November 18, 2011


Guy Kawasaki was the keynote speaker Nov. 17 during The Center for Executive Education’s Fall Leadership Breakfast.

Students have an impromptu jam session.

Bustling around campus between classes.


Belmont Mansion Restores Formal Dining Room
After more than a century in hiding, the Belmont Mansion’s formal dining room has been restored to resemble the room where Adelicia Acklen once hosted parties and ceremonial meals.

The project took 12 years of research and restoration. Eight of the 18 seats around the formal dining room table are original chairs provided by the Acklen family.

“Entertaining was such an important part of 19th century life, and the dinner was the apex of entertaining,” said Belmont Mansion Executive Director Mark Brown. “The room was open before, but we decided we wanted to do a French décor paper in there, which no one makes anymore so it required custom printers. We have replaced missing cabinetry, the fireplace, ceiling plaster work, one door, its frame, one window and its frame.”

In 1890, the formal dining room was divided into three dormitory rooms for the women’s school. It later became the YWCA room. By the 1970s, the formal dining room was the janitor’s closest, two bathrooms and the college infirmary for Belmont College. Most recently, it housed the mansion’s gift shop. Read more.

Guy Kawasaki Inspires Entrepreneurs to ‘Make Meaning’
The Center for Executive Education at Belmont University hosted author and former Apple “chief evangelist” Guy Kawasaki Thursday morning as the keynote speaker during its Fall Leadership Breakfast. Presented in partnership with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and EO Nashville (Entrepreneurs’ Organization), the event occurred during Global Entrepreneurship Week and on the actual date of “EO24,” a 24-hour celebration of global entrepreneurial innovation and knowledge sharing.

Focusing on the themes of his 2004 book, The Art of the Start, Kawasaki shared 11 key points that could benefit both new entrepreneurs and business executives intent on keeping the entrepreneurial spirit alive in established companies.

His first and most critical piece of advice? “Make meaning… Entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, it makes no difference. It all starts with the desire to change the world and make it a better place.” He noted that during his time at Apple, the company wasn’t focused on producing computers. Rather, “We were trying to increase the creativity and productivity of people.”

He also encouraged entrepreneurs to have a two-three word mantra for their business instead of a lengthy, unmemorable mission statement and advocated that it was vital to “get going” and to not be afraid to polarize culture with a product. Read more.

Claiborne Reminds Audience ‘Jesus Loves the Poor’
Author/speaker Shane Claiborne spoke on campus Wednesday morning in a convocation event titled “Jesus Loves the Poor” as part of the fall Spiritual Development speakers series and in support of the university-wide theme, “Wealth and Poverty.”

A native of Knoxville, Claiborne has visited Belmont before, and his popularity among students was evident–the Neely Dining Room had to be closed as the crowd reached capacity for the morning event. ”Every time I come to Belmont I’m so excited about what I hear. You guys are an inspiration,” Claiborne noted.

He opened his lecture by showing a newspaper from his hometown with competing and tragically ironic headlines, one describing children starving in Afghanistan while the other focused on the billions of dollars Americans spend fighting obesity.

“There’s a conversation happening about how we connect our faith to the world we live in. I love how Karl Barth said we have to read with the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other to understand how to put those things together.” Read more.

Belmont University Part-Time MBA Ranked in Top 50 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Belmont University’s part-time MBA program has achieved a Top 50 national ranking in BusinessWeek’s 2011 report on “Top Part-Time MBA programs.” Belmont’s Massey School program ranked No. 45 in the U.S. between Rollins University (No. 44) and Wake Forest (No. 46). In its region, Belmont was ranked ninth, joining other highly-ranked notables in the South, including Emory University and the University of Arkansas. Belmont’s program was the only Tennessee-based part-time MBA to be ranked.

Nationally, Elon University was ranked No. 1, while, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Nevada, and University of California-Berkeley rounded out the top five. Bloomberg BusinessWeek began ranking part-time MBA programs in 2007 in an effort to recognize the best MBA programs designed specifically for working professionals. Belmont first made the prestigious list in 2009.

“The student satisfaction rankings and curriculum metrics indicate that our Massey professors are doing an outstanding job in delivering a high-quality MBA program,” said Dr. J. Patrick Raines, dean of Belmont’s College of Business Administration. “And to be in the company of this group of national peers is simply tremendous.”

