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We have begun construction on the new University Village, but planning the project we knew that one of the tough challenges would be getting equipment into the center of campus.

One of our 230 surveillance security cameras recorded the arrival of the crane to the job site.

We knew the turn would be tight, but it was tighter than we thought.

This is the fast way to move the guard house out of the way.

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The full article is found HERE




Dr. Sandra Rasberry reflects on her years of teaching and administration in the School of Education of Belhaven University.

You must watch this 5  1/2 minute video featuring our two outstanding graduates, Shelly Brown and Jocelyn Zhu, and Professor Song, who leads our strings program of the music department.

In April we learned that both of these graduates had been accepted with top scholarships to two of the most prestigious Master degree violin programs in America.

Jocelyn has chosen Julliard, where only .04% of violin applicants are accepted – she was also accepted to Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, The  Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, and the University of Michigan.  She will be studying under Catherine Cho.

Shellie has decided on Rice under Paul Kantor.  He only accepts about two students each year, and is one of the highest-in-demand teachers in America.

Hear them in their own words . . . and what their faith in Christ means to them as elite violinists.

This was only our first year of intercollegiate track, we had two athletes qualify for the NAIA national track meet in Orange Beach, Alabama.

We are proud of Vinnessa Barthelomew and Josh Reed or their success, and Head Coach Caleb Snyder who is building a quality track program from the very beginning.

The coach told me  he expects to have over 20 new track athletes enrolling this fall.

It was a treat to be with, and I was amazed how relaxed both coach and Josh are after he jumped 6 feet 7 inches.  And below is a video I took of Josh attempting 6’9″ – he finished 16th in the nation.

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5/23/2014 11:31:00 PM
GULF SHORES, Ala. – Vinnessa Barthelomew and Joshua Reed both competed in the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at the M. Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Both athletes made the championships to cap off a historic inaugural season of Belhaven Track and Field.

“Overall it was a great meet and both Vinnessa and Josh represented Belhaven very well,” Head Coach Caleb Snyder said. “They should be proud of the foundation they have helped build for the program and of their own accomplishments.”

Barthelomew, a junior sprinter from Westwego, La, finished 22nd in the preliminaries of the 100 meter dash Friday afternoon. She crossed the line with a time of 12.33 seconds. Barthelomew qualified for nationals with a time of 12.22 in the 100 meter dash at the Mississippi College Season Opener March 1st.

Reed, a sophomore from Clinton, Miss, placed 16th in the high jump at the NAIA National Championships with a mark of 2.01m. Reed just missed finishing higher in the standings due to the number of attempts. He then just missed clearing the bar at 2.06m which would have been a season best. Reed won the Southern States Athletic Conference title and punched his ticket to the NAIA National Championships with a mark of 2.03m.

“This has been an exciting year for the Belhaven Track and Field program,” Snyder added. “I’m looking forward to continuing the success next year.”

Last week we received an OUTSTANDING evaluation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Committee that visited campus.  They said we were a model teacher education programs in the state.

Dr. Sandra Rasberry has been at the helm of our School of Education for 26 years.  She is retiring at the end of this academic year, and this glowing accrediting report is a wonderful capstone to an outstanding career of service.

Sandra started teaching at Belhaven in 1988, and has served as the Dean of The School of Education, since 2002. During her tenure at Belhaven, the program has grown to include three Master’s programs that are offered on four branch campuses.

Scores of teachers have been prepared to be the very best because of Sandra’s leadership at Belhaven, and she leaves a legacy that will only be measured in eternity.

The campus and alumni are invited to a reception honoring Dr. Rasberry on Friday afternoon this week

Dr. Sandra Rasberry Retirement Reception

April 25      3:30 to 5:00

Lobby of the McCravey-Triplett Student Center

Three weeks ago tonight, international student from Russia, sophomore Max Gunbin, was involved in a very serious auto accident when the car he was riding in was hit by a drunk driver.  Max was thrown from the car.

If a police officer had not seen the accident and immediately called for help, Max would have most likely died at the scene of the accident.

During the first day or two following the accident we were fearful Max might not survive his injuries.  And then, as he started breathing on his own, the worry turned to what brain damage might have been caused by the significant amount of blood he had lost.

But the campus never stopped praying and trusting that Max was in God’s hands.

When his parents arrived from Siberia, and he heard their voices, Max started to respond in a new way.  His parents have been thankful for the love of the campus toward them.  We introduced them in chapel and prayed for them. And Friday, I gave them Bibles in Russian to assure them of our continued prayers.

Max is back on campus. The faculty have been wonderful to work with him to enable him to complete the semester with additional work this summer.

Today, just three weeks after the accident, our Tennis Coach, Levi Patton (who has been a hero through all this) sent me this video of Max back on the tennis court last night.  Max is still in a neck brace and moving slowly, but it is remarkable to see this video just three weeks after this horrific accident.

Thanks to God who is the great healer.


Last Saturday night, international student, sophomore Max Gunbin, was involved in a very serious auto accident when the car he was riding in was hit by a drunk driver.  Max was thrown from the car and just a week ago was on life support.

The campus has been praying for him all week, and along with Max, we’ve been praying for his parents who are from Russia. They arrived two days ago from Siberia.  When Max heard their voices he started to respond in a new way.

When I saw Max Thursday, he opened his eyes, and squeezed my hand.

But today – wow! Max is doing great.

He has been moved out of intensive care, he’s strong, he’s talking and fully engaged. He even told me about a 96 he earned on a test from Dr. Jinkiri.  But I told him to not worry about his grades now, and we’ll work on that after he’s healed up – which he was relieved to hear.

The critical care nurse (who went to Belhaven) expects Max to be in the hospital through the coming week.  Along with the internal injuries, he has a broken collar bone and some broken ribs that may need surgery to repair.

We took a picture together and it was a smile I was very relieved to see.

Max especially wanted me to thank everyone for praying for him.  He knows that God has healed him for a purpose God has for his life.


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