Akers Presents Paper at Film, Video Conference

akers-128-LOn Aug. 7, Motion Pictures Chairman and Assistant Professor Will Akers presented a paper at the University Film & Video Association annual conference at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. On the panel “Narrative Trends in 2014: Enhanced Content, Expendable Characters, Anime Undertones, Creative License,” Akers spoke on his paper topic “Turning Real Life into Drama: The Joys and Pitfalls of Discovering a Story in the Past.”

New York Times Quotes Byrne as Expert

joseph-byrneThe New York Times cited Belmont Honors Professor Joseph Byrne in an article published Tuesday about a government quarantine of cities in Liberia and Sierra Leone to stop the spread of Ebola. Their method, “cordon sanitaire,” keeps people from entering or exiting the infected area and was common during the Black Death. Byrne is a historian who teaches the medieval and early modern sections of the Honors interdisciplinary humanities curriculum and in the article discussed a voluntary cordon in Eyam, England in 1665. Click here to read the article.

Sells Lends Expertise in Nashville Medical New Article

SellsMedium2Dr. Pat Sells, associate professor of physical therapy, lent his expertise to a recent story posted in Nashville Medical News about a new Tennessee law designed to reduce youth sports concussions. Click here to read the article, in which the exercise physiologist says getting athletes to actually fess up to possible injury is the toughest part.

“Kids are hesitant to tell you if they took a blow to head because they know what the ramifications are and how long they could be out of the game,” Sells told the Nashville Medical News. “I’ve seen kids go head-to-head or head-to-ground with no headache reported and find out later on they were afraid of the repercussions. That’s the competitive spirit of an athlete – they don’t want to quit because of injury … so as a parent, coach or doctor, you have to take measures to get kids to buy into this.”

School of Music Professors Perform in Chicago

NFADrs. Carolyn Treybig, Joel Treybig and Gregg Bunn performed by invitation at the 2014 National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, Illinois.  The concert, which took place on Aug. 9, centered upon a variety of music for flute, trumpet and organ and featured baroque pieces by William Corbett and Maurizio Cazzati, virtuoso salon works by Ernesto Köhler and Rudolph Speil and modern works by Ellen Given, William Presser  and Anthony Plog. Plog’s piece was written specifically for the group and premiered by Carolyn Treybig, Joel Treybig and Andrew Risinger in Nashville in 2010 with the composer attending.

Giordano Publishes Research Article

pete_giordanoDr. Pete Giordano, in the Department of Psychological Science, has published a research article called “Undergraduate Consent Form Reading in Relation to Conscientiousness, Procrastination, and the Point-of-Time Effect” in the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. Co-authors are three Belmont Psychology major alumni: Justin Theiss (May, 2013), Will Hobbs (Dec 2012), and Olivia Brunson (May 2013). Click here to read the abstract.

Barrett Earns Greathouse Physical Therapy Scholarship

AshleyBarrettAshley Barrett is the 2014-15 recipient of the David G. Greathouse Physical Therapy Scholarship.  The award is designated for a rising third-year physical therapy student who demonstrates leadership, scholarship and exemplary clinical performance within the program and who has a minimum grade point average of 3.7.

From 1996-2005,  Greathouse served as the founding chair and associate dean of the Belmont University School of Physical Therapy.  He now serves as director of clinical electrophysiology services at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists in New Braunfels, Texas.

Barrett joins four previous recipients of the Greathouse Scholarship: Ashley Campbell in 2010-11, Megan Tisdale in 2011-12, Stacey Lindsley in 2012-13 and Jordan Floyd in 2013-14.  She was featured earlier this year in a story about building a ramp for a physical therapy patient.

Al-Shamma Presents at Theatre Higher Education Conference

Al-ShammaDr. Jim Al-Shamma, assistant professor of theatre, facilitated a panel on Arabic and Arab-American Theatre at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, on July 26. As part of the panel, he presented a paper titled, “Collective Trauma and the Great Good Place: Saadallah Wannous’s ’The Glass Café.’” In the paper, he read the one-act play of the title, published in 1965, as a veiled depiction of a Syrian populace traumatized by repressive state policies.

Tough’s Work Featured on Television Show

dave_toughDr. David Tough’s song “All Over The World” was featured on the television series “Rush” Season One, Episode Three, which aired on Aug. 7 on  the USA Network. The song also features Belmont alumnus Rowland Folensbee on vocals.

Pharmacy Faculty Engage in Leadership Development


Dr. Kinsley Kiningham


Dr. Cathy Ficzere

Dr. Cathy Ficzere, associate professor and director of drug information services, and Dr. Kinsley Kiningham, College of Pharmacy assistant dean of student affairs, recently completed the 2014 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP). The Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) held the 2014 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP) on July 17-19 at the Georgia Tech Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. CAAMP is a top-notch leadership and management course designed specifically for department chairs and academic administrators within colleges and schools of the health professions. Since its inception in 2009, over 250 administrative leaders from institutions over the country have participated in CAAMP. Participants developed their leadership abilities through assessments and through peer feedback and individualized, professional coaching. Sessions included learning to lead, managing new tasks and challenges, faculty performance and assessment, strategic planning and budgeting, conflict management, work-life balance, and legal issues in academia.

Nashville Mayor Speaks to Massey Graduate Students

Mayor Dean Massey Talk-115-LNashville Mayor Karl Dean spoke to Massey School of Business students on July 24 as part of Associate Professor of Management Charles Wainright’s organizational behavior and management course. Dean discussed successful leadership strategies, city planning and his perspective on developing the vision, mission, goals and strategic directions for his staff and other organizations.  He also  elaborated on his vision for the future of Nashville and what resources it may take to accomplish this vision.

Pinter’s Mathematics Article Published in Journal

mike_pinterDr. Mike Pinter, teaching center director and professor of mathematics, has had a peer-reviewed article published this month in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 4, Issue 2, 2014. The article is entitled “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways for Syllabic Variation in Certain Poetic Forms.” Click here to read the article.

In the article, Pinter considers a connection between poetry and mathematics via the Dekaaz poetic form which is similar to haiku with its constrained syllable counts per line. He describes two different ways to count the number of possible Dekaaz variations, one using a binary framework and the other approaching the count as an “occupancy problem” that is studied in the Combinatorics course that he teaches. The counting methods described are generalized to also count variations of other poetic forms with syllable counts specified, including haiku. Pinter includes Dekaaz examples and suggests a method that can be used to randomly generate a Dekaaz variation.

Pharmacy Faculty Present at National AACP Meeting

Several faculty members from the College of Pharmacy made presentations at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) held in Grapevine, Texas earlier this week.

Dr. Leigh Ann Bynum

Dr. Leigh Ann Bynum

Dr. Angela Hagan

Dr. Angela Hagan

Dr. Leigh Ann Bynum and Dr. Angela Hagan were co-presenters for a session titled “Curricular Approaches to Active Learning,” which demonstrated different ways in which active learning techniques have been incorporated into pharmacy curricula. Bynum and Hagan focused on the use of patient simulation technology in the classroom.

Dr. Scott Weston

Dr. Scott Weston

Dr. Hope Campbell

Dr. Hope Campbell

Dr. Scott Weston moderated the session which included presentations from two other pharmacy schools.  Dr. Weston is the incoming Chair of the AACP Curriculum special interest group and was recently appointed to the Editorial Review Board for the AACP Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE).

Dr. Hagan also joined with Dr. Hope Campbell to speak at a session on “Reviving the Meaning and Perceptions of Being a Minority Faculty Member.”  In addition, Hagan and Campbell presented a poster titled “Where’s the Minority Representation? State of Affairs in Academic Pharmacy.”  Campbell is the incoming Chair of the AACP Minority Faculty special interest group.

Dr. Ashton Beggs

Dr. Ashton Beggs

Dr. Alisa Spinelli

Dr. Alisa Spinelli

Dr. Ashton Beggs presented a poster titled “Student Perceptions of Inter-Professional Collaboration through Geriatric Case Training.”  This poster was a report prepared by Beggs, who worked with faculty in the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center, to produce a day-long training session for students in nursing, social work, physical therapy, dietetics, medicine and pharmacy. Beggs also made a poster presentation with Dr. Alisa Spinelli on “Student Preference for Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Presentation Modalities.”

Steil Co-Authored Articled on Interprofessional Learning Published

SteilMediumDr. Condit Steil, professor of pharmacy,  Dr. Mark Chirico, a former faculty member in the College of Pharmacy, and Dr. Richard Thompson,from Lipscomb University, have co-authored a manuscript accepted for print publication in August by Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.  The article describes the implementation and first two years of follow-up of a novel interprofessional program which includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University, the Social Work Department at Tennessee State University, the College of Pharmacy at Lipscomb University and the College of Pharmacy at Belmont University.  The study suggests positive benefits, as well as some areas for improvement, of interprofessional students working together in experiential settings and provides a format for other institutions to follow.  Clicking here to read the article.

