2006-2007 News Releases

Belhaven Arts Programs Among Nation's Elite
-From The Clarion-Ledger

Belhaven College Announces the Launch of its Speakers Bureau
-June 7, 2007

JACKSON, Miss ->Belhaven College, long known for its dedication to giving its students the finest teaching in all of Higher Education, is set to give this knowledge to the greater Jackson community and has launched its own Speakers Bureau.

The College's Professors and Department Chairs have knowledge that spans into every area of academia, from Mathematical Principles to Vocal Pedagogy to Pauline Epistemology.

The Belhaven College Speaker's Bureau marks the beginning of an opportunity for all in the Greater Jackson community to be beneficiaries of the College's pursuit of Top Educators from across the globe.  The Speakers Bureau has been developed to give clubs, organizations, media outlets and others the opportunity to experience the same knowledge that is taught to our students on a daily basis.

A partial list of Professors and their topics is listed at speakers_bureau.htm.  All members of the Bureau are ready to speak on their selected topics on short notice.

Belhaven Graduates 275 in May Commencement Ceremonies; Awards Convocation Showcases Top Students
- May 16, 2007

JACKSON, Miss - Belhaven continued it's over 120-year tradition of commencement this past May, honoring over 300 students at both the Jackson and Memphis campuses, with Associates, Bachelors, Masters degrees.

Pete Hammond, the Senior staff member and Vice President with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and leader of its Ministry In Daily Life Resource Group (formerly known as Marketplace), gave the May commencement ceremony address at Thalia Mara Hall in downtown Jackson.  Mr. Hammond spoke on "Some Ancient Lessons for Your New Adventure", highlighting lessons learned from saints from both the Old and New Testament.  He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.

Mr. Hammond was a pioneer of evangelism and ethnic ministries within InterVarsity and launched a ministry to students headed for the secular marketplace. His work with Marketplace resulted in numerous products aimed at graduating collegians and marketplace Christians. These have included ten years of hosting the national Marketplace Voices daily radio program, and launching two marketplace newsletters. He was also the initiator, team-leader and creative developer of the award-winning Word in Life Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. He has been on the leadership team of the Urbana Student Missions convention for 30 years.

In Memphis, the graduating class was addressed by Mrs. Dee Griffin, an anchorwoman for Channel 24 in Memphis. She is a member of Mississippi Blvd Christian Church in Memphis. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Girls, Inc and the Fogelman YMCA. Dee has won numerous honors and awards. Most recently she was named one of the 50 Women of Influence in Memphis. Dee has won awards for Best Feature Reporting by the Georgia Associated Press. and was named Best On-Air Personality for her work in Georgia. She earned the National Academy of Television Journalists Golden Viddy Award for Excellence in Feature Reporting.

On April 24, Belhaven honored the numerous accomplishments of both the class of 2007 and several faculty members during the Awards Convocation, held in the Center for the Arts.  The Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence award, given by the state of Mississippi to an outstanding student and faculty member to recognize excellence in higher education, went to Dr. Sara Kimmell of the Business Department, and to graduating senior Michael Phillips.  The Bess Caldwell Memorial award, presented annually to a junior who has exhibited throughout the year the greatest loyalty and service to his fellow students, was given to Zachary Owens. (For a complete list of award winners, click here).  Two awards were given out at the commencement ceremony in Jackson on May 12.  The Trustee's Scholastic award, given to the graduating senior with the highest overall GPA per credit hours taken at Belhaven, went to Amanda Long.  The Gillespie award, given to the graduating senior who in the best judgment of the faculty approximates most nearly the ideals of the college, was given to Michael Phillips.

Belhaven Announces Muse Scholars for 2007
- April 23, 2007

JACKSON, Miss - The Muse Scholars for Belhaven College for 2007 have been announced, and this year's list includes 6 Hinds Community College Transfers.

