Anderson Presents at Conference in Italy

imageDr. Mark Anderson, a philosophy professor,  presented the paper “Melville and Nietzsche: Nihilism on the Mediterranean” to the First International Conference, entitled “Mediterranean Visions: Journeys, Itineraries, and Cultural Migrations,” hosted by the Sant’ Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy on June 13 and 14.

Susan West Selected for Leadership Nashville

Susan WestDr. Susan West, vice president and chief of staff, was recently selected to be a member of Leadership Nashville’s Class of 2015. The 44 members of the coming year’s class were selected from more than 215 applicants. The Leadership Nashville Foundation was founded in 1976 as an independent, executive leadership program to give community leaders a three-dimensional view of the city. The goals of Leadership Nashville are to build channels of communication between established leaders, connect leaders to community issues and equip participants with insights.

Each person elected to participate in Leadership Nashville makes an extensive time commitment. Attendance is mandatory for the nine-month program that begins in September. The Opening Retreat is in early October and the Closing Retreat is early June. Between these retreats are seven monthly meetings that average 13 hours each on the first Thursdays of November through May. Participants also work in study groups and present a report at the closing retreat.

In addition to considering Nashville’s strengths that have put it on national lists of outstanding places to live and work, the program also looks at issues that face this city, indeed all municipalities: problems such as crime, affordable housing, school finances, racial tensions, transportation and arts funding. Throughout the year the class will hear approximately 125 speakers and makes on-site visits to all parts of the city.

Students, Faculty Present at Christian Scholars’ Conference

Caroline Cartwright and Andrew Hunt

Caroline Cartwright and Andrew Hunt

A group of Belmont students and faculty presented their essays and attended the Christian Scholars’ Conference at Lipscomb University June 5-6.  With this year’s theme of “Leadership in the Academy, Religion and Civic Life,” the mission of the Christian Scholars’ Conference is to create and nurture an intellectual and Christian community that joins individuals and institutions to stimulate networks of scholarly dialogue and collaboration.  The conference was created under the direction of Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, distinguished professor emeritus at Pepperdine University, and has since been hosted by several faith-based universities. The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, business, law, education and medicine to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith.

Belmont Honors Students Caroline Cartwright (Music Business) and Andrew Hunt (Music Business) presented their essays in a session titled, “What is the Purpose of Christian Higher Education in the 21st Century?—Ten Honors College Students Reflect on the Status of Faith-Based Learning.”  Dr. Jonathan Thorndike, Honors Program director, moderated the session, which included students from Abilene Christian, Belmont, Harding and Lipscomb universities as well as Messiah College.

The following Belmont faculty members also presented their essays at the Christian Scholars’ Conference:
* Dr. David Dark (assistant professor of religion), respondent, “John’s Version: Updike and Christian Faith.”
* Dr. Sally Holt (associate professor of religion), “Ethical and Moral Issues Surrounding Sustainable Living & Energy”
* Dr. Susan Finch (assistant professor of English), “Creative Writing”
* Judge Alberto Gonzales (dean, College of Law), Vantage of the Courts respondent in session titled “Justice to the Alien: Four Trajectories for Consideration in the Debate on Immigration”


Student Attends Ethical Leadership Conference

maggieJunior Maggie Fincher, of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, represented Belmont University at the 2014 Student Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on June 11 and 12. The The Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics will launch a student chapter focusing on ethical leadership this fall.  Fincher is studying finance and entrepreneurship.

Pharmacy Faculty, Students Complete Medical Mission in Honduras

2014HondurasMission1A small group of faculty and students from Belmont University College of Pharmacy (BUCOP) recently traveled to Honduras as part of the Baptist Medical Dental Mission to that country.  Dr. Adam Pace, Dr. Alisa Spinelli and two fourth year pharmacy students, Erin Oakley and Erin Mullen, joined a team of about 30 medical professionals who made the trip.

The team set up a medical clinic, dentistry clinic, and pharmacy in a schoolhouse in El Cedrito, a mountain village in the state of Yoro, and saw approximately 1,500 patients. About 5,000 prescriptions were dispensed through the pharmacy, 250 teeth were pulled by the dentist and 200 pairs of eyeglasses were distributed.  In addition, 180 individuals either professed a new found faith in Jesus Christ or expressed a renewal of their Christian commitment during the church services or through personal evangelism at the medical stations.

