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With time rapidly ticking toward the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate on Oct. 7, Belmont University is busy planning special debaterelated programming for the upcoming academic year for Belmont students and the local community. Most notably, award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and bestselling author and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough will appear on campus as special guests. In addition, a task force of faculty and staff from Belmont, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, Volunteer State Community College, Trevecca University, Aquinas College and Nashville State Technical Community College has formed to create opportunities for city-wide learning centered on Belmont’s role as a presidential debate host site. A variety of speaker series, visual and performing arts programs, and activities and events are already slated for the 2008-09 school year with more to be announced soon. Belmont is also planning several opportunities for students to actively participate in the democratic process, such as viewing parties for the series other debates and a post-debate mock election on campus. The Belmont Student Government Association has already begun voter registration drives this spring at a variety of on-campus concerts and programs. For additional information, see the calendar on page 29 or The Honorary Host Committee for the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate was recently announced and is made up of 52 distinguished individuals with national, state and local stature. Marty Dickens, chairman of the Belmont Board of Trustees and retired president of AT&T, serves as chair and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and president of Curb Records Mike Curb are the committee’s honorary chairs. n

Alum Develops Debate08 Web Site Belmont’s Debate08 Web site

was created by local Nashville

company centre{source}, which just happens to employ 2004 Belmont graduate Chip Hayner as Director of Technology. Hayner, an Honors student who majored in Digital Media Studies, came to centre{source} three years ago and has led the charge on developing Hayner said, “Studying Digital Media at Belmont was perfect preparation for my career as I learned how to use cutting edge technologies in new and creative ways. It’s my hope that the site will be an easy to use resource of information, but also a great example of the class and style that Belmont represents.”

The Race for the White House Runs Through Belmont University

The Belmont debate site features news, programming information and campus updates for the Belmont community, neighbors and up-to-3,000 members of the media who are expected on campus this fall. Centre{source} is a full-service Interactive Strategy firm, delivering results in strategy, planning and execution of Internet-related initiatives. The 20+ member company also employs two other Belmont grads: Director of Business Development Evan Owens (2005, BA in Vocal Performance) and Interactive Strategist Aaron Briggs (2003, BA in English). More about the firm can be found at n


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.