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Perkins Participates in Belmont in Hollywood Program

Motion pictures major sees career in film storytelling as reminder of beauty in life

WeeklySummerStudent.PerkinsRising senior and motion pictures major Lindsey Perkins is currently studying abroad in London, but her return flight will not take her to the comforts of home. Rather, she will be traveling to Hollywood, where she will spend June and July learning the ins and outs of the film industry through the university’s new Belmont in Hollywood program.

Students participating in the program will stay together while completing internships providing hands-on industry experience. Perkins’s internship will involve analyzing scripts and working on the ground floor in the industry. She will also take the Media Makers course, and participate in a weekly dinner with an industry professional. Additionally, students will attend festivals displaying soon-to-be-released film equipment, like cameras and lenses.

Perkins described her excitement, as well as her nerves, for this unique opportunity as an invaluable chance to get a first hand look into her future career. “The experience is a once in a lifetime thing that gives such a unique and special opportunity to really jump into the film industry… It’s forcing me to be brave and adventurous and learn a whole new level of trusting God, and as hard as that is, it’s the most beautiful thing to be in the midst of.  I’m so excited to be in the heart of the movie industry and give all I’ve got to being an intern and a student. It will be full to the brim of learning, growing and adventures.”

When she applied for the program, Perkins was interviewed by Internship Coordinator Selise Eiseman and Department Chair Will Akers to showcase her dedication and ability to represent Belmont. After being chosen, she went through an internship “bootcamp,” where students were taught the basics of analyzing scripts at an industry standard, what to expect and the do’s and don’ts, among other things. Because she is studying abroad in London, Perkins completed the eight straight hours of non-stop preparation over a Skype session.

After graduation, Perkins dreams of working in the film industry as a writer and at a production level, making movies that tell meaningful stories and a positive difference. “I honestly would do anything if I felt like it’s where God needed me. He just so happened to make me with a huge love of telling stories and grabbing a camera to capture them. I think film is an incredibly powerful medium that captures people’s attention and gives them something to invest in for an hour and a half. My goal is that when someone finishes a film, they’ve been reminded that their heart beats for a beautiful reason,” she said.

Perkins would first like to take part in creating films, then move to creating a production company that tells the story of non-profits. “I think that’d be a unique and impactful way to get the word out about the hurting parts of the world and what people are doing about it,” she said. But of course, she adds, she will make a great “rom-com” while she is at it.

Spring Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday

commencement 2014-112Belmont University will hold its spring 2015 commencement ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students on Saturday, May 9 in the Curb Event Center. Belmont anticipates the graduation of approximately 1,147 students, with 855 bachelors, 101 master’s and 191 doctoral degrees conferred.

At 9:30 a.m. candidates from the Massey College of Business, Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Law, University College and Interdisciplinary Studies will have their degrees conferred. At 2:30 p.m. candidates from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing, College of Theology and Christian Ministry, College of Pharmacy and College of Visual and Performing Arts will have their degrees conferred.

Tickets, which have been distributed to the graduating students, are required for guests wishing to attend either event. Dr. Bob Fisher, president of the University, will preside over the events and present the commencement address at both ceremonies. Watch the graduation ceremony live by visiting www.belmont.edu during the ceremony and clicking the watch live link.

Baccalaureate will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 in the Curb Event Center. Covering the topic “A Service of Ordination to Daily Work,” the worship service for graduates and their families will feature students from various disciplines sharing stories of how God is calling them to use lessons learned at Belmont to serve others.

Charter Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society Circle Launches at Belmont

ODK-245The charter circle of Belmont University’s new Omicron Delta Kappa honor society became a reality Monday as 55 students and two faculty members were officially inducted. Omicron Delta Kappa is a 100-year old national leadership honor society that has initiated more than 300,000 members since its founding.

Provost Dr. Thomas Burns initiated the chartering and was a member of OΔK as an undergrad at Dickinson College. “OΔK values the importance of integrity, academic achievement, leadership and service. There is such extraordinary consonance between those values and Belmont’s mission of “providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.” Essentially, bringing OΔK to campus allows us to celebrate our shared beliefs, recognize students who exemplify these qualities, and help provide them additional opportunities to expand their commitments to these values. Partnering our students with the OΔK organization helps connect Belmont students to a much larger international community allowing them new opportunities to shape their world.”

The Society recognizes not only academic achievement but also campus leadership across the five phases of campus life:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus or Community Service, Social or Religious Activities, and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

OΔK is committed to developing campus leaders who will become tomorrow’s community leaders. Founded at Washington and Lee University (Virginia) in 1914, OΔK currently has 299 active circles across the country, with Belmont being the most recent.

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Belmont Students Participate in Project Music, Nation’s First Tech Music Accelerator

Through the introduction of student-run company EVAmore, Nashville’s music industry is encouraged to do ‘even more.’

startup showcase - project music-108Belmont juniors Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel have brought new talent, innovation and energy to Nashville’s music industry. Through their participation in the Entrepreneur Center and County Music Association’s Project Music, the nation’s first tech accelerator dedicated to music, the duo launched their company, EVAmore, at last week’s Start-up Showcase.

Moreland said she and Stokel were eager to learn more about Project Music for their initial concept, What’s Hubbin,’ an event discovery platform. After planning and producing a number of events together surrounding What’s Hubbin’s promotions, the team discovered the challenges many industry professionals find when tasked with booking talent for an event. Coupled with the pain point emerging artists feel when trying to break into the market, Moreland said she and Stokel knew they needed to “pull back the curtain and show that anyone can book a band for an event. Project Music provided the opportunity and ammunition to do so.” EVAmore was born to fill that gap, providing a smart technology platform for event planners to connect with and book artists while bringing quality up-and-coming artists to booking agents.

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Sharma Accepts Heart of Belmont Award

Achievers.Sharma3Belmont senior Tina Sharma was recently honored with the 2015 John Williams Heart of Belmont Award in recognition of her commitment to Belmont’s values including innovation, persistence, advocacy for change, community development and service. Sharma is a double major studying applied discrete mathematics and economics, and when she is not working on assignments, completing duties associated with her many leadership roles or working at her internship, Sharma said her time at Belmont has been “unconditionally poured into working as a community activist.”

Sharma’s resume does not fall short of impressive, with accomplishments including serving on the Youth Advisory Board for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Bill Clinton Foundation, where her work of traveling across America as a student activist and teaching inner city students about making healthy choices was recognized by former President Bill Clinton. Sharma was also selected as a youth organizer for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, where she completed research and wrote talking points for legislative bills to raise awareness about immigrant and other marginalized communities. She’s also held numerous internships including positions in Congressman Jim Cooper’s office as well as Mayor Karl Dean’s Office of Innovation.

Through these opportunities, Sharma’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. “Tina exercised her voice, her energy and her passions before arriving at Belmont, but over the last several years she has developed a confidence and clarity of vision that will bring not only personal success, but a path marked by enriching activity and genuine benefit to those who are fortunate to have her touch their lives,” said Professor Glenn Acree.

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