April 27, 2007

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Martha Ingram Honored With Belmont Applause Award
The School of Music at Belmont University honored arts supporter Martha Ingram with the Applause Award at the annual President’s Concert Saturday, April 21, 2007. The Applause Award is given annually to a person or organization who has greatly benefited the arts community in Nashville. The President’s Concert honored the leadership of President Fisher and celebrated the talent and diversity of the School of Music at Belmont. To read more, click here.

Belmont News

Belmont Student-Athletes Recognized Nationally for Academic Athletes
Four Belmont University athletic teams ranked in the top 10 percent nationwide among NCAA Division-I programs for their academic progress rate (APR) as determined by the NCAA. The APR measures how well a team retains scholarship athletes from semester to semester, maintains their eligibility from semester to semester and graduates scholarship student-athletes within a five-year window. The Belmont Bruins men’s basketball, men’s soccer, men’s tennis and women’s tennis teams each placed in the top 10 percent within their respective sports. To read more, click here.
Belmont University Presents Fiesta Belmont: Nashville’s Latin Street Fair
Third Annual Event Features Free Latin Music, Food and Dance

Belmont University presents Fiesta Belmont: Nashville’s Latin Street Fair, proudly sponsored by Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart, on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The street fair features a daylong schedule of Latin music performances, Latin food vendors, activities for children and Latin dance groups. Admission to the event on the Belmont University campus is free. To read more, click here.
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Patrick E. Moore, CLU, ChFC, of Brentwood, TN, and Marcus T. Henderson, Sr., LUTCF, of Nashville, TN, secured a $5,000 grant from the MDRT Foundation on behalf of Belmont University. Moore, of Patrick E. Moore & Associates, Inc. and a 25-year MDRT member, and Henderson, of Henderson Financial Group Inc. and a 15-year MDRT member, are active supporters of Belmont University and nominated and endorsed the grant application. The MDRT Foundation grant will support the Belmont student-led Financial Literacy for At-Risk Youth program. The program is designed to utilize Belmont students to apply what they have learned in the classroom for the benefit of middle and high school urban youth. Members of Belmont’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) collegiate chapter work with faculty to educate youth on basic financial skills essential for lifelong success and have already had positive impacts on the lives of over one hundred at-risk children. To read more, click here.
phil.jpgBelmont University Hires School of Pharmacy Dean
Belmont University has named Dr. Philip E. Johnston the dean of the recently announced School of Pharmacy at Belmont. Johnston currently serves as the assistant director for education and research for the Department of Pharmaceutical Services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Johnston will begin his tenure at Belmont on June 1, 2007. To read more, click here.


Belmont Entrepreneurship Students Win Awards at Two Competitions
Several Belmont University student entrepreneurs won awards recently at the Evansville University New Venture Competition and the International Competition for Delta Epsilon Chi, a college division of DECA Inc. To read more, click here.
Students Athletes to Leave for Rio
Senior Women’s Athletic Administrator, Betty Wiseman, will again travel with Belmont student athletes for mission work. Betty, along with the Belmont Volleyball team, leave for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 14. The team will blog their trip, and the Belmont community can join in their experience by subscribing to the Rio Journal. Click here to visit the Rio Journal, and click here to subscribe to daily updates.

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

Take Responsibility and Follow Through
Charmaine.jpgThis week’s Belmont FYI Feature Profile of the Week is Charmaine Bickram-Nanan, Program Assistant in the office of General Education. Charmaine has been a part of the Belmont community for nearly two years and was nominated for the second guiding principle, “Take Responsibility and Follow Through.”
Charmaine says she most enjoys Belmont because it is a Christian university and she appreciates her supervisor and colleagues from her area and across campus.
She says that taking responsibility and following through is a big part of her job. “Being the program assistant in Gen Ed, I have to wear so many different hats and I enjoy helping people as much as I can,” she said. “If I cannot answer a question, I try to do the research on the question or try to find someone who can help. If I have to refer a person to someone else, I try to find out what answer they were given so I will have an answer for the next time.”

