Belmont Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Named to Valdosta State Athletic Hall of Fame

Belmont Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Carley Peterson Kuhns was recently named to the Valdosta State University Athletics Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a student athlete.

“I am humbled to receive the honor from my alma mater and want to thank the selection committee for considering me.  My time at Valdosta State was special to me and is part of the foundation that has helped build my career,” Kuhns said. ”I am excited to be a part of the induction ceremony and to share it with my family, friends, former teammates and coaches and the Valdosta State Women’s Basketball supporters that were there along the way.”

A member of the women’s basketball team from 2004 through 2008, Peterson Kuhns earned Kodak/State Farm WBCA Honorable Mention All-American honors during the 2007-08 season, becoming the first Lady Blazer since 2001 to garner the honor.

For more information on Peterson Kuhns’s honor, click here.

Residence Halls Compete in Sustainability Contest

Residence Life Sustainability

( L – R) Residence Hall Directors Nathan Hendrix and Danielle Steffa pass out marigolds to students

This semester, Belmont’s Resident Life sponsored Battle of the Buildings, an energy conservation competition for the University’s residence halls that encouraged students to team with fellow residents to converse as much energy as they could. The competition, scheduled from Oct. 15 – Nov. 15, included a kickoff bulletin board competition and potted marigold plants for participants.

The Hall that conserved the most compared to energy usage the previous year won an awards celebration in early December. Maddox Hall, this year’s Battle of the Buildings and Residence Life Energy Cup Trophy winner, used approximately 64 percent of the energy that was consumed during the same period of time last year.

For more information on Belmont’s sustainability efforts, click here.

Curb College Dean Invited to Serve as Executive Advisor for Gershwin Prize

Prize for Popular SongDean of the College of Entertainment and Music Business Dr. Wesley Bulla was invited to serve as an external advisor on the selection committee for the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  Fellow advisors Mary Chapin Carpenter (songwriter), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone Magazine), Emilio Estefan (producer), Gregg Field (producer), Ed Hardy (CMA), Joel Katz (Global Entertainment), Stinson Liles (Red Deluxe Brand Dev.), Rickey Minor (music director), Neil Portnow (President/CEO NARAS), Karen Sherry (ASCAP Foundation), Michael Strunsky (Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts) and Michelynn Woodard (Dr. Phil Foundation) selected songwriter/performer Billy Joel as this year’s prize recipient.  

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honors the legacy of George and Ira Gershwin, an American songwriting team whose extensive collection resides in the Library of Congress.  The prize is awarded to artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by bridging musical styles, bringing diverse listeners together and fostering their mutual respect and appreciation.

The presentation will be broadcast nationwide Friday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. (EST) on PBS.

College of Pharmacy Students Teach at Room In The Inn

Throughout the fall, fourth year pharmacy students led educational classes at Room In The Inn (RITI), a septembercommunity of participants, guests, volunteers and staff who work together to offer hope to Nashville’s homeless population. RITI serves more than 4,000 individuals each year – some for only a day, while others for months to years.

Dr. Ashton Beggs, faculty member in the College of Pharmacy, teaches fourth year students at United Neighborhood Health Services (UNHS) Mission Clinic. This clinic provides interdisciplinary primary care services to the homeless population of Nashville. Many of the UNHS clinic patients utilize RITI’s programming for a sense of community and as a ladder to get back on their feet.

RITI offers over 3,000 classes annually, covering a wide range of subjects including health, spirituality, GED preparation and art. Dr. Beggs’s fourth year students teach a weekly class focusing on primary care topics, such as Vaccine Jeopardy and Diabetes Bingo. Participants earn points for taking classes and can use them to purchase socks, gloves and bus passes.

Pharmacy students Tim Furfaro and Mary Martin Johnson led Vaccine Jeopardy in September. Furfaro said, “It was a great experience to teach these patients about vaccines while having fun at the same time.  I think it’s important not just to educate people, but to give them a chance to ask their own questions as well.” Johnson said, “I’m confident we clarified common myths about vaccines and hopefully motivated people to ask their  health care provider about receiving vaccines they needed.”

novemberIn October, Ashley Stovall and Jessica Brinkley taught Vaccine Bingo. Brinkley said, “By the last class we had so many people show up that we ran out of chairs, bingo cards and game pieces. I would say that Vaccine Bingo was a success, and hopefully we helped to prevent many diseases with our educational efforts!”

