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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News Article | March 21, 2017

BELMONT, N.C., March 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Belmont Abbey College has hit the radio waves with its own Low Power FM radio station, 101.5 WBAC-LP. Courtesy of a gracious donor, the college has restarted its place in local radio after a nearly 20-year hiatus. The new station will initially broadcast the EWTN Radio Network with an intermingling of college-produced programming. As a low power FM, the new station reaches all of Belmont, Mount Holly and parts of eastern Gastonia and western Charlotte. The college had a station from the 70s until the early 2000s under the call letters WABY. "Bringing back the radio station to the Abbey affords us so many new opportunities for our students and for the college to support the Church's New Evangelization. We're excited to be back on the air. And we're excited to bring Catholic Radio and great programming from EWTN to one of the fastest growing Catholic markets in the country," said Dr. Bill Thierfelder president of Belmont Abbey College. The new station will support academic endeavors under the guidance of Dr. Trey Cunningham who leads the college's new Sport Broadcasting Enrichment program, by giving students real-world experience. A new student radio club and the student-run newspaper, The Crusader, will also contribute to programming. In addition, the college plans to broadcast college athletic events, arts events, and theatre. The college will announce new programming through social media and its website. The new station represents the first Catholic Radio station in the Charlotte area. The station will also available be online via the college's website, allowing even greater support of the Charlotte Diocese, its parishes and giving the station a national reach. The college is seeking underwriters to help support the new station. For more information and to lend support contact Rolando Rivas, Director of Marketing & Communications and acting Station Manager at 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 A photo accompanying this release is available at:

News Article | May 3, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has analyzed more than a dozen metrics to determine the best two-year and four-year schools in North Carolina for 2017. 50 four-year colleges and universities were ranked, and Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Wake Forest University and Queens University of Charlotte were the top five. Of the 50 two-year schools also made the list, with McDowell Technical Community College, Rockingham Community College, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Pitt Community College and Durham Technical Community College taking the top five positions. A complete list of schools is included below. “Students in North Carolina have a lot of options when it comes to earning a certificate or degree, but the schools on our list have distinguished themselves as being a cut above the rest,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “Not only do they offer solid educational programs, they also have career services that lead to strong post-college earnings.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in North Carolina” list, all schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is ranked on additional statistics including the number of degree programs offered, the availability of career and academic resources, the opportunity for financial aid, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in North Carolina” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in North Carolina for 2017 include: Appalachian State University Barton College Belmont Abbey College Bennett College Brevard College Campbell University Catawba College Chowan University Davidson College Duke University East Carolina University Elizabeth City State University Elon University Fayetteville State University Gardner-Webb University Greensboro College Guilford College High Point University Johnson C Smith University Lees-McRae College Lenoir-Rhyne University Livingstone College Mars Hill University Meredith College Methodist University Montreat College North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University North Carolina State University at Raleigh North Carolina Wesleyan College Pfeiffer University Piedmont International University Queens University of Charlotte Saint Augustine's University Salem College Shaw University St Andrews University University of Mount Olive University of North Carolina at Asheville University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Carolina at Pembroke University of North Carolina Wilmington Wake Forest University Warren Wilson College Western Carolina University William Peace University Wingate University Winston-Salem State University The Best Two-Year Colleges in North Carolina for 2017 include: Alamance Community College Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Beaufort County Community College Bladen Community College Blue Ridge Community College Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Cape Fear Community College Carolinas College of Health Sciences Carteret Community College Catawba Valley Community College Central Carolina Community College Central Piedmont Community College Cleveland Community College Coastal Carolina Community College College of the Albemarle Craven Community College Davidson County Community College Durham Technical Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Gaston College Guilford Technical Community College Halifax Community College Haywood Community College James Sprunt Community College Johnston Community College Lenoir Community College Martin Community College McDowell Technical Community College Mitchell Community College Montgomery Community College Nash Community College Pamlico Community College Piedmont Community College Pitt Community College Randolph Community College Rockingham Community College Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Sandhills Community College South Piedmont Community College Southeastern Community College Southwestern Community College Stanly Community College Surry Community College Vance-Granville Community College Wake Technical Community College Wayne Community College Western Piedmont Community College Wilkes Community College Wilson Community College ### About Us: was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. 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Bauer S.M.,Belmont Abbey College
International Journal of Toxicology | Year: 2017

Atopic eczema (AE), or atopic dermatitis (AD), is a common inflammatory skin disease with a disrupted epidermal barrier and an allergic immune response. AD/AE is prominently characterized by a symptomatic itch and transient skin lesions. Infants compose a significant percentage affected. Two models have been proposed to explain AD/AE skin pathology: the gut microbiome-focused inside-outside model and the outside-inside model concentrating on the disrupted skin barrier/skin microbiome. Gene disruptions contributing to epidermal structure, as well as those in immune system genes, are implicated. Over 30 genes have been linked to AD/AE with Flg and Tmem79/Matt alterations being common. Other linked disruptions are in the interleukin-1 family of cytokines/receptors and the TH2 gene family of cytokines. Inheritable epigenetic modifications of the genes or associated proteins may also be involved. Skin barrier disruption and the allergic immune response have been the main foci in mechanistic studies of AD/AE, but the role of the environment is becoming more apparent. Thus, an examination of in utero exposures could be very helpful in understanding the heterogeneity of AD/AE. Although research is limited, there is evidence that developmental exposure to environmental tobacco smoke or phthalates may impact disease. Management for AD/AE includes topical corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors, which safely facilitate improvements in select individuals. Disease heterogeneity warrants continued research not only into elucidating disease mechanism(s), via identification of contributing genetic alterations, but also research to understand how/when these genetic alterations occur. This may lead to the cure that those affected by AD/AE eagerly await. © The Author(s) 2017.

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 | 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.

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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