History majors Cassia Kisshauer and Braxton Fralick participated in the 2014 Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) Regional Conference held on Feb. 22 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn. Kisshauer presented her paper “Native American Boarding Schools: The Intentions and Effects” while Fralick presented “The Political Fallout from the Election of 1828.” Accompanying the students were Xi Alpha Chapter faculty adviser, Dr. Cynthia Bisson, as well as Dr. Douglas Bisson and department chairman, Dr. Brenda Jackson Abernathy.
Kisshauer and Fralick were inducted into the Xi Alpha Chapter on Jan. 23 at the Belmont Mansion. Other new members inducted at the ceremony were Samuel Moxley, Wyatt Redd, Mia Barber, Megan Barber and Timothy Edwards.
Members of Belmont University’s Nurses Christian Fellowship recently gathered to fill 62 boxes with school supplies and treats for the children of Safe Haven. The students asked for donation of fun age appropriate items and treats and the students gathered to wrap and fill the boxes, making the event a great time to spend with one another while serving others.
Safe Haven is a mission serving vulnerable populations with research-grounded, holistic methods. It is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the whole homeless family. There are 22 children at Safe Haven ranging from two months to 22 years of age living in a beautiful new facility that houses up to six families at a time.
Executive Director Joyce Lavery said, “Safe Haven is about preventing, reducing and intervening in family homelessness with evidence-based and community-based solutions; moving the family from homelessness to self-sufficiency.”
Belmont Nurses Christian Fellowship has been involved in missions serving the community of Nashville and abroad since its beginning in 2011. The great success of this event and the many charitable events led by this group of students is truly a testament to the vibrant community of generous hearts present in Belmont University’s School of Nursing. The students of Belmont Nurses Christian Fellowship would also like to thank the many faculty throughout the College of Health Sciences whose donations made this event possible.
On Sun., March 2, eight current Belmont West students and four Belmont alumni served as part of a staff of 30 who ran the “Oscar Fan Experience.” About 800 fans were chosen to sit in the stands along the red carpet and enjoy The Academy Awards’ arrivals. The fans arrived at the Dolby Theatre early Sunday morning and were welcomed by the Bruins who handed out gift bags and served breakfast. The Oscar Fan Experience included massages, make-overs and a photo booth while the fans waited for the celebrity arrivals. Despite the rainy weather, it was a great experience for the fans who came from all over the world. During the arrivals, the students and alumni managed the fan stands. Once the carpet was closed, the fans were led across the street to The El Capitan Theatre where they were served dinner and watched The Academy Awards live.
Belmont West adjunct instructor Valerie Vanderwest said, “Having an almost 15-year presence in Los Angeles, the Belmont West students have earned a reputation of being professional, hard-working and ambitious. We were so excited to get the call to return to the Oscars to work on the Oscar Fan Experience and extend this once in a lifetime experience to our Belmont West students.”
This was the second time that Belmont students have had the opportunity to work on the production of The Academy Awards. In addition to The Academy Awards, the current group of Belmont West students have been collecting a semester of hands-on entertainment opportunities including working The GRAMMY Awards and attending an intimate listening party with Pharrell Williams for his new release, Girl.
Dr. Steve Murphree’s BIO 3200 Parasitology class had lab at the Nashville Zoo where they had the chance to see some interesting parasites. The class provides an introduction to the morphology, physiology, ecology and taxonomy of the major parasites of man and domestic animals. Through lecture and laboratory experiences with slide-mounted and living specimens, students become familiar with the life cycles of selected parasites, the drugs of choice in treating parasitic diseases and diagnostic procedures.
On Feb. 18, second-year students in the Master of Sport Administration program hosted a basketball tournament for nearly 200 Special Olympians from Middle Tennessee. The tournament was held at the Curb Event Center for the fourth straight year. The competition was incorporated into the Sport Event Management and Planning course and offered students the opportunity to work in all phases of organizing an event for participants with intellectual disabilities.
Alicia Hsu, a senior biology major and pre-med student, was featured in a story on Fox news about figure skating. Hsu who says she finds “relaxation in the competitive sport” will soon be competing for collegiate nationals in figure skating at the 2014 U.S. Collegiate Championships held in Rochester, Mich., at the Onyx Ice Arena on Aug. 14-16.
Belmont University placed second in the onsite competition at the Southeastern Journalism Conference, held this year in Lafayette, La. Media studies department head Thom Storey and student publications adviser Dorren Robinson traveled with nine students to the conference to attend workshops and compete.
The following students placed in the onsite competitions:
In addition to the onsite competition, the Best of the South awards were handed out for work published over the past year. Belmont received three awards:
Nearly 300 college journalists and faculty attended the three-day event Feb. 20-22 at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. The Southeast Journalism Conference includes more than 40 public and private colleges and universities from a seven-state region. Belmont’s journalism program has been a member since 1986.
Belmont University students won the Greater Tennessee Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Research Challenge competition for the second year in a row. The teams consisted of economics student Jake DeVries, accelerated Master of Business Administration student Yan Yan Dong, professional MBA student Justin Essary, finance student Wes Heginbotham and professional MBA student Reece Mabry. The competition included University of Tennessee Knoxville, Vanderbilt and Lipscomb Universities and four other colleges. Belmont’s team prepared an equity research report on Nashville-based health management company Healthways, which was presented to a group of Chartered Financial Analyst judges. The team will compete again in the Americas regional competition in Denver on March 18 and 19. Belmont alumnus Jay McCanless served as the team’s industry mentor.
On Feb. 14, several of Belmont’s fourth-year pharmacy students participated in the local “Interprofessional Team Geriatric Case Training” event. To ensure health professional students develop skills for working in interprofessional teams, the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center hosts this annual team training. This is the third year Belmont University College of Pharmacy has been involved in this one-day event.
This experience serves as an opportunity for students to develop interprofessional collaborative skills by working as a team on a geriatric case and developing a patient assessment and treatment plan. Faculty experts are available to consult with teams, and nurse practitioners observe and rate team dynamics. The program concludes with an interactive general assembly where an interdisciplinary expert panel provides feedback and answers questions.
“It was great to see professionals from all different fields work together,” said Logan Smith. “This allowed me to see how each profession depends on the other. This activity made me realize that medications can only do so much, but they do play a vital role in patient care.” (more…)
Tennessee legislatures recognized the Homework Hotline at Belmont for students’ “exemplary service to their community as volunteers” with a resolution passed on Jan. 30 at the state capitol. Since fall 2012, Belmont students have served as a volunteer satellite of Homework Hotline, practicing teaching techniques while providing one-on-one tutoring to at-risk children. Belmont University volunteers provide meaningful service to the community while they grow as educators and community leaders. For the Fall 2013 semester:
Because of Belmont’s semester start and training startup, the University’s program didn’t begin until after Labor Day. Belmont Homework Hotline was several weeks behind MNPS’ schedule in starting, but was still able to take more than 200 calls from students in grades K – 12th, and successfully resolved more than 85 percent of those calls. Any Tennessee student can call the toll-free number, and 42 percent of the calls to Belmont came from Nashville-Davidson County students. Math, especially middle school grades, is the most sought-after area of assistance, and 61 percent of the calls Belmont students handled were math questions.
Thirty Belmont University students took calls during the Fall 2013 semester. Volunteering proved especially popular among students without cars as the tutoring takes place on the Belmont campus. Volunteer tutors gain an in-depth understanding of the public school curriculum and the needs of children, learn teaching and communications techniques (valuable for education majors), improved their self-efficacy, and increased their engagement in the community.