In November, students Samantha Wheeler and Christie Saldana facilitated Diabetes Bingo. “It’s interesting to hear how patients have learned about diabetes through the experiences they have had either with family members or friends. Even though we taught people with varying degrees of knowledge, everyone commented on how they learned from our class,” said Wheeler.

Dr. Beggs said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our pharmacy students to learn about providing health education to patients with low health literacy. The feedback from the participants has been consistently positive- remarking about how they are learning about their health and having fun at the same time.”


Student Leaves to Pursue Career, Graduates 20 Years Later

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(L to R): Jones and Carpenter in 1991, Jones and Carpenter today

Scott Carpenter, a Belmont student that will graduate today with a degree in liberal studies and music business, began his career at Belmont in 1991 as a freshman. On move-in day that year, Carpenter met Rob Jones, a fellow freshman and Pembroke Hall resident who would quickly become one of his closest, long-time friends.

From 1991-1995, Carpenter and Jones were roommates and Belmont students together until Carpenter was offered a full-time job as a traveling drummer and couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Because of that, he left Belmont before completing his degree.

Almost 20 years later, Carpenter said he decided to find the time to go back to school and complete his degree for his 2-year-old daughter. Jones returned to campus today to celebrate graduation with his long-time friend. The pair wanted to go back to Pembroke Hall to reminisce on their college days, as well as recreate a special memory.

Taken by a family member on move-in day, the two have a photo of themselves from 1991. Before graduation today, the college buddies stood in the same spot they did 20 years ago and retook the photo. Although many things have changed for the pair since their move-in day many years ago, Carpenter said he and Jones have continued to remain close friends.

Staff Member Elected to Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Board of Directors

catesheadshotBelmont’s Curb College Director of Development and Industry Relations Sarah Cates was recently elected to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the songwriting legacy that is uniquely associated with the Nashville music community. Its purpose is to educate, celebrate and archive the achievements and contributions made by members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation is excited to welcome Sarah Cates as the newest member of our Board of Directors, continuing our connection with the songwriting program at Belmont University,” said Board Chair and Hall of Fame member Pat Alger. “Sarah’s creative energy coupled with her keen understanding of the unique characteristics and challenges of our native songwriting community will be a welcome addition to a very deeply committed and active board.”

Student Selected as Finalist for Nashville Technology Council’s Student of the Year

Geoff_GrossGeoffrey Gross, a senior computer science major and mathematics minor, was recently selected as a finalist for the Nashville Technology Council’s (NTC) Technology Student of the Year. Each year, the NTC seeks to recognize the individuals throughout the Nashville community that are leading the charge on technology and pushing the boundaries on what has previously been done.

The Technology Student of the Year is one of many awards that will be announced on Jan. 22 at the NTC’s Annual Gala.

A student leader on campus, Gross is involved in many things outside of the classroom. During his time at Belmont, he has been a member of Alpha Tau Omega, a national fraternity known for community service and leadership, the vice president of Belmont’s Mathematical Association of America and Association of Computing Machinery chapter and a Young Life leader, a Christian outreach organization that works with high school students.

In his nomination submission, Mathematics and Computer Science Professor Dr. Glenn Acree said, “[Geoff] is a caring and curious young man with a strong mind and a bright future. Geoff is equally talented in mathematics, as he is in computer science. This combination, along with his ease of communication, creativity and work ethic, will serve him well for a successful future in our technology community. I cannot imagine a better representative for the technology students in Nashville.”

For a full list of NTC’s awards and nominees, click here.

Professor Published in Journal of Applied Physics

Belmont Professor of Physics Dr. Robert Magruder and Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Richard Haglund recently had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing. The paper, entitled “Effects of Ti Charge State, Ion Size and Beam-Induced Compaction on the Formation of Ag Nanoparticles in Fused Silica,” is based on Magruder’s research on ion implantation work 17 years ago at Oak Ridge Laboratories.

