Belhaven Leadership Council

2013-14 BELHAVEN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (BLC)

The Belhaven Leadership Council (BLC) is the student leadership arm of the Belhaven University student body.  As such, its members serve as the primary student body representatives.  Students are encouraged to communicate their interests, questions and concerns to BLC officers. You can download the BLC Office Hours and the BLC officer descriptions for each position.

The BLC exists to serve the best interests of the student body by giving distinctive Christian leadership in all areas of its influence.

Interact with BLC on their Facebook page BLC Facebook. View the Belhaven Calendar Belhaven Calendar






Brad Blakney

Brad Blakney (President)

E-mail: blcpresident@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Brandon, MS

Major/Minor:  Business Administration

Hobbies:  Golf, fishing, hunting, watersports, anything outdoors

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I have grown to love and deeply respect the diversity of the student body. Students at Belhaven come from all walks of life and it is great to see people make friends and form relationships with people that they would seemingly have nothing in common.

What advice would you give to all students?

Get to know your professors! They are here to help and are truly interested in you as a person. Also, don’t be afraid to meet people that are outside of your “bubble.” They may end up being your best friends.

Why BLC?

BLC gives me the opportunity to serve Belhaven University and my fellow students in so many different ways. I enjoy getting the chance to work on a team that is diverse in nature, yet working toward many of the same goals.

Hannah Bush

Hannah Bush (Vice President)

E-mail: blcvicepresident@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Niskayuna, NY

Major/Minor:  Dance Performance

Hobbies:  Dance, cooking/baking

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I love the sense of community found at Belhaven along the people that make it special. Everyone becomes a family!

What advice would you give to all students?

Get involved in as much as possible. Fill up your schedule and take advantage of all the opportunities provided!

Why BLC?

BLC has given me the opportunity to grow as a leader, an individual, and also spiritually. I love being able to help represent Belhaven University and am very proud to be a part of this team.

Abigail Watkins

Abigail Watkins (Intramurals Coordinator)

E-mail: intramurals@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Paducah, KY

Major/Minor:  Political Science/Business Administration

Hobbies:  Spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, being outside, and reading

What do you like most about Belhaven?

My absolute favorite thing about Belhaven is how friendly everyone is. Belhaven’s smallness allows for a level of community and camaraderie that is often absent from larger schools. There are so many opportunities for students that want to get involved at Belhaven. College is what you make of it, and Belhaven can help you make it great.

What advice would you give to all students?

On average, a student will have four years of college. It is up to each student to decide what they will do with their four years. My advice is to go big or go home. Employers want to see more than a piece of paper when you graduate, they want to see how hard you have worked, and what you have done. College is a stepping stone to the rest of your life.

Why BLC?

BLC is a wonderful opportunity to serve the student body and to make a meaningful impact campus wide. Student leadership is an incredibly important aspect of every campus, and at Belhaven it is even more meaningful. The true purpose of the BLC is to glorify God through its unique roles and responsibilities.

Samantha Massoth

Samantha Massoth (Activities Coordinator)

E-mail: activities@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Batesville, MS

Major/Minor:  Sports Medicine and Exercise Science/Pre-Med

Hobbies:  Softball, reading, sleeping

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I love that Belhaven is such a small campus! Students are able to create personal relationships with their professors and make friends in multiple and diverse social groups.

What advice would you give to all students?

Get Connected! Be involved on campus whether it is a club, activity, organization, study group, athletic team, or anything else. You won’t regret the relationships that you form!

Why BLC?

BLC is a great way to get involved on campus and to serve the student body. It has opened the door to new friendships that I would have never even had before and has also improved my leadership abilities. I’m excited for the chance to serve!

Chelsea Deleon

Chelsea Deleon (Campus Life Coordinator)

E-mail: campuslife@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Houston, TX

Major/Minor:  Sports Medicine and Exercise Science

Hobbies:  Being with the people I love most! Whether that’s my real family or my sports med family.

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I enjoy getting the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people at Belhaven. There are so many different nationalities and ages represented.

What advice would you give to all students?

Get a calendar! Being organized is key to surviving through college. Also get to know know your professors. They genuinely want to help you out. Lastly, meet new people. Students at Belhaven are very friendly and fun to be around.

Why BLC?

I love the atmosphere and community! I have made friendships through BLC that will last a lifetime.

Jessica Nichols

Jessica Nichols (Community Outreach Coordinator)

E-mail: communityoutreach@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Fort Worth, TX

Major/Minor:  Social Work

Hobbies:  Dance, Spending time with friends and family, Baking, Helping others

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I absolutely love the atmosphere at Belhaven. When you are on a small campus that has so many opportunities and wonderful people, God does some incredible things!

What advice would you give to all students?

Get involved and invest in the lives around you! Acknowledge God and praise Him through this season in your life. He placed you here for a reason!

Why BLC?

I always think of BLC to be like sprinkles on a cupcake. The cake is Belhaven and Christ is our foundation, the icing is the student body, faculty, and staff that make Belhaven feel like home, and BLC are the sprinkles on top. A team is formed and God works through us by using our gifts to serve the community and Belhaven in a unique way. I am so thankful and excited to serve Belhaven this year!

Anna-Maria Russo

Anna-Maria Russo (Ministries Coordinator)

E-mail: studentministries@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Lafayette, LA

Major/Minor:  International Studies

Hobbies:  Sewing, archery, floristry, sign language, cooking, missions, travel, writing

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I love the community found at Belhaven including the students, faculty and staff. It’s such a genuine and loving atmosphere.

What advice would you give to all students?

Put yourself out there! The more you do, the more people you’ll meet and the more experiences you’ll have. Don’t let the time that you are here pass by you.

Why BLC?

I want the opportunity to serve my campus and fellow students by interacting in a group of other students working toward many of the same goals. It is also a great chance to meet new people!

Katy Veldhorst

Katy Veldhorst (White Columns Editor)

E-mail: whitecolumns@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Oostburg, WI

Major/Minor:  Graphic Design/Marketing

Hobbies:  Reading, Hanging out with friends, Outdoor activities, Crafts

What do you like most about Belhaven?

The community at Belhaven is so unique! I love the close friendships that I’ve formed living in the dorms and the diversity of students that are here.

What advice would you give to all students?

Get involved! Studying and grades are important, but going out of your comfort zone and letting God use you to serve others at school, and in the community, will help you grow in ways you never imagined.

Why BLC?

BLC is a great opportunity to be involved in campus life and serve fellow students. I want to grow as a leader, and working together with the BLC team is a great way to do that.








The Cube, Room 106 (BLC President)
601-968-8837 (BLC President)
BLC Campus Mailbox: #805
White Columns Campus Mailbox: #823

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