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Course Overview

Course Overview

President Randy Lowry has created a new course for incoming students.

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.

  • Get to know faculty and fellow classmates through small-group mentoring
  • Spend time with the president of Lipscomb University
  • Develop skills that will prepare you for success in college and resilience in life

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).

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Key Concepts

Key Concepts

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.

  • You are not alone. You are part of a bigger story. You are loved. You are equipped.
  • People grow and change by developing a growth mindset.
  • People are inspired to create and find meaning during times of crisis through means of creative expression like the arts, science and journaling.
  • People learn from failure and let go in order to thrive by avoiding catastrophizing and negative self talk, using basic principles of cognitive behavior therapy.
  • People can become stronger as a result of challenges. Humans are antifragile.
  • People can take care of themselves mentally and physically through sleep, diet, exercise, nature and technology avoidance.
  • People can grow spiritually in times of difficulty through meditation, prayer, scripture, service and gratitude.
  • People flourish by giving and receiving social support—acceptance of others, presuming positive intent, listening, asking questions and asking for help.
Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

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.

Course Schedule

Course Schedule

July 6-10 (All Times Central)
Online Class Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Small Group Time: 2-3 p.m. 

July 13-17 
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. 

July 17 
Final Assignment Due

Our Faculty

  • Randy Lowry

    Randy Lowry


    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...

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  • Rhonda Lowry

    Rhonda Lowry

    Adjunct Faculty

    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...

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  • Lee Camp

    Lee Camp


    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...

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  • Beth Conway

    Beth Conway


    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...

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  • Chris Gonzalez

    Chris Gonzalez

    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....

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  • Richard Goode

    Richard Goode


    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...

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  • Chelsia Harris

    Chelsia Harris

    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...

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    David Holmes

    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...

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  • Rob Touchstone

    Rob Touchstone

    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...

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  • Kate Watkins

    Kate Watkins

    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...

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