March 30, 2012


Preview Day brought thousands of prospective students and their parents to campus on March 24.

Dozens of student volunteered at Family Literacy Day at the Easley Community Center on March 24.


U.S. Bank Chairman Shares Views on Ethics with Belmont Students
Richard K. Davis, chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Bank shared his views on the importance of regulating ethical business behavior with Belmont students, faculty and Nashville business leaders on Monday, March 26.

Davis began his campus visit with a convocation lecture titled “Business Ethics & Responsible Banking Today” presented to students in Beaman A&B.

“Ethics can be learned now. What I can’t drill into your head is when a lot of people are doing little things wrong, you will want to draw the line on when it will end. You can draw the line in the sand now that you will adhere to as you begin practicing business,” he said.

Davis emphasized the need to create a business culture with consistent values and regular audits as the cornerstone to long-term success. He encouraged government regulation on ethical business practices, such as shareholder access and whistleblower incentives to promote honesty, integrity and transparency. He also summarized the evolution of corporate responsibility from 1919 to the present. Read more.

Alumnus Brad Paisley Establishes Endowed Scholarship for Curb College Students
Belmont University alumnus and multi Grammy, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music award-winning artist Brad Paisley recently established an endowed scholarship at his alma mater. The Brad Paisley Endowed Scholarship will provide financial assistance for a deserving student with demonstrated need who is studying in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.Paisley said, “I’ve often said that the best course of education for a young person wanting to pursue country music is to go to college at Belmont. I speak from experience. I wouldn’t be in any position to offer a scholarship if I had not gone to Belmont – this is the least I can do in appreciation.”

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher added, “I’ve heard Brad say that he ‘got his big break’ when he set foot on the campus of Belmont University, a place where he met fellow students who became members of what became ‘Team Paisley.’ Well, we’ve come full circle to realize that Belmont University and future students got our big break when Brad arrived on campus. We’re deeply grateful for his continued friendship and his commitment to making Belmont better than it was when he first found us.” Read more.

West Memphis Three Member Visits Belmont
Sentenced in 1994 for the murder of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, Baldwin and his two friends served over 18 years in prison. With the discovery of newly processed DNA, the trio was released in August of 2011 when they entered Alford Pleas stating their innocence while also noting that prosecution have enough initial evidence to sentence them as they did.Baldwin’s message to his listeners was clear. While in jail he took the opportunity to work in the law library, learn as much as he could and appreciate all the time he had. He urges students to do the same.

Baldwin has also committed himself to a life working against the death penalty while also opposing forced confessions of individuals on trial and convictions of the innocent. In addition, he hopes to help juveniles facing a life sentence without parole. Read more.

More Cloar : Carroll Cloar Art Exhibit Returns to Belmont University’s Leu Gallery

Curated by David Lusk, the Leu Art Gallery presents paintings, lithographs and drawings by the late Carroll Cloar April 2 – May 24 on the campus of Belmont University. The exhibit offers selections from the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee, and several Nashville area collectors.A nationally recognized American painter, Cloar’s style has been described as simultaneously primitive and progressively modern. Drawing from his childhood memories of the American South, his compositions are grounded in reality but often evoke a dream-like quality making them difficult to categorize, but remarkable to contemplate. Belmont University previously hosted a Carroll Cloar exhibit, “Timeless Tales of the South,” in 2003. Read more.
Former Senator Jim Sasser Headlines International Business Symposium
Belmont’s Center for International Business held its third annual International Business Symposium Thursday morning, featuring a panel discussion and a conversation with former U.S. Senator and U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, James Sasser.The event opened with a panel discussion tackling the topic, “What are Nashville organizations doing to promote international trade and investment?” Then Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher introduced Sasser and his son Gray, an attorney and current adjunct professor at Belmont, for a conversation on the expected impact of China’s leadership succession on Sino-US diplomatic, economic and business relationships. Read more.

Belmont Graduate Program Offers New Social Media Course
The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University began offering a new course this semester, “Social Media Marketing Strategies and the Recommendation Age,” which is believed to be the first graduate level course in social media to be developed in the Nashville area. The class is being taught by instructor Bob Hutchins, local author and owner of BuzzPlant, a marketing agency specializing in social media and online marketing.Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Business Dr. Joe Alexander said, “We see Bob as a pioneer in the industry and believe he will greatly impact the learning experience of our MBA students.” Read more.


