Final Chapel Service of the Semester

Tuesday morning we will conclude our 2014-15 Chapel Series with a special celebration.

This will be a worship service of music, dance, theatre, creative writing, and visual art and design.

Below is the program for services at 9:35 and 11:00…….scroll down to see the participants and selections for each chapel.

I hope you’ll join us in this wonderful capstone for our chapel series this year.




Belhaven Becomes Fastest Internet Campus

Today  Cspire and Belhaven announced a new partnership to bring Fiber Optic internet speeds to Belhaven this summer.  We will be the first university in Mississippi to have this ultra high-speed service, and may be the first university in America to have fiber optics in every residence hall.
*  Instead of our current 300 Mbps internet speed for the entire campus, with Cspire we will have 1,000 Mbps in EACH of our six residence halls.

* Every residence hall room will be access point so the wireless signal strength will be much stronger.

* We will have High Definition television available in every room (all students need to bring is their TV and HDMI cable).

* Every residence hall room will have a DVR to record television – and in the University Village, each bedroom will have a remote DVR in addition.

Cspire crews will soon begin trenching the campus to run fiber optic internet and television to all residence halls.  Below is this exciting announcement from Cspire.





C Spire to offer suite of services to students, faculty and administrators making the private school a technology leader among U.S. institutions of higher learning
Jackson, Mississippi (April 6, 2015) – Belhaven University has signed an agreement with C Spire to become the first college in Mississippi to offer students Gigabit Internet access and related SuperTM HD television service.
The agreement was announced Monday by university officials and C Spire representatives and will also provide wireless phones, voice over IP phone service and dedicated high-speed fiber optic Internet access to the 400 full-time faculty and administration on the 50-acre campus in northeast Jackson.
All 700 residential Belhaven students living in the University’s six residence halls will receive the next generation services, which include 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) broadband Internet access up to 6.5 times faster than the speediest broadband connections on most U.S. college campuses today and super HD TV service with dedicated DVRs in each residence hall room.
“Only a handful of other universities in the country have Internet speeds even close to what C Spire will be providing on our campus,” said Belhaven University President Dr. Roger Parrott. “We’re charting new territory for higher education with super robust access that will help us improve high-performance teamwork, teaching, learning, research and scholarship at our school.”
A 2014 analysis by Valore Books, a college textbook reseller, and, a data speed testing service, of the top 100 colleges in the U.S. with the fastest Internet access placed Lamar State College in Port Arthur, Texas in the No. 1 spot with download speeds averaging 154.8 Mbps (Megabits per second) and upload speeds of 47.8 Mbps. In contrast, Belhaven students will have download and upload speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps.
Faster Internet connections have grown in importance in recent years on college campuses across the nation. The average student now owns seven Internet-connected devices, including phones, computers, gaming consoles, streaming TV boxes, printers, tablets and e-readers and uses them over 125 hours each week, according to a 2014 nationwide online survey of 1,209 students between the ages of 18 and 34 by Crux Research and re:fuel agency, a New York-based marketing firm.
Students have replaced cumbersome backpacks laden with heavy books and now are more likely to bring lightweight iPads, tablets or laptops to class, purchase e-textbooks, participate in Skype study groups or post their homework to online services such as Blackboard, according to Brian Caraway, senior vice president of Enterprise Markets for C Spire. In fact, Caraway said a 2014 study by Presta Electronics found that 73 percent of students need technology to study and over 70 percent use a computer or tablet to take notes.
“As student demand for total access grows and technology is more deeply ingrained into their daily lives, colleges need to stay ahead of the curve with ultra-fast, high quality Internet solutions,” Caraway added. “Belhaven is clearly setting the pace for institutions of higher learning across the country.”
Belhaven’s move comes as C Spire and the city of Jackson continue to make steady progress in qualifying homeowners in more areas of Mississippi’s largest city and state capital for the next-generation suite of services and super-fast Internet technology infrastructure.
Thus far, five of 13 areas – or fiberhoods – in the city have reached their pre-registration targets and are moving into the engineering and construction phases of the massive fiber optic infrastructure technology initiative. Commercial service is expected to be available later this year in most areas.
C Spire is continuing to work with the city to provide free Gigabit Internet access at two municipal community centers to help Jackson residents learn more about the benefits of 100 times faster fiber-based broadband Internet access and related services.
“This can be a major economic development tool moving forward because we’ll have the infrastructure at our university and in other parts of the city,” said Parrott, who is the longest serving university president in the state. “It will help more of our graduates stay here or even start their own high-tech businesses. There’s no doubt that access to high-speed bandwidth and the latest technology will create an environment where more good paying jobs exist and more talented people want to live here.”
Belhaven is a private Christian liberal arts university that offers 27 undergraduate majors and adult and graduate degree programs to over 4,200 students at its main Jackson campus and at satellite campuses in Orlando, Houston, Memphis, Atlanta and Chattanooga.

