College of Law building is largest LEED-certified university academic building in Middle Tennessee
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Belmont University’s Randall and Sadie Baskin Center with LEED certification at the Gold level, making the building the largest LEED-certified university academic building in Middle Tennessee as well as the first LEED-certified law school building in the state, according to information provided by the USGBC. The 75,000-square-foot Baskin Center sits atop a five-level underground garage and houses Belmont University’s College of Law, a program starting its second year of classes.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review are Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design.
“In the design, construction, maintenance and operations of the Baskin Center, we sought to use less energy, reduce carbon emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for students, employees and the larger community,” said Belmont President Bob Fisher. “Our hope is that this environmentally-conscious building inspires Belmont College of Law students to become the greatest legal minds of their generation while being cognizant of their footprints on the world.”
“The Baskin Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said U.S. Green Building Council President Rick Fedrizzi. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Belmont University serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.” (more…)
Belmont Enactus/SIFE students claimed top prize at international entrepreneurship competition; Metro Council passes resolution to honor team
The Belmont campus community and the city of Nashville joined together today to honor a few of its best and brightest, a team of Belmont University students who won an international entrepreneurship competition earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Click here for photos from today’s pep rally. Click here for a video of Mayor Dean and Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore.
Belmont’s Enactus team (formerly known as SIFE or Students in Free Enterprise) beat out the national champions of 37 other countries to win the Enactus World Cup in early October. Six members of the team offered a flawless presentation in front of a room full of business leaders and responded to questions from judges on their team’s 14 community outreach projects from the past year. Enactus Worldwide is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
Today’s celebration brought out the Belmont campus and community partners as well as local, state and national dignitaries to honor the team on all of its accomplishments, including Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, State Rep. Brenda Gilmore, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Schulz, Tractor Supply Director of Store Marketing Lisa White and Enactus Vice President of United States Programs Jennifer Orban. Nashville’s Metro Council went on record “congratulating the Belmont University Enactus Team for winning the 2012 Enactus World Cup and thanking them for the positive influence they have had on the lives of people living in the Nashville Metro community,” proclaiming Oct. 19, 2012 as Belmont Enactus World Championship Day. Click here for a video of Dean and Gilmore.
Mayor Karl Dean said, “This is a big deal. You have successfully mastered teamwork, community mindedness and entrepreneurial spirit for something that improves our entire community. On behalf of the citizens of Nashville, congratulations on what you have accomplished. You make all of us so proud.” (more…)
Seventh consecutive year Massey Graduate School receives honor
Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business is an outstanding business school, according to education services company The Princeton Review. The company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, “The Best 296 Business Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review). This is the seventh consecutive year the Massey Graduate School of Business has been listed in the Princeton Review’s ranking of best business schools.
“The Princeton Review is the most widely respected business school guide in the country. Belmont University business students say exactly what a top program would want: our programs are challenging, they prepare students for the dynamic global economy, and our faculty are accessible and knowledgeable. It is an honor to be listed for the seventh consecutive year,” said College of Business Administration Dean Patrick Raines.
“Our students and alumni will be pleased to see that our Princeton Review ranking continues,” said Associate Dean Joe Alexander. “And I feel certain Mr. Massey himself would be very proud to see that the program he first envisioned is now routinely mentioned in the same sentence as our nation’s other top graduate business programs.”
According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior Vice President and Publisher, “We consider Belmont one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international — based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools that rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book.” (more…)
Welcoming guests and the campus community with a brass ensemble, Belmont University celebrated today the official grand opening of the new McAfee Concert Hall. Originally built in the 1950s, the building located at 2100 Belmont Blvd. served in recent years as a rehearsal, classroom and practice space for many Belmont music groups as well as the main sanctuary for Belmont Heights Baptist Church. The University purchased the property from the church in 2003, but Belmont Heights continues to meet in the complex. In summer 2011, Belmont began a $9 million renovation of the space in order to provide the campus a new, large concert venue suitable for acoustic performances. The building is now named in honor of the McAfee family, who has supported Belmont University for years and provided the lead gift for the project.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “We are incredibly grateful to the McAfee family for their generous gift to make this venue possible. Their commitment to the university has enabled us to build a concert space that matches the high quality of our music programs, and one that will appropriately showcase the amazing talent of our performing arts students. My hope is that the entire Nashville community will be able to enjoy the inspired concerts that will occur in this beautiful new hall.”
Lead donor Carolyn McAfee has served on Belmont’s Board of Trustees since 2006, and her late husband Jim, president and CEO of Hallmark Systems Inc., served on the board from 2002 until his untimely death in 2004. In addition to their time on the board, the McAfees also support Belmont through an endowed scholarship in their name for School of Music students with a major in organ or classical music. (more…)
Belmont team wins top prize at event co-hosted by U.S. Department of State; Flagship project Spring Back Recycling gains momentum
Students from Belmont University were named the 2012 World Cup champions this evening in an international entrepreneurship competition in Washington, D.C., beating out the national champions of 37 other countries with a flawless presentation and annual report on their 14 community outreach projects. The Belmont team was formerly known as Belmont SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) until SIFE Worldwide announced its new name, Enactus, this week. Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
Belmont President Bob Fisher said, “A National Championship is a big deal—even when it’s the second one in three years—but a World Championship is huge! I couldn’t be more proud of our faculty leadership and especially these absolutely amazing students!!!”
Alvin Rohrs, president and CEO of Enactus Worldwide, said, “I feel great pride for what the Belmont team did… The only thing better than their presentation and their projects this year is how they’ve shown the character they have in how they relate to everyone else. I think that speaks a lot about the University and the caliber of these leaders.”
Once a year, the national champion Enactus teams from around world meet at the Enactus World Cup where they present the results of their community outreach projects to a prestigious group of international business leaders. Through a written annual report and live audio visual presentation, teams are evaluated based on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. The 2012 Enactus World Cup was held Sun., Sept. 30-Tues., Oct. 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and the event was co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State.
Belmont won its opening round Monday and was one of 16 semi-finalists to compete on Tuesday afternoon; the Belmont team was named the World Cup champion at approximately 4:50 p.m. Central. Other top four competitors included India (HR College of Commerce and Economics), Zimbabwe (Midlands State University) and second place finishers Egypt (French University).
This is the second time in three years that Belmont’s team has won the national championship, placing the group as the No. 1 team out of nearly 600 teams in the U.S. The 2012 World Cup provided a showcase of the impact that Enactus teams are achieving around the world and brought together an international network of more than 3,000 student, academic and business leaders from more than 39 countries.
During the 2011-12 academic year, Belmont SIFE, now Belmont Enactus, focused on 14 projects to benefit the local and global communities. They addressed issues including job skills training, small business development and environmental sustainability. The students spent 2,442 volunteer hours developing and completing their projects. In addition, the 42 team members are involved in many other organizations and represent a variety of majors across campus.