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2012 MLK Joint Day of Service IMPACT


2012 MLK Joint Day of Service was a success!  It was wonderful to see such a diverse and motivated group of students and community members volunteer. We were honored to have Congressman Jim Cooper attend and address the group. Keep Reading

Freshman spend first semester tutoring ELL students as a part of their seminar course
This fall, Professor Carrie Abood turned the tables on her freshman seminar service-learning class – the students became the teachers!
Professor Abood engaged her students in Lipscomb’s ELL Tutoring Program.  The program is designed to help members of the Lipscomb community improve and develop their English language skills.  Students tutor twice a week for one hour, going through an assigned curriculum. Keep reading
Lipscomb, in consortium with Belmont and Tennessee State University, has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the North Carolina Campus Compact (NCCC) to host a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day of service will take place on Saturday, January 14th as a part of the MLK holiday weekend.
Lipscomb’s project is one of only 25 in the Southeast and the only project in Tennessee to be awarded funding from the NCCC. Other institutions of note receiving funding are Duke, Virginia Tech, the University of Florida and the University of Alabama.  Keep Reading
From building houses to creating art Lipscomb students marked the tenth anniversary of 9/11 by donating their time in honor of those who lost their lives.
Lipscomb and Belmont Universities' service-learning programs partnered to provide two service opportunities for students to honor and remember the victims, survivors, and many who rose in service in response to 9/11.
2011 Local Service Fair connects students, faculty and staff with the community
The 2011 Local Service Fair offered a record number of opportunities for Lipscomb students, faculty and staff to get involved and give back to the community!
Lipscomb's Missions and SALT Programs hosted representatives from more than 50 agencies in the Bennett Campus Center and Bison Square for the 2011 Local Service Fair on Tuesday, September 13th.
Washington Monthly 2011 ranks Lipscomb above other Tennessee master's universities
Lipscomb University has been ranked 78th in the nation, by Washington Monthly in its master’s universities category, Tennessee’s only master’s category university to make the top 100. Washington Monthly is a magazine that established its own ranking system seven years ago as an alternative to the well-known U.S. News and World Reports rankings. The Washington Monthly rankings were designed specifically to measure how a university gives back to its community through providing social mobility to low-income students, providing volunteer service and research advancements.
MLK's daughter Bernice A. King speaks on campus at Youth Life fundraising luncheon
Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a renowned international speaker, author and ordained minister, will speak on the Lipscomb University campus Thursday, July 28, at 11 a.m., as part of the Youth Life Foundation of Tennessee's Women and Girls Benefit Luncheon. Keep Reading

Future teachers in Lipscomb’s College of Education are working to make a subject that is traditionally unpopular among students fun for youth involved in a local after school mentoring program. Keep Reading

On Wednesday, April 13, instead of studying in classes, 850 students, faculty and staff scattered to 50 nonprofits in Nashville to serve the community. The largest group of students ever participated in the 2011 Service Day, providing 2,550 hours of volunteer service to the community. Keep Reading
Kim Tucker, founder of the I.C. White Stone Foundation which serves to empower single mothers in East Nashville with entrepreneurial skills, was awarded the 2011 Mary Morris Award for Exemplary Service to Society by Lipscomb University on Thursday, April 14. Keep Reading

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, the SALT program partnered with Lipscomb’s Office of Intercultural Engagement & Development, Kappa Iota Theta, and Sigma Pi Beta to host a week of service and learning. Keep Reading
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Lipscomb University as one of only 115 colleges and universities nationwide to receive its 2010 Community Engagement Classification. Lipscomb joins 196 institutions identified in the 2006 and 2008 selection process. Keep Reading
On Wednesday, Jan. 12, Dr. Bernard LaFayette sat in a Nashville airport waiting area and struck up a conversation with two white students from Lipscomb University. “The Chelseas” he called them because they both have that first name. They told him about their college experience and their excitement about the coming semester. Keep Reading
When Pace Verner, development director of Daystar Counseling, headed over to Lipscomb in December to collect a donation from the university's Foundations of Business class, she expected to pick up around $300 dollars. Instead, she got around $3,000, thanks to the business acumen of the 50 future entrepreneurs enrolled in the College of Business class. Keep Reading
As one of the inaugural SALT courses, students in Dr. Jimmy McCollum’s Broadcast and New Media class [formerly Broadcast Journalism] have contributed hundreds of hours of service over the past several semesters to benefit middle and high school students in Metro Nashville.
Dr. McCollum, who teaches in Lipscomb’s Department of Communication and Journalism, chose to facilitate one of the first SALT courses offered after the program was formally implemented in the fall of 2008. 
Prompted by the May flooding here in Nashville, Professor Leanne Smith decided to focus her Management Communication service-learning course this semester on developing crisis management plans for local nonprofits.

