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:
• Wesley Rainer (senior) and Tyler Kimbro (sophomore)
• Alexandra Haas (sophomore) and Haley Wilson (freshman)
• 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.
• Eric Schoen (sophomore) placed sixth in poetry interpretation.
• Nicole Bright (freshman) placed sixth in programmed oral interpretation.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The students enrolled in the service learning courses taught by Dr. Darlene Panvini were recognized in an article in the April 2007 Harris Hillman newsletter titled “The Belmont Sensory Garden Grant”. The students in Botany and Environmental Studies have done service-learning work at Harris Hillman. The Harris Hillman Special Education School services students with multiple disabilities. Sensory stimulation is a critical element of their instruction and care, which makes the sensory garden so important. Michele Howell, a biology major, wrote the proposal for a service-learning grant for $250 from the Service-Learning Task Force at Belmont. The grant will be used to purchase plants, sculptures and mulch.
The Belmont chapter of ATO recently raised more than $1,000 for Blood: Water Mission during their annual Jail Break. Jail Break is a fundraiser hosted by ATO’s spring pledge class. Two days prior to Jail Break students were able to purchase “warrants” for their friends arrest for $1; $2 was charged for a “get out of jail free card.” Once an individual is put in jail they have to raise 10 dollars to be set free. ATO would like to thank everyone who helped with the event and made donations to Blood: Water Mission.
Dale Smith Thomas, motivational speaker and author, spoke in the Massey Boardroom on Wednesday, April 11, as part of the Belmont and Beyond series. She encouraged students to follow their dreams and to live their dream life. Thomas said, “God will not give you a dream that you can’t fulfill,” and she outlined her tips to success: have a good attitude, know who you are, write down your goals and have courage. The program was arranged by the Belmont and Beyond Advisory Group.
Dr. Deborah Nunn Baruzzini, director of organizational development, presented at the PeopleAdmin National Client Services Conference in Austin, Texas, on April 3, 2007. Her session, entitled “Faculty Searches Made Easy”, focused on Belmont’s faculty hiring process, including the online position description, recruiting and applicant tracking functions. PeopleAdmin partners with Belmont University in the development and implementation of the online employment Web site, Belmont Jobs Online.
Pam Parry, associate professor of journalism, will be presenting an academic paper, “Defining Convergence in an Educational Context” at Texas Tech University’s Definition of Convergence and Integration conference on April 20, in Lubbock, Texas.