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Students, Professor Receive Nominations for Nashville Technology Council Awards

Seniors Michelle Ward and Trevor Hinesley were among three finalists for the Nashville Technology Council’s Technology Student of the Year at the NTC’s Technology Awards Gala on Oct. 23. The Technology Student of the Year Award is given to an outstanding college student who embraces new technologies both inside and outside of the classroom.

For the past three years, Belmont University students have won the NTC Tech Student of the Year award.  This year’s winner, a Vanderbilt student, received a custom Gibson guitar along with a cash prize and a brand new laptop courtesy of the award sponsor, Hewlett-Packard.

“It was a really fun event and it felt great to represent Belmont,” said Michelle Ward. “Trevor and I were still honored and we both received new laptops.”

Ward has held a number of jobs and internships and become involved in several organizations since coming to Belmont. She manages blogs Student FYI and Life Under the Tower, works in the Fitness and Recreation Center and is involved the Public Relations Student Society of America, all while maintaining a GPA that has kept her on the Dean’s List since her freshman year. Ward said she would like to “use technology to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Hinesley is a Computer Science and Audio Engineering double major who has landed some great internships while playing in a band and serving as president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He has recently worked as a Ruby on Rails Developer at Intero. His employers offered the following about his work at Intero, “Trevor adapted to the work, the process and the environment at Intero so well that he transitioned into one of our main assets in the development department in record time. There is no challenge that he has not overcome with both speed and grace. Trevor brings a level of excellence with him far beyond his years and we will be seeing many wonderful things from him in the years to come.”

Glenn Acree, mathematics professor and director of Pathways to Science, Technology and Mathematics at Belmont University, was a finalist for the Nashville Technology Council (NTC) Tech Educator of the Year award also presented at the NTC 2012 Technology Awards Gala. Acree has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Nashville Technology Council for six years.