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Ward-Belmont Alumnae Celebrate Reunion and Centennial Anniversary of School

Belmont Ambassadors help escort alumnae into the Mansion.

Belmont Ambassadors help escort alumnae into the Mansion.

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…)

Risk Management Adds Eight AED Units Across Campus

AED_2 (2)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.”

AED (2)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.

Dr. Jeffery Burgin Appointed Associate Provost and Dean of Students

Current Alabama A&M vice president to lead student affairs division

BurginFollowing 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.”


Opening Convo Marks Start of Vision 2020 Planning

opening convocation 2013-109A new academic year kicked off officially on Wednesday with the traditional Opening Convocation to celebrate the first day of classes for the fall semester. Following the singing of University Hymn “Jesus Is the Christ” and the Alma Mater, along with an opening prayer by Vice President for Spiritual Direction Dr. Todd Lake, Provost Dr. Thomas Burns welcomed the gathered crowd, calling attention to several items that illustrate this year’s campus theme, “Through the Eyes of Others.”

In addition to Belmont’s commitment to KIVA and the recent partnership with Live Beyond, Burns pointed to the upcoming Oct. 3 First Year Seminar (FYS) convocation with Christian missionaries Keren Madora and Kristine Diggins. Kristine is the daughter of Keren Madora and Dan Everett, the author of FYS common book, Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes.

“I challenge you,” Burns remarked, “as you participate in these activities, to make new connections – between people, between ideas, between actions – and to find the courage to make a difference in our world. I invite you to struggle with questions which have no easy answers. May we welcome those struggles, embrace them and let them transform the way we view and live in our world. Not every University will dare ask this much of its membership, but that’s why all of us have chosen to be part of Belmont University.”


Dining Services Adds New Options, Services for Fall Semester

McAlister's Deli Construction

Construction is nearly complete on the new location of McAlister’s Deli on campus.

With a goal to enhance the student experience, Belmont Dining Services, provided by Sodexo, will launch several new initiatives this fall as well as open two new popular chain restaurant locations on campus.

An express version of McAlister’s Deli, serving the popular chain’s top 25 best-selling items, opens Aug. 12 in the former spot of Buzzy’s candy store on Belmont Blvd. While the chain has expanded into Middle Tennessee in recent years with shops in Brentwood, Cool Springs and Murfreesboro, this will be the first McAlister’s in Nashville.

Meanwhile, a Papa John’s branch will be added to the former Quizno’s spot in Curb Cafe. The pizza shop will offer both eight-inch individual size pizzas as well as 16-inch pies. The site will open for business on Monday, Aug. 19.

Director of Dining Services Kyle Grover said, “This past year Dining Services hosted four student focus groups, and we asked students what food options they wanted on campus. Adding McAlister’s and Papa John’s will meet the students’ needs.”

The cafeteria, located in the Gabhart Student Center, adds a Simple Servings station that offers allergy sufferers (gluten, lactose, shellfish, etc.) meal options free of instigating allergens. In addition, Sodexo has partnered with to include more than 1,200 recipes on the site so diners can scan an item in line and immediately have access to nutritional information on the website. Sodexo is also instituting Qbot, a rewards program that offers free products when users reach certain pre-set milestones in purchases.

To give students even more options for dining, Bruin Bucks can be used at several off-campus vendors, allowing students to enjoy meals at locations beyond the cafeteria, Curb Cafe, Bruin Grounds, What’s Bruin and Corner Court. In addition to using Bruin Bucks in Belmont’s on campus eateries and pharmacy, students can use the system at Subway, Chago’s, Kalamata’s, Noshville and Papa John’s as well as at the new campus locations of Papa John’s and McAlister’s. An announcement will be made soon regarding new additions to the Bruin Bucks program.

All of the new options are a precursor to Fall 2015 when the new Academic and Dining Services complex is scheduled to open. Fred Puffenberger, senior director of auxiliary enterprises, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to offer the additional on-campus food options to our student body.  These additions along with expanding our partnerships with several new off campus vendor Bruin Bucks partners is another step in the continuation of enhancing the student experience here at Belmont.”

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