February 26, 2010


College of Arts and Sciences Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary
As part of the College of Arts and Sciences 10-year anniversary, former deans Dr. Don Ramage, Dr. Richard Fallis, Dr. Larry Hall and Dr. Mike Pinter served on a panel and answered faculty-submitted questions on Thursday. Each man shared his greatest accomplishments as dean. Dr. Ramage, who served as dean of the School of Sciences from 1983-1998 and as dean of both the School of Sciences and the School of Humanities/Education in 1994-95, said fathering the Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium was his greatest accomplishment. He added that one of his proudest moments was when the faculty approved the physical therapy and occupational therapy programs. Click here for more on this story.


Belmont Recognized on President’s Higher Ed Community Service Honor Roll
CommunityServiceAward.jpgBelmont University has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Tim Stewart, director of Service-Learning for the Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Service-Learning, said, “I am very proud of the Belmont students, faculty and staff who have contributed to making this recognition possible. We are grateful, too, to our community partners who provide these wonderful learning opportunities for our students. Most of all, I am glad that by working with the community, we are helping to make Nashville a better place for all of us as we help Belmont students ‘engage and transform’ the world, both now and in the future.” Click here for more on this story.
Fishers Share Insights on ‘Life Is a Gift’
DrFisherLifeisaGiftConvo.jpgBelmont President Dr. Bob Fisher and his wife Judy spoke this morning in Neely as part of the Spiritual Development Speaker Series, sharing stories and insights from their 2009 book release, Life Is a Gift: Inspiration from the Soon Departed. The book features a collection of interviews and lessons learned from 104 terminally ill patients of Alive Hospice in Nashville.
Judy Fisher opened the convocation by recalling Adam White, the longtime boyfriend of the Fishers’ daughter. White was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York City, but the memory of how he lived, with passion and vigor, lives on. “He truly lived like there was no tomorrow,” Mrs. Fisher said, noting that his example inspired the book. “We were just left asking ‘Why doesn’t everyone live like that?'”
Dr. Fisher added, “[His death] broke our hearts. For awhile I didn’t understand what was going on with me or how I felt about it. Adam inspired us to take a fresh look at everything.” Click here for more on this story.
Griswold Advocates for Global Trade
Daniel Griswold, director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., delivered the keynote address for Belmont’s inaugural International Business Symposium Friday on his new book, Mad About Trade: Why Main Street America Should Embrace Globalization.
Griswold opened his talk by describing how Americans should challenge populist economics. He described how he examined the 120 items in his closet and found that only 10 items were made in America, nine of which were neckties. Griswold challenged the audience to do the same to their closets. Griswold’s closet example shows how the American economy is one based on global trade, and globalization is actually good for the economy. “We have voted with our dollars for participation in the global economy,” Griswold said. He later added, “Trade today is the working family’s best friend.” Click here for more on this story.


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HOMECOMING 2010 – February 21-27
Homecoming2010wordmark.jpgHomecoming 2010 is more than just a trip from anywhere to here; it’s about bringing together students, alumni, faculty and staff to renew Belmont’s grand heritage. Festivities include great Belmont food, entertainment, fine arts, sports, faculty lectures, music, more music and of course reunions!
Be sure to attend the Alumni Memorial Carillon Concert at 4 p.m. Saturday with Dr. Richard C. Shadinger, University Carillonneur, at the Bell Tower. This concert will celebrate the lives and memory of Belmont Alumni, Faculty and Staff and will include the Belmont Alma Mater and University Hymn as well as a variety of hymns and folk songs.
Other Homecoming 2010 highlights include Dr. Fisher’s Fireside Chat at 3 p.m. on Saturday and the Indoor Tailgate and Sustainability Fair before the women’s game. Tailgate partners include the following:
Belmont Ambassadors – Bruin Paw Decals
Young Alumni Council – Cornhole
Family Literacy Day – Silent Auction
Papa C Pies – Fancy Handmade Pie Samples
courtesy of alum Chad Collier
Green Bag Lady – Reusable Fabric Bags yours for the Taking
courtesy of Teresa Van Hatten-Granath
Program Board – Build-a-Bruin [white bears w/blue HC t-shirt]
Student Government Association – Face-Painting
IFC & Panhellenic – Cookie/Chili Cookoff
donations accepted for the Tower Project
College of Law – Information Station
Belmont Service Corps – Karaoke
Department of Sport Science – MSA Information Station
Office of Alumni Relations – Reusable Shopping Bags
Earth Friendly Luggage Tags
Check out the full schedule of events and register online at http://alumni.belmont.edu/ or call 460-6723 for more details.
F.A.Q. Session This Monday
Entrepreneurship Students Need Your Votes!
Belmont Entrepreneurship students need your vote for a project they have entered through the Dell Corporation. The winning school will receive a $50,000 grant to benefit a project that is used to meet a social need. Belmont’s plan is to support the creation of an independent venture that manages the production and commercialization of fair trade honey for small-scale farmers in Guatemala. How to vote:
1. Visit http://www.dellsocialinnovationcompetition.com/ideaSiteRegister
2. Enter your e-mail address (they won’t send you anything) and a password
3. After you have registered go to: View Ideas>View Top Ideas
4. Click “Promote” next to the project titled “Guatemalan Honey Cooperative for Economic Development


