January 29, 2010


Battle of the Boulevard
Click here for a re-cap of the men’s game Tuesday night, and click here for a photo gallery of the night. Click here to read about the women’s victory Wednesday.


New Student-Run Candy Business Opens on Campus
Center for Entrepreneurship assists in Buzzy’s grand opening
BuzzysGrandOpening.jpgBelmont’s Center for Entrepreneurship and sweets lovers everywhere celebrated Thursday the grand opening of Buzzy’s candy shop, a new student-operated business on Belmont Blvd. Located in the Curb Event Center across from Bongo Java, Buzzy’s Candy will sell gummis, chocolates, old fashioned candy, popular wrapped candies and jelly beans. The students behind the Buzzy’s venture are Areej Rabie, a finance and entrepreneurship major, entrepreneurship major Julia Cecere and marketing major Mandy Strader, all of whom were smiling from ear to ear at the long line of customers inside their store for opening day.
“The story of Buzzy’s is a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit of the students coming to Belmont,” said Dr. Jeff Cornwall, Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship at Belmont University. “The proposal for Buzzy’s was developed and pitched by a freshman, and the start-up team includes another freshman and a sophomore. Like so many of our students, they came here not only ready to learn in the classroom, but ready to get their hands dirty and learn through experience.” Click here for more on this story.
Michael W. Smith, Community of Artists Record Haiti Benefit Song at Belmont’s Ocean Way Studios
Studio donates time to aid in song to benefit relief efforts
ComeTogetherNowJan272010GroupAaronCrislerPhotog (2).bmpWednesday at Belmont University’s Ocean Way Studios, multi-platinum, Grammy and Dove Award winning artist, Michael W. Smith gathered a who’s-who list from the music community to record “Come Together Now.” The song, penned by Smith, David Mullen and Cindy Morgan and produced by Bryan Lenox, was written to remind people of the need to help those in Haiti.
“The crisis in Haiti has left us all trying to figure out how we can help,” Smith said. “We wanted to create something that the community could support, for the greater good of those in Haiti. Everyone gave of their time: the studio was donated, the musicians donated their time and all proceeds from this song will go to designated charity/relief work
through The American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse. It’s incredible to be part of something that is going to help
so many people.”
In addition to lending their voices in song, several artists also recorded public service announcements for The American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse for use in upcoming months. Click here for more on this story.
Sociologist Shares Perspective on Modern Manhood
MichaelKimmel.jpgRenowned sociologist and bestselling author Dr. Michael Kimmel (The Gendered Society, Manhood in America) spoke at Belmont Wednesday on “Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth: Women and Men in a New Millennium” as part of the Living Sociology Speaker Series.
Kimmel opened his talk by describing that the biggest changes seen in men in the past 50-plus years aren’t really “changes” at all. Rather, due to the countless ways women’s lives have changed, the perspective on men has changed. For example, as schools and workplaces have become gender-integrated, women have come to expect more from men. Most women and men expect to have full-time employment after college which raises issues of work/life balance since, historically, women have done the “second shift” (i.e., been primary childcare providers, homemakers). As women do more outside the home, men must do more inside the home to make help create that balance. Click here for more on this story.
Belmont ‘Tops Out’ New Residence Hall
Structure to put freshman students in heart of campus
ToppingOutModelRendering.jpgBelmont University held a topping out ceremony Tuesday for 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 this summer, prior to the start of the fall 2010 semester. The new residence hall will be connected via an underground tunnel to Maple Hall, another freshman residence which opened last year. All of the new residential space is needed to accommodate Belmont’s rapidly growing enrollment which has increased by more than 80 percent since 2000. 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. Click here for more on this story.


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Sport Administration Students Collect Items for Haiti
Master of Sport Administration graduate students are securing a box to be located in the Sport Science Center for an opportunity to help provide assistance to the victims in Haiti. Jessica Norwood and Kim Smith are overseeing this project. There will be a box in the Sport Science Center for much needed supplies. If you would like to assist with this relief effort please email, Ann Rich or Amy Baker, in the Sport Science Department.


