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Curb College Hosts Law and Professionalism Clinic

2015CEMB Clinic photo 2Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business conducted its 4th Entertainment Law & Professionalism Clinic earlier this month. Originally implemented in 2009, the clinic was developed to expose Belmont students to the practice of professionalism while serving entertainment industry legal needs at no cost to participating students.

This year’s clinic was staffed by CEMB Lecturers Drs. John Ouellette and Vincent Peppe, Assistant Professor of Music Business Dr. David Maddox and Associate Professor of Music Business Dr. Cheryl Slay Carr. The Clinic is operated through a partnership with the Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, an arm of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville led by Executive Director Casey Summar.

This year’s clinic also afforded a select group of Belmont Law and undergraduate students the opportunity to participate as non-clients by shadowing clinic attorneys or supporting the administrative functions of the clinic.  A companion professionalism convocation/seminar was offered by Dr. Slay Carr, who conceptualized the clinic to educate students on professionalism within the entertainment sector and instruct students on how to select and meet with attorneys and other business professionals.

Pedagogical insights from the Clinical Project are captured in an article by Slay Carr published in The Journal of The Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Students Attend Student Summit

policy summit 2015Four doctor of nursing practice (DNP) students attended the AACN Student Policy Summit held in Washington, DC March 22-24. The students were immersed in program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. 

As part of the summit, participants made visits to Capitol Hill with Associate Dean of Nursing Dr. Martha Buckner, meeting with legislative staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension committees.

Student Jennifer Jaramillo said, ”The policy summit was such an amazing opportunity to advocate for nurses in Tennessee and across the nation. Building a network with other nursing leaders was an invaluable experience that will enrich our future practices. Advocacy and policy play a major role in our nursing practice and the future of our profession.”

Pictured are DNP students Jennifer Jaramillo, Kathryn Dambrino, Danielle Voss, and Kristen Allen as they wait for a meeting in Senator Bob Corker’s office.

Occupational Therapy Students Participate in Day on the Hill

Belmont OT2On March 3, more than 50 Belmont Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) students attended Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association’s (TNOTA) Day on the Hill.

The students joined a group of 120 other students and practitioners from across the state, forming the largest organized representation to date for TNOTA Day on the Hill.

The group was led by Belmont Professor of Occupational Therapy Dr. Hachtel and John Williams, TNOTA’s state lobbyist who provided an orientation regarding pertinent bills potentially affecting the profession on the state legislature’s docket this session.

After the orientation, the students met with Health Committee members to discuss the role of occupational therapy and how specific bills affect services provided to the legislator’s constituents. Additionally, Belmont OTD students helped staff TNOTA’s booth at Legislative Plaza to promote the profession to all state government officials.

Gustke Published in ‘Cather Studies 11′

Gustke_CharmionBelmont English Department Lecturer Charmion Gustke recently wrote an article entitled “The Trafficking of Mrs. Forrester: Prostitution and Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady” that will appear in “Cather Studies 11: Willa Cather and Modernist Crux,” a collection of essays published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Gustke’s article explores the exchange and objectification of Cather’s illusive Mrs. Forrester in light of the rise of prostitution in Denver in the early 1900’s and the subsequent social outcry against “the white slave trade.”

Walton Presents Paper at Midsouth Philosophy Conference

melanie_waltonAssistant Professor in Belmont’s Department of Philosophy Mélanie Walton, recently presented a paper at the 39th annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference at Rhodes College in Memphis.

The paper, entitled “Inclining Thought: Heidegger and Anselm,” is an exploration into the necessity of actualizing one’s natural rational disposition through cultivating a specific inclination to reason, proposed by the contemporary existentialist Martin Heidegger and curiously demonstrated by the medieval philosopher Saint Anselm. While at the conference, Walton also delivered a response paper on John Duns Scotus and the nature of God’s will.

Interdisciplinary Faculty Team Receives Grant from Higher Education Commission


(L to R): Dr. Lunsford, Kate McGowan, Dr. Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, Dr. Darlene Panvini, Dr. Kim Daus and Dr. Sally Barton-Arwood

In 2014, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dr. Lauren Lunsford, Director of Clinical Practice Kate McGowan, Associate Professor of English Dr. Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology Dr. Darlene Panvini, Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics Dr. Kim Daus and Associate Professor of the Education Department Dr. Sally Barton-Arwood were awarded an Improving Teacher Quality grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission as part of the federal Race to the Top initiative.

As part of the grant, these faculty members developed a summer workshop entitled “Food and Gardening:  Growing Partnerships between Science Teachers and English Teachers to Support Instruction of the 6-12 Reading Literature and Informational Text Common Core Standards” for area teachers. In planning the workshop, STEM, English and Education faculty worked collaboratively to read, review state and national educational standards, plan lessons and assess best practices for learning and teaching.

The entire team presented on their research, workshops and innovative ongoing collaboration at the National Science Teachers Association in Chicago on March 12.

