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Executive in ResidenceMarch 2014: Executive in Residence Luncheon

Lee Lampton, President of Ergon industries addressed a select group of Business faculty and students at a luncheon sponsored by the School of Business. Mr. Lampton discussed various topics including trends in the Oil and gas industry, what employers expected out of college graduates, and the importance of faith in the workplace. Students asked Mr. Lampton questions about the current Ukrainian Crisis , the Keystone oil pipeline, and the fluctuation of oil and gas prices. They were also interested in internship possibilities at Ergon.

Mr. Lampton gave a short history of how a small niche company started by his company became a billion dollar business. He said companies were always looking for new talent, and if students were willing to pay their dues at the bottom , they could have a bright future in a company like Ergon. He also discussed the differences between publicly owned companies and private companies, and how important it is for students to research the companies before they seek employment. Dr. Chip Mason, Dean of the School of Business, thanked Mr. Lampton for his nuggets of wisdom about the current realities of the workplace. The next Executive in Residence function will be a Business plan competition on April 22nd.

January 2012 - The Belhaven MPA program is proud to announce that we had two MPA students chosen as Semi-Finalists for the class of 2012 Presidential Fellowship in Management. Mr. Stan Easterling and Ms. Poala Phillips. Mississippi State University had three. Ms. Samantha Lewis, who assists in the MPA Program was hired as Human Resources Director, MS Department of Agriculture, December, 2011.

March 23, 2011 - Mr. Patrick Beasley, former Assistant District Attorney for Hinds County and now Special Assistants Attorney General of the State of Mississippi, will be speaking to Phi Beta Lambda in Irby 218 at 11:00am on March 31st, 2011. Mr. Beasley is a business administration graduate from Belhaven University and will be speaking on the usefulness of a business degree in pursuing a career in Law. All business and pre-law students are invited to attend. Drinks and refreshments will be served afterwards.

February 28, 2011 - On February 22nd, 2011, the Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration offered by the Belhaven University School of Business received full accreditation from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). The sports administration degree is the first sports related degree to receive accreditation by a Business School accreditation body in the State of Mississippi."

January 2011 - Christina Bull, a senior accounting major has been admitted to the Master of Professional Accounting program at the University of Texas. She says "God is good! I couldn't have done it without y'all! This is an amazing opportunity and I will try to represent Belhaven well."

Darren Terpstra, who is the vice president of the student council at Belhaven, was selected as one of 50 students for the Sigma Beta Delta Leadership academy to be held in San Diego in January. Sigma Beta Delta is a national business honor fraternity, with chapters in 44 states.

October 2010-Scott M. Smith, a 2004 MSM graduate, was recently selected as CEO of Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. A veteran hospital administrator, Mr. Smith now oversees a 420 bed state of the art hospital facility which is affiliated with more than 300 Physicians. Scott previously held senior executive positions with Medical Centers in Vicksburg, Mississippi and Louisiana.

October 2010- Belhaven Team Finishes First in Business Simulation: A student team from the Belhaven School of Business has finished first out of 155 teams competing in the nationwide CAPSIM business simulation which they played this fall as part of their capstone course in Business Policy and Strategy. According to their instructor, Michael Jordan : "This team really took the time and effort to study and understand what we were trying to accomplish and then implemented their Strategic Plan almost flawlessly." Congratulations to Michael Pickering, Walter Primas, Sabrena Bartley, Joycette Nichols, and Kenisha Taylor who produced a cumulative profit of over 50 million dollars by the end of the game.

July 30, 2010-Catherine Best, a 2007 BSM graduate was recently selected by the Graduate School of the University of Southern Mississippi for admission into their Masters of Science program in Community Health Services. Her expected graduation date is May 2012.

July 22, 2010-Dr. Jason Jones, a Belhaven graduate (2000) with a BS in sports administration, recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D in Teaching and Administration. He is the first Belhaven sports administration alumnus to achieve the distinction of earning a Ph.D. at a major research institution.Dr. JOnes has also been appointed Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sports Management at Tusculum College in Eastern Tennessee.

May 18, 2010 - Dwight Turner is a 2009 Master's of Science in Management graduate and is currently employed at Nissan North America in Canton, Mississippi. He is an HR Specialist for Body, Stamping, and Paint Plants and has successfully completed his Professional Human Resources specialist certification offered by the Society of Human Resource Managers.

April 28, 2010-Michael Pavalock, a graduate of Belhaven's first MPA class, was recently accepted for admission to the Jackson State University Doctor of Public Health Program.

April 13, 2010-Chaundra Foster, a May 2009 graduate of the MPA program has been accepted as a full time student at the Mississippi College School of Law beginning the Fall of 2010.

April 13, 2010-Louise Anderson, a 2002 Business major , is now serving as the Corporate President of Executive Women International. She also serves as Vice President of Maurice Joseph Inc. in Jackson.

March 4, 2010-Business Faculty speak on Ethics
Belhaven business faculty members were an active part of the statewide Business Ethics emphasis week this year (February 8-12). Dr. Paul Moyers gave an address on ethics to the Honors students at Hinds Community College, Dr. Ervin Martin presented a lecture to a Business Ethics class at Mississippi College, and Dr. Kristena Gaylor spoke on Business Ethics to an Executive Women's club at River Hills Country club. All of these efforts by Belhaven faculty showcase Belhaven's strong biblical stance on ethics in the workplace.

