Curb College Dean Wesley Bulla’s research on noise exposure among audio engineers was recently cited in the AES Journal in Robert H. Ghent’s article, “Workplace Noise Regulations in the Music Industry, A Square Peg in a Round Hole.” Also, Bulla delivered a featured presentation titled “Time Machine: The Sound of Recording History” at the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, First Amendment Center conference “Soundscapes: hearing in the age of digital media” on Nov. 15.
Curb College Coordinator of Sound Reinforcement and Live Events Lucas Boto is credited as the music adviser for the interactive Christian storybook app one of his family member’s created. Click here to hear Boto’s voice and those of his family members when you download the app for free.
Belmont University School of Nursing hosted a statewide meeting this week on the future of the nursing profession’s workforce data collection in Tennessee.
“This is important work. Since budget cuts eliminated the Tennessee Center for Nursing in 2010, comprehensive workforce data have been scant,” said Dr. Cathy Taylor, dean of the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing.
Noting the importance of robust data to be used to improve health and provide better care for all Tennesseans, the Nursing Workforce Analysis Conference was sponsored by East Tennessee State University and brought together nurse educators, practitioners and researchers from the public and private sectors and agencies from throughout the state.
Dr. Linda Flynn, professor and associate dean for academic programs at the University of Colorado, was the featured speaker for the event. Cathy Taylor, dean of the College of Health Sciences, and Dr. Martha Buckner, associate dean in the School of Nursing, represented Belmont at the meeting.
Students and faculty from Belmont University School of Physical Therapy were again instrumental in coordinating two charitable events that occur annually in Nashville, Tenn. each fall. Over 100 student volunteers provided the main logistical support for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Nashville on Oct. 26, and again for Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids motorcycle ride and concert in Middle Tennessee on Nov. 3.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure race attracted 26,000 people to the Maryland Farms YMCA to support the fight against breast cancer. Physical therapy students assisted with course setup and clean up, served as course marshals at the start and finish lines, and were available throughout the race to hand out water and help with crowd control. The student participation in race is facilitated annually by Belmont professor Michael Voight who co-chairs the event. Voight said he support Komen because 75 percent of every dollar raised in the region remains in Middle Tennessee and is granted to other local non‐profits.
“These non‐profits are working on the front lines to battle breast cancer, educating both women and men on the value of early detection and promoting awareness to low‐income and non‐insured individuals,” Voight said.
Dr. Pat Sells, associate professor of physical therapy, who leads the race volunteer program for the school said, “The manner in which our students conducted themselves overwhelms me. They were kind, energetic, dedicated and willing to do whatever was asked of them. I received so many positive comments on them, I was truly proud to be considered as part of their team. Managing a race course with 26,000 people and doing so flawlessly was an impressive feat.” (more…)
Faculty and students from the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing lent their expertise to the public last week at a Fall Awareness and Prevention event hosted by Williamson County Parks and Recreation. Health professionals from each discipline in the college were on hand to assist seniors with strategies to keep active and falls free: ideas about effective home modifications and the use of assistive devices from the School of Occupational Therapy, counsel on the proper use of medications from the School of Nursing, information on community resources from the Social Work Department and suggestions on shoe wear and exercises to increase flexibility, mobility and strength from the School of Physical Therapy.
“This was a great opportunity for our college’s faculty and students to work together in serving the seniors in our local community with ideas for preventing falls”, said Dr. Debra Gibbs, assistant professor of occupational therapy, who coordinated Belmont’s participation in the event.
Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Nationally, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over, and the chances of falling and being seriously injured in a fall increase with age, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The Tennessee Bar Association recently announced third-year law student Katie Blankenship will receive its 2014 Law Student Volunteer Award. The Law Student Volunteer Award recognizes a student who has provided dedicated and outstanding pro bono services to an organization that is primarily engaged in providing legal representation to the indigent. Award winners will be honored at the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2014 Public Service Luncheon on Jan. 18 in Nashville, Tenn.
Belmont University art students shared their time and talent Nov. 9 to help a local animal rescue with its largest fundraising event. More than 250 animal lovers attended the only animal-themed masquerade ball to help raise money for Agape Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization that has been fostering and finding homes for displaced dogs since 2004.
