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Dr. Jeffery Ames, Assistant Professor of Music

Posted By Julie E. Thomas (Thomas), Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Dr. Jeffery Ames
Assistant Professor of Music
& Director of Choral Activities
Ph.D., Florida State University

At Belmont since 2008 – 3 Years
Expert in Conducting

Three words that best describe your teaching style?
Energized, heart-felt, and zanny.

Teaching tools you can’t live without?
Kinesthetic movement, blend, and intonation.

Your former students would never guess….
that I love mountain hiking. 


Who would play you in the movie version of your life? 
Denzel Washington 

What’s a super power you’d like to have?
To heal the sick instantaneously, like Jesus did.

What’s happening in the news that relates to your field of study?
There is a big push in the choral field to utilize movement in rehearsal.  It's no longer a stoic, pound out the notes environment, but one that uses movement to help get the sound you want and to achieve that sound at a quicker pace.

Any parting words for your former students?
It's an exciting time for Belmont.  We are in a new era for the Chorale and for the university - one of growth and anticipation of great things to come.


Catch up with Dr. Ames at
Jeffery.Ames@belmont.edu.

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Dr. Lorraina Scholten, Associate Professor of Social Work

Posted By Julie E. Thomas (Thomas), Monday, March 28, 2011

Dr. Lorraina Scholten
Associate Professor of Social Work
& Department Chair 
Ed.D., Trevecca University

At Belmont since 1995 – 16 Years
Expert in Social Work Policy &
Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker

Three words that best describe your teaching style? 
Consistent, personable and flexible. 

Teaching tools you can’t live without?
YouTube and the Tennessean.

Your former students would never guess….
that I spend my time away from Belmont singing and playing guitar with my husband.

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Jodie Foster

What’s a super power you’d like to have? 
It would be great to be invisible.  Seems like a great way to do research.

What’s happening in the news that relates to your field of study?
There was an article in the Tennessean recently that talked about the need to utilize qualified social workers in the forensic interviewing process. The article served to reinforce the need for qualified indivduals on the front lines of child welfare. In addition, a state budget is an ethical document. When policy makers cut funding to vital programs for populations at risk, it has a potential long-term negative impact on our communities.

Any parting words for your former students?
I hope that they pay attention to the growth here at Belmont and see it as a positive.  With the new Law School and our Bruins taking on the Badgers in the NCAA, the national recognition is a source of pride for me and I hope they will continue to support the many great things happening here at Belmont.

 

Catch up with Dr. Scholten and let her know what you are doing.  She can be reached at lorraina.scholten@belmont.edu.

 

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Professor Bruiser the Bruin

Posted By Julie E. Thomas (Thomas), Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Professor Bruiser the Bruin
Honorary Faculty Member - Homecoming 2011
University Mascot

Ph.D. in Zoology, Specializing in the migration habits of the bison.


At Belmont since 1996 – 15 Years
Expert in Entertainment, High-Fives, Belmont Athletics, Charades & Antics

Three words that best describe your teaching style?
Energetic, sneaky and comical.

Teaching/game day tools you can’t live without?
Crunch bars and my posse: the MOB, the cheerleaders and the Bruin Blast Pep Band.

Your former students would never guess….
That I sleep in the Bell Tower during the day.

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
I’d prefer Taylor Lautner or Will Ferrell or maybe that other bear Yogi something. 

What’s a super power you’d like to have?
Being invisible. I can hardly go anywhere without the paparazzi following me. However, when you’re the mascot for Belmont University, it’s just part of the job.

What’s happening in the news that relates to your field of study?
The Lipscomb Bison went into hiding after this year’s Battle of the Boulevard. I told him it was the year of the Bruin!

Any parting words for your former students?
Wear your Belmont colors and come out and support the Bruins during Homecoming week!

Want to catch up with Bruiser? You’ll need your people to call his people.

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Dr. Steve Simpler, Professor of Religion

Posted By Julie E. Thomas (Thomas), Monday, January 03, 2011

Dr. Steve Simpler
Professor of Religion
Ph.D., Baylor University

At Belmont since 1987 – 23 Years
Expert in Theology & Teaching Pedagogy

Three words that best describe your teaching style?
Upbeat, interactive & organized.

