October 28, 2011


A Poetry Slam was among the events hosted by the Tau Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. during "Final DSTination: Release of the REDS," a week of events hosted by the sorority. The women also held a voter registration drive and convocations covering women’s issues and financial readiness. Delta Week ends Oct. 29 with The RED Carpet of Horror Halloween Party co-sponsored by the Black Student Association in Beaman Meeting Rooms A&B.

The volleyball team beat Lipscomb 3-1 during a Battle of the Boulevard on Oct. 25. Belmont student-athletes continue to excel off the court and ranked high in the 2011 Graduation Success Rate Report. Read more below.


Ward Belmont hosted a reunion in the Belmont Mansion on Oct. 22.


AFRIZO, a choir from Daystar University in Kenya performed Oct. 28 in the Neely Dining Hall.


Brueggemann Lectures on God’s Justice for the Poor
Belmont University welcomed noted author and speaker Walter Brueggemann to campus on Oct. 23 for a convocation lecture titled “God’s Justice for the Poor.”

An expert on bringing the insights of the Old Testament to bear on contemporary issues of economic justice, nationalism and militarism through his 75 books, Brueggemann spent the hour engaging students in a discussion on the economic structure of society in Biblical times between the ideals under Pharaoh and the neighborly structure seen in Deuteronomy.

He advocated for a “mixed system” society – one that combines strategies from the capitalistic approach and the neighbor friendly one.

“Jesus thought neighbors related to neighbors related to neighbors could be transformative,” Brueggemann said.

The lecture ended with audience participation as students stood around the room and engaged in a dialogue surrounding the assigned questions regarding the state of the economy and the applicability of these ideals to the system we live in.

Brueggemann’s lecture tied in with the University’s 2011-2012 theme of Wealth and Poverty. This academic year, many academic lectures and programs explore the origins and effects of wealth and poverty as well as the social and ethical implications of each.

Belmont University Named a College of Distinction
Belmont University was again selected for the Colleges of Distinction, a website and college guide profiling more than 220 of America’s best bets in higher education. Belmont has been included on the list since 2007. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators and admissions professionals, Colleges of Distinction honors colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: student engagement in the educational process, great teaching, vibrant learning communities and successful outcomes.

Aside from the academic experience offered at the institutions selected, Colleges of Distinction are also chosen based on their first year program and experimental components of the curriculum. The organization believes institutions should be judged on what they are doing now and the development of their strategic plan, instead of their prestige historically.

Belmont will be profiled on the Colleges of Distinction website and in the official Colleges of Distinction guidebook. The selected Colleges of Distinction schools are found all across the United States.

Student-Athletes Rank High on NCAA Report
Belmont University student-athletes received high marks in the 2011 Graduation Success Rate Report released Tuesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Annually among the national standard bearers in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate report – which measures eligibility and retention – Belmont University also ranks among the nation’s best in Graduation Success Rate.

The two-pronged report contained both federal graduation rates, which are based solely on freshman scholarship student-athletes enrolling between 2001 and 2004, and a Graduation Success Rate that takes into account transfers in and out of the institution for the same time period. Both surveys are based on the student-athletes having six years to graduate from the time of their initial enrollment.

Five Belmont programs – men’s basketball, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s tennis – not only ranked among the nation’s best and paced the Atlantic Sun Conference in GSR within their respective sports, but had perfect scores of 100 for the reported cohort. Belmont baseball also ranked first in the conference in GSR, with a score of 90. Read more.

Freedom of Speech Week Explores Social Media
Communication Studies Assistant Professor Jason Stahl, Media Studies Associate Professor Sybril Bennett and Public Relations Instructor Kevin Trowbridge sat on a panel in the Massey Boardroom on Oct. 21 to explore the theme “Public Voice & Social Media” as part of Free Speech Week at Belmont.

They discussed social media’s changing importance in the way society communicates, how new responsibilities accompany new channels and tools, social media expansion, privacy freedoms and the place of social media in the classroom.

Bennett talked about the fears of privacy associated with social media and the direction of the future. She emphasized the importance of being “intentional and responsible” with your online brand since “you want to be the one who manages and facilitates it.”

