September 26, 2008




Only 11 Days Until Town Hall Presidential Debate
As the first presidential debate gets underway this evening at Ole Miss, Belmont continues its own preparations in anticipation of Oct. 7. This week construction began on the set for the Town Hall debate in the Curb Event Center as phones, TV stands and Spin Alley booths were added to the Media Filing Center.

NPR Correspondent, Seigenthalers Discuss Media and 2008 Election
Meanwhile, Debate08 programming captured the attention of Belmont students, faculty and staff as well as guests from around Nashville. Standing-room only events occurred in Neely on Wednesday with NPR Religion Correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty and in the Frist Lecture Hall earlier today with a dialogue between John L. Seigenthaler and his son John M. Seigenthaler. Click here for more on the Seigenthalers’ conversation.


Carry Belmont ID at All Times Starting Mon., Sept. 29
Beginning Mon., Sept. 29, all Belmont employees should carry their university-issued photo IDs with them at all times. These IDs will be used to identify employees by security as needed as preparations continue for the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate.
F.A.Q. Session Monday
DebateLogo_Color.jpgMembers of Senior Leadership and the Debate Steering Team will host a “Frequently Asked Questions,” or F.A.Q., event for faculty and staff to give the latest details on the debate as well as to give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The Debate08 F.A.Q. session will be held Mon., Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. in the newly-renovated Curb Cafe. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this event.
No Belmont FYI Next Week
Due to Debate08 preparations, there will be no Belmont FYI published next week. However, we anticipate the need for several Debate08 Update emails in the coming days to communicate important announcements and debate-related details. Please keep an eye out for these emails as they will offer critical information, including updates on parking, transportation and access to campus Oct. 3-8.
Parking Lot Closure Schedule
Most areas of campus will be unavailable for parking during Fall Break. Details below outline the parking closures. In addition, Metro Police will be restricting street parking on areas of 15th Avenue, Bernard Avenue and Belmont Boulevard in anticipation of the debate so those areas will not be available for parking during portions of Fall Break. Vehicles left in restricted areas are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense.
Beginning Fri., Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m., all vehicles parked in the spaces between the back of the Psychology department building and in front of the gravel lot must be moved to another location on campus.
Psychology Building Lot: Closed from Wed., Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. thru Wed., Oct 8.
Gravel Lot at Corner of 15th and Acklen: Closed from Wed., Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. thru Wed., Oct 8.
All the lots/spaces below will be closed from 5 p.m. Fri., Oct. 3-midnight, Tues., Oct. 7:
Curb Event Center Garage
Gravel Lot at Corner of 15th and Bernard
Inman Center Garage
Soccer Field Drive Curb Parking
East Belmont Circle Curb Parking
All Spaces Behind Hail, Heron & Pembroke
Acklen Avenue Curb Parking
Fidelity Lot Parking
Belmont Blvd. Curb Parking (from Athlete’s House to Morningside)
Lot in front of Freeman/Massey Business Center
Belmont Circle (in front of Belmont Mansion and residence halls–Closed to thru traffic & parking)
Hitch Building Lot
Bunch Library Lot
Mail Service Altered During Fall Break
During Fall Break, the Mail Center will only deliver mail to Fidelity, Freeman, the Massey Business Center and the Inman Health Sciences Center on Mon, Oct. 6 and Wed., Oct. 8. There will be no mail delivery to campus on Tues., Oct. 7, but the Mail Center will be open regular hours.


Debate08 Emphasizes Green Efforts in Support of Broader Belmont Environmental Initiatives
New recycling bins, alumni office projects add to campus-wide efforts
PressKit2.jpgCelebrations surrounding Belmont University’s hosting of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate this fall won’t merely be colored in red, white and blue as the university dedicates its efforts to make the event a healthy shade of green as well. Staff members involved in welcoming more than 3,000 campaign workers and media to campus in October are working on a number of ideas to ensure Debate08 promotes environmental sustainability as a vital aspect of good citizenship and an important part of any event planning.
Pamela Johnson, Belmont’s Director of Strategic Marketing and Special Initiatives, said, “Protecting the environment and resource conservation aren’t just huge topics for the candidates to tackle this election season. At Belmont University, these are important issues we’re addressing daily in classrooms and across campus. My hope is that the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate serves as another step forward in our ongoing ‘Belmont Goes Green’ campaign while also inspiring our campus and community with creative examples of how we can all do our part to protect and conserve the environment.”
Several debate-related programs are planned for students and the community to provide insight into the politics of the environment, including Dr. Kelly Tiller’s address on “Economics and the Environment: The Biofuel Controversy” and Peter Kareiva’s talk on “Conservation Strategies that Work.” In addition, to curb paper output, the university is creating an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) for visiting media to use, placing materials like press releases, contact lists and background information on a one gigabyte flash drive rather than using printed pieces.
The EPK will be inserted into a polypropylene bag that is made of recycled materials and is fully recyclable. Plus, the bag itself can be re-used, eliminating the need for plastic bags at grocery stores and other outlets. Identifying tags placed on the bags will use hand-made seed paper, which can literally be planted like normal seeds when removed from the bag. Some paper is being used for Debate08 letterhead, but it is being manufactured by Domtar Cougar, which is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as well as being made chlorine free, lignin free and acid-free. In addition, all of the generators being used to power the Media Filing Center will be using an environmentally friendly biodiesel blend. Click here to read more on this story.


