On Saturday, April 11, more than 140 Belmont students came together at Rose Park to celebrate the University’s 15th annual Family Literacy Day. Held every year, the event invites families from the Rose Park neighborhood to read with Belmont students to promote literacy throughout the community. This year, more than 160 community members registered for the event, doubling numbers from last year’s celebration.
Belmont’s Director of Service Learning and event organizer Tim Stewart said Family Literacy Day began as part of a grant that has funded and spurred the creation of many other events that encourage literacy throughout the Nashville community. “The fact that we’ve been doing Family Literacy Day for so long is a strong testament to Belmont’s desire to encourage children and families in our community to read. It also provides a great opportunity for our students to give of themselves to brighten the lives of others,” Stewart said.
Belmont University and the Center for Healthy Churches (CHC)—an organization devoted to improving the spiritual, emotional and organizational health of churches and ministers—(CHC)announced today a new partnership that includes the relocation of CHC’s national office to Belmont’s campus in Nashville, Tennessee.
CHC currently works nationwide through a network of representatives to provide seasoned and thoughtful leadership to churches and faith communities from many traditions. Twenty-four individuals work with CHC as congregational and clergy coaches and consultants. Their work across denominations seeks to cultivate healthy processes allowing ministers and congregations to clarify vision, manage transitions and transform conflict.
“I cannot think of a better national partner for our efforts to cultivate healthy clergy and churches than Belmont,” said Bill Wilson, Jr., the director of CHC. “Belmont’s facilities and connections are remarkable. They have a heart for the church in its many manifestations, and they genuinely value congregations and clergy and the vital role they play in America. Their faculty, staff and students provide a unique opportunity for us to integrate academic and research methodology into our work.”
‘It’s Bruin Time in the Community’ takes ‘Nashville’s University’ off campus to support hometown efforts
Proving that many hands do indeed make light–and fun–work, more than 150 Belmont faculty and staff teamed together Thursday to volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit founded in 1978 that works to feed hungry people and solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee. Last year alone, Second Harvest’s fleet of 19 trucks covered 533,374 miles rescuing and delivering food to a network of more than 450 partner agencies and directly to hungry children, families and seniors throughout a 46-county service area.
Belmont’s annual faculty/staff service project, which the University dubbed “It’s Bruin Time in the Community,” began last year with employees spending a morning painting at Hunters Lane High School.
This year, with Vision 2020 ideals in mind, Belmont employees registered to serve during one of two three-hour shifts as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to be “‘Nashville’s University’, aligning Belmont’s vision and resources with the ever-changing needs of the people in our community.” Divided into two teams upon arrival at Second Harvest’s Martin Distribution Center, one group was tasked with sorting enormous cartons of sweet potatoes into 5 lb bags, which would be weighed for accuracy and packed for shipping to food pantries and churches. (more…)
In conjunction with The Tennessean and WSMV, Belmont will be hosting two mayoral debates this summer and as the city’s debate headquarters, Belmont students will lead the efforts to officially introduce Nashville to its new mayor. Through its partnership, Belmont selected seven students who will each follow one candidate, review a recent interview and write a piece to be published in the Tennessean prior to the debates.
Participating students have been tasked with producing short pieces that will outline their candidate, review and analyze how their platforms will affect young Nashvillians and ask questions as millennials soon entering the workforce. In the end, this “millennials write for millennials” format will produce easily digestible pieces for young voters to review. When debate time rolls around, these seven students will have the chance to ask questions of the candidates.
Sophomore political science major McLean Pillon said he was excited about the opportunity to get involved with this project and have concrete experience in his field. As a student, learning in the classroom is important, but it’s the hands-on experiences that bring material to life. “Employers are not just looking for classroom experience. They wish to see applicants who are battle-tested and ready for the professional world,” Pillon said. “Belmont has greatly aided in my professional development through opportunities such as these.”
Belmont University announced today that the Bridges to Belmont full scholarship program would be expanded from 30 students entering in fall 2014 to 34 students for fall 2015. The 34 scholarship recipients from four Metro Nashville high schools—Maplewood, Stratford, Whites Creek and Pearl Cohn—were informed of their scholarship offers earlier this month following an extensive application and interview process.
Bridges to Belmont reflects a deliberate step on the part of Belmont’s administration to enhance the University’s cultural and ethnic diversity while also continuing efforts to provide higher education to students in Davidson County. Bridges to Belmont Scholars, many of whom are first-generation college students, each are awarded a full four-year scholarship that covers tuition, room, board, required fees and books (from state and federal grants as well as Belmont scholarship funds.) Throughout their higher education experience, they also are given academic support and peer mentors.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “The Bridges program clearly reflects Belmont’s mission to provide a transformative education to men and women of diverse backgrounds, but it also demonstrates our commitment to serve our city. Nashville gives so much to Belmont – this is our chance to give back by investing in these high-potential young people from our community.”