From music to business, students, faculty and alumni are taking the spotlight in their fields

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Freshman piano major takes Memphis Beethoven competition

Adam Booher, of Hermitage, Tenn., a freshman piano performance/mathematics double-major, won first prize in the senior piano division (up to age 30) of the Beethoven Club of Memphis Young Artist competition in March. Booher is a student of Jerome Reed, Lipscomb’s Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair of Piano.
In recent years the Beethoven Club has focused on discovering, promoting and developing local classical musicians, especially the young, gifted ones who need support and encouragement. The Young Artists Competition, held annually for the last 32 years, is open to regional musicians, ages 6-30, in six instrumental categories as well as voice. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three contestants in each category and the winners participate in a concert at the Beethoven Club.
Business college SIFE team wins regional competition
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The College of Business SIFE team (Students in Free Enterprise) won first place in its division at the Atlanta Regional SIFE competition in April. Lipscomb’s SIFE team, a group of university students making a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders, was made up of almost 100 students.
Participating students apply business concepts to develop outreach projects to improve quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Lipscomb’s SIFE participants completed more than 1,400 service hours over the course of three months, devoted to nine service projects.
The three main projects presented at the competition were the Kilowatt Hours project, the team’s work with Greenhouse Ministries and the Madagascar Pen Pal project. Students who made the winning presentation at the SIFE regional competition were: Andrew McArthur, Duncan Gross, Danielle Bethke, Maeva Ralafiarindaza, Estrella Nadrianasy, Ethan Summers and Grace Peacock.
In their division, Lipscomb’s SIFE team beat out Quincy University of Illinois, Reinhardt University of Georgia, Valdosta State University in Georgia, Alabama State University in Alabama and Jefferson State Community College in Alabama.
As a regional winner, Lipscomb’s SIFE team is eligible to compete in the national competition on May 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minn. A win there would send the team on to the international competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October.
The winning SIFE presentation team along with faculty advisors and
Sam Walton Fellows
Bill and Crissy Fredenberger to the far right.
Student news network wins big at Southeast Journalism Conference
This spring, honorees from the Lumination staff attended the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) in February and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 12.
At the SEJC 20 professional journalists from magazines and newspapers around the country judged entries. Three Lumination Network writers were honored as well as the overall website being named the seventh best college website amongst the 33 eligible schools in the area.
  • Lumination’s managing editor Hunter Patterson, a junior journalism major from Waverly, Tenn., was awarded second place in the category of Best Multimedia Journalist.
  • Rachel Carden, a junior multimedia production and journalism double-major from Smyrna, Tenn., placed ninth in the News Reporter portion of the competition.
  • Ryan Malone, junior multimedia production major and multimedia manager for Lumination, from Wellington, Fla., snagged fifth place in the College Journalist of the Year category.
At the SPJ conference, held at Lipscomb University, Kathryn McKinley, Kate Keith and Whitney Jarreld were awarded Mark of Excellence awards for their individual stories or photography regarding the May flood.
  • McKinley, a sophomore public communications and leadership major from McMinnville, Tenn., won first place in Television Breaking News Reportingfor her “Flooding in Nashville” footage.
  • Lumination’s Editor-in-Chief Kate Keith, a senior double-major in public relations and Spanish from Nashville, also won first place in Online News Reporting for her story “Flooding in Nashville affects campus and students.”
  • Whitney Jarreld, sophomore journalism major from Lebanon, Tenn. and Lumination’s photo editor, won second place in Breaking News Photography for her photo “Dairy King during May flood.”
  • Lumination was awarded first place overall asBest Independent Student Online Publication. 
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Pharmacy students excel at scientific research
Pharmacy students selected for research at Vanderbilt and Lipscomb over summer 2011
Seven students in the College of Pharmacy have been chosen for the 2011 Summer Research Program, a 10-week research experience offered in collaboration with faculty members in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Lipscomb University and the Departments of Pharmacology and Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University. 
The purpose of the program is to introduce student pharmacists to the excitement and importance of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences research through a mix of educational and research opportunities. All recipients are awarded a $4000 stipend.
This year’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Summer Research Program awardees are:
  • BJ Waters, class of 2013, under the mentorship of Dr. Randy Blakely of Vanderbilt, researching neurotransmitter transporter structure, function, and regulation.
  • Andrew Jacob, class of 2013, under the mentorship of Dr. Joe Deweese and Dr. Susan Mercer, both of Lipscomb, researching synthesis and analysis of topoisomerase II poisons.
  • Manjula Jayabalan, class 2014, under the mentorship of Dr. Gregg Stanwood of Vanderbilt, researching formation of brain circuits that control cognition, emotion and addiction.
  • Lisa Yinger, class of 2014, under the mentorship of Deweese of Lipscomb, researching topoisomerase II purification and activity analysis.
  • Charles Yates, class of 2014, under the mentorship of Dr. Eva Harth of Vanderbilt, researching nanoparticle drug delivery of siRNA, peptides, and proteins.
  • Rachel Stephens Crouch, of the pharmacy class of 2012, will participate in an advanced pharmacy practice research experience, under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Daniels of Vanderbilt and Dr. Scott Akers of Lipscomb, researching high throughput in vitro drug metabolism assays.
  • Rachel Saylor, a senior, will participate in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Undergraduate Research Experience, under the mentorship of Mercer of Lipscomb, researching opioid and P-glycoprotein structure activity relationships.

