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Belmont Cheerleaders Finish Fourth at UCA Collegiate National Competition

SONY DSCThe Belmont cheerleaders finished fourth in the nation at the UCA Collegiate National competition in Orlando, Florida this past January. The team competed with Division 1, the Large Co-Ed Division, against a very competitive field from across the country.

In addition to their high ranking, the Office of the Governor of the State of Tennessee awarded the team with the governor’s Certificate of Appreciation, recognizing the athletes’ dedication and hard work, as well as thanking the team for representing the community with great dignity, character and commitment.

This year’s team has eight new members, some of which have never competed at the national title level. Coach Wheeley and the team spent countless hours of practice since October preparing and learning new skills and routines.

The 2014-2015 season has awarded the team the best finish for the program to date. To learn more about this year’s team and their successes, click here.

Belmont Students Launch Bear House Writer Management

 Bear House Writer Management members with Warner/Chappell EVP, Ben Vaughn, at a meeting this past November.

Bear House Writer Management members with Warner/Chappell EVP, Ben Vaughn, at a meeting this past November.

Students from the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business launched a songwriter management organization this past fall, aiming to be a bridge between Belmont University and Music Row. The student-run organization, Bear House Writer Management, hopes to provide students with networking opportunities, meetings with industry professionals and exposure to other songwriters.

Through Bear House, selected student writers are paired with student managers in order to help both sides realize and harness their full potential. The organization currently supports nine student songwriters, including Devin Dawson who recently gained recognition after releasing a Taylor Swift mashup with Louisa Wendorff, which was shared by Taylor herself.

Bear House also works with Eric Burgett, who opened for Phil Vassar this past December, Hunter Leath who released his EP, From Where You Are, on Jan. 6 and Hannah Rand who performed at Belmont’s Best Of The Best Showcase last year as the winner of an ASCAP Writers’ Night. Bear House Writer Management’s roster also includes Bailee Rainwater, Emily Landis, Jillian Linklater, Johnny Murphy and Shawn Gough.

You can learn more about Bear House Writer Management by clicking here or by contacting them directly at

Enactus Students Aid Nonprofit to Win Award, Cash Prize

strings for hopeStrings for Hope, a local nonprofit being supported by Belmont Enactus, recently was awarded $10,000 from the Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” community giving program.

Strings for Hope creates handcrafted jewelry made from recycled guitar strings, many of which are donated by celebrities. The concept is to sell jewelry handcrafted from the recycled strings and then use the profits to support food distribution programs, healthcare clinics and other causes. As seen in past projects, Belmont Enactus aids String for Hope, and other social enterprises, with business startup and development.

ENACTUS student Graham Spencer-Orrell explained,  ”We meet regularly to discuss strategies and plans for the future. In addition, everyone has projects to work on regularly, from financial modeling, to creating marketing campaigns, to writing blog posts and reports. Many of our team also have a hand in producing the bracelets. ”

Through partnerships with Nashville musicians, recently including Steven Curtis Chapman and Belmont alumni group Florida Georgia Line, the students’ connections prove that Nashville is the perfect combination of music and community spirit.


Student Start-Up Accepted to Entrepreneurship Center Accelerator

What's Hubbin'What’s Hubbin’, a company run by Belmont juniors Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel, was recently named as one of eight start-ups selected to take part in Project Music, the Nashville Entrepreneurship Center’s (EC) most recent accelerator.

Created last year, Project Music was born of a partnership between the EC and the Country Music Association to support and encourage entrepreneurial innovation throughout the music industry. Project Music is the first music and technology business accelerator that has come from the EC.

The program will begin on Jan. 18 and will run for a 14-week period. What’s Hubbin’, along with the seven other participating start-ups, will receive a $30,000 capital investment in exchange for an equity stake in their company. Program investors include Digital Entertainment Ventures, Google, Creative Artists Agency, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Universal Music Group, DevDigital, Red Light Management and Galante Entertainment.


Interprofessional Workshop Offered During Graduate Health Science Orientation

interprofessional orientation-139Last week first year graduate students in the College of Health Sciences & Nursing had their first experience working and learning together under the guidance of more than 25 volunteer faculty.  Using a case study approach, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy graduate students worked together to design the best treatment plan for an elderly patient with complex health problems. The new students then tackled the “Marshmallow Challenge,” a fun and creative exercise designed to encourage teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity.

College of Health Sciences & Nursing Dean Dr. Cathy Taylor said, “According to the World Health Organization (2010), ‘interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.’ Emerging evidence links interprofessional (IP) teams to better patient outcomes. As we move into the next phase of healthcare reform, licensed professionals must be able to work effectively in teams and communicate vital patient information clearly.”

Belmont Student-Athletes Post Another Outstanding Semester in the Classroom

student-athlete-classroomBelmont University student-athletes had another successful semester in the classroom as 2014 fall grades were finalized last week.

For the 2014 fall semester, the departmental grade point average (GPA) was 3.335, which marks the 34th consecutive semester that Belmont student-athletes have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher dating back to the spring of 1998.

“Our student-athletes continue to be so impressive with their performance in the classroom,” said Belmont Director of Athletics Mike Strickland.  “That success is credited to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, and academic support staff who strive for academic excellence.”

For more information on the academic success of Belmont student-athletes, click here.

Songwriting Student Recognized at 2014 American Songwriting Awards

Andrew BorelBelmont junior Andrew Borel was recognized by the American Songwriting Association (ASA) as a nominee in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards Hip Hop category for his song “Randy (A Glimpse of My Reflection).” In addition to his nomination, ASA invited Borel to the annual awards show in Las Vegas, Nevada to be recognized on stage.

