Sigma Tau Delta Inducts New Members

On November 20th, at the home of Dr. Bonnie Whitehouse, the following students were inducted to the Belmont chapter of Sigma Tau Delta: Samantha Binnie, Anna Clark, Micaela Cuellar, Zenna Daker, Allison Gospel, Anna Hayman, Steven Henry, Lindsay Hunnicutt, Jacqueline Karneth Hannah McClure, Michael Meadows, Kendal Miller, Emily Minarik, Amanda Nicklaus, Ashley Sanders, Katie Schmitt, Natalie Souza, Chris Tully, Naomi Weigand, and Aubrey Downing. The ceremony was lead by Dr. Charmion Gustke (faculty sponsor), Lauren Bellatti (President), Hope Moore (Vice-president) and Kathleen Albritton (secretary).

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies, serving society by fostering literary. With over 880 active chapters located in the United States and abroad, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

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Trout and Lovvorn Present at Lilly Teaching Conference

lillySue Trout and Jason Lovvorn, assistant professors in the Department of English, were among ten Belmont University faculty and staff who attended the Lilly Conference on College Teaching, held November 17-20 on the Miami University campus in Oxford, OH. Trout and Lovvorn (pictured bottom left and center) presented “Beyond Page One of Google: Getting Students to Research and Write Toward Deep Learning,” a talk describing two general-education classes that encourage deep learning.  Specifically, Trout and Lovvorn articulated opportunities for using experiential learning and oral history in two ways: (a) to elicit higher-order, integrative, and reflective learning and (b) to encourage students to engage with research and writing within their disciplines.

Grad Student Publishes in Journal

Belmont MA student Charlsie Johnson recently had her work, “Barrie’s Traditional Woman: Wendy’s Fatal Flaw”  published in the Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research. Johnson’s essay argues that in J.M. Barrie’s novel, Peter and Wendy, Wendy’s struggle with autonomy represents a failed modernity and the return to Victorian femininity.

Yeo Presents at Higher Ed Prison Conference

jayme-yeoDr. Jayme Yeo, Assistant Professor of English, presented at the annual meeting for the National Conference for Higher Education in Prison, held here at Belmont University this year. Dr. Yeo’s presentation explored the potentialities and limitations of bearing witness to student work—rather than merely listening to, reading, or assessing it—as a crucial function of the prison educator.

Grad Student Publishes Poem

Congratulations to Gabriel Seals, whose poem was published in this month’s edition of Tennessee Magazine. Gabriel also won the Sandra Hutchins Humanities Symposium Writing Award in Poetry, an award named after retired Belmont professor, Dr. Sandra Hutchins.

Smith Whitehouse Part of Faculty Group Awarded ITQ Grant

untitledDr. Bonnie Smith Whitehouse’s interdisciplinary team, the Collaborative for Collegiality, was recently awarded funding ($74,422.00) for a 2017 Improving Teacher Quality grant, “Untold Stories: Using Informational Texts to Expand Content Knowledge in ELA, Math, and Science while Facilitating a Respectful Culture in the Classroom.” This grant marks the team’s third successful application for funding from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Using the grant, team members will conduct summer workshops for area teachers, and Dr. Smith Whitehouse will lead the English content area.  The team consists of:

  • Lauren Lunsford, Education (Principle Investigator)
  • Darlene Panvini, Biology
  • Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, English
  • Kate McGowan, Education
  • Kimberlee Entsminger, Chemistry
  • Ryan Fox, Mathematics & Education
  • Jesse Register, Education
  • Alan Coverstone, Education