About Belhaven University
Belhaven University stands among select Christian colleges and universities and has been repeatedly named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys.” The University offers 27 academic majors across a full spectrum of disciplines as well as a variety of graduate programs. In addition, Belhaven has achieved the distinction of being among only 30 universities nationally accredited in each of the major arts ¬ music, theatre, visual art and dance. All programs are taught from a Christian worldview perspective and are guided by the mission to prepare students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships and in the world of ideas. Belhaven University serves over 4,200 students offering undergraduate and graduate degrees on its residential campus, an online degree program, and graduate and adult degree programs in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, and Atlanta. For more information about Belhaven University, visit

About C Spire
C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services company that provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, IP Voice, data and cloud services for businesses. This news release and other announcements are available at For more information about C Spire, visit or follow us on Facebook at or Twitter at

Exciting Announcement about the Dr. Billy Kim International Center

Dr. Billy Kim, is a world-wide advocate for Belhaven University and has been a very special personal friend for many years.  After three years of working together on this project, I’m thrilled to tell you that we are now ready to begin construction of our new International Center named in honor of this most influential leader in the modern era of the global Church.

Last week the Board of Trustees unanimously voted for us to begin construction.  Crews will start the work in May, and it will take a year to complete the project.  Dale Partners Architects P.A. designed the building and Mike Harrell of Probity Contracting Group will be the builder. This is the same team that did Fitzhugh Hall and the University Village.

Dr. Kim has raised millions of dollars for this project, and our gratitude to him is enormous.

The 16,000 square foot building will be located in the center of campus. The top level of the building will open onto the brick sidewalk shared with Helen White Hall. And the lower floor will open onto the pavilion that serves as a gateway to the University Village.


The Dr. Billy Kim International Center will house a conference and meeting center unlike any space we now have on campus.  The conference center will seat over 400 people in a lecture setting, or over 250 people for a banquet. The room can also be divided with a soundproof flexible wall so that two smaller gatherings can take place simultaneously.  This floor will also include a large lobby with a wonderful display recognizing the ministry of Dr. Kim.  The banquet preparation kitchen in the building will be named in honor of his wife Trudy, who has a remarkable reach in Korea through her café that has become a significant ministry center for the Christian school founded by their son Joseph.

On the lower level of the International Center, we will have three large classrooms seating about 35-40 people and six seminar rooms that can each seat a 10-15 people. This level will also include a Korean style prayer room and offices for our ESL and International Studies faculty, as well as an office for Cliff McArdle who will serve as Director of the International Center.

I hope you will join with me in expressing appreciation to Cliff who has done a outstanding job working with so many Korean and American friends throughout this entire fund raising process.

When completed, Dr. Kim is bringing to Jackson his ENTIRE staff of 350 people, plus his board of 50 leaders for the dedication of the new International Center.  In addition, he is bringing two children’s choirs (50 children plus parents) to join in this celebration.

