Belmont, NC, United States
Belmont, NC, United States

Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal-arts Catholic college located in Belmont, North Carolina, USA, about 15 miles west of Uptown Charlotte. It was founded in 1876 by the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey. The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and the Order of Saint Benedict. It is endorsed by the The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.Offering an undergraduate education, the college enrolls students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Wikipedia.

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BELMONT, N.C., Dec. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of its Motorsport Management degree program, Belmont Abbey College brings the leadership of the racing world to its campus for the inaugural Motorsport Symposium and Wheeler Awards on Tuesday, January 17. "We are very excited to gather our students, alumni and industry veterans to celebrate ten years of hard work and dedication in building this program," said Pat Wood Executive Director of Belmont Abbey's Motorsport program. Featuring a VIP panel of team presidents and leaders from IndyCar, NASCAR and other racing series, the symposium will discuss various topics vital to the industry such as the state of the racing industry and the promise of a great future in its youngest drivers. Notables such as Steve Lauletta/Chip Ganassi Racing, Jonathan Gibson/Penske Racing, Dave Alpern/Joe Gibbs Racing, Chris Traeger/NASCAR and Ben Geisler/World of Outlaws will give their insights into the world of Motorsport. The Symposium will kick off at 7 a.m. with the Charlotte Sports and Business networking group, followed by a session entitled "Millennial Marketing in the Social Age" featuring NASCAR young guns Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace, Jordan Anderson and Justin Marks. The morning will continue with a Belmont Abbey College Alumni Panel featuring several industry veterans including Jessica Fickenscher/Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Ian Moye/Chip Ganassi Racing and Dan Guffey/Jeff Gordon, Inc. The final session of the morning will be the presentation of the Wheeler Award for Excellence in Motorsport. Humpy Wheeler, racing legend and Belmont Abbey College Motorsport board member, is the namesake for the honor and will present the inaugural recognition to legendary promoter, agent and team owner Cary Agajanian for his lifetime contributions to Motorsport. The Motorsport Symposium is free and open to the public. For a complete agenda visit Belmont Abbey College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts institution founded by Benedictine monks in 1876. Our mission is to educate students in the liberal arts and sciences so that in all things God may be glorified. For the past 10 years Belmont Abbey College has been a leader in Motorsport education with its Motorsport Management degree program. Our beautiful and historic campus is conveniently located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., and is currently home to more than 1500 students. For more information, visit

News Article | October 6, 2016

BELMONT, N.C., Oct. 6, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The sound of gratitude rang out from the heart of Belmont Abbey College's campus at noon today during the dedication and blessing of its new Gratitude Bell. The dedication event drew a large crowd of students, faculty, staff, monks and visitors. The idea behind the Gratitude Bell is simple. When anyone rings the bell in gratitude for one of God's blessings, the sound will echo across campus causing others on campus to reflect on the blessings in their lives. "Every breath that you take, every beat of your heart is a gift from God. Too often we dwell on what we don't have, rather than focusing on the infinite gifts God has given us. The Gratitude Bell is a way of showing our thankfulness for all the many blessings, big and small, in our lives," said Dr. Bill Thierfelder president of the college. "Each day between noon and 3 p.m., anyone is invited to strike the bell in thanksgiving for some blessing in his or her life. It is our hope that this will become a long standing tradition that will strengthen our students, faculty, staff, alumni, monks and visitors in the virtue of gratitude." Generous donors purchased the bell, originally forged by the McShane Foundry Company of Baltimore, Maryland in 1915 with the inscription "Holy Name" on its side. Located near the campus cafeteria on the residential side of the Belmont Abbey College campus, students will gather at noon to pray the Angelus and officially open the hours of gratitude from noon to 3pm each day. Ranked in the top 10 in the south by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont Abbey College has its roots in the Catholic Benedictine tradition, and the essence of gratitude already permeates the small private college that began humbly in 1876 with a few students and a few monks, and now has grown to more than 1500 students from across the country and around the globe. "We encourage other colleges, churches and institutions across the country to join us in fostering the virtue of gratitude within their communities," said Abbot Placid, chancellor of Belmont Abbey College. "Our hope is that our initiative focused on gratitude can influence a broader campaign that impacts the national demeanor in a positive way." Belmont Abbey College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts institution founded by Benedictine monks in 1876. Our mission is to educate students in the liberal arts and sciences so that in all things God may be glorified. Guided by the Catholic intellectual tradition and the Benedictine spirit of prayer and learning, we welcome a diverse body of students and provide them with an education that will enable them to lead lives of integrity, to succeed professionally, to become responsible citizens, and to be a blessing to themselves and to others. Our beautiful and historic campus is conveniently located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., and is currently home to more than 1500 students. For more information, visit or Photos accompanying this release are available at:

