April 30, 2010


Another Big Week at Belmont
It’s obvious that the semester is coming to an end as Belmont’s campus is flush with activity. The week opened with Scholarship and Awards Day (see story below) and was followed by a visit from Belmont alumnus Brad Paisley, who shared wit and wisdom with a crowd of 1,500 at Tuesday’s “Insider’s View” session. Click here to see a photo gallery from the event, and click here to read journalism student Pierce Greenberg’s report for The9513.com, a country music blog. Other major Curb College events this week included a ‘Paradise Lost’-themed convo with Kathy Mattea and Jon Vezner and the popular, and packed, CEMB Internship Fair, which saw participation from more than 130 companies.
In addition, Dr. George Marsden, acclaimed author and professor, served this week as the keynote speaker for the 20th Anniversary of the annual Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS). Each year BURS provides undergraduates an opportunity to conduct independent research and present it to a community of peers. More than 100 student presenters from fields across campus offered glimpses of their research in sessions held yesterday. Click here for a listing of all the presentations. Click here for more on this story.


Scholarship, Awards Day Honors Students, Faculty
DJkingScholarshipDay.jpgBelmont University recognized students and faculty at Monday’s annual Scholarship and Awards Day ceremony in the Massey Performing Arts Center. Click here for a photo gallery of the event. Students honored in the ceremony included:
Caitlin Motes, Kate Tully – The Williams-Murray First Year Writing Awards
Amaryah Armstrong, Carly Escue – The Alfred Leland Crabb Awards
Matthew Lefavor, Brian York, Bethany Somma, Ian Chapman – The Stacy Awalt Writing Awards
Jessica Duble – The Annette Sisson First Year Writing Award
Abigail Selden – The Lumos Travel Award
Margaret Shehan – The John Williams Heart of Belmont Award
JoAnna B. Adkisson – The First Year Award, Leadership
Moniqe Janee Parris – The Second Year Award, Leadership
Daniel (D.J.) R. King, Jr. – The Third Year Award, Leadership
Henry (Hank) L. Carter – The Fourth Year Award, Leadership
HarryHollis.jpgRetiring faculty member Dr. Harry Hollis, the James M. Medlin Chair of Business Ethics and past Director of Belmont’s Center for Business Ethics, was also recognized for multiple years of service to Belmont. In addition, nominees were recognized for the Chaney Distinguished Professor Award: Lucyellen Dahlgren, School of Nursing; Steven Guthrie, School of Religion; and Sarah Ann Stewart, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science. Finalists for the Presidential Faculty Achievement Award were also recognized: Jeff Cornwall, College of Business Administration; Myron Oglesby-Pitts, School of Education; Jason Stahl, School of Social Sciences; and Dorren Robinson, School of Social Sciences.
Fiesta Belmont Returns for Sixth Annual Celebration of Latin Culture
Fiesta Belmont, Nashville’s Latin Music Street Fair, returns Sat., May 1 for its sixth annual celebration of Latin culture. Sponsored by Belmont University, the Street Fair features a day-long schedule of continuous Latin music performances, Latin food vendors, kids’ activities and performances by local folkloric Latin dance groups. Admission to the event, which runs from noon-7 p.m. on Belmont University’s campus, is free. Click here for more on this story.
Former Belmont Provost Installed as 25th LaGrange College President
McAlexanderInauguration.JPGFormer Belmont Provost Dr. Dan McAlexander was officially installed last Friday, April 23, as the 25th president at LaGrange College outside of Atlanta. Delegates from colleges and universities around the country, including close friends from Belmont, joined representatives from the United Methodist Church, the city of LaGrange, faculty, staff and students to welcome the new president. Click here for more on this story.
Mongolian Fellow Studies Belmont’s Teaching Center
Dolly.jpgDr. Dolgormaa (Dolly) Jamiyan, chair of the English Department at the University of the Humanities, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is about to conclude her semester-long affiliation with Belmont University. A Humphrey Fellow from Vanderbilt University, Jamiyan came to America to study higher education and faculty professional development. She chose Belmont’s Teaching Center for her professional affiliation.
Dolly chose Belmont because of its likeness to the University of the Humanities. According to Dolly, the University of the Humanities has around 3,000 students and a similar focus as Belmont. Dolly said, “In Mongolia we don’t have teaching centers, so I thought that in Mongolia, in higher education, it would be a good idea to start teaching centers.” Click here for more on this story.
CCSA Unveils New Scholarship Fund
PlaqueCCSA.jpgThe Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) held an open house on Belmont’s Scholarship and Awards Day to officially unveil the newly renamed “CCSA Scholarship Fund” in honor of the previous executive director Dr. Michael Klembara and also a new scholarship in his and his wife Linda’s name. Having moved to Belmont six-months ago, the central office is officially opened and staffed. CCSA held its first semi-annual board meeting in its new host city of Nashville. Click here for more on this story.


