February News


Beginning Monday, March 23 students will be able to participate in Registration for the Summer terms and Fall semester.  It is NEVER too early to encourage your student to be thinking about classes for the summer or fall. As always, this is the opportunity for students to meet with their advisors to register for the classes needed and work towards completion of their academic plan.  It is important that students take advantage of this chance before classes are full!


Seeking help before you need it

It’s an unfortunate truth, but most students who struggle academically do so because they wait until it’s almost too late to seek help. There are always reasons why someone doesn’t want to seek out help, but more often than not those reasons all begin with one issue: PRIDE.  The term “tutor” comes from the Latin word that means “watcher” or “guardian”. That’s a fitting description of what our tutors at Belhaven desire most – to help students do their best academically, by watching over them as they work through their struggles. Our tutors are actively involved in helping students think through what they are doing and how to manage their engagement of a subject in order to be successful. If you hear frustration in your student when they talk about their classes or grades, encourage them to seek help. If they don’t know whether a tutor would be helpful to them, have them stop by the Think Center and we can help them think through specific issues they might be having in class.

The main thing students should remember is that it’s okay to seek help and use tutoring to help them overcome their academic struggles. The key to seeking help before you need it begins with a proper understanding of self. Students have to accept and understand that they need help. Although their grades ultimately reflect it, students often recognize they need some type of help before they even see their first grade. Without a proper understanding of the material or subject students will struggle, but many won’t seek help because they aren’t even sure what questions to ask. We stress the importance of communicating with professors for this very reason. If a student doesn’t understand the material, but can’t identify why they don’t, professors and/or tutors can often help them uncover the “block” and begin to see more clearly. Too many times, students wait until midterms (or later) to seek help that could have been more beneficial earlier in the semester. Encourage your student to come see us in the Think Center, speak to their professors, or sit down with a tutor if they have any concerns at all.






Mr. Ron Pirtle

Dean of Student Development


Things to remember!

Chapel Schedule, Spring 2015

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 .

Chapel 6
Feb 24

Dr. Roger Parrott
Unexpected Encounters With Jesus
The Uninvited Dinner Guest—Luke 7
Chapel 7
Mar 3
Dr. Roger Parrott
Unexpected Encounters With Jesus
The Little Children—Luke 18
Chapel 8
Mar 17
Rev. David Strain
Senior Minister
First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS
Chapel 9
Mar 24
Missions Emphasis Week: Mr. Jeff Shaw
Out of Darkness Anti-trafficking Ministry
Atlanta Dream Center, Atlanta, GA
Chapel 10
Mar 31
Dr. Roger Parrott
Unexpected Encounters With Jesus
The Criminals on a Cross—Luke 23
Chapel 11
Apr 7
Mr. Sunny Park
CEO, General Building Maintenance, Inc
Atlanta, GA
Chapel 12
Apr 14
Belhaven University Artists
Arts Festival of Worship

Tutoring:  Encourage your son or daughter to utilize these valuable campus resources. Hours of operation are below for Spring 2015.

Academic Lab Hours Spring 15

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

 Upcoming Events

February 20, 2015
Activities Coordinator
Beats at the Bird-
Been looking for a place to perform? You need to get on the set list for Beats at the Bird.  Help BAT make this the best coffee house Belhaven has ever had.  BAT will have sign-ups for performers February 16 and 17, 11am-2pm in the Student Center. The event will take place Friday night and it will include free coffee, treats, and beats from your very own student body. 
February 28, 2015
11:00 am-2:00 pm
BLC Intern
Car Facts-
On Saturday, February 28th from 11:00-2:00, the Belhaven Leadership Council will be hosting an event that will help students, faculty, and staff gain more insight on how to take care of your car and what to do in certain situations that might leave you on the side of the road. For example: How do you change a tire? or Who do you call when a rock hits your windshield while driving down the highway? These are valuable questions that have answers!
Also, the Social Work ministry, His Hands His Feet, will be traveling to Haiti to serve at an orphanage. They will be hosting a car wash to raise money for their service in May. Come for insight and leave with a nice clean car!
March 18, 2015
9:00 pm
Gillespie Commons
Activities Coordinator
Starlight Cinema- 
FREE movie and popcorn. Do we need to say more?  Get your friends, get a blanket, and get to Gillespie Commons!
March 23, 2015
6:00 pm
Ministries and Programming Coordinator
Join us at 6pm in the Student Center Theatre.
For Missions Emphasis Week we will be showing a screen of Nefarious, an anti-trafficking documentary followed by some time with Jeff Shaw from Atlanta Dream Center.
March 24, 2015
7:00 pm
Ministries and Programming Coordinator
Ike Ndolo Concert-
Belhaven Center for the Arts at 7pm.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased at: secure.sellingticket.com

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 Blazers Athletics!