Massey School Associate Dean Dr. Joe Alexander added, “Furthermore, for our business community and employers who long ago embraced Mr. Massey’s vision of a flexible, high-quality part-time MBA program for Nashville, the fact that we are again nationally-ranked by Bloomberg BusinessWeek signifies we have indeed arrived on the national stage.” Read more.

Belmont Offers Free Christmas Concerts to the Public
Belmont University announces a Christmas gift to the Nashville community with three free concerts that are open to the public, as well as the nationally televised airing of annual holiday music spectacular “Christmas at Belmont.”

The first concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 with the Nashville Children’s Choir’s annual holiday concert at Belmont’s Massey Concert Hall. The Belmont Camerata Musicale will then offer its annual presentation of “A Camerata Christmas,” including a concert of holiday chamber music and a sing-along with Kathy Chiavola at 7:30 p.m Dec. 12 at the historic Belmont Mansion on the university campus.

The Christmas Eve Carillon Concert concludes the series at 2 p.m Dec. 24 at . at the campus Bell Tower, located just off the corner of Belmont Blvd. and Portland Ave. The concert features traditional Christmas music played on the tower’s 42-bell carillon.

The holiday wouldn’t be complete without the annual “Christmas at Belmont” special, performed in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. A presentation of this year’s performance will be shown which features nearly 700 students and faculty from the School of Music and will be hosted by country artist and Tony-nominated Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy.

Nashville Public Television [NPT-Channel 8] will air the performance on 8 p.m. Dec. 22 and will re-broadcast the concert at 7 p.m. on Christmas Day at 7 p.m.

Laura Bell Bundy to Host Annual ‘Christmas at Belmont’ Holiday Concert on NPT, PBS
Hosted by country artist and Tony-nominated Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy, and taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, nearly 700 Belmont University student musicians will join the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir for “Christmas at Belmont.” The annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites will air on PBS stations nationwide beginning Dec. 22. Please check local listings to confirm air dates and times. Nashville Public Television [NPT-Channel 8] will air “Christmas at Belmont” at 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. and re-broadcast the concert at 7 p.m. on Christmas Day.

This year’s edition of “Christmas at Belmont” features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz Ensemble and Bluegrass Ensemble, as well as a mass choir of 600 voices. The performance includes both classic sacred holiday music such as “The First Noel” and “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen” as well as festive seasonal songs such as “Carol of the Bells” and “We Need a Little Christmas,” to name a few.

“‘Christmas at Belmont’ is an amazing opportunity to showcase Belmont University’s world-class School of Music in front of a national audience,” said Belmont University President Bob Fisher. “We’re incredibly grateful that this partnership with NPT puts our talented students and faculty in living rooms across the country. It’s also an honor to welcome Laura Bell Bundy as host of ‘Christmas at Belmont.’ Her diverse vocal skills as both a Broadway performer and country singer will offer a perfect complement to the variety of our student ensemble performances.” Read more.


Click here for stories on the recent accomplishments of Belmont’s students, faculty, staff and alumni. This week highlights include Teresa Plummer, Lindsey Bailey, the Speech and Debate team, the School of Sciences, Associate Professor Darlene Panvini’s Introduction to Environmental Science class, Glenn Acree, Danny Biles, Scott Hawley, Lee McGill, Cassie Wyatt, Liberty Foye, Angela Gaetano, Johnny Leonardini, Jack Streeter, Cameron Hardwick, Bavly Daowd, Corey Schmidt, Alina Lepkowski, Spencer Colling, Ben Heacock, Austin Guthrie, Andrea Stover,  Annette Sisson and Kacie Hittel.


Vote for Belmont Team in National Accounting Competition
Belmont University has a team competing in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Accounting Case Competition, and the team, “Money and the Power,” made it into the Top 10 in the nation out of 251 schools.

To make it to the final round of 3, the team needs votes this week. The semi-final competition round includes a video with public voting and a written case essay.  Click here to vote. Click on the “Vote” button to the left of the video, fill in the information requested and then validate your vote by clicking on the link in the email sent back  to you. Deadline for voting is Nov. 21.

The Belmont University team consists of  Captain Romina Ponce, Sarah Olinde, Shoheb Punjani and Christina Read, all undergraduate students in the College of Business Administration. The theme of the competition is Fraud and Forensics, and the case involves advising a client on control risks related to a major overseas expansion.  The case includes issues related to accounting, ethics, legal, international and business operations.

