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Two Belmont Students Featured in Tennessean for Start Up Company

Geoff Gross

Geoff Gross

Tim Downey

Tim Downey

Two Belmont students and their new start-up were featured in a recent article in The Tennessean. Tim Downey, CEO and co-founder, is a senior majoring in entrepreneurship, and Geoffrey Gross, CTO and co-founder, is a senior majoring in computer science and applied discrete mathematics.

Their business,, was started in July 2014 and the basic idea is that incentivizes a company’s customers to post brand-related content to their social media. This in-turn will broaden the company’s digital market reach. Downey and Gross have been busy with launching their website, starting the patent process, working on web design and product mockups as well as pitching their ideas to potential investors.

They are working out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. The EC fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by turning ideas into reality, helping to start businesses and create jobs. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Center is funded through sponsorships, partnerships, donations and grants.

Equestrian Club Wins Six Ribbons at First Competition of the Year

EquestrianClubThe Belmont Equestrian Club won six ribbons at the Maryville College competition. The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association riding competition was held on Oct. 18-19 and hosted by Maryville College at Penrose Farm. The four members who competed in the hunter/jumper discipline of equestrian sports rode against schools such as Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee Knoxville, The University of the South, Middle Tennessee State University and Murray State University.

All of the riders representing Belmont placed in the flat and over fences classes. The flat classes require the riders to control their horses by performing various gaits asked by the judge while maintaining proper equitation form. Over fences classes require the riders to navigate their horse through a course over fences while maintaining proper equitation form. The horses are randomly drawn for each rider challenging their riding ability to control a horse they have never ridden.

“By randomly drawing horses to compete, you have to be prepared for anything. You don’t get a chance to warm up or learn about your horse. It is the ultimate challenge as a rider. Some of the horses our riders rode were difficult and hard to handle, but the club’s riders proved their ability to control and show a variety of horses,” said Allison Harpole, president of the Belmont Equestrian Club.

The following ribbons were won by the Belmont Equestrian Club:
Mary Ritchea, 1st
Allison Harpole, 4th and 5th
Caitlyn Marsh, 5th
Meg Anderson, 4th and 6th

Nursing Faculty, Students Publish Journal Articles

Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Carrie Harvey along with nursing graduate students Cassandra Gladkowski, Chelsey Medley, Heather Nelson and Angela Price published a manuscript in the September issue of Journal for Nurse Practitioners, the premier peer-reviewed journal for nurse practitioners. The manuscript was titled “Opioids versus physical therapy for management of chronic pain.” They presented an extensive review the literature and critique of the evidence.

Also, nursing faculty Dr. Jamie Adam and Dr. Leslie Folds published a manuscript in the October issue of that same journal titled “Depression, self-efficacy and adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes.” Their research explored various factors that affect diabetes adherence, finding that as depressive symptoms increase, self-efficacy behaviors decrease.

Students Win Awards at International Business Competition

Group Shot of StudentsFour Belmont Massey College of Business students–Cody Fincher, Sean McHugh, Elizabeth Ashby and Steven Bell–competed and won awards in this year’s Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) international case competition, held Oct. 15-18 at the University of Connecticut. The CIBER Case Challenge brings teams of four undergraduate students from around the world to compete in analyzing and presenting an international business case to judges. The CIBER Case Challenge offers an excellent opportunity for students to gain exposure to international business issues as well as to meet business students from around the globe.  The eight universities represented in this year’s competition included Belmont, Bryant University, Purdue University, Rikkyo University, San Diego State University, University of Connecticut, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Università di Trento (Italy).

Overall, Bell’s team won their preliminary round and placed first in the final round and overall competition.  As well, McHugh’s team won its preliminary round and placed third in the final round and overall competition.  In addition, Ashby and Fincher won individual awards for best Q&A in their preliminary rounds. Finally, McHugh also won an individual award for best presenter in his preliminary round.

Morris Profiled in Online Magazine

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(Photo by Jake Giles Netter)

James Morris, a sophomore majoring in audio engineering technology, was recently profiled on during his participation in New York Comic Con 2014 as he promoted the book series he has authored while going to school and pursuing musical aspirations.

Currently, Morris has released two books, Sky Bound and Water Tower, in his “The Three Kingdoms” adventure series with a third and final installment, Surface, scheduled for a April 2015 publication. Click here to read the article and here to visit Morris’ website.

A native of San Diego, California, Morris now resides in Nashville.