Businesses, nonprofits and families were hit hard by the floods, and in some cases there was no clear action plan in place on how to react. Smith, who is a professor in Lipscomb’s College of Business, responded to this need by putting together a plan to engage her students in developing a solution. Keep Reading
Twice this semester, more than 40 Lipscomb students have rolled up their sleeves to assist Radnor Lake State Natural Area with rebuilding trails that were washed out by the May floods.
“We wouldn’t be able to accomplish one third of what we get done if it weren’t for our volunteers,” said Jesse Germeraad, ranger at Radnor Lake and 2008 Lipscomb alum. Keep Reading
Lipscomb University has been ranked 65th in the nation, by Washington Monthly in its master’s universities category, the only Nashville master’s category university to make the top 100. Keep Reading
Students in Professor Becky Tallon's Web Development course are not only working hard to make the grade, they are also working to make a difference.
Web Development I is just one of the more than 30 service-learning courses offered this fall through the SALT [Serving & Learning Together] Program. The course is designed to give aspiring web developers a survey of web design techniques with emphasis on developing and maintaining websites. Keep Reading
From tutoring to book and food donations, from home construction to mentoring, the Bennett Campus Center and Bison Square was full of opportunities for Lipscomb students to give back to their community on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Keep Reading
Nearly 400 incoming new students participated in one of the many projects that took place during the tenth annual fall service day as a part of the QuestWeek orientation programming.
QuestWeek Service Day is designed to increase social awareness, and provide the new students with an opportunity to engage together in active service within the Nashville community during their first week of school. Keep Reading
Eight students have successfully completed all of the requirements to achieve Lipscomb’s highest honor in service-learning. These students will become the newest SALT [Serving & Learning Together] Scholars through the Lipscomb’s service-learning program. Each student will receive a special recognition at the breakfast on graduation morning, as well as a distinction on their transcript. Keep Reading
David Deggs, assistant professor of workforce development education at the University of Arkansas and consultant to Kentucky Campus Compact, conducted a day-long workshop on how to secure external funding on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010. 
Tom Burton, executive director of AGAPE, a long-time Middle Tennessee children’s services and counseling agency, received the 2010 Mary Morris Award for Exemplary Service to Society from Lipscomb University on Thursday, April 22. Keep Reading
Lipscomb University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team came away from the SIFE Regional Competition in Atlanta on April 6 with not only a “Rookie of the Year” honor, but also a 2010 Atlanta Regional Championship trophy. Keep Reading

This semester students in a special topics law, justice and society course are learning a skill that will help them stay employed in any economy--how to raise money. Students in Professor Christin Shatzer's Fundraising and Grant Writing course are learning the tricks of the trade to bring funds into nonprofit organizations. Keep Reading
Amid February’s frigid winds, many Lipscomb students find themselves planning, meeting for, and looking forward to spring break mission trips. This spring break, five teams of students will embark on trips that are SALT Tier III mission experiences to Mexico, New York City, St. Eustatius, Guatemala and Honduras. Students who serve on these trips will have the opportunity to, as Mark Jent says, “be the hands and feet” of Jesus, while working and learning in five unique communities around the world.
Valentine’s Day will mean a lot more than romance to Lipscomb University’s law, justice and society students in 2010. It will mean an opportunity to feed up to two million hungry Tennesseans struggling this winter.

The members of Lipscomb’s community activism class have been hard at work for almost a year on Hearts 4 Hunger, a non-profit campaign to collect monetary donations to benefit the hungry throughout Middle Tennessee during the leanest time of the year. Keep Reading
Nationally renowned service-learning consultant Patti Clayton presented three workshops on Lipscomb’s campus this week to an audience of service-learning practitioners from across Middle Tennessee. Topics of the sessions included Developing and Maintaining Sustainable Community Partnerships, Reflection and Engaged Scholarship. Keep Reading
At this month’s commencement ceremony the SALT Center will be recognizing two graduating seniors as having completed the requirements to become a SALT Scholar. Amie Vague and Jennaca Gheletca, both Law, Justice & Society majors, will be recognized for completing all four tiers of the SALT Program. Keep Reading
This semester students across campus have been using the skills they are learning in class to reach out and make a difference in our community.
On Tuesday, several students displayed their service-learning work in the Bennett Campus Center as a part of the SALT Center's first service-learning showcase. Keep Reading
This semester, students in Professor Jonathan Gillette's Unconventional Advertising class have been given quite the challenge. They have been asked to catch people's attention...without people knowing that they are doing it.
The class is based on the premise that advertising has become so saturated in our society that many times it is ignored. The goal of unconventional advertising is to sell a product in a way that will catch people's attention before they are able to put up their guard. Keep Reading
The Lipscomb University SALT Project (Serving and Learning Together) has awarded the 2009 Community Partner of the Year Awards to the Tennessee Prison for Women, Youth Life Learning Centers and the Book’em program. Each organization received a cash award towards their partnership with Lipscomb and a plaque.

