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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

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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.

Student Athletes Reach New Heights in the Classroom for Fall 2007

The Belmont University Department of Athletics recently announced that its student-athletes had one of their most successful semesters in the classroom since the program moved to NCAA Division I.
For the 2007 fall semester, Belmont had a department grade point average (GPA) of 3.254, which is the highest GPA for the fall semester in the department’s Division I era. The fall 2007 GPA is also among the top-three highest GPAs recorded by the department in both the fall or spring semesters behind a 3.288 in the spring of 2002 and 3.273 in the spring of 2005. Also, every Belmont team had a team GPA of over 3.0 for the first time in the Division I era. The top three sports in terms of team GPA are Women’s Cross Country (3.619), Women’s Golf (3.538) and Men’s Golf (3.503).
In addition, nearly 72 percent of Belmont student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA for the fall semester. This percentage is nearly six percent higher than the fall semester of 2006. Both the women’s cross country and women’s golf team had all of their members post a 3.0 GPA for the fall semester.
“Our student-athletes work extremely hard on the court, course, and field, as well as the classroom,” said Renee Schultz, Belmont Athletic‘s Academic Coordinator. “They optimize what it means to be a student-athlete day in and day out. I couldn’t be more proud of them; they have earned this honor.”
Not only were Belmont student-athletes successful in the classroom, they also garnered success on the field as well this past fall. Belmont won two conference championships (men’s and women’s cross country), saw Lauren Weaver become the second Belmont female runner to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, and for the first time, witnessed all five Belmont fall sports qualify for their respective Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament .
“I am very pleased by the performance of our student-athletes in the classroom during the past semester,” said Mike Strickland, Belmont Director of Athletics. “It is because of their hard work and desire to do well in their studies that we are able to produce this achievement. I also appreciate the work of our coaching staff, who emphasize academics on a day-to-day basis with their student-athletes, as well as to our academic support staff, who work hard to give our student-athletes the tools to become successful in the classroom.”

Recent Success with Commercial Voice Alumni

Three commercial voice alumni boast recent accomplishments:
Contemporary Christian artist Daniel Kirkley ’01 recently signed to Centricity Records with distribution by Word. His debut CD is entitled “Let Love Win” with the first single, “My New Dawn.” He will begin a radio tour in the fall and is now doing promotions for
the CD on television programs across the country. To find out more about Kirkley and check out his new album, visit www.danielkirkley.com-check.
Crystal Blewett, who now goes by Crystal Dove, recently released a single which spent time at number 1 on the Billboard chart for six weeks. The single, “Until you Come Back to Me,” is performed with the rapper, Dice.
Ryan Greenawalt and Carly Nelson are part of the group “Anthem Ave” and have just completed a new record called, “When Angels Come.” They had their CD release on May 15 and are now touring with this record across the country.

Brandon D. Winningham Visits Belmont

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Students in Dr. Jonathan Thorndike’s sections of The Ancient World Honors classes were treated to a visit by local historian and author Brandon D. Winningham. A resident of Columbia, Tenn., Winningham recently published Catiline, the story of the turbulent final decades of the Roman Republic. Students in the Ancient World classes were studying Roman history and reading the speeches of the famous orator Marcus Tullius Cicero. Winningham lectured on the period of civil wars in Rome when Lucius Sergius Catiline schemed to fill the void in the political scene. Winningham’s historical novel traces the background of the manipulative Catiline and his rapid rise to power shortly before the time of Julius Caesar.

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