Applied Physics A publishes experimental and theoretical investigations in applied physics as articles, rapid communications and invited papers. The distinguished 30-member Board of Editors reflects the interdisciplinary approach of the journal and ensures the highest quality of peer review.

Gonzalez, Casa Azafrán Enjoy Presidential Visit

photo (8)President Barack Obama visited Nashville’s Casa Azafrán Tuesday on a stop to discuss his recent executive action on immigration reform. Co-founded by Belmont Instructor of Entrepreneurship and Management Jose Gonzalez, Casa Azafrán is a collaborative gathering space home to a number of immigration advocacy nonprofits, including Conexión Américas, a second organization Gonzalez co-founded.

During his time at Casa Azafrán, President Obama spoke to Nashville’s welcoming spirit and desire to celebrate the roots and tradition of its diverse residents, noting the city is home to one of the largest growing immigrant populations in the country. Gonzalez said the day was a celebration of Obama’s recognition of Nashville’s inclusivity and tolerance. “Nashville is a great place to live, work and prosper, a place that embraces the growing diversity of its population and a place where anyone can feel welcome, regardless of what part of the country…or the world they come from,” he said.


Volleyball Wins OVC Team Sportsmanship Award

VolleyballTeam-001The Belmont women’s volleyball team was recently named the recipient of the 2014-15 Team Sportsmanship Award for volleyball, announced by the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Wednesday morning.

This marks the second year in a row the program has been honored for displaying the best standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA.

“It is always a great privilege to receive the OVC sportsmanship honor,” said head coach Tony Howell. “It is a credit to everyone here at Belmont University who takes the time to work hard in order to allow each program to become successful.”

For more information, please click here.

Students Present Research Projects at Annual Science Undergraduate Research Symposium

SURS-1In its 11th year, Belmont’s Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) was hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics held in the University’s newly opened Wedgewood Academic Building (WAC).

SURS is the culmination of hours of work done during both the summer and fall semesters among advisors and peers and offers students the opportunity to show the Belmont community the work of the University’s sciences.

Participating students set up poster presentations in the WAC’s third floor atrium and presented oral reports in adjacent classrooms. Biology, microbiology, biochemistry, environmental science, neuroscience, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, honors and psychological science students were represented throughout the evening.

The keynote address, “Why Talking to Your Car Can Drive You to Distraction,” was delivered by University of Utah Professor of Cognition and Neural Science Dr. David Strayer.

For a full list of SURS presentations, click here.

Student Presents Research at Acoustical Society of America Meeting

Ben_ShawGraduating senior Benjamin Shaw, mathematics and audio engineering technology double major, recently spoke at the Music City Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) meeting, held in the historic Nashville recording studio, Columbia Studio A.

Shaw presented his senior research work on acoustical measurements and simulations of the control room for the studio. Ben’s research, supervised by Sal Greco of Belmont’s Ocean Way Studios and Associate Professor of Physics, Dr. Scott Hawley, evaluated the frequency response of the room and made recommendations for improvements.  To do this, he used a sophisticated open source acoustical simulation program, run on Dr. Hawley’s 24-processor research workstation.

The talk was attended by members of the ASA and Belmont communities.  Those present remarked on the professionalism of Shaw’s presentation and how it was among the finest undergraduate research presentations they have seen .

In May, Belmont University and the Curb Family Foundation announced the completed renovation of Columbia Studio A as a classroom and hands-on learning lab for students in Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

Pre-Health Students Volunteer at Nashville’s Project C.U.R.E.

AED_Project_CureTen Belmont students, members of the Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) – Premedical Honor Society, recently volunteered at Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment). Nashville’s Project C.U.R.E. is one of five distribution centers in the U.S. where donated medical supplies are sorted, packaged and labeled to be sent to various countries that do not have the healthcare system or infrastructure found in the U.S.

AED members sorted through medical supplies and prepared them to be shipped. Thanks to the dedication of thousands of volunteers nationwide, two to three cargo containers of life-saving aid leave Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouses every week.

In addition to the support from Belmont’s AED chapter, the School of Nursing (SON) donates any medical supplies that are unable to be used in lab simulations to Project C.U.R.E. For more information on the SON’s endeavors, click here.

