March 25, 2011




Belmont Partners with HealthStream, Laerdal to Develop Content for New Platform in Medical Simulation
SimMan.jpgFaculty members at Belmont University’s Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing are playing a vital role in the development of content that will be made available for use in an innovative new platform to deliver healthcare education through medical simulation.
SimCenter™, announced publicly in January, is a joint product of Nashville’s HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM), a leading provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry and Laerdal Medical, a global leader in the provision of educational solutions for healthcare providers and educators. SimCenter is an innovative simulation management platform designed specifically for healthcare institutions to manage their simulation initiatives. It is comprised of a fully integrated system of software designed to work with advanced patient simulators used in medical education and made available through the Internet via software as a service (SaaS).
Belmont educators have been part of the initial content development team of leading medical simulation centers that have been creating scenarios for use within SimCenter. “This is a groundbreaking solution that will revolutionize the way simulation is performed in healthcare training,” said Beth Hallmark, Ph.D. RN, director of simulation at Belmont University. Read more….
Sheth Advocates Business with China and India
Powell-Sheth-Overby-Cochran.jpgDr. Jagdish Sheth, the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, delivered the keynote address for Belmont University’s Second Annual International Business Symposium on March 17. Dr. Sheth, a world renowned expert in marketing and geopolitical analysis, spoke on his book, Chindia Rising: How China and India Will Benefit Your Business.
Dr. J. Patrick Raines, dean of the College of Business Administration, welcomed the audience of about 75 people. The Symposium was co-sponsored by the International Business Council of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Society of International Business Fellows, Sister Cities of Nashville, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Tennessee Department of Economic Development and the Tennessee World Affairs Council.
Dr. Sheth opened his talk by arguing that while the 20th Century was driven by government policy of advanced nations, the 21st Century will be driven by competitive markets of emerging nations. Describing the 21st Century as the “Asian Century,” Sheth projected that the old triad of the U.S., Europe and Japan would be supplanted by the new triad of the U.S., China and India, noting that the three can work cooperatively or become rivals. He added that economic interdependence created by investing in each other will create peace, since hurting the other will also hurt one’s investment in the other. He also encouraged companies to follow the examples of Ford, Kodak and Avon by creating and marketing affordable products to the common person rather than targeting products to the wealthy. Read more….
Rick Byrd Finalist for Three National Coaching Awards
RickByrd-1.bmpOn the heels of the greatest season in program history, Belmont University men’s basketball head coach Rick Byrd has been named finalist for three prestigious national coaching awards, announced Wednesday.
Byrd, who directed the Bruins to a 30-5 record and the program’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six years, is a finalist for the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award, the 2011 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year award, and the 2011 Skip Prosser Man of the Year award. Read more….
Massey Graduate School of Business Recognized by U.S. News
School Named to List of 2012 Top Part-Time M.B.A. Programs
Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business offers one of the top part-time M.B.A. programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in its 2012 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” U.S. News Media Group recently released the news in its latest list of nationally-ranked programs.
Belmont University’s Massey Graduate School of Business was recognized in the list of top part-time MBA programs in a broad-based tie for No. 138 in a ranked grouping that included schools such as Duquesne University, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, St. John’s University and the University of Tulsa. This marks the first time that Belmont’s part-time MBA program has been ranked in this publication.
“This latest accolade offers even more evidence that we have joined the ranks of elite graduate business programs in the U.S.,” said Dean J. Patrick Raines. Read more….


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Travel Fund Started for Family of Grace Hamilton
Grace Hamilton, the 2-year-old daughter of Amy Hodges-Hamilton (English) and Forest Hamilton, was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Many of you have been asking what you can do to help, and the family has expressed the need for a “travel fund” to help Amy and Forest’s parents travel back and forth between home and Nashville. A box will be located in Brenda Hancock’s office (Wheeler 200C) through April 1 if you would like to donate to this fund. You can keep up with Grace through this Caring Bridge website: Please continue to keep Grace, Amy, Forest and their entire family in your thoughts and prayers.
Click Down Memory Lane! New Collection Offers Digital Belmont History
Belmont University Special Collections has partnered with Harpeth Hall to create a digital archives collection, housed on the World Wide Web. More than 100 colleges across the United States have submitted documents to this digital institutional history. The Belmont/Harpeth Hall collection includes such items as yearbooks (annuals), catalogs, pictures, curriculum guides, and faculty/student rosters from Belmont College for Young Women, Ward’s Seminary for Young Ladies, Ward-Belmont School and Harpeth Hall. Belmont University contributed catalogs, annuals and school magazines from Ward-Belmont, covering the years 1913-1951. Harpeth Hall’s collection extends into the 1980s. Click here for more information.
Tri-Beta Plant Sale Ends at 4 p.m. Today
The Beta Beta Beta Biological Society plant sale ends today at 4 p.m. Tri-Beta offers a variety of indoor and outdoor plants at reasonable prices ($8-$15) to Belmont students, faculty and staff. The sale is set up in front of the Gabhart Student Center and deliveries are possible. This is Tri-Beta’s main fundraiser each year.
‘Brush With Kindness’ Volunteer Opportunity
Belmont University is partnering with eight churches in our neighborhood, Nashville Habitat for Humanity, 5/3 Bank, and Metropolitan Developing and Housing Agency to transform our neighborhood – one house at a time. This $50,000 pilot project, A Brush With Kindness, will help to revitalize our area by helping low income and elderly homeowners with repairs, maintenance, painting, weatherization, landscaping, and other improvements. This project also helps Belmont to reinforce our relationship with people and churches in our neighborhood. Work days are the first two weekends in April. Click here for more information.


