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Students Raise Funds for Cure International through Concert

students on stageStudents in Dr. David Herrera’s Concert Promotions class were assigned the task of executing a live event at a local venue and raised $2,000 for a donation to the Cure International, a charity that provides free medical care to countries in need. Mark Fuhrer, Daniel Jenkins, Stephanie Kopel, Kellie Longworth, Kendall McHenry and Geoffey Webb  completed their project with a concert on April 13 at the Mercy Lounge with over 400 paying attendees. The show raised enough to cover all expenses plus the Cure International donation, which is covering the knee surgery of a 7-year-old Ethiopian boy. Students worked during the semester to book the talent through local agents, worked with managers, modified agreements/riders, executed a great promotion including radio buys, print adds and social media ad buys, then settled the event payout after box office closed with the venue.  The show talent was The Vespers, Judah & the Lion and Shel.

Best Buddies Belmont Named Tennessee College Chapter of the Year

best buddies 2As student members of the Belmont chapter of Best Buddies were participating in a Friendship Walk at Bi-Centennial Mall to raise money for Best Buddies Tennessee on April 13, they learned they won Tennessee College Chapter of the Year.

“Winning best college chapter for the state of Tennessee was a surprise, but I believe a true reflection of the genuine hearts of the Belmont students that are members of Best Buddies,” said chapter President Kristin Hinkley, a senior studying public relations. “The students in our chapter really go above and beyond to include their buddies in their everyday life, integrating them with their friends and their weekend plans. Our members don’t do it to build their resumes or get community service hours, they do this because they truly believe in Best Buddies and how important it is to give a voice and a community to those who wouldn’t get either otherwise.”

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies International opened a state office in Tennessee only a few years ago and has already established over 70 middle, high school and college chapters in the state. The Belmont chapter is four years old.

Taylore Griffin, program manager for Best Buddies Tennessee, said she nominated Belmont for the award because many of its buddies are live far from campus yet Belmont students always are willing to pick them up for events and continuously show dedication to service.

“This is a tremendous award and recognition of our student members of Best Buddies at Belmont. These students are truly engaging and transforming the world. Through the seemingly simple act of friendship, Best Buddy Belmont members are breaking down barriers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said chapter adviser Sally Barton-Arwood, associate professor of education. “I am humbled and inspired by their unwavering commitments to advocate for and create inclusive communities that recognize similarities and strengths instead of deficits and differences.”

The day the students won the award, members of Best Buddies Belmont and four buddies with intellectual disabilities attended a Judah and the Lion Four concert and were honored backstage and on stage.

Education Students Run Camp for Children with Down Syndrome

unique experienceBelmont education students and Associate Professor of Education Sally Barton-Arwood concluded their Saturday morning Music Camp with the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee this month. Music, art, early childhood, elementary and middle school licensure students gathered with children with Down syndrome for a hands-on learning experience of building vocabulary. The Belmont students planned and ran the camp twice a semester in the Sport Science building.

“The children who return for each camp have something wonderful to look forward to. Families tell me how their children can’t stop smiling and clapping on the way to our camp. Families also get a few hours to do something on their own,” said Barton-Arwood. “I had a mother cry because she had not been able to spend time with her typically–developing daughter in five years since her son with autism and Down syndrome was born. In addition to totally changing their world view on individuals with disabilities, our students also gain experiences in communicating with parents and working through challenging behaviors of young children.”

The program was started to meet two needs: to give music education and early childhood students meaningful practicum experience; and also  to provide weekend social time for children with Down syndrome.


Law Students Support Tennessee Justice Center

Left to right: Franklin Graves (3L), Callie Hinson (3L), Nate Drake (3L), TN Justice Center Executive Director Michele Johnson, Doug Russo (3L), and Molly Shehan (3L) (Photo credit: Chris Steer Photography)

Pictured left to right are Franklin Graves, Callie Hinson, Nate Drake, Michele Johnson, Doug Russo and Molly Shehan. (Photo credit: Chris Steer Photography)

The College of Law’s Student Bar Association presented $5,000 to the Tennessee Justice Center during its Second Annual Barristers’ Ball on April 12. Student Bar Association President Nate Drake presented the check to center’s Executive Director Michele Johnson. The donation will support the center’s pro bono events and legal internships for law students.


Nursing Students, Faculty Support March of Dimes

 Nursing students pictured left to right are Tiffany Jenkins, Erin Pettepher, Patrick Haltom, Emily Graehler and Elaine Seneff.

Nursing students pictured left to right are Tiffany Jenkins, Erin Pettepher, Patrick Haltom, Emily Graehler and Elaine Seneff.

Belmont School of Nursing students and faculty participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies on April 13 at LP Field. The walk raises awareness and funding for the March of Dimes work to support community programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The March of Dimes  also funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies. The March for Babies has been going since 1970 and raised over $2 billion.

