Alumni Profiles

Lipscomb students graduate and go on to pursue an incredible variety of careers. Whether you want to go to a great law school, work for NASA, teach special needs students, write for the New York Times, serve as a youth minister, become a cancer researcher or start a business, Lipscomb will prepare you to do it. In fact, we probably have alumni who are already doing the very thing you are dreaming about. Here are just a few short profiles of some young Lipscomb alumni.

TJTJ Ojehomon, '14

Job: Financial Center Manager
Employer: Fifth Third Bank

What are your favorite Lipscomb memories?

I worked in Athletics as a Marketing assistant and HUGE sports fan. I cheered and yelled some of the most enticing phrases I could think of, especially at basketball games. I got so good at it, referees would be put on alert before showing up at the games! I met a lot of people through my involvement with Lipscomb Athletics. I loved connecting with the athletes and traveling with the student fans through my STAMPEDE organization.

Who was your favorite Lipscomb professor?

I had great relationships with many professors, especially in my department such as Alan Griggs, Jimmy McCollum and Mark McGee. But my most memorable was Richard Goode. I was taking his freshman courses my senior year, and he engaged me in so many ways. The discussions were sometimes intense, but he broke down history in a way that wasn't so "cute." I still quote many of his lectures now, even 3 years later.

What inspired you to pursue your career choice?

I had a great relationship with Dr. John Lowry. When I was in need of a job after school, I scheduled a meeting with him about opportunities. Once we finally sat down, he called the President of a local bank, and the GM to a car dealership and told me, "Take your pick." I went with banking for a few different reasons. But little did I know how far the industry would take me. I'm now a bank manager for Fifth Third Bank and teach financial literacy and run related programs throughout the city.

What is the best advice you can offer to prospective Lipscomb students?

Lipscomb is exactly what you make it. This is a place that has so many hidden gems, but it takes intentional effort to gain them for yourself. And don't allow yourself to waste one moment! Experience as much as you can with no regrets, because one day you'll wake up and realize that it's all over.

How did Lipscomb impact who you are today?

Lipscomb gave me immense opportunities to showcase and develop my skill-sets. I grew professionally and socially through the interactions I had and the networks I built.

What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville?

I'm a restaurant guy! I love finding local spots in the city were you can eat good food and laugh with good people at a great price! I try a new restaurant almost every other month.

LoganLogan Hartline, '10

Job: Manager, User Experience/Creative Design
Employer: HCA

What inspired you to pursue your career choice?

I always loved Graphic Design and found that Lipscomb offered me an opportunity to build that skill set within a Christian context.

How did Lipscomb impact who you are today?

Lipscomb gave me the tools to be Kingdom-focused while succeeding in my area of work. Those two are not mutually exclusive, but rather inform and impact one another. I also met my wife and life long friends!

What is the best advice you can offer to prospective Lipscomb students?

Lipscomb is a place where you will have an opportunity to grow—mature and develop Spiritually, engage with different opinions, and learn a lifelong skill to carry the Kingdom torch into culture—only if you want to. You have to engage and take the first step.

What are your favorite things to do in Nashville?

Eating and going to coffee shops.

 

AleAle Dalton, '12

Job: Healthcare Associate Attorney
Employer: Bradley

What are your favorite Lipscomb memories?

I loved being a Lipscomb tour guide. It was an incredible opportunity to interact with people from all over the world who wanted to learn more about our city and school. I particularly enjoyed giving tours in Spanish to first-generation college students whose families had similar stories to mine.

Who was your favorite Lipscomb professor?

Dr. Schwerdt is the kindest, most brilliant professor I've had the pleasure of learning from.

What inspired you to pursue your career choice?

I've always been a very inquisitive person with a deep desire to help people. Law is a great amalgam of constant learning and solving someone's problems. I also love to read and the profession favors bookworms.

What is the best advice you can offer to prospective Lipscomb students?

Take advantage of any and all opportunities! Find what you're passionate about and invest yourself in it. You will learn so much about yourself in the process.

