June 29, 2012


The College of Pharmacy earned full accreditation status on June 28. Read more below.


Belmont Wins the Atlantic Sun Academic Trophy for the Ninth Time
For the ninth time in its 11-year conference history, Belmont University has claimed the Atlantic Sun Academic Trophy, the league office announced Thursday. All told, 165 out of 216 Belmont student-athletes earned All-Academic honors, giving the university the greatest percentage of All-Academic honorees at 76.39 percent. That figure ties last year’s mark as a single-year program standard for Belmont University Athletics.

Women’s cross country posted the department’s highest overall team GPA, with an impressive 3.654. Every Bruin team had a GPA of 3.00 or higher during the 2011-2012 academic year.“We are proud of this accomplishment by our student-athletes,” said Mike Strickland, Belmont University Director of Athletics.  “Our coaching staff and academic staff are to be commended for their work in recruiting and developing our student-athletes, who are committed to academic excellence in all areas.” Read more.

Brian Baker Advances to the Third Round at Wimbledon
Belmont men’s tennis assistant coach Brian Baker won his second round match at Wimbledon held on June 28 in Wimbledon, England.

The unseeded Baker swept Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in straight sets 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.  He dominated the match from start to finish as hit 34 winners and only had eight unforced errors.

The win continues to build the confidence of the Nashville native who was not real comfortable playing on grass when he arrived in England last week.

“I haven’t played a lot on it,” Baker admitted during an appearance on Live at Wimbledon on the Wimbledon website. “I was calling home and saying ‘I can’t play on this stuff it’s so hard’. But now I feel pretty good on it.”

He now will face Benoit Paire of France in the third round as he beat #22 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a second round match. For updated news and scores, go to the Wimbledon website at www.wimbledon.com.

Belmont University College of Pharmacy Receives Full Accreditation
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors has awarded full accreditation status to the Belmont University College of Pharmacy (BUCOP). ACPE, the official regulatory body that accredits all colleges of pharmacy in the United States, reviewed Belmont at its June meeting and made the announcement on June 28. The accreditation extends until June 30, 2014, which is the customary two-year term for a new program receiving full accreditation status.

Belmont’s College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Phil Johnston said, “This wonderful announcement is the culmination of efforts from so many great people, from our Board of Trustees, our Belmont University leadership, wonderful faculty and our students.  We also must thank so many health care professionals, especially pharmacists in the Nashville region, for working with us this past five years.  We could not have provided such rich experiences without them.  And I want to particularly thank the first graduating class who were the pioneers in the program, and who now are preparing to practice throughout the country.”

After opening its doors in 2007, BUCOP provided students with the skills to contribute to the growing health care needs of Nashville. BUCOP graduated its charter class on May 5, 2012 with 65 members of the Class of 2012 receiving their Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The initial class has paved the way for future BUCOP students, setting a high standard for academic excellence and community service. The Class of 2016, which enrolls in August, is full with 75 students taking all available seats. Read more.

Round Two: Belmont’s Pipeline Project Aims for Innovation Impact in its Second Year
Student think tank seeks creative solutions for entertainment industry woes

Speakers at the recent Billboard Country Music Summit, which was held in Nashville June 4-5 and attended by top-level advisors from across the music industry, were surprised to see college students in the audience. These Belmont University students were gathering research as new members of an entertainment industry solutions think-tank: The Pipeline Project. Launched last year by Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, the Pipeline Project has nine new members working for 10 weeks (June through mid-August), and the team has already set high goals for innovation this summer.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Belmont has a longstanding reputation for successful graduates both on the business and creative sides of the music industry. Pipeline exists to help identify those students early on and give them the access and environment to push their ideas forward. Let’s face it, the younger generations are shaping our industry—let’s intentionally put them in the driver’s seat.”

Pipeline member Erik Coveney, a sophomore, added, “We intend to do more than simply build on the work of last year’s Pipeline Project. In fact, we plan to come up with some truly groundbreaking ideas by the end of this summer. We believe the Pipeline Project team can use our creative capital and perspective as young adults who intimately understand new trends to innovate in revolutionary ways.” Read more. To follow what the think-tank does this year, visit www.pipelineproject.org.



Click here for stories on the recent accomplishments of Belmont’s students, faculty, staff and alumni. This week highlights include Scott Hawley, Ben Heacock, Kate Glaws and Leigh Ann Bynum.