Friday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Musical Theatre Presents: The Drowsy Chaperone
The story of a modern-day musical theater addict who is transported to the Jazz Age while listening to the LP of the 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married. Admission is $5 for Belmont faculty and staff. Additional performances will be held Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Troutt Theater
Saturday, March 26, 6 p.m.
Bluegrass Ensemble Concert
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Saturday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Best of the Best Showcase
The CEMB Showcase Series is designed to showcase Belmont student talent on stage and behind the scenes. Check out for more details.
Curb Event Center
Saturday, March 26, 8-9 p.m.
Earth Hour Celebration
Belmont Campus
Saturday, March 26, 9:01 p.m.
Southbound Concert
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
Monday, March 28, 10 a.m.
APP-solutely Mobile
The New Century Journalism Program welcomes New York Times Mobile Product Director Robert Samuels. Samuels creates new ways to share information via mobile for the
Massey Boardroom
Monday, March 28, 10 a.m.
A Christian Perspective: Addressing Poverty in Nashville
Join Rev. Brian Hicks, executive director of Harvest Hands, and Katie Pierce, associate director of Community Care Fellowship, as they talk about Methodist ministries addressing poverty in Nashville.
MBC 100
Monday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Belmont Camerata Musicale The Modern Vision: Revolution and Transformation
Belmont Mansion
Wednesday, March 30, 10 a.m.
The Belmont Woman: Past, Present and Future
Come join us for a Women’s History Month wrap-up discussion on the state of being a woman at Belmont. Four female students will share their experiences as women at Belmont, followed by a Q&A session. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Caresse John.
Beaman A
Wednesday, March 30, 10 a.m.
Mental Illness & the Death Penalty: Perspectives from David Kaczynski
The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) has been urging people to support a bill currently in the Tennessee General Assembly, excluding people with severe mental illness from facing the death penalty. Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, killed three people and wounded many more with mail bombs over 17 years. It wasn’t until his own brother (David), recognizing Ted’s writings, turned him in, that one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals was no longer a mystery. David Kaczynski will discuss his experience and views on mental illness, the death penalty/criminal justice system and why reform is necessary.
Vince Gill Room
Wednesday, March 30, 10 a.m.
Dr. Ana Aspras Steele and Kumar Swami: Make Slavery History
Dr. Steele is executive director of the Dalit Freedom Network USA, and Mr. Swami is executive director of the South Indian DFN. Their mission is to seek justice and empower the 250 million Dalits living at the bottom of Indian society.
Neely Dining Room
Wednesday, March 30, 10 a.m.
Jesus: One Man, Two Faiths: A Dialogue between Christians and Muslims
Dr. Ron Messier will speak on his recently published book Jesus: One Man, Two Faiths: A Dialogue between Christians and Muslims. In his search for channels of dialogue between Christians and Muslims as we move further into the 21st century, Dr. Messier finds that Jesus can be such a channel.
McWhorter 114
Wednesday, March 30, 4 p.m.
Mary Pat Tuner and Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart “Where We’ve Been”
Two artists create work delving into aspects of psyche and memory, fascination and nostalgia. Notions of identity and place confront and engage in abstract, color-filled paintings and prints.
Leu Art Gallery (Library)
Friday, April 1, 10 a.m.
Neely Dining Room
Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
Musical Theatre Presents: The Drowsy Chaperone
The story of a modern-day musical theater addict who is transported to the Jazz Age while listening to the LP of the 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married. Admission is $5 for Belmont faculty and staff. Additional performances will be held Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Troutt Theater
Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Company: In Concert
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)


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:
Patti Frensley, mother of Belmont student-athlete Brandon Frensley, passed away March 17 after a battle with cancer. Please keep the Frensley family in your thoughts and prayers.


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to
Happy belated birthday to Carrie Lovell (Student Financial Services) who celebrated on March 13.
March 25
Marty Bell, Religion
Matt Whitman, University Marketing and Special Initiatives
March 26
Emil Cunningham, Campus Security
Kathy Skinner, International Education
March 27
Jamie Stamey, CEMB
March 28
Robbie Pinter, English
March 29
Becky Gann, USASBE
Christy Ridings, University Ministries
March 30
Mary Thompson, Business
March 31
Elinor Gray, Pharmacy
April 1
Allison Kee, Library
Arthur Lachowicz, Business
April 2
Dan Johnson, Art
James Stamper, Education
Susan West, President’s Office
April 3
Larry Wacholtz, Music Business

March 18, 2011


NCAAsecondroundvsWisconsin.jpgMen’s Basketball Falls to Wisconsin in NCAA Tournament
Despite holding its Big Ten opposition to a mere 10 points in the paint, Belmont men’s basketball could not overcome torrid Wisconsin outside shooting in a 72-58 setback in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. In addition to the strong showing at the game in Tucson, the Bruins were supported by more than 1,000 students and fans who packed the Curb Event Center Thursday night for a campus Watch Party. Click here to read more on this story, and click here to view multiple photo galleries from Belmont’s NCAA journey this past week. (Photos from last night’s Watch Party will be posted in the Belmont photo gallery next week.)