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Meningitis Outbreak at Princeton, Note Symptoms

The recent and ongoing meningitis outbreak at Princeton University brings national attention to an issue of longstanding importance to the college health community. All Belmont students are required to get the meningitis vaccination prior to entering the University, and it covers the more commonly encountered serogroups A, C,Y,&W.  Outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease (the specific strain being seen at Princeton) are rare, and no spread beyond the Princeton campus has occurred or is expected. Nevertheless, in light of the recent situation at Princeton, it’s a good time to remind the campus community of the signs and symptoms of meningitis as well as how transmission can be prevented.
Bacterial meningitis caused by any of these serogroups can progress very rapidly and can cause brain damage or death.  It is contagious and is passed from one person to another through sneezing, coughing, and close contact, like with a roommate. Children, adolescents, and young adults are particularly at risk, and the close living conditions of residential college students raise the potential of transmission. 
Symptoms typically occur within 2-7 days of exposure to an infected person and most commonly include:
Headache and/or stiff neck
If you or someone you know develops these symptoms, please seek medical assistance right away.
As always, your personal habits and hygiene are important investments in preventing contagious diseases:
How can transmission be prevented?
Do NOT share anything that comes in contact with the mouth, including:
  • water bottles
  • lip balm
  • toothbrushes
  • towels
  • drinking glasses
  • eating utensils
  • cosmetics
  • smoking materials
  • food or drink from common source (e.g., punch bowl)
Do not cough into another person's face. Cough into your sleeve or a tissue. Wash or sanitize hands frequently. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
The best protection against bacterial meningitis is one of the currently available vaccines.  Belmont University Health Services can provide this vaccination and is also prepared to dispense prophylactic treatment in the event of a known exposure to the disease.  You can reach Health Services at 615-460-5506.  For more information on meningitis, visit the Center for Disease Control website at
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CAS to Become Two Colleges

Currently the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is Belmont’s largest college in terms of faculty members (130 full time faculty) representing 15 academic departments within 4 schools.  This particular college structure has served the University well for many years, and, under the leadership of Dr. Bryce Sullivan, the College has grown substantially over the past five years.  This morning I am pleased to be writing to make you aware that, effective June 1, 2014, the University, in recognition of the growth and complexity of the College of Arts and Sciences, has elected to create two colleges out of the current College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). In the new structure, departments in the Schools of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences will be part of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). The departments currently in the School of Sciences will become the College of Sciences and Mathematics (CSM). We believe the new structure will provide increased opportunities for all of the units in what is currently the CAS.  This change comes as preparations begin to move into the Wedgewood Academic Center which will serve as the new home for these programs, positioning both of these new colleges for increased prominence and growth in majors and programs.

Dr. Bryce Sullivan, who has been an outstanding leader for the College of Arts & Sciences, will move to become the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  We will begin a national search immediately for the inaugural Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics with the intention of having the new dean in place by June 1, 2014.

Below is a list of the departments currently in the CAS that will be divided between the CLASS and CSM. Again, the new structure and new names will take effect on June 1, 2014.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

School of Humanities


Foreign Languages


School of Education


Sport Science

School of Social Sciences

Communication Studies


Media Studies

Political Science

Public Relations


College of Sciences and Mathematics (CSM)


Chemistry & Physics

Mathematics & Computer Science

Psychological Sciences

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Christmas Tree Lighting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday

Join the Belmont community for Christmas cheer and merriment as students, staff and faculty light the Belmont Boulevard tree at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Enjoy cookies courtesy of Faculty Senate and the Student Activities Programing Board, warm beverages provided by the Student Government Association and Panhellenic, Christmas music performed by country music singer and alumnus Greg Bates (’10) and so much more. The first 100 people will receive an ornament to personalize and hang on the Belmont tree. This event will take place at the outdoor Christmas tree & fountain on Belmont Boulevard just outside of the west entrance to the Curb Event Center. Then stick around to watch Belmont’s women’s basketball team vs. Texas A&M CC at 6 p.m.

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Operations Christmas Child Boxes Due Nov. 22

If you are participating in Operation Christmas Child, please deliver your boxes on Nov. 20, 21 or 22 to University Ministries in the Gabhart Student Center. Students are invited to use their own shoe boxes and pack them according to these instructions or pick up  boxes in Belmont Central, University Ministries or the Beaman Student Life Center.Click here to read more about this University-wide project.

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Win Free Bruin Bucks by Attending Home Sports Games

One lucky student will have the chance to win free Bruin Bucks – just by attending home sporting events during the 2013-2014 season! If the student is in attendance at the game, he or she will win Bruin Bucks. If the prize goes unclaimed, the amount will roll over to the next home game.

All home volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball and baseball games qualify for the promotion. The complete schedule of games may be found online.

For questions on the Bruin Bucks promotion, please email the athletics marketing office or call Jimmy Frush at 615-460-6205. Belmont students, be sure to attend for your chance to win!

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Neely and Black & White Dining Rooms Closed Nov. 26-30

The Neely and Black & White Dining Rooms will be unavailable from 2 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 26 through Sat., Nov. 30due to floor repair work. Please plan accordingly when traveling between Massey and Freeman on those days.

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President’s Spirit Award

Join President Fisher for a campus-wide spirit contest with this year’s trophy and bragging rights awarded to the student organization or group demonstrating the most school spirit at the first home Women’s Basketball game on Monday, November 11. For more information and to register your team/group, email Jimmy Frush. You must register in advance to participate in the competition! The winning organization or group will lead the new students out on the floor on November 14.

Dinner will be provided for students by Belmont Dining Services at 4pm, with a game time of 5:30pm in the Curb Event Center.

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First on the Floor

All new students will gather to welcome the men’s basketball team for their first home game on Thursday, November 14. The winner of the President’s Spirit Award on November 11 will lead students onto the court while holding the trophy! Encourage all your newest members to attend on Thursday, November 14 beginning at 6pm in the Beaman lobby for the pre-game rally. Free food from McDougal's and Moe's! Line up to run out on the floor will begin at 6:45 with the game starting at 7pm!

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Interview Practice and Networking Event

Juniors and Seniors will have the opportunity to practice their interview skills and network with industry professionals at the Fall Practice Interview Event, sponsored by Career Services. The event will be held on Friday, November 22 from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Massey Boardroom.

Registration is required and can be completed here:

For more information, contact Rachel Walden,, 615-460-6490.

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Sodexo Scholarship

The Sodexo Foundation is accepting applications for the Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship program now through December 5, 2013. Through scholarship awards, the Sodexo Foundation recognizes and rewards students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger across the country. Scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education and a matching $5,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of their choice.
Additionally, the Sodexo Foundation offers $500 Youth Grants for service projects led by “youth” ages 5 to 25 that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees and other community members to address childhood hunger during Global Youth Service Day April 11-13, 2014. The application period closes Jan. 31, 2014.
Please visit for official rules and the application and feel free to contact Jim Jenkins, Senior Vice President, Sodexo Education, at
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