Two Belmont Students Featured in Tennessean for Start Up Company

Geoff Gross

Geoff Gross

Tim Downey

Tim Downey

Two Belmont students and their new start-up were featured in a recent article in The Tennessean. Tim Downey, CEO and co-founder, is a senior majoring in entrepreneurship, and Geoffrey Gross, CTO and co-founder, is a senior majoring in computer science and applied discrete mathematics.

Their business,, was started in July 2014 and the basic idea is that incentivizes a company’s customers to post brand-related content to their social media. This in-turn will broaden the company’s digital market reach. Downey and Gross have been busy with launching their website, starting the patent process, working on web design and product mockups as well as pitching their ideas to potential investors.

They are working out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. The EC fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by turning ideas into reality, helping to start businesses and create jobs. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Center is funded through sponsorships, partnerships, donations and grants.

Equestrian Club Wins Six Ribbons at First Competition of the Year

EquestrianClubThe Belmont Equestrian Club won six ribbons at the Maryville College competition. The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association riding competition was held on Oct. 18-19 and hosted by Maryville College at Penrose Farm. The four members who competed in the hunter/jumper discipline of equestrian sports rode against schools such as Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee Knoxville, The University of the South, Middle Tennessee State University and Murray State University.

All of the riders representing Belmont placed in the flat and over fences classes. The flat classes require the riders to control their horses by performing various gaits asked by the judge while maintaining proper equitation form. Over fences classes require the riders to navigate their horse through a course over fences while maintaining proper equitation form. The horses are randomly drawn for each rider challenging their riding ability to control a horse they have never ridden.

“By randomly drawing horses to compete, you have to be prepared for anything. You don’t get a chance to warm up or learn about your horse. It is the ultimate challenge as a rider. Some of the horses our riders rode were difficult and hard to handle, but the club’s riders proved their ability to control and show a variety of horses,” said Allison Harpole, president of the Belmont Equestrian Club.

The following ribbons were won by the Belmont Equestrian Club:
Mary Ritchea, 1st
Allison Harpole, 4th and 5th
Caitlyn Marsh, 5th
Meg Anderson, 4th and 6th

Shankel Presents at Nursing Conferences

Erin posterAssistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Erin Shankel has presented her work on tele-monitoring and app-based symptom management in pediatric asthma at two recent national conferences. She presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June and at the national Doctor of Nursing Practice conference in October.

Nursing Faculty, Students Publish Journal Articles

Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Carrie Harvey along with nursing graduate students Cassandra Gladkowski, Chelsey Medley, Heather Nelson and Angela Price published a manuscript in the September issue of Journal for Nurse Practitioners, the premier peer-reviewed journal for nurse practitioners. The manuscript was titled “Opioids versus physical therapy for management of chronic pain.” They presented an extensive review the literature and critique of the evidence.

Also, nursing faculty Dr. Jamie Adam and Dr. Leslie Folds published a manuscript in the October issue of that same journal titled “Depression, self-efficacy and adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes.” Their research explored various factors that affect diabetes adherence, finding that as depressive symptoms increase, self-efficacy behaviors decrease.

Cooper Selected for Nashville Awards for Advanced Practice Nurses

Belmont Health Services staff member Megan Cooper has been selected for the 2014 Nashville Awards for Advanced Practice Nurses by the Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses Association. Nominees had to demonstrate excellence as an advanced practice nurse (APN) and as a role model for other APNs. Additionally, they had to have made a significant contribution to the improvement in care of individuals, families and/or communities and utilize current research in practice.

Cooper graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1993 with a BSN degree. From 1994 to 1999, she worked in the cardiac intensive care unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center while completing her MSN at Vanderbilt. After receiving her MSN, Cooper worked as a nurse practitioner in cardiology for seven years. She joined Belmont Health Services in 2007.

Alumna Featured for Work with Poverty & the Arts

ME-300x300Belmont alumna Nicole Brandt was recently featured in The Tennessean and on NewsChannel5 for her continuous efforts with Poverty & the Arts. Brandt has also been featured in The Contributor, Nashville’s local “street newspaper” for her success with this organization.

