November 19, 2010




Scarlett Leadership Institute Hosts Michael Beschloss Event
Michael-Beschloss.jpgThe Scarlett Leadership Institute hosted its Fall Leadership Breakfast in the Curb Event Center on Thursday morning featuring noted American historian Michael Beschloss, author of eight books including his most recent work, Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America.
Newsweek has called Beschloss “the nation’s leading Presidential historian.” He serves as NBC News Presidential Historian—the first time any major network has created such a position—and appears regularly on “Meet the Press,” “Today” and all NBC network programs. He is a regular on PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” In 2005, he won an Emmy for his role in creating the Discovery Channel series “Decisions that Shook the World,” of which he was the host. Read more….
Men’s Basketball Team Opens Season with Strong Effort, Big Win
Women Open Ezell Era with Win, Prepare for Tennessee Tech Sunday
clark3.jpgBelmont men’s basketball will face Marist and Winthrop Nov. 22-23 in Winston-Salem, N.C. as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation Round, the NIT announced Thursday. Belmont (1-1) lost a close game to No. 23 Tennessee, 85-76, Tuesday in their official season opener and defeated Arkansas State, 93-60, Wednesday as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off South Regional.
The Bruins will play Marist Monday, Nov. 22 at 3:30 p.m. CT and Winthrop Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m. CT. Both games will be broadcast live on the Bruin Sports Network, with Voice of the Bruins Kevin Ingram on the play-by-play.
The Belmont women’s basketball team turned on the afterburners down the stretch and pulled out a win over Winthrop on the road last Friday night, 59-50, landing new Coach Brittney Ezell her first Bruin win. The team was unable to duplicate its come from behind feat on day two of the Winthrop Classic and fell to tournament champion, Central Michigan, 102-71, on Sunday afternoon. The Bruins (1-2) were then tripped up by an early deficit and dropped its home opener to visiting UT-Martin (2-1) on Wednesday night at the Curb Event Center. The women return to the court Sunday night in the Curb Event Center against Tennessee Tech.
The first home doubleheader of the season occurs Thurs., Dec. 2 with Belmont’s men’s and women’s teams taking on Mercer in the Curb Event Center starting at 5 p.m.


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No Belmont FYI Next Week
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Belmont FYI newsletter next week. The next issue will be sent on Friday, December 3.
College of Health Sciences & Nursing Holiday Bake Sale
Want a great dessert for your holiday dinner table? Let the CHS students provide it for you! CHS student clubs (social work, pharmacy, nursing, OT, PT) will be selling “WHOLE” baked goods for your holiday enjoyment. Come buy your cakes, pies, brownies, cookies and fresh bread for your meals and donate money to a great cause at the same time: Monday, November 22 in Neely Dining Hall from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Alumni Christmas Invite
Alumni Christmas Postcard - color.jpgCampus alums can click here to RSVP. The event is open to everyone on campus. Also, the bookstore will be offering a 25 percent discount to Belmont alumni on regular priced Belmont apparel and Belmont logo gift items from 2-4 p.m. on November 30.


