The traditions of Belmont University have been shared by many students, faculty, staff and alumni — and have touched many more individuals outside of our campus walls. Values — such as compassion, courage and faith — have been essential in establishing the foundation of Belmont University. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season I find it is particularly important to reflect on our Christian mission and core values. I write you today because I believe these core values, and your support, have created the energy necessary to achieve our continuing goal of transforming lives and advancing knowledge.
And transform lives they have, no? The letter was scanned and sent to us by a Belmont alumnus who claims to have only received it yesterday. Another BU alum I spoke with also received the letter just this week, as she could recall having “ripped it up” either yesterday or the day before. On top of the frustration the aforementioned alumni feel as a result of being asked for donations with no acknowledgment of the Lisa Howe controversy, there lies another mild point of curiosity: This letter — despite being dated “November 24, 2010” by its author — is consistently being received nearly three full weeks after its alleged date of authorship.
Some might argue that — because of the sheer quantity of letters sent, and because of the logistics of getting those letters to their proper recipients — three weeks seems like a reasonable amount of time. With the letter dated a full week before Howe’s resignation, however, there clearly would have been no need to address the controversy, which hadn't yet gone public. (Belmont doesn't have a crystal ball, after all — you know, on account of the black arts also being against school policy.) Awfully convenient timing, some might argue. Click the icon to see the full letter Mosley sent to Belmont alumni.