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Dan Miller Speaks at Belmont and Beyond Kickoff

Neely Dining Room was filled to capacity for the Belmont and Beyond Kickoff Event. Dan Miller, president of 48 Days and the author of 48 Days to the Work You Love, No More Dreaded Mondays and new book Wisdom Meets Passion, talked to students about writing their own story.

Miller said he believes that meaningful work blends our natural skills and abilities, our unique personality traits and our dreams and passions. Miller and his son, Jared Angaza, co-authored Wisdom Meets Passion: When Generations Collide and Collaborate. Angaza wanted to help Africa’s most oppressed and vulnerable women in Rwanda. Miller told Angaza that he needed to create a sustainable economic model. Now, the women are making high end, fashion jewelry. Miller encouraged students to dream big. He told students they have to have both wisdom and passion.

“Passion without wisdom is dangerous. Wisdom without passion is boring,” Miller said. He told students they are writing their own story, and they can either write a negative story of their life, or they can reframe their story and write a positive story. “What are your ideas for making a difference in the world? What will the movie of your life look like?”

Greek Chapters Recognized for Service, Excellence

Over the summer, many of Belmont’s Greek Life chapters were recognized by their respective national organizations. Several of the chapters received multiple awards for excellence in several categories.

Alpha Tau Omega was recognized as a True Merit Chapter for its 12th consecutive year and named the Top Chapter Runner-Up. Alpha Gamma Delta was named a National Jewel Chapter by its organization.

For organizing the Edgehill Family Halloween Sports Night with Phi Mu, Belmont Athletics and several community organizations, Phi Delta Theta received the Stan Brown Award for Most Outstanding One-Day Community Service Project. Phi Mu was recognized by its organization in several categories and chapter president, senior biology major Katie Rush, was recognized as an Outstanding Collegiate Delegate for Campus and Community Service.

This summer, Phi Tau helped host its national convention, where members were honored for their outstanding scholarship. Kappa Alpha Theta also was recognized for high scholarship.

A complete list of awards is below.


OT Students Take Class to the Community

Occupational therapy students enrolled in the course,  Human Development for an Aging Population, recently attended two community aquatic programs with aging adults to learn about health promotion and wellness.

The class, along with Associate Professor Dr. Ruth Ford, engaged in aquatic exercises at Baptist Hospital Fitness Center and an arthritis aquatic program at the Dayani Center at Vanderbilt Medical center. Students identified water exercises as being a meaningful occupation for seniors and were able to distinguish the variance in demands on body structure and function in the water while experimenting with the adaptive aquatic equipment.

The older adult swimmers, the oldest of which was 96 years old, shared their rationales for participating regularly in aquatic exercises to maintain strength, range of motion, control pain and to stimulate overall well being and emotional health. Several of the women stated they had been attending regularly 3-5 times a year for up to 10 years.

The class experience helped students identify community resources, provide intergenerational activity and develop awareness of value of aquatic therapy.

Philosophy Student Presents Paper

Philosophy major Jonathan Soderholm, a senior, will present his paper, “An Investigation in Incommensurability” at the State University of New York at Oneonta’s 16th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on April 12-14. Soderholm’s paper explores the role of family through an analysis of both Confucius, characteristic of an eastern tradition, and Hegel, a western philosopher.


TABA Conference Hosted at Belmont

Dr. Annette Little, assistant professor of education, coordinated the Middle Tennessee TABA (Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis) conference at Belmont University on March 27. The title was ABA Strategies that Work in Schools. Presenters were John Staubitz, metro teacher, Jessica Sellers, MNPS Sr. Applied Behavior Analyst and Behavior Support Team Lead, Brooke Shuster, MNPS Behavior Analyst and Behavior Support Team, Peter Beddow, Ph.D., Scarab Behavioral Health, and Lynnette White, Sr. Applied Behavior Analyst, Autism Team. Ninety-seven behaviorists, teachers, speech/language pathologists, teacher aides, college students, and parents attended the six-hour session.

Belmont Hosts 2012 Middle Tennessee Regional Spelling Bee

The Middle Tennessee 2012 Regional Spelling Bee was held on the campus of Belmont University in the Trout Theatre on March 2. Middle school students from across Middle Tennessee competed in the single-elimination competition sponsored by Belmont’s New Centry Journalism Program and the law offices of Baker Donelson.

The competition featured 36 students, each either the winners or runners-up from county spelling bees, representing 27 Middle Tennessee schools.

Grace Park of Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School won the spelling bee after spelling “jimberjawed,” a projecting lower jaw. Park advances to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in late May. She also earned a $50 savings bond, a Webster’s dictionary and trophies for her school and herself.

Journalism faculty Dorren Robinson and Sybril Bennett as well as English instructor Sue Trout were judges. Public relations assistant professor Kevin Trowbridge served as pronouncer.

Biology Faculty & Students Participate in TAS Meeting

Bob Grammer, Steve Murphree, Darlene Panvini, Nick Ragsdale, Jennifer Thomas and several other Department of Biology faculty presented or served in leadership roles at the 2011 Tennessee Academy of Science Annual Meeting held Oct. 28 in Jackson, Tenn. The meeting was hosted by Union University. Grammer, Panvini and Thomas presented in the Science and Math Teaching Technical session on various aspects of the biology science curriculum and outreach. Ragsdale chaired the Health and Medical Science Technical session. Murphree is treasurer of TAS and assisted with registration and other meeting details.

