Belmont University celebrates Christmas and announces its Christmas gift to the Nashville community with four free concerts that are open to the public, as well as the televised airing of the annual holiday music spectacular, “Christmas at Belmont.”
The first, the Nashville Children’s Choir performances, will be held on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the McAfee Concert Hall. The Children’s Choir, a premiere youth choir for singers aged 8 – 18, performs renditions of traditional Christmas music.
Belmont Camerata will offer its annual presentation of “A Camerata Christmas,” including a holiday tradition featuring Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and a sing-along with Kathy Chiavola and fiddler Tammy Rogers-King, on Monday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belmont Mansion.
The University’s Christmas concert series will conclude with the annual Christmas Eve Carillon Concert, held on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. at the campus Bell Tower, located just off the corner of Belmont Boulevard and Portland Avenue. Continuing a tradition begun during the Ward-Belmont days, the concert features traditional Christmas music played by Professor of Music Richard Shadinger on the tower’s 42-bell carillon, one of five carillons in Tennessee.
Of course, the holiday wouldn’t be complete without the annual “Christmas at Belmont” special. An encore presentation of the December 2013 performance, which featured 700 students, faculty and staff musicians from the School of Music and was hosted by opera singer Denyce Graves, will be shown in Middle Tennessee by Nashville Public Television (NPT-Channel 8) on Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. (CST). Check local listings for additional air times.
To watch the 2013 Christmas at Belmont performance online, click here.
What if a 10-year-old built your house? On Monday, Belmont University student organization Enactus—a group dedicated to using entrepreneurial actions to transform lives and build a better, sustainable world—partnered with If I Had a Hammer to host a build on Belmont’s campus with school-age children serving as the construction crew. And it’s all for a great cause—promoting STEM education.
Hammer, as the program is known, emboldens and teaches children the value of math and other STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through the fun, real-life experience of building a house. Though careers in STEM fields are increasing, studies show that children are becoming less interested and more intimidated by these areas.
“We are grateful that Belmont University is partnering with us to give a 5th grade class an educational day they won’t soon forget,” said Perry Wilson, founder of If I Had A Hammer. “The Hammer House Build is a fun and engaging experience that helps students connect what they are learning in the classroom to how they will use it in the real world. That’s why the foundation of the Hammer Math program is built on fractions and measurement. After working with over half a million children for the past 20 years, we realize that if children can master fractions, it can unlock their potential to do higher-level mathematics. It gives children the opportunity to master the skills needed for a career in the STEM fields.”
The Bridges to Belmont Scholars Council partnered with Metro Parks and Recreation, Edgehill Family Resource Center and MDHA’s Resident Association at Edgehill Apartments to host the fourth annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 31.
With a focus on safety and fun, the event featured activities including corn hole, human tic-tac-toe, pumpkin bowling, witch races and plenty of candy. Scholar Council Event Chair and Coordinator Anthony Buchanan said, “My main goals for this event were simple – just provide a safe place for kids to have a good time, have fun and eat as much candy as they can.”
The Halloween Bash started in 2011, when Belmont University Greek Life and Athletics pioneered the inaugural event with great success. Based on the response from the Belmont and Edgehill communities, the annual event has continued to garner more and more attention and participation.
This year’s event did not disappoint. Although temperatures were frigidly low and forced activities to be moved inside the community center, energy and excitement ran high as children from the Edgehill community participated in Halloween games, trick or treated for candy and proudly touted their costumes. With approximately 300 neighbors in attendance, the event continues to remain a staple in the Edgehill community and allows children an alternative, safe way to celebrate the holiday.
The Scholars Council was happy to take on the annual event, as community service and selflessness is a key component in the Bridges to Belmont program. Program Director Mary Clark said, “Events like this are always a great way to reach out to the local community and for Belmont faculty, staff and students to be a blessing to someone else.”
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This week 22 foreign ambassadors representing countries spanning six continents were welcomed to Nashville on a tour sponsored by the State Department. Intended toengage the ambassadors with prominent business and community leaders as well as local entrepreneurs, the group of dignitaries paid a visit to Belmont University Thursday morning as part of an event organized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville Health Care Council and Belmont.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher welcomed the special guests to campus, noting, “It’s exciting for us to have you here. You’ve come to a campus of 7,300 students representing every state in the U.S. and 38 countries, including some of yours… During your time in Nashville, you’ll hear that we’re Music City and that we’re a healthcare capital, but you’re also hearing from me that we’re a higher education city. We are approaching 100,000 higher education students here in Middle Tennessee at the various colleges and universities in this region.”
Following a welcome by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean—who jokingly encouraged the ambassadors to “feel free to spend all you want. You need those cowboy boots!”— His Excellency Ashok Mirpuri, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore, took the podium to express his gratitude on behalf of the visitors. “Thank you to the city of Nashville for such a warm welcome. You have been gracious hosts, and thank you for being so open with the world. You are truly a globalized city.”
Belmont’s College of Theology and Christian Ministry (CTCM)hosted a Regional Festival for the Academy of Preachers on campus Oct. 24-25. The Academy of Preachers is an organization that seeks to inspire young adults ages 14-28 to explore their call to gospel preaching. The Academy hosts three regional festivals throughout the country and one national festival each year.
CTCM Dean Dr. Darrell Gwaltney said, “We welcomed 20 young preachers to campus who preached on the theme ‘Tell Me a Story,’ received feedback from evaluators, and encouragement from peers in preaching circles. Among the young preachers were CTCM alumni Larry Terrell Crudup (’10) and Sarah Garrett (’13) and current CTCM students Julia Crone and Brooke Pernice.”
All four Belmont students and alumni will likely participate in the national festival in Dallas in January.
In addition, the young preachers participated in peer group conversations about preaching and listened to sermons from Gwaltney, as well as professors from Sewanee: The University of the South, Trevecca Nazarene University and Vanderbilt Divinity School.