Students Define ‘Feminist’ to Open Women’s History Month Celebration

womens histories-115Among a packed classroom in the Wedgewood Academic Center, a panel of seven Belmont students offered unique and profound interpretations on “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like,” the opening convocation in the University’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

Associate Professor of English Dr. Amy Hodges-Hamilton, who is co-chairing the 2015 celebration with Sociology Professor Dr. Andi Stepnick, noted that the national theme for this year’s Women’s History Month is “Weaving Women’s Stories.” As part of her introduction for Monday’s panel, she shared how 2011 Humanities Symposium keynote speaker Maya Angelou inspired her own story and helped her reclaim her voice during her daughter Grace’s cancer battle. Hodges-Hamilton explained to Angelou her stress over caring for Grace while also juggling her career and remaining strong for herself and her family. “[Angelou] stopped me and with her God-like voice spoke these words: ‘All you have to pray every morning is this: God give me Grace.’ And that he has.”


Third Annual World Culture Fest Reflects Diverse Heritages

culture fest-124On Feb. 27, Belmont students held the third annual World Culture Fest in the Beaman Student Life Center to celebrate diversity on campus through dance, music, fashion and more. Individual students and student organizations focused on cultural identities had booths representing different world cultures for students to sample food, learn interesting facts, ask questions and participate in cultural activities such as henna tattoo art and calligraphy. The Rumi Club, Chinese Cultural Club and Black Student Association co-sponsored the festival in partnership with the Student Government Association.

Among the performances were Bollywood, Haitian and K-pop dance performances as well as musical performances of Scottish fiddling, hip hop and karaoke in nine languages. The booths represented cultures from South Korea, Laos, Egypt, India, Japan, Africa, China and Haiti.

The purpose of Culture Fest is to bring together students from all backgrounds to celebrate cultural art expressions from around the world. Some students and faculty were representing their own culture, while others were engaging in and representing a culture they were not familiar with prior to the event. Faculty sponsor for the event, Assistant Professor Dr. Amy Crook, said, “The support that students show to each other at the event during performances and at the booths is really amazing. People are asking for the recipes for exotic foods they’re having for the first time, falling in love with new musical genres and sharing experiences from their study abroad trips. It’s so encouraging to see the students put on such a quality event that really brings the community together.”

Belmont’s Campus Open on Friday, March 6

Thanks to the good work by our Facilities Management Services team, campus roads and walkways have been cleared of Thursday morning’s snow and sleet. Given that, we will move forward with a normal schedule Friday, March 6, with classes and activities proceeding as planned. Everyone on campus is strongly encouraged to stay on the walkways that have been scraped of ice and snow. You may need to alter your “normal” pedestrian route and take only paths that have been cleared. Also, surface parking lots and open-air top floors of garages (Curb and Thrailkill) will remain closed.

As always, we know that weather and road conditions can vary greatly within our region, and we encourage students, faculty and staff to use individual discretion when making the decision to travel to campus in snow or icy weather.

STEM Education Luncheon Held on Campus

CSM Dean Dr. Thom Spence leads a tour of a Wedgewood Academic Center lab.

CSM Dean Dr. Thom Spence leads a tour of a Wedgewood Academic Center lab.

On Tuesday, Belmont’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub hosted a luncheon and discussion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in Middle Tennessee. Thirteen school superintendents, principals, headmasters and curriculum coordinators attended the luncheon from Middle Tennessee schools and school districts.

Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns and nearly a dozen Belmont faculty members also attended. Belmont University is moving aggressively forward in the area of STEM education, and this luncheon was an opportunity to network with Tennessee leaders in education. Time was spent brainstorming ways in which Belmont and the STEM Innovation Hub could better serve area districts, schools and students. After small group discussions, Dr. Mark Hogan, Belmont education department chair, facilitated a conversation with the whole group that produced several innovative and exciting ideas about how Belmont and the STEM Innovation Hub can be involved in STEM education in the region.


Pipeline Project Cited by U.S. Copyright Office in Report

Belmont students, Curb College representatives and music industry executives gathered at Nashville venue Citizen on March 3 to celebrate the recent success of Pipeline Project 4.0.

Belmont students, Curb College representatives and music industry executives gathered at Nashville venue Citizen on March 3 to celebrate the recent success of Pipeline Project 4.0.

The Pipeline Project 4.0, a music industry think-tank created by the Belmont University Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, was recently cited by the U.S. Copyright Office in a final report on copyright and music licensing policy, published Feb. 5.

The Pipeline team consisted of nine undergraduate Belmont students selected to consult with industry investors. Students Anthony Manker, Devin Dawson and Alex Marsh conducted a research study into copyright and music licensing reform. The study was sponsored by the Association of Independent Music Publishers and Fifth Third Music with Marc Driskill, executive director of AIMP Nashville, serving as industry advisor.

