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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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Mary Clark Leads Bridges to Belmont

Mary ClarkStudents begin college with Summer Academy, community service projects and leadership development

Belmont University has appointed Mary Clark as director of Bridges to Belmont. In her new position, Clark oversees the program designed to enroll students from Metro Nashville Public Schools who previously may have not considered Belmont as an option.

“We are delighted to welcome Mary Clark to the Belmont community and look forward to her leadership as the program continues to evolve, building on our strengths in delivering a high quality and robust education to all students enrolled at Belmont. Her personality, past experience in similar programs and commitment to student success will propel us to the next levels of excellence as we move forward,” said Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Beverly Schneller.

Bridges to Belmont reflects a deliberate stride on the part of Belmont’s administration to enhance the cultural and ethnic diversity within the campus community while also continuing efforts to provide higher education to students in Davidson County. Bridges to Belmont students, many of whom are first-generation college students, each are given a four-year scholarship to cover 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 mentors. There are 52 students in the program from Maplewood, Stratford, Whites Creek and Pearl Cohn high schools. (more…)

GRAMMY Camp Nashville Held at Belmont University

Grammy Camp performanceGRAMMY Camp® Nashville was held last week at Belmont’s 34 Music Square East facility, home to historic Columbia Studio A and the Quonset Hut, with 39 high school students from 25 cities and 12 states. Celebrating its 10th year, GRAMMY Camp is  the GRAMMY Foundation’s signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students and is an interactive non-residential summer music experience focusing on all aspects of commercial music.

Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business faculty members Drew Ramsey (songwriting), Nathan Adam (audio engineering technology) and Dave Tough (music business) taught classes and mentored students involved in the camp throughout the week. In addition, Luke Gilfeather, facility manager at 34 Music Square East, assisted with the camp’s studio and classroom needs. The program culminated on June 13 with an Open House event where guests received a behind-the-scenes look into what the students learned throughout the week, including the music and media they created. President and Chief Executive Officer or the Journeys Group Jim Estepa,GRAMMY Foundation® Vice President Scott Goldman and leadership from The Recording Academy® were on hand to speak with students.

GRAMMY Camp provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. GRAMMY Camp Nashville offered four music career tracks: audio engineering, songwriting, vocal performance and instrumental performance. This GRAMMY in the Schools® program is supported by Converse and Journeys, among others.

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