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A cornerstone of Lipscomb's Strong For You initiative, the class will teach resilience in uncertain times.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to spend time with the president of a top university! Begin building community and developing key relationships with peers and professors during this two-week summer course that will equip you to navigate dynamic circumstances and develop practical strategies for living well in the midst of uncertainty. You can take the course free of charge.
Through an interdisciplinary approach combining concepts from the health sciences, English, Bible, psychology, history, business and conflict management, this course will teach you the lifelong value of resilience in the face of adversity and to develop strategies to thrive as a young adult. By considering the experiences of others who have developed resilience, you will apply these examples in the context of your faith and integrate these lessons into your life to live boldly, distinctively and faithfully in a variety of contexts.
This course will give you a jumpstart on college life at Lipscomb that will help you feel more connected when you arrive on campus this fall.
To reserve your place in the class, complete this form. (You will need the email address and password you used to view your Lipscomb admission decision).
The course is built on several concepts that we believe are essential to a flourishing life, and you will learn what these mean as part of the Lipscomb experience and how they apply to your life.
Randy Lowry, university president and a professor of conflict management for many years, will teach important skills necessary to find resilience in moments of conflict.
Rhonda Lowry, first lady and professor of spiritual formation, connects the practice of spiritual disciplines with everyday life and contends that the practices can be a foundation for thriving.
Lee Camp, professor of Christian ethics, sees the spiritual in all of life and knows those whose faith has caused them to be resilient in times of trouble.
Beth Conway is a professor of biology and cancer researcher who knows that in scientific research, resilience is necessary to eventually find solutions for health challenges.
Chris Gonzalez, professor of psychology, leads our Family Counseling Clinic and will discuss the psychology of resilience.
Richard Goode, professor of history, will take students back into historical moments when we learn resilience from others and in doing so, find it for ourselves—even in examining the life of our founder David Lipscomb.
Chelsea Harris, executive director of the School of Nursing, will bring the stories of resilient heroes in health care who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis as well as others who have saved lives in amazing ways through a long period of history.
David Holmes, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (our largest college) and professor of English, will explore resilience in literature, poetry and prose.
Rob Touchstone, professor of business entrepreneurship and director of Business as Mission, will share why it is critical for a business to hold firm to its mission through crisis and not lose sight of purpose, values and ethics.
Kate Watkins is a professor who leads Lipscomb’s LIFE program at the Tennessee Prison for Women. She will share stories of resilience and hope from the women with whom she has worked during her time working in the prison system.
July 6-10 (All Times Central)
Online Class Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Small Group Time: 2-3 p.m.
No formal class meetings. Small groups meet daily at a time determined by each group. This week will provide flexible time for you to process what you learned in the previous week and receive guidance from small group leaders as you complete your final assignment.
Final Assignment Due
Connecting the university to the Nashville community is a hallmark of Dr. L. Randolph Lowry's presidency at Lipscomb University. He views the city of Nashville as the university's campus and...Learn More
Rhonda completed her M.Div. degree and has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary and Pepperdine University. She is also a fellow with the Institute for Christian Spirituality. Rhonda is a...Learn More
Lee C. Camp is professor of theology and ethics. He was awarded a permanent designation as a University "Outstanding Teacher" in 2017. He completed his undergrad studies at Lipscomb and...Learn More
Beth Conway is associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. She received her bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry and Molecular...Learn More
Director, Marriage and Family Therapy
Gonzalez joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Family Social Science from University of Minnesota. He teaches several courses in the MFT program....Learn More
Richard Goode has taught at Lipscomb for nearly 25 years. He has also taught for the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. At Lipscomb he teaches...Learn More
Executive Director, Nursing
Chelsia Harris is originally from Hartman, Arkansas. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Arkansas Tech University in 2004, her master of science in nursing degree as...Learn More
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dr. David Holmes is a native of Los Angeles. He taught at Pepperdine University, Seaver College for over 25 years and also served in administrative roles, including as Associate Dean...Learn More
Director of Business as Mission
Rob Touchstone learned to be an entrepreneur while finding and selling golfballs as a kid growing up near a golf course in Marietta, Ga. He has a passion for the...Learn More
Executive Director, LIFE Program
Kate Sullivan Watkins is Assistant Professor in the College of Bible and Ministry and teaches Spiritual Disciplines for Christian Living. She is the director of the Lipscomb Initiative for Education...Learn More