Homeschooling Trends

We are pleased that large numbers of homeschooling families have chosen Belhaven University. We believe in homeschooling, and we understand the learning patterns of these students because so many of our only faculty and staff homeschooled their own children.

Homeschooling families will interested in this graphic sent to me today by Greg Hawkins, our Dean of Students – he is a Belhaven graduate and was homeschooled.  Greg is currently working on his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.

Running from the Giants

The past four weeks I’ve been speaking in chapel examining the story of David and Goliath.

This past week, we looked at the nature of giants in our lives, and how we attack the armor of the giants rather than beating the giant inside the armor – and that if we don’t fight the real giant, the taunts of the giants will continue to plague us.

Near the end of that time on Tuesday, I summarized some of the paths we use to escape our giants, and put what I’d written on the screen.  I’ve had several requests for that paragraph, so posting it here – in it’s full vision that I’d written (in chapel only shared a portion of it)

If you’d like to hear the entire message you will find it HERE.

We tend to put on our armor so others will only know our persona, not the true person who is vulnerable, fragile, and scared behind our armor.

We learn to retreat by hiding behind

  • a plague of perfectionism
  • a nameless weekend party
  • an unlimited computer
  • legalistic Christianity

or a thousand other paths that take us anywhere we can’t see ourselves in a mirror.

And feeling protected there, for a moment, a day, a year, or a decade we feel safe, insulated, anesthetized.

But then the adrenaline wears off, a quiet gap comes into our busy schedule, the liquor turns to a headache, the spiritual intensity loses its emotional high, the illicit lover leaves, or the consequences of bad choices tumble down on us . . .

. . . and we hear Goliath’s taunts again.

Turn on the Lights – You Won’t Believe What You See

Tomorrow, Friday, is a historic day for Belhaven Athletics, as the dream of a lighted soccer stadium becomes reality in the Soccer Bowl.

You’ve probably seen the construction and the lights, so now you get to enjoy soccer under the lights.

I saw the lights tested a few days ago. They light up the field for television intensity lighting, but there is no bleed over of light onto the street or surrounding area. The technology is incredible.

The SSAC conference schedule tomorrow has Women’s Soccer playing Emmanuel College at 4:30 pm, followed by Men’s Soccer versus Emmanuel at 7:00 pm.

Between matches we will recognize key lead contributors to this exciting project and thank them for their generosity.  Come join in!

Soccer Success

Our soccer teams are having significant success early in the season


WOMEN – Undefeated!

Congratulations to head coach Josue Sabillon and the women’s team for their remarkable start to the 2013 season. Their last victory was over Millsaps College, outshooting them 19-9 and winning by a score of 1-0.

Freshman goalkeeper Isabelle Granlund has three shut outs on the year.  And the team has outscored their five opponents 19-4, and beat Division II Delta State University during this run of games.

The national rankings that will be posted on Tuesday next week should push this team into the polls, as they are one of the few undefeated teams in the country.


MEN – National Program Features Quality of Belhaven Soccer

This week, the Blazers are featured in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s weekly television production. Fans can watch the show and feature by clicking here.  The feature about BU is the first story of the program.

The production is sent to nearly every collegiate coach in the country, though NAIA schools are typically not featured.

“I was incredibly humbled when the NSCAA initially contacted me, and this is a great credit to the guys here,” Head Coach Brian McMahon said. “The opportunity for them to cover us specifically is a tremendous honor. I was told that the NSCAA recognized the quality of play in the NAIA. There is quite a bit of parity between the Division-1 level and the NAIA, so for the NSCAA to recognize that is exciting.”

The Highs and Lows Run this Place

Two very different places of service . . . both are important to the success of the University.



This encouraging report came to me today from Dr. Reid Bishop, chair of our science division:

We just completed our first Organic Chemistry lab experiment today which is a two week experience.  I couldn’t ask for a better environment to work in.  Normally this is a very stinky experience and I could not smell a single fume or odor coming from the lab.  The hoods worked beautifully.  In the old building we actually had to open the windows to vent the room.  I can’t tell you what an improvement this building is.  It’s simply a much more productive, safe, and intellectually stimulating work space all around.



Earlier this week we had a major water main break on the campus.  It shut down the water (including AC) to the student center and other buildings.  Our team did a remarkable job finding the leak, and working non-stop to repair it as quickly as possible.  As you can see from this picture, they had to dig about 6 feet in order to get to the water main line.  We have the world’s most dedicated team of maintenance technicians.

This break came  on top of one over Labor Day weekend in Preston Hall that had to be repaired in the attic.  They worked for multiple days in the attic where the temperature was well over 100 degrees.  It was an extremely tough job, but they did it – as they always do.

Bomgar Celebration – Joel, we are proud of you!

This week we welcomed the Bomgar company to campus to celebrate 10 years since their founding – on our campus.  We are proud of them growing to become a $50 million a year business, and 6 times being named one of America’s fastest growing private companies.

Governor Phil Bryant was the featured guest for this 10 year anniversary party.

The three founders are all 2003 Belhaven graduates  – Joel Bomgar (business major) along with co-founders Nathan McNeil (philosophy major), and Patrick Norman (computer science major)

We are proud of Joel, and he would be the first to give the glory to God.  We believe in Joel so much, that he is the youngest person ever elected to Belhaven’s Board of Trustees.

I love the corporate vision statement of Bomgar because they live it out in how they do business, and because it represents the finest of what we hope for in a Belhaven University education:

To honor God by applying Biblical principles

in relation to employees, customers and financial dealings.

