spring 2020

Belmont University | From Here to Anywhere


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in this together

Belmont students, faculty and staff rose to the challenges presented by COVID-19, forging new connections and lifting one another’s spirits via remote outlets.

heart of champions

Men’s basketball earned a hard-fought OVC title and entry to the Big Dance, but it was their attitude off the court that brought even greater applause.

coming home

Homecoming 2020 brought the campus community together for a week-long celebration of bruin pride.

elevating the arts

The growth of art and design education at Belmont took another step forward as the first architecture students were admitted and the University merged with Watkins College of Art.

Campus News

chapel dedication

The family of former Chancellor and President, the late Dr. Herbert C. Gabhart, gathered for a celebration to dedicate the University Chapel in his honor.

curtain call

The School of Music awarded its annual Curtain Call award to commercial music alumni and Grammy winners Alvin Love III and Dwan Hill, who co-wrote “Never Have to Be Alone” for former Belmont trustee and 2019 “Christmas at Belmont” guest artist CeCe Winans.

solicitor general appearance

Belmont Law hosted Noel Francisco, current Solicitor General of the United States, to speak with current students and members of the Nashville legal community in a Q&A session with Dean Alberto Gonzales. 

FulBright Recipients

Two Belmont graduates were awarded prestigious Fulbright Teaching Grants this spring. May 2020 international business/management graduate Anas Saba will begin in Mexico in January, and 2018 PR/journalism alumna Elizabeth Stewart will teach in Israel.

Showcasing singers

The Belmont Pitchmen won first place at the annual International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella semifinals in Durham, North Carolina in early March, while the Belmont Beltones came in third.

shape the future

As part of this year’s Bateman Team, a group of public relations majors earned national recognition for a promotional campaign they created for the U.S. Census Bureau titled, “Shape Belmont and Nashville’s Future.”

addy winners

Seven Belmont students won American Advertising Awards, or Student ADDYs. Three of those students (including Abraham Mast, pictured far right) won district awards and are being judged at the national level of the advertising design competition.

wellness while we wait

Thanks to a partnership between Counseling Services, University Ministries and Fitness & Recreation, students were treated to an engaging “Wellness While We Wait” video series on YouTube to promote mental, spiritual and physical health while students were away from campus due to the pandemic.

Entrepreneurship Nationally Ranked

The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine named Belmont No. 20 on its list of “Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship of 2020.” Belmont represented the only school in Tennessee, and one of only six colleges in the Southeast, to be named to the list.

we believe campaign

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Total donors to the We Believe campaign


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*Belmont is matching endowment contributions between

$25,000–$1.5 million

to campaign priority areas