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stressThere is one word that seems to always show up in conversation as each semester get closer to the end…stress.  All of us have to deal with it, but sometimes it seems overwhelming to students as they try and keep track of assignments, find time to study, attend extra-curricular activities and prepare for finals.  I know, as a parent, it’s sometimes difficult to know how to help our students navigate their way through that stress. University Parent has posted some very helpful information on their website recently that addresses this topic.  The steps they suggest to take when helping your student navigate their way are:

  1. Suggest they select healthy foods and never skip breakfast.  I’m sure we all know that “breakfast is the most important part of the day”, but it’s critical to make sure they have a good energy level and are alert before attending class. Breakfast can give them that energy!
  2. Remind them to stay physically active.  While we know that not all students are exercise fanatics, Belhaven has a wonderful walking track around the campus that will give them the ability to get some exercise and some fresh air as well.  Of course, we also have a wonderful fitness center that is available to all of our students.
  3. Encourage them to recharge with sleep.  We all know to get at least seven hours of sleep a night, but more times than not, most college students don’t get that consistently. A gentle reminder to make sure they are getting enough rest is important!
  4. Address signs of stress early.  If your student seems moody, forgetful or extremely tired encourage them to come by the Think Center so we can help them develop a stress management plan.
  5. Express confidence in their abilities.  As your student begins to learn more about themselves, the stress of discovering whether they are on the right path for their future can be great at times. Your show of support, spoken or by gesture, can build a sense of confidence in their direction and lessen their stress.
  6. Remind your student of a time they managed a stressful situation with a positive outcome.
    Parents are often able to recall stressful times their student has experienced and can encourage them to remember those times and how they were able to handle those situations. Sometimes it’s that encouragement that can make the difference in helping them lessen the stress.

Knowing that you care and that you are there for them by offering support and encouragement will give them a sense of confidence that can help them overcome the stress that college life can bring.

Steps taken from www.universityparent.com.

 

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It’s that time again! Advance registration for the Fall 2014 semester is currently underway and we are available to assist your student with this important process.  In order to make sure students are able to get the courses they need to stay on track, it is imperative that they participate in advance registration.  Student instructions are below!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 601-968-8865.
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Belhaven University hosted an uplifting night with author, speaker and artist Joni Eareckson Tada. This free event on Saturday, March 1 was in the Belhaven University Center for the Arts on Riverside Drive. It has been 38 years since Tada has been in Mississippi and this event was an inspiring evening for all who attended.

Tada, the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left her, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She spent many long months learning how to paint with a brush between her teeth. Tada’s high-detail fine art paintings and prints are sought-after and collected. Her best-selling autobiography Joni and the feature film of the same name have been translated into many languages, introducing her to people around the world.

The Belhaven University Dance Department started the night with a special performance based on Tada’s artwork. Nicole Marquez, a talented dancer who is an incomplete quadriplegic, performed to Tada’s song “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same title. Congressman Gregg Harper introduced Tada who then spoke about her life and ministry. She then concluded the night with a time of questions and answers.

Here is a link to the Facebook photo album for An Evening with Joni Eareckson Tada.

Here is the video of An Evening with Joni Eareckson Tada.

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Here is Joni Eareckson Tada talking about Belhaven University.

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February 28, 2014 (Jackson) – Belhaven University will host an uplifting night with author, speaker and artist Joni Eareckson Tada. This free event will be Saturday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Belhaven University Center for the Arts on Riverside Drive. It has been 38 years since Tada has been in Mississippi and this event promises to be an inspiring evening for all who attend.

Tada, the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left her, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She spent many long months learning how to paint with a brush between her teeth. Tada’s high-detail fine art paintings and prints are sought-after and collected. Her best-selling autobiography Joni and the feature film of the same name have been translated into many languages, introducing her to people around the world.