The six recipients are Alesia Hatten, a Pre-Med major from Jackson, MS; Arrie Mae Lockett, a Psychology major from Brandon, MS; Sharon Robinson, a Social Services major from Jackson, MS; Jerry Barlow, a Mathematics major from Richland, MS; Kenneth Nelson, a Sports Medicine; Exercise Science major from Jackson, MS; and Kenneth Richardson, an Art major from Jackson, MS.

The Muse Scholars are recommended by Dr. Clyde Muse, the Hinds Community College President, and are received as Transfer students by Belhaven College based on their academic success and their good standing with Hinds.

Belhaven Says "Goodbye" to Andrew
- April 10, 2007

JACKSON, Miss - Belhaven College alumni William "Andrew" Hilleke, who graduated from Belhaven in May of 2006, went home to be with the Lord this past Monday evening.

William, better known as "Andrew", had battles a rare bone and joint disorder that caused even the smallest of tasks in his daily life to become major hurdles; however, Andrew never complained, but pressed on towards all the goals that God had placed in his heart to accomplish.  Andrew never failed to inspire his peers, even those among the faculty and staff of the college. 

"He was a special student who always had a positive attitude, no matter what the circumstances", commented Mr. Kevin Russell, Vice-President of Institutional Advancement.

To read a remembrance of Andrew by one of his friends, click here.

Belhaven's Art Dean Taking on New Role
-From The Clarion-Ledger

Belhaven's Art Dean Taking on New Role - April 5, 2007, from the Clarion-Ledger

JACKSON, Miss - Belhaven College arts dean Colin Harbinson will resign that position at the end of August to assume a new role as international director of StoneWorks.

StoneWorks is a global, trans-organizational movement Harbinson designed that will focus on the next generation of Christians in the arts. Harbinson will continue to reside in Brandon; StoneWorks will be an entity of the college's School of the Arts.

"This will certainly be a global focus, so people will be coming here for all sorts of seminars and performances," he said. "There will be a mixture of people from all over the world on a regular basis. They'll be available to speak on campus and perform on campus and in the community as well." The move will free him from day-to-day academic duties, allowing him to concentrate on the creative side. 

Elite Joshua Squad Members to Travel to Brazil
- March 30, 2007

JACKSON, Miss - This summer, elite members of the Joshua Squad will be setting a whole new precedent in the club's ministry as they travel to Lavras, Brazil for an intensive three-weeks of ministry. 

Kerri Courtney (Richland, Miss.) and Jonathan Dixon (Brandon, MS) will journey to Brazil on July 23 with Dr. Lou Campbell, Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Theatre Department at Belhaven College, and establish temporary residence in a Christian College and Institution located there in the city of Lavras.  People interested in performing arts ministries will then come to the campus and receive training, including rehearsal of pieces which will then be exported to their respective venues in the surrounding area.

"This trip provides a new dimension for those students who will be participating," commented Dr. Campbell.  " Not only will they get to experience the Brazilian culture through field trips and cross-cultural ministry opportunities, they will also assist me in teaching at the college level. We will be engaging the Brazilian students in their understanding of the body from a Christian worldview, and then applying that knowledge into their performances."

The Squad will leave for Brazil on July 23, and return on August 13.

Belhaven Students Take Top Honors at Mississippi Music Teachers Association Spring Competitions
- March 5, 2007

JACKSON, Miss - A number of Belhaven College music students competed in the Mississippi Music Teachers' Association Spring Competitions this past Saturday, held at Millsaps College, and managed to bring home top honors in their disciplines.

Sarah Jones received Honorable Mention (3rd place) in the Freshman/Sophomore Piano Solo division, Sarah Sachs was 1st place in the Piano Concerto division, Valerie Tate was 2nd place in the Freshman/Sophomore Vocal Solo division, and Rachel Reese was 1st place in the String Concerto division.  Rachel also took home 1st  in the Chamber Music division, along with Shellie Brown, Hannah Reese and Nat Smith.

