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Volleyball Wins OVC Team Sportsmanship Award

VolleyballTeam-001The Belmont women’s volleyball team was recently named the recipient of the 2014-15 Team Sportsmanship Award for volleyball, announced by the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Wednesday morning.

This marks the second year in a row the program has been honored for displaying the best standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA.

“It is always a great privilege to receive the OVC sportsmanship honor,” said head coach Tony Howell. “It is a credit to everyone here at Belmont University who takes the time to work hard in order to allow each program to become successful.”

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Students Present Research Projects at Annual Science Undergraduate Research Symposium

SURS-1In its 11th year, Belmont’s Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) was hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics held in the University’s newly opened Wedgewood Academic Building (WAC).

SURS is the culmination of hours of work done during both the summer and fall semesters among advisors and peers and offers students the opportunity to show the Belmont community the work of the University’s sciences.

Participating students set up poster presentations in the WAC’s third floor atrium and presented oral reports in adjacent classrooms. Biology, microbiology, biochemistry, environmental science, neuroscience, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, honors and psychological science students were represented throughout the evening.

The keynote address, “Why Talking to Your Car Can Drive You to Distraction,” was delivered by University of Utah Professor of Cognition and Neural Science Dr. David Strayer.

For a full list of SURS presentations, click here.

Student Presents Research at Acoustical Society of America Meeting

Ben_ShawGraduating senior Benjamin Shaw, mathematics and audio engineering technology double major, recently spoke at the Music City Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) meeting, held in the historic Nashville recording studio, Columbia Studio A.

Shaw presented his senior research work on acoustical measurements and simulations of the control room for the studio. Ben’s research, supervised by Sal Greco of Belmont’s Ocean Way Studios and Associate Professor of Physics, Dr. Scott Hawley, evaluated the frequency response of the room and made recommendations for improvements.  To do this, he used a sophisticated open source acoustical simulation program, run on Dr. Hawley’s 24-processor research workstation.

The talk was attended by members of the ASA and Belmont communities.  Those present remarked on the professionalism of Shaw’s presentation and how it was among the finest undergraduate research presentations they have seen .

In May, Belmont University and the Curb Family Foundation announced the completed renovation of Columbia Studio A as a classroom and hands-on learning lab for students in Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

Pre-Health Students Volunteer at Nashville’s Project C.U.R.E.

AED_Project_CureTen Belmont students, members of the Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) – Premedical Honor Society, recently volunteered at Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment). Nashville’s Project C.U.R.E. is one of five distribution centers in the U.S. where donated medical supplies are sorted, packaged and labeled to be sent to various countries that do not have the healthcare system or infrastructure found in the U.S.

AED members sorted through medical supplies and prepared them to be shipped. Thanks to the dedication of thousands of volunteers nationwide, two to three cargo containers of life-saving aid leave Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouses every week.

In addition to the support from Belmont’s AED chapter, the School of Nursing (SON) donates any medical supplies that are unable to be used in lab simulations to Project C.U.R.E. For more information on the SON’s endeavors, click here.

Belmont Study Abroad Named in International Education Ranking

study abroad fair-148The Institute of International Education recently released its most recent Open Doors Report, a comprehensive ranking of U.S. schools by the number of students studying abroad. As Belmont’s Office of Study Abroad has grown significantly in past years, the University ranked for both undergraduate study abroad participation as well as graduate.

For the 2012-2013 school year, Belmont ranked No. 29 on the Top 40 Master’s Institutions Total Student Participation. The University had 368 undergraduate students study abroad and 99 graduate for a total of 467. The University also ranked No. 40 for the 2012-2013 Master’s Institution’s Undergraduate Participation.


Trost Proposes Law Commission Act Revision

charles_trost2College of Law Professor Charles Trost was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), an organization established in 1892 that provides states with non-partisan legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. Trost is currently completing his 19th year as a member and is serving as the organization’s treasurer. 

All members of ULC are practicing lawyers, judges, legislators and law professors who have been appointed by state governments, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to research, draft and promote enactment of uniform state laws.

Presently, Professor Trost, along with current Belmont Law student Sean Alexander and recent graduate Kimiya Sarayloo have been working on a proposal to revise the Unclaimed Property Act to encourage uniformity, as well as include technological advancements. The Unclaimed Property Act was most recently revised in 1995.

Students Present Undergraduate Research at Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS)

TAS-1Biology department faculty Drs. Steve Murphree, Darlene Panvini, Nick Ragsdale, John Niedzwiecki and Roger Jackson and 25 undergraduate research students representing Biology, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Neuroscience majors, attended the 124th Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS) Annual Meeting held Nov. 21  in Morristown, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Academy of Science, founded in 1912, organizes symposia, manages on-going programs in many fields and communicates with the national scientific culture. Belmont students presented posters at the meeting and attended presentations from graduate students and faculty from a wide variety of Tennessee schools.  Dr. Steve Murphree, professor of biology, serves as TAS’s Treasurer and Dr. Rachel Rigsby, associate professor of chemistry, serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal.

For a complete listing of the 25 students who presented research posters, click here.

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.”

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