Last month, Brandt hosted an art show showcasing the work created by the homeless community of Nashville with the goal of breaking down the stereotypes that surround homelessness. Artists were able to speak about their artwork and tell their stories as well as keep 75 percent of every piece they sold during the art show.

Brandt founded the nonprofit organization while working a campus job in the Center for Service Learning to aid Nashville’s homeless through performing and fine arts. The organization organizes music, visual art and creative writing events with the Nashville area to cultivate community relationships and empower homeless individuals.

In 2015, the organization will partner with How’s Nashville to offer creative classes and lessons to the individuals in the program receiving housing.

Students Win Awards at International Business Competition

Group Shot of StudentsFour Belmont Massey College of Business students–Cody Fincher, Sean McHugh, Elizabeth Ashby and Steven Bell–competed and won awards in this year’s Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) international case competition, held Oct. 15-18 at the University of Connecticut. The CIBER Case Challenge brings teams of four undergraduate students from around the world to compete in analyzing and presenting an international business case to judges. The CIBER Case Challenge offers an excellent opportunity for students to gain exposure to international business issues as well as to meet business students from around the globe.  The eight universities represented in this year’s competition included Belmont, Bryant University, Purdue University, Rikkyo University, San Diego State University, University of Connecticut, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Università di Trento (Italy).

Overall, Bell’s team won their preliminary round and placed first in the final round and overall competition.  As well, McHugh’s team won its preliminary round and placed third in the final round and overall competition.  In addition, Ashby and Fincher won individual awards for best Q&A in their preliminary rounds. Finally, McHugh also won an individual award for best presenter in his preliminary round.

Morris Profiled in Online Magazine

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(Photo by Jake Giles Netter)

James Morris, a sophomore majoring in audio engineering technology, was recently profiled on during his participation in New York Comic Con 2014 as he promoted the book series he has authored while going to school and pursuing musical aspirations.

Currently, Morris has released two books, Sky Bound and Water Tower, in his “The Three Kingdoms” adventure series with a third and final installment, Surface, scheduled for a April 2015 publication. Click here to read the article and here to visit Morris’ website.

A native of San Diego, California, Morris now resides in Nashville.

Honors Professors Present at Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition Conference

ThorndikeHohmanBelmont Honors Program Instructor Laura Hohman and Jonathan Thorndike, Honors Director, recently presented at the “Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition” conference at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. The conference, supported by funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, focused on the formative Christian theologian of the West, St. Augustine, and featured plenary speakers Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond) and Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary). The conference was hosted by Samford’s Core Texts and University Fellows Honors Program. Samford religion professor and conference co-chair Scott McGinnis said the series was designed to provide an opportunity for scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about teaching Christianity’s rich intellectual heritage to today’s undergraduates. Hohman and Thorndike’s presentation was titled “Teaching Augustine in the Interdisciplinary Honors Core,” and they discussed the design of the Honors Core courses, Honors curricula and the use of primary texts such as St. Augustine’s Confessions to provide a bridge between the Classical Civilizations and Medieval World courses.

Laura Hohman is a doctoral candidate through the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is writing her dissertation on early medieval sermons and religious culture.  Laura specializes in Ancient, Late Antique and Medieval history and teaches the Honors Classical Civilizations course as well as First Year Seminar. She has spent time in Europe, most recently doing manuscript work in Paris under a research grant through the Council for European Studies.  Jonathan Thorndike is Honors Program Director and served on the National Council of Alpha Chi Honor Scholarship Society as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Southeast region. He is Belmont’s representative to the National Collegiate Honors Council and teaches interdisciplinary Honors Core courses including Classical Civilizations, The Age of Exploration, Discovery and Revolution and Topics in the 20th and 21st Centuries.  He teaches a study abroad course in London on C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings.


