August 29, 2008



Belmont Welcomes Class of 2012



Belmont Teams with CMT One Country for Concert Event
As the conclusion to “Welcome Week 2008,” Belmont University and CMT One Country teamed up Wednesday night to host the “Your Voice Your Choice” concert event at the Curb Event Center. The community-wide event, which encouraged voter registration in advance of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate at Belmont University, featured free food, an opportunity for voter registration and a student Battle of the Bands as well as performances by Eli Young Band and Randy Rogers Band.
Several hundred people attended the concert hosted by CMT’s Allison DeMarcus, a former Miss Tennessee and wife of Rascal Flatt’s band member Jay DeMarcus. HeadCount has registered more than 300 people to vote since students returned to campus.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the local nonprofit partners of CMT One Country, the pro-social initiative of cable network CMT, which include Hands On Nashville, Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
HeadCount, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to voter registration and inspiring participation in democracy through the power of music, was on site at the event with the means of registering voters from all across the country. The last day to register to vote in Tennessee for the presidential election is Oct. 6, the day before the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate at Belmont University. College students are allowed to register and to vote based on either their home address or their school address.
Belmont, Zipcar Partner to Bring Car Sharing to Campus
Zipcar.jpgBelmont University and Zipcar, the world’s largest provider of cars on demand by the hour or day, announced a joint partnership to provide Zipcars on campus to Belmont faculty, staff and students as an environmentally friendly alternative to the costs and hassles of keeping a car on campus. The partnership continues Belmont’s commitment to invest in sustainable solutions on campus and marks Zipcar’s entry into Nashville.
Beginning today, two self-service Zipcars (a Toyota Matrix and a Mazda 6) will be available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars will be located in reserved spaces between Wright Hall and the Whitten Soccer Field, and they will be available to all staff and students aged 18+, with gas, maintenance, insurance and reserved parking included in low hourly and daily rates. Zipcar was selected as Belmont’s car sharing partner based on its superior technology and operations, membership experience and track record of providing peer universities with a proven, cost effective and environmentally-friendly transportation solution.
“Our partnership with Zipcar strengthens our commitment to provide the Belmont University community with flexible, environmentally-friendly transportation options,” said Greg Pillon, director of the Office of Communications at Belmont University. “We look forward to working with Zipcar to develop the university’s car sharing initiative and provide our students, staff and faculty with a solution that best matches their needs.”
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Belmont Debate08 Hits National Convention Floors
Tennessee delegates to display Belmont Debate08 pins, stickers during Roll Call
DebateLogo_Color.jpgIn anticipation of hosting the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate on Oct. 7, Belmont University is taking to the floors of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. The night before the respective candidates at both conventions accept their nominations, delegates from Tennessee will don Belmont University Debate08 stickers and lapel pins. Representatives from Tennessee will introduce the state as the host site of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate at Belmont University before Tennessee’s roll call at both the Democratic and Republican conventions. The Democratic National Convention is taking place in Denver this week, and the DNC Roll Call is scheduled for today between 4-6 p.m. Central (3-5 p.m. Mountain). The Republican National Convention follows next week in Minneapolis, Sept. 1-4.
“The national conventions have long been viewed as the kickoff into the final stretch of the election season,” Belmont President Bob Fisher said. “It is an appropriate venue for Belmont to make its first push on the national stage as the eyes of the world turn from the conventions to the series of presidential debates. As host to the first presidential debate to ever be held in Tennessee, it is something we are glad our citizens and delegates are celebrating with us.”
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School of Pharmacy Hosts Healthcare Ethics Speaker
White Belmont News.jpgDr. Bruce White, an expert in healthcare ethics and author of Drugs, Ethics and Quality of Life, spoke to Belmont University’s inaugural pharmacy class on Tues., Aug. 26 as part of the students’ orientation to the School of Pharmacy. His speech, “Reflections on Who We Are,” focused on ethical dilemmas the incoming students will no doubt face and encouraged them to remember their foundation as they prepare for their profession in the field of pharmacy.
“Remember who you are; who you are now will be as important four years from now as it is today,” White said. “There will be challenges and dilemmas, but with faith you’re going to succeed.”
White is a pharmacist, board-certified pediatrician and attorney with fellowship training in clinical medical ethics. He currently serves as a member of the general pediatrics residency faculty at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. and holds faculty appointments at Arizona College of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine. He also serves as professor and director of the campus-wide, interdisciplinary Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a senior fellow in Nashville’s Center for Clinical Ethics at Summit Medical Center, the clinical ethics education service for Hospital Corporation of America.
Tony Campolo to Speak at Belmont on ‘Citizenship and Faith’
campolosm.jpgNationally celebrated speaker and author Dr. Tony Campolo will visit Belmont University on Wed., Sept. 3 to address “Citizenship and Faith,” the first topic in a Speaker Series covering subjects pertinent to Belmont’s hosting of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate. The event will occur at 10 a.m. in Belmont’s Massey Performing Arts Center.
Campolo, a professor emeritus of sociology at Pennsylvania’s Eastern University, is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE) and the author of 35 books, including his latest Red Letter Christians: A Citizen’s Guide to Faith and Politics. A media commentator on religious, social and political matters, Campolo has appeared on CNN and MSNBC as well as television programs like “Politically Incorrect,” “The Colbert Report,” “Nightline,” “Crossfire” and “Larry King Live.”
This program will be open to the public. For more information, visit
New Students SERVE More Than 30 Local Organizations
SERVE1.jpgBelmont’s Welcome Week 2008 Provides Nashville 1,000+ Volunteers for Service Projects
The largest incoming class in Belmont University history made its mark on their new hometown this morning with the annual SERVE project, which stands for Students Engaging and Restoring through Volunteer Experiences. More than 1,000 new students, including members of the School of Pharmacy’s inaugural class, left campus at 9 a.m. to volunteer their time at 32 different ministry and charity organizations in the Nashville community.
SERVE2.jpgAn annual “Welcome Week” tradition for more than a decade, SERVE provides a perfect tie-in to Belmont’s ongoing commitment to engage students in their community and encourage the values of service on both a local and global level. The organizations participating in this year’s SERVE project included Safe Haven Family Shelter, Campus for Human Development, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Dismas House, Music City Mission, Radnor Lake, American Red Cross, Agape Animal Shelter, New Hope Academy and ThriftSmart. In addition, students starting Belmont’s graduate School of Pharmacy pitched in their time to assist at Feed the Children.


