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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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Author Encourages Students to Pursue Dreams

Jeff Goins -103-LNashville blogger and author Jeff Goins encouraged students to pursue their dream without delay during a convocation lecture on Wednesday in the Massey Boardroom.

Goins shared the story of how he built the blog Goins Writer, which launched him into his dream career and the lessons he learned along the way.

“I became a professional writer without leaving my job, getting divorced or flaking out on my friends,” he said.

First, he had to surrender insecurities and realize that friends, fans and patrons are essential relationships to achieving his dream.

Goins also emphasized that it takes many hours of practice to improve a skill or make a product marketable. That includes not only doing the work frequently but also getting feedback from people knowledgeable in the area.

His final lesson to students was to get rid of the “all or nothing” mentality and instead plan, build bridges and use byproducts.

In 2011 and 2012, Goins’ blog was voted one of the “Top 10 Blogs on Writing” by WritetoDone.com. His first book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, spent two weeks in the Top 50 Books list on Amazon.com and is in second printing, selling over 20,000 copies in a matter of months. His most recent work is The In Between.

 

Belmont, Tennessee World Affairs Council Hosts Screening of Human Trafficking Documentary

Panelists discuss "Not My Life" following a screening of the documentary.

Panelists discuss “Not My Life” following a screening of the documentary.

Belmont University’s Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education and the College of Business Administration Center for International Business hosted on Monday the Tennessee World Affairs Council’s screening of “Not My Life,” a documentary on human trafficking written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheime.

More than 80 people attended the event held in the Massey Performing Arts Center, including Belmont students, students from area colleges, members of the public and area agencies who work to stop human trafficking. “Not My Life” is the first film comprehensively to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of global human trafficking and modern slavery. The screening was part of a nationwide program sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and made possible by a grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation.

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life features more than 50 interviews with trafficking victims and their advocates in government, law enforcement, civil society, and the private sector. It includes the stories of 10 year-old girls raped in truck stops in the United States and brothels in India, street beggars in Africa, and domestic servants in Washington, D. C. to  take viewers into a world that is difficult to imagine, let alone accept. (more…)

Fortune Magazine Editor: Practice Key to Great Performance

JMK_3760 (2)During a Wednesday convocation, Fortune Magazine Senior Editor Geoffrey Colvin shared how through practice, students can be just as successful as people perceived to have inherent talent. During his lecture titled “Talent is Overrated: Truths for Success,” Colvin illustrated how passion, values, ethics and learning are more important to corporations than hours worked or IQ, and demonstrated how world-class performance comes from specific ethical behaviors.

“Where does great performance come from? All of us carry around deep-seeded answers about this question. We want to talk about this because standards are rising everywhere,” Colvin said. “Everything is getting better all the time generally in business technology all of these devices are better, faster, smaller and cheaper every month.”

Colvin, author of Talent is Overrated, said while many people believe greater performance comes from hard work, memory or innate talent, the research shows that most geniuses, world-classes performers and athletes acquired their skills and notoriety through many years of practice. Conversely, child protégés grew up to become underachievers.

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