BLAZENET MOBILE LAUNCHES TO BELHAVEN STUDENTS

Last year, Belhaven launched a brand new Blazenet system to its students. The reviews are positive and we are continuing to improve the system.

Today we launched Blazenet Mobile powered by ellucian. This innovate app allows Belhaven students to access some of the most popular features of Blazenet in an environment designed for mobile-friendly viewing.

Students will be able to check schedules, grades, financial information, as well as have access to a campus directory. Faculty and staff have access to the directory, and those enrolled in classes at Belhaven will have access to the student information as well.

If you have not done so already, download the Belhaven University app from the Apple App store or Google Play store. To access Blazenet Mobile, simply open the Belhaven University app and click on the Blazenet icon. You will be prompted to download the ellucian app. Once downloaded, select Belhaven University and login using your Blazenet credentials. You must be logged in to access most features of Blazenet Mobile.

When signing in, you can choose to “stay signed in” to avoid having to login each time you access the app. Alternatively, mobile devices using fingerprint technology such as iPhone’s Touch ID will allow you to set up easy touch access.

We hope that you enjoy these great new features to Blazenet. If you need assistance, contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@belhaven.edu

Global Studies Minor Now Available For Belhaven Students

Belhaven University’s Department of International Studies recently launched a minor in Global Studies, and it is quickly becoming a popular option for students across a broad range of majors.

The minor consists of 15 credit hours in six courses, which are offered every year can be taken in any order. Students who choose this minor study communication, global trends, cross-cultural immersion and are encouraged to serve outside the United States as part of a service-learning practicum.

“I am excited about the addition of the Global Studies minor at Belhaven,” said Dr. Kirsten White, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of International and Intercultural Studies “It is a value-added option for every major. The campus wide faculty were quick to embrace it.”

The global studies minor gives students a chance to see what their field looks like in a global context.

“Whether its Psychology, Business, Nursing or Sports Administration, the program is designed for students who want the opportunity to expand the kingdom on a global scale.”

Dr. White added another valuable benefit of the program – it’s a resume builder.

“Employers that see the international experience are usually impressed,” said Dr. White. “Students with these skills are great problem solvers and communicate well with people of diverse cultures.”

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.”

 

Why A Well-Rounded Liberal Arts Education Matters

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By Mr. Daniel Shaw, Belhaven University Professor and Admission Counselor 

I’m an accounting major—why do I have to study literature? So runs the common question. In fact, a student of mine posed it to me just last week. Every honest student asks this question in one form or another—even those who love literature. I’m not shocked by it because, even after earning two degrees in English, I continue to ask myself the same thing. Aren’t there more productive ways to spend one’s time?

The difficultly in answering the questions is simply deciding where to start. But first there is usually a bit of pride that needs exposing, and I have no qualms in turning the question around: “Why shouldn’t we study literature?” Why shouldn’t we have to grapple with the fundamental questions of our own humanity?  Why shouldn’t we be forced to recognize that we are part of a much larger story?

Literature has, among many others, a humbling effect. It shows us that we are not the center of the universe and, happily, that we are not the first person to experience triumphs or confusion or loss. I say “happily” because there is sympathy to be had and self-pity to be lost. But ultimately it leaves us longing for one who can truly “sympathize with our weaknesses, […] who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

Good literature asks, “What is man?”  Scripture poses the same inquiry. However, it does not stop there but adds, “that you are mindful of him.” Literature shows us that, in one sense, we are indeed small and insignificant. That is reason enough to read. But the good news is that there is a God, all-powerful and transcendent, who nevertheless remains very much mindful of us.

Alumni Invited to Participate in 84th Singing Christmas Tree

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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 singingchristmastree@belhaven.edu or 601-974-6497.

Belhaven Bowl Stadium Phase One Complete

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A capacity crowd was on hand for the opening football game in the Belhaven Bowl against East Texas Baptist.

The first phase of the Belhaven Bowl stadium is completed, and the Blazers’ football and soccer teams have begun play in a refreshed landscape on Belhaven’s historic campus.

The Belhaven Bowl Stadium, a $4 million project at the heart of campus, opened in October with a football game against East Texas Baptist. Just a few days later, the men’s soccer team defeated LeTourneau for the first Blazer victory in the new stadium.

The facility features a custom turf playing service, 1,000 chairback seats and a state of he art Daktronics HD video board, which is among the largest in NCAA Division III.

The Blazer football team will face two teams ranked in the national top 10 to end its 2016 home schedule. 10th-ranked Hardin-Simmons comes to Jackson on October 29 and No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor is the guest on November 5.

The new Belhaven Bowl Stadium is now surrounded by beautiful landscaping.

The new Belhaven Bowl Stadium is now surrounded by beautiful landscaping.

Both the men’s and women’s soccer squads will end their home seasons on October 29 with a doubleheader against Howard Payne.

Belhaven Opens Dr. Billy Kim International Center, Builds Bridge to South Korea

The Dr. Billy Kim International Center sits in the heart of campus.

Belhaven University opened the doors of its state of the art Dr. Billy Kim International Center earlier this semester. The 18,000- square foot facility sits in the heart of campus, and highlights the importance of global perspective in higher education.

