School of Nursing Faculty Presents Work on End of Life Simulation

sara campSchool of Nursing instructor Sara Camp gave a peer reviewed presentation of her work on end of life simulations for undergraduate nursing students at the National League for Nursing Technology Conference held in Nashville in October. She will also present aspects of this work at the Tennessee Simulation Alliance Conference in November.

“Helping students learn to provide holistic care at the end of life is a priority in nursing education. Opportunities for students to learn deeply about this may not present themselves in routine clinical rotations. Simulation creates a powerful opportunity for this learning to take place. Our students have received tremendous benefit from the end-of-life simulations and I’m so pleased that Ms. Camp is disseminating this work.” said Associate Dean of Nursing, Martha Buckner.

Belmont Professor Presents at Sport Marketing Conference

PeetzAssistant Professor of Sport Administration Dr. Ted Peetz presented his work on teaching negotiation strategies in the classroom at the Sport Marketing Association National Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The presentation was part of the pedagogy symposium and showcased class exercises used to teach concepts of negotiation theory. The activities utilize games to spark student interest and understanding of negotiation strategies and outcomes. He also served as one of six academic judges for the national student case study competition sponsored by The Aspire Group.

Dr. Ted Peetz is an Assistant Professor of Sports Science and specializes in Sports Education Leadership. You can find out more about Dr. Peetz here and more about Belmont University’s Department of Sports Science here.

Belmont Professors Present at Conference of South Central Modern Language Association

Natalie PelazDrs. Natalia Pelaz and Mitch McCoy recently attended and presented papers at the 71st Annual Conference of the South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) on Oct. 18-23 in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Pelaz delivered her paper, “De retornos y exilios: la figura del indiano en la literatura de los exiliados españoles en Cuba,” and was also elected by the Spanish 20th and 21st Century Peninsular Literature section as the session Chairperson for the SCMLA Conference in November 2015 at the Marriott Vanderbilt in Nashville.

Dr. Natalia Pelaz is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and specializes in Spanish Language for exiles and displaced peoples. You can find out more about Dr. Pelaz here.


Dr. Mitch McCoy presented a paper entitled, “The Dialogical Nature of Quevedo’s Heráclito cristiano: Negotiating Metaphysical Belief.” Having served this year as secretary for the section of Spanish Peninsular Literature Before 1700, Dr. McCoy will assume the role of Chairperson for the section in November 2015 when the SCMLA will hold its conference at the Marriott Vanderbilt.

Dr. Mitch McCoy is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and specializes in Spanish Language for Professions, Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture, Intersections of Literature and Religion. You can find out more about Dr. McCoy here and more about Belmont University’s Department of Foreign Languages here.

Belmont Students Inducted into National History Honor Society

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On Oct. 9, Belmont students Paul Raccio, Levis Padron, Erin Weber, Kaytlyn Lowhorn and Rita Brown were inducted into Belmont’s Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (the National History Honor Society).  The ceremony, held in the Belmont Mansion, was attended by faculty from the History Department, including the chapter’s faculty advisor, Dr. Cynthia Bisson, along with family and friends of the inductees.

Following the ceremony was the annual Phi Alpha Theta lecture.  This year’s lecture, by Dr. T.R. C. Hutton (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) was entitled “ Interrogating Honor and Violence in the Southern Past”.

Belmont Alumna Named TBA’s Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year

McKelvey-HighResBelmont 2003 graduate and Nashville attorney Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda of Stites & Harbison will be presented with the Tennessee Bar Association’s (TBA) Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award at a ceremony in Nashville on Jan. 10. She is being recognized for her commitment to serving vulnerable clients in need through direct legal representation and community organization leadership. Over the past year, she has handled a number of time-intensive pro bono cases and served on the board of the Tennessee Justice Center.

Immediate past TBA Access to Justice Committee Chair Alex MacKay nominated McKelvey Castañeda for the award and said, “Rebecca has handled numerous pro bono cases [that] required a commitment of time over the course of many months and knowledge of niche areas of the law… Rebecca’s clients [were] members of an underserved population that does not qualify for services from LSC-funded organizations. Additionally… Rebecca worked to overcome a language barrier in communicating with her clients.”

The Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer Award is named for Nashville attorney Harris A. Gilbert, who served as president of the TBA from 1994-1995, and whose dedication to legal services for the poor set a high standard for all Tennessee attorneys. The award is given annually to a private sector attorney who demonstrates dedication to legal services for the poor and performs significant pro bono work.

Department Chairman Published in Bloomsbury Academic

teacherBelmont Philosophy Department Chairman Mark Anderson recently published his new book “Plato and Nietzsche: Their Philosophical Art” in Bloomsbury Academic. To accompany the publication, Bloomsbury placed a number of Anderson’s Plato and Nietzsche- related photographs to their website. They may be viewed here.

English Professors Serve as Panel at Rhetoric Conference

3 teachBelmont Department of English professors  Drs Linda Holt, Jason Lovvorn and Charmion Gustke recently presented as a panel at the Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, held Oct. 16-18 at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

This year’s conference explored what it means for teachers and scholars of rhetoric and composition to be responsive to communities within and beyond the academy. The panel, entitled “Rhetorics of Service: Expanding Partnership, Engagement, and Citizenship Through Service-Learning,” considered how service-learning practice can benefit the composition classroom as well as the wider university community.

Holt delivered a speech entitled “Literacy as Liberatory: Responsivity and Community Partnerships.” Lovvorn addressed “Service-Learning and the Rhetoric of Engagement,” and Gustke spoke about “Writing Citizenry: Service-Learning and Socially Responsive Knowledge.”

Entrepreneurship Student Advances to National Competition

Belmont entrepreneurship major Ben McIntyre has been to chosen to compete in the National Entrepreneurship Organization’s (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Award competition.

McIntyre competed in the Regional EO’s Global Student Entrepreneur Award competition last week in Miami, Florida. As a result, his business, Internpreneur, advanced to the national competition that will be held in Chicago, Illinois in November.

This event is supported and sponsored by EO Nashville with special assistance from Julie May (Nashville CEO, bytesofknowledge) and Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business.

Environmental Science Students Adopt Richland Creek Cleanup

On Sat., Oct. 25, a group of environmental science students, along with Belmont Biology Professor Dr. Darlene Panvini hosted a Richland Creek cleanup for their service learning project.richland-1

The cleanup day was part of a project started by environmental science students last year. Five students adopted a section of Richland Creek through Nashville Metro Water Service’s Adopt-A-Stream program. It requires a two-year commitment and at least one stream cleanup per year and the stenciling of storm drains leading to the adopted stream segment. Metro Water Services provides a sign acknowledging the adopting group and stream. Belmont’s official sign is posted at England Park between the walking trail and Richland Creek.

Belmont Biology Professor Narrates Ghost Tours

???????????????????????????????Belmont Professor of Biology Dr. Steve Murphree served as a narrator at the Sam Davis Home Ghost Tours Oct. 24 and 25. Ghost Tours offers an answer to the commonly asked question: Is the Sam Davis Home haunted? Storytellers inside the house and outbuildings shared the hauntingly true tales experienced by visitors, staff and volunteers as guests were guided along the walking tour. This storytelling event gives visitors a chance to hear a different tour of the historic house and property.

On Oct. 21, Murphree gave an Insect/Arachnid program presentation to approximately 75 Cub Scouts and their parents at Granbery Elementary School in Nashville. Murphree is an entomologist, as well as a biology professor at Belmont and enjoys sharing his knowledge at community events.

College of Pharmacy Attends Regional Meeting and Brings Home Awards

The College of Pharmacy’s student American Pharmacists Association (APhA) chapter, advised by Dr. Traci Poole, had 20 attendees at the annual Midyear Regional Meeting, held in Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 24-26. Student pharmacists participated in various professional development activities and networking events with students from 24 schools and colleges throughout the southeast. APhA-MRM 2014

The festivities were kicked off when second-year pharmacy student Kayla Hill was announced as Belmont’s Student Membership Recognition winner due to her work as Fundraising Chair. Belmont second-year student Kathryn Litten participated in the Prescription Relay Race, where she worked with three other student pharmacists from different schools in filling, verifying and counseling a “patient” regarding their prescription.