Tabar Recognized as Leading Collegiate Entrepreneur
AndyTabar3.jpgSenior entrepreneurship student Andy Tabar has been named one of the Top 20 collegiate entrepreneurs in the country in this year’s StartupNation Dorm-Based 20 Rankings for his business, Entrants were judged on a variety of criteria, including innovativeness of business concept, potential for growth, cutting-edge business practices, demonstration of business fundamentals, degree of talent exhibited by the founder, potential for overall impact and financial performance. Tabar, winner of the “Huge Upside Potential” group for, said, “I realized the importance of talent not only locally but globally and how the economy is shifting that way.” His business-networking site aims to connect people around the world on projects. Click here to read the full StartupNation article.
Chemistry Society Chapter Receives Award
The American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affiliates chapter at Belmont University has been selected to receive a Commendable Award for its activities conducted during the 2007-08 academic year. For the 2007-08 academic year, more than 330 reports were submitted and The Society Committee on Education presented 40 Outstanding, 71 Commendable and 96 Honorable Mention awards. Lists of award winning chapters will be published in Chemical & Engineering News and in Chemistry, the Student Affiliates magazine. The award-winning chapters will also be honored at the 237th ACS National Meeting in Salt Lake City on March 22, 2009. Assistant Professors of Chemistry Alison Moore and Rachel Rigsby deserve special commendation as they serve as faculty advisors for the chapter.
Belmont Debaters Land Significant Tournament Titles
This past weekend the Belmont Speech and Debate team traveled across town to TSU for an annual speech/debate tournament. With only three debaters competing , Belmont still secured the title of second place university in the overall debate division. Sophomores Tim Smith and Tyler Kimbro (their first tournament) qualified for quarterfinals. George Shifflett, who partnered with a debater from Carson-Newman College, was the second place team at the tournament (and was undefeated until the final round, leaving them an 8-1 record). Also, George was declared the first place individual debater out of the 52 competing. Thus, out of the 26 teams in attendance both Belmont teams ranked in the top eight.
Celebration Held for Scholar Communities Summer Research Program
2008summerscholarsgroup.jpgOn Sept. 6, a Celebration Dinner was held in the Massey Boardroom for the Scholar Communities Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Presentations were given by 24 students from seven research teams, the largest program to date, representing the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Sociology. This is Scholar Communities’ sixth year during which students and faculty in the areas of Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, History, Journalism and English have participated throughout the summer in collaborative research experiences. In addition to their research projects, the participants enter into an ongoing dialogue about what it means to do research in the various disciplines represented.
Voight Presents at Two Major Conferences
voightconf.jpgDr. Mike Voight, professor of physical therapy, offered the keynote lecture this summer for the International Federation for Sports Physiotherapy Symposium (IFSP) in Zurich, Switzerland. He presented on analyzing biomechanical performance in golf and developing a fitness program around the findings. He also presented on the anatomy and clinical examination of the hip as a part of a symposium on hip pathology at the National Athletic Training Association Annual Conference held in St. Louis. This is the largest meeting of the year for athletic trainers with more than 8,000 attending the conference. Once all invited programs were submitted, the conference committee selects the best program and gives it the designation of being the Johnson and Johnson Distinguished Keynote Lecture Symposium and does not schedule any other programming opposite this presentation. Voight’s Hip Symposium was selected this year for that honor and more than 4,500 people were attendance at the lecture. Finally, he was also recently published in the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy for an article he co-wrote titled “The Chop and Lift Reconsidered: Integrating Neuromuscular Principles into Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation.”


