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19Apr/13Off

April 27 Marathon to Impact Belmont Campus Access, Parking, Streets

April 27 Marathon to Impact Belmont Campus Access, Parking
The St. Jude Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon returns to Nashville for its 14th year on Saturday, April 27. The event committee has recently informed the University that the race route will require the closure of several streets around Belmont, impacting access to and from the campus that morning as well as street parking Friday and Saturday. In addition, following the bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15, security is anticipated to be high for this event. Belmont’s Campus Security remains in contact with marathon coordinators and Metro Police to help ensure a safe race in our area.

Numerous streets—including Magnolia, 17th/18th, Portland, Clifton, 12 South, Belmont Blvd. and Wedgewood Ave.—will close at 6 a.m. Saturday morning; no parking will be allowed after 1 a.m.  In addition, during the peak of the race, when runners are elbow to elbow, pedestrian access to crossing these streets will be limited. The streets will reopen on a rolling basis as the last runner/walker passes between 9:30-11:15 a.m., depending on the street.

Please be aware of the road closures in our area and plan ahead for an alternate route or added travel time. Residential students and employees who need to leave campus Saturday morning will need to plan ahead and park their vehicles outside the race perimeter Friday evening. Students, faculty and staff coming to Belmont Saturday morning will also need to park outside the perimeter and walk to campus. (Some limited on-street, public parking may be available on Magnolia between 21st and 18th Avenues.) Please refer to the course map and road closure list to plan your routes to and from campus for Saturday morning, April 27.

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19Apr/13Off

Construction Reminder: North & Thrailkill Garages Closed This Summer

Both the North (beneath Inman/McWhorter) and Thrailkill Garages will be closed this summer from May 6 through August 16 for construction purposes. During this time, vehicles will be unable to enter or exit the garages. All vehicles should be removed from both garages by 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. The Baskin, Curb Event Center and Dickens/Horrell garages will all remain open and available for all employees, summer students and visitors during this time.

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12Apr/13Off

Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS) Set for April 17-19 with Keynote by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

The campus community is invited to attend a convocation by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, on Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. in MPAC as he presents the keynote address for the 23rd Annual Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium. Academic Lecture convo credit will be given. In addition, students may earn Academic Lecture convo credit by attending research presentations given by their peers on Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18. See the complete schedule by department online at www.belmont.edu/BURS.

TIME magazine named Dr. Hrabowski one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents in 2009, and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012.

Hrabowski’s research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He spoke in February at TED2013 offering his thoughts on setting high expectations for all students. Hrabowski chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads, and he was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally.

Following Dr. Hrabowski’s address, he has agreed to continue the discussion at 11 a.m. in McWhorter Hall room 110 for a question and answer session. Space is limited, but you are welcome to join us as space permits.

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5Apr/13Off

Fundraiser at Thrailkill Saturday to Benefit Caleb Schlereth

Joshua Kerley in Residence Life has worked with students to organize a fundraiser in Thrailkill Hall to benefit Margaret and Jake Schlereth’s 2-year-old son, Caleb. Margaret is a former Belmont employee, and her husband Jake unexpectedly passed away on November 27.

Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Schlereth was a 31-year-old soldier originally from Michigan who was deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. He died of natural causes at Fort Benning in Georgia. Jake was a 1999 graduate of Vassar High School. He joined the Army afterward and was stationed most of his career at Fort Campbell, Ky. Margaret worked for Belmont in the Advancement office from 2008 until Dec. 2011. Jake was transferred to Fort Benning as a reconnaissance course instructor in early 2012. Jake received two bronze stars, among other honors.

The fundraiser will take place at the Residence Hall Block Party in front of Thrailkill Hall on Saturday, April 6 from 5 - 7 p.m. The event will include live music by Belmont musicians, lawn games and free food.

