Christian missionaries Keren Madora and Kristene Diggins spoke to students about their lives of service working among the Piraha tribe in the Amazon on Thursday night in the Curb Event Center at the 2013-2014 First Year Seminar convocation. Sponsored by the Office of General Education and Student Government Association, this event addressed the university theme of “Through the Eyes of Others.”
Diggins is the daughter of Madora and Dan Everett, the author of FYS common book, “Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes.” They lived the experiences written about in the book. Madora has worked with the Piraha for more than three decades. Diggins, who grew up as a child with the Piraha, is now a nurse who provides a clinic for the Piraha and other indigenous tribes in the Amazon.
Madora spoke about her experience learning the language of the Piraha. She related her studies to those of the students at Belmont. “[God] is the author of all truth. Whatever we are called to do, we should seek his face. Make prayer a major component of your learning,” Madora said.
Diggins shared with students her experience growing up alongside the Piraha. She spoke of the importance of discovering one’s purpose in life, quoting from John 10:10, “I have come that you may have life.” She explained that God guides us to discover our purpose.
The event concluded with a Q&A with students moderated by Belmont sophomore Jeanette Morelan.
The General Education program at Belmont University fosters the skills, knowledge, perspectives, values and dispositions that will enable students to apply their understandings and abilities beyond the classroom, encouraging them to become responsibly engaged in their community and in the world.
Thousands of students and adults will make Belmont their summer home in the coming weeks as the University hosts several summer camps and conferences.
Event Manager Sarah Brown has prepared for the influx with 15 Belmont students and four residence directors, who will facilitate the groups on campus throughout June and July.
Among the summer camps are Bruin Camps with Belmont Athletics coaches and programs through the College of Visual and Performing Arts for ballet dancers as well as piano, strings and wind instrument players.
The largest of the camps is MFuge, which brings 3,000 high school students to Belmont over the course of the summer. Lifeway began the camp in 1979 and has grown it to include Bible studies, team-building recreation activities and community service projects at more than 60 Nashville organizations including Metro Parks, Nashville Rescue Mission, Front Porch Ministries and local nursing homes.
Also with a mission-oriented approach, Project Transformation provides leadership development and ministry exploration opportunities to 32 college-age young adults through immersion in churches in Middle Tennessee’s low-income neighborhoods. For nine weeks the students, known as young adult interns, coordinate free summer day camps for children in under-served Nashville neighborhoods. Project Transformation helps churches to fill the void in ministries that resonate with young adults and allows the students to have transformational experiences to help them figure out how their career goals align with God’s plan.
“These students live on campus and provide academic enrichment for at-risk children and youth across our city. This partnership with the United Methodist Church began last summer and resulted in two Belmont students founding a ministry to continue their work all last year,” said Vice President of Spiritual Development Todd Lake. “In addition, one of the Belmont participants last year went on to seminary and has returned this summer as a Project Transformation supervisor. Vision 2015 states that we will give increasing evidence of our Christian character by partnering with outside Christian organizations, and this is one exemplary way we are able to live this out.”
The University’s Towering Traditions orientation program Foundations, which is designed to welcome freshmen and transfer students as well as their families, runs June 10 through 29 and brings approximately 250 students to campus for each session.
Other summer conferences on campus include the United Methodist Men: Inside Out For the Glory of God from July 12 to 14, American Scientific Affiliation’s Annual Conference from July 19 to 22 and Lifeway’s Main Event from July 26 to 27.
Tickets, which go on sale tomorrow, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m., are general admission and can be purchased for $25. Tickets can be purchased on-line by clicking here or at www.ticketsnashville.com, by calling (615) 460-8500, or in person at the Curb Event Center box office (Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.).
The same day that Leesburg, Georgia-bred Phillip Phillips claimed his victory in the season 11 finale of “American Idol,” the 22-year-old songwriter/guitarist released “Home,” a debut single that showcases his rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills. The track has since gone quadruple platinum and was used as the soundtrack for the 2012 U.S. Olympics Women’s Gymnastics team. Phillips released his debut album The World From the Side of the Moon in November where it debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and has already reached gold status. Phillips is currently enjoying a 20+ college headlining tour after opening earlier this year for Matchbox 20, and his second single “Gone Gone Gone” releases this month.
