The trustees of Trevecca Nazarene University approved a new School of Music and Worship Arts, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The traditional music programs, the National Praise and Worship Institute and the Center for Worship Arts will move under a single umbrella. The music education program will remain in the TNU College of Education, and the music business program will stay in the TNU College of Business.
Trevecca Nazarene University is the place to study music in Music City. Trevecca’s Board of Trustees underlined their commitment to musicians and the music industry when they voted unanimously on November 6 to form the School of Music and Worship Arts.
Effective January 1, 2016, the action moves all of Trevecca’s music programs under one umbrella, giving students a single point of entry and a large selection of majors and minors to choose from.
University President Dan Boone describes the strategic move as Trevecca’s “next great step forward.”
“Nashville is globally recognized as Music City, U.S.A., and our programs reflect many ways that a student can prepare for a career in music,” Boone said. “By creating the Trevecca School of Music and Worship Arts, we are able to provide a single entity that can explain the different programs and how they interact.”
The new school will be comprised of Trevecca’s existing Department of Music, the Center for Worship Arts and the National Praise and Worship Institute. Each program will retain its unique approach, but the realignment will allow for greater collaboration.
“The unification of our programs brings together a great group of music educators and musicians who can more easily collaborate with each other across our various majors and program concentrations,” said Dr. Steve Pusey, University provost. “This will allow the individuals units to maintain their distinctiveness while drawing upon the unique abilities and strengths that the faculty as a whole brings to the school.”
Dr. David Diehl, who has been named the first dean of the School of Music and Worship Arts, says the new school will provide Trevecca’s music programs with greater reach and impact.
“By combining our resources we can have a larger footprint in our community—educational, musical, local—which should help raise the awareness of our programs and impact our ability to recruit and become a leading voice regarding music and worship arts in our community, city and [the] church,” said Diehl, who has served as the chair of Trevecca’s music department for 10 years.
Diehl says the realignment will create more opportunities for students in each program to interact. The new structure will also expose students to wider range of ideas and teaching styles, while also giving rise to more efficiency in recruitment.
The School of Music and Worship Arts will become Trevecca’s fifth school, joining the School of Arts and Sciences, Skinner School of Business and Technology, School of Education and the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Trevecca's music business program will remain housed in the business school, while music education programs will remain in the School of Education.
Music Row Roundabout-based luxury apartment tower Element Music Row will put its 14 penthouse units (which is 13 more than most buildings) will go to auction:
One, two and three-bedroom penthouse residences are available ranging from 1,166 to 3,374 square feet. Starting bids for one-bedroom penthouses begin at $5,300 a month, two-bedroom penthouses at $5,600 and three-bedroom penthouses at $8,000 per month.
The auction will be online only and, in the great tradition of online auctions, there is a Buy Now (or, at least, Lease Now) option. The auctions close at year's end.
The penthouses top the 19-story tower with 430 total units, set to open in April 2016.
With Thursday's news that Predators CEO Jeff Cogen will depart for the Tampa Bay Rays organization and will be succeeded by COO Sean Henry, the next logical question to ask is who will replace Henry.
If the team opts to promote in-house, speculation will fall on CFO and General Counsel Michelle Kennedy, who has been with the team since 2008 and added CFO to her title in 2010. Among her numerous responsibilities, she has served as the liasion to the team's ownership group. Prior to joining the Preds, Kennedy was an associate director of athletics at Vanderbilt University, where she oversaw business operations, event management and ticket operations, among other things.
While professional sports are still by and large a boys' club, things are progressing for women: Kennedy is one of seven women in C-level positions for NHL teams. Three others are CFOs, two are chief marketing officers and another is a chief legal officer. All told, 19 NHL teams have women serving at the vice president level or higher. A total of 48 women hold these positions — although it should be noted that 13 of them work for the New York Rangers, who have far more employees, generally, with a VP title than any other NHL team.
Nearly all of those four dozen work in legal, finance, HR or marketing roles. None hold what would be considered a high-level operational role.
Kennedy, were she to be named as Henry's successor, would break that particular glass ceiling and help the Predators make some history.
The third and fourth local class action suits against Volkswagen related to the automaker's installation of a defeat device in its supposed clean diesel engines have been filed in the U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee.
Neither of the two newly filed cases break new ground — they make similar fraud, unjust enrichment, warranty and consumer protection violations, etc., as with the earlier filed cases.
Notable is that one was filed by former U.S. District Attorney Jerry Martin, now with Robbins Geller Rudman & Down, and David Garrison of Barrett Johnson (among numerous other attorneys. Read that one here and the second, filed by Michael Russell of Gilbert Russell McWherter Scott Bobbitt, here.
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