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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

Friday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.
Belmont Literary Journal Annual Celebration
An evening of poetry and prose readings, live music and the sale of the journal.
Beaman Student Life Center, Meeting Rooms A and B
Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Best of the Best Showcase
Join us in celebrating our student talent on stage and behind the scenes in this student-produced showcase, featuring the winners of all the showcases this year.
Curb Event Center
Monday, April 30, 3 – 5 p.m.
Reception for Dr. Larry Hall
Please join in honoring Dean Hall for his contributions to Belmont and the College of Arts and Sciences
Massey Boardroom
Monday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Special Guest Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean became pen pals with convicted killer Patrick Sonnier; when her eyes were opened to the execution process in the U.S., she wrote Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States which was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks and later became a motion picture, play and premiere opera in San Francisco.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.
Classical Performers Concert
Join us as we present the winners from the Classical Performers Competition in full performance with the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Wednesday, May 2, 3 – 6 p.m.
Reception for Dr. Debra Wollaber
Please join in honoring Dean Wollaber for her contributions to the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing
Gordon E. Inman Center, Frist Lecture Hall, 4th Floor
Tuesday, May 1, Cookout at 4:30 p.m.; Game at 6 p.m.
President’s Cookout and Baseball Game vs. U.T. Martin
Join Belmont for the annual President’s Cookout before the baseball game. Tickets are $10 per person or a maximum of $30 per family. Children under 7 eat free. Register and pay online at alumni.belmont.edu and click “Event Calendar.”
Greer Stadium
Thursday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
National Day of Prayer
Downtown activities to observe the 56th annual National Day of Prayer, an observation declared by the U.S. Congress in 1952 by President Truman. The YMCA of Middle Tennessee and The Operation Andrew Group (OAG) invite people from all faiths to the “Downtown Expression” on the plaza of The Nashville Arena (formerly Gaylord Entertainment Center), along with local leaders and pastors representing cultural and denominational diversity. CeCe Winans will be the featured musical artist.
Plaza of the Nashville Arena (formerly Gaylord Entertainment Center) on 5th and Broadway
Wednesday, May 9, 11 a.m.
Naming of Proscenium Theater in the new Belmont Theater Complex
2100 Belmont Boulevard
Tuesday, May 15, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Nashville Children’s Choir Auditions
Contact NCC@mail.belmont.edu for more information


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to communication@mail.belmont.edu.
April 29
Devon Boan, Honors
April 30
Rick Byrd, Athletics
Matt Reno, Bookstore
Michael Simpson, Security
May 1
Jennie Carter Thomas, Business
Gwynne Mountz, Bookstore
May 3
Jane Shelby, Nursing
May 6
Robert Dillingham, School of Business
Nancy Le, Custodial Services
May 8
Lloyd Elder, Religion

April 20, 2007

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Belmont University Hosts CMT Music Awards Second Year In a Row
The 2007 CMT Music Awards were held in the Curb Event Center at Belmont University Monday, April 16. This is the second year in the row Belmont hosted the live awards show. Winners of the 2007 awards included Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Jack Ingram, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland. Roseanne Cash recognized Kris Kristofferson with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award. To read more, click here.

Belmont News

Belmont Alumna and Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith Returns to Belmont
rachel4.jpgBelmont University alumna and Miss USA 2007, Rachel Smith, came back to Belmont today for the first time since winning the Miss USA crown last month. Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher proclaimed today “Rachel Smith Day” in recognition of her service to the Belmont community as a student and for all her successes since graduating last December. To read more, click here.
Belmont Alumna Advances to Top Six on American Idol
Belmont alumna, Melinda Doolittle (’99), advanced to the top six on “American Idol”. She will perform Tuesday night at 7 p.m. CT on Fox. Click here for Doolittle’s official “American Idol” Web page.
Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium Set For April 25, 2007
The 2007 Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS) is April 25, 2007. BURS provides undergraduates an opportunity to conduct independent research and present it to a community of peers. Each spring students at Belmont gather to present their findings, listen to eminent speakers, and enjoy the company of fellow researchers. To view a complete schedule, click here.
Belmont Celebrates Academic Achievement With Belmont Connections
belmontconnections.jpgBelmont University is hosting Belmont Connections April 16-25, 2007. Belmont Connections is an annual 10-day event at the end of the spring semester to recognize significant academic achievements through the presentation and celebration of outstanding student research, scholarship, guest speakers and creative productions from all areas of academic study. Click here for a complete schedule of events. To read more, click here.