September 24, 2010


Belmont Launches Bike Share Program
Belmont University recently launched the Belmont Bike Share Program – Belmont Bikes – as the latest campus-wide initiative to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. With the help of Halcyon Bike Shop, owned by a Belmont alumnus, the University has refurbished 10 bicycles which are now available to students, faculty and staff at no cost. Click here for more on this story, and click here to see more photos of Bruiser cruising through campus on his Belmont Bike earlier today.


Students Share Their Living a Better Story Experiences
LaBS BN.jpgBelmont students, faculty and staff came together Sept. 22 to share their experiences three weeks after the launch of Living a Better Story, a new initiative for upperclassmen to teach students about giving. President Bob Fisher joined Don Miller via Skype to hear how participating students have served others by multiplying and using the money given to them at an event early this month. Many students told of how this experience not only helped someone else but changed their own lives as well. Student blogged their stories which can be read here.
Watch local media coverage on Living a Better Story here. Click here for more on this story.
Arts Grant Funds Community Mural with Jairo Prado
Prado_mural.jpgDr. Paulo Boero, assistant professor of Spanish, recently received a $3,400 grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The award, titled “The Art of Jairo Prado: Inventing Communities and Creating Identities,” will fund a community mural designed by Colombian-born artist Jairo Prado, Belmont students and community members.
The mural follows the theme of Belmont’s 2010 Humanities Symposium, “Giving Shape to Airy Nothings: Inventing Communities, Creating Identities.” The mural will strive to give shape to the identity and community dynamics that emerge when immigrant and native cultures come across one another, forcing each other to revisit their identities and to create new ways of imagining themselves in the Middle Tennessee community they now constitute together. The four-panel, portable mural will be displayed at various prominent locations during the symposium, sometimes as a backdrop for keynote speakers. Click here for more on this story.
Belmont’s Entrepreneurship Program Gains National Top 20 Ranking
Best Entrepreneurial Undergraduate.jpgFrom over 2,000 schools surveyed by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur magazine, Belmont University was recognized as having one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the country. Belmont ranked 18th in the undergraduate category of the survey, the only Tennessee program to be included. The eighth annual ranking reveals the nation’s top 25 undergraduate and top 25 graduate programs for entrepreneurship. Belmont’s ranking can be seen at
Dr. Jeff Cornwall, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, said, “I continue to be amazed by the entrepreneurial spirit of our students. It is their success being recognized by these awards. We need this generation of entrepreneurs to help us revitalize our economy and reignite the free market.” Click here for more on this story.
Tennessee College for Women Celebrates 50th Reunion
TCW1.jpgBelmont’s Office of Alumni Relations partners with TCW Alumnae Association to host event Saturday in Murfreesboro
Belmont University will partner this weekend with the Tennessee College for Women Alumnae Association to host the group’s 50th Reunion. The event will be held this Saturday, Sept. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, beginning with the group’s annual business meeting and concluding with a luncheon. Belmont’s Office of Alumni Relations partners with the TCW Alumnae Association to host this reunion year after year, as the alumnae have helped many Belmont students through substantial scholarship contributions. Currently, 11 Belmont students receive TCW scholarship funds. Click here for more on this story.
CEMB Christian Showcase Breaks Attendance Record
Christian_showcase_2010_winners.jpgLast Saturday, the Curb College’s Christian Showcase set a record for attendance with more than 2,000 audience members filling seats in the Curb Event Center to see bands Colorfire (winner), The Gloria Dei Project, The Weight of Glory and Jamie Smyth perform two original works and one contemporary Christian cover. In addition to the exceptional talent and visionary production featured in the show, the evening’s success may be attributed to a partnership with Student Affairs to book and promote the show on a Parent & Family Weekend and to newly implemented marketing teams in the showcase series who reached out directly to campus and community residents.
Producer Philip Hagood said of the show, “The 2010 Christian Showcase is a place where the students of Belmont and members of the Nashville community can come together to celebrate music that glorifies God.” Emphasis on community outreach and involvement is what sets the show apart from others. Click here for more on this story.
Men’s Basketball to Host Don Meyer Classic on ESPNU
Bruins Face Wolves on Special Evening
Belmont men’s basketball will host Northern State University in the inaugural Don Meyer Classic on Tues., Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU, the network announced Thursday. The game serves to honor Meyer, who retired as head coach of Northern State following the 2009-10 season as the all-time NCAA wins leader in men’s basketball with 923.
Meyer, who was awarded the Jimmy V Award For Perseverance at the 2009 ESPY Awards for his courage in returning to coaching following a Sept. 2008 car crash that cost him his left leg as well as his example battling through cancer of the liver and intestines, and most recently received the 2010 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for significant contributions to the sport., is an extremely respected figure in Nashville having directed Lipscomb men’s basketball from 1975-99. That is where Meyer and Belmont men’s basketball head coach Rick Byrd formed a lifelong friendship and mutual respect, taking the ‘Battle of the Boulevard’ rivalry between Belmont and Lipscomb to new heights. Click here for more on this story.
Jim Cooper, Stewart Clifton Speak on Integrity in Politics
Cooper91710.jpgDr. Pat Raines, dean for the College of Business Administration and interim provost, moderated a panel discussion last Friday about ethical issues in today’s political environment. Panelists included Congressman Jim Cooper, D-5th district, and lobbyist Stewart Clifton. Clifton is an attorney and lobbyist for such groups as the League of Women Voters, the Alzheimer’s Association and National Association of Social Workers. U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, R-7th district, was supposed to participate; however, she had to attend a press conference in Spring Hill announcing the re-opening of the area’s GM plant. Click here for more on this story.


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Bell Tower Celebration Event Sat., Oct. 2
Thanks to more than 891 donors, the Campaign to Restore the Bell Tower has reached its $400,000 goal, and restoration of the historic Bell Tower has been completed. Please join us in the Bell Tower Amphitheater for a Rousing Celebration on Sat., Oct. 2 at 1:30 p.m. The program will include a Carillon Concert, an unveiling on donor plaques and light refreshments. RSVP by Sept. 30 to 460-6212.
Faculty Staff Sack Lunch Series Set for Fall 2010
Want to know more about binary code or your new online performance evaluations? Or are you seeking the truth about Belmont myths and legends? Or curious about the development of Belmont’s College of Law? Get the answers to these questions and more at this semester’s faculty/staff Sack Lunch Series. Bring a drink – pizza will be served. Click on the link to see the dates and topics as well as to reserve a spot.
‘Alumni on the BLVD’ Event Scheduled for Oct. 2
The Office of Alumni Relations is hosting an Alumni on the BLVD event on Sat., Oct. 2. All Belmont alumni are invited to come enjoy a beautiful fall day on campus and take advantage of special discounts and fun activities for everyone. Click here for a complete schedule.


Monday, September 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Community Connections Fair
Non-profit organizations from Nashville and Middle Tennessee will set up information tables, and students, faculty and staff are invited to visit the booths to learn about volunteer opportunities with each organization.
Neely Dining Room
Monday, September 27, 7:30 p.m.
Belmont Camerata Musicale The Baroque Imagination: Fervor and Flamboyance
This season Belmont Camerata Musicale will highlight composers who have cultivated change and inspired the direction and development of chamber music. Each one of these composers has added a unique contribution to the development and evolution of the genre. The Baroque Imagination: Fervor and Flamboyance explores works by Bach, Corelli, Handel, Purcell and other Baroque period composers.
Belmont Mansion
Tuesday, September 28, 7:30 p.m.
Encore Award Presentation and Concert Honoring Drs. Daniel and Sharon Lawhon
Alumni Daniel and Sharon Lawhons are being honored by the School of Music for their outstanding professional contributions as classical performers, educators and clinicians.
Belmont Heights Baptist Church Sanctuary
Wednesday, September 29, 10 a.m.
Kelly Monroe Kullberg: Finding God at Harvard
Kelly is the founder of The Veritas Forum, which has emerged at over 100 universities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. It enables Christian academics to engage their secular colleagues around issues of truth, beauty and meaning.
Neely Dining Room
Wednesday, September 29, 6:30 p.m.
Insider’s View: EntreLeadership with Dave Ramsey
Dr. Jeff Cornwall, director of Belmont’s Center for Entrepreneurship, will interview Dave Ramsey regarding his nationally syndicated talk show and EntreLeadership program.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Thursday and Friday, September 30 and October 1
Provost Candidate Dr. Beverly Sypher on Campus
The Provost Search Web Site is now live. Go to and sign in to your BIC account. Click on the “Provost Search Information” box on the left-hand side of the page. In addition to hosting the candidates’ curriculum vitae, cover letter and a one-page response to Belmont’s Mission, Vision and Values statements, the site also includes the schedule for visits and evaluation forms.
Thursday, September 30, 7 p.m.
Traditional Japanese Dance and Music Education Tour
A group of Japanese performers who specialize in Edo period Japanese dance and music will perform pieces from that era. These performers are part of a special tour that educates students about the performing arts of Early Modern Japan.
Black Box Theater
Thursday, September 30, 7 p.m.
National Security Symposium: Does a “War on Terror” Still Exist?
A lecture by Dr. Daniel Pipes (Hoover Institution, Middle East Forum). While the “war on terror” might be a misnomer, a war is indeed still underway.
Massey Boardroom
Friday, October 1, 10 a.m.
Every Friday at 10 a.m. we will gather together as a campus community to worship, pray, meditate and reflect on God’s word.
Neely Dining Room
Friday, October 1, noon-1:30 p.m.
Concert Band Performance
Atrium between MPAC and Wilson
Friday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
Tartuffe explores the contrast between religious hypocrisy and true Christian values and examines the evil that is committed in the name of religious fervor. Tickets are $5 for faculty and staff. Additional performances will be held Sat,, Oct, 2 (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.); Sun., Oct. 3 (2 p.m.); Thurs., Oct. 7 (7:30 p.m.); Fri., Oct. 8 (7:30 p.m.); Sat., Oct. 9 (7:30 p.m.); and Sun., Oct. 10 (2 p.m.).
Troutt Theater
Saturday, October 2, 1:30 p.m.
Bell Tower Celebration
Bell Tower
Sunday, October 3, 3-4:30 p.m.
Carillon Concert: Richard Shadinger 500 Years of Carillon Creativity
This concert is part of the School of Music’s Creative Spirit Series and explores 500 years of carillon creativity.
Bell Tower


