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Belmont Students Inducted into National History Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta

On Oct. 9, Belmont students Paul Raccio, Levis Padron, Erin Weber, Kaytlyn Lowhorn and Rita Brown were inducted into Belmont’s Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (the National History Honor Society).  The ceremony, held in the Belmont Mansion, was attended by faculty from the History Department, including the chapter’s faculty advisor, Dr. Cynthia Bisson, along with family and friends of the inductees.

Following the ceremony was the annual Phi Alpha Theta lecture.  This year’s lecture, by Dr. T.R. C. Hutton (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) was entitled “ Interrogating Honor and Violence in the Southern Past”.

Entrepreneurship Student Advances to National Competition

Belmont entrepreneurship major Ben McIntyre has been to chosen to compete in the National Entrepreneurship Organization’s (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Award competition.

McIntyre competed in the Regional EO’s Global Student Entrepreneur Award competition last week in Miami, Florida. As a result, his business, Internpreneur, advanced to the national competition that will be held in Chicago, Illinois in November.

This event is supported and sponsored by EO Nashville with special assistance from Julie May (Nashville CEO, bytesofknowledge) and Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business.

Environmental Science Students Adopt Richland Creek Cleanup

On Sat., Oct. 25, a group of environmental science students, along with Belmont Biology Professor Dr. Darlene Panvini hosted a Richland Creek cleanup for their service learning project.richland-1

The cleanup day was part of a project started by environmental science students last year. Five students adopted a section of Richland Creek through Nashville Metro Water Service’s Adopt-A-Stream program. It requires a two-year commitment and at least one stream cleanup per year and the stenciling of storm drains leading to the adopted stream segment. Metro Water Services provides a sign acknowledging the adopting group and stream. Belmont’s official sign is posted at England Park between the walking trail and Richland Creek.

College of Pharmacy Attends Regional Meeting and Brings Home Awards

The College of Pharmacy’s student American Pharmacists Association (APhA) chapter, advised by Dr. Traci Poole, had 20 attendees at the annual Midyear Regional Meeting, held in Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 24-26. Student pharmacists participated in various professional development activities and networking events with students from 24 schools and colleges throughout the southeast. APhA-MRM 2014

The festivities were kicked off when second-year pharmacy student Kayla Hill was announced as Belmont’s Student Membership Recognition winner due to her work as Fundraising Chair. Belmont second-year student Kathryn Litten participated in the Prescription Relay Race, where she worked with three other student pharmacists from different schools in filling, verifying and counseling a “patient” regarding their prescription.

Third-year student Alexander Tu stayed true to this year’s national theme of “Discover Your Voice,” by running for the regional position of Midyear Regional Meeting Coordinator. Tu amazed the crowd with an informative and humorous speech which led him to victory. With Tu’s win comes the opportunity for the College of Pharmacy to host the 2015 Midyear Regional Meeting in Nashville.

Belmont second-year student and Vice President for Policy Melanie Beaty successfully proposed policy developed by Belmont’s chapter to the Regional House of Delegates regarding promoting patient access to nontraditional therapies and alternative delivery systems via compounds.

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 Holds Health Care Law Symposium

law symposium-103The Belmont 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.



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