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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.

Students Present at History Honor Society Regional Conference

150228_0004Members of Belmont University’s Xi-Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) recently presented papers at the organization’s 2015 Tennessee Regional Conference held at Austin Peay State University.

The participants, Kaytlynn Lowhorn, Cassia Kisshauer, Braxton Fralick and Erin Weber, presented original historical research on topics in American History. The students were accompanied by Xi-Alpha Chapter Faculty Advisor Drs. Cynthia Bisson and Douglas Bisson.

Belmont PharmD Graduates Matched for Residencies

pharmacy 2014-165Twenty-four graduates and soon-to-be graduates of Belmont University’s College of Pharmacy have been selected for pharmacy residency programs following the annual match process conducted for the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). About 4000 residencies are being offered in 2015 through the ASHP Match, a competitive application process.

Belmont placed 90 percent of applicants in first-year residencies, compared to an overall placement rate of 65 percent.  For second-year residencies, Belmont placed 75 percent compared to an overall placement of 70 percent.  First-year pharmacy residencies provide post-PharmD training in health systems, managed care oand community settings, while second-year residencies provide advanced training in a focused area of patient care.

Graduates selected for first-year residencies include Samantha Wheeler (Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville, Florida), Mary Martin Johnson (Birmingham VA Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama), Jessica Yost (Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia), Denise Ann Bentley (Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville, Tennessee), Noah Ploegman (Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska), Nicholeah Jade Lay (Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee), Lindsey Bruce Thomas (Mission Hospitals in Asheville, North Carolina), Maggie Montgomery (New York Harbor Healthcare Systems in New York, New York), Jessica Brinkley (Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee), Sara Rower (St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri), Margaret Morgan Goodman (St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee), Meghan Quillen Duquette at (VA North Texas Health Care in Dallas, Texas), Patrick David For (Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee), Vanessa Kirkwood (Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana), Jocelyn Grace Mason (Providence Health and Services in Providence, Oregon) and Emily Paige Doss and Nilamben Mahesh Patel (VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville, Tennessee).

Belmont PharmD graduates accepted for second-year residencies include Kelly Lynn Maguigan (Critical Care residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee), Shannon McVeigh (Geriatric residency at Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System in Little Rock, Arkansas), Kendall Shultes (Oncology residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri), Erika Wass (Oncology residency at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California) and Emily Brinser and Kenneth Carver (Health System Pharmacy Administration residencies at HCA/University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Nashville, Tennessee).

In addition, Traci Okoli, a fourth-year PharmD student, was granted a research fellowship by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at their Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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.

AED Club Volunteers at Project C.U.R.E


Belmont University’s Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Premedical Honor Society members volunteered at Project C.U.R.E.-Nashville on Saturday, March 21 and sort through medical supplies including IV tubing, suture supplies and casts/braces to prepare for shipment.Participating members included Nancy Le, Libby Ligon, Madeline Johnson, Austin DeMaagd, Himesh Zaver, Jacob Dahm, Brooke Pugsley and Alicia Hsu.

Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 and Nashville’s location 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 in need of health care supplies. 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 weekly.

Dowell Wins Student Communication Speech Competition

The six speech finalists

The six speech finalists

Belmont’s Communications Studies Department holds the COM 1100 speech competition every semester to honor students’ exceptional speaking. Each speech instructor chooses one participant from their class to participate and six are chosen to advance to the final round. On March 18, Allison Hardee, Julia Crone, Chase Wofford, Brandon Corsi, Rachel Holloway and Tucker Dowell competed in the contest. 

This semester’s winner was Tucker Dowell who delivered his speech, “Tell Me How To Feel” about what poetry is, the way poetry makes people feel and how poetry can heighten one’s emotional intelligence.  

“I learned that people respond to emotion. People respond to you being genuine. The poetry isn’t necessarily all that good. The speech wasn’t necessarily all that good. From a technical stand point, there are many flaws in both. I learned that people relate to emotion. By being vulnerable, you show the part of the audience members that the audience members themselves are scared to show others. You allow someone to feel themselves, to be themselves, when you take the burden off their shoulders. People like feeling themselves. People like being themselves,” said Dowell. 

Dowell concluded his speech with a poem of his own saying,

“Close your eyes and feel me
Feel me
As you rake your nails against your coffin
Feel it
That pit
That pit inside your soul
Making it hard to chew
So hard to chew”

Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department Dr. Mary Vaughn described the criteria judges look for to explain what set Dowell apart. “A speaker must have great delivery, quality research sources, effective oral citation of sources, clear and logical structure, compelling and engaging supporting material and effective opening and closing devices. Not an easy package,” Vaughn said. 

The event is organized by Lambda Pi Eta, Belmont’s speech honor society and is judged by area alumni and Lambda Pi Eta students.  Judges this year included Brianna Kirby, Cory Mabry, Julia Ragsdale and Jake Townsend.

To hear Dowell’s speech in full, click here

Belmont Mock Trial Team Wins Regional AAJ Competition

Mock Trial TeamBelmont University College of Law’s Mock Trial teams recently competed in Louisville, Kentucky at the regional tournament for the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

The winning team, comprised of Ardath Griffin, Rachel Hogan, Ron Laffitte and A.C. Agee, were the No. 1 seed going into the elimination round and won the regional championship. This team will go on to the national tournament in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in April to represent Belmont College of Law.

This is the second year in a row that Belmont has had an undefeated team at the tournament. When evaluated by individual judges, Belmont now has a two year combined record of 47-4.

A second team, comprised of Nelson Suarez, Tim Wills, and Miles Brooks (with special witness Courtney Lutz), ranked fifth after the preliminary rounds, narrowly missing the quarterfinals by one point from a singular judge.

College of Law Associate Professor and Faculty Advisor Amy Moore said, “I am so proud of our students! They have put in countless hours of practice and have dominated at the regional tournament. We are very excited to participate in another national level competition.”

Gonzalez, Velikova Lead Student Cuban Trip

Cuban tripTwenty-five Belmont students, led by faculty members Jose Gonzalez and Marieta Velikova, recently returned from a 10-day trip to Cuba where Gonzales and Velikova taught a course entitled “The Emergence of Private Enterprise within the Boundaries of a Communist Economy.”

During the trip, students explored the economic and policy changes the island is undergoing and how those changes are impacting the economy, particularly small business owners. In addition to exploring the island and its culture, student participants heard from local economists and lawyers, attended sessions at the University of Havana and interacted with medical students after hearing a presentation on the Cuban health care system.

Gonzales said he encourages all of his students to study abroad whenever possible and even leads multiple trips annually. “I think it’s one of the most valuable experiences that one can have while in college, when done correctly. Every trip I plan though, I like to anchor it around the broader theme of entrepreneurship and economic development. Cuba is no exception. We conceptualized this trip to explore recent economic reforms undertaken in Cuba that allow micro enterprise development to flourish,” Gonzalez said.

Senior marketing and music business major Erin Beezley said she has spent a lot of time traveling abroad, but when the opportunity to venture to Cuba presented itself she was eager to learn more. After spending time in Cuba and the people she met, Beezley said she hopes other students will follow and spend time in the country. “The people were kind and welcoming, the food was delicious and the culture was vibrant…I hope other Americans will open their minds and hearts…and share in the same life-changing journey that I was lucky enough to experience.”



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