Tompkins R.D.,Belmont Abbey College | Stringer W.C.,Clemson University | Richardson K.,Belmont Abbey College | Mikhailova E.A.,Clemson University | Bridges Jr. W.C.,Clemson University
Rhodora | Year: 2010

Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem) is a dominant grass of the North American tallgrass prairie. It is also found in remnant populations in the eastern United States, including North and South Carolina, often in association with other species with prairie affinities. We characterized eight A. gerardii population sites across various physiographic regions of North and South Carolina. A total of 362 quadrats (1 m × 1 m) were sampled during the 2006-2008 growing seasons for species occurrence and site and quadrat frequency. Associated species were assigned a commonness index (CI). A Sørensen's Community Coefficient was used to determine floristic similarities among the sites. In addition, soil samples in three quadrats were sampled at each site at three depths (0-10 cm, 11-20 cm, and 21-30 cm) and analyzed for pH; organic C and N contents; extractable P, K, Ca, Mg, Zn, Mn; and CEC (cation exchange capacity). A total of 306 vascular plant species was identified comprising 64 families, including 99 (32%) graminoids. There were 61 (20%) Poaceae and 63 (20%) Asteraceae. Species per quadrat ranged from 1 to 13 with a mean of 5. Andropogon gerardii had the highest CI value (5900), followed by Rubus spp. (1260). Community Coefficient values were < 0.5 for all pairings between sites, indicating high divergence in species composition among even nearby sites. There were 14 rare or watch-listed species identified, including the federal endangered Helianthus schweinitzii at Troy Prairie. A total of 153 (50%) of the species had been previously described as occurring in prairie-like associations. Soil pH values varied from 4.8 to 6.9 among the sites and depths. Ca and Mg nutrient values were also highly variable. Andropogon gerardii was found at high frequencies across all sites, indicating its broad tolerance for a variety of edaphic conditions. © New England Botanical Club.

Tompkins R.D.,Belmont Abbey College | Trapnell D.W.,University of Georgia | Hamrick J.L.,University of Georgia | Stringer W.C.,Clemson University
Southeastern Naturalist | Year: 2012

Genetic diversity within and among nine Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem) populations from various physiographic regions of North and South Carolina was assessed. Genetic diversity was high at both the species level and at the population level. At the species level, percent polymorphic loci (P) was 96.4% (27 of 28 loci), the number of alleles per polymorphic locus (AP) was 4.07, and genetic diversity (He) was 0.425. Mean within population values were P= 82.6%, AP = 2.68, and He = 0.351. Within population genetic diversity (He) ranged from 0.190 to 0.466. Allelic richness values per population ranged from 37 to 71. The proportion of genetic diversity among populations (Gst) was 0.166. Mean genetic diversity for the 3 larger populations (He = 0.369) and within the 6 smaller populations (He = 0.341) did not differ significantly (P = 0.554). Nei's unbiased genetic identity between pairs of populations ranged from 0.652 to 0.975. Mean genetic identity of individual populations with the 8 other populations ranged from 0.71 to 0.89. A Mantel test showed no significant genetic isolation by geographic distance (r = 0.065; P = 0.614). While banding patterns for most of the loci were consistent with disomic inheritance, two loci (PGI3; UGPP1) displayed patterns consistent with tetrasomic inheritance. Results of this study suggest that Big Bluestem populations in the Carolinas were once more widespread.

Tompkins R.D.,Belmont Abbey College | Stringer W.C.,Clemson University | Bridges Jr. W.C.,Clemson University
Ecological Restoration | Year: 2011

During the 2007-08 growing seasons we conducted an outcrossing reciprocity study with ramets from 5 big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) populations from North and South Carolina. We established 15 treatments each at 4 garden sites. Seed germination was low and not significantly different for outcrossed (4.6%) and selfed (2.4%) treatments. However, germination was significantly higher for both outcrossed and selfed seeds from ramets from the Suther Prairie population. The overall mean percent seed set for the outcrossed treatments was 5.9%, and 3.6% for the selfed treatments. There were no significant differences in seed set (maternal effect) for the 5 populations. In addition, there were no significant differences in parental effect in either seed germination or seed set among the 5 populations. Ramets from the BlackJacks Heritage Preserve population ( paternal) x Suther Prairie population (maternal) and its reciprocal SP x BJ had the highest combined percent seed germination (21.3% and 5.8%, respectively). Ramets from the Suther Prairie population ( paternal) x Buck Creek Serpentine Barren (maternal), and its reciprocal BC x SP, had the highest combined percentage of seed set (22.7% and 9.6%, respectively). Results from this study suggest that viable seed production is low or absent in big bluestem populations in the Carolinas, particularly in smaller populations. We recommend vegetative material or seeds from the Suther Prairie big bluestem population for potential restoration and establishment of local big bluestem populations. ©2011 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

