Crook Presents Paper at Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Amy Crook-1-MDr. Amy E. Crook, assistant professor of management in the Massey College of Business, presented a paper at the 30th annual conference of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Philadelphia recently. Her solo-authored paper, titled “Comparing Single-Response and Multiple-Response SJTs,” is an experimental validity study on different employee selection test formats. Crook developed the interpersonal skills tests involved in the study and collected the data here at Belmont with undergraduate students. Her talk was part of a symposium with other internationally known SJT experts in academia and industry from organizations such as Educational Testing Service, Michigan State University and Ghent University.

Alumnus Ben Vaughn Receives Music City Milestone Award

MilestoneAward42Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, alongside industry partner ASCAP, honored alumnus Ben Vaughn as the sixth recipient of the Music City Milestone Award (MCMA). The MCMA celebrates Belmont’s connection with Music Row while recognizing a Belmont graduate who has achieved truly superlative success in the entertainment and music industries early in their career. Previous Music City Milestone Award recipients include Beka Tischker, Ashley Gorley, Rusty Gaston, LeAnn Phelan and Carla Wallace.

“Ben does not like attention put on him… But well-deserved to celebrate his journey and impact on the music industry with his family, friends and peers,” said ASCAP’s Michael Martin.

Curb College Dean Doug Howard added, “”Ben is a committed family man, an amazing publisher, a true visionary, a friend to songwriters and artists and a valued partner of the Curb College.”


Walden Receives Tennessee Association of College and Employers Award


Career Development Specialist in the Office of Career & Professional Development Rachel Walden was recently selected as the recipient of the Annie Gray Harris Sasser New Member Award by the Tennessee Association of Colleges and Employers (TACE). Walden was presented with the award during the TACE annual conference on April 23rd.

Recipients of the New Member Award are professionals that have been members of TACE for less than five years and have demonstrated a significant contribution to career planning, recruiting and/or TACE. Contributions must show innovation, reflect foresight, and display leadership qualities. Walden currently serves on the TACE board as the Director of Communications.

Belmont Physics Department Uses Computer Idle Time for Research Project

physicsBelmont’s Physics Department has recently begun re-purposing the idle time on McWhorter lab desktop computers, through the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), for the Einstein@Home research project. After installing BOINC on these computer, researchers can connect to a number of research projects, making it possible to tap into the enormous processing power of personal computers around the world.

Einstein@Home searches for weak astrophysical signals from spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors, the Arecibo radio telescope and the Fermi gamma-ray satellite. This will put Belmont in the top 1% of BOINC users in the world.

Student Presents at Emerging Researchers National Conference


Belmont chemistry major and junior Adam Woods recently attended the Emerging Researchers National Conference (ERN) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), a meeting co-sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation. Held in Washington, D.C., Woods presented a poster entitled, “New Positively Charged Contrast Agents for Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis,” which resulted from his summer 2014 research experience at Boston University.

More than 1,000 people from 240 colleges and universities attended the three-day annual conference, which provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields to enhance their science communication skills through poster and oral presentations judged by 140 scientists and engineers.

The oral and poster presentations are the core of the conference, but attendees can also attend networking events, plenary talks by science leaders and workshops on a variety of topics including locating school funding.

Murphree Leads The Tennessee Naturalist Program

murphreeOn Saturday, April 18, Belmont Professor of Biology and Entomologist Dr. Steve Murphree participated in leading the Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) Tier 2 Field Botany course, “The World of Invertebrates: Pollinators, Predators, Pests and Parasites.”  Dr. Murphree gave a lecture entitled, “Pollination Mechanisms and Partners,” and co-led a field trip to a cedar glade for 12 adults at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

The TNP is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to adults. Graduates join a critical corps of volunteers providing education, outreach and service dedicated to the appreciation, understanding and beneficial management of natural resources and areas within their communities.

Belmont Students Share College Experiences with Maplewood Distinguished Scholars

Achievers.MaplewoodBelmont students Justin Lang, Sierra Jones, Christianna Ellison, La’Tiara Jarvis and Keayana Robinson spoke to a group in the Belmont Distinguished Scholars Program at Maplewood High School about what life is like in college, including personal testimonies of encouragement.

Every Wednesday morning during Maplewood’s advisory period, Belmont’s Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Myron Oglesby travels to the school for an academic collaboration with 25 students in preparation for a successful college transition.

