Dr. Roger Parrott’s Book FREE Today and Tomorrow only

Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University is the author of a highly reviewed leadership book, The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders.

The publisher is offering Dr. Parrott’s book for FREE Monday and Tuesday for e-book readers. It can be downloaded to any electronic device. The normal Kindle price is $9.99.

Download for FREE February 16-17

In addition, hard copies of the book can be found through any of the major retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lifeway.

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Getting ready for Spring 2015!

Important Info!

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Residence Life Move-in for Spring 2015 will be Sunday, January 11th.  This date is the earliest day that students can move in for the Spring semester so plan accordingly!  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Life at 601-968-5969 or email them at stlife@belhaven.edu.

 

 

If your student hasn’t registered for Spring classes yet, it’s not too late!

Registration for Spring classes is January 12 and 13.  Spring classes begin on Wednesday, January 14!

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 the Office of Student Success at 601-968-8865 or send an email to stsuccess@belhaven.edu.

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.

Things to remember!

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 semester include:

1/29: Building your Resumé and LinkedIn Profile, Barber Auditorium, 11 am
2/12: Belhaven Career Bootcamp, Barber Auditorium
(Register by February 4th at Boot Camp Registration.)

2/26:  Belhaven Career Fair, Student Center, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

If you would like more information about Career Services, please contact the Office of Career Services at 601.968.5939 or by email at caservices@belhaven.edu.

Financial Aid

100 Best BuyFor 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 at studentaid@belhaven.edu.

 

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Blazer Athletics!

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

 

 

1/17/2015 Women’s Basketball vs Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) Jackson, MS. 2:00 PM
1/17/2015 Men’s Basketball vs Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
1/20/2015 Women’s Basketball vs Rust College Jackson, MS. 6:00 PM
1/20/2015 Men’s Basketball vs Rust College Jackson, MS. 8:00 PM
1/24/2015 Women’s Basketball vs University of Mobile Jackson, MS. 2:00 PM
1/24/2015 Men’s Basketball vs University of Mobile (Ala.) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
1/30/2015 Baseball vs University of Saint Francis (Ind.) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
1/31/2015 Baseball vs University of Saint Francis (Ind.) (DH) Jackson, MS. 1:00 PM
2/3/2015 Baseball vs Tougaloo College (MS.) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
2/5/2015 Women’s Basketball vs Loyola University Jackson, MS. 5:30 PM
2/5/2015 Men’s Basketball vs Loyola University (La.) Jackson, MS. 7:30 PM
2/5/2015 Baseball vs Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
2/6/2015 Men’s Tennis vs Centenary College (Louisiana) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
2/6/2015 Women’s Tennis vs Centenary College (Louisiana) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
2/6/2015 Baseball vs MSouri Baptist University Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
2/7/2015 Baseball vs Cumberland University (Tenn.) Jackson, MS. 3:00 PM
2/9/2015 Baseball vs St. Catharine College Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
2/11/2015 Baseball vs Tougaloo College (MS.) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
2/14/2015 Women’s Tennis vs Rust College Jackson, MS. 12:00 PM
2/14/2015 Men’s Tennis vs Rust College Jackson, MS. 12:00 PM
2/14/2015 Women’s Basketball vs Bethel University (Tenn.) Jackson, MS. 2:00 PM
2/14/2015 Men’s Basketball vs Bethel University (Tenn.) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
2/17/2015 Softball vs Centenary College (DH) Jackson, MS. 1:00 PM
2/18/2015 Softball vs Jackson State University (Exhibition) Jackson, MS. 1:00 PM
2/19/2015 Women’s Basketball vs William Carey University Jackson, MS. 5:30 PM
2/19/2015 Men’s Basketball vs William Carey University (MS.) Jackson, MS. 7:30 PM
2/20/2015 Softball vs William Carey University (DH) Jackson, MS. 1:00 PM
2/20/2015 Baseball vs University of Mobile (Ala.) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
2/21/2015 Baseball vs University of Mobile (Ala.) (DH) Jackson, MS. 1:00 PM
2/24/2015 Baseball vs Tougaloo College (MS.) Jackson, MS. 4:00 PM
2/26/2015 Women’s Basketball vs Blue Mountain College Jackson, MS. 5:30 PM
2/26/2015 Men’s Basketball vs Blue Mountain College (MS.) Jackson, MS. 7:30 PM