Friday, November 19, 3 p.m.
‘My Name Is Asher Lev’: Beauty, Truth and the Artist
Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities at Baylor University, will speak on the significance of Marc Chagall’s life and work, particularly as it pertains to Belmont campus theme for the year, “Invention and Creativity.”
Vince Gill Room
Friday, November 19, 7 p.m.
Nashville Ballet Presents Anne Frank
Anne Frank is a new Nashville Ballet production based on The Diary of a Young Girl with original music by Belmont Assistant Professor of Music Mark Volker.
Troutt Theater
FrIday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
33 Variations
The play simultaneously examines the creative process behind Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the journey of musicologist Katherine Brandt to discover the meaning behind why Beethoven was compelled to write 33 distinct variations on a simple theme. Tickets are $4 for Faculty and Staff. Additional performances will be held Saturday and Sunday nights at 7:30 p.m. as well as a 2 p.m. Saturday performance.
Black Box Theater
Friday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
Musical Theatre: Anything Goes
This classic American musical theatre show centers around madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Tickets are $5 for faculty and staff. Additional performances will be held Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday at 1 p.m.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Sunday, November 21, 3 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Tennessee Tech
Curb Event Center
Monday, November 22, 10 a.m.
Shane Claiborne
Author Shane Claiborne helps unveil the tragic mess we’ve made of our world and the tangible hope that another world is possible. He has worked alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta, served at a wealthy Chicago mega-church, and worked in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team.
Belmont Heights Baptist Church
Monday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.
Wind Ensemble Concert
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Tuesday, November 23, 10 a.m.
Annual Benefits Package Enrollment Information Meeting
Massey Center Boardroom
Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 29, 10 a.m.
147 Million Orphans
Come join the women of 147 Million Orphans during Orphan Awareness Month as they share the remarkable story behind their company.
Beaman A&B
Monday, November 29, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball at TSU
TSU Campus
Monday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Woodwind Quintet
Belmont Mansion
Thursday, December 2, 4-9 p.m.
Science Undergraduate Research Symposium
The seventh annual Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) will begin at 4:00 with the keynote address given by Dr. Victoria Morgan, assistant professor of radiology and radiological sciences and an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University. The title of her talk is “Insights into the Workings of the Human Brain Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” Following the talk, there will be a student poster session from 5-6 p.m. Presentations of student papers will begin at 6:15 p.m.
Beaman A&B
Thursday, December 2, 5-9:15 p.m.
Basketball Doubleheader
Belmont women’s and men’s basketball teams take on Mercer.
Curb Event Center
Friday, December 3, 10 a.m.
Neely Dining Room
Friday, December 3, 7 p.m.
Nashville Children’s Choir Concert
Belmont Heights Baptist Church
Saturday, December 4, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt Campus


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November 19
Wes Bulla, CEMB
November 20
Jimmy Davis, Associate Provost/University College
November 21
Kenisha Rhone, Athletics
November 22
Richard Hoffman, Music
Benita Walker, Spiritual Development
November 23
Renee Schultz
November 25
Mike Awalt, Philosophy
November 27
Vernona Elliott, Philosophy
Debbie Simpler, Social Work
November 28
Kevin Robinson, Physical Therapy
November 30
Kris Elsberry
December 1
April Hefner, Office of Communications
John Paine, Literature and Languages
Natalia Pelaz, Foreign Language
December 3
Ronnie Littlejohn, Philosophy
December 5
Karen Bennett, Social Sciences

November 12, 2010


Men’s Basketball Defeats Northern State in Don Meyer Classic
Belmont men’s basketball defeated Northern State Tuesday evening, 79-64, in the inaugural Don Meyer Classic. The exhibition contest, which was broadcast nationally on ESPNU, honored former Northern State and Lipscomb head coach Don Meyer, who retired following the 2009-10 season with an all-time college basketball standard of 923 career victories. Meyer, whose courageous battle through a near-death car accident and later cancer, inspired longtime friend and ESPN senior baseball writer to pen a just-released book titled, How Lucky You Can Be. Click here to see additional photos from the game. Read more….