Serge Duss of World Vision to Highlight Chapel Program on HIV/AIDS
- February 23, 2007

JACKSON, Miss - Serge Duss, World Vision's Senior Advisor for Global Affairs in Washington, D.C., will be the key speaker in Belhaven College's chapel program on Tuesday, February 27.  Duss will speak on the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  The program will be held in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, beginning at 11:00 am. 

As World Vision's Senior Advisor for Global Affairs in Washington, D.C., Serge Duss promotes justice through World Vision's global ministry and advocates with foreign governments and international institutions on behalf of the poor and marginalized. He is tireless in both the academic and political arenas, and bold in moving World Vision's mission forward. And he enjoys a strong connection with minorities thanks to his clear and equitable social justice agenda.

Knowledgeable and outspoken, Serge uses the power of storytelling to bring alive events that illustrate aid in action. During his career as a journalist, he received an assignment to work with Indo-Chinese refugees who had fled Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos—an experience that led him to his current field and helped give him firsthand knowledge of the important role that faith-based organizations have in humanitarian aid, as well as their strength in working alongside government entities.

Prior to his current position, Serge served as World Vision's Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, leading advocacy and lobbying with the presidential administration and Congress to promote pro-justice public policies on behalf of those in the developing world. He is a leading proponent of using the Internet to inform and mobilize donors and the public to speak to American political leaders about global poverty and conflict.

Serge has directed World Vision's development programs in the former Soviet Union and Bosnia and is a specialist in Eastern European affairs. He currently serves on the boards of Christian Solidarity Worldwide-U.S.A and Central Union Mission in Washington, D.C. He also is a past president of the Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations.

Dance Grows as Field of Academic Study within CCCU
-From The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Parrott Discusses Belhaven College
-From The Northside Sun

Council Campuses Nationwide Honor Black History Month
-From The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Belhaven Among Only 24 Schools in Nation with Comprehensive Arts Accreditation
- February 2, 2007

JACKSON, Miss.- Belhaven College, long known for its commitment to fostering students in the Arts, has recently achieved national accreditation for all of its departments in the School of the Arts—a status attained by only a two-dozen institutions of Higher Learning in the country.

Belhaven College joins only 23 other colleges and universities nationwide that include Florida State, University of Illinois, Ohio State and California Institute of the Arts, in having all four branches of the Arts: Music, Visual Arts, Dance, and Theatre accredited by the respective National Association of Schools accrediting board.  It is remarkable that Belhaven has earned this high status in the Arts among these gigantic institutions, reflects Belhaven's President, Dr. Roger Parrott, “and we want to use well this platform to especially help the Church understand the value communicating into culture through the use of top quality in the Arts.

Belhaven College Announces Recipients of the Hobson-Cosby-McGehee Scholarship
- February 1, 2007

JACKSON, Miss- Belhaven College has announced the recipients of the Hobson-Cosby-McGehee scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year.

The following  students received the award based upon the recommendations of faculty and their outstanding academic achievement.

Lindsey Agin
Ginger Boswell
Robin Carpentier
Wendy Easterling
Christina Poe
Hannah Zurell

The McGehee scholarship, given by the Feild Cooperative Association, Inc. of Jackson, is given to select Education majors who have excelled in the classroom, and who have shown outstanding qualities in their community.

Howell and Leona Russ Add to Belhaven Endowment
- January 30, 2007

Kevin Russell (center), Vice President of Advancement,  proudly receives a check from the Estate of Howell and Leona Russ from trustees of the Estate, Mr. Jim Eaton (left) and Rex Harvey (right).  The Russ Endowment is used to support teaching excellence at the College.

Belhaven College Featured for Historic Campus Architecture
- January 8, 2007

Belhaven College has been featured on the Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP) of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).  The HCAP website is the first nationwide architecture and landscape database of independent colleges and university campuses.

With it's designation as a historical landmark, the Belhaven College campus is rich with classic architectural design.  The highlighted buildings for the HCAP website are Preston Hall, Fitzhugh Hall, and the lagoon that ties the two buildings together.