Belmont Study Abroad Named in International Education Ranking

study abroad fair-148The Institute of International Education recently released its most recent Open Doors Report, a comprehensive ranking of U.S. schools by the number of students studying abroad. As Belmont’s Office of Study Abroad has grown significantly in past years, the University ranked for both undergraduate study abroad participation as well as graduate.

For the 2012-2013 school year, Belmont ranked No. 29 on the Top 40 Master’s Institutions Total Student Participation. The University had 368 undergraduate students study abroad and 99 graduate for a total of 467. The University also ranked No. 40 for the 2012-2013 Master’s Institution’s Undergraduate Participation.


College of Pharmacy Dean Named to Nashville Health Care Council’s 2015 Fellows Class

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAProfessor and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Phil Johnston was recently named as one of Nashville Health Council’s 2015 Fellows, the third class of its kind. The class is made up of leaders from all aspects of Nashville’s health care field including bankers, lawmakers, health care providers and management professionals.

One of the class’s 36 participants, Johnston will be part of the Council’s largest class to date. In 2013, the inaugural class graduated 33 participants and in 2014, the class graduated 32 participants.

“The 2015 Fellows include some of the industry’s best and brightest leaders with experience and industry focus spanning all sectors of health care,” said U.S. Senate Majority Bill Frist, who co-directs the initiative with Larry Van Horn, a leading expert in health care management and economics, and professor at Vanderbilt University. “These individuals have a challenging task ahead, and I look forward to the meaningful discussion and debate on our nation’s health care that will come from our rigorous curriculum.”

For more information on this program and the Nashville Health Care Council, click here.

Adjunct Professor Delivers Key Note Address at International Conference

Mark OsloCollege of Theology Adjunct Professor Mark Christian, a 1994 Belmont graduate, recently returned from a full scholarship trip to the Center for Advanced Studies in Oslo, Norway. While there, Christian was invited to deliver a keynote address to an international team of interdisciplinary scholars, present a paper entitled “Networking Power and Knowledge in Ancient Israel: In Dialogue with Deuteronomy and Michel Foucault” and participate in a wrap-up discussion.

Earlier this year, Christian published an essay entitled, “Mediterranean Grottos and Phoenician Maritime Expressions of Religion,” in Mélanges Josette Elayi: Phéniciens d’Orient et d’Occident and several articles in volume seven of the The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, with 14 articles scheduled to print in subsequent volumes.

Christian has two articles in press including “Introducing the Introduction of Eckart Otto’s Deuteronomium Kommentar: Part1,” in the Special Twentieth Anniversary Edition of Zeitschrift für Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte and “Whose Rites and Whose Wrongs: Religious Contributions of Contingents within the Persian Navy,” in Religion in the Persian Period: Emerging Judaisms and other Trends.

In July, the Expressions of Religion in Israel program unit, a unit chaired by Christian, co-hosted a special panel with Dr. Saul Olyan of Brown University at the International Society of Biblical Literature’s meeting in Vienna. The panel included six Israelite religion specialists who outlined their accomplishments and addressed the question, “where do we need to go from here.”

Trost Proposes Law Commission Act Revision

charles_trost2College of Law Professor Charles Trost was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), an organization established in 1892 that provides states with non-partisan legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. Trost is currently completing his 19th year as a member and is serving as the organization’s treasurer. 

All members of ULC are practicing lawyers, judges, legislators and law professors who have been appointed by state governments, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to research, draft and promote enactment of uniform state laws.

Presently, Professor Trost, along with current Belmont Law student Sean Alexander and recent graduate Kimiya Sarayloo have been working on a proposal to revise the Unclaimed Property Act to encourage uniformity, as well as include technological advancements. The Unclaimed Property Act was most recently revised in 1995.

Alumnae Join Nashville Chamber’s Talent and Attraction Team

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced a number of promotions and new hires, including two Belmont alumnae, Alex Hughes and Stephanie Winn.

