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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.

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.”


Student Selected as Finalist for Nashville Technology Council’s Student of the Year

Geoff_GrossGeoffrey Gross, a senior computer science major and mathematics minor, was recently selected as a finalist for the Nashville Technology Council’s (NTC) Technology Student of the Year. Each year, the NTC seeks to recognize the individuals throughout the Nashville community that are leading the charge on technology and pushing the boundaries on what has previously been done.

The Technology Student of the Year is one of many awards that will be announced on Jan. 22 at the NTC’s Annual Gala.

A student leader on campus, Gross is involved in many things outside of the classroom. During his time at Belmont, he has been a member of Alpha Tau Omega, a national fraternity known for community service and leadership, the vice president of Belmont’s Mathematical Association of America and Association of Computing Machinery chapter and a Young Life leader, a Christian outreach organization that works with high school students.

In his nomination submission, Mathematics and Computer Science Professor Dr. Glenn Acree said, “[Geoff] is a caring and curious young man with a strong mind and a bright future. Geoff is equally talented in mathematics, as he is in computer science. This combination, along with his ease of communication, creativity and work ethic, will serve him well for a successful future in our technology community. I cannot imagine a better representative for the technology students in Nashville.”

For a full list of NTC’s awards and nominees, click here.

Volleyball Wins OVC Team Sportsmanship Award

VolleyballTeam-001The Belmont women’s volleyball team was recently named the recipient of the 2014-15 Team Sportsmanship Award for volleyball, announced by the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Wednesday morning.

This marks the second year in a row the program has been honored for displaying the best standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA.

“It is always a great privilege to receive the OVC sportsmanship honor,” said head coach Tony Howell. “It is a credit to everyone here at Belmont University who takes the time to work hard in order to allow each program to become successful.”

For more information, please click here.

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.

Student Presents Research at Acoustical Society of America Meeting

Ben_ShawGraduating senior Benjamin Shaw, mathematics and audio engineering technology double major, recently spoke at the Music City Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) meeting, held in the historic Nashville recording studio, Columbia Studio A.

Shaw presented his senior research work on acoustical measurements and simulations of the control room for the studio. Ben’s research, supervised by Sal Greco of Belmont’s Ocean Way Studios and Associate Professor of Physics, Dr. Scott Hawley, evaluated the frequency response of the room and made recommendations for improvements.  To do this, he used a sophisticated open source acoustical simulation program, run on Dr. Hawley’s 24-processor research workstation.

The talk was attended by members of the ASA and Belmont communities.  Those present remarked on the professionalism of Shaw’s presentation and how it was among the finest undergraduate research presentations they have seen .

In May, Belmont University and the Curb Family Foundation announced the completed renovation of Columbia Studio A as a classroom and hands-on learning lab for students in Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

Pre-Health Students Volunteer at Nashville’s Project C.U.R.E.

AED_Project_CureTen Belmont students, members of the Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) – Premedical Honor Society, recently volunteered at Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment). Nashville’s Project C.U.R.E. is one of five distribution centers in the U.S. where donated medical supplies are sorted, packaged and labeled to be sent to various countries that do not have the healthcare system or infrastructure found in the U.S.

AED members sorted through medical supplies and prepared them to be shipped. Thanks to the dedication of thousands of volunteers nationwide, two to three cargo containers of life-saving aid leave Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouses every week.

In addition to the support from Belmont’s AED chapter, the School of Nursing (SON) donates any medical supplies that are unable to be used in lab simulations to Project C.U.R.E. For more information on the SON’s endeavors, 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.


Trost Proposes Law Commission Act Revision

charles_trost2College of Law Professor Charles Trost was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), an organization established in 1892 that provides states with non-partisan legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. Trost is currently completing his 19th year as a member and is serving as the organization’s treasurer. 

All members of ULC are practicing lawyers, judges, legislators and law professors who have been appointed by state governments, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to research, draft and promote enactment of uniform state laws.

Presently, Professor Trost, along with current Belmont Law student Sean Alexander and recent graduate Kimiya Sarayloo have been working on a proposal to revise the Unclaimed Property Act to encourage uniformity, as well as include technological advancements. The Unclaimed Property Act was most recently revised in 1995.

Students Present Undergraduate Research at Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS)

TAS-1Biology department faculty Drs. Steve Murphree, Darlene Panvini, Nick Ragsdale, John Niedzwiecki and Roger Jackson and 25 undergraduate research students representing Biology, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Neuroscience majors, attended the 124th Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS) Annual Meeting held Nov. 21  in Morristown, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Academy of Science, founded in 1912, organizes symposia, manages on-going programs in many fields and communicates with the national scientific culture. Belmont students presented posters at the meeting and attended presentations from graduate students and faculty from a wide variety of Tennessee schools.  Dr. Steve Murphree, professor of biology, serves as TAS’s Treasurer and Dr. Rachel Rigsby, associate professor of chemistry, serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal.

For a complete listing of the 25 students who presented research posters, click here.

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