Pace oversaw the setup and operation of the dispensing pharmacy, while Spinelli provided clinical pharmacy services in the medical clinic by answering providers’ questions about medications and by making recommendations about drug therapy. According, to Senior Missionary and Director John Ward, this was the first time in the history of the mission that a clinical pharmacist was dedicated to the medical stations. He commented that Spinelli’s presence with the providers really smoothed out the process and greatly improved the quality of care. (more…)

Lyons Presents at Disability Conference

Lacey Lyons, an adjunct English instructor, presented on the ways in which life changes affect health at the 12th Annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference. Topics of discussion included the methods people with disabilities and people who care for them use to plan for positive or negative life changes. Participants discussed the times life changes have affected their management of their disabilities, and the group talked about emergency measures they take to cope with disorders during times of change or upheaval.”

Webb Published, Speaks at Higher Education Conference

nathan webbDr. Nathan Webb, assistant professor of communication studies, recently was  published in the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. His article examined how college-level instructors build rapport with students in the classroom. In addition, Webb recently traveled to Anchorage, Alaska to present at the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning conference. His presentation focused on his research on instructor self-disclosure on social networking sites.

McDowell’s Works Published, Earn Awards

English Assistant Professor Gary L. McDowell recently won the 2014 Neil Shepard Prize in Creative Nonfiction from “Green Mountains Review.” In addition to a monetary prize, his lyric essay, “An Eye that Never Closes in Sleep: A Nightbook,” will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of “Green Mountains Review.” His poem, “Echolocation,” was a finalist in Yemassee’s Pocataligo Poetry Contest.  Also, his poetry manuscript, “Mysteries in a World that Thinks There Are None,” has been a runner-up or finalist in several contests this spring including the Permafrost Prize from University of Alaska Fairbanks Press, the Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press, the Maxine Kumin Memorial Prize from C&R Press, and The Burnside Review’s Book Prize.

Belmont Students Earn German Scholarships

Alumna Susan Bay (’13) has received the the prestigious Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, known as the German Academic Exchange Service scholarship, and will spend the 2014-2015 academic year at Technical University Dresden. Bay graduated from the Honors Program in the Project LEAD program with a degree in classical voice performance in May 2013.

Belmont students Cailey Norris, Miranda Richardson and Trey Gwaltney also will study at Technical University Dresden. During the past 12 years, an average of two Belmont students annually received smaller DAAD scholarships, worth about 1,250 Euros a semester, through the Technical University Dresden to support their studies.

Junior Crowned Miss Nebraska

photo courtesy of Corbey R. Dorsey/For the North Platte Telegraph

photo courtesy of Corbey R. Dorsey/For the North Platte Telegraph

Belmont junior Megan Swanson recently was named Miss Nebraska 2014. She performed ”You Raise Me Up” during the scholarship pageant. Swanson, who is studying music and plans to become a motivational speaker and singer/songwriter, previously held the title of Miss Douglas County. She will represent Nebraska at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey in September.


Belmont Hosts Workshop for Science, English Teachers

conversations_1Twenty middle and high school teachers attended a May 29 workshop on Food & Gardening intended to grow partnerships between science and English teachers to support instruction of the sixth through 12th grade Reading (Literature and Informational Text) CC Standards.  Leading the discussions were Belmont professors Lauren Lunsford, Darlene Panvini, Sally Barton-Arwood and Bonnie Smith-Whitehouse.  Dinner, books and teaching items were provided by the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub and the event was coordinated by Glenn Acree.

A follow-up workshop will be held at Belmont on June 16 through 20 and will focus on using cooking and gardening to develop partnerships between Science and English teachers to support instruction of the sixth through 12th grade Reading:  Literature and Informational Text CC standards.  Twenty-four teachers from five school districts will participate.

This workshop is funded by a Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) $75,000 grant received by Lunsford and Panvini earlier this year. Lunsford and Panvini worked with Acree and the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub’s Director Vicki Metzgar on the grant, with the purpose to unite English and Science teachers to help their students explore text in interactive and fun ways. Their project will provide teachers with the professional development and time to explore and plan lessons that utilize hands-on activities like community gardens and classroom kitchens to support the teaching of informational texts. Teachers from Bedford County, Davidson County, Dickerson County, Montgomery County and Franklin City Schools will have the opportunity to participate in workshops this summer and receive continued support in the fall.

