Panvini Leads Student Research Group at Belle Forest Cave

cave-1Chair and Professor of Biology Dr. Darlene Panvini and six senior biology majors are conducting research at the Belle Forest Cave Property in Bellevue this summer.  Recently purchased by TennGreen, this four-acre wooded site contains a limestone cave, head water spring and several streams. TennGreen is a nonprofit committed to protecting Tennessee’s natural treasures by creating a network of parks, greenways and wildlife areas across Tennessee.

Student research projects include cataloging macroinvertebrate diversity in the stream, determining relationships between occurrence of earthworms, soil fauna and exotic plants and assessing decomposition rates of native and exotic leaves in the stream and terrestrial plots dominated by exotic and native plants.

Aegis Sciences Announces Pharmacy Fellowship Program

Aegis Sciences Corporation, in partnership with Belmont, recently announced the launch of a pharmacy fellowship program. The fellows will complete an intensive two-year postgraduate training program focused on drug information, evidence-based practice, teaching and research. The Clinical Scientist fellows selected for the 2015-2017 program are Kate Claussen, Pharm.D., and Amber Watson, Pharm.D.

Claussen, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Lipscomb and previously interned and completed a pharmacy rotation at Aegis. Watson, of Hardy, Arkansas, received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee and completed a pharmacy rotation at Aegis.

The program is one of approximately 60 postgraduate pharmacy fellowships in the country and offers a unique training experience in areas not widely available in pharmacy training. Katie Miller, Pharm.D., Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), was named the fellowship director. The fellows will be guided under her leadership and will work closely with the Aegis Clinical Scientist team.

Director of the Christy Houston Foundation Drug Information Center Genevieve Ness, Pharm.D., will be responsible for leading the fellowship training in drug information and guide the fellows’ didactic curriculum and pedagogy at the Belmont’s College of Pharmacy.

“The Clinical Science and Executive Leadership teams at Aegis are thrilled to see this program come to fruition,” said Aegis’ Senior Scientist for Healthcare Services, Anne Z. DePriest, Pharm.D., BCPS. “We have enjoyed a productive partnership with the College of Pharmacy at Belmont for years, but this fellowship program will allow both institutions to provide a truly unique opportunity to educate and train the next generation of pharmacists for work in industry, research, or academia.”

Fadely Recieves VESNIP Credo Award

Achievers.FadelyThirteen Belmont students recently completed the Vanderbilt Experience Student Nurse Internship Program’s Summer 2015 Nurse Residency. Out of these, Tisra Fadely was recognized with the Credo Award for her hard work on the perioperative track. According to her certificate, Fadely “is a student that made our patients the highest priority by communicating effectively with patients and their families and was committed to being a team player.” 

As stated on her certificate, some of her preceptors attested to the qualities Fadely has that earned her the award. “Tisra demonstrates a rare sensitivity and dedication to patient centered care, as well as a keen interest in evidence-based practice. She was consistently kind, attentive and professional. As a coworker, she was respectful, conscientious and hardworking. One of her most impressive attributes is her gracious manner of asking questions and sharing information. She researches questions she has relating to patient care and shares her knowledge with true intellectual enthusiasm. I have found her deeply committed to patient care and genuinely committed to nursing.”

Honors Students Represent Belmont at Christian Scholars Conference.

CSC Attendees

Ellis (2nd from left) and Potts (3rd from left) with two other Honors student panelists at the Christian Scholars Conference

Each year, Belmont’s Honors Program, co-sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Development, selects two outstanding students to present essays at the Christian Scholars’ Conference (CSC). Belmont honors students Sarah Ellis, senior political science major, and Samantha Potts, senior music business major, were recently selected to represent Belmont.

The mission of the CSC is to create and nurture an intellectual and Christian community that joins individuals and institutions to stimulate networks of scholarly dialogue and collaboration.  The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, business, law, education and medicine to develop their own academic research and reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith. Hosted by Abilene Christian University in Texas, this year’s session was titled, “Honors Students at Faith-Based College and Universities: How Do We Respond to Injustice?”

Participants presented an original essay on faith, social justice and public policy before an audience of fellow students and professors.  Ellis discussed her essay, “Social Justice, Faith and Serving Community Needs” and Potts presented “Education, Faith and Public Policy in Disadvantaged Communities.” Ellis and Potts also attended lectures and met with Christian educators from across the country.

According to Dr. J. Warren Casey, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Harding University, the Belmont presenters “were poised and professional and their thoughts were well-received by those in attendance.  After the session, the Honors students pulled together and spent two days telling stories and going to sessions together.  [They] are a delightful pair and, most importantly, they represented Belmont Honors in an outstanding way.”

