The Nashville Technology Council named Lauren Guenther, a senior Information Systems Management major, as Technology Student of the Year for 2013. The award is presented to a student who demonstrated academic excellence in a technology-related field of study. Nominees must represent next generation technology leaders who have the ability to make a difference in Tennessee’s technology community. Finalists were evaluated by a panel of independent judges on academic excellence and community and campus service.
Dr. Jeff Phillips, an adjunct trombone instructor in the School of Music, was the guest conductor the North Carolina Western Region Jazz Clinic at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. The clinic featured a concert with Phillips, Rick Simerly of Tusculum University and Benjy Springs of Greensboro College. Phillips also will be the guest conductor for the Robertson County High School Honor Band in April and will assume the duties of Tennessee Music Education Association president this summer. Click here to view his recent interview for the Mel Bay video series.
Belmont alumnus Jared Mitchell (’10) has been signed as the first artist to new record label Catch This Music (CTM). Mitchell is one of the first graduates of Belmont’s songwriting curriculum.
“Jared is a gifted singer, songwriter and musician,” said Eddie Robba, CTM owner and CEO. “The first time I met him, I knew I wanted to sign him. We will focus on his artist career, which places him a little left of center, but I know as a writer he will have hits on mainstream country radio.”
Mitchell is signed for management and booking to Bigfoot Music and Outdoors. Among the upcoming dates booked for the artist is a 13-city tour of the Tin Roof restaurant chain.
Dr. Cathy Taylor, dean of the College of Health Sciences & Nursing, was recently selected as a member of the 2014 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The Fellows initiative engages industry leaders in clearly defining health care’s greatest challenges and exploring new strategies to meet these issues facing the U.S. health care system.
“It is an honor to be selected as a 2014 Council Fellow, and I am eager to expand my knowledge and network with others in the health care field,” Taylor said. “The Fellows class is an elite group of industry leaders, and I consider it a privilege to learn from and alongside each of them.”
The 2014 class, selected by the Council Fellows Advisory Committee led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., includes 32 of the nation’s top health care executives.
The Council launched Fellows in 2013 as the next step in continuing Nashville’s rich health care legacy of leadership, innovation and creativity. The initiative engages key professionals to better implement business strategies, create value, drive industry growth and effect change.
The eight day-long sessions, held between January and June, will leverage the expertise of the industry’s founding experts in Nashville, as well as nationally-known figures and leading academic institutions. The integrated curriculum will include topics such as health care policy reform, shifts in reimbursement systems, disruptive innovation in technology, population health, advancements in personalized medicine, consumerism, integrated delivery networks, population health management and health care analytics.
The Belmont Equestrian Club competed in the hunter/jumper discipline of horseback riding at the Intercollegiate Horse Show in Murfreesboro, Tenn., recently against schools such as Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Middle Tennessee State University and Murray State. The eight Belmont competitors brought home a variety of ribbons including two first place finishes.
Junior Caitlyn Marsh won first place in Advanced Walk, Trot, Canter, and sophomore Mary Ritchea won first place in Novice Over Fences.
“I feel really accomplished that I actually saw every distance and hit the fences exactly how I wanted to, and only one of those was a little off. The horse I rode was 16 hands, had a large stride and was a little difficult to turn, but I feel like I did a good job with that,” said Ritchea.
Second and third-year pharmacy students enrolled in the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Elective spent the past month learning about the difficulties of medication adherence first-hand. Nineteen students were given a pillbox and 15 candies representing medications with various schedules of administration. Students were required to fill their pillbox according to their medication list. At the midpoint, students were given two medication changes mimicking real-life scenarios. Following the four-week project, students submitted a focused reflection and discussed the experience with their classmates. Students consistently deemed the pillbox experience a positive one.
Second-year pharmacy student Erin Todd said, “Beyond getting to enjoy my favorite candy (Juicy Pear Jelly Belly®) twice a day, I enjoyed having the experience to put myself in a patient’s position. This project was highly effective in increasing my awareness of the difficulty of medication adherence and the complications of pill burdens. We have the advantage of missing medications that are only sugar, while the consequences of our patients missing a dose is much more serious.”
