Mary Morris Award Reception and Chapel Service
Lipscomb University will present the Mary Morris Award for Exemplary Service to Society to Dr. Richard Goode, Lipscomb professor of history and founder of Lipscomb's LIFE program, at a special chapel service in Collins Alumni Auditorium on Thursday, April 11 at 10:55 A.M. Prior to the chapel service, a reception will be held in Goode's honor in the Bennett Campus Center mezzanine.
In memory of Dr. Mary Morris, Lipscomb faculty member in the Department of Education and director of the Center for Character Development, her family has established an award to be given each year. The Mary Morris Award for Exemplary Service to Society is given to a member of the Lipscomb community who exhibits an exemplary spirit of service to the community.
About Richard Goode and the LIFE Program
In 2007, Goode established the Lipscomb LIFE Program (Lipscomb Initiative for Education), which provides students an academic and service-learning experience like few others. Up to 30 students each semester enroll in a liberal arts course held on-site at the Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) and study alongside 30 inmates of the prison. The mix of students and specifically designed coursework provides academic and character-building benefits for both students at the prison and students from campus.
The LIFE Program spawned a new associate's degree at Lipscomb just for TPFW inmates, a literary magazine written and published by the inamtes, theater productions in the facility and countless enhanced relationships between the inmates and students. LIFE students at TPFW develop better self-confidence, expanded life experience and good study habits. In fact, paroled TPFW students have pursued bachelor’s degree at Lipscomb after participating in the program.