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ROTC service & scholarship

19 Sep

At LMU, there is a long history of military service. In fact, as the United States was preparing to enter World War II, LMU was preparing pilots to enlist as an official training ground for the U.S. Army. The official presence of a military branch on campus has come and gown over time, but in the last five years, a resurgence is underway.

LMU’s U.S. Army Reserved Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) resurfaced on campus through a partnership with the Carson-Newman ROTC program. The program reached a milestone last week as it awarded its first Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship to junior Christina Dudash. Dudash is studying medical technology. She has been involved in the ROTC program since she started at LMU.

GRFD scholarships are available through the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) for students that desire to participate in the Senior ROTC program. These scholarships guarantee that the student once graduated from school and commissioned in the U.S. Army must serve their obligation in the USAR or Army National Guard. The scholarships provide for two years of benefits. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have exactly two years of school remaining. With the tightening of budgets and limited available funds, the scholarships are very competitive.

The GRFS scholarships cover tuition and board up to $20,000 a year. They also include funding for books and a monthly stipend. Students are selected based on grade point average, standing in ROTC program, major and grade point average in military science class as well as Army Physical Fitness Test scores.

Military Science courses are open to all students. However, to enroll in advanced ROTC courses which lead to a commission as a Second Lieutenant, a student must meet US Army administrative, physical, medical and mental standards and be accepted by the Professor of Military Science. The LMU program is tied to the Carson-Newman ROTC program. Many of the advanced lab and train programs are done jointly

The grace period is over.

1 Sep

An example of illegal parking that will now result in ticketing and fines.

Cars resting with two wheels on the curb, half on the road and half on the sidewalk, were not an unusual sight at LMU over the past week. But illegal parkers beware; your grace period is officially over. LMU Chief of Campus Police and Security Bill Sowder said his officers would begin ticketing in earnest this week.

Dean of Administration Lisa Blair-Cox has been hard at work, reviewing and updating parking policy and fine structure.  The LMU Office of Security is responsible for enforcing campus traffic regulations and conducting public safety activities. This group of individuals is dedicated to keeping our campus safe and they should be taken seriously and treated with respect.

Parking issues are a problem that plague campuses nationwide. There are universities that issue thousands more parking passes than they actually have spaces. And, in many cases, those students and faculty pay hefty prices with no absolute guarantee of a spot, let alone a desirable one.

Another example of illegal parking.

LMU parking is plentiful, but it is not always desirable. Most people, even residential students, jockey for spots close to the quad for classes at Avery, Farr-Chinnock and the Harold S. Finley Learning Resource center. Even the small lot in front of Kresge Hall fills quickly once classes are in session. It’s important that residential students remember their spaces are reserved around the residence halls and not in the commuter lots. The University now offers a shuttle service throughout the day to help students get to classes stretched all over campus.

Not only that, Cox and company have been reviewing current traffic policies and problem areas on campus. Recognizing the University’s growth has made specific areas like the dining hall during dining hours a real challenge in terms of parking, dining hall participants’ vehicles will not be ticketed during dining hours (with the exception of handicapped parking). Keep in mind, this is not a free pass to park on the lawn behind the dining hall during non-dining hours and if you leave your vehicle there, it will be ticketed.

The speed limit is marked in all areas around campus and drivers must obey all traffic signs, directional signs and directions/instructions from security. Speed is enforced by radar. If you blow by a security officer and they deem it unsafe to immediately stop and ticket you, you are not off the hook. The ticketing officer will record the vehicle description and license plate number in order to complete issuance of the ticket at the next available opportunity.

Absolutely no parking in handicap spaces unless official handicap tagging is visible. Handicapped parking tags can be obtained from the LMU Office of Security.  These parking spaces are reserved exclusively for those students, staff, faculty and visitors who have handicapped parking authorization as indicated by state tags or by hang tags. Compliance is strictly enforced. Individuals failing to display parking authorization will be subjected to a $200 fine (in accordance with state law).

Parking on the grass will result in a higher fine.

All individuals that receive a ticket must either pay the fine or schedule an appointment in Traffic Court within 72 hours of ticket receipt. If one should get a parking or speeding ticket, fines may be paid at the Cashier’s Office in the Student Center, third floor, prior to or after Traffic Court.  Failure to pay fines can result in a hold being placed on your account.

Traffic Violation Fines

Unregistered/ Illegal parking:                                      $15.00

Speeding:                                                                          $25.00

Reckless Driving:                                                             $50.00

Discarding/Tearing up of ticket:                                  $50.00

Parking on grass or dirt area:                                      $25.00

Unauthorized Handicap:                                               $200.00 (in accordance with state law)

Parking in Fire Lane                                                       $75.00

If parking is not available at your assigned residential hall students are encouraged to utilize the Tex Turner Arena for overflow parking.

Another example of illegal parking.

Oklahoma! in Harrogate

27 Aug

Throughout the years some remarkable theater productions have been staged at the Duke Hall of Citizenship, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum’s Arnold Auditorium or even in the dining hall. For years, faculty member Dr. John Irvine, now retired, sat in the director’s chair for the Railsplitters Playmakers Dinner Theatre.

For over 30 years group put on two productions a year. Casts have included faculty, staff, students and community members. Productions of plays such as Crimes of the Heart, the female version of The Odd Couple, Steel Magnolias, Bedroom Farce, Love Letters, The Mousetrap, The importance of Being Earnest, The Foreigner and You Can’t Take it With You came to life for all to enjoy. In 2006 the Bell County Chamber of Commerce recognized Irvine and the group with the Cultural Development Award for enriching the culture of the area.