You won’t want to miss this special dedication weekend a year from now, June 25 and 26, 2016.  We will have a big celebration event on Saturday, and the dedication of the building on Sunday afternoon.  On Sunday evening the children’s choirs will be presenting a full concert, and Dr. Kim will be preaching in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts.

The day before they come to Jackson the entire Korean delegation will be in New York City.  Dr. Kim and Far East Broadcasting Company are bringing eleven children’s Children’s choirs from Korea to perform together at Carnegie Hall in a tribute to the United States for protecting the Korean people during the Korean War – during which Dr. Kim was a houseboy for the US troops, and was befriended by a GI who sent Billy to the USA to for education.

Dr. Kim’s life story was just published by Moody Press.  The first printing sold out quickly, but we will have copies in the bookstore soon.  His subtitle “From Houseboy to World Evangelist” is a snapshot of the life of this amazing leader, and I couldn’t be more proud that Belhaven will be the only University in America with a building named in his honor.

White House Recognition of Belhaven University

See the news release below about the event at the White House today.

This an exciting recognition for the strength of the Belhaven University School of Science and Mathematics.

For more about this recognition or watch the event live, see this White House web page.

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White House Recognizes Belhaven University for Innovative Science Education

JACKSON – Today, President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden will recognize Belhaven University for its commitment to increase the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “America needs to become the leader in science and technology again and Belhaven has the ability to help achieve this national priority,” said Dr. Parrott.

The White House invited Dr. Parrott and other university presidents being honored to take part in College Opportunity Day of Action where President Obama will announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

Participants in the College Opportunity Day of Action were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Belhaven University has committed to redesign its general core science curriculum for non-science majors. The goal of the redesign is to emphasize the important role of science in our society and economy as well as inspire 10 percent of its students to pursue STEM degrees. The University’s commitment to STEM has already seen a positive increase. “With our new science facilities and aggressive young science faculty, Belhaven’s enrollment in STEM related academic majors increased 34 percent this year, plus 45 students in our brand new School of Nursing,” adds Dr. Parrott. “This new cutting edge curriculum for non-science majors sets us apart as a university that is serious about equipping our students to value science that is part of our everyday lives.”

Two new core courses, Science & Culture I: Physical and Computational Sciences for a Sustainable Future and Science & Culture II: Biological Sciences for a Sustainable Future are the pillars of Belhaven’s new approach to teaching science and promoting STEM. Dr. Reid Bishop, Associate Professor of Chemistry, said, “We use science everyday of our lives and I believe that science is an innate function. One of my objectives as a professor is to get my students excited about science and I believe these two classes relate directly to a student’s personal interests in the environment and sustainability.”

President Obama will also announce new steps on how his Administration is helping to support colleges and universities, including announcing $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college. Today’s event is the second College Opportunity Day of Action, and will include a progress report on the commitments made at the first day of action on January 14, 2014.

Expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college, especially low-income and underrepresented students, is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class.  Today, only 9 percent of those born in the lowest family income quartile attain a bachelor’s degree by age 25, compared to 54 percent in the top quartile. In an effort to expand college access, the Obama Administration has increased Pell scholarships by $1,000 a year, created the new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college, limited student loan payments to 10 percent of income, and laid out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition.

If You’re Serious About Music . . .

You must watch this 5  1/2 minute video featuring our two outstanding graduates, Shelly Brown and Jocelyn Zhu, and Professor Song, who leads our strings program of the music department.

In April we learned that both of these graduates had been accepted with top scholarships to two of the most prestigious 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.

Hear them in their own words . . . and what their faith in Christ means to them as elite violinists.

Dr. Sandra Rasberry Retirement Reception Friday This Week

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

Violinists Accepted to Juilliard and Rice

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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Winter Olympics Chaplain to Speak on Campus Wednesday

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 (   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

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Theatre and Dance (and FREE for all students, employees and their families)

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.