Fitness and Recreation Hours for July 4 Holiday Weekend
Due to the July 4 holiday, Fitness and Recreation facilities in the Beaman Center will close at 2 p.m. July 3 and reopen at 6 a.m. July 5.

Residential Parking for 2012-2013 and New Policy for Reserved Guest Parking
Dickens Hall and Baskin Center will provide more than 1,000 new parking spaces on campus when they open this fall.  Allocated parking locations for residential students as well as faculty/staff and commuter students will be designated in the Parking Rules and Regulations document included with your 2012-13 campus parking permit. Locations for residential parking, discussed this spring by the University Parking Team and approved by Senior Leadership, will be as follows:

  • Curb Garage  –  Wright/Maddox and Maple Hall (residents will only be allowed to park on levels 1-4)
  • North Garage  –  Patton and Bear House Halls (residents will only be allowed to park on levels P3-P4)
  • Baskin Center Garage  –  Heron, Pembroke and Hail Halls (residents will only be allowed to park on levels P3-P5)
  • Hillside Area  (all surface spaces, Thrailkill Garage and Dickens Garage)  –  Bruin Hills, Hillside, Thrailkill Hall,  Dickens Hall and Kennedy Hall

As in previous years, commuter students, faculty and staff may park anywhere on campus that is not marked as reserved including on the lower levels of the garages where residential students are assigned to park if spaces are available.

Given the addition of more parking spaces in the new garages, we will be piloting a new reserved parking policy this fall. All previously designated visitor parking (spaces behind Fidelity as well as in front of Freeman, Barbara Massey and Massey Business Center) will remain. In addition, we will establish with signage a number of additional reserved visitor spots across campus:

  • five spaces in the  Baskin Center Garage
  • 25 spaces in the Curb Garage
  • All spaces located on P1 under McWhorter Hall in the North Garage

All of these spaces will be exclusively for guests’ use during the 2012-13 academic year. These spaces will be closely monitored by Campus Security for enforcement and efficiency. With the availability of these spaces, the Office of Campus Security will no longer be taking requests to reserve isolated guest parking spaces.



Monday, July 2, 10:30 a.m.
Belmont’s OVC Celebration
Vince Gill Room
Please join members of Belmont University senior leadership, athletics, the Ohio Valley Conference office and OVC member institutions to celebrate the University’s official entry into the Ohio Valley Conference. Dr. Fisher and OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche will give remarks regarding Belmont becoming the 12th member institution in the OVC.



Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.
Bob & Judy Fisher’s 10th Annual Belmont University Cookout and Celebration
Neely Black & White Dining Room & Swensson Courtyard


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


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:

  • Former Belmont trustee Robert Wooddy, father of Dr. Martha Minardi in University College, passed away on June 25. His funeral was held June 28 at Bluegrass Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. Click here to read his obituary.
  • Alumnus Joe Brantley (’55) passed away on June 25 in Brentwood. He was a member of the 1952 “Original” basketball team, appearing in six games. He lettered a year in baseball. Joe was a gentleman and a popular student. He was named Bachelor of Ugliness and was sports editor of Belmont Vision. He and his sweetheart Jean King were the Valentine King and Queen.

Please keep the Wooddy and Brantley families in your thoughts and prayers.


If you notice an incorrect or missing birthday, please email the update to communication@belmont.edu. Happy belated to Edgar S. Diaz-Cruz of Pharmacy who celebrated on June 24.

June 29
Edward Allen, Student Financial Services
Myron Oglesby-Pitts, Education
Ray Seely, Sciences

July 1
Barry Kraus, Music

July 2
Andi Stepnick, Sociology
Steven Stodghill, Pharmacy

July 3
James Elliott, Music Business
Phil Johnston, Pharmacy

July 4
Joyce Searcy, Community Relations

July 5
Paula Gati, Custodial Services
Kristin Hazelwood, Law
Ginger Hooper, Pharmacy

July 6
Tim Stewart, Service Learning

June 22, 2012


Belmont Board of Trust member and HCA President/CFO Milton Johnson and his wife Denice attended a brief plaque unveiling this week in the newly named Milton and Denice Johnson Lobby, located on the first floor of McWhorter Hall. The naming commemorates the couple’s pledge for a capital gift to McWhorter Hall and to establish the Sarah T. Johnson Memorial Endowed Scholarship for academically excellent students who demonstrate financial need in the business school.