February 25, 2011


Giancarlo Guerrero Shares Passion for Music with Belmont Students
Giancarlo Guerrero, acclaimed music director for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, spoke in the Massey Performing Arts Center at Belmont University this morning in a convocation titled “A Life Shaped by Music,” sharing personal stories of his own music education and development. Read more….


Belmont Students, Faculty Win Major Awards at SEJC
SEJC_winners_11.jpgBelmont journalism students won several major awards at the Southeast Journalism Conference’s Best of the South competition held Feb. 17-19 at Troy University in Alabama. The SEJC named belmontvision.com the best Web site, and Connect, a magazine produced by Belmont students to distribute to incoming freshmen and transfer students, was named the top college magazine. “BelmontVision.com recognizes the immediacy of the world college students live in — a continually evolving tech savvy world,” said editor Erin Carson. “Being college students ourselves, we know how to report on the topics that mean the most to Belmont students and get that information out to them.”
Several Belmont students won individual awards as well. Journalism students Erin Carson and Dustin Stout placed in onsite competitions, in which students competed on deadlines in individual and group categories. In addition to the student awards, Linda Quigley, instructor in journalism and faculty adviser for The Vision, was named Journalism Educator of the Year. “This award acknowledges all our efforts in SEJC and in our own Department of Media Studies to teach solid journalistic values as well as new media skills,” said Quigley. “Journalism is undergoing constant change, and we have to meet the challenge of preparing students not only for current jobs, but also for job tracks that don’t even exist yet.” Read more….
Freshman Wins Semester’s Tuition with Half-Court Shot
GraysonAkerlywithDrFisher.jpgFreshman Grayson Akerly (Coppell, Texas) sunk the AT&T Yellow Pages “Long Distance Shot” during the Belmont Bruins home basketball game on Feb. 19, 2011, winning a semester’s worth of tuition for his half-court basket.
“At first I sent my parents a text saying that I had won, and when I called them they said they wouldn’t have believed me if I didn’t include a picture of me and Dr. Fisher holding the giant check,” said the Audio Engineering Technology major. “They’re still excited even days after. They’ve been telling everyone, even people I don’t know about it. It’s honestly a real blessing because it’s released a huge part of the financial burden that comes with paying for college.” Click here to read more on this story and to view the video of Grayson’s shot.
CEMB Honors ‘Hap’ Peebles with Mulloy Award
Hap_IBEA2.jpgContinuing a tradition of recognizing music industry greats who are also dedicated to the educational process, Belmont’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business will name the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) and founder Harry “Hap” Peebles the 2011 recipient of the Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence at the Best of the Best Showcase at Belmont’s Curb Event Center on March 26 at 7 p.m. Established in memory of program founder Bob Mulloy, the annual Award of Excellence recognizes an individual or organization that has achieved a level of excellence in the music business and entertainment industries with notable service to Belmont University and the Nashville community; previous recipients include Donna Hilley and Vince Gill.
Harry “Hap” Peebles was country before Barbara Mandrell was born. Peebles served the country music industry for more than 60 years. Booking artists from the age of 18, he worked with Miss Mandrell when she was 11 years old! Hap is a founder of IEBA, originally known as the International Country Music Buyers Association, as well as the Country Music Association (CMA). IEBA was founded in 1970 as a non-profit trade organization for talent buyers, concert promoters, agents, managers, artists and other related entertainment professionals. IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry. IEBA is known for showcasing the best and brightest talent in all genres of music and all fields of entertainment—exposing buyers to the freshest acts for the buying season. Read more….
Fairytale Royalty Visits Belmont Mansion This Spring
Belmont Mansion invites Nashville families to mingle with fairy tale royalty at “Happily Ever After – A Tea Party” this March. Belmont Mansion goes enchanted on Sat., March 26, as famous fairy tale princesses and princes transform the mansion into a royal court. Hosted by Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, “Happily Ever After – A Tea Party” invites local families to meet their favorite storybook princesses and princes, play games like “Pass the Poison Apple” and “Musical Carpets” on the mansion’s front lawn and decorate their own crowns.
“Happily Ever After – A Tea Party” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sat., March 26 in the grand salon at Belmont Mansion, located on the historic campus of Belmont University. Admission is $8 per person. Although it is general seating, space is limited, so guests are advised to register in advance by calling Belmont Mansion at 615-460-5459. Click here for more information.
Thrailkill, Russell, Campbell Elected to Board of Trustees
Larry Thrailkill, Anne Russell and Reverend Vincent Campbell have been elected to Belmont University’s Board of Trustees.
Thrailkill ran a private law firm and served as Chief Operating Officer of the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation. During his tenure there, he served as President of the San Francisco 49ers NFL team for the 1998 season. Thrailkill, a former chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, is an active member of Forest Hills Baptist Church.
Russell has practiced law in Nashville since 1984 and has served as an instructor in Wills, Probate and Trusts at the Nashville School of Law since 1995. In addition to Belmont, Russell serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Symphony Orchestra of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Nashville Symphony, the Cheekwood Museum of Art and Botanical Gardens, the Hermitage, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Russell is also an active member of Forest Hills Baptist Church.
Rev. Campbell serves as pastor for Kayne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church. He previously served as the Dean of Student Affairs and Interim Dean of Chapel at American Baptist College from 2002-2004 and currently serves as a professor of religious studies. In 2010, Campbell began serving the Nashville community as a commissioner of the Metro Human Relations Commission.