Click here for stories on the recent accomplishments of Belmont’s students, faculty, staff and alumni. This week highlights include Andy Davis, the Belmont Actuarial Students Society, the Belmont University Speech and Debate team, Merrie King, Tony Vaughn, Francesca Muccini, Regine Schwarzmeier, Cheryl Brown, Tim Stewart, David C. Julseth, Joyce Searcy, Jason Lovvorn, Charmion Gustke, Jonathan Soderholm, Rachel Worsham, Annette Little, Josh Wilson, Jeff Cornwall, Dr. Bonnie Riechert’s Public Relations Campaigns class and Students in Free Enterprise.


Belmont Goes Dark for Earth Hour on Saturday
The Belmont community will join the worldwide effort to “go dark” in observance of Earth Hour on Saturday, March 31. A ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. on the South Lawn outside of the Maddox Grand Atrium and include live acoustic performances from Chadasha and other Belmont acoustic acts. Belmont will turn off all indoor and outdoor lighting not essential to safety at 8:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

We need everyone in the Belmont Community to help make the Earth Hour event a meaningful statement. Before leaving campus for the weekend, faculty and staff should turn off their computers, monitors, other equipment and lights in their offices and classrooms. The maintenance staff will shut down all exterior lighting and interior common area lighting and check the campus looking for any lights that have been forgotten. Belmont’s Campus Security can be reached at (615) 460-6617 to provide security escorts during the event.

Working together we can make a positive change in our environment.

Belmont University Parking and Traffic Advisory
On Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit will bring an estimated 2,000 people to the Curb Event Center Arena for its 2012 Circuit Championships, a face off of 126 color guard and percussion units from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Attendees will begin arriving around 2 p.m. Friday, and they will come and go throughout the two-day event for their scheduled times to perform.

Parking spaces near the CEC loading dock/South Lawn as well as 50 spaces in the Curb garage will be reserved for this event, and there will be increased traffic through the conclusion of the event at approximately late Saturday evening. In addition, the drummers may practice on the former soccer field along 15th Avenue South between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. In the event of rain, they may practice on the first floor of the Curb Parking Garage.

We appreciate your patience and understanding and hope you will join us in making our guests feel welcome.

The Collective Opens for Sara Bareilles on April 15
Grammy-nominated artist Sara Bareilles will be in concert in Belmont University’s Curb Event Center Sunday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. This week it was announced that The Collective will be the opening act for the concert. The Collective debuted on season three of NBC’s “The Sing Off,” the acapella talent search show for which Bareilles served as a celebrity judge alongside Ben Folds and Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman. Hailing froNashville, this collective group of independent artists includes three Belmont alumni: Daniel Mathews, Ruby Amanfu and Kaleb Jones. Please click here to order general admission tickets to the concert.

Why Work at Belmont
Click here to view the result of an initiative from input from the Welcome Home Team and from faculty and staff focus groups.  If you are interested in being part of this webpage in the future, contact me Sally McKay at(615) 460-6456.

Bigs@Belmont Seek Campus  Support
Bigs@Belmont, Belmont students who are Big Brothers and Big Sisters, are raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters to support the “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” campaign. Faculty and staff may donate a Bruin Buck or Dining Point to Big Brothers Big Sisters at any of the five campus venues: Cafeteria, Corner Court, Curb Café, What’s Bruin and Bruin Grounds. They also will host a Wii Bowling Tournament 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14 in Kennedy Hall. It is  $5 to participate, and the money goes to Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The grand prize is free burgers for a year at Jack In the Box.
Faculty Staff Campaign Drawing Ends April 1
Belmont is in the process of wrapping up the Faculty Staff Campaign for Fiscal Year 2012. The deadline to contribute and be eligible for the drawing is April 1. Every individual who participates in the 2012 Faculty Staff Campaign will be entered into a drawing to win a limo ride from Belmont by Matchless Transportation to The Palm Restaurant and enjoy dinner for two. Following dinner, we have two box seats for a Thursday evening Nashville Symphony classical concert. For information on how to enter the contest without contributing, please contact Harry Chapman at (615) 460-6690. Also we will create competition groups. Any group that reaches 100-percent participation will have a pizza party courtesy of Sodexo.

Faculty and staff can continue to give through May 31 for fiscal year 2012. If you have not participated in the past, we encourage you to join us.  No gift is too small, and your gift can be directed to an area of interest to you. Participation is the key! It’s crunch time!  Be 100 percent Belmont!


Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
W.O. Smith School of Music Rocks the Night
Neely Dining Room
W.O. Smith students will be accompanied by some of their Belmont student teachers. A $5 donation is suggested to help purchase new keyboards for the W.O. Smith piano lab.

Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Belmont Jazz Festival: Jazzmin
Jazzmin is a 12-member mixed vocal jazz ensemble performing jazz literature dating from early blues and swing to bebop, vocalese and contemporary sounds. The Jazz Festival concludes Saturday evening with a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Jazz Band with Ron Miller in MPAC.

Saturday, March 31, 8-10 p.m.
Earth Hour Celebration
South Lawn between Maddox Grand Atrium and Wright/Maddox

Sunday, April 1, 6 p.m.
The Cost Of Calvary
Neely Dining Room
This uplifting and empowering worship experience is intended to provide us with insight into the true meaning of Easter and the virtually unimaginable price Jesus paid to show His love for us. The speaker for the event will be Belmont Alumnus Andre’ Waller.

Monday, April 2, 10 a.m.
Growth at Belmont: Pros and Cons for the Arts
Wilson Music Building 121
What effect will Belmont’s growth have on our artistic community? Panelists include CVPA Dean Cynthia Curtis, Department of Art Chair Judy Bullington, Department of Theatre and Dance Chair Paul Gatrell, School of Music Associate Dean Jeff Kirk and School of Music Associate Dean Madeline Bridges.

Monday, April 2, 10 a.m.
The Value of Public Opinion to U.S. Foreign Policy: Views at Home and Abroad
Massey Business Center 100
Dr. Sam Whitt, an analyst for the U.S. State Department, discusses how the government researches the phenomena that in some cases ultimately become foreign policy. It promises to be an eye-opening look into how public policy develops.

Monday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Oratorio Chorus Concert
Massey Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Belmont Pops Concert
Massey Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.
Planning for Retirement
Massey Business Center 109
MetLife Financial Advisor Ryan Snellan continues his financial series, focusing on key retirement issues such as inflation, pensions, savings and living longer.

Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.
Insider’s View with Melinda Doolittle
Massey Performing Arts Center
Moderated by Harry Chapman. Alumna Melinda Doolittle became a household name on season six of “American Idol.”

Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.
KONY 2012 Video Screening
Massey Business Center 103
Belmont’s student organization Enable Now shows the KONY 2012 video by Invisible Children and will be holding a Q&A afterwards for those who have questions on the many discrepancies that have come up.

Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6
No classes for Easter break

Friday, April 6.
Campus closed for Good Friday

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

March 30
Pat Raines, Business
Mary Thompson, Business

March 31
Elinor Gray, Pharmacy

April 1
Allison Kee, Library
Arthur Lachowicz, Business

April 2
Dan Johnson, Art
John Langdon, Athletics
James Stamper, Education
Susan West, President’s Office

April 3
Larry Wacholtz, Music Business

April 4
Deen Entsminger, Music

April 5
Chris Algren, Nursing


Discounts to Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is extending discounts to Belmont that are no longer available to the general public. For a discount, you can join us for Rite of Spring and Firebird, two Stravinsky masterpieces performed live by The Nashville Symphony.

Now through April 13, click here to save 20 percent on tickets to the April 27 – 29 performances of Rite of Spring and Firebird. Click here to save 25 percent on adult tickets by purchasing tickets to just one additional performance.

March 23, 2012


Nashville songwriters Matt Wertz, Dave Barnes and Gabe Dixon conversed freely about their musical careers to audience of attentive Belmont students March 20 at the Quonset Hut. (Photo Credit: Donnie Hedden)

Drew Ramsey moderated the discussion, inquiring about the events that encouraged the songwriter's to proceed musically. Gabe, Matt and Dave rounded the session out with a few songs, displaying the raw product of their diligence, talents, and as Barnes calls it "God's handy work." (Photo Credit: Donnie Hedden)

Belmont fraternities and sororities celebrated their annual Greek Week March 19-24 with events including a faculty and staff appreciation reception, banner competition and Olympic-style activities. (Photo Credit: Hope Cooper)

Women of Delta Sigma Theta at Greek Week. (Photo Credit: Hope Cooper)

Men of Phi Delta Theta during tug-of-war. (Photo Credit: Hope Cooper)