Coble Publishes Article Honoring Clarence Jordan

Achievers.The College of Theology and Christian Ministry is pleased to announce that Lecturer in Religion Dr. Ann Coble published a paper in the edited volume Roots in the Cotton Patch, honoring Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch Versions of the New Testament. 

Dr. Coble’s paper is titled “The Cotton Patch Versions:  Why do we love them so much?” This book is one of two volumes that were given at The Clarence Jordan Symposium.  Dr. Coble participated in the symposium, which featured a number of well-known speakers, including President Jimmy Carter.

Sheahan Presents at Music Library Association National Conference

Acheiver.SheahanBelmont Music Librarian Lina Sheahan, with Music Librarian at West Chester University in Pennsylvania Tim Sestrick, co-presented their paper “Changing Lives One Note at a Time: Library Internships for Undergraduate Music Majors” at the Music Library Association National Conference in Denver on Feb. 26.

During the presentation, they presented their experiences as intern and supervisor and described the high-impact learning experience students can have as library interns in music. The paper was originally published in Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice in spring of 2014.

Belmont Vision Finds Success at Southeast Journalism Conference

Achievers.JouralismStudentsBelmont journalism students found great success at the annual Southeast Journalism Conference in Atlanta last weekend, Feb. 27-28.

In the onsite competition where students compete in live events by reporting, writing, shooting pictures and taking tests, Belmont placed second overall and six students placed individually:

Rebecca Arnold, placed first in Copy Editing
Courtney Martinez, placed first in Current Events
Nick Yacovazzi, placed first in Arts and Entertainment Writing
Kirk Bado, placed first in Media Ethics
Riley Wallac, placed third in Opinion/Editorial Writing
Sam Cowan, honorable mention in Sports Writing.

The Belmont Vision competed with more than 40 universities from a seven-state region in the Best of the South competition, in which the students submitted articles and videos published in 2014. The online newspaper won Best College Website and the University had its best-ever showing, bringing home eight awards:

The Vision, placed first as Best College Website
Emily Proud, placed first as Best Feature Writer and seventh as Best TV Journalist
Nick Yacovazzi, placed third in Best Arts and Entertainment Writing
Lauren Craddock, placed seventh in Best Magazine Writing
Andrew Hunt, placed eighth as Best Press Photographer
Katie Greene, placed 10th in Best Opinion/Editorial Writing
Grayson Hester, tied for sixth in Best Special Events Reporting

Passion Partners Promote Purity Project

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Passion Partners representatives spoke to Belmont students on Monday, Feb. 23 to promote four ongoing projects aiding African countries. The non-profit is currently working with Belmont Nurses Christian Fellowship to gain support for their Purity Project, a program that teaches African girls about self-worth and the love of Christ while providing hygiene products to keep the girls in school.

On March 16, there will be an event at Sweet Cece’s in Hillsboro Village with three performers from 7-9 p.m. to collect donations and feminine hygiene products, and 20 percent of the proceeds from the evening will go to the Purity Project. There will be donation boxes placed around campus leading up to the event. The organization hopes to reach its goal of collecting 10,000 pads.

To learn more about what Passion Partners are doing, click here. 

Public Relations Students Earn Certificate in Principles of Public Relations

All six Belmont public relations students who took the new, nationally-administered public relations exam earned their Certificate of Principles in Public Relations. These six students participated in the 1-credit preparation course piloted at Belmont in the fall. The Public Relations Department has since incorporated the preparation material into a remodeled 3-credit senior capstone course that began this semester.

The six students to receive their Certificate are:

  • Mary Anna Davis, public relations major, expected graduation May 2015
  • Kacy Gieg, public relations major, expected graduation May 2015
  • Kristin Hinkley Moore, public relations major, graduated December 2014
  • Lane Sasser, public relations major, expected graduation May 2015
  • Nicole Smart, public relations management major, expected graduation May 2015
  • Kate Wilke, public relations major, expected graduation May 2015

“This is a tremendous achievement for the students, and their success is a testament to the high-quality education they have gained from the courses and instruction in our department,” said Public Relations Professor Dr. Kevin Trowbridge. “This inaugural success has set the bar high while also providing some valuable data to help us further develop our undergraduate program to meet the demands of the strategic communication landscape.”