Arts Events

January 17 – February 7, 2015
Graphic Design Department Student Show
Saturday, January 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Art Gallery

January 15 – 18, 2015
Urban Dance Festival
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre & Hinds Community College

January 23 – 24, 2015
A Little Opera for Children
Friday, January 23, 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 24, 9:30 am & 11:30 am, Concert Hall

January 30, 2015
Sock Hop
Friday, 6:30 – 10:00 pm
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

February 10, 2015
Preston Chamber Music Series
Evening of Diamonds II: Messian Quartet
Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

February 12 – 14, 2015
Dance Ministry Ensemble Concert
Thursday, February 12, 11:00 am Matinee
Friday & Saturday, February 13 & 14, 7:30 pm
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center STUDIO THEATRE

February 19 – 20, 2015
BA Senior Oral Presentations
Thursday & Friday, 6:30 pm
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

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

February 25 – 28, 2015
Spring Musical
Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 pm
Saturday Matinee, 2 pm, Blackbox Theatre

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

February 25 – 28, 2015
BFA Senior Dance Concerts

Wednesday, February 25, 7:30 pm – Concert A
Thursday, February 26, 7:30 pm – Concert B
Friday, February 27, 7:30 pm – Concert A
Saturday, February 28, 7:30 pm – Concert B
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Plan Ahead:  Below are some important dates for Spring 2015

January 19 – MLK, Jr. Day of Service
January 20 – Last day to drop a class without a grade
February 10 – Last day to drop a class with a W
March 6 – Mid-term grades are posted
March 9 – 13 – SPRING BREAK!
March 23 – 27 – 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.

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).

 

Top Belhaven Social Media Stories 2014

As we approach the beginning of a new year, we wanted to take an opportunity to look back at the year that was.

Belhaven University celebrated record enrollment, numerous awards and recognition, and several mentions in national media in 2014. Beginning tomorrow and lasting through the end of the year, we will count down the top ten stories from Belhaven in 2014.

The most liked, shared and commented items made the list. Make sure you follow Belhaven University on Facebook to share this fun look back at a great year. Also be sure to follow Belhaven on our other social media channels, including Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, YouTube and Pinterest.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a joyous 2015 from Belhaven University!

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November News!

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Wrapping Up!

It’s hard to believe, but we are very close to the end of the Fall 2014 semester! For many students this is a time to celebrate, but for others it can be a time to panic.  Missing work, last minute projects, papers or presentations often bring anxiety.  If you sense anxiety or frustration when talking to your student, take this opportunity to ask some questions.

While many parents think their student might get irritated or think they are interfering, most students find some relief in being able to talk about their concerns. Even if you haven’t experienced college personally, most people have experienced the pressures of some type of deadline.  Sharing your feelings during that experience might be just what your student needs to overcome his or her own struggle.  Don’t underestimate the power of your past experience and small words of encouragement!  If your student feels frustrated or overwhelmed, ask questions that that will help him or her think through choices; time, study, social, rest, exercise and food.  If they need to seek out assistance with their academic struggles, encourage them to come see us in the Think Center…we’re here to help!

Registration

Has your student registered for the Spring semester?  Although Registration Week has passed (Oct. 27 – 31) there’s still time!  It’s important for students to register now so they are able to hold their place in a class they might need for their degree.  If they haven’t taken advantage of registration they can still set their Spring schedule by contacting their advisor and scheduling a time to meet.  If your student doesn’t know who his or her advisor is the Think Center and can assist with that information.

Important Dates!

Thanksgiving Holiday – November 26 – 28

Final Exams begin at 6:00 pm on December 3rd and end on December 9th.  If you would like to know the exam schedule, click here!

Residence Halls close at 5:00 pm on December 11, so make sure your student has their travel plans in place!

Spring classes begin on January 14th, 2015.

Upcoming Events

November 20 & 21, 2014
8th Annual Evening Of One-Acts

A Project Of The Production Supervision and Directing Classes.
Blackbox Theatre – Admission is free, no reserved seating. Doors open at 7 pm.

November 20 & 21, 2014
DOXA Dance Concert

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre – General Admission $2, Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 7 pm.

