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Belmont Partners with Tennessean on Mayoral Debates

The Tennessean and Belmont University have come together to present Nashforward, the premier Nashville Mayoral Debate Series in 2015.

As the leading media company and a top-ranked University, The Tennessean and Belmont University want to ensure that voters are well-informed on the issues facing Nashville and the positions of each candidate as they head to the polls in August.

Each debate will be free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance. The debates will also be streamed live via The Tennessean and Belmont University’s digital platforms.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “We have long said that being in Nashville is one of Belmont University’s finest assets, and this institution is committed to returning that benefit through engagement with, and service to, our city. Hosting these debates also connects well with our mission to provide students with significant real-world educational experiences, demonstrating first-hand how they can be change agents in our community and the broader world.”

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Belmont University Welcomes Local Residents for Seventh Annual Community Day

community day 2015-201As a show of gratitude to its neighbors in Metro Council Districts 17, 18 and 19, Belmont University hosted the community to watch the men’s basketball team play Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) rival UT Martin last night for the University’s seventh annual Community Day.

With more than 1,000 neighbors in attendance including students from a number of surrounding schools, the annual event featured dinner, face painting, a balloon artist and a drumline battle between local high schools, Pearl-Cohn and Maplewood. In celebration of University mascot Bruiser’s birthday, mascots from around the city were in attendance for Bruiser’s birthday party.

Keeping in line with the night’s festivities, the Bruins (12-7, 4-2 OVC) were happy to bring home a win against the UT Martin Skyhawks (11-7, 3-2 OVC). With a final score of 72 to 67, Community Day attendees kept energy high in Belmont’s Curb Event Center and cheered the Bruins to victory. The win marked Coach Rick Byrd’s 701st career victory, and Byrd was honored before the game for reaching No. 700 last Saturday.

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Belmont University Launches Seminar Series for Local High School Students

class-118Belmont University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) recently launched its newest program, CLASS Seminars, for area high school students to attend lectures and participate in collaborative experiences in education, humanities and social sciences.

Comprised of 24 sessions, the series begins in the Spring of participants’ sophomore year and continues through the Fall of their senior year. Students in the program will attend cultural events such as the Nashville Shakespeare Festival winter performances and the Belmont Humanities Symposium. The remaining sessions will be seminars presented by Belmont professors and other experts in the community.

The program’s inaugural class, selected from an applicant pool of 113 nominees, is made up of 26 students from 10 Davidson County high schools and will begin in January with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s performance of “Twelfth Night.”

The program is designed to educate students on what the humanities and social sciences have to offer and introduce them to subject matter that might not be covered in their daily high school curriculum. After completing the seminar series, participants will have a better understanding of where their interests lie and possible collegiate majors that could be a natural fit.  In addition to participating in educational lectures and experiences, students will complete community service projects, a required aspect of the CLASS Seminars. (more…)

Belmont University Celebrates Christmas by Offering Free Concerts to the Public

christmas at belmont-396Belmont 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.

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Belmont Nationally Recognized for Service to Community

HonorRoll-Logo-2014-webThe 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.

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