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We’re really excited about the new aerial video tour of the Belhaven Campus!  You can check it out here:

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Family Weekend

 

September 26 & 27, 2014

We look forward to seeing you for Family Weekend on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27!  Family Weekend is a great time to return to Belhaven to see your student.  The weekend is full of activities OR you can just hang out and cheer for the Belhaven Blazers in our first afternoon home football game.

For more information go to Family Weekend or register online today and let us know you plan to attend!

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We’re excited to welcome the class of 2018, the largest freshmen class in the history of Belhaven! We can’t wait to get to know you and to see what God has planned for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ATTENTION ALL PARENTS!

Make sure you get connected and sign up for our Parent text alerts by texting BUParent to 95577.  We’ll send you important info and reminders so you can help your student stay on track!

 

 

Any questions, call us at 601-968-8865 or email us at stsuccess@belhaven.edu!

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Exciting news!! Belhaven University now offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art.  You can get the full story at http://bit.ly/1oXlqbx!

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If your student will be living in the Residence Halls this coming academic year, check out the information the Office of Student Life just posted at http://www.belhaven.edu/campus_life/Life/news.htm.  You can also view their most recent newsletter, which is filled with very important information for resident students and parents at New Resident Housing Info!

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Great news!

After two years of preparation, prayer, and millions of dollars raised to build and equip our science facilities, today the Mississippi Institute for Higher Learning Board (IHL) approved the opening of the Belhaven University School of Nursing.

My 90 second video shares the news. And below is enrollment information for you to forward to students who might be interested in enrolling in the first class this August.

There is a long list of people who have worked tirelessly to make this day possible – it has been a team effort. The heaviest academic challenges have been carried by Dan Fredericks, Lee Skinkle, Barbara Johnson, and Dennis Watts, and for their work I’m especially grateful.

“This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.” Psalm 118:23

Roger Parrott
President

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Senior Jocelyn Zhu and graduate Shellie Brown (‘12) have been accepted with scholarships to two of the most elite master degree programs for violinists in America. Zhu was accepted to Juilliard where only .04% of violin applicants are accepted and Brown was accepted to Rice University to study under one of the most sought after professors of violin.

Zhu will be studying at Juilliard under Catherine Cho who is recognized for her remarkable virtuosity, combining technical mastery of her instrument with an extraordinary and distinctive musicality.Collegeboard.com reports that the acceptance rate to Juilliard is 7%. Zhu applied for the masters program, which consists of 25% of the school’s 600-student population.

Brown will be studying under Paul Kantor who is one of the highest-in-demand teachers in America. His studio is always full and he has been known to accept only a couple of students a year. His impressive musical career includes serving as chair of the String Department at the University of Michigan for 13 years and concurrent appointments at the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory and Yale University. Rice only accepts about 10% of all applicants for their violin program.

President of Belhaven University Dr. Roger Parrott said, “While cheering for their success, we also applaud their strings professor, Song Xie, who has not only prepared them musically to complete at the highest levels, but also equipped them with the spiritual foundation to take on the extremely brutal competitiveness of top level music performance and do it in a way that brings honor to the Lord.”

Both Zhu and Brown are musicians with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and have won countless awards in violin competitions. They were also both accepted to Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, The Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester and the University of Michigan.

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May 6, 2014 (Jackson) - During the Belhaven University commencement on Saturday morning, May 3, the president

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announced exciting plans for new on-campus apartments thanks to a special $4 million gift. Below is the full announcement from Dr. Roger Parrott:

As you know, we are in need for housing space for students. Our enrollment pushed our housing to the absolute capacity last fall. For over a year we have talked, dreamed, worked, and prayed for additional housing that would allow us to house more students on campus, but do so in a unique, on-campus living apartment that offers a very different alternative for students who are wanting something other than the type of residence hall rooms we now offer. So on faith, plans were drawn for an apartment building that would house 132 students.

But the $8 million cost to build this project has kept this dream out of reach . . . until now!

A week ago, Mrs. Robbie Hughes, a wonderful friend of Belhaven was prayerfully guided by the Lord to join with us in this vision for new student housing and has made an overwhelming commitment of $4 million for the project. When I received the news, I was completely speechless – because this changes everything. To God be the glory, great things He has done!

Mrs. Hughes wants all of the honor and our thankfulness to go to God. We praise Him for His leading that made this gift possible. The Lord often does His work through Godly people and Mrs. Hughes is a woman with the vision to see over the horizon, a spirit of trusting stewardship and a passion to make a significant difference for Kingdom work.