If you cannot attend, contributions to Caleb's College Fund can be made at: www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/Schlereth-Family/35995 OR checks for Caleb Schlereth with account number 150300425 mailed to: USAA, 10750 McDermott Fwy, San Antonio, TX 78288

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5Apr/13Off

Scholarship Available for Rising Belmont Seniors

Need some help to pay for your final year at Belmont? The Senior Class Scholarship is funded by the Belmont Class of 2013 gift campaign and is awarded to a deserving junior for his or her senior year. Paper applications are available on the door of Fidelity Hall Room 111 and are due by May 1, 2013.  See application for more details. Other questions email Luisa.Wilsman@belmont.edu.

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5Apr/13Off

Call for Nominations: 2014-2015 FYS Common Book

As you know, each year at Belmont, all entering students read a book in common as part of their First-Year Seminar experience. Since 2004, students have read a variety of books that fall under the broad theme of FYS, “Ways of Knowing,” a theme that encourages students to ask central questions about knowledge, such as:
  • What counts as knowledge?
  • What sorts of knowledge are there?
  • How do we know what we claim to know?
  • How do we make or construct it, deconstruct it, reserve it, and transmit it—both inside and outside the university?

The FYS Common Book for 2014-2015 should somehow address these basic questions about knowledge. The Common Book for 2013-2014 is Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes by Daniel Everett. Other Common Books were, e.g., Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev, Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

We are ready to begin the selection process for the 2014-2015 Common Book.  A nomination form is linked to this message.

All members of the Belmont community—faculty, staff and students—are encouraged to submit nominations for the FYS Common Book.  Your nominations are very important, as we view the selection of a Common Book each year as very much a campus-wide effort.  The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, April 15 at 4:30 pm. Please submit your nominations electronically to Jennifer Wells in the Office of General Education: jennifer.wells@belmont.edu

If you have questions contact Dan Schafer (460-6738) or Regine Schwarzmeier (460-6237) . Thank you for your participation in such an important part of the Belmont experience.

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5Apr/13Off

Special Event Saturday in CEC May Impact Campus

The Southeastern Color Guard Circuit will be holding its championships in the Curb Event Center on Friday afternoon, April 5 and all day Saturday, April 6. All parking spaces on Soccer Field Drive will be reserved to allow for smoother traffic flow for this event, which is expected to draw 2,000 people to campus. The campus We Cars will remain on Soccer Field Drive, but will be relocated closer to the CEC Garage entrance. In addition to the color guard teams, the event will also feature percussion competitions, and residential students should be aware that those teams will likely rehearse on the South Lawn throughout the day on Saturday. Tickets to attend the event are $15 for students and will be available at the box office. Thank you for your patience and understanding as Belmont hosts these campus guests.

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22Mar/13Off

The Street Law Symposium on Saturday

Ever wondered what to do if you are pulled over? Do you know a teenager who will get a driver’s license soon? Want to know if you should take a field sobriety test? Belmont University College of Law’s Black Law Students Association presents The Street Law Symposium from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23 at the Baskin Center. The symposium includes have four 30-minute sessions with presentations from the Metro Police Department and local attorneys that will touch many topics, such as “What should be in your car?”, “What is probable cause?”, “What not to do during a traffic stop” and “Questions you should ask an officer.” For more information, contact blsa@pop.belmont.edu.

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22Mar/13Off

Complete Job Search Survey for Chance to Win $500

You could win $500, just by sharing your views on the job search process. Participate in the 2013 NACE Student Survey, sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and you are eligible to win! It's easy: Complete the survey here anytime between now and April 30, 2013, and you are eligible to win (winner to be picked, at random, on May 7, 2013). Your individual response will remain absolutely confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of NACE. Only aggregate data will be presented in any reports or articles based on the responses to this survey. Contest rules.

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22Mar/13Off

Student Justice Applications Due April 1

 

Student Justices are vital to the success of our community and the Student Conduct and Academic Integrity office.  They serve as stewards of our community’s expectations and hold members accountable to their best selves.

Accordingly, Student Justices should be representative of the Belmont community. As an integral part of the our student body, we encourage your members who are interested to apply.  The deadline to apply is April 1, 2013.  Click here for the application. Recommendations are required, which are also due April 1, 2013. Click here for the recommendation form.

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