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

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.

Dr. Kathy Skinner

Dr. Kathy Skinner

Shelley Jewell

Shelley Jewell



Slay Carr Presents at Jazz Education Network Conference

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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.



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.”

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.

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.


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