Flake Advocates for Christian Community Development
FloydFlake.jpgThe Office of Spiritual Development and the Social Entrepreneurship program partnered this week to bring Rev. Floyd Flake to campus to discuss Christian community development. A former U.S. Congressman, Flake is the senior pastor of the more than 20,000 member Greater Allen A. M. E. Cathedral of New York. The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral operates a 30,000 square feet multi-service center, has an extensive business development program, and has rehabbed housing to serve hundreds of the homeless and elderly in their community.
The Greater Allen Cathedral’s operations are now a national paradigm of church-centered, faith based, public/private community educational and economic development, but when Flake first arrived at the church, the congregation and the community were suffering. Residents were moving away because the area suffered from too much crime, poor educational options and a diminishing property value. “My challenge,” Flake said, “was to introduce new ideas to the church, new ideas to an old congregation. We went through our struggles.” Read more….
Center for International Business, Tennessee World Affairs Council Host Ambassador George Staples
Staples.jpgBelmont University’s Center for International Business and the Tennessee World Affairs Council hosted Ambassador George Staples (U.S. Foreign Service, Ret.) for a conversation on the future of American diplomacy on Tues., Nov. 9 and again on Wed., Nov. 10.
America’s foreign affairs challenges are filling a growing to-do list: Middle East peace, nuclear weapons proliferation, rising China, failing states, Islamic extremism, economic turmoil, climate change conventions, energy security and much more. Responding to these global issues, most posing significant threats to American security and prosperity, requires not only a strong military and economic capability but also a robust diplomatic capacity. Read more….
Alumnus, Faculty Member Take Home CMA Awards
Belmont University alumnus Brad Paisley (’95) was named Entertainer of the Year Wednesday night at the 2010 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, a show Paisley co-hosted with Carrie Underwood. In an emotional thank you speech, Paisley said, “My hero, Little Jimmy Dickens, has a saying, and that’s if you see a turtle on a fencepost, it had help getting up there. And I feel just like a turtle on a fencepost at this point.”
In addition, songwriting professor Tom Douglas won Song of the Year for his song, “The House That Built Me,” co-written with Allen Shamblin and recorded by Miranda Lambert. The song also won Music Video of the Year. Douglas, who teaches lyric writing, also co-wrote “Hello World,” the song performed on the broadcast by Lady Antebellum. Also, Male Vocalist of the Year winner Blake Shelton won another trophy for his participation in Musical Event of the Year for his song “Hillbilly Bone,” which was recorded with Trace Adkins at Belmont’s Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios.
Boehm Boys’ Share Message of Mutual Respect
BoehmBoys.jpgA Nashville-based father and son joined Belmont Monday for an important dialogue on how they have learned to love each other despite their differences in beliefs. Dr. Frank H. Boehm is a physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, an op-ed columnist and a long time leader in Nashville’s Jewish community. His son, Thomas L. Boehm, is the founder and executive director of Faith for ALL, a disability advocacy nonprofit helping faith communities open their doors and hearts to include people with disabilities. Thomas became a follower of Yeshua/Jesus as Israel’s Messiah in 1994 and has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and a Masters in Divinity.
The Boehm Boys, as the two refer to themselves, recently began speaking to churches around a three-pronged mission: to deepen dialogue about Israel, to develop partnerships for Faith for All and to demonstrate a path for peace, the primary purpose of their Belmont visit. Thomas said, “We must be able to honor one another in the differences of our convictions. That has really governed our relationship.” Click here to see additional photos from the event.
Massey School Expands MBA Study Options
Announces Business Negotiation and Mediation Focus
Belmont University’s Massey Graduate School of Business will deliver nine new MBA focus options for graduate business students, beginning Spring 2011. The first new area of focus, “Business Negotiation and Mediation,” will offer MBA students an opportunity to tailor their electives around the career skill set of business conflict management.
According to Massey associate dean Joe Alexander, “Our alumni tell us that part of what first drew them to the Massey MBA program was the flexibility it afforded them in customizing their degree plans to fit a chosen career path. With these new options, our students will have a total of 15 different MBA areas of focus available—one of the broadest set of MBA options available anywhere in the U.S.” Read more….
Belmont Wins Big at Nashville Technology Council 2010 Awards
Nashville_Tech_Awards2010.jpgBelmont senior Matt Lefavor and alumnus Nick Williams took top awards in their categories at the Nashville Technology Council 2010 Awards Ceremony. The ceremony, held in the Renaissance Hotel ballroom Oct. 28, drew 400 of the city’s leading technology professionals.
Lefavor, the Information Technology Student of the Year, is a double major in Computer Science and Philosophy in the Belmont Honors Program and has presented undergraduate research in both fields. His most recent summer job was data mining at the Goddard Space Flight Center, preparing the next Mars Rover to find life on the Red Planet. Williams, the Software Programmer/Engineer of the year, earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Belmont in 2009. He was a double major in Computer Science and Audio Engineering Technology. He is currently a software developer at PureSafety, provider of risk management software to 35 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. Read more….
Belmont’s McWhorter Hall Wins National Award for ESa’s Design
mcwhorterhall-1.jpgBelmont University’s McWhorter Hall—which houses the Schools of Pharmacy and Physical Therapy as well as the Department of Psychological Science—has received a Citation of Excellence Award in the national Learning By Design competition. The annual competition is sponsored by the National School Boards Association and Stratton Publishing and Marketing, Inc.
McWhorter Hall is one of 11 Citations of Excellence Award winners that were deemed the best in the nation by a recognized panel of architects and educational facility specialists. This facility and the other 10 winners will be published in the 20th Anniversary Spring 2011 edition of Learning By Design. Winners were chosen on the basis of innovative design and design excellence. Read more….