Hatch Reappointed as National Laboratory Guest Scientist

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Duane Hatch was recently reappointed as a guest scientist in the Bioscience Division, Group B-11, at Los Alamos National Laboratory  in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Originally appointed last June, Hatch’s continued status as a guest scientist allows him to pursue research interests with Laboratory staff scientists Dr. Pete Silks and Dr. Ricardo Marti-Arbona. Hatch is currently spending the summer at the lab working on the synthesis and incorporation of selenium and tellurium-containing amino acids for the elucidation of protein structure and function. Funding for this research comes from a successful Department of Energy proposal submitted by Hatch in January.

For more information, click here.

Pharmacy Teams Travels to Honduras

PharmacyA group of faculty members and a student from Belmont’s College of Pharmacy recently traveled to Honduras as part of the Baptist Medical Dental Mission. Drs. Adam Pace, Leela Kodali, and Emily Russell, a fourth-year student, joined a team of 20 medical professionals for the medical missions trip.

The team set up a medical clinic, dentistry clinic, and pharmacy in a schoolhouse in San Fernando, a rural community in the state of Yoro. Together, they saw more than 1100 patients, dispensed 5300 prescriptions, pulled 240 teeth for 101 patients and distributed 325 eyeglasses. Additionally, the trip included church services and personal evangelism at the medical stations, bringing more than 130 people to Christ.

Pace oversaw the set-up and operation of the dispensing pharmacy, while Kodali provided clinical pharmacy services in the medical clinic by answering providers’ questions about medications and making recommendations about drug therapy.

As part of her advanced pharmacy practice experience, Russell spent the trip primarily in the medical clinic.pharmacy2 Designed for her to compare and contrast the provision of pharmacy services during a mission trip in Honduras to that of a patient population in Nashville, Russell said this experience was incredibly eye-opening.

“I am deeply grateful for this unforgettable experience in the beautiful country of Honduras.   It was a privilege to be able to use my current pharmacy skills as well as new skills I acquired while in Honduras to provide healthcare to the Honduran people,” Russell said. “It amazed me how welcoming, trusting and patient they were with our team.  This trip opened my eyes to the world outside of the United States and reminded me how powerful healthcare can be as a means of ministering to the hearts of people and showing them the love of God.”


Ocean Way Nashville Named as ‘Best Vibe’

Student Affairs PortraitsBelmont’s Ocean Way Studio was recently named in Toronto Paradise’s “Top 10 Recording Studios with the Best Vibes” list. Ranked among studios across the world, the list includes studios in New York, London, Dublin and Los Angeles, among others.

TP describes the importance of a studio’s feel for an artistic touch saying, “For a recording artist, having the right atmosphere to record in is essential. Your surroundings are often highly influential and reflective of the music produced.”

For more information on Belmont’s Ocean Way Nashville, click here.

Skinner Published in The Tennessean, Describes Cuba’s ‘Reawakening’

Dr. Kathy Skinner

Director of International Student and Scholar Services Dr. Kathy Skinner recently published an article in The Tennessean titled, “Belmont University Official: Cuba is Reawakening.” A follow-up to her recent trip to Cuba, Skinner described her experience with the first Fulbright Insight Tour to Cuba where she gained insight into Cuban culture and met with Cuban architects, economists and musicians to discuss the country’s culture, economy and infrastructure.

Skinner said she is interested in Cuban history and culture, taking care to notice the ins and outs of life for the country. “My first impressions of Cuba were of grinding poverty…gorgeous European-style architecture from the Spanish era and vintage American cars from the 1950s.” Skinner goes on to describe the country’s culture, economic status and ultimately, its “reawakening.”

To read Skinner’s article in full, click here.

Schwarzmeier Receives Max Kade Foundation Grant for Student Travel


Fifteen  students participating in the 2015 Belmont in Berlin: German Summer Study Abroad program were recently awarded $1200 travel grants as part of an $18,000 grant from the Max Kade Foundation received by Associate Professor of German Dr. Regine Schwarzmeier.

The study abroad program will provide the students with a full immersion experience to begin their German language studies or further develop existing skills, as well as offer a first-hand glimpse of German culture. From July 3 until August 1, the students will attend language courses appropriate to their skill level and deepen their understanding of the German culture on walking tours through Berlin’s historic city center and on the traces of the former Berlin Wall, learn about the history and presence of Jewish life, discover new urban developments, go to world famous museums and enjoy a night at the opera.

On an excursion to Potsdam they will visit Sanssouci Palace and tour its beautiful gardens. In Babelsberg, they will take a look at the history of the world’s oldest large-scale film studio. During a weekend in Dresden they will discover the beauty of the city also known as the Florence on the Elbe River.

