LMU-SMS Physician Assistant Students Honored for Fundraising

National Philanthropy Day group pic

The Lincoln Memorial University-School of Medical Science (LMU-SMS) Physician Assistant program was honored at the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) National Philanthropy Day luncheon on November 2 in Knoxville.


The LMU University Advancement Office sponsored a table in honor of the LMU PA program recognizing their hard work and accomplishments in fundraising.


Director of Development for Health Sciences Division Bridgette Welch, Alicia Metcalf, Executive Assistant to the President Andrea Shipley, LMU-SMS Dean Michael Stephens, PA Program Director Paula Miksa, Cassidy Hanson, and Jessica Hall represented LMU.


“The students in this program embody the spirit of the LMU mission,” said Miksa. “They have coordinated numerous events to serve the community and promote the PA profession.”


Over the past year, the students in the program have raised over $10,000 to support Servolution, a non-profit health services provider located near the University’s main campus in Harrogate. In addition, the students collaborated with the Shipley family to establish the Gracie Dru Shipley Memorial Scholarship. The students have raised $31,600 for the endowed scholarship which also increases awareness for pediatric organ donation.


The Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of the AFP provides networking and education opportunities for fundraisers and others who work in or support nonprofits in the Greater Knoxville area and its surrounding counties.


Established in 2019, LMU-SMS is home to LMU’s Physician Assistant Program at the main campus in Harrogate, a Surgical Physician Assistant Program at LMU-Knoxville, the Doctor of Medical Science program in Harrogate, and the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science program. The school supports the University’s mission of service to Appalachia and other underserved areas by maintaining high quality medical education and supporting student success.


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 email at admissions@lmunet.edu.

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