Henry V . . . “Hollywood Insider” News and FREE TICKETS FOR LAST PERFORMANCE

If you’ve not yet seen Henry V, you’ve missed a great opportunity.  This cast of 8 each plays five or six different characters, and it’s a fast paced, intense, and funny show.

But here is the “Hollywood Insider News” about the cast no one knew until tonight:   all eight members of the cast were home schooled.

Maybe that is why their chemistry together is so strong, but it’s more so the work of the Director, Marianne Savell, who has done a magnificent job with her first BU production.

The LAST performance of Henry V is Saturday afternoon at 2:00


Go to the box office outside the Black Box Theatre in our Center for the Arts and  TELL THEM YOU READ IT ON MY BLOG THAT YOU MAY  HAVE FREE TICKETS FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY, AND FRIENDS.

Evelyn Tackett Homegoing

Our friend, colleague, and teacher of so many, Evelyn Tackett has gone home to be with the Lord.

I was so pleased that this fall, during our Opening Convocation, we inducted Evelyn into our Legacy of Learning.  Although frail, she was able to attend and accept the recognition with her usual humility.

In one capacity or another, she was connected with Belhaven for over 50 years, as a student, librarian, and volunteer.  She was especially helpful to me in lifting up our heritage and building an archive collect that serves us all – and above all, she wanted to be sure we would rebuild the new Fitzhugh Hall to look just like the old Fitzhugh hall on the outside.  I promised her we would.

As a member of our Legacy of Learning (faculty who have served Belhaven for 20 years or longer) she was to be included during the fall homecoming as we unveiled her remembrance plaque to memorialize her contribution to the learning process of Belhaven and reaching the lives of so many students.  Evelyn was not able to attend that day, but many of us sent her video greetings from homecoming, which she was able to view before she died.

Below is her legacy of learning plaque, featuring her favorite verse Isaiah 26:3.  Also below is the obituary from the Clarion Ledger with details about her funeral service and memorial gifts.













Evelyn Tackett, a retired librarian, died Oct. 17, 2012 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral on Monday Oct. 22, 2012 at 11:00am. Visitation will be from 10:00am till 11:00am in St. Francis Hall at the Cathedral. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Family and friends may meet at Southern Funeral Home in Lexington at 2:30pm to go in a procession to the Odd Fellows Cemetery for the committal.

Miss Tackett was the daughter of Jack Robert and Routh Clarke Tackett, and is survived by several cousins in Tallahassee and Atlanta. She was born in Jackson, MS, was a graduate of Belhaven College, and received her M.L.S. degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

She began her library career as a Field Representative with the Mississippi Library Commission in the early 1960s. In 1965 she became the Associate Librarian at Belhaven College, her alma mater, and she remained there as Library Director and Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian until her retirement in 1998.

During her working years she co-founded the Jackson Audubon Society, enjoyed bird-watching, and participated in over 35 annual Christmas Bird Counts in the Jackson area; she sang in the Jackson Choral Society and the Central Presbyterian Church choirs for many years, was Business Manager for the Mississippi Library News, and was active in her state professional organization, the Mississippi Library Association.

She was a member of Central Presbyterian Church until it closed, and was a parishioner of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 305 E. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS. 39201, to the Heritage Room, Hood Library, Belhaven University, 1500 Peachtree Street, Jackson, MS. 39202, or to the Fitzhugh Renovation Project, Belhaven University, 1500 Peachtree Street, Jackson, MS. 39202.

Sword Fights … Humor … Intensity … Courage … History

I saw “Henry V” tonight and it is a magnificent show!

Congratulations to a talented cast, dramatic set/lighting designers, and especially the director Marianne Savell, Assistant Professor of Theatre,

This is a high energy, compressed version of Shakespeare’s Henry V (which normally runs 3 hours) and packs a punch into an hour and a half, during which each of the eight actors plays 6 or 7 parts.

The show is easy to follow, hilarious in parts, and deeply thoughtful throughout.

You won’t want to miss this show.

  • This week:  Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., plus a matinee on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Next week:  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

New Riverside Drive Security Shuttle

We have put in place an evening security shuttle service for our students involved in activities at the Center for the Arts on Riverside Drive.

The shuttle runs between the front door of the Bitsy Irby Visual Art and Dance building and the Theatre entrance to the Center for the Arts.  It runs from an hour before sunset until all activities are finished up for the evening at the CFA on Riverside.

Right now we’re using golf carts for transportation, but we’ve ordered a fabulous six seat vehicle that will be dedicated to this shuttle service.  It will be delivered November 10th.

In addition to this security escort for our students, we have a full time security guard stationed at the front of the Center for the Arts during the evening. We’ve also added lots of new lighting along Riverside Drive.

BU Named Military Friendly School

Belhaven University was the centerpiece of a font-page story in the Clarion Ledger announcing the 10 Military Friendly schools in Mississippi.

The list includes

  • two private schools – Belhaven and William Carey
  • four community colleges
  • four public universities:  Delta State, Jackson State, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss.

A wonderful picture of our student, Rodricgues Jenkins of Mendenhall filled the font page of the The Clarion-Ledger.  Here is the full story.


A Homecoming Highlight Not to Miss

Today was Homecoming and Family Weekend, and it was filled with lots of fun.

  • The football team won, 66-10 in front of a big crowd;  both  volleyball and men’s soccer won on the road.
  • We crowned two our our star students Homecoming Queen and King, Rachel Eason and Terrance Stringfellow.
  • Evelyn Tackett was inducted into our “Legacy of Learning” and Stewart Edwards received our alumnus of the year award.

While I loved it all, the highlight of the day was the acceptance speech of our Young Alumni of the Year recipient, Bonnie McDonald Grubbs ’08.

All of us at the alumni banquet were inspired by her passion to follow God’s calling to use her theatre education to change the nature of education in an urban New York City school where she teaches first grade.

She’s named her classroom “Belhaven,” and her students – “scholars” as she calls them – are all “Blazers.” We sent her a bunch of Belhaven things last year for her class and I received back wonderful letters from each of the kids.

Listen to Bonnie’s message about how she is living out the core of a Belhaven education – 1) faith, 2) worldview, 3) service, 4) gifting, 5) calling, and 6) quality.

Take 5 minutes to listen to Bonnie and you’ll be inspired.

Chapel Tomorrow – Don’t say I didn’t warn you . . .

Tomorrow’s chapel will be one of the most wonderful experiences of your life.

If you miss it . . .  and everyone else is talking about it . . . and you wish you had been there — don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  • The Far East Broadcasting Korean Children’s choir will be singing. They are both inspirational and fun!
  • Dr. Billy Kim will be speaking, who is one of the most significant leaders of the Church in modern history.
  • And Dr. Jeong-Chan Ra, scientist and Noble Prize nominee for 2012 will be awarded an honorary doctorate.

This is a special DOUBLE session chapel.  We begin early — at 10:20 and conclude at 11:50.  (Students will receive two chapel credits.)

Because of limited seating tomorrow’s chapel is not open to the public, but the Children’s choir and Dr. Kim will be with us Tuesday evening at 7:30 in the Center for the Arts.  That concert is open to the public and we are especially encouraging the families of our faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors to join us Tuesday night.