Alumni Featured on Billy Graham Movie Soundtrack
According to Beverly Keel’s column in Tuesday’s Tennessean, three Belmont alumni will be featured on a soundtrack inspired by the upcoming film Billy: The Early Years, an Oct. 10 movie release that chronicles the life of Rev. Billy Graham. The soundtrack, which releases Oct. 7, includes the song “Almost Persuaded” by Josh Turner as well as a track by Brad Paisley. Alumna and “American Idol” finalist Melinda Doolittle also offers a duet with Michael W. Smith on the Craig Wiseman tune “Amazing Love.”


No Parking on 15th Avenue as Metro Paves Road
Beginning Thurs., Aug. 21, Metro Public Works will be milling and re-paving 15th Avenue from Wedgewood to Ashwood Avenues. The work is scheduled to last two to three weeks. No “on-street” parking will be allowed on 15th Avenue during this time. Metro will be ticketing and towing any vehicles parked in that location. We ask that the Belmont community respect the residential permit parking on Acklen Avenue and utilize appropriate “on-campus” parking including the satellite lots located on 12th Avenue.
BSLC Announces Fall Group Fitness Schedule
Grab your workout gear and water bottles, and head over to the Beaman Center this fall for some fun and exciting Group Fitness Classes! We’ve jam-packed the schedule to bring you more options that fit your daily routine. Sweat it out in Cardio Fusion or learn how to Swing Dance. With free classes like these and more, you can really look great in 2008! Click here to download your copy of the Fall 2008 Group Fitness Schedule. Classes begin Wed., Aug. 27. For a complete list of class descriptions, visit the Beaman Blog at
Join Weight Watchers at Belmont
Want to drop those unwanted pounds? Want to learn how to lose weight and keep it off? Meetings are every Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Inman 210. Take advantage of the Fall Special-join now and get 12 weeks for the price of 10. Meetings begin Aug. 27 and run through Nov. 12. To sign up or for more information, contact Patsy Peach at or 460-6401.