These organizations have partnered with the university to help Lipscomb students experience outside-of-the-classroom settings and interactions.  Keep Reading
Lipscomb University’s Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program partnered with Youth Life Foundation of Tennessee (YLFT) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to offer development training and networking opportunities for professionals championing the cause of at-risk youth in inner-city Nashville. Keep Reading
After passing 18 hours of college-level courses at Lipscomb University through the LIFE Program (Lipscomb Initiative for Learning), 14 inmates of the Tennessee Prison for Women (TPW) felt like it was time for an extra-curricular activity.

Last year they had been impressed by Lipscomb’s literary journal, Exordium. So in 2009, they decided to establish their own: “Chiaroscuro,” a literary journal of more than 20 poems, essays and drawings by women incarcerated in the Tennessee Prison for Women.
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This semester Marcia Stewart's course, Books: Passport to Adventure, worked to promote and encourage reading in local elementary schools.
At the beginning of the semester, each student researched a children's literature author, and dressed up as one of the characters created by that author. The students visited David Lipscomb Elementary School and Charlotte Park Elementary School (a school with a high percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunch). Keep Reading
For the second year in a row, the Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Lipscomb University with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. Keep Reading
Take a look at Jessica Ohgren’s resume and you may think she majored in volunteerism, rather than business management. This May the honor student expects to graduate with her business degree and with the honor of becoming Lipscomb’s first SALT Scholar. Keep Reading
Traditionally public relations courses are taught by the analysis of case studies, where students examine and consider what PR practitioners have done in the past.
This semester Dr. Kenneth Schott, professor of communications, has taken a different approach his senior level Advanced PR course. Dr. Schott’s students are putting their PR skills to the test by developing a public relations plan for a nonprofit organization in the community.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized Lipscomb University’s commitment to civic engagement by naming Lipscomb to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The list, which includes national powerhouses such as Stanford, Tulane, Elon, and Georgetown universities, recognizes institutions for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.
Author and Christian ethics professor Shaun Casey urged representatives of 73 local nonprofit organizations to “engage in ego disarmament” and come together to serve the poor better in the coming years, during his lunch keynote speech at the Collaborate for a Cause conference Tuesday. Keep Reading
Last semester the SALT program hosted an informational forum highlighting the work of art professor Laura Lake Smith and the 15 students in her course, The Power of Art. The event gave students the chance to discuss their experience taking the course alongside inmates at the Tennessee Prison for women through the LIFE (Lipscomb Initiative for Education) program. Each semester the LIFE program brings Lipscomb students and inmates at the TPFW together to study a liberal arts topic. Keep Reading

“I knew that I wanted the opportunity to get a college education; I just didn’t realize that it would be so much more.”

Such were the sentiments of Shayne Lovera , one of 15 inmates at the Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW), who has earned 18 undergraduate credit hours at Lipscomb University over the past two years through an innovative program that brings traditional students and the inmates of the prison together to study a liberal arts topic. Keep Reading

More than 90 inmates at the Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) who have worked hard hitting the books over the past year will be honored Wednesday, Dec. 3, with a commencement ceremony featuring guest speaker Lipscomb University President L. Randolph Lowry. Keep Reading

Service-learning practitioners from across the state will be convening on Lipscomb’s campus on November 13th for the first ever Tennessee Campus Compact state-wide workshop. The workshop will bring together the leadership of 30 colleges and universities to discuss and learn more about service-learning initiatives. Keep Reading

Lipscomb was recently cited in the U.S. News and World Report “2009 America’s Best Colleges” guidebook as one of 25 universities in the nation with an outstanding service-learning program. The 25 listed universities, including national powerhouses such as Duke, Stanford, Tulane and Brown universities, were nominated by university presidents, academic officers and deans across the nation as stellar examples of service-learning initiatives. Keep Reading

Charades, personality surveys, personal stories, a formal dinner and a “Dress for Success” fashion show are just a few of the innovative ways a group of 53 Lipscomb University students are teaching at-risk youth in Nashville how to someday apply for college, interview for a job and interact in the working world. Keep Reading

Partnering with nonprofit agencies and serving together in our community has been woven into the campus life since the early days of Lipscomb University. We have now joined a handful of universities such as California State University-Monterey Bay and Columbia University that have added service learning as a graduation requirement. To assist students in finding opportunities for mission opportunities or service opportunities to fulfill their service learning credits, the SALT Program and Missions Program hosted the sixth Local Service Fair on campus on Tuesday. Keep Reading

This fall brings a number of “firsts” to Lipscomb – first apartment housing, record enrollment, first pharmacy students – but it also brings the continuation and enrichment of a long-standing tradition at Lipscomb: selfless service. Keep Reading

Service-learning is a lot like dating. Apparently it’s all about connections. That’s what Lipscomb University faculty recently learned at a networking session for community service organizations conducted “speed-dating” style on campus. Keep Reading

Lipscomb University’s new service-learning program, The SALT Project, has barely begun and already it’s adding some spice to Lipscomb’s academic record.


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