Nine nursing students and two faculty members participated in the walk. The students were led by senior Patrick Haltom and were sponsored by Assistant Professor of Nursing Angela Lane and Instructor of Nursing Barb Padovich. The Belmont Nursing team raised $1,160 for March of Dimes.

Asian Studies Student Presents at Conference


ryan_pinoRyan Pino, a Belmont senior majoring in Asian Studies and minoring in Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, recently participated in the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Ninth Annual Philosophy Conference and Inaugural Ethics Center Convocation. This international event took place from March 27 to 29 and featured undergraduates, graduate students and professors from various countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and China. The theme of the conference was “Living Ethically in the Global World,” and the keynote address, which was given by renowned scholar of Chinese philosophy Dr. Roger Ames, was titled “Confucian Role Ethics.”

Each conference participant was invited to give a 15-minute presentation on an original paper addressing the issue of living ethically in the modern, globalized world. Ryan presented a paper titled “Confucian Revivalism in Contemporary Chinese Society and Education.” This paper discussed the ramifications Confucianism’s recent revival in Mainland China for contemporary Chinese society and education, as well as for the rest of the world. Ryan argued that a reevaluation of ancient Confucian teachings to fit contemporary realities has had a profound influence on China and that a Confucian perspective should be part of the global dialogue on ethics.

Biology Students Present at Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting

Biology department faculty members Dr. Nick Ragsdale, Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Dr. Darlene Panvini and Dr. Chris Barton and communications studies department faculty member Dr. Jimmy Davis, along with 17 biology undergraduate research students, attended the 2014 Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) Meeting on April 2 through 5 in Spartanburg, S.C.  ASB strives to provide an atmosphere that is collaborative, collegial and open to all disciplines. They welcome scholarly and applied work from the many diverse disciplines of the biological sciences. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, floristic and plant systematics, entomology, invertebrate zoology, community and population ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, microbiology, genetics, cell and molecular biology as well as scientific pedagogy.

ASB2014_GroupThere were over 400 posters and presentations at the meeting by undergraduate and graduate students from Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee and other Southeastern states. Belmont students presented posters and talks at the meeting, attended presentations, symposiums and workshops. They also had the opportunity to see and discuss research with students from many universities in the Southeast area. Haley Ellison received honorable mention in Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society paper presentations and John Gossen received third place in the poster presentations.

Neurobiology Class Visits Vanderbilt Primate Lab

neurobiology_classDr. Lori McGrew, associate professor of biology, recently had her neurobiology class visit a nonhuman primate lab at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Jeff Schall, a neuroscientist who uses macaque monkeys to study brain regions involved in controlling eye movements, provided the class with a tour of the facilities and the opportunity to watch some of the monkeys performing their visual discrimination tasks.  The group also discussed important ethical considerations of working with primates as well as the sort of information that can only be obtained by using primates or humans.  Michelle Howell-Young, a Belmont alumna, is Schall’s lab manager and works extensively with the macaques. 

Sport Administration Program Hosts 10th Annual Southern Sport Management Conference

Southern Sport Management ConferenceThe Master of Sport Administration program hosted the 10th Southern Sport Management Conference at Bridgestone Arena on March 26 through 28. The conference was the first in the organization’s history to be held outside of its founding institution’s campus at Troy University. There were two primary audiences for this conference: the emerging scholar and the future sport practitioner. It is a premier educational event that aims to provide sport management scholars, practitioners, and students with current knowledge on industry trends and issues via academic and professional presentations. Sport Management faculty Dr. Amy Baker, Dr. Ted Peetz and Dr. Stephen Shin, along with Belmont Master of Sport Administration students, helped to organize and run the three-day event that included presentations from students, practitioners and academics from across the Southeast. 

Phil and MattDuring the conference, Phil Mosley and Matt Jones, students in the Sport Administration Program, presented research on March 26. The students presentation was entitled “The CrossFit Influence: Persuasion Strategies in the Fitness Industry,” which examined the six basic tendencies of human behavior as outlined by Robert Cialdini’s weapons of influence and how CrossFit gyms use these influencers in their marketing strategies.

Mathematical Association of America President Visits Belmont

Su with MAA officersDr. Francis Su, president-elect of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, was on campus April 7 to speak on “Grace in Learning and Teaching” in the University’s chapel service. Due to many requests for the text of this talk, Su created a blog on this topic.  His Math Fun Facts website receives a million hits each year. While  Su was at Belmont, he also met informally with Mathematics and Computer Science faculty and student members of the Belmont MAA student chapter.

Established in 1915, the Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Members include university, college and high school teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, pure and applied mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians, and many others in academia, government, business and industry.

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