Biology Professors Lead Home School Science Discoveries

Dr. John Niedzwiecki and Dr. Steve Murphree, of biology, led 16 home schooled students, grades seven through 10, in their Vertebrate Anatomy Home School Science Discoveries session on May 28. The students performed dissections to learn about muscles, organs and organ systems and how they function.

Pethel Article Published in Tennessee Historical Quarterly

mary-ellen-pethelMary Ellen Pethel, of the Honors Department, had the article “The Coming Woman: Ward Seminary, 1865-1913″ published in the April issue of Tennessee Historical Quarterly. The subject of her article was also featured on the back cover in the form of a historic postcard.


Overall Presents at Conference

joel_overallAssistant Professor of English Joel Overall recently presented at the International Rhetoric Society of America Conference in San Antonio, Texas. His paper was entitled “Kenneth Burke and Nazi Musical Propaganda”. The presentation examined noted rhetorician Kenneth Burke’s review of Paul Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler” symphony to understand how Nazi propagandists persuaded the German public to join the National Socialists in 1934. In addition, his multimedia presentation breaks new ground in rhetorical studies by investigating how Burke’s extensive rhetorical theory might apply to nonlinguistic rhetorics.

Riechert Featured in Public Relations Magazine

bonnie_reichert_2010Dr. Bonnie Parnell Riechert was interviewed in the June 2014 issue of PRSA Tactics. In the article Writing and Leading for the Future,” she says the best advice she ever received was, “Be honest. Be grateful. Be kind. Develop your character and the right actions will follow.” Riechert is chairman of the Department of Public Relations and serves as faculty adviser for Belmont’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America.


Slay Carr Presents Workshop at Education Conference

imagesCheryl Slay Carr, associate professor of music business in Curb College, had her proposal selected to present  a workshop titled “Teaching the Business of Jazz: A Pedagogical Approach to Teaching the Commerce of Diversity in the Performing Arts” at the 27th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, which took place May 21-31 in Indianapolis, Ind.

International Country Music Conference Held at Belmont

country music

Authors and journalists at the conference, left to right, are James Akenson, Si Kahn, Sue Massek and co-host Don Cusic.

The 31st Annual International Country Music Conference was held at Belmont University on May 22 through 24. Hosted by Belmont Professor of Music Business Don Cusic and Tennessee Technological University Professor  James Akenson, the conference featured a special panel on the late CMT Editorial Directort Chet Flippo.

The conference also included a special one woman show by Sue Masset, “Precious Memories,” about labor activist Sarah Ogan Gunning. The show was written by singer-songwriter and social justice activist Si Kahn. Kahn also presented the keynote speech during the conference. There also were sessions from country music scholars covering topics including the Bluebird Café, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Gram Parsons, Barbara Mandrell, Marty Robbins and the Beatles and Country Music. Scholars from Norway, Japan and Canada as well as those from California, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Georgia, Ohio, Arkansas, Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina, New York, South Dakota, Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee attended.

Pharmacy Students Trained as Hepatitis C Educators

HCV Training PhotoOn May 21, fourth-year pharmacy students William Herbert and Myduy Nguyen, along with pharmacy faculty member Dr. Ashton Beggs, attended a Hepatitis C Training Workshop. This intensive one-day training provided attendees with knowledge and tools to go into their communities and educate others about Hepatitis C. Topics covered in this workshop include the liver, Hepatitis C transmission, prevention, diagnosis, symptoms, disease progression and management as well as medical treatment.

In 2001, the Hepatitis C Support Project (HCSP) conducted a broad needs assessment for hepatitis C awareness and education. The HCSP determined the most needed resource was a quality hepatitis C educational process that could be widely distributed and utilized throughout underserved communities affected by hepatitis C. To accomplish this objective, HCSP designed a program that covers awareness and education in a training workshop environment. The goal of this program is to provide unbiased and quality education to individuals who can then educate their respective communities on the virus.

