March 27, 2009


Hints of Spring


Belmont Celebrates Earth Hour with Acoustic Music, Recycling
BelmontUnplugged_small2.jpgBelmont University and student organization Service Corps will celebrate this Saturday’s Earth Hour by hosting a special event on campus featuring live acoustic performances from student acts along with an opportunity for individuals to recycle. The March 28 Earth Hour is a global event in which millions of people around the world will turn out their lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time to make a statement of concern about the planet and climate change. The Belmont celebration, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., will occur on the top floor of the Curb Event Center garage, providing a perfect view of downtown Nashville as the skyline “disappears” at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit
McCullough Grants Exclusive Interview to Belmont Vision
McCullough2.jpgTwo-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough granted an exclusive interview this week to Belmont Vision Editor Melanie Bengtson. The interview with the student paper is the only interview McCullough will do prior to his campus appearance next week.
The author will speak in Belmont’s Curb Event Center on Mon., March 30 at 7 p.m. as the official conclusion of the year-long campus celebration of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate. As the final keynote presenter in Belmont’s 2008-09 “Art of Being Free” lecture series, McCullough will speak on “Leadership and the History You Don’t Know.” To date, more than 4,000 free tickets have been given to the campus and local community for the event. Click here to read Bengtson’s complete interview with McCullough.
Center for Entrepreneurship Holds High School Business Plan Contest
Belmont partners with Williamson County Office of Economic Development for Centennial High competition
Belmont University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Williamson County Office of Economic Development, held a business plan competition for 74 high school honors economics students at Centennial High School Wednesday. Under the direction of faculty and staff from Belmont, students were given three hours to research and develop an idea for a new company. Working in teams, the students pitched a variety of ideas for companies, from a pill that serves as an alarm clock to a courier service for the elderly.
Dr. Jeff Cornwall, director of Belmont’s Center for Entrepreneurship, said, “It renews my spirits to see how enthusiastic and entrepreneurial the young people are these days. I was amazed by the quality of their presentations after just one short day of research and preparation.”
Centennial High School Principal Dr. Terry Shrader added, “Centennial High School is honored to partner with Belmont University and the Williamson County Office of Economic Development to bring this engaging and relevant learning experience to our Honors Economics students. We, at Centennial, are very lucky to have such willing partners in our students’ learning.” Click here for more on this story.


Schnur Named International Music Person of the Year
steve-schnur.jpgSteve Schnur, an adjunct professor of music business for Belmont West and the worldwide head of music and marketing for EA Games, will be honored as the 2009 International Music Person of the Year at a tribute luncheon at the fifth annual MUSEXPO on April 28. Schnur receives this award for “his musical passion, artistic vision and efforts in supporting and breaking both US and international artists through interactive gaming.” Schnur, who is often described as the most influential music executive in the video gaming world, has played a pivotal role in breaking new artists through EA Games. This includes acts such as Airbourne, Teddybears, Avenged Sevenfold, Wolfmother, Good Charlotte, Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen, Robyn and hundreds of others.
LaLonde Receives Most Votes in Special Election
Dr. Kristine LaLonde, assistant professor and coordinator of honors leadership studies, received the most votes of the four candidates in yesterday’s special election for the District 18 Metro Council seat. She will face Stephenie Dodson in an April 30 runoff. District 18 includes the Belmont/Hillsboro and Hillsboro West End neighborhoods, along with portions of 12South, Hillsboro Village and Vanderbilt and Belmont universities.
Student Leadership Council Holds CEMB Awards
On Wed. March 25, Student Leadership Council held the annual Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business Awards ceremony where Mark Volman was honored as Best Full Time Professor and Tony Cottrill as Best Adjunct Professor. Other award recipients included: Sony/BMG (Best Internship Company), Country/Erik Parker producer (Best Showcase), The John Shaw Group (Best Student Album), Future (Best Curb Café Show), Brett McLaughlin (Best Solo Artist) and The Westbound Rangers (Best Group). Best Student Awards went to David Macklom (Audio Engineering Technology), Andrew Petroff (Entertainment Industry Studies), Molly Shehan (Music Business) and Stephen Duncan (Songwriting).
Wolfgram Wins Final ASCAP Writers’ Night
lindleytylerelizabeth.JPGOn Tues., March 24, the Curb College held its final ASCAP Writers’ Night of the academic year. Student writers Lindley Wolfgram, Tyler Hubbard, and Elizabeth Olmstead (pictured left to right) performed alongside guest writer and event host Michael Farren. Farren, lead singer in the Dove Award-nominated band Pocket Full Of Rocks, has been a songwriter for more than 15 years and has been an artist/writer with Word Records for the last four years. His songs have been performed by Michael W. Smith, Wynonna Judd, Phillips Craig & Dean and Big Daddy Weave, among others. Wolfgram, the evening’s winner, rounds out the student performance line up for the 2009 Best of the Best Showcase, which will take place on April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Curb Event Center.
CEMB to Present New Advising Center Model at Conference
The success of the Curb College Advising Center, a new model of academic advising, will be the topic of a presentation given by Tina Dishman (Advising Center Director), Carolyn Burress (Advising Center Administrative Coordinator) and Dean Wesley Bulla at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 3 conference in Charleston, W.Va. on May 18-20. Before the new model was instituted, CEMB’s 16 faculty advisors could not schedule the college’s 1,400 students in the traditional academic advising model of a week and a half. In the Advising Center, faculty spend two hours every week advising students in addition to scheduled appointments during regular academic advising. This new year-round advising model has resulted in a student satisfaction rate of nearly 100 percent.
Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break Trip
House.jpgResidence Life partnered with Habitat for Humanity for their second annual Alternative Spring Break trip. Ten students and two staff members from Belmont University spent the week in Cleveland, Tennessee. The group spent the first part of the trip in a residential area of 30 Habitat homes working on the exterior siding of one home and finishing up the foundation and installing the entire floor system for another. Later in the week the focus shifted to renovating an old movie theater that the local Habitat affiliate will soon use to support the operations of its home supply store as well as much needed office space.
Pharmacy Faculty Speak at Symposium and Workshop
Dr. Andrew Webster, chair of the department of pharmaceutical sciences, was the featured speaker March 18 at the Nashville Health Care Council’s Leadership in Health Care symposium held at the Cumberland Emerging Technologies Center. Webster addressed a group of more than 40 corporate senior leaders on the topic, “Belmont University School of Pharmacy: It’s Capacities and Capabilities, Today and To Come.”
Dr. Eric Hobson, professor of pharmacy, was the featured speaker and QEP project consultant for Averett University’s (Danville, VA) Quality Enhancement Project, Spring 2009 Implementation Faculty Workshop, March 21.
Warren Wins Southern Miss Individual Title
Belmont senior Lorie Warren captured her third individual title of the season and her seventh overall as a collegian as the Belmont women’s golf team placed third at the Southern Miss Lady Eagle Invitational held Monday and Tuesday at the Canebrake Country Club in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Warren, who has finished in the top-five in seven of the eight tournaments she has played in this season, shot a one-over par 71 in Tuesday’s final round to win the individual title by one stroke over Samantha Holt of host Southern Mississippi. Warren finished with a 36-hole score of 143, while Holt finished at 144.


