August 10, 2012


BLINK Charging Stations Welcome Electric Vehicles to Belmont
The Curb and Baskin parking garages may soon become a destination for the more than 300 Nissan Leafs in the Nashville area with seven free electric vehicle charging stations being installed on campus this mont

As part of The EV Project, a public-private partnership between ECOtality Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, BLINK Level 2 Wall Mount charging stations are provided without charge to Belmont University. The San Francisco, Calif.-based clean electric transportation company and the federal department are each covering half of BLINK’s costs, which usually retail for $3,000 each plus $400 in shipping and handling fees, said ECOtality Area Manager Stephanie Cox.

“We see this as being the future of fuel conservation,” said Alison McCommons in Belmont’s Office of University Counsel. “If there aren’t a lot of people that drive electric cars, then hopefully having the chargers on campus will encourage them to consider it as an option.”

Eliminating the need for drivers to stop and fuel up at gas stations, BLINK allows electric cars to charge while their drivers are at their destinations. Students and professors can charge their electric vehicles while in class and visitors while they are touring campus. Electric vehicle owners driving through the area also will see the stations appear on navigation units on their dashboard. The charging stations, three on the sixth floor of the Curb Garage and four on level one of the Baskin Garage, are free and open to the public. Read more.

Dr. Bob Fisher greets CRA Manager Luis Parodi and Financial Center Manager Rosa Berger of Fifth Third Bank.

Fifth Third Bank Gives Belmont Community-Building Funds
Fifth Third Bank presented a $15,000 check to the Belmont University Office of Community Relations and and Center for Service Learning on Aug. 9. The money will benefit the neighborhoods surrounding Belmont through student outreach and service projects.

Among the projects was the Next Generation Now Summer Enrichment Program, which hosted some 30 youth, many of them Edgehill residents, in a camp to improve academic achievement, community safety and nutritional health. Belmont senior Gabrielle Hampton was camp director.

Family Literacy Day and the Edgehill’s BEST newsletter, a collaboration between Belmont journalism students and Rose Park Middle School, also will benefit from the donation.

Summer 2012 Commencement Ceremony Tonight
Belmont University will hold its summer 2012 commencement ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Curb Event Center.

Belmont will celebrate the graduation of a total of 211 students. During the graduation ceremony, 78 undergraduate, 98 master’s and 35 doctoral degrees will be conferred.

Dr. Robert C. Fisher, president of the University, will preside over the event. Dr. Vaughn May, associate professor of political science, will present the commencement address.

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August 3, 2012


Belmont Renames Residence Hall in Honor of Late Benefactor
Belmont University remembered long-time benefactor Virginia Frances Potter July 30 with the renaming of a residence hall in her honor.

Potter was active in Belmont campus life from 1951 forward and a lead donor to the University for many years. She believed that “Christian education is an answer to our world’s problems” and shared gifts for new or refurbished buildings, scholarships, mission programs and faculty support.  A longtime Nashvillian and 1932 graduate of Tennessee College for Women, Potter had faith in the vitality and potential of Belmont students.  Her quiet nature, brilliant mind and gentle humor will be remembered through the co-ed residence hall, formerly known as Maple Hall. Potter Hall is a suite-style building housing 190 freshmen. It opened in the fall of 2008 as part of the North Lawn community.

“Frances Potter believed in Belmont University and the value of a Christian education. From the founding of Belmont College in 1951 until her death Nov. 9, 2011,  she supported the work of four University presidents, was a member of the Belmont Auxiliary, helped raise money for Belmont scholarships through the Tennessee College for Women Alumnae and quietly gave her own personal leadership gifts. She is missed and will long be remembered,” said Vice President of University Advancement Bethel E. Thomas.

Rick Byrd Receives NCAA Bob Frederick Award
Belmont University men’s basketball head coach Rick Byrd has been named recipient of the 2012 Bob Frederick Award, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

The Frederick Award, first presented in 2009 to honor the late Kansas and Illinois State athletic director, is awarded annually to an NCAA member institution coach or administrator who exhibits a lifelong commitment to sportsmanship and ethical conduct, leading by example, and promoting positive fan involvement in and out of competition. Like Frederick, recipients of the award are known by their sincere passion for student-athletes and colleagues.

