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Belmont Abbey College Opens New Crusader Success Hub

Next major step in Affordable Private College Model opens its doors

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BELMONT, N.C. (October 20, 2014) – Today, Belmont Abbey College a private, non-profit, Catholic college announced the opening of the new Crusader Success Hub, an integrated student services center. The Hub’s cross-trained staff will serve class registration, financial aid, student accounts and Adult Degree Program needs through improved processes and technology from a new centralized location. In addition the admissions office will also relocate to the hub to serve prospective traditional and continuing education enrollment. The Hub is one of the key initiatives in realizing the college’s Affordable Private College Model.

“The Crusader Success Hub enables us to better serve our students while making a private education more affordable,” said Belmont Abbey College President, Dr. Bill Thierfelder. “Our goal is to provide a high-quality, liberals arts educational for all of our students.”

In April, Belmont Abbey announced their Affordable Private College Model as another bold step in a series to make private education more student-centered, affordable and accessible. The first step, a 33% tuition reduction in 2013, made Belmont Abbey College one of the most reasonably-priced private colleges in the country. The new model has the goal of operating the College on existing tuition revenues while focusing fundraising efforts on improving the student experience.

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The new Crusader Success Hub reception area.

Executive Director Julia Gunter will oversee all operations of the Hub in order to ensure that the administrative needs of our students are met. “The Hub is focused on caring for and serving our students,” said Gunter.  “We’re looking forward to making our students happy with a more efficient and personal level of service. The Hub puts our service to students on par with the quality academics our students already receive.”

The physical location has an online counterpart — The online Hub acts as a student portal and answers more than 200 frequently asked questions. In addition to the website, the Hub also operates a central phone number and email address all managed by the cross-trained staff.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students.  For more information, visit

Monday, October 20, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

Belmont Abbey College Recommended in Popular Guide to Catholic Colleges

Belmont, N.C. – Belmont Abbey College is recommended in the 2015 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, a resource published by The Cardinal Newman Society recommending 27 Catholic colleges, universities and higher education programs for their strong Catholic identity.

At visitors can read the Guide for free, order a copy, view its companion magazine My Future, My Faith, or take advantage of “Recruit Me”—an innovative new opportunity for students to sign up to get recruited by the recommended Catholic colleges.

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“Belmont Abbey’s Catholic identity has a unique quality… It is a college that offers much to Catholic students who choose to live out their faith, just as Belmont Abbey has chosen to live out its Catholic mission and Benedictine charism with resolve and enthusiasm.”

The Newman Guide’s new “Recruit Me” initiative flips around the typical college search process, with faithful Catholic institutions competing for prospective students. All students have to do is complete a short form at, and colleges featured in The Newman Guide will go to work convincing the student why their program is the best fit for the student’s goals and abilities.

“Recruit Me is just another way that The Newman Guide makes it easy for Catholic families and students to explore a wide variety of options for faithful Catholic education, finding the institution that best suits their needs,” said managing editor Adam Wilson. “Every year, parents tell us how the Guide is setting students on a firm path for the future, whether it leads to religious vocations, marriages or professions. We are thrilled to make this resource available to Catholic families for the eighth year!”

First published in 2007, The Newman Guide recommends 20 U.S. Catholic colleges and universities and seven international and online programs for their faithful Catholic identity. Its companion full-color magazine, My Future, My Faith, helps students navigate the transition from high school to college with advice on important topics like how to know which college is right for you, tips for getting accepted, writing the best application essay, keeping your faith in college and even rules for campus dating.

The book version of the Guide provides in-depth narratives exploring the uniqueness of each institution, questions and answers with the colleges, financial and career development information, and much more. The free online version at includes all the content from the book plus more than 400 pages of additional information, videos, social media links, photographs, news and more.

The online version also makes it easier than ever for families to compare and contrast the recommended colleges. A chart on the website gives readers a quick glance at crucial facts like percent of Catholic students, number of majors, availability of Confession, opposite sex visiting hours in dorms and other important information for each recommended institution. Also, a global map now shows the locations of each recommended institution.

Recommended U.S. Catholic Colleges and Universities

Aquinas College (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, Fla.)

Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, N.C.)

Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.)

The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)

Christendom College (Front Royal, Va.)

The College of Saint Mary Magdalen (Warner, N.H.)

DeSales University (Center Valley, Penn.)

Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, Ohio)

Holy Apostles College (Cromwell, Conn.)

John Paul the Great Catholic University (Escondido, Calif.)

Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, Md.)

St. Gregory’s University (Shawnee, Ok.)

Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, Calif.)

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack, N.H.)

University of Dallas (Irving, Tex.)

University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.)

University of St. Thomas (Houston, Tex.)

Walsh University (North Canton, Ohio)

Wyoming Catholic College (Lander, Wyo.)

Recommended International and Online Programs

Campion College (Old Toongabbie, Australia)

Catholic Distance University (online)

Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (online)

International Theological Institute (Trumau, Austria)

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy (Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada)

Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome, Italy)

Redeemer Pacific College (Langley, British Columbia, Canada)

Founded in 1993, The Cardinal Newman Society is dedicated to promoting and defending faithful Catholic education. The Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. To become a member, visit us online at

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students.  For more information, visit

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||


Luis Lobo The Abbey Welcomes Luis G. Lobo

Executive Vice President of BB&T Bank
Guest Lecturer

Wednesday, October 1, 11:00 a.m.
Grace Auditorium

Successful Author and Business Professional Luis Lobo Returns to Belmont Abbey College

A member of the Belmont Abbey College Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Lobo has enjoyed a successful career in banking and higher education and now comes to the Abbey to share his insights on what it takes to accomplish your goals in your career and in life.

Mr. Luis G. Lobo is the Executive Vice President of BB&T Bank. A native of Costa Rica in Central America, he grew up in nearby Lincolnton, NC. Lobo graduated in 1983 from Belmont Abbey College with a bachelor degree and a double major in economics and business administration. He earned his MBA at Campbell University and also completed post-graduate study of banking at the Universities of Delaware and North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He serves on faculty of Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.

He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace and in national and regional publications. Minority Business & Professional Network named Lobo one of the 50 Most Influential Minorities in Business in the nation in 2004. That same year, Lobo published his first book, It IS Your Attitude. In 2005, Belmont Abbey College inducted him into its inaugural Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame. The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named him Banker of the Year in 2007 for his support of financial services to the multi-cultural community. The Hispanic Committee of Virginia awarded him the Hermes Award in 2007 for his community leadership in the Hispanic community in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Lobo their Americanism Medal – the highest honor conveyed upon a naturalized citizen.

Lobo credits his many accolades to the Abbey – his longtime source of encouragement and inspiration.

Please join us and give Mr. Lobo a big Abbey Homecoming welcome! No registration or tickets required.



Gary J. Scott, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Business

Phone: 704-461-5047


Wednesday, September 24, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||