Lipscomb welcomes 48th annual GMA Dove Awards for Gospel music’s biggest night

Lipscomb welcomes 48th annual GMA Dove Awards for Gospel music’s biggest night

Artists such as Reba McEntire, Lauren Daigle and Pat Boone gathered together in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena to celebrate another year of Christian and Gospel music. The GMA Dove Awards celebrated its fifth consecutive year on Lipscomb’s campus Tuesday night to honor outstanding artists, songs, albums, films and more. Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobbs co-hosted the event, which centered on a “Sound the Remedy” theme. “We believe the message of Gospel and Christian music offers God’s remedy to the world,” GMA President Jackie Patillo said. A unique aspect for this year’s Dove Awards, a 40-foot-tall replica of the Gutenberg Gates was displayed outside Allen Arena October 16-17. The display was part of a five-city tour by the Museum of the Bible set to open in Washington D.C. on November 17. Attendees had the opportunity to visit the replica prior to entering the concert venue. Photos by Anna Rogers Country music star Reba McEntire takes home first Dove Award Legendary country music artist Reba McEntire took home one Dove Award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year. The album category was a brand new award this year.  From the stage, McEntire expressed humble gratitude in receiving the award, praising her fellow nominees as well. “It’s not mine,” McEntire said. “It’s God’s. We’ll give him all the glory. I’ll put it up on the mantle and think of Him every time I look at it.  “It [music] is a way of expressing our thanks to God for giving us and allowing us this opportunity to use our God-given gifts to help other people.” McEntire added that she finds music to be very healing,...
Reba McEntire set to perform at 48th GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb on Tuesday

Reba McEntire set to perform at 48th GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb on Tuesday

The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards is returning to Lipscomb for the fifth year on Tuesday, and country music star Reba McEntire is leading this year’s performers. McEntire is also nominated for two Dove Awards this year: Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, “Better Together,” and Bluegrass/Country Roots Album of the Year, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope. “I am excited and honored to perform at this year’s show,” McEntire said in a statement. “Recording a faith-filled album has been on my heart for many years, and to see how Sing It Now has been embraced is really special. I’m thrilled this collection of my favorite hymns and some new songs of hope continue to touch people.”  Other top artist nominees include: Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle, Chris Tomlin, For King & Country, Hillsong United, MercyMe and TobyMac. Williams and Daigle lead the nominations with five each. In addition to McEntire, Williams will also be performing on Tuesday night. Additionally, Casting Crowns, CeCe Winans, Erica Campbell, Gaither Vocal Band, Hezekiah Walker, Hillsong Worship and MercyMe are slated to perform. Lipscomb alumnus Pat Boone will be honored as well with the SoundExchange Fair Play Award. According to GMA, “This award recognizes the contributions of members of the entertainment community in the fight for public policy to protect all creators.” Last year, Chris Tomlin received the SoundExchange Digital Radio award. SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe will be presenting the award to Boone. “We are excited to present the SoundExchange Fair Play Award to Pat Boone, and we are honored to do so during the premiere awards show for...
One month after apology for cotton stalk centerpieces, President Lowry offers reflection

One month after apology for cotton stalk centerpieces, President Lowry offers reflection

The incident concerning cotton stalk decorations during a dinner for African American students at President Randy Lowry’s home occurred one month ago. The infamous dinner made national news, not only for the display of cotton stalks during the dinner, but also for the cornbread and collard greens meal that was served at President’s Lowry’s table and the live banjo and Stevie Wonder music played. On September 15, the day after the dinner, President Lowry wrote an apology. Race relations have been the subject of campus-wide discussion and activities; the following Monday, the on-campus Media Masters event hosted by Robert A. Jackson, Jr. discussed race communication and bias. Also, the appointment of Keandra Golden as an interim African American students coordinator was announced during “The Gathering” chapel. The week of the dinner and apology, the African American students coordinator position was vacant. Lowry noted that Golden was “gracious” to step up and help where she was needed, even though this isn’t what she originally came to Lipscomb to do. In an exclusive interview with Lumination, President Lowry noted he believes that oftentimes one grows the most after going through a difficult time. This analogy, he believes, is indicative of how the university has taken steps to reflect and rebuild since. “Hopefully, we’ll look back six months from now and say, ‘Some of that growth would not have happened, had we not a difficult moment,'” Lowry said. “For some of our sister schools in Florida, they’ve grown because of a hurricane. They didn’t ask for it, and they wouldn’t want it to happen again, but they’ve grown because of it, and it never would have happened...
President Lowry announces new national university ranking at 2017 President’s Convocation

President Lowry announces new national university ranking at 2017 President’s Convocation

To celebrate Lipscomb’s 127th year, President Randy Lowry announced during the annual President’s Convocation that Lipscomb has been recognized as a prestigious national university, ranking 176th in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “2017 America’s Guide to Colleges.” “We’ve received new recognition,” Lowry said. “I think it’s a great moment when Carnegie looked out and looked at this University and said, ‘No longer will we classify you as a regional comprehensive university; you’re going to leave the group that includes Belmont and Harding and Freed and Elon and a host of really good schools, because Lipscomb University will be elevated to the classification of a national university.’ And when they elevated us in a category of 300 schools, we came in 124 spaces ahead of schools who have already been on that list.” During convocation, Lowry honored chair of the Board of Trustees David Scobey and his wife Debbie Scobey for their faithful years of service to the university. Lowry also addressed the current Lipscomb parking situation, an issue near to many Lipscomb students’ hearts currently. With the addition of a new dormitory, Bison Hall, according to Lowry, 250 new spaces were constructed within the past year. However, also this semester, all of the Ezell parking garage at Lipscomb is off-limits to students and is now reserved for faculty and guests only. “We also have done something else, and I don’t ever get enough credit here,” Lowry said. “I don’t get enough credit because I can’t ever get enough done, but it might be interesting for you to know that since this time a year...
Lipscomb reacts to once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse

Lipscomb reacts to once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse

For the first day of classes, students and faculty gathered to view the total solar eclipse with items varying from telescopes to kitchen colanders on the quad at Lipscomb University. Lipscomb went all-out preparing for the eclipse, as the school passed out 3,000 solar eclipse glasses to students and faculty beginning at 8 a.m. this morning. Some viewers went the old-fashioned way instead and used a pinhole projector to view the eclipse. http://luminationnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Pin-Hole-Projectors-3.mp3   Audio interview by Cavin Jacobson Booths were also set up in the square to commemorate the event with engineering students selling solar eclipse T-shirts to fund their projects and missions. Students were loud and excited on the quad, ready to witness the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse. Lipscomb Academy students gathered at the football and baseball fields to watch the eclipse.   Photo gallery by Anna Rogers SGA President Carson Panovec had some fun celebrating the eclipse on the quad by answering a few trivia questions, which can be found on Lumination Network’s live stream of the eclipse. Lipscomb Bible professor Dr. Terry Briley brought a colander from his wife’s kitchen to the eclipse-viewing party. “If you look at the reflection as the sun comes through it, you see a reflection of the phase, so all these are round holes, but you see little crescents instead,” Briley said, demonstrating how to use the colander. “So that’s one of the ways of seeing it without hurting your eyes. You could also see at one point how it would come through the leaves of the trees and make sort of crescents and ripple-like effects.” One of Dr. Briley’s Bible students,...