Third-year student Alexander Tu stayed true to this year’s national theme of “Discover Your Voice,” by running for the regional position of Midyear Regional Meeting Coordinator. Tu amazed the crowd with an informative and humorous speech which led him to victory. With Tu’s win comes the opportunity for the College of Pharmacy to host the 2015 Midyear Regional Meeting in Nashville.

Belmont second-year student and Vice President for Policy Melanie Beaty successfully proposed policy developed by Belmont’s chapter to the Regional House of Delegates regarding promoting patient access to nontraditional therapies and alternative delivery systems via compounds.

Social Work Program Chair Named in Most Influential List

sabrina sullenburger-100Social Work Program Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Sabrina Sullenberger was recently honored as one of The Social Work Degree Guide’s 30 most influential social workers alive today. Sullenberger has been a faculty member at Belmont since the summer of 2013, after spending 10 years at Indiana University.  Sullenberger is passionate about research within her field, as well as engaging students in service learning inside the classroom.

For more information about Sullenberger’s award, click here. 

Schneller, Barnard Present at AAC&U Annual Meeting

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Dr. Beverly Schneller and Assistant Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education Dr. Mimi Barnard presented on student experience and student learning at Live Beyond as part of a panel on global education at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) annual meeting on Global Learning held in Minneapolis Oct. 16-18. The panel was sponsored by New American Colleges and Universities (NACU).

In addition, Schneller was the only U.S. scholar invited to participate in the 2014 special topics conference on ” The Notorious Sir John Hill” held at King’s College, London Oct. 31. Her talk focused on John Hill’s business relationship with his London publisher, Mary Cooper, between 1745-60. The conference papers will be revised for publication as essays in a 2015 book on the cultural impact of Sir John Hill, edited by Hill’s biographer, George S. Rousseau.

College of Pharmacy Hosts Interactive Certificate Program

On Oct. 18, Belmont University College of Pharmacy hosted an interactive and innovative certificate program for pharmacists entitled “Delivering Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services.” Developed by the American Pharmacists Association, the training program explores the pharmacist’s role in providing medication therapy management services to patients.

PharmacistsThe goals of the certificate training program are to advance public health and patient care through improved medication use, provide training to enhance pharmacists’ ability to effectively provide MTM services, motivate increased numbers of pharmacists to establish MTM services, and communicate benchmark practices for providing MTM services. Thirty pharmacists- from New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, and Tennessee- attended the one-day training session led by College of Pharmacy faculty members Dr. Traci Poole and Dr. Ashton Beggs.

Two Belmont Students Featured in Tennessean for Start Up Company

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Two Belmont students and their new start-up were featured in a recent article in The Tennessean. Tim Downey, CEO and co-founder, is a senior majoring in entrepreneurship, and Geoffrey Gross, CTO and co-founder, is a senior majoring in computer science and applied discrete mathematics.

Their business,, was started in July 2014 and the basic idea is that incentivizes a company’s customers to post brand-related content to their social media. This in-turn will broaden the company’s digital market reach. Downey and Gross have been busy with launching their website, starting the patent process, working on web design and product mockups as well as pitching their ideas to potential investors.

They are working out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. The EC fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by turning ideas into reality, helping to start businesses and create jobs. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Center is funded through sponsorships, partnerships, donations and grants.

Equestrian Club Wins Six Ribbons at First Competition of the Year

EquestrianClubThe Belmont Equestrian Club won six ribbons at the Maryville College competition. The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association riding competition was held on Oct. 18-19 and hosted by Maryville College at Penrose Farm. The four members who competed in the hunter/jumper discipline of equestrian sports rode against schools such as Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee Knoxville, The University of the South, Middle Tennessee State University and Murray State University.

All of the riders representing Belmont placed in the flat and over fences classes. The flat classes require the riders to control their horses by performing various gaits asked by the judge while maintaining proper equitation form. Over fences classes require the riders to navigate their horse through a course over fences while maintaining proper equitation form. The horses are randomly drawn for each rider challenging their riding ability to control a horse they have never ridden.

