Imagine event will feature former Aspen Institute CEO, journalist Walter Isaacson

Imagine event will feature former Aspen Institute CEO, journalist Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson will be the main speaker at Lipscomb’s 2019 Imagine event. Imagine is Lipscomb’s largest donor event, by-invitation only, for donors of $1,000 or more annually. The theme for this year’s Imagine event is leadership in innovation. Isaacson’s work on innovation in leadership played a role in his selection as the key speaker for Imagine 2019. “Innovation in communities and in business is critical to their viability, success and growth,” senior vice president for advancement John Lowry said in a statement. The event started in 2016, with former President George Bush headlining. The following year, former NBA athlete Magic Johnson spoke, and last year, journalist Tom Brokaw was the featured speaker. In 2017, Lipscomb received a record $15 million gift from George Shinn to go towards the George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts. The new event center had a “topping out” ceremony this afternoon, to mark the last beam placed on the top of the structure. The center is expected to open in the summer of 2019. At the 2018 Imagine event, Lipscomb once again received a record-breaking, anonymous $23 million gift to go towards the College of Business and the new parking structure. Isaacson has been the chairman of CNN, the editor of Time and the CEO of the Aspen Institute. He has also authored several novels, notably including Steve Jobs, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution and his latest book, a biography: Leonardo da Vinci. “Innovative leaders have the ability to look at problems differently and develop solutions that others cannot,” Lowry said. “They have the vision...
Lighting of the Green brings Christmas cheer; Devin Badgett receives Grant scholarship

Lighting of the Green brings Christmas cheer; Devin Badgett receives Grant scholarship

Despite freezing temperatures, Amy Grant, Drew and Ellie Holcomb, Daves Highway and more carried on, spreading Christmas cheer to the Green Hills community with the annual Lighting of the Green concert on Lipscomb’s campus. Grant hosted the event, which also featured choirs from Lipscomb University and Lipscomb Academy, and Ensworth’s a capella group. The campus was filled with Christmas lights, but the “lighting of the green” was saved for the end of the show. The Merry Marketplace in McQuiddy Gym featured pictures with Santa, booths by Pi Delta, AWL (Associated Women for Lipscomb) and more. AWL founding member Mary Nelle Chumley worked the AWL booth tirelessly all night. Chumley has served Lipscomb for nearly 70 years, graduating from the Academy and then going on to major in art at the University. She will turn 90 next spring. “Lighting of the Green was started several years ago by Dr. Lowry, and it’s been a very popular winter event, and it draws quite a crowd every year — this year it’s very cold,” Chumley noted. “So people have been coming in here to our AWL booth to get warm.” Chumley said she thinks the reason Lighting of the Green has been such a success is because it draws in so many people due to the community Lipscomb helps foster. “So many people love Lipscomb and have gone to school here,” Chumley said. “They come and the neighbors come, and so it’s just a popular thing.” Throughout the night, songs such as “Deck the Halls,” “Tennessee Christmas” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” filled the air. At the end of...
Lumination Newscast – Nov. 19, 2018

Lumination Newscast – Nov. 19, 2018

On Lumination News this week, an important story on student safety, coverage of Lipscomb Homecoming, Stompfest and more. Anchors: Cavin Jacobson and Erin Franklin Sports: Tyler Harvey Weather: Spencer Boehme Free Segment: Lebron Hill...
Lipscomb to induct seven in sports hall of fame

Lipscomb to induct seven in sports hall of fame

Lipscomb may now be achieving prominent status in Division 1 athletics, but it hasn’t forgotten about the NAIA powerhouse it once was. As part of the annual Homecoming festivities, Lipscomb will be inducting seven new members into its sports Hall of Fame: Brent McNutt, Wes Wilkerson, Emily Pleasant High, Sarah Marcrom McKamey, Wade Tomlinson, Marcus Bodie and Lynn Griffith. Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson, who is a member of the Hall of Fame himself, said this round of inductees is beginning to wrap up the NAIA years. “Right now, we’re at an interesting moment, because we’re just kind of wrapping up, I would say, the NAIA era, in terms of the Hall of Fame part of it,” Hutcheson said. “We’ll never…[stop to] appreciate and recognize its history, but in terms of people who are in the Hall of Fame from that era, now we’ll soon be thinking about the NCAA era.” Part of the stipulation for being inducted into the Hall of Fame is that he or she must have finished playing at Lipscomb for at least 10 years. Hutcheson said he thinks this allows a perspective of time in order to look back and compare, in addition to allowing the recipients to have a period of time for the award to perhaps be more meaningful to them. The first year Lipscomb was fully eligible for NCAA competition was 2003. If a student-athlete played for the entirety of his collegiate career under the NCAA, he would have finished around 2007 or 2008, just now hitting the 10-year mark. Notably, two of the seven players to be inducted, Bodie and Tomlinson,...
TPAC’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ is perfect for the spooky season

TPAC’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ is perfect for the spooky season

The longest-running show in Broadway history is back to TPAC, bringing the classic suspense and haunting music by Andrew Lloyd Webber it is known for. The Gothic romance stars Quentin Oliver Lee as the phantom, commanding all the mystery and wonder the “angel of music” should assume. Eva Tavares is Christine Daae, the gifted vocalist the phantom has taught and bestowed upon the gift of music. Sewanee University graduate Jordan Craig plays Raoul, Christine’s formidable fiance out to put an end to the phantom. Trista Moldovan as Carlotta and David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin bring the comedic relief to the otherwise intense show. Phantom is evocative and spooky, with cobwebs surrounding and covering the stage in the opening scene that is sure to put anyone in the Halloween spirit. But Phantom isn’t just a needed see for the season only. The historical show is one of the most famous and award-winning musicals, winning 70 major theater awards, including seven Tony Awards (including Best Musical) in 1988 and three Olivier Awards in the West End. Total revenues for Phantom exceed the world’s highest-grossing film Avatar ($2.8 billion). An interesting facet of this production in particular is that it hired 75 local Nashville stagehands to load the production into the theatre, and 35 local stagehands were hired for the performance. The most spectacular part of the entire stage production is the chandelier, as this production’s version is especially remarkable and even bigger and more elaborate than in years’ past. Designed by Howard Eaton (who designed the Olympic rings for the London ceremony), the chandelier boasts over 6,000 beads and weighs 1...