How did Lipscomb impact who you are today?

Lipscomb was my home away from home. It provided me with endless opportunities to refine my leadership skills, taught me how to think critically, and fostered my love of learning. More importantly, I met some of the most incredible people I have the privilege of knowing. I had many professors and classmates who became part of my family and who have been by my side through my career, both emotionally and spiritually. I wouldn't be where I am without them.

What is your favorite scripture or quote?

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31: 8-9

HannahHannah Carignan, '16

Job: ER Nurse
Employer: St. Thomas Midtown Hospital

What are your favorite Lipscomb memories?

Always walking in the student center and knowing your friends will be there, finals weeks in the library (sounds weird, but actually a lot of fun), my Phi Sigma girls, Bath, England Fall 2013 Study abroad trip, two years of living with my best friends in the Village apartment 205

Who was your favorite Lipscomb professor?

My favorite professor was Kara Price in the nursing program. One of the classes she taught was critical care, which also increased my desire to be a ER/ critical care nurse! She would always do a devotional to start class, would ask for prayer requests and would always pray with us and for us.

What inspired you to pursue your career choice?

My mom. She is also a Registered Nurse in the emergency room and has always been such an inspiration to me. Ever since I was a little girl, nursing has been my passion. There are pictures of me dressed up with my own scrubs and plastic nursing kits. In high school I volunteered in my moms ER, and that sealed the deal for me. Going through nursing school definitely had its challenges, but being in the hospital and interacting with patients brought my heart the most joy. And seeing how much my mom loves her career made me want to have that same passion too.

What is the best advice you can offer to prospective Lipscomb students?

Be open minded! Do not be afraid to take risks and get out of your comfort zone by traveling a little distance for college. I spent my 4 years of college 1000 miles away from my home, and honestly I would not have wanted it any different. Although I missed my family tons, I learned to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and that it is okay to be home sick at times. But it was in those moments that I experienced the Lord working in my life and from there, my relationship and trust in the Lord grew exponentially. Be Brave, be strong, be bold and do not give up.

How did Lipscomb impact who you are today?

Lipscomb challenged me in many ways-- whether it was through my academic course load and nursing school or my semester studying abroad in England. I do believe that my years spent at Lipscomb prepared me for what is ahead out in the "real world" and what I have experienced thus far with my job in the ER as a nurse. Although it can be scary at times, I am able to stop and look back at the four years I spent there and be thankful for the amazing people I met, memories I made, and relationships that I will have forever and ever.

What is your favorite scripture or quote?

Joshua 1:9 "This is my command-- Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you will go.”

JoshJosh Harper, '11

Job: Associate Instructor and Doctoral Student
Employer: Indiana University

Who was your favorite Lipscomb professor?

Dr. Jerry Reed. I would not be who I am today if it was not for him and his continued guidance and mentorship in my life.

What inspired you to pursue your career choice?

Singing in A Capella Singers was when I realized I wanted to major in music and pursue a field in classical music. I not only sang with the A Capella Singers for all four years, but also sang with the Nashville Symphony Chorus for three years. These experiences provided a depth and breadth of knowledge and passion that guided me to where I am today.

How did Lipscomb impact who you are today?

Lipscomb helped me discover who I really was. I left Lipscomb not only knowing who I was, but also who I wanted to be. It helped show me my purpose in life, and provided me with the tools to follow my dreams post-graduation.

What is the best advice you can offer to prospective Lipscomb students?

You have no idea what direction your life is going to take over the next four years. Even if you think you know what your major will be, you're probably wrong. Just be open to experiencing Lipscomb and take in everything it can offer you. College is more about becoming a better person, not just obtaining a piece of paper (although that's important too!). Choose your college based upon the people you feel comfortable with -- that's more important than the reputation of the school.

What are your favorite things to do in Nashville?

When I come back to Nashville each holiday season, I have to get McDougals! There's just nothing like it. I also try and get back to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center as often as possible. The world-class artists that play and perform there each weekend are truly a Nashville gem.