The HCAP website has been designed to help researchers along with others to users, and is available to the general public.  Barbara S. Christen, Senior Advisor for the CIC, said that "the architectural styles, designers, building types, and historical, educational, and religious context of each institution can all be easily explored... (there is a ) wealth of text and images of buildings and sites on the HCAP website."

The HCAP website can be found at www.cic.edu/hcap.

The First Dance
-From the New York Times Magazine

Belhaven College Spring Schedule is Set!
- December 13, 2006

Belhaven College has finalized the events schedule for the spring semester 2007.  Highlights from the Theatre department include performances of Shadowlands (2/15-24), and Antigone (4/19-28), while the Music department will continue it's "Evening of Diamonds" series , with performances by Dr. Andrew Mark Sauerwein (1/16) and a performance of Claude Bolling's "Two Sonatas for Two Pianists" by Dr. and Mrs. Sachs (3/6). Vocal performances for the semester will be highlighted by Dr. Christopher Shelt's faculty recital (3/24), and conclude with "Belhaven on Broadway" (4/28).  The Dance department will continue to showcase it's work with an Ensemble Spring Concert (3/29-31) and the ever-popular Doxa Student Showcase (4/26, 27). The Visual Arts will be represented with showcase galleries including Senior Project Exhibitions (3/29-4/13 and 4/17-5/4) and a Student Photography Exhibition (2/1-24).  The bi-annual Best of Belhaven (4/14) will also be sure to please.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 & 2 at 7:30pm at "The Bowl"
- November 28, 2006

It's that time of year again, so get out your coat, cap, and mittens, and get ready to enjoy the 74th edition of the Singing Christmas Tree! Mrs. Carolyn Sachs, this year's Director of the Singing Christmas Tree, is in full gear, ready to make this year's performance the best yet!

We are adding "Carol of the Bells" to the tree performance this year.  It is a beautiful secular carol with great imagery of the season.  It was added by student request.  Each year, participants suggest carols they wish to add to the program, and note which carols seem least effective (those are the ones we omit).  Since our staging area is in the basement of the Bitsy Irby VDAC Building, we will process from there to the tree structure.  Our hope is to have lighted candles to add to the beauty of the procession.  Members of the Belhaven Wind Ensemble will play during the procession and loading of the tree.  It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get all the singers onto the tree structure and the lights passed along all the rows.

As the week for rehearsals grows closer, I am always filled with the fear of oversights; are the robes ready?  Are the gloves clean?  Is there enough tinsel?  Will we have enthusiastic participants?  And I expect as in previous years, my fears will be completely erased at the first rehearsal when so many energetic students come ready to sing and have fun.  Every participating student does one job to help make the Singing Christmas Tree possible; moving equipment, arranging robes, folding costumes, preparing candles, monitoring stairs.  With everyone taking a role, all details are covered and no one is overloaded with responsibilities.

Our soloist at the top of the tree this year is Josh Black, a sophomore from Louisville, MS.  Seniors have first choice of standing on the top rows to throw snow and play the sleigh bells.  Several faculty join us also:  Dr. Shelt, Dr. Sachs, and Dr. Sauerwein are all Tree veterans.  Our accompanist this year is Mrs. Ruth Keyes, staff accompanist for the Music Deaprtment.

It is an honor to direct this gift from Belhaven College to the Jackson community.  Much work is involved in this event, from Security, Campus Operations staff, Housekeeping, and Music.  I sense the joy and excitement that Mignon Caldwell must have felt in directing the first Singing Christmas Tree 74 years ago.  To be part of such a lasting tradition, to bring pleasure to so many people through music and lights, to create lasting memories for students is a privilege.  For many Jackson families, this is the traditional start of the season. And I get Merry Christmas!

This year's edition of the Singing Christmas tree will no doubt be one of the best thus far, so get your blankets and lawn chairs, warm up the hot cocoa, and come out and experience "The Tree!"

The Singing Christmas Tree will be at the Soccer Bowl on Friday and Saturday night, Dec. 1 & 2, beginning at 7:30pm.