By listening to staff and infantrymen of all levels and pacing himself through his work, Colin Powell was an effective leader, he said. The retired four-star general and former secretary of state spoke May 30 in the Massey Performing Arts Center to promote his latest book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.
“A successful leader is somebody who has the ability to inspire followers,” Powell said. “It is born in you to start with. You must have affection for people … and from that point on it is trained and developed through education. Leaders delegate the ability to get the job done and look at the broader world that you are in.”
The book focuses on human relations and translates his experiences with former President Ronald Reagan and an African American street sweeper in Philadelphia as well as relates stories from his time in Vietnam, Fort Campbell, Ky. and the U.S. Department of State into lessons on leadership for university classrooms and corporate boardrooms.
Powell’s appearance in Nashville was part of Salon@615, an author reading series presented jointly by Humanities Tennessee, the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation and Parnassus Books. Random House Executive Editor and Executive Vice President Jon Meacham conducted the conversation with Powell before an audience of more than 900 people before a brief question and answer session and book signing.
Before his visit to Nashville, Powell stopped at Fort Campbell, Ky., the army base where he once served as second brigade commander. (more…)
Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell will speak in Nashville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 as part of Salon@615, an author reading series presented jointly by Humanities Tennessee, the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and Parnassus Books. Joining those organizations to present this event is Belmont University, which will host “An Evening with Colin Powell” in the campus’ Massey Concert Hall. The event arrives on the heels of Powell’s latest book release, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, which hit stores May 22.
All tickets for this free, general admission event have been reserved. Individuals interested in attending can call the Box Office at 615-460-8500 to request to be placed on a waiting list should tickets become available.
“An Evening with Colin Powell” will be conducted as a conversation with Jon Meacham, the executive editor and executive vice president at Random House. A former editor of Newsweek and a Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author and a commentator on politics, history and faith in America, he is a contributing editor to Time magazine. A book signing will follow the conversation between Gen. Powell and Mr. Meacham. Gen. Powell will sign only copies of his book, and no other memorabilia. No photography is allowed at this event.
Colin Luther Powell was born in Harlem in 1937 to Jamaican immigrants who stressed the importance of education and personal achievement. A graduate of City College of New York with an MBA from George Washington University, Powell served two tours of duty in Vietnam during which he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Soldier’s Medal. In all, he has received 11 military decorations, including the Legion of Merit. In 1987, Powell was appointed National Security Advisory under President Ronald Reagan and later served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush. In 1997, Powell returned to his alma mater, the City College of New York, to open the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, offering high-achieving CCNY students the opportunity to prepare for careers in policy and public service. For the rest of the decade, he continued his work with young people as Chairman of America’s Promise: the Alliance for Youth. In 2001, newly elected President George W. Bush appointed Colin Powell to be Secretary of State, an office he held until 2004.
It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped Powell’s legendary public service career. At its heart are Powell’s “Thirteen Rules”—notes he gathered over the years and that now form the basis of his leadership presentations given throughout the world. Powell’s short but sweet rules—among them, “Get mad, then get over it” and “Share credit”—are illustrated by revealing personal stories that introduce and expand upon his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others. In work and in life, Powell writes, “it’s about how we touch and are touched by the people we meet. It’s all about the people.”
About Nashville Public Library
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About Humanities Tennessee
Humanities Tennessee is a statewide, non-profit organization and the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its programs include the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, which marks its 23rd annual event Oct. 14-16 in Nashville. www.humanitiestennessee.org
About Parnassus Books
Parnassus Books is an independent bookstore located in Nashville, Tenn., that was started by best-selling author Ann Patchett and publishing veteran Karen Hayes. In Greek mythology, Mount Parnassus was the home of literature, learning, and music. Parnassus Books provides a refuge for Nashvillians of all ages who share in the love of the written word. Visit Parnassus Books online at parnassusbooks.net or in person at:3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14, Nashville, Tennessee.