History majors Cassia Kisshauer and Braxton Fralick participated in the 2014 Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) Regional Conference held on Feb. 22 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn. Kisshauer presented her paper “Native American Boarding Schools: The Intentions and Effects” while Fralick presented “The Political Fallout from the Election of 1828.” Accompanying the students were Xi Alpha Chapter faculty adviser, Dr. Cynthia Bisson, as well as Dr. Douglas Bisson and department chairman, Dr. Brenda Jackson Abernathy.
Kisshauer and Fralick were inducted into the Xi Alpha Chapter on Jan. 23 at the Belmont Mansion. Other new members inducted at the ceremony were Samuel Moxley, Wyatt Redd, Mia Barber, Megan Barber and Timothy Edwards.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas, professor of biology, spoke at the Nashville Library’s Nashville Reads event on March 6. Thomas and Dr. Rory Dicker, Vanderbilt professor of women’s and gender studies, discussed the book “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler. Nashville Reads is a way of bringing the entire city together to read great literature, in an attempt to broaden the literary horizons of the city and open up a forum for discussion.
Dr. Sybril Bennett, professor of journalism, was the keynote speaker at the Association of American Colleges and Universities General Education and Assessment: Disruptions, Innovations and Opportunities session as part of the Network for Academic Renewal Conference. The conference was held Feb. 27 through March 1 in Portland, Ore.Bennett shared her experience teaching Digital Citizenship, a course she piloted at Belmont in the fall.
Members of Belmont University’s Nurses Christian Fellowship recently gathered to fill 62 boxes with school supplies and treats for the children of Safe Haven. The students asked for donation of fun age appropriate items and treats and the students gathered to wrap and fill the boxes, making the event a great time to spend with one another while serving others.
Safe Haven is a mission serving vulnerable populations with research-grounded, holistic methods. It is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the whole homeless family. There are 22 children at Safe Haven ranging from two months to 22 years of age living in a beautiful new facility that houses up to six families at a time.
Executive Director Joyce Lavery said, “Safe Haven is about preventing, reducing and intervening in family homelessness with evidence-based and community-based solutions; moving the family from homelessness to self-sufficiency.”
Belmont Nurses Christian Fellowship has been involved in missions serving the community of Nashville and abroad since its beginning in 2011. The great success of this event and the many charitable events led by this group of students is truly a testament to the vibrant community of generous hearts present in Belmont University’s School of Nursing. The students of Belmont Nurses Christian Fellowship would also like to thank the many faculty throughout the College of Health Sciences whose donations made this event possible.
Bridges to Belmont Director René Rochester, Associate Director Annita D’Amico and Support Specialist Robby Quarles presented the scholarship and mentoring program during the “Building Bridges of Cultural Pedagogy: Enhancing Student Self Efficacy for Academic Empowerment” workshop at the Best Practices for Student Success, Inclusion and Retention Summit at Middle Tennessee State University on March 1.
On Sun., March 2, eight current Belmont West students and four Belmont alumni served as part of a staff of 30 who ran the “Oscar Fan Experience.” About 800 fans were chosen to sit in the stands along the red carpet and enjoy The Academy Awards’ arrivals. The fans arrived at the Dolby Theatre early Sunday morning and were welcomed by the Bruins who handed out gift bags and served breakfast. The Oscar Fan Experience included massages, make-overs and a photo booth while the fans waited for the celebrity arrivals. Despite the rainy weather, it was a great experience for the fans who came from all over the world. During the arrivals, the students and alumni managed the fan stands. Once the carpet was closed, the fans were led across the street to The El Capitan Theatre where they were served dinner and watched The Academy Awards live.
Belmont West adjunct instructor Valarie Vanderwest said, “Having an almost 15-year presence in Los Angeles, the Belmont West students have earned a reputation of being professional, hard-working and ambitious. We were so excited to get the call to return to the Oscars to work on the Oscar Fan Experience and extend this once in a lifetime experience to our Belmont West students.”
This was the second time that Belmont students have had the opportunity to work on the production of The Academy Awards. In addition to The Academy Awards, the current group of Belmont West students have been collecting a semester of hands-on entertainment opportunities including working The GRAMMY Awards and attending an intimate listening party with Pharrell Williams for his new release, Girl.
Dr. Steve Murphree’s BIO 3200 Parasitology class had lab at the Nashville Zoo where they had the chance to see some interesting parasites. The class provides an introduction to the morphology, physiology, ecology and taxonomy of the major parasites of man and domestic animals. Through lecture and laboratory experiences with slide-mounted and living specimens, students become familiar with the life cycles of selected parasites, the drugs of choice in treating parasitic diseases and diagnostic procedures.
Belmont custodian Lilia Jurado became a U.S. citizen on Feb. 21 when she took the Oath of Allegiance during the citizenship ceremony, a celebration for new citizens during which they are introduced to the U.S. justice system, recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag and hear from speakers on the responsibilities of citizenship. Jurado is a native of Mexico and works in the University’s Facilities Management Services.
