January 25, 2007

Photo of the Week

The Belmont Hockey Club takes on Lipscomb University for the Battle of the Boulevard on ice as a part of Belmont’s homecoming festivities.

Belmont News

Belmont University Presents EMERGE: Reflect, Refocus, Renew
Belmont University presents EMERGE: Reflect, Refocus, Renew. EMERGE is a three-day experience for the community meant to inspire and encourage us in our corporate and individual walk with the Lord. This year EMERGE will feature author Daniel Taylor, a professor of literature and writing at Bethel University and author of six books, as well as a variety of Belmont and local community members.
Click here for a complete schedule of events.
Belmont on American Idol
Melinda Doolittle, an alumna of Belmont’s School of Music Commercial Music Program, won rave reviews Tuesday night from the American Idol judges; even Simon Cowell sang her praises. As a result of her audition, Melinda has advanced to Hollywood and will appear on future shows. We will keep you updated on her process.

Click here
to see Melinda’s audition.
Belmont Leads 2006-07 Atlantic Sun Academic Trophy Standings after Fall Sports Season
Rivalries in the Atlantic Sun Conference are just as tough in the classroom as they are in athletic competition. On Thursday, January 25, the conference office released its All-Academic numbers for the fall season. Among the student-athletes competing in cross country, soccer, volleyball and basketball, 56 percent (593-of-1064) earned All-Academic status. Five-time winners of the All-Academic Trophy, Belmont leads the way with 63.64 percent of its student-athletes earning fall honors.
To read more and see the complete list of Atlantic Sun academic rankings, click here.
To read more, click here.


Volman Honored by Grammy Hall of Fame
Mark Volman, adjunct instructor for the Curb College, has been elected to the Grammy Hall of Fame along with band members of The Turtles for their 1967 hit, “Happy Together.” Every year, the Recording Academy honors “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.” To see a complete list of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, click here.
Stepnick Participates with Tennessee Women’s Theater
Dr. Andi Stepnick, Chair of Belmont’s Sociology Department, delivered pre-show talks for Nickel and Dimed, the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project’s latest production. Andi spoke on the issue of low-wages through the duration of the show, which runs through January 27 at the Looby Theatre.
Belmont PR Student Awarded Scholarship
Lisa Bates, a 2004 graduate of St. Joseph Catholic School, was awarded the Bridgestone Americas Public Affairs Scholarship for the spring semester at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to the Belmont University public affairs student who demonstrates academic excellence, campus service and professionalism. Selected in a competitive process, Bates is the daughter of Keith and Freda Bates of Madison, Miss. To read more, click here.
Belmont Students’ Design Chosen by MAA
Members of Belmont’s MAACM club designed new t-shirts for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The shirts were distributed at their recent meeting. The ACM provides resources that advance computing as a science and a profession, offering publications, conferences and resources.

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

Show We Care
kim.jpgIf you’ve spent much time in Freeman Hall, no doubt you’ve met the smiling face of Thi Kim La, who is this week’s Belmont FYI feature profile of the week. Kim is an eight-year member of Belmont’s housekeeping staff and was nominated by numerous people for the first guiding principle – “Show We Care.”
Before coming to Belmont, Kim prayed she would find a job which would free her weekends for family and church. Now she is here, she says she will never leave because of the love she feels “from the president and vice presidents down.”
Kim says her coworkers are like family to her, and she feels that in order to care for herself, she has to show love to others. “By making people happy, I feel happy, too,” she said. Kim “shows she cares” by trying to do the best she can at her job everyday, she said.

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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.

