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...
Five takeaways from Lipscomb’s victory in Murfreesboro

Five takeaways from Lipscomb’s victory in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – It had been more than a decade since Lipscomb and Middle Tennessee last met on the hardwood. Despite being separated by just 40 miles, the two teams previously played on Nov. 16, 2007, when the Blue Raiders took a 68-62 win at Murphy Center. “We’ve talked on and off,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “I talked to [former Middle Tennessee coach] Kermit [Davis] a few times, and it just didn’t work out one way or another. It’s great for us – it’s a good local game. We’ll see if it continues, but that’s just kind of the way it goes.” Saturday’s long-awaited battle did not disappoint – at least for Lipscomb fans. The Bisons used four double-digit scorers to pull away from Middle Tennessee in an 84-74 victory. Lipscomb survives another tough road test Since dropping to Belmont at home on Nov. 15, the Bisons have now reeled off four-straight road victories. The 6-1 start is Lipscomb’s best since the 2004-05 season. Middle Tennessee (3-5) did not make things easy. Antonio Green had 21 first-half points, and the Blue Raiders held a narrow 38-37 advantage at the break. “I’ve got a lot of respect for [Middle Tennessee],” Alexander said. “We had to fight really hard, we had to make a lot of plays, and we just happened to be on the right end of experience.” Mathews drops 29 points, nearing 2,000 for his career Lipscomb’s Garrison Mathews is nearing another major statistical milestone. The senior guard scored 29 points on Saturday to move into 10th place on Lipscomb’s all-time leading scoring list with 1,868 career points. He...
Mathews pours in 29 points in Lipscomb’s 84-74 win over Middle Tennessee

Mathews pours in 29 points in Lipscomb’s 84-74 win over Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Garrison Mathews continues to highlight the Lipscomb men’s basketball team’s success, and Saturday’s game was no exception. The senior guard led Lipscomb with 29 points to help the Bisons (6-1) defeat the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-5) by a score of 84-74 at Murphy Center. “Here’s why he’s good,” coach Casey Alexander said of Mathews. “I mean, you look at his numbers. Obviously, you see 29 points, but he got eight of ’em from inside the arc. He got 12 of ’em from outside the arc. He got nine of ’em from the free-throw line. There just aren’t many guys that can score on all three levels at that clip.” Although the Bisons finished the first half down by one point, they stayed a step ahead in the second half, maintaining a double-digit lead numerous times. “When you have all the offensive talent that we have, they can’t just focus on me, they’re going to focus on everybody else on the floor,” Mathews said. Senior forward Eli Pepper put up the best defensive performance for the Bisons, grabbing eight defensive rebounds, four steals and two blocks.  “He can play all over the floor,” Alexander said. “And so that’s a great asset for us defensively. And that’s his role. Be a good defender, and then be a great rebounder.” For the Blue Raiders, redshirt junior guard Antonio Green lit up the scoreboard, shooting 10-of-23 to finish with 30 points. Junior forward Reggie Scurry grabbed a team-leading six rebounds for Middle Tennessee. But the Blue Raiders out-fouled Lipscomb 24-18 and had just over half the amount of assists...
Education majors head abroad with International Student Teaching

Education majors head abroad with International Student Teaching

Each semester, Lipscomb sends education majors across seas to student teach. Teaching abroad is fairly new to Lipscomb’s campus. The first group of student teachers traveled in the Spring of 2014 and consisted of three students. “At the time we knew very little about the requirements and that kind of thing that needed to happen,” said Dr. Junior High, Education Department Chair. Throughout the years, numbers have stayed consistently around three to four students teaching overseas. This Fall, Lipscomb has one student, John Broadwell, placed in the Canary Islands. In the Spring, three female students will participate. These students have been placed in Thailand, Slovakia and South Africa. Art education major Ansley Gwin said she is looking forward to the time she will spend in Bangkok. “I studied abroad sophomore year, and I really loved it,” Gwin said. “And ever since then, and kind of before then, I had a heart for travel and different cultures, and so immediately when I heard teaching abroad was an option, I looked into how I could do that just because of my love of travel.” To place students like Gwin, Lipscomb works closely with the Christian College Teacher Education Coordinating Council (CCTECC). “This agency, the CCTECC, would make provisions for all of us, for our students as far as placements,” High said. “Because when you are trying to make international placements, you need to have knowledge of what’s available, and so this organization was recommended to us through Union University.” CCTECC began in 1990 by Interaction, an organization founded by Dr. David Pollock. The program works with Christian colleges in the U.S....
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...
The Northern Southern Belle: how to adjust to winter in the South

The Northern Southern Belle: how to adjust to winter in the South

If you’re anything like my Northern friends and me, you know that winter in the South seems to be a joke. We all tend to think that their winter is like our spring or summer, when in reality it is still chilly. Though Southerners don’t have to battle the below-zero wind chills and multiple feet of snow, it is still an adjustment to move from the North to the South, especially during winter.   I know for me, I came to Tennessee with very little winter things, expecting it to be warm all year round, but that’s not necessarily the case. Therefore, here is a guide of how to properly prepare for winter in the South as a Northerner. Invest in a quarter zip fleece. They’re so popular down here. Tons of sweet Southern Belles that I have met have their initials monogrammed in them. The fleeces are warm and soft, as well as super cute with the different colors. Bring your boots!! I didn’t bring many of mine and regretted it. Some of these brave souls are still wearing their Chacos in this weather, but it’s chilly. Don’t forget your hat, gloves, and heavy coat. Although it’s not as cold as up North, it is still winter and gets pretty chilly, so bring your stuff to bundle up. I didn’t go home until Thanksgiving and thought I’d be fine without my heavy coat and a scarf, but there have definitely been days when I’ve wanted them. Sweaters are big. I mean, they’re big in the North too, but they’re big here. It’s okay to bundle up. I recently...