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Students, Faculty Present at Christian Scholars’ Conference

Caroline Cartwright and Andrew Hunt

Caroline Cartwright and Andrew Hunt

A group of Belmont students and faculty presented their essays and attended the Christian Scholars’ Conference at Lipscomb University June 5-6.  With this year’s theme of “Leadership in the Academy, Religion and Civic Life,” the mission of the Christian Scholars’ Conference is to create and nurture an intellectual and Christian community that joins individuals and institutions to stimulate networks of scholarly dialogue and collaboration.  The conference was created under the direction of Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, distinguished professor emeritus at Pepperdine University, and has since been hosted by several faith-based universities. The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, business, law, education and medicine to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith.

Belmont Honors Students Caroline Cartwright (Music Business) and Andrew Hunt (Music Business) presented their essays in a session titled, “What is the Purpose of Christian Higher Education in the 21st Century?—Ten Honors College Students Reflect on the Status of Faith-Based Learning.”  Dr. Jonathan Thorndike, Honors Program director, moderated the session, which included students from Abilene Christian, Belmont, Harding and Lipscomb universities as well as Messiah College.

The following Belmont faculty members also presented their essays at the Christian Scholars’ Conference:
* Dr. David Dark (assistant professor of religion), respondent, “John’s Version: Updike and Christian Faith.”
* Dr. Sally Holt (associate professor of religion), “Ethical and Moral Issues Surrounding Sustainable Living & Energy”
* Dr. Susan Finch (assistant professor of English), “Creative Writing”
* Judge Alberto Gonzales (dean, College of Law), Vantage of the Courts respondent in session titled “Justice to the Alien: Four Trajectories for Consideration in the Debate on Immigration”


Student Attends Ethical Leadership Conference

maggieJunior Maggie Fincher, of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, represented Belmont University at the 2014 Student Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on June 11 and 12. The The Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics will launch a student chapter focusing on ethical leadership this fall.  Fincher is studying finance and entrepreneurship.

Pharmacy Faculty, Students Complete Medical Mission in Honduras

2014HondurasMission1A small group of faculty and students from Belmont University College of Pharmacy (BUCOP) recently traveled to Honduras as part of the Baptist Medical Dental Mission to that country.  Dr. Adam Pace, Dr. Alisa Spinelli and two fourth year pharmacy students, Erin Oakley and Erin Mullen, joined a team of about 30 medical professionals who made the trip.

The team set up a medical clinic, dentistry clinic, and pharmacy in a schoolhouse in El Cedrito, a mountain village in the state of Yoro, and saw approximately 1,500 patients. About 5,000 prescriptions were dispensed through the pharmacy, 250 teeth were pulled by the dentist and 200 pairs of eyeglasses were distributed.  In addition, 180 individuals either professed a new found faith in Jesus Christ or expressed a renewal of their Christian commitment during the church services or through personal evangelism at the medical stations.

Pace oversaw the setup and operation of the dispensing pharmacy, while Spinelli provided clinical pharmacy services in the medical clinic by answering providers’ questions about medications and by making recommendations about drug therapy. According, to Senior Missionary and Director John Ward, this was the first time in the history of the mission that a clinical pharmacist was dedicated to the medical stations. He commented that Spinelli’s presence with the providers really smoothed out the process and greatly improved the quality of care. (more…)

Junior Crowned Miss Nebraska

photo courtesy of Corbey R. Dorsey/For the North Platte Telegraph

photo courtesy of Corbey R. Dorsey/For the North Platte Telegraph

Belmont junior Megan Swanson recently was named Miss Nebraska 2014. She performed ”You Raise Me Up” during the scholarship pageant. Swanson, who is studying music and plans to become a motivational speaker and singer/songwriter, previously held the title of Miss Douglas County. She will represent Nebraska at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey in September.


Pharmacy Students Trained as Hepatitis C Educators

HCV Training PhotoOn May 21, fourth-year pharmacy students William Herbert and Myduy Nguyen, along with pharmacy faculty member Dr. Ashton Beggs, attended a Hepatitis C Training Workshop. This intensive one-day training provided attendees with knowledge and tools to go into their communities and educate others about Hepatitis C. Topics covered in this workshop include the liver, Hepatitis C transmission, prevention, diagnosis, symptoms, disease progression and management as well as medical treatment.

In 2001, the Hepatitis C Support Project (HCSP) conducted a broad needs assessment for hepatitis C awareness and education. The HCSP determined the most needed resource was a quality hepatitis C educational process that could be widely distributed and utilized throughout underserved communities affected by hepatitis C. To accomplish this objective, HCSP designed a program that covers awareness and education in a training workshop environment. The goal of this program is to provide unbiased and quality education to individuals who can then educate their respective communities on the virus.

