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.

First-Year Writing Class Explores ‘Freedom’ at Thistle Farms

Thistle Farms class VisitStudents from Charmion Gustke’s First-Year Writing class, “Why Freedom Matters,” spent a recent morning at Thistle Farms, a social enterprise that is run by the women of Magdalene House. Magdalene is a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. After meeting with the women for their Wednesday morning devotional, where stories are shared and blessings are celebrated, students toured the facility and experienced, first-hand, the community of Magdalene and the freedom that is found in cooperation. The morning ended with students relaxing next door at the Thistle Stop Café where they were asked to blog and reflect on their experience. This photo was used in the Thistle Farms newsletter of the week.

Honors Program Hosts Guests from Aquinas College


Pictured from left to right: Pearce, Dr. Jonathan Thorndike (Belmont Honors Director) and Urbanczyk

Belmont’s Honors Program recently hosted two guests from Aquinas College in Nashville: Joseph Pearce, writer-in-residence and director for the Center for Faith and Culture, and Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk, dean of Arts and Sciences at Aquinas. Urbanczyk delivered a special lecture to the entering class of first-year Honors Program students on one of the foundational texts of Western philosophy and Christian theology, St. Augustine’s Confessions.  The Honors students read Augustine’s Confessions as a text in their entry course on “Classical Civilizations.” Urbanczyk talked about the importance of reading, literacy and the Roman education system in the life and conversion experience of St. Augustine.

Pearce has written on a wide variety of literary figures including William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Oscar Wilde and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He was awarded the prestigious John C. Pollock Award for Christian biography for his book on Solzhenitsyn. His most recent books include Shakespeare on Love: Seeing the Catholic Presence in Romeo and Juliet (2013) and Bilbo’s Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning in the Hobbit (2012). Pearce is the editor of the St. Austin Review and editor for the Ignatius Critical Editions published by Ignatius Press.  Pearce will return to Belmont in January as a special guest lecturer in an Honors course on the Inklings of Oxford.

Dr. Urbanczyk’s teaching and scholarly interests include American literature, literary theory and 20th century Catholic fiction.  His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Religion & the Arts, the St. Austin Review, The Intercollegiate Review, Modern Age, Essays in Arts & Sciences, Papers on Language & Literature, the Journal for Cultural & Religious Theory, Perspectives in Religious Studies, The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, The Catholic Thing, and the Ignatius Critical Editions of Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Gonzalez Quoted on

jose-gonzalezInstructor of Entrepreneurship and Management Jose Gonzalez was recently interviewed for’s study examining 2014′s Best and Worst Cities for Hispanic Entrepreneurs. Click here to see the rankings and read Gonzalez’s comments.

Pharmacy Students, Faculty Raise Money for Nashville Cares

???????????????????????????????Members of Belmont’s College of Pharmacy Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) walked in the Oct. 4 HIV/AIDs Walk and 5k benefiting Nashville Cares. For the third year in a row, SNPhA has raised more than $1,500 to benefit Nashville Cares. The entire College of Pharmacy contributed through a bake sale as well as individual fundraising efforts. Nashville Cares is a charitable organization that provides lifesaving services to Middle Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS as well as offers education, prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS.

More than 30 walkers participated in this year’s event including undergraduate Belmont students as well as College of Pharmacy students, faculty and administration. In addition to walking, both students and faculty volunteered at the Nashville Cares booth providing free HIV testing and education. More than 100 people were tested for HIV at the event.

This event was part of SNPhA’s Remember the Ribbon initiative to improve HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention in minority communities. For years to come, SNPhA and the College of Pharmacy plan to continue to develop its partnership with Nashville Cares in providing quality and compassionate care for those living with HIV.


Biology and Education Faculty and Students Attend the Tennessee Environmental Education Association Meeting

(L to R) Jeffers, Lee, Millward, Panvini, Alsup, Pitts and Keast

(L to R) Jeffers, Lee, Millward, Panvini, Alsup, Pitts and Keast

Biology professor Darlene Panvini, education professors Lauren Lunsford and Sally Arwood and several Belmont students attended the annual Tennessee Environmental Education Association meeting at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Tenn. on Sept. 26-28. The Belmont faculty members gave a presentation titled “Reading in the Garden: Integrating Science and ELA CCSS through Informational Texts,” which included information about the professional development institute. This institute was held for middle and high school teachers in summer 2014 at Belmont as part of a grant received from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Biology students Katelyn Keast, Chelsea Lee and Lindsay Millward, environmental science student Alex Jeffers, as well as environmental science alumni Erin Pitts and Sylvia Alsup attended the event.

