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Belmont Students Place Fourth at National Entrepreneurship Competition

Enactus2014After making it past 240 other teams from across the nation to land in the finals, the Belmont University Enactus team came in fourth Thursday at the Enactus USA National Exposition competition, which was held this week in Cincinnati.

Dr. John Gonas, associate professor of finance and Sam M. Walton Enactus Fellow, said, “I am overwhelmed with the passion, innovation and creativity of our relatively young team. They have already conceived and developed some very impactful and sustainable social enterprises, and I am honored that the Enactus sponsor companies graded us as a top-4 team out of 240 that attended the USA Exhibition. Without the tireless efforts of [fellow Belmont faculty members] Cate Loes, Jason Stahl and Nathan Adam we could never have been so well prepared and successful.”

Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. (more…)

U.S. News Recognizes Belmont’s Part-Time MBA

The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University was recognized in the top half of the list of 310 ranked part-time MBA programs this week when U.S. News & World Report released its 2015 rankings of Best Graduate Schools, a tool to help prospective graduate students better understand the graduate school landscape and to identify programs that would be good fits. The rankings highlight the top programs in business, law, medicine, engineering and education, among other specialties. Massey Graduate School of Business, ranked at No. 154, offers 15 graduate concentrations including accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, marketing and music business among others.

U.S. News’ part-time MBA ranking is based on average peer assessment score, the average GMAT score of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2013, their average undergraduate GPA, work experience and the percentage of the business school’s fall 2013 MBA enrollment that is part time. Each program considered had to meet the conditions of being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and enrolling at least 20 students in the fall 2013 term.

The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business offers high-quality graduate business programs designed for working and aspiring professionals looking to advance or switch careers.  The curriculum is designed to provide challenging, yet practical content in a flexible format.  Programs are designed to stimulate critical thinking and creative problem solving while encouraging strong communication skills and a solid framework for ethical business decision-making. In addition to core coverage in business administration and accounting, the curriculum is uniquely structured around the themes of entrepreneurship and ethical decision-making across the global economy.  All students complete a brief international study-abroad experience as part of their studies.

Author Malcolm Gladwell Reminds Executives, Students Importance of Legitimacy

malcolm gladwell-123-XLWhen not legitimized by authority, anger transforms underdogs into radicals, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell told business executives and students on Friday morning as he captivated their attention with his narratives.

Belmont University’s Executive Learning Network and Parnassus Books brought the author and The New Yorker staff writer to the Curb Event Center on Friday for the Spring Leadership Breakfast.

Gladwell shared the story of New York socialite turned suffragist Alva Vanderbilt and her philanthropist daughter, Consuelo, intertwined with nuggets on Northern Ireland women who marched on armed British soldiers. His talk was pickled with modern day references to the Kardashians, Kanye West lyrics and the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Students Join ‘Up to Us’ Campaign to Address National Debt

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Pictured are Paul Shaw, Sordum Ndam, faculty adviser Dr. Colin Cannonier, Lindsay Bond-Harris and Jawon Taylor.

Five Belmont sophomores are working hard this month to build a movement to address the national debt, a figure that currently stands at over $17 trillion. Belmont “Up to Us”  formed last fall when the five students–Paul Shaw (international business), Jawon Taylor (political science), Sordum Ndam (political science), Olivia Nishi (corporate communications) and Lindsay Bond-Harris (music business)–applied to participate in the national Up to Us competition, which is sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact. The Belmont team was selected as one of 25 teams nationwide and is competing against teams from Duke, Cal State-Fullerton, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Rice, George Washington and New York University, among others, with the contest set to end this Friday, Feb. 21.

The group was first interested in the competition as a means to have hands-on experience in a campaign that would benefit their diverse studies in political science, business and communications. However, this campaign has hit a nerve for all of them. Noting that $17 trillion is a difficult figure to grasp and contextualize, Ndam said, “You start telling people how serious this is, and the more you repeat these facts, the more you begin to realize how truly serious an issue it is… I’m afraid of the uncertainty of it all.”

“We want people to be thinking about the national debt and get discussion going,” said Bond-Harris. “We’re not asking for answers, but we do want people to get involved in finding answers.”

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Part-time MBA Ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek

Massey School’s professional MBA No. 59 in the U.S. and No. 12 in the South

massey hoodingBelmont University announced today that its part-time MBA program has achieved a Top 60 national ranking in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2013 report on “Top Part-Time MBA programs.” Belmont’s Massey School program ranked No. 59 in the U.S. and just behind such notables as Pepperdine University (No. 50), Case Western University (No. 53) and the University of Maryland (No. 56). In its region, Belmont was ranked 12th, joining other highly-ranked notables in the South, including Emory University and Wake Forest University.

Nationally, Carnegie Mellon University was ranked No. 1, while UC-Berkeley, SMU, UCLA and Elon rounded out the top five.  Bloomberg BusinessWeek began ranking part-time MBA programs in 2007 in an effort to recognize the best MBA programs designed specifically for working professionals.  Belmont first made the prestigious list in 2009, and has since appeared in each rankings issue.

“The student satisfaction rankings and teaching quality metrics indicate that our Massey professors are doing an outstanding job in delivering a high-quality MBA program,” said Dr. J. Patrick Raines, dean of Belmont’s College of Business Administration. “And to be in the company of this group of national peers is simply tremendous.”

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