Belmont University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It is the largest Christian university in Tennessee and the second largest private university in the state, behind nearby Vanderbilt University. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Early in the morning of Monday March 27th, a woman called the police and reported a sexual assault and kidnaping. It’s alleged that the perpetrator broke into her Belmont University area apartment and threatened to cut the victim with a knife. After an alleged sexual assault, it’s reported that she was kidnaped and forcibly taken to an ATM, where the perpetrator had her withdraw money. He then had her drive to a location off of Nolensville Road where he left the victim and she reported the crime to the Nashville Metro Police. This crime is particularly shocking since the area around Belmont University Campus, where the woman lives, is a gentrified neighborhood where residents are generally not concerned about crime. According to the FBI, approximately 3.7 million household robberies occur each year in the United States, and nearly one-third take place while the resident is home. Nearly 72,000 of these home invasions resulted in some form of assault, rape, or violent victimization. Cases like this are a frightening reminder that crime can occur in any neighborhood, regardless of how “good” it may appear. Security expert and Armor Concepts CEO Alan Young says that lack of precautions taken by people in areas perceived to be safe can make them easy prey for intruders. “For some reason, people in nicer areas don’t believe that they can be victims of crimes like this. The sad fact is that crime happens everywhere and it’s happening with greater frequency in newly gentrified areas.” For added security, Young recommends that all homeowners make sure that their exterior doors have deadbolts. He also recommends cutting shrubs and trees around windows and keeping the exterior of your home well lit. Finally, he suggests reinforcing the doors on your home as an effective way to help keep intruders out. He recommends Door Armor as an inexpensive security solution for homeowners to consider. While home alarm systems are often the first place that frightened homeowners look to protect themselves, Mr. Young stresses that homeowners should understand that alarms can never prevent forced entry. “Alarms tell you that someone is in your home, but they can’t stop intruders from coming inside. There really needs to be a shift in the way that people think about security,” said Young. “Studies have shown that the average police response to an alarm is often more than 20 minutes and that the majority of homeowners do not arm their alarms until they leave their homes.” While the intruder, in this case, used a window, according to the FBI, more than 85% of break-ins are through a door. “Real security is not about spending a lot of money or making your home look like a fortress,” said Young. “By simply locking your windows and making sure that your doors are locked and cannot be kicked-in, homeowners will turn away most intruders. Most thieves are looking for easy targets. Make them work and they are likely to go elsewhere.”
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has selected the best universities and colleges in Tennessee for 2017. Based on an analysis of government-backed data, 37 four-year schools made the list, with Vanderbilt University, Lipscomb University, Christian Brothers University, Aquinas College and Union University earning highest overall scores. 15 two-year schools also made the list, with Chattanooga State Community College, Nashville State Community College, Dyersburg State Community College, Roane State Community College and Volunteer State Community College ranked as the best five. A full list of winning schools is included below. “Projections show Tennessee’s job market will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, which is great news for people interested in earning a degree,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “The schools on our list have demonstrated their value to students who want to enter the workforce well-prepared by providing the high-level education, career and employment resources that lead to post-college success.” To be included on Tennessee’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also appraised on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, employment and academic services offered, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and the availability of financial aid. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Tennessee” list, visit: Tennessee’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Aquinas College Austin Peay State University Belmont University Bethel University Bryan College-Dayton Carson-Newman University Christian Brothers University Cumberland University East Tennessee State University Fisk University Freed-Hardeman University Johnson University King University Lane College Le Moyne-Owen College Lee University Lincoln Memorial University Lipscomb University Martin Methodist College Maryville College Middle Tennessee State University Milligan College Rhodes College Sewanee-The University of the South Southern Adventist University Tennessee State University Tennessee Technological University Tennessee Wesleyan College The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga The University of Tennessee-Knoxville The University of Tennessee-Martin Trevecca Nazarene University Tusculum College Union University University of Memphis Vanderbilt University Welch College Tennessee’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Chattanooga State Community College Cleveland State Community College Columbia State Community College Dyersburg State Community College Jackson State Community College Motlow State Community College Nashville State Community College Northeast State Community College Pellissippi State Community College Remington College-Nashville Campus Roane State Community College Southwest Tennessee Community College Volunteer State Community College Walters State Community College William Moore College of Technology ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | April 26, 2017
