Belmont celebrated the graduation of a total of 421 students. During the graduation ceremony, 319 undergraduate and 102 master’s degrees were conferred.
Dr. Robert C. Fisher, president of the University, presided over the event. Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn, professor, director of Belmont’s Asian Studies program and chair of the Department of Philosophy, presented the commencement address. In May Littlejohn was named Belmont’s 2013-14 Chaney Distinguished Professor. The Chaney Distinguished Professor Award, determined on the basis of superior teaching, is presented each year to a faculty member who best represents the vision of the university to be a “premier teaching institution.”
Student Commencement Speaker Jennifer Rutter, who studied political science and Christian ethics, shared her thoughts on pursuing a higher education at a Christian university as well as on studying abroad and going on mission trips through Belmont.
“It has shaped my faith, my thought process, and my worldview in ways I could not have imagined,” Rutter said. “Belmont never forced me to choose either faith or works but instead provided me opportunities to do both faith and works. I got to hear world class speakers in Chapel. I also became part of an evening worship service on campus.”
BELMONT EXAMS TO BEGIN LATE ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
Due to weather and road conditions, Belmont University will be opening 1 hour late this morning. Exams scheduled for 8 a.m. will be given 90 minutes late, at 9:30 a.m., in their scheduled locations, and the 11 a.m. exam will be delayed by 30 minutes (the 11 a.m. exam will occur at 11:30 a.m.). Afternoon exams (2, 5 and 7 p.m.) will continue as scheduled.
Because weather 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. Students who encounter any scheduling difficulties or are unable to get to campus are responsible for notifying their professors and arranging a mutually agreeable plan to take the final exam.
Hose and heels, one pair of white gloves and no hats were evident at the annual Ward-Belmont Alumnae Reunion as alumnae gathered on Nov. 2 in the Belmont Mansion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the school.
In 1913, Ward Seminary (a school for girls then located in downtown Nashville) and Belmont College (a school for girls that started in 1890 on the site of Belmont’s campus after the death of Adelicia Acklen) merged to form a new school called Ward-Belmont. It was primarily a boarding school for young women seeking a two-year college degree, but over the years also included a boarding and day school for high school girls, a grammar school and a music conservatory.
Often, the college girls went on to Vanderbilt or other major universities for their last two years of higher education. Ward-Belmont was the first junior college in the South to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In the spring of 1951, after several years of financial problems, the board of trustees decided to sell Ward-Belmont to the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and in the fall of 1951, the new Belmont College had its first co-educational freshman class. (more…)
Belmont’s Office of Risk Management and Compliance recently added eight new automated external defibrillators (AED) throughout campus bringing the University to a total of 17 AEDs.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume in a heart in sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required.
“We are making great strides in improving the safety for our faculty, staff, students and all those who visit our campus,” Risk Management and Compliance Administrator April Khoury said. “We hope to continue purchasing additional AEDs for other areas on campus in the future.”
In addition, Khoury noted that her office is working to schedule training on the AEDs for interested individuals soon, and several departments–including Campus Security and Event Services–receive AED training with their required First Aid and CPR courses.
The map of current AED locations can be found here. The Office of Risk Management and Compliance strives to create and maintain an environment conducive to the safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors while on the university premises or participating in university-sponsored activities.
Current Alabama A&M vice president to lead student affairs division
Following an extensive nationwide search, Belmont University announced today that Dr. Jeffery Burgin, current vice president for student affairs at Alabama A&M University, is being named associate provost and dean of students, effective Dec 1.
In his new position at Belmont, Burgin will serve as the chief student affairs officer for the University, exercising broad oversight of the University’s student affairs programs and operations. He will be responsible for fostering the building of community among students and between student groups while empowering the staff and students in the Division of Student Affairs to be effective educators and leaders for student success.
Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “Dr. Burgin is a student-centered leader with a history of fostering a positive, engaging, supportive student environment on the campuses he has served. We are extremely excited to welcome such a successful leader to the Belmont community.”
Burgin noted, “I am deeply indebted to Alabama A & M University for the opportunities provided to me and my family. I am ecstatic about new opportunities at Belmont University and working with Dr. Burns. The warmth from students, faculty, staff and administration I felt during my visit was a selling point for me. I look forward to many collaborative efforts as we assist in the academic and social development of our students. I would also like to commend Dr. Becky Spurlock and the student affairs staff for the excellent work they have done during this transitional period. I know there will be many future successes.”