The Belmont University Speech & Debate Team competed March 2-4 in the National Christian College Forensics Inivitational (NCCFI) tournament in Riverside, Calif.
Belmont’s results included:
Parliamentary Debate Awards:
Meghan Gwaltney & Melissa Gradel: JV Debate Semi-finalists
Renee Reyle (with partner from California Baptist): JV Quarter-
Meghan Gwaltney: 7th place overall JV debater
Renee Reyle: 1st place overall JV debater
Melanie Bengtson: 6th place overall varsity debater
Team: 1st place in Division II.
Individual Event Awards:
Novice Informative: Meghan Gwaltney-1st
Varsity Informative: Melanie Bengtson-6th
Novice Impromptu: Meghan Gwaltney-4th
Varsity Impromptu: Tabitha Metcalf-Semi-finalist, Cortni Woodard-6th
Novice Duo: Brock Parman/Anwesa Chakrabarti-3rd, Brock Parman/Meghan
Novice Persuasion: Melissa Gradel-3rd
Novice Poetry: Anwesa Chakrabarti-2nd
Novice ADS: Brock Parman-6th
Novice Extemporaneous Speaking: Melanie Bengtson-6th
Novice Communication Analysis: Melissa Gradel-5th, Anwesa Chakrabarti-
Varsity Communication Analysis: Meghan Gwaltney-3rd
Novice Programmed Oral Interpretation: Brock Parman-1st
Reader’s Theater: Brock Parman/Cory Carter/Tabitha Metcalf/Anwesa
Individual Sweepstakes Awards:
- Novice: Anwesa Chakrabarti-3rd
- Novice: Brock Parman-2nd
- Novice: Meghan Gwaltney-1st
- Open: Tabitha Metcalf-9th
Team: 2nd place overall
Team Debate & Individual Events Combined: 3rd place overall
The Physical Therapy graduating class of 2006 is the first class in the history of the program to have every member of the class successfully pass the National Physical Therapy Examination on the first attempt. Belmont University School of Physical Therapy also enjoys a 100 percent overall pass rate for the past three years.
The Belmont Career Services Team was recently featured in Spotlight Online for Career Services. They have created a new program called the Career Exploration Series that targets the “changing student” by connecting them with HR professionals from health care, technology, communications, government, transportation, banking, biomedical, entertainment, nonprofit and financial services organizations to help explore various career opportunities.
Tri-Beta Biological Society sponsored a plant sale on October 5-6. The plant sale profits will be used to fund field trips and projects for Tri-Beta.
Channing Twyner has received a travel grant to attend the 2006 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), which will be held Nov. 8-11, 2006 in Anaheim, Calif. Channing will be making an oral presentation at the conference. Channing is a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Lori McGrew is his research/faculty adviser.
Jimmy Davis, Dean of University College, has been selected as a speaker for the fall meeting of the Tennessee Alliance For Continuing Higher Education. The conference will be held November 8-10 at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg. The TACHE is the premiere professional organization for advancing and continuing education and lifelong learning in Tennessee.
Belmont rising senior Kate Austin has been named to the All-American Scholar Team as announced by the National Golf Coaches Association Monday morning. It is the first time that a Belmont golfer has been honored with this award.
Austin was among 371 women’s golfers from NCAA Division I, II and III to be recognized for this prestigious honor. She was also one of just three golfers from the Atlantic Sun Conference to be selected. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.
The Brentwood, Tenn., native finished third on the team in scoring this past season with an 81.8 average in 23 competitive rounds. She posted four top-20 finishes, including a season-beat tie for 15th place at the APSU Intercollegiate last October. Austin is currently pursuing a degree in entrepreneurship.
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents over 400 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
Belmont alum Hunter Kelly (’03) recently interviewed country music star Reba McEntire at the Las Vegas Hilton. Kelly is the Nashville producer for ABC radio.
Belmont alumnus Travis Cottrell is leading worship for popular Bible teacher and author Beth Moore at her “Living Proof” events. Cottrell was nominated in 2006 for a Dove Award and has arranged and produced music for Christian publisher Lifeway Music Group. He recently signed with Indelible Creative Group and is working on a solo album this summer.
Don Cusic, professor in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, wrote two articles that were recently published in the three-volume reference work American Icons: An Encyclopedia of People, Places and Things That Have Shaped Our Culture. Cusic wrote the entries on country music legends Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn.