Marsha Blackburn Attends Pipeline Copyright Presentation

PipelineAIMPCongressman Marsha Blackburn joined Belmont’s Pipeline Project students earlier this month in historical Columbia Studio A to hear about their summer research and suggestions regarding licensing reform.  Marc Driskill, general manager of Sea Gayle Music and chair of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and Brad Peterson of 5/3 Bank engaged Belmont and the nine Pipeline students this summer to take a deeper dive into the current copyright conversations that will shape these students’ futures. The students shared their research of identifying common patterns between stakeholders and expressed what they thought to be the ‘three keys to licensing reform’:  efficiency, fair compensation and understanding.  The students will be submitting a full proposal to the copyright office regarding their recommendations in addition to presenting at an open forum to students and the music industry in late September.

Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business Dean Wesley Bulla said, “The opportunity that Marc Driskill, AIMP, Brad Peterson and 5/3 Bank provided for the Pipeline students is once in a lifetime.  Their generosity with time and expertise gave these students a new understanding of a complex landscape.  The students have shared that they are committed to continuing the conversation to help shape the future they’ll live in.”

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to see these brilliant young minds engage in this discussion,” said Driskill. “The current system is based on a music distribution model that has been dead for decades. New, relevant systems are on the horizon, and I believe the Nashville music community will be a significant influence to the way we will do business in the future, the future in which these students will no doubt be leaders.”

Additional attendees to the early August conversation included Troy Tomlinson, Sony ATV; Darcy Anderson, District Director for Rep. Blackburn; Vincent Candilora, ASCAP; Tim Fink, SESAC; Denise Nichols, The Primacy Firm; Kari Barnhart, 5/3 Bank; Trina Smith, AIMP; Beth Laird, Creative Nation; Kella Stephenson Farris, The Kella Stephenson Company; Jennifer Turnbow, NSAI; Michael Martin, ASCAP; Ree Guyer Buchanan, Wrensong Publishing; John Barker, Clearbox Rights; Wesley Bulla, Belmont University; and Jody Williams, BMI.

The Pipeline Project is a summer think tank dedicated to illuminating the problems currently facing the music industry and charged with exploring possible solutions through research, collaboration, and innovation.

Belmont Alumnae Named as Honorees at Inaugural Women in Music City Awards

Three Belmont alumnae were recently named as honorees at the Nashville Business Journal’s inaugural 2014 Women in Music City Awards taking place on Sept. 15 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Tiffany Dunn of Loeb & Loeb LLP, Cindy Mabe of Universal Music Group and Erika Wollam Nichols of the Bluebird Café are among the women to be honored at the red-carpet awards dinner recognizing the women who are helping shape Nashville’s $9.8 billion music industry. Nominations were taken from the public, and the final selection of honorees were determined by a group of female music business executives. Dunn graduated from Belmont in 1996 with a music business degree. Mabe, another music business major, graduated in 1995. Nichols graduated in 1998 with a degree in philosophy.

Alumnus Named General Manager of Sinclair Broadcast Group in Birmingham

Belmont alumnus Mike Murphy has been named General Manager of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.’s WBMA (ABC), WABM (MyNet) and WTTO (CW) television stations in the Birmingham, Alabama market.  He will also be responsible for the oversight of WDBB (CW) which is a simulcast operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement. Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Belmont. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies with affiliations with all the major networks.  Sinclair’s television group will reach approximately 38.2% of U.S. television households after pending transactions.

Graduate Nursing Students Present at Pediatric Nursing Conference

Saunders, Kendall and Gray   with their poster.

Saunders, Kendall and Gray with their poster.

Belmont School of Nursing graduate students, Brandon Saunders, B.S.N, RN, Marjorie Gray B.S.N., RN, and Jake Kendall, B.S.N., RN, presented their poster titled “The Use of Antiemetics in Pediatric Patients with Gastroenteritis: A Literature Review” this summer at the 30th annual Pediatric Nursing Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. This scholarship opportunity was a product of their evidence-based practice project requirement for the Research Applications course taught by Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Carrie Harvey in the fall of 2013.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for these graduate students and their faculty member. We are proud of their efforts to improve the care of pediatric patients and we look forward to all they will accomplish as advanced practice nurses,” said Associate Dean of Nursing Dr. Martha Buckner.

The School of Nursing provided financial support for the students’ endeavor and commitment to learning.

Bookstore Featured on Industry Website

bookstoreThe University Bookstore is featured in an article published Aug. 18 on Foreword Online, a website with ideas and industry news for collegiate retailers, for its dorm delivery service that puts textbooks in students rooms before they arrive on campus. Belmont has offered dorm-room delivery for seven year and donates $4 per bundle to University Ministries and $1 per bundle to the Office of Residence Life. Click here to read the article.

Occupational Therapy Students, Faculty Begin Year with Service

IMG_2325As part of the new student orientation on Monday, the School of Occupational Therapy had 57 students and faculty members involved in an afternoon of service at six different locations around the Nashville area. Service opportunities included shopping for refugee families with World Relief, sorting and organizing equipment for the Tennessee Disability Coalition, packaging newborn kits and prenatal vitamins at LiveBeyond, doing landscaping at Homeplace, making cards for Meals on Wheels through Fifty Forward and interacting with residents at Morningside Assisted Living Facility.  Through these service experiences, they got to know each other while learning about organizations around the Belmont community and being introduced to service, which is a key value of the University and a central theme in the occupational therapy curriculum design.

