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.

Tuesday weather plan – day classes cancelled, evening classes will meet, administrative offices open at noon

Students, Faculty and Staff,

The weather pattern is not making it easy to predict how severe the driving conditions will be tomorrow. But it is better that we error on the side of caution than to put anyone at risk.  So, here is the plan for tomorrow.

1.  Morning and afternoon classes scheduled between 7 am and 4 pm are canceled.

2.  Evening classes scheduled to begin after 4 pm will meet.

3.  Adult and graduate classes at the LeFleur Campus will meet tomorrow evening as regularly scheduled.

4.  Activities and events in the afternoon and evening will be held as scheduled.

5.  Administrative offices will be closed in the morning and open at noon  (Hopefully you can grab an early lunch and in come ready go.)

A clear-cut snow day is easier to deal with, but hopefully this plan for tomorrow helps us get the most out of the day and keeps the weather anxiety to a minimum.

Roger Parrott

Great Shot! – see the video

Our Basketball teams both scored huge SSAC conference wins on the road last night at Auburn-Montgomery.

The Women won 55-53, with sophomore Ariel Wilson recording her 1000th career point in a Blazers uniform.

The Men won 77-76 on a shot at the buzzer on an amazing team play and 3 pointer by Jordan Bedford.


Tragic Accident Takes the Life of Senior Trey Rich


It is with great sadness that the Belhaven Athletics Department announces the tragic passing of Trey Rich, a senior from Memphis, Tennessee.  Rich, a member of the Belhaven Blazers Football team, was killed on Christmas Eve after being struck by a drunk driver while riding his bicycle on Old Highway 49 in Richland, Miss.

“The Blazers family is deeply saddened this evening to hear about the loss of one of our own,” said Belhaven Football Head Coach Hal Mumme.  Trey Rich was not only a great teammate, but he was even more so a great young man who was lost too soon. He worked tirelessly both on the field and in the classroom and set a standard of excellence among his fellow wide receivers and his teammates. Though above all this, Trey’s infectious smile will be missed.”

On the field during the 2014 season, Rich saw action in seven games at wide receiver and as a kick returner. He was a Sports Administration major at Belhaven.

“Our Belhaven University family is mourning the tragic death and loss of Trey Rich,” said Belhaven Vice President for Athletics Scott Little. “Trey was a well-respected young man among teammates and across campus, and we ask for prayers for his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements are pending and details will be released as they become available.