Law Review Hosts Health Care Law Symposium

law symposium-103The Belmont’s College of Law Review held a symposium titled “Health Care in the Balance: Weighing Competing Interests in Health Care Law” on Fri., Oct. 17. The Law Review staff assembled a strong lineup of presenters featuring the following special guests:

  • Lorri Unumb, a former law professor who is now the vice president of state government affairs at Autism Speaks, presented on “Legislating Autism Coverage: The Conservative Insurance Mandate.”
  • Professor John D. Blum, who holds the John J. Waldron Research Professor Chair at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, addressed “Compelling Interests, Hobby Lobby and Population Health.”
  • Congressman Jim Cooper, the United States Representative for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional district, offered a health care policy focused address.
  • Belmont Professor Amy Moore explored “The Due Process Conundrum: Using Matthews v. Eldridge as a Standard for Private Hospitals under the Healthcare Quality Improvement Act.”
  • Gary Montle, an attorney with the law firm of Waddey Patterson, presented “Our Patent System and Healthcare Information Technology: Valuable Incentive or Impediment to Innovation?”
  • Professor Joshua Perry of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business discussed “For Patients and Profits: The Business of Dialysis & the Necessity of Ethical Astuteness.”

Members of the bench and bar were invited to the event, and the Law Review provided lunch and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit to attendees.



Students Win Awards at AES Convention

AES-AET-winnersStudents from the Curb College represented Belmont well in the Student Recording Competition at the 137th International Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, held last weekend in Los Angeles. Sophomore Cory Wilhite (from Chantilly, Virginia) won the Gold Award for Traditional Studio Recording, and senior David Villa (from Chandler, Arizona) brought home an Honorable Mention for Modern Studio Recording.

The Student Recording Competition is a highlight at each convention. A distinguished panel of judges participates in critiquing finalists of each category in an interactive presentation and discussion. The top three finalists in each category present a short summary of their production intentions and the key recording and mix techniques used to realize their goals. They then play their projects for all who attend.

Witherspoon Presents Poster at Nursing Conference

Witherspoon poster presentationDr. Brianna Witherspoon, adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing, presented a scientific poster titled “ACNP Intensivists – Evaluating A Model of Care” at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference in Dallas Texas last week. Witherspoon’s work described patient outcomes such as mortality rates and intensive care unit length of stay before and after acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) joined the critical care team. Witherspoon teaches adult health clinical and lab in the undergraduate nursing program.

Searcy Receives 2014 ‘Amiga of the Year’ Award

Hispanic Chamber amiga awardJoyce Searcy, director of community relations, received the 2014 Amiga of the Year Award at the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Community Awards.  The presentation took place at the program culminating Hispanic Heritage Month.  The award recognizes Belmont University as well as Searcy’s efforts and dedication in support of the Hispanic Chamber. Searcy is the first woman to receive the award.

Shin Presents at the World Association for Sport Management Conference

???????????Dr. Stephen Shin, an assistant professor in sport administration, presented “Adapting Consumer Styles Inventory (CSI) Scale to Ethnic Consumers” at the poster session in the World Association for Sport Management (WASM) conference in Madrid, Spain. In order to make psychometric properties of the CSI generalizable to ethnic subcultures, the CSI was applied to the context of Korean American consumers to identify shopping orientations. Then, the essential consumer decision-making styles were validated on the purchase of golf clubs as a selected sport product category. Profiling ethnic consumers by exploring their decision-making styles and demographic variables provided more critical ways to identify and understand the differences between consumer segments and to target each segment with the tailored marketing strategies. Dr. Shin shared his experiences and information obtained from the conference with his students in the sport administration program. Based on the context of the global sport platform, it was discussed in his class how Spanish professional soccer clubs have been developed and how their organizational and financial system is different compared to American sport organizations.


