Two faculty members from the Belmont University School of Nursing recently assisted Hillwood High School’s Academy of Health Sciences in securing a $100,000 grant from the HCA Foundation made on behalf of the HCA/TriStar Family of Hospitals. The School of Nursing is a PENCIL partner with the academy. Belmont faculty and students volunteer time to provide guidance to the school’s administration and career advice to its students. The PENCIL Foundation helps link community resources with Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Dr. Sandy Murabito, assistant professor of nursing, and Sandra Rosedale, clinical placement coordinator, provided significant assistance in writing the grant application. Murabito is the school’s Parent Teach Organization president, and Rosedale serves on the academy’s advisory board.
The grant will be used to fund the design and construction of two state-of-the-art patient simulation laboratories at the academy, giving students the opportunity to simulate and practice a variety of real-world medical procedures and activities such as drawing blood, starting an intravenous, processing patients, labor and delivery support. Skill-based learning activities help to prepare students for future careers in medical and surgical nursing, emergency medicine, physical therapy, rehabilitation and sports medicine and many more health related professions.
Dr. Beth Hallmark, director of patient simulation for Belmont’s Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing, joins Rosedale on the advisory panel which will guide the project through fruition. Once completed, the laboratories will serve health science students from all Metro Nashville public schools.
As the philanthropic arm of HCA, the mission of The HCA Foundation is to promote health and well-being, support childhood and youth development and foster the arts in Middle Tennessee. HCA has been an Academy Business Partner since 2009 providing student field trips, job shadowing, internships and teacher externships in support of the mission of the Hillwood Health Science Academy.
Chip Henderson, adjunct instructor of guitar, is a contributor to the Second Edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, which was released on Dec. 2. His articles profile guitarists Johnny Smith, Larry Coryell and James “Blood” Ulmer. He also wrote profiles for saxophonist Scott Hamilton and early Jazz bandleader Elmer Snowden. Click here to read The New York Times’ announcement on the updated dictionary
School of Religion adjunct faculty member Charles Parker recently published the article “The Effects of the Civil War on the Baptist Churches of Middle Tennessee” in the fall 2013 issue of Tennessee Baptist History, which is devoted to Tennessee Baptists and the Civil War. The magazine also contains his president’s column entitled “War and Peace,” written in his capacity as outgoing president of the Tennessee Baptist Historical Society.
Cates is a former Bruin student-athlete, an alumna, a strong advocate for student centeredness and a promoter of the University’s sense of community. As written in her nomination, “She always seeks to do that which is right and uses her faith as a measure for action.”
She is known for fostering community and collaboration among faculty and staff. She has persuaded Curb College staff members to get to know employees in other departments by giving them each $20 of her own money to break bread with colleagues across campus.
It is her responsibility to develop external programs and industry relationships for Belmont students, and she does not stop at 4:30 p.m. She lives out the University mission in her daily life. To help “empower men and women of diverse backgrounds,” she opened her home to provide dinner to Bridges to Belmont students adjusting to life in college. To “engage and transform the world,” she counsels and supports recording artists and their families through Porter’s Call and serves on the NashvilleNext Arts and Culture team using her topical expertise to develop the city’s 25-year plan.
The Gabhart Award for Staff Excellence and Service is the highest honor Belmont University presents to a staff member. It recognizes exemplary commitment and service to the University as well as honors staff members who have demonstrated achievements and contributions of a significant nature.
Computer Technician Chris Wilcoxson gave a presentation at WordCamp Nashville 2013 back in April on building your first WordPress widget. Click here to watch the video of his presentation posted on WordPress’s video training site.
Twenty years after entertainment industry studies adjunct Steve Taylor’s last studio album, he’s taking a sabbatical from film making to record all new music with a new band. The album Kickstarter campaign was fully funded in 36 hours. Click here to watch the video.
Audio Engineering Assistant Professor Eric Tarr had a manuscript accepted for publication to The International Journal of Audiology. The title of the article is “Low-frequency signals support perceptual organization of implant-simulated speech for adults and children.” The article discusses how the combination of hearing aids and cochlear implants can be used to improve speech perception for listeners with hearing loss.
Songwriting adjunct Shaun Shankel co-wrote a song that will be used in the show “Nashville” episode No. 214. The song is called “Who I Am.” In the ABC television show, character Gunnar writes and sings it for Will.