With admission, ball guests received custom animal masks made by local artists. Approximately 100 of the masks designed by art students from Belmont. The masquerade event was the biggest fundraising event in organization’s history and raised more than $30,000.
Each semester, art professor David Ribar chooses a large-scale art project for his senior capstone students to complete as part of their midterm grade.
“I was looking for a project that would stimulate and utilize their design and fine art skills, and I also wanted to reiterate Belmont’s mission of paying it forward,” said Ribar.
Agape Animal Ball committee member asked Ribar to have students help contribute to their fundraiser.
“Agape Animal Ball was built on the concept of having beautiful, one-of-a-kind animal masks. When reaching out to the community for support, Belmont, a school known for its excellence in the arts, was an obvious choice,” said Tanya Willis, executive director and founder of Agape Animal Rescue. “Fundraising events are vital to the work we do. With the support of the Nashville community, we have rescued, fostered and found incredible homes for more than 800 dogs. “
Dr. Scott Hawley, associate professor of physics, joined faculty and staff of the Audio Engineering Technology (AET) department in attending the 135th International Convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) recently held in New York City. Hawley, who teaches physics classes for AET students, presented a talk entitled “Fourier Transforms, Audio Engineering and the Quantum Nature of Reality.”
“As my first AES conference, it was tremendously eye-opening. The level of mathematics and applied physics was higher than I expected, and will influence some of my research choices,” Hawley said. “I also formed new relationships which are already benefitting my classes, such as laboratory exercise suggestions by the Italian loudspeaker manufacturers who were interested in the connections between my quantum physics talk and similar equations arising in loudspeaker design.”
Belmont University received eight visitors from Japan in late October. The group consisted of six members of the Fujieda International Friendship Society (FIFS) and the parents of Belmont University’s Japanese language instructor Dr. Naoko Ozaki. On the Maymester Japan Trip last year, Belmont University students and faculty visited Ozaki’s hometown, Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture, and the FIFS group arranged generous hospitality for them in the city and the homes of their members. With their help, Belmont students visited Fujieda Elementary School and were welcomed by fifth graders with songs and a calligraphy demonstration. FIFS group also arranged for the Belmont group to receive a warm welcome from the vice mayor of Fujieda City. Upon her return from Japan this summer, Ozaki stayed in touch with the FIFS members and extended an invitation for them to visit Belmont. It wasn’t long before the FIFS members decided to accept this invitation and came all the way to the United States just to visit Belmont and Nashville, Tenn.
Belmont Japanese language students and the Maymester Trip students held an “FIFS Appreciation” event and sang eleven songs in Japanese, Swahili and English. The visitors sang along and also danced with the students. The event concluded with a potluck party with the help of custodial staff who brought food unique to their home countries. The group stayed with Nashville host families in the area, visited the Nashville mayor’s office and went to the Office of the Consul General of Japan and met Consul-General Kato. The students also took the visitors to restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory and Hard Rock Café where the visitors took pictures of all-American hamburgers and large portions of cheesecake slices. The delegation was hosted at a luncheon given by Belmont’s Asian Studies department and members of the Japan Studies faculty.
Dr. Tohru Ozaki and Mrs. Atsuko Ozaki, parents of Ozaki, brought a Ryūkyū Doll to Dr. Bob Fisher and the University. This doll is from the southern part of Japan known as Okinawa today. The style and the fabric of the outfit represent those of the time Okinawa was called Ryūkyū Kingdom from the 15th century, and the outfit is different from Japan’s traditional kimono.
The Ozakis live in Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Tohru Ozaki is one of a few elite scholars of Sumerian and cuneiform in the world. Much of his publication is studied and referenced by other Sumerian scholars. After retiring from teaching at the University of Shizuoka, he taught Sumerian, German, and French at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China for four years. Atsuko Ozaki has spent her career working with people with autism, helping them to be participating citizens of the community. Being back in Japan now, they are looking forward to helping the students on Belmont’s Maymester 2014 Japan Trip experience the unique culture of Japan.
