Music, sports, reunions and many other activities await visitors to Herdcoming Oct. 1-7

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This October brings the first annual Lipscomb University Herdcoming, Oct. 1-7, a Homecoming celebration with an entire week’s worth of activities for alumni and their families to enjoy on campus. From music to reunions, from sports to a special chapel service, Herdcoming is the perfect opportunity to reunite with your former classmates and plug in to the current Lipscomb students and faculty.

The first HerdComing will coincide with Parents Weekend, so while many activities are scheduled during the weekdays, a majority of events will occur Oct. 4-5.

HerdComing highlights include reunion gatherings for classes of 2003, 1988, 1963 and the Golden Circle; a Golden Bison luncheon; social club reunions; dessert reception with current and retired faculty; a 5K run; Lady Bison volleyball and soccer; a theater production; live music; the Tau Phi Cowboy show and much more!

For a detailed schedule of the entire week and to register for specific events log on to

Among the highlights:

Art receptions
Theatre productions
Music performances
Sports events
Interesting lectures


Selections from the Mary Elbert Taylor Art Collection
Closing Reception
Oct. 3, 5-7 p.m.
John C. Hutcheson Gallery, James D. Hughes Center
Call 615-966-5813 for more information.

Throughout September, Lipscomb University’s John C. Hutcheson Gallery presented Selections from the Permanent Collection, featuring works from the recently donated Mary Elbert Taylor Art Collection, a collection of more than 100 works donated by Dr. Dean Taylor in memory of his late wife, Mary Elbert Taylor. Recently featured in the Nashville Arts Magazine, the Taylor Art Collection is valued at more than $275,000 and is comprised of pieces his wife assembled over a span of nearly a decade. It includes 20th century Russian paintings influenced by the culture of during the Post-Bolshevik era and notable American artworks including Nashville artists.

Joshua Dildine
Opening reception and gallery talk
Oct. 7, 6 p.m.
John C. Hutcheson Gallery, James D. Hughes Center
Call 615-966-5813 for more information.

Dildine visits Lipscomb as part of the Visiting Artist Program, which serves to educate and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through critical discourse. Merging archival autobiographical photographs with viciously gestural painting, Dildine confronts the subject of conventional recollection – a fixation shared by society at large, the contemplation of past events and relationships that ultimately shapes our psychology moving forward.


The Nashville Choreographer’s Canvas
October 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m.
October 6 at 3 p.m.
Shamblin Theatre
Cost is $15 for individuals, $5 for students
Call 615-966-5186 for information.

The “Nashville Choreographer’s Canvas” is an evening of choreography from Lipscomb’s student dance troupe Orchesis Dance Company, along with special guests performers from Manhattan. The evening is curated by Orchesis director Peter Fields and award-winning choreographer Justin Boccitto, who directed Lipscomb’s production of “Hairspray.” The evening will include performances of tap, modern, Bollywood, aerial dance, ballet and plenty of entertaining humor. Lipscomb students, alumni and faculty have all choreographed works for the performance.


During the Herdcoming week, the Department of Music will present performance by the Jazz Band and Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble, as well as special Herdcoming performance of all Lipscomb’s choral ensembles on Saturday, Oct. 5. Other music opportunities during Herdcoming include the Tau Phi Cowboy show, a concert by David Barnes and musical evening in Bison Square by the new Osman Fountain.

Click here for details on all Herdcoming musical events.

Fall Choral Classic
Oct. 5, 10 a.m.
Collins Alumni Auditorium
Call 615-966-5929 for information.

As part of the university’s homecoming events, Oct. 1-7, the Lipscomb University Music Department presents the Fall Choral Classic. This concert includes performances by all of the Lipscomb University choral ensembles. Included on the program are the A Cappella Singers; the University Singers; our select men’s ensemble, the Chamber Men; and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble will present music from a variety of influences including Celtic folk music, Indian classical music, and early American hymns.

The A Cappella Singers will perform “On My Journey Home” and “Desh,” an arrangement of an Indian Raga, a piece full of percussive rhythms and unusual vocal sounds. The University Singers will perform “CarrickFergus,” a Celtic folk song; “Gift of Love,” a contemporary Christian piece for women's voices, and “Bidin' My Time,” a George Gershwin show tune for men's voices.

The Chamber Men will perform “Beati Mortui,” a motet by Felix Mendelssohn, and “Dulaman,” originally performed by the Celtic group Anuna. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans.”


Throughout the Herdcoming week there will be plenty of opportunities to cheer on the Bisons, including a Lady Bisons volleyball match against ETSU and Lady Bisons soccer games against Stetson and FGCU. In addition, Lipscomb friends and supporters can participate in the Sara Walker 5K run and the College of Pharmacy Golf SLAM.

Click here for details on all Herdcoming sports events.


Sara Walker 5K Run
Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30 a.m.
Allen Arena

Lipscomb University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will host a 5K run to benefit the Sara Walker Foundation on Sunday, Oct. 6, 6:30—8:30 a.m., beginning and ending at Allen Arena. A worship service will be held for participants in Bison Square after the run.

Walker was an alumna of Lipscomb who passed away due to cancer in 2012. Her family, friends and readers of her popular blog, “Savoring the Day,” have come together to establish the Sara Walker Foundation.

The foundation exists to continue Walker’s ministry of encouragement and outreach through a new version of the “Savoring the Day” website, publication of Sara’s writings and work at Blessings Hospital for women and to the children in Malawi, Africa. 


College of Pharmacy Golf SLAM
Oct. 7, 8 a.m.
Old Natchez Country Club

This annual golf scramble benefits service-learning and missions at the College of Pharmacy. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m.


Laura Eickholz Owen Lecture: Joe Ehrmann

Joe Ehrmann, former captain of the Baltimore Colts and now an ordained minister and coordinator of the Building Men for Others program, will present a free lecture Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. in the Swang Business Center, room 108, on effective parenting at Lipscomb University’s second Laura Eickholz Owen Lecture, now an annual feature of Lipscomb’s Family Weekend. Ehrmann will discuss how parents can strengthen their relationships with their children.