The American Songwriting Awards is an elite-class songwriting competition for working artists to be appreciated for their hard work and talent. Belmont Instructor Drew Ramsey encouraged Borel to submit a song to the contest. Borel is currently in his third year with the songwriting program at Belmont.

Audio Engineering Major Produces Commemorative Song for MTV’s Diem Brown


Song mix engineer Jared Conrad

Belmont senior and music business major Jared Conrad met musician and friend Davis Mallory in Bongo Java in August of this year. Although Conrad says the meeting didn’t stand out from any other of its kind, he is quick to build connections in the music industry, based on the advice he received from Ted Gray, his transfer admissions counselor when he came to Belmont.

“[Ted] told me that networking would take me farther in this industry than anything else, and that my time at Belmont is only what I choose to make of it… Since transferring here in the Fall of 2013, I have tried to network as much as I can, whether that be with industry professionals, internships, student musicians, other Curb College students or really anyone I could find who was in this field,” Conrad said.

Conrad must have made a clear impression on Mallory, a singer/songwriter who works at BubbleUp in Nashville, because the two paired up and have since produced seven songs together. Mallory was on MTV’s “The Real World Denver” and after was on “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” where he met and became close with Diem Brown, a fellow competitor, FOXNews host and People Magazine correspondent.

In November, Brown lost her battle with ovarian cancer and passed away at the age of 34. To commemorate her short but meaningful life, Mallory worked with a number of other artists to co-write the song, “Beautiful Girls (Diem’s Song).” Mallory and his cohorts produced a version of the song in a home studio, but the team wasn’t pleased with the results. Knowing the quality of work Conrad had created throughout the year, Mallory says he knew he could perfect it, even with the short timeline of two days he was given.

Since then, the final product that Conrad engineered has had over 80,000 views including mentions in People Magazine, E! Online, US Magazine, and has become a No. 1 trending item on Facebook News.

Conrad said it was a pleasure to work on the piece, even though he didn’t have the chance to personally know Diem Brown. He said the real heart behind the project wasn’t to accrue so many likes, mentions and features – but instead, to honor the life of a loved one.

“It was really humbling to sit back and remember how short and precious life is, and how I was blessed with the opportunity to prepare this tribute to commemorate her life and everything she had done,” Conrad said. “My thoughts and prayers were constantly, and still are, with Diem’s family through this experience.”

Residence Halls Compete in Sustainability Contest

Residence Life Sustainability

( L – R) Residence Hall Directors Nathan Hendrix and Danielle Steffa pass out marigolds to students

This semester, Belmont’s Resident Life sponsored Battle of the Buildings, an energy conservation competition for the University’s residence halls that encouraged students to team with fellow residents to converse as much energy as they could. The competition, scheduled from Oct. 15 – Nov. 15, included a kickoff bulletin board competition and potted marigold plants for participants.

The Hall that conserved the most compared to energy usage the previous year won an awards celebration in early December. Maddox Hall, this year’s Battle of the Buildings and Residence Life Energy Cup Trophy winner, used approximately 64 percent of the energy that was consumed during the same period of time last year.

For more information on Belmont’s sustainability efforts, click here.

College of Pharmacy Students Teach at Room In The Inn

Throughout the fall, fourth year pharmacy students led educational classes at Room In The Inn (RITI), a septembercommunity of participants, guests, volunteers and staff who work together to offer hope to Nashville’s homeless population. RITI serves more than 4,000 individuals each year – some for only a day, while others for months to years.

Dr. Ashton Beggs, faculty member in the College of Pharmacy, teaches fourth year students at United Neighborhood Health Services (UNHS) Mission Clinic. This clinic provides interdisciplinary primary care services to the homeless population of Nashville. Many of the UNHS clinic patients utilize RITI’s programming for a sense of community and as a ladder to get back on their feet.

RITI offers over 3,000 classes annually, covering a wide range of subjects including health, spirituality, GED preparation and art. Dr. Beggs’s fourth year students teach a weekly class focusing on primary care topics, such as Vaccine Jeopardy and Diabetes Bingo. Participants earn points for taking classes and can use them to purchase socks, gloves and bus passes.

Pharmacy students Tim Furfaro and Mary Martin Johnson led Vaccine Jeopardy in September. Furfaro said, “It was a great experience to teach these patients about vaccines while having fun at the same time.  I think it’s important not just to educate people, but to give them a chance to ask their own questions as well.” Johnson said, “I’m confident we clarified common myths about vaccines and hopefully motivated people to ask their  health care provider about receiving vaccines they needed.”

novemberIn October, Ashley Stovall and Jessica Brinkley taught Vaccine Bingo. Brinkley said, “By the last class we had so many people show up that we ran out of chairs, bingo cards and game pieces. I would say that Vaccine Bingo was a success, and hopefully we helped to prevent many diseases with our educational efforts!”

In November, students Samantha Wheeler and Christie Saldana facilitated Diabetes Bingo. “It’s interesting to hear how patients have learned about diabetes through the experiences they have had either with family members or friends. Even though we taught people with varying degrees of knowledge, everyone commented on how they learned from our class,” said Wheeler.

Dr. Beggs said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our pharmacy students to learn about providing health education to patients with low health literacy. The feedback from the participants has been consistently positive- remarking about how they are learning about their health and having fun at the same time.”


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