Beggs provides clinical pharmacy services at United Neighborhood Health Services Downtown and Mission Clinics. These two clinics primarily serve the homeless population in Nashville. Each month her students work with other health care providers at these clinics to provide patient care in an interdisciplinary manner. (more…)

Musical Theatre Students Workshop Broadway-Bound Production

musical theater workshop -140Musical theatre faculty and students partnered this week with a creative team from New York City to conduct a fully staged, fully choreographed workshop of a new Broadway-bound musical called “Chasing Rainbows.”

“Chasing Rainbows” celebrates the early years of Judy Garland culminating in her being cast in “The Wizard of Oz.”  The workshop process is when a show’s producers test out and tweak how a show is booked, scored, choreographed and cast, prior to an attempt at a Broadway run.

Musical Theatre Program Coordinator Nancy Allen said, “Belmont is very excited to have been invited to do this because usually producers use only New York equity actors or top tier musical theater programs. This will hopefully be the first of many such collaborations.”

A staged reading of the show was held May 22 at the end of the 10-day workshop in the campus’ Troutt Theater.

Tour Course Prepares Student for Road with Kings of Leon

paulyAlumna Samantha Pauly (’13) is working as a production assistant on the international 2014 Kings of Leon Mechanical Bull tour. While a student at Belmont, she interned with MTV News, Q Prime, Soundland, Vector Management and worked on the Happy Together Tour.  Pauly said she enjoys learning something new daily, visiting different cities and studying under people she admires in the music industry.

“My time at Belmont shaped me into the person I am and prepared me to pursue a career in touring,” she said. “Belmont taught me many things about entertainment and how to work in the music industry, but the most important lesson of them all was one that was highlighted to me first on the Happy Together Tour and now again on the road as a graduate: the good things in life come from the relationships that you build and maintain with others.”

Communication Students Collect Over 4,000 Books

Book'em PictureStudents in Dr. Nathan Webb’s Teamwork in Organizations class recently collected over 4,000 books for the Nashville nonprofit, Book’em. Students engaged in service learning by working on and reflecting on various aspects of teamwork through the class project. In addition to obtaining books for Book’em in innovative ways, the class also raised awareness about the organization. According to their website, Book’em seeks to help “Nashville’s economically disadvantaged children discover the joy of reading.” 

Law Class of 2015 Achieves Perfect Exam Pass Rate

Members of the Belmont College of Law Class of 2015  achieved a 100 percent pass rate for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE), which tests on the ethical obligations and professional conduct of lawyers and judges.  The national average trends in the 80 to 85 percent range. The 81 Belmont students took the exam on March 29.

“I believe this is a testament to the quality of students attending Belmont Law as well as the quality of instruction they receive, particularly from Professor (Lynn) Zehrt who teaches the Professional Responsibility course.,” said Associate Dean for Student Services Andy Matthews.

To become a licensed attorney, candidates must pass the MPRE as well as the bar exam in the state in which they intend to practice.

Belmont Hosts Tennessee Academy of Science Middle Division Collegiate Meeting

TAS 2014 Zoology Session winners with Belmont StudentsBelmont University’s School of Sciences hosted this year’s Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS) Middle Division Collegiate Annual Meeting, on April 12.  Dr. Duane Hatch, of the Chemistry Department, coordinated this event. There were 30 undergraduate students that presented their research. They were from Belmont, Tennessee State University, University of the South (Sewanee), Rhodes College, Volunteer State Community College and Austin Peay State University.  There were five different sessions: chemistry, zoology, cell biology, math and computer science and environmental science. The following Belmont students won awards:

  • Lee McGill, chemistry, second place
  • Emily Mason, zoology, first place
  • Valini Ramcharan, zoology, second place
  • Morgan Arrants, cell biology, second place

Several Belmont School of Science faculty serve as judges and moderators, including Darlene Panvini, John Niedzwiecki, Robert Grammer, Lori McGrew, Rachel Rigsby, Justin Stace and Danny Biles.

The Tennessee Academy of Science seeks to promote scientific research and the diffusion of knowledge concerning science; to secure communication between persons engaged in scientific work, especially in Tennessee; to assist by investigation and discussion in developing and making known the material, educationaland other resource and riches of the state; to arrange and prepare for publication such reports of investigations and discussions as they further the aims and objectives of the academy.

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