Faculty honored with state, national and global honors in 2013

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Professor of Accounting Perry Moore was elected president of the international honor society Delta Mu Delta in November. He is just one of many accomplished faculty, students and alumni who have made scholarly and industry accomplishments in the past semester.

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Moore elected president of international business honor society Delta Mu Delta

Perry Moore, professor of accounting, director of the graduate accounting program and assistant director of graduate business programs, was elected president of the international honor society Delta Mu Delta in November 2013. He served on the society's board of directors as vice president before his election as president.

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society for business programs which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs at the baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral levels. Founded by educators from Harvard, Yale and New York universities in 1913, the society recognizes and encourages academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities to create an atmosphere that fosters the well-being of its individual members and the business community.

In 2012, the society inducted 10,073 student members at 296 chapters hosted on 208 different university campuses located in the United States and in eight foreign countries.

Moore is in his 32nd year at Lipscomb. A member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Moore serves as Chair of their Regional Conference Committee and is a past president of the organization’ Nashville chapter. He also directs the Accounting Academy for the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, a four-day summer camp that provides high school students with first-hand experience of the diverse fields in accounting.

Moore serves on the CPE (continuing professional education) Task Force for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).





Administration and Staff


Farris appointed director of National Association of College and University Mail Services

Ronnie Farris, manager of The Connection, the Lipscomb post office, has been appointed a member of the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Mail Services (NACUMS) association.

NACUMS was created to establish standards and foster professionalism for campus mail personnel. The association serves as a communication channel for colleges and universities to share ideas with the United States Postal Service, Postal Rate Commission, or others to insure the best interest of the mailing industry.

A political science and sociology major, Farris has worked with Lipscomb since 1979.



Hargis inducted as secretary of University Risk Management and Insurance Association

hargis squareKathy E. Hargis, director of risk management at Lipscomb University, was inducted as secretary of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association for the 2013-2014 membership year.

In October at the association’s 44th Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., the association inducted the new executive committee and board of director members for the association, who were elected by the association’s membership.



College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Hutchinson wins STEM grant for teacher workshop

Professor of Chemistry Ben Hutchinson won a $240,000 Race to the Top iSTEM grant to conduct the iSTEM (Integrating STEM) Workshop for teachers in Tennessee’s Williamson and Davidson counties. Eleven teachers have spent 18 months learning how to incorporate STEM education (instruction in science, technology, engineering and math) and make science subjects entertaining and engaging for students.

The iSTEM workshop provides the teachers with 80 hours of in-depth, cutting edge professional development. Emphasis was placed on health care, wastewater treatment and alternative energy. Nanotechnology, fuel cells and superconductor inquiry-based experiments were used to illustrate STEM topics and make connections.


Department of Communication

Tate appointed to Aspen Institute Task Force, published op-ed

Deborah Taylor Tate, adjunct professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism and executive-in-residence at the Institute for Civic Leadership, was appointed to the Aspen Institute Task Force on the Internet and Learning.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization aiming to foster leadership and provide a non-partisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The task force will analyze the use of digital media in learning, innovation and safety.

Tate is a two-time U.S. Presidential nominee and former U.S. Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.


Department of Mathematics

Wells wins grant to continue SEE-Math workshop

Carroll Wells, chair of the math department, received $300,000 in 2013 to train 72 teachers over the summer at the SEE-Math Workshops. The workshop provided interactive math teaching tools for Middle Tennessee’s high school and middle school math teachers.

In addition, the math department was awarded nearly $240,000 in race to the Top iSTEM grants to hold two additional workshops called Function of Algebra and Making Math Matter.

All three workshops are part of the state’s ongoing investigation of the most effective methods of teacher professional development programs to improve K-12 education.


Department of Music

Wilson wins grant to host Men’s Choral Festival

Gary Wilson, director of choral activities, received a $6,000 grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission to hold the 2013 Men’s Choral Festival, featuring the as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States,” Cantus.

Wilson plans to make the Men’s Choral Festival an annual event and has secured an additional grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. In January, 2014, Cantus member Tim Takach will premiere a choral work he wrote specifically for the Lipscomb Men’s Choral Festival, called “Little Blades of Grass.”



College of Bible

Black teaches ministry in Germany sponsored by Ministry for Theological Education

Mark Black, professor of theology, hosted a class on Paul and the church conflict in 1 Corinthians for missionaries and ministers in Gemunden, Germany in October.

The Ministry for Theological Education is a small non-profit organization created by Professor Richard Oster, professor of theology at Harding School of Theology in Memphis. Oster has raised funds to send teachers abroad in order to educate and encourage Church of Christ ministers and missionaries in Europe.


Lee Camp receives BioLogos Foundation grant

Lee Camp, professor of theology, received a grant from the BioLogos Foundation for the development of a public television special on Christian faith and evolutionary theory.

The foundation is a community of Christians who believe in the blending of evolutionary creation and biblical faith.