Beggs provides clinical pharmacy services at United Neighborhood Health Services Downtown and Mission Clinics. These two clinics primarily serve the homeless population in Nashville. Each month her students work with other health care providers at these clinics to provide patient care in an interdisciplinary manner. (more…)

Pharmacy Dean Recognized Locally as ‘Health Care Hero’

Johnston_Philip-500The Nashville Business Journal has named Dr. Phil Johnston, dean of Belmont’s College of Pharmacy, as a “Health Care Hero.” Winners were selected for their contributions to Music City’s health community by a panel of industry judges. Johnston was recognized in the “Health Care Professional Services” category along with other local leaders, including Anne Sumpter Arney of Bone McAllister Norton PLLC, Vicki Estrin of C3/Consulting, Berry Holt of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Rosemary Plorin of Lovell Communications, Jerry Taylor of Stites & Harbison PLLC and Tommy Yeager of M.J. Harris Construction Services. The honorees will be recognized at an awards luncheon on June 6 at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel and in a special publication in the June 6 print edition of the Nashville Business Journal.  The luncheon celebrates “the accomplishments of the leaders, innovators, strategists and caretakers, whose work is helping to grow the region’s health care industry and reinforcing Nashville as the health care capital of the nation.”

Fogelberg Visits RAND Corp. for Symposium

harold_fogelbergHarold Fogelberg, director for the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics, was among 22 people from across the country  invited by the RAND Corp. to participate in a symposium entitled Transforming Ethics and Compliance: Emerging Trends for Boards, Management and Government on May 28. The Washington, D.C. think tank is known for policy development on many issues.  The deliberations by representatives from government agencies, academia, Fortune 200 company executives  and general counsel will be published later this summer.



Tennessee Physical Therapy Association Recognizes Hinton

Dr. Cathy Hinton, right, receives the Carol Likens Award.

Dr. Cathy Hinton, right, receives the Carol Likens Award.

Dr. Cathy Hinton, professor of physical therapy, recently received the 2014 Carol Likens Award presented by the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (TPTA).  The award is given annually to an association member who has provided exceptional service to the profession of physical therapy. Hinton served two terms as president of TPTA and currently serves the state chapter as the state license board liaison. The Likens award is named for its first recipient who served the chapter as president from 1985 to 1995 and whose vision, leadership and commitment to the profession brought the association through one of its greatest periods of growth and service to members.

Gill Interview Posted on

paula gillVice President for Institutional Effectiveness Paula Gill was recently interviewed by about her position and the overall nature of institutional effectiveness, particularly for higher education. Gill noted, “Higher education institutions are becoming increasingly intentional about institutional effectiveness efforts to help their organizations meet the needs of the students, the needs of future employers, and the needs of their city, their state, and the world. Institutional effectiveness is about building quality in all that we do.” Click here to read the complete interview.

Musical Theatre Students Workshop Broadway-Bound Production

musical theater workshop -140Musical theatre faculty and students partnered this week with a creative team from New York City to conduct a fully staged, fully choreographed workshop of a new Broadway-bound musical called “Chasing Rainbows.”

“Chasing Rainbows” celebrates the early years of Judy Garland culminating in her being cast in “The Wizard of Oz.”  The workshop process is when a show’s producers test out and tweak how a show is booked, scored, choreographed and cast, prior to an attempt at a Broadway run.

Musical Theatre Program Coordinator Nancy Allen said, “Belmont is very excited to have been invited to do this because usually producers use only New York equity actors or top tier musical theater programs. This will hopefully be the first of many such collaborations.”

A staged reading of the show was held May 22 at the end of the 10-day workshop in the campus’ Troutt Theater.

Tour Course Prepares Student for Road with Kings of Leon

paulyAlumna Samantha Pauly (’13) is working as a production assistant on the international 2014 Kings of Leon Mechanical Bull tour. While a student at Belmont, she interned with MTV News, Q Prime, Soundland, Vector Management and worked on the Happy Together Tour.  Pauly said she enjoys learning something new daily, visiting different cities and studying under people she admires in the music industry.

“My time at Belmont shaped me into the person I am and prepared me to pursue a career in touring,” she said. “Belmont taught me many things about entertainment and how to work in the music industry, but the most important lesson of them all was one that was highlighted to me first on the Happy Together Tour and now again on the road as a graduate: the good things in life come from the relationships that you build and maintain with others.”

Communication Students Collect Over 4,000 Books

Book'em PictureStudents in Dr. Nathan Webb’s Teamwork in Organizations class recently collected over 4,000 books for the Nashville nonprofit, Book’em. Students engaged in service learning by working on and reflecting on various aspects of teamwork through the class project. In addition to obtaining books for Book’em in innovative ways, the class also raised awareness about the organization. According to their website, Book’em seeks to help “Nashville’s economically disadvantaged children discover the joy of reading.” 

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