Belmont University celebrates Christmas and announces its Christmas gift to the Nashville community with a number of free concerts that are open to the public, as well as the televised airing of the annual holiday music spectacular, “Christmas at Belmont.”
The Nashville Children’s Choir performances were held on Dec. 6 and featured the premiere youth choir’s (for singers aged 8 – 18) renditions of traditional Christmas music.
Belmont Camerata offered 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 in the Belmont Mansion.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education today announced that Belmont University was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This is the fourth straight year Belmont has been included on the list that annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.
Tim Stewart, Belmont’s director of service-learning, said, “It is very gratifying to see the good work our students, faculty and staff are doing for and with the community be recognized by the President’s Honor Roll. We’re fortunate to live in a community that provides such great opportunities for our students to learn and to serve.”
A total of 766 higher education institutions were named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and Belmont was recognized in both the General Community Service category as well as the Education category. The Welcome Week SERVE initiative, Homework Hotline and It’s Bruin Time in the Community were among the countless service activities included in the University’s Honor Roll application this year.
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.”