Saturday, January 30, 9:30 p.m.
Shakespeare Panel, after the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s The Tempest
After the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s performance of The Tempest, there will be a discussion lead by a panel of scholars, including Belmont Provost Dr. Marcia McDonald, Dr. Leah Marcus (Edwin Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt), Dr. James Wells (Associate Professor of Shakespeare-Belmont), Claire Syler (Director, Nashville Shakespeare Festival) and Denise Hicks (Artistic Director, NSF), among others.
Troutt Theater
Monday, February 1, 5 p.m.
School of Music’s 18th Annual Commercial Music Showcase
This showcase highlights the top four commercial music students in the School of Music as well as the top band instrumentalists.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Tuesday, February 2, 6 p.m.
ASCAP Writers’ Night Series
Curb Cafe
Wednesday, February 3, 10 a.m.
A Behind the Scenes Look at the TV Series ‘History Detectives’
Elyse Luray, one of the hosts of PBS’ “History Detectives,” will talk about the what takes place behind the scenes of this popular TV series.
LCVA 117
Wednesday, February 3, 10 a.m.
Trey Flowers on Haiti
We will hear from Trey Flowers, who was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti before, during and after the earthquake, working in orphanages and schools as part of a mission team. He will share with us not only his first-hand accounts of the disaster, but also help us think about where God is in all of this, and how we can help rebuild Haiti so that it is not doomed to another century of poverty.
Neely Dining Room
Wednesday, February 3, 5 p.m.
The American Experience Reception
The American Experience exhibit will showcase southern furniture, paintings, engravings, a slave quilt and other objects from the early 1800s until WWI.
Leu Art Gallery (Library)
Wednesday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.
Elyse Luray from “History Detectives”
Luray will do a second lecture that is free and open to the public.
Friday, February 5, 10 a.m.
Friday, February 5, 1-4 p.m.
Pitch Camp
Have you always wanted to start your own business, but didn’t know how to communicate your idea to investors? Have you already started your business but need funding to get it off the ground? Or, simply, do you foresee an interview with a company, large or small, in your future? If you recognize yourself in any of the above, you must plan on attending Pitch Camp! Pitch Camp covers topics such as: creative thinking, effective communication of ideas and how to pitch successfully in 60 seconds. Groups will work together and then pitch to the room. It is not necessary that you come to this event with a business idea in hand; learning to pitch transcends entrepreneurial endeavors – everyone should be able to pitch themselves for networking. Attending this camp will set you up for Open Pitch and the opportunity to compete in Fast Pitch (held March 30, 2010) for the opportunity to win a top prize of $3,000. Pitch Camp is free to students with a valid ID and $55 for non-students. For more information on this event or to register, please contact Rachael Qualls at rachaelqualls@angelcapitalgr.com or Sarah Reeves at sarah.reeves@belmont.edu.
Frist Lecture Hall
Friday, February 5, 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Jacksonville
Curb Event Center
Saturday, February 6, 2 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Jacksonville
Curb Event Center
Sunday, February 5, 2 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. University of North Florida
Curb Event Center
Now thru January 31
The Tempest
The Department of Theatre and Dance is very proud to be the winter home for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. This partnership offers a unique professional training ground for student actors, directors and designers. Please visit www.ticketsnashville.com for ticket information.
Troutt Theater
Now thru May 14
The American Experience – Art and Decorative Arts from the Collections of Belmont University Alumni
Guest curated by Mark Brown, Belmont Mansion executive director, this exhibit will include quilts, furniture, silver, glass, textiles, painting and prints. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Leu Art Gallery in the Lila D. Bunch Library


Congratulations to Christian and Caresse John (English) on the arrival of their second daughter, Elliott Elise, on Jan. 26. Elliott Elise weighed 9 lbs. 4 ozs. and was 21 inches long.


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:
Rosa Whitehead, mother of Laura Wheeler (Career Services), died Sunday morning, Jan.24 at Saint Thomas Hospice. Please keep Laura and her family in your thoughts and prayers.


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to communication@belmont.edu.
January 29
Carolyn Burress, CEMB
February 1
Greg Pillon, Office of Communications
February 2
Donna Brown-Wynn, Athletics
Lyndsey Spain, Music
February 3
Jill Robinson, Scarlett Leadership Institute
February 5
Andrew Johnston, Student Affairs
Prentice Poole, Belmont Central
February 6
Robert Lambert, Business
Kathy Jordan, Nursing
February 7
Greg Bagwell, ACIT
Harold Smith, Religion