Belmont Basketball Hoop Hour, Presented by Trane
Join Belmont men’s basketball head coach Rick Byrd and Belmont women’s basketball head coach Brittney Ezell for the all-new Hoop Hour luncheon series, presented by Trane. The monthly series will feature a lunch buffet, along with an opportunity to watch game highlights and hear commentary from Coach Byrd and Coach Ezell. Hoop Hour is scheduled on for Dec. 8, Jan. 11, Feb. 1 and March 7.

The December Hoop Hour will take place in the Beaman Student Life Center (A/B rooms). All other luncheons will be hosted in the Vince Gill Room, in the Curb Event Center. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program from 12-1 p.m.

Tickets are available at $10 per person and must be purchased online in advance. Seating is limited to 72 guests per luncheon. Click here to purchase tickets.  For questions about Hoop Hour, contact Belmont Athletic Marketing at (615) 460-6205. Belmont Basketball… It’s Bruin Time!




Friday, Nov. 18
Wear Your Bruin Colors Day
Belmont students, faculty, staff, visitors, alumni and fans are encouraged to show Bruin Pride and wear their Belmont blue and red on campus in support of the women’s basketball and volleyball teams. Women’s basketball home opener versus Indiana is at 6 p.m.  in the Curb Event Center. The volleyball team plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals at 7:30 p.m. in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena.

Friday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.
Christian Ethics Society Hunger Breakfast
Beaman A&B

Friday, Nov. 18, 8-11 p.m.
A Secret Garden
Massey Concert Hall

Belmont’s Musical Theatre program, directed by Marjorie Halbert, presents A Secret Garden. Based on the beloved children’s book of the same name, young Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle in England after being orphaned by a cholera outbreak. While there, she helps bring life to a secret garden, the estate and her uncle with the help of Martha, a chambermaid, Dickon, a gardener and her cousin, Colin. Tickets are $5 for faculty and staff. Additional performances will be held 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Friday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m.
The Antics of Romantics
Black Box Theater
Written by Jeff Wirth, the play draws on the centuries-old roots of Italy’s physical and ribald art form, the commedia del-l’arte. Tickets are $4 for Belmont faculty and staff. Additional performances will be held 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Monday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Belmont Services Corps Blood Drive
Beaman A&B
Click here to sign up for a donation time. Click “Make a Blood Donation Appointment” at the top right side of the screen, enter sponsor code Belmont19, click “Click here to schedule an appointment to donate” and follow the instructions.

Monday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.
Nashville’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Massey Boardroom
Nashville’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Jake Jorgovan shares how he started a successful business while a student at Belmont.

Monday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Pops Concert
Massey Concert Hall
Belmont Pops is a mixed vocal ensemble, directed by James Kimmel, which performs a wide range of popular music including pieces of blues, jazz, pop, rock, country and musical theater.

Monday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Beauty in the Eye of The Beholder
University Ministries Student Lounge
Doug Powell brings vast professional experiences to focus on an objective definition of art. He has eight techno-pop albums under his belt, awards in web design and a Masters in Apologetics.

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25
Campus closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2 p.m.
Women’s Basketball Versus Indiana State
Curb Event Center

Monday, Nov. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Transmedia Lunch

MBC 400
The Center for Executive Education at Belmont University and The College of Business Administration will host Transmedia and Transmedia Storytelling, a lunchtime briefing to explore new-media strategies for engaging learners and customers. Denny and Sandy Brownlee of re◦maginations are the presenters. Lunch will be served but space is limited. Please RSVP to Amy Irwin at or (615) 460-5554.