For 2015, the team, now including Associate Professor of Math and Education Dr. Ryan Fox was awarded a second grant and will be presenting another series of workshops this summer. The friendship and research yielded by their ongoing work exemplifies Belmont’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and community partnerships.

Chemistry Students Present at American Chemical Society National Meeting

group_SMACS_posterChemistry Professors Drs. Alison Moore, Rachel Rigsby and Justin Stace recently traveled with students to the 249th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The conference, themed around “Chemistry of Natural Resources,” included 130 poster sessions, more than 10,000 papers presentations, nearly 4,000 poster presentations and more than 6,000 oral presentations.

The following Belmont Chemistry majors presented undergraduate research posters during the conference:

  • Sami Ansari: “Comparison Between Two Extraction Techniques Used to Isolate Antioxidants from the Pith and Carpellary Membrane of pomegranates”
  • Daniel Beagan : “Synthesis and Reactivity of an Enzyme-Mimic Nickel(II) Complex”
  • Spencer Colling: “Ligand Exchange of an Enzyme-Mimic Schiff-Base Copper(II) Complex: A Kinetic Study”
  • Vickie Lim: “Computational Analysis of Conformational Tunneling of Glyoxylic Acid”
  • Leena Patel :“Determining The Effects of Processing on Antioxidant Activity in Cilantro, Parsley and Rosemary”

Additionally, the students presented a poster highlighting student members of Belmont’s American Chemical Society (SMACS) chapter at SCI-MIX, a meeting-wide poster event for student chapters across the country, as well as selected research posters from every ACS division.

Belmont SMACS past-president Vickie Lim accepted a Commendable Chapter Award honoring the chapter for their activities and outreach during the 2013-2014 academic year. Belmont’s SMACS chapter, led by Dr. Alison Moore, has received a prestigious Commendable Award seven of the past eight years. Only about 100 chapters from across the country and Puerto Rico are honored with this award annually.

Jones and Giordano Present at Southeastern Psychological Association Meeting

linda_jonespete_giordanoPsychological Science Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Linda Jones and Psychological Science Professor Pete Giordano attended and presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) meeting on March 18-21.

Dr. Jones is the co-chair of the SEPA subcommittee for the Joint Committee on Equality of Professional Opportunity/Psi Chi undergraduate poster research program.  She facilitated the review and presentation of over 170 undergraduate research posters and was a co-presenter on two symposiums entitled “Leveraging Undergraduate Research Opportunities” and “Undergraduate Publishing Opportunities.”  Dr. Giordano gave the SEPA/Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture entitled “Identity Development in College Students:  Can Random Comments Change Lives?”

Founded in 1955, SEPA is the largest psychological organization in the southeast and one of largest in the U.S. The purpose of SEPA is to advance psychology as a science, a profession and a means of promoting human welfare. SEPA’s mission is to stimulate the exchange of scientific and professional ideas across the diverse areas of psychological inquiry and application.

Taylor Contributes to Maternal and Child Health Navigator


Dean of the College of Health Sciences Cathy Taylor was part of the original design team of national experts, supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), who worked to develop and launch the MCH Navigator beginning in 2010.

The MCH Navigator is an online portal and clearinghouse for maternal and child health professionals, students and others working to improve the health of women, children, adolescents and families for training on key MCH and leadership topics. The project contains in-depth training portals on specific issues of importance to public health professionals and highlights learning opportunities focused on MCH topics.

The team worked on the project for several years, and after development and testing, the Navigator is housed and maintained at Georgetown University with permanent support by a grant from the MCH Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to learn more about the project.

The team’s paper, “The MCH Navigator: Tools for MCH Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning,” describes the Navigator and the development process and was published last month in the MCH Journal. Click here for the abstract and full text. 

Hopfensperger Published in ‘Legacies of Our Great Grandmothers — Early Tennessee Women’

Achievers.HopfespergerFinancial Officer for the Massey College of Business Susan Hopfensperger researched and wrote the biographies of six women living in Tennessee on or before 1850 that were included in the two-volume set of books “Legacies of Our Great Grandmothers – Early Tennessee Women,” soon to be released for sale. The year 1850 was chosen because that census was the first to list all women by name. Earlier censuses had listed only the head of household and included tick marks to indicate the age ranges of males and females.

Hopfensperger researched, wrote and submitted proof documents to record the lives of Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham, her mother, Sarah Hightower Hayes, Sarah Lewis Pine Hardin McNeil, Josephine Thompson Bryan Hardin and Catherine Wheatley Saunders and her sister, Mary Wheatley Saunders. All of these women are ancestors of the General Francis Nash chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) members. Hopfensperger is an associate member of the chapter and serves as Volunteer Genealogist and chapter chair of the State Regent’s book project.

The books, a fundraiser for the DAR State Regent’s project, are priced at $130 per set.  More than 260 women are featured in approximately 1,300 pages. Each biographical sketch was verified and all proof documents were cited in footnotes. Funds raised will be used for patriotic, historic preservation and educational purposes.

Hopfensperger and other writers are scheduled to sign copies at the Tennessee DAR State Conference in April.

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