The Pipeline team interviewed executives from across the industry such as Vincent Candilora from ASCAP, Jody Williams from BMI, Troy Tomlinson from Sony/ATV, Steve Marks from the RIAA, Jay Rosenthal from the NMPA, Scott Sellwood from Google/YouTube, Colin Rushing from SoundExchange and others. Stakeholder groups included record labels, publishers, artists, songwriters, attorneys, economists, performing rights organizations, rights administrators, managers, broadcasters and digital music services.


Classes Cancelled Today, Thurs., March 5

Given the current road and campus conditions, all classes will be cancelled today, Thursday, March 5, 2015, and scheduled campus activities will be postponed. Many University offices will also be closed, ​except those essential to the safety and welfare of on campus residents. Employees in those areas should report to campus. 

Facilities Management Services is working to clear sidewalks and building entrances, but everyone on campus is encouraged to please be cautious and stay on the walkways that have been cleared. In addition, surface parking lots and open-air top floors of garages will be closed today to allow crews to remove last night’s snow and ice, and any vehicle or pedestrian travel on Bernard Avenue is strongly discouraged. Everyone is encouraged to take caution with any travel or outdoor activities today. ​

Belmont Enactus Works with Local Organization, Makes Jewelry from Guitar Strings

Strings for Hope (S4H), an organization created by White Bluff resident Laura Wilson in 2011, collects discarded guitar strings to create unique jewelry through the artful work of women at Nashville’s Next Door, a housing and rehabilitation facility for women in transition. Funds raised through jewelry sales are donated to local food distribution centers to alleviate hunger in the greater Nashville area.

Wilson was struck with the idea behind S4H when her daughter returned from a friend’s house, saying the family was eating only two meals a day due to lack of financial resources. Paired with Wilson’s realization that her husband, a guitar player, was frequently discarding broken strings, the idea to create something that could sustain the need for food in her community was born.

In an effort to improve S4H, Wilson sought out Belmont Enactus, an organization centered around equipping social entrepreneurial ventures with environmentally sustainable business models to ignite economic and social change. S4H was a natural fit for Enactus, as Project Manager Graham Spencer-Orrell said Enactus is intentional in vetting organizations before creating a partnership. “The key things we look for are passion, possibility and the potential for sustainability,” he said. “S4H exceeded our standards in all of these areas… and is a great example of a triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.”


Belmont Hosts Homecoming 2015, Calls Bruins Back Home

bruin walk-113Saturday’s young alumni social wrapped up last week’s 2015 Homecoming Events for Belmont University as the Belmont family celebrated another successful year for Bruins everywhere.

With a focus on “coming home,” the week’s festivities included a homecoming concert featuring prominent Belmont alumni and friends, a pep rally and bonfire, a spirit walk and tower tailgate, an alumni social with special guest William Paul Young, a “Back to Blvd” celebration at Belmont Blvd. restaurants, a double header featuring both the men’s and women’s basketball teams and a canned food drive benefiting Nashville’s Second Harvest Food Bank, among others. The university’s annual Homecoming celebration includes a reunion for Tower Society members, Belmont alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago.

With a focus on celebrating’s Belmont desire to be “Nashville’s University,” the canned food drive was a staple part of this year’s Homecoming events. Faculty, staff, students and alumni were challenged to donate 1,000 canned food items to the local organization. The drive ran throughout the month of February and culminated at Saturday’s events. With more than 2,400 canned food items totaling more than 2,800 lbs., the Belmont family far exceeded its initial goal.


Men’s, Women’s Basketball Teams Secure Spots in OVC Tournament

itsbruintimeThe Ohio Valley Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments return to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium this week (March 4-7), and both Belmont teams have qualified for the post season tournament.

After defeating Tennessee State Saturday, Belmont’s men’s team secured a 3-seed and will play their first game on Thurs., March 5 at 8 p.m. versus the winner of Wednesday’s match-up between Eastern Illinois and SIUE. Meanwhile the women’s team secured the 4-seed and plays their first game versus Jacksonville State on Thursday at 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

Current Belmont students can reserve complimentary tickets both men’s and women’s games–click here for more information. For information on ticket purchases for all other Bruins fans as well as details on special promotions and tailgate events, click here. For more information on all Belmont Athletics, visit

Belmont Announces Expansion of Bridges to Belmont Scholarship Program

Maplewood seniors celebrate their scholarship offers.

Maplewood seniors celebrate their scholarship offers.

Belmont University announced today that the Bridges to Belmont full scholarship program would be expanded from 30 students entering in fall 2014 to 34 students for fall 2015. The 34 scholarship recipients from four Metro Nashville high schools—Maplewood, Stratford, Whites Creek and Pearl Cohn—were informed of their scholarship offers earlier this month following an extensive application and interview process.

