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Students Host Convocation on 22 Day Chinese Research Project

convoAssociate Professor of Asian Studies and Chinese Language, Dr. Qingjun Li and students, Anna Croghan, Samantha Hubner, Joseph Minga and Ryan Pino, hosted a recent convocation event regarding the research project they conducted in China this summer.

The project, entitled “Commodification of Culture in China’s New Cultural Industry,” was generously funded by the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows program and took the team to five cities including Beijing, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Hengdian and Wuhan in 22 days.

Their presentation featured their initial video, research report and survey results.  The team gave an overview of the results of their interviews with professors and deans at the Institute of Cultural Industry at Beijing University, executives and leaders of the mega-corporation Wanda Group and government officials at the various cities.  

Students Elected to Serve on Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature


Belmont students Emily Bukowski, Jesse Bobick, Riley Walters and Skyler Schmanski recently participated in activities of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL), a mock legislature comprised of the top echelon of Tennessee’s collegiate leaders and Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court (TISC), the judicial branch presiding over the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge (AMC3). Since its conception in 1966, TISL has provided students with a platform to advocate for issues they believe in through the organization’s Senate, House of Representatives and Supreme Court. 

Bukowski, Bobick and Walters served as magistrates for the AMC3 competition, and Schmanski served as both a magistrate and senator in the mock State Legislature.

TISC’s Nominating Commission also selected Walters to serve as one of five 2015 TISC Justices.  Schmanski was appointed by TISL to assume the role of Attorney General.



Sport Administration Students Present Marketing Plans to NHL’s Nashville Predators

2nd yearMaster of Sport Administration students collaborated with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Nashville Predators to design marketing plans for their Student Rush Night campaign. Dr. Ted Peetz’s Marketing and Public Relations course spent the semester researching and analyzing the Thursday night promotion.

The course culminated with nine student teams participating in a mock version of the TV show “Shark Tank,” where they competed to have their ideas implemented into the Predators marketing strategy. Marty Mulford, Senior Director of Ticket Sales noted, “We have always had a wonderful relationship with Belmont’s Sport Administration program and this project was a fantastic way to merge course content with a real life marketing situation. The students offered us some outstanding suggestions that we plan implement in the near future.”

Belmont Partners with Church to Host Community Thanksgiving Meal


Photo by Debra Henderson

Belmont partnered with Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church (WGMBC) and 760AM The Gospel for WGMBC’s annual Edgehill ThanksLiving Fellowship Meal, a Thanksgiving celebration that serves the Edgehill community with a side of unapologetic dignity, as well as a hearty meal.

The event created an upscale atmosphere to provide guests with a high-quality dining experience. Servers were dressed in professional waiter attire and host pastors and their wives came in formal evening wear. A live jazz band contributed to the upscale experience and elaborate décor emulated a fine dining atmosphere. All guests left the lunch with a gift bag that contained personal hygiene items, food and winter clothing from area sponsors. In addition to the University helping to host and financially support the event, several students and faculty also volunteered their time to make the event possible.

With more than 200 community members in attendance throughout the day, the event was the largest in the three years since its conception.

“The church has a responsibility to reach out to the community. It is in our DNA to bless the Edgehill Community. We must embrace the reality of sameness; we are all more alike than we are different,” said WGMBC Senior Pastor John Faison.

Occupational Therapy Students Collaborate with Future OT Assistants

OT-OTA CollaborationFirst-year doctoral students in Belmont’s School of Occupational Therapy recently hosted students and faculty from the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at Nashville State Community College (NSCC) as part of their preparation for upcoming fieldwork experiences.

Ms. Donna Whitehouse, associate professor and director of NSCC’s OTA program, was joined by OTA students, Ashley Collins, Amber Sevier-Hunt and Chelsey Morton, in sharing information about OTA curriculum, roles and responsibilities of an OTA and supervision guidelines.  The purpose of the class was to familiarize the students with how OTs and OTAs collaborate to deliver occupational therapy services.

Belmont Women’s Soccer Team Awarded Academic Award for Highest GPA

WomensSoccerVSMoreheadState-019The Belmont women’s soccer team posted the highest team grade point average (GPA) in NCAA Division I for the 2013-14 academic year as the National Soccer College Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced their Team Academic Awards on Monday.

The Bruins earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 10th consecutive season after posting a team GPA of 3.73, which is the highest in Division I and the second highest among all NCAA Divisions.  Fellow OVC member Southeast Missouri ranked second in Division I at 3.72, while Clemson was third at 3.67.

Belmont was one of six OVC members to receive the honor.  Joining Belmont and Southeast Missouri were Morehead State, Murray State, SIUE, and Tennessee Tech.

For information on this win, please click here to view the story on the Belmont Bruins website.

Biology Student Presents Research at Warner Park Nature Center

davisBrielle Davis, a senior biology major, presented her senior research project, titled “Effect of Previous Experience and Habituation on the Anti-Predator Response in Elimia Snails,” to visitors at the Warner Park Nature Center on Saturday, Nov. 22.

The research is based on Davis’s work with organisms found in Beaman Park.  An extension of previous work in Davis’s faculty advisor Dr. John Niedzwiecki’s lab studying the chemical detection of predators by aquatic organisms, Davis and several other student’s studied the limits and subtleties of this type of detection. Other projects done on aquatic organisms from Beaman Park and the effects on native and invasive plants on detritivores found in Warner Park were also on display.

Students Participate in Nashville’s ReLeafing Day

releafing-2 (2)Students from the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honorary Society (Tri-Beta) and Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) participated in the Nashville Tree Foundation’s ReLeafing Day on Saturday, Nov. 22. Students Ryan Agh, Sarah Cannavino and Ambrose Rice from SMACS planted three trees, met with University President Dr. Bob Fisher and planted their final tree at a Belmont Alumni’s house.

ReLeafing Day is the Nashville Tree Foundation’s fall planting, held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  This year, the volunteers worked in Cleveland and McFerrin Park neighborhoods, Monroe Harding and St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Student and Faculty Present at Association for Computing Machinery Conference

Belmont computer science student Christopher Hooper presented a talk, “Learning Programming Online: Where You Could Start and Where You Will Go,” at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Mid-Southeast Chapter Fall Conference in Gatlinburg on Nov. 14.

Hooper discussed available online resources for computer programming education, their uses and where a beginner with no experience could start. Hooper, an adult student taking computer science courses part-time, works full-time as a research assistant in neonatology for the Department of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Computer Science Professors Drs. Joyce Crowell and William Hooper’s ”Hidden Curricula in Computer Science” paper was accepted in the professional division of the conference.  An outgrowth of several years of collaboration, including a joint presentation at the 2012 Lilly Conference on College Teaching, their talk highlighted teaching outcomes that aren’t explicitly stated in course materials or captured in assessment data.

Students Attend Neuroscience Conference to Present Research

studentsBelmont Neuroscience Program Coordinator, Dr. Lori McGrew, took six students to the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15-18.  The students included Hensley Barnes, Lauren Sheppard, Karah Parker, Iqra Wahid, Jaime Wesley and Cassie Wyatt, a group that has conducted research with Dr. McGrew utilizing zebrafish. They presented a poster showcasing their findings during the conference’s Faculty for Undergraduate chapter meeting.

The conference is an international gathering of over 31,000 neuroscientists who share their latest findings including labs surrounding a streptococcus bacteria, oxytocin’s influence on social memory and interaction, cellular and molecular mechanisms for memory and an inspiration presentation on Dr. Nicoll’s journey to becoming a renowned electrophysiologist, despite his severe dyslexia.

For more information on conference highlights, click here.

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