“By randomly drawing horses to compete, you have to be prepared for anything. You don’t get a chance to warm up or learn about your horse. It is the ultimate challenge as a rider. Some of the horses our riders rode were difficult and hard to handle, but the club’s riders proved their ability to control and show a variety of horses,” said Allison Harpole, president of the Belmont Equestrian Club.

The following ribbons were won by the Belmont Equestrian Club:
Mary Ritchea, 1st
Allison Harpole, 4th and 5th
Caitlyn Marsh, 5th
Meg Anderson, 4th and 6th

Shankel Presents at Nursing Conferences

Erin posterAssistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Erin Shankel has presented her work on tele-monitoring and app-based symptom management in pediatric asthma at two recent national conferences. She presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June and at the national Doctor of Nursing Practice conference in October.

Nursing Faculty, Students Publish Journal Articles

Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Carrie Harvey along with nursing graduate students Cassandra Gladkowski, Chelsey Medley, Heather Nelson and Angela Price published a manuscript in the September issue of Journal for Nurse Practitioners, the premier peer-reviewed journal for nurse practitioners. The manuscript was titled “Opioids versus physical therapy for management of chronic pain.” They presented an extensive review the literature and critique of the evidence.

Also, nursing faculty Dr. Jamie Adam and Dr. Leslie Folds published a manuscript in the October issue of that same journal titled “Depression, self-efficacy and adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes.” Their research explored various factors that affect diabetes adherence, finding that as depressive symptoms increase, self-efficacy behaviors decrease.

Alumna Featured for Work with Poverty & the Arts

ME-300x300Belmont alumna Nicole Brandt was recently featured in The Tennessean and on NewsChannel5 for her continuous efforts with Poverty & the Arts. Brandt has also been featured in The Contributor, Nashville’s local “street newspaper” for her success with this organization.

Last month, Brandt hosted an art show showcasing the work created by the homeless community of Nashville with the goal of breaking down the stereotypes that surround homelessness. Artists were able to speak about their artwork and tell their stories as well as keep 75 percent of every piece they sold during the art show.

Brandt founded the nonprofit organization while working a campus job in the Center for Service Learning to aid Nashville’s homeless through performing and fine arts. The organization organizes music, visual art and creative writing events with the Nashville area to cultivate community relationships and empower homeless individuals.

In 2015, the organization will partner with How’s Nashville to offer creative classes and lessons to the individuals in the program receiving housing.

Students Win Awards at International Business Competition

Group Shot of StudentsFour Belmont Massey College of Business students–Cody Fincher, Sean McHugh, Elizabeth Ashby and Steven Bell–competed and won awards in this year’s Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) international case competition, held Oct. 15-18 at the University of Connecticut. The CIBER Case Challenge brings teams of four undergraduate students from around the world to compete in analyzing and presenting an international business case to judges. The CIBER Case Challenge offers an excellent opportunity for students to gain exposure to international business issues as well as to meet business students from around the globe.  The eight universities represented in this year’s competition included Belmont, Bryant University, Purdue University, Rikkyo University, San Diego State University, University of Connecticut, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Università di Trento (Italy).

Overall, Bell’s team won their preliminary round and placed first in the final round and overall competition.  As well, McHugh’s team won its preliminary round and placed third in the final round and overall competition.  In addition, Ashby and Fincher won individual awards for best Q&A in their preliminary rounds. Finally, McHugh also won an individual award for best presenter in his preliminary round.

Morris Profiled in Online Magazine

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(Photo by Jake Giles Netter)

James Morris, a sophomore majoring in audio engineering technology, was recently profiled on during his participation in New York Comic Con 2014 as he promoted the book series he has authored while going to school and pursuing musical aspirations.

Currently, Morris has released two books, Sky Bound and Water Tower, in his “The Three Kingdoms” adventure series with a third and final installment, Surface, scheduled for a April 2015 publication. Click here to read the article and here to visit Morris’ website.

