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Belmont Abbey College Opens New Crusader Success Hub

Belmont Abbey College Opens New Crusader Success Hub

Next major step in Affordable Private College Model opens its doors


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.


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.

The Newman Guide says of Belmont Abbeyspires:

“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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To schedule an interview, contact Communications Assistant Justin Petrisek at 703/367-0333, ext. 121 or

For Belmont Abbey College contact Director of Marketing & Communications Rolando Rivas at 704-898-3084 or

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

The Abbey Welcomes Luis G. Lobo


Luis-LoboThe 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||

Belmont Abbey's Volunteer Connect




Belmont Abbey’s Volunteer Connect Brings Local Needs to Students Seeking to Serve

This past Saturday, September 14, Belmont Abbey College held its first annual Volunteer Connect event. The event brought local organizations on campus to invite students to discover ways they can give back to our local community. The event, organized by student Anja Roy, director of campus ministry Patrick Ford and director of Student Development and Engagement Ali Bahr, had an amazing turn out from volunteer organizations and students. Potential volunteers were overwhelmed with interesting presentations and opportunities. The event included representatives from
· Habitat for Humanity

· Open Arms Ministry

· Missionaries of the Poor,

· Special Olympics

· Catherine’s House,

· Shining Hope Farms

· Bit of Hope Ranch

· The Humane Society

· HEART Tutoring

· Gaston Boys and Girls Club

· MiraVia,

· and many more!

The day’s festivities also included a live musical performance from the Abbey’s newly formed band, Judges and Viewers. Students had the opportunity to learn more about each volunteer opportunity and left the event with a ton of great information, trinkets for the road and big smiles on their faces. For more information on volunteering at the Abbey visit the Abbey Volunteer facebook page: or email Patrick Ford at

Monday, September 15, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||


columnsA05BELMONT, N.C. (September 15, 2014) – In last week’s release of its annual college rankings, U.S. News & World Report once again named Belmont Abbey College one of the Best Regional Colleges of the South. In its 30th edition of rankings the publication released today Belmont Abbey College is ranked 37th amongst the top regional colleges of the South. This ranking is up two from last year’s ranking of 39th.

“I greatly appreciate U.S. News & World Report recognizing our dedication to our mission of graduating well-educated, well-formed and well-prepared men and women of excellence and virtue. Our ranking as a top tier college reflects our students’ ability to think clearly and find solutions to the toughest problems,” said Dr. Bill Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College. “Belmont Abbey is a place where an English major can become the CEO of a major multinational corporation or a History major can become the youngest member of Congress. But most importantly, they are sbest-colleges-RC-Southtriving each day to live out our motto: That in all things God may be glorified.”

This year’s Best Colleges Rankings edition includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence, including graduation rates, selectivity and freshmen retention, to help families compare schools, narrow their searches and make informed decisions. The 2015 rankings methodology remains the same as the 2014 edition’s.

Belmont Abbey falls into the Regional College category based upon the types of degrees we offer and the fact that we do not have Master’s or Doctoral programs. To view Belmont Abbey’s profile on the U.S. News & World Report guide click here.

About Belmont Abbey College
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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||


Belmont Abbey College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company recommends the school as one of 139 institutions in twelve Southeastern states it names to its “Best in the Southeast” list for 2015. The list is part of the Company’s website feature, “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” that posted on on August 4, 2014.

In its profile on Belmont Abbey College , The Princeton Review commends the college for being “a small, Catholic, liberal arts college” that boasts a broad and “challenging” core curriculum and intimate classes, with faculty that really do care.” Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publisher, “We developed our “Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists to offer guidance for the growing number of students and parents now seeking colleges closer to home. We selected Belmont Abbey College– and the other terrific institutions on our ‘regional best’ lists — primarily for their excellent academic offerings.”


The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data the Company collected directly from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions college counselors and advisors whose recommendations the Company invites. Franek added, “Our selections also take into account what students at the schools report to us about their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. We ask every question that a prospective applicant might want to ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

“We are pleased to be recognized by the Princeton Review once again,” said Belmont Abbey College President Dr. Bill Thierfelder. “It’s especially pleasing to see the wonderful things our own students have said about us.”

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Student comments in the profile on Belmont Abbey College include:  “Unlike at large institutions, you can really get to know your teachers, and your teachers can really get to know you,” and the administration and the professors “are very capable and genuinely care.”

The 139 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” 2015 list are located in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 226 colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West, and 159 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 648 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review ( is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. The Company is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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About Belmont Abbey College
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

About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation and college admission services company. Every year it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation, tutoring, and admissions services, its online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House LLC. The Company delivers its services via a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A. and Canada, and through its international franchises in 14 other countries. The Company also partners directly with school districts and non-governmental organizations to provide students with college readiness services including college selection, test preparation, financial aid advice, and admissions support. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA.  For more information, visit and  Follow the Company’s Twitter feed @ThePrincetonRev

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Media Contact for Belmont Abbey College: Rolando Rivas,, 704-898-3084.