Coming Up

Sunday, January 28, 2 p.m.
Aesop’s Fables
The Nashville Ballet and Belmont University School of Music present “Aesop’s Fables”.
Massey Performing Arts Center
Monday, January 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Community Forum on Subsidized Permanent Guardianship
The Department of Social Work will host the Community Forum on Subsidized Permanent Guardianship. Subsidized Permanent Guardianship is a new option being offered by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services on a pilot basis in Davidson County and two other regions. The community forum will provide an overview of the project, specific information on who may receive a subsidy and a question and answer session about this new option. For more information contact Lorraina Scholten at 460-5540.
Vince Gill Room
Monday, February 5, 6 p.m.
Commercial Music Showcase
The 15th Annual event features the best solo performers, arrangers, instrumentalists, background vocalists and crew in the School of Music’s Commercial Music Program.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Tuesday, February 6, 6 p.m.
Writers’ Night Showcase Series
Join Belmont student writers and an established writer from the industry for a relaxing night of original music. Sponsored by ASCAP and the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.
Curb Café
Wednesday, February 7, 10 a.m.
“God’s Will”
Will Campbell, friend and confidant of Martin Luther King Jr., author and champion of the Civil Rights Movement, will speak on racial reconciliation. Campbell was one of three men to help escort black students who integrated the Little Rock, Arkansas schools, a notable event of the Civil Rights Movement.
Multimedia Hall, Bunch Library
Thursday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 11, 2 p.m.
Friday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday February 18, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, 2 p.m.
“Death and the Maiden”
A white knuckle thriller. Set in an unnamed country emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, the play explores the after effects of repression on hearts and souls. Winner of the Sir Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season (1992) and winner of 5 Dora Awards (1996.) General Admission, $5.
Belmont Little Theatre
Friday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 11, 7:30
Saturday, February 17, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 2 p.m.
The play probes into the delicate relationship of three women: the strong-willed, eccentric grandmother, Dorothea; her brilliant daughter, Artie (Artemis), who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie’s daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect—and sensitivity—whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea. General Admission $5.
Belmont Little Theatre
Saturday, February 10, 7 p.m.
Urban Showcase 2007
A student-produced show featuring full bands, original music and Belmont artists selected to present their talents to music industry professionals and the Nashville community. Opens with a special performance by Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School Drum Line who will perform a special hip-hop medley.
Curb Event Center
Saturday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 2 p.m.
Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
“The Maids”
Jean Genet’s absurdist play is a deep and violent exploration of the separation and enslavement of poverty and the love-hate relationship between those in servitude and those who hold their figurative chains.
Belmont Little Theatre
Tuesday, February 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Nashville Career Fairs
Faculty and staff, please encourage students and graduates to attend the Nashville Career Fairs. This regional career fair is organized by a consortium of 16 colleges and universities. Belmont Juniors, Seniors, Grad Students and Alumni are invited to attend. Attendees may pick up their ticket from either the Career Services Office on the second floor of the Gabhart Student Center or the College of Business Career Development Center, MBC 215. The tickets are free and parking is free, but attendees must have a ticket to attend. This event is co-sponsored by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Please refer students and graduates to the web site to view over 300 employers and schools systems. More information at http://www.nashvillefairs.org/.
Tennessee State Fairgrounds
Tuesday, February 13, 6:15 p.m. Book Signing; 7 p.m. Discussion
“Our Forests: Science, History, and Heart”~Book Signing and Discussion
Dr. Joan Maloof, author and assistant professor of biological sciences at Salisbury University, Maryland, will autograph copies of her book, Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest, and discuss the magical web of relationships in the forest—what we know about them and what we are still learning.
Beaman Student Life Center, Meeting rooms A&B
Friday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
Belmont Symphony Orchestra In Concert
An evening of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion presented by the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Student Composers Recital
Join the School of Music student composers for an evening of original compositions including various instrumental combinations and ensembles.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Wednesday, February 21, 10 a.m.
A Living Sociology Speaker Series Lecture
James Lawson, civil rights leader and “foremost non-violence theorist in the world,”as described by Martin Luther King, Jr.—will present the story of how his non-violent efforts helped move forward civil rights in the city of Nashville and discuss his involvement in the Freedom Ride in 1961 and the Meredith March in Mississippi in 1966.
Massey Performing Arts Center
Friday, February 23, 2007, 7 p.m.
“Seeing Colors in the Mind’s Eye: How the Brain Creates Synesthesia”
Presented by Randolph Blake, PhD, fellow of the Kennedy Center for Research in Human Development and a member of the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience.
Massey Boardroom
Saturday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
Show Shoppe Finale Concert
Join us for the Finale Concert from our Show Shoppe conference. Special guests include, Company, one of the School of Music’s vocal ensembles.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Tuesday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.
Wind Ensemble
Join the Belmont Wind Ensemble in this finale concert to celebrate the Wind Ensemble festival. Features a variety of music for everyone.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Tuesday, February 27, 6 p.m.
Writers’ Night Showcase Series
Join Belmont student writers and an established writer from the industry for another relaxing night of original music. Sponsored by ASCAP and the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.
Curb Café

Upcoming and Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like included in this section, e-mail the details to communication@mail.belmont.edu.
The Battle of the Boulevard Book Drive
To celebrate “Read Me Week” and in an effort to help the non-profit organization, Book’em, Belmont and Lipscomb are facing off in a book drive–Battle of the Boulevard style!
You can help…
Bring a new or gently used children’s book (ages pre-K to 6th grade) to ANY Belmont home basketball game between now and February 9. Your book will be counted in our book drive vs. Lipscomb! Your donation will get you a voucher for a free small popcorn from Belmont concessions.
The contest will conclude at the men’s basketball game AT Lipscomb on February 9. You may also bring your book to this game.
Also, if you can’t attend a home basketball game, but would like to participate, you can drop off your books in the collection box in the lobby of the Beaman Student Life Center beginning on Friday, January 26 through Friday, February 9. You can also drop off your book at the Belmont University box office. For more information call 460-5431.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:
(For further information, click MORE below.)
February 17, March 17, April 21 – INTO Nashville Project
March 31 – 7th Annual Family Literacy Day
Weekends of June 9 – July 1 – Habitat Youth United Build
INTO Nashville Project (02/17/07, 03/17/07, 04/21/07)
Morning Project – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon Project – 1:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Project Details TBA For more information visit: www.belmont.edu/universityministries
Contact Christy Ridings, 460-5543, ridingsc@mail.belmont.edu


Community News

Music and More.jpgBelmont’s Harry Chapman and the Muzik Mafia’s Cory Gierman, a Belmont alumnus, attended a reception for “Nashville Music and More,” a new program to air on WSMV. They are featured on BMI’s Web site here. Photo by Lindsey Bunt.


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to communication@mail.belmont.edu.
Our belated wishes to Anna Talley, School of Music, who celebrated a birthday January 18, and Marietta Velikova, College of Business, who also celebrated a birthday on January 18.
January 26
Paul Chenoweth, ITS
January 27
Andrew Huff, Maintenance Services
Michael Pinter, Teaching Center
Susan Saunders, Human Resources
January 28
Paul Gatrell, Theatre
Nguyet Nguyen, Custodial Services
February 1
Greg Pillon, University Marketing and Communications
February 2
Donna Brown, Athletics
Michael Harrington, Music Business
Michelle Ryan, Registrar’s Office
February 3
Jill Robinson, University Advancement
February 5
Andrew Johnston, Student Affairs