Bob Pennebaker

October 28, 2010 (Jackson, Mississippi) - Belhaven University congratulates Bob Pennebaker, the 2010 winner of the MS Humanities Council Teacher Award. This award is given annually to one humanities faculty member at each higher education institution in the state by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

“Belhaven is happy to have selected Professor Pennebaker to represent us in this prestigious humanities teacher award,” says Dr. Dan Fredericks, Senior Vice President and Provost. “Bob is a highly respected artist within Mississippi and leads not only in his excellent artistic expressions but by participating in the state-wide arts community.”

Pennebaker, Chair of the Visual Arts Department, will give a presentation entitled “Perception and Visual Art” on Tuesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm in the Gallery at the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center. “In this talk,” says Pennebaker, “I will address various issues related to optical perception and an understanding of how the general public can better appreciate and relate to the visual arts.” Pennebaker will discuss the inadequacy of typical approaches to artistic understanding and will give suggestions for more informed responses. The presentation will be immediately followed by a reception to honor Mr. Bob Pennebaker.

The Mississippi Humanities Council is a private nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities and provides public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in Mississippi.

Belhaven stands among the select Christian colleges and universities that offer a unique general core curriculum encouraging the development of a personal worldview. The university believes a Christian worldview is a key to preparing men and women academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.

Founded in 1883, Belhaven University now serves over 3,000 students from campuses in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, and online, offering traditional undergraduate degrees, graduate and adult degree programs, and online degree programs.