Dr. Steve Murphree, professor of biology, was named recipient of the 2013 Tennessee Science Teachers Association Higher Education Science Educator of the Year Award. The Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA) is Tennessee’s largest science teacher organization. The award was presented to Muphree at a reception on Nov. 8 at the TSTA annual conference in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Muphree joined the Belmont faculty in 1991 and has taught a wide range of science courses including Biodiversity, Zoology, Principles of Biology II, Comparative Anatomy, Parasitology and graduate courses for the Teacher Education program.
Murphree has also been a leader of promoting science in the community. Since 1992 he has served as the Director and Instructor of the annual “Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies” summer camp at Belmont University. Over 1,000 students between first and sixth grade have participated in this camp. He also hosts sessions of Home School Science Discoveries labs at Belmont which are offered free to home school participants. In addition, Muphree has given 72 insect/arachnid presentations to children in over 25 Middle Tennessee schools. Since 1993, he has given 13 presentations or led bioblitzes for Metro Nashville parks. Beginning in 1995, he has made 12 presentations or led nature walks in Tennessee State Parks and Natural areas. He has judged numerous science fairs, held workshops and served in leadership roles in important science organizations such as the Tennessee Academy of Sciences, the Tennessee Entomological Society and Nashville’s Adventure Science Center. (more…)
Sun Records–the legendary home of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison–recently released its first album of new music in decades with a new CD from Belmont alumna Julie Roberts. Sun Records spent the better part of the past 20 years focused primarily on licensing its expansive catalog.
“It’s always been a vision of mine to work with new music at Sun,” says Sun Records Vice President Collin Brace, “but I knew it had to be the right artist… [Julie Roberts] enthusiasm and music bring new life to an icon like Sun. With Julie, we are continuing to write the rich story of Sun Records with authenticity and a fresh spirit.”
Roberts’ new Sun Records’ album, “Good Wine and Bad Decisions,” released on Oct. 29, and a Nashville album release concert is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 3rd and Lindsley. Having already spent her life singing and performing, Roberts first stepped into the national spotlight with 2004’s self-titled debut which scored a Top 20 country radio hit with “Break Down Here” as well as strong sales and critical acclaim. After years of non-stop touring and recording, Roberts entered the toughest period of her life in 2010. She left her former label, lost her home and car to the historic Nashville floods and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In April 2013, Roberts re-introduced herself with an appearance on NBC’s smash series, “The Voice.”
“My musical journey up to this point has been an amazing ride,” says Roberts, “and I feel so very blessed and honored to continue that journey with the iconic and legendary Sun Records label. I’ve been a fan of Sun artists and songs since I was a little girl, so it’s both surreal and exciting that my music will be Sun music.”
On Tues., Nov. 5, the College of Pharmacy participated in a health screening exercise with Special Olympics Tennessee. Seventy-five Davidson County Olympians, who compete worldwide in various events, were screened for athletic readiness. College of Pharmacy faculty and students were involved in screening medication profiles of the athletes, making sure proper cautions concerning allergies, exposure to the sun, drug adverse effects and drug interactions were not an issue for these participants. According to Joanne Drumright of Special Olympics, “The process went very smoothly, and we hope to scale up the screening, inviting athletes from a much broader area in an upcoming event.” College of Pharmacy participants included Drs. Andy Webster and Phil Johnston along with students Marian Roufael, Razia Shamsuddin and Darrilyn Prout, all in their fourth year of study.
The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) is the professional association of undergraduate Honors programs and collegse. NCHC provides support for institutions developing, implementing and expanding Honors education through curriculum development, program assessment, teaching innovation, international study opportunities, internships, leadership development and mentored research.
Thorndike presented his research on “First Year Seminar, Curriculum Development and Retention in Honors” at NCHC in New Orleans, Nov. 6-10. The session examined the First Year Seminar at Belmont and analyzed retention rates for the last five years university-wide and in Honors. The data showed a correlation between retention and proactive community-building through academic and social initiatives associated with the World Traditions course in Honors. The Honors retention initiative includes several features:
The National Collegiate Honors Council promotes academic opportunity and challenge for Honors students and faculty. Within this intellectual environment, members of Honors communities demonstrate integrity, respect and excellence. Through the Belmont Honors experience, participants realize enhanced personal, social and intellectual development. Belmont and the NCHC recognize the importance of life-long learning and social responsibility in preparing individuals for an increasingly complex world.
