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Course Overview

Course Overview

During his presidency, Chancellor Randy Lowry 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).

Program format and details are subject to change pending new and/or updated COVID-19 protocols.

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

In this course, you'll interact with and learn from an all-star lineup of some of Lipscomb's most notable faculty members.


Randy Lowry
Randy Lowry
Chancellor of Lipscomb University
J.D., Hamline University
M.P.A., B.A., Pepperdine University
President Lowry has also been a professor of conflict management for many years and will teach important skills necessary to find resilience in moments of conflict.
Rhonda Lowry
Rhonda Lowry
Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A., Pepperdine University
Professor Lowry connects the practice of spiritual disciplines with everyday life and contends that the practices can be a foundation for thriving.
Lee Camp
Lee Camp
Professor of Ethics and Theology
Ph.D., M.A., University of Notre Dame
M.Div., M.A., Abilene Christian University
B.A., Lipscomb University
Dr. Camp sees the spiritual in all of life and knows those whose faith has caused them to be resilient in times of trouble.
Beth Conway
Beth Conway
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
B.S., Abilene Christian University
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Conway is a cancer researcher who knows that in scientific research, resilience is necessary to eventually find solutions for health challenges.
Chris Gonzalez
Chris Gonzalez
Director of Marriage and Family Therapy
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.MFT, Abilene Christian University
B.A., Harding University
Dr. Gonzalez leads our Family Counseling Clinic and will discuss the psychology of resilience.
Richard Goode
Richard Goode
Professor of History, Politics and Philosophy
Ph.D., M.A., Vanderbilt University
B.A., Lipscomb University
Dr. Goode 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.
Chelsia Harris
Chelsia Harris
Executive Director of the School of Nursing
D.N.P., Case Western Reserve University
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University
B.S.N., Arkansas Tech University
Dr. Harris 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
David Holmes
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Ph.D., M.A., University of Southern California
M.E.L., California State University, Dominguez Hills
B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
Dean Holmes will explore resilience in literature, poetry and prose.
Rob Touchstone
Rob Touchstone
Director of Business as Mission
M.Div., B.A., Lipscomb University
Professor Touchstone 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

Kate Watkins
Executive Director of LIFE Program
D.Min., M.Div, B.A., Lipscomb University
Dr. Watkins 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

Week 1

Online Class Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Small Group Time: 2-3 p.m.


The Real Is Struggle: What Everyone Can Learn from The Entrepreneurial Endeavor
Rob Touchstone, Director of Business as Mission
Creative ideas are rarely light bulbs or gravity-revealing apples. Whether it be a business that starts in a garage or a product that evolves from countless failures, most things we proclaim as breakthroughs were formed from brokenness and forged through failure. In entrepreneurship, we call these concepts ideation, innovation and iteration. The most successful entrepreneurs utilize these not only to build a business but to build a solution. In this class session, we will discover what these business concepts reveal in the midst of a global struggle that can unleash a creative imagination inside you that just might change the world around you.

Experiencing Resilience as Spiritual Transformation
Rhonda Lowry, Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation
In this class, students will explore how we as humans engage all of who we are through spiritual practices that allow one to experience transformation juxtaposed to just the gathering of information. Resilience requires a prepared mind, body, heart and soul. How does one spiritually prepare for the tough work God desires in us that allows one to be the person He created you to be?


Dealing with Difficult Moments: A Path to Resilience
Randy Lowry, Chancellor of Lipscomb University
What do you do in difficult moments? These times will test your resiliency. This course will explore a simple phrase, “go below the line,” to provide a road map or guide for difficult situations. Dr. Lowry will give you tools from a conflict management perspective to handle conflict in a productive way.

Aristotle, Courage and the Good Life
Lee Camp, Professor of Theology and Ethics
What might moral philosophy have to teach us about resilience? Turns out that philosophers like Aristotle have a great deal to teach us on such matters. Consequently, this lecture provides a sketch of virtue traditions and closes with a challenge that can actually change your life, starting today.


Grit: The Power of an Indomitable Spirit
Chelsia Harris, Executive Director of the School of Nursing
Adversity can manifest both internally and externally. It is not only inevitable; we should expect it. Thriving through adversity requires resilience. Trials and tribulations have the ability to challenge, strengthen and empower, but how?! This session will lead participants in exploring the power of an indomitable spirit through historical storytelling and the personal and professional experiences of a first-generation college student, nurse, educator, executive and author.

Holistic Resilience: Strength Within All of Me - Strength Between Us
Chris Gonzalez, Director of Marriage and Family Therapy
Holistic resilience is building strength in the heart, soul, mind and body. It is building up strength and everything it means to be a person. But it’s more than that. Holistic resilience is building strength between people as well, in the relationships that mean most to us.


For Just Such a Time as This
Richard Goode, Professor of History, Politics and Philosophy
Times of uncertainty are inevitable. Thankfully our forebears have provided wise guidance and faithful practices for our thriving and flourishing. In this session, we will consider the stories of two historic leaders who built communities, schools destined to equip individuals with the requisite tools and practices for leading resilient and purposeful lives for just such a time as this.

Resilient LIFE: A Story of Overcoming
Kate Watkins, Executive Director of LIFE Program
Life requires the gift of resilience. Some are born with it. Most must cultivate it. This session highlights the story of a Lipscomb graduate steeped in resilience, a university program housed at the Tennessee Prison for Women, and an unexpected community that graciously emerged.


Sheltered in but Not Locked out
David Holmes, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
One R&B song includes the lyrics, "Free your mind and the rest will follow." Using three stories, this class explores how to rediscover joy, freedom and identity when you feel trapped. You will receive tips for managing physical, emotional and spiritual confinement.

Vaccinating Against Fragility: Insights from the Biomedical Sciences
Beth Conway, Associate Professor of Biology
The biological world is, at its center, anti-fragile. Organisms are not only designed to survive challenges, but to thrive in the face of adversity. Gleaning insights from the human immune system, the history of vaccine development and the current COVID-19 pandemic, we see the importance of memory, creativity and a growth mindset in developing resilience. 

Week 2

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 at the end of the week.

Our Faculty

  • Randy Lowry headshot

    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...

    Meet Randy Lowry
  • Rhonda Lowry

    Rhonda Lowry

    Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation

    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...

    Meet Rhonda Lowry
  • Lee Camp headshot

    Lee Camp


    Lee is an Alabamian by birth. He met his wife Laura at Lipscomb as an undergrad (BA in Computer Science), and then did seminary at Abilene Christian University (MA and...

    Meet Lee Camp
  • Chris Gonzalez headshot

    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....

    Meet Chris Gonzalez
  • Richard Goode

    Richard Goode


    Selected Publications: Books And the Criminals With Him: Essays in Honor of Will D. Campbell. Eugene OR: Cascade Books. (2012) Writings on Reconciliation and Resistance. Eugene OR: Cascade Books....

    Meet Richard Goode
  • Chelsia Harris headshot

    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...

    Meet Chelsia Harris
  • David Holmes headshot

    David Holmes

    Dean, 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 was the first African American to receive tenure (2003)...

    Meet David Holmes
  • Rob Touchstone headshot

    Rob Touchstone

    Director of Business as Mission

    Rob 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 serving marginalized...

    Meet Rob Touchstone
  • Kate Watkins

    Kate Watkins

    LIFE Consultant

    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...

    Meet Kate Watkins