2005-2006 News Releases
Belhaven Alum Elected Moderator of 34th PCA General Assembly
Dr. Dominic A. Aquila, a 1968 Belhaven College graduate and
2003 Alumnus of the Year, has been elected as moderator of the 34th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), it was announced
at the assembly's opening session. Dr. Aquila will serve as chairman of the
Standing Judicial Commission during the next year.
"Belhaven College has always cherished our opportunity to
develop pastors and missionaries for the PCA," said Dr. Roger Parrott,
president, Belhaven College. "We are especially thrilled that one of our own,
Dr. Dominic Aquila, has been selected as moderator. He is an outstanding
pastor, theologian, and visionary who will bring much to the Church in this
significant leadership role."
Dr. Aquila, the president of New Geneva Theological Seminary in
Colorado Springs, Colorado, has served on a number of committees in the PCA,
including the Covenant College Board and Mission to the World. He has preached
and taught in Jamaica, Mexico, Canada, Ivory Coast, Kenya, England, Korea,
Grenada, Ukraine, Trinidad, Myanmar, Spain and Morocco.
Belhaven School of Business Receives
Specialized Accreditation From International Assembly For Collegiate Business
JACKSON, Miss. – The Belhaven College School of
Business has received specialized accreditation of its business degrees from the
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), it was
recently announced at the organization's annual conference in Orlando, Florida.
Belhaven joins a growing list of nearly 200 IACBE member institutions worldwide.
“Receiving accreditation through IACBE is a great benefit
to both our faculty and students,” said Dr. Chip Mason, dean of the Belhaven
School of Business. “It recognizes our efforts to continually improve the
quality of business education at Belhaven College. We have also become part of
a global community which comprises of over two hundred institutions of higher
learning from forty one states and eleven foreign countries who share a common
commitment to excellence in Business education throughout the world.”
The accreditation certificate, presented by the IACBE Board
of Commissioners, recognizes the achievement of quality in the academic business
programs. Each program is measured by effectively accomplishing the school's
mission and broad-based goals, the effectiveness of student learning that takes
place, as well as the operational effectiveness of the business unit.
“Accreditation is recognition that an educational
institution's academic performance is excellent,” noted Dr. John L. Green, Jr.,
IACBE's president. “IACBE is especially interested in the outcomes assessment
of education that takes place annually within the academic business unit. The
accreditation process is one means of making certain graduate are well-equipped
to join the business world.”
Based in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education is an internationally
recognized, prominent accrediting body for business and business-related degree
programs in four-year and graduate level institutions.
Belhaven Theatre Department Receives
National Association Of Schools Of Theatre
JACKSON, Miss. – The Belhaven College Theatre
Department has received accreditation through the National Association of
Schools of Theatre (NAST), it was recently announced at the organization's
spring conference. Belhaven is now one of 135 accredited institutional members
across the nation.
“This accreditation sustains the efforts we have made to
bring Belhaven up to standards applied within the finest theatre programs in the
country,” said Dr. Lou Campbell, professor and chair of the theatre department.
“The Lord has blessed us with resources and a progressive administration that
seeks to glorify Him through the performing arts in unprecedented ways on
liberal arts Christian college campuses.”
Accreditation is the process by
which an institution or disciplinary unit within an institution periodically
evaluates its work and seeks an independent judgment by peers that it achieves
substantially its own educational objectives and meets the established standards
of the body from which it seeks accreditation. Typically, the
accreditation process includes a self-evaluative description (self-study) of the
institution or unit, an on-site review by a team of evaluators, and judgment by
an accreditation decision-making body. Accreditation reviews focus on
educational quality, institutional integrity and educational improvements.
Belhaven Named 2006 Best Christian Place To
JACKSON, Miss. - Belhaven College has been recognized as a 2006 Best
Christian Places to Work finalist through a national survey, administered by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI). More
than 10,600 employees in 93 organizations across the United States helped
identify great workplaces with a Christian mission and/or values. The top 40
survey finalists are to be published in the April issue of Christianity Today magazine.
"It is indeed a great honor to receive recognition for
the work environment that has been established at Belhaven," said Dr. Roger
Parrott, president, Belhaven College. " The commitment of our staff and faculty
to serve one another in a manner that reflects the love of Christ is what makes
this a great place to work. I count it a privilege to be a part of such a
dynamic working environment.
Based on the survey, the Best Christian Places to Work
in the United States are experiencing strong growth, low employee turnover and
high levels of trust between employees and management. "Our research indicates
leaders in these organizations demonstrate high levels character, competence and
compassion, while employees show high levels of commitment” said Al Lopus,
president, Best Christian Workplaces Institute. “We have come to see this survey
is a leading indicator of future success for these finalists because of the high
levels of organizational health and effectiveness."
