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From the President At Belmont University, I am thankful to say there is no shortage of success stories. Every day our students and alumni are accomplishing, in big and small ways, this university’s mission of engaging and transforming the world. Naturally, what sometimes appears to get the most attention are those stories that make major news headlines. Looking back on the spring semester, yet again Belmont University has claimed its share of the national spotlight. Our men’s basketball team captured the world’s interest with their fantastic NCAA Tournament game against Duke. While the Bruins suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss, they walked off the court as true victors in the eyes of all who watched. Also, the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate continues to be a source of excitement with nearly 3,000 members of the media expected on campus this fall, not to mention this country’s next President. Plans are well underway for academic programming, special debaterelated music performances and theatre productions and voter registration drives to immerse our students and our city in this historic event. However, there’s so much more happening at Belmont than what winds up in the media. Members of our community are making their presence known behind the scenes as well, as you’ll see in the following pages. For example, sociology students are working to share the broader perspective they’ve gained through a Restorative Justice class held in a Nashville prison. Alumnus Al Allen, who recently spoke to current students on race issues, works frequently with inner-city ministries. Dozens of students spend their Spring Break each year doing mission work, and this March found many of them building houses under a hot Florida sun with Habitat for Humanity. Plus, numerous campus organizations and athletic teams volunteer to read to elementary school students in the neighboring Edgehill community. These are just a few examples of the thousands of ways Belmont’s past and present students are transforming the world on a daily basis. We treasure all of these stories, and they all deserve to be celebrated. As you read this issue of Circle, I hope you take as much pride as I do in how well these stories reflect the heart of Belmont University. Sincerely,

Dr. Robert C. Fisher

Circle Credits University Administration President Bob Fisher Provost Dan McAlexander Vice President for Presidential Affairs Susan West Vice President of Finance and Operations Steve Lasley Vice President for Administration and University Counsel Jason Rogers Vice President of University Advancement Bethel (Bo) Thomas, Jr. Vice President of Spiritual Development Todd Lake

Magazine Managing Editor April Hefner Designers April Lyons Glenda Dahlhauser Josh Wilkerson Sara Spencer University Photographer J. Michael Krouskop Contributing Photographers Andrea Hallgren Brian Korosec Rob Lindsay Justin Veneman Images on p. 10, 19-21, 24, 29 courtesy of iStock Photo

Contributing Writers Sarah Davis Greg Sage Amanda Wheeler Production and Distribution Coordinators April Lyons Veronica Smith Circle magazine is published biannually for alumni and friends of Belmont University. Editorial content, graphic production, printing and distribution are coordinated by the Office of Communications. Address changes and alumni notes should be directed to the Office of Alumni Relations. Third-class bulk postage is paid at the U.S. Post Office, Nashville, TN. Direct inquiries and comments regarding Circle magazine content to: Belmont University Office of Communications/Circle magazine 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212 (615) 460-6645 or Belmont University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer under all applicable civil rights laws.



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nB  ruiser lights up the night at the annual

Homecoming bonfire.

Table of Contents 2 From the President

14 Being Belmont

4 The Race for the White House Runs Through Belmont University

16 Campus News

6 Oh So Close! Bruins Battle Duke at NCAA Tournament

22 Belmont Achievers

8 Belmont Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday with Series of Events

28 Spiritual Development

10 Sociology Class Looks at Life on the Inside On the cover: Photo illustration by J. Michael Krouskop

20 Community Involvement 26 Belmont Athletics 29 Calendar of Events

12 Music’s in the Air

nD  r. Fisher greets Spring 2008 Valedictorian Melanie Murphy


circle magazine

Spring 2008


Circle Magazine Spring 2008  

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

Circle Magazine Spring 2008  

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