Lunsford and Panvini Awarded Grant by the TN Higher Education Commission

ITQ WorkshopDr. Darlene Panvini, professor and chair of the biology department,  and Dr. Lauren Lunsford, associate professor of literacy in the education department and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, were recently awarded a Tennessee Higher Education Commission grant for their proposal “Cooking and Gardening: Strengthening Middle School Math Competencies Across the Disciplines.” Related Belmont faculty who are working on the project include: Dr. Sally Barton-Arwood and Kate McGowan (education), Dr. Kim Daus (chemistry), Dr. Ryan Fox (mathematics) and Dr. Bonnie Smith Whitehouse (English). The grant will fund a week-long institute for teachers during the summer of 2015 as well as books, a cooking kit, a gardening kit and ongoing support during the fall semester.

This is the second year in a row that this team of faculty have been awarded funds to provide professional development to teachers from four area school districts. The workshop that was held in the summer of 2014 is featured in an article in the Earthbox Education Newsletter this month. The Earthbox Gardening System can be used to grow produce virtually anywhere, and it will again be given to the participants in the 2015 workshop hosted by Belmont faculty members. The photo from the 2014 workshop shows Belmont faculty cooking together.

Pharmaceutical Studies, Pharmacy Students Assist with Drug Take-Back Event

Drug_Takeback_2014-1On Sept. 27, Belmont graduate and undergraduate students and chemistry Professor Dr. Kimberlee Daus participated in the Dickson County Drug Take-Back event.  This event was held on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and was coordinated by Vanderbilt University and the Dickson Police Department.  Working alongside faculty and students from Vanderbilt and Lipscomb Universities were 12 Belmont undergraduate pharmaceutical studies students and graduate pharmacy students and faculty. The group cataloged and counted more than 50 pounds of medication.  The National Drug Take-Back Day, set by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), provides a service to the community through safe and responsible disposal of unused medication. Additionally, these events help to educate the public about the potential of drug abuse associated with these medications. There were more than 5,200 collection sites across the country.

The Pharmaceutical Studies students shown in the group photo are: Front row (l-r) Samantha Perkowski, Jennifer Shin, Heather Stice, Madeline Ricardo, Hiedi Habib; Back row:  Ryan Lipe, Madalyn Chilcutt, Rachael Grussing, Kasey Kolb, Bella Watson, Savannah Bobo-Bressler and Danielle Dauchot.

McEntire Essay Published in Marginalia Review of Books

mark-mcentire2Professor of Biblical Studies Dr. Mark McEntire recently had his essay, “Locating Memory between Story and History,” appear in Marginalia Review of Books, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books. The essay is available online here.

Dr. Steve Murphree Talks Insects

TNP_MurphreeDr. Steve Murphree, professor of biology and entomologist, has been out in the community recently talking about insects. On Oct. 4 Murphree gave  table presentations about “Insects and Disease in the Civil War” at the Civil War Surgeon display of Tom and Nancy Wood in Pioneer Village as part of the Granville, Tennessee Fall Festival event. In late September, he offered an “Insects and Disease in the Civil War” table presentation for elementary school children at The Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation’s Heritage Days event. On Sept. 13, he led a Tennessee Naturalist Program workshop at Owl’s Hill Nature Center. The session was titled “World of Invertebrates: Pollinators, Predators, Pests and Parasitoids,” and the participants learned about the characteristics and life cycles of insects, the identification of insects using keys, methods of collecting and observing insects and other arthropods, identifying other arthropods (spiders, isopods, mites, etc.), and the ecological roles of arthropods.

Math Club Participates in Hands on Nashville Day

HON_2014A group of students and faculty representing the Belmont University Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America and Association for Computing Machinery (MAA/ACM) participated in the Hands on Nashville work day event on Sept. 20.  The group of volunteers worked at Glen Leven Farms in Nashville for a morning of weeding the pumpkin patch. Glen Leven Farm is a working 65-acre farm just four miles from downtown Nashville.  The Land Trust for Tennessee now owns this farm and they host workshops, group tours and school field trips. The farm is a perfect outdoor classroom that includes a honeybee sanctuary, an educational garden and a seasonal pumpkin patch. The MAA/ACM Club participants included Savannah Halliday, Marlee Stevenson, Haley Daniels, Geoff Gross, Dr. Maria Neophytou, Jackson Streeter, Michael Kranzlein and Ben Stringer. This is the sixth consecutive year that MAA/ACM has participated in HON Day.

