Belmont Honors Program Instructor Laura Hohman and Jonathan Thorndike, Honors Director, recently presented at the “Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition” conference at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. The conference, supported by funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, focused on the formative Christian theologian of the West, St. Augustine, and featured plenary speakers Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond) and Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary). The conference was hosted by Samford’s Core Texts and University Fellows Honors Program. Samford religion professor and conference co-chair Scott McGinnis said the series was designed to provide an opportunity for scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about teaching Christianity’s rich intellectual heritage to today’s undergraduates. Hohman and Thorndike’s presentation was titled “Teaching Augustine in the Interdisciplinary Honors Core,” and they discussed the design of the Honors Core courses, Honors curricula and the use of primary texts such as St. Augustine’s Confessions to provide a bridge between the Classical Civilizations and Medieval World courses.
Laura Hohman is a doctoral candidate through the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is writing her dissertation on early medieval sermons and religious culture. Laura specializes in Ancient, Late Antique and Medieval history and teaches the Honors Classical Civilizations course as well as First Year Seminar. She has spent time in Europe, most recently doing manuscript work in Paris under a research grant through the Council for European Studies. Jonathan Thorndike is Honors Program Director and served on the National Council of Alpha Chi Honor Scholarship Society as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Southeast region. He is Belmont’s representative to the National Collegiate Honors Council and teaches interdisciplinary Honors Core courses including Classical Civilizations, The Age of Exploration, Discovery and Revolution and Topics in the 20th and 21st Centuries. He teaches a study abroad course in London on C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings.
The Belmont’s College of Law Review held a symposium titled “Health Care in the Balance: Weighing Competing Interests in Health Care Law” on Fri., Oct. 17. The Law Review staff assembled a strong lineup of presenters featuring the following special guests:
Members of the bench and bar were invited to the event, and the Law Review provided lunch and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit to attendees.
Dr. Brianna Witherspoon, adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing, presented a scientific poster titled “ACNP Intensivists – Evaluating A Model of Care” at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference in Dallas Texas last week. Witherspoon’s work described patient outcomes such as mortality rates and intensive care unit length of stay before and after acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) joined the critical care team. Witherspoon teaches adult health clinical and lab in the undergraduate nursing program.
Joyce Searcy, director of community relations, received the 2014 Amiga of the Year Award at the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Community Awards. The presentation took place at the program culminating Hispanic Heritage Month. The award recognizes Belmont University as well as Searcy’s efforts and dedication in support of the Hispanic Chamber. Searcy is the first woman to receive the award.
Dr. Stephen Shin, an assistant professor in sport administration, presented “Adapting Consumer Styles Inventory (CSI) Scale to Ethnic Consumers” at the poster session in the World Association for Sport Management (WASM) conference in Madrid, Spain. In order to make psychometric properties of the CSI generalizable to ethnic subcultures, the CSI was applied to the context of Korean American consumers to identify shopping orientations. Then, the essential consumer decision-making styles were validated on the purchase of golf clubs as a selected sport product category. Profiling ethnic consumers by exploring their decision-making styles and demographic variables provided more critical ways to identify and understand the differences between consumer segments and to target each segment with the tailored marketing strategies. Dr. Shin shared his experiences and information obtained from the conference with his students in the sport administration program. Based on the context of the global sport platform, it was discussed in his class how Spanish professional soccer clubs have been developed and how their organizational and financial system is different compared to American sport organizations.
Dr. Darlene Panvini, professor and chair of the biology department, and Dr. Lauren Lunsford, associate professor of literacy in the education department and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, were recently awarded a Tennessee Higher Education Commission grant for their proposal “Cooking and Gardening: Strengthening Middle School Math Competencies Across the Disciplines.” Related Belmont faculty who are working on the project include: Dr. Sally Barton-Arwood and Kate McGowan (education), Dr. Kim Daus (chemistry), Dr. Ryan Fox (mathematics) and Dr. Bonnie Smith Whitehouse (English). The grant will fund a week-long institute for teachers during the summer of 2015 as well as books, a cooking kit, a gardening kit and ongoing support during the fall semester.
This is the second year in a row that this team of faculty have been awarded funds to provide professional development to teachers from four area school districts. The workshop that was held in the summer of 2014 is featured in an article in the Earthbox Education Newsletter this month. The Earthbox Gardening System can be used to grow produce virtually anywhere, and it will again be given to the participants in the 2015 workshop hosted by Belmont faculty members. The photo from the 2014 workshop shows Belmont faculty cooking together.
On Sept. 27, Belmont graduate and undergraduate students and chemistry Professor Dr. Kimberlee Daus 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 Police Department. Working alongside faculty and students from Vanderbilt and Lipscomb Universities were 12 Belmont undergraduate pharmaceutical studies students and graduate pharmacy students and faculty. The group cataloged and counted more than 50 pounds of medication. The National Drug Take-Back Day, set by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), provides a service to the 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. There were more than 5,200 collection sites across the country.
The Pharmaceutical Studies students shown in the group photo are: Front row (l-r) Samantha Perkowski, Jennifer Shin, Heather Stice, Madeline Ricardo, Hiedi Habib; Back row: Ryan Lipe, Madalyn Chilcutt, Rachael Grussing, Kasey Kolb, Bella Watson, Savannah Bobo-Bressler and Danielle Dauchot.
Professor of Biblical Studies Dr. Mark McEntire recently had his essay, “Locating Memory between Story and History,” appear in Marginalia Review of Books, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books. The essay is available online here.
Dr. Steve Murphree, professor of biology and entomologist, has been out in the community recently talking about insects. On Oct. 4 Murphree gave table presentations about “Insects and Disease in the Civil War” at the Civil War Surgeon display of Tom and Nancy Wood in Pioneer Village as part of the Granville, Tennessee Fall Festival event. In late September, he offered an “Insects and Disease in the Civil War” table presentation for elementary school children at The Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation’s Heritage Days event. On Sept. 13, he led a Tennessee Naturalist Program workshop at Owl’s Hill Nature Center. The session was titled “World of Invertebrates: Pollinators, Predators, Pests and Parasitoids,” and the participants learned about the characteristics and life cycles of insects, the identification of insects using keys, methods of collecting and observing insects and other arthropods, identifying other arthropods (spiders, isopods, mites, etc.), and the ecological roles of arthropods.
A group of students and faculty representing the Belmont University Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America and Association for Computing Machinery (MAA/ACM) participated in the Hands on Nashville work day event on Sept. 20. The group of volunteers worked at Glen Leven Farms in Nashville for a morning of weeding the pumpkin patch. Glen Leven Farm is a working 65-acre farm just four miles from downtown Nashville. The Land Trust for Tennessee now owns this farm and they host workshops, group tours and school field trips. The farm is a perfect outdoor classroom that includes a honeybee sanctuary, an educational garden and a seasonal pumpkin patch. The MAA/ACM Club participants included Savannah Halliday, Marlee Stevenson, Haley Daniels, Geoff Gross, Dr. Maria Neophytou, Jackson Streeter, Michael Kranzlein and Ben Stringer. This is the sixth consecutive year that MAA/ACM has participated in HON Day.