The survey poses questions to employees around six
major categories: attraction and retention, motivation and commitment,
empowerment and relationships, rewards and benefits, growth and development, and
Christian values. An independent panel of judges weighted the employee scores,
the employee survey participation rates and profiles in order to select the
The Best Christian Workplaces
Institute, based in Mercer Island, Washington, has surveyed more than 40,000
employees across North America in three years. BCWI is a research based
organizational and human resources consulting firm whose purpose is to serve
faith-based organizations by creating processes of discovery, facilitating
organizational and leadership alignment, and encouraging practices that build
healthy, effective workplaces.
BELHAVEN COLLEGE'S ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COLLEGE-WIDE SERVICE DAY SET FOR
Belhaven College will hold its annual Martin Luther
King, Jr. College-Wide Service Day, Monday, January
16, in observation of the nationally recognized
holiday. Belhaven students, faculty and staff will
participate in numerous service-oriented projects
around the Greater-Jackson area.
"This annual event is simply one way the Belhaven
College community works to meet needs in the name of
Christ," said Scott Little, Director of Student
Leadership. "Students, faculty and staff join
together to serve others throughout the area,
thereby honoring the legacy of Dr. King. A variety
of projects allows us to build, clean, organize and
care for neighbors, hand-in-hand with Jackson-area
community organizations. It is a great deal of hard
work and a lot of fun, and the Service Day is a
wonderful reminder that we are never more alive than
when we give our lives away to others."
Participants will have opportunity to work with
organizations and ministries such as Voice of
Calvary, the North Midtown Community Development
Center, the Neighborhood Christian Center, Mission
Mississippi, and Stewpot Community Services.
Additionally, the group will work with the Greater
Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation on a project at the
neighborhood's Laurel Street Park.
Work assignments will be given at approximately 8:45
a.m. the morning of at the Belhaven Center for the
Arts on Riverside Drive. Workers will reconvene at
the same location for lunch at approximately 12:45
Performances Set For January 25-28
BELHAVEN COLLEGE TO PRESENT SPRING PRODUCTION OF
'THE GREAT THEATRE OF THE WORLD'
Belhaven College Theatre Department is set to present
its spring production of "The Great Theatre of the World," beginning
January 25. Written by Calderon de la Barca, one of
Spain's most renowned playwrights of the Spanish Golden
Age, the production will be translated from Spanish by
special guest Dr. Rick Davis.
Mr. Hector Ramirez, founder of Aslan Theatre Group in
Madrid, Spain, will serve as the director for the
production, which includes a cast of nearly fifty
Belhaven theatre and dance students.
very excited to present this uniquely crafted play at
Belhaven," said Dr. Louis Campbell, chair of the Theatre
Department. "The fact that Hector's home is in Madrid
has made this a very special production for him to
direct. It should be a wonderful stage presentation."
"The Great Theatre of the World" depicts God as author, cast director and ultimately
critic, while the world is stage manager and the
characters are judged by their acting ability.
The program is set to begin each night at 7:30 p.m. in the
Flexible Theatre of the Belhaven College Center for the
Arts on Riverside Drive. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students,
children and seniors. For tickets or further
information, please call the box office at 601.965.7026,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With More Than 230 Receiving Degrees –
DIPLOMAS PRESENTED TO CLASS OF 2005 DURING DECEMBER
Belhaven's Class of 2005 was presented
diplomas during the school's recent commencement service on
Saturday, December 17, 2005 at Jackson's Thalia Mara Hall.
More than 230 graduates were honored for their
accomplishments in the classroom during their academic
career at Belhaven.
One hundred, fifty-eight (158)
Baccalaureate graduates received degrees, while sixty-two
(62) Master and twelve (12) Associate graduates were
recognized. Dr. Dan Fredericks, Senior Vice President and
Provost, conducted the presentation of the candidates for
graduation, while Dr. Al Chestnut, professor of Biology and
chair of the Biology Department, awarded the diplomas to
An additional highlight of the ceremony
was the presentation of an honorary Doctorate of Christian
Ministries degree to Dr. Duane Litfin, president, Wheaton
College. Following the conferring of the honorary degree by
Belhaven President Dr. Roger Parrott, the commencement
address was delivered by Dr. Litfin.
