Our Abbey Crusader Athletes had a great year both on and off the fields of play! Congratulations to all our athletes from 2022-2023! Go Crusaders!
Being a mother of four amazing children, Tiffany has devoted nearly two decades to the field of public health with a strong desire to help people. She has worked with the Georgia Department of Public Health, the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, and has even had the opportunity to work with a Federally Qualified Health Center, all of which allowed her to engage in her passion for patient care.
Recently, she has considered moving from providing direct patient care to a leadership role in public health. Obtaining her Master’s in Health Administration will enable her to learn the needed skills to one day be an administrator at a community health center. She’s always had a passion for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) and is excited to continue that journey, with Belmont Abbey College giving her the opportunity to move toward that goal.
The Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group (GCHEG), the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), is a premier healthcare society dedicated to improving healthcare delivery by cultivating exceptional leaders and promoting the mission of ACHE. This scholarship is intended to support this mission.
Congratulations, Tiffany! Your outstanding efforts have already had a huge impact on those around you, and we can’t wait to see the amazing impact you’ll have on others in the future!
Belmont, N.C. (September 12, 2022) – For the first time in Belmont Abbey College’s history, U.S. News & World Report has selected the private Catholic college as the Top Institution for Undergraduate Teaching in the U.S. Southern Region of colleges. The Best in Undergraduate Teaching category especially recognizes an administration and faculty that display an unparalleled commitment to undergraduate education. These rankings, determined by a peer assessment survey where college Presidents, Provosts and Admissions Deans nominate up to 15 schools in their Best Colleges ranking category, recognizes a particular strength in undergraduate teaching. This unprecedented recognition highlights Belmont Abbey’s strong commitment to foster learning inside and outside the classroom and encourage students to pursue excellence and virtue in all they do.
“Our faculty do more than teach. They serve as supportive mentors, steadfast cheerleaders, and exceptional role models to our students,” says Dr. Travis Feezell, Provost of Belmont Abbey College. “As a Catholic higher education institution, inspiring future generations to walk in God’s will for their lives and providing them a quality education to foster success is of the highest value. These rankings are a direct result of our faculty’s commitments which greatly impact our students and our community at large.”
Bryce Catahan, a current student at Belmont Abbey, experienced the tremendous impact of Abbey faculty firsthand. At the beginning of his college career, Catahan was uncertain of declaring a major. After taking several Communications and Writing courses taught by Dr. Erin Jensen, Cathan felt confident in his path forward. “Professor Jensen helped me explore my authentic interests. Because of Dr. Jensen, I have a clear picture of what I want to do after college,” Catahan says. After graduation in May, Catahan plans to work in brand and social media management. When asked about her time at the Abbey, Helen Behe says “I’ve learned during my time here that being a part of the Honors College means being a part of something bigger than yourself. It’s a community of students who, encouraged by their professors, approach each text with wonder and their own unique way of seeking the truth.” Behe, currently a junior, is majoring in English and is a part of the Honors College at Belmont Abbey.
Belmont Abbey is a place where students can learn, seek, and thrive in an authentic and supportive environment, guided by exceptional faculty who are experts in their fields and upstanding members of their communities. Moreover, they care for students as individuals and provide them with an education that will enable them to lead lives of integrity, to succeed professionally, to become responsible citizens, and to be a blessing to themselves and to others.
In addition to #1 in Undergraduate Teaching, Belmont Abbey College receives a top 15 Best Regional College ranking and a designation as a Best Value School, with Belmont Abbey ranked in the top 20 institutions in the South. Nearly ten years ago Belmont Abbey lowered tuition by 33% and has not increased it since, in an effort to lessen financial stresses on students and families pursuing higher education. In the last decade, Belmont Abbey has seen exceptional growth and is responding by adding new baccalaureate and Masters’ level degrees, two new residence halls, a Sports Complex and Tennis Center. The college is also thrilled to open a new hospital on campus grounds in 2023 in partnership with CaroMont Health.
About Belmont Abbey College: Founded in 1876, Belmont Abbey College is a private, Catholic baccalaureate and liberal arts institution. Our mission is to educate students in the liberal arts and sciences so that in all things God may be glorified. Guided by the Catholic intellectual tradition and the Benedictine spirit of prayer and learning, we welcome a diverse body of students and provide them with an education that will enable them to lead lives of integrity, to succeed professionally, to become responsible citizens, and to be a blessing to themselves and to others. Our beautiful and historic campus is conveniently located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., and is currently home to more than 1500 students. For more information, visit https://belmontabbeycollege.edu/.
From the desk of Dr. Bill Thierfelder, President of Belmont Abbey College:
For decades we have prayed for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Today it has finally happened!
“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” the decision, written by Justice Samuel Alite declared.
To all of the students, faculty, staff, monks, and friends who have prayed and worked for an end to abortion, to those who made the long, cold trip to Washington, DC each year for the March for Life, who prayed on the steps of the Supreme Court for the end to abortion, I want to thank you for your incredible fidelity and perseverance. Prayers are answered!
I realize that there is more work to do on the State level but we should stop and give thanks to God for His infinite grace and mercy.
I also do not believe in coincidences. This announcement was released on the Feast of the Sacred Heart!
Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on the octave day of the feast of Corpus Christi. In the 17th century Jesus appeared in a vision to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque asking her to request that this feast be celebrated in honor of his Sacred Heart in reparation for the ingratitude of mankind toward the sacrifice of his love on the Cross. Pope Pius IX extended the feast of the Sacred Heart to the universal Church in 1856. The imagery of Christ pointing to his heart, on fire with love, signifies his immense and infinite love for humanity which took Him to the Cross to die for our salvation. The Sacred Heart of Jesus desires that all mankind draw close to Him in love and trust. Today this devotion, given to the faithful by Our Lord himself, is among the most popular of the Catholic Church.
BAC Alumni James Pike graduated with a degree in Motorsports Management in 2016 and went on to pursue a Masters in International Sports Journalism. Fast forward to 2020 when the Covid pandemic caused most of the world to go virtual and eSports broadcasting exploded. James was ready, and over the past 2 seasons, he has helped on the production side of iRacing’s eNASCAR coverage. More recently, he joined the Coke Series broadcasts as a pit reporter. Learn more about James’ journey here.
Photo Credit: James Pike