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Belmont Hosts Foreign Ambassadors for ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit of Nashville’ Discussion

Fowler shares insights on state of music business in Music City

Mirpuri

Mirpuri

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.”

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CTCM Hosts Regional Festival for Academy of Preachers

academy of young preachers-226Belmont’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.

Nashville’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration Begins at Belmont

hispanic heritage celebration 2014-125Belmont University hosted the Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off event for the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Monday in the Vince Gill Room. Click here to view photos from the event.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a nation-wide celebration that coincides with the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile all achieved independence between Sept. 15 and 18.

To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month, which stakes place Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, visit hispanicheritagemonth.gov. For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month events in Nashville, visit www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com.

New Belmont Students Continue Tradition of Service

Serve-105Following a thankful message from  Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and a charge to find their purposes through service from Belmont President Bob Fisher, students in Belmont’s Class of 2018 along with transfers students volunteered throughout Nashville through the University’s annual SERVE Project on Monday afternoon.

“This event has been going on at Belmont for at least 15 years. It’s so Belmont when our students go out into the community and serve. What I hope for you and for our community is that it will trigger an ongoing quest in you to find what you are uniquely made to do to serve others,” Fisher told 1,750 students before they departed campus for 13 sites across the city, including three Metro Nashville Public Schools and nonprofit organizations like Preston Taylor Ministries.

An annual “Welcome Week” tradition for more than a decade, SERVE provides a perfect tie-in to Belmont’s ongoing commitment to engage students in their community and encourage the values of service on both a local and global level.

“I am very pleased to be here and welcome you. You are all geared to serve our city,” said Dean. “Tennessee is the volunteer state, and Belmont and the city of Nashville have a strong tradition in giving back. When you go out and volunteer, please know that we appreciate that. There is nothing more valuable you can do in college than to get involved and understand how the city works.”

In West Nashville, 20 students sorted and bundled school supplies for LP PENCIL Box, a nonprofit organization that allows Metro school teachers to pick out $600 worth of pencils, rulers, backpacks, highlighters and other supplies every year. Program Manager Kerry Conley said 72.4 percent of Metro students live at or below the poverty line and are unable to purchase their own supplies, so often times Metro teachers spend $500 of their personal funds to help their students. (more…)

Belmont University Hosts Free Document Shredding Event Aug. 12

Onsite Cintas truck provides safe, secure disposal of confidential information

Belmont University will host a Shred Event from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 12 on campus in the parking lot behind the University’s Facility Management Services building at 1508 Delmar Ave. This event, being held for the second consecutive year, is free and open to the public.

A number of community organizations and local companies have already signed on to show their support for and participation in the event, including the Edgehill Village Neighborhood Association, Edgehill Family Resource Center, Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors Inc., District 17 Councilwoman Sandra Moore, District 18 Councilwoman Sandra Burkley Allen, District 19 Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, Belmont Heights Baptist Church, FASTSIGNS 110, R.C. Mathews, Alexander Metals Inc., Barnett Ironworks Inc., Civil Constructors, Concrete Form Erectors, Cumberland Architectural Millwork, Enterprise Electric LLC, J & J Interiors, Kelly Construction Inc., Lee Co., McCarthy Jones & Woodard, RCC Concrete Services LLC and Rio Grande Fence Company.

Through a partnership with Cintas Document Management, documents will be securely destroyed onsite with a mobile shredding vehicle, ensuring secure, confidential disposal of sensitive information. Staples, rubber bands, folders and paper clips do not need to be removed before shredding occurs.

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