June 26, 2009


Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies
School-aged children, grades 1-6, were invited to explore the world of insects at Belmont’s Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies summer day camps. Now in its 17th year, the camps introduce children to the biology of insects and other arthropods.


Student Documentary Featured at Nashville Historical Symposium
Defending Nashville: The Story of Fort Negley, a video documentary produced entirely by Belmont journalism and music students, was the featured presentation at a June 18-20 Civil War symposium at the Fort Negley Visitors Center. Along with the general public, an audience of 135 historians from around the state viewed the 20-minute documentary, giving it high marks for its accuracy and creativity.
“It’s as good as many films that I’ve seen at visitors’ centers in other parks,” said Fort Negley archeologist and doctorial candidate Zada Law. “It’s clear that [the students] did their research.” Click here for more on this story and to view a clip from the documentary.
Journalism Camp Convenes on Belmont’s Campus
Jcamp.jpgThe fourth annual New Century Journalism High School Journalism Camp was held on campus this week with several dozen high school students representing seven states. The students were given opportunities to do real world reporting for print and broadcast in conjunction with workshops on such topics as reporting and writing, video shooting and editing, and media ethics.
In addition, the young journalists reported on a simulated crime on campus and took part in a mock press conference with Belmont officials and Metro Nashville police. Partial funding for this year’s camp was provided by a grant from the Tennessee Press Association Foundation.


Click here for stories on the recent accomplishments of Belmont’s students, faculty, staff and alumni.


No Belmont FYI Next Week
Due to the Independence Day Holiday, Belmont FYI will not be published next week. The next edition will be published on Fri., July 10.


Friday, July 3
Independence Day Holiday
July4invite-front.jpgSaturday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.
Independence Day Cookout and Celebration
You are invited to Bob and Judy Fisher’s Eighth Annual Independence Day Cookout and Celebration. Cookout will be followed by dessert and fireworks display in the fourth floor of the Inman Center.
Neely Black & White Dining Room/Swensson Courtyard
Art Faculty Exhibit
An art faculty exhibit is on display now thru the end of June.
Gallery 121 in LCVA


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to communication@belmont.edu.
Happy Belated Birthday to Rachael Flynn-Hopper in Education, who celebrated on June 23, and to Melissa Smith in Student Affairs, who celebrated on June 19.
June 28
Tabby Bewley, Sport Science
June 29
Edward Allen, Student Financial Services
Ray Seely, Sciences
Tammye Whitaker, Student Affairs
July 2
Andi Stepnick, Sociology
Steven Stodghill, Pharmacy
July 3
James Elliott, Music Business
Phil Johnston, Pharmacy
July 5
Paula Gati, Custodial Services
Ginger Hooper, Pharmacy
July 6
Tim Stewart, Service Learning
July 7
Patricia Chaffin Smith, Registrar’s Office
John Le, Custodial Services
Terry White, Campus Security
July 12
Chernita Hampton, Custodial Services
Misty Wims, Business

June 19, 2009


Belmont Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall
Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher led a team of senior leaders and university partners in breaking ground today on a new 103,000 square foot residence hall in the center of campus. The as-yet-unnamed six-story building will provide housing for approximately 400 freshmen when it is completed next summer, prior to the start of the fall 2010 semester. In addition to offering more housing space, the new facility will provide a unique living-learning community lifestyle by putting all first-year students in the heart of campus. Pictured below (l-r) are the groundbreaking participants: Board of Trustees Chairman Marty Dickens, Residence Director (RD) Nicole Rabalais, Resident Assistant (RA) Heather Pierce, Interim Provost Dr. Marcia McDonald, Dr. Fisher and Jim Schmitz, Middle Tennessee area president of Regions Bank. Click here for more on this story.


Mike Strickland Named Athletic Director of the Year
strickland.jpgBelmont University Director of Athletics Mike Strickland has been named 2008-09 Under Armour Division I Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced Tuesday. Strickland is one of 29 honorees from four geographic regions within NACDA’s seven membership divisions.
Since his arrival in Nashville in 1996, Strickland has led Belmont Athletics through its early stages as a fledgling NCAA Division I program to one which enjoys annual success on the playing field and in the classroom. During his 13 year tenure, Strickland has overseen a program expansion from 11 to 17 teams of competition, spearheaded membership into the Atlantic Sun Conference, spurred athletic facility enhancement and forged a reputation of producing winning teams and distinguished student-athletes. In 2008, Belmont became the first school in Atlantic Sun Conference history to represent the league in three consecutive NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships. Click here for more on this story.