Beggs Presents Pharmacy Poster at Conference

downloadAshton E. Beggs, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, presented a college poster titled “Student Perceptions of Inter-Professional Collaboration through Geriatric Case Training” at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy meeting held July 26-30 in Grapevine, Texas. The poster is a report prepared by Beggs, who worked with faculty in the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center, to produce a day long training session for students in nursing, social work, physical therapy, dietetics, medicine and pharmacy.

Pinters Profiled in New York Times

robbie_pintermike pinterBelmont faculty members Dr. Robbie Pinter (English) and her husband, Dr. Mike Pinter (Math/Teaching Center Director), were profiled this week in the New York Times in an article titled “When the Caregivers Need Healing.” The article discusses new research on mindfulness training and positive adult development techniques as means for dealing with the stress of parenting a child with severe developmental disabilities.

For the Pinters, mindfulness practices like meditation and breathing techniques have given them tools to cope with caring for their 21-year-old son Nicholas, who has been diagnosed with autism and bipolar disorder. Both Robbie and Mike have also incorporated mindfulness elements into their teaching.The story ran in the July 29 print edition of the paper and can be found online here.

Honors Student Completes Internship with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker

J.T. Faircloth with Sen. CorkerBelmont University senior J.T. Faircloth recently completed a six-week internship with Sen. Bob Corker’s Nashville office. Faircloth, a corporate communications major and honors student, fielded calls from Tennesseans and passed along caller opinions on issues of the day to the senator. Being part of the democratic process in this manner allowed Faircloth to see politics firsthand at an important time when issues ranged from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs scandal to the crisis in Iraq. In addition to meeting Corker and hearing him speak at events in Nashville, Faircloth observed field representatives’ meetings with Tennesseans, watching the process of political activism at work. He also assisted with constituent services by calling federal agencies to get updates on the work Corker’s office is doing to help Tennesseans resolve important issues.

Belmont Ranks Among Top 50 Social Media Friendly Nursing Schools

NurseJournal.org has ranked Belmont University No. 12 among the Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Nursing Schools of 2014.

For its ranking methodology, NurseJournal.org evaluated hundreds of nursing schools to see which have the strongest presence among social media platforms.  The formula was weighted to put more emphasis on the social media platforms that are most popular with nursing schools. The highest possible score was 100 points and distributed: 32 for Facebook, 15 for Nurses Lounge, 14 for Twitter, 12 for YouTube, 12 for LinkedIn, six for Google, four for Pinterest, four for Flickr and one for Instagram.

Belmont scored a 65.4 on the ranking scale. Belmont’s School of Nursing is active on social media through FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterestGoogle Plus and Nurse’s Lounge as well as the Health Sciences news site.

According to NurseJournal.org, “Social media is constantly changing, so schools must reevaluate their strategies regularly and decide which platforms to maintain a presence on and how much interaction to engage in with their followers.”  NurseJournal.org, a social community for new and existing nurses, provides a comprehensive resource for the career and education aspects of nursing.

Schneller Presents on Bridges to Belmont

Beverly Schneller-XLAssociate Provost for Academic Affairs Beverly Schneller presented ” Bridges to Belmont: Using assessment to make multilevel program changes”  at the Live Text conference in Chicago on July 21. LiveText is a provider of campus-wide solutions for strategic planning, assessment and institutional effectiveness, and The 2014 Assessment & Collaboration Conference focused on the use of technology to enhance institutional effectiveness and assessment.

Belmont Students Meet with British Scholar in Oxford

British scholar Colin Duriez speaks with Belmont students.

British scholar Colin Duriez speaks with Belmont students.

Belmont students in Jonathan Thorndike’s “C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings” summer class at King’s College in London had the opportunity of a lifetime to visit with Colin Duriez, well-known British scholar and author of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend, The A-Z of C. S. Lewis, Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings: A Guide to Middle Earth, and many other books. The class met with Duriez and had lunch with him at the Lamb and Flag, one of the Oxford establishments frequented by the Inklings.

Oxford, England was the home of C. S. Lewis from 1918 until his death in 1963.  J. R. R. Tolkien lived and taught there from 1925 until he died in 1973. It was in Oxford that the Christian fantasy writers’ group known as the Inklings met at the Eagle and Child public house or at C. S. Lewis’ rooms at Magdalen College. The Inklings produced some of the most influential books of the 20th century including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

StudentsInOxfordThe students were thrilled with Duriez’s narration during the walking tour of Oxford. They had many good questions about his book The Gift of Friendship, which he said is being optioned for a movie script based on the life of J. R. R Tolkien. Duriez has a new book on the Inklings scheduled to be released in spring 2015, and he discussed his new book with the Belmont students. The walking tour ended at Blackwell’s Bookshop, where students were able to get books signed by the author himself.