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to
September 24
Jennie Bowman, Business
Jim Early, Telecommunications
April Maglothin, University Marketing & Special Initiatives
Kevin McClung, ACIT
September 26
Hope Campbell, Pharmacy
Maggie Monteverde, English/CCSA
Bill Thompson, Sport Science
September 27
Glenda Dahlhauser, University Marketing & Special Initiatives
Kay Geving, Mathematics and Computer Science
Lynne Shores, Nursing
September 28
Paula Gill, Institutional Effectiveness
Ann Rich, Sport Science
September 29
Pam Hazelwood, President’s Office
September 30
Eric Burford, University Copy Center
John Coker, Business
October 1
Renee Brown, Physical Therapy
October 3
Julie Bunt, Alumni Relations
Jennifer Kiev, University College

September 17, 2010


2010 Panhellenic Recruitment
The conclusion of the first Recruitment held over a weekend brought an astounding 116 women into the Belmont Panhellenic community. With nearly 300 women in Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Tau and Phi Mu, each with new pledge classes between 38 and 39 women, the Belmont Panhellenic community continues to grow and change in a positive direction. The Panhellenic Council elected to focus this year’s Recruitment on training and educating potential new members not only on the Recruitment process, but on the importance of knowing and talking about personal values. Their overarching theme, “Pack your bags for the journey of a lifetime,” translated to the concept of sorority life as a journey of personal growth and development and Recruitment as the beginning of that adventure. Click here for more photos.


Belmont University Tops 5,900 Students
Enrollment growth, rankings continue to flourish for 10th straight year
SERVE2010.jpgFollowing the official period when students can drop/add classes or withdraw, Belmont University realized a record-breaking final census of 5,936 students on campus as the university’s growth continues at a phenomenal rate for the tenth straight year. This year’s enrollment marks an increase of nine percent from last year and a rise of 99 percent since 2000 when the school enrolled 2,976 students. The Belmont student body currently consists of 1,293 graduate students and 4,643 undergraduates, representing record figures in both categories.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Not only is this our largest enrollment to date, but our incoming class also represents our strongest student pool ever. This indicates to me that many of the country’s best students are discovering Belmont to be a truly unique place where their passions and talents can be developed to meet the world’s needs.” Click here for more on this story.
Brian McLaren Visits Campus for EMERGE: Spiritual Emphasis Week
McLaren.jpgUniversity Ministries hosted Belmont’s annual “EMERGE Spiritual Emphasis Week” this week featuring keynote speaker Dr. Brian McLaren, a noted author, speaker, blogger and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers and activists. EMERGE is slated as a time each fall for the University as a whole to reflect, refocus and renew at the start of a new academic year.
During his first talk Monday morning, McLaren challenged students to consider “The Faith You Inherited and the Faith You Will Practice,” noting, “Everybody inherited a faith from their parents, even atheists. And children believe what their parents tell them.” However, as children move into adolescence, that stance can change, and individuals develop faith across time, determining if the faith they inherit will be the faith they inhabit. Click here for more on this story.
SunTrust Celebrates Belmont SIFE in Advance of World Cup
SIFElunch1.jpgSunTrust Bank recently held an Honorary Luncheon to celebrate the achievement of Belmont University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team for winning the 2010 National Championship. SunTrust provided a $1,000 grant to Belmont SIFE to continue its work with the Access DVD project, which featured a money and banking initiative that educates resettled refugees and immigrants on the American banking process. The DVD has currently been produced in seven different languages. The grant was offered to help with SIFE’s poverty initiative to educate areas of lower socioeconomic status on the dangers of predatory services such as pawn shops, Title Max, and Checks Cashed. Click here to see additional photos from the luncheon.
In only its fifth year, the Belmont University SIFE team competed in May against 169 other regional champion student teams from around the country and won the SIFE USA National Championship. Next up: a trip to California to compete against the national champions from 39 other countries at the 2010 SIFE World Cup, October 10 – 12 at the Anaheim Convention Center ( Click here for more on this story.