Tompkins R.D.,Belmont Abbey College
Castanea | Year: 2013

A floristic survey of Crowders Mountain State Park, located in Gaston and Cleveland Counties in North Carolina, was conducted from 2010-2011 to document prairie-relict species. In addition, 1-m quadrats (n = 200) were sampled from four remnant power line rights-of-way/roadside prairie communities in the park to assess community structure. Cover and frequency values were assessed for species within the quadrats and species were also placed into guild groupings. A total of 143 prairie-relict species from 37 plant families were identified for the entire park, 69 (48%) of which were also found in the sampled quadrats. Eighty-three (58%) species were previously undocumented for the park. Summer forbs represented the largest guild at 66 (46%) with several rare and uncommon species for North Carolina, including the North Carolina Rare Symphyotrichum georgianum (Georgia aster) and Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower). The communities had a combined Floristic Quality Assessment Index (FQAI) of 48.8 and a mean C-value of 4.2. Evidence from this study further suggests that prior to fire suppression prairie/savanna communities were likely once more prevalent in what is now Crowders Mountain State Park.

Tompkins R.D.,Belmont Abbey College | McAllister C.A.,Principia College | Bloom S.,Catawba Lands Conservancy
Ecological Restoration | Year: 2015

Intraspecific chromosome number variation is widespread among plants, however little attention has been given to the implications of ploidy level on restoration success of particular cytotypes. We conducted a cytometric study on six big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) populations from the Carolinas. In addition, soil data were collected and compared among the sites. Results from flow cytometry indicated the occurrence of two distinct cytotypes among the populations without evidence of populations with mixed cytotypes. The amount of nuclear DNA was consistent for hexaploids (6x) and nonaploids (9x) reported from midwestern populations of big bluestem. A cluster analysis of the distances between populations failed to detect any geographical clumping of populations by cytotype. Although the general soil characteristics across all sites exhibited a broad range of soil conditions; CEC, K, Mn, and percentage Ca and Mg (as percentage of CEC) levels were significantly higher for the 6x populations. The documentation of nonaploid populations of eastern big bluestem from this study is of potential conservation concern due to their small population sizes and the reported reduced reproductive rates for the 9x cytotype in midwestern populations. Studies from midwestern populations of big bluestem indicate reduced seed production in nonaploids compared to hexaploids. We suggest that in addition to the use of local genotypes in the restoration and conservation of eastern big bluestem populations, that cytotypic determination be made of introduced seed material into eastern remnant populations to avoid the establishment of individuals with reduced reproductive compatibility within those populations. © 2015 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

Brown G.T.,Belmont Abbey College
Christian Bioethics | Year: 2012

Health care begins as an act of conscience, which urges a response to the sick and holds caregivers accountable to moral standards that public authorities ultimately do not define. Conscience nonetheless expresses itself as a type of dialogue within oneself that is influenced by dialogue with others, especially with society in the form of civil law and professional standards. A well-formed conscience for health care relates the foundations of morality to health care practices and contributes sound moral judgment about them to the common good. Some current health care policies and medical education presume a distorted view of conscience as personal sentiment. These policies circumvent serious discussion and possible resolution of society's most vexing bioethics controversies. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of The Journal of Christian Bioethics, Inc. All rights reserved.

Belmont Abbey College | Date: 2016-04-11

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News Article | February 14, 2017

BELMONT, N.C., Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, has been named the first recipient of the Benedict Leadership Award. The Award, given by the Benedict Leadership Institute at Belmont Abbey College, will be presented in a public ceremony at Belmont Abbey College on March 24. The Institute selected Anderson above all for his leadership in aiding and advocating for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. As Supreme Knight, Anderson has repeatedly called for the protection of Christians facing genocide in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere, and has raised more than $11 million for humanitarian relief of Christian refugees. "While your life displays numerous reasons for being worthy of the Benedict Leadership Award, the Board wished to honor and highlight your leadership in one area in particular: Your resolute defense of persecuted Christians," wrote Executive Director Conor Gallagher in his selection letter to Anderson. "This is an area of great concern to the Board, and it is our hope that your Award will bring attention and relief to persecuted Christians and move the public to act more decisively in their behalf." The Benedict Leadership Institute was founded in 2016 to develop and inspire Catholic leaders to transform society in light of their faith. The Benedict Leadership Award is a key activity of the Institute. The Institute will confer the Award annually beginning in 2017, recognizing outstanding men and women whose achievements reflect the heroic leadership of St. Benedict. Recipients deliver a public address in their area of leadership, and are presented with a $10,000 cash award. Belmont Abbey College, home of the Benedict Leadership Institute, is a Catholic college located near Charlotte, NC. Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, it is recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as one of America's top Catholic colleges. For more information on the Benedict Leadership Institute please visit: For media inquiries regarding the Benedict Leadership Institute, please contact Katie DeMoss at or (704) 340-0461. For media inquiries regarding Belmont Abbey College, please contact Rolando N. Rivas at or (704) 461-6561.

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