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!

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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.

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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.

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.

 

Going Viral

In this technology-driven world, staying ahead of the curve is more important that ever. Universities across the nation, including Belhaven, have invested resources into building engaging social media communities.

Social media can be a great equalizer in today’s competitive marketing environment. Belhaven’s social media efforts were honored as the top in the state (besting all private universities and the larger state universities) by the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi. Our Facebook page is one of the nation’s most engaging. But what happened one recent afternoon took Belhaven viral.

Construction crews have started on the $9 million University Village, which will be a state-of-the art, high-end apartment complex located in the middle of campus. One of the challenges that we knew we would face is how to get the heavy equipment to the construction site. On the afternoon of August 19, it became a little less challenging.

Construction crews were unable to make the turn without hitting the guard house. As the video shows, the guard house was completely destroyed.  After reviewing the video, and being thankful that no one was injured, we decided to release the video on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page.

The video have been watched over 85,000 times, including almost 50,000 in the first 24 hours! All of the local Jackson news stations, as well as national cable outlet MSNBC and stations as far away as North Carolina and Rhode Island picked up the video. We saw traffic on our website and our other social media channels grow as well.

Social media is now a very integral part of a university community. Our students are as likely to find us on Facebook as they are our website. In addition to our YouTube and Facebook pages, the university maintains official Twitter and Instagram accounts, @belhavenu .  If you are a member of a social media community, give Belhaven a like or follow and keep up with all the news and events happening from campus.

You never know, another guard house could be knocked down.