I am an Honors...

Learn more about students who participate in Honors at Lipscomb. Select an image to read more about some of our students and alumni.

I am an Honors Runner.

Katie Bianchini from Snohomish, Wash.
Sophomore Journalism/New Media and Spanish Major

Activities: Cross Country and Track 800, Mile, 3000, 5k, Distance Medley Relay, Alpha Chi, 2013 & 2014 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship XC Team

To be honest, at first I didn’t actually want to be in the Honors College. Eventually, my mom convinced me to take every opportunity in going to Lipscomb, so I somewhat begrudgingly filled out the application. In the end, I am so glad I got into the Honors program because it has been a blessing in every way! Dr. Prill is a wonderful person and I have learned so much in his classes over the last year and a half. I love the discussion-based classroom setting, and though there is often quite a bit of reading, it has all been well worth the work. In just three semesters I have changed my point of view and expanded my knowledge on topics like short term missions, the way God speaks in our lives, and food security. This semester, my class focused on corn farming in America which turned out to be so interesting (How can a class on corn possibly hold a student's interest for 16 weeks? You'll have to check out the Lipscomb Honors College to find out!). I love the small class sizes because you really get to know your professors and your classmates. And hey, we've gotten to eat dinner at President Lowry's house twice! So far, the Honors College is one of my favorite parts of my experience Lipscomb!

After finishing my undergrad degree, I hope to complete a Master's degree in Secondary Education.

I am an Honors Volunteer

Jessica Brennan from Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Freshman Exercise Science Major

Activities: Sigma Pi Beta Service Club, MED Club, Best Buddies Coordinator

The Honors College has given me the opportunity to learn and study with peers who are as invested in their academics as I am. The Honors staff are so committed to our success and really want us to grow as individuals.

I want to go to grad school and get my doctorate to be a physical therapist.

I am an Honors Play Director

Tessa Bryant from Hendersonville, Tenn.
Graduated in Dec Magna Cum Laude, Theatre Directing Major

Activities: University Singers, Creative Writing minor, Theatre Department House Manager and Box Office Staff, professional internships with Barrington Stage Company, Creede Repertory Theatre, Blackbird Theatre Company, Nashville Repertory Theatre, and Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Plays: Directed Medea, Assistant Directed West Side Story, The Servant of Two Masters Dramaturg, Performance roles: Les Miserables-MadameThenardier, Shrek the Musical- Fairy Godmother, The Pajama Game- Chorus, James and the Giant Peach- Aunt Spiker

The Honors College celebrates more than just academic and intellectual accomplishments. The Honors College is a community that values service and critical thinking. We enjoy challenging what's easy and average and look for ways to push our education further than we have to. The Honors College also supports a wide variety of on-campus activities, from the arts to guest lecturers. My college career has definitely been richer because of the conversations and experiences I've had during my years here. I'm a better critical thinker and I've learned to expect more of myself.

Thesis topic: Euripides' Medea

My immediate plans are to finish my Directing Internship with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's production of Twelfth Night. I'll also spend the next few months traveling in New Zealand to see family and Scotland to work on a leadership mission trip for high schools and middle schools. My ultimate goals are to earn my Masters and Ph.D. in Theatre History and become a professor and writer, as well as directing professionally.

I am an Honors Acapella Singer

Tate Burns from Saline, Mich.
Junior Computer Science Major

Activities: Acapella Choir, ChamberMen, Vocal Jazz Group, Theatrical Productions including Les Miserables and West Side Story, Member of Theta Psi, National Merit Finalist Scholar.

I enjoy taking Honors classes because they focus more on the students' independent thought than regular classes do. I also really enjoy the community of similar academically driven students that the Honors College provides.

I plan to enter the workforce as a Software Engineer, but also volunteer at a church as a Worship Minister. Over time I hope to transition my career full-time Worship Ministry.

I am an Honors Pianist

Esther Chung from Tullahoma, Tenn.
Sophomore Nursing Major, Music Minor

Activities: Chamber Orchestra and the Piano Studio.

After I graduate, I want to go on the World Race. I want to work in an Emergency Room in New York City for a year, but ultimately, I want to become a midwife and a nurse practitioner and be involved in missions.

I am an Honors Volleyball Player

Lauren Ford from Lenexa, Kan.
Senior Exercise Science Major

Activities: Volleyball Coach for Alliance Volleyball Club in Franklin, Injury Prevention Coach at Alliance Volleyball Club, SAAC representative for volleyball, Linked Lipscomb—mentorship program for athletes, Devotional leader for high school athletes.