Lisa Feldman, director of culinary services for Sodexo, the campus dining partner for both universities, hand-crafted a tasting menu to test the popularity of the little-known superfood that packs a big nutrient punch. "We're constantly developing dishes that walk the line between on-trend flavors and nostalgia," explained Feldman. "Plant-forward and blended protein approaches are huge market trends, so we wanted to take a non-familiar product like jackfruit and marry it with a nostalgic product like pulled pork barbecue to honor the best of both worlds. What better way to figure it all out than staging a limited-time pop-up in the heart of the south?" The pop-up dining events were held during lunch at Belmont University and during dinner at Lipscomb University. At the free events, which were open to all members of the campus community, guests were invited to sample char siu pork and jackfruit barbeque sandwiches with Thai red curry coconut sauce. The sandwiches were accompanied by sweet potato fries with blackberry sriracha ketchup. The "You Don't Know Jack" events represented a collaborative effort between Sodexo and a variety of suppliers. Sodexo chefs Andreas Ortner at Belmont University and Darry Huntsman at Lipscomb University led the on-site culinary teams. One major goal of the events was to engage students with a fun experience that showcased culinary innovation and leveraged recent dining trends. Pop-up dining continues to gain popularity for its unique, quirky nature, and it was the perfect way to get students excited to try something new. As a global leader in providing onsite foodservice and facilities management, Sodexo continuously strives to find new ways to introduce innovative concepts and connect with consumers by leveraging the latest trends in dining and technology. At both events, guests were encouraged to provide immediate, real-time feedback via myDtxt, the company's text-based communication platform. Students' feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with three out of four respondents raving about the flavor and nutritional benefits of the dish. "I really enjoyed my jackfruit barbeque sandwich," reported one student. "I'd never had the fruit itself before, so that was really tasty to experience for the first time." "I think jackfruit is a great low-cost way to add fruit and flavor to dishes," remarked another student. "The sandwich is delicious, too!" Due to the success of the two sampling events, Sodexo is working to introduce the recipe at other partner campuses in the near future. Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The Fortune Global 500 company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations. Learn more about Sodexo at its corporate blog, Sodexo Insights. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nashville-barbeque-gets-jacked-up-at-belmont-university-and-lipscomb-university-300446066.html
News Article | May 23, 2017
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA), an accredited, full-time online public school for students statewide, will hold an in-person graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. at Gilbert High School. The school’s 140 graduating seniors come from diverse backgrounds, but all found AZVA to be the solution to reaching their academic goals. College and career-minded students can choose from a broad range of profession-focused courses in order to gain a competitive edge for the future, discover their path after high school or explore a possible college major. Students are also provided the opportunity to earn concurrent enrollment credit, meaning they can earn college credit while still enrolled in high school, at no cost to the family, as long as the student meets the eligibility criteria. Phoenix Business Journal has ranked AZVA among the top 50 public high schools in Arizona based on SAT scores two years in a row. Carter Deddo is the AZVA Class of 2017 valedictorian, and Nathan Hsiung is the salutatorian. Dr. Celestino Fernandez, a popular professor of sociology at the University of Arizona, will deliver remarks to the graduating class, and AZVA teachers and staff will be in attendance to recognize the students’ achievements. “Graduation is always an exciting day,” said Kelly Van Sande, head of school at Arizona Virtual Academy. “Congratulations to not only the graduates, but also to their parents and families who have supported and facilitated these students’ academic growth and achievement. We know they are well-prepared for their next step in life.” The Class of 2017 has been offered more than $760,000 in scholarships. The graduates report that they have been accepted to a number of colleges and universities across the country, including Arizona State University, Belmont University, Central Arizona College, Eastern Arizona College, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Grand Canyon University, Manhattan School of Music, Northern Arizona University, Oklahoma State University, Ottawa University, Sacramento State University, Sarah Lawrence College, The Julliard School, University of Arizona and University of Southern California. Additionally, one student has been accepted as a trainee for the Boston Ballet, and other students will enlist in the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force. Media are welcome at this event. Details are as follows: Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) is an accredited, full-time online public school that serves Arizona students in kindergarten through 12th grade. As part of the Arizona public school system, AZVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about AZVA, visit http://azva.k12.com. K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company consisting of thousands of online school educators providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.