Guests Reverend Dennis Flach, Pastor, New
Covenant Presbyterian Church (Natchez, Mississippi), and
Reverend Steven Leuice, Pastor, Camino Community Church
(Camino, California) delivered the invocation and
benediction, respectively. Soloist Sarah Sachs sang a
rendition of "O Holy Night" as special music during the
Belhaven students Joshua Goeglein and
Amanda Long served as Junior Marshals for commencement, and
the Color Guard was comprised of Matthew Bainton, Alex
Grubbs, Baskin Jones, and Michael Phillips. Danielle Temple
assumed the duty of the piping of the colors.
Presentation Set For November 30 –
DR. RANDALL SMITH TO RECEIVE 2005 HUMANITIES TEACHER AWARD
FROM MISSISSIPPI HUMANITIES COUNCIL
College Associate Professor of English, Dr. Randall Smith, is
set to receive the 2005 Humanities Teacher Award, given annually
by the Mississippi Humanities Council to one humanities faculty
member at each institution of higher learning in the state. The
presentation of this year's award will be Wednesday, November
30, at 6:30 p.m. in the theater of the McCravey-Tripplett
Student Center on the Belhaven campus.
Each award recipient must
agree to make a public presentation based on scholarly research
or current humanities interests. Dr. Smith, the director of
Belhaven's Creative Writing program, will present:
'The Love That Moves the Sun: Creative
Writing and the Pursuit of Sacramental Vision.'
"We are proud to have Dr.
Smith receive this year's award," said Dr. Daniel C. Fredericks,
senior vice president and provost, Belhaven College. "His
contributions to Belhaven have been invaluable, and we are
continually moving forward in our creative writing program under
Dr. Randall Smith received
his Ph D. in Twentieth Century American Literature from the
University of South Carolina (2000) and has more than 15
scholarly and poetry publications to his credit. His current
research interests include the writings of James Dickey and
biblical perspectives on creativity and creative writing. In
the past, he has been awarded the Irene D. Elliott Teaching
Award and the Edmund A. Ramsaur Fellowship, both by
the University of South Carolina. Upon his arrival in 2001, Dr.
Smith designed and implemented a new creative writing curriculum
and program for Belhaven College, which is the only
undergraduate degree program in Creative Writing offered at a
four-year, Christian liberal arts college in the country.
The program is set to begin
at 6:30 p.m. on November 30, with a reception to follow
immediately after Dr. Smith's presentation. The event is open
to the public.
Named One Of The Top 20 Events In The
BELHAVEN COLLEGE'S 73rd ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE
PRESENTATION SET FOR DECEMBER 2 & 3
College will host its 73rd Annual presentation of the
Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree on December 2-3. A Belhaven
tradition since 1933, the event was recently name one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast
Tourism Society, an organization dedicated to the marketing and
promotion of travel to and within the great Southeastern
"What a wonderful honor
given to such a timeless southern tradition," said Dr. Roger
Parrott, president, Belhaven College. "We are thankful for the
privilege to present the Singing Christmas Tree on our campus as
a gift to Mississippi, now for more than seven decades. And, we
are pleased the replicas of the Singing Christmas Tree have
carried forward in thousands of churches all around the world
during the Christmas season."
The Belhaven Singing
Christmas Tree is an outdoor choral performance of the holiday
season's favorite carols. This year, the concert will feature
the collaboration of members of the greater Jackson community
and college musicians under the direction of Mrs. Carolyn Sachs,
adjunct music professor.
The event is set to begin at
7:30 p.m. each night in the Belhaven Soccer Bowl. Admission is
'A New Face For, A Great Place' –
HOMECOMING 2005 SETS PARTICIPATION MARK OF MORE THAN 2,500
Homecoming 2005, "A New Face, For A Great Place," proved to be a
smashing success during the November 3-5 weekend. This year's
celebration set the mark for the largest participation in school
history with more than 2,500 individuals participating in the
"We are thrilled with the
turnout for this year's homecoming celebration," said Michael
McPherson, Belhaven's Director of Alumni Relations. "It was
great to have a large number of people on our campus and at the
different events, but it was even greater to see the excitement
on each face as they reconnected with friends from years past.
I look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us in
This year's festivities
began on Thursday, November 3 with the 13th Annual
Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. More than 120 people attended the
ceremony, which inducted five new members into the Belhaven
Sports Hall of Fame. The class of 2005 included: John Treloar,
'78 (Baseball); Jayne Osborne, '82 (Women's Basketball); Bill
Lytton, '72 (Men's Soccer); Eric Bonneau, '85 (Men's Tennis);
and Dr. Joe Redmond, '66 (Men's Basketball).
