August 26, 2011


Upperclassmen carry boxes for freshmen moving into residence halls on Aug. 20.
Belmont University freshmen Kelsey Keny (left) and Caitlin Cosper (right) organize school supplies at the LP Pencil project on 56th Avenue North Aug. 22. Read more on the annual SERVE Project.
Students smile Aug. 23 during Life Under the Tower, an annual gathering of new students at the Bell Tower the night before classes begin.
Faculty and administrators are adorned in academic regalia during Opening Convocation Aug. 24. Read more on Dr. Fisher’s annual State of the University address.


Campus to Engage in Year-Long Conversation on New Building
During Opening Convocation on Wednesday, Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher announced tentative plans for a new academic building to be located on the corner of 15th and Wedgewood Avenues.

“This really is the chance of a lifetime for our campus,” said Dr. Fisher, “because we can spend the coming weeks and months discussing and imagining what would be the best use of this space in terms of serving both our student body and our community. This is an opportunity to put our creative capital to work. We can take advantage of the incredibly talented and innovative minds that are already invested in Belmont and allow them to speak into this university’s future.”

During the fall semester, faculty, staff and students will engage in ongoing conversations about the countless possibilities a new academic building could offer to campus. In addition to discussing programs that could be housed in the space, including potentially new programs, these meetings will also encourage dialogue on how the space might be used in an innovative fashion. Provost Dr. Thomas Burns has already begun meetings on the topic over the summer, seeking input from deans and faculty members. Read more.

National Experts to Headline Belmont University’s Executive Leadership Experience Program
Belmont University’s Center for Executive Education recently announced the speaker line-up for The Executive Leadership Experience that begins Oct. 2 in Nashville. The Executive Leadership Experience is a 10-month leadership development program for high potential senior leaders from both the business and not-for-profit sectors. Read more.

Opening Convocation Sets Tone for New Academic Year
Held for the first time in the Curb Event Center, the Fall 2011 Opening Convocation celebration kicked off Belmont’s academic year as President Bob Fisher provided his annual State of the University address. Click here to see photos from the Opening Convocation in the Belmont Photo Gallery.

Provost Thomas Burns opened the morning event reminding the gathered students, faculty and staff of this year’s theme, Wealth and Poverty, and three initial ways that theme can be witnessed on campus: the freshmen KIVA micro-loan challenge, the sophomore Living a Better Story commitment and the upcoming Humanities Symposium keynote address from Maya Angelou. (More details on all of these initiatives will be posted soon to Belmont News.)

Provost Burns said, “Kiva, Living a Better Story and Maya Angelou all challenge us to deepen our understanding and find the courage to act… I invite you to join the Belmont community as we face the challenges of making new connections—between people, between ideas, between actions – knowing that we will struggle together with questions which have no easy answers.  May we welcome those struggles, embrace them and let them transform the way that we view and live in our world.” Read more.

Belmont University: Here We Grow Again!
With classes beginning today for the Fall 2011 semester, Belmont University reached a record-breaking enrollment number for the eleventh straight year: 6,374 students. This year’s enrollment marks an increase of eight percent from last year and a rise of 114 percent since 2000 when the school enrolled 2,976 students. The Belmont student body currently consists of 1,370 graduate and professional students and 5,004 undergraduates, representing record figures in both categories. In fact, for the first time, the University will enroll more than 2,000 new undergraduate and graduate/professional students this fall.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Every day I see more young adults and their families walking in the front door to visit Belmont, and I tell them that this university’s mission is to empower students to use their talents and passions to transform the world. To see so many of those faces return in August, accepting that challenge, makes me feel incredibly blessed.” Read more.

Incoming Students Volunteer in Annual SERVE Project
Mayor Karl Dean and Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher sent off Belmont’s Class of 2015 and transfer students early Aug. 22 to serve Nashville through the annual SERVE Project.

Some 1,400 students volunteered in their new hometown at 38 local non-profit organizations, including Feed the Children, YMCA, Second Harvest Food Bank and Metro Beautification.

“Belmont has been great friends to this city. Belmont has become one of the most exciting and one of the most interesting schools in the country and you see that manifest in many different ways,” said Dean, mentioning the University’s community service efforts during the May 2010 flood and how students strive to positively impact Nashville. Read more.

Sophomore Year Experience Launches with Center, Summit
Belmont’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the Sophomore Year Experience, kicked into high gear over the past few days as rising sophomores moved into Kennedy Hall on Thursday and the Sophomore Transition Center officially opened its doors. The Sophomore Year Experience, known to students as Growth & Purpose for Sophomores (GPS), is intended to encourage sophomores to engage in focused exploration of themselves and their places in the world. Assessment will be an important element of the program, evaluating the impact on growth and development as well as overall retention.

Growth and Purpose for Sophmores wordmark

Newly appointed Director of the Sophomore Year Experience David Sneed said, “The GPS is designed to aid sophomores in focusing on questions of who they are and what they want to be, empowering them to surge forward personally and professionally in a much stronger way than they might have without the program. We are developing and implementing programming that will integrate with all aspects of a sophomore’s Belmont experience, including academic courses, student life and residential living.” Read more.