Congressman Gregg Harper will introduce Tada to begin the night. The Belhaven University Dance Department will then present a special performance based on her artwork. Nicole Marquez, a talented dancer who is an incomplete quadriplegic, will perform to Tada’s song “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same title. Tada will then speak about her life and ministry, and then conclude the night with a time of questions and answers.

“Joni has been a friend for 25 years through our shared work with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization,” said Belhaven University President Roger Parrott. “She has always had a deep connection with the University. I couldn’t be more thrilled that she will be on campus for this special evening. Joni is a one-of-a-kind leader in the history of the Church, and I want our students, faculty, and friends to hear her story and of her passion for Jesus.”

Tada has served on the National Council on Disability and the Disability Advisory Committee to the U.S. State Department. She is Senior Associate for Disability Concerns for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and serves in an advisory capacity to the American Leprosy Mission, the National Institute on Learning Disabilities, Love and Action and Christian Blind Mission International, as well as on the Board of Reference for the Christian Writers Guild and the Christian Medical and Dental Society.

For more breaking news, announcements, and upcoming events, visit the Belhaven University News and Information web site

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MUMME named new Head Football Coach

mummeHal Mumme was officially introduced as the New Head Football Coach at Belhaven University during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Belhaven University President Dr. Roger Parrott, Athletics Director Scott Little, various media representatives, and members of the campus community were on hand to welcome Coach Mumme.

“I’m happy to be in Jackson and appreciate the honor of being the head coach at Belhaven,” said Mumme. “The one thing that I would say to all the players here is that you have a great background and fine coaching staff before and we are going to build on what you have done in the past. Our first goal is to improve on that and win a conference championship this year.”

Mumme comes to Belhaven from Southern Methodist University, where he served as an Assistant Coach and Passing Game Coordinator under Head Coach June Jones in 2013. Under the coaching of Mumme, SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert set multiple single game and single season records during the 2013 season. Gilbert racked up 635 yards of total offense against Temple, seventh most in a game in NCAA history. Gilbert also recorded single season school records, second for most total offensive yards (3795), second in passing yards (3528), and first in completions (335). As a team, the Mustangs recorded 5,222 total yards with 4,097 of those yards coming through the air in 2013.

Just a reminder as the spring semester progresses regarding the attendance policy at Belhaven University. Class attendance is repeatedly shown to be a significant factor in a student’s overall success in classes. We want your student to be successful academically, and that begins in the classroom.  

Class attendance policy for all Belhaven University courses:

The class attendance policy assumes that students will be present for all classes.  University policy requires that students attend at least 80 percent of class meetings during a semester or summer session in order to receive credit.  For Fall and Spring semesters, this 80 percent is interpreted as follows:

  • A maximum of eight absences for a class that meets three times a week
  • A maximum of six absences for a class that meets two times a week
  • A maximum of three absences for a class that meets once a week
  • Three tardies are counted as one absence

All reasons for absences (for example:  illness, representation for University activities, emergencies, and late registration) are included in the maximum number of absences.  Any number above this number is not acceptable and the student would receive an ‘F.’

Students can check their recorded number of absences through their BlazeNet account.  If a student has any questions about how to check their absences, he or she can call Erin Stephens, Student Retention Specialist, at 601-968-8744 or estephens@belhaven.edu.

Things to remember!

Chapel Schedule, Spring 2014

Chapel #1 – 9:35 – 10:25 am
Chapel #2 – 11:00 – 11:50 am
All Services are held in the Center for the Arts.

Audio of Chapel is available from the chapel blog .

