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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. 

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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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.

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.


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.

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