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2014 Agora published!

The 2014 Agora cover 2014 Agora published!2014 edition of “Agora” has been published!

Click here to view the annual literary magazine as a PDF. There are illustrations, poems, short stories, and photography by the talented students, faculty and staff of Belmont Abbey College.

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Munro, faculty advisor and the Agora editorial staff on an excellent publication.

A special thank you to all of the donors and alumni, especially the past participants in Agora, who made the publication possible due to your generous donations.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014|Categories: News||

Abbot Vincent Taylor Library hosts special rare books exhibit

The Rare Books Collection at Abbot Vincent Taylor Library of Belmont Abbey College is thrilled to host a collection of antique books owned by Mr. Richard K. Riess. The books are now on display in the large case near the main entrance to the library.rare books special collection 300x200 Abbot Vincent Taylor Library hosts special rare books exhibit

Mr. Riess graduated first in his business school class at the University of South Florida, and was hired by a very small financial services firm, RJF, in the Tampa Bay Area. This event changed his life, because his employers, all MBAs from Harvard, MIT, and Northwestern, encouraged Mr. Riess to apply to several top MBA programs. He was accepted and enrolled at Harvard in 1973 and graduated with distinction in 1975.

After working for 5 years in a Fortune 500 company, in 1983, Mr. Riess returned there to RJF as Chief Financial Officer, reporting to the same man who had hired him in  1971. Over a period of 30 years, Mr. Riess held several senior management positions with RJF and served on the company’s Executive Committee for 15 years.

Mr. Riess has been married for almost 44 years and has six children. He believes that education opens doors and has no substitute if one wants to experience the richness that life offers.  Defining education broadly, Mr. Riess thinks that everyone needs to be an informed citizen. He therefore hails the Renaissance exploration of the idea of liberty. Mr. Riess is deeply impressed with the famous fresco cycle in Siena (Allegory of Good and Bad Government) painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in 1338 which depicts the virtues of fairness, justice, republicanism, and good administration.

Of his experiences at Belmont Abbey College thus far, Mr. Riess says, “Dr. Newcomb, Director of the Thomas More Scholars at the Abbey, says that he wants students to understand the richness and ideas of the Renaissance period. I have volunteered to support this initiative in any way that I can to achieve this goal. My love of the Renaissance has certainly enriched my life. My success in business has made this possible. They are not mutually exclusive!”

Mr. Riess’ love of Renaissance painting and scholarship gave impetus to his collection of antique books.  Belmont Abbey College is deeply honored to be the beneficiary of his loan of six original volumes—published between 1521 and 1651—on a number of architectural, artistic, and religious topics.  The collection will be on display in the Abbot Vincent Taylor Library from April 22nd to May 19th, and culminate with a series of guided tours for interested students presented by the Abbey’s own Alexandra Pizza, Preservation Specialist.

Come and discover the books that Mr. Riess has permitted the Abbey to put on exhibit!

Niccolo Machiavelli. Historie Fiorentine. 1532.

-Machiavelli’s History of Florence is his last and longest work. In it he follows the ideals of humanist historiography, portraying universal moral lessons through historic events.

VASARI, Giorgio. Le vite de’ piu eccellenti pittori, scultori, e architettori. Florence, 1568.

Vasari’s Lives of the Artists is the most significant publication on Renaissance Artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, among the 161 artists, total. Vasari’s first edition was entirely focused on Florentine artists, but he later branched out to include some Venetian artists. This edition comprises three volumes and has a beautiful woodcut of a view of Florence.

Leonardo Da Vinci. Trattato della pittura. 1651.

This large vellum binding is a first edition of The Treatise of Painting, the first published work by Leonardo. In it, he attempts to understand the scientific laws of painting. Begun in 1482, when Da Vinci’s creative powers were reaching their peak, the Treatise of Painting represents the fullest expression of the master’s aesthetic theory.

VITRUVIUS POLLIO, MARCUS. De Architectura libri Dece. 1521.

Vitruvius’ Ten Books on Architecture is the only Roman work inspired by Greek architecture that has come down to us. It is therefore important as our prime source of many lost Greek writings on the subject and as a guide to archaeological research in Italy and Greece. By exemplifying the principles of classical architecture it became the fundamental architectural textbook for centuries.

Andrea Palladio. I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura. Venice: Dominico de’Franceschi, 1570

Palladio’s The Four Books of Architecture, is arguably the most important architectural treatise of the Renaissance and one of the most influential books in the history of Western architecture. It is divided into four sections: orders and elementary problems, domestic building, public building and town planning and temples, and inspired Palladio’s neo- Renaissance followers include Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren, and Thomas Jefferson.

Petrus de Natalibus.Catalogus sanctorum et gestorum eorum. 1514

This beautiful full leather second edition of Natalibus’ Lives of the Saints is illustrated with over 200 woodcuts, and is of one of the three great early lives of the saints.


Friday, May 2, 2014|Categories: News||

Alum receives “Dar Americanism” Medal

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to congratulate Luis Lobo, Executive Vice President and Manager of Multicultural Markets at BB &T, on receiving the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s (NSDAR) DAR Americanism Medal. The medal is the NSDAR’s highest honor bestowed upon a foreign born, naturaluis lobo Alum receives Dar Americanism Medallized U.S. citizen whose career accentuates visionary leadership, unwavering patriotism, and an unbridled spirit of service.

Luis Lobo’s illustrious career, spanning over three decades, includes work in international, commercial, mortgage and retail banking. Mr. Lobo, a seasoned professional within the financial industry, also lectures at numerous universities across the country, sharing his insights on leadership, business culture, and the importance of giving back to local communities.

“Luis is a prime example of the valuable contributions America’s immigrants make to our nation,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “The Dar Americanism Medal is not only a recognition of Luis’ personal and professional achievements, but a testament to the limitless potential America’s immigrants are capable of, both in business and the community. The USHCC is proud of Luis’ continued accomplishments, which serve as an inspiration to America’s Hispanic business entrepreneurs and professionals.”

In 1983, Mr. Lobo earned a degree in economics and business administration from Belmont Abbey College. He also received his MBA from Campbell University, and continued his education at the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware, where he graduated with honors. In 1999, Mr. Lobo graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in the Advanced Management Program.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation’s entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.


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