Friday, September 26, 7 p.m.
Ole Miss Debate Watching Party
Belmont students will gather to watch the first presidential debate on the big screen. After the debate, the Belmont College Republicans and Young Democrats will host a roundtable to discuss candidate performance and significant public policy questions. Faculty moderators will include debate coach Jason Stahl and political scientist Vaughn May.
Belmont Heights Baptist Church Sanctuary
Monday, September 29, 10 a.m.
F.A.Q. on Debate08
Curb Cafe
Monday, September 29, 7 p.m.
Faculty Woodwind Quintet
Belmont Heights Baptist Church
Tuesday, September 30, 4 p.m.
Beauvais Lyons: The Hokes Archives Opening Reception
Beauvais Lyons creates magnificent art prints of a culture that was created in his mind and that never really existed. These etchings and lithography prints show medical drawings in which the people, their artifacts, and the remains are fantasized.
Leu Art Gallery (Library)
Tuesday, September 30, 7 p.m.
Filmmaker Ken Burns Presents: Telling the American Stories
Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.
Massey Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
Wednesday, October 1, 10 a.m.
What I Wish to Say to the Future President, Sheryl Oring
Nationally known performance artist Sheryl Oring will be on the Belmont campus with her characteristic typewriter and camera. Oring performs via an interactive project with her audience – any Belmont student or personnel who may pass by. She sets up her table and typewriter and types postcards dictated by participants on what they wish to say to the future President. A photographer is there to document this “performance.” This 10 a.m. lecture in MPAC will be followed by the noon-2:30 p.m. performance in the Gazebo. A 4:30 p.m. Gallery Talk in LCVA 121 will conclude Oring’s visit to Belmont.
Wednesday, October 1, 10 a.m.
Jesus for President, Shane Claiborne
Shane Claiborne’s new book, Jesus for President, was lauded by Publisher’s Weekly in a starred review as a “must-read election-year book for Christian Americans. What should Christians do when allegiances to the state clash with personal faith?”
Belmont Heights Baptist Church Sanctuary
Wednesday, October 1, noon
Wind Ensemble
MPAC Atrium
Friday, October 3, 4 p.m.
Tennessee and the Changing American Energy Landscape
Join us for an evening to discuss how major energy-related institutions in Tennessee are responding to and helping resolve the energy challenges we face today. High ranking officials from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Valley Authority, UT’s Biofuels Initiative and the Governor’s Energy Policy Task force will share their perspectives about this critically important issue. An audience question-and-answer session is encouraged after the presentation
Troutt Theater
In addition to the calendar listings below, a number of events are being held around Nashville Oct. 3-7 in honor and celebration of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate. Click here for a complete list.
Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m.
The Declaration of Independence Comes to Tennessee
A rare, original copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on public display at the Nashville Public Library Main Branch, 615 Church Street. The Declaration of Independence will be welcomed to Tennessee with a press conference on Sat., Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. featuring Gov. Phil Bredesen, First Lady Andrea Conte and Belmont University President Bob Fisher. In addition, the document will be in the library’s Conference Center on the first floor the entire weekend. Viewing hours are Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free. In addition to viewing America’s founding document, visitors will also view a 10-minute video starring Reese Witherspoon that explains the history of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence’s visit to Tennessee is sponsored by Cricket Communications.
Nashville Public Library, Main Branch
Sunday, October 5, 4 p.m.
Vesper Service
You are invited to join President Robert Fisher of Belmont University for our Debate08 Vesper Service. Our homilist is Rev. David Beckman, president of Bread for the World, a citizens’ anti-hunger movement which focuses on education about hunger and on influencing public policies on hunger and poverty. Please join us for refreshments following the service. Complementary parking is available in several lots surrounding the church.
Christ Church Cathedral
Tuesday, October 7, 8 p.m.
The 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate
Curb Event Center
Tuesday, October 7,
Ryman Viewing Party
Please refer to your invitation to find out where to pick up tickets for the official Belmont viewing party of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate. Alumni Denver and the Mile High Orchestra will perform prior to the debate broadcast.
Ryman Auditorium
September 18-28
Arabian Nights
Belmont Theatre Company in cooperation with Actor’s Bridge Ensemble. Check the university calendar for dates and times.
Troutt Theater


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to
September 26
Margaret Monteverde, Literature and Languages
Bill Thompson, Sport Science
September 27
Glenda Dahlhauser, Office of Communications
Kay Geving, Math/Computer Science
Lynne Shores, Nursing
September 28
Paula Gill, Student Financial Services
Ann Rich, Sport Science
September 29
Pam Hazelwood, President’s Office
September 30
Eric Burford, Copy Center
John Coker, Business
October 1
Renee Brown, Physical Therapy
October 3
Julie Bunt, Alumni Relations
Jennifer Kiev, University College
Andy Miller, Math and Computer Science
October 4
Sue Heflin, President’s Office
October 5
Cynthia Cox, Literature and Languages
October 6
Hien Thi Huynh, Custodial Services
Andrea Welch, Custodial Services
October 7
Lonnie Yandell, Psychology
October 8
Joan Eakin, Music

September 19, 2008



This Week in Belmont Debate08
Alumni Melinda Doolittle and Gordon Kennedy were just two of the artists who came to campus last Saturday to join Rock the Vote in an effort to register students to vote in the upcoming election. Meanwhile, construction continued on the 25,000-square-foot Media Filing Center on the soccer field as campus prepares to serve 3,000 media covering the Debate.


Debate-related programming continues to be a strong draw as well as this week Dr. Stanley Hauerwas visited campus. Hauerwas was named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine in 2001, and he spoke on “The American Empire and the Kingdom of God.”


DebateLogo_Color.jpgPresident Fisher will be hosting a “Frequently Asked Questions,” or F.A.Q., event for faculty and staff to give the latest details on the debate as well as to give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The Debate08 F.A.Q. session will be held Mon., Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. in the newly-renovated Curb Cafe. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this event.
In addition, the Office of Communications has established several outlets to keep you informed with the latest details surrounding all aspects of Debate08. We encourage you to view the Belmont Debate08 Web site, FYI, BIC and the weekly Debate08 Update e-mails that are being sent to all students, faculty and staff. (Click the more link below to view the Sept. 18 Debate08 Update for Faculty and Staff).