Camp attended the BioLogos grantee conference at Gordon College in Boston in June. BioLogos was founded by Dr. Francis Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project and current head of the National Institutes of Health.


Michael McRay authors “Letters from Apartheid Street”

Michael McRay, a 2011 Lipscomb graduate and adjunct professor in the College of Bible, had his first book published this year: “Letters from ‘Apartheid Street’: A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine.” Friends, fans and family gathered in Beaman Library in October, for a book-signing and to hear McRay discuss his work.

After his college graduation, McRay became involved with the Christian Peacemaker Teams, a faith-based organization that supports, among other things, Palestinian-led, nonviolent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation. McRay became part of a team in the West Bank city of Hebron for two months.

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College of Business

Eldridge appointed to accreditation board of examiners for business schools

eldridge sqaureRay Eldridge, senior associate dean and professor of management in Lipscomb University’s College of Business, has been appointed by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) board of directors to the 2013 Board of Examiners.

The TNCPE’s award program annually recognizes organizations demonstrating excellence in business operations and results. As an examiner, Eldridge is responsible for reviewing and evaluating organizations that apply for the TNCPE Award. The Board of Examiners comprises experts from all sectors of the regional economy, including health care, service, non-profit, manufacturing, education and government.

Eldridge was appointed to the board previously in 2004, and has served as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner since 2005. He is a Certified Quality Manager/Organizational Excellence and also serves as an accreditation examiner and mentor for the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

Established in 1993 as a public-private partnership, the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence strives to promote economic development and drive organizational excellence by helping companies and organizations grow more competitive in today’s global marketplace through affordable, in-depth assessments.


Eldridge was also appointed in September to a three-year term on the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners.

The ACBSP commission serves as an autonomous body to determine whether institutions that apply for accreditation of their business schools and programs meet the accreditation standards that are promulgated by that board of commissioners. The board of commissioners is composed of nine members elected from the membership and one appointed to represent the public at large.

ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence. The council accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master and doctorate degree levels worldwide.



College of Education

McQueen testifies on Common Core Standards before Senate committee

Mcqueen squareLipscomb University's College of Education Dean Candice McQueen was one of a handful of people selected to testify before the Tennessee Senate Education Committee on the Common Core Standards.

McQueen currently serves in Tennessee’s Educator Leader Cadre for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Consortium, a 23-state group working to develop national tests for students, based on Common Core. The PARCC tests will be completely online, which is bringing major changes to many school systems throughout the state.

She also serves as the liaison for higher education for the State Department of Education’s Common Core State Standards Leadership Council for K-12 and on the Common Core advisory board for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Institutes of Higher Education.

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College of Professional Studies

Long appointed chair of Governor’s Task Force on Aging

Charla Long, dean of the College of Professional Studies and founder of Lipscomb’s School of TransformAging®, has been appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to chair a new Task Force on Aging. Haslam formed the group to create a plan to improve the lives and care of older Tennesseans and their families through a collaboration of public, private and nonprofit leaders.

The Task Force on Aging is an outgrowth of discussions that began at the Governor’s Summit on Aging that took place on the Lipscomb campus on June 21, 2011. It was a partnership between Lipscomb University and Haslam that brought together public, private and nonprofit leaders to discuss ways to improve the lives of Tennesseans as they age. Participants were challenged to think creatively in finding ways to better serve seniors.

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Abdulla honored at White House

Kasar Abdulla, a native of Kurdistan, was recently recognized by the White House’s Champions of Change program for her work to convene interfaith dialogue and conversations of significance about immigration issues. The program recognizes “everyday Americans who are making positive changes in their communities,” according to the White House website.

Each week, a group of individuals selected as Champions of Change are invited to the White House to share their ideas. Abdulla was honored in a special ceremony at the White House in September.

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Dalton awarded Waller Diversity Scholarship

Alé Dalton, a 2012 Lipscomb University magna cum laude graduate, was the third recipient of the Diversity Endowed Scholarship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law.

At Lipscomb, she was awarded the Angie Greene Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship awarded to the most outstanding student in the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy.  She was the Student Government Association’s academic chair and served as a peer advisor in the academic advising office.

Waller, Nashville’s oldest and largest law firm, created the Diversity Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship considers students' ethnic and cultural backgrounds, career goals, social and economic disadvantages, age, race and gender. Waller will formally recognize Dalton in January 2014 at the firm’s annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life.





Gleaves named dean of College of Biblical Studies at Faulkner University

Scott Gleaves, Lipscomb alumnus, was named dean of the College of Biblical Studies at Faulkner University.

After attending Alabama Christian College from 1980 to 1982, Gleaves finished his bachelor degree at Lipscomb University. He has M.S. and M.Div. degrees from Abilene Christian University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Christian University.

Gleaves joined Faulkner in August 2011 as assistant dean for the College of Biblical Studies. He was named associate dean a year later.