Murray Presents at Gathering for Young Organists

organEnglish Professor Douglas Murray served as a guest clinician at OrgelFest, a East Tennessee gathering for young organists, sponsored by the Department of Music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Murray discussed Renaissance and Baroque traditions and techniques of improvisation and coached three students in a masterclass on improvisation.  He closed the three hour session with three improvisations, each in a different style, on a given hymn tune.

Murray was the runner-up in the National Competition in Organ Improvisation, held last June in Boston, Massachusetts.



Stover and Paine Organize and Present at Japan Studies Association Conference


Dr. Andrea Stover


Dr. John Paine

Andrea Stover and John Paine, professors in the English department, attended the Japan Studies Association (JSA) annual conference Jan. 7-10 in San Diego, California.

Stover serves on the board for JSA and was a co-organizer for the conference. Paine edits the Japan Studies Association Journal, JSA’s professional journal and presented and directed discussion of Kenko, Essays in Idleness, a medieval classic of Japanese aesthetics in plenary session.



Spinelli and Frame Published in Pharmacy Journal

Frame Achievers

Dr. Tracy Frame

Spinelli Achievers

Dr. Alisa Spinelli

Drs. Alisa Spinelli and Tracy Frame, assistant professors in the College of Pharmacy, were recently published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, a professional journal for pharmacy education.

Spinelli published “Assessing the Value of a Pharmacy Student First Aid Volunteer Experience at a Large Venue Sporting Event,”an article co-written by Drs. Randell Doty and Melonie Stanton from the University of Florida.

Their research assessed the perceived value to pharmacy students in volunteering at first aid stations during University of Florida football games. The study concluded that the volunteer opportunity significantly improved the confidence of pharmacy student participants in providing patient care activities and recognizing patients who were experiencing a medical emergency.

In November, Frame published an article entitled, “Student Perceptions of a Self-Care Course Taught Exclusively by Team-Based Learning and Utilizing Twitter”, co-written by Drs. Kelly Wright and Melody Hartzler from Cedarville University in Ohio.

The objective of their research was to assess student perceptions of the use of team-based learning (TBL) and Twitter in an Introduction to Self-Care course. Overall, their study revealed TBL use in the course as favorable, but course improvements were needed, such as increasing the course to three credit hours and reshaping the use of social media to better engage students in discussion beyond the classroom.

Skinner and Jewell named Co-Presidents of Tennessee Chapter of Fulbright Association

Dr. Kathy Skinner

Dr. Kathy Skinner

Shelley Jewell

Shelley Jewell

Director of Study Abroad Shelley Jewell and Director of International Student Services Kathy Skinner were recently named co-presidents of the Tennessee Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

The Fulbright Association is a private, nonprofit and nonpolitical organization whose members are Fulbright Program alumni and friends of international education. The Association supports international educational, cultural exchange and mutual understanding among the peoples of the world.

“Having the co-presidents of the Tennessee Chapter on campus will encourage further awareness of the Fulbright Program and promotion of theoutstanding academic opportunities available to Belmont students and faculty,” said Skinner.

More information on the Fulbright student exchange program can be found here.



Slay Carr Presents at Jazz Education Network Conference

Carr Achievers

Associate Professor of Music Business Cheryl Slay Carr presented two lectures, “Jazz Industry Best Business Practices” and “Copyright Law & the Business of Jazz,” at the 2015 Jazz Education Network Conference in San Diego.

Slay Carr is a member of the board of directors of the Jazz Education Network (JEN) and chairs the JEN Jazz Industry & Music Business Committee.

Voight Appointed to Scientific Advisory Committee for Performance Health

Achievers Voight

Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Michael Voight has been appointed to Performance Health Academy’s 2015 Scientific Advisory Committee. The Committee is comprised of eighteen individuals from around the world who have expertise in physical therapy, chiropractics, exercise science, athletic training and massage therapy.

Performance Health is a leading manufacturer of rehabilitation and wellness products sold in the U.S. and more than sixty countries. The Performance Health Academy was formed to document the benefits of resistance exercise and pain relief and guide the company in its development of new products and exercise programs.

For more information on the Academy, click here.



Alumna Dorinda Moss Named Politico Person to Watch

Belmont alumna Dorinda Moss was recently named as a Politico “Person to Watch,” due to her great success as a political fundraiser. Moss oversees national finance operations at Reclaim America, Sen. Marco Rubio’s leadership PAC.

In 2003, Moss moved to Washington to work for George W. Bush’s re-election campaign. She then served as finance director for the National Republic Senatorial Committee’s 2010 and 2012 cycles and helped raise more than $200 million.