A native of San Diego, California, Morris now resides in Nashville.

Honors Professors Present at Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition Conference

ThorndikeHohmanBelmont Honors Program Instructor Laura Hohman and Jonathan Thorndike, Honors Director, recently presented at the “Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition” conference at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. The conference, supported by funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, focused on the formative Christian theologian of the West, St. Augustine, and featured plenary speakers Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond) and Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary). The conference was hosted by Samford’s Core Texts and University Fellows Honors Program. Samford religion professor and conference co-chair Scott McGinnis said the series was designed to provide an opportunity for scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about teaching Christianity’s rich intellectual heritage to today’s undergraduates. Hohman and Thorndike’s presentation was titled “Teaching Augustine in the Interdisciplinary Honors Core,” and they discussed the design of the Honors Core courses, Honors curricula and the use of primary texts such as St. Augustine’s Confessions to provide a bridge between the Classical Civilizations and Medieval World courses.

Laura Hohman is a doctoral candidate through the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is writing her dissertation on early medieval sermons and religious culture.  Laura specializes in Ancient, Late Antique and Medieval history and teaches the Honors Classical Civilizations course as well as First Year Seminar. She has spent time in Europe, most recently doing manuscript work in Paris under a research grant through the Council for European Studies.  Jonathan Thorndike is Honors Program Director and served on the National Council of Alpha Chi Honor Scholarship Society as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Southeast region. He is Belmont’s representative to the National Collegiate Honors Council and teaches interdisciplinary Honors Core courses including Classical Civilizations, The Age of Exploration, Discovery and Revolution and Topics in the 20th and 21st Centuries.  He teaches a study abroad course in London on C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings.


Law Review Holds Health Care Law Symposium

law symposium-103The Belmont Law Review held a symposium titled “Health Care in the Balance: Weighing Competing Interests in Health Care Law” on Fri., Oct. 17. The Law Review staff assembled a strong lineup of presenters featuring the following special guests:

  • Lorri Unumb, a former law professor who is now the vice president of state government affairs at Autism Speaks, presented on “Legislating Autism Coverage: The Conservative Insurance Mandate.”
  • Professor John D. Blum, who holds the John J. Waldron Research Professor Chair at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, addressed “Compelling Interests, Hobby Lobby and Population Health.”
  • Congressman Jim Cooper, the United States Representative for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional district, offered a health care policy focused address.
  • Belmont Professor Amy Moore explored “The Due Process Conundrum: Using Matthews v. Eldridge as a Standard for Private Hospitals under the Healthcare Quality Improvement Act.”
  • Gary Montle, an attorney with the law firm of Waddey Patterson, presented “Our Patent System and Healthcare Information Technology: Valuable Incentive or Impediment to Innovation?”
  • Professor Joshua Perry of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business discussed “For Patients and Profits: The Business of Dialysis & the Necessity of Ethical Astuteness.”

Members of the bench and bar were invited to the event, and the Law Review provided lunch and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit to attendees.



Students Win Awards at AES Convention

AES-AET-winnersStudents from the Curb College represented Belmont well in the Student Recording Competition at the 137th International Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, held last weekend in Los Angeles. Sophomore Cory Wilhite (from Chantilly, Virginia) won the Gold Award for Traditional Studio Recording, and senior David Villa (from Chandler, Arizona) brought home an Honorable Mention for Modern Studio Recording.

The Student Recording Competition is a highlight at each convention. A distinguished panel of judges participates in critiquing finalists of each category in an interactive presentation and discussion. The top three finalists in each category present a short summary of their production intentions and the key recording and mix techniques used to realize their goals. They then play their projects for all who attend.

Witherspoon Presents Poster at Nursing Conference

Witherspoon poster presentationDr. Brianna Witherspoon, adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing, presented a scientific poster titled “ACNP Intensivists – Evaluating A Model of Care” at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference in Dallas Texas last week. Witherspoon’s work described patient outcomes such as mortality rates and intensive care unit length of stay before and after acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) joined the critical care team. Witherspoon teaches adult health clinical and lab in the undergraduate nursing program.

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