Did your student register for the Fall 2015 semester? It is NEVER too late to encourage your student to schedule classes for the summer or fall. As always, students can meet with their advisors to register for the classes they need or stop by the Think Center for assistance. It is important that students take advantage of this chance before classes are full!
So, here we are in the final weeks of the semester. It’s amazing how final exams can sneak up on us. The spring semester is always an exciting time—birds are chirping, the sun has finally come out, summer is just around the corner, and for some, graduation is fast approaching—which is exciting news! BUT, your son or daughter still has some work to do. Students tend to burn out around this time or get a case of “Spring fever”, so it is important to reel them in and help them finish strong!
You should encourage your son or daughter to find out where they stand in their courses. All professors give students a syllabus at the beginning of the semester and some even outline coursework in those syllabi. Suggest they go through each syllabus and jot down grades for their assignments. If the syllabus does not list assignments or if they simply can’t remember their grades, encourage your student to speak to their professors. Faculty at Belhaven are known for their accessibility and willingness to help—it is always a good idea to talk to a professor.
Secondly, encourage students to get organized. Organize their exam schedules, notes, living quarters and whatever else feels out of balance. Being organized helps to create a clear thought process, and it allows students to prioritize their workload.
The third tip is to avoid distractions, which may be the hardest one. Students have an even harder time with this now because of smart phones and the internet. Research from Baylor University states that college students can spend up to 10 hours a day on their cell phones. Think of all the studying that could get done in that time! Finding a study area with few distractions can vastly improve concentration.
As always, we are here to help. We want your student to succeed just as much as you do! Please encourage them to come by and see us in the Think Center. We were all in their shoes at some point in our lives, and we are happy to rally them through these last few weeks.
Erin Stephens, Student Care Advocate
Things to remember!
Tutoring: Encourage your son or daughter to utilize these valuable campus resources. Hours of operation are below for Spring 2015.
Tutoring for Old Testament and New Testament is offered with the Worldview Learning Center.
|April 23, 2015
|Spring Semester Blow Out/ Intramural Basketball Championship-
Join us in Rugg for lots of food and fun! Cheer on the intramural basketball teams in their final games!
|April 24, 2015
2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Spencer Perkins Center
Community Outreach Coordinator
Every Fourth Friday afternoon of the month, there will be a service project! Join us as we serve at the Spencer Perkins Center for the month of April! Meet in Cleland Hall (First Floor) at 2pm to carpool. We will be back on campus by 5pm!
|April 24, 2015
5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Community Outreach Coordinator
|Dorm Room Dive-
Come shop at the Belhaven- wide yard sale! Clothing will be $5 to fill a bag and other items will be sold as marked. Money will go to support the Red Bus Project!
|April 24, 2015
After shopping at Dorm Room Dive, head to the Rugg to end the night with a movie and snacks!
As always, our Blazers are on the move! Upcoming Athletic events are:
April 11 – May 16, 2015
Student Invitational Art Exhibition
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center, Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, April 11, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This annual juried exhibition of student works highlights a wide range of styles and media including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. This exhibition is always one of our most festive and popular openings. Complimentary Admission.
April 15 – 18, 2015
The Descent/Lifted Me, A Devised Theatre Piece
Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm
Friday, April 17, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 18, 2:00 pm Matinee
Saturday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Directed by Joseph Frost
The descent / lifted me, a devised theatre work, created during rehearsal by the cast and director Joseph Frost. Interwoven story lines will explore descensions, ascensions, and resurrections. 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.
April 17 – 18 & 24 – 25, 2015
Spring Dance Concert
Belhaven University Dance Ensemble
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre
Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 18, 2:00 pm Matinee & 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 23, 11:00 am Matinee
Friday, April 24, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 pm
A showcase of choreography by dance faculty and guest artists, presented by the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble. A range of styles include classical and contemporary ballet and traditional and contemporary modern. General Admission $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each concert.
April 18, 2015
Instrumental Arts Concert: Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Saturday, April 18, 3:00 pm, Concert Hall
Come and experience a new and unique combination of chords and timbres as the Wind Ensemble moves to the contemporary avenue and performs some of the newer music in the wind band repertoire. A confluence of improvisational genres and styles delivers a unique musical flavor! This is a musical stew with all the ingredients including contemporary jazz, some original B.U. Blues and a side dish of some Gospel Music, jazzed up of course. In short, IT’S GONNA BE FUN! Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.
April 20-25, 2015
Belhaven Theatre Festival 2015
A week-long series of theatrical events, from featured guest artists, student-initiated performances, staged readings, senior recitals, and class showcases, to workshops and presentations. The full Festival schedule to be announced in April; contact the Theatre Box Office for information. Admission for featured performances only, all other events are free to the public.
April 21, 2015
Student Composers Concert XIV
Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall
The Belhaven Composers Forum invites you to an interactive showcase of engaging new works by Belhaven student composers. The program will explore new ways to experience the adventure of music-making as the composers and performers open windows into their creative worlds. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.
April 25, 2015
Choral Drama – William Billings of Boston
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall
Who sang in the choir with Samuel Adams? Who had Paul Revere do the cover for his book of musical compositions? Who wrote the song that stirred the spirit of revolution in the hearts of the people who would become the first Americans? William Billings of Boston, that’s who! Dr. Christopher Shelt playwright, conductor, and stage director will tell William Billings story in a Choral Drama, directing the Belhaven Concert Choir, Belhaven Chorale, and a full company of actors in a unique production, portraying both the life and the music of this colorful, witty, humorous, unkempt composer and vocal educator that changed the face of American music. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
April 27, 2015
Composers’ Orchestral Reading Session
Monday, April 27, 5:30 pm, Trustmark Grand Hall, Mississippi Museum of Art
Student composers from Belhaven University and Mississippi College realize the dream of having their compositions read by professional players of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Crafton Beck. Brief discussions of the compositions and the composers’ intentions are part of this positive, engaging, and exploratory session. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 5 pm. Reception following in the Grand Hall.
April 27, 2015
Spring Improv Arts Jam
Monday, April 27, 7:00 pm, Bitsy Irby Studio Theatre
Open to all artists! You are invited to share your talents during this spontaneous collaborative evening of dance, music, visual art and spoken word.
April 28, 2015
Best of Belhaven III
Tuesday, April 28, 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.
Plan Ahead: Below are some important dates for Spring 2015
- 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.