For more information on this program and others, click here.

Hatch Receives Patent for Research

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Duane Hatch recently received a patent for one of his research projects titled, “Synthetic Ligands for the Differentiation of Closely Related Toxins and Pathogens.”  The inventors are Suri Saranathan Iyer of Cincinnati, Ohio, Duane Michael Hatch of Nashville, Tennessee, Ramesh Ratan Kale of Maharashtra, India, Alison Ann Weiss of Cincinnati, Ohio, Shantini Dodampe Gamage of Cleves, Ohio and Colleen M. McGannon of Lorain, Ohio.

The patent is based on one of Hatch’s research interests that involves detecting and differentiating pathogens (bacteria, viruses and protein toxins) using synthetic ligands. This method of detection allows for real-time monitoring, and by using tailored ligands, closely related pathogens can be selectively detected.

For more information, click here.

Sullenberger’s Research Published in The Atlantic

SullenbergerMediumAssociate Professor of Social Work Dr. Sabrina Sullenberger has been working with four former colleagues from Indiana University on a five year, ongoing research project to study attitudes of poverty and construction of social class.

Sullenberger and her team’s research was recently featured in an article in The Atlantic entitled, “Teenagers are Losing Confidence in the American Dream.” For more information, click here.

Students Push Nashforward, Participate in Mayoral Town Hall Debate

mayoral debate june 2015-147Belmont University and The Tennessean recently presented Nashforward, the city’s premiere mayoral debate series, with broadcast partner, WSMV-TV. The first of two debates was held Thursday, May 21 and featured Nashville’s seven mayoral candidates in a traditional debate-style event.

The second debate, structured around Nashville’s ever-growing millennial demographic and organized in a town-hall style format, was held on June 18 in Belmont’s McAfee Concert Hall. The event featured 14 community members, including seven Belmont students, who sat on stage and asked questions that are top of mind for voters this season, especially millennial voters.

A number of topics were discussed including education, affordable housing and transportation, among others, and candidates had the opportunity to share what their administration would value, if elected. Candidates also participated in a “lightening round” that required creative, quick-witted answers to questions like, “What country music song do you think best represents your experience in Nashville?” and others.

mayoral debate june 2015-186Belmont’s seven student participants worked with debate moderator David Plazas of the Tennessean earlier this semester to review recent candidate interviews and write short profiles that were published both online and in print. Students were then given the opportunity to serve as the event escort for the candidate they profiled and sit on stage for the town hall-style debate. Prior to the event, students created short videos encouraging the Nashville community to tune in.

Student participant and junior political science major Hayden Rutledge said this experience was one that gave him a closer look into Nashville’s local politics, while learning more about his own interests. “Through working with the Tennessean on the Nashfoward debates, I was able to not only have an impact on my community, but I was also give the opportunity to better myself,” Rutledge said.

Stewart Recognized for Career Successes

sarita_stewartAssistant Professor of Entertainment and Industry Studies Sarita Stewart has had a busy few months.

Stewart recently wrote a chapter in the 3rd edition of Research Methods in Communication entitled,  “TV, Radio and Music Research,” with co-authors Dr. Louisa Ha from Bowling Green State University and Jeff Green of Stone Door Media Lab. The book came out in February through Vision Press and is available for the fall 2015 semester.

In March, Stewart presented two papers at the Midwinter Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. On May 14, she was part of the Music Educators Meetup panel at the Music Business Association. Stewart and the other panelists gave presentations on their music business programs, which evolved into a group discussion among a number of music educators of current teaching trends in this type of program.

Most recently, Stewart was quoted in two articles in the San Francisco Chronicle on her perspective about the future of music streaming. In response to Apple’s recent release of Apple Music, a streaming service similar to that of Pandora or Spotify, Stewart is quoted saying, “The future of music is streaming, so in order to remain competitive … they need to enter this space. I think it’s a really exciting development and it really means (streaming music) has gone mainstream. We’re getting to the point where more people are actively using it.”

And of the many features specific to Apple, Stewart added, ““They are taking the best of the different elements. They have been able to see some of the pitfalls in the current models, and they might be able to bring in different elements to circumvent those challenges.”

To read the second article, click here.

Rogers Recognized in Best of the Bar

Jason RogerscVice President for Administration and University Counsel Dr. Jason Rogers was recently named a 2015 Corporate Best of the Bar by the Nashville Business Journal. The NBJ took nominations from the community for a person that should be recognized in the legal profession. Nominees were divided into categories and voted on, and the featured nominees earned the highest amount of votes. Rogers answered four questions in his NBJ profile, which was featured in the print edition, section two, on June 12.