Murray Authors, Presents Research Article

murray_haskell_153x230Professor Haskell Murray, in the College of Business Administration and the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, has authored “Social Enterprise Innovation: Delaware’s Public Benefit Corporation Law,” for publication in the Harvard Business Law Review.  The Harvard Business Law Review is a scholarly journal with an acceptance rate under 5 percent.  Only the Yale Journal on Regulation has a higher impact factor in the most recent rankings of all legal journals in the “Corporations and Associations” area.  Murray also presented the paper at the annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference in Seattle, Washington on Aug. 5.  

Overall Presents at Kenneth Burke Conference

Dr. Joel Overall, assistant professor of English, participated in a panel on Kenneth Burke and Image studies at the Triennial Kenneth Burke Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19. In his presentation titled “Reanimating Burke,” Overall examined and problematized the use of digital animation software in illuminating key theoretical ideas of Kenneth Burke. Overall also participated in a seminar titled “Kenneth Burke and the Digital Archive” with the goal of building the first digital archive within Burkean studies.

Geving Presents at Math Fest

kay gevingKay Geving, of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, presented “College Algebra:  Improving Student Performance using a Hybrid Approach” at Math Fest in Portland, Oregon on Aug. 7.

Hybrid classes utilize computer technology to help teach and reinforce algebra concepts.  In the spring of 2013, Geving conducted both hybrid and traditional college algebra courses using the same textbook, exams and grading criteria. Students in the experimental design actively participated, worked numerous problems and learned from their own mistakes during and after class.  Comparison of test scores, final exam scores, evaluation comments and other observations indicate that the hybrid format greatly improves performance and comprehension of otherwise troublesome concepts. Geving presented these findings and discussed how she transformed her approach to teaching this course.

The Mathematical Association of America’s MathFest is the largest annual summertime gathering of mathematicians. The mission of the MAA is to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level.

Biology Faculty Attend iPlant Genomics in Education Workshop

jackson,niedzwiecki,bartonOn Aug. 13-14, Drs. John Niedzwiecki, Roger Jackson and Chris Barton, of the Biology Department, attended the iPlant Bio Genomics in Education Workshop hosted at Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama.  At the workshop they learned strategies for incorporating the latest genomic and bioinformatics technologies and methods for the undergraduate classroom. Genomics in Education focuses on DNA Subway, a website that introduces students to sophisticated bioinformatics though an easy-to-use interface. 

This free workshop empowers college faculty to integrate modern methods for genome analysis into courses and student research projects. All the resources presented in the workshop are produced by the iPlant Collaborative, a National Science Foundation-funded project to develop a computer infrastructure for plant research. Instruction, workshop materials and lunches are provided by NSF grant funding.

Alumna Tops Music Row Country Breakout Chart

dunnBelmont alumna and country music newcomer Clare Dunn (’11) recently became the highest charting independent female artist on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in 10 years. Her debut single, “Get Out,” sits at No. 15 on the Music Row chart. Over 80 percent of the Music Row panel supported the record, which has accumulated over 30,000 spins on the chart to date.  In addition, “Get Out” has reached No. 41 on Billboard Indicator and No. 43 on Aircheck Activator.

“I am so blown away and so honored. I want to thank everyone at radio for all of the support and belief in me. Thanks for getting this music out there to the people, and to all the peeps out there rockin’ with us, thank you so very, very much! Y’all are makin’ a farm girl’s dream come true, for that I can’t thank you enough,” Dunn said.

She co-wrote “Get Out” with writer-producer Ben West, whose writer credits include Pink’s No. 1 “Try,” Cassadee Pope’s “Champagne,” and more.  Dunn, who was a songwriting major at Belmont, played all the guitar parts on the infectious mid-tempo track, which is the first single from her forthcoming EP release.

Belmont Delegation Spends Month in China

BU students and China host familiesTwenty Belmont students and three faculty spent the first summer session traveling and studying in China from June 11 to July 2.  During their stay in the city of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province, students enjoyed a homestay with faculty members from Zhengzhou University’s School of Foreign Languages and their families.  Zhengzhou University is the largest university in Henan Province with over 50,000 students, and it is one of Belmont’s partner institutions in China.  Belmont’s Dr. Qingjun Joan Li, assistant professor of Chinese language and Asian studies, set up the home stays, coordinating with Professor Victor Wang Shengli, dean of the School of Foreign Languages. Wang will teach at Belmont this Fall Semester as a Visiting Scholar. Belmont students were assigned in pairs, two persons to each Chinese family. They enjoyed a wide variety of activities while staying with their Chinese families including making Chinese dumplings called jiaozi, boating on the Yellow River, joining their little Chinese siblings in birthday parties, learning calligraphy from their Chinese parents, teaming up with their Chinese families to sing Chinese and American songs in karoke, fan dancing and doing taiji quan with their families in the park in the evening as well as visiting with Chinese senior citizens who had never met any Westerners.

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.

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