Lincoln Memorial University

LMU to Welcome Hundreds Back for Homecoming


Harrogate, Tennessee, October 5, 2019— Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will celebrate Homecoming on the main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, Thursday, October 10, through Sunday, October 13. The annual celebration draws hundreds of LMU graduates back to campus every year.


Registration for the weekend will be held in the Student Center starting at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10. All alumni who register will receive a free Homecoming t-shirt while supplies last. Registration in the Student Center will be open until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11, and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, October 12.


The Railsplitter 5K fun walk/run will take place on Thursday with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m. behind the Student Center. The race will start at 7 p.m. The entry fee includes a t-shirt and is $20; $15 for faculty, staff or alumni, and $10 for students. Register online at


LMU history and connections is the theme of the day on Friday. Activities will get underway with an Alumni and Friends Golf Outing at Woodlake Golf Course in Tazewell, Tennessee. Advance registration is required. LMU President Clayton Hess will welcome graduates from the 1940s and 1950s at a special reunion lunch in the Lincoln Dining Room at 11:30 a.m. Staff from the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum will join others for a panel discussion on University history and traditions at 2 p.m. in room 124 of the Business-Education Building. At 3 p.m., Dr. Hess will join the National Alumni Board for the dedication of Alumni Park. Located in front of Mars Gym, the park includes green space and a walking path. In the future, a pavilion and other amenities will be added. Partial funding for the park was raised by the National Alumni Board. The day concludes with a pair of guided tours to showcase recent campus enhancements and growth.


Reunions and honors highlight the schedule for Saturday. Dr. Hess and members of his cabinet will host an informal Coffee and Conversation session at 9 a.m. at the Student Center. The event will give alumni the opportunity to learn more about campus happens directly from leadership. The rest of the day includes Halls of Fame inductions and awards ceremonies, the annual All Sorority Tea, National Alumni Board Meeting, athletic competitions, class mixers, and small group reunions.


Five Railsplitters will be inducted into the Athletes Hall of Fame on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Tex Turner Arena. Basketball players Mark Cartwright, ’78, and Desmond Johnson, ’12, Sofia Lopez Mimendi, ’12, ’13, a dual sport athlete in tennis and cross country, baseball player Cody Pack, ’11, and baseball player, former women’s volleyball coach and current administrator Mike Smith, ’92, ’94, will be enshrined. A new event, The Railsplitter Rally, will provide an opportunity to meet the newest Hall of Fame members, as well as coaches and current athletes.


The Decades of Fun Reunion Luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the dining hall. Lunch is provided as well as a photo booth, inflatables for the kids and ample time to reconnect with your Railsplitter friends. Alumni baseball and softball games are slated for 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the new Valley of Sports Fields and the LMU soccer teams will host SAC foe Catawba at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


The Halls of Fame Induction and Alumni Awards Program will honor 11 alumni at 4 p.m. in the Cumberland Gap Convention Center. Entering the Educators’ Hall of Fame are Steve Banner, ’63, and  Roger Hansard, ’73. Derek Markley, ’99, ’03 will enter the Literary Hall of Fame. Natasha Yeary, ’06, Ronda Chesney Gross, ’87, Ronnie Gross, ’85, ’88 and Col. L. Robert Langley, ’50, will be inducted into the Professional Hall of Fame. Nancy Smith Parkey, ’70, will be honored with the Nancy Rogers Leach Volunteer of the Year Award while Megan England, ’11, ’12, will be honored with the Dr. R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the Year Award. The Dr. Charles Holland Alumnus of the Year will be bestowed on Dr. Carroll Rose, ’65.


The events on Saturday will wrap up with Gather in the Gap. Angelo’s will host dinner and fun and the Gap Creek Coffee House will have desserts and live entertainment. Alumni and friends are encouraged to mix and mingle throughout the town of Cumberland Gap.


On Sunday morning at 10 a.m., alumni and friends are invited for a fond farewell at Gap Creek Coffeehouse in Cumberland Gap with breakfast and one more chance to reconnect until next year.


A full schedule of events can be found at  

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at [email protected].



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