November 22, 2014
Choral/Vocal Arts Concert: Gloria in Excelsis! A Christmas Celebration

Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall – Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

November 24, 2014
Best of Belhaven I

Monday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall – Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

December 1, 2014
Improv Jam

Monday, 7:00 pm, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

December 5 & 6, 2014
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Belhaven Bowl
The Belhaven University Singing Christmas Tree is the oldest outdoor singing Christmas tree tradition in America.  Dr. Christopher Shelt conducts the singing forces made up of the 70 Belhaven Choral Arts singers along with 60 additional students, faculty, and staff.  That is 130 voices joining forces to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! Complimentary admission.

 

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Athletics

11/25/2014 Men’s Basketball vs Mississippi College Jackson, Miss. 7:00 PM
11/28/2014 Women’s Basketball vs Brewton-Parker College Jackson, Miss. 5:30 PM
11/28/2014 Men’s Basketball vs Brewton-Parker College Jackson, Miss. 7:30 PM
11/29/2014 Women’s Basketball vs Middle Georgia College Jackson, Miss. 3:00 PM
11/29/2014 Men’s Basketball vs Middle Georgia College Jackson, Miss. 5:00 PM
12/6/2014 Women’s Basketball vs Concordia College Jackson, Miss. 2:00 PM

Fall Break and Midterms!

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Fall Break is just around the corner!  It’s always good when students can take a couple of days and decompress from the daily grind of classes, which is why Belhaven offers a Fall Break for our students.  The dates for Fall Break this year is next Monday and Tuesday, October 13 and 14th and classes will start back up at 8 am on Wednesday, October 15.  It’s important for students to take that time and visit with family or friends or just to get away from campus so they can experience a refreshment and revitalization of both mind and spirit.  Of course, it’s always a good thing to take a break after working hard to do well on their midterm exams!

If you are interested in knowing what your student’s midterm grades are,  plan on talking with them after October 16th.  Midterm grades will be posted by October 16th and students will have access to those grades on Blazenet under their grade report.  Midterm grades are oftentimes a good indication of how students will finish the semester so if your student is doing well, they should finish strong.  Of course the opposite can be true as well; if they aren’t doing well at midterms, then they might not finish as strong as they hoped.  The good news is that midterms can serve as a “wake-up” moment for students and they CAN change the outcome.  It might be a challenge, but it’s a challenge they can overcome with commitment, dedication, and a lot of focus and hard work.  If your student isn’t doing as well at midterms, encourage them to think through their choices, their study habits and their responsibilities to extra-curricular activities.  Hopefully you can help them determine what steps to take to finish strong!  They can also come see one of us in the Think Center and we’ll be happy to help them think things through and come up with a good plan.

If you would like more information or have any questions, feel free to contact one of us in the Think Center at 601-968-8865 or at stsuccess@belhaven.edu or you can contact me directly at rpirtle@belhaven.edu.  We’re here to help!

October News

It’s almost October and with this month comes a change in seasons, cooler weather, falling leaves, and if you’re a college student, midterms.  At Belhaven, instructors post mid-term grades by October 16th.  What does this mean for your student?  Most likely, he or she has papers and exams due in almost every class.  For some students, midterm means the first real academic pressures of the semester.  Midterm is often a wake-up call for many students as they begin to realize how much work is left to do before semester’s end.

How can parents help?  LEARN…Listen, Encourage, Ask, Remind, and Notice.

Listen. Try to refrain from “fixing” their stress. Give them a chance to vent.

Encourage. Assure them that they can do well and persist.

Ask. What are they doing to get help?  Are they using campus resources?  Have they talked one on one with their instructors? Have they kept up in classes?

Remind. Talk about a time in the past when they persisted through a difficult time.

Notice. You know your student best. If he or she seems unusually stressed or distant, trust your instincts and investigate.

Still not sure how to follow up on your student’s academic progress?  Each class instructor hands out a syllabus at the beginning of the semester.  The syllabus is a guide for students that outlines class expectations, major assignments, deadlines, and other important information specific to that particular course.  A very simple way of finding out more about your student’s classes is to ask for a copy of the syllabus and discuss specific projects and exams.

If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact Ron Pirtle, Dean of Student Development, at rpirtle@belhaven.edu. If your student needs campus academic resources information, direct him or her to the Think Center in Hood Library.

Family Weekend!

If you weren’t able to make it to our 2014 Family Weekend, we missed you!  We had a great turnout and were excited to see families connect after being apart; it’s amazing to watch our students light up at seeing their family again!  All families members had something to do, from “Rec the Night” to the President’s Brunch and the Family Tailgate…it was a great time to reconnect!  If you missed this year’s family weekend, start thinking now about joining us next year!

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