Monday, September 1
Labor Day
Wednesday, September 3, 10 a.m.
Citizenship and Faith: Tony Campolo
Dr. Tony Campolo is a nationally celebrated speaker, the author of 35 books and a media commentator on religious, social and political matters. Campolo will demonstrate how the “red letter” words of Jesus move us beyond the Republican/Democrat dichotomy and into a world where the crisis of AIDS, war and failing public schools can be tackled.
Sunday, September 7-15
Humanities Symposium: Debate, Dissent and Dialogue
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August 29
Joyce Crowell, Math/Computer Science
Sally Mann, Bookstore
Rich Tiner, Media Studies
August 31
Steve Murphree, Biology
Beth Youngblood, Nursing
September 1
Randy Capps, ITS
Bill Fessler, Maintenance Services
September 2
Gail Bursch, Physical Therapy
September 4
Amy McGinnis, Athletics


Belmont is a Christian community of learning and service that strives to support its members through prayer. The following concern has come to our attention recently. Thank you for including it in your prayers:
Kevin Walker, a member of the department of social work and Department of Children’s Services trainer, lost his mother, Caroline Shelow, early Tuesday morning. Ms. Shelow passed away after suffering complications from minor surgery. The funeral will be held Fri., Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. at Hermitage Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.


Discounted Registration Available to American Academy of Pain Management Annual Meeting
The American Academy of Pain Management will hold its 19th Annual Clinical Meeting, “Cultivating a Community of Care,” in Nashville, TN, Sept. 8-11. Belmont faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the meeting at a discounted rate by using the attached registration form. This conference will bring together leading clinicians and health professionals—doctors, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers and nutritionists, administrators, among others—interested in learning about pain management from an integrative perspective. For more information about the program, go to or call 209-533-9744.
Exclusive AT&T Savings for Belmont Employees
Add another benefit to working for Belmont University: exclusive savings of 15 percent with AT&T. To take advantage of your exclusive savings to get great rates and services from AT&T, visit and sign up today. Or, to find the AT&T store closest to you, visit Please mention company code: (2002812). For more information contact: AT&T Account Representative Jason Suerstedt at (615) 618-1951 or
Exclusive TPAC Discounts
TPAC is offering exclusive discounts to Belmont faculty and staff to upcoming performances of Avenue Q and Sweeney Todd, with savings up to 70 percent on tickets. Discounted performances of Avenue Q are Thurs., Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. and Sun., Nov.2 at 6:30 p.m. Discounted performances of Sweeney Todd are Tues., Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, log on to and click on University. Your password is belmont. Due to adult situations, TPAC advises that Avenue Q is not suitable for all audiences.
Teachers Are V.I.P.’s at J. Crew!
A new 15 percent discount is available for Teachers (In-store only) at J. Crew. Join J. Crew for a Private Preview of the Fall Collection on Sun., Sept. 7 from 6-8 p.m., and receive an exclusive 15 percent discount. For more information, contact Tina Adams, Personal Shopper, J. Crew Green Hills Mall at 615-298-5722.
Discount Tickets Available to Music City J.A.M.
Belmont faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau for the annual Music City J.A.M. (Jazz and More) on Aug. 31 from 2-10 p.m. at Riverfront Park. Performers include Peter Frampton, Melinda Doolittle, Kirk Whalum and many more. Download this coupon for one free ticket with the purchase of one $20 ticket. For more information about the event, visit