Bridges to Belmont reflects a deliberate step on the part of Belmont’s administration to enhance the University’s cultural and ethnic diversity while also continuing efforts to provide higher education to students in Davidson County. Bridges to Belmont Scholars, many of whom are first-generation college students, each are awarded a full four-year scholarship that covers tuition, room, board, required fees and books (from state and federal grants as well as Belmont scholarship funds.) Throughout their higher education experience, they also are given academic support and peer mentors.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “The Bridges program clearly reflects Belmont’s mission to provide a transformative education to men and women of diverse backgrounds, but it also demonstrates our commitment to serve our city.  Nashville gives so much to Belmont – this is our chance to give back by investing in these high-potential young people from our community.”


Belmont Is Open Today, Thursday, Feb. 26

Belmont University is open and will be operating on a normal schedule today, Thursday, February 26 with classes and activities proceeding as planned.

Because weather and road conditions can vary greatly within our region, students, faculty and staff are urged to use individual discretion when making the decision to travel to campus in snow or icy weather.

Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Opens Nominations for Inaugural Class

fountain 2014-105With a mission to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the health and health care industry, The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor the pioneers and current leaders who have formed Tennessee’s health and health care community and encourage future generations of health care professionals.

The nominations process began on February 20 and will continue until April 10 at Created by Belmont University and the McWhorter Society, The Hall of Fame is supported by the Nashville Health Care Council, a Hall of Fame Founding Partner. The inaugural class will be announced at the McWhorter Society’s May 5 luncheon.

In addition to recognizing Tennessee’s most influential health and health care leaders, The Hall of Fame will serve as an on-going educational resource to document the rich history that has contributed to Tennessee’s position as a leader for national health care initiatives.

Chair of the McWhorter Society and Chairman of Medcare Investment Funds Dr. Harry Jacobson said, “The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame will play a unique role in educating, honoring and celebrating the state’s premier health and health care status. The individual leaders honored through its creation are those who have made significant contributions to shaping Tennessee’s healthcare industry into one of the world’s leading health care capitals, and we look forward to bringing well-deserved recognition to the inaugural class.”

Belmont’s President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “It is widely recognized that Tennessee is a central hub for health care in the United States, and with Nashville at the helm, our community has seen many individual men, women and organizations who have taken significant strides to shape and advance the industry. Meanwhile, Belmont University has taken a significant role in undergraduate, graduate and executive health care education. The creation of The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame will help us inspire the next generation of health care leaders while also further promoting Tennessee’s booming success as the nation’s premiere healthcare hub.”

A Selection Committee, comprised of health and health care leaders from across the state, will evaluate nominees for The Hall of Fame.

Nominees can be practitioners, executives, entrepreneurs, mentors, teachers, scientists, researchers, innovators or any person with a connection to the health or health care field. Potential inductees must have:

  • Been born, lived or have worked in Tennessee
  • Made a significant impact and lasting contribution to health care at the local, state, national or international level
  • Exhibit the highest ethical and professional character
  • Serve as an outstanding role model in their community

President of the Nashville Health Care Council Caroline Young said, “The Nashville Health Care Council is honored to be a Founding Partner of The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame. As we move toward the induction of the inaugural class, we look forward to recognizing the significant talent that has come through our state and inspiring future innovators who will drive Tennessee’s heath care success to new levels.”

Belmont Hosts Second Annual ‘Faith and Culture Symposium’

faith and culture symposium-100Belmont University’s College of Theology and Christian Ministry is hosting the second annual Faith and Culture Symposium this week with various speakers concentrating on the idea, “Worship and the Life of the University,” including keynote speaker Enuma Okoro. All events are free and open to the public to attend.

Associate Professor of Theology Dr. Steve Guthrie said, “This year’s event was inspired by the new chapel space that opened on Belmont’s campus in the Wedgewood Academic Center. Christian worship, of course, is an activity undertaken by Christian communities. Having a chapel on campus, however, encourages us to think about the relationship between worship and the wider culture in which Christian communities are located.”


Classes Ending at 2 p.m. Friday, February 20

Due to potential severe weather conditions this afternoon and their potential impact on travel conditions, all academic classes will end at 2 p.m. today. There will be no academic classes meeting after 2 p.m. All evening classes for Friday are cancelled. Faculty and staff that are not responsible for student safety, dining and residential programs are encouraged to head home after 2 p.m. today.  We anticipate that campus will be operating normally for the remainder of the weekend. Saturday’s Country Showcase will continue as planned. The scheduled Preview Day will also continue as scheduled though check in will be delayed by 1 hour to 9 a.m..

Belmont Open and Operating Normal Hours Thurs., Feb. 19

Following several days of class cancellations or delays due to severe weather and road conditions, Belmont University will be operating on a normal schedule on Thursday, February 19 with classes and activities proceeding as planned.

Because weather and road conditions can vary greatly within our region, students, faculty and staff are urged to use individual discretion when making the decision to travel to campus in snow or icy weather.

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