January 14 Success!
Learning from the Life of King David
Dr. Roger Parrott
January 21 When God Says NO
Learning from the Life of King David
Dr. Roger Parrott
January 28 Crossroads: Compromise or Integrity
Learning from the Life of King David
Dr. Roger Parrott
February 4 The Hardest Part is Forgiving Yourself
Learning from the Life of King David
Dr. Roger Parrott
February 11 Dr. John Perkins
John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development
February 18 Dr. John Perkins
John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development
February 25 Ms. Lisa Espineli Chinn
Intervarsity National Director International Student Ministry Program
March 4 Student Mission Conference
Mr. Josep Debeljuh
Global Disciples, Croatia
March 11 Spring Break
March 18 Breaking Dysfunctional Family Ties
Learning from the Life of King David
Dr. Roger Parrott
March 25 How Would God Describe You?
Learning from the Life of King David
Dr. Roger Parrott
April 1 God At Work – At Work
A panel discussion led by Dr. Parrott asking hard questions to Christians living out their faith in a variety of professions
April 8 Looking Back and Looking Ahead
A panel discussion led by Dr. Parrott asking graduating seniors what they have learned and how God is leading them to prepare for life after Belhaven
April 15 Honors Convocation
Only the 11 am chapel will be held this day so all students and faculty can join in celebrating the accomplishments of the year. Classes scheduled for 10:50 on this Tuesday are canceled.

Career Programs:  Belhaven Career Services offers programs that help students for their future now.  We encourage students to stop by, call or schedule an appointment to meet one-on-one for career planning.  Career Services also partners with Academic departments on campus to offer career-related workshops.  Upcoming events this month include:

  • 2/13: Career Boot Camp, Barber Auditorium (Register by February 4th at Boot Camp Registration.
  • 2/27:  Career Fair, Student Center, 10 am-2 pm

If you would like more information about Career Services, please contact Claire T. Langley, Director of Career Services, at 601.968.5939 or clangley@belhaven.edu.

100 Best BuyFinancial Aid:  For fourteen years Belhaven University has been recognized as one of America’s Best College Buys, and seeks to continue making college an affordable option for today’s families.  For students and their families who are applying for need based aid such as federal grants, workstudy, and low interest loans, it is imperative to apply each year (as soon after January 1st as possible).  Apply for federal student financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  If you have questions please call 601.968.5933 or email studentaid@belhaven.edu.

 

Tutoring:  Encourage your son or daughter to utilize these valuable campus resources. Hours of operation are below for Spring 2014.

Academic Lab Hours Spring 14 TBA

*Tutoring for Old Testament and New Testament is offered with the Worldview Learning Center.

 

Student Involvement:  There are many ways for students to get involved on campus, whether through clubs and organization, athletics or ministry opportunities.  Below are several areas where students may find opportunities to become a leader on campus.

residence-lifeEach residence hall is staffed by a professional Resident Director (RD) and a team of student leaders who serve as Resident Assistants (RAs).  They are committed to helping residents adjust to life at Belhaven University, as well as grow academically, spiritually, and socially.  Students may apply for RAs positions through the Blazenet and choosing the RA Application NOW.  RA interviews begin the week of February 8th.

 

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The Belhaven Leadership Council (BLC) is the student leadership arm of the Belhaven University student body.  As such, its members serve as the primary student body representatives and serve the best interests of the student body by giving distinctive Christian leadership in all areas of influence.  Students can apply to be a part of BLC through the Office of Student Leadership.  Applications are due by Wednesday, February 12.

 

Peer Leaders are student leaders who help new students transition into life at Belhaven.  Applications and all forms for Peer Leader roles are now available at Peer Leader Application and are due into the Office of Student Leadership by Wednesday, February 26.

Ambassadors are a vital part of Belhaven since they introduce prospective students to what life as a BU student.  They give tours, talk with prospective students by phone, and work with Admission Counselors.  Applications for Ambassadors will become available in April.  For more information, contact Jake Donald, Associate Director of Admission at jdonald@belhaven.edu.

The Belhaven Activities Team (BAT) exists to plan, promote and provide activities for Belhaven students that help foster community, increase student involvement and build an exciting atmosphere on campus!  BAT is a team of diverse, talented, active, involved and motivated students who work diligently to provide quality programming for the students, faculty and staff of Belhaven University. To find out more about being a part of BAT, your son or daughter may contact the Programming Coordinator, Katie Acker at activities@belhaven.edu or call 601-968-8904.