Belmont faculty presentations included:

  • Seminar in Biology: An Introduction to the Department for New Majors. Jennifer Thomas
  • Development and Facilitation of Two Inquiry-Based Environmental Science Case Studies for High School Outreach. Darlene Panvini
  • An Undergraduate Research Program on Chemotaxis in C. Elegans. Robert Grammer
  • Seventeen biology undergraduate research students also went to the meeting, presented posters, and attended presentations from graduate students and faculty from a wide variety of Tennessee schools.
  • Belmont student posters included:
  • Effects of Allelopathic Intraspecific Competition n Growth of Privet, Ligustrum Sinense. Kelly Casarez* and Darlene Panvini
  • Treating Salmonella Typhimurium Infected Danio Rerio with Antibiotics and Homeopathic Remedies. Ashley Newsome, Jennifer T. Thomas and Lori L McGrew
  • Spectrophotometric Determination of Respiration Rates In C. Elegans. Monique Parrish* and Robert Grammer
  • Role of Pmk-1 and Pcd Pathways In C. Elegans Infectected with E. Faecium. Azad Karim* and Nick Ragsdale
  • Metabolic Changes in Ceanrhabditis Elegans Infected with Pseudomonas Aeruginosa or Staphylococcus Aureus. Laura Muck* and Nick Ragsdale
  • Role of Daf-2 Insulin/Igf-I Like and P38 Map Kinase Pathways in Ceanorhabditis Elegans Infected with Salmonellae Typhimurium. Roxy Musharrafeia* and Nick Ragsdale
  • The Effects of D1 And D2-Like Dopamine Receptors on the Chemotaxis of Ceanorhabditis Elegans. Sylvia Chac* and Nick Ragsdale
  • Effects of 6-Ohda on the Chemotaxis of Ceanorhabditis Elegans. Samera Berhane* and Nick Ragsdale
  • Infection Rates of Trypanosoma Cruzi in Wildlife from Rural Areas of Middle Tennessee. Rachel K. Serfass*, RaeAnne N. Lauffer, and C. Steven Murphree
  • Infection Rates of Trypanosoma Cruzi in Wildlife from Suburban Areas of Middle Tennessee. Raeanne N. Lauffer*, Rachel K. Serfass, And C. Steven Murphree
  • Repellent Properties of Stone Mint, Cunila Origanoides, Against the American Dog Tick, Dermacentor Variabilis. Elizabeth R. Thorndike* and C. Steven Murphree
  • Preferred Microhabitat Conditions for Centruroides Vittattus in Middle Tennessee. Ryan P. Baker* and C. Steven Murphree
  • Treating Danio Rerio with the Neurotoxin 6-Ohda to Study Movement Deficits. Tristan Daniel and Lori L McGrew
  • Habitat and Resource Partitioning among Centarchid Sunfish in a Middle Tennessee Stream. Philip Parsley* and John Niedzwiecki
  • Effects of Riparian Tree Canopy on Water Quality and the Occurrence of Waterpennies (Beetle Larvae) in the Little Harpeth River. Jordan Murray* and Darlene Panvini
  • Terrestrial Animal Diversity in Two Middle Tennessee Freshwater Wetlands. Megan DeVries* and Darlene Panvini
  • Phylogeographic Comparison of Centruroides Vittatus Populations in Middle Tennessee and Central Arkansas. Thomas A. Homonnay*, John H. Niedzwiecki J and C. Steven Murphree

Knoxville News Sentinel Features Alumnus

Alumnus Bill Cromer is featured in a Knoxville News Sentinel article on his position as Director of Policy and Research for Gov. Bill Haslam. Cromer studied political science and economics and graduated from Belmont University in 2007. He was in the Engaged Scholars program and student body president during the 2006-2007 school year. Read the full article.

Mathematics Faculty Participate in Mathfest

Mike Pinter, Danny Biles and Andy Miller (Mathematics), attended the Annual Mathematical Association of America Mathfest meeting in Lexington, Ky., Aug. 4-6. Attendees participated in workshops, professional networking and special events.

Pinter gave a presentation as part of the Contributed Paper Session on Novel Ways to Incorporate Writing into Mathematics Classes. The presentation was entitled Seeing the Unseen: A Metaphor for Mathematics.  While at the meeting, Pinter also participated in a focus group considering potential textbooks for liberal arts mathematics courses (which would include MTH 1020, MTH 1080 and HON 3310 at Belmont).

Biles gave a presentation on Topics for Actuarial Exam P/1.  He also served as a judge for the student presentations.

Read more information about Mathfest.

CAS Professors to Present at 2011 Lilly Conference

Robbie Pinter (English), Pete Giordano (Psychology) and Mike Pinter (Mathematics) had a workshop proposal entitled “Personal Metaphors for Teaching” accepted for The 31st Annual International Lilly Conference on College Teaching to be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Nov. 17-20.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Teaching for Brain-Based Learning.”

The abstract of the workshop proposal: As teachers, we can explore the metaphors we use for teaching and what they may say about our perspectives on teaching.  Using small and large group discussion and a brief guided visualization exercise, our session will offer an invitation to enter a creative space for reflection and conversation on both general and course-specific metaphors.  Participants will generate ideas for considering the language they use in thinking about and describing their courses.

Read more about the Lilly Conference.

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