Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman expects to decide by week's end whether to allow Hamilton County's lawsuit challenging the state's education funding to rope in nearly all other school boards in Tennessee. The Shelby County Board of Education has filed its own lawsuit and would skip the class action, according to the district's general counsel, but district officials are hoping Metro Schools will join in its lawsuit.
Belmont University officials have announced a record-breaking 7,425 students have enrolled for the fall semester, the start of the institution's 125th year.
According to a release, the university’s enrollment number has more than doubled since 2000 (2,976 students). In addition, this marks the 15th consecutive year that Belmont’s enrollment broke the previous year’s record.
Applications for undergraduate admissions for fall 2015 saw an increase of 8.3 percent compared to the fall 2014 number and resulted in BU’s largest freshman class to date with 1,429 students.
“As Belmont celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, it’s amazing to me to ponder the way this university has grown and changed over the course of its history,” Belmont President Bob Fisher said in the release. “I believe our founders would be incredibly — and pleasantly — surprised to see how their initial dreams to enable female education in the 19th century have developed into a top-ranking, co-ed institution focused on empowering more than 7,400 students to engage and transform the world.”
Vanderbilt Law School graduate Darren Robbins has made a gift to the social justice program at the school, which will now carry the name of the late George Barrett. Barrett — pictured here with Rita Geier, with whom he worked for more than three decades on desegregating Tennessee's state universities — was a 1957 VU Law graduate who was a partner at Barrett Johnston until his death at 86 a year ago.
As a result of this gift, the Social Justice Program, which is co-directed by professors Terry Maroney and Daniel Sharfstein, will support students and graduates pursuing social justice careers. It will provide competitive one-year public interest fellowships to Vanderbilt Law School graduates each year, fund a number of students doing public interest legal work in the summer, and serve as the hub of social justice activities at the law school, including programming throughout the school year and an annual public lecture.
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The Graduate School at Vandebilt University is bracing for some significant changes, including an early 2016 move to Alumni Hall and the hiring of a permanent dean. Susan Wente (pictured), VU provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, is overseeing the various efforts. Read more here.
Belmont University has named its most recently opened building the R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center.
The building’s moniker honors the longtime BU trustee, BU graduate and HCA Chairman and CEO Milton Johnson, who teams with his wife as benefactors of the Bridges to Belmont Endowed Scholarship. The Johnsons recently donated $10 million to BU to create the scholarship fund (read here).
The Johnson Center (see the site here courtesy of Google Maps and read more here) houses the BU Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, the BU media studies program and a 950-seat cafeteria.
With a price tag of $87 million, the 134,000-square-foot Johnson Center boasts $3.6 million in technology resources and specialized equipment to serve students majoring in entertainment industry studies, music business, audio engineering technology, songwriting, motion pictures and media studies. It includes classroom, lab, performance, production and research space options.
“From top to bottom, this building reflects innovation, excellence and a strong commitment to setting our students up for success,” Belmont President Bob Fisher said in the release. “Our Curb College and media studies majors will be privileged to work with equipment and in settings that meet or exceed industry standards, preparing them to not simply achieve their career goals but to lead their respective industries. It’s only appropriate that we should name this building in honor of a man who is at the forefront of his industry and a couple who generously support education with their time, energy and resources.”
Milton Johnson (pictured) said the new center will help Belmont “provide its students with the technology and other resources needed to become the best in their fields, while also enhancing campus life for all students.”
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