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Alumna Secures Belmont Orchestra Donation, Performance Opportunity

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Bob Black, Jaimee Paul and Belmont Professor of Music Dr. Robert Gregg celebrate the orchestra donation.

Bob Black, the owner of the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon Tennessee, recently donated $1,000 to the Belmont Orchestra, in conjunction with an upcoming show the orchestra will be playing with a Belmont alumna. Jaimee (Paulich) Paul, a 1999 Belmont graduate, and her jazz band are putting on a James Bond show at the Capitol Theatre on Nov. 7 with legendary producer/composer Michael Omartian conducting the Belmont Orchestra on stage. The concert will feature songs from Paul’s Bonded album, a tribute to more than 50 years in the James Bond film series. The project, which was also produced by Omartian, was released in January of 2013 on Green Hill Music and reached No. 6 on the iTunes Jazz Albums chart.

Paul said, “We decided to enlist the Belmont Orchestra to help us out with this concert so the audience could have an exceptional experience. Bob Black, owner of the Capitol Theatre, is graciously donating $1,000 to the Orchestra program at Belmont because he realizes that musicians are very valuable and should be recognized for their talent. He values the education that students receive throughout their lives, and especially if they continue their musical education through college.”

Tickets for the Nov. 7 show are $20, but the Capitol Theatre is offering Belmont students and alumni a discount with proper identification. For more information on Paul’s career, visit

Belmont Women Compete on ‘Family Feud’

thomasfamily.familyfeudTwo Belmont alumnae and one current Belmont student were recently contestants on the game show “Family Feud.” Sarah Morgan is a School of Nursing alumna, and Bethany Thomas graduated from Belmont’s physical therapy program. Lindsey Thomas is currently enrolled in the pharmacy program at Belmont. All three women are also related to Professor of Media Studies Dr. Rich Tiner.

The family auditioned in June at the Hotel Preston in Nashville. The Thomas family episode was taped this summer and aired this past Tuesday.

‘Massey Machine’ Finishes Second in Dragon Boat Festival

Massey Dragonboat Team“The Massey Machine,” a team comprised of Belmont Massey Graduate School of Business alumni and current students, raced on the Cumberland River this past Saturday as one of 44 boats in the Eighth Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival.  The event is sponsored by The Cumberland River Pact, which exists to help restore and clean-up the river.

Saturday’s event was a fundraiser with both corporate and nonprofit teams participating from as far south as Chattanooga and north up to Bowling Green.  The Massey team  made it to the Championship A bracket and finished 2nd overall. This marks the sixth year that Massey has fielded a team in the race.

Mathematics Major Receives Actuary Scholarship, Job Offer

Annie BrunelleSenior mathematics major Annie Brunelle, Mathematics major was recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship for this year by the Casualty Actuaries of the Southeast (CASE).  CASE offers two scholarships per year to college students in the southeastern states. The scholarship program’s mission is to encourage students who reside in a southeastern state to become future working members of the Casualty Actuarial Society. The actuarial profession is usually ranked in the top five of career choices.  Actuaries work in the insurance and financial sectors and specialize in analyzing the financial impact of risk and uncertainty.

Brunelle has completed the Actuarial Exam P/1, the first of a series of nine exams which are required for full status as an actuary. She also completed an internship this past summer at UNUM Group in Chattanooga, working as an actuary in the A&H VB Pricing Department. UNUM is ranked within Fortune 500′s top companies. Her work consisted of data analysis, model creation and prediction of policy persistency rates. She also worked under her manager, again using data analysis, to find key drivers of policy lapse trends. At the end of her internship, UNUM flew the actuarial interns to Portland, Maine, and after a grueling day of interviews with senior vice presidents, CEOs and influential company leaders, Brunelle was awarded a full-time position within their Actuarial Development Program (ADP). Her position as an actuary with UNUM will begin next June after she graduates from Belmont.

Belmont Recognized on the Top 100 Most Beautiful Colleges List

Belmont MansionBelmont University has been recognized at No. 61 on Best College Review’s 100 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America. Nominations for this list were selected based on inclusion in dozens of comparable “most beautiful college campuses” list articles and an informal survey of friends and colleagues both in and out of academia.

Picturesque natural features such as green spaces, bodies of water and arboretums were the key criteria, as was elegant architecture. Specific buildings and areas were then singled out for their outstanding looks. The article stated, “Aesthetically, perhaps the most glorious main campus building of all is still Belmont Mansion which earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Upon completion in 1853, this edifice was among the most opulent antebellum residences in the Southern U.S., and to this day it boasts lovely Greek revival and Italianate elements, with a pair of central columns instantly catching the eye. In its current role as a museum, Belmont Mansion remains a showpiece of the 75-acre campus. Also built in 1853, Belmont’s 105-foot Tower and Carillon is another historic highlight.”

Belmont Senior Selected as One of 20 ‘Women Who Make a Difference’

image001Belmont senior and musical theatre major, Alie B. Gorrie, was recently selected as one of 20 Women Who Make a Difference for 2014, an initiative of Birmingham magazine and Alabama Media Group to honor women who are making a difference in business, philanthropy, the arts and other areas. She will be recognized at a luncheon in Birmingham, Ala. on Oct. 22.