What is the biggest misconception people have about lawyers from TV? That we are all snappy dressers.

What three qualities are most needed to make it in the legal profession? Compassion, integrity, hard work.

What is the strangest request a client has made of you? Participate in a dessert bake-off to raise money for my non-profit client.

If there was one part of the legal process you could change, what would it be, and why? Our tendency as lawyers to think that we add value to a transaction the more complicated we make it. This undermines public confidence in our profession.

Whitehead Wins Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition

HeadshotPatty Whitehead, a third-year law student at Belmont’s College of Law, was recently named the 2015 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition winner. Sponsored by the TBA Environmental Law Section, the Hastings award is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law and is open to law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school.

Whitehead’s paper “Opportunities for Environmental Justice Review in Title V Permits Under the Tennessee Air Quality Act” addresses disproportionate air quality among minority and low-income communities under Title V permit rules.

Seymore Wins Essay Contest, Conference Scholarship

ShaunaShauna Seymore, human resources assistant, won first place for her essay and received a full scholarship for the College and University Professional Association for HR (CUPA-HR) annual conference to include all registration, airfare and hotel costs.  The September 2015 conference invites HR professionals from across the country for speakers and workshops to gain critical knowledge and insight on pressing higher education HR issues.

York Releases First Book in Children’s Book Series

?????Belmont University Director of Alumni Communication & Young Alumni and 2002 alumnus Adam D. York recently released his first children’s book, “Meet Penny Nickels” with WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan.

“Meet Penny Nickels,” the first in “The Adventures of Penny Nickels,” introduces Penny, a copper-haired girl who lives with her parents, Bill and Sharon Nickels, and her pet Chihuahua, Dinero, in the town of Stewardville. Readers join Penny in learning the true meaning and importance of living live as a good steward.

As a former minister, writer and curriculum editor for children, teens and young adults, York developed a passion for helping individuals learn about the importance of stewardship. York, a native of Jamestown, Tennessee, graduated from Belmont with a degree in theological studies and  completed a Master of Christian Studies from Union University in 2010.

York hopes the series will help children and parents discover ways to use their  talents, skills and passions to make a difference in the world through giving, serving and being good managers of God-given resources.

For more information, click here.

Offices of Communications and University Marketing and Public Relations Earn High Marks at Annual Conference

2015 Awards (2)

Belmont’s Offices of Communications and University Marketing and Public Relations recently attended the annual Tennessee College Public Relations Association conference in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and came home with a number of awards including the “Gold” (first place) designation for the 2014 View Book. The View Book was also named as one of five finalists from all 300 entries for the conference’s “Best in Show” award.

Additional awards included:

- Bronze in Media Relations Campaign for coverage of the 2014-2015 men’s basketball team’s academic success, both on and off the court

- Bronze in Reports for the University’s 2014 Annual Report

- Bronze in Sports Photography for an image taken during this year’s NCAA Selection Sunday Watch Party when the Bruins learned of their No. 15 seed and match-up against the University of Virginia Cavaliers

- Bronze in Spot News Photography for an image published in the 2014 Annual Report of students surrounding campus’s infamous Bell Tower during the annual Life Under the Tower Welcome Week event



Stewart and Turner Present at International Summit on Service-Learning

Achievers.StewartandTurner Belmont’s Director of Service-Learning Tim Stewart and Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship Dr. Bernard Turner presented at the 6th International Summit on Service-Learning at the University of Indianapolis, held May 27–30. Their presentation, “Connecting Campus to Community: Integrating a Web-based Software Platform to Support Service-learning and Civic Engagement,” shared Belmont’s experience with the implementation of the “Get Connected” software platform, designed to assist in better connecting campus to community service opportunities and tracking student involvement.

The summit was co-organized by the University of Indianapolis and Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa, and co-sponsored by Bellarmine University and Indiana Campus Compact. This year’s bi-annual symposium focused on Service-Learning as a Global Interdisciplinary Movement: Transforming Communities & Higher Education, and drew nearly 180 participants from eight countries including Australia, Egypt, Canada, China, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States.

Faculty Members Selected as Featured Recitalists for International Conference

ITG2015 - ThursdaySchool of Music Professor and Coordinator of Instrumental Studies Joel Treybig, Faculty Member Andrew Risinger and Trumpeter Adam Hayes were recently lauded as featured recitalists at the 2015 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Treybig, Risinger and Hayes performed works for two trumpets and organ from their CD “Lux et Lapis,” and the hour-long concert concluded with the premier of Treybig’s own “Prince of Denmark’s March Fantasy,” bringing the audience to their feet at the close of the concert.