To learn more about this certificate, click here.

Admissions Materials Win Awards of Excellence in CASE Competition

AdmissionsMaterialsThe latest round of Admissions materials, created for recruiting Fall 2015-2017 entering classes, won two Awards of Excellence from the CASE District III competition, presented last week at the annual conference in Orlando, Florida. Created as a collaboration between Admissions, University Marketing and Public Relations and Communications, the materials scored acclaim in the Print and Digital Publications Category for “Viewbook (Recruitment Publication)” and “Admissions Recruitment Materials (Recruitment Publication Series).”

Judge Gonzales Published on USA Today

AlbertoGonzalesJudge Alberto Gonzales was published in the column section of USA Today on Feb. 24 with his piece, “Seize Chance to Reform Immigration.” Co-written by David N. Strange, the piece details a judge’s ruling that “provides Republicans a chance to stop saying ‘no’ and start fixing the problem.”

The article says, “U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s recent decision enjoining Obama’s executive actions on immigration has ironically created unique opportunities to move forward on immigration reform.” It goes on to explain the belief that “Republican members of Congress now have the opportunity to take the initiative on meaningful immigration reform that enhances our national security and our economy.”

Judge Gonzales and Strange are co-authors of the recently published book “A Conservative and Compassionate Approach to Immigration Reform: Perspectives from a Former U.S. Attorney General.”

To read the full USA Today column, click here.

Professors Published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Professors in the College of Pharmacy Drs. Eric Hobson and Alisa Spinelli and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Dr. Philip Johnston were published in The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education with their article, “Staging a Reflective Capstone Course to Transition PharmD Graduates to Professional Life.” The article is the scholarly findings from a case study of a Belmont capstone class.

The objective was to develop and implement a course that would allow students to reflect on their development as a professional, assess and share achievement of the college’s outcomes, complete a professional portfolio, establish a continuing professional development plan and prepare to enter the pharmacy profession.

Findings concluded that the course provided an opportunity for student-based summative evaluation, direct observation of student skills and documentation of outcome completion as a means of evaluating readiness to enter the profession.

To read the full journal article, click here.

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Students Participate in Sony/ATV ‘All Access’ Music Publishing Creative Team

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(Front L – R) James Elliott (BU Songwriting Chair), Ed Williams (Sony/ATV), Abbey Adams (Sony/ATV), Mike Whelan (Sony/ATV), Troy Tomlinson (Sony/ATV President/CEO), Hannah Williams (Sony/ATV), Kayla Woodson (junior, EIS), Terry Wakefield (Sony/ATV), Emily Fullerton(sophomore, songwriting), Maddie Larkin (sophomore, songwriting) (Back L – R) Jacque Jordan (sophomore, songwriting), Austin Stanley (freshman, music business), Ben Whisler (senior, music business/production), Tom Luteran (Sony/ATV) Josh Valkenburg (Sony/ATV) Drew Ramsey (BU songwriting faculty)

Six students from Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business performed for the Sony/ATV Music Publishing Creative Team in historic Columbia Studio A on Feb. 23.

The students were chosen through a partnership developed by the Curb College and Sony/ATV Music Publishing called “All Access”, designed to give students a pathway to share their talent and work. For more information about “All Access”, click here.

Participating students agreed that the experience was an invaluable one, giving them the opportunity to be in front of music industry leaders that could significantly impact their future goals. With a focus on allowing students to step outside of the classroom and get experience in professional settings, the Curb College continually provides opportunities to supplement educational experiences with hands-on opportunities.

Belmont senior and music business/production major Ben Whisler said, ”I am hugely appreciative of both the Curb College and Sony/ATV for putting on All Access and giving young writers like myself the opportunity to showcase our talent and music that we work so hard on. I think it speaks volumes about Sony/ATV as a company with a vision for success not only today, but also in the future. They hold some of the most premier catalogs in existence, but still come fully-staffed to meet with six young, unknown writers. Again, I am also thankful to the Curb College staff for helping organize an event like this, and doing everything they can to go beyond the classroom to help their students.  I am very happy and fortunate to have been a part of it.”

Chair of Songwriting in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business James Elliott said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have their music heard. We look forward to the process and have high hopes that Sony ATV Music Publishing will discover some future hit makers at Belmont.”