Law Review Hosts Health Care Law Symposium

law symposium-103The Belmont’s College of Law Review held a symposium titled “Health Care in the Balance: Weighing Competing Interests in Health Care Law” on Fri., Oct. 17. The Law Review staff assembled a strong lineup of presenters featuring the following special guests:

  • Lorri Unumb, a former law professor who is now the vice president of state government affairs at Autism Speaks, presented on “Legislating Autism Coverage: The Conservative Insurance Mandate.”
  • Professor John D. Blum, who holds the John J. Waldron Research Professor Chair at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, addressed “Compelling Interests, Hobby Lobby and Population Health.”
  • Congressman Jim Cooper, the United States Representative for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional district, offered a health care policy focused address.
  • Belmont Professor Amy Moore explored “The Due Process Conundrum: Using Matthews v. Eldridge as a Standard for Private Hospitals under the Healthcare Quality Improvement Act.”
  • Gary Montle, an attorney with the law firm of Waddey Patterson, presented “Our Patent System and Healthcare Information Technology: Valuable Incentive or Impediment to Innovation?”
  • Professor Joshua Perry of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business discussed “For Patients and Profits: The Business of Dialysis & the Necessity of Ethical Astuteness.”

Members of the bench and bar were invited to the event, and the Law Review provided lunch and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit to attendees.



Students Win Awards at AES Convention

AES-AET-winnersStudents from the Curb College represented Belmont well in the Student Recording Competition at the 137th International Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, held last weekend in Los Angeles. Sophomore Cory Wilhite (from Chantilly, Virginia) won the Gold Award for Traditional Studio Recording, and senior David Villa (from Chandler, Arizona) brought home an Honorable Mention for Modern Studio Recording.

The Student Recording Competition is a highlight at each convention. A distinguished panel of judges participates in critiquing finalists of each category in an interactive presentation and discussion. The top three finalists in each category present a short summary of their production intentions and the key recording and mix techniques used to realize their goals. They then play their projects for all who attend.

Pharmaceutical Studies, Pharmacy Students Assist with Drug Take-Back Event

Drug_Takeback_2014-1On Sept. 27, Belmont graduate and undergraduate students and chemistry Professor Dr. Kimberlee Daus participated in the Dickson County Drug Take-Back event.  This event was held on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and was coordinated by Vanderbilt University and the Dickson Police Department.  Working alongside faculty and students from Vanderbilt and Lipscomb Universities were 12 Belmont undergraduate pharmaceutical studies students and graduate pharmacy students and faculty. The group cataloged and counted more than 50 pounds of medication.  The National Drug Take-Back Day, set by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), provides a service to the community through safe and responsible disposal of unused medication. Additionally, these events help to educate the public about the potential of drug abuse associated with these medications. There were more than 5,200 collection sites across the country.

The Pharmaceutical Studies students shown in the group photo are: Front row (l-r) Samantha Perkowski, Jennifer Shin, Heather Stice, Madeline Ricardo, Hiedi Habib; Back row:  Ryan Lipe, Madalyn Chilcutt, Rachael Grussing, Kasey Kolb, Bella Watson, Savannah Bobo-Bressler and Danielle Dauchot.

Math Club Participates in Hands on Nashville Day

HON_2014A group of students and faculty representing the Belmont University Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America and Association for Computing Machinery (MAA/ACM) participated in the Hands on Nashville work day event on Sept. 20.  The group of volunteers worked at Glen Leven Farms in Nashville for a morning of weeding the pumpkin patch. Glen Leven Farm is a working 65-acre farm just four miles from downtown Nashville.  The Land Trust for Tennessee now owns this farm and they host workshops, group tours and school field trips. The farm is a perfect outdoor classroom that includes a honeybee sanctuary, an educational garden and a seasonal pumpkin patch. The MAA/ACM Club participants included Savannah Halliday, Marlee Stevenson, Haley Daniels, Geoff Gross, Dr. Maria Neophytou, Jackson Streeter, Michael Kranzlein and Ben Stringer. This is the sixth consecutive year that MAA/ACM has participated in HON Day.

Student Performs On Stage with Lady Antebellum

KaylaKayla Woodson, a junior entertainment industry studies major and student worker in Athletics, recently won an all inclusive trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republican for a “Lady Antebellum Getaway.” On the first night of the trip, Woodson sang at the welcome party and made some new fans, who mentioned to Lady Antebellum members that they believed Woodson was going to be the next country star.  At the concert that night, the country trio called Woodson up on stage to join them in singing their hit “American Honey.” The performance, which can be viewed here, led Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley to remark that he looked forward “to hearing her on the radio sometime soon.” Woodson also was voted by radio listeners as the better singer in an online contest and was featured on the “The Bobby Bones Show” and “The Chris Burkmenn Experience.”

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