February 27, 2013 (Jackson) - The Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) honored Belhaven’s Rose Mary Foncree, Associate Professor of English and Allison Kalehoff, senior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for their contributions to promoting academic excellence in higher education. Kalehoff is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Elementary Education.

The Appreciation Day, hosted by the Legislature each February, is the Legislature way of saying "thank you" to students and faculty for their commitment to the future of Mississippi.

One student and one faculty member from each of the 36 public and private institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges were invited to the State Capitol and recognized in each chamber of the Legislature. Tate Reeves, Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, presented the awards and William Bennett, former Secretary of Education and best selling author spoke at the luncheon.


Belhaven University stands among select Christian colleges and universities and has been repeatedly named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys." The University offers 30 academic majors across a full spectrum of disciplines as well as a variety of graduate programs. In addition, Belhaven has achieved the distinction of being among only 30 universities nationally accredited in each of the major arts – music, theatre, visual art and dance. All programs are taught from a Christian worldview perspective and are guided by the mission to prepare students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.

Belhaven University serves over 3,700 students offering undergraduate and graduate degrees on its residential campus, an online degree program, and graduate and adult degree programs in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, and Atlanta.