Campus Briefs 9-24

Posted 9/24/17

Clevelanders contribute to record enrollment

NASHVILLE — Belmont University's Fall 2017 semester kicked off with a record-breaking enrollment number for the 17th consecutive year, as the …

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Campus Briefs 9-24


Clevelanders contribute to record enrollment

NASHVILLE — Belmont University's Fall 2017 semester kicked off with a record-breaking enrollment number for the 17th consecutive year, as the university welcomed 8,080 students to the first day of classes, nearly triple the enrollment in 2000.

Two Cleveland students, Emma Beavers and Rebecca Ferguson, are among those who enrolled there this fall.

As part of its Vision 2020 strategic plan, Belmont aims to have 8,888 students enrolled by the Fall 2020 semester.

Applications for freshman admissions for fall 2017 saw a significant increase of 6.5 percent and resulted in an accomplished incoming freshman class of 1,623 students, the largest in university history. Belmont also welcomed 478 transfers to the campus this fall. Graduate program applications attracted 659 new students to the university's master and doctoral programs, also an all-time record.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, "It's an exciting day for Belmont as we, for the first time, experience a student body topping 8,000. I'm so proud of the growth this university has experienced and thankful for all of the dedicated faculty and staff who continue to make Belmont a welcoming, academically challenging and beautiful campus where students can develop to their full potential in order to live lives of meaning and purpose."

Student essay contest to focus on citizenship

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Secretary of State's office is kicking off its second annual student essay contest to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens. The essays will focus on citizenship with length requirements varying by grade level.

Schools may submit two essays for kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade. All submissions can be submitted online now through Friday, Nov. 10.

Winners will receive a TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship and a trip to the State Capitol next spring. First place winners receive a $500 scholarship, with second and third place winners receiving $250 and $100 respectively.

“The essay contest was developed to encourage greater civics understanding in Tennessee’s future leaders. I was encouraged by the quality of work from last year’s students, and I am excited about this year’s contest. We are proud to partner with educators from across our great state to offer these valuable resources,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

Last year’s first-ever essay contest on voting garnered nearly 250 submissions from across the Volunteer State with top honors going to students in Madison, Moore, Shelby and Sumner counties.

The essay contest and last year’s successful Student Mock Election are part of the office’s civic engagement program.

The program also offers lesson plans based on the Tennessee Blue Book created by Tennessee teachers. The goal is to offer an easy way for teachers to incorporate civic engagement and citizenship into their curriculum.

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Cleveland student graduates from UMass Lowell

LOWELL, Mass.— Matthew Veilleux of Cleveland was among a record number of graduates presented with diplomas at University of Massachusetts Lowell’s 2017 Commencement exercises in May.

Veilleux received a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

UMass Lowell held two commencement ceremonies to accommodate this year’s graduates. There were 3,970 graduates, and this was the 10th year in a row the university saw a record number of graduates.

UMass Lowell is a national research university which offers its 18,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences.


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