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Belmont Bookstore Sale Next Week
Gear up for Spring Break with 30 percent off select shorts, tees, totes and flip flops next Monday-Friday, Feb. 28-March 4 in the Belmont University Campus Store. Many styles to choose from. No additional discounts may apply. Ask a sales associate for more details.
Sorority Representatives On Campus Next Week for Presentations
On behalf of the extension committee formed fall 2010, the Panhellenic Council is excited to announce the latest development in the ongoing process of adding a new sorority to the Belmont campus. During the week of March 21-27, Belmont will host representatives from Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta and Gamma Phi Beta, who will present detailed information about their organization to members of the extension committee, Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council and the Belmont community. These presentations will provide students with the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the three organizations, one of which will become a future addition to the Belmont Greek Life community following a vote by Panhellenic delegates. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend the extension presentations by representatives of Kappa Delta on Mon., March 21 at 10 a.m. in Neely; Kappa Alpha Theta on Wed., March 23 at 10 a.m. in Neely; and Gamma Phi Beta on Fri., March 25 at 10 a.m. in Frist Lecture Hall in Inman. For questions please contact Amanda Short-President of the Belmont University Panhellenic Council (panhellenic@pop.belmont.edu).
New Weight Watchers Meetings Starting Up
A Belmont Weight Watchers group will begin meeting on Thursdays, March 3-May 19 from noon-1 p.m. in the Acklen Conference Room in Freeman Hall. Cost for new/rejoining members is $120, continuing members is $110 and lifetime members is $100. Weight Watchers has a new and improved program. Come and check it out. Deadline to sign up and to turn in your payment is Friday, February 25. Contact Patsy Peach for more information at 460-6401.


