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Dr. Billy Kim, is a world-wide advocate for Belhaven University and has been a very special personal friend for many years.  After three years of working together on this project, I’m thrilled to tell you that we are now ready to begin construction of our new International Center named in honor of this most influential leader in the modern era of the global Church.

Last week the Board of Trustees unanimously voted for us to begin construction.  Crews will start the work in May, and it will take a year to complete the project.  Dale Partners Architects P.A. designed the building and Mike Harrell of Probity Contracting Group will be the builder. This is the same team that did Fitzhugh Hall and the University Village.

Dr. Kim has raised millions of dollars for this project, and our gratitude to him is enormous.

The 16,000 square foot building will be located in the center of campus. The top level of the building will open onto the brick sidewalk shared with Helen White Hall. And the lower floor will open onto the pavilion that serves as a gateway to the University Village.

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The Dr. Billy Kim International Center will house a conference and meeting center unlike any space we now have on campus.  The conference center will seat over 400 people in a lecture setting, or over 250 people for a banquet. The room can also be divided with a soundproof flexible wall so that two smaller gatherings can take place simultaneously.  This floor will also include a large lobby with a wonderful display recognizing the ministry of Dr. Kim.  The banquet preparation kitchen in the building will be named in honor of his wife Trudy, who has a remarkable reach in Korea through her café that has become a significant ministry center for the Christian school founded by their son Joseph.

On the lower level of the International Center, we will have three large classrooms seating about 35-40 people and six seminar rooms that can each seat a 10-15 people. This level will also include a Korean style prayer room and offices for our ESL and International Studies faculty, as well as an office for Cliff McArdle who will serve as Director of the International Center.

I hope you will join with me in expressing appreciation to Cliff who has done a outstanding job working with so many Korean and American friends throughout this entire fund raising process.

When completed, Dr. Kim is bringing to Jackson his ENTIRE staff of 350 people, plus his board of 50 leaders for the dedication of the new International Center.  In addition, he is bringing two children’s choirs (50 children plus parents) to join in this celebration.

You won’t want to miss this special dedication weekend a year from now, June 25 and 26, 2016.  We will have a big celebration event on Saturday, and the dedication of the building on Sunday afternoon.  On Sunday evening the children’s choirs will be presenting a full concert, and Dr. Kim will be preaching in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts.

The day before they come to Jackson the entire Korean delegation will be in New York City.  Dr. Kim and Far East Broadcasting Company are bringing eleven children’s Children’s choirs from Korea to perform together at Carnegie Hall in a tribute to the United States for protecting the Korean people during the Korean War – during which Dr. Kim was a houseboy for the US troops, and was befriended by a GI who sent Billy to the USA to for education.

Dr. Kim’s life story was just published by Moody Press.  The first printing sold out quickly, but we will have copies in the bookstore soon.  His subtitle “From Houseboy to World Evangelist” is a snapshot of the life of this amazing leader, and I couldn’t be more proud that Belhaven will be the only University in America with a building named in his honor.
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Students, Faculty and Staff,

The weather pattern is not making it easy to predict how severe the driving conditions will be tomorrow. But it is better that we error on the side of caution than to put anyone at risk.  So, here is the plan for tomorrow.

1.  Morning and afternoon classes scheduled between 7 am and 4 pm are canceled.

2.  Evening classes scheduled to begin after 4 pm will meet.

3.  Adult and graduate classes at the LeFleur Campus will meet tomorrow evening as regularly scheduled.

4.  Activities and events in the afternoon and evening will be held as scheduled.

5.  Administrative offices will be closed in the morning and open at noon  (Hopefully you can grab an early lunch and in come ready go.)

A clear-cut snow day is easier to deal with, but hopefully this plan for tomorrow helps us get the most out of the day and keeps the weather anxiety to a minimum.

Roger Parrott

I’m thankful so many people could take advantage of my publisher’s two-day offer of a free ebook download of The Longview.