Highlighting the day on
Friday were the Department of Athletics' sponsored Golf Outing
and the Belhaven Admissions "Discover Day" for prospective
students, while Friday evening featured the reunion reception
for the classes of 1965, '75, '85 and '95, during which those in
attendance enjoyed seeing familiar faces and listening to live
music performed by Re-Generation. Additionally, the annual
Biology Alumni Panel and Reception, the Young Alumni Party, and
the Highland Players' 10-Year reunion were featured events on
New additions this year were
the Children's Carnival and Sports Clinics on Saturday morning.
More than 130 children enjoyed the inflatable slide, obstacle
course and space jump, as well as the clinics offered in the
sports of baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer
and tennis. Following the completion of the sports clinics,
numerous families joined the Belhaven student body for the
Homecoming Cookout behind Caldwell Hall.
More than 100 people were
present for the Alumni Awards Brunch, honoring alums for their
outstanding achievements in the arenas of business, church
ministry, community service, education and medicine. This
year's honorees included: Don Gahagen, '59 (Church Service
Award); Phil Hardwick, '82 (Community Service Award); Barbara
Porter, '70 (Bettye Quinn Education Award); Dr. Timothy Quinn,
'95 (Young Alumnus of the Year); and Jimmy Turner, '58 (Alumnus
of the Year).
The Belhaven Theatre
department's presentation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night enjoyed capacity crowds on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Blazer Football team did
not disappoint the festive homecoming crowd, defeating Mid-South
Conference foe Kentucky Wesleyan by a score of 45-35. At
halftime of the game, Miss Mary Downing Forester was crowned the
2005 Homecoming Queen.
A standout moment was the
dedication of the new Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center on
Saturday evening. More than 500 people poured into the 42,000
square-foot facility, which houses the Belhaven Dance and Art
departments. The building was named in honor and memory of one
of the greatest contributors to the arts in Mississippi.
Several members of the Irby family were on hand, including
Charles and Stuart M. Irby who each spoke during the dedication
Homecoming 2005 was a
success, not because of the number of events that were offered
or how grandiose they were, but because of the quality of the
product Belhaven has to offer and the hearts of the individuals
who make up the Belhaven Family!
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center
Saturday, November 5th 5:00pm–7:30pm
You are invited to bring your friends and
family to celebrate with us the opening and dedication of this
beautiful facility for our Visual Arts and Dance programs. We
are excited to dedicate this exceptional building in honor and
memory of Mrs. Bitsy Irby and invite you to join us. The
building is located at the northwest corner of the campus on
Peachtree Street, just across from the Bettye Quinn Alumni
The formal ceremony starts at 5:45pm.
Refreshments will be served. RSVP is requested but not required.
Dance Department Receives Accreditation
Congratulations to our Dance Department for receiving accreditation
from the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)! This is a
great accomplishment on the part of the dance department and
reflects their commitment to excellence.
Belhaven Named One of Top Christian Business Schools
Second Consecutive Year To Receive Honor
Belhaven College was recently named one of Business
Reform Magazine's Top Christian Business Schools for 2005, according
to the report published in the September/October edition. Belhaven
ranked in the Top 5 in three of four judged categories, including
Most Biblical, Business Faculty, and Best Job Placement.
Additionally, Belhaven was chosen as an Editor's Pick in the Best
Job Placement category.
"We are extremely thankful to be recognized and
honored once again by Business Reform," said Dr. Chip Mason, dean,
Belhaven school of business. "Each faculty member, along with our
business students, takes seriously the importance of approaching
today's marketplace from a Christian worldview."
The editors of Business Reform magazine researched
and surveyed over 100 schools nationwide that met the qualifications
in four main components. They examined the foundation of the
program, the emphasis placed on running a business vs. teaching
students to get a job, how the school's business department heads
rank other programs in overall quality and what colleges offered the
most business degrees and courses.
Building upon its successful track record, the
Belhaven School of Business finished in a three-way tie with George
Fox University and Union University in Best Job Placement. The
institutions each garnered 95% student placement within one year of
completing their undergraduate work.
Belhaven placed 4th in the Top Business
Faculty category, which was added as a new ranking this year. This
ranking judged faculty members on the basis of marketplace
experience, business ownership and published work. Only Regent
University, Eastern University and George Fox ranked higher than
Rankings for the Most Biblical programs were based
upon criteria such as mandatory chapel, student life ministry
opportunities, on-campus Christian organizations, mission trips and
other service opportunities. Belhaven placed 6th in this
category, behind Cedarville University, Biola University, Grove City
College and Regent.
"This honor should help us attract some of the best
and brightest students who are seeking a business program entrenched
with teaching every course from a Christian worldview," said Mason.
Business Reform magazine is a publication of The
Business Reform Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt religious
organization, based in Ashland, Ohio. Additional information on the
foundation and its conglomerates can be found by logging on to the
organization's website at www.businessreform.com.