UPDATE/REMINDERS: Belmont Celebrates Earth Hour
You’re invited to “Belmont Unplugged: An Earth Hour Celebration” with food, acoustic music, downtown views and recycling opportunities on Sat., March 28. Details can be found in the E-vite below, and for more information, click here.
Rain Plan: This event will be moved to the sixth floor of the Curb Parking Garage in the event of rain.
Office Reminders: To prepare for this weekend’s event, please remember to turn off all lights and shut down all computers in your area when you leave for the weekend. Plant Operations will begin turning off all non-essential lights to campus buildings starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Plants Ops will begin turning lights back on at the conclusion of Earth Hour at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Safety Reminders for Earth Hour: All non-essential lighting will be turned off for this event, and areas on campus and throughout Nashville may be significantly darker during this hour. If you plan to participate in a celebration on campus or downtown, please be advised that you should arrive at your intended location prior to 8:30 p.m. and plan to stay there for the duration of the hour-long period. You may also want to bring an alternative light source, such as a flashlight.
Weight Watchers Kicks Off New Series of Meetings
A campus group of Weight Watchers will be kicking off a new series of meetings soon. Meetings are Wednesdays from April 8-May 13 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Inman 110. Cost is $66 for new/rejoining/continuing members and $60 for lifetime members. Weight Watchers has a new and improved program. Come and check it out. Deadline to sign up and to turn in your payment is Mon, April 6. Contact Patsy Peach for more information at 460-6401 or


Friday, March 27, 5:30 p.m.
John Gallaher Reading
John Gallaher, author of three books of poetry and editor of prestigious literary journal The Laurel Review, will read selections from his work. After the reading, he will talk about getting creative work published and jobs for creative writers in academia.
LCVA 117
Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
Musical Theatre Presents On the Town
Everyone who comes to New York City has different expectations and plans for their stay. On the Town is the tale of three sailors on a 24-hour leave from their ship docked in this fabulous city. Admission is $5 for Belmont faculty and staff. Additional performances on March 28, April 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. as well as on March 29 and April 5 at 2:30 p.m.
Troutt Theater
Saturday, March 28, 6:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Ensemble/Southbound
Massey Concert Hall
Saturday, March 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Belmont Unplugged: An Earth Hour Celebration
Top Floor of the Curb Event Center Garage
Monday, March 30, 10 a.m.
Faith in the Music Business
Join the Curb College in welcoming friends of Donna Hilley to talk about how her faith guided her to success in the entertainment industry. Hilley is the former president and CEO of Sony/ATV Nashville, and this year’s recipient of the Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence, presented annually at the Best of the Best Showcase.
Vince Gill Room
Monday, March 30, 7 p.m.
David McCullough Presents “Leadership and the History You Don’t Know”
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian and television host David McCullough will speak and offer a question and answer time at the end of his talk.
Curb Event Center
Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m.
Siloam Clinic Concert and Fundraiser
This evening there will be a concert featuring bluegrass band Greg Bates to fundraise for the Siloam Family Health Center. There is no cover charge. Monetary donations will be gratefully accepted and much appreciated. Light refreshments will be served. A staff member from the Siloam Clinic will be speaking in order to raise awareness regarding the issue of those who lack adequate health care in our community.
Black & White Dining Room
Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
Encore Award Presentation Honoring School of Music Alumnus Clifton Forbis
Clifton Forbis maintains an active career as a solo artist and a performer in some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Paris and Vienna State Operas and the Teatra alla Scalla. Forbis will present a short recital and masterclass.
Massey Concert Hall
Wednesday, April 1, 10 a.m.
The Faith of a Scientist
Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is Chief of the NASA-Goddard Laboratory for ExoPlanets and Stellar Astrophysics and a former Congressional Science Fellow. She received her B.A. in physics from MIT and her Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard. Wiseman discovered a comet now named after her and teaches at Johns Hopkins University.
Beaman A&B
Wednesday, April 1, 10 a.m.
Voices of Hope in a Dark Time: The Promises of Religious Environmentalism
Join us to hear Dr. Roger S. Gottlieb, professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Facing a global environmental crisis, we can find hope in the global responses of the world’s religions.
Neely Dining Room
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.
Insider’s View with Eric Beall
Beall has spent many years in the industry dabbling in songwriting, record label A&R, producing, publishing, not to mention writing and becoming a music educator, teaching Music Publishing 101 at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Presents Brass and Flute Ensembles
Belmont Mansion
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Carolyn Treybig and Heidi Jellison: An Evening of Music for Flute and Harp
Belmont Mansion
Saturday, April 4, 1-4 p.m.
Ninth Annual Family Literacy Day
Belmont’s Ninth Annual Family Literacy Day will take place rain or shine at E.S. Rose Park. Activities include Reading Circles, Books, Games, Crafts, Refreshments and Fun! Belmont Students, Faculty and Staff volunteer to promote the joy of books and reading to children and families in the Community.
E.S. Rose Park on Edgehill Avenue
Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Presents Company


Belmont is a Christian community of learning and service that strives to support its members through prayer. The following concerns have come to our attention recently. Thank you for including them in your prayers:
Dora King, mother-in-law of Don Purdy, recently passed away. Please keep Don, his wife Dora Ann and the Purdy and King families in your thoughts and prayers.
Alma Turner, mother of Belmont Trustee Don Turner, recently passed away from complications from a heart attack. Please keep the Turner family in your thoughts and prayers.


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to
Happy Belated Birthday to Henderson Hill and Katherine Cornelius in Student Affairs who celebrated on March 16 and March 25 respectively.
March 28
Robbie Pinter, English
March 29
Becky Gann, Center for Entrepreneurship
Lindsey McCullough, Scarlett Leadership Institute
Christy Ridings, University Ministries
March 30
Mary Thompson, Business
March 31
Elinor Chumney, Pharmacy
April 2
Dan Johnson, Art
James Stamper, Education
Susan West, President’s Office
April 3
Larry Wacholtz, Music Business
April 4
Deen Entsminger, Music
April 5
Chris Algren, Nursing


Discounted Tickets Available to Carmina Burana
Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Symphony, the 200-voice Belmont Oratorio Chorus, the Nashville Children’s Choir and special guest vocalists are joining forces to present the new, family-friendly Carmina Burana. Performances are April 24-26 in TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Click here to order tickets, and enter password Postcard10 in the Promotions and Special Offers Section.
Special TPAC Discounts for the Belmont Community
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is offering special discounts to Belmont students, faculty and staff for upcoming performances of “Happy Days: A New Musical” and “Darwin in Malibu.”
Goodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable “king of cool” Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli. Based on the hit television series, “Happy Days – A New Musical” reintroduces one of America’s best loved families, the Cunninghams, and the days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops, and jukebox sock-hoppin’. Your special discounted performances of are Wed., May 6 at 7:30 p.m., Thurs., May 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., May 10 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Charles Darwin—120 years after his death—is hanging out in a beach house overlooking the Pacific with a girl young enough to be his daughter. His peace is rudely disturbed when his old friend Thomas Huxley arrives, closely followed by the Bishop of Oxford. And Darwin suddenly finds himself entangled in an enthralling and thought-provoking comedy about God, science and plastic surgery. You may think you know how such a discussion would go between the father of evolution and one of evolution’s most outspoken critics in his day, but you will be surprised. Your special discounted performances of “Darwin in Malibu” are Tues., May 12 at 6:30 p.m. and Fri., May 15 at 7:30 p.m.
How-To: To purchase discounted tickets for these productions, simply log on to and click on UNIVERSITY. Your password is belmont.