Chris Conkling, another second-year pharmacy student, said, “It has given me a greater sense of perspective for what some of our patients have to deal with. And, if nothing else, it has made me more conscious about my own health, as I have no desire to have to go through this experience with actual prescriptions. I really enjoyed how this project truly immersed me into a patient’s daily routine. I feel that I got a real sense of how their day would go along with all the struggles of balancing a life outside of the medications.”
Third-year pharmacy student Sara Rower, who will begin her Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences in May, said, “From the very first day of the project, I was already having difficulties remembering to take my doses consistently. One day and I was already having trouble- and most patients are on this many medications their whole lives. That was a real ‘ah-ha’ moment. Adherence and compliance are always concepts that we stress and emphasize to our patients but, up to this point, I could never really relate. Even though this was just a simulation, I have much more sympathy for patients taking multiple medications.”
Dr. Ashton Beggs, the course coordinator of the elective, was pleased with the students’ response to the assignment
“When patients are not adherent to their medication regimen, it can lead to adverse and costly health outcomes,” Beggs said. “Completion of this assignment allows students to empathize and identify with patients leading to better patient relationships and ultimately improved healthcare for the patient.”
Students enrolled in the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy elective spend the spring semester focusing on topics pertinent to primary care, including financial considerations, patient education, health literacy, technology available to patients and health care providers, and medication adherence. Common primary care disease states, such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma, and pharmacists’ impact on the treatment and understanding of these conditions have been addressed in the course as well.
Fourth-year pharmacy student Shaneika Walker and pharmacy faculty member Ashton Beggs recently returned from a one-week medical mission trip to Gobert, Haiti. Walker was selected for this Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) last spring. Under the supervision of Beggs, Walker was involved in all medication-related aspects of the trip planning, which began summer 2013. The medical team purchased medications from Blessings International, and it was the responsibility of the pharmacy student and pharmacist to decide which medications and the appropriate quantities to order to treat the variety of disease states encountered. Medications were packaged and labeled appropriately for shipping to Haiti for both the general and health literacy of the Haitian population. While in Gobert, Walker and Beggs were in charge of dispensing medications and counseling patients on each medication dispensed.
Walker and Beggs involved other pharmacy students in the trip preparation. During fall 2013, Belmont students had the opportunity to donate Tylenol® to be sent to Haiti for the medical mission. In addition, several volunteer opportunities were offered to pharmacy students to help count, package, and label the medications prior to shipment.
“Working with the Belmont community to help the people of Gobert was a valuable experience for all involved,” Walker said. “The trip was truly an amazing learning experience. For this APPE, I was able to apply pharmacotherapy knowledge from previous coursework while also expanding upon my knowledge of cultural sensitivity in a healthcare setting.”
Over 2,300 patients were cared for during this trip, which was organized and planned by St. Matthew Catholic Church in Franklin, Tenn. St. Matthew’s is affiliated with the Lady of Miracles Catholic Church in Gobert, Haiti through the Catholic Parish Twinning Program. St. Matthew’s serves the community of Gobert with agricultural assistance, livestock initiatives, clean water and medical care.
A medical team from St. Matthew’s has visited Gobert annually for the past eleven years to spread the love of Christ by addressing health care needs of the community. A full-time Haitian physician cares for the community throughout the year and works closely with St. Matthew’s. In 2014, the medical team consisted of physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, an information technology expert, malaria researchers, engineer and other ancillary staff. Interpreters were utilized to communicate with the patients. An electronic medical record via iPads was utilized to collect data on this population and track changes in patient health.
Beggs plans to continue to offer this APPE to a fourth-year pharmacy student each January.
