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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. 

Public Relations Students Earn Certificate in Principles of Public Relations

All six Belmont public relations students who took the new, nationally-administered public relations exam earned their Certificate of Principles in Public Relations. These six students participated in the 1-credit preparation course piloted at Belmont in the fall. The Public Relations Department has since incorporated the preparation material into a remodeled 3-credit senior capstone course that began this semester.

The six students to receive their Certificate are:

  • Mary Anna Davis, public relations major, expected graduation May 2015
  • Kacy Gieg, public relations major, expected graduation May 2015
  • Kristin Hinkley Moore, public relations major, graduated December 2014
  • Lane Sasser, public relations major, expected graduation May 2015
  • Nicole Smart, public relations management major, expected graduation May 2015
  • Kate Wilke, public relations major, expected graduation May 2015

“This is a tremendous achievement for the students, and their success is a testament to the high-quality education they have gained from the courses and instruction in our department,” said Public Relations Professor Dr. Kevin Trowbridge. “This inaugural success has set the bar high while also providing some valuable data to help us further develop our undergraduate program to meet the demands of the strategic communication landscape.”

To learn more about this certificate, click here.

 

Students Participate in Sony/ATV ‘All Access’ Music Publishing Creative Team

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(Front L – R) James Elliott (BU Songwriting Chair), Ed Williams (Sony/ATV), Abbey Adams (Sony/ATV), Mike Whelan (Sony/ATV), Troy Tomlinson (Sony/ATV President/CEO), Hannah Williams (Sony/ATV), Kayla Woodson (junior, EIS), Terry Wakefield (Sony/ATV), Emily Fullerton(sophomore, songwriting), Maddie Larkin (sophomore, songwriting) (Back L – R) Jacque Jordan (sophomore, songwriting), Austin Stanley (freshman, music business), Ben Whisler (senior, music business/production), Tom Luteran (Sony/ATV) Josh Valkenburg (Sony/ATV) Drew Ramsey (BU songwriting faculty)

Six students from Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business performed for the Sony/ATV Music Publishing Creative Team in historic Columbia Studio A on Feb. 23.

The students were chosen through a partnership developed by the Curb College and Sony/ATV Music Publishing called “All Access”, designed to give students a pathway to share their talent and work. For more information about “All Access”, click here.

Participating students agreed that the experience was an invaluable one, giving them the opportunity to be in front of music industry leaders that could significantly impact their future goals. With a focus on allowing students to step outside of the classroom and get experience in professional settings, the Curb College continually provides opportunities to supplement educational experiences with hands-on opportunities.

Belmont senior and music business/production major Ben Whisler said, ”I am hugely appreciative of both the Curb College and Sony/ATV for putting on All Access and giving young writers like myself the opportunity to showcase our talent and music that we work so hard on. I think it speaks volumes about Sony/ATV as a company with a vision for success not only today, but also in the future. They hold some of the most premier catalogs in existence, but still come fully-staffed to meet with six young, unknown writers. Again, I am also thankful to the Curb College staff for helping organize an event like this, and doing everything they can to go beyond the classroom to help their students.  I am very happy and fortunate to have been a part of it.”

Chair of Songwriting in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business James Elliott said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have their music heard. We look forward to the process and have high hopes that Sony ATV Music Publishing will discover some future hit makers at Belmont.”

AED Club Volunteers at Local Ronald McDonald House

AED-1Belmont student members of the Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Premedical Honor Society recently made and served breakfast to guests at the Ronald McDonald House. With a mission to “keep families close” by providing essential resources and a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving medical care at Nashville area hospitals, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville includes a 32-bedroom Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Six AED club members cooked and served eggs, pancakes, toast, bacon and yogurt for breakfast and the leftovers, along with extra food and supplies, were left in the community kitchen fridge for guests to have throughout the week.

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.

Belmont DNP Students Participate in Tennessee Legislative Boot Camp

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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.

Pethel’s Class Learns at Nashville Library

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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.

Physical Therapy Students Visit Tennessee Legislature

2015 Day on the HillBelmont Physical Therapy students attended the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Day on the Hill  on Feb. 11.  TPTA President Scott Newton and TPTA Legislative Chair Joe Newton provided an orientation to the legislative process and highlighted a particular bill of interest to physical therapists.

The students were then escorted through Legislative Plaza to the Old Supreme Court Room in the Capitol where the students, accompanied by UTC PT students, heard an inspiring talk from State Senator and physical therapist Bo Watson. Watson stressed the importance of the legislative arena for PT practice and urged students to be advocates for their profession.​

Biology Honor Society Inducts New Members

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(Front Row L to R): Lindsay Millward, Angel Brothers, Nancy Le (Back row L to R): Prisha Patel, Ryan Fox, Sydney Gangluff, Alyssa Bednarek, Ashley Bednarek, Sarah Trippett, Chelsea Lee

The Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Biological Honor Society, a society for students that are dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biology, has recently inducted a new group of members.

Since it’s establishment in 1988, Belmont’s Mu Theta Chapter of Tri-Beta has promoted the study of biology through various activities including presentations, field trips, scientific meetings and social events. Tri-Beta provides leadership opportunities for students, informs them about current developments in biology, and helps them prepare for employment.

For more information, click here.

 

Daus and Chemistry Students Present on Chocolate, The Perfect Food

daus_chocolateIn honor of Valentine’s Day, the Student Members of the American Chemical Society and Chemistry Professor Dr. Kimberlee Daus hosted a convocation event on the chemistry elements of Chocolate. Nutrition researcher Michael Levine, among others, has described chocolate as being the world’s perfect food—chemically speaking.

During this standing-room-only event, presenters discussed the six different possible crystalline states that are possible for chocolate. Stage V is desired for the ultimate physical characteristics (shiny with the nice “snap”) and demonstrated how to achieve it through tempering.

Presenters also discussed why Hershey’s chocolate has such a distinct taste and looked at the different chemicals responsible for the “feel good” aspects of chocolate. During this fun event, they explored the chemistry of chocolate and what makes chocolate the perfect food.

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