Lamothe Receives Grant to Lecture in Italy

virginia lamothe_a (1) (2)School of Music Lecturer Dr. Virginia Lamothe recently won the SAI International Faculty Fellows grant to spend a month in June living in Rome, Italy. Dr. Lamothe will be conducting research and lecturing in Italy on a project that focuses on the musical festivities in Rome in the 16th and 17th centuries for the Holy Roman Empire and members of the Habsburg family.

Dr. Lamothe’s completed research will then be published in a collection of essays by Brill in the spring of 2017.

AED Club Volunteers at Local Ronald McDonald House

AED-1Belmont student members of the Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Premedical Honor Society recently made and served breakfast to guests at the Ronald McDonald House. With a mission to “keep families close” by providing essential resources and a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving medical care at Nashville area hospitals, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville includes a 32-bedroom Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Six AED club members cooked and served eggs, pancakes, toast, bacon and yogurt for breakfast and the leftovers, along with extra food and supplies, were left in the community kitchen fridge for guests to have throughout the week.

Psychology Honor Society Inducts New Members

psi_chi_2015The Belmont Psi Chi Chapter, an international psychology honors society led by Faculty Advisor Dr. Linda Jones, recently inducted 20 new undergraduate members. Membership in the organization is by invitation only and includes the payment of a lifetime membership fee. February inductees include Meghan Anderson, Emily Boyd, Kathryn Coffer, Iris Chiang, Lindsey Dennis, Kathryn Dickenson, Haley Nicole Foutch, Lauren Fox, Jacob Huffman, Megan Kibby, Justin Lang, Madlin Lausten, Matthew Maloney, Mallory McDonald, Sydney Omweg, Audrey Owens, Brittany Redd, Seth Schrader, Bethany Strother and Morgan Beth Turner.

Belmont’s Psi Chi chapter has won many awards including Best Regional Chapter. In 2013, student member Samantha Patterson received the Kay Wilson Leadership Award for outstanding leadership, an award given annually to one student leader out of approximately 1100 chapters. In 2013-2014, Dr. Jones received the Psi Chi Southeast Region Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.

For information on Psi Chi requirements and Belmont’s chapter, click here.

Miller Elected as Chair Elect of SIGMAA QL

andy_millerChair and Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Andrew Miller was recently elected to serve as Chair Elect of SIGMAA QL, a special interest group of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) which focuses on Quantitative Literacy (QL). This will be Miller’s second term as Chair. QL is the ability to adequately use elementary mathematical tools to interpret and manipulate quantitative data and ideas that arise in an individual’s private, civic and work life.

Like reading and writing literacy, QL is a habit of mind best formed by exposure in many contexts. SIGMAA QL aims to provide structure within the mathematics community to identify the prerequisite mathematical skills for QL and find innovative ways of developing and implementing QL curricula. The group also assists colleagues in other disciplines to infuse appropriate QL experiences into their courses and stimulate general, national QL dialogue. The leadership of SIGMAA QL coordinates its activities with the many other groups, both internal and external to the MAA.

Belmont DNP Students Participate in Tennessee Legislative Boot Camp


DNP student Winegart (R) participates in a role play activity.

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, five doctoral nursing students from Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Carrie Harvey’s Health Policy course participated in the Tennessee Action Coalition’s Legislative Boot Camp. Participating students included Robin Hopp, Tracy Wilson, James Winegart, Catherine Evans and Christine Hardesty.

The group of five joined 80 other nurses and students in learning how to successfully communicate with state legislators. Participants had interactive learning opportunities, toured capitol hill and received training on the Full Practice Authority bill being introduced to the Tennessee Legislature this year.

Kiningham Publishes Book Chapter

DrKininghamAssociate Dean of the College of Pharmacy Dr. Kelley Kiningham recently published a chapter titled, “Manganese Superoxide Dismutase” in the book “Manganese in Health and Disease.” Kiningham’s chapter summarizes studies from the last 30 years on the antioxidant.

The mitochondrial enzyme is one of three superoxide dismutases in humans; however, it is the only one that is essential for life.  The enzyme has been shown to be protective in in vivo models of adriamycin, methamphetamine and taxol toxicity.  In addition various researchers, including Dr. Kiningham, have shown that expression of manganese superoxide dismutase is a tumor suppressor.