Media Contacts for The Princeton Review: Kristen O’Toole, The Princeton Review, 888-347-7737 ext 1405 ( or Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, 212-539-1350.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

Cuthbert Allen Lecture 2014

“Religious Liberty Under Siege”

GLENDONIn this lecture, Dr. Glendon will argue that commitment to religious liberty is weakening both internationally and domestically. This “first of freedoms” is in serious danger of becoming a second-class right, too easily trumped by other rights, claims, and interests in the West and too often violently attacked in other parts of the world.

Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.  She currently serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and writes and teaches in the fields of human rights, law, and political theory. Her widely translated works include The Forum and the Tower, Traditions in Turmoil, A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, A Nation Under Lawyers, and Rights Talk. She is a highly sought-after lecturer and adviser on vital matters of law and political philosophy the world over.

Register for this exciting event in our Mary Help of Christians Basilica on Belmont Abbey campus by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

Support for Michael McGuire's Family

Friends and family of the McGuire family have set up accounts to help Jeff and Donna McGuire cover medical and funeral expenses. You can help by donating in two ways:

1 – YouCaring.Michael McGuirecom – Simply go to the website and search “Michael McGuire”

2 – BankTennessee is accepting donations on their behalf. Checks should be made payable to “Michael McGuire Fund” and mailed to:



2915 Forest Hill Irene Road

Germantown, Tn 38193


Any funds collected in excess of the expenses will be used to create a scholarship in Michael’s name.

Thanks for considering helping out the family of one of our former students, gone too soon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

The Connells, from Donoughmore to the Carolinas: A Colonial Experience

Belmont Abbey College is pleased to announce an upcoming lecture by Mr. John O’Connell of Donoughmore, Co. Cork, Ireland, titled “The Connells, from Donoughmore to the Carolinas: A Colonial Experience.”

John O'Connell

Mr. John O’Connell, Historian & Genealogist

Mr. O’Connell’s lecture will discuss the history of the Connell/O’Connell family from their home in the parish of Donoughmore, Co Cork, Ireland, to the Carolinas. Their story, like that of so many Irish emigrants, was shaped by Ireland’s experience as England’s oldest colony. As a result of long-term impoverishment and the immediate effects of famine, Ireland’s poor left the country in droves during the nineteenth century. Some of those who left Ireland, including several members of the O’Connell family, ended up in the Carolinas, where they made important contributions to the local community, particularly to the development here of the Catholic Church. Not the least among this group was Fr. Jeremiah O’Connell, who made a gift of lands in Belmont, NC, to the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Pennsylvania. From there, in 1876, came the first members of the community that is now Belmont Abbey.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
  • Grace Auditorium at Belmont Abbey College
  • 7:30 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Dr. Patrick Wadden (

Mr. O’Connell is a local historian and genealogist currently serving as chairperson of the Donoughmore Historical Society in County Cork, Ireland. He has a number of publications, is a contributor to the best-selling Atlas of the Great Irish Famine and is currently doing research for a forthcoming publication on the Irish War of Independence and Civil War (1916–1922). He has lived all his life in Donoughmore.

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


Tuesday, August 26, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

Belmont Abbey College Bids Farewell to Ted Crunkleton, Jr.

Beloved alum (’59), baseball coach, Athletic Director and Abbey Athletic Hall of Fame member, Ted Crunkleton, Jr. passed away in comfort and peace on August 18, 2014. Having served in so many ways, Ted’s impact was felt at Belmont Abbey College for many years.


Ted Crunkleton, Jr.

He began as part of the Abbey family by coaching baseball, basketball and soccer at Sacred Heart High School and the Abbey. As the Abbey baseball coach he earned the honor of Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 1967 and also coached three All-American players during his tenure. He also went on to serve as the Belmont Abbey College Athletic Director and was recently honored in 2008 by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Ted in person, I have been afforded the privilege and honor of getting to know him through interacting with many individuals whose lives he impacted deeply and significantly. He was most often described by those who knew him best as a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, coach, veteran, athlete and friend. He will be missed by all members of the Belmont Abbey College community and our indebtedness to him is immeasurable.” said current Belmont Abbey Athletic Director Stephen Miss.

Kermit Smith former Belmont Abbey Baseball Coach and colleague recently reflected on Ted’s time at the Abbey and beyond, “our relationship began with my interest in the history of the program that he led and continued because of our friendship. We would speak on the phone several times a year about family and baseball. He was and always will be the Father of Belmont Abbey Baseball. I was honored to call him a friend.”

Join the Abbey community in lifting up Ted and his family in your prayers. Ted and Margie, his wife, had four children and six grandchildren and made their home near the shores of Lake Norman, NC. Ted will be remembered by the monks of Belmont Abbey in their prayers and a Mass offered for the repose of his soul.

Please join his family as they remember their father at Celebration of Ted’s Life on Saturday, August 30, 2014, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Good Samaritan Funeral Home 3362 N. Hwy 16, Denver, NC 28037 (704.483.2124). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Ted Crunkleton, Jr. be made to: The Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||