German POW letters from Lawrenceburg find home at Lipscomb

German POW letters from Lawrenceburg find home at Lipscomb

In remembrance of the 70th Anniversary of World War II, several gathered Thursday evening in Lipscomb’s Stowe Hall to dedicate a forgotten chapter of Tennessee’s history. Almost 400 letters written by German prisoners of war to their Tennessee second family were translated and are now archived at Beaman Library. “These letters are not a story of war,” history professor Dr. Tim Johnson said. “This is the story of amazing reconciliation — a story where if you take away the hate and the politics of war, you find a story of human beings talking and conversing with one another, finding relationships.” Speakers at the “From Foe to Friend” event included Johnson, German professor Dr. Charlie McVey, sophomore German exchange student Ines Konschewitz and Curtis Peters, the man who donated the letters. Late in the 1980s, Peters’ sister-in-law, Lynn Pettus, discovered the letters stuffed away in an old Corn Flakes box in a closet of their family home. “I first thought they were love letters,” Pettus said, remembering her great aunt’s love affair from years prior. “Low and behold, they were in a different language and we later discovered they were from the German prisoners who were here during the war.” Many of the POWs worked on property owned by the James Henry Stribling and Brock families. The men cut timber and plowed fields, growing closer with the Brocks as they shared cold milk together in the heat of several afternoons. Each letter sent after the war detailed the lives of the former prisoners. The men would write to the Brocks, thanking them for their hospitality and sharing stories of life in...

All day, night classes canceled Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to inclement weather

All day and night classes for Tuesday, Feb. 17 have been canceled due to inclement weather. Monday dropped down below 20 degrees. Roads and sidewalks remain covered in a mixture of snow and ice. TV meteorologists are predicting a 50 percent chance of snow on Wednesday. Students should look for communication from instructors for additional information on class assignments. Information concerning staff can be seen...

Wintry mix to fall on Lipscomb early Monday

In light of Monday’s weather forecast, students and professors are already taking precautions on campus. A wintry mix is called for on Monday, beginning at 3 a.m. TV meteorologists have been forecasting for days that Nashville has a 100 percent chance of heavy snow falling by 8 a.m. Lipscomb’s class schedule disruption policy states that the university will not cancel classes or close offices except during rare weather-related instances. Should an event that causes disruption of the entire campus occur, students will be notified via Bison Alert. The cancellation of classes is left up to instructors. “Instructors are responsible to see that the learning goals of the class are not compromised by any missed class days,” Lipscomb’s class schedule disruption policy states. Professors are encouraged to hold phone or Skype calls, or use teaching alternatives like Blackboard, Tegrity or video podcasts to conduct class. See the university’s class disruption policy and tips for keeping warm...

‘American Idol’ finalist, Dove winner on deck for this year’s Lighting of the Green

A few familiar faces will be joining show host Amy Grant at this year’s Lighting of the Green. The tenth annual show will feature American Idol finalist and Christian artist Danny Gokey, Dove-winning gospel singer and actress Tamela Mann, singer/songwriter Jon Guerra, multi-talented family The Willis Clan, Brother Parker, Lipscomb student choruses and others. Walt Leaver, vice president for university relations, spoke to the impact Grant has had on the show. “Lighting of the Green has become a beloved tradition in Nashville, and we couldn’t have made that happen without the support and generosity of Amy Grant, who gives of her time and talent to perform and to schedule an exciting slate of artists each year,” Leaver said. The free. rain-or-shine concert starts at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, on the Allen Arena Mall. Festivities will begin at 4, including the Merry Marketplace at the arena. Free photos with Santa Claus are also available. Food or cash donations will be accepted for the Second Harvest Food Bank at the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blanket or lawn chair. For more information on this year’s Lighting of the Green, visit the event page on Lipscomb’s website. Photo credit: Erin...

HumanDocs returns for first movie of season with ‘Big Men’

Briefly: Big Men will serve as HumanDoc’s first film of the season Wednesday night. The documentary, selected for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, will screen for free in Shamblin Theatre at 8:30 p.m. A panel will follow. “Over the course of five years, director Rachel Boynton and her cinematographer filmed the quest for oil in Ghana by Dallas-based Kosmos,” Janel Shoun-Smith wrote for Lipscomb’s website. “The company developed the country’s first commercial oil field, yet its success was quickly compromised by political intrigue and accusations of corruption. As Ghanaians waited to reap the benefits of oil, the filmmakers discovered violent resistance down the coast in the Niger Delta, where impoverished Nigerians have yet to prosper from decades-old oil fields.” The news story says the film “provides an unprecedented inside look at the global deal making and dark underside of energy development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world.” For more information on the screening, visit Lipscomb’s website. Photo courtesy of...