News Article | May 10, 2017
A scholarship made possible by Dr. Thomas Hall, respected UCSF lecturer, has been awarded to two young leaders from Belmont University and Kansas State University Child Family Health International, an NGO in special consultative status with the UN, has found its first awardees of the CFHI Thomas Hall Scholars Program. Dr. Thomas Hall is a respected leader in Global Health, having worked over the past 60+ years toward improving the health of low-resource countries. Hall has both provided medical care to these areas and has helped strengthen their health systems, applying best practices from around the world. After a search that included nearly sixty applications, Child Family Health International has announced Garrett Wilkinson of Kansas State University and Eva Kisakye of Belmont University as the first recipients of this award. Eva, a native of Uganda, is a 3rd-year pharmacy student in Nashville, TN. Garrett is an undergrad in Manhattan, KS, with plans to attend medical school after graduation. Eva, who is participating in a program in her home country, states: “I hope to become well-versed in ways to increase healthcare access in resource-limited settings while addressing healthcare disparities and social determinants. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to enhance my knowledge and clinical experience in public health while serving the people of Uganda.” Garrett explains: “I look forward to bringing the knowledge I will gain from CFHI into my advocacy at home. I am certain that my experiences through CFHI will prove significant throughout the rest of my education and career.” The selection of Garrett and Eva represents the end of a nationwide search for two future leaders in global health and a new step forward in Child Family Health International’s passion for training individuals in a setting that establishes industry standards in ethics and patient safety. As CFHI Executive Director, Dr. Jessica Evert, exclaims: “Dr. Hall is a fearless advocate for the prominent position of young people in global health education, research, and practice. We are honored to support Dr. Hall’s vision and expand his impacts.” Child Family Health International (CFHI) provides community-based Global Health Education Programs for students and institutions. Our unique model fosters reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities, transforming perspectives about self, healing and global citizenship. CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations.
News Article | February 15, 2017
i2i Population Health, a national leader in population health management (PHM) technology, has named Cary McNamara as chief financial officer. “Cary’s broad financial background is an excellent fit for i2i,” says Justin Neece, president. “He’s that rare individual who possesses both the strategic planning and day-to-day financial operations skills we need to take the company to the next level of growth.” McNamara will oversee the company’s strategic financial management efforts, as well as pricing, contracting, legal matters, compliance, business risk assessment, external reporting, audit, and tax. He joins i2i from EDO Interactive, a provider of card-linked offers, where he served as interim chief financial officer. He served in the same capacity at Agilum Healthcare Intelligence, a health technology company, prior to its sale to Sentry Data Systems in 2015. Prior to joining Agilum, Mr. McNamara was an associate at Court Square Capital, a $3 billion middle-market private equity firm, where he focused on the firm's healthcare portfolio. Before joining Court Square, he was at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he worked in the firm’s healthcare investment banking group. He is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and recently received his Master of Accountancy from Belmont University. The 2016 KLAS performance score leader in the delivery of actionable population health, i2i Population Health’s’ integrated PHM and Analytics solutions have proudly served healthcare organizations for more than 16 years. The company offers a depth of experience gained from over 2,500 U.S. healthcare delivery sites across 35 states supporting 20 million lives. With i2i, healthcare providers optimize the clinical, financial and operational success of physician group practices, community health centers, health center controlled networks, hospitals, health plans and integrated delivery networks. i2i’s flagship product, i2iTracks, is 2014 PCMH NCQA pre-validated to ignite real-time, proactive care management. i2i System’s big-data platform, PopIQ, delivers a cloud-based comparative analytics toolset to leverage multiple customers’ data sets and provide cross-population views into global population health management.
