Faculty called on to advise congressional and international leaders

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From advising U.S. congressional leaders to speaking at a U.N.-sponsored conference in telecommunications, Lipscomb University faculty and staff were actively involved this semester in bettering society and their community. Several were honored for their outstanding service and leadership efforts.


Communication and Journalism


Global Learning


Computing and Informatics




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University Administration

Risk manager becomes secretary of risk management association

Kathy Hargis, director of risk management, was inducted as secretary of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) for the 2012-2013 membership year. Hargis was inducted at the 43rd Annual Conference in Providence, R.I.. URMIA is an international non-profit education association serving colleges and universities, promoting the advancement and application of effective risk management.


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Jeff Mankin Jeff Jewell

College of Business

Business faculty win Outstanding Educator Awards

In October, the Academy of Educational Leadership presented Jeff Mankin, assistant professor of accounting, and Jeff Jewell, associate professor of finance, with Outstanding Educator Awards for creative and innovative teaching. Mankin and Jewell received these awards at the Allied Academies Fall International Program, held by the academy in Las Vegas, Nev.



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Holladay and Williams receive NELA Award

Kolin Holladay (’94), partner and corporate/securities/mergers and acquisitions regional team leader at Adams and Reese, LLP, and Dr. Laura Williams, assistant professor of management, were named winners of the 2012 Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) in legal services and education, respectively..

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville (Young Professionals) annually recognize 15 young professionals for accomplishments in their respective fields, their demonstrated leadership and their involvement in community service.

Wiilliams teaches courses such as Foundations of Business, Principles of Management, Women in Corporate Leadership, Global Business, Culture and Travel to China and Management Communication. She completed her Ph.D. in organizational behavior at the University of Mississippi, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She was the only student to be awarded the School of Business Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award and the Graduate Instructor Teaching Award. Williams is a member of Academy of Management, the Southern Management Association and CABLE, where she serves on the Women on Corporate Boards committee.

Holladay joined Adams and Reese in 2001 and focuses his practice on a wide range of legal matters, including reporting and filing obligations under federal and state securities law, public and private offerings of securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and contract negotiation and interpretation. Holladay has also owned and operated two Blue Coast Burrito franchises, and serves on the boards of the Nashville Sports Council, Front Porch Ministry and the Middle Tennessee Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a member of the National Alumni Advisory Council for Lipscomb University, and former board member of the Maryland Farms YMCA.


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Ray Eldridge Randy Bostic

Faculty/staff selected for community leadership classes

Ray Eldridge, senior associate dean of the College of Business, was selected to participate in the 2012-13 Class of Leadership Franklin, a nine-month program of study that began in late August. Eldridge was chosen because of his education and military background. He is responsible for all aspects of student learning for over 650 undergraduate and graduate business students. Leadership Franklin is a community program that educates, informs and empowers leaders.

Randy Bostic, director of development for the College of Business, was selected for membership in the 2013 Class of Leadership Middle Tennessee, Inc., a regional leadership institute encompassing the 10-county area involved in Partnership 2020. Bostic was selected in the class of 34 for his community and business leadership in Middle Tennessee.


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School of Computing and Informatics

Nine students inducted into new Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)

This October nine Lipscomb students were inducted into a new campus chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines. The UPE Association was founded at Texas A&M University in 1967 for students and faculty who exhibit superior scholastic and professional achievement in the computing sciences.

Students selected as the inaugural inductees were:

  • Aimee Laansma   
  • Christina Martin       
  • Stuart Pounders   
  • Nicholas Varnado   
  • Michael Welborn   
  • Nicholas Painter   
  • Caleb Townsend       
  • Aaron Upshaw   
  • Alexander Givant


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Communication and Journalism Department

Communication executive-in-residence invited to speak at ITU Telecom World 2012

Debi Taylor Tate, former FCC commissioner and current executive-in-residence for the Department of Communication and Journalism, was invited by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to speak at ITU Telecom World 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in October. The event was organized by the ITU, the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT) and hosted by the government of the UAE. Tate moderated the “Locking the Digital Door-Protecting the Privacy of Children Online debate.”

ITU Telecom World hosts heads of state and government, ministers, heads of UN agencies, heads of regulatory authorities, industry CEOs, thought pioneers and digital innovators from throughout the globe to share and foster understanding of the challenges and opportunities arising from the transforming ICT sector. The 2012 event explored how new technologies, trends and innovation are radically transforming the industry, impacting our lives and creating major implications for policy, regulation and competitive strategy.



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Bennie Harris Jeff Fincher


Development VP, staff participate in community leadership classes

Bennie Harris, vice president for development and alumni relations, has been chosen along with more than 40 community leaders to participate in Leadership Nashville’s 37th class.  Leadership Nashville is a nine-month program that started in September and is designed to assist community leaders in their roles as decision makers.

Jeff Fincher, development director, graduated from the 58th class of Nashville’s Young Leaders Council. Young Leaders Council is a Nashville-based nonprofit that has trained 2,000 men and women to participate on boards of nonprofit agencies. After completing more than 30 hours of leadership training, the graduates will serve one-year internships on local nonprofit boards.


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College of Education

Education dean advises congressional leaders at Aspen Institute in D.C.

Dr. Candice McQueen, Lipscomb University’s dean of the College of Education, was invited by the prestigious Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., to participate as one of five experts who informed senior congressional staff members on education issues on Nov. 16.

McQueen participated in the Aspen Institute’s Education & Society Program, a seminar for senior congressional education committee staff. The November seminar focused on teacher education and preparation issues entitled “The Missions and Roles of Teacher Preparation Programs.” Read More….


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Global Learning

Tennessee junior wins $5,000 scholarship to study in Santiago semester program

Student Daniel Hutchison, who will participate in the spring 2013 Santiago semester program in Chile, is one of over 1,000 outstanding American undergraduates to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to participate in a study abroad program during the spring 2013 academic term. Hutchison is a junior molecular biology major from Smyrna, Tenn.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program costs. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Recipients of the scholarship have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies -- making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education in Houston, Texas.


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Service-learning director named in the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2012

Christin Shatzer, director of the service-learning program (SALT), was named as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 under 40 class of 2012. Shatzer was honored for helping students get involved with community projects and her work in launching the service-learning program at Lipscomb. Under her leadership, Lipscomb has been recognized nationally for its community engagement efforts. Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 recognition is given to young businesspeople who are having a big impact on Nashville.