Rachel Crouch named Walmart Scholar by AACP

In addition student pharmacist Rachel Stephens Crouch was named a 2011 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholar.  She and her faculty sponsor, Dr. Susan Mercer, were one of seventy-five student-faculty pairs selected for this honor from AACP member institutions nationwide.  The program provides $1,000 travel scholarships to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in San Antonio, TX from July 9-13, 2011.


Science students honored

Science students inducted into Sigma Xi

In 2010, four students were inducted into the local chapter of the Sigma Xi Honor Society, a global honor society of scientists and engineers with 70,000 members worldwide, including over 200 Nobel laureates in its membership. Students were accepted as associate members, honoring their research potential. 
The 2010 inductees were:
  • Rachel Saylor
  • Jonathan Clinger
  • Chris Lamb
  • Alex Patterson

Four biology students won honors at the Tennessee Academy of Science annual meeting in November 2010 at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn.

  • Alex Patterson won first place for oral presentation in the cell and molecular biology division.
  • Porter W. Maerz won second place in poster presentation in the cell and molecular biology division.
  • Ben Kellum won third place in the poster presentation category.
  • Caitlyn Anderson won second place in poster presentation in the microbiology division.


Environmental science graduate awarded for outstanding research
Ruth Mischler (’06) was presented an award for Outstanding Paper in Weed Technology in February at the 51st annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America in Portland, Ore. This award is given to the author of the paper judged as the outstanding contribution to the journal Weed Technology in the past year. Only one paper is selected each year.
Mischler’s paper was titled “Use of a Rolled-rye Cover Crop for Weed Suppression in No-Till Soybeans.”
Mischler graduated with a BS in environmental science and went on to earn a master’s in agronomy from Penn State University Park.

Smith receives 2011 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award
Leanne Smith, assistant professor in management in the College of Business, has been named a regional recipient for the 2011 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom. 
Smith will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at the 2011 ACBSP Annual Conference, June 24-27 in Indianapolis. As a regional recipient, Smith is now a candidate for the International Teaching Excellence Award. 
The Associate Degree Commission of ACBSP established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized accrediting body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching, open to application by the entire membership.
ACBSP currently has more than 932 member campuses in 48 countries and nine regions.
Communications chair published in Communication Director
Craig Carroll, chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism, has published an article titled “Evaluate to Communicate,” in Communication Director, the industry magazine for European Association of Communication Directors in Brussels, Belgium, the largest gathering of senior level corporate communication executives in Europe.
Carroll followed-up the article by teaching a graduate class at the IE Communication School in Madrid, Spain for their Masters of Corporate Communication and a separate course at the University of Lugano (Switzerland) in their Executive Master’s of Science in Communication Management over spring break 2011.