Following 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’s annual Greek Week concluded Monday night with the Greek Awards Ceremony. With a mission to “engage all of Greek Life at Belmont University,” Greek Week seeks to challenge individuals to re-think what it means to be a part of fraternity and sorority life at Belmont and promote unity among the Greek community.
Fraternity and sorority members across campus focused on three objectives during the week-long event: generating pride and excitement about being Greek, educating the community about the impact of Greek life and joining together to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“I am very proud to be the Fraternity and Sorority Advisor at Belmont. Greek Week is a great example of why Greek Life is such an impactful facet of campus life. Greek Week involved raising $10,000 for St. Jude, sending students all over Nashville to total almost 1,000 hours of community service and providing fun, community-building activities for this wonderful group of students that have grown to encompass almost a quarter of the undergraduate student population,” Coordinator of Student Engagement and Leadership Development Kevin Reynolds said.
The week included a variety of competitions and activities, including a life-size Jenga tournament, trivia, Greek Olympics, a worship night and the always popular Greek Sing. Alpha Sigma Tau took the crown in Greek Sing, while Alpha Gamma Delta was the overall winner of the week. In addition, fraternity and sorority members participated in the Greek Day of Service, lending a helping hand and serving at various locations in the Nashville community.
“If we can come together, know that something special is going to happen in this place called Belmont University. It’s our purpose and our calling,” said Burgin, who is in his second month as Belmont’s associate provost and dean of students.
“God uses this place in your life to enhance you. How amazing is it that all of you come here to pursue various degrees thinking, ‘I’m going to be a musician. I’m going to be a doctor.’ We all are going to have a different purpose than we may have expected in our lives,” he said.
From the Bible’s two Josephs, Burgin pointed to lessons he has learned regarding purpose. From Jesus’ earthly father Joseph, he gathered that the University’s faculty, staff and administrators are accountable for the way they impact the lives they touch. (more…)
Belmont University invites alumni, friends and family to attend Homecoming 2014 Feb. 3-8 for a week’s worth of special events. The week-long celebration, centered on the theme “Destination Belmont: There’s No Place Like Homecoming,” will feature the grand opening of the new Alumni House, two basketball games, a residence hall banner competition for students and a campus-wide pep rally and bonfire. For a complete list of all Belmont Homecoming 2014 events and an opportunity to register, visit http://alumni.belmont.edu/.
Julie Thomas, director of constituency programs in the Office of Alumni Relations, said, “We are excited beyond measure about Belmont’s Homecoming 2014. With the opening of the Alumni House in the heart of Belmont’s campus, it sets the stage for new beginnings as an Alumni Association. An array of events are planned featuring the many talents of our alums, and we look forward to a wonderful time of celebration as we embark on this new chapter.”
What does it mean to “Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Bald”? Just ask the residents of Kennedy Hall, a sophomore co-ed residence hall with 200 students, who last week raised more than $2,500 for Camp No Worries, through a “Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Bald” initiative. Camp No Worries is a week-long summer camp for pediatric cancer patients in New Jersey. In order to raise the money, 11 Kennedy residents pledged to shave their heads if a predetermined amount of money–the students’ goal was $2,000–was raised in the two weeks prior to the event on Oct. 10.
The Kennedy Hall staff chose to host the fundraiser to fulfill a programming requirement for University theme “Through the Eyes of Others.” Earlier in the year the staff decided that children’s cancer was a cause that mattered to each of them, and they wanted to do something to benefit these pediatric patients.
At the event last Thursday night, Belmont nursing students and cancer survivors Natalie Seale and Katherine Arnold each spoke about their own battles against the disease. Arnold said, “My experience with the nurses at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, many of them Belmont grads, definitely influenced my decision to become a nursing major and coming to Belmont. The whole community over there became like a second family.”