Professor of Music Business Don Cusic received the “President’s Award” from the Western Music Association recently. Cusic was editor of their quarterly publication, The Western Way, for 13 years. Cusic also inducted Louise Massey and the Westerners into the Western Music Hall of Fame while actor and singer Johnny Western inducted Johnny Cash.
Music business adjunct Rob Cheplicki is serving as producer of this year’s ICiT films. ICiT is a local non-profit organization that works with under-served youth at the YMCA, and takes them through a month long screenwriting camp, where they learn how to write and finish a script. A script is chosen from each group and given to a professional producer and director and turned into a world-class film. Production for both films will be completed by the end of January, and ICiT has partnered with the Nashville Film Festival so that both films will be premiered at the festival in the spring and also have set up TV distribution with NECAT that will broadcast both films on Comcast and Uverse in the spring. This is a life changing opportunity for these youth, who are literally able to have their voice heard for the first time, and also an incredible opportunity for the Nashville film community to bring original narrative film to life with such powerful backing, and remarkable distribution already in place.
Career Development Specialist Lori Bumgarmer is among “49 Female Music Entrepreneurs (Sharing) Their Best Advice” on Hypebot.com.
“Never try to do things exactly the way others tell you to do it or exactly the same way they did it. Promotion of your brand has to be done in a way that is true to you. Not every species of flower blooms at the same rate or under the same conditions,” she told the online publication.
Belmont School of Music faculty member Sandra Dudley has released a brand new CD on Cognito Records called “All Of My Life” with friend and jazz pianist, Lori Mechem. Mechem is a former piano instructor at Belmont and the director of the Nashville Jazz Workshop with husband and bassist, Roger Spencer. Dudley has been teaching voice in the commercial music department since 1995. The duo project is a tribute to the legendary lyricists, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The Bergmans have written lyrics for songs put to music by composers such as Michel Legrand and Marvin Hamlisch, and performed by countless artists including Barbra Steisand-a lifelong friend. Dudley and Mechem recorded the project in early August and celebrated the release on Nov. 17 at the Nashville Jazz Workshop to a standing room only crowd. The Bergmans have been involved with the project from the beginning adding a quote and picture to the project. The album also includes two previously unrecorded Bergman songs.
On Nov. 23, Dr. Amanda Miller, assistant professor of religion, presented a paper called “The Nazareth Proclamation: Nuancing Luke’s Resistance” at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore, Md.
On Nov. 24, Dr. Mark McEntire, professor of religion, presented a paper called “Stopping the Pendulum in the Middle: Mediating between Historical and Literary Approaches to the Prophetic Literature” at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore, Md.
On Nov. 23, the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion hosted a panel discussion of Mark McEntire’s recent book, Portraits of a Mature God: Choices in Old Testament Theology.
Belmont University sponsored the ThanksLiving Fellowship Meal 2013, hosted by Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church in conjunction with 102.1 The Light FM, to provide Thanksgiving dinner to the hungry. Belmont students dressed in formal wear and a formally outfitted serving staff served diners.
“Belmont University is proud to partner with Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church and our neighborhood churches to serve others. Belmont’s purpose is to equip our students to help change the world. The ThanksLiving Fellowship Meal is a great example of how we can partner to be a blessing to those living right around us,”said Director of Community Relations Joyce Searcy.
Music Business faculty Rush Hicks, Jennifer Fowler and Stuart Fowler have an article published in the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association’s MEIEA Journal (Vol. 13, No. 1 (2013)) entitled: ”A Historical Investigation of Patterns in Sophomore Album Release.”
Bunch Library was one of six college and university libraries to participate in Project Information Literacy (PIL) last fall. PIL just released the results, its seventh research report about college students and information literacy. Led by Reference Librarian Jenny Mills, the research and instruction librarians and the English department facilitated the study by arranging on-campus interviews with students from First Year Writing classes.
The study investigates the challenges today’s freshmen face, and the information-seeking strategies they develop, use and adapt as they make the transition from high school to college and begin to complete college research assignments. Included are data from a comparative analysis of library resources in 30 U.S. high schools and six colleges and universities, interviews with 35 first-term freshmen from six colleges and universities and an online survey with 1,941 U.S. high school and college student respondents.
Bunch Library has also been selected to participate in the next phase of Project Information Literacy , a study of recent graduates’ information seeking behaviors, in which Belmont alumni will be surveyed.