Here is the story about the 10th anniversary celebration from the Clarion Ledger.  Click this link and see the video too.

A Mississippi company is taking its product and its success story on the road over the next seven weeks, stopping at dozens of colleges and businesses to show off why it’s consistently ranked as one of the fastest-growing companies in the nation.

But the first college on the tour is one close to the company founder’s heart.

In 2003, Joel Bomgar was a student at Belhaven University, working in tech support to help pay for school. Now he is the CEO of Bomgar, a remote tech support company he founded that has thousands of clients in more than 60 countries.

The company employs nearly 225 people, most in its Ridgeland home office, Bomgar said. Other employees work from some of the company’s offices in six countries and 12 states.

Last year, the company brought in nearly $50 million, he said, a figure it hopes to surpass this year.

But the successful, home-grown businessman still remembers how his journey started.

Back in college Bomgar would have to jump in his old Buick LeSabre and drive to help clients with any tech support problem they had, a task he said pushed him to write the basic code for what would become an internationally used software.

“All the code for our original product was written right there,” said Bomgar, pointing to a building on campus where he and his company were announcing the bus tour. “I wrote it in between classes, on breaks. It all started right here.”

On Thursday, he was back on campus, but this time he was announcing the kickoff for the 2013 Bomgar Across America Tour, in whch an orange bus painted with the logo of his business will stop at 45 colleges and universities across the country.

“We have 7,500 organizations worldwide using our software, but we’ve never taken time to go city by city,” Bomgar said. The tour is focusing on colleges because he said his company has some 600 higher education partners and he would like to get more involved.

The bus is outfitted to give people a tour of the company’s product, Bomgar said.

Gov. Phil Bryant, who attended the announcement at Belhaven, praised Bomgar for helping create jobs in Mississippi and putting the state on the map for its entrepreneurial spirit.

“As you know, Mississippi is on a lot of lists,” said Bryant, adding the state has been consistently ranked among the best for entrepreneur success, including its recent ranking of No. 5 in the nation.

“If we had a football team ranked No. 5 in the nation, we’d all have bumper stickers,” Bryant said.

Belhaven President Roger Parrott also praised Bomgar for bringing notoriety to the university, where the successful alum has become the youngest member ever elected to the school’s board of trustees.

“I was thinking this morning that when I was in college I cleaned the science building in my school to help pay for school,” Parrott said. “Joel Bomgar decided to start a multi-million dollar company to put himself through school.

“And it worked out pretty well.”

This Year’s First Year Students

Each fall  brings a new group of students to American college campuses who have been raised in a culture that’s different from all who have gone before them.

The Beloit College “Mindset List,” annually captures distinctness of the incoming college freshmen for the Class of 2017:

  • Having a chat has seldom involved talking.
  • GM means food that is genetically modified.
  • Gaga has never been baby talk.
  • They could always get rid of their outdated toys on eBay.
  • A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning.
  • Washington, D.C. tour buses have never been able to drive in front of the White House.
  • They have always been able to plug into USB ports.
  • Rites of passage have more to do with having their own cell phone and Skype accounts than with getting a driver’s license and car.
  • Their TV screens keep getting smaller as their parents’ screens grow ever larger.
  • They are the sharing generation, having shown tendencies to share everything, including possessions, no matter how personal.
  • Spray paint has never been legally sold in Chicago.
  • PayPal has replaced a pen pal as a best friend on line.
  • They have known only two presidents.

The full list is found HERE.

Bomgar Celebration 11 am Thursday

Tomorrow we welcome to campus  Joel Bomgar, Governor Phil Bryant, the press, and the Bomgar team to celebrate 10 years since the founding of their company.

  • 11 am in the center of campus
  • a great celebration
  • tours of the Bomgar technology
  • birthday cake!

We are proud of our graduate, board member, business leader, and friend, Joel Bomgar.  And I’m thrilled they are kicking off this 45 stop celebration at Belhaven’s campus – where it all started.


BOMGAR Launches Coast-to-Coast Tour and Celebrates 10- Year Anniversary at Belhaven University

JACKSON, Miss. – Bomgar, the leader in remote support solutions and one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, began at Belhaven University and will return to the campus on Thursday, September 5 at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate its 10-year anniversary and kick-off the Bomgar Across America Tour.

Belhaven University is the first of 45 stops to colleges and universities around the country. “We’re making Belhaven the first stop on the Bomgar Across America Tour because it’s where I took the first steps in building Bomgar more than a decade ago,” said, Joel Bomgar, Founder and CEO.

Belhaven students, faculty, alumni and Bomgar employees with Governor Phil Bryant will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Belhaven-born company, complete with birthday cake, balloons, live music and giveaways. “Belhaven is where I learned the fundamentals of running a business and met my co-founders and many future co-workers, making it a key ingredient in my company’s success.”

Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, said, “When Joel started this business on our campus, we thought it was a way for him to get through school, but his vision and determination grew his dream into one of the South’s leading companies.  We are incredibly proud of them, and along with Joel, are thrilled that a large percentage of his employees are also Belhaven graduates.”

Bomgar’s all-orange bus will not be hard to miss as it travels coast-to-coast with the purpose of promoting higher education and educating students about information technology as well as the company.  The Bomgar bus will feature hands on interactive demos and a chance for students to meet with Bomgar technical experts.  Bomgar has helped more than 600 college and university IT organizations make tech support easier.