Sports broadcasting veteran Kalis talks of faith and being real at Media Masters

Sports broadcasting veteran Kalis talks of faith and being real at Media Masters

Rudy Kalis, former WSMV sports broadcaster, shared his insight with a room full of young aspiring journalists and faculty on Monday evening, at the Media Masters event hosted by Lipscomb’s communication and journalism department. Interviewed by student Tia Calvin, Kalis answered each question with enthusiasm. The room filled with laughter at moments and hushed quiet at others as the students and faculty leaned in to hear the advice and stories from the spritely professional. His story began overseas. Born in Germany to Russian parents, Kalis immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. After serving in the military police force, he decided to go to the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee to earn his degree. It was his love for sports that prompted him to choose journalism as a career path. After graduating from college and working a short time for the Green Bay Packers, Kalis moved to Tennessee to further his career in broadcasting. It was never his intention to stay in Nashville. He reflected on this time in his life saying, “…in 1974 (I) got the opportunity to come to Nashville. Thought I’d stay here a year or two, and then I’d go off to the big time and be somebody. Forty-five years later God said ‘no this is where you are’.” He offered Proverbs 16:9 as a way of explanation. This verse talks about how we may make plans for our life but, ultimately it is the Lord who directs our path. He also warned against ego and pride and how they got in the way of his career and relationship with God along...
Super Bowl LIV Preview: Lipscomb students predict the winner

Super Bowl LIV Preview: Lipscomb students predict the winner

The Bison-filled cafeteria was particularly steaming with debate on Friday, in anticipation of the big game, Super Bowl LIV. Super Bowl Sunday is an unofficial national holiday, and even those who don’t normally watch NFL games will be watching. Elena Newton, a sophomore social work major, had a personal reason for predicting “The 49ers.” With a laugh, she explained her reasoning:  “Because I don’t like the Chiefs, since they knocked out the Titans. Also, they seem like the better team.” Junior criminal justice major Cooper Blanchard was confident in his pick: “Even though he shredded the Titans…I think that (Kansas City second-year pro) Patrick Mahomes is going to go down as the greatest quarterback of all time with the most touchdown passes…maybe not yards…probably yards. But most touchdown passes of all time. And I think that they are going to beat the 49ers by more than 20 points.” “Are you serious?” responded Newton, incredulously, at Blanchard’s pick: “No.” The Chiefs, or at least Mahomes, seemed to have won over most of the students. “I think the Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl because Tyreek Hill is the fastest player in the NFL,” said Tyler Irvin. “I am rooting for the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl.” said sophomore Carly Mitchell “I think the Chiefs are going to win,” said Tucker Hamar. “Patrick Mahomes…he’s just too good. You can’t stop him.”  “I’m rooting for the 49ers,” said Alex Newsome. “But really what it comes down to is whoever gets the lead first. “Both teams are fast and like to get out of the gate early, and they love...
Lipscomb alumna Brianne Welch covers college playoffs and is hopeful for her future career in local TV

Lipscomb alumna Brianne Welch covers college playoffs and is hopeful for her future career in local TV

Lipscomb alumna Brianne Welch is using the skills and passions she gained from her education at Lipscomb University, in her career today. Welch says she knew from a young age that journalism was her passion. “We had one of those little elementary school news teams that elementary schools have. I did that and I loved it, and I told my mom, ‘That’s what I want to do,’” Welch says. Her softball career at Lipscomb, as well as her love for college football, inspired her to choose sports journalism as a career. Aside from the knowledge, skillset and passion that her Lipscomb experience equipped her with, she also learned how to prioritize her time as a college athlete. This skill can be very important for anyone person wanting to enter the journalism world. She has had multiple opportunities in the journalism field, her first position being an anchor for KTAB/KRBC-TV in Abilene, Texas. She currently is the sports director at WCBD News 2 in Charleston. She has worked on a Sunday night sports only show and has had opportunities to cover the Fiesta Bowl for the playoffs as well as the Cotton Bowl. She is hopeful to be covering the national championships in the future. Ultimately she speaks of her experience in the Lipscomb communication department as, “I really loved being able to tell people’s stories whenever I get the chance.” Welch gets real as she shares her imparting wisdom upon future journalists: “You really have to have a really good work ethic…The hours are not good, you’re not really going to have a social life… you need to actually...
Women’s Empowerment Week features session with Dr. Kate Watkins

Women’s Empowerment Week features session with Dr. Kate Watkins

Lipscomb’s student population is nearly 60% female. A group of female students organized the second annual Women’s Empowerment Week. On Tuesday, Dr. Kate Watkins, the executive director of the Lipscomb LIFE Program, spoke to a group of students and faculty about her personal story as a woman in academia, as well as topics such as women’s role in the church and in the workplace. The night began with dinner and a game of “name that powerful woman.” The audience identified historically significant women through a series of clues from host, Leslie Garcia. The group laughed and played together before the mic was turned over to the speaker of the night. Through personal anecdotes and Biblical references, Dr. Watkins shared her wisdom with the audience about the source of true power. “It is not up to someone else to name me as empowered or to name me as powerful,” Watkins said. “My job does not empower me, my education does not empower me, my recognition does not empower me. I am empowered, hidden in Christ.” The week has featured multiple sessions, including a special Service Day volunteer location on Wednesday, and a MASK Chapel panel on “Beauty Standards Across Diverse Cultures” on Thursday. Garcia, a senior English major and president of the Diverse Student Coalition, said she hopes that students, men and women alike, will be able to learn from this week. “The goal throughout the week is empowering and equipping all students to recognize that there are powerful women on this campus, and in this city and in this...
Outside professors call for grace for Fast Track MBA students caught cheating

Outside professors call for grace for Fast Track MBA students caught cheating

Following a situation in which a significant contingent of students in Lipscomb’s Fast Track MBA program cheated on an online, take-home final exam by working together, professors outside of the College of Business called for grace to be administered to the offenders. It is not yet clear what disciplinary action will be enforced against the two-thirds of students in the class who were found to have collaborated on the test. The students are meeting individually with Dr. Joe Ivey, the professor of the class. Dr. Paul Prill, dean of the Honors College, suggested that the instructions given on the test are key to determining the appropriate discipline. “I think that a lot will have to do with how the assignment was set up and whether or not the students understood what they were doing was actually cheating, as opposed to their understanding of collaboration,” Dr. Paul Prill said. “The understanding of cheating versus collaboration plays a role in how the students should be punished.” Dr. Walter Surdacki, an associate professor of Bible and the chair of the Academic Integrity Board, said he views the integrity policy as “tremendously redemptive.” “So there are a number of instances in which a student is cited for academic dishonesty,” Surdacki said. “There are the obvious ones like cheating and plagiarism, but there also some of the less obvious ones like collaborating with people when you’re not allowed to collaborate.”  According to Section A of Faculty Member’s Information, unauthorized collaboration is defined as “working with others without the specific permission of the instructor on assignments.” Consequences for the first offense are up to the professor...