Kate Spellman is a busy person. In addition to her duties as a nurse at Vanderbilt Medical Center she has become something of a video sensation with her "Spiderman Dances You A Merry Christmas" video, which was filmed on the Lipscomb campus, and a series of videos featuring her alter ego "Mundane" Lorraine. Spellman, a former Lipscomb soccer player, also travels a great deal, taking "Lorraine" along as one of her traveling buddies. This week Spellman spent some time talking with lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I was a soccer player for the Lady Bisons from 2007-2011. I was a forward and midfielder. My head coach was Jon Ireland."
What was your major?
"I majored in nursing. I was in the last class that was part of the Lipscomb-Vanderbilt partnership."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"There were a lot of wonderful moments. But one that really sticks out is my sophomore year when we beat Kennesaw State. They were the team in the Atlantic Sun. It was totally out of the realm of possibility that we would win, but we scored a goal and held on for dear life.
"It was neat. It was a really exciting game. It was a lot of fun."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"My teammates definitely influenced me a lot. We had a very interesting combination of personalities. I learned a lot from so many different people. We spent so much time on the field and off the field together that we definitely became like a community.
"Even now, even though we might not have seen someone for three or four years, whenever we meet together we pick up where we left off. It is neat to have lifelong friendships with a lot of people. It is neat to be part of that community.
"Jon, of course, also had a very big influence on me. My first year was his first year as head coach. He came in and really instilled in us a work ethic and a mentality to work hard no matter what you do.
"We focused on mental toughness which is really important. That has gotten me pretty far in terms of my career.
"He instilled a lot of confidence in me in my four years there. I think that really helped me to grow."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"We had a lot of team chemistry. We always played pranks on each other. I had a 1998 Honda Accord. One time Ashley Gill and Sarah Brummett took my car and parked it in Bison Square. I looked all over the place for it. I just happened to walk toward Bison Square and there was my car."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"How hard you need to work to be a success. A lot of times you just have to put your head down and hit the ground running. You have to really work hard and give it all you have got in order to accomplish what you want to accomplish.
"Sometimes you think this is my limit, but when you are in a situation where you need to go farther you learn how far you can go. You can do a lot more than you think you can. That is one thing I learned from playing soccer.
"That is something I have been able to carry into my life as a nurse. It was a neat lesson to learn at Lipscomb."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I had a lot of great professors. I really appreciated how much they seemed to care, not only that we showed up in class and learned the material, but they really wanted us to succeed. I had so many professors who were like that.
"I have a couple of professors who stand out. Dr. Sydney Clayton was my anatomy and physiology teacher. She was so incredible. She was an amazing lecturer. She really made a very complex subject to learn more accessible in the way that she taught.
"She invested a lot of time to make sure we all did well, not only in her class but in becoming better students and more responsible people so we could do well in life. She was such a neat person.
"Dave Clayton and Sydney, his wife, work with Ethos. Dave is very inspiring. The message at Ethos is very simple, but very powerful. Sometimes at church it is about a list of rules that you follow, but at Ethos they instill a message that God loves you and that God wants you to pursue him. Your life should reflect the love of God."
Your Spiderman video has gone viral and has even been featured on the local news. How did the idea come to you to dance around the Lipscomb campus to the soundtrack of Mariah Carey singing "All I Want for Christmas Is You"?
"I work three days a week and have four days off. I have all that time and I try to do some fun things. I saw the Spiderman suit on Amazon.com and I thought it would be fun to have so I ordered it.
"I also love to dance. I have a lot of fun dancing. I thought since it was Christmas time the most classic and perfect Christmas song to dance to was the Mariah Carey song.
"Lacey Cross, one of former teammates and still one of my best friends, had the day off. I called her and she filmed me dancing. We put it on the Internet. I think it turned out pretty good. It has gotten quite a few views."
Tell us something about "Mundane" Lorraine. What was the inspiration for the character?
"I have been very fortunate to inherit a few pieces of clothing from the 1970s and '80s from my mom and my grandmother. I have them on hand for costumes.
"One day I put on a vest and a big fur coat and started making jokes. I don't know where the voice came from. And Lorraine is anything but mundane. I thought Lorraine would be a good strong name.
"I thought it would be funny to go to Kroger, see what Lorraine would do if she went out exercising or to do something like traveling to New York City. Lorraine has been to some pretty interesting places.
"I love doing funny stuff like this. With the Internet I can send it to my family. My grandma is a fan of Lorraine which is awesome. My co-workers seem to enjoy it a lot. It is my favorite hobby."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Nashville."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work at Vanderbilt Medical Center. I am a post-operative surgical nurse. I work with ob-gyn and general surgery. We get all different types of patients."
Tell us about your family.
"I am single."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org