Women’s Softball Wins Bid to National Tournament

Our women’s team is playing this week in the Conference Tournament.  With their win today, our team is now undefeated in the SSAC event.

Tomorrow we play at 1pm  for the Conference Championship and because we’ve won every game in the tournament, our opponent must beat us twice in one day to take keep us from claiming the title.

Congratulations to all our players, along with head coach Kevin Griffin, and assistant coach Mallory Meadows.

The national tournament will be played in Orange Beach, Alabama.  Pool competition begins Thursday May 18th and continues through Saturday of that week.

The finals of this double elimination tournament begin Monday, May 23 with the championship games played on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

We are in a strong position to make a run all the way to the end.

Go Blazers!

Board Member Dolphus Weary Battles Malaria

It is rare that Board of Trustees member Dolphus Weary is absent for a meeting. His schedule demands travel all over the country, and around the world, but he always makes attending our meetings a priority.

But this April we missed him at the meeting because he had been to Africa and “had a touch of malaria” we were told.

As typical with Dolphus’ humble spirit, he didn’t share the full story, but does now in order to bring encouragement to others – which has been the core of Dolphus’ life . . . encouraging reconciliation, encouraging partnership in ministry, and encouraging moving forward in Christ.

The article from The Clarion Ledger tells of his malaria and his ministry.  (Thanks to alumna Denise G. Pamudj for helping me learn how to best  share an article in my blog.  I really appreciated her guidance.)

It started with the chills on March 28.

The Rev. Dolphus Weary, a longtime activist for racial reconciliation, had returned encouraged from a nearly 10-day mission trip to Liberia in mid-March.

But on March 29, despite receiving all the proper immunizations, doctors discovered that he had contracted malaria through an unlucky mosquito bite.

Weary eventually spent nearly two weeks in the hospital over two different stays, his last release just over a week ago.


Tornado Preparation Plan Worked Well

Severe storms hit Jackson today, with a tornado on the ground in Clinton, west of us about 15 miles.

Our security and residence life team have a strong plan in place to protect the campus when a tornado is near, and it worked very well today.

Thankfully this tornado, captured by storm chasers, didn’t come any closer to us and no one was injured in today’s storm in Jackson.

WOW – New Web Site Design

Our new web site new design now up and running. We’ve been working on it for months.  It is first class.  You can see it HERE, or scroll down to see the main six pages.

Our board member, Liza Looser and the Cirlot Agency created the design and “new look” for Belhaven University, which you’re starting to see.  Bryant Butler has taken the core of the concept and already brought it to life in dazzling ways in the new materials we are producing

Doreen Fagerheim and our web team took on the huge job changing hundreds of web pages to make this shift possible.  Kevin Russell was the grand producer of this process.

I believe we now have one of the best web looks in all of higher education.

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150 Years Ago Today

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Cannons boomed at dawn around Charleston Harbor, recreating the bombardment of Fort Sumter that plunged the nation into the Civil War on April 12, 1861.

Civil War reenactors gather at White Point Garden near Fort Sumter, S.C., for a candlelight sunrise concert Tuesday, April 12, 2011 to commemorate the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired. The South Carolina ceremony begins the four-year national commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, our nation’s bloodiest war.

Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, a single beam of light was aimed skyward from Fort Sumter. Then about half-hour later — around the time of the first shots of the war — the beam split into two beams, signifying a nation torn in two

The war resulted in more than 600,000 deaths, although during the bombardment of Sumter only a Confederate officer’s horse was killed.

Union troops in the fort surrendered after absorbing 36 hours of Confederate shells.

Belhaven Sophomore Plays Lead in Professional Musical Theatre Production

Andrew Craig, rising Junior in the Belhaven Music Department, has been cast as the lead role, Joseph, in the New Stage Theatre’s professional production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

From the Chicago area, Andrew is a multi-talented conductor, pianist, brass instrumentalist, and vocalist.  As a singer, he most recently appeared as Fabrizio in Belhaven’s production of  The Light in the Piazza.

He has studied voice at Belhaven University with Dr. Christopher Shelt, Coordinator of Vocal Arts  and with Mrs. Gena Everett, Instructor of Voice.  He will on conduct alongside Dr. Shelt on the Iberian Romance Choral and Vocal Arts Concert, featuring Spanish and Portuguese selections, on April 16th at 7:30pm.

In Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors is retold straight from the Old Testament account.

You can see Andrew in the New Stage Theatre production from May 24 to June 5, 2011. For Ticket Information visit HERE.