On Feb. 18, second-year students in the Master of Sport Administration program hosted a basketball tournament for nearly 200 Special Olympians from Middle Tennessee. The tournament was held at the Curb Event Center for the fourth straight year. The competition was incorporated into the Sport Event Management and Planning course and offered students the opportunity to work in all phases of organizing an event for participants with intellectual disabilities.
Alicia Hsu, a senior biology major and pre-med student, was featured in a story on Fox news about figure skating. Hsu who says she finds “relaxation in the competitive sport” will soon be competing for collegiate nationals in figure skating at the 2014 U.S. Collegiate Championships held in Rochester, Mich., at the Onyx Ice Arena on Aug. 14-16.
Belmont University placed second in the onsite competition at the Southeastern Journalism Conference, held this year in Lafayette, La. Media studies department head Thom Storey and student publications adviser Dorren Robinson traveled with nine students to the conference to attend workshops and compete.
The following students placed in the onsite competitions:
In addition to the onsite competition, the Best of the South awards were handed out for work published over the past year. Belmont received three awards:
Nearly 300 college journalists and faculty attended the three-day event Feb. 20-22 at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. The Southeast Journalism Conference includes more than 40 public and private colleges and universities from a seven-state region. Belmont’s journalism program has been a member since 1986.
Belmont University students won the Greater Tennessee Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Research Challenge competition for the second year in a row. The teams consisted of economics student Jake DeVries, accelerated Master of Business Administration student Yan Yan Dong, professional MBA student Justin Essary, finance student Wes Heginbotham and professional MBA student Reece Mabry. The competition included University of Tennessee Knoxville, Vanderbilt and Lipscomb Universities and four other colleges. Belmont’s team prepared an equity research report on Nashville-based health management company Healthways, which was presented to a group of Chartered Financial Analyst judges. The team will compete again in the Americas regional competition in Denver on March 18 and 19. Belmont alumnus Jay McCanless served as the team’s industry mentor.
The Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen has recognized Physical Therapy Professor Mike Voight as a Pink Tie Guy during a celebration dinner that honored a 10 individuals from Middle Tennessee.
The Pink Tie Program features influential leaders who help mobilize, energize and engage audiences in the breast cancer movement through their role within the community, within their organizations and through their personal involvement. Pink Tie Guys bring a male voice to the urgency of finding a cure for breast cancer.
“Mike is the perfect Pink Tie Guy,” said Dr. Cathy Taylor, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “His positive energy is contagious, and he has worked tirelessly to mobilize others to race for the cure. We are so proud of his accomplishments and appreciate our Komen partners for rewarding his work in this way.”
Voight is the force behind Belmont’s annual participation in the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Each year, over 100 students and alumni from the School of Physical Therapy volunteer to provide the main logistical support for the race. Komen International recognized Belmont University and the School of Physical Therapy last summer as the Volunteer Group of the Year for their service.
Professor of Marketing Dr. Robert Lambert was recently featured in an article by WalletHub on “Sochi Olympics by the Numbers.” Lambert provided expert insight into the value of mega-event advertising. Click here to read the full article.
Alumni Ben Laxton (’11) and Andrea Rouch (’11) have returned to Nashville, Tenn. for the musical theatre tour of “Ghost,” which is showing at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center through March 2. Rouch and Laxton, who are engaged to marry in May, studied musical theatre at Belmont and are understudies for the lead roles in “Ghost” with Laxton playing charater Sam and Rouch as Molly. They also are in the ensemble cast. Use the promotional code “BELMONT” for 15 percent off tickets.
Dr. Bonnie Riechert, APR, chairman of the Department of Public Relations at Belmont University, is among the new officers for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nashville Chapter. The chapter hosted the 2013 PRSA Southeast District Leadership Rally in Nashville. PRSA includes 21,000 professionals committed to professional development, standards of excellence and ethical business principles.
Dr. Steve Murphree, professor of biology, spoke to the members of Murfreesboro Camp No. 33, Sons of Confederate Veterans, on Feb. 11. His presentation was titled “Insects and Disease in the War Between the States.”
Also, Murphree was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Sam Davis Memorial Association (SDMA). The SDMA was formed in 1930 when the state of Tennessee gave the charter to the newly formed organization to preserve the memory of Davis. The SDMA preserves the Davis home to keep alive the story of Davis, his family and the people who labored on this Middle Tennessee farm before, during and after the Civil War. Through museum exhibits, the historic home, preserved farm land, and quality education programs, the SDMA imparts to its visitors the importance of learning about their past and its relevance to their present.
On Feb. 14, several of Belmont’s fourth-year pharmacy students participated in the local “Interprofessional Team Geriatric Case Training” event. To ensure health professional students develop skills for working in interprofessional teams, the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center hosts this annual team training. This is the third year Belmont University College of Pharmacy has been involved in this one-day event.
