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Parry to Present at American Journalism Historians Association

Pam Parry, chair of the Communication Studies Department, will present Oct. 8 a research-in-progress paper at the annual meeting of the American Journalism Historians Association in Kansas City, Mo. She will present a paper titled, “Public Relations as Military Strategy: How the Supreme Allied Commander Utilized Communications during WWII.” This paper is the first chapter in Parry’s dissertation titled, “The PR President: How Ike Transformed Political Communication.” Parry is working on her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

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University Website Finalist for Photography Award

The Belmont University website homepage is one of three finalists for’s “Best Use of Photography” award.
Anyone can vote by online by signing up for a free membership to the website. Voting ends July 15. The winner will receive a trophy when announced Aug. 2 at the eduWeb Conference, an annual event for people who work in online strategy, marketing and technology at colleges and universities across the globe.
“When our in-house team began the redesign, we really wanted to make match the unique, innovative spirit that exists in our students, faculty & staff. We hope that spirit & sense of place is front and center when people visit,” said Creative Services Supervisor April Maglothin.
“We knew we were taking a chance with this design because it steers away from the typical grid for higher education homepages. However, the photography was a priority for us because it isn’t just a design element, it has the ability to tell a unique story. We challenged ourselves to create a streamlined yet functional, narrative site. We’re proud of the end result and hope the Belmont community is as well.” allows its members to post comments on and rate other higher education websites.

Belmont Alumnus Signs With Kansas City Royals

Belmont Baseball graduate Derek Hamblen (Plano, Texas) has signed a contract to play with the Kansas City Royals organization. Playing both outfield and infield, he holds more BU career records than any player to come before him and is now the second Bruin senior to sign a professional contract in 2011. Nate Woods (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) signed with the Florida Marlins earlier this month.
“We are very excited Derek is getting this well deserved opportunity,” Head Coach Dave Jarvis said. “We’re just so proud of him for getting this chance to go on and play at the next level and he has sure earned it after four tremendous years at Belmont.”
During the Bruins’ championship run in 2011, Hamblen set two new single-season Belmont records as well as being the leader in four categories in the Bruins record book. Hamblen helped lead Belmont to its first ever Atlantic Sun Championship and was named Tournament MVP for his performance.
Hamblen graduated from Belmont May 2011 with a degree in Business Administration.
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Professor Published in American Journalism

Pam Parry, chair of the Communication Studies Department, had a book review published in the Spring 2011 issue of American Journalism, a quarterly journal published by the American Journalism Historians Association. Parry reviewed Robert Shogan’s No Sense of Decency: The Army-McCarthy Hearings: A Demagogue Falls and Television Takes Charge of American Politics.

Bacon, Schneider Present Posters

Sports Science Assistant Professor Nick Bacon and Associate Professor Patrick Schneider each presented posters at the annual American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting held in Denver, Co. from May 31-June 4. Bacon’s presentation was titled “Effect Of Ice Bag Recovery On Closed and Open-Handed Weight-Assisted Pull-Ups.” Schneider’s presentation was titled “Associations of Sedentary Behaviors and Physical Activity Status with Physical Fitness among College Students,” which was a collaborative effort between Schneider and Sarah Adams (Sport Science), Jeanne Sowers, and Christine Manville of Occupational Therapy and Lynne Shores of Nursing.

Business Students Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma

Belmont’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma inducted 17 new members from the School of Business Administration, Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business and Massey Graduate School of Business. Only business students who earn the distinction of the “Best in Business” during their academic careers qualify for membership.
These new members join an expanding worldwide network of more than 600,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) are eligible for this invitation. Beta Gamma Sigma membership is an international honor, and these students have received the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive.
Those inducted at the November 6 ceremony were Zachary T. DeWall, Benjamin Digby, Kelsi Farmer, Sara Elise Full, Sara Nicole Grosdidier, Emily Rose Hollingsworth, Catharine Elizabeth Hooks, Anna Knight, Aaron M. Mrozik, Hilary Bays Neblett, Oliver Cody Norris, Jason P. Piland, Joseph L. Pittman, Kelly L. Redfern, Payton McClain Reid, Kalee Sorey and Rebecca L. Tatum.

Belmont’s Director of Institutional Research Recognized with Research Leadership Award

ikepic.jpgDr. Roy Ikenberry, Director of Institutional Research, was awarded the Institutional Research Leadership Award in Student Retention on Oct. 1 at the National Symposium on Student Retention in Buffalo, N.Y.
Dr. Ikenberry’s paper was chosen from more than 50 presented as having best demonstrated the importance of institutional research to the field of student retention and success. His paper, titled “Entering Freshmen to Graduating Seniors: Partnering CIRP Entering Freshman Surveys, Graduating Senior Surveys, and Institutional Data,” has also been published in the Proceedings of the 5th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention.
“I was thrilled to hear this announcement. It is not too often that you have a paper become a best seller, so to speak,” said Dr. Ikenberry. “It is an honor to receive this award, especially from this particular group that I have been a part of since 1994.”
The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange at the University Oklahoma hosts the annual National Symposium on Student Retention in order to provide a forum for administrators, faculty and staff from institutions of higher learning to share the most currently available research on student retention.

Belmont Speech and Debate Team Shows Early Success

The Belmont University speech and debate team won several awards at a tournament held at Tennessee State University last week. It was the first tournament the team has attended. The debate team placed first in the tournament with 122 points, 63 points higher than the second place team. In the debate division Belmont students held four of the top eight positions in the quarter- final round of competition. Awards were as follows:
Quarter-finalist teams:
• Wesley Rainer (senior) and Tyler Kimbro (sophomore)
• Alexandra Haas (sophomore) and Haley Wilson (freshman)
Semi-finalist team:
• Eric Schoen (sophomore) and Bethany Miller (freshman)
Second place team:
• Mike White (freshman) and Andrew Bishop (freshman)
Tyler Kimbro was also ranked as the fifth place individual speaker at the tournament.
Individual awards:
• Eric Schoen (sophomore) placed sixth in poetry interpretation.
• Nicole Bright (freshman) placed sixth in programmed oral interpretation.

Parry Publishes Book Review, Named Teacher of the Year

Pam Parry, associate professor of journalism, was named Teacher of the Year by the Small Programs Interest Group (SPIG) at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Aug. 7 in Boston. Parry also will serve as the Teaching Co-Chair and Secretary of SPIG for 2009-2010. Parry is pictured at right with John Jenks, Head of SPIG.
Parry also had a book review published in the Spring 2009 issue of American Journalism, the publication of the American Journalism Historians Association. She reviewed Deborah Nelson’s The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth About U.S. War Crimes. Parry is currently writing her dissertation for a doctor of philosophy degree in media history from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

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