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Here’s a selection of recent stories mentioning Belmont University:
Our local scholar-athletes – editorial in The Tennessean, Nashville, Tenn., June 17
College athletic programs are too often seen through a narrow prism of only college football programs. They are too often measured only by wins and losses. But the huge majority of young people – men and women – who participate in college athletics have no inkling of pursuing a professional sports career. They play for the love of the games. They play for the physical and mental benefits. And they come away from the experience of college sports with stronger sense of self, a deeper appreciation of teamwork and a willingness to compete. In the case of Belmont, Lipscomb and Vanderbilt, they also come away with a excellent education and a degree. These universities are commended for the recognition they have received for excellence on the field and off.
Practice Makes PerfectState Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill., June 17
And while he earned a music business degree at Belmont University in Nashville, internships with record labels helped him learn how to navigate the tumultuous country-music world. [Brad] Paisley’s 2003 album, “Mud on the Tires,” combines the different facets of his musical interests: the instrumental Western bebop of “Make A Mistake With Me” and “Spaghetti Western Swing”; the comedic country-pop of “Celebrity,” “The Cigar Song” and “That’s Love”; and the balladry of “Little Moments” and “Whiskey Lullaby,” the album’s two biggest singles.
Swimsuit tie opens pageant prelimsThe Jackson (Tenn.) Sun, June 17
Miss Central Tennessee Emily Fitzpatrick won the talent competition while Miss Scenic City Ashley Brooks and Miss Spirit of Tennessee Cassie Stoffer tied in the swimsuit competition during Wednesday’s first night of preliminary competition at the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant. Talent winner Fitzpatrick overcame a case of strep throat and an inflamed right tonsil to perform her solo. “I’ve been practicing everyday with my song,” said Fitzpatrick, who is a musical theater major at Belmont University in Nashville.
Julie Roberts moves from label secretary to label darling – Biloxi, Miss., Sun-Herald, June 17
She moved to Nashville in 1999, graduated from Belmont University and got the job at Mercury. Roberts’ Cinderella story was the subject of a Country Music Television special, in which cameras followed her around for months as she made the transformation from secretary to country star.
Belmont, Lipscomb make it academicNashville City Paper, June 16
Tuesday, Belmont University learned it is the first team in conference history to capture the Atlantic Sun Conference Academic Champion Trophy for three consecutive years. Just down the road, Lipscomb University placed second to Belmont in its first year in the A-Sun. More than 71 percent of Belmont student-athletes carry a 3.0 grade point average; Lipscomb boasts just over 63 percent of its athletes with a 3.0 or higher. Lipscomb and Belmont were the only two schools in the 11-school conference to have 60 percent or more of their athletes qualify.
Ocean View native sets sights on NashvilleDelmarvaNow!, June 16
In the competitive music industry of Nashville, Tenn., a young woman from Ocean View named Beth Cayhall is determined to become a well-known country singer. The 23-year-old Belmont University graduate, better known locally as Beth Ann Hocker, has signed a contract with a Nashville production company — an opportunity that could lead to a deal with a major record label.
Miss Wheat Capital is now Miss Kansas – Wellington (Kansas) Daily News, June 14
[Megan] Bushell, a 2004 honor graduate of Wichita State University, will begin preparations immediately for the Miss America Pageant. Bushell earned two degrees, majoring in entrepreneurship and music business, in four years and is considering a masters in music business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., following her year of service as Miss Kansas.

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