The discussion ended with students’ questions regarding multitasking in the classroom and the role social media can play in enhancing the student experience. Trowbridge said he believes social media has a role in the classroom but content must be engaging because of its nature and the brevity of messages. Students and professors have to “step up their game and actually engage your audience, whether it’s online or face to face,” he said.

Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Department and the National Communication Association sponsored the week, which also included a viewing of “The King’s Speech.” The final event is a keynote address on “Public Voice in Public Institutions” by Chalsea Millner of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 in the Massey Boardroom.


Click here for stories on the recent accomplishments of Belmont’s students, faculty, staff and alumni. This week highlights include the Best Buddies Chapter, Ronnie Littlejohn, the Speech and Debate team, student members of the American Chemical Society, Ayesha Gaffar, Jordan Holt, Patrick Hurt, Rami Nofal, Mary Lyn Albritton, Cody Cain, Matt Craft, Seth Granda, Kyle Moyer, Stephanie Downing, Abby Henry, David Suell, Chris Goodwin, Amanda Buckner, Steven Gallo, Steven R. Guthrie and Sydney Smith.


Save the Date
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher will host an FAQ session for faculty and staff 2-3 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Multimedia Hall. A separate session for students will be held 10 a.m. Nov. 9 in the Curb Cafe.

Support the Bruins
There are several significant athletic events on and around campus this weekend. Every event is free and open to the public.

  • Belmont Cross Country – Hosts Atlantic Sun Conference Championships
    • Saturday, Oct. 29 – Men’s Race 10 a.m., Women’s Race 10:45 a.m. at Percy Warner Park
    • A wonderful opportunity for fellowship as we cheer on the Bruin cross country teams towards two more conference championships!
  • Belmont Women’s Soccer – Hosts North Florida in Atlantic Sun Tournament Quarterfinal Match
    • Saturday, Oct. 29 – 2 p.m. – E.S. Rose Park
    • Cheer on women’s soccer in their quest for the NCAA Tournament!
  • Belmont Men’s Soccer – Hosts Mercer in the conference regular season finale
    • Sunday, Oct. 30 – 1 p.m. – E.S. Rose Park
    • With a victory, men’s soccer clinches a berth in the upcoming Atlantic Sun Tournament!

Harvest Party 2011
Come join us for University Ministries’ Annual Harvest Party at Winningham Farm! This event is open to everyone and is free. Indulge on the bountiful BBQ feast & top it off with S’mores roasted to perfection around the blaze of the bonfire. Don’t miss out on the games and the pickup-truck bluegrass band! The Harvest Party will be held 5-8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Winningham Farm at 400 St. Blaise Road in Gallatin. Click here for directions. For more information, contact Alysia Green at alysia.green@belmont.edu or (615) 460-6419.

Red Cross Vehicle on Campus Friday
There will be a Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV) on campus noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Please do not be alarmed, as there is no campus emergency. The vehicle will be stationed behind the Jack. C. Massey Business Center near the Belmont Mansion as part of a lecture for a freshman seminar course. Everyone is invited to come by and see this unique communications station. Click here to read details about the ECRV.

Volunteers Needed for Veterans’ Remembrance Day National Roll Call
Belmont University has joined a nationwide grassroots effort to honor American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade. On Veterans Day— Nov. 11—campus and community volunteers at more than 100 college and universities across the nation will read the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), now called Operation New Dawn. Click here to read more.

Belmont’s Roll Call will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Maddox Grand Atrium with a brief ceremony and color guard on campus and is expected to last until approximately 4:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer to read a short list of names, contact Linda Mullins at (615) 460-6871.

If You or Someone You Know is Raped
As part of Crime Prevention Awareness month, Campus Security has been sharing key information about sexual assault. This week, we are offering advice about what to do if you or someone you know becomes a victim of a rape or sexual assault.

Survivors of rape and sexual assault often face an enormous struggle to regain a sense of safety, self-esteem and normalcy. Survivors can recover from rape and sexual assault, but each person does so at his/her own pace. During this traumatic time, the support of friends, family, counselors and others is extremely important.

