Belmont Announces Expansion of Bridges to Belmont Scholarship Program

Maplewood seniors celebrate their scholarship offers.

Maplewood seniors celebrate their scholarship offers.

Belmont University announced today that the Bridges to Belmont full scholarship program would be expanded from 30 students entering in fall 2014 to 34 students for fall 2015. The 34 scholarship recipients from four Metro Nashville high schools—Maplewood, Stratford, Whites Creek and Pearl Cohn—were informed of their scholarship offers earlier this month following an extensive application and interview process.

Bridges to Belmont reflects a deliberate step on the part of Belmont’s administration to enhance the University’s cultural and ethnic diversity while also continuing efforts to provide higher education to students in Davidson County. Bridges to Belmont Scholars, many of whom are first-generation college students, each are awarded a full four-year scholarship that covers tuition, room, board, required fees and books (from state and federal grants as well as Belmont scholarship funds.) Throughout their higher education experience, they also are given academic support and peer mentors.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “The Bridges program clearly reflects Belmont’s mission to provide a transformative education to men and women of diverse backgrounds, but it also demonstrates our commitment to serve our city.  Nashville gives so much to Belmont – this is our chance to give back by investing in these high-potential young people from our community.”


Belmont Is Open Today, Thursday, Feb. 26

Belmont University is open and will be operating on a normal schedule today, Thursday, February 26 with classes and activities proceeding as planned.

Because weather and road conditions can vary greatly within our region, students, faculty and staff are urged to use individual discretion when making the decision to travel to campus in snow or icy weather.

Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Opens Nominations for Inaugural Class

fountain 2014-105With a mission to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the health and health care industry, The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor the pioneers and current leaders who have formed Tennessee’s health and health care community and encourage future generations of health care professionals.

The nominations process began on February 20 and will continue until April 10 at Created by Belmont University and the McWhorter Society, The Hall of Fame is supported by the Nashville Health Care Council, a Hall of Fame Founding Partner. The inaugural class will be announced at the McWhorter Society’s May 5 luncheon.

In addition to recognizing Tennessee’s most influential health and health care leaders, The Hall of Fame will serve as an on-going educational resource to document the rich history that has contributed to Tennessee’s position as a leader for national health care initiatives.

Chair of the McWhorter Society and Chairman of Medcare Investment Funds Dr. Harry Jacobson said, “The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame will play a unique role in educating, honoring and celebrating the state’s premier health and health care status. The individual leaders honored through its creation are those who have made significant contributions to shaping Tennessee’s healthcare industry into one of the world’s leading health care capitals, and we look forward to bringing well-deserved recognition to the inaugural class.”

Belmont’s President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “It is widely recognized that Tennessee is a central hub for health care in the United States, and with Nashville at the helm, our community has seen many individual men, women and organizations who have taken significant strides to shape and advance the industry. Meanwhile, Belmont University has taken a significant role in undergraduate, graduate and executive health care education. The creation of The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame will help us inspire the next generation of health care leaders while also further promoting Tennessee’s booming success as the nation’s premiere healthcare hub.”

A Selection Committee, comprised of health and health care leaders from across the state, will evaluate nominees for The Hall of Fame.

Nominees can be practitioners, executives, entrepreneurs, mentors, teachers, scientists, researchers, innovators or any person with a connection to the health or health care field. Potential inductees must have:

  • Been born, lived or have worked in Tennessee
  • Made a significant impact and lasting contribution to health care at the local, state, national or international level
  • Exhibit the highest ethical and professional character
  • Serve as an outstanding role model in their community

President of the Nashville Health Care Council Caroline Young said, “The Nashville Health Care Council is honored to be a Founding Partner of The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame. As we move toward the induction of the inaugural class, we look forward to recognizing the significant talent that has come through our state and inspiring future innovators who will drive Tennessee’s heath care success to new levels.”

Belmont Launches First Philanthropic Social Media Campaign


Belmont University has announced the launch of its first philanthropic social media campaign, Bruins4Bruins, scheduled for March 8 – 14. Bruins4Bruins is designed to engage with alumni, parents and friends of the University through online means, instead of traditional methods of outreach. Asked to invest in the quality of education at Belmont through a financial gift, this unique audience will be connected to the campaign through University social media channels, e-mails and videos from a number of prominent University alumni and friends.

With the goal of raising $50,000 in seven days, the campaign is focused on enhancing the student experience through donations to the University’s Annual Fund which supports academic enrichment programming, technology upgrades, student research and competitions and more. Additionally, donors can allocate funds to specific University departments or endeavors if preferred.

