisor and schedule a time to meet. Not sure who your advisor is? The Think Center is glad to help.

Thanksgiving Holidays are scheduled for November 26-28. All university offices will be closed, and no classes on campus will meet. Residence Halls will remain open for students that are not able to travel home for this short break.

Final Exams begin at 6:00 p.m. on December 3 and continue through December 9.  December 9 also marks the official final day of the Fall semester. Residence Halls will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 11, and will open again on January 11. Spring classes begin on January 14.

As the fall semester comes to a close, there are many events happening on campus. The Theatre Department is presenting its Annual Evening of One-Acts on November 20-21, and DOXA is performing its Dance concert on November 20-21 as well. The Dance Department will also present its Improv Jam on December 1.

The Music Department will be busy during the Christmas season. On November 22, Gloria in Excelsis! A Christmas Celebration takes place in the Concert Hall, and on November 24, the Best of Belhaven Concert is slated for the Concert Hall. This all leads up to the 82nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree, scheduled for December 5-6 in the Belhaven Bowl.

Blazer basketball is also in action as the semester comes to a close. The men’s squad takes on cross-town rival Mississippi College on November 25, and both the men’s and women’s teams play Brewton Parker on November 28 and Middle Georgia on November 29. The Lady Blazers host Concordia on December 6 to close out the 2014 home slate.

We would like to wish all of our students, families, faculty and staff a festive Thanksgiving holiday. As the Psalmist wrote, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Homecoming Preview

Homecoming weekend is a great weekend to spend time with friends and family and enjoy all the fun activities Belhaven has to offer.

Homecoming festivities kick off Friday morning with Discover Day. Prospective Belhaven students have an opportunity to tour the campus, meet with faculty and staff and enjoy a meal in the Dining Commons.

Also on Friday, The Class of 1964 celebrates their 50-year class reunion at the home of Patsy Skinner Bozeman. A panel of Biology alumni will offer expertise and guidance to current and future students in a panel discussion slated for Barber Auditorium. Both events are scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

The Belhaven cheerleaders will host a bon fire and pep rally Friday night at 8:00 p.m. on the football practice field. Coach Hal Mumme and team captains are scheduled to speak to the crowd.  And of course, smores will be provided!


The festivities continue on Saturday with the 50-year Club Annual Fall Meeting, held in the Joy Lackey Room. New members to this prestigious group will be inducted. The Alumni Luncheon takes place at 11:00 a.m. at Wilson Hall, which will be formally dedicated at this time.

Join us as the Blazer football team takes on Reinhardt University at 1:30 p.m. at Newell Field. Stick around for halftime as the 2014 Homecoming Court will be presented.


This weekend ends with dancing. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Belhaven Community Dance Concert is held in the Center for the Arts. Come watch as Belhaven hosts local dance companies, ministries, and studios. Local performing groups featured in this concert include: the Ballet Magnifcat! Trainee Company, Power APAC Dance Ensemble and dance students from Mississippi School of the Arts. General Admission is $10 and $5 for seniors and students. Faculty and staff receive complimentary admission.

If students want to dance themselves, the traditional Homecoming Dance takes place at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Dr, Jackson, MS 39202). The dance starts at 8:00 p.m., and the fun continues until midnight.