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Did you know you can read the Belhaven magazine, The Tartan, online?  Click here.  Every issue seems to be better than the last, and the one at the printer right now is a WOW!  Bryant Butler and Merilee Paxton, working with VP Kevin Russell, have set a new high standard for a quality publication.  Watch your mailboxes, or catch it online if you miss the issue.


The graphic design department, under the leadership of Kris Dietrich, has launched a new blog. You can connect to it here.  Kris invited me to do a guest post about graphic design:

There may be no more important way to reach the world for Christ than through images.  As Christians our words matter a little, our actions matter most, but it is the images of communication that grip people if they are to consider ideas outside their familiar turf.  In this age, graphic design may be one of the most important evangelism and discipleship tools available to us.

It is contrite to repeat the old saying, “a picture is worth 1,000 words” – today, the right picture, with the right headline, presented in the right way speaks volumes.  And to me the importance of graphic design gets lived out every day:

I just published a book, and we spent more time getting the cover right than I did writing chapters, because if the entirety of the book’s message doesn’t come across on the cover, the book will never be opened.

When we print our magazine for Belhaven, I spend as much time working with out team about the graphics as I do about the words.  I know the recipients of our magazine may or may not read the story, but I know they will all see the graphics.

When I write even a simple email to the campus, I know that how it is laid out will determine how well it is read.  The words don’t change, but the presentation can make the words be heard rather than lost.

I hope our students will become the best – for business, graphic design firms, and ministry organizations. And I hope they will be people with a calling from God to not be satisfied with just showing us razzle-dazzle of creative designs.  Whether selling a product, shaping an idea, or sharing a ministry focus I pray we will have graduates who “serve rather than be served” – which means in graphic design that the goal must be to meet the needs of those to whom you are communicating, not just boost the designer’s ego so they are able to win awards.

I’m thrilled we’ve started this graphic design major. With the thousands of images that come at us every day, and the short attention span of people, it is the graphic designers who have more opportunity to set the cultural agenda for the world.  The good ones will be heard.


Our sports information director, Kirk McDonnell, does a great job keeping us up to date with Blazer athletics.  You can get the latest at the web page or you can have the scores sent to your phone as they are posted if you have text messaging.  Be sure not to miss this news of our Blazers competing in the national cross country race.

Reese and Kazery Compete in NAIA Cross Country Nationals

Belhaven cross country runners Hannah Reese and Thomas Kazery both raced in the 2009 NAIA Cross Country National Championship meet presented by Nike, which was Saturday morning at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash. The women’s race had a total of 330 competitors and men’s race had a total of 323 participants.

Reese, a freshman from Brandon, MS, completed the 5k race with an overall time of 21:32 and sustained a pace of 6:56 finishing 272nd.

Kazery, a sophomore from Jackson, MS, completed the 8k race with an overall time of 31:32, maintained a pace of 6:21 throughout the race, and placed 319th.

The meet featured some of the best runners from across the country. For the women, California State University-San Marcos took home the team National Championship with a total time of 1:35:00 with 32 teams in the meet. Malone University took home the men’s team National Championship with an overall time of 2:06:26 with 32 teams in the meet.

The complete results, both individual and team, can be viewed on the NAIA website by clicking here. The individual results can be viewed via the links at the top of the story.

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