News Article | November 11, 2016
Apto, a Nashville-based technology company, announces today the launch of the first scenario-based cultural-linguistic training platform to prepare internationals and their families to relocate to the U.S. In its first product release, Apto has partnered with Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to promote its online training services to Japanese multinational corporations relocating to the state. Apto completed two betas with 65 users from Japanese companies including Mitsubishi and has a letter of intent to provide training services to their relocating employees. Apto’s first product release is in Japanese due to the high concentration of companies in the region and will expand to other languages in the future. According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Tennessee ranks second in the nation for foreign direct investment from Japan. There are 184 Japanese companies employing 55,000 people across the state representing almost $18 billion in capital investment. Commissioner Randy Boyd says about Apto, “It’s a great service for a great target market that our state is actively working on. It’s a win-win. It’s a win for an entrepreneur in our state and it’s a win for our state.” Apto features informal, regionalized language and cultural experiences to guide learners through authentic, first person perspective training modules in four core areas of development: work, education, social and community. The program features audio and video of real people in real life situations such as getting a driver’s license, registering a child for school and visiting a doctor’s office. Flexibility and convenience are critical factors to adult learners to ensure high adoption rates. Apto is web-based, making it available at any time and learners access the program through their phone, tablet, desktop or other mobile device. Apto is partnering with Nashville software engineering firm Dozen Software (formerly FLO Code) to design the technology platform. “I wish there had been a tool like Apto for all Japanese expats I assisted over the years and for myself,” says expat point person Yuko Jordan of Mitsubishi Polycrystalline Silicon America Corp., in Theodore, Alabama. “Apto could have helped all of us adapt to life in the U.S. more effectively. I look forward to seeing Apto make a difference in the lives of many in the future.” It’s estimated that 83 percent of multinational companies expect to increase global relocation assignments and training is not adequate. “Current language training is ineffective and lacks sufficient cultural experiences to simulate life in America,” says Traci Snowden, founder and CEO of Apto, an experienced language educator and software sales executive. “More than 50 percent of all relocations fail and almost two-thirds cite the reason as lack of employee adjustment to a new country. Our goal is to help expats thrive in their new home and community. Apto helps them experience life in America before they arrive.” Apto co-founders and executive leadership team include Belmont University School of Business graduate in Entrepreneurship, Orlando Pisegna III, who is chief operating officer and client services director. Holly Howell, who serves as chief marketing officer, began her career with ESL learners and has 20 years of corporate marketing and operations leadership experience. She has a B.A. from Sewanee and an M.A. in English from Belmont University. The company plans to expand its core team 25 percent in 2017. Apto hosts its launch party on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CST at the INK Building, 613 Ewing Avenue in Nashville. The evening includes product demos, an opportunity to meet the Apto team, customer testimonials and guest speaker Commissioner Randy Boyd. RSVP to attend the launch party live stream here. ABOUT APTO Apto is a Nashville-based technology company specializing in online cultural and linguistic training for internationals and their families relocating to the U.S. In November 2016, the company launched the first scenario-based cultural-linguistic simulator. The heart of Apto is where culture and language meet to create community. Learn more at http://www.aptoglobal.com. Connect with us https://www.facebook.com/aptoglobal/.
News Article | February 28, 2017
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--River Road Asset Management, LLC (“River Road”) announced today the addition of Matthew J. Wyatt as Associate Equity Research Analyst. Prior to joining River Road, Mr. Wyatt worked as an associate within the equity research group at Avondale Partners. Additionally, he served as Associate at LandFund Partners, a boutique private equity firm. “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Wyatt to our team,” said River Road President & CEO, R. Andrew Beck. “We are confident Matt’s professional experience and passion for investing will enhance the firm’s research capabilities.” Mr. Wyatt received his bachelor of arts in finance from Belmont University. River Road Asset Management, LLC is an institutional asset management firm based in Louisville, KY. The firm specializes in value-oriented equity investment management. With more than $7 billion in total assets¹ (as of December 31, 2016), River Road provides institutional separate account and investment sub-advisory services to a broad range of domestic and international clients. River Road’s strategies are available to retail investors through mutual funds offered by AMG Funds. River Road is majority owned by Affiliated Managers Group Inc. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.riverroadam.com. 1Total assets combine River Road’s (1) firm assets under management (as defined by GIPS®) and (2) model portfolio assets (no control over implementation of investment decisions and no trading authority). $1.98 billion of total assets are model portfolio assets invested in River Road strategies. Total assets provided as supplemental information.