- November 20, 2006

Belhaven College's Associate Chair of the Visual Arts Department and Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Melissa Hause, is set to receive the 2006 Humanities Teacher Award for 2006, as awarded by the Mississippi Humanities Council.  The award, which is given to one humanities faculty member at each higher education institution in the state, will be given to Dr. Hause on Tuesday, November 21 at 6:00pm in the Gallery of the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts Center, on the Belhaven College campus.

Each award recipient must agree to make a public presentation based on scholarly research or current humanities interests.  Dr. Hause, who teaches courses on both art history and aesthetics, will present a lecture entitled:

"Between Matter and Spirit"

"Dr. Hause is the prime example of an intellectual who has given her life to higher education, but with a heart to mentor her students with the intensity of a counselor, said Dr. Dan Fredericks, Provost of Belhaven College.  Her breadth of knowledge not only in the arts, but in the humanities at large, makes her a fine representative of Belhaven's depth in intellectual inquiry and profound worldview conclusions."

Dr. Melissa Hause teaches art history, aesthetics, the art component of the worldview curriculum, and the Honors Colloquium.  After graduating from Belhaven College with a B.A. in art, she went on to study at Emory University in Atlanta.  There she received her M.A. in art history and her Ph.D. from Emory's interdisciplinary Institute of the Liberal Arts.  From 1991 to 2000, Dr. Hause lived in Germany, where she studied art history at the Philipps-Universitaet in Marburg and worked as an art and architectural translator and editor.  Her published translations include Picasso: The Sculptures by Werner Spies and The Prints of Barnett Newman by Gabriele Schor as well as contributions to major exhibition catalogues such as Cezanne: Finished / Unfinished and Bill Traylor 1854-1949: Deep Blues.

The lecture is scheduled to begin at 6:00pm on November 21, with a reception immediately following.  The event is open to the public.  For more information, please contact John Brower, Assistant Director of Integrated Marketing, at 601.965.7044.

Belhaven 5k Run/Walk Set for November 11

October 24, 2006 - Come and be a part of the Belhaven Homecoming festivities!  Enjoy a scenic but challenging 3.1 mile loop through the historic Belhaven neighborhood.  The top 3 overall male and female participants will receive an award package.

After the race, stick around and mingle with members of Belhaven's 2006 Cross-Country squad, as well as BC alumni, faculty, and staff.

The Entry fee is $10, which includes a commemorative t-shirt and a goodie bag including a ticket to the Belhaven Football game at 1:30pm.  JUST ANNOUNCED: FREE FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND ALUMNI must pay entry fee for t-shirt.

Register on raceday at "The Fountain" on Peachtree Street (between Fitzhugh and Preston) beginning at 6:45.  For more information, please call 601.965.7044.  See you there!

Dr. Charles Thaxton to be the Featured Speaker for Biology Seminar

October 19, 2006 - On October 19 and 20, the Biology department will host a very important seminar entitled "Christianity & Scientific Revolution: Historical Perspectives on Current Challenges," featuring Dr. Charles Thaxton, the President of the Konos Connection. These lectures will deal with the historical factors which gave birth to modern science.  Dr. Thaxton will show that conditions leading to the birth of modern science also led to a renewal of faith, with mutually beneficial influences. He will also examine the need for science to emerge from the limitations which secularism has placed on it and how successes in the past can help the present Intelligent Design movement.

"Dr. Thaxton is an international speaker, who has held lectures in Prague, London, etc.," commented Dr. Al Chestnut, chair of the Biology department. "Current science rejects Christianity as a valid starting point for scientific inquiry, yet the fact is that modern science was birthed out of Christian foundations by men who saw God as creator and sustainer of the universe and living systems. These seminars will give us an eye-opening look into this debate. In addition, the intelligent design movement (using reason, logic, probability to show the flaws of macroevolution) was to a large degree fatheredâ by Dr. Thaxton, so we can look forward to much insight on this topic as well."

