Mary Morris Award for Exemplary Service to Society

In memory of Dr. Mary Morris, faculty member in the Department of Education and founder and director of the Center for Character Development at Lipscomb, her family has established an award to be given each year – The Mary Morris Award for Exemplary Service to Society.
The Mary Morris Award for Exemplary Service to Society is conferred on a member of the Lipscomb “family” who has demonstrated a high level of service to the community and the church.  Nominees may include faculty, staff, alumni, current students, and others who are advocates for Lipscomb University.  The selected recipient should:
  • exhibit a spirit of volunteerism,
  • engage in meaningful civic activities in the community that help spread God’s light,
  • demonstrate a commitment to Christian missions wherever they may be,
  • be an advocate for Lipscomb University, and
  • exhibit vision in creating new avenues to expand Christian principles in unconventional ways.
Dr. Richard Goode
2013 Recipient

Richard Goode, chair of the Lipscomb University history, politics and philosophy department and founder of the LIFE Program (Lipscomb Initiative for Education), was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Mary Morris Award, an annual award given by the university to a member of the Lipscomb community who exhibits an exemplary spirit of service to the community.

Goode, a 23-year member of the Lipscomb faculty and the author of several works of historical commentary, established Lipscomb’s LIFE Program in 2007. The program provides for-credit classes in the Tennessee Prison for Women for a group of selected inmates and brings traditional undergraduate college students to study with them inside the prison each week. The LIFE Program has had a profound effect on the lives of the 45 women inmates involved as well as on the hundreds of students who have enrolled in the classes. Keep Reading.

Richard Good Mary Morris Award Recipient
Brett Flener
2012 Recipient

For 2012, Brett Flener was honored for his work with the homeless community of Nashville.  Brett helped in the creation Open Table, a non-profit interfaith community that disrupts cycles of povety, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness.  Brett is also the lead organizer in the student group Lipscomb University Advocates for Unhoused.

Furthermore, Brett has accomplished all of these things while still being a student here at Lipscomb.  He is currently a Senior majoring in Law Justice and Society.  Keep Reading

Kim Tucker
2011 Recipient 
In 2011, Kim Tucker was honored for the work she does for single mothers in the Nashville community.  Ms. Tucker founded the I.C. White Stone Foundation in 2003 which serves to empower single mothers in East Nashville with entrepreneurial skills, and the support they need to rise above a life of poverty and dependence on public assistance.

Kim’s work with the I.C. White Stone Foundation is done in her free time as her official, full time job is in work focused on juvenile justice. Previously, Kim worked with the Department of Children Services as a child abuse investigator.  Ms. Tucker is a member of the Madison Church of Christ and is a 2003 Family Relations graduate of Lipscomb University. Keep reading
Tom Burton
2010 Recipient
In 2010, Tom Burton, who has led local counseling and adoption agency AGAPE for more than 25 years, was honored for his tireless work to bring faith-based adoption and foster care services to Middle Tennessee. During his tenure, AGAPE has grown to include 17 affiliate locations which offer primarily counseling and psychological services. Additionally, AGAPE continues its original mission to offer adoption and foster care, as well as support services for women with an unplanned pregnancy. Keep reading
Lindsey and Andrew Krinks
 2009 Recipients
In 2009, Lindsey and Andrew Krinks were honored for their involvement with the homeless community in Nashville. Lindsey Krinks initiated the first 30-hour Famine and Facing Hunger Week in which the ladies of Lipscomb’s Pi Kappa Sigma led the campus in a week of focus on the world’s poor through giving and fasting.
Both Andrew and Lindsey Krinks have taught poetry and creative writing classes for homeless men and women at the Campus for Human Development (CHD) and together wrote about their experiences in an August 2008 article published in The Other Journal, a national online journal that explores the intersections of theology and culture. Keep reading
Jon Lee
 2008 Recipient
In 2008, Jon Lee, a Lipscomb alumnus, received the award for the establishment and operation of The Living Water Project, a nonprofit effort to fund clean and accessible water for people in impoverished areas of the world.
Lee took the reins of The Living Water Project after founder Shanon Dickerson passed away in 2002 from a rare form of cancer.  Dickerson saw the project come to life in 2000 after he challenged a group of young friends to join him in raising money to dig wells in Africa and India.  Dickerson’s mission work brought to his attention the needless deaths of thousands of people who lack clean water.  Keep reading
Randy Steger
2007 Recipient
In 2007, Randy Steger, founder and president of the Nashville-based Healing Hands International and professor of business administration at Lipscomb University, was honored.
Healing Hands was born in 1991 when Steger challenged his Lipscomb marketing students to create a marketing and business plan for a humanitarian effort. The students decided to collect and send medical supplies to Eastern Europe. Their efforts were so successful that Steger and a group of local Nashvillians modeled the students’ plan to continue the benevolent project. As a result, Healing Hands was incorporated in 1994 and has now delivered humanitarian aid to 66 countries around the globe. Keep reading
 Nancy Moon Gonzalez
2006 Recipient
The first recipient in 2006 was Nancy Moon Gonzalez, who was honored for her service in Honduras and Guatemala.
Nancy was chosen for this award because she has given her life to serving people in Honduras and Guatemala through development of curriculum and schools.  Mary felt so strongly about what Nancy was doing in South America that she visited her during spring break in 2004 to encourage Nancy and implement Character Counts information into the classroom curriculum of Nancy’s school.  Keep reading