May 30, 2008


Nothing But Blue Skies


Belmont Earns Atlantic Sun All-Academic Trophy – Student-Athletes Reach New Heights in Claiming Record 6th Conference Honor
For the sixth time in its seven year history as an Atlantic Sun Conference member institution Belmont University has earned the conference’s All-Academic Trophy, the league office announced Friday.

Belmont Announces Honorary Host Committee for Town Hall Presidential Debate
Belmont University announced today the formation of the Honorary Host Committee for the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate made up of 52 distinguished individuals with national, state and local stature. Marty Dickens, chairman of the Belmont Board of Trustees and retired president of AT&T, serves as chair of the honorary host committee and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and president of Curb Records Mike Curb are the committee’s honorary chairs.
DebateLogo_Color.jpg“We are grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support so many distinguished Nashvillians and Tennesseans have shown to Belmont University as we prepare for our role as host site of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate in October,” Dickens said. “While this is certainly a momentous occasion for Belmont, it is the first presidential debate to be held in the state of Tennessee and something all Tennesseans can be proud of.”
Members of the committee include former and current Tennessee and United States Senators and Congressmen, business leaders, music industry executives, recording artists and philanthropists.
“This diverse, talented group of people represents the very best of all that Tennessee has to offer and exemplifies the volunteer spirit of our state,” Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said. “I am grateful to Marty for his leadership in organizing this respected committee. Their roles as committed civic and community activists have, in many cases, opened doors to make the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate at Belmont possible. Lending their name and support to this historical event for Belmont, Nashville and Tennessee ensures that the spotlight shining on all of us that night will last long after the debate is over.”
The Honorary Host Committee reflects Belmont’s commitment to ensuring the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate is memorable for Belmont students, as well as residents of Nashville and the State of Tennessee. The university has dedicated the 2008-09 academic year to celebrating the themes of the American political process and democracy. More than 50 programs are lined up for Belmont students and the community, including guest speakers such as documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and New York Times bestselling author David McCullough. Other activities include theatre and music productions celebrating the freedom of expression and city-wide voter registration drives and events for college students throughout Nashville to engage them in what will surely be an historical presidential election.
Visit for the latest updates and news surrounding the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate. For the complete list of committee members, click here.


Reynolds Wins Award at Art Show
Reynolds_R_2_Reflections_on_911.jpgRandall Reynolds, director of Technology Services, recently won the Eugenia Tennessee Batts Memorial award for a painting in the 43rd Central South Art Exhibition National Show. The show was juried by Dawn Whitelaw, a nationally recognized arts and instructor. The show runs from May 1-June 27 at the Tennessee Art League, 808 Broadway, Nashville. At right is a photo of the winning piece, which is titled “Reflections on 9/11.”
Giorgianni Appears as Guest on Live Radio Program
Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni, assistant professor of Pharmacy and director of experiential education and development in the School of Pharmacy, was a guest on the hour-long live radio talk show “The Divorced Father’s Network” broadcast on station KSCO in California. Giorgianni, who is an advisor to non-profit organization The Men’s Health Network, was invited to talk about the various emotional and physical health and wellness issues divorced men and their families may face. During the live call-in sections of the broadcast, topics addressed included a discussion on cultural barriers men face in obtaining and advocating for their own health, how divorced fathers can engage in healthy role modeling for their children and tips to cope with emotionally laden periodic visits with children.
Dansby Travels to Africa with Athletes in Action
dansby2.JPGBelmont University men’s basketball student-athlete Shane Dansby (Pegram, Tenn.) has been selected to tour Africa as a member of Athletes In Action (AIA). Dansby will travel with Athletes in Action to Mali and Senegal May 26 through June 7 to compete in a four nation tournament hosted by the Malian basketball federation.
A rising senior, Dansby earned Atlantic Sun Tournament MVP and Second Team All-Atlantic Sun honors this past season in helping Belmont Basketball to its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
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Several student groups from Belmont University are traveling abroad this summer. Three of those groups will be using blogs (online journals) to post their stories while overseas. To receive automatic email notification of new stories posted to the blogs, click here.
Pictured here, Anson Brennan (College of Health Sciences) in Cambodia. To read her blog post, click here.


Friday, May 30, 8:30-10 a.m.
Christian Community Health Fellowship National Conference: Opening Session
CCHF ( is a national organization of clinics and health care professionals whose mission is to live out the gospel through health care for the poor. Belmont’s Inman College of Health Sciences is working with both the national CCHF and its local partner, Siloam Family Health Center. The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Perkins, who inspired the founding of CCHF.
Troutt Theater
William Myers: Prints
Bill Myers is an artist and illustrator of numerous posters, books and magazines for adults and children as well as the creator of murals, and album covers. For the film Nashville, he created the artwork used in the opening credits, the soundtrack cover and poster.
Leu Art Gallery (Library)


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May 31
Anthony Donovan, Residence Life
June 2
Nikki Schrimsher, Belmont Central
June 3
Ann Edgin, Library
Mary R. Goodloe, Math and Computer Science
June 4
Jason Rogers, University Counsel
Michael Strickland, Athletics
Jasmine Taylor, Business
June 8
Casey Alexander, Athletics
Frank Baird, Music
Bill Pursell, Music

May 23, 2008


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Steinway Pianos Arrive on Campus
Steinway Pianos began arriving on campus last week as part of the Belmont School of Music’s commitment to become an All Steinway School. Approximately 70 additional pianos are being purchased from Steinway for use in Belmont performance venues, practice rooms and faculty studios. For more on this story, click here.


Belmont University Celebrates 25th Anniversary of International Country Music Conference
On Friday, May 22, the International Country Music Conference will begin celebrating its Silver Anniversary at Belmont University, honoring authors and journalists for outstanding contributions in the study of country music. The event, which runs May 22-24, will host top historians and scholars in country music and include presentations of The Belmont Book Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and The Charlie Lamb Awards.
The Belmont Book Award will be awarded to Holly George-Warren for “Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry,” published in 2007 by Oxford University Press. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to the Country Music Hall of Fame Foundation and Library. The Charlie Lamb Awards, given to outstanding country music journalists, will be awarded to Beverly Keel in the contemporary category and Barry McCloud in the lifetime category.
“At this conference we’ll have historians and scholars who have collectively written over 50 books on country music,” said Don Cusic, co-chair of the event. The conference will be held in the Frist Room of the Gordon Inman Science Building at Belmont University Thursday, May 22 – Saturday, May 24.
The 2008 ICMC Program Schedule can be found here.
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