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Lipscomb’s Office of Veterans Services Celebrates Veterans on Campus

The Veteran’s Green is on display and the Student Veterans Resource Center will hold a grand reopening.

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The Veteran’s Green

The Veteran’s Green

In honor of Veterans Day 2022, Lipscomb’s Office of Veteran Services has set The Veteran’s Green outside of the Flatt Amphitheater. This field of green is planted with 835 American flags to represent each student veteran enrolled at Lipscomb University since 9/11/2001. The Veteran’s Green honors the sacrifice made by the men and women who stand beside us every day. 

Also, at 1 p.m., on Nov. 30, veteran services is hosting a grand reopening of the Student Veterans Resource Center, located just behind Elam Residence Hall. The Sentinels of Freedom, who provided the initial funding to establish the Veterans Lounge in 2015, once again gifted Lipscomb University with more than $8,500 to renovate the interior of the lounge. Additionally, RJ Young donated a touch-sensitive RICOH Interactive Whiteboard that functions as a smart TV and computer screen.

Student Veterans on campus

This fall, the Lipscomb community has the privilege of serving 142 veterans and 199 dependents, for a total 341 military-connected students. Today’s enrolled student veterans are performing well academically, with 94.4 percent maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, and 32.4 percent maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“We are very proud of our students and are committed to providing them and their families with opportunities for a meaningful academic experience,” said Sam Lynn, director of the Veteran Services Office at Lipscomb. 

“The military background of these individuals has been an incredibly important part of their journeys, and we value the unique perspective they contribute to our community. We are intentional about forming relationships with them, and have developed a reputation for being a Christ-centered community that welcomes and serves them.”

Sam Lynn

Sam Lynn

Lynn is a Marine Corps veteran who spent 10 years in active duty service. He earned both his bachelors and master’s degrees in business administration at Lipscomb, using his Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program. After completing his MBA in 2019, Sam accepted the position of director of veteran services, where he works as an advocate for student veterans and dependents. 

In addition to Lynn, the Veteran Services Office team includes Jimmie Handley, assistant director of veteran services; Dianne Frank, project coordinator; Billie Scroggins, school certifying official; and Katey Baggett, assistant school certifying official. The veteran services office is located on the lower level of Bennett Campus Center. 

A Lipscomb education is affordable for many veterans and their families through scholarships, discounted tuition rates, and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a benefit under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill which provides qualified veterans, or their dependents, undergraduate and graduate degrees tuition-free through their distinguished service to our nation. 

Lipscomb is a G.I. Job’s top Military Friendly School and one of Military Times’ Top 25 Best for Vets Business Schools. It was named by Military Times in 2017 the #3 Private School for Vets in the nation and #12 Best for Vets Campus in the nation and received a VETS campus designation from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Lipscomb provides a dedicated resource center, a veteran lounge, monthly professional development sessions, networking opportunities, and student advocacy among other programs and services for its population of military-connected students.

Learn more about Lipscomb’s Veteran Services Office and about the military and veterans admissions process.