For the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to serve as Belmont’s Student Online Communications Intern in the Office of Student Affairs. It has been a pleasure working with faculty, staff and students to produce this monthly email, featuring the student experience under the tower. I’m always asking students and staff to capture their Belmont story and have never really sat back and thought about writing my own. As a senior graduating in May, I thought this last issue of Life Under the Tower for the school year would be most fitting for such an occasion.
It’s hard to put my life under the tower experience into words. Scratch that… everyone says that. How about just that I don’t know what to say because I’m so overwhelmed with emotions and my whole college experience was basically incredible. I learned a ton and now it’s almost over and I’m sad, but I’m happy and I just can’t believe it… *Sigh of relief* I feel like the little girl on that AT&T commercial where she rambles on about how more is better.
Basically, I look back on the past four years of my college experience and think where did the time go? It wasn’t long ago I was pulling up to Wright Hall with a bunch of weirdos on the sidewalk cheering me on as I got out of the vehicle. I barely knew where I was before everything I had packed in the truck was taken away into my dorm where two girls I didn’t know would be waiting to meet me.
Well I can tell you where the time went. Time was spent turning strangers into best friends. My roommates and the many amazing people I met here shaped my entire Belmont experience. From pulling pranks on roommates, exploring Nashville, basketball and baseball games, Boo Bash, homework on the quad, to simply eating in the caf… all of these occurrences were fun but they wouldn’t have been nearly as fun if I didn't have my friends to experience them with me.
Time was spent in the classroom and internships. Time was spent working at the front desk in the Beaman Student Life Center and playing intramural sports. Time was spent with classmates traveling the country to attend professional conferences. Time was spent investing in the community. Time was spent being Belmont.
All of the memories and all of the accomplishments are thanks to no other than the man upstairs. I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to attend a school that has had a huge impact on my life. I'm blessed to share life with some amazing people. But the most important part of my time spent at Belmont was learning to live life with a positive attitude and to be intentional in everything you do. I will certainly miss the place I've had the honor to call home.
If you've ever tweeted Belmont's official account or commented on a Belmont Facebook post, you may have wondered who is responding. The face behind Belmont social media is Lougan Bishop, the Social Media and Web Marketing Specialist. His responsibility's include monitoring and execution of the primary university social media accounts as well as the marketing and outreach efforts through those accounts. He monitors traffic to the Belmont website and helps out with its management. He manages the video production executed across campus including videos for admissions, athletics and the occasional robot mini copter flyover. And if you thought that was a lot, he's also chair of the Social Media Administration Team.
Bishop has been at Belmont for about five years and has the opportunity to work with almost every department on campus. "I love the Belmont community and what it stands for," said Bishop. "The thing that I love most is working with students. Whether it’s answering questions on one of the class Facebook pages or working with students on a Preview Day, I find it hard to think of my job as work. I’m really lucky to be where I am today and to work with the people I work with. I also have a lightsaber in my office. How awesome is that?"
Belmont has several primary social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Foursquare. You can click here to view the social media directory. There are Facebook groups for the Class of 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as several groups for transfer students.
Part of Bishop's role at Belmont is to monitor mentions of Belmont on all of the major social networks including Facebook and Twitter accounts like Belmont Confessions, @BelmontProblems and @OverheardatBU just to see what people are saying. "I keep up with these pages and accounts because Belmont really does care about what you have to say," said Bishop. "Can we do something about every Belmont Problem? Probably not, but we are always here to help."
In the coming months, Belmont is planning on officially creating a social media street team to help out with various social media initiatives around campus. It's still in the planning stages and will likely be ready to launch this fall. Bishop will be looking for creative students to help plan and create content for Belmont’s social media accounts. "It’s going to be a lot of fun," said Bishop. Information about how to join will become available in the coming months. If you’re already interested, email Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I love social media," said Bishop. "You can’t really do what I do with out at least enjoying it on some personal level. I’m almost always connected to something, my iPad or iPhone, which is funny to say since wires are so 20th century. In any case, my most used social network is Facebook. I have friends and colleagues from around the country. Facebook is the easiest way to connect with them. My favorite network would have to be Instagram. I find it fun to actually see pictures of people’s lives, even if it’s mostly pictures of food."
Outside of work, Bishop claims to be your typical geek. He's a science buff and likes to play Playstation and Xbox. "To be honest though, I could probably compete for the worst gamer on earth award," said Bishop. "I’m a Star Trek and Star Wars fan. I do think the Enterprise could totally wipe the floor with the Millennium Falcon in a firefight. That’s just my opinion that just happens to be a fact."
Bishop and his wife are expecting a baby boy in July. "It’s probably going to be an interesting summer," said Bishop.
"One of the things I love about Belmont is how much we care about the student body," said Bishop. "I think that what I do really re-enforces the fact that Belmont is a student-centered university. It’s why I’m here and it’s why I love what I do."
Life Beyond the Tower Event to Be Held Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
On the night before our very first classes at Belmont, we all had a special opportunity where we gathered around the Bell Tower to celebrate the start of a new chapter in each of our lives. While each of our Belmont stories are uniquely our own, one thing our stories have in common is where our Belmont story began... we all began our stories together on the night before our first day of classes during Welcome Week under Belmont’s historic Bell Tower.
It only seems right that we should conclude our undergraduate chapters here at Belmont at the Bell Tower where all of our stories began. It is with our deep sense of Belmont pride to have the opportunity to invite you and your families back to the Tower one last time to participate in Life Beyond the Tower, a unique Belmont tradition designed for graduating seniors.