“The Belmont students were well received, and the excitement of their message filled the air; students at Maplewood all heard a similar theme from the Belmont students who spoke ‘If I can do it, so can you,’” said Dr. Oglesby.

This year’s collaboration theme is “A College State of Mind.” Several Belmont professors, including Chair of the Psychology Department Dr. Linda Jones, Chair of the School of Education Dr. Mark Hogan and Director of the Bridges to Belmont Program Mary Clark, have also visited to share personal stories on a successful collegiate experience.

Cornwall Quoted in The Wall Street Journal


In a recent article from The Wall Street Journal, Professor of Entrepreneurship Jeff Cornwall was quoted on his expertise in the field. The article, entitled “A Startup Sours After A Falling Out,” walks through a messy investor-entrepreneur partnership and a company’s fizzling out.

Cornwall is quoted saying, “a significant cause of failure is the pressure that investors put on entrepreneurs to lock into a business model too soon.”

To read the full article, click here.

Alumna Revelette Publishes Novel, ‘Falling Stars’

Achievers.HuffBelmont music business alumna Ashlyne Huff Revelette, 2007, recently published her first young adult novel, “Falling Stars,” about a 17-year-old former country superstar who is trying to get back into the Nashville spotlight. The book will be released on May 1.

“Falling Stars” has earned commentary from a number of country superstars including Reba McEntire and Martina McBride. “Growing up with an insider’s look into the music business, Ashlyne writes honestly and in a relateable way about the highs and lows of being a star. Girls will relate to it because of her believable voice, as well as the lessons that are to be learned along the way,” wrote McBride.

Belmont was a strong influence in the setting of the book, the characters’ stories and the book’s production. One character attends Belmont in “Falling Stars,” and Revelette is currently writing a sequel that takes place on the University’s campus. “Another December 2007 graduate is a character in the book. In a nutshell, I wanted to do some original music for the book and have songs that were written for it, so I called Brandon Hood, alumnus of 2007 and another non-Belmont grad to write the songs with me. Once we wrote them, I figured there was no point to make up new songwriter names for the characters, so they stayed,” said Revelette.

Revelette grew up in a musical family and is a singer-songwriter herself. She was the opening act for 2011 New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys tour, giving her insight to the ins and outs of the music industry and the inspiration to write the novel. To learn more about Revelette, “Falling Stars” and the book’s two original songs, click here

Cagle Speaks to Students on Political Commentary

CagleSpeaking to a packed room on Wednesday, April 22, nationally syndicated columnist and editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle shared his thoughts on political commentary with Belmont students as a guest of the University’s Department of Political Science.

Cagle spoke about his artistic craft, highlighting the tension between the expressive elements of his creative process and the soft and hard censorship considerations that come with editors’ attitudes and relative levels of cultural hostility to provocative sociopolitical images around the globe.

Riechert Honored at PRSA Nashville Awards Banquet

riechert olympus award (2)Belmont Chair and Associate Professor of the Public Relations Department Dr. Bonnie Riechert was recently honored at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nashville Chapter’s annual Parthenon Awards Banquet. Dr. Riechert received the 2015 Olympus Award to recognize her effective leadership in the 180-member chapter. She served as president of PRSA Nashville in 2014. and previously served as chapter president-elect, secretary, national assembly delegate and accreditation co-chair and chair.

Five Belmont student leaders served as volunteers at the event including Makenzie Albracht, Mary Anna Davis, Victoria Lewis, Arielle Schrader and Annah Smith. PRSA Nashville sponsors chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America at Belmont University, Austin Peay State University, Lipscomb University, Middle Tennessee State University and Western Kentucky University.

Students Present Papers at Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Philosophy majors Colin Bodayle, Tucker Dowell and Drew Swisher recently presented papers at the 16th Annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, hosted by the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

Conference keynote speakers were Leonard Lawlor from Pennsylvania State University and Susanna Siegel from Harvard University, who also served as submission and presentation judges.  Bodayle presented his paper, entitled “Subjective Universality in Kant’s Third Critique: Bad Faith, or Authentic Relation to the Other?” Dowell and Swisher presented their co-written work, entitled “Love.”

Webb Presents and Chairs Panel at Communication Conferences

nathan webbAssistant Professor in Belmont’s Communications Studies Department Dr. Nathan Webb recently attended two academic conferences where he presented a research paper and chaired two research panels.

