Department location changes: how will this affect students this fall?

Department location changes: how will this affect students this fall?

Chances are, your major’s department might be moving to a new location this fall. As students return to classes on August 20, schedules will likely appear different from year’s past. The need for these changes reflects the growth of enrollment, which has had an all-time high 4,462 students. Lumination’s Abbi Scott sat down with Kim Chaudoin, the university’s asst. vice president of public relations and communication, to determine all the changes affecting students this year. The art department, which has previously resided in the James D. Hughes Center, will be transitioning into Ward Hall, located near the McFarland Science Center that is home to the college of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Institute for Sustainable Practice. With the art department leaving the Hughes Center, the physician’s assistant program will now be calling the James D. Hughes Center home. The fashion department is also set to move into the George Shinn Event Center and out of the James D. Hughes Center once construction is completed. In addition to the art and fashion departments moving, the psychology department will also be relocating to top floors of the Ezell Center. The film department will also be temporarily moving into the Ezell Center, until the George Shinn Event Center is complete. The film department previously resided in the lower level of the Sewell Residence Hall, which still remains home to the Admissions Department. With these two departments transitioning into the Ezell Center, the communications department will be making a few slight changes. The previous journalism computer lab will be relocated to a room across the hall, and a new film studio for...
Student Life announces changes, calendar of events for fall semester

Student Life announces changes, calendar of events for fall semester

Full calendar of upcoming fall events below. With the fall semester quickly approaching, Lipscomb University’s student life team is busy planning events for the students’ arrival. Louis Nelms, director of student involvement, said he is ready for students to get back on campus. “One thing things students should be really excited about is the cafeteria renovations,” Nelms said. “The ice cream station has moved, and we are opening up a really cool patio space.” This new space will allow students a larger outdoor eating and “hang-out” environment. Nelms said the student life office is looking forward to hosting several events in this new space. Nelms added that he is proud to announce one of the newest additions coming to the Bennett Campus Center. Lipscomb is introducing the new restaurant Creekside Burgers & Shakes to replace Far East Fusion in the student center. “We are sad to see Far East Fushion go,” Nelms said, “but are excited for a brand new eatery.” Another big announcement is the Parking Partner Program for commuter students. This program will allow students the ability to park at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ and take the shuttle to campus. Every time a student does this five times, they will receive the perk of three FREE meals from the cafeteria. Every Thursday night beginning August 23rd until October 11, Maggie Moo’s ice cream will be giving out free ice cream in the square at 9:30 p.m. to all university students. High Rise will also still be hosting “Wednesday Nights We Eat” every Wednesday evening at 10 p.m. Below is a full list of events happening this semester...
Annual Summer Celebration to feature Daves Highway, Jacalyn Thompson, more

Annual Summer Celebration to feature Daves Highway, Jacalyn Thompson, more

With summer in full swing, the university is also taking advantage of the summer months with an Independence Week celebration. Tomorrow through July 3, the campus will be opening its doors to the public for its annual Summer Celebration. The celebration has been one of the longest-standing events held on Lipscomb’s campus, starting 90 years ago. In early years this was known as the “Lipscomb Lectures,” which brought several different speakers to the community. Janel Smith, senior manager of communication at Lipscomb University, has played a big role in the event over the years. “Lipscomb University has rebranded the summer celebration,” Smith said. “They’ve amped up the family portions of this event because a lot of attendees come from all over the country, and they bring their kids, and they stay in the dorms. It’s really like they’re on vacation.” With a jam-packed schedule, there’s something going on at all hours of the day. Smith encouraged parents to bring the whole family because there are events for everyone, including keynote speakers for teens along with activities for children, like inflatable games. During the evening there will be a variety of food vendors from Kona Ice, Chick-Fil-A, Blue Coast Burrito and Papa John’s Pizza. “This year every single class will be recorded and available for free,” Smith said. “That means if you’re only able to attend one, you can see the rest online.” Along with a long list of speakers, there will be live performances during the Bison Block Party from acts such as The Annie Moses Band and George Pendergrass with the Mockingbird Project Singers. Local Lipscomb students will...
June Advance welcomes incoming freshman to Lipscomb

June Advance welcomes incoming freshman to Lipscomb

The campus boomed with student life this past week as incoming freshman from around the country came to Lipscomb for June Advance. At Lipscomb, the orientations are broken into a three-part system, with the university hosting the first in June, and two others later in July and August. This is intended for students to get a chance to have a more one-on-one interactive experience with smaller group sizes to get acclimated to college life. Associate Dean of Student Life Dannie Woods was once a student at Lipscomb University and noted that it’s interesting for her to be able to accurately see it from both sides — student and faculty. “I think it’s the first opportunity to step into life at Lipscomb as a student, so it’s really the first time to say: ‘here’s information, here’s things to get involved with, here’s what’s going to make this time awesome for you,’”  Woods said. “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, try new things, because you’re going to have the most fun that way.” One of the students at this month’s Advance, Chelsea Brown, is an incoming freshman from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. “When I toured Lipscomb, it just had an aspect that felt like home,” Brown said, adding that the events she was most looking forward to were the sporting events like basketball and volleyball. Michigan native Hadlee Chubb was another incoming freshman at Advance. “I am most looking forward to living out on my own because I am going to be so far away from home,”  Chubb said. With June Advance coming to a...
Lipscomb grad Cyntoia Brown will plea for leniency in federal court

Lipscomb grad Cyntoia Brown will plea for leniency in federal court

Cyntoia Brown is a Lipscomb grad, a sex-trafficking victim and a prisoner serving a life-sentence. Brown was only 16 when the murder of Johnny Mitchell Allan took place. After running away from her adoptive family, Brown said she was forced into prostitution while she was living with a “pimp.” One day after, Brown was walking down the street when she was approached by Allan, who then offered her a ride near a fast food restaurant and then ended up driving her to his house. After bringing her to his home, Brown said Allan attempted to rape her. It was in this moment, Brown said, when she saw him reaching for something, which she thought was a gun. In self defense, she shot and killed Allan. Although she was only 16 at the time of the murder in 2004, she wasn’t tried as a child but as an adult. Through this trial, she received a life sentence. With this sentence, it doesn’t allow Brown to be eligible for parole until she is 69 years old. As she is presently serving this sentence, the guards at the Tennessee State Women’s Prison have described Brown as a “model inmate,” setting examples for the other prisoners. During her time in prison, Brown also achieved an associate of arts degree through Lipscomb University’s partnership with the Tennessee Prison for Women. Most recently, this past May, Brown had her first clemency hearing. “I am a changed person because I had no choice but to be,” Brown said in the hearing. As her case is publicly known due to social media advocates such as Kim Kardashian...