The facility is named for Dr. Billy Kim, a pioneer in Christian broadcasting in South Korea. Dr. Kim built the Far East Broadcasting Company, one of the largest Christian media organizations in the world. The building named in his honor also celebrates Belhaven’s relationship with South Korea.

Classroom in the Dr. Billy Kim International Center

Classroom in the Dr. Billy Kim International Center

Cliff McArdle, director of International Relations at Belhaven, was instrumental in the effort to build the Dr. Billy Kim International Center and he now occupies an office in the beautiful facility where he works to attract more students from outside the United States, particularly Asia.

“The emphasis on Asia will involve continuing efforts to recruit international students and develop strong relationships with other universities and partners in that part of the world,” said McArdle. “The Dr. Billy Kim International Center gives us a great facility to accomplish these goals, and Dr. Kim’s enormous influence in Korea combined with his friendship with Belhaven will help open new doors and opportunities as we move forward.”

The lobby of the Dr. Billy Kim International Center features a beautiful mural of Dr. Kim and Billy Graham at an Asian crusade.

The lobby of the Dr. Billy Kim International Center features a beautiful mural of Dr. Kim and Billy Graham at an Asian crusade.

 

McArdle spends time traveling to Korea to build these key relationships, and has already made the trek this semester, where he had several opportunities to speak to large audiences about Belhaven and recruit potential students. He met with the leadership of Busan University of Foreign Studies, a thriving university in South Korea’s second largest city, and preached in eight churches across the country.

“We had opportunities to present Belhaven and talk about the new Center in each church,” added McArdle. “One of the highlights of the trip was joining Dr. Kim and over 50 other American and Korean ministers in a mass baptism of South Korean Army soldiers. We baptized 4,700 soldiers in a large swimming pool!”

The facility allows for multifunction events, including banquets.

The facility allows for multifunction events, including banquets.

 

The Dr. Billy Kim International Center will serve as a multifunction facility, enabling Belhaven to meet the needs of many types of groups – from small group meetings to large banquet-style functions. The facility also features classrooms with state of the art media presentation equipment that will be a benefit to current students at Belhaven. There is a Korean-style prayer room that is being used regularly, and it offers a quiet and beautiful retreat for students and faculty.”

“Given my history and relationship with Dr. Kim, serving as Director of the Center is a wonderful blessing to me.” said McArdle. “The location of the facility at the heart of the campus speaks to our commitment to international students, a global perspective and growth of intercultural studies.”

Changes Coming to FAFSA

Students and their parents may have heard in the news that there have been significant changes made to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. These changes affect students at colleges and universities across the nation, including Belhaven.

Here’s a look at the changes, meant to make the application process more efficient.

Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier.  Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.

Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.

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  • Because the FAFSA will ask for older income and tax information, you will already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, and you won’t need to estimate your tax information and then go back into the FAFSA later to update it.
  • It should be noted that students must report the information the FAFSA asks for. If your family’s income has changed substantially since the 2015 tax year, then you should contact the Belhaven Student Financial aid office.
  • If you have any questions, you can contact Belhaven Student Financial Aid at 1-800-960-5940 or 601-968-5933.

Blazenet is Changing! Beginning Today!

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What’s New in BlazeNet?

Everything!  We have been working hard to make BlazeNet an even better and more efficient site for you to get to the information you need most! In fact,BlazeNet is now the place to go to check your Belhaven email!  In the coming weeks, we will continue to add new information, announcements, and documents, so keep checking back as new updates are being added each week.

Why is BlazeNet important?

BlazeNet is our online student information system. This is the place where students can find information related to their grades, schedule, account information, making a payment, financial aid, registration, and so much more!   It is also the central site where campus departments post information specific to current students such as student life, campus activities, academics, IT, library databases, etc.  This is where you can read announcements, download forms, read policies, check your email, and access documents from departments across campus.

How do I access BlazeNet?

  • Starting August 1, the Belhaven web site will link to the new BlazeNet.  In the upper right corner of the Belhaven web site, click on My Belhaven and then BlazeNet (which will take you to https://blazenet.belhaven.edu/ )
  • A pop up box will appear before you get the home page of BlazeNet.
  • Enter your login information in the box.
    • For current students, log in with the same information you currently use:
      Username is firstnamelastname  (don’t put ‘@students.belhaven.edu’)
         Password is either your student ID number, or whatever your most current password is if you have changed it
    • For new students, log in as follows:
      Username is firstnamelastname  (don’t put ‘@students.belhaven.edu’)
         Password is your 8-digit birthdate (mmddyyyy)
    • Note: To protect your personal account information, it is strongly recommended that you change your password upon logging in for security purposes. See the attachment for instructions on how to successfully change your password.
  • If you are accessing BlazeNet from your place of employment and you encounter a problem using Internet Explorer, you will need to use either Firefox or Chrome as your internet browser.

How do I access my Email?

  • Starting August 1, you will log into BlazeNet to access your email account.  The link to Belhaven email will removed from the My Belhaven tab on the web site.
  • The first time you access your Belhaven email through BlazeNet, you will be asked to log into your email account with your full email address (firstnamelastname@students.belhaven.edu) and the same password you used for BlazeNet.

What if I need help?

  • Watch “how to” videos about checking your account information in BlazeNet.
  • If you are unable to log into BlazeNet or have questions, contact helpdesk@belhaven.edu.

Online Graduate Celebrates Diploma and Wedding at Graduation

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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.”