Friday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Ruhl’s creative retelling of the classic Greek myth Orpheus presented through the eyes of the heroine. Presented in collaboration with Actors Bridge Ensemble. Tickets are $12 for faculty and staff. Additional performances Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Troutt Theater
Monday, February 28, 10 a.m.
The Importance of Nature Play: Reconnecting Children with the Outdoors
Vera Vollbrecht and Denise Weyer, Metro Parks Nature Centers, will speak on “nature deficit,” a phrase coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 publication, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. Sponsored by the Environmental Science Program and ONE Club.
HSB 408
Monday, February 28, 10 a.m.
Be the Media
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.
Massey Boardroom
Monday, February 28, 10 a.m.
Music and Discourse Lecture
The emergence of “world music” into the popular music marketplace by the late 1980s brought to North American ears a sweep of styles from Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, and European folk cultures. This lecture offers a glance at world music as a socio-musical phenomenon.
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Monday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Rethinking the “Post-Defeat” Discursive Space: Censorship during the U.S. Occupation of Japan
As part of the Asian Studies Symposium, Dr. Richi Sakakibara of Waseda University in Japan will speak on censorship during the U.S. occupation of Japan after WW II. Check the BIC calendar for additional sessions from the Asian Studies Symposium, which runs through Thursday evening.
Multimedia Hall
Monday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
Belmont Camerata Musicale
This season Belmont Camerata Musicale will highlight composers who have cultivated change and inspired the direction and development of chamber music. This concert is called The Romantic Impulse: Passion and Virtuosity, which will explore works by Brahms, Dvorak and Debussy.
Belmont Mansion
Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Wind Ensemble Concert
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Wednesday, March 2, 10 a.m.
Jane Austen and Celebrity Culture: The Prince Regent in Emma
The English Department is organizing a Spring Lecture Series on culture and the arts. The first presentation, led by Dr. Douglas Murray, will be on “Jane Austen and Celebrity Culture.”
Bunch Library McWhorter Classroom
Wednesday, March 2, 10 a.m.
Spread the Word to End the Word
Join Belmont’s Best Buddies student organization as we work to increase awareness of the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.
HSB 408
Wednesday, March 2, 10 a.m.
Adelicia Acklen: The First Woman of Belmont
Join Dr. Brenda Jackson-Abernathy and Mark Brown, executive director of Belmont Mansion, as they discuss Adelicia Acklen. Their talk will explore Acklen’s role as the “first woman” of Belmont and the ways in which she maintained a delicate balance between conforming to and resisting against 19th century expectations for women.
Belmont Mansion
Wednesday, March 2, 5:30 p.m.
Faculty/Staff Talent Show
Troutt Theater
Friday, March 4, 10 a.m.
Neely Dining Room


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
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 18, 2011


Homecoming 2011 celebrations began this week with a kick-off pep rally, several related convos, a Residence Life banner contest, Belmont at the Bluebird, the Alumni Art Exhibit and a hard-fought men’s basketball win over ETSU. Festivities continue this afternoon with the Emeritus Faculty conversation and the Homecoming Bonfire before tomorrow’s reunions, Indoor Tailgate and basketball doubleheader. Click here to see the complete schedule and here to view more Homecoming photos.


Alumnus Shares Dream of Barefoot Republic Camp
As part of the Homecoming 2011 celebration, Belmont alumnus Tommy Rhodes (’95) spoke on campus Wednesday about “Building God’s Community” and the purpose of his camp, Barefoot Republic.
Upon completing his undergraduate degrees at Belmont in biology and chemistry, Rhodes was accepted to Vanderbilt University’s Ph.D. program in biomedical science and was on the path to a successful career in research. However, during his third year of the program, he shared with his wife, Lane, that God had revealed that now was the time to pursue his real passion, creating a summer camp ministry.
“There are three things that I look back on that God does in all of our lives,” Rhodes explained. “He finds people, frees people and focuses people.” Read more….
Men’s Basketball Defeats ETSU, Clinches Top Seed in A-Sun Tournament
In arguably its most inspired performance of the season, Belmont men’s basketball defeated East Tennessee State, 68-58, Thursday night. The Bruins would have to alter their script this evening, as a trademark quick start would not be forthcoming.
ETSU rode the play of Isiah Brown to a 16-9 lead six minutes in. And though turnovers would plague the Bruins early, solid outside shooting kept the team in the game. Three-point field goals each from sophomore Ian Clark (Memphis, Tenn.), sophomore Trevor Noack (Keller, Texas), senior Jordan Campbell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Brandon Baker (Milford, Ohio) enabled Belmont to get within 16-12. Read more….
Social Work Accreditation Affirmed for Eight More Years
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has reaffirmed Belmont University’s social work program accreditation for the next eight years. The action came at the February meeting of the Council’s Commission on Accreditation and recognizes the university’s social work department with its highest endorsement.
“This is great news for our students,” said Dr. Lorraina Scholten, chair of Belmont’s Social Work Department, “not only to know that their education meets the highest standards of our profession, but also to benefit from the advanced standing they will enjoy in graduate programs around the country.” Read more….