Last Thursday, the combined CLASS Scholars attended Nashville Winter Shakespeare’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Troutt Theater on Belmont’s campus. Judging from their reactions and conversations with the students, it was an enjoyable night of theater!
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!
On 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.
On December 3, 2015, the newest cohort of CLASS Scholars gathered in the 4th Floor Conference Room of the Wedgewood Academic Center at Belmont University for their Orientation to the program. Representing several high schools in the Nashville area, the scholars got to meet and introduce each other and learn more about the program.
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.
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.