A number of donors have committed to challenging the Belmont community to participate in Bruins4Bruins by providing $2,500 daily gift challenges. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar by a different supporter each day.

Director of Annual Giving Luisa Wilsman said Belmont decided to host its first philanthropic social media campaign to engage this unique audience in a new way. With a focus on Bruins supporting each other, the week-long drive asks members of the Belmont family to become a part of a very important group of donors who will share their resources to ensure an outstanding experience for students.

“We hope to inspire and educate a new generation of philanthropists regarding the importance of higher education support and show how together our contributions can make a significant difference,” Wilsman said.

To become a part of this important group and contribute to the future of Bruins to come, click here or visit


Belmont Hosts Second Annual ‘Faith and Culture Symposium’

faith and culture symposium-100Belmont University’s College of Theology and Christian Ministry is hosting the second annual Faith and Culture Symposium this week with various speakers concentrating on the idea, “Worship and the Life of the University,” including keynote speaker Enuma Okoro. All events are free and open to the public to attend.

Associate Professor of Theology Dr. Steve Guthrie said, “This year’s event was inspired by the new chapel space that opened on Belmont’s campus in the Wedgewood Academic Center. Christian worship, of course, is an activity undertaken by Christian communities. Having a chapel on campus, however, encourages us to think about the relationship between worship and the wider culture in which Christian communities are located.”


Classes Ending at 2 p.m. Friday, February 20

Due to potential severe weather conditions this afternoon and their potential impact on travel conditions, all academic classes will end at 2 p.m. today. There will be no academic classes meeting after 2 p.m. All evening classes for Friday are cancelled. Faculty and staff that are not responsible for student safety, dining and residential programs are encouraged to head home after 2 p.m. today.  We anticipate that campus will be operating normally for the remainder of the weekend. Saturday’s Country Showcase will continue as planned. The scheduled Preview Day will also continue as scheduled though check in will be delayed by 1 hour to 9 a.m..

Belmont Open and Operating Normal Hours Thurs., Feb. 19

Following several days of class cancellations or delays due to severe weather and road conditions, Belmont University will be operating on a normal schedule on Thursday, February 19 with classes and activities proceeding as planned.

Because weather and road conditions can vary greatly within our region, students, faculty and staff are urged to use individual discretion when making the decision to travel to campus in snow or icy weather.

Belmont Is Open and Classes Proceeding as Scheduled

Belmont University is open today–Wednesday, February 18–and classes scheduled for 11 a.m. or later are proceeding. This includes evening classes. Commuter students and employees should be aware that surface parking lots will closed today so cars should be parked in garages. Closed areas include the top floors of the Curb and Thrailkill garages and Portland Avenue (between MPAC and the library). Because weather and road conditions can vary greatly within our region, students, faculty and staff are urged to use individual discretion when making the decision to travel to campus in snow or icy weather.

In addition, the University anticipates resuming its normal schedule tomorrow.

Class Start Delayed Until 11 A.M. Wed., Feb. 18

Belmont University will be open today–Wednesday, February 18, 2015–but no classes or activities will be held prior to 11 a.m. All classes and events scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. or later are expected to proceed as scheduled. Facilities Management Services continues working to clear ice from sidewalks and building entrances, but given the extreme conditions this week as well as this morning’s additional snow accumulation, some areas may remain slippery.  Please be cautious when walking through campus and stay on the walkways that have been cleared.

Commuter students and employees should be aware that all surface parking lots will closed today to allow crews to remove last night’s snow and ice so cars should be parked in garages. In addition to surface parking lots, closed areas include the top floors of the Curb and Thrailkill garages and Portland Avenue (between MPAC and the library).

Because weather and road conditions can vary greatly within our region, students, faculty and staff are urged to use individual discretion when making the decision to travel to campus in snow or icy weather.

Classes Cancelled Today, Tuesday, Feb. 17

Given the current road and campus conditions, all classes will be cancelled today,Tuesday, February 17, and scheduled campus activities will be postponed. Many University offices will also be closed, ​except those essential to the safety and welfare of on campus residents. Employees in those areas should report to campus. Everyone is encouraged to take caution with any travel or outdoor activities today. 

Classes Cancelled Today, Feb. 16

Given the current road conditions and forecast, all classes will be cancelled today, Monday, February 16. University offices will also be closed, ​except those essential to the safety and welfare of on campus residents. Employees involved with campus tours and scholarship interviews scheduled for today should check with their supervisors to ensure those events are covered.