Teaching tools you can’t live without?
A computer and a DVD player.
Your former students would never guess….
That I love classic rock music - people like Jimi Hendrix (I attended one of his concerts when I was in college). I also like to cook.

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
He’s not a movie actor, but I’d love for Steve Jobs to play me.

What’s a super power you’d like to have?
I think I’d love to fly.

What’s happening in the news that relates to your field of study?
In pedagogy a lot of what’s happening is brain research about how people learn – how information is stored and how the mind can access that info. I’m fascinated by the fact that while I was in college during the ‘60’s I could [and still do] remember the lyrics to just about every song on the radio, but I don’t remember anything from my Political Science class. The current research is providing great insights to understanding how our minds work and interpreting that for teachers.

Any parting words for your former students?
We have a dinner every fall for our majors and I always tell the students… "don’t take yourselves so seriously.” There are plenty of things to take seriously, but it’s okay to laugh at yourself.



                                  


Dr. Simpler can be reached at steve.simpler@belmont.edu if you'd like to send him New Year’s greetings.

Tags:  School of Religion  Steve Simpler 

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Dr. Cynthia Curtis, Professor of Music

Posted By Julie E. Thomas (Thomas), Monday, November 29, 2010

Dr. Cynthia Curtis
Professor of Music
Dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts
Ph.D. George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

At Belmont since 1980 – 30 Years
Expert in Music Education

Three words that best describe your teaching style?
Strong content, fast-paced & collaborative.

Teaching tools you can’t live without?
A computer, PowerPoint software & recorded music and artworks.
Your former students would never guess….
That I love to cook and garden.

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Meryl Streep

What’s a super power you’d like to have?
I’d love to have the ability to fly.

What’s happening in the news that relates to your field of study?
The value and funding of the arts in pre-college education. This also affects the job placement for music educators.

Any parting words for your former students?
I miss them! Four years is just not long enough. The happiest time and the saddest time for me is when I call out their names at graduation. Please tell our alums we want to hear from them.

Dr. Curtis would love to hear from you. You can reach her at Cynthia.curtis@belmont.edu.

Tags:  College of Visual & Performing Arts  Cynthia Curtis  School of Music 

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Dr. Joyce Blair Crowell, Professor of Computer Science

Posted By Julie E. Thomas (Thomas), Thursday, October 28, 2010
Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dr. Joyce Blair Crowell
Professor of Computer Science
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

At Belmont since 1988 – 22 Years
Expert in Computer Science

Three words that best describe your teaching style?
Organized, enthusiastic & compassionate.

Teaching tools you can’t live without?
A computer, a white board and Bill Hooper [my colleague].
Your former students would never guess…
That I love to read fluff fiction novels.

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Joan Crawford

What’s a super power you’d like to have?
I’d love to have instant recall – names, facts, etc.

What’s happening in the news that relates to your field of study?
The better question would be what’s not happening. Every day we hear stories about which tech company is taking over the other, or what’s Google going to do next? It’s a constant race for how fast can we search for information.

Any parting words for your former students?
We need Belmont Alumni encouraging young people to consider pursuing degrees in the field of computer science and technology. The Nashville Technology Council is predicting that the need for savvy, competent technology workers is going to be so much greater than what we will be able to supply in the future.

Catch up with Dr. Crowell or send her a note at Joyce.Crowell@belmont.edu.

Tags:  Computer Science  School of Sciences 

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Dr. Peter Giordano, Professor of Psychology

Posted By Julie E. Thomas (Thomas), Monday, September 27, 2010

Dr. Peter Giordano
Professor of Psychology
Chair, Department of Psychological Science
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

At Belmont since 1989 – 21 Years
Expert in Clinical Psychology, Teaching & Learning

Three words that best describe your teaching style?
Interactive, thought provoking, and evocative.

Teaching tools you can’t live without?
Chalk, PowerPoint and books.
Your former students would never guess…
That I’m a push-over – but I don’t show it much. I also love being a Dad.

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Either Johnny Depp or Robert De Niro.

What’s a super power you’d like to have?
I’d love to be able to fly.

What’s happening in the news that relates to your field of study?
In terms of clinical psychology, we are learning more and more about the neuroscience of behavior – biology and genetics. In teaching and learning, probably learning more about the interconnections of emotion and cognition.