However, a few years ago Dr. Irvine retired from the University and the Railsplitters Playmakers Dinner Theatre came to an end. It was not the end of plays at LMU. Long time technical director for the Railsplitters Playmakers Dinner Theatre Vaughn Schutz and his wife, Sara, stepped up and created the Railsplitter Playhouse. Since then, the Railsplittter Playhouse has presented Love Hurtz, The Curious Savage, The Nerd and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

This fall, the Railsplitter Playhouse is taking on their most ambitious production yet. Next week director Sara Schutz and musical director Candace Armstrong will be casting for Oklahoma! The Broadway favorite first premiered on the Great White Way in 1943 with and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 straight performances. The epic musical requires a large cast.

Auditions will be held September 1, 2 and 3. They will be held at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in the Duke Hall of Citizenship on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. The times are set for 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on September 1 and 2 and from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 3. They are open to ages 12 and up. Schutz and Armstrong will be casting for actors, singers and dancers, though not all cast members will need to do all there. No prior experience is necessary. The large scope of the production requires a strong commitment from everyone.

Prospective cast members should come to the auditions prepared to sing a short song, read from the script and learn a short dance. Accompaniment will be provided by Armstrong, so prospective cast members are asked to bring your music to your audition. Attendance is only required at one of the audition sessions. Call backs will take place on September 6 at 6:30 p.m. The cast will be set on September 6 and rehearsals start on September 7. Performance dates have been set for November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19.

For more information please contact Schutz by email at saravaughnschutz@gmail.com or phone at (865) 585-5377 or Armstrong by email at Candace.armstrong@lmunet.eduor phone at (423) 869-6449.

Guest Blogger Carla Dunn shares her summer internship experience

26 Aug

This entry is courtesy of guest blogger Carla Dunn. Carla is a senior broadcast communications major at LMU.

Summer break… that coveted few months every student looks forward to each year for sleeping in and taking a break from school work. For me I had an extra reason to be excited about my 2011 summer break. I was given the opportunity to be an intern at NBC affiliate WBIR Channel 10 in Knoxville, Tenn. I remember the joy and excitement I felt when I got my acceptance letter late one night. I might have awakened my dorm neighbor with my shout. Shortly behind the excitement was the nervousness of thinking about what my summer might hold for me. I would be working alongside news anchors and reporters that I have watched on TV since I was a child. The question that came to mind was…would I be prepared?  I was entering my senior year as a Broadcast Communication major, and had already completed the majority of BCOM classes.

WBIR Reporter Stoney Sharp

First there was an orientation, a sort of meet and greet where I discovered the other interns who came from as far away as Texas, were just as nervous as me. A week later my first full day was on May 2ndand I soon found my niche with the Channel 10 family. Everyone was extremely nice, and very willing to answer any question I had. I worked mostly with reporters Stoney Sharp and Steve Butera, who offered tremendous amounts of advice and guidance you can’t find in a classroom. For that I am very grateful to them. I also developed a much greater respect for reporters, because not only are they reporters, but they are backpack journalists (BPJ’s). They are the writer, camera man, editor, reporter, and countless other jobs that go into making a news package rolled into one person. Oh, and they must have all that done for the six o’clock news.

WBIR Reporter Steve Butera

My favorite part of being a reporter for the summer was going out into the community and meeting countless precious people. The stories that you cover might not always be good news stories, but the people you encounter along the way of bringing the story to the viewers is very special. One gentleman in particular was dealing with the power outages in Knox County from the storms earlier this summer. He was also blind, a diabetic and required special care daily, but he was a blessing to me because of his optimistic attitude and outlook on life that he shared with me. While we were in his home the electricity came back on and he cried tears of joy. Those kinds of stories are special, and allow WBIR to live up to their motto, Straight From The Heart. They’re a family at Channel 10 and now I feel like I am a part of that.

LMU Student Carla Dunn interned at WBIR over the summer.

Class of 2015 Welcome Home!

20 Aug

WOW! What a day. It was awesome to see 298 bright and shiny new faces move into the Residence Halls. According to the Residence Life staff this is the largest incoming class living on campus, ever. When you consider there just 230 newbies last year and that pushed the housing to the limit, you can imagine special measures were needed to make room for 298.

The University worked overtime to create new housing space, renovating parts of Grant Lee, ordering new furniture to double up some of Pope, Mitchell and Dishner Halls and easing some off-campus housing restrictions to allow some upper classmen to take rooms at the Cumberland Gap Inn.

In the end, the extra efforts paid off. For a select group of incoming students, they were given the opportunity to move in the “Honors Residence Halls.” The students were still paired together in a double occupancy situation; however, they have the privilege of living in one of the apartment style residence halls which feature a common kitchen and living room area.

The more traditional freshman housing experience can be found at Liles and West Residence Halls. Students are again paired in a double occupancy situation. The room décor and layout are slightly less varied in Liles and West as the furniture is “built in” each room. It actually reminds me of my own freshman residence hall experience. A common bathroom is shared on each floor and laundry facilities and a lounge is available in the basement.


From the nearly 60 volunteers Pump Springs Baptist Church who lent a hand unloading cars and carrying refrigerators, TVs and suitcases up countless flights of stairs to the Hometown IGA providing refreshments for everyone, it was clear to everyone that LMU community stretches beyond the campus boundaries. I am so proud to be a Railsplitter!