Athletic Honors: AVCA All American Honorable Mention 2013, AVCA South Region Team 2013, 2014, CoSIDA Academic All District Team 2013, 2014, Captain 2012, 2013, 2014, Atlantic Sun All Academic Team 2012, 2013, 2014, 2011 Atlantic Sun All Freshman Team, 2012 Atlantic Sun 2nd Team All Conference, Atlantic Sun 1st Team All Conference 2013, 2014, 2011 Atlantic Sun Tournament Champion and NCAA participant, 2013 and 2014 Preseason 1st Team All Conference, Attended the National Team Tryouts in spring 2014 in Colorado Springs, NSCA All-American 2014, 2014 Atlantic Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year, NCAA participant 2014, CoSIDA 1st team Academic All-American

I liked the idea of being in the Honors College because I am one that is always trying to push for more. I push to better myself and those around me by wanting to learn and also teach. I knew the Honors College would challenge me to do more than average work, and I thought I would thrive on that kind of expectation. The program has not let me down and has opened up new worlds of opportunity for me that I would not have found otherwise.

Thesis topic: Heart Rate Variability due to Emotional States

Post grad I am planning on a year break from as I apply to med school. Currently my chief interest is neurology if I were to specialize.  For the next year I will either work in Nashville or play sand volleyball using my 5th year of eligibility in another sport for another university.

I am an Honors Journal Editor

Alycia Gilbert from Collierville, Tenn.
Sophomore English and French double-major

Activities: Writing Studio consultant, Professor Assistant in the English and Modern Languages Department, Nashville Inner City Volunteer, write novel reviews for Killer-Nashville, Editor-in-chief of Lipscomb's creative literary journal and the academic journal, Alpha Chi Honors Society.

I plan to either pursue graduate school or work in publishing and editing.

I am an Honors App Creator

Christopher Hebert from Franklin, Tenn.
Freshman Computer Science Major

Activities: Lipscomb Team Member-International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC), Lipscomb's HackNashville team, SPB service club, Basketball and Wiffle ball Intramural sports, Presidential Scholar

Apps: PotentPoet (a poetry writing, editing, and analysis tool), CalMerge (a Lipscomb student-specific class schedule automator and event coordination tool created in one weekend at HackNashville), Falling Grades (a fun game centered around shooting the F's out of the sky and keeping the A's alive)

The Honors College provides an extra layer of community, academic guidance, and exciting extra-curricular activities that would've been harder to find otherwise. I look forward to writing an Honors Thesis and receiving the necessary guidance to perform real research and get my thoughts down in a well-organized academic paper as I progress through the program.

After graduation I plan to continue pursuing degrees and research projects in the computer science field academically unless I discover a more exciting opportunity along the way (of which there are many to choose from!).

I am an Honors Nurse

Richard Hunnicutt from Portland, Tenn.
Senior Nursing Major

Activities: Alpha Chi Honors Society, Honors College, National Student Nurse Association, Lipscomb Student Nurse Association – Historian, Provost’s List, Nominee for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

The Honors College at Lipscomb University began as something to strive for, igniting my ambitious nature for collegiate activities. It assuredly eased my transition into college life being with those of similar intellect and desire to learn. Those in the Honors College definitely became like family to me and helped form a meshwork of friends that transitioned with me throughout my entire university experience.

My reasons for wanting to be a part of the Honors College started with learning of its existence through a Lipscomb welcome email, and continued despite originally being waitlisted. Through perseverance and the assistance of my advisor (a former Honors College graduate), I finally gained entrance and began the experience of a lifetime there forth. The draw of such a close-knit group paired with the eccentricities of Dr. Prill allowed for continual interest and appeal.

And as for my post graduation plans - I am applying for the Nurse residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and then plan to pursue a doctorate degree for nurse anesthesia (CRNA).

I am an Honors West Coaster

Lorne Jaques from Irvine, Calif.
Freshman Youth Ministry Major

Activities: Serving at the Habitat for Humanity REstore, Trustee Scholar, plans on joining a social club next semester and becoming an RA next year.

The best part about Honors would be the classes we have the opportunities to take and the professors we can take them with. For my first semester, I was in the Secrets of the Universe Honors seminar and an Honors Bible class, taught by Dr. Bradshaw and Dr. Strahan respectively. I learned a lot more in these classes than some of my peers did in their normal classes, and overall just had an incredible experience. Both of those professors also seemed to take a personal interest in maintaining a relationship with me, and they each did this to a much greater extent than my other professors. As a result I had a much better experience for my first semester of college, and that wouldn't have been possible without the Honors College.