In a recent article on, Moss’s NRSC co-worker Brian Walsh  said, “To be a successful fundraiser, you have to have a unique ability to connect with people and be extraordinarily efficient and organized. That unique combination… Dorinda is able to capture all of that.”

Moss began her career as a junior at Belmont when she worked for Fred Thompson’s Senate re-election campaign in the summer of 1996. On her first day she was placed in the finance department, a vital part of Thompson’s team.

Since then, Moss has continued to build her financial résumé by working with the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2003 and 2004 as well as the Republican National Committee’s Raiser’s Edge and Regents Program. She has worked on the fundraising team for the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee, Thompson’s 2008 presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions for Winning the Future and the Tennessee Republican Party.

Alumna Jena Locke Named Vice President of The Andrews Agency

Jena Locke3Alumna Jena Locke, a 2009 Belmont graduate, was recently named vice president of The Andrews Agency, a full service public relations, marketing and event management firm for restaurant, development and automotive clients in Nashville. Locke was an account supervisor before being promoted.

While working on her degree in public relations, Locke interned at both The Onion in Los Angeles and Nashville’s Katcher Vaughn & Bailey Public Relations. Since graduating, Locke has served on Belmont’s Public Relations Department Advisory Board and Young Alumni Council.

In addition to her academic and career work, Locke supports the Nashville Public Library Foundation as the community campaign events committee chair and as a founding member and vice president of their Next Chapter Society Young Professionals group. She is also a founding member of the Friends of the Food Bank Steering Committee supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Locke was recently named one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 for her professional success and philanthropic involvement.

Belmont Students Launch Bear House Writer Management

 Bear House Writer Management members with Warner/Chappell EVP, Ben Vaughn, at a meeting this past November.

Bear House Writer Management members with Warner/Chappell EVP, Ben Vaughn, at a meeting this past November.

Students from the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business launched a songwriter management organization this past fall, aiming to be a bridge between Belmont University and Music Row. The student-run organization, Bear House Writer Management, hopes to provide students with networking opportunities, meetings with industry professionals and exposure to other songwriters.

Through Bear House, selected student writers are paired with student managers in order to help both sides realize and harness their full potential. The organization currently supports nine student songwriters, including Devin Dawson who recently gained recognition after releasing a Taylor Swift mashup with Louisa Wendorff, which was shared by Taylor herself.

Bear House also works with Eric Burgett, who opened for Phil Vassar this past December, Hunter Leath who released his EP, From Where You Are, on Jan. 6 and Hannah Rand who performed at Belmont’s Best Of The Best Showcase last year as the winner of an ASCAP Writers’ Night. Bear House Writer Management’s roster also includes Bailee Rainwater, Emily Landis, Jillian Linklater, Johnny Murphy and Shawn Gough.

You can learn more about Bear House Writer Management by clicking here or by contacting them directly at

Alumna Boo Detch’s Cadbury Crème Egg Video goes Viral

Boo Detch - Photo Credit Sara LukasiewiczAfter a recent announcement of a recipe alteration for the Cadbury Egg, 2011 music business alumna Barbara “Boo” Detch put her feelings into song. The witty youtube video has since skyrocketed to over 36,000 views, and Detch has been featured on news outlets all over the United Kingdom, as well as a recent BuzzFeed article.

The song express her grievances over the new candy, with a lighthearted feel and lyrics to match.

“I don’t want no peanut butter! I don’t want no caramel!
All I want is your creme in a milk chocolately covered shell!”

Detch is hoping Cadbury will take notice. Click here to watch the video.

While at Belmont, Detch was the president of the Belmont University Songwriters Association. She is now living in Los Angeles, California, pursuing a career in music.  Hear more of her music here.

Dean Gonzales Named Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow


College of Law Dean Alberto Gonzales has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 801 attorneys across the state. Invitations to membership, which is a position of honor, were extended to 29 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees.  The introduction of new Fellows took place at the annual Fellows’ Dinner in Nashville. 

The Bar Foundation’s purpose is to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and to administer a grant making program.  That program, The Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, has awarded grants in excess of $20-million to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.

Blash Featured in Health Information Technology Textbook

anthony blash_1Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Dr. Anthony Blash was recently selected as one of 13 professionals featured in the 2014 publication of Careers in Health Information Technology, a health information technology (HIT) textbook by Brian T. Malec.

The text describes the depth and breadth of job opportunities and careers currently available in HIT and helps readers enter and advance within the expanding field. Blash is featured in the chapter, “HIT Careers in the Education and Training Sector.”

Farringer Published in American Health Lawyers Association Journal

deborahfarringerAssistant Professor of Law Deborah Farringer and Nashville Attorney Thomas Bartrum (Baker Donelson) co-authored “They’re Back! The Rise of the Narrow Network in Health Care Exchanges and How it May Impact Academic Medical Centers,” an article that was recently published in Connections, the American Health Lawyers Association journal. 

