Dr. Anson Rosenfeldt, a 2009 graduate of Belmont University School of Physical Therapy, has been named as one of 25 emerging leaders in physical therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Rosenfeldt is a staff physical therapist with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.
Each year the association recognizes therapists from across the country who have demonstrated extraordinary service early in their careers. The organization’s professional journal, PT in Motion, announced this year’s honorees in last month’s issue. In the announcement article, Pamela Dixon, an occupational therapist who nominated Rosenfeldt, comments about her involvement in elevating the use of evidence-based practice and increasing quality and education of all therapists.
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” said Rosenfeldt. “My passion for physical therapy drives me to do more for my profession. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by other motivated, passionate therapists during my DPT education and at the Cleveland Clinic who have been inspirational in my career. It is a pleasure to be part of such a great group of therapists, and I hope to continue to promote the profession of physical therapy.”
With the Cleveland Clinic, Rosenfeldt has coordinated several National Institutes of Health stroke studies, established the protocol and collected data for her own acute study and published two papers. She has served as a volunteer physical therapist with the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, a healthcare volunteer in Cambodia and Cameroon, and is on the Physical Therapist Assistant advisory board at South University in Cleveland. In addition, Rosenfeldt is a graduate faculty member at Cleveland State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, where she also completed her Master of Business Administration in 2013. She is an active member of APTA with whom she has gained credentials as a clinical instructor.
Belmont alumnus Peter W. Rosenberger is the president of Nashville-based Standing With Hope, an evangelical prosthetic limb outreach to West Africa. Rosenberger recently partnered with comedian Jeff Foxworthy to film a video sponsored by AARP to offer a little humor as well as support to the more than 65 million Americans serving as caregivers.
“Clowning around one day while speaking about the subject of caregivers, I did my best Jeff Foxworthy imitation and delivered a one-liner of, ‘If you have a professional carpet cleaner on retainer—you might be a caregiver’,” Rosenberger said.
As the sole caregiver for his wife, Gracie Parker Rosenberger, who experienced a horrific accident her freshman year at Belmont in 1983, Peter Rosenberger has helped lead his family through decades of medical complications including 78 surgeries, multiple amputations, 60 physicians, 12 hospitals, 7 insurance companies and $9 million in health care costs. He and Gracie have been married for more than 27 years, and they have two sons.
“Drawing upon AARP’s desire to offer practical help, encouragement, and community, we saw this as a real opportunity to reach out to hurting hearts during November’s National Caregiver Awareness Month,” Rosenberger said.
Rosenberger is also the author of Wear Comfortable Shoes- Surviving and Thriving as a Caregiver, and he contributes a monthly blog to the AARP website.
Belmont alumna Kaileigh Bullard was crowned Miss Nashville 2014 on Nov. 9. The pageant was a first for Bullard, who will go on to represent Nashville in the Miss Tennessee pageant in June in Jackson, Tenn. During her year as Miss Nashville, Bullard will serve as an advocate for the city, the Children’s Miracle Network, and her platform, Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness, working with organizations such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and Girls With Guts.
During her time at Belmont, Bullard served as Service Corps President and was selected to perform in the 2012 Country Showcase. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Music Business in May 2012. In addition to serving as Miss Nashville, Bullard is also a regular on the ABC show, “Nashville,” where she is the acoustic guitarist and background vocalist for Hayden Panettiere’s character, Juliette Barnes.
The Nashville Children’s Choir (NCC), a Belmont ensemble, had the opportunity to sing back-up vocals for performing artists Michael W. Smith, Darius Rucker and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles during the “CMA Country Christmas” special filmed Fri., Nov. 8, at Bridgestone Arena.
The NCC’s 23 Touring Choir choristers are coached by directors James Wells, an adjunct instructor in the School of Music, and Madeline Bridges, associate dean of the School of Music. The choir rehearsed the music, recorded their vocal parts at a local studio and then sang in the live taping in front of a capacity crowd at Bridgestone Arena.
“The choristers had a fantastic experience performing with these big-name artists and experiencing the behind-the scenes procedures and processes required to produce such a major event,” Bridges said.
The Nashville Children’s Choir is a city-wide choir program for boys and girls ages eight to 18. The choir is a part of the pre-college music program, the Belmont Academy. Since its founding in 1991, the NCC program has been in residence at Belmont and functions as an ensemble of Belmont University School of Music, singing regularly as a part of “Christmas at Belmont.”
In addition, many Belmont students and alumni performed in the orchestra during the special. The live orchestra on stage for the event included six string players who are current Belmont music majors or recent graduates.
Nettles hosted the special, and performers included Lady Antebellum, Mary J. Blige, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Belmont Trustee Michael W. Smith. The program will air at 8 p.m. Central/9 p.m. Eastern on Mon., Dec. 2 on ABC.
