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Chatham Named 2008 Recipient of AT&T Real Yellow Pages PR Scholarship Junior Anna Chatham was recently named the second recipient of the AT&T Real Yellow Pages Scholarship in Public Relations. AT&T Advertising & Publishing is supporting Belmont University’s public relations program with a five-year scholarship commitment, with the inaugural award given last year. Chatham, a junior public relations major and native of Burns, Tenn., has a strong grade point average and is a member of Belmont’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Phi Mu fraternity. She also serves as an intern with the Senior University Events Coordinator and has been a Belmont Ambassador and Tower Team Leader. n

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Freshman Lands in Top Three of National Video Contest Freshman finance major Landon Austin was selected in January as one of three finalists from 352 video entries for the MySpace/Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” Music Video contest. Austin’s original performance video for his song “Waitin’” was filmed in his Pembroke dorm room, and the one-camera shoot catapulted him to the top three in online voting. Austin and the other two finalists received a trip to a Super Bowl XLII viewing party in Phoenix, Ariz., as well as a cash prize and a limited distribution deal with Interscope Records. n

New Book by Fishers Offers Insights from Hospice Patients

Belmont Grads Gain Momentum for Philanthropic Web Site Alumni Sam Davidson and Stephen Moseley (‘98) met while working in the nonprofit sector in Nashville. Seeing first-hand how community needs were changing and being affected by technology, the two joined forces to launch philanthropic Web site The site provides informative articles with concrete steps and suggestions on how to make an impact in a small amount of time. Supplementing the content is CoolPeopleCare’s very own “Act Locally” events calendar that lists any event that makes the world a better place. Malinda Moseley (‘97) oversees management of the calendar listings. The site has also recently launched its first spin-off,, managed by Michelle Wright Andrade (‘03). CoolMomsCare content is modified to offer ideas and suggestions for ways parents can teach their children to make a difference. n

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PT and OT Students Serve in Guatemala An eleven member team of Belmont University students and faculty served rehabilitation hospitals in Guatemala over Spring break. The group provided physical and occupational therapy to meet the needs of the local hospital as well as trained the hospital staff in up-to-date techniques. One student wrote, “The cultures of scarcity and plenty were brought home to us when the therapist showed us a piece of IV tubing that they were using as a therapy tool. Throughout the trip I realized that there are many things that transcend language and cultural differences such as a smile, the joy of holding a child, basketball, candy, a desire to help, dancing (both on and off the table), laughter and most importantly God’s love.” n

Cal Turner, Howard Olds Speak on Different Kind of Leadership A long-time supporter of Belmont University, retired Dollar General CEO Cal Turner Jr. and his pastor, Rev. J. Howard Olds, shared their insights on leadership and decision-making in a recent convocation session. He and Olds co-wrote the new book Led to Follow: Leadership Lessons from an Improbable Pastor and a Reluctant CEO. Turner said, “We hope (this book) will help liberate you from trying to figure out what you’re supposed to do... Life is about figuring out who you’re supposed to be.” n

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher and his wife Judy recently released a new book, Life is a Gift: Inspiration from the Soon Departed (FaithWords), that features a collection of interviews and lessons learned from 104 terminally ill patients of Alive Hospice in Nashville. Twenty-five percent of the authors’ royalties will go to Alive ( During the course of their interviews, the Fishers spoke with a wide range of terminal patients of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Though each person had a unique story, each accepted death as an unavoidable fact. All of the 104 patients the Fishers interviewed have since died. Alive Hospice President and CEO Janet Jones said, “What a gift this book is to all of us about how to live our lives to the fullest. Bob and Judy Fisher’s ability to lovingly be present during these conversations and allow the individuals to express their core feelings and then grasp them in the story is nothing short of miraculous.” n

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Circle Magazine Spring 2008  
Circle Magazine Spring 2008  

This is Belmont University's Circle magazine for Spring 2008.