Colin Duriez is based in Keswick, Cumbria in northwest England and writes books, edits and lectures on Lewis, Tolkien and the Inklings. He appeared as a commentator on the extended version film DVDs of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, the DVD set of Walden/Disney’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and the Sony DVD about Tolkien fandom and the impact of Tolkien on popular culture. He has also participated in documentaries on PBS and the BBC. He is a part-time tutor at Lancaster University and is currently a consultant on a new film about the life of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Bridges to Belmont Students Spend Fridays Volunteering


Photo Credit: Leila Grossman/GrannisPhotography.com

As part of their summer transition into Belmont’s culture of service-learning and spirit of volunteerism, 30 Bridges to Belmont students are volunteering across Nashville each Friday. This is the first time a group service project has been added to their summer orientation program. On July 18, the students split their time building a fence for Music City Hounds Unbound, playing games with homeless and helping with a garden at Room in the Inn and sorting donated medical supplies for shipment to developing countries around the world at Project C.U.R.E. The Bridges to Belmont program provides Metro Nashville Public Schools students, many of whom are first generation college students, each with a four-year scholarship to cover tuition, room, board, required fees and books. The students will volunteer again on July 25 and Aug. 1.

Belmont Alumna Featured on Magazine Cover

emily reidBelmont alumna Emily Reid (’13) is featured on the cover of School Ties, the alumni magazine of St. Michaels University School (SMUS) in Saanich, Canada. The photo shows Reid singing ”West Coast Waters” in a farewell concert to her band teacher last year. Click here to view the video. In the article, she talks about her musical education at SMUS and Belmont, and why it is so important to her career. Click here to read the article, which begins on page 12.

Murphree Talks Spiders, Insects at Community Events

steven_murphreeDr. Steve Murphree, professor of biology, participated in Charlotte’s Web Day at the Adventure Science Center on July 12. The day was a celebration of the birthday of children’s author E.B. White and his classic book. Families could experience farm fun and learn more about the amazing animals depicted in the story. Murphree, an entomologist, had a floor exhibit on spiders where people could learn about spiders and the amazing webs they build. He also gave a talk on spiders as they relate to Charlotte’s Web. Murphree’s pet tarantula, Rosie,  got a lot of attention. 

He also spoke at the The Warner Park Nature Center’s 21st annual Insects of the Night program on July 18 during an event to celebrate moths, katydids and other nocturnal six-legged critters through games, demonstrations, crafts and puppet shows. Murphree, had live scorpions, termites and other arthropods on display. He has participated in all 21 Insects of the Night programs.

Chen Appointed to State Performance Excellence Board Of Examiners

Dennis Chen-LDr. Dennis C. Chen, assistant professor of management, has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) to the 2014 Board of Examiners. Each year, the TNCPE award program recognizes local, regional and statewide organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results.

As an examiner, Chen is responsible for reviewing and evaluating organizations that apply for the TNCPE Award. The Board of Examiners comprises experts from all sectors of the regional economy, including health care, service, nonprofit, manufacturing, education and government. All members of the Board of Examiners must complete extensive training in the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Examiners take the skills and expertise developed during training and the assessment process back to their own jobs, benefiting and improving their own organizations in the process.

Each year, the TNCPE Board of Examiners contributes more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service to organizations across Tennessee.

Curb College Professor, Student Record Colombian Ensemble

El Guamo w student engineersDr. David Tough, associate professor, and Curb College students Andrew Christenberry and Jake Minnes recently recorded the 17-piece musical ensemble El Guamo from the country of ​Columbia at Belmont’s Quonset Hut studio. The group traveled to Nashville, Tennessee on a state department grant and were hosted in collaboration with the Music Without Borders program at Tennessee State University.

Viral Video Launches Alumni Benji, Jenna Cowart into National Spotlight

Benji Cowart screen shot from YouTubeBelmont alumni Benji (’96) and Jenna (’95) Cowart made headlines and national TV this week with their music video response to the popular “Rude” single by Canadian reggae band Magic! The creative cover is in response to “Rude,” a song in which the singer asks a father’s permission to marry his daughter and then questions the father’s refusal, noting “Why you gotta be so rude?… I’m gonna marry her anyway.”

Cowart, a father of three, wanted to provide the father’s perspective and offered a humorous, acoustic response that has scored national attention. In addition to a story in The Tennessean, the Cowarts have been featured in USA Today, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Huffington Post and MTV.com. The video is approaching six million views on YouTube, and the couple has now added a higher quality version for download on iTunes.



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