Students and faculty from Belmont University School of Physical Therapy were again instrumental in coordinating two charitable events that occur annually in Nashville, Tenn. each fall. Over 100 student volunteers provided the main logistical support for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Nashville on Oct. 26, and again for Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids motorcycle ride and concert in Middle Tennessee on Nov. 3.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure race attracted 26,000 people to the Maryland Farms YMCA to support the fight against breast cancer. Physical therapy students assisted with course setup and clean up, served as course marshals at the start and finish lines, and were available throughout the race to hand out water and help with crowd control. The student participation in race is facilitated annually by Belmont professor Michael Voight who co-chairs the event. Voight said he support Komen because 75 percent of every dollar raised in the region remains in Middle Tennessee and is granted to other local non‐profits.
“These non‐profits are working on the front lines to battle breast cancer, educating both women and men on the value of early detection and promoting awareness to low‐income and non‐insured individuals,” Voight said.
Dr. Pat Sells, associate professor of physical therapy, who leads the race volunteer program for the school said, “The manner in which our students conducted themselves overwhelms me. They were kind, energetic, dedicated and willing to do whatever was asked of them. I received so many positive comments on them, I was truly proud to be considered as part of their team. Managing a race course with 26,000 people and doing so flawlessly was an impressive feat.” (more…)
Dr. Scott Hawley, associate professor of physics, joined faculty and staff of the Audio Engineering Technology (AET) department in attending the 135th International Convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) recently held in New York City. Hawley, who teaches physics classes for AET students, presented a talk entitled “Fourier Transforms, Audio Engineering and the Quantum Nature of Reality.”
“As my first AES conference, it was tremendously eye-opening. The level of mathematics and applied physics was higher than I expected, and will influence some of my research choices,” Hawley said. “I also formed new relationships which are already benefitting my classes, such as laboratory exercise suggestions by the Italian loudspeaker manufacturers who were interested in the connections between my quantum physics talk and similar equations arising in loudspeaker design.”
Sun Records–the legendary home of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison–recently released its first album of new music in decades with a new CD from Belmont alumna Julie Roberts. Sun Records spent the better part of the past 20 years focused primarily on licensing its expansive catalog.
“It’s always been a vision of mine to work with new music at Sun,” says Sun Records Vice President Collin Brace, “but I knew it had to be the right artist… [Julie Roberts] enthusiasm and music bring new life to an icon like Sun. With Julie, we are continuing to write the rich story of Sun Records with authenticity and a fresh spirit.”
Roberts’ new Sun Records’ album, “Good Wine and Bad Decisions,” released on Oct. 29, and a Nashville album release concert is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 3rd and Lindsley. Having already spent her life singing and performing, Roberts first stepped into the national spotlight with 2004’s self-titled debut which scored a Top 20 country radio hit with “Break Down Here” as well as strong sales and critical acclaim. After years of non-stop touring and recording, Roberts entered the toughest period of her life in 2010. She left her former label, lost her home and car to the historic Nashville floods and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In April 2013, Roberts re-introduced herself with an appearance on NBC’s smash series, “The Voice.”
“My musical journey up to this point has been an amazing ride,” says Roberts, “and I feel so very blessed and honored to continue that journey with the iconic and legendary Sun Records label. I’ve been a fan of Sun artists and songs since I was a little girl, so it’s both surreal and exciting that my music will be Sun music.”
Nashville-based band Moon Taxi, which consists of five Belmont alumni, played live Nov. 11 on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS. Band members pictured include lead vocalist/guitarist Trevor Terndrup (’07), bass guitarist Tommy Putnam (’06), lead guitarist Spencer Thomson (’06), drummer/percussionist Tyler Ritter (’08) and keyboardist Wes Bailey (’09). In addition, 2012 graduate Matt Eldridge serves as the band’s lighting director and tour manager. Moon Taxi just released its latest studio album, Mountains Beaches Cities, in September of this year to wide critical acclaim. View the band’s performance here, and for more information, visit the Moon Taxi website.
Alumna Carla Worthey (’04) presented “Interview Strategies for Success” Belmont & Beyond program to students on Nov. 4. Worthey earned her Master of Business Administration and serves as the director of executive development at HCA. Nearly 100 students attended the program to learn tips to help them succeed in job and internship interviews. Sponsored by Career Services, the Belmont & Beyond program series is designed to assist students with the transition to life after Belmont.
Country artist and Belmont alumnus Brad Paisley will receive the 2013 Harmony Award at the 29th annual Symphony Ball. The award will be presented on Sat., Dec. 14, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where Paisley will join the orchestra to perform one of his hits.
Each December, at its annual Symphony Ball fundraiser, the Nashville Symphony presents the Harmony Award to an individual who exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s thriving musical community. “As one of country music’s biggest stars, Brad has made a huge impact by staying true to his artistic and personal vision,” says Alan Valentine, CEO and president of the Nashville Symphony. “We can’t think of anyone today more deserving of this award, which over the years has honored the many artists who’ve helped make Nashville the thriving creative capital that it is today. Without a doubt, Brad’s talents and contribution to the music of Nashville have been outstanding.”
A 1995 graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Paisley majored in music business at what was then the Mike Curb School of Music Business. Last year he established the Brad Paisley Endowed Scholarship at Belmont to provide financial assistance for a deserving student with demonstrated need who is studying in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.