Belmont Alumni Wow on Idol, Perform Together as Blvd

Belmont alumni Rayvon Owen, Cody Fry, KellyeAnn Rodgers and Piper Jones are competing on American Idol’s 14th season and last night, the four performed together in the group round as Blvd. “The really awesome thing is, we all went to college together. We’re all buddies – Belmont University!” Jones said.

Blvd performed their rendition of Idol star Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” earning high remarks from the judging panel. “It was so smart to sing that song… Really impressive… That was my favorite one today,” said Idol judge and musician Harry Connick, Jr.

Following their performance, judge Jennifer Lopez wasted no time letting Blvd know they were safe. “I’ll just keep it very short, all of you are going through to the next round,” she said.

Once safe and off stage, Fry was grateful for the opportunity to perform with his friends and fellow Belmont students. “We all went to school together, and it was a once in a lifetime musical experience to be up on that world stage, just singing with some of my best friends.”

Tune into FOX next week to watch the contestants move forward in their Idol journeys.

Belmont Students Participate in Grammy Week 2015

GrammysService Corps, a Belmont student organization dedicated to providing student experiences in the music and entertainment industries, took 22 members to this year’s Grammy Week in Los Angeles. While there, students had the opportunity to take part in a variety of hands-on industry experiences that placed them directly in the excitement of the events. And two students connected to Belmont even performed on the red carpet during a Grammy pre-telecast event on E.

Fifteen students participated as talent escorts in the two-day Grammy Radio Row, an event where celebrities and their teams interview with stations all over the U.S. All 22 students participated as escorts for Friday’s MusiCares Gala on the red carpet. On Saturday, students participated in the Grammy Special Merit red carpet and awards show to assist with event logistics, and on Sunday students worked the Grammy red carpet as escorts to nominees and guests of the Recording Academy.

College of Entertainment and Music Business Dean Doug Howard said, “Belmont University always has a presence at the Grammys through our talented alumni being recognized for their great work. What many may not know is that for the past 15 years, our students have had the opportunity to work behind the scenes at Grammy Week through Service Corps―a student organization that volunteers for industry events ranging from CMA Fest to Sundance.  I’m so proud of our students who have consistently demonstrated a high level of professionalism through the years at our industry’s highest profile events.  And we are very grateful to NARAS and Rogers & Cowan for continuing to give our students these remarkable experiences.” (more…)

Owens Talks on Forgiveness Amongst Murder and Betrayal

News.OwensStephen Owens spoke at a Belmont Chapel on Friday, Feb. 6, telling about his journey from resentment to forgiveness as his mother sat on death row for playing a major role in the murder of his father.

When Owens returned from church one morning as a 12-year-old boy, he found his father lying in the kitchen floor. Soon after, he testified against his mother, left the court room to live with his aunt and would not see his mother again for more than 20 years.

During this time, Owens went on to graduate college, get married, become a teacher and live a resentful life toward his mother. A series of life events followed that led Owens to understand God’s plan for his relationship with the woman he had grown to hate.

When Owens and his wife made the move from Memphis to Nashville, he could not find a job. After working an odd-job, he accepted a position teaching in prison, which Owens said was the first thing that began to change his heart. Later, he accepted a job teaching in Gallatin, and the headmaster referred him to a position at Christ Presbyterian Academy. Once there, a co-worker recognized his name and said that Owens’s mother had been a part of his prison Bible ministry for 15 years. It was then that Owens recognized the path God had led him down, and he began to seek God’s plan for forgiveness.


Schedule of Events Unveiled for Homecoming 2015, Feb. 26-28

homecoming 2014-172Belmont University invites alumni, friends and family to attend Homecoming 2015 Feb. 26-28 for a variety of special events. The celebration, centered on the theme “Destination Belmont,” will feature the first Bruin Spirit Walk, two basketball games, a campus-wide canned food drive supporting Second Harvest Food Bank, a homecoming concert and a pep rally and bonfire. For a complete list of all Belmont Homecoming 2015 events and an opportunity to register, click here.

Julie Thomas, associate director of Alumni Relations, said, “Homecoming at Belmont University continues to grow into a true celebration of university life, and Homecoming 2015 is no exception. We view our alumni as part of our extended family, and we hope they will come home to experience the music, art, sports and friendships reminiscent of their time at Belmont. To quote the author John Ed Pearce, ‘Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to.’ It’s time to come home and fall in love with Belmont all over again.” (more…)

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