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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.


Senior Jocelyn Zhu, and recent graduate Shellie Brown have been accepted with top scholarships to two of the most elite 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.

Congratulations to these outstanding students.

While cheering for their success, we also applaud their strings professor, Song Xie, who has not only prepared them musically to complete at the highest levels in America, but also equipped them with the spiritual foundation to take on the extremely brutal competitiveness of top level music – and do it in a way that brings honor the the Lord.

Jocelyn’s senior recital will be on Monday evening, April 21st, at 7:30 in our concert hall.  I’d encourage you to come – admission is free. When you hear her play in the years to come, in some of the great concert halls of the world, the tickets will probably be very expensive!

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I have made several changes to chapel schedule for the remainder of the semester because we lost two Tuesdays this winter to snow days.  (All students received chapel credit for the two days that were cancelled.)

  • We have found another time that Dr. John Perkins can be with us again – April 7th.
  • I want to welcome Rev. Seth Starkey, who came to Belhaven this semester to lead RUF – April 1.
  • I’ll be concluding my year–long series, “Learning from the Life of King David” – March 18 and 25.
  • We will finish off the year with our annual Honors Convocation.

I pray you’ll be able to participate in chapel as we head into the home stretch of the semester.

Crossroads: Compromise or Integrity
Learning from the Life of King David
Dr. Roger Parrott

David’s Final Exam Grade
Learning from the Life of King David
Dr. Roger Parrott

Rev. Seth Starkey
BelhavenUniversity RUF

Dr. John Perkins
John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development

Honors Convocation
Only the 11 am chapel will be held this day so all students and faculty can join in celebrating the accomplishments of the year. Classes scheduled for 10:50 on this Tuesday are canceled.



Missions Week

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Missions Week

Ms. Myrna Gregory has worked in the field of sports and recreation ministry, including Lifeway Christian Resources and Upward Sports.  As part of her responsibilities, she has worked in different areas of sports missions.

In 2005, she taught an Introduction to Sports Ministry course as an adjunct faculty member at Belhaven University.   In the area of volunteerism, she has served as a sports chaplain at the summer and the winter Olympics.

She most recently served in her 7th Olympic Games as a member of the International Sports Chaplains (http://ischaplains.org/About.html).   The purpose of the organization is “to communicate Christ’s love in the Olympic arena as they focus on sharing, loving, telling, and showing Jesus to the people assembled at the Olympic Games”.

On next week as the Sochi Olympics 2014 draw to a close, Myrna will be sharing some of her experiences from the Sochi Olympics at the new Football and Sports Administration Building (Old Red Cross Building) on Riverside Drive.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 27th at 9:25 am
  • Thursday, Feb. 27th at 11 a.m.

The Sports Administration Department is glad to have this unique opportunity to have Myrna to speak to our students as it is part of their vision to expand sports administration reach in the $400 billion dollar a year global sports industry through sports ministry opportunities, sports missions and the Olympic experience.

For further information, you may contact, Sports Administration Department Administrative Coordinator, Megan Tait at mtait@belhaven.edu.

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Congratulations to Coach Levi Patton and the Men’s and Women’s tennis teams.

Here is the story:

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Belhaven men’s and women’s tennis teams are both represented in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 polls, which were released by the national office on Tuesday afternoon.

“Our staff has worked incredibly hard to put together a group of people from all over the world to compete for championships,” Head Coach Levi Patton said. “Our teams have put in many hours to get to this level.”

After defeating Xavier last week in a thriller, the Blazer men climbed three spots to break into the top ten for the first time in 2014. Belhaven currently sits at the 9th spot nationally and will look to continue to rise as the season advances.

“After doing some research, this is the highest ranking the men’s program has seen in 20 years, and we are very pleased with the results this team has produced so far,” Patton said. “Our goal to start the year was a top 8 ranking heading into nationals, and this puts us on the cusp of that.”

The Southern States Athletic Conference claims four teams in the Top 25 on the men’s side, including #2 Auburn University-Montgomery, #13 Bethel, and #15 William Carey, while Coastal Georgia received votes. The Blazers are the only team of the ranked four to have risen in this week’s rankings from their previous spot.

The SSAC proved to be strong on the women’s side, as well, claiming a fifth of the Top 20. AUM remained atop the polls, while Brenau moved up to 5th, William Carey dropped to 15th, and Coastal Georgia landed at 19th. Belhaven landed in the receiving votes category.

Both squads will open SSAC action this weekend, when they will take on Martin Methodist, Emmanuel, and Coastal Georgia in the Mobile Roundup. Friday’s matchup with MMC is set to begin at 9:00 am.

Tonight and tomorrow night . . .

Dance Ministry Ensemble
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm
An evening of dance presentation aimed to bring inspiration and encouragement to the soul.

This week and next week. . .

Curtains–a musical

This week – Friday –Saturday nights 7:30 and Saturday at 2pm

Next Week – Wednesday–Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday Matinees at 2:00 pm

Directed by faculty member Stewart Hawley, Choreography by Dance faculty member Laura Morton Music Direction by Andrew Craig.  Based on the original book and concept by Peter Stone, the musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts and follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin’ Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself.



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