Lincoln Memorial University will celebrate Homecoming on the main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee Oct. 8-10. The annual event features a significantly changed schedule culminating with a free community concert featuring award winning bluegrass artist Steve Gulley in the town of Cumberland Gap.
“Gather in the Gap” will get underway at 4 p.m. on Saturday with local favorites Tazewell Pike opening for Gulley and the Cumberland Mountain Music Show. The outdoor concert is aimed at bringing all LMU alumni and friends together in the Gap. Class reunions for the classes of 1975, 1990 and 2005 will also take place at various locations throughout Cumberland Gap at this time.
“The entire University Advancement staff has taken a look at our past Homecoming experiences to see where changes could be made. In the past we have been so excited to see our alumni, we may have overwhelmed them with activities and events,” Vice President for University Advancement Cynthia Whitt explained. “We want to give our alumni and friends an opportunity to reconnect with LMU, their classmates and our academic community. We look forward to a wonderful weekend of fellowship and friendship.”
The weekend will kick off on Thursday with the Railsplitter 5K Night Run/Walk, karaoke and an ice cream social on the quad. Registration for the race will begin at 6 p.m. Registration for the 5K is $30 in advance or $35 at the event. LMU students can register for $15. Included in the registration is the race fee and a T-shirt. The race is sponsored by Crater City Adventure Company and will begin at 7:30 p.m. with ice cream social and karaoke to follow under the tent.
Friday will get underway with the Live2Lead Simulcast of the John Maxwell leadership conference at 9 a.m. in LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. The class of 1955 will celebrate their 60th reunion with the Diamond Grads Brunch at 10 a.m., while the class of 1965 gathers for the Gold Grads Reunion Luncheon at noon. At 2 p.m., the university will dedicate four class rooms in the Hamilton Math and Science Building in honor of legendary professors who have shaped generations of Railsplitters.
Professors Kermit Bailey, Herman Matthews and Louis Lutz will all be honored along with LMU-DCOM Founding Dean Ray Stowers. The University will play homage to another pillar of the LMU community at 3 p.m. with a special dedication in honor of the late trustee Edwin Robertson in the Harrogate City Park.
The day will wrap up with the Educator’s, Literary and Professional Halls of Fame induction Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in the Arnold Auditorium of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. Herbert S. Parks, 1976, Doris Sumpter Presley, 2007 and Sonja Miller Saylor, 1987, 2001 an 2007 will be inducted into the Educators’ Hall of Fame. James R. (Dick) Nevils, 1975, will enter the Professional Hall of Fame and Denton Loving, ’1996, will be enshrined in the Literary Hall of Fame.
The President’s Breakfast, now open to all alumni, will get underway at 8:30 a.m. the campus dining hall. President Jim Dawson will give his state of the school address and take questions from alumni during the program. The Athlete’s Hall of Fame will be enshrine six new members at 10:30 a.m. in the Tex Turner Arena. The Class of 2015 inductees include former basketball coach Rick Byrd (currently the Belmont University Head Basketball Coach); baseball and basketball player Brad Froning, 1996; basketball player Jerry Loftice, 1971; women’s tennis player Kelly Kiser Roberts, 1997 and 2008; women’s tennis player Helena Sokolova, 2007; and baseball and basketball player Kenny Woods, 1978.
The Reunion Luncheon and Family Fun Barbecue will take place on the quad with a free lunch, games, inflatables, entertainment and student displays beginning at noon. The Alumni Association Board Meeting will take place at 1 p.m. in Duke Hall. The All Sorority Tea is set for 2 p.m. in the Murray Alumni Lounge in the Carnegie Vincent Library. From there, the celebration will move to the Town of Cumberland Gap for the Gather in the Gap concert and individual class year reunions.