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English Professor Published in The Nation

gary_mcdowellAssistant Professor of English Dr. Gary McDowell recently published a poem entitled “Transmission” in The Nation.  Dr. McDowell specializes in creative writing and contemporary American poetics and has completed research on prose poetry, the poetry of Charles Wright and creative writing pedagogy.

His secondary teaching interests include freshman composition, expository writing and creative nonfiction. Getting students interested in writing, however possible, is Dr. McDowell’s true passion.  In addition, he is a widely published poet and critic.

To view McDowell’s “Transmission,” click here.



Belmont Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Named to Valdosta State Athletic Hall of Fame

Belmont Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Carley Peterson Kuhns was recently named to the Valdosta State University Athletics Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a student athlete.

“I am humbled to receive the honor from my alma mater and want to thank the selection committee for considering me.  My time at Valdosta State was special to me and is part of the foundation that has helped build my career,” Kuhns said. ”I am excited to be a part of the induction ceremony and to share it with my family, friends, former teammates and coaches and the Valdosta State Women’s Basketball supporters that were there along the way.”

A member of the women’s basketball team from 2004 through 2008, Peterson Kuhns earned Kodak/State Farm WBCA Honorable Mention All-American honors during the 2007-08 season, becoming the first Lady Blazer since 2001 to garner the honor.

For more information on Peterson Kuhns’s honor, click here.

Residence Halls Compete in Sustainability Contest

Residence Life Sustainability

( L – R) Residence Hall Directors Nathan Hendrix and Danielle Steffa pass out marigolds to students

This semester, Belmont’s Resident Life sponsored Battle of the Buildings, an energy conservation competition for the University’s residence halls that encouraged students to team with fellow residents to converse as much energy as they could. The competition, scheduled from Oct. 15 – Nov. 15, included a kickoff bulletin board competition and potted marigold plants for participants.

The Hall that conserved the most compared to energy usage the previous year won an awards celebration in early December. Maddox Hall, this year’s Battle of the Buildings and Residence Life Energy Cup Trophy winner, used approximately 64 percent of the energy that was consumed during the same period of time last year.

For more information on Belmont’s sustainability efforts, click here.

Curb College Dean Invited to Serve as Executive Advisor for Gershwin Prize

Prize for Popular SongDean of the College of Entertainment and Music Business Dr. Wesley Bulla was invited to serve as an external advisor on the selection committee for the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  Fellow advisors Mary Chapin Carpenter (songwriter), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone Magazine), Emilio Estefan (producer), Gregg Field (producer), Ed Hardy (CMA), Joel Katz (Global Entertainment), Stinson Liles (Red Deluxe Brand Dev.), Rickey Minor (music director), Neil Portnow (President/CEO NARAS), Karen Sherry (ASCAP Foundation), Michael Strunsky (Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts) and Michelynn Woodard (Dr. Phil Foundation) selected songwriter/performer Billy Joel as this year’s prize recipient.  

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honors the legacy of George and Ira Gershwin, an American songwriting team whose extensive collection resides in the Library of Congress.  The prize is awarded to artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by bridging musical styles, bringing diverse listeners together and fostering their mutual respect and appreciation.

The presentation will be broadcast nationwide Friday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. (EST) on PBS.

College of Pharmacy Students Teach at Room In The Inn

Throughout the fall, fourth year pharmacy students led educational classes at Room In The Inn (RITI), a septembercommunity of participants, guests, volunteers and staff who work together to offer hope to Nashville’s homeless population. RITI serves more than 4,000 individuals each year – some for only a day, while others for months to years.

Dr. Ashton Beggs, faculty member in the College of Pharmacy, teaches fourth year students at United Neighborhood Health Services (UNHS) Mission Clinic. This clinic provides interdisciplinary primary care services to the homeless population of Nashville. Many of the UNHS clinic patients utilize RITI’s programming for a sense of community and as a ladder to get back on their feet.

RITI offers over 3,000 classes annually, covering a wide range of subjects including health, spirituality, GED preparation and art. Dr. Beggs’s fourth year students teach a weekly class focusing on primary care topics, such as Vaccine Jeopardy and Diabetes Bingo. Participants earn points for taking classes and can use them to purchase socks, gloves and bus passes.