The Nashville Business Journal recently announced its 2014 “40-Under-40″ list, 40 individuals under the age of 40 years old who were deemed to be making a difference in their companies and community. Six of the 40 individuals are Belmont alumni:
Harry Allen, ’04 BBA & ’10 MBA
Martha Montiel-Lewis, ’07 MSA
Evan Owens, ’05 BM
Emily Richard, ’12 MBA
Stephanie Taylor, ’06 MBA
Sarah (Clark) Hannah, ’03
Selected by past 40 Under 40 winners, the honorees will be profiled in a special section of the March 14 edition of the Nashville Business Journal, with individual profiles following throughout the year. Click here to read the NBJ story.
Belmont University has appointed Jill Robinson to the position of director of external relations and Executive Learning Networks for the College of Business Administration. Named the 2013 Young Leader of the Year by Young Leaders Council, Robinson has worked at Belmont since 2005, primarily in program oversight and marketing with the University’s Center for Executive Education (CEE). In her new role, she will secure and manage corporate and CEO relationships in the greater Nashville business community, resulting in both an expansion of Executive Learning Network and a coordinated outreach effort to all key business school relationships and partners.
Robinson will report directly to College of Business Administration (COBA) Dean Dr. J. Patrick Raines, who said, “Jill will continue her leadership of the Executive Learning Network program, fostering a community of learning among the executive members in Middle Tennessee. As dean, I’m excited to have her work alongside our team in the College of Business Administration to build more relationships with area businesses in our community.”
Robinson added, “I’m looking forward to this new opportunity to partner with more community and corporate organizations, meet with local businesses, hear their needs and identify ways to increase COBA’s service to Greater Nashville area.”
A graduate of Samford University (B.A. in Graphic Design) with an M.B.A and Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Trevecca University, Robinson offers more than 18 years of experience in leadership program management, community relations, volunteer management and organization partnerships. In addition to her work since 2007 with the Center for Executive Education, Robinson previously served for two years as Belmont University’s senior university events coordinator and worked six years at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in a variety of roles, including director of development.
Provost Thomas Burns took part in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Tuesday in which Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander was honored with the “Twenty-First Annual NAICU Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education.” The ceremony took place during the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Annual Meeting. The Senator provided a compelling speech on the need to simplify the Higher Education Act. He also stressed the need to make it easier for students to apply and learn about available student financial aid long before selecting a college or university to attend. Accompanying Dr. Burns at the presentation ceremony were Claude Presnell (TICUA), Ted Brown (Martin Methodist College), Jim Dawson (Lincoln Memorial University), John Smarrelli (Christian Brothers University), Marjorie Glick (Vanderbilt University), Randy Lowry (Lipscomb University) and John McCardell (Sewanee).
In addition, the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities (TICUA) hosted a delegation from member institutions to meet with Tennessee Congressmen Jim Cooper and Phil Roe. Staff from the offices of Congressmen Diane Black and Jimmy Duncan, as well as Senators Bob Corker and Alexander, also welcomed the delegation to discuss key higher education issues such as student aid, tax benefits and President Obama’s higher education proposals.
Vice President of Spiritual Development Todd Lake visited Colombia last week with Samaritan’s Purse to deliver Operation Christmas Child boxes and learn about the nonprofit organization’s mission work abroad.
Through a University-wide service project last fall, faculty, staff and students filled 518 Operation Christmas Child boxes with toys, personal hygiene items, socks and school supplies and raised some $300 to ship them to help demonstrate God’s love to orphans around the world.
“It’s so much more than poor children getting a Christmas box,” Lake said. Samaritan’s Purse uses the boxes as an entry way to recruit youth for discipleship programs through local churches.
On Jan. 31, over 60 staff, faculty and students from the Social Work Department met at the home of Dr. Jenny Crowell for the 30th annual chili supper. The event began as a way to get to know students outside of the classroom and has evolved into one of the main events that students look forward to each spring, often bringing their roommates, significant others and even, on occasion, a pet. It is a wonderful time of fellowship.
