History majors Cassia Kisshauer and Braxton Fralick participated in the 2014 Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) Regional Conference held on Feb. 22 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn. Kisshauer presented her paper “Native American Boarding Schools: The Intentions and Effects” while Fralick presented “The Political Fallout from the Election of 1828.” Accompanying the students were Xi Alpha Chapter faculty adviser, Dr. Cynthia Bisson, as well as Dr. Douglas Bisson and department chairman, Dr. Brenda Jackson Abernathy.
Kisshauer and Fralick were inducted into the Xi Alpha Chapter on Jan. 23 at the Belmont Mansion. Other new members inducted at the ceremony were Samuel Moxley, Wyatt Redd, Mia Barber, Megan Barber and Timothy Edwards.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas, professor of biology, spoke at the Nashville Library’s Nashville Reads event on March 6. Thomas and Dr. Rory Dicker, Vanderbilt professor of women’s and gender studies, discussed the book “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler. Nashville Reads is a way of bringing the entire city together to read great literature, in an attempt to broaden the literary horizons of the city and open up a forum for discussion.
Dr. Sybril Bennett, professor of journalism, was the keynote speaker at the Association of American Colleges and Universities General Education and Assessment: Disruptions, Innovations and Opportunities session as part of the Network for Academic Renewal Conference. The conference was held Feb. 27 through March 1 in Portland, Ore.Bennett shared her experience teaching Digital Citizenship, a course she piloted at Belmont in the fall.
Bridges to Belmont Director René Rochester, Associate Director Annita D’Amico and Support Specialist Robby Quarles presented the scholarship and mentoring program during the “Building Bridges of Cultural Pedagogy: Enhancing Student Self Efficacy for Academic Empowerment” workshop at the Best Practices for Student Success, Inclusion and Retention Summit at Middle Tennessee State University on March 1.
Dr. Steve Murphree’s BIO 3200 Parasitology class had lab at the Nashville Zoo where they had the chance to see some interesting parasites. The class provides an introduction to the morphology, physiology, ecology and taxonomy of the major parasites of man and domestic animals. Through lecture and laboratory experiences with slide-mounted and living specimens, students become familiar with the life cycles of selected parasites, the drugs of choice in treating parasitic diseases and diagnostic procedures.
Belmont custodian Lilia Jurado became a U.S. citizen on Feb. 21 when she took the Oath of Allegiance during the citizenship ceremony, a celebration for new citizens during which they are introduced to the U.S. justice system, recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag and hear from speakers on the responsibilities of citizenship. Jurado is a native of Mexico and works in the University’s Facilities Management Services.
Belmont University placed second in the onsite competition at the Southeastern Journalism Conference, held this year in Lafayette, La. Media studies department head Thom Storey and student publications adviser Dorren Robinson traveled with nine students to the conference to attend workshops and compete.
The following students placed in the onsite competitions:
In addition to the onsite competition, the Best of the South awards were handed out for work published over the past year. Belmont received three awards:
Nearly 300 college journalists and faculty attended the three-day event Feb. 20-22 at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. The Southeast Journalism Conference includes more than 40 public and private colleges and universities from a seven-state region. Belmont’s journalism program has been a member since 1986.
The Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen has recognized Physical Therapy Professor Mike Voight as a Pink Tie Guy during a celebration dinner that honored a 10 individuals from Middle Tennessee.
The Pink Tie Program features influential leaders who help mobilize, energize and engage audiences in the breast cancer movement through their role within the community, within their organizations and through their personal involvement. Pink Tie Guys bring a male voice to the urgency of finding a cure for breast cancer.
“Mike is the perfect Pink Tie Guy,” said Dr. Cathy Taylor, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “His positive energy is contagious, and he has worked tirelessly to mobilize others to race for the cure. We are so proud of his accomplishments and appreciate our Komen partners for rewarding his work in this way.”
Voight is the force behind Belmont’s annual participation in the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Each year, over 100 students and alumni from the School of Physical Therapy volunteer to provide the main logistical support for the race. Komen International recognized Belmont University and the School of Physical Therapy last summer as the Volunteer Group of the Year for their service.
Professor of Marketing Dr. Robert Lambert was recently featured in an article by WalletHub on “Sochi Olympics by the Numbers.” Lambert provided expert insight into the value of mega-event advertising. Click here to read the full article.
Dr. Bonnie Riechert, APR, chairman of the Department of Public Relations at Belmont University, is among the new officers for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nashville Chapter. The chapter hosted the 2013 PRSA Southeast District Leadership Rally in Nashville. PRSA includes 21,000 professionals committed to professional development, standards of excellence and ethical business principles.