Below are some upcoming student events:

All Sons and Daughters Concert: Thursday, February 6th

All Sons and Daughters will be performing at the Belhaven Center for the Arts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $5 for Belhaven students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are on sale now. Check the band out on their website.

Salsa Night: Friday, February 7th 

Come out to the Student Center on Friday, February 7 for a night of salsa dancing from 8:00-10:00pm! Instructors from Salsa Mississippi will be there to teach the first hour, then the night will continue with an open dance floor to show off your salsa skills!

Gotcha Sign Up:  Monday, February 17th- Friday, February 21st 

Do you ever have that feeling that someone is out to get you?  Get used to it, because Gotcha is back! The highly intense game of water and strategy is back on campus! Gotcha is open to all (full-time) students, staff, and faculty! Be sure to check out the rules during sign up.  Sign-up begins on Monday, February 17 during lunch in the Dining Commons and ends on Friday, February 21. The game is $1 with a Belhaven ID! Gotcha action begins on February 24 at 1:00pm and ends on April 10 at 5:00pm. Remember: know the rules, trust no one, and stay dry!

Gotcha: Monday, February 24th – Thursday, April 10th

Gotcha! starts Monday, February 24 at 1:00pm! All disputes, appeals, questions, and inquiries should be sent to the jury at thejury@belhaven.edu. Gotcha will end on Thursday, April 10 at 5:00pm. Remember: know the rules, trust no one, and stay dry!

Outdoor Movie Night: Friday, February 28

Join us for a unique outdoor movie night on Friday, February 28 at the Belhaven Softball Field on Riverside Drive. Come out to watch the movie 42 with hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks and enjoy a night at the ballpark!

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Blazer Athletics!

 

 

As always, our Blazers are on the move!  Upcoming Athletic events are:

1/25/2014 Women’s Basketball vs Blue Mountain College (Miss.) 2:00 PM
1/25/2014 Men’s Basketball vs Blue Mountain College (Miss.) 4:00 PM
1/31/2014 Baseball vs LSU-Alexandria 4:00 PM
2/1/2014 Baseball vs LSU-Alexandria (DH) 1:00 PM
2/1/2014 Women’s Basketball vs William Carey University (Miss.) 2:00 PM
2/1/2014 Men’s Basketball vs William Carey University (Miss.) 4:00 PM
2/4/2014 Baseball vs Tougaloo College (Miss.) 4:00 PM
2/7/2014 Men’s Tennis vs Tougaloo College (Miss.) 2:00 PM
2/7/2014 Women’s Tennis vs Tougaloo College (Miss.) 2:00 PM
2/7/2014 Baseball vs Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) 4:00 PM
2/8/2014 Baseball vs Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) (DH) 1:00 PM
2/8/2014 Women’s Basketball vs Bethel University (Tenn.) 2:00 PM
2/8/2014 Men’s Basketball vs Bethel University (Tenn.) 4:00 PM
2/11/2014 Softball vs Alcorn State University (DH) 1:00 PM
2/13/2014 Baseball vs University of Saint Francis (Ind.) 4:00 PM
2/13/2014 Women’s Basketball vs Spring Hill College (Ala.) 5:30 PM
2/13/2014 Men’s Basketball vs Spring Hill College (Ala.) 7:30 PM
2/14/2014 Men’s Tennis vs Georgia Gwinnett College 1:00 PM
2/14/2014 Women’s Tennis vs Georgia Gwinnett College 1:00 PM
2/14/2014 Baseball vs Campbellsville University (Ky.) 4:00 PM
2/15/2014 Baseball vs Missouri Baptist University 3:00 PM
2/15/2014 Women’s Tennis vs LSU-Shreveport 6:00 PM
2/18/2014 Baseball vs Mississippi College 4:00 PM
2/20/2014 Women’s Basketball vs University of Mobile (Ala.) 5:30 PM
2/20/2014 Men’s Basketball vs University of Mobile (Ala.) 7:30 PM
2/21/2014 Baseball vs William Carey University (Miss.) 4:00 PM
2/22/2014 Baseball vs William Carey University (Miss.) (DH) 1:00 PM
2/24/2014 Softball vs Alcorn State University (DH) 1:00 PM
2/25/2014 Men’s Tennis vs Jackson State University 2:00 PM
2/25/2014 Baseball vs Talladega College 4:00 PM
2/26/2014 Baseball vs Talladega College 4:00 PM
2/27/2014 Women’s Basketball vs Loyola University (La.) 5:30 PM
2/27/2014 Men’s Basketball vs Loyola University (La.) 7:30 PM
2/28/2014 Men’s Tennis vs Rust College 1:00 PM
2/28/2014 Women’s Tennis vs Rust College 1:00 PM