Dr. Sybril Bennett, professor of journalism, was the keynote speaker at the Sixth Annual Walter Murray Jr. Commons Lecture on Feb. 3 at Vanderbilt University. This lecture commemorates Walter Murray Jr., the first African-American member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, and annually honors the contributions and lives of African-Americans in the Vanderbilt University community. The Walter Murray Lecture is sponsored Vanderbilt’s Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, the Black Student Alliance and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
Dr. Pete Kuryla, associate professor of history, has published a chapter in a book about the transatlantic dimensions of the thought and life of the American philosopher William James. The book, William James and the Transatlantic Conversation: Pragmatism, Pluralism, and the Philosophy of Religion, published by Oxford University Press, is edited by Martin Halliwell and Joel Rasmussen. It features chapters authored by a transatlantic group of philosophers and intellectual historians. Kuryla’s chapter is entitled “Vastations and Prosthetics: Henry James Sr. and the Transatlantic Education of William and Henry James.” In the chapter, Kuryla explores the ways that William James, in his philosophy and in his psychological research, recapitulated, in poetic terms, the trauma that followed his father Henry’s loss of a leg at the age of thirteen. In other words, the father and his famous sons explored dimensions of reality by means of poetic mediations designed to reveal the inability of human beings to fully represent that reality. All three men used literary devices or tricks—prostheses of a sort—to explore hidden or often unobserved corners of reality and, in doing so, hid or falsified features of their autobiographies, thereby fracturing the self in order to explore the complexities of selfhood.
Curb College Assistant Professor of Music Business Cheryl Slay Carr, a member of the Board of Directors of Jazz Education Network (JEN), attended the JEN Board of Directors meeting and annual conference in Dallas, Texas to launch the organization’s Jazz Business committee, of which she is chairman. The new committee will expand the organization’s focus by providing resources and information concerning jazz as a commercial enterprise and general business and legal issues affecting the music business.
Fortress Press has announced the publication of a new book by Dr. Amanda C. Miller, School of Religion assistant professor, called Rumors of Resistance: Status Reversals and Hidden Transcripts in the Gospel of Luke.
Belmont Computer Science and Web Programming and Development students are participating in a nine-week Tuesday evening discussion on topics concerning software engineering and web development. The sessions, which began Jan. 21, are led by Alex Ezell, director of technology, at Emma, a company that supports the email marketing efforts of roughly 40,000 businesses, nonprofits and agencies. Two Belmont students are interning at Emma this semester.
The sessions are geared towards students taking Programming II or above and students with coursework or experience in web development. Alumni are encouraged to join us as well. Topics include:
Students in the Computer Science and Web Programming and Development are benefiting more and more from Belmont’s ties and collaborations with local technology related businesses and organizations leading to programs such as this, as well as increasing internship and career opportunities.
Dr. Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, professor of English, and Dr. Lauren Lunsford, professor of education, recently had an article published entitled “Empowerment, Empathy and Equipment for Living: A Path Forward as We Integrate the Common Core” in the October 2013 Tennessee English Journal.
Dr. Andrea Stover and Dr. John Paine, both professors of English, presented and discussed Kamo no Chomei’s Hokoji (A Ten-Foot-Square Hut), an early medieval Japanese text, at a plenary session of the Japan Studies Association in Honolulu, Hawaii in January. Stover is board member for the Japan Studies Association, and Paine edits the Japan Studies Association Journal, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to Japan Studies.
Mathematics major and Honors student Annie Brunelle (‘15) passed the Actuarial Exam P/1 on Jan. 10. This is the first of a series of nine exams which are required for full status as an actuary. Exam P/1 has only a 30 to 40 percent pass rate. Actuaries work in the insurance and financial sectors and specialize in analyzing the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Annie serves as vice president of the Belmont Actuarial Students Society.
On Jan. 4, Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn, professor of philosophy, director of Asian Studies and the 2013-14 Virginia M. Chaney Professor, gave one of two keynote addresses at the International Conference on Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Honolulu, Hawaii. His talk was entitled “How Confucian Ethics Differs from Western Morality and Why it is Important.” There were over 350 presenters at the conference at the four day conference from colleges and universities from Europe to Asia and the United States.