Clinical trials based on the work of Kiningham and other researchers in the field have lead to the development of synthetic drugs based on the MnSOD enzyme and are currently being tested in a variety of conditions where oxidative stress is known to occur.


Alumnus Lawson Featured in Forbes

Cree Lawson, 1995 Belmont alumnus, was recently featured on Forbes for his success in providing ROI to destination marketing organizations. Lawson is the CEO and founder of Arrivalist, an organization which seeks to measure the way media moves consumers from one destination to the next.

Lawson explained to Forbes that his company wants to “make it easier for marketers to connect people with places and to make marketing more of an invitation and less like an ad.” He continued with, “We feel we can build insights and predictive analytics on the way people travel and the impact that has on local economies.”

Lawson started Arrivalist in 2010, and after designing and patent pending the technology, the company is now fully launched and serving destination markets. The company’s first launch partner was the Atlantic City Conventions and Visitors Authority after hurricane Sandy, which dropped tourism counts in Atlantic City to historic lows. Arrivalist helped measure the impact of digital advertising with the data to prove the value of its investments.

At Belmont, Lawson was an English major and editor of the Belmont Vision, helping make it one of the first five college papers to be published online. Lawson saw great success after graduating: starting Travel Ad Network and turning it into the largest travel information audience in the world, serving in marketing roles for companies such as the Associated Press, Gannett and Time Warner Trade Publisher, as well as being a nationally-recognized investigative reporter.

“Tourism and destination marketers are my heroes. It’s the toughest marketing challenge there is to convince someone to go from one location to another. We have an opportunity to help tourism take its rightful place at the center of economic development and provide tourism marketers with a clear measurement of their digital advertising investments,” Lawson told Forbes.

To read the full article on Forbes, click here.

Hensley Named 2015 Higher Education Power Broker

Belmont alumna Courtney Hensley was recently named as a 2015 Higher Education Power Broker by Risk & Insurance.

Hensley is a senior member at Aon Risk Solutions in Franklin, Tennessee. Her Education Power Broker award, “Excellence Under Pressure,” was given for her help guiding a new risk manager to close three loss claims under no obligation. One client told Risk & Insurance, “It’s hard to quantify the amount of money we’ve saved by taking Courtney’s advice, but she’s been instrumental in our department’s success.”

To read more about Hensley’s accomplishment, click here.

Pethel’s Class Learns at Nashville Library


Metro Archivist Ken Feith talking to students

Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel’s Making the Modern City class traveled to the downtown library on Jan. 20 for an off-campus lecture by Metro Archivist Ken Feith.

Feith’s lecture served two purposes: explaining the evolution of Nashville as a city, as well as exposing students to the multitude of primary sources preserved and available for student and community use.  Students were also given a tour of the library’s Nashville Room, Civil Rights exhibit and a small exhibit curated by Dr. Pethel focusing on the history of the West End Home Foundation. The Metro Archives maintains a collection of all primary source documentation, photographs, newspapers and maps related to Nashville and Davidson County.

The class has continued its exploration of cities through a variety of interdisciplinary lenses including urban planning,  the science of cities, gender, commercialized leisure, economics, class, race, public policy, transportation, ethnicity and urban history. After discussing Philadelphia, Detroit and Boston, among others, the class has turned to Nashville as an Urban Laboratory. As part of the class, students will likely return to the Metro Archives and Nashville Room for a primary source assignment as well as a larger final project.

Owen Performs on American Idol Hollywood Showcase, Makes Top 24

20120206-_jmk0194Rayvon Owen, a recent Belmont alumnus from the University’s School of Music, is competing on this season of American Idol and since his audition, Owen has wowed the show’s panel of celebrity judges.

During Wednesday night’s Idol airing, the Top 48 contestants performed for a live audience at Los Angeles’s House of Blues before sitting in front of the judges to learn their fate at what host Ryan Seacrest called “the final judgment.” The last performance before the chance to sing for America’s vote, the two-night House of Blues Showcase round whittled the contestants down to the top 12 women and the top 12 men.

During Owen’s evaluation, Jennifer Lopez delivered the news. “Some people do good in the auditions, and some people do better when they’re in front of an audience. And I think you did really great – and I think that’s why we want you in the Top 24,” she said.