Nashville-based band Moon Taxi, which consists of five Belmont alumni, played live Nov. 11 on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS. Band members pictured include lead vocalist/guitarist Trevor Terndrup (’07), bass guitarist Tommy Putnam (’06), lead guitarist Spencer Thomson (’06), drummer/percussionist Tyler Ritter (’08) and keyboardist Wes Bailey (’09). In addition, 2012 graduate Matt Eldridge serves as the band’s lighting director and tour manager. Moon Taxi just released its latest studio album, Mountains Beaches Cities, in September of this year to wide critical acclaim. View the band’s performance here, and for more information, visit the Moon Taxi website.
Belmont University has achieved Gold in the Green area of Mayor Karl Dean’s Workplace Challenge for being a local environmental hero for its leadership in reducing the environmental impacts of its operations and buildings. Belmont also achieved Gold in the Involved area of the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge for being a local community champion for its leadership in actively promoting volunteer service inside and outside the workplace.
The Mayor’s Workplace Challenge is a new city initiative to recognize and encourage healthy living in the workplace. Its aim is to improve in the areas that most contribute to a high quality of life and healthy living including being green, involved in the community and being healthy. The inaugural Workplace Challenge is part of the city’s efforts to move Nashville toward a greener, healthier and more involved future.
“Through the Workplace Challenge, I am asking businesses and organizations throughout Nashville to step up and show just how big an impact they can make on the livability of our city,” Mayor Karl Dean said.
Through these achievements, Belmont is considered a champion in making the workplace better for employees, students and the surrounding community. This actively reflects Belmont’s mission to be a student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.
Mike Curb was one of 12 new inductees to the Musicians Hall of Fame announced Monday. Curb was the recipient of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum’s Non-Performing Award. Curb has been an essential benefactor to Belmont University through his generous donations to support the Curb Event Center and the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, among other efforts.
Curb started out writing music for TV and film before creating his first record label in 1963. Later, he merged his company with MGM and became president of MGM Records and Verve Records. In the ’70s, Curb Wrote for and produced Roy Orbison, the Osmond Family, Lou Rawls and Sammy Davis, Jr. In 1994, the former Lieutenant Governor of California moved to Nashville and formed Curb Records with country recording artists including Wynonna Judd, LeAnn Rimes, Hank Williams, Jr., Rodney Atkins and Tim McGraw.
Other new inductees included Barbara Mandrell, Peter Frampton, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Buddy Guy and Roy Orbison.
Alumna Carla Worthey (’04) presented “Interview Strategies for Success” Belmont & Beyond program to students on Nov. 4. Worthey earned her Master of Business Administration and serves as the director of executive development at HCA. Nearly 100 students attended the program to learn tips to help them succeed in job and internship interviews. Sponsored by Career Services, the Belmont & Beyond program series is designed to assist students with the transition to life after Belmont.
Health Services Nurse Practitioner Lisa Scholl and Kelly Otten, from Recreation & Fitness, were co-captains of the Team Belmont for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk for American Cancer Society Nov 2. The team had 90 walkers and raised $2,900 for cancer research.
Assistant Professor of Social Work Julie Hunt recently co-presented at the annual convention of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work held in Atlanta, Ga. The presentation was entitled, “Help! How Do I Do This? Developing Spiritually Sensitive Social Work”. Co-presenting with Hunt were Ali Hearon, a senior social work major, and recent alumna Katie Cross.
Associate Professor and Chairwoman of the Social Work Department Sabrina Sullenberger also made a recent presentation at the annual program meeting in Dallas, Texas of the Council on Social Work Education. Her session was entitled “Waiting to Be Cinderella’d? Constructions of social class and gender.”
Emily Deas, a sophomore biochemistry and molecular biology major and Pathways scholar, recently worked in a marine microbiology lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Deas worked with Dr. Karen Lloyd, and their main research was doing cell counts through a process called Catalyzed Reporter Deposition Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (CARD-FISH). She took samples from White Oak River’s estuary and did cell counts with Lloyd’s method to show that when the correct enzyme is used, bacteria and archaea are found in basically equal population. Deas was also included as an author on Lloyd’s research poster titled Activities of extracellular peptidases in sediments of the White Oak River Estuary, N.C.
