November 30, 2006

Belmont News

Belmont Volleyball NCAA Tournament Match Broadcast Live on Internet
The Belmont volleyball team will play No. 11 seed Ohio State in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Volleyball Championship tomorrow at 4 p.m. CST at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Tomorrow’s match will be webcast live through Bruins Online with Rich Tiner calling the play-by-play action. The broadcast will begin at 4 p.m. To access the webcast, just go the Bruins Live section of the athletics website and click on the “Listen to Volleyball” link.
Christmas At Belmont to Air Nationwide on PBS
Country music star and Belmont University graduate, Josh Turner, will host the annual Christmas at Belmont concert, which will be made available to viewers through a nationwide broadcast on PBS. To read more, click here.
Belmont Sweeps Jacksonville In Atlantic Sun Final
For the third consecutive year, Belmont and Jacksonville matched up in the Atlantic Sun Championships. It was the Bruins’ third straight trip to the finals, and the second time they would face the Dolphins for the title. Despite the recent history between the teams, Belmont stormed to the program’s first conference championship, sweeping Jacksonville 30-22, 30-24, and 30-11. Four Bruins were named to the all-tournament team, and setter Colleen Nilson was named Most Valuable Player. To read more, click here.


Belmont Graduates First Engaged Scholar
Belmont announces the first graduating participant in the Engaged Scholars Program, Ananta Bhatt. A biology major in the Belmont Honors Program, Ananta completed five categories of experiential learning to earn the distinction of an Engaged Scholar. To read more, click here.
Belmont Faculty Present at Lilly Conference
Several Belmont faculty members, sponsored by the Teaching Center and General Education, attended the annual Lilly Conference November 16-18 at Miami University in Oxford, OH. They did a presentation on Belmont’s new Junior Cornerstone Seminar, a problem-based learning course required at Belmont as part of a broader general education curriculum. To read more, click here.
Temkin Recognized for Research
Sergei Temkin, a Belmont senior double majoring in computer science and mathematics, has been selected for Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Award for 2007. To read more, click here.
Belmont Students Participate in MATH Challenge
The MATH Challenge (Michigan Autumn Take Home Challenge) is an annual team mathematics competition. Teams work together for three hours on challenging mathematics problems that span the undergraduate curriculum. This year the exam took place on October 28. Belmont had one team of three students participating: Nathan Davis, Amy Valentine and Kayla LaFrance. The Belmont team tied with four other teams for 34th place out of 54 teams competing. To read more, click here.
Sturgis Publishes New Book
Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, has a new book out this week, from Greenwood Press, The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal. She completed writing this history while teaching her Liberal Studies seminar “The Trail of Tears” in spring 2006; her students are thanked in the acknowledgements of the text. To read more, click here.
Ginny Owens Recognized for Outreach Efforts
Belmont alumna and Christian recording artist Ginny Owens was honored by the Nashville mayor Bill Purcell’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities at its 25th annual awards ceremony last night. The mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities annual recognition awards acknowledge outstanding individuals with disabilities as well as those who make a difference in the disability community. To read more, click here.
Susan Williams Appointed to 2006 Panel of Judges
Dr. Susan Williams, professor of business in the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, has been appointed to the 2006 Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) Panel of Judges by the TNCPE Board of Directors. Every year, the Panel of Judges plays an integral role in the TNCPE Award Program, recognizing organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results. To read more, click here.

It’s All Belmont To Me – Belmont FYI Feature Profile of the Week

Make It Seamless
MH 003 FYI.jpgThis week’s Belmont FYI Feature Profile of the Week is Meghan Henry, who was nominated for the fourth guiding principle – “Make It Seamless” – for her work in the School of Humanities. For nearly two years, Meghan has worn many hats as the Administrative Assistant for the Writing Center, graduate admissions in English, and the English and foreign language faculty.
Meghan says what she enjoys most about her job is the opportunity to work with students and faculty to help create an environment that nurtures growth and learning. She says she strives to “make it seamless” for students and faculty by aiming to give the best possible answer to any question.
“Often problems come up that could have a couple different solutions, and I just try to look at all the options and find the one that will best suit the goals of students and faculty,” Meghan said. “I hate the phrase, ‘that’s not my job.’ I only do what I would want someone to do for me.”

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Do you know a Belmont employee who embodies one of the five Guiding Principles? Nominate them for a Belmont FYI Feature Profile of the Week! Please send their name and a brief description of how they meet the criteria to the It’s All Belmont to Me Committee for consideration.
To read more about Belmont’s new service initiative, click here to view the “It’s All Belmont to Me” Web site. This Web site will explain the history, training and other elements of this program.