The list of honorees includes such luminaries as celebrities, CEOs, presidents and philanthropists. Gorrie is being recognized for founding Songs for Sight, a nonprofit organization that benefits teens with low vision, a challenge she has faced herself since birth.

As a teenager growing up with limited vision, Gorrie was thrilled to learn that with the proper training and technology, driving would be a possibility for her. Her excitement for the promise of future independence was dampened by the thought that many other teens with low vision could not afford these resources. At age 16, she founded Songs for Sight, combining her music industry connections with her passion for helping others. Since the, the organization has raised more $840,000 for the purpose of raising awareness and providing equipment and vision rehabilitation services for her fellow teens and young adults.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Gorrie will be playing the role of Ado Annie in the Musical Theatre Departments’s fall production of “Oklahoma.”




Marsha Blackburn Attends Pipeline Copyright Presentation

PipelineAIMPCongressman Marsha Blackburn joined Belmont’s Pipeline Project students earlier this month in historical Columbia Studio A to hear about their summer research and suggestions regarding licensing reform.  Marc Driskill, general manager of Sea Gayle Music and chair of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and Brad Peterson of 5/3 Bank engaged Belmont and the nine Pipeline students this summer to take a deeper dive into the current copyright conversations that will shape these students’ futures. The students shared their research of identifying common patterns between stakeholders and expressed what they thought to be the ‘three keys to licensing reform’:  efficiency, fair compensation and understanding.  The students will be submitting a full proposal to the copyright office regarding their recommendations in addition to presenting at an open forum to students and the music industry in late September.

Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business Dean Wesley Bulla said, “The opportunity that Marc Driskill, AIMP, Brad Peterson and 5/3 Bank provided for the Pipeline students is once in a lifetime.  Their generosity with time and expertise gave these students a new understanding of a complex landscape.  The students have shared that they are committed to continuing the conversation to help shape the future they’ll live in.”

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to see these brilliant young minds engage in this discussion,” said Driskill. “The current system is based on a music distribution model that has been dead for decades. New, relevant systems are on the horizon, and I believe the Nashville music community will be a significant influence to the way we will do business in the future, the future in which these students will no doubt be leaders.”

Additional attendees to the early August conversation included Troy Tomlinson, Sony ATV; Darcy Anderson, District Director for Rep. Blackburn; Vincent Candilora, ASCAP; Tim Fink, SESAC; Denise Nichols, The Primacy Firm; Kari Barnhart, 5/3 Bank; Trina Smith, AIMP; Beth Laird, Creative Nation; Kella Stephenson Farris, The Kella Stephenson Company; Jennifer Turnbow, NSAI; Michael Martin, ASCAP; Ree Guyer Buchanan, Wrensong Publishing; John Barker, Clearbox Rights; Wesley Bulla, Belmont University; and Jody Williams, BMI.

The Pipeline Project is a summer think tank dedicated to illuminating the problems currently facing the music industry and charged with exploring possible solutions through research, collaboration, and innovation.

Graduate Nursing Students Present at Pediatric Nursing Conference

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Saunders, Kendall and Gray with their poster.

Belmont School of Nursing graduate students, Brandon Saunders, B.S.N, RN, Marjorie Gray B.S.N., RN, and Jake Kendall, B.S.N., RN, presented their poster titled “The Use of Antiemetics in Pediatric Patients with Gastroenteritis: A Literature Review” this summer at the 30th annual Pediatric Nursing Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. This scholarship opportunity was a product of their evidence-based practice project requirement for the Research Applications course taught by Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Carrie Harvey in the fall of 2013.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for these graduate students and their faculty member. We are proud of their efforts to improve the care of pediatric patients and we look forward to all they will accomplish as advanced practice nurses,” said Associate Dean of Nursing Dr. Martha Buckner.

The School of Nursing provided financial support for the students’ endeavor and commitment to learning.

Bookstore Featured on Industry Website

bookstoreThe University Bookstore is featured in an article published Aug. 18 on Foreword Online, a website with ideas and industry news for collegiate retailers, for its dorm delivery service that puts textbooks in students rooms before they arrive on campus. Belmont has offered dorm-room delivery for seven year and donates $4 per bundle to University Ministries and $1 per bundle to the Office of Residence Life. Click here to read the article.

Occupational Therapy Students, Faculty Begin Year with Service

IMG_2325As part of the new student orientation on Monday, the School of Occupational Therapy had 57 students and faculty members involved in an afternoon of service at six different locations around the Nashville area. Service opportunities included shopping for refugee families with World Relief, sorting and organizing equipment for the Tennessee Disability Coalition, packaging newborn kits and prenatal vitamins at LiveBeyond, doing landscaping at Homeplace, making cards for Meals on Wheels through Fifty Forward and interacting with residents at Morningside Assisted Living Facility.  Through these service experiences, they got to know each other while learning about organizations around the Belmont community and being introduced to service, which is a key value of the University and a central theme in the occupational therapy curriculum design.

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