Dr. Thaxton has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and has done post-doctoral work in the history of science and in molecular biology. He is co-author of The Mystery of Life's Origin and The Soul of Science and has contributed significant chapters to the books God and Culture, The Creation Hypothesis, and Finding God at Harvard.

He was chairman of the historic Tacoma Conference on "Information Content in DNA" in 1988, that proved to be a precursor to the intelligent design movement. Dr. Thaxton was also chairman and organizer of the first conference on intelligent design in Europe, "Darwin and Design: A Challenge for 21st Century Science," October 2005, Prague.

This two-day seminar series presents a grand opportunity to learn more about our uniqueness as creation in the eyes of our Creator.  It also offers to us as believers a unique opportunity to reach out to those in our community who may not be Christians, and to offer them a perhaps new view on life, its beginnings, and its purpose.

The lectures will start at 6pm on both Thursday and Friday nights, in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts., with a book signing and reception immediately following.  Admission is free. For more information, please contact Dr. Waltzer at 601 968-5962 or rwaltzer@belhaven.edu.

Guitarist Adam Holzman to Perform at Belhaven College on October 18

October 17, 2006 - This month, Belhaven will add to its reputation of being home to the finest venues and biggest festivals for the arts as the 5th annual Mississippi Guitar Festival returns to its place of origin.

The festival will present lectures and masterclasses intended to challenge and expand students knowledge of the guitar, as well as give them an opportunity to compete with one another for the possibility of a cash prize.  "It is our desire to provide a festival program which will simultaneously be challenging to the aspiring professional and accessible to the serious amateur," comments Mr. Barry Hause, Instructor of Guitar and Humanities here at Belhaven and the Director of this year's festival.

The Festival began in 2002 at the suggestion of Dr. Miroslav Loncar of William Carey University.  "The idea was to have a regional festival that players of all levels and backgrounds could enjoy, and that would challenge and expand the participants knowledge of the guitar," said Mr. Hause.  Over the past 5 years, the festival has grown to be sponsored by not only Belhaven and William Carey, but Hinds Community College, Mississippi State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Each festival brings with it a keynote performer who is usually very prominent in the world of guitar, and this years could not be any bigger.  Mr. Adam Holzman, the world-renowned classical guitarist, will give two performances, and will be teaching a masterclass for the participants.  Mr. Holzman has given performances in places such as the prestigious Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, distinguished New York venues, as well as in music festivals from Miami to San Francisco, Boston to New Orleans. His extensive international performances have taken him throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and Latin America.

Mr. Holzman is founder of the Guitar Department at the University of Texas at Austin where, in addition to his active performing career, he heads a thriving guitar studio. His students have won an array of international prizes. From 1992-1994 Mr. Holzman held the title of Maestro Extraordinari given by the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. This year Mr. Holzman has been featured on the covers of both Classical Guitar Magazine and Guitar Magazine.  "Adam represents the cutting edge of classical guitar at a world level," commented Mr. Hause.  "His talent is of the caliber that will captivate and amaze anyone.

This year's Festival is sure to be a huge success, both in the Jackson community and in the Mississippi area.  "The theme of this years festival is Building a Musical Community.  It is my conviction that music belongs not exclusively to the professional, trained musician but to serious amateurs and passionate fans," said Mr. Hause. This will no doubt be one of the best performers to have a concert at the Center for the Arts, so make plans now to come out and here some of the finest talent on the guitar that your ears have ever heard.

The Festival will take place on October 18-19, with Mr. Holzman performance taking place at 7:30pm on the 18th in the Concert Hall of the enter for the Arts.  For more information on the Festival, please email bhause@belhaven.edu.  For more information on the performance, please call 601.974.6494.