Click here for stories on the recent accomplishments of Belmont’s students, faculty, staff and alumni. This week highlights include Bill Cromer, Danny Biles, Andy Miller, Robbie Pinter, Pete Giordano, Mike Pinter, Steve Murphree and John Gonas.


Belmont Tickets Now Available for Reservation for ‘An Evening with Maya Angelou’
Tickets are currently available for Belmont students, faculty and staff to reserve for the Sept. 19 “Evening with Maya Angelou” event, the keynote address of the 10th annual Humanities Symposium. As with other Belmont ticketed events, each student will be allowed to reserve a maximum of 1 ticket, and each employee may reserve a maximum of 2 tickets. Click here to reserve student, faculty and staff tickets. Tickets may also be picked up at the Curb Event Center box office. Belmont alumni will be able to begin reserving tickets on Wed., Aug. 31 at 10 a.m., and remaining tickets will be opened to the general public beginning Wed., Sept. 7 at 10 a.m.


Friday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. Eastern Illinois
Women’s Soccer officially opens 2011 season hosting Eastern Illinois.
Rose Park

Friday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m.
Belmont Invitational: Volleyball
The annual Belmont Invitational Volleyball event begins with Western Kentucky vs. Sacramento State. Belmont plays Murray State at 6:30 p.m.
Curb Event Center

Monday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.
Blood:Water Mission
Blood:Water Mission is a grassroots organization that empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. Guests will learn about the clean water and HIV/AIDS crisis, how this organization developed/current operations, and how lives are being impacted through their work.
Neely Dining Hall

Monday, Aug. 29, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
S.O.M. Faculty Concert Series presents: The Bass Faulty
Massey Concert Hall MPAC

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10 – 10:50 a.m.
Chapel: David Beckmann: Ending Hunger Now
World Food Prize laureate, President of Bread for the World and author of Exodus from Hunger and Transforming the Politics of Hunger, David Beckmann earned degrees from the London School of Economics and Yale and was ordained by the Lutheran Church to use his skills to alleviate hunger. He led church-based development programs in rural Bangladesh before spending 15 years at the World Bank.
Neely Dining Room

Thursday, Sept. 1, 5-7 p.m.
Piotr Chizinski: The Third Culture
Join the art department at an opening reception for Piotr Chizinski’s “The Third Culture.” Chizinski’s current work investigates the underlying misconceptions associated with classism in the United States.
LCVA Art Gallery

Thursday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Memphis
Men’s Soccer hosts intrastate rival Memphis at Rose Park in official season opener.
Rose Park

Friday, Sept. 2, 10 – 10:50 a.m.
Chapel: Richard Hughes: The Christian Mind
Founder of the Center for Faith and Learning at Pepperdine University and now Distinguished Professor at Messiah College, Hughes has published 12 books, including The Vocation of a Christian Scholar: How Christian Faith Can Sustain the Life of the Mind and Models for Christian Higher Education: Strategies for Survival and Success in the 21st Century.
Neely Dining Room


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to

Aug. 26
Josh Quarles, Copy Center

Aug. 27
Daniel Schafer, History

Aug. 28
Pete Giordano, Psychological Science
Brandon Mitchell, Belmont Central

Aug. 29
Joyce Crowell, Math/Computer Science
Sally Mann, Bookstore
Rich Tiner, Media Studies

Aug. 31
Steve Murphree, Biology
Beth Youngblood, Nursing

Sept. 1
Jean Blank, Nursing
Randy Capps, Network Services
Bill Fessler, Maintenance Services


Sub Shop Discount
The Sub Stop located at 1701 Broadway near Music Row is offering a Belmont University discount for all students, faculty and staff.  The “BU Deal” is $5.49 for 1/2 sub, chips and a drink ($6 total with tax). You must present your Belmont ID to receive this offer anytime of day. Each person must have his/her own ID (one deal per ID).

August 19, 2011


New Cafe, Bruin Grounds, Opens Its Doors in Bunch Library
New Belmont dining option Bruin Grounds opened its doors Aug. 16 in the lobby of Bunch Library. Featuring a variety of gourmet coffee drinks, sandwiches and salad options, the new shop hosted a food showcase Tuesday to allow faculty and staff to sample the new menu.

Based on its location in the library, offerings are named in honor of famous books, allowing customers to try out items like The Catch 22 breakfast item, a Count of Monte Cristo sandwich or a Grapes of Wrath salad, among others. The shop will also sell a variety of desserts, juices, chips and fruit cups.

Bruin Grounds will be open this week from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and will extend its hours until 10 p.m. on weekdays beginning Wed., Aug. 24, the first day of classes. In addition, the café will be open on Sat., Aug. 20 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. for Move In Day. Bruin Grounds hours may be adjusted during the semester based on demand, and the cafe will be accepting dining points and Bruin Bucks in addition to cash and credit cards. Read more.