Any parting words for your former students?
Come back and see the campus! We have a wonderful new space in McWhorter Hall and we are planning to host a reunion during Homecoming 2011 – February 14-19.

 

 


Catch up with Dr. Giordano and let him know what you’re doing. You can reach him at pete.giordano@belmont.edu.

 

Tags:  Peter Giordano  Psychology 

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Dr. John Gonas, Associate Professor of Finance

Posted By Julie E. Thomas (Thomas), Monday, August 30, 2010

 

Dr. John Gonas
Associate Professor of Finance
Ph.D., University of Kentucky


Expert in Finance, specifically Investment Portfolio Management
At Belmont since 1997 – 13 Years

Three words that best describe your teaching style?
Active, engaging & random.

Teaching tools you can’t live without?
Financial calculator, Microsoft Excel & finviz.com.

Your former students would never guess….
When I first started teaching in 1997, my original dream was to teach Economics or English as a second language at the high school level.

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Robin Williams.

What’s a super power you’d like to have?
The ability to fly.

What’s happening in the news that relates to your field of study?
Most recently, the passing of a bill in congress related to financial regulation. Of course, the banking crisis and financial recovery are in the news weekly.
 

 

                      

Any parting words for your former students?
Very few things bring me as much joy as seeing a student that I’ve been able to teach and mentor go out in the world and be successful. Especially as it relates to using their talents to the benefit of others.

And….if you’d like to volunteer your time and get involved with SIFE, we would welcome your participation!

Send congrats and well wishes to Dr. Gonas and the Belmont SIFE Team as they compete for the World Cup in California next month.
You can reach Dr. Gonas at john.gonas@belmont.edu.

 

Tags:  College of Business  Finance  John Gonas  SIFE 

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Richard C. Shadinger, Professor of Music

Posted By Julie E. Thomas (Thomas), Monday, July 26, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dr. Richard C. Shadinger
Professor of Music
University Carilloneuer
D.M.A., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Expert in Music History
At Belmont since 1974 – 36 Years

Three words that best describe your teaching style? Organized, demanding, but caring.

Teaching tools you can’t live without?
CD’s, a CD player and a dry erase board.

Your former students would never guess….
That I get up three mornings a week and run from my house to Belmont and back.

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Harrison Ford

What’s a super power you’d like to have?
The ability to fly – I always loved Superman when I was a kid.

What’s happening in the news that relates to your field of study?
The delivery of music is changing drastically right now – no matter where you access music from. I think the educational community is beginning to catch up and it will not be long before we are using on-line textbooks and other media for classroom instruction.

Any parting words for your former students?
They may think that Belmont is different from when they were here, but Belmont at the heart is still the same place – just bigger. I would hope they would still feel connected to us.
     

 

 

                                                                

Send Dr. Shadinger a note and let him know what you’re doing. Richard.Shadinger@belmont.edu

Tags:  Carillon  Richard Shadinger  School of Music 

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Teresa Van Hatten-Granath, Associate Professor of Art

Posted By Julie E. Thomas (Thomas), Friday, June 11, 2010

 

Mrs. Teresa VanHatten-Granath
Associate Professor of Art 
M.F.A., Clemson University 


Expert in Photography & Digital Imaging
At Belmont since 1998 - 12 Years

Three words that best describe your teaching style?
Open, creative and organized.

Teaching tools you can't live without? 
A computer, a camera & great students. 

Your students would never guess....
My former students would never guess that I'm the Green Bag Lady [greenbaglady.org].

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Probably Meryl Streep - everybody says I look like her.


What's a super power you'd like to have? 
I'd want to be invisible.  I'd also like to freeze time - not me -
just stop the clock so I could get more done.

What's happening in the news that relates to your field?
The prevalence and controversy over digital photography. It used to be that "a picture doesn't lie," but now a picture can lie.

Any parting words for Belmont alums?
Just - follow your passion.  Don't get stuck in a ho-hum job.

      


Green Bag Lady 

Catch up with Professor Van Hatten-Granath at teresa.vanhatten@belmont.edu.
If you are interested in helping with the Green Bag Lady Project or have fabric you'd like to donate, let us know.


Tags:  Art  Graphic Design  Green Bag Lady  Van Hatten 

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