Littlejohn is author of four books, including Confucianism: An Introduction (2011) and Daoism: An Introduction (2010) in the I.B. Tauris Academic Studies Series. He is co-editor of two books including Riding the Wind with Liezi: New Essays on a Daoist Classic (SUNY Press, 2011) and Polishing the Chinese Mirror (Association of Chinese Philosophers of America, 2008), as well as over 60 articles.
He recently edited a new work entitled Chinese Receptions of Western Philosophy, a collection of nine essays written by Chinese scholars on the introduction of Western philosophy in China and the great Chinese thinkers who adapted it. He has a contract to write a new Introduction to Chinese Philosophy and a Reader on Chinese Philosophy containing new and revised translations of some of the most important texts in Chinese intellectual history for London based, I.B. Tauris.
University Photographer Andrea Hallgren’s photography is now displayed as a permanent art exhibit in the Barbara and Doyle Rogers Lobby located off the 15th Avenue entrance of the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center. Hallgren traveled to courthouse locations across the state to capture the black and white images of the structures.
“It was an honor and a pleasure to capture some of the state’s most famed legal buildings, and I hope the photo installation will help people further appreciate the state’s unique history,” Hallgren said.
The goal was to combine a gallery that features both art and education for Belmont law students and visitors to the building. The images reflect Tennessee courthouses whose location or hosted trials played a significant role in law education including the Shelby County Courthouse where James Earl Ray appeared before Judge W. Preston Battle of the Criminal Court of Shelby County and pleaded guilty to the first degree murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Belmont senior Nicole Brandt continues her work with Poverty & the Arts by hosting showcasing art work created by homeless men and women in the Leu Foyer Gallery from Jan. 11 through 24. She founded the nonprofit organization while working a campus job in the Center of Service Learning to aid Nashville’s homeless through performing and fine arts. The organization organizes music, visual art and creative writing events with Nashville college students and homeless and plans to host a larger showcase after the organization’s Spring Community Art Day.
Belmont entrepreneurship major Gabrielle Gottfried was named Fundraiser and Supporter of the Year 2013 by Arquetopia, a nonprofit foundation promoting development, social transformation and productivity through artistic, cultural and educational programs.
Last summer Gottfried organized “Music for Murals,” a live music event with cultural activities that raised money for art project initiatives in underprivileged neighborhoods in Mexico. The event raised over a $1,000 for Arquetopia. The organization awarded Gottfried a Short-Term Research Residency in southern Mexico for 2014.
“The reason I chose Belmont was because of its focus on service and volunteering,” Gottfried said.
Gottfried recently started a volunteer position with the Nashville Book’Em group, a reading buddies program for students in Nashville elementary schools as an effort to raise the literacy rate.
Belmont nursing student Patrick Haltom was recently honored as Student Nurse of the Year at the fourth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards held Dec. 10 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. This event recognized nurses who embody leadership, compassion and excellence in patient care across several nursing specialties.
“These nurses are very deserving of this honor, and we are pleased to play a role in saluting these patient champions for the care they provide daily,” said Susan Peach, chief executive officer of Highpoint Health System and chairwoman of the Nurse of the Year Event.
Haltom was one of 16 Middle Tennessee nurses to receive top honors at the March of Dimes event. More than 5,000 nurses were nominated nationwide including 160 in the Middle Tennessee area, including Belmont senior Kelsey Maguire. Winners were determined by a selection committee that included health care professionals.
“I am honored to be selected for this award. The March of Dimes is an organization that I greatly value because of my own personal experiences as a premature infant. I feel blessed to have so much support from the Belmont community, the Nashville community and from my friends and family at home, all of whom have taught me the traits and abilities I need in order to provide the best care for my patients,” Haltom said.
This year’s event was presented by Sumner Regional Medical Center. Dr. Cathy Taylor, dean of Belmont’s College of Health Sciences and Nursing, served as the honorary chairwoman. Other sponsors included Curb Records, Healthcare REIT, Amerigroup and Belmont University College of Health Sciences and Nursing.