Lipscomb University Campus Life
The mission of Campus Life is to provide exceptional, Christ-centered education outside the classroom that equips students to discover their created purpose and embrace their place in the Kingdom.
“Nurturing the soul of the University”
“They recognized them as companions of Jesus” (Acts 4:13)
“They were highly regarded by the people” (Acts 5:13)
“The aroma of Christ…the fragrance of life” (2 Cor. 15-16)
One of the historic hallmarks of genuine Christ followers is the often subtle but always noticeable difference in the way they live their lives.
By virtue of the scope of our work and the volume of time entrusted to us, Campus Life is uniquely positioned to nurture the soul of the University.
Because we understand that at the end of the day we will be judged by who we really are as an institution, the campus life team will employ a subtle mix of strategy and spiritual discernment to build a one of a kind community that delivers on the implied promise of our institution to be, at its essence, a place where a kind of “spiritual critical mass” is achieved and maintained.
Our vision is of a place so distinctive in atmosphere and character that by merely participating in the community experience at Lipscomb the result will be genuine transformation at the heart and soul level.
In the year 2016 we will be producing graduates that our community takes notice of as having been impacted by the Lipscomb experience.
· We will enhance our sense of place and increase enrollment demand by making a significant investment in vital living and learning spaces
· We will build community with a blend of renovation and new construction on the Student Activity Center to provide the appropriate amount of recreational space
· We will increase stakeholder engagement by creating the premier parent program in the region
· We will model unparalleled collaboration with our academic partners by creating the first holistic mentoring program of its kind among our peer institutions
· We will impact freshmen retention with a fully orchestrated freshmen experience that encompasses the first 8 weeks of the semester
· We will capitalize on tactical programming opportunities (Greek Life, Campus Recreation, Counseling Center, Graduate student services, Intercultural Engagement, and Yellow Ribbon)
· We will maximize our human capital with creative funding for new positions and effective restructuring of the current workforce
Support for Strategic Priorities:
· Invest significant personal time cultivating a culture of philanthropy in our parents that matches donors with interests across the University
· Endow Director of Yellow Ribbon
· Endow Campus Minister position
· Endow Director of Intercultural Programs
· Endow “Journey 27:17” Mentoring Program
· Renovate and Expand 21st Century Campus Recreation Center
· Naming opportunity for new freshmen women’s residence hall
· Naming opportunities with renovation of existing residence halls
Incremental Cost/Expense Priorities:
· Replace graduate assistants in residence life with full-time residence hall directors
· Fund immediate “crisis maintenance” requirements in the residence halls
· Provide baseline support for the emerging campus recreation program
· Create Lipscomb’s first full-time director of Greek Life
· Transition chapel coordinator position into full-time administrative assistant
Support Service Requirements:
· Dedicated resources for a relevant web presence. This is critical for the frontline work Campus Life performs with the digital generation but is also crucial moving forward with a parent program—should Campus Life have its own webmaster?
· Contact management system such as Pharos 360 to be coordinated through Mike Green
· Improved funding for Entertainment and Technical Services (ETS) to create greater predictability in quality of events and cost of services
· Enhanced gathering space across campus for various constituent groups—veterans, intercultural groups, and study groups