Snow Closing Communication

It’s that time of year when snow appears in the forecast. Although campus closings and class cancellations are rare at Belmont University, snow and icy weather conditions do create the potential need for such action. In the event of inclement weather, there are several sources you can turn to for information about class cancellations and office closings.
BIC (belmont intranet connection)
Closing details will be available in the “campus announcements” section of the home page.
Belmont’s Web page
A headline under “Belmont News” on the home page will provide a link to closing details.
The Belmont News Line (460-5000).
If the weather is questionable, the campus hotline will provide a campus status update.
Local media
Belmont’s Office of University Marketing and Communications (UMAC) has coordinated with the following media to broadcast closing information:
WKRN-TV, Channel 2
WSMV-TV, Channel 4
WTVF-TV, Channel 5
FOX-TV, Channel 17 (Comcast Channel 6)
WSM 650-AM , WLAC 1510-AM
WJXA, WMAK 96.3-FM, WJXA 92.9-FM
WPLN 90.3-FM, WKDF 103.3-FM, WGFX 104.5-FM
WRVW 107.5-FM, WUBT 101.1-FM, WNRQ 105.9-FM, WSIX 97.9 FM
Because weather and road conditions can vary greatly within our region, students, faculty and staff are urged to use individual discretion when traveling to campus in snow or icy conditions.

Coming Up

Belle Voci, Belmont’s Community Choir, will perform on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Wightman Chapel at Scarritt Bennett Center.
Belmont’s resident faculty chamber ensemble will present A Camerata Christmas on Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belmont Mansion. The concert features Cerelli’s Christmas Concertos and a sing-along with guests Kathy Chiavola and Butch Baldassari.
Academic Preparation Day is Wednesday, December 6.
The Staff Christmas Breakfast is Tuesday, December 12, at 7:30 a.m. in the Neely and Black & White Dining Halls.
Winter Commencement is Friday, December 15 at 7:30 in the Curb Event Center.
Christmas Eve Carillon Concert, Sunday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Bell Tower
The Belmont Department of Art invites you to view Notions of Multiplicity: Paintings by Carol Mode. Carol Mode’s paintings create “spaces in mind”, mental maps full of visual information. Leu Art Gallery at the Lila D. Bunch Library, now – January 26.


Beginning Saturday, January 13, 2007, Belmont University Bookstore will extend the store business hours to include Saturday hours from 10:00 to 2:00 on a regular basis. This should allow better service to accommodate increased campus activity and student needs.
The next 10 week session of Weight Watcher meetings will be held in the Acklen Conference Room every Wednesday at 12:30 and starts December 6. Each Meeting is approximately 45 minutes, including a private weigh-in. You can also take and eat your lunch during the meetings if you need to use this time for your lunch hour as well as WW.
The following is the cost of the entire ten-week series and provides all the supplies you need for the program:
* New or renewing Member fee is $115.00
* Continuing (current) Member fee is $105.00
* Previous Weight Watchers Lifetime Member fee is $90.00
You can pay for the program in 1 or 2 payments. If you would like to make 2 payments, you will need to turn in both checks at the beginning; write one check dated Dec. 6 and one dated Jan. 6 with each check for half of the amount of the program. The checks will need to be made out to Weight Watchers and turned in at the first meeting.
For more details, contact Patsy Peach.

In Our Prayers

Please keep the family and friends of Melanie Joann Rucker in your thoughts and prayers. Melanie passed away November 21 and served as Belmont’s Taylor Office Products representative. Condolences can be sent to the Taylor Office Products Headquarters and they will forward to the family.


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to
Our belated wishes to Kristy Collins, Alumni Relations, who celebrated a birthday on November 18; Millicent Jolly, User Services, who celebrated a birthday on November 15; and Pamela Johnson, Strategic Marketing and Special Initiatives, who celebrated a birthday on November 27.
December 1
John Paine, Lit & Lang
Natalia Pelaz, Foreign Language
December 3
Ronnie Littlejohn, Philosophy
December 5
Karen Bennett, School of Social Sciences
Pam Parry, Journalism
December 6
Bill Scheddin, Curb Event Center
December 7
Sandra Dudley, Music
December 8
James Wells, English
December 9
David Elder, ITS
December 12
Sharra Shotwell, Admissions
December 13
Misty Biggers, IKON copy center
Patricia Long, Chancellor’s Office
Judy Skeen, Religion
Casie Wilkins, Business
December 14
Patricia Rickman, Custodial Services
December 15
Sybril Bennett, Journalism