Hughes, a 2010 public relations graduate, was promoted to vice president of talent and attraction from her previous position of manager, talent retention at the Chamber. In her new role, Hughes will be responsible for supporting existing businesses, new companies, young professionals and universities. She will also provide oversight to the Chamber’s WorkIT Nashville program.

Belmont 2013 public relations graduate and now Manager of Talent Attraction and Retention, Winn will be responsible for YP Nashville, InternNashville and NashvilleJobslink. Before moving to the Chamber, Winn served as event coordinator for Nashville’s TJ Martell Foundation. While there, she headed up fundraising efforts and recruitment of organizational sponsors.

McClung Wins Health Miles Challenge

Systems and Database Administrator Kevin McClung recently won the Virgin Health Miles “Beat the Treats” Individual Challenge, a challenge for the employee that could walk the most steps in a 10-day period. McClung’s team, “The Great Pumpkins,” made up of fellow Belmont employees Justin Croft and Dennis Chen, also came in first place for the Team Challenge. McClung finished the 10-day period with a total of 295,331 steps. He says he “caught the challenge at the right time,” as he is currently training for a marathon and the 10 days lined up with the heaviest part of his training schedule.

Jerome Selected to Attend Bystander Training Programming

kayla-jeromeCoordinator of Security Programs Kayla Jerome was recently selected as a part of the Tennessee Coalition’s Training Team to attend the Bringing in the Bystander Training. With 23 applications submitted, Jerome was selected as one of the top participants. The goal of the training is for participants to implement the bystander programming on their campuses in the upcoming semester, spring 2015.


Alumna Named in Travel Agent’s Top 30Under30 List

Belmont alumna and 2013 entertainment industry studies graduate Laura Crafton was recently named as one of Travel Agent‘s Top 30Under30 for 2014, a list of the top travel agents under 3o years old who are making strides in the industry’s development. As a named agent, Crafton was invited to participate in the magazine’s fifth annual Young Travel Leaders Conference in Las Vegas.

Crafton currently works for SmartFlyer as a travel advisor and manager for the office’s Atlanta branch. As an intern for SmartFlyer while at Belmont, Crafton began her career with the organization when they purchased Explorations, an Atlanta-based agency. For the full 30Under30 list, click here.

Wilson Elected to APN Association Board

Director of Health Services Katy Wilson was elected to the board of the Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses Association (MTAPN) on Nov. 20. Wilson will be in charge of membership for the coming calendar year.

MTAPN is a regional organization that brings advanced practice nurses together including nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists to offer networking opportunities, continuing education and legislative support.

Students Present Undergraduate Research at Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS)

TAS-1Biology department faculty Drs. Steve Murphree, Darlene Panvini, Nick Ragsdale, John Niedzwiecki and Roger Jackson and 25 undergraduate research students representing Biology, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Neuroscience majors, attended the 124th Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS) Annual Meeting held Nov. 21  in Morristown, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Academy of Science, founded in 1912, organizes symposia, manages on-going programs in many fields and communicates with the national scientific culture. Belmont students presented posters at the meeting and attended presentations from graduate students and faculty from a wide variety of Tennessee schools.  Dr. Steve Murphree, professor of biology, serves as TAS’s Treasurer and Dr. Rachel Rigsby, associate professor of chemistry, serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal.

For a complete listing of the 25 students who presented research posters, click here.

Instructor Receives Commission as Kentucky Colonel

20141203_121248 (3Instructor of Music Business, Dan Keen, recently received a commission as a Kentucky Colonel, a designated given by the Governor of Kentucky. The Colonel designation is given to individuals who have achieved a significant accomplishment or have contributed greatly to the community (city, state or nation).

Commissioned Colonels are members of the The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, an organization that supports the Commonwealth of Kentucky and provides assistance to community members and organizations.

Professor Co-Authors Featured Article

nathanAssistant Professor of Communication, Dr. Nathan Webb, co-authored an article entitled “Student Views of Instructor-Student Rapport in the College Classroom” that was recently featured as a “Resource of the Week” at the Teaching Center at the London School of Economics.

Webb’s article examines research that explains the link between classroom built rapport and positive learning outcomes. By using behaviors that students consider to be positive rapport builders, the article offers tips for teachers looking to strengthen their skills.

For more information, click here.


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