March 4, 2010-Prison Break! Or Spring Break?
For students Mallory Hammack, Molly Yildirim, Lindsey Hutto, Greg Sinning, Courtney Higgs, and Joseph Rossman, spring break will have an unlikely end-in Angola Prison. At Angola's request, Kathy (Wooten) Tillman is bringing these accounting students to review the prison's museum books on the Friday of Spring Break. Last summer, Kathy brought Mallory and Molly to Angola to review the books for the Angola rodeo, so this is a repeat visit with more planned in the future. As unlikely as it sounds, they had a great experience, and Kathy says she had to cut off the list this time around because too many students volunteered!

March 1, 2010-Daniel Webb has been promoted to vice president for Community Bank. He joined the bank in 2005. Webb has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Belhaven University (formerly College).

March 1, 2010-Jessica Merrill has been promoted to vice president at Bottrell. She serves as marketing coordinator, and personal lines supervisor. Merrill has a master's degree in business administration from Belhaven University (formerly College).

April 22, 2009-Mike Knezevich, a 2009 MSM graduate, has been accepted into the Doctoral Program in Public Administration at Jackson State University.

Dr. Chip Mason Elected to Board of Commissioners

April 13, 2009-Dr. Chip Mason, Dean of the School of Business at Belhaven College, has been elected to a three-year term as a Commissioner for the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the premier business accrediting body for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world. The IACBE accredits business degree programs in over 225 colleges and universities in over 20 countries, including the business degrees programs at Belhaven College, which have been accredited since 2006.

Dr. Mason was elected to the Board of Commissioners during the IACBE's International Conference, held in Louisville, Kentucky on April 1-3.

The eight-member Board of Commissioners is the accreditation decision-making body of the IACBE. The commissioners evaluate the educational quality of programs seeking accreditation and determine which programs become accredited.

Dr. Mason has been an active participant in the IACBE, including serving as a peer reviewer on accreditation site visit teams. According to Dr. Robert H. (Bob) Roller, IACBE President, "Dr. Mason brings a wealth of experience to the board. He has demonstrated excellent leadership at Belhaven, and is committed to encouraging excellence in business education. He will make substantial contributions to the IACBE as a commissioner."

Job Search Boot Camp a Success

April 3, 2009-The Belhaven College School of Business calls its first Job Search Boot Camp "a huge success." On Friday, March 27th, fifty students turned out for the half day boot camp, which boasted 19 speakers, panelists, and interviewers from both Belhaven and respected area businesses such as Nissan, Southern Farm Bureau, Cellular South, Regions Financial Corporation, Ross & Yerger, Bomgar, Trustmark, and others.

Dr. Kristena Gaylor, who coordinated this event with a task force of Business faculty (Dr. Sara Kimmel, Ms. Kathy Wooten, Dr. Gary Rollins), felt very positive about the event's outcome: "By all accounts the first School of Business Boot Camp was a huge success. It exceeded our expectations, and we have received positive comments from students as well as the corporate representatives. The students had the awesome opportunity to learn about the job market from practitioners within various industries-service as well as manufacturing." The School of Business hopes this can become a yearly tradition for Belhaven students and corporate representatives.

Greg Pogue, 2006 Business Administration graduate, recently completed his MBA at the University of Mississippi in 2008 and was runner-up at the Ole Miss Speaker's Edge Competition. Greg served as president of Phi Beta Lambda when he attended Belhaven, and currently works as a portfolio manager at Metropolitan Bank in Ridgeland.

Ginny Roberts, 2008 MBA graduate, was recently promoted to Office Administrator in the Governor's office. Among others, Ginny's duties include managing various budgets in the Governor's office.

Ian Pullen, 2008 Business Administration graduate has found a job in Maine working as a management trainee. Ian's new job will provide many opportunities to expand his horizons in working in the banking world.

Mario Katengell, 2008 Business Administration minor, has been accepted to Texas State University for the Health Administration graduate program, and has also secured a job with John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch.

Voice of Calvary MinistriesFall 2007 semester, students in Dr. Kristena Gaylor's Organizational Behavior Seminar participated in a site observation at Voices of Calvary Ministries headquarters located in downtown Jackson. Students, predominantly seniors, were able to see first hand how spirituality can be embedded into the culture of a successful organization. Voices of Calvary Ministries (VOCM) is a non-profit Christian Community Development organization committed to improving the lives and meeting the needs of individuals living and working in the West Jackson community as well as the capitol city. During the visit students posed questions to the CEO, Mrs. Erma Driver, as well as several VOCM employees. They discussed how the non-profit organization is driven by community improvement and how their organizational culture is committed to serving Christ in their work.

Before I went to Belhaven, I had a limited view on what college was about. I viewed it only as a place of academic learning. However, within my first semester at Belhaven I realized that there was much more to understand. College is also about "life's" lessons. Belhaven's professors teach their students to overcome life's challenges while keeping Christianity in the forefront. No one can put a value on guidance such as this. I appreciate this and every edification that was taught to me.
-- Stacy Barnes, 2004 Belhaven Alumnus, Now professional photographer

Ms. Monica Roland, a 1996 cum laude graduate of Belhaven in Business Administration, received the third place award in the Senior High Division in the Mississippi Economics Best Practices Teacher Awards Program for 2007. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education in Jackson at the downtown Marriot Hotel on November 7. Ms. Roland teaches economics and social studies at Brandon High School. Congratulations, Monica.