Dr. Webb attended the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference in Madison, Wisconsin and presented a paper on his research on instructor self-disclosure in the classroom and chaired a panel in the Kenneth Burke division of the organization. He also attended the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Southeast Colloquium in Knoxville and chaired a panel on internship programs for communication students.

Gonas Chairs Session at Oxford Business School Conference

SAID conferenceAssociate Professor of Finance Dr. John S. Gonas chaired a session this week on measuring cash flows and capital structure around social entrepreneurial growth opportunities at the University of Oxford – Said Business School Social and Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing Conference. Gonas also presented a paper titled “The Social Entrepreneur as Trailblazer: A Role for the Social Enterprise in a Market Economy.” Gonas was invited to participate along with 91 other finance, economics and management professors from 22 different nationalities.

Betsy Lane Represents Tennessee at National Cherry Blossom Festival

Achievers.BetsyLaneBelmont junior Betsy Lane was chosen to represent Tennessee in the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. from April 5-11 as the Tennessee Cherry Blossom Princess. 

The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a week-long experience that offers cultural and educational opportunities for young women from around the world, typically students between the ages of 19 and 24. Participants are selected by a state society or embassy based on their leadership, academic achievements and interest in social, civic, community and world affairs. Each state society selects one representative to send to the festival each year. To see the Tennessee State Society’s announcement for 2015, click here.

The mission of the program is to offer an educational experience, or “Washington classroom,” by introducing participants to many government, cultural, military and business leaders and female role models who work in the nation’s capitol.

Lane’s D.C. tour started on Easter Sunday with a lantern lighting at the Tidal Basin. A full week of activities, including a Congressional reception, dinners with the Marines and Japan Ambassador and many other events for participants followed. The week concluded with a sushi reception and Grand Ball on Friday night, followed by a parade down Pennsylvania Ave. and the Matsuri Festival. To see a detailed list of events, click here.


Hazouri Wins Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award

Achievers.HazouriSocial work major Bailey Hazouri recently won the state-wide 2015 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Student Award. Hazouri was nominated by Belmont faculty members and an application sent by University President Dr. Bob Fisher for her continued commitment to community service.

Hazouri is co-founder of the Edgehill Neighborhood Outreach Program and has been active with this group since 2012.  Working in a diverse community near Belmont’s campus, she leads a variety of events bringing food, fun and extended learning to the community through tutoring, activities and coordination of meals for children and families. Her work is entirely voluntary and comes from her personal faith commitment to improve the quality of life of those within the neighborhood.

Hazouri’s passion for service shines through in everything she does.  ”Mr. Love was a man who lived out his calling to love others in tangible practical ways, and I am honored to be placed in a category as someone who tries her best to love and serve people to the best of her ability,” said Hazouri. ”I hope that in receiving this award, the voices of all those children and families I work with in Edgehill will be able to become more heard…that their stories of perseverance and hard work will be shared and that the gap between neighbors will become smaller.”

The State of Tennessee Higher Education Commission gives the award annually to five faculty or staff members and five students in Tennessee higher education institutions. Individuals selected to receive recognition represent the many dimensions of community service, volunteer work and public and charitable service, as well as leadership roles in community organizations. Each recipient receives $1,000 and serves as an ambassador for community service among the many diverse higher educational communities in Tennessee.

As Associate Provost Beverly Schneller put it, “Hazouri has illustrated and models the type of student leadership, thoughtful Christian action and dedication to serving others that are hallmarks of excellence as a person and as a student.”

Colin Duriez Presents on The Oxford Inklings

Achievers.DuriezColin Duriez, British scholar and author specializing in the historic accounts and secondary worlds of the Oxford Inklings, J.K. Rowling, Charles Williams and the like, visited Belmont to speak to students at multiple events on campus. Duriez presented his lecture, “The Secondary Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling: Imagination and Reality,” on Tuesday evening and followed it with other events including a chapel service and several classes.

One of Director of the Honors Program and Professor Dr. Jonathan Thorndike’s classes was able to interact with Duriez and deepen their understanding of the class textbook, his book, “The Oxford Inklings.” Duriez walked through some of the letters and diary entries from the book to present a chronological picture to the class, tying the writings to important dates in history during World War II.

“What I am trying to do is give you a picture of particularity of the meetings [of the Inklings] and the individuality of the members,” said Duriez, in order to present less of a theoretical knowledge of who the group was and more of an experience with the words on the page, which are quite substantial.