Owen returned to a very excited group of supporters as he announced, “I am one step closer to being the next American Idol.”

Tune into FOX next week to follow Owen’s Idol journey. For more information, click here.

Kiningham Establishes Pharmaceutical Endowed Scholarship for Belmont College of Pharmacy

DrKininghamAssociate Dean and Professor of the College of Pharmacy Dr. Kinsley Kelley Kiningham has served the College since 2009 and since then has acquired a number of accolades including the Presidential Faculty Achievement Award in 2013 and the Most Influential Faculty Member designation by the class of 2013.

Most recently, Dr. Kiningham continued her direct contribution to student success by establishing the Warren E. Angel Pharmaceutical Education Endowed Scholarship, named in honor of her late grandfather who significantly contributed to Dr. Kiningham’s life. The scholarship has been designed to support student pharmacists in good academic standing who attended Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Kiningham’s alma mater.


Judge Alberto Gonzales Named to Lawyers Of Color’s Annual Power List

AlbertoGonzalesCollege of Law Dean Judge Alberto Gonzales was named on the Lawyers Of Color’s Fourth Annual Power List, a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys and non-minority diversity advocates. Gonzales will be featured in the 2015 “Lawyers of Color’s Power Issue” and will be recognized at a reception at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Lawyers Of Color LLC is  a media and research company that produces e-newsletters, events and social media platforms to engage diverse legal professionals. The company aims to promote the causes and contributions on minority attorneys and provide research, career development and brand marketing opportunities to its clients.

Physical Therapy Students Visit Tennessee Legislature

2015 Day on the HillBelmont Physical Therapy students attended the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Day on the Hill  on Feb. 11.  TPTA President Scott Newton and TPTA Legislative Chair Joe Newton provided an orientation to the legislative process and highlighted a particular bill of interest to physical therapists.

The students were then escorted through Legislative Plaza to the Old Supreme Court Room in the Capitol where the students, accompanied by UTC PT students, heard an inspiring talk from State Senator and physical therapist Bo Watson. Watson stressed the importance of the legislative arena for PT practice and urged students to be advocates for their profession.​

Biology Honor Society Inducts New Members

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(Front Row L to R): Lindsay Millward, Angel Brothers, Nancy Le (Back row L to R): Prisha Patel, Ryan Fox, Sydney Gangluff, Alyssa Bednarek, Ashley Bednarek, Sarah Trippett, Chelsea Lee

The Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Biological Honor Society, a society for students that are dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biology, has recently inducted a new group of members.

Since it’s establishment in 1988, Belmont’s Mu Theta Chapter of Tri-Beta has promoted the study of biology through various activities including presentations, field trips, scientific meetings and social events. Tri-Beta provides leadership opportunities for students, informs them about current developments in biology, and helps them prepare for employment.

For more information, click here.


Daus and Chemistry Students Present on Chocolate, The Perfect Food

daus_chocolateIn honor of Valentine’s Day, the Student Members of the American Chemical Society and Chemistry Professor Dr. Kimberlee Daus hosted a convocation event on the chemistry elements of Chocolate. Nutrition researcher Michael Levine, among others, has described chocolate as being the world’s perfect food—chemically speaking.

During this standing-room-only event, presenters discussed the six different possible crystalline states that are possible for chocolate. Stage V is desired for the ultimate physical characteristics (shiny with the nice “snap”) and demonstrated how to achieve it through tempering.

Presenters also discussed why Hershey’s chocolate has such a distinct taste and looked at the different chemicals responsible for the “feel good” aspects of chocolate. During this fun event, they explored the chemistry of chocolate and what makes chocolate the perfect food.

Students Study Location Recording in NYC

Achievers.NYCrecordingStudents Hannah Cintron and Pierce Riddick are currently enrolled in Belmont’s Location Recording Techniques class as part of the university’s semester-long Belmont East program in New York City.

The pair recently helped set up playback and microphones for a Valentine’s Day concert at America’s Society, entitled “Canciones de Despecho.” The artist was vocalist Lucia Pulido, accompanied by Pedro Giraudo on bass, Sebastian Cruz on guitar and Sergio Reyes on violin.

Once back in the classroom, Cintron and Riddick will mix and edit portions of the concert and experiment with various recorded tracks.

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