Belmont Approved for Actuarial Validation by Education Experience

Belmont University has been approved in all three actuarial categories for Validation by Education Experience (VEE).  As part of qualification for full actuary status, applicants must demonstrate knowledge in the areas of economics, corporate finance and applied statistical methods.  This is typically accomplished by taking approved undergraduate courses at approved universities.  Belmont submitted applications for course approval in these areas.  The VEE program is jointly sponsored by the Society of Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society and Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

The actuarial profession is usually ranked in the top five of career choices.  Actuaries work in the insurance and financial sectors and specialize in analyzing the financial impact of risk and uncertainty.  Contributing to this initiative were Belmont faculty Associate Professor of Economics and Music Business Jennifer Fowler, Associate Professor of Finance Joe Smolira, Associate Professor of Economics Marieta Velikova, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Barbara Ward and Professor of Mathematics Danny Biles. Current mathematics major, Mary Yang, and alumni, Nikki Finuf (2008), also contributed to these efforts.

Belmont Hosts the Tennessee Herpetological Society (THS) Annual Meeting

ths_logo_brownBelmont University hosted the annual Tennessee Herpetological Society (THS) meeting on Sept. 25-27 in the Beaman Student Life Center. Dr. John Niedzwiecki, professor of biology, served as the Belmont host for this event.  The meeting included a keynote speaker, poster presentations, speaker presentations and an auction to benefit the THS scholarship fund.  (THS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians worldwide, but particularly within Tennessee.

College of Business Students Participate in First-Ever Cat Financial Case Competition

catTen Belmont College of Business students participated in the first-ever Case Competition hosted by Cat Financial Young Professional’s group on Sept. 16. The competition was created to use diversity of thought and inclusion to solve a real business problem at Cat Financial. Five teams, each comprised of two Belmont students and three Cat Financial employees including a six Sigma Black Belt, competed against each other to come up with the best and most innovative solution to the problem posed in the case study. The teams were given 24 hours to work as a team to come up with a solution and develop a presentation to present their recommendations. They each had 15 minutes to present in front of a judging panel and audience. Maggie Fincher, a junior entrepreneurship major, and Ananta Sharma, a senior economics and applied mathematics major, were members of the first place team.

Curb College Professors Receive Recognition for ‘Problem-Based Learning’ Paper





Curb College professors David Herrera and Clyde Rolston received Best in Track for the Arts, Music and Entertainment track for their paper “Using Group Projects for Problem-Based Learning in Music Business Courses” at the Atlantic Marketing Association 2014 Conference held Sept. 24-27 in Asheville, NC. The paper detailed how problem-based learning helps students achieve course outcomes and improves learning in two music business courses.

Judy Bullington Published in ‘Global Trade and Visual Arts in Federal New England’

judyProfessor of Art History Judy Bullington recently published a chapter titled “Cultivating Meaning: The Chinese Manner in Early American Gardens” in the book “Global Trade and Visual Arts in Federal New England.” The volume, published by the University of New Hampshire Press, was edited by Patricia A. Johnston, the Mears Chair in Fine Arts at The College of Holy Cross, and Caroline Frank of Brown University.

Bullington’s study focuses on the Chinese Manner as it appears in the architectural and ornamental details of gentry-class gardens from New England to Philadelphia and down the Atlantic coast during the formative years of the Revolution and through the era of the New Republic. She identifies an emerging pattern of introducing orientalized summerhouses, temples, bridges and the wooden palings of fences into the gardens surrounding the estates of prominent figures of the period and contextualizes a frequently referenced, but seldom analyzed, aspect of gardens that existed prior to the publication of A. J. Downing’s mid nineteenth-century treatise describing Chinese tastes in gardening.

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