One of the most respected figures in college basketball, Byrd has overseen a program marked by unparalleled on-court and academic achievement.

The Knoxville, Tenn. native joins Bill Self of Kansas and John Calipari of Kentucky as one of three head coaches in the nation to lead their program to an NCAA Tournament automatic berth five of the last seven years. Moreover, with 637 career victories, Byrd ranks eighth among all active NCAA Division I head coaches in wins. Read more.


July 27, 2012


Physics Professor Lands Sizable Research Grant
A professor and two alumni have received a sizable grant to further understanding of gravity and the universe through a computer code.

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratories has awarded Physics Assistant Professor Scott Hawley a grant of 250,000 service units, valued at $112,500, to upgrade the code and allow it to be interfaced with other research groups around the world. The grant is a follow-up to the “startup” allocation of 20,000 service units Hawley was awarded last fall. It reflects NICS’s mission to support Tennessee institutions of higher learning and the National Science Foundation’s EPSCOR program.

“The fact that Belmont is a teaching university and located in Tennessee made it very easy for NICS to award my grant request,” Hawley said. “My research involves writing a general purpose, publicly-available computer code for solving Einstein’s (General Theory of Relativity ) equation, which will allow researchers around the world to produce more accurate simulations of gravitational wave signals.” Read more.

Belmont SIFE Welcomes Championship Trophy to Campus
Several members of Belmont’s SIFE team took breaks from their summer jobs to visit campus today to celebrate the arrival of the national championship trophy. The win, which came at the SIFE USA National Exposition held in Kansas City in May, represents Belmont SIFE’s second national title in three years.

Belmont SIFE will compete at the international SIFE World Cup Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is confirmed to host the event. Prior to the World Cup, the team is sharing their winning presentation with numerous businesses and organizations, including Tractor Supply (Nashville), Home Depot (Atlanta), Wells Fargo (Des Moines and San Francisco) and Dollar General (Nashville).

July 20, 2012


Salama Brings ‘The Wiz’ to Belmont
Continuing a five-year partnership, Belmont University’s Troutt Theater will host a production from The Salama Institute this weekend as students from the Christian-based nonprofit organization perform The Wiz.

Last summer Salama celebrated its 25th anniversary with Dimensions, a Cavalcade of Music from Opera to Broadway that included performances of Porgy and Bess, The Wiz, West Side Story, Dreamgirls, Grease, Cinderella and Carousel. This year, students return to The Wiz, a soulful rendition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

“We do Broadway for a couple of reasons: it demands artistic excellence, is a great training ground for our kids and exposes them to more classic work,” said Development Director George Crook. “We have been doing Broadway shows for 11 years and use it as character development for our kids. Peer pressure, sex, drugs, broken relationships, the struggles with fame – we try to take these things and find the life lessons our kids can learn from it. The Wiz is a historical African-American production, and it has a lot of life lessons on why you have to value home. With the tornado we talk about the trials of life, courage and hope.” Read more.

July 13, 2012


Philosophy Professor’s Critique Receives National Attention
Associate Professor of Philosophy Mark Anderson has received national media attention this academic year for his discovery of an author’s misappropriated material.

Last spring, Anderson said he was comparing two books on Friedrich Nietzsche while researching for a lecture on the philosopher for his undergraduate course on Plato, Andrew Melville and Nietzsche. He read Curtis Cate’s Friedrich Nietzsche and Julian Young’s Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography concurrently, alternating chapters between the two books. It was then that Anderson said he noticed that Young appeared to borrow material from Cate’s text without quotation or proper attribution. He published the article “Telling the Same Story of Nietzsche’s Life” in The Journal of Nietzsche Studies in August 2011.

“I suspected [my article] would have impact because it is an important field of study, and [Young’s Friedrich Nietzsche] was a widely received publication coming from Cambridge, an important press,” Anderson said. His article was picked up by NewAPPS, a prominent art, politics, philosophy and science blog. The Chronicle of Higher Education published the article “When One Biographer ‘Borrows’ From Another, the Dispute Gets Philosophical” on July 2, and this week the same author wrote a Wall Street Journal blog post on Anderson’s findings. Read more.