Basketball Floor Offers a Life Beyond War
-From The Clarion-Ledger

Canon Andrew White to be Keynote Speaker for Day of Learning on October 17

October 10, 2006 - Canon Andrew White, President and CEO for the Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East, will be the keynote speaker at the Day of Learning on October 17.  There will be two speaking sessions that day, the first being at 8:45am, and the next at 10:45am, with both engagements being held in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

Canon White has acted as a negotiator in many conflict situations including the siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the riots between Muslims and Christians in Northern Nigeria.  He is looked to by all the governments involved to lead the dialog between the various religious groups in Iraq, and was the negotiator who recently freed two FOX Network newsmen.

Canon White is the acting pastor of St. George's Church in Baghdad, and is currently the co-coordinator for the Alexandria Process, a religious track complimenting the Middle East Peace Process.  He is the International Director of the Iraqi Institute of Peace (IIP), and worked in Iraq with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), being the link with the religious leaders.

In recent years Canon White has been awarded several significant prizes for his peace work including the International Sternberg Prize and The ICCJ Prize for Sustained Intellectual Contribution to Jewish Christian Relations and in 2003 the Three Faith's Forum Prize for Inter-Faith Relations.

Belhaven's Theatre Department to Present Fiddler on the Roof

October 3, 2006 - Sometimes, tradition is the only thing we have left to comfort us. For Russian Jews at the turn of the twentieth century, generations of tradition were the only certainty in life. Amid persecution and hatred they sought refuge in the values of their small communities.

Belhaven College's production of Fiddler on the Roof tells the often forgotten story of Russian Jews forced into exile by Czar Nicholas II. As the peasant Tevye (played by Haddon McKinney) struggles to cope with "shtetl" life, the community around him grows in unexpected and unwanted ways. The universal struggle of any community of people is to maintain cultural heritage while living and working in an ever changing world.

Based on the folk tales by Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof is a fun but meaningful look at society and how we relate to one another.  When persecuted, when faced with hard times, faith becomes an even more important part of our lives.  Faith comforts and consoles.  Faith sustains.

Fiddler will be playing at Belhaven November 8-11; at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and may be purchased by calling the box office at 601-965-7026 or email boxoffice@belhaven.edu

Belhaven College Seminar Series to Feature Dr. Russell Blaylock

October 2, 2006 - Belhaven College's Biology Department's Fall seminar series is scheduled to include a talk by Dr. Russell Blaylock entitled "Preventing Heart Attacks & Strokes."

The seminar will be held on Friday, October 13th at 6pm in the Barber Auditorium on the campus of Belhaven College, with a reception immediately following.  Admission is free.

Dr. Blaylock is a board certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. He attended the LSU school of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. For the past 26 years he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical practice to devote fulltime to nutritional studies and research.

Dr. Blaylock has written and illustrated three books. The first book was on the subject of excitotoxins (EXCITOTOXINS:  THE TASTE  THAT  KILLS)  and how they cause neurodegenerative diseases of the nervous system. His second book, HEALTH AND NUTRITION SECRETS THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE, covers nutritional protection against aging and contains a special section on nutritional protection against terrorism. His third book, NATURAL  STRATEGIES  FOR  THE  CANCER  PATIENT, was released in April, 2003 and discusses the ways to defeat cancer, enhance the effectiveness  of conventional treatments and prevent complications associated with these treatments.  In addition, he has written and illustrated three chapters in medical textbooks, written a booklet on nutritional protection against nuclear, chemical and biological terrorism and written and illustrated a book on multiple sclerosis. In addition he has written over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Since the publication of his first book he has been a guest on over 50 syndicated radio programs and appeared on the 700 Club seven times. He recently appeared on Nutritional Living with Dr. Ward Bond. Presently, he is engaged in a monthly radio program discussing his book, HEALTH  AND  NUTRITION  SECTRES on Raymond Francis's program BEYOND  HEALTH. The series will run for 12 months. He lectures widely to both lay and professional medical audiences on a variety of nutritional subjects.

Dr. Blaylock serves on the editorial staff of the journal of the American Nutraceutical Association and is the associate editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. He recently retired as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi and now serves as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biology at Belhaven College.

For more information, please contact the Biology Department of Belhaven College at 601-968-5964, or email achestnut@belhaven.edu.



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