Arts Events

February 13:  Dance Ministry Ensemble, 11:00 am, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center

February 14 – 15: Dance Ministry Ensemble, 7:30 pm, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center

February 13 – 15, 19 – 22:  Curtains – A Musical, 7:30 pm (Thurs – Sat; Weds – Fri), Blackbox Theatre

Saturday Matinees on Feb. 15 and 22 at 2:00 pm

February 25:  Guest Artists: Guitar Duo 220 (Andrew Stroud and Adam Larison), 7:30 pm. Concert Hall

February 26 – March 1:  Senior Dance Concerts, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center – Studio Theatre

  • Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm – Concert A
  • Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm– Concert B
  • Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm – Concert A
  • Saturday, March 1, 7:00 pm – Concert B

February 27: Best of Belhaven II, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

February 28: Faculty Voice Recital – Mrs. Gena Everitt, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Plan Ahead:  Below are some important dates for Spring 2014

  • February 7 – Application deadline for August Graduation
  • March 7 – Mid-term grades are posted
  • March 10 – 14 – SPRING BREAK!
  • March 24 – Advanced Registration for Fall 2014 begins
  • April18 – 20 – Easter break
  • April 22 – Finals begin at 6pm and go through April 29
  • May 1 – Residence Halls Close at 5pm
  • May 3 – Graduation and Halls Close at 5pm for those participating in the graduation ceremony.

 

As always, please contact Ron Pirtle if you have any questions regarding any of this information or have questions not addressed in this blog (rpirtle@belhaven.edu or 601-968-8865).

 

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We hope you have a wonderful Christmas! As the faculty, staff and students of Belhaven University read the story of Luke 2, may we be reminded of the joy of this holiday season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

View this special Christmas video from your friends at Belhaven University.

 

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Fall Semester Photo Contest: Send your best photos from the fall semester at Belhaven and have a chance to win a gift card from the BU Bookstore! Send images to cwallace@belhaven.edu by December 4. Open to students, parents, faculty, staff and community! Voting will take place on the main BU Facebook Page beginning December 5.

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Today is the last day to drop a class with a grade of WP or WF.  If students need to drop a class, they must do drop it today or they will receive an F if they choose to drop it after today.  In order to drop a class, students need to contact the Registrar’s office for assistance. Any questions, feel free to contact the Registrar’s Office at 601-968-5922 or registrar@belhaven.edu. Students can also contact the Office of Student Success at 601-968-8865 or stsuccess@belhaven.edu for assistance.

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Countdown to Finals (from the Office of Student Success)

Students who have a plan for approaching finals tend to decrease anxiety and improve their performance.  The Office of Student Success suggests the following “countdown” to students for the weeks leading up to finals:

Two to Three Weeks Before:

  • Find out the day, time, scope, and format of all finals.  Is there a test review?  If yes, when is it?  Ask your instructor for details in each class.
  • Re-read the syllabus for any hints or directions for your preparation.
  • Target all the information you accumulated that’s “fair game” for exams.
  • Divide the information into manageable “chunks.”
  • This is what you would study at one sitting, for 30-90 minutes per class.