Monday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball First Home Game Versus Trevecca
Curb Event Center

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 4-6 p.m.
Alumni Christmas Bazaar
Belmont Mansion
Holiday open house and Christmas bazaar with alumni vendors.  Click here to register. For more information, contact Julie Thomas at

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 4-8 p.m.
Science Undergraduate Research Symposium
Beaman A&B
The eighth annual Science Undergraduate Research Symposium. Nathaniel Dean, president of the National Association of Mathematicians and chair and professor of the Department of Mathematics at Texas State University, will be the keynote speaker.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m.
The Fatherless Generation
Neely Dining Room
Carey Casey is chief executive officer of the National Center for Fathering, served on the White House Task Force on Fatherhood and was the national urban director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Casey is joined by Ken Smith, who has helped lead a number of dynamic churches that address the problems caused by the increase in fatherless homes by starting women’s shelters, children’s homes, pregnancy care centers, clothes and food pantries and health clinics.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Wind Ensemble and Concert Band
Massey Concert Hall

Thursday, Dec. 1, 5-9:15 p.m.
Basketball Doubleheader
Curb Event Center
Women’s and men’s basketball take on A-Sun rivals Kennesaw State.

Friday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
Moving Stories: A Dance Composition Showcase
Troutt Theater

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 Happy belated birthday to Kindall Duke (Residence Life) and Chris Wilcoxson (User Services), who celebrated on Nov. 11 and 13, respectively.

Nov. 18
Steve Barrick, Athletics
Freida Sage, Admissions

Nov. 19
Wesley Bulla, Entertainment/Music Business

Nov. 20
Jimmy Davis, University College

Nov. 21
Kenisha Rhone, Athletics

Nov. 22
Richard Hoffman, Music
Benita Walker, Spiritual Development

Nov. 23
Annie Mitchell, Marketing
Renee Schultz, Athletics

Nov. 27
Debbie Simpler, Social Work

Nov. 28
Kevin Robinson, Physical Therapy

Nov. 30
Kris Elsberry, Music

Dec. 1
April Hefner, Office of Communications
John Paine, Lit & Lang
Natalia Pelaz, Foreign Language


Black Friday at the Campus Store
Shop online at the Belmont University Campus Store between Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 27 and enter coupon code “BLACK20” at checkout to save 20 percent on all Belmont logo clothing and gifts.  Free shipping on all orders through the entire holiday season from Thanksgiving Day to Dec. 31. This offer excludes I Am Belmont merchandise.

Discount for Nashville Nutcracker with the Nashville Symphony
To express our gratitude for Belmont University’s support of Nashville Ballet, we want to offer you a special thank you to see what holiday dreams are made of at Nashville’s Nutcracker. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter or if you receive our monthly e-newsletter, you are aware that the ticket discounts we offered earlier in the season will decrease and eventually disappear the closer we get to the performances.

As a supporting partner of Nashville Ballet, we are thrilled to extend discounts to you that are no longer available to the public! We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy Nashville’s newest holiday tradition, performed by almost 200 dancers to live music from The Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Now through Nov. 30, click here to save 20 percent on tickets to the performances of Nashville’s Nutcracker. Save 25 percent on adult tickets and 50 percent on child tickets by purchasing season tickets to at least two performances.  As a season ticket holder, you also save 20 percent off any additional tickets that are added to your purchase. Click here to  purchase season tickets.

Thank you again for your support of Nashville Ballet.

Belmont University Spot Club Exec Discount Card
Belmont University employees can receive a 15 percent discount in Nashville on business or leisure travel. Click here to purchase the Belmont University Spot Club Exec Discount Card.

Preferred Rental Car Suppliers
National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the preferred rental car suppliers for Belmont University, effective immediately. Click here for The Emerald Club to bypass the counter and choose your own car. Once you have created your membership profile, follow the online activation steps below to begin taking advantage of the member benefits.

  1. Locate your Emerald Club number, driver’s license and credit card.
  2. Go to
  3. Click on the “Create Login” link located in the Emerald Club box about half way down the page on the right side.
  4. Complete the create login screen and click on “submit”.  You should now receive a confirmation of your login name and password.
  5. Return to the Emerald Club homepage and login to your profile using your new login name and password.
  6. Once you have accessed your profile, you will see links along the top and far left of the page.  Click on the “Profile Update” link.
  7. You should go through each profile section and update or add the appropriate information (be sure to click on the “save” button after you complete each section).

Click here to make reservations. If you have any questions regarding the Belmont University car rental program provided through National Car Rental or Enterprise Rent-A-Car, please contact Belmont’s Account Manager Josh York at (615) 309-9660 or


November 11, 2011



National Roll Call takes place in the Maddox grand Atrium until 4:30 p.m. today. Campus will observe a moment of silence at 1 p.m.


Belmont is among universities across the nation reading the names of the 6,300-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, now called Operation New Dawn.