Farringer has made her mark in the healthcare law industry with her numerous publications and speaking engagements.  She currently teaches Health Care Business & Finance and Health Law Practicum and is the faculty advisor for the Health Law Society.  

To read the published article, click here.

Dudley Presents Research Paper at Jazz Education Network Conference


Assistant Professor of Music Bruce Dudley presented his research paper, “The Legacy of Jazz Pianist Phineas Newborn Jr. Revived: Transcriptions and Tutorials – An Online Resource” and conducted clinics with two high school jazz bands at the annual Jazz Education Network national conference in San Diego on Jan. 10.

During the presentation, Dudley unveiled note-for-note transcriptions  taken from recordings made by jazz pianist Phineas Newborn Jr. between 1956 and 1969.  The Estate of Phineas Newborn Jr. and his son, Phineas Newborn III, will be publishing these transcriptions, along with annotated performance analysis.

Dudley will soon create video tutorials that will demonstrate how to practice the transcriptions, as well as illustrate other ways to use Newborn’s musical techniques of arrangement and improvisation for aspiring pianists. Find these and more here.

Yeo Presents at Annual Modern Languages Association Meeting


Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jayme Yeo recently delivered her paper, “‘Dere dame, to-day demay you neuer’: Gendering Fear in the Emotional Community of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” at the annual meeting of the Modern Languages Association ​in early January. The paper, which is slated to be published in Exemplaria in 2016, explores the relationship between gender and fear in the medieval poem’s imaginative community.

Dr. Yeo specializes in Renaissance devotional poetry, Nationalism and Civil Unrest. For more information about Dr. Yeo, click here.

College of Theology and Christian Ministry Faculty Member Anthony Presents at UnderCurrent

dane-anthony2Field Education Advisor and College of Theology and Christian Ministry Faculty Member Dane Anthony was chosen to present at UnderCurrent, a gathering exploring the ideas of faith, vocation, community and culture in a TedTalks presentation format. The gathering on Jan. 14 was entitled “Creativity in Work” and featured Anthony and four other speakers.

Anthony has been with Belmont for 25 years and has served in various positions from university minister to associate dean of students to faculty member. He currently teaches New Testament and film courses, exploring the teachings of Jesus on love, forgiveness, sacrifice and redemption. As the College’s Field Education Advisor, Anthony works with student interns. In these positions, he is able to engage in conversations on a daily basis about meaning, purposes and the pursuit of those places where Gospel truths intersect our lives.

For more information on UnderCurrent and the information presented, click here.

Enactus Students Aid Nonprofit to Win Award, Cash Prize

strings for hopeStrings for Hope, a local nonprofit being supported by Belmont Enactus, recently was awarded $10,000 from the Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” community giving program.

Strings for Hope creates handcrafted jewelry made from recycled guitar strings, many of which are donated by celebrities. The concept is to sell jewelry handcrafted from the recycled strings and then use the profits to support food distribution programs, healthcare clinics and other causes. As seen in past projects, Belmont Enactus aids String for Hope, and other social enterprises, with business startup and development.

ENACTUS student Graham Spencer-Orrell explained,  ”We meet regularly to discuss strategies and plans for the future. In addition, everyone has projects to work on regularly, from financial modeling, to creating marketing campaigns, to writing blog posts and reports. Many of our team also have a hand in producing the bracelets. ”

Through partnerships with Nashville musicians, recently including Steven Curtis Chapman and Belmont alumni group Florida Georgia Line, the students’ connections prove that Nashville is the perfect combination of music and community spirit.


Student Start-Up Accepted to Entrepreneurship Center Accelerator

What's Hubbin'What’s Hubbin’, a company run by Belmont juniors Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel, was recently named as one of eight start-ups selected to take part in Project Music, the Nashville Entrepreneurship Center’s (EC) most recent accelerator.

Created last year, Project Music was born of a partnership between the EC and the Country Music Association to support and encourage entrepreneurial innovation throughout the music industry. Project Music is the first music and technology business accelerator that has come from the EC.

The program will begin on Jan. 18 and will run for a 14-week period. What’s Hubbin’, along with the seven other participating start-ups, will receive a $30,000 capital investment in exchange for an equity stake in their company. Program investors include Digital Entertainment Ventures, Google, Creative Artists Agency, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Universal Music Group, DevDigital, Red Light Management and Galante Entertainment.


Interprofessional Workshop Offered During Graduate Health Science Orientation

interprofessional orientation-139Last week first year graduate students in the College of Health Sciences & Nursing had their first experience working and learning together under the guidance of more than 25 volunteer faculty.  Using a case study approach, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy graduate students worked together to design the best treatment plan for an elderly patient with complex health problems. The new students then tackled the “Marshmallow Challenge,” a fun and creative exercise designed to encourage teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity.