Many different feelings, thoughts and symptoms—including anger, anxiety, guilt and denial—are normal responses to the trauma of rape and sexual assault. If someone you know has been raped, it is important to listen. Be patient and remember that it takes time to for a survivor to comprehend and assess what has happened. If he/she is willing to seek medical attention and/or report the assault to law enforcement, offer to accompany him/her wherever he/she needs to go (hospital, police station, Campus Security, Student Affairs, Counseling Services, etc.) However, understand that only the survivor can make the decision to get help.

If you are the victim of a rape or sexual assault, remember that rape is a crime. No one asks to be raped. It was not your fault. There are several avenues to help you through the recovery process:

  • Call someone you trust like a friend or family member.
  • Get medical attention at Health Services or a local hospital as soon as possible. Do not shower, wash or change your clothes. Valuable evidence could be destroyed.
  • Call or make a report to Campus Security and/or local police.
  • Seek counseling. Students can use free and confidential services available at Counseling Services.
  • Contact the Dean of Students Office for support.

Important Numbers:
Health Services 615/460-5506
Residence Life 615/460-5802
Student Affairs 615/460-6407
Counseling Services 615/460-6856
Campus Security 615/460-6617

Sexual Assault Center   615/259-9055
SAC 24-Hour Crisis Line 800/879-1999
Metro Police Non-Emergency 615/862-8600
Metro Police Emergency 911
Victim Intervention Program 615/862-7887



Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, 6-9 p.m.
Fall Follies
Massey Concert Hall (MPAC)
SAPB brings you the annual comedy show, Fall Follies. Fall Follies is “Saturday Night Live,” Belmont style. There are also performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, 6-7 p.m.
Musical Theatre Freshman Showcase
Troutt Theater
Belmont University’s School of Music presents the new The Musical Theater freshmen in an annual showcase which includes singing, dancing and acting.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 – 9 p.m.
Edgehill Family Halloween Sports Night
Rose Park
Several Belmont University student groups and athletes will help children make costumes and trick-or-treat bags. There also will be treats, prizes, face painting and several sport-related activities including kickball, soccer, basketball and pumpkin bowling.

Monday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.
Public Voice in Public Institutions

Massey Boardroom
The keynote address of National Freedom of Speech Week features Chalsea Millner of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library.

Monday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.
Wealth, Poverty and the New Testament
Beaman Meeting Rooms A&B
Dr. Judy Skeen, Professor of Religion teaching New Testament, Gospels, Spiritual Formation and Environmental Stewardship, will talk about New Testament views on wealth and poverty.

Monday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Oratorio Concert

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7-9 p.m.
First Year Seminar Panel: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Curb Event Center
This Panel Discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Common Book for the First-Year Seminar 2011-2012) will feature the following individuals: David “Sonny” Lacks – a son of Henrietta Lacks whose story is partly told in the common book; Kyle Brothers – pediatrician and specialist on clinical ethics and the ethics of genetic research at Vanderbilt’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society; Jennifer Thomas – associate professor of biology at Belmont University, specializing in microbiology, molecular biology, cancer biology and immunology; Moderator: Sybril Bennett – associate professor of journalism at Belmont University. Each member of the panel will speak for a short period, followed by a moderated Q&A session.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.
No More Orphans
Neely Dining Room
Founder of the Sanctuary Covenant Church and Community Development Corporation, Efrem Smith’s heart for the poor is expressed in his books The Hip-Hop Church and Raising Up Young Heroes, as well as through being a spokesperson for the child sponsorship ministry Compassion International.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 and 9 p.m.
Curb Cafe

Check the University calendar for other upcoming community and convocation events.
Visit the Belmont Athletics website for information about upcoming athletic events.


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please e-mail the update to communication@belmont.edu. Happy belated birthday to Lindsay George in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, who celebrated on Oct. 23.