Robbie and her husband Dudley were also pleased to make this gift because of their affection for the people of Korea. A Korean War veteran, it was Dudley’s invention of a new machine gun that changed the course of the war and brought freedom to the people of South Korea. So, it is especially thrilling that this new residential hall, named to honor Dudley’s service in Korea, will be constructed just steps away from the new Dr. Billy Kim International Center – which is named in honor of a “house boy” from the Korean War who was saved buy a soldier and sent to the USA as a student who eventually returned to Korea to become one of God’s most influential spiritual leaders in Asia.

Dr. Kim is so generously working with us to raise $4 million for this new international center and the $4 million gift from Mrs. Hughes will allow us to create a complex for international education, valued at $13 million when it incorporates the current pavilion linking the two buildings. It is just remarkable these two young men from Korea, a lifetime ago, are now joined together for a Korean/America bond 65 years later and around a center of global Christ-honoring education, right in the heart of Belhaven’s campus.

We are calling this new building the University Village, which is fitting for a residence focused on global learning and linked so deeply with all we will be doing in the new Dr. Billy Kim International Center.

The building will be unlike anything we have enjoyed before with 33 high quality apartments. Click here for room layouts and features. The design will include:

• Four bedroom apartments – each resident will have a large private bedroom
• Two full baths, a kitchen and living room
• Fully furnished rooms that include amenities like flat-screen televisions, washers and dryers
• All utilities (i.e. cable and internet) are included in the semester rental price, along with campus security and campus parking
• Fitness center on the ground floor
• A beautiful “New Orleans-style” courtyard
• Resident director apartments and offices on the second floor
• Three studio apartments for visiting scholars

The U-shaped, three story building will be constructed on the site of the tennis courts, right in the heart of campus. Belhaven will have a temporary home for tennis until new courts can be built. The exterior will be whitewashed brick that pulls together Belhaven’s brick and white stucco buildings in an elegant blend of architecture. University Village will have secure, individual suites will be available for groups of either men or woman students to rent. Summer rentals will also be available for students. Housing fees for those living in the building will not include the campus meal plan because they will have a full kitchen.

We are thankful that because this building was fully planned a year ago, the architectural drawings that would normally take months of preparation are already completed. This allows us to begin construction planning next week, with on site construction activity to begin sometime near mid-summer. The University Village will be completed for students to move in during August, 2015.

Dale Partners Architects P.A. designed the building and Mike Harrell of Probity Contracting Group will be the builder. This is the same team that put together the Fitzhugh Hall building. They did an outstanding quality job and were very careful stewards of our resources.

The magnitude of this $4 million gift allows us to secure a construction loan from local banks in order to get the building started right away! Acting with the authority given to them by the Belhaven Board of Trustees Bylaws, our Executive Committee of the Board met last week to unanimously approve the construction project and the construction loan.

This gift for the new University Village is a remarkable capstone testimony to this year’s theme verse for this academic year we complete today: “God is our light and our protector. He gives us grace and glory.”

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Registration for Fall 2014

Even though Advance Registration has closed, it is still important for students to make sure they are registered for the Fall 2014 semester. If your student hasn’t registered yet, have them contact the Office of Student Success at 601-968-8865 or the Registrar’s office at 601-968-5922 for assistance.  They can also view their academic plan on Blazenet to make sure they select the correct courses.  It is important that students are registered so they don’t lose the ability to get in a class they need in order to graduate in a timely manner.

Belhaven Calendar for 2014-2015

The calendar for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year is now available on the Belhaven website at Belhaven Academic Calendar. The calendar provides important information regarding the start of school, when Residence halls open, mid-semester breaks, holidays, when students can add or drop classes and more.  If you have any questions about the calendar, feel free to contact the Office of Student Success.  If we don’t know the answer, we can get it!

Academic Standing and my student

There are three types of academic standing at Belhaven and sometimes there is confusion about what they mean.  The three standings are Good Standing, Academic Warning, and Academic Probation.  Students who maintain a GPA of a 2.0 and above are considered in Good Standing.  To determine academic standing, a formula is used to calculate the quality point index. The formula for calculation can be found in the Belhaven Catalogue, but the most important thing for you and your student to know is what his or her academic standing is now that the school year has ended.

Our office will be sending letters to students on academic warning and probation over the summer.  If your student receives a letter from us over the summer regarding their academic standing, encourage them to contact us so that we can help them get back on the right track when classes start back in August!  As always, if you need further assistance or if your student needs assistance with academic struggles, encourage them to come see us in The Think Center!

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Mr. Ron Pirtle

Dean of Student Development

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