Education is like a mental workout

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Engage- Serve- Lead

These three words represent the LMU Honors Program, an educational tract characterized by extra breadth and extra depth through curricular enrichment and research, benefitted by close faculty mentoring and co-curricular opportunities. These students engage in their college education courses that enhance critical reading, writing, thoughtful discussion, and interdisciplinary thinking skills. Throughout their first year, students will serve through various volunteer projects that benefit the campus and surrounding community. By honing their innate ability to lead, the Honors Program has placed these scholars at the helm of change for the University since its creation in 2012. By promoting these individuals as honors scholars and bringing like-minded learners together, the University hopes to garner a community of individuals that strive to get the most of their educational experiences.

Nathan Hilberg engaging honors scholars
Nathan Hilberg engaging honors scholars

It should be clear that students of all interests can find a home in the Honors Program at LMU; what makes one at home in our honors program is passion and curiosity.–Nathan Hilberg, PhD, inaugural director of the Honors Program (Read more about him here.)

Open to all undergraduate majors, the application process for the rigorous program is not unlike applying for college all over again, with a required ACT score of at least 26 and letters of recommendation to supplement. An interview process follows the first round of entries, and the further requirement of a maintained 3.2 GPA complements the honors courses’ rigidity upon entrance to the program. One honors course per semester is required until graduation, with a minimum of 26 honors-level credit hours completed, to gain the graduation distinction of University Honors Scholar.

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Honors scholars during a fundraiser.

In addition to the coursework involved, faculty mentoring plays a large role in educational development. Additional instructional and tutorial times, as well as research opportunities, allow students and faculty to engage on a deeper level of understanding. A thesis project, arising from scientific investigation, is a natural expectation in the initiative; each student must present his/her thesis, methods, and outcomes to a panel of peers and mentors throughout the program’s progression. The Honors Program aims to cultivate students who care about doing things well, and is not insistent on any “right way” to do things; internal exploration is emphasized.

Perks of being an honors scholar include additional scholarship support, recognition upon degree completion, and special housing. Honors scholars currently reside in Dishner Hall, an apartment-style dormitory where 3 students share a kitchen and common area, but each has his or her own room, closet, and bathroom. Each apartment is furnished with a refrigerator, microwave, stove top oven, couch, chair, and cost-free washer/dryer combo.  Dishner is a 3-story building, with 4 apartment suites on each level, with one bottom-level suite reserved for office space. This office space is home to the Honors Program director Nathan Hilberg, PhD, and the Residential Life director. With the close proximity of the program’s director, these honors scholars are provided with the support they need at mere steps away.

While it is true these honors scholars are tireless workers, constantly striving for academic excellence, they also know how to have a little fun! This year, to raise money for the program and let loose, the program sponsored Color Wars, a tie-dye fight. Participants purchased a white t-shirt with a Color Wars logo, and were handed a squirt gun full of colored water. The object of the game? Make everyone as colorful as you! After the “war”, students were left with empty squirt guns and a colorful new tee that they could wear (after washing it, of course!).

LMU’s Honors Program  presenting the funds raised to Paula Billingsley, Director of CEASE
LMU’s Honors Program presenting the funds raised to Paula Billingsley, Director of CEASE

The Honors Program also participates in and conducts a number of other events throughout the year that are more closely related to community service, such as its work with CEASE. Most recently, the program conducted a Halloween fundraiser including a hayride, face‐painting, bake sale, trick‐or‐treat and cornhole in the Honors Program office. All funds raised were given to CEASE Domestic Violence of New Tazewell.

It is clear the Honors Program has been a wonderful addition to the LMU community, offering a variety of benefits to students, faculty/staff, and community outreach groups. Follow this link to apply to the program. If you’d like to read more, read this article by Mallory Tucker, an honors scholar, about her experience in the program. If you’d like more information, feel free to email the honors program or call 423.869.6744

Trail Blazing with Tradition

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The crisp, fall air brought warm scarves and sweaters, lattes and cocoas, and the LMU Homecoming tradition with it as October settled over Harrogate.  This year nearly 700 alumni, young and old, returned to campus for a 3-day celebration of memories and accomplishments bearing in mind this year’s theme: Blazing Trails. Building dedications, reunions, awards, karaoke and 5k race were among this year’s festivities, marking alumni director Donnie Lipscomb’s 5th year at the helm. As the stories are shared between the generations, it becomes clear that the mission of LMU has stayed consistent though the campus has physically changed. Read the rest of this entry »

ENACTUS- Helping Others

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Enactus LMUSome of you may be familiar with SIFE, the group Students In Free Enterprise. This group was mainly associated with business majors; however students in any major could join. Recently, SIFE changed its name to ENACTUS. ENACTUS stands for ENtrepreneurs, ACTion, US, which better explains the goals the group intends to achieve such as community service projects and leadership development. Joining this group provides a wide range of benefits to members of every major. Strengthening your resume and interviewing skills can help you land a job in the future, and the community service projects can aid in the development of your interpersonal skills.

While ENACTUS has 2 faculty advisors and hold meetings with an LMU School of Business committee, the executive officers of ENACTUS function on a horizontal grade, meaning no one is higher than another else; everyone is equally important. Each position is essential to completing the goals of the organization, and ENACTUS realizes the need for internal and external positions. ENACTUS offices consist of: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Board of Governors, Planning Committee, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Executive Vice-President and Chief Presiding Officer, Secretary, COO of Recruiting and Membership Development, COO of Fundraising and Finance, Chief Information Officer, Project Manager, and the team members. ENACTUS realizes the importance of every member and hopes to strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit in each of its members.