Friday, February 26, 8 p.m.
All My Sons
Presented by Belmont Department of Theatre and Dance in collaboration with Actors Bridge Ensemble, All My Sons tells the story of Joe Keller, a successful, middle-aged, self-made man who has done a terrible and tragic thing. As his son is about to marry, Keller must face the consequences of his lies. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for faculty, staff, alumni and non-Belmont students and free for Belmont students. Additional performances will be held Sat., Feb. 27 and Sun., Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
Troutt Theater
Saturday, February 27, 3 p.m.
Homecoming Fireside Chat with Dr. Fisher
Join Dr. Fisher for an update on Belmont’s latest news.
Curb Cafe
Saturday, February 27, 4 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Carillon Concert
Bell Tower
Saturday, February 27, 4-6:30 p.m.
Homecoming Indoor Tailgate – Sustainability Fair
Come join the party and meet some of our local eco-friendly business partners and gear up for the game with a dose of Belmont spirit.
Maddox Grand Atrium
Saturday, February 27, 5-9:15 p.m.
Homecoming Basketball Doubleheader
Belmont women’s and men’s teams take on Kennesaw.
Curb Event Center
Monday, March 1, 10 a.m.
F.A.Q. with Dr. Fisher
Curb Cafe
Tuesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Wind Ensemble
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Wednesday, March 3, 10 a.m.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Rabbi Shapiro will discuss issues relating to spirituality and his book, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindess. His visit is linked to the class “Spirituality and World Religions.”
Harton Recital Hall (MPAC)
Wednesday, March 3, 10 a.m.
Faith Like a Titan: A NFL Tennessee Titan’s Story
Shino Prater is the national director of the African-American Resource Ministry (AARM) and member of the United Negro College Fund Spritual Advisory Board. Formerly a professional athlete, he played football for Penn State University in the NCAA, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League, and the Tennessee Titans in the NFL. Since retiring from football, Shino has served on the pastoral staff of Bethel World Outreach Center — a multiethnic, multi-generational church in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Massey Boardroom
Wednesday, March 3, 10 a.m.
Matthew Sleeth, M.D.
Matthew Sleeth, M.D., is executive director of Blessed Earth and the author of Serve God , Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action, the introduction to The Green Bible, and The Gospel According to the Earth: Why the Good Book is a Green Book. Together with his wife and two teenage children, they cut their fossil fuel use by two thirds and electricity use by nine tenths.
Neely Dining Room
Friday, March 5, 10 a.m.
Now thru Saturday, February 27
“Art from Anywhere” Alumni Exhibit
Artists include Margaret Elliott, Tom Matthews, Jorge Arrieta and Ron York.
Leu Center for the Visual Arts, Lobby & Gallery 121
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


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:
Charmaine Bickram, the former assistant for Belmont’s General Education program, left the university last year to return to her native country of Trinidad to be with her mother and brother. She recently had surgery to repair a brain aneurysm, but her brother had to take out a $15,000 loan to make the surgery possible. Please keep Charmaine and her family in your thoughts and prayers as she recovers and as they deal with the financial issues of this health crisis. If you’d like more information on how to help Charmaine, please click here or contact Clyde Rolston at x5436.


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to communication@belmont.edu.
February 28
Mary Fink, Scarlett Leadership Institute
March 1
Fred Kendall, President’s Office
March 2
Judy Fisher, President’s Office
Todd Lake, Spiritual Development
March 3
Lisa McGuire, Law
David Moser, Music Business
March 5
Donald Watson, Admissions
March 6
Meredith Kendall Valdez, Curb College
Jan Mahone, Plant Ops
March 7
Kathy Chiavola, Music
Lee Fessler, Plant Ops
Christine Wruble, CAS

February 19, 2010


Busy Day at the Curb Event Center
The Curb Cafe and Curb Event Center hosted two special events for the Nashville community this Thursday. The Curb Cafe partnered with the Gospel Music Association Thursday morning to host a special music industry breakfast and the nomination press conference for the 41st GMA Dove Awards. Mikeschair, a band made up of Belmont alumni, were nominated for four awards. Grammy winning artist Michael W. Smith helped announce the nominees and premiered his new video and song to benefit Haiti, a song recorded at Belmont’s Ocean Way Studios. Click here to see photos from the event.
In addition, Belmont hosted the 2010 Special Olympics Basketball Tournament the same morning. Click here to visit the photo gallery from the event.