Celebrating 100 Years on our Peachtree Street Campus

Last week we celebrated God’s faithfulness to Belhaven, as we remembered our 100th anniversary moving to our Peachtree Street campus.

During this special chapel we recounted our history, enjoyed music from the past, heard some wonderful stories of God’s goodness in times of challenge, and even had a visit from three “Belhaven Girls” who were students in 1911.

This 50 minute video of chapel is well worth watching, as this service will go down in history as one of our memorable events of the past century.


Online Degree Choices

Typing “online degree” into Google gets you over 58 million results.

But, we believe there is a BEST choice…..and the growth of our online enrollment is proving that we are meeting the needs of online undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Associate of ArtsOnlineYall_LSquare2
  • Associate of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Health Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Leadership
  • Master of Sports Administration
  • Mississippi Teacher Certification

You can learn all Belhaven online degrees  HERE.

Is College Worth The Cost?

A few weeks ago National Public Radio did an encouraging story on the value of higher education.

They point out that during every recession, there are a host of new stories asking  questions about college cost vs. value.

Before you believe those stories, you need to listen to this NPR piece.  You can read it or listen to it HERE.

A few highlights worth noting:

  • College graduates were less likely to be unemployed before the current recession started and less likely to lose their jobs after the recession happened.
  • “And in fact, … college graduates … are the only segment of the economy where employment has actually gotten better during the first five months of this year,” he says.
  • We always see a spike in doom stories during economic downturns, and he says people love to hear them.
  • Every college won’t always be worth it but, he says “the long-term trends about the average value of a college degree are very strong.”

And here is the bottom line:

  • Anthony Carnevale, labor economists at Georgetown University, has calculated that on our current pace, the U.S. is going to produce 3 million fewer college graduates by 2018 than the economy will demand.

Freedom to Learn – “NORTH KOREA: Learning stops as students must work”

We take for granted our freedom, but as we are getting ready for the start of a new academic year, this story out of North Korea is a good reminder that we should be thankful for what we assume as common to all.

Here are excerpts of the story about what is happening with college students there – this is remarkable!

University World News

Close watchers of North Korean affairs were caught on the hop last week by reports that universities in the hermit kingdom would be closed from 27 June for up to 10 months while students are sent to work on farms, in factories and in construction.

The Pyongyang government had ordered universities to cancel classes until April next year, exempting only students graduating in the next few months and foreign students.

The reports said the students would be put to work on construction projects in major cities and on other works in a bid to rebuild the economy. This could indicate that the country’s food crisis and economic problems are worse than previously thought.

Experts on North Korea said full-scale university closures would be unprecedented. However, it was not unusual for students to be engaged in manual labour, with the academic year sometimes shortened in order to send students onto farms and construction sites.

“Some two years ago the DPRK announced that it would build 200,000 units of accommodation in the city to ease the chronic housing shortage. To date only some 10,000 units have been built, so the students have been taken out of universities in order to speed up the construction of the balance before major celebrations take place in April 2012 to commemorate the 100th birthday of the founder of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung.”

Charles Armstrong, Director of the Centre for Korea Research at Columbia University who returned from Pyongyang earlier last week, said he had visited two state-run universities, Kim Il Sung University and Kim Chaek University of Technology in Pyongyang, as well as the private Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) in the last few weeks.

At the two public universities the vast majority of students were not present, Armstrong told University World News. “It is also a very busy time for rice transplanting and you see a lot of young people in the fields.”

“My impression is that there is not a lot going on in terms of teaching and studying in public universities and student time is taken up with ‘extra curricular’ activities including political education. This is a regular part of university life but I have not heard of the universities being shut down completely except for a short while during the 1990s [famine],” he added.

Analysts in Japan and South Korea suggested there could be other reasons behind the decision to disperse the students across the country, including the possibility of demonstrations at campuses inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings, which began at universities.

They noted that North Korea had purchased anti-riot equipment from China in recent months, including tear gas and batons, while there has been an increased police presence at key points in Pyongyang in recent weeks.

According to North Korea analysts, party controls are in place to prevent student uprisings, including political indoctrination and strong surveillance. Some analysts said surveillance on campuses had relaxed in recent years because many party officials had not been paid.

However, experts agreed that the possibility of universities being shut would be an ominous sign of tension. “The most likely reason [to shut universities down completely] would be for military mobilisation if they thought they were going to be attacked,” Smith said.

You can read the full story from University World News HERE.

Launching New Online Programs

While the summer months are typically a slower time on many college campuses, I am very pleased that we are adding 5 new Online degrees as well as offering a variety of concentrations within these degrees.  Click on any of the degrees below to learn more.

Today is the day we are launching the advertising for these programs which will begin classes this August.  You can read the press release or view some of the ads you might come across as you browse the web.  I am very pleased that we will be able to work with even more students from many broad and diverse backgrounds…many of whom are unable to enroll in traditional or adult classes.  Online gives us the opportunity to deliver an academically rigorous and Christ-centered education to students in Mississippi and around the world, all in the tradition of good ole Southern hospitality.  See you Online Y’all!

Belhaven Online Y'all

Belhaven Online Y'all

Belhaven Online Programs

Belhaven Online Programs

Master and Bachelor of Health Administration online degree programs

Master and Bachelor of Health Administration online degree programs

Master of Sports Administration Online

Master of Sports Administration Online

Belhaven Online Programs to see you through the entire process

Belhaven Online Programs to see you through the entire process

Academic Challenges and March Madness Success

This is worth your time to read in USA Today

Education chief: Low grad rate should mean no tourney invite

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says NCAA basketball teams with poor graduation rates should not be allowed to participate in postseason tournaments.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says schools not on track to graduate at least half of their basketball players should not be allowed to compete in the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments.

Read more here

Belhaven Sophomore to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Jocelyn Zhu has won first place at the American Protégé Music Talent Competition and  will perform in The Winners’ Recital on Saturday March 6, 2011 at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

concerto04Jocelyn has served as concertmistress of the Mississippi All State Orchestra for the past three years. She served as concertmistress of the Premier Orchestra Institute Philharmonic Orchestra.

She was the winner of the 2008 Mississippi State MTNA Junior Strings Competition. In 2009, she was a featured soloist with the Belhaven College Chamber Orchestra. and the winner of the 2009 CICAS Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition in Arkansas.

Jocelyn is a music major at Belhaven and studies violin with Mr. Song Xie, Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola, Conductor of the Belhaven Chamber String Orchestra, Chamber Music Coach, and Violinist of the Belhaven Piano Trio at Belhaven University.

As a concert soloist, Mr. Song has played concertos and other masterpieces with many orchestras. He received the Excellent Performance Award at the Chinese National Violin Competition in 1984, won the LSU Symphony Concerto Competitions in both 1991 and 1994, and was one of the three finalists at Chautauqua Festival Concerto Competition in New York.

Song Xie is currently the Principal Second Violinist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1998.