I love ENACTUS because we address the question “What can we do to help?” and then do it. ENACTUS is harvesting leaders who will change the world with their passion and drive to be the best at everything they do. A passion for business and for people is at the heart of everything we do, and our members carry that legacy with them when they leave LMU as world-changers in the work place. –Erin Bruce, 2013 CEO, ENACTUS

enactus2Through fundraisers and volunteer hours, LMU’s ENACTUS chapter strives to better the community around us. Cookie Crumbs, a project that has been in operation for 9 years, provides local schoolchildren an understanding of market-based economics. The pre- and post-tests revealed an understanding of basic business concepts jumped from 62% to 87%. The Let’s Can Hunger Food Drive, which has been in Operation for 3 years, aims to raise hunger awareness and provide food to poverty-stricken areas. ENACTUS partners with LMU Athletics, the Claiborne County Board of Education, Pump Springs Church, the South Atlantic Conference, SHARE Club, and Servolution for this fundraiser. This year, through the LMU ENACTUS efforts, 15,000 cans were donated, and Servolution was able to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for over 300 families. Project Have is a non-profit organization empowering women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda by providing them and their families with education. For two years, LMU ENACTUS has raised money to feed, clothe, and educate one Acholi girl for an entire year; this helps women seek stable and sustainable business opportunities. ENACTUS also helps out annually with the Reaching Out Helping Others (ROHO) charity, which teaches low-income children the importance of a dollar and encourages them to spend their money wisely, where many of the members were touched by the children wishing to purchase gifts for their families instead of themselves. Here is a look at the ENACTUS volunteer hours for the year.

enactus1Each year ENACTUS competes in competitions where a presentation team will explain the group’s annual efforts to hundreds of sponsors in a 20-25 minute time frame. At the regional level, LMU’s ENACTUS team has won 7 of the past 9 competitions. To become involved with ENACTUS, email the current CEO, Erin Bruce! You don’t have to be a business major to join, and no matter your skill set, ENACTUS is sure to bring out the best in you.

About LMU

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Lincoln Memlincoln02orial University was founded in 1897 by Oliver O. Howard in Harrogate, Tennessee. In the late 1800’s, Colonel A.A. Arthur, an organizing agent of an English company, purchased the area where LMU is located. His company built a hotel of 700 rooms, a hospital, an inn, a sanitarium, and other small buildings. In commemoration of Lincoln’s birthday, the institution was charted by the state of Tennessee on February 12, 1897 as Lincoln Memorial University. Since then the University has sought to provide educational opportunities, development of community leadership, and the expansion of economic and social forces within its region. The campus is beautiful, and historical with 1,000-acres and has 43 academic, administrative and residential buildings. When the campus was founded it was three decades after President Lincoln’s death; he never saw the campus. However, it was founded to fulfill Lincoln’s wishes to thank the residents of East Tennessee for their support during the Civil War, and to create a university for them.

This Fall 2013 semester, we had an enrollment of 3,952 students!  Each class room size has an average of 12 students. That’s small. The tuition for students is $18,960 per year not including any scholarships. LMU is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. We are committed to values, education, and service. The University strives to give students a foundation for a more productive life by upholding the principles of Abraham Lincoln’s life: dedication to individual liberty, responsibility, and improvement. We offer a wide variety of programs to undergraduates. There are 28 undergraduate programs or majors ranging from music and art, business, education, and even wildlife. For the graduates there are 11 graduate or professional programs spanning medical, business, education, law and veterinary.

Living on campus gives you a great experience; you get to learn new facts about the campus and the buildings such as the Grant-Lee Hall ghost. What is there to do on campus? Well, there is a lot for a college student to become a part of. If you like to sing or play an instrument maybe, choir or band is for you. If you like to meet new people and be a part of a group, join a sorority or a fraternity. Are you creative and like taking pictures? Try twogirls01being on the yearbook staff. If that doesn’t sound like you, then maybe joining a small club is for you. During the school year many different activities are going on such as intramural sports, dances and parties, shopping trips, outdoor movies and even seasonal and holiday events.

How can you become part of the community? There are many things on campus that can help you. One of the biggest things LMU strives for is helping others; one way we do that is community service. LMU is committed to service and each student that receives a scholarship must complete 10 hours of community service per semester. This year we have had the best-ever 20,048 hours of community service. We want our students to be able to have responsibility, improvement and value high moral and ethical standards.

LMU also strives for students to do the best they can academically. There are FREE student tutors to help you in the Tagge Center daily, and personal tutors for any class you need help with. If you need someone to read over your essay for English, they will read it over and explain how it could be better. Who wouldn’t want that? It’s free!

LMU offers programs and services to the community, also. We offer the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Arts in the Gap, Catering Services, Harrogate Park, a swimming pool and many more programs.

As you can see there is a lot going on here! This blog is to help you stay connected to all the exciting things happening around campus. Weekly posts will highlight a variety of clubs and organizations, people, programs, and events. So stay tuned! Until next week, be sure to visit our website for all your LMU news.