CLASS Scholars Graduate!

On December 15, the inaugural group of CLASS Scholars (Class of 2017) celebrated completion of the program with a graduation ceremony. After remarks from College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dean Bryce Sullivan and Professor David Curtis, the Scholars received their cords and certificates. A photo session and reception followed. Thanks, Class of 2017 (and families), for getting the CLASS Seminars off to such a great start!

CLASS Seminars

CLASS Seminars

CLASS Seminars

CLASS Scholars Prep College Apps

2016-08-27-10-16-25On August 27, several class of 2017 CLASS Scholars met to work on college and scholarship applications. Four members of Belmont’s Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society–Lauren Bellatti, Hope Moore, Aubrey Downing, and Kathleen Allbritton–were there to help students think about drafting and revising their essays. The CLASS Scholars made a lot of good progress on their applications, and the Sigma Tau Delta students were able to share writing tips and their experience of the college application process.

Thanks, Jenifer!

Jeni meets the new CLASS scholars at orientation last December
Jeni meets the new CLASS scholars at orientation last December

As we wrap up this Spring semester, I wanted to thank Jenifer Abercrombie for all of her help with the CLASS Seminars. Jenifer is graduating from Belmont next week with a B.A. degree in English. As our inaugural CLASS Seminars Intern, Jenifer greeted the Scholars every week, kept attendance, and wrote the summaries of the seminars we’ve been enjoying this semester. She has also completed a number of student profiles, which will continue to appear over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks again for all you’ve done!

CLASS Scholars Night At Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Olivia and Feste
Feste (Garris Wimmer) entreats Olivia (Tamiko Robinson) in Twelfth Night at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. (Photo by Rick Malkin photography.)

On January 8, the CLASS Scholars attended the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s production of Twelfth Night at the Troutt Theater on the campus of Belmont University. It was opening night both for the play and for the CLASS Seminar series for Spring 2015. Professor Marcia McDonald distributed note cards for the attendees to write down their questions and observations about the play. Dr. McDonald will be presenting at the next seminar along with Denice Hicks, Creative Director for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.