Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will celebrate homecoming today through Saturday.
Celebrating the university’s steady progress, the annual event will have a “Blazing Trails” theme, which is epitomized by five dedications of new or re-purposed spaces on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.
The homecoming schedule officially kicked off Oct. 2 with an off-site celebration at LMU-Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Tenn.
Additionally, a gathering took place at the LMU-Cedar Bluff extended learning site Monday. Homecoming at the main campus will get underway today, as the Lady Railsplitter volleyball team hosts South Atlantic Conference rival Carson-Newman at 7 p.m. in Mary Mars Gym.
Athletic events continue Wednesday as LMU and Carson-Newman meet on the soccer field for a men’s and women’s soccer doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
The first of the five dedications is set to take place on Thursday, at 3 p.m., when Farr-Chinnock Hall will be formally recognized as the home of LMU’s J. Frank White Academy (JFWA).
The former home of undergraduate math and science programs located on LMU’s Quadrangle has undergone a year and a half of renovations and opened its doors as the academy at the start of the school year in August.
Refitted and re-purposed for the college preparatory school, which serves fifth-graders through seniors, Farr-Chinnock gives the 100-student school state-of-the-art classrooms and room to grow. The homecoming event marks the first opportunity for the general public to see the new JFWA.
The annual homecoming parade will follow at 4 p.m., along the Mars-DeBusk Parkway.
The formal reunions will get under way Friday with the Diamond Grads Brunch honoring the Class of 1953 at 10 a.m.
The Golden Grads Reunion Luncheon honoring the Class of 1963 is set for noon. At the same time a Legacy Luncheon will take place in the LMU Dining Hall.
The homecoming focus will move to the town of Cumberland Gap at 2 p.m. when the dedication of the Hamilton Center/Arts in the Gap Program will take place.
Two new residence halls will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Located behind the Student Center and Liles and West Halls, Burchett and McClelland Halls will be dedicated in honor of past LMU Presidents Gary J. Burchett and Stewart W. McClelland.
At 4 p.m. on Friday, a dedication ceremony at the Duke Hall of Citizenship will feature newly installed doors at the building’s entrance. The renovation of the Sue and Sam Mars Performing Arts Center was completed in 2011. However, alumnus Paul “Rod” Keen of the class of 1971 decided the doors to the historic campus building also needed attention.
Alumni class reunions will be held on the Quad beginning at 6 p.m., with the Classes of 1953, 1963, 1988 and 2003 receiving special recognition.
The Railsplitter 5K Night Run will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will start and end at the Duke Hall of Citizenship. Typically a Saturday morning run, the Railsplitter 5K has been moved to Friday evening to offer a new race experience for the runners.
At 8 p.m., as the runners finish the race, LMU will host an ice cream social with karaoke on the Quad.
On Saturday, the university will host a reunion luncheon and family fun BBQ on the Quad beginning at noon. The event is free for alumni. Music and children and family activities will be available.
Following the luncheon will be men’s and women’s soccer games, as well as the Educators’ Literary and Professional Halls of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Homecoming will wrap up Saturday night with the alumni banquet and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall.
For more information on homecoming activities, contact Alumni Director Donnie Lipscomb at 423-869-6353 or donnie.lipscomb@LMUnet.edu.