Pharmacy students Tim Furfaro and Mary Martin Johnson led Vaccine Jeopardy in September. Furfaro said, “It was a great experience to teach these patients about vaccines while having fun at the same time.  I think it’s important not just to educate people, but to give them a chance to ask their own questions as well.” Johnson said, “I’m confident we clarified common myths about vaccines and hopefully motivated people to ask their  health care provider about receiving vaccines they needed.”

novemberIn October, Ashley Stovall and Jessica Brinkley taught Vaccine Bingo. Brinkley said, “By the last class we had so many people show up that we ran out of chairs, bingo cards and game pieces. I would say that Vaccine Bingo was a success, and hopefully we helped to prevent many diseases with our educational efforts!”

In November, students Samantha Wheeler and Christie Saldana facilitated Diabetes Bingo. “It’s interesting to hear how patients have learned about diabetes through the experiences they have had either with family members or friends. Even though we taught people with varying degrees of knowledge, everyone commented on how they learned from our class,” said Wheeler.

Dr. Beggs said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our pharmacy students to learn about providing health education to patients with low health literacy. The feedback from the participants has been consistently positive- remarking about how they are learning about their health and having fun at the same time.”


Staff Member Elected to Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Board of Directors

catesheadshotBelmont’s Curb College Director of Development and Industry Relations Sarah Cates was recently elected to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the songwriting legacy that is uniquely associated with the Nashville music community. Its purpose is to educate, celebrate and archive the achievements and contributions made by members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation is excited to welcome Sarah Cates as the newest member of our Board of Directors, continuing our connection with the songwriting program at Belmont University,” said Board Chair and Hall of Fame member Pat Alger. “Sarah’s creative energy coupled with her keen understanding of the unique characteristics and challenges of our native songwriting community will be a welcome addition to a very deeply committed and active board.”

Professor Published in Journal of Applied Physics

Belmont Professor of Physics Dr. Robert Magruder and Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Richard Haglund recently had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing. The paper, entitled “Effects of Ti Charge State, Ion Size and Beam-Induced Compaction on the Formation of Ag Nanoparticles in Fused Silica,” is based on Magruder’s research on ion implantation work 17 years ago at Oak Ridge Laboratories.

Applied Physics A publishes experimental and theoretical investigations in applied physics as articles, rapid communications and invited papers. The distinguished 30-member Board of Editors reflects the interdisciplinary approach of the journal and ensures the highest quality of peer review.

Gonzalez, Casa Azafrán Enjoy Presidential Visit

photo (8)President Barack Obama visited Nashville’s Casa Azafrán Tuesday on a stop to discuss his recent executive action on immigration reform. Co-founded by Belmont Instructor of Entrepreneurship and Management Jose Gonzalez, Casa Azafrán is a collaborative gathering space home to a number of immigration advocacy nonprofits, including Conexión Américas, a second organization Gonzalez co-founded.

During his time at Casa Azafrán, President Obama spoke to Nashville’s welcoming spirit and desire to celebrate the roots and tradition of its diverse residents, noting the city is home to one of the largest growing immigrant populations in the country. Gonzalez said the day was a celebration of Obama’s recognition of Nashville’s inclusivity and tolerance. “Nashville is a great place to live, work and prosper, a place that embraces the growing diversity of its population and a place where anyone can feel welcome, regardless of what part of the country…or the world they come from,” he said.


Students Present Research Projects at Annual Science Undergraduate Research Symposium

SURS-1In its 11th year, Belmont’s Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) was hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics held in the University’s newly opened Wedgewood Academic Building (WAC).

SURS is the culmination of hours of work done during both the summer and fall semesters among advisors and peers and offers students the opportunity to show the Belmont community the work of the University’s sciences.

Participating students set up poster presentations in the WAC’s third floor atrium and presented oral reports in adjacent classrooms. Biology, microbiology, biochemistry, environmental science, neuroscience, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, honors and psychological science students were represented throughout the evening.

The keynote address, “Why Talking to Your Car Can Drive You to Distraction,” was delivered by University of Utah Professor of Cognition and Neural Science Dr. David Strayer.

For a full list of SURS presentations, click here.

Belmont Study Abroad Named in International Education Ranking

study abroad fair-148The Institute of International Education recently released its most recent Open Doors Report, a comprehensive ranking of U.S. schools by the number of students studying abroad. As Belmont’s Office of Study Abroad has grown significantly in past years, the University ranked for both undergraduate study abroad participation as well as graduate.

For the 2012-2013 school year, Belmont ranked No. 29 on the Top 40 Master’s Institutions Total Student Participation. The University had 368 undergraduate students study abroad and 99 graduate for a total of 467. The University also ranked No. 40 for the 2012-2013 Master’s Institution’s Undergraduate Participation.


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