Olympic Games Become Classroom for Belmont Student
A Belmont student will go to tracks, courts and fields in London this summer to study sport performance as it relates to the world’s best athletes as they compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Last week, Colleen Arends left Nashville for London where she is taking the class Olympic Games: Sport Performance, History and Administrations through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA). Northern Kentucky University clinical exercise scientist Renee Jeffreys is teaching the course, which focuses on training principles and conditioning for elite performance, as well as factors that affect performance in specific sports. Olympic history and what is required to conduct the Olympic Games will also be briefly discussed. The class will visit Olympic venues, various sport governing bodies and sport facilities in and around London.

“The way the course is set up, each of us have to choose a different sport within the Olympics; compile a presentation on anaerobic, vital oxygen intake max for most athletes, average BMI; focus on how athletes train and how their muscle tone and cardiovascular tone are different between sports; and how different sports require different physiological adaptions through the body,” said Arends, a junior from St. Louis, Mo., studying exercise science. She also is required to keep an exercise journal of studios and group exercise classes she visits in London as well as running and walking routes. Read more.

Men’s Basketball Places Four on NABC Honors Court
Four Belmont University men’s basketball student-athletes were named to the 2011-12 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court on July 10.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the highest achieving student-athletes in college basketball, and adds to the lofty tradition of the Belmont men’s basketball program.

Recent graduates Adam Barnes (Clarksville, Tenn.), Drew Hanlen (St. Louis, Mo.), Mick Hedgepeth (Crossville, Ala.) and Scott Saunders (New Orleans, La.) represented Belmont on this year’s NABC Honors Court. Read more.

July 6, 2012


Belmont Officially Joins Ohio Valley Conference
Bruin program takes athletic, academic tradition to OVC

It’s official; Belmont University has become the 12th member institution of the Ohio Valley Conference, effective July 1. The University celebrated the move July 2 at a press conference with Belmont administrators and athletics personnel as well as representatives from the Ohio Valley Conference office and OVC member institutions. Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher, Belmont Director of Athletics Mike Strickland and OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche gave remarks.

“The entire Belmont University Athletics family is excited about officially becoming a member of the Ohio Valley Conference,” Belmont University Director of Athletics Mike Strickland said. “We look forward to a long and prosperous tenure.  The OVC has a storied tradition, and we are proud to be the newest member.”

After a 14-month transitional period and a decorated 11 years of achievement in the Atlantic Sun Conference, Belmont University Athletics begins its next chapter.

The Bruin program’s list of accomplishments over the past decade-plus are many, including 36 Atlantic Sun Conference championships, 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and national top 25 poll votes in baseball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Read more.

The Tennessean Publishes Feature on Belmont SIFE
On July 4, The Tennessean published an article on the Belmont SIFE team and its recent national championship.

In addition to mentioning the team will compete in the international SIFE World Cup this fall, the story focuses on the team’s work locally and globally with the nonprofit FashionABLE, Spring Back Recycling and Be a Blessing programs.

Click here to read the full article in The Tennessean.


Baker’s Comeback to Continue in the U.S. After Run at Wimbledon Ends
The improbable run of Belmont men’s tennis assistant Brian Baker at Wimbledon ended on Tuesday as he fell in his fourth round match at the All-England Club.  Baker lost to #27 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in three sets: 6-1, 7-6 and 6-3.

Baker was attempting to become just the third American qualifier ever to advance to the quarterfinals at the All England Club. He is scheduled to play in the ATP Tour’s BB&T Atlanta Open on July 14-22 and should have a spot secured in the main draw of the U.S. Open scheduled for August 27-September 9 in New York City. Read more.

June 29, 2012


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

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


June 22, 2012


Belmont Helps Project Transformation Move Students to Ministry
This summer the University is helping  a nonprofit, United Methodist-affiliated organization transform Nashville through the outreach of college students.

Project Transformation provides leadership development and ministry exploration opportunities to college-age young adults through immersion in churches in Middle Tennessee’s low-income neighborhoods. The students, known as young adult interns, coordinate free eight-week summer day camps for children in four under-served Nashville neighborhoods. Project Transformation helps churches to fill the void in ministries that resonate with young adults and allows the students to have transformational experiences to help them figure out how their career goals align with God’s plan.

The inaugural class consists of 25 young adult interns from 12 states, including Colorado, Florida, Washington as well as a few Belmont students. Read more