Belmont University introduced the first six McWhorter Society Scholars on Dec. 4. The McWhorter Society, which was formed earlier this year, consists of members of the Nashville area community who are engaged in healthcare and the business of healthcare, and who choose to support future healthcare professionals from Belmont University.
The society is named in honor of long-time Belmont supporter Clayton McWhorter whose leadership and role in the development of healthcare industry giants HealthTrust Inc. and HCA have made a strong impression in the field of health care. In 1996, Clayton, his son Stuart and a close business friend created the venture capital firm Clayton Associates, which quickly evolved into a hub of strategic business development activities related to new firms in healthcare, technology and diversified services.
McWhorter was introduced to the newest scholars to hear their Belmont stories and how they intend to use the degrees they are pursuing at Belmont. Recipients included the following Belmont students.
Jacqueline Youde is a student in the Massey School’s Master of Business Administration program for Healthcare Professionals (HCMBA). She is board-certified audiologist who originally attended the University of Washington in Seattle, prior to graduating with her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Texas-Dallas. She previously was employed at Vanderbilt and is a full-time business student.
Roland Achenjang is also a student in the HCMBA program. As a young boy, he came to America with his parents, immigrating from Cameroon, Africa. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from North Dakota State University and is currently a pharmacist at St. Thomas-Midtown, pursuing his Belmont degree as a means of advancing his career to the next level as a healthcare administrator and leader.
Kelsey Maguire, from Nolensville, Tenn., is an undergraduate student in the College of Health Science’s School of Nursing where she plans to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing next spring. As the founding President of Belmont’s Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) chapter, Maguire was instrumental in launching an event aimed at educating the campus community about the need for feminine hygiene products in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. In the spring of 2013, NCF collected over 5,000 hygiene items and Maguire traveled to Africa to personally deliver these products and work directly with the women and girls who would benefit from the gifts.
Lauren Moss is a member of the inaugural class in the School of Nursing’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She is a board certified Women’s Health and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and currently practices in a local urban internal medicine and pain management clinic. She is a member of the Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing. Moss’ capstone project for her DNP focuses on adults with hypercholesterolemia and determining whether nurse-led telephone reminder calls increase patient adherence to a prescribed medication regimen.
Jessica Brinkley is a third-year student in the College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Brinkley has served as president of Belmont’s student chapters of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and has been actively involved through these student organizations with Barren Plains Ministry, Habitat for Humanity and Live Beyond, in addition to organizing a toy drive for children in Haiti.. As a result of her work with Habitat for Humanity, she will soon publish a paper titled, “Building a Lifelong Commitment to Service” in Student Pharmacist.
Emily Doss is also a third-year student in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. She has completed a prestigious summer internship in pharmacy at John Hopkins University. Doss is president of Belmont’s student chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, and has received a Leadership Chapter Award for her community service with APhA. She has served as a Student Ambassador for the College, class president and PLS president, and is an active member of multiple student pharmacist organizations at Belmont.
The McWhorter Society was conceived by Dr. Richard Treadway and the University Office of Advancement. Membership can be arranged by calling Willie Young in the University Development Office.
Young Leaders Council (YLC) is a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that trains more than 2,000 men and women to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies. The Young Leader of the Year award is presented annually to a graduate of the YLC training program from the past 28 years who has made significant contributions to the fulfillment of the YLC mission, as well as demonstrated a commitment to ongoing community service and board leadership to local nonprofit organizations.
In addition to her role at the Center for Executive Education at Belmont University supplying the keynote speakers for the past six YLC Fall Leadership Luncheons, Robinson was key to the expansion of the YLC nonprofit board training program into Williamson County in 2013 due to the partnership created with Williamson County Young Professionals. A graduate of YLC Class 26, she currently serves as the chair of the YLC board of directors and is a member of the advisory boards for Tennessee Repertory Theatre and OZ Nashville, a contemporary art space and event venue. She is active in both the Williamson County and Nashville Chambers of Commerce, including serving on the Nashville Chamber’s Midtown Leadership Team and previously as chair for YP Nashville, which connects young professionals to networking, professional development and community involvement.
The Jack C. Massey Graduate School’s graduating Professional Master of Business Administration students for fall 2013 performed in the top 10 percent of students nationally on the MBA Major Field Test produced by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton, N.J. The exam has been administered to more than 25,000 students at 260 graduate business programs across the U.S. since 2009.