One Week Before:

  • Stick to the above, but begin to integrate newly acquired information into your studying.
  • Do not rely on just the final “review session.”   Go over everything.
  • Review older information while you “work in” the newest.  You may be acquiring new content until the day before the exam!
  • Can you explain the information to someone else?  This is a great way to know what you know.

Finals Week:

  • Review your finals week schedule.
  • Plan your week.  Prioritize your time, considering the following:
    • Your current grade in the course
    • The percent of the total course grade the final contributes
    • The time and day of the week for which the final is scheduled


Registration for Spring Semester

Students can still register for the spring 2014 semester.  Individual student academic plans and spring courses are viewable in BlazeNet.  Students need to meet with their academic advisor for schedule approval as part of the registration process.  Please encourage your son or daughter to register before the holidays and finals get started.


Holiday Schedule

No classes will be held Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th for Thanksgiving break.  Classes will resume on Monday, December 2nd.

Monday, December 2nd is the last day of regular class meetings for the fall semester.  Finals will be given from Wednesday, December 4th through Tuesday, December 10th.

Residence Halls close Thursday, December 12th at 5pm.  Resident students who are graduating or helping with commencement activities may stay until 5pm on Saturday, December 14th.  Please make travel arrangements with these dates in mind.

*Students should be mindful of the exam schedule and not plan to leave campus for the break until after his or her scheduled exams are completed. 


Athletics, Arts & Campus Activities

There are many athletic and arts events happening on campus.  From football to dance, there’s something for everyone.  Here are a few upcoming events:

Thurs. 11/14: Instrumental Arts Concert, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall, CFTA

Monday 11/18: Preston Chamber Music Series, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall, CFTA

Weds. 11/20: Women’s Basketball vs. Wiley College, 5:30 pm, Rugg Arena

Weds. 11/20: Men’s Basketball vs. Wiley College, 7:30 pm, Rugg Arena

Thurs. 11/21: Holiday at BU, 7:00 pm, Student Center

Thurs. & Fri. 11/21 – 22: Doxa Dance Concert, 6:30pm, Bitsy Irby – Studio Theatre

Fri. & Sat. 11/22 – 23: 7th Annual Evening of One Acts, 8:00 pm, Center for the Arts – Blackbox Theatre

Fri. 11/22: Women’s Basketball vs. Auburn University-Montgomery, 5:30 pm, Rugg Arena

Fri. 11/22: Men’s Basketball vs. Auburn University-Montgomery, 7:30 pm, Rugg Arena

Sat. 11/23: Women’s Basketball vs. Emmanuel College, 5:30 pm, Rugg Arena

Sat. 11/23: Men’s Basketball vs. Emmanuel College, 7:30 pm, Rugg Arena

Monday 11/25: Best of Belhaven I, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall, CFTA

Monday 12/2: Chill Out, 7:30 pm, Student Center

Fri. & Sat. 12/6 – 7:  81st Annual Singing Christmas Tree, 7:30 pm, Soccer Bowl

Thurs. 12/13:  Residence Halls close, 5 pm

81st Annual Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree


Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree
 began in 1933 and is considered the first and oldest outdoor singing Christmas tree event in the country. It was named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society and it continually draws in thousands of people each year.

Both concerts on December 6 and December 7 will take place on the Belhaven University Soccer Bowl in the center of campus at 7:30 p.m. This family-friendly event is free to the public, and attendees are encouraged to dress in warm clothes and bring blankets or chairs to sit on. Call 601-974-6494 for more information.

As always, please contact Ron Pirtle if you have any questions regarding any of this information or have questions not addressed in this blog.

(rpirtle@belhaven.edu or 601-965-7021).

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