The Belmont community was honored to hear the deep passion Duriez has for some of the most influential writers of the 20th century, gaining an insight into their lives, the impactful relationships they had and the experiences which made them who they were. Duriez recently published “The Oxford Inklings” and will soon publish “Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil.”

“The students appreciated his gentle wit, humor and deep intellect that brought together the work of the Inklings and the truth of Christian faith,” said Thorndike. “By integrating narrative, myth, faith and meaning, Duriez showed how the Inklings were counter-cultural, but at the same time, profoundly in touch with the needs of a fallen world.”

To read more about Duriez and his works, click here.

Mathematician Banchoff Discusses the Fourth Dimension During Campus Presentation

Dr. Tom Banchoff-108Geometer and Professor at Brown University Dr. Tom Banchoff, a mathematician known world-wide for his specialization in the fourth and higher dimensions, recently gave two presentations at Belmont. Dr. Banchoff is a pioneer in applying computer graphics to the fourth dimension, thereby permitting illustration of this illusive and abstract concept.

The first talk, “Math Spans All Dimensions: Guides to the Fourth Dimension” was based on the interactive poster developed for Math Awareness Month in 2000 while Dr. Banchoff was president of the Mathematical Association of America. In our familiar three-dimensional space, visualization is an important tool. In our age of computer visualization, we can now explore phenomena in our “nearest neighbor,” the fourth dimension.  Guides in this effort include Edwin Abbott Abbott (“Flatland”), Madeleine L’Engel (“A Wrinkle in Time”) and Salvador Dalí (“Corpus Hypercubus”).

The second talk was titled “The Two-Piece Property–the Geometry of Slicing Fruit” and addressed questions including ‘What can we say about objects that fall into at most two pieces when we slice them with a long knife?’ and  ’How can a topic that we can describe in simple language lead to a Berkeley PhD thesis?’ The “two-piece property” turns out to be equivalent to minimal total absolute curvature, a classical topic in differential geometry that yields surprising results when we ask the same questions for polyhedral surfaces, in three-dimensional space and higher.

To see more images from Dr. Banchoff’s presentation, click here.

Students Present at Undergraduate Math Conference

Professors of Mathematics Barbara Ward and Daniel Biles directed three student presentations given at the 9th annual Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at the University of Tennessee on April 11. The annual conference gives undergraduate students a chance to present their mathematical research, meet other undergraduates and hear about their research.

Savannah Halliday (mathematics major) and Jackson Streeter (mathematics and computer science double major) presented “The Sandler Syndrome: Predicting Box Office Revenue.”  Jacob DeVries (music business and economics double major) presented “Using Technical Indicators to Predict Future Stock Prices.” Christopher Winfree (applied discrete mathematics major) presented “Predicting a Minor League Player’s Success in MLB.”  The conference featured eleven research presentations given by college students throughout the region.

Belmont Hosts Tennessee Academy of Science Regional Meeting

TAS-chemistryBelmont’s College of Sciences and Mathematics hosted The Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS) Collegiate Division Middle Region Meeting on Saturday, April 18. The meeting included research sessions for chemistry, ecology/zoology/botany, cellular/microbiology/health and medical science and mathematics/engineering/computer science. The TAS meeting was coordinated by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Duane Hatch.

A total of 37 student presenters from Belmont University, Tennessee State University, Motlow State Community College, Fisk University, Volunteer State Community College and Austin Peay State University presented research in 15 minutes presentations.


Each session was judged by faculty volunteers and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention awards were presented. Belmont faculty volunteer judges included Drs. John Niedzwiecki, Robert Grammer, Nick Ragsdale, Lori McGrew, Chris Barton, and Roger Jackson, biology, and Drs. Rachel Rigsby and Justin Stace, chemistry. Belmont student volunteers included biology majors Brandy Sweet, Mohamed Darwish, and Austin Demaagd.

The following Belmont students won awards:

  • Chemistry:  2nd place – Daniel Beagan, 3rd place – Victoria Lim
  • Ecology/Zoology/Botany: 1st place – Sonia Kadakia, 2nd place – Jackson Smith, 3rd place -Brielle Davis, Honorable Mention – John Gossen
  • Cellular/Microbiology/Health and Medical Science:  1st place – Lauryn Bouldin, 2nd place – Justin Smith, 3rd place – Stephanie Ray

TAS-ecologyTAS seeks to promote scientific research and knowledge diffusion, encourage communication between scientists, especially in Tennessee, develop and make known state resources, and arrange and prepare reports of investigations and discussions as they further the aims and objectives of the academy.

