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...
Lipscomb’s Solomon gets MLB opportunity with Padres

Lipscomb’s Solomon gets MLB opportunity with Padres

Lipscomb infielder Lee Solomon was scrolling through his Twitter feed Wednesday, looking to find out if any of his friends had been selected in the MLB Amateur Draft. Around 2 p.m. central time, the Ohio native opened his laptop to see his own name appear on the screen. The San Diego Padres had taken Solomon in the 25th round with the 741st overall pick. “It was an intense day, for sure,” Solomon said. “My mom was blowing up my phone trying to see what was going on. It’s a blessing to go to a great school like Lipscomb and come out with a chance to play professionally.” Solomon had previously connected with Padres area scout Tyler Stubblefield, a former Kennesaw State and Padres minor league player. “I heard from some other teams, but I built a strong relationship with the Padres over the past few years,” Solomon said. “I was happy to be taken by them.” Solomon missed nearly three weeks of the 2018 season with a broken hamate bone in his left hand. After a minor surgery and some rest, the second basemen returned to the lineup and went on a tear at the plate. He clubbed five home runs in his final eight games to finish the season with a .286 average and 25 RBI. “Getting healthy helped me a lot,” he said. “I tried not to press too much. After you’re out for a while, you just want to be back out there to help the team win.” Solomon ended his four-year stint at Lipscomb with 174 hits, 13 home runs, 102 RBI, 64 stolen bases and a...
BREAKING: Academy mission team unharmed by volcano eruption

BREAKING: Academy mission team unharmed by volcano eruption

An Academy group on a medical mission trip in Guatemala was not harmed by the Sunday eruption of the Fuego volcano, Mitchell Despot, a Lipscomb Academy spokesperson said. The team of teachers and students were in Antigua, less than 50 miles from the volcano, which has erupted once already this year. At least 25 people were killed in the eruption, according to CONRED, the country’s disaster-response agency. Twenty more were injured. Over 3,000 locals were forced to evacuate. The group is continuing its work until it flies back to the United States Tuesday morning, in keeping with its original schedule. This story has been updated to correct that the group was not covered in ash. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Lipscomb’s Armstrong to pass on NCAA golf tourney, begin pro career

Lipscomb’s Armstrong to pass on NCAA golf tourney, begin pro career

Lipscomb University’s most decorated athlete in recent memory is taking his game to the next level. One day after receiving his degree during the school’s graduation ceremony at Allen Arena, senior golfer Dawson Armstrong announced via Twitter that he is turning professional. “After much thought, prayer, and conversation with those around me, including (with) coach (Will) Brewer, I have decided to bypass the postseason and turn professional!” Armstrong said in the tweet. Lipscomb was left out of the NCAA tournament field that was announced Wednesday, although Armstrong had qualified as an individual by winning the ASUN crown in late April. The Bisons finished five strokes behind ASUN team champion North Florida, which is bound for an NCAA Regional in Norman, Oklahoma. “This is a very bittersweet decision as I cannot be more proud of the accomplishments and memories made at Lipscomb,” Armstrong said. “I hope to make Lipscomb proud as I begin my pro golf career.” Earlier last month, Armstrong told Lumination Network that he would only bypass the NCAA tournament if the Bisons failed to qualify as a team. The move allows Armstrong to begin his ambitious timeline of qualifying for next year’s PGA Tour. He hopes to do so by participating in several second-tier events and potentially the Web.com Tour playoffs, which grants PGA Tour cards for the top 25 money winners in the final four events. The two-time ASUN individual champion leaves Lipscomb with numerous school records and three NCAA tournament appearances. His amateur career also included victories at the Western Amateur and the Dogwood Invitational in 2015. Armstrong will begin his professional career on Monday...
BREAKING: Journalist, Imagine speaker Tom Brokaw accused of sexual harassment

BREAKING: Journalist, Imagine speaker Tom Brokaw accused of sexual harassment

Less than 10 days after speaking at Lipscomb’s annual Imagine event, journalist Tom Brokaw has been accused of sexual harassment by two women, former Middle East correspondent Linda Vester, and another woman, who worked as a production assistant in the 1990s. Brokaw released a statement through NBC News concerning the allegations: “I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC. The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her at that time or any other.” University spokesperson Kim Chaudoin spoke on behalf of Lipscomb, stating, “We do not have first-hand knowledge of the allegations against Mr. Brokaw, and will not comment on them.” Vester told Variety and The Washington Post the harassment took place in NBC offices in Denver and New York in the 1990s. The longtime anchor of “Nightly News,” Brokaw reportedly made unwanted advances toward her on two separate occasions. Vester was in her 20s, and stated that the unwanted advances from Brokaw included a forcible attempt to kiss her. According to the Post, the other woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said Brokaw “acted inappropriately toward her in the ’90s, when she was a young production assistant and he was an anchor. He said no such incident happened.” Last Tuesday, on April 17, Brokaw was the featured speaker at Lipscomb’s Imagine event, where a record $23 million gift to the College of Business from an anonymous group of donors was announced. Senior journalism major Lindsey Nance, along with SGA President...
BREAKING: SGA Senator-at-Large results announced

BREAKING: SGA Senator-at-Large results announced

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eight SGA senators-at-large were selected by the students Thursday afternoon. The senators-at-large include: Ralston Drake Ben Hemby Kelli Messmer Deanie Pedigo Hank Warren Jack Webber Matt Welborn Jordan Whitfield On Tuesday, Sierra Sparks was elected student body president over Ralston Drake. Annie Moore defeated Jack Webber for vice president. Macy Glassco received secretary over Deanie Pedigo, and Emilee Goss was elected treasurer over Matt Welborn. The full list of class senators elected Tuesday include: SENIOR SENATOR Cole Buttrey Hannah Fox Cheyenne Gavin Andrew Nelson Hanyi Yin JUNIOR SENATOR Jerod Crockett Breckin Horton Abby Myers Luke Shoulders Ben Vogel SOPHOMORE SENATOR Elliot Forst Robby Renfrow Selvana Rouman Mimi Vance Dexter...