Please join us around the Bell Tower at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, for a brief ceremony where we will gather at the place where our Belmont story began as we prepare for our Life Beyond the Tower.
A one-of-a kind gift will be given to all in attendance meant to be a special reminder of your life under the tower! Stay tuned for more updates and information about Life Beyond the Tower.
Blasting for the new cafeteria/academic building is scheduled to occur at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday. Three warning horns will sound prior to each blast. To ensure maximum safety, vehicular and pedestrian traffic near the construction site will be stopped temporarily before each blast and will immediately reopen following the blast. Blasting is expected to be complete in September.
Priority Registration for Fall 2013
Begins Monday, April 8 at 7 a.m.
Scholarship & Awards Day
Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. in the Massey Performing Arts Center
Last Day of Classes
Tuesday, April 23
Academic Preparation Day
Wednesday, April 24
Thursday-Tuesday, April 25-30
The exam schedule can be found on the registrar's site.
Life Beyond the Tower
Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bell Tower
Commencement Rehearsal for May Graduates
Friday, May 3
8:30 a.m. – Morning Commencement Rehearsal in the Curb Event Center
College of Business Administration
Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business
College of Visual and Performing Arts
11 a.m. – Afternoon Commencement Rehearsal in the Curb Event Center
College of Arts and Sciences
Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and College of Pharmacy
University College and Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Religion
Friday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Curb Event Center
Commencement for May Graduates
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Morning Commencement Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. in the Curb Event Center
Afternoon Commencement Ceremony: 2:30 p.m. in the Curb Event Center
The past three years at Belmont have been full of defining moments. A mixture of many of these significant memories could define my life under the tower. However, last weekend alone could sum up a big chunk of what my life under the tower has been.
It has been an honor to be a member of the Belmont basketball team and last weekend we had the opportunity to compete in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The whole experience was truly a blessing and the memories from that weekend have absolutely defined what life under the tower has been for me. Winning the OVC tournament really put into perspective for me how much hard work and dedication pays off. These are two qualities that Belmont has taught me over the past three years. Whether it is in the classroom or on the court, being at Belmont has taught me that giving up is never an option. If you had the opportunity to tune into the tournament you would have seen that we fought hard until the last second in both the semifinals and the championship game, we never gave up even when things were not going our way and we were losing. Never giving up and working hard really paid off, it won us the tournament. The moments after winning the tournament were feelings of excitement. In that instance it made me realize how much the hard work and dedication we have put in all season long has paid off. That moment is something I will never forget and it was truly a moment that I think can define my life under the tower. The experience just tied together so much of what I have learned through my experiences at Belmont and how important they are to me.
People always say that character is what you do when no one is looking, which I believe to be somewhat true. During practice, when no one is looking, my team and I are dedicated to representing Belmont the best that we can and working hard to prepare for each game in order to win. This often goes unnoticed, how all the guys on the team give so much time and work in practice no matter what else is going on and everyone is constantly working to make the team better. However, I believe that character can also be defined by what you do when everyone is looking. Last weekend is a perfect example of how my team and I exemplify the same traits when everyone is looking as when no one is looking. Working hard, being dedicated, never giving up, and having humility are all traits that I think as a team we possess.
Showing class after each game and the sportsmanship that represents Belmont positively. These are qualities we have all learned through our time here at Belmont. Winning the tournament amplified how important those qualities are and how they have defined me through my time at Belmont. My life under the tower has been full of great memories but winning the tournament just really proved to me how what I have learned here at Belmont are qualities that will help me in everything that I do.
Movers & Shapers of the Student Experience:
Julie Beazley, Program Assistant
By: Michelle Ward
With the men’s basketball OVC tournament win, the athletic department has been buzzing with excitement, planning ahead for Selection Sunday and the NCAA tournament. Back in the athletic office you’ll find Julie Beazley busy, working away to assist in the everyday operations and helping with organization and student staffing of athletic events.
Beazley’s favorite part about working at Belmont is the relationships she has with the students. “It is awesome to open my email or pick up the phone and it is a former student just saying hello or asking me to be a part of their wedding,” said Beazley. “Makes my heart smile.”
As Beazley watches students grow within different aspects of their Belmont experience, she loves to listen or discuss their hopes and fears with no judgment. “There are lessons we can learn every day,” she says.
“I talk BU athletics most everywhere I go,” said Beazley, who avidly encourages the student body to attend campus sporting events. “I am so proud of these student athletes. They represent Belmont so well, not only on the court but most of all with their class and poise.”
Beazley was raised by avid sports fans and loves to watch a multitude of sports. “My DVR stays busy with football, basketball and tennis for starters,” said Beazley. Accepting her position many years ago as Belmont Athletics’ Program Assistant was an obvious decision.
It shouldn’t come to any surprise that outside of work Beazley enjoys watching sports, exercising and spending quality time with her daughters and nieces.
“At some point every day I stand outside and feel the sun or wind on my face and just thank God for being able to appreciate such small pleasures,” said Beazley.
Admist all of the craziness of March Madness, Beazley continues to be the calm and caring person she is. Besides experience Belmont’s spring sports, she encourages student to share their smile because you may just give someone the best gift they have had all day.
Academic Advising for Fall 2013
Wednesday, March 13-23
Selection Sunday Party
Sunday, March 17 at 4 p.m. in the Beaman Student Life Center
Thursday - Friday, March 28-29