“This provides strong evidence that The Massey School is delivering on its commitment to students and employers of offering an excellent part-time evening MBA program. Our students are now proving that they can score very well among their peers at other business schools across the U.S.,” said Joe Alexander, associate dean of The Massey School. “Their performance is a direct reflection of our focus on delivering a high-quality program for working professionals and the individual attention our students receive from our highly-qualified faculty.”
Areas covered on the exam include accounting, finance, management, marketing, and strategic integration. The exam is now administered to graduating MBA students each semester at Massey. Individual students from the Fall 2013 cohort who scored in the Top 10 percent or higher nationally include: Wesley Boling of Brentwood, Andrew Brown of Nashville and Aaron Harris of Nashville.
Among other respected business schools nationwide that have also administered the MBA exam are Louisiana State University, Rollins College, Rutgers University, St. Joseph’s University, Tulane University, University of Florida, University of Nebraska, University of Virginia and Xavier University.
The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business offers high-quality graduate business programs designed for working and aspiring professionals looking to advance or switch careers. The curriculum is designed to provide challenging, yet practical content in a flexible format. Programs are designed to stimulate critical thinking and creative problem solving while encouraging strong communication skills and a solid framework for ethical business decision-making. In addition to core coverage in business administration and accounting, the curriculum is uniquely structured around the themes of entrepreneurship and ethical decision-making across the global economy. All students complete a brief international study-abroad experience as part of their studies.
Communication Studies Assistant Professor Nathan Webb attended the National Communication Association annual conference, where he made four competitively selected academic presentations. Each of the talks related to Webb’s research on and practice of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He presented research on the effects of utilizing service leaning on small group pedagogy, the use of instructor self-disclosure in the classroom and how millennial professors gain credibility with students. He also was selected to share teaching practices in the Great Ideas for Teaching Students division.
Belmont students Mackenzie Watson, Ashley Miller, Maren Richards, Hallie Cunningham, Emma Price, Jessica Porreca, Mikaela Sensley and Brittney Hampshire and Dr. Kimberlee Daus, professor of chemistry, recently 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 County Police Department. Working alongside faculty and students from Vanderbilt and Lipscomb universities, Belmont students and faculty cataloged and counted more than 60 pounds of medication. The National Drug Take-Back Day, set by the Drug Enforcement Agency, provides a service to 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.
Dr. John Niedzwiecki, associate professor of biology, recently presented an invited Departmental Seminar at Middle Tennessee State University. His talk was titled “Comparative Landscape Genetics of Darwin’s Finches.” He also met with graduate students in MTSU’s Molecular Bio-Sciences doctoral program to discuss his and their research programs. (image – john_ niedzwiecki.jpg)
The Fifth Annual Tennessee Physiological Society Meeting was held at Belmont University on Nov. 22 in Beaman A&B. This society, chartered in 2009 as a chapter of The American Physiological Society, seeks to “enhance and advance the field of physiology with all its molecular, cellular, organ and organismal basic and applied disciplines of research and education and unite the Physiologists for this purpose within the State of Tennessee.” Dr. Nick Ragsdale, associate professor of biology, serves as president.
The keynote speakers at the meeting included Dr. Edgar Diaz-Cruz, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Belmont University, who presented “Tamoxifen or letrozole … Which drug will better treat my breast cancer?” There were also poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students from the Middle Tennessee area. Justin Hughes and D’angeleau Newsome from Belmont University earned the best undergraduate presentation award and $100 cash prize.
There were four Belmont biology students that presented research posters. Justin Hughes presented “Study of Caffeine’s Neuroprotective effects on Caenorhabditis Elegans treated with 6-hydroxydopamine.” Taylor Brown presented “HPLC Measured Nucleotide Concentrations in Staphylococcus aureus Infected and Uninfected Caenorhabditis elegans.” Maria Martino presented “The Effect of the Tub-1 Gene on Mortality of Caenorhabditis elegans Infected with Staphylococcus aureus.” D’Angeleau Newsome presented “Affect of Hypoxia Inducible Factor on Mortality of Ceanorhabditis elegans Infected with Staphylococcus aureus.”
Biology Department faculty members Bob Grammer, Steve Murphree, Darlene Panvini, Nick Ragsdale, Jennifer Thomas and Chris Barton attended the 123rd Tennessee Academy of Science Annual Meeting on Nov. 15 at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn.
Twenty-nine Belmont undergraduate research students presented posters at the meeting and attended presentations from graduate students and faculty from a wide variety of Tennessee schools.