College of Health Sciences & Nursing Dean Dr. Cathy Taylor said, “According to the World Health Organization (2010), ‘interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.’ Emerging evidence links interprofessional (IP) teams to better patient outcomes. As we move into the next phase of healthcare reform, licensed professionals must be able to work effectively in teams and communicate vital patient information clearly.”

Treybig and Risinger Featured on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams”

Cover photo for the trio's CD "Lux et Lapis"

Cover photo for the trio’s CD, Lux et Lapis

School of Music faculty members Joel Treybig, trumpet, and Andrew Risinger, organ, played with fellow trumpet musician Adam Hayes on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams.” The broadcast featured a performance of Kevin McKee’s piece Lux et Lapis– Music for Two Trumpets and Organ. 

The national broadcast took place the week of Dec. 29 and can be heard online here Lux et Lapis was released by Curvepoint Media and features and eclectic mix of music from the 1600s to the present.


Bennett Selected for Competitive Journalism Fellowship

Sybril_BennettMedia Studies Professor Sybril Bennett was recently selected as one of 15 professors from across the country to attend  the fifth annual Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The 15 fellows were competitively selected, and their training, transportation, lodging, materials and meals were provided at no cost.

During the five-day institute, Bennett studied many topics including journalism and entrepreneurship, with featured sessions on “How to Build What’s Next for News,” “The Economic Impact of Hispanics in the U.S.” and “Turning Ideas into Products: Collaborating on Campus,” among others.

The Jan. 4-8 event was made possible through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Co. The Institute was led by Cronkite Professor of Practice Dan Gillmor, an internationally recognized author and leader in new media and entrepreneurship.

“In a media world where change is accelerating, tomorrow’s journalists will need to understand and appreciate the startup culture,” Gillmor said. “We’re grateful to our funder and the terrific speakers who are helping to ensure that entrepreneurship will become a component of our fellows’ programs.”

Bennett created Belmont’s entrepreneurial media course years ago knowing students would need those skills to thrive in the digital world. With a focus on the importance of these skills, Belmont has committed to offer a journalism entrepreneurship class next year.


Alumni Group Florida Georgia Line Tops Forbes’s 30 Under 30

The duo back in 2012 at a visit to Belmont.

The duo back in 2012 at a visit to Belmont.

Belmont alumni group Florida Georgia Line topped the Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list as the No. 1 influential act for the 2014 music category.

Members of the group Tyler Hubbard, 27, and Brian Kelley, 29, met at Belmont and quickly bonded over their mutual love of country and rap music. From there, the duo went on to name their band after the line that divides their home states, Florida and Georgia. It was not long after their Belmont days that they were breaking records with their hit single, “Cruise,” which became the most downloaded country song of all time. On top of that, their most recent album, “Anything Goes,” sold more than 197,000 copies in its first week.

Forbes compiled this list, complete with profiles and stunning pictures. A video interview with the Belmont graduates can be found here.



Mathematics Professor Neophytou Published in Integral Equations and Operator Theory

maria_neophytouBelmont Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Maria Neophytou recently published an article in the most recent issue of Integral Equations and Operator Theory (IEOT). The article is titled “Eigenvalues of Adjoints of Certain Composition Operators and Weighted Composition Operators”. For the full article, click here

The IEOT is devoted to the publication of current research in integral equations, operator theory and related topics with emphasis on the linear aspects. The journal reports on the full scope of current developments from abstract theory to numerical methods and applications to analysis, physics, mechanics, engineering and others.

Elliott Interviewed on WSM’s ‘The Music Row Show’

ElliottJames I. Elliott, assistant professor and chair of Belmont’s songwriting major, was a guest Jan. 4 on “The Music Row Show,” which airs on WSM-AM radio and on the web at

Elliott was interviewed about his songwriting success and his teaching in the songwriting program at Belmont University. Some of Elliott’s songs–recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman, Ginny Owens and Shenandoah–were played during the broadcast. Elliott also took the opportunity to highlight the success of some of his past students, including Florida Georgia Line and Clare Dunn (Universal Records) as well as the recent success of songwriting majors Louisa Wendorff and Devin Dawson Durrett whose YouTube video has garnered more than 9.5 million views since Taylor Swift tweeted about it the week before Christmas.

McEntire Published in Review and Expositor Journal

mark-mcentire2Belmont Professor of Biblical Studies Mark McEntire recently published an article, “From Bound and Gagged to Swimming in the Water of Life: How God Breaks and Heals Ezekiel​”  in the Review and Expositor. 

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