Throughout high school I felt as though I was being called to ministry, specifically youth ministry, through a number of different situations that at the time seemed coincidental. However as I looked at all of these coincidences as a whole I realized it seemed to be the hand of God nudging me in the direction of ministry, which is reflected in my choice of major. As a result of this, I plan on pursuing my masters of divinity after I finish my time at Lipscomb, and then eventually entering a career as a full time youth minister.

I am an Honors SGA Officer

Sarah Lavoie from Wallingford, Conn.
Sophomore Mathematics Major

Activities: Track and Field Team Member, SGA Senator, Academic Committee member

Honors courses have smaller class sizes which makes for more open discussion and class unity. I also really enjoy how these courses are less remote memorization and more critical thinking.

After I graduate I hope to go onto grad school, probably in the field of mathematics or economics.

I am an Honors Baseball Pitcher

Ben Lee from Franklin, Tenn.
Freshman Biochemistry Major

I wanted to be in the Honors College because I want to be as best prepared for whatever graduate school I choose to attend. Not only is it a nice addition to my résumé, but the Honors College is going to prepare me better for the future, giving me the best education possible here at Lipscomb.

If baseball does not work out, I plan on going to either medical school or graduate school and focus on medical sciences.

I am an Honors Engineer

Jericho Locke from Fresno, Calif.
Freshman Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics Major

Activities: Honors College Academic Council, Lipscomb Ultimate Frisbee Team, Engineering Guatemala Mission Team Member, Study Abroad Vienna- Fall 2015, Presidential Scholar

I was drawn to the Honors College because graduating with Honors differentiates a student from other engineering graduates, and working with Dr. Prill and on a Honors thesis stimulates internship and graduate school opportunities. As a constantly busy engineering student I greatly appreciate that graduating from the Honors College does not require extra courses or extra work, but similar amounts of more thought provoking, interesting work.

I plan to attend a top ranked engineering institution to receive a Master’s degree in either mechanical or electrical engineering, while subsequently finding a specific field or position to enter post-graduation. Beyond that I may pursue additional education or enter the job market hopefully as a management or design engineer in a pioneering technology firm.

I am an Honors RA

Georgia McArtney from Chicago, Ill./Hastings, New Zealand
Sophomore Dietetics Major

Activities: Johnson RA, Relay for life committee member, PKS (girls service club), LAND (Lipscomb Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), leading a dorm Bible study, volunteer at Green Fork Academy in Nashville, Provost's List

I decided to apply for the Honors College because I was interested in the different approach to classroom learning, in addition to the challenge of being surrounded by so many brilliant people! I love the smaller classes and the high standards which motivate me to think and reason, engaging in my work and applying my knowledge throughout my life.

After completing my bachelors I must enroll in a yearlong dietetic internship, after which I plan to get my masters specializing in nutrition counseling or international nutrition.

I am an Honors Lipscomb Lifer

Chandler Montgomery from Nashville, Tenn.
Sophomore Molecular Biology Major

Activities: Member of- Sigma Omega Sigma social club, A Cappella Singers, Chambermen men’s ensemble, MED club. Participated in Singarama (Spring 2014) as a lead in the “STOP” show, recipient of the Organic Chemistry Award (Spring 2014)

I like the Honors College because through it I have been able to meet so many great people who not only value academic endeavor, but also value service, culture, the arts, and simply having fun.

My plans are to attend medical school and become a doctor.

I am an Honors Club Officer

Kelly Morrell from Knoxville, Tenn. Sophomore Psychology and French major

Activities: Social Coordinator for Pi Kappa Sigma service club, Student Worker and Project Leader in the SALT Office, member of the Leadership Edge, Bass Clarinetist in the Wind Ensemble, mentor for the Joshua Project, Intermediate French Student of the Year for 2013-2014

One of the reasons I wanted to join the Honors College was to meet thoughtful and intelligent people that I could connect with. I certainly found that and love all the friends that I've made through the Honors College! It has been a joy to share freshman seminar, communications, and other required classes my first year of college with friends that I may not have met otherwise.

After I graduate I would like to get an assistantship in France and teach English for about a year and then go to graduate school when I return.

I am an Honors Student Teacher

Anissa Plattner from Nashville, Tenn.
Junior Elementary Education Major

Activities: Tutor English language learner students in South Nashville, Nashville Inner-City Ministries teacher, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) school in Costa Rica Summer 15

I like that, in the Honors College, I get to focus more on things that are interesting to me and get academic credit for them at the same time. Plus, Dr. Prill is awesome.

Thesis topic: Comparing homeschooled and traditionally schooled students in their college preparation. I am working with the Coalition for Responsible Home Education to accomplish this. It’s of particular interest to me because I am a homeschool alumnus.