Tonight the book is ranked #43th most popular on Amazon.

If you didn’t download it yet, tomorrow is the last day. See the info in the post below this or go to HERE

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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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Our Basketball teams both scored huge SSAC conference wins on the road last night at Auburn-Montgomery.

The Women won 55-53, with sophomore Ariel Wilson recording her 1000th career point in a Blazers uniform.

The Men won 77-76 on a shot at the buzzer on an amazing team play and 3 pointer by Jordan Bedford.

 

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One of the advantages of social media is the ability to look back over time at photos, videos and other memories. The past year included a number of significant advances for Belhaven University.  We saw record enrollment as well as numerous awards and accolades. Our social media team took a look at the top ten most engaging posts of 2014 on the Belhaven Facebook Page.

  1. Back in April, we learned that two of our music graduates, Jocelyn Zhu and Shellie Brown, were accepted to prestigious graduate programs in violin performance. Jocelyn now attends the Juilliard School and Shellie has enrolled at Rice University.
  1. We received a $4 million gift from Mrs. Robbie Hughes that is being used to construct the new University Village residence hall.  This unique, on campus apartment-style complex is expected to open in the Fall of 2015, and will house 132 students.
  1. Sports stories are very popular on social media, and when the Blazer football team defeated cross-town rival Mississippi College in September, students, alumni and fans shared their jubilation on social media.
  1. In the spring, Belhaven welcomed International Disability Advocate and Grammy-nominated artist Joni Eareckson Tada to campus.  The event was very popular, even drawing attention from members of Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family.
  1. Belhaven was once again named as one of just 33 colleges and universities holding national accreditation in all four of the arts – dance, music, theatre and visual art.  Belhaven is competing with some of the largest schools in the nation in the arts arena – including Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Brigham Young.
  1. Belhaven University opened its doors to the first class in the School of Nursing this fall. After the semester began, the students participated in the traditional “Blessing of the Hands” ceremony.
  1. The 82nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree took place in December. The Clarion Ledger interviewed Miss Bettye Quinn about the history of the tree in what was one of the most popular stories of the year.
  1. Belhaven was the only university in Mississippi and one of just two members of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to be honored by the White House for its commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.
  1. Belhaven made national news in January with the hiring of legendary coach Hal Mumme to lead the Blazer football program. The hiring brought national attention to Belhaven, and ESPN featured Coach Mumme as football season got underway across the nation.
  1. Sometimes you do not know what is going to go viral. The top social media story of 2014 was something we could not have planned. As students were returning for the fall semester, a construction crew delivering equipment to the University Village construction site couldn’t quite make the turn. The result: A viral video that made local and national news coverage and has been viewed over 90,000 times.

TreyRich

It is with great sadness that the Belhaven Athletics Department announces the tragic passing of Trey Rich, a senior from Memphis, Tennessee.  Rich, a member of the Belhaven Blazers Football team, was killed on Christmas Eve after being struck by a drunk driver while riding his bicycle on Old Highway 49 in Richland, Miss.

“The Blazers family is deeply saddened this evening to hear about the loss of one of our own,” said Belhaven Football Head Coach Hal Mumme.  Trey Rich was not only a great teammate, but he was even more so a great young man who was lost too soon. He worked tirelessly both on the field and in the classroom and set a standard of excellence among his fellow wide receivers and his teammates. Though above all this, Trey’s infectious smile will be missed.”

On the field during the 2014 season, Rich saw action in seven games at wide receiver and as a kick returner. He was a Sports Administration major at Belhaven.

“Our Belhaven University family is mourning the tragic death and loss of Trey Rich,” said Belhaven Vice President for Athletics Scott Little. “Trey was a well-respected young man among teammates and across campus, and we ask for prayers for his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements are pending and details will be released as they become available.

Belhaven University alum, Evy Baehr, interviewing Angelina Jolie about faith in her new film, UNBROKEN.

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