This experience serves as an opportunity for students to develop interprofessional collaborative skills by working as a team on a geriatric case and developing a patient assessment and treatment plan. Faculty experts are available to consult with teams, and nurse practitioners observe and rate team dynamics. The program concludes with an interactive general assembly where an interdisciplinary expert panel provides feedback and answers questions.
“It was great to see professionals from all different fields work together,” said Logan Smith. “This allowed me to see how each profession depends on the other. This activity made me realize that medications can only do so much, but they do play a vital role in patient care.” (more…)
Tennessee legislatures recognized the Homework Hotline at Belmont for students’ “exemplary service to their community as volunteers” with a resolution passed on Jan. 30 at the state capitol. Since fall 2012, Belmont students have served as a volunteer satellite of Homework Hotline, practicing teaching techniques while providing one-on-one tutoring to at-risk children. Belmont University volunteers provide meaningful service to the community while they grow as educators and community leaders. For the Fall 2013 semester:
Because of Belmont’s semester start and training startup, the University’s program didn’t begin until after Labor Day. Belmont Homework Hotline was several weeks behind MNPS’ schedule in starting, but was still able to take more than 200 calls from students in grades K – 12th, and successfully resolved more than 85 percent of those calls. Any Tennessee student can call the toll-free number, and 42 percent of the calls to Belmont came from Nashville-Davidson County students. Math, especially middle school grades, is the most sought-after area of assistance, and 61 percent of the calls Belmont students handled were math questions.
Thirty Belmont University students took calls during the Fall 2013 semester. Volunteering proved especially popular among students without cars as the tutoring takes place on the Belmont campus. Volunteer tutors gain an in-depth understanding of the public school curriculum and the needs of children, learn teaching and communications techniques (valuable for education majors), improved their self-efficacy, and increased their engagement in the community.
Over a dozen College of Pharmacy students recently completed training for HIV Counseling and Testing at Nashville Cares. The training was sponsored by the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and is a part of its Remember the Ribbon initiative to improve HIV/AIDs awareness, education and prevention in minority communities.
SNPhA members from Belmont, including adviser Edgar Diaz-Cruz, learned through hands on training and role playing how to properly administer the HIV rapid oral test as well as how to deliver those results with compassion and understanding. Additionally, students learned invaluable education tools about safe practices and the prevention of HIV. The students who completed the training are now officially certified in HIV Counseling and Testing through the Tennessee Department of Health. The students plan on using the skills learned to serve the surrounding communities through education and prevention.
Students completing the training include: Jennifer Chisum, Ricky Church, Marion Compton, Kyla Cunico, Erin Todd, Fernando Diggs, Joshua Farrell, Michelle Krichbaum, Gia Nguyen, Fredrick O’Neal, Ugoeze Onuoha, Sara Thompson and Bailey Bolten.
The National Association of College Stores (NACS) has re-certified Campus Store Manager Catherine Murphy and Assistant Store Manager Matt Reno with the designation of Certified Collegiate Retailer. This credential is a mark of distinction earned only by people who have demonstrated the representative knowledge essential to success in college store management, expertise on collegiate retailing issues and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct. Fewer than 10 percent of all eligible candidates have earned this distinction.
Belmont’s delegation to the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature won Best New Delegation at the 2013 meeting of the collegiate mock legislature tournament. The delegation drafted a bill altering the landscape orientation of licenses for drivers under the age of 21, making it decreasingly likely that a retailer, for example, would mistake the age of a customer. The bill passed both houses of the mock legislature. Belmont’s six delegates were involved in the House, Senate, Supreme Court, and media program.
Dr. Linda Jones, chairman and associate professor of psychological science, has received the 2013-2014 Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology) Southeast Region Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award. The award is based on an outstanding record of leadership to the local chapter and on the accomplishments of the local chapter. Belmont’s Psi Chi chapter officers nominated Jones for the award. Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929. The southeast region of Psi Chi is comprised of 10 states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are over 220 chapters of Psi Chi in this region.
Dr. Ted Peetz, assistant professor of sport administration, has a paper he co-authored with G.K. Nwosu of the University of Nevada Las Vegas featured in Issues in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Working Paper Series. The paper is titled “A Machiavellian Analysis of Conference Realignment.” The working paper series is part of the University of Washington’s Center of Leadership in Athletics which highlights topics specific to the intercollegiate athletics setting and the implications of research for athletic leaders.
Associate Professor of Biology Lori McGrew’s neurobiology class used kits available through Backyard Brains to create cybernetic cockroaches. The students attached electrodes to the insects’ antennae. Following the surgery, students outfitted their cyborgs with Bluetooth receiver backpacks and used their phones to control input to the antennae. The stimulus mimicked the antennae touching something and caused the roaches to turn left or right, away from the input. This procedure is similar to deep brain stimulation being used to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease and other motor dysfunctions. By using the roboroach model, students deepened their understanding of the electrical nature of neuronal signaling including the importance of signal strength and frequency. Photos can be found on the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honorary Society’s Serotonin Helix Facebook page. McGrew is the neuroscience program coordinator at Belmont.