Oct. 28
Katy Wilson, Health Sciences

Oct. 29
Maren Bishop, Nursing
Merrie B. King, Education

Oct. 31
Kelly Moreland Jones, ACIT

Nov. 1
Lori LeBleu, College of Business Administration
Andrea Stover, English

Nov. 2
Al Baugh, Conference Services
Linda Holt, English
Lorraina Scholten, Social Work

Nov. 3
Cheryl Slay, CEMB

Nov. 4
Gerald Phillips, Custodial Services

October 21, 2011


Professors Sybril Bennett, Jason Stahl and Kevin Trowbridge hold a panel discussion in the Massey Boardroom on Friday morning to explore the theme “Public Voice & Social Media” as part of Free Speech Week at Belmont. Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Department and the National Communication Association sponsored the week, which also included a viewing of “The King’s Speech.” The final event is a keynote address on “Public Voice in Public Institutions” by Chalsea Millner of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 in the Massey Boardroom.


Belmont PRSSA Takes National Honors
Belmont University Chapter of PRSSA received a 2011 Star Chapter Award at the recent PRSSA National Conference in Orlando. Only a handful of the 300 chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America are designated as a Star Chapter. The annual award was established in 2009 and recognizes chapter excellence in 10 criteria; the Belmont Chapter received the award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Belmont PRSSA also received a national third place award for organ donation awareness, recognizing the work of Susan Barnes’ event planning class in Spring 2011. The award is sponsored by the National Organ Donation Awareness Campaign and Rowan University.
“These awards recognize the excellent leadership and service of our student officers and members, as well as the creative and effective promotion by Professor Barnes’ class of the importance of organ donation,” said Bonnie Riechert, director of the public relations program.

Faculty advisor for Belmont PRSSA, Riechert was one of six advisors honored at the national conference for distinguished service as a faculty advisor. Riechert has served as Belmont PRSSA advisor since 2006, and she was faculty advisor to the University of Tennessee Knoxville Chapter from 2001-2005. Read more.

Greeks, Athletes Pioneer Community Halloween Night
Belmont Greeks and athletes will unite neighborhoods surrounding the University at Rose Park, an area that hasn’t had an organized Halloween celebration in several years, with the Edgehill Family Halloween Sports Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29.

Phi Mu and Phi Delta Theta have spearheaded the event and partnered with the Edgehill Rose Park Walking Club and the Easley Community Center.

“We wanted to approach community service in our organization from a social stand point,” said Hillary Unis, social chair for Phi Mu. “When we were younger, trick-or-treating was not a safety issue. We want to provide that same opportunity to children in the community so that they could have those same Halloween memories.”

Two hundred children and their families are expected at the outdoor Halloween party, which is free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. For those who do not have, Belmont Greeks and athletes will help children make their own Halloween costumes and design trick-or-treat bags. There also will be candy, health snacks, face painting and several sport-related activities including zumba, kickball, soccer, basketball and pumpkin bowling. Read more.

Students Pilot Project with InspireHealth
Belmont University students are working with a local nonprofit organization to create a national template for communities to improve their residents’ body, heart, mind and spirit using free resources.

In early October, Adjunct Instructor Dane Anthony’s freshman seminar “The Art of Paying Attention” classes worked with Neighborhoods InspireHealth to interview senior citizens in the Sunnyside and 12South neighborhoods. Together the students and nonprofit conducted the first focus group to determine the biggest healthcare challenges facing seniors. The focus group launches a 12-month project within the neighborhoods where students will meet with residents from various demographics.

“Interviewing this community of people widened my eyes to who I was as a part of the world. It was helpful to be a part of this process because it made me realize my role in the community and how important it is to become involved. This process taught me to pay attention to myself, others and the community as a whole,” said Sophie Martin, a freshman studying exercise science, who added that she learned more in casual conversations with the seniors than while asking the assigned questions.

“The amount of rich knowledge and wisdom with which they spoke about their personal experiences was heartwarming. Just in one simple hour I felt I had gained more from a conversation with strangers than I had in a semester of school. They were full of advice on how to avoid certain health issues as we aged, hints on where to go in town, and simply to live life to its fullest,” Martin said. “I left that morning feeling as if I had learned how to appreciate life more than ever before. I am forever grateful to have been presented with this amazing opportunity for self-growth and to have met such exquisite individuals.”

Student worked in groups to weave through the narratives they captured and to look for solutions for overarching themes, such as lack of transportation, access to healthy food options and financial constraints on a fixed income. Read more.