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


Beaman Buddy Membership Is Back for the Summer of 2010
The Buddy Membership at the Beaman Center might be the best deal in the entire city of Nashville. The Summer “Buddy” Membership for friends and family members of current BSLC members costs $50. Current members of the Beaman Center will be allowed to sponsor 2 Buddies for memberships. The “Buddy” membership allows those individuals to the same privileges all the other BSLC members enjoy. All Buddy Memberships expire on August 17. Click here to download the application form. If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Zeller at 460-6262.
Nashville Children’s Choir Holds Auditions
The Nashville Children’s Choir Program is committed to the rehearsal and performance of quality choral music. Three choirs – the Touring Choir, the Concert Choir and the Preparatory Choir – provide children the opportunity to practice and perform with a group appropriate to age and ability. Children who will be in third grade through seventh grade in the fall (current 2nd – 6th graders) are invited to audition for the 2010-2011 year on May 11 or 12, 2010 at Belmont University. To request an audition time, follow instructions for New Chorister Auditions on the website http://ncc.belmont.edu. Prospects without internet access, call 615-460-5400, ext. 1862.


Saturday, May 1, noon-7 p.m.
Fiesta Belmont Latin Street Fair
The 5th annual Fiesta Belmont, Nashville’s longest running Latin street fair, will provide local Latin food, live music (traditional and salsa), kid’s activities, games, pinatas, cultural displays and fun. Free admission.
Center of Campus
Saturday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Monday, May 3, 10 a.m.
Be the Media with author/activist David Mathison
Be the Media is an extension of David Mathison’s award-winning work in eliminating inefficiencies in publishing, providing all participants with more egalitarian, democratic and open systems. The book is the result of a decentralized, collaborative effort by some of today’s leading media activists, educators and experts.
MBC 100
Monday, May 3, 5 p.m.
Belmont SIFE Team Presentation
The Belmont SIFE Team will present its annual report – showcasing the results of five of its 2009/10 projects. Please come and learn about SIFE’s long-term, sustainable community relationships focused on economic development and financial literacy for the underserved.
Massey Boardroom
Monday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Classical Performers Concert
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Tuesday, May 4
Last Day of Classes
Tuesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Brass Ensemble
Belmont Mansion
Wednesday, May 5
Academic Preparation Day
Wednesday, May 5, 9-11 p.m.
Pancake Night
Cafeteria – Student Center
Friday, May 7, 7 p.m.
Nashville Children’s Choir
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
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 Aaron Jerome, Curb Event Center Ticketing Manager, and his wife Amy, on the birth of their second child, daughter Dahlia Marie Jerome, on April 19.


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:
Jennie McClendon, Massey alumna and administrative director for Vanderbilt’s Division of Public Affairs, passed away Sunday. Donations in McClendon’s honor may be made to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Please keep the McClendon family in your thoughts and prayers.


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to communication@belmont.edu.
April 30
Rick Byrd, Athletics
Matt Reno, Bookstore
Michael Simpson, Security
May 1
Jennie Carter Thomas, Business
May 2
Noel Boyle, Philosophy
May 3
Stacy Maciuk, Development
Jane Shelby, Nursing
May 6
Robert Dillingham, Business
Nancy Le, Custodial Services
May 8
Lloyd Elder, Moench Center
May 9
Carol Smith, Provost’s Office