BREAKING NEWS: Scott McDowell leaving Lipscomb to work at ACU

BREAKING NEWS: Scott McDowell leaving Lipscomb to work at ACU

President Randy Lowry announced today that Scott McDowell, Lipscomb’s senior vice president of student life, is moving to Abilene Christian University to serve as its new vice president of student life. McDowell is a Kittanning, Penn., native who has an undergraduate degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, a master’s degree in religion from Lipscomb University and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He served at Lipscomb for more than 25 years. In 2014, he was selected to serve as Lipscomb’s senior vice president of student life. President Randy Lowry released a letter to Lipscomb faculty concerning McDowell’s departure. “We congratulate Scott on this appointment and, while we will miss his dedicated work at Lipscomb, we know that he will be an effective leader at ACU and will continue to make an impact on the lives of young people,” Lowry said. Lowry pointed to Lipscomb’s growing national “reputation” as reason for McDowell’s move: “As Lipscomb’s reputation continues to grow nationally, it is the reality that other institutions will increasingly look to our people to lead them,” Lowry said. “That is to be expected because it is our people, their vision, creativity and effectiveness that has made Lipscomb one of the fastest-growing and most innovative independent universities in our region. We do not cherish the moments when such occurs, but we share in the excitement when new opportunities are offered to those for whom we have great regard.” According to Lowry’s statement, Dr. Jim Thomas will serve as the interim senior vice president of student life. A “national search” will be conducted to find McDowell’s...
‘Waitress’ at TPAC has all the right ingredients

‘Waitress’ at TPAC has all the right ingredients

TPAC’s latest production in its all-star summer lineup is Waitress, the musical based off the hit 2007 film of the same name. Two-time Tony Award nominee and six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles brings the narrative to life with an engaging, upbeat soundtrack that will make you laugh, cry, smile and everything in-between. Desi Oakley leads the cast as Jenna, a waitress at the local southern diner who has a propensity for making delicious, unique pies, and who also finds herself unexpectedly pregnant while in an abusive marriage with her husband Earl. Waitress is definitely a musical driven by vocal performance rather than dance (unlike last season’s American in Paris, which featured ballerinas in the lead roles and was driven more towards dance rather than acting and singing). Oakley’s vocal performance is outstanding, and she is by far the star of the show. Her rendition of “She Used to Be Mine” is especially good. Charity Angél Dawson plays Jenna’s cheeky coworker/best friend Becky, and Lenne Klingaman plays awkward Dawn, another fellow waitress and friend at the diner. However, Jeremy Morse nearly steals the show as Ogie, Dawn’s first love interest and future husband. Morse’s long rendition of “Never Getting Rid of Me” is sure to delight, getting the crowd laughing after emotionally-taxing scenes between Jenna and Earl. Waitress is raw, depicting the ups and downs of life without hesitation, and it is a show more geared towards adults than young families with children. It does have some coarse language and deals with heavy themes such as abusive marriage and adultery. In each scene that Ogie and Dawn appear, however, they lighten the mood;...
Golf, women’s basketball earn national APR recognition

Golf, women’s basketball earn national APR recognition

For the first time in school history in a singular academic year, three athletic programs earned national NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards. The NCAA releases the APR results in May, with the Lipscomb Bisons as a whole being recognized for their high APR. In addition, the men and women’s golf teams and the women’s basketball team were each recognized for their outstanding academic achievement, as they were among the top 10 percent of teams in the country in the multi-year Academic Process Rate (APR) for the 2017-18 academic year. Each of these three programs secured perfect 1,000 multiyear APR scores from their scores during the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. For each academic term, APR measures student-athletes eligibility and retention. All teams must reach a score of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for low scores. Last year, men’s and women’s golf were honored with the Public Recognition Award, given to the top-10 percent of programs in the nation. Women’s basketball has received the most APR awards, earning eight. Visit the NCAA APR’s website for a complete history of Lipscomb’s APRs, as well as other NCAA team reports. TEAM   2016-2017 Baseball 973 Men’s Basketball 986 Men’s Cross Country 989 Men’s Golf 1000 Men’s Soccer 982 Men’s Tennis 974 Men’s Track 980 Softball 996 Women’s Basketball 1000 Women’s Cross Country 993 Women’s Golf 1000 Women’s Soccer 988 Women’s Tennis 973 Women’s Track 990 Women’s Volleyball  989 Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Spring 2018 Commencement gallery

Spring 2018 Commencement gallery

For its 127th session, Lipscomb University celebrated its newest graduates by awarding over 800 degrees, including the first contemporary music degree, in Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon. President Randy Lowry awarded the students with their diplomas and recognized three exceptional students who were graduating: Presley Russell, Tammy Brown and Jazgul Orozova. “For four years, Lipscomb wasn’t just a place I would go to class and chapel; Lipscomb has become my home and my family,” Orozova wrote. “I was welcomed into this community by people who have walked with me, prayed with me and mentored me. I want to go back to Moldova and invest back . . . I want to work with children who think they cannot achieve great things in life because they do not have a mom or a dad.”   Photos by...
Lipscomb awards 840+ degrees at spring 2018 commencement; Coach Casey Alexander delivers charge

Lipscomb awards 840+ degrees at spring 2018 commencement; Coach Casey Alexander delivers charge

For its 127th session, Lipscomb University celebrated its newest graduates by awarding over 800 degrees, including the first contemporary music degree, in Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon. President Randy Lowry awarded the students with their diplomas and recognized three exceptional students who were graduating: Presley Russell, Tammy Brown and Jazgul Orozova. “Something happens in our lives and we’re touched; we’re motivated, and you just take the initiative to do it,” Lowry said, referring to these special graduates. Orozova, a graduating student who grew up in an orphanage in Moldova, penned a letter, which Lowry read on stage during the ceremony. “For four years, Lipscomb wasn’t just a place I would go to class and chapel; Lipscomb has become my home and my family,” Orozova wrote. “I was welcomed into this community by people who have walked with me, prayed with me and mentored me. I want to go back to Moldova and invest back . . . I want to work with children who think they cannot achieve great things in life because they do not have a mom or a dad. “I want to thank my Lipscomb and Nashville family for giving me a place to belong, a place to learn and grow, to be equipped and to mark this world in my own way.” In addition to these three graduates, Caleb Heronimus, a Management: Entrepreneurship major, received the Stephen Lee Marsh Christian Example Award. The award is presented to the “senior student who plans to pursue a secular vocation and whose Christ-like spirit and behavior while a student at Lipscomb has demonstrated a propensity to continue throughout life...