As part of a service-learning project in Introduction to Environmental Science, five students adopted a section of Richland Creek in Nashville and organized a stream clean-up day on Oct. 19. The Belmont students organizing the clean-up were Megan Brady, Walter Burn, Luke Castle, Katie Keast and Jessie Wynn. Six additional students and Dr. Darlene Panvini, professor of the course, assisted in the clean-up event. Richland Creek is an urban watershed with five major tributaries: Sugartree, Unnamed Tributary, Jocelyn Hollow, Vaughn’s Gap and Belle Meade, along with many smaller branches that feed the system.
The Adopt-A-Stream program, part of the Nashville Metro Water Services, lasts for a period of two years and requires at least one stream clean-up 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
Dr. Gary L. McDowell, assistant professor of English, has a newly published book of poems, Weeping at a Stranger’s Funeral (Dream Horse Press). He was also recently interviewed by Nashville magazine Native and will be featured as the artist of the month in the November issue.
Belmont public relations majors received national accolades at the recent Public Relations Student Society of America National Conference in Philadelphia. Belmont PRSSA received a Star Chapter Award, recognizing excellence in 10 areas including community service, ethics advocacy and leadership.
Two Belmont students received individual awards. Andy Cole, immediate past president of Belmont PRSSA, received a PRSSA National Gold Key Award for outstanding leadership and professional promise. Cole and Katie Mulrain, Belmont PRSSA vice president, received a PRSSA President’s Citation for contributions to the local student chapter.
Eight student leaders and two faculty members from the department of public relations attended the conference. Students attending were Cole, Mulrain, Makenzie Albracht, Arielle Schrader, Catie Benenson, Mary Anna Davis, Alex Heavner and Victoria Lewis. Faculty attending were Dr. Bonnie Riechert, associate professor and chair of the department of public relations, and Dr. Kevin Trowbridge, assistant professor in the department.
Riechert and Cole spoke on a panel on hosting regional conferences, sharing experiences from the PRSSA Region 5 Conference hosted here in March 2012, for which the chapter received the 2012 Outstanding Regional Conference Award.
“Our public relations students are engaged in cutting-edge trends and developments in the industry,” said Riechert, who has served as PRSSA faculty advisor since 2006. “Our student leaders are carrying on the standard of excellent student leadership that is a tradition in our department.”
PRSSA is made up of more than 10,000 students and advisers organized into 332 chapters in the United States and one in Argentina. It is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. PRSSA is supported by parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America, which offers professional development, networking opportunities and leadership in ethics. The Belmont Chapter of PRSSA is sponsored by Nashville PRSA. (image – PRSSA_2013_award.jpg)
Nathan Cruse, a third-year doctoral student in the School of Occupational Therapy, was part of a volunteer team organized by Achilles International to guide a blind runner through the 26.2-mile New York City Marathon on Nov. 3. Cruse signed up to be a guide in May and was chosen to be one of three individuals to guide runner Theresa Khayyam. In the months leading up to the marathon, he guided Khayyam in training runs once or twice a week, working on running in unpredictable weather and on unfamiliar courses to increase her confidence in her abilities and her faith in her guides.
“I love the feeling of completing a race, knowing that all the sweat and pain of training has truly paid off,” said Cruse. He added, “I have always imagined what it would feel like to cross the finish line of the New York City Marathon. Little did I know that taking a back seat and standing alongside another runner while she completed the race would be an even greater experience,” said Cruse, an avid runner.
Cruse has become increasingly involved with Achilles International, an organization that coordinates guides for athletes with disabilities. He participates in weekly runs and has performed guide duties for athletes with a wide variety of disabilities, from cerebral palsy to visual impairments to spinal cord injuries.
“It is an amazing opportunity to help others find joy in an activity that has become such a big part of my life,” he said.
On race day, Cruse ran alongside of Khayyam as she trekked through all five boroughs of New York City, battling exhaustion and chilly morning air while being encouraged by enormous crowds.
“The running was completely her own,” said Cruse, “and through determination and perseverance, Theresa completed the marathon in six hours, 45 minutes and 34 seconds. I could not have been prouder to stand by her side.”