Belmont University College of Law hosted its inaugural Belmont Law Review Symposium focused on the topic of Tennessee Legal Reform on Nov. 8 in the Baskin Center.
Symposium presenters explored alternatives to existing legal approaches and specified how reform can be achieved. Presenters prepared articles focusing on an aspect of Tennessee law that is, in their view, in need of reform. Each presenter spoke for 30 minutes and participated in a 15 minute Q&A with the audience to facilitate discussion. Topics of discussion included federal and Tennessee anti-discrimination laws, appellate procedure, subrogation in Tennessee tort actions, Medicaid expansion, judicial selection in Tennessee and the future of eDiscovery in Tennessee.
Hose and heels, one pair of white gloves and no hats were evident at the annual Ward-Belmont Alumnae Reunion as alumnae gathered on Nov. 2 in the Belmont Mansion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the school.
In 1913, Ward Seminary (a school for girls then located in downtown Nashville) and Belmont College (a school for girls that started in 1890 on the site of Belmont’s campus after the death of Adelicia Acklen) merged to form a new school called Ward-Belmont. It was primarily a boarding school for young women seeking a two-year college degree, but over the years also included a boarding and day school for high school girls, a grammar school and a music conservatory.
Often, the college girls went on to Vanderbilt or other major universities for their last two years of higher education. Ward-Belmont was the first junior college in the South to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In the spring of 1951, after several years of financial problems, the board of trustees decided to sell Ward-Belmont to the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and in the fall of 1951, the new Belmont College had its first co-educational freshman class. (more…)
Show to air nationwide on PBS in December
Hosted by internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and taped at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, nearly 700 student musicians join the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir later this month for the taping of “Christmas at Belmont.” The annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites, produced by Nashville Public Television (NPT), will premiere on NPT on Thurs., Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Central followed by the PBS premiere on December 20 at 9 p.m. Central, with an encore broadcast Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. Central. This is the 11th consecutive year “Christmas at Belmont” has been seen by a national audience on PBS.
This year’s edition of “Christmas at Belmont” features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz Ensemble and Bluegrass Ensemble, as well as mass choir. The performance includes both classic sacred holiday music such as “The First Noel” and “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,” as well as festive seasonal songs such as “Carol of the Bells” and “We Need a Little Christmas,” to name a few.
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.
As part of Belmont’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, the University has replaced decade-old 1,000-watt metal halide lights in the Curb Event Center Arena with 300-watt LED lights expected to bring the University $40,000 in cost savings annually.
“The largest drain on energy consumption on this campus was lighting this room,” said Director of Event Services David Graham while walking on the arena floor. “We had been working for some time to identify a solution. LED (light-emitting diode) technology was so new that everyone was hesitant to invest in it.”
Following the lead of Weber State University, Belmont University is the second college to illuminate its arena with LED lights originally designed for supply warehouses. The new lights and system are expected to be maintenance -free for 10 years and have a life expectancy twice as long, Graham said.
Unlike the previous metal halide lights that could be turned on, half way on and off but took minutes to warm up, the new LED lights are dimmable and instantly turn on and off. Paired with their new control system installed last summer, the Office of Event Services is able to create custom settings for events, including Curb College showcases, Opening Convocation and athletic games.