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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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See the news release below about the event at the White House today.

This an exciting recognition for the strength of the Belhaven University School of Science and Mathematics.

For more about this recognition or watch the event live, see this White House web page.

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White House Recognizes Belhaven University for Innovative Science Education

JACKSON – Today, President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden will recognize Belhaven University for its commitment to increase the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “America needs to become the leader in science and technology again and Belhaven has the ability to help achieve this national priority,” said Dr. Parrott.

The White House invited Dr. Parrott and other university presidents being honored to take part in College Opportunity Day of Action where President Obama will announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

Participants in the College Opportunity Day of Action were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Belhaven University has committed to redesign its general core science curriculum for non-science majors. The goal of the redesign is to emphasize the important role of science in our society and economy as well as inspire 10 percent of its students to pursue STEM degrees. The University’s commitment to STEM has already seen a positive increase. “With our new science facilities and aggressive young science faculty, Belhaven’s enrollment in STEM related academic majors increased 34 percent this year, plus 45 students in our brand new School of Nursing,” adds Dr. Parrott. “This new cutting edge curriculum for non-science majors sets us apart as a university that is serious about equipping our students to value science that is part of our everyday lives.”

Two new core courses, Science & Culture I: Physical and Computational Sciences for a Sustainable Future and Science & Culture II: Biological Sciences for a Sustainable Future are the pillars of Belhaven’s new approach to teaching science and promoting STEM. Dr. Reid Bishop, Associate Professor of Chemistry, said, “We use science everyday of our lives and I believe that science is an innate function. One of my objectives as a professor is to get my students excited about science and I believe these two classes relate directly to a student’s personal interests in the environment and sustainability.”

President Obama will also announce new steps on how his Administration is helping to support colleges and universities, including announcing $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college. Today’s event is the second College Opportunity Day of Action, and will include a progress report on the commitments made at the first day of action on January 14, 2014.

Expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college, especially low-income and underrepresented students, is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class.  Today, only 9 percent of those born in the lowest family income quartile attain a bachelor’s degree by age 25, compared to 54 percent in the top quartile. In an effort to expand college access, the Obama Administration has increased Pell scholarships by $1,000 a year, created the new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college, limited student loan payments to 10 percent of income, and laid out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition.

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