Gwaltney Presents at College Stores’ Conference

JordanGwaltneyJordan Gwaltney, customer service and website specialist for the Campus Store, presented a session at the annual Tennessee Association of College Stores conference in Knoxville on Sept. 30.  Gwaltney shared successful techniques to increase traffic, interaction and excitement for college stores through the use of Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest social media posts.  The Tennessee Association of College Stores is a group of institutionally owned college/K-12 stores and vendors that serve the state of Tennessee.


Student Performs On Stage with Lady Antebellum

KaylaKayla Woodson, a junior entertainment industry studies major and student worker in Athletics, recently won an all inclusive trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republican for a “Lady Antebellum Getaway.” On the first night of the trip, Woodson sang at the welcome party and made some new fans, who mentioned to Lady Antebellum members that they believed Woodson was going to be the next country star.  At the concert that night, the country trio called Woodson up on stage to join them in singing their hit “American Honey.” The performance, which can be viewed here, led Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley to remark that he looked forward “to hearing her on the radio sometime soon.” Woodson also was voted by radio listeners as the better singer in an online contest and was featured on the “The Bobby Bones Show” and “The Chris Burkmenn Experience.”

Alumnae Named as Finalists in ‘Martha Stewart American Made’ Awards

Pop In GreetingsSeveral Belmont alumnae have been named finalists in the “2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards.” Martha Stewart’s American Made is a nationally recognized awards program that celebrates new rising stars of the growing nationwide maker community who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-designed goods into a small business and proudly make their products in America.

Belmont alumna and former Creative Services Director staff member April (Lyons) Maglothin (a 2003 Fine Arts/Design Communication graduate), founded and created Pop-In Greetings two years ago. The mix & match card sets boast interchangeable letterpress greetings. Maglothin added fellow alum Taylor Colson Horton, a Belmont graduate with a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship, earlier this year as the company’s brand manager. The business was recently named by American Made judges as a finalist in the Crafts category. Maglothin said, “I was frustrated by the one-size-fits-all approach that the typical boxed greeting cards had to offer, so I wanted to create a collection for people who love good design and want to be prepared for any special occasion.”

necklaceAlso, in the American Made Style category, another Belmont alumna made her mark with Freshie & Zero, a company founder Beth Hardcastle (2000, Art) notes came about because she had “a mission to bring versatile handmade jewelry into the world, at a price anyone could afford.”

Online voting for both businesses is open through Oct. 13 on their American Made category page links above.

Phillips Publishes Article in Nashville Bar Journal

mark phillipsAssistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr. Mark Phillips published one of the main features in the September 2014 issue of the Nashville Bar Journal. His article, “Can Entrepreneurial Education Restore Faith in Legal Education?,” can be found on page 6 of this pdf. Phillips holds a JD/MBA from New York University as well as a PhD in Entrepreneurship/Law Firm Management from George Washington University Business School.

Muccini Published in ‘Via: Voices in Italian American’

Francesca MucciniFrancesca Muccini, associate professor of Italian, has published “Dalle Marche al Mississippi Delta” in Via: Voices in Italian American (Volume 25, Number 1 2014), a leading journal in the field of Italian-American Studies. Going against the common research that focuses especially on the emigration from the South of Italy, Muccini looks at the case of the Marche region (central Italy), from where several families were recruited to work in the Sunnyside Cotton’s plantation near Greenville, Arkansas.

Media Studies Faculty Interviewed, Judge Awards

ThomStoreyDorren RobinsonMedia Studies Department Chair Thom Storey was interviewed on WZTV FOX 17 News recently for a story about the re-launch of the Nashville Banner newspaper by a former staffer. Storey worked part time as a copy editor and writing coach at the Banner and later held part-time positions at the Tennessean over a nine-year period. Click here to view the story.

Storey and fellow media studies faculty member Dorren Robinson also served as judges recently for the Radio and Television News Directors/Press North Carolina TV News Awards competition. Awards will be presented in October.

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