Belmont lands $21.2M building permit

Belmont University has secured a permit for continued work on its under-construction academic and dining services complex located at 1909 15th Ave. S.

R.C. Mathews Contractor is serving as the project's general contractor, with the permit valued $21.23 million.

Read more here.


Jul 23, 2014 1:30 PM

MTSU adds vice provost to focus on retention, graduation

Exec has been at Central Missouri for more than two decades
Jul 17, 2014 1:06 PM

SAE Institute Nashville taps Harrington program chair

Dr. E. Michael Harrington has been named SAE Institute Nashville’s music business program faculty chairperson.

Harrington will oversee the school’s associate-degree-level and diploma-level curriculum.

“We’re thrilled that ‘Dr. E’, as he’s referred to by our students, has joined our team,” SAE Nashville Campus Director Lynn Dorton said in a release. “His understanding of the complex landscape of today's fast-paced entertainment business, combined with his passionate approach in the classroom, helps students to form a strategic approach to real-world music business challenges, situations, and opportunities. This training will provide our Music Business Program students with a powerful competitive advantage when they enter the job market.”

Harrington has taught music business and entertainment law courses/sessions a various schools, including Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Miami, the University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University and William Paterson University.

Similarly, Harrington has been interviewed by The New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes, Fortune, Reuters, Rolling Stone Magazine, the Today Show, People Magazine, ABC News Radio, Billboard Magazine and Fox News Radio

“In 2014, it’s no longer an option for a musician or creative professional to be isolated from the worlds of technology, communication, business and law,” Harrington said in the release. “I was attracted to the faculty chairperson position at SAE because I’m able to show students the many ways that these areas converge, and how they can provide economic value to prospective employers by understanding how to navigate them successfully and profitably.”

Jul 16, 2014 2:09 PM

Belmont taps VP for development and external relations

Vanderbilt-Ingram official to replace Thomas
Jul 15, 2014 11:17 AM

Dedicated applicant spots for VU startups in Memphis incubator

Vanderbilt University's Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization and the Memphis Bioworks Foundation have agreed to work together to develop medical device technology concepts coming out of the university, most specifically by giving Vanderbilt applicants fast-track access to Bioworks' ZeroTo510 incubator. The partnership also will give VU-based startups better access to investment capital via Bioworks' relationship with pre-seed and early-stage firm Innova.

SEE ALSO: Two Vanderbilt startups accepted in Memphis incubator

Jul 10, 2014 7:18 AM

Work to start on VU Engineering and Science Building

Major on-site work will soon begin on the Vanderbilt University Engineering and Science Building, which will front 25th Avenue across from Hawkins Field and will incorporate elements of both traditional and contemporary architecture. The building (read more about the project here) will join two other post-2000-constructed VU structures (the Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Building and the Student Life Building) on the east side of 25th and that were instantly attractive upon their completion. Vanderbilt's Liz Entman offers an interesting piece (read here), a segment of which focuses on how 42 trees that will be felled on the site will be recycled into paneling and trim for the building.

Jul 8, 2014 8:15 AM

AG blows hole in anti-Huffman GOP letter

Attorney General Bob Cooper concludes the education commissioner was within bounds to waive school districts from plugging TCAP scores into students' final grades, flying in the face of a letter last month by a band of Republicans arguing Huffman had "issued illegal and unauthorized waivers."

Jul 3, 2014 4:43 PM

VU's Owen named a sponsor of foundation

The Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management has been named a 2014 sponsor of the Forté Foundation, a nonprofit consortium with the goal of helping women launch meaningful careers.

This is the first year since 2011 Forté has invited U.S. schools to apply to become sponsors. Vanderbilt is one of six new universities named as sponsors. Forté now has 48 member institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Christie St-John, director of admissions at Owen, led Vanderbilt’s effort.

“It is a great honor to join this distinguished group of peer business schools, top corporations and important non-profit organizations,” St-John (pictured) said in a release. “They have all demonstrated a commitment to furthering the career aspirations and achievements of women across the globe.”

Forté Foundation was founded in 2001 to address the underrepresentation of women in leading business schools and the impact on the business landscape. Forté enables its corporate and business school sponsors to effectively reach, recruit and retain top female talent.

In addition to Vanderbilt, the institutions joining Forté are Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business; George Washington University School of Business; Ohio State University Fisher College of Business; Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business; and University of Maryland Smith School of Business.

Jun 26, 2014 9:19 AM

VU study: Bonuses tempt teachers to stay put

Giving cash bonuses to highly effective teachers is a good way to keep them from leaving the low-performing schools where their talents are needed, according to a new Vanderbilt University study.

Researchers looked at the results of a new program that gave $5,000 retention bonuses to 361 Tennessee teachers who agreed to stay at a low-performing school for the 2013-14 school year.

The state distributed more than $2.1 million in incentives, which increased the likelihood that a teacher would stay at his or her low-performing school by as much as 23 percent, according to Matthew Springer, assistant professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development. He also is director of the Tennessee Consortium on Research, Evaluation and Development at Peabody.

Schools with high concentrations of poverty and/or racial minorities are less likely to retain the best teachers. When they leave, their replacements typically are far less effective, Springer said. When a highly effective teacher stays on the job, student performance and future earnings potential can improve, he said.

Researchers believe the bonus program is financially sustainable for the state.

“Along with savings from lowered turnover or replacement costs, we found that the bonus program could pay for itself in the long run when you consider the additional tax revenue from students’ predicted increased earnings if only 10 percent of bonus recipients continued teaching, and taught an average of 30 students for one year,” Springer said.

Read more here.

Jun 23, 2014 10:00 PM

Haslam: Lack of details of Asia trip not a big deal

Governor says business trip to Japan, Korea was 'productive'
Jun 23, 2014 4:00 PM