Belue Selected as Nashville Ballet Local Artist

Photo-Trapped d closeBelmont Theatre and Dance Associate Professor Debbie Belue was recently selected as the featured local artist for the Nashville Ballet’s upcoming Emergence concert series, a program that highlights innovative choreography in an environment that promotes creative collaboration without risk or expectation.

Belue will  present her choreographic work, “TrApPed!,” alongside Nashville Ballet artists, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Nashville Opera and singer-songwriter Matthew Perryman-Jones.

Emergence takes place May 14-15 at the newly renovated Martin Center for Nashville Ballet. Click here for more information.

Carter Wins First Place in MTSU’s Chinese Language Writing Contest

Achievers.CarterBelmont sophomore Clarke Carter, international business major and Chinese minor, won the first place award in the Advanced Category at Middle Tennessee State University Confucius Institute’s Second Annual Chinese Language Writing Contest.  In the fall of 2014, Carter entered the contest by writing a Chinese essay called, “My Best Friend.”

The purpose of the contest is to promote interest in Chinese learning among American and Chinese American students, to offer a platform to present their Chinese writing skills and to increase their understanding of Chinese language and culture.

Under the guidance of Dr. Qingjun Li, assistant professor of Asian Studies and Chinese Language, Carter is the first Belmont student to win an award in Elementary Chinese Writing for Non-Heritage, Advanced Chinese Writing for Non-Heritage or Chinese Writing for Heritage Chinese learners. 

Li and Students Present at ASIANetwork Conference

Achievers.ASIANetworkDr. Qingjun Li, assistant professor of Asian Studies and Chinese, recently lead a group of three students to present their research, “Commodification of Culture in China’s New Cultural Industry,” at the 23rd Annual ASIANetwork Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Belmont students Anna Croghan, Samantha Hubner and Joseph Minga presented their research project for the faculty members from ASIANetwork member institutions, a consortium of around 160 North American liberal arts colleges and universities.

The poster session featured a video, research report and observation and survey results done at five Chinese cities (Beijing, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Hengdian and Wuhan). The team discussed the results of their interviews with professors and deans at the Institute of Cultural Industry at Beijing University, executives and leaders of the mega-corporation Wanda Group and government officials.  The research was generously funded by the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows program.

Student and Alumni Co-Present at National Research Conference

COBABelmont student Alexander Marsh and alumni Matthew Graham, economics, recently attended and presented their co-authored paper titled “GDP, Unemployment, and the Great Recession: Utilizing Okun’s Law to Analyze the GDP Drop from 2005-2013”at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at Eastern Washington University.  The NCUR is an interdisciplinary conference where students representing universities and colleges from all around the world present research and creative works in oral, poster and performance/visual arts presentations.

The team’s research studied the relationship between an economy’s output and unemployment, a relevant topic that has recently been an ongoing topic of discussion. The application of Okun’s law to modern business cycles can produce valuable insight to a country’s economy. Using quarterly data from 2005 to 2013, the study utilized a production function approach to analyze the relationship between GDP gap and unemployment during the Great Recession. Findings revealed that unemployment, capacity utilization and the size of the labor force have a statistically significant impact on the GDP gap during this time period.

Belmont is a member of the NCUR, whose mission is to promote undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.

The students were accompanied at this conference by research advisor and faculty member Dr. Colin Cannonier.

AET Students Build Speaker Cabinet for Physics Acoustics Lab Isolation Booth


AET majors Ryan Yount, Chris O’Brien and Ryan Morris take measurements of the telescoping speaker cabinet they built

Students in Dr. Scott Hawley’s Physics for Audio Engineering course recently built a ported speaker cabinet for the new isolation booth obtained for the College of Sciences & Mathematics Acoustics Teaching Lab.

AET majors Ryan Yount, Chris O’Brien and Ryan Morris built a ported speaker cabinet for which the resonant frequency (of the port) was tunable by varying the interior volume of the cabinet. The isolation booth was secured by CSM faculty Drs. Thom Spence, Robert Magruder and Scott Hawley for use with student undergraduate research and class projects which require more precise acoustical measurements than is afforded by a regular classroom environment.

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