Belmont Student Ensemble Performs at Trumpet Guild

ITG2015 - ThursdayA trumpet ensemble comprised of twelve Belmont student trumpeters and a timpanist performed by invitation last week at the 2015 International Trumpet Guild conference, held this year in Columbus, Ohio.

Conducted by Professor and Coordinator of Instrumental Studies Joel Treybig, the ensemble performed Brian Balmage’s “Soundings,” Giovanni Gabrielli’s ”Canzona noni toni a 12,” and a new piece by Belmont School of Music Lecturer David McKay, “Canonics.” The performances were held in the historic St. Patrick Church on May 28.


Faculty Attend, Present at Teaching Professor Conference

The Teaching Center, with support from the Office of General Education, organized a group of 10 Belmont faculty members who traveled together to the annual Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, May 29-31.  Belmont conference participants, from six different colleges, included the following graduate and undergraduate faculty members: Cathy Hill (Business and FYS), Ann Coble (Religion and FYS), Marnie Vanden Noven (Sport Science), Chris Barton (Biology), Nathan Webb (Communication Studies), Amy Ham (Pharmacy), Marilyn Odom (Pharmacy), Joan Li (Asian Studies and Chinese Language), Renee Brown (Physical Therapy) and Mike Pinter (Mathematics and Teaching Center).

mike pinterPinter presented a poster session titled “Two Engaging Activities for Student or Faculty Groups” in which he described the Three-Hat Game (with its counterintuitive outcome), the Dekaaz poetry form (including random generation of form variations), suggestions for using the activities with groups, and the connection for both activities to binary numbers.  The conference offered hands-on workshops, plenary sessions with teaching and learning scholars, dozens of concurrent sessions and a variety of poster presentations.  Because of the cross-disciplinary nature of the conference, participants had the opportunity to interact with college and university teachers from around the country in explorations connected to promoting enhanced teaching and learning outcomes.  Many of the presentations were related to the scholarship of teaching and learning as well as the scholarships of integration and application.

Mike Curb Receives Historic Preservation Achievement Award

Curb Historic Preservation Award

(From L to R) Don Cusic, Mayor Karl Dean, Mike and Linda Curb.

Longtime Belmont supporter and trustee emeritus Mike Curb was honored by the Metro Historical Commission with the highest honor, The Achievement Award, recognizing his commitment to preservation, education and advocacy of Nashville history.

Mayor Karl Dean presented the award to Curb during the Metro Nashville Historical Commission’s 40th Annual Preservation Awards at the Nashville Downtown Public Library on May 19. Curb was chosen because of his work in preserving Historic RCA Studio B, the Quonset Hut, the RCA Building, RCA Studio A and Music Row.

In his introduction of Curb, Commission member and Belmont Professor of Music Business Don Cusic stated that “Nashville is known as Music City U.S.A, Music Row is the heart of Music City, and Mike Curb is the heart of Music Row.”

In addition to his strong influence in the greater Nashville community, Curb’s contributions to Belmont have also led the University to name both the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business and the Curb Event Center in his honor. 

Student Performs on Vans Warped Tour

James MorrisBelmont junior and singer/songwriter James Morris will be returning to the Vans Warped Tour for the July 1 Nashville date at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds and will be making appearances at the Project Connect Nashville tent. Morris previously performed during Vans Warped Tour’s 2012 west coast leg.

The release of Morris’s 4th album, “Catch Fire,” has recently been announced by Red Plate Entertainment. The album includes the song “The World Will Be Ours” featured in the film “Playing Party Politics,” one of the selected short film finalists in the Cannes Film Festival. The album is available now on iTunes.

To follow Morris’s musical journey, click here.

Murphree Gives Presentations and Leads Labs for Elementary School Children

Brain.27May2015Belmont Professor of Biology Dr. Steve Murphree recently gave two talks about insects in nature to the home schooled children at Whole Heart Primary School (WHP) in Nashville. WHP provides weekly hands-on enrichment classes for their kindergarten – 6th grade children.

Following those presentations, Murphree, again this year, was one of the demonstrators at the Sam Davis Home Days on the Farm event and presented a talk titled, “Insects and Disease in the War Between the States.” This very popular living history event is attended by almost 1,000 elementary school students each day and features more than 20 demonstrations. It lets the visitors find out what life was like in the 19th century.

On May 27, Murphree led two student Home School Science Discoveries labs, with 24 children each, entitled “Learning About Brains (Dissection Lab).” The labs were held in the Wedgewood Academic Center building and were for children entering grades 6-12.

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