With a TEFL certification and my teaching degree, I will be able to teach English almost anywhere in the world. My goal is to teach with the Peace Corps someday. This spring, I’m applying to Teach for America. I’d like to teach with them for a couple years before I apply to Peace Corps. Eventually, I plan to go back to school and get a graduate psychology degree in family research and policy.

I am an Honors Nashville Native

Natalie Risk from Nashville by way of Cairo, Egypt
Freshman Theatre: Directing & Design/Tech Major

Activities: Singin in the Rain-Tech Crew; West Side Story-Run Crew; Reflections-Dancer, Actor, Crew; Seussical-Assistant Stage Manager. College of Entertainment and the Arts Student Governing Board. Honors College Social Committee. Freshman Theatre Scholarship

Well, I wanted to be in the Honors College when I met Dr. Prill. He was wearing this rad LU bowtie and bragging about how it was now illegal and that's the reason he loves to wear it! We started talking about Star Trek and how I was from Egypt and I thought he was the coolest older person I had ever met. I was also really interested in taking classes that were smaller size students, but more intellectually engaging. So I applied. And I'm very glad that I did.

The best part about the Honors College for me has probably been Honors Story of Jesus. I have grown up in the Church, but never have I heard the life of Jesus told with such depth and direct relevancy to our lives. The Honors Retreat was also a lot of fun! And the fact that the Honors Lounge is perpetually stocked with tea and coffee!

I plan on getting an MFA in Theatre as well as Film. From there, I want to write, produce, design, and direct quality stage productions, films, and television shows. My dream is to create raw, human works of art that inspire the world the be the best form of humanity that we can be. I also hope to bring the Entertainment Industry to under privileged places around the world who do not have access to it. A wise person once told me "Living without leisure is not living. It's surviving." I dream of a world where no one survives, but everyone lives.

I am an Honors Admissions Recruiter

Kevin Talatham from Smyrna, Tenn.
Junior Information Security BS & Masters in Information Technology

Activities: Army ROTC Cadet at Vanderbilt, Association for Computing Machinery President, Sigma Iota Delta social club, Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, Security and Compliance Intern at FDH Consulting, Upsilon Pi Epsilon (International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines), W.E.B Du Bois Honor Society

I wanted to be in the Honors College for the community of higher-achieving individuals, to be able to not only learn with honors students but to also go on adventures around Nashville with them. The recognition of being part of the Honors College will help megreatly with grad school, scholarships, internships, and jobs down the line.

As of right now, I can either go Active Duty with the Army or the Reserves. But either way, I will want to work within the Cyber Branch. I won't know for sure what branch of the Army I will be in until after I complete Cadet Troop Leader Training next summer. Some other branches I am interested in are Military Intelligence and the Signal Corps. If I go active, that will be my full time job. If I am Reserves I will be starting a career in the Info Security field. Specifically, I would like to one day work in the Intelligence community within our federal government. I find how we gather our intel on our enemies, friends, and ourselves very intriguing.

I am an Honors Phi Sigma

Ellen Taylor from Birmingham, Ala.
Sophomore Law, Justice and Society Major

Activities: SGA, Office of Admissions, Phi Sigma Social Club, Phi Alpha Delta, Trustee Scholar

My favorite part is the classes! I love all of the Honors professors I've had and that my classes are challenging and discussion-based.

I plan on attending law school once I graduate from Lipscomb.

I am an Honors Study Abroad Student

Landon Woods from Bernie, Mo.
Sophomore European History and Political Science Major

Activities: Greek Life (Theta Psi), Intramural sports, Provost Scholar, Study Abroad: Vienna, Fall 2014

The Honors program presents new challenges and learning opportunities that aren't available otherwise. It has a tendency to push you in areas you aren't comfortable, which I have quickly discovered is invaluable.

I plan to get my Masters degree in something History related.

I am an Honors International Student

Jennifer Carvalho Zepparelli from Perugia, Italy
Junior International Business Major

Activities: The Joshua Project, Social Club, CRU, Admissions employee

I wanted to be in the Honors College because I wanted to be challenged in my classes and develop a habit to use critical thinking. The Honors College organizes social events and opportunities to be involved in the Nashville cultural scene and different interesting debates. My favorite thing about the Honors College is that it gives me the opportunity to be a part of a select group of people who ultimately share a love for knowledge and a desire to get deeper than the material given in school or textbooks. Honors classes have taught me how to think for myself.

After graduation I plan to get my MBA and subsequently find a job with an international company. I want to be able to combine my passion for languages and cultures with the business world.