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

2/19/2015 Women’s Basketball vs William Carey University Jackson, Miss. 5:30 PM
2/19/2015 Men’s Basketball vs William Carey University (Miss.) Jackson, Miss. 7:30 PM
2/20/2015 Softball vs William Carey University (DH) Jackson, Miss. 1:00 PM
2/20/2015 Baseball vs University of Mobile (Ala.) Jackson, Miss. 4:00 PM
2/21/2015 Baseball vs University of Mobile (Ala.) (DH) Jackson, Miss. 1:00 PM
2/24/2015 Baseball vs Tougaloo College (Miss.) Jackson, Miss. 4:00 PM
2/26/2015 Women’s Basketball vs Blue Mountain College Jackson, Miss. 5:30 PM
2/26/2015 Men’s Basketball vs Blue Mountain College (Miss.) Jackson, Miss. 7:30 PM
3/3/2015 Baseball vs Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) Jackson, Miss. 4:00 PM
3/4/2015 Baseball vs Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) Jackson, Miss. 4:00 PM
3/6/2015 Baseball vs Middle Georgia State College Jackson, Miss. 4:00 PM
3/7/2015 Baseball vs Middle Georgia State College (DH) Jackson, Miss. 1:00 PM
3/9/2015 Softball vs Blue Mountain College (DH) Jackson, Miss. 1:30 PM


Arts Ablaze!

February 24, 2015
Best of Belhaven II
Tuesday, February 24, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

The Music Department presents the most outstanding student performances from the last three months on one concert. Musical variety and excellence are the gifts from our student performers to you. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.


February 25 – 28, 2015
BFA Senior Dance Concert
Wednesday, February 25 and Friday, February 27, 7:30 pm (Concert A)
Thursday, February 26 and Saturday, February 28, 7:30 pm (Concert B)

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

The Dance Department’s graduating seniors offer a showcase of innovative and creative choreography and performance culminating their dance studies. General Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5.  Complimentary admission for Belhaven students as well as Belhaven Faculty/Staff and their immediate families.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.


February 25 – 28, 2015
Spring Musical: Godspell
Wednesday, February 25 – Saturday, February 28, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 28, Matinee, 2:00 pm
Blackbox Theatre

Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Elissa Sartwell
Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew.  A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus’s life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’s messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life. General Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven students as well as Belhaven Faculty/Staff and their immediate families.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. 


February 28, 2015
Faculty Composition Recital
Dr. Andrew Sauerwein
Saturday, February 28, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Belhaven’s resident composer and professor of theory and composition presents a sampling of musical works from his bemused and adventurous pen.  Featuring an array of performers and collaborators, the music involves history, philosophy, physics, love, art, and (of course) humor. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.


March 3, 2015
Faculty Voice Recital
A Teacher With His Students III – Frank Sinatra and Friends
Dr. Christopher Shelt
Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Frank Sinatra? Yes! Dr. Christopher Shelt, a teacher-performer professor of 16 years at Belhaven University, performing with a jazz trio and selected students from his studio, past and present, revisits the famous duets Franks Sinatra sang and recorded with leading vocalists during his day. With all the Sinatra classics, it promises to be an entertaining evening.  Dr. Shelt even has blue eyes…  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7 pm.


Plan Ahead:  Below are some important dates for Spring 2015

  • March 6 – Mid-term grades are posted
  • March 9 – 13 – SPRING BREAK!
  • March 23 – Registration for Summer and Fall 2015 begins
  • April 3– 6 – Easter break
  • April 29 – Finals begin at 6pm and go through May 5
  • May 7 – Residence Halls Close at 5pm
  • May 9 – Graduation and Halls Close at 5pm for those participating in the graduation ceremony.

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