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Belmont Welcomes National Sports Columnist, Music City Girls Lead! for Celebratory Luncheon

NCAA Final Four Luncheon-156-LChristine Brennan grew up during a time when girls weren’t encouraged or allowed to play sports. Yet, her father taught her how to throw a baseball and gave her a mitt for her eighth birthday. Soon, the boys began picking her first to be on their teams, and she grew up to become a national sports columnist.

“I decided to be the role model I never had,” she said. Brennan has covered 16 Olympic Games, written a best-selling book and serves as a television and radio sports commentator.

During the luncheon on Tuesday in the Maddox Grand Atrium, she shared advice with 57 female high school students who completed the Music City Girls Lead! leadership academy as part of the activities leading up to the NCAA Women’s Final Four Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. this weekend. (more…)

Belmont University Faculty, Staff Partner with Metro Schools During Inaugural Service Project

photo 2‘It’s Bruin Time in the Community’ Puts Employee Bruins at Hunters Lane High School

Belmont University employees painted a Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) with their Bruin pride during a community service project Friday morning. Approximately 150 Belmont staff, faculty and administrators spent their morning giving Hunters Lane High School hallways, gymnasium, stairwells, railings and banisters a cosmetic lift with a fresh coat of paint.

“I am absolutely delighted that you are here. For the first time in the six years I’ve been here I’ve been able to have a school come and help my school. A lot of people want to work in elementary schools or schools in their community, and they don’t live around here,” said Principal Susan Kessler, who has 80 percent of her 1,700 ninth through 12th-grade students living below the poverty line. “When students come in the building on Monday morning, they will notice the changes Belmont has made. All I have to offer you is my gratitude. Your work truly matters.”

The service project, which the University dubbed “It’s Bruin Time in the Community,” was a day designed to foster the sense of community among Belmont employees by serving the greater Nashville community. Much like during Belmont’s Annual SERVE Day for incoming freshmen and transfer students, this service project was part of the University’s ongoing mission to engage in the community and encourage the values of service on both a local and global level. (more…)

Belmont Announces Formation of Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame

First inductees to be announced at McWhorter Society Luncheon May 1

McWhorter HallWith a mission to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the healthcare industry, Belmont University announced today the formation of a new Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame. Sponsored by Belmont’s McWhorter Society, the Healthcare Hall of Fame will announce its first inductees at the McWhorter Society Annual Luncheon on May 1 on Belmont’s campus.

Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns, co-chair of the McWhorter Society, said, “Tennessee has become a premier hub for healthcare and healthcare education in the United States. It’s only appropriate that we recognize and honor the countless men and women who have contributed to the growth of the industry, creating ever higher standards for patient care and well-being. With Belmont’s strong interdisciplinary programming in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, healthcare business and pharmacy, we’re proud to host this new Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame as these leaders can inspire our students for generations to come.”

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Belmont University Celebrates MLK Day with Two Weeks of Special Events

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Staff, faculty and students gather during the MLK Candlelight Vigil around the Bell Tower.

Belmont, TSU, Trevecca students join together for MLK Day of Service on Jan. 18

 In celebration of the Jan. 15 anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth date, Belmont University will hold two weeks of special events. The University’s theme for 2014 is “Postracial: The Problem of the Color Line in the 21st Century.” The University’s commitment to Martin Luther King Jr. Week through classroom and special events began in 1997 and continues to grow today. New this year are showings of documentaries  related to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

“In recent years, there has been a great deal of talk about whether or not we live in a so-called ‘post-racial’ society. In order to explore more fully this controversial idea, the committee this year thought it best to look to the past for inspiration. In that spirit, we chose as our theme, ‘Postracial: The Problem of the Color Line in the 21st Century,’ an homage to W.E.B. DuBois’ famous pronouncement, written well over a century ago, that ‘the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line,’” said Peter Kuryla, assistant professor of history and chairman of Belmont’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee. “So recalling DuBois and in keeping with Dr. King’s prophetic social vision, we’ve put together programming that addresses this issue of the color line from a variety of perspectives. We look forward to a campus-wide conversation.” (more…)

Belmont Joins ‘Penny Drive’ for Second Harvest Food Bank

Mary Hance

Photo courtesy of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Belmont University will join the “Ms. Cheap Penny Drive for Second Harvest” this month with an on campus promotion to allow students to donate to the drive via their Belmont IDs. Ms. Cheap, also known as Tennessean reporter Mary Hance, has been writing about frugal living for more than 20 years. Five years ago, she partnered with Nashville’s Second Harvest Food Bank to raise money for the nonprofit organization by asking readers and community members to donate their pennies and other loose change to the cause. Since then, the Penny Drive, which runs annually from Nov. 10-Jan. 31, has raised more than $110,000 for the food bank with the support of countless area businesses, churches and individuals who donate their change, cash or even checks to the cause.

Since college students rely on their IDs for on campus payments and often don’t carry cash or change, students, faculty and staff can donate “100 pennies” to the cause at cash registers across campus by adding a $1 fee to their purchase and paying with Bruin Bucks via their BUID. Official Penny Drive cans and jars will also be available for individuals to donate cash or loose change. At the end of the campaign on Jan. 31, Belmont’s Dining Services (provided by Sodexo), will donate to Second Harvest the full amount of all Penny Drive contributions received on campus. (more…)

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