What’s in a name?
If you have been in The Village on LMU’s campus in the past week, you have probably noticed a change. The two newest residence halls, formerly referred to as DB3 and DB4, now have names. Many students are aware that the other residence halls in The Village are either named after alumni donors (Shelton and Langley) or former university presidents (Burchett and McClelland). Now that DB3 and DB4 have been named, there is a great deal of curiosity surrounding the origination of these names. However, there is no real mystery here as these two are also named for donors and a former president.
Norton Hall, formerly known as DB3, is named after a residence hall that once stood near the main entrance of campus, across from LP Hall. The original Norton Hall was built in 1912. The construction was made possible through a generous contribution from Mary and Ella Norton of Norwich, Connecticut. The sisters honored their father’s lifelong commitment to philanthropy through their support of LMU and many other organizations. Many LMU alumni made great memories in this dorm, as it also contained a kitchen and dining hall. In 1923 and 1924, Norton Hall served as an infirmary during a typhoid epidemic. Now, many more memories will be made in the new Norton Hall.
Dr. Martin Peters participating in commencement exercises.
DB4 is now named Peters Hall after Dr. Ralph Martin Peters and his wife, Lorraine Daniel Peters. Dr. Peters completed his undergraduate degree at Lincoln Memorial University. He was a member of both the baseball and basketball teams during this time. After completing his master’s and doctorate degree at the University of Tennessee, he returned to LMU to serve as the director of admissions and alumni services. He was also a professor of education and chair of the Department of Education. He later served several positions at Tennessee Technological University. In 1992, he returned to LMU as a professor of graduate education. He then served as interim president and a member of the LMU Board of Trustees. He has been honored as a member of both the LMU Educators’ Hall of Fame and the LMU Athletes’ Hall of Fame. Lorraine Daniel Peters also earned a bachelor’s degree from LMU. She then earned a master’s degree from Tennessee Tech, where she taught for 29 years.
Dr. Martin Peters and Cynthia Whitt award the R. Martin Peters Young Alumnae of the Year award during homecoming in 2006.
The Peters legacy lives on as the R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the Year Award, the Martin and Lorraine Peters Endowed Scholarship and the Lorraine D. Peters Endowed Nursing Scholarship are awarded each year. The R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the Year Award is awarded at the Alumni Banquet during homecoming to an individual who embodies his ideals. Additionally the Martin Peters Endowed Fund for Athletics exists to fund scholarships and other athletic needs.
Both residence halls will be formally dedicated during the 2014 Homecoming activities October 9-11.
It’s homecoming week at LMU and that means lots and lots to do. In addition to the full slate of homecoming releases, currently tracking at nine with all the halls of fame inductees and alumni awards, there are special events to attend and photos to take. No matter how busy the week gets, Homecoming will always be one of my favorite times at LMU.
I love that it always falls in Fall, which is when our fair campus is at its most beautiful. I love the camaraderie that oozes from the University Advancement crew. When you put together as many events in such short period of time as this group does, you have to work together. Plus the UA staff is known for dropping everything to assist each other and not only get the job done, but get it done the right way. And of course when you are working as many hours over a short period of time as Homecoming requires, at some point someone is going to get slap happy, and comedy will ensue. I can’t wait for that!
Perhaps, the best part of Homecoming is seeing LMU’s proud alumni return to Harrogate. It’s amazing to see all the relationships that began right here and to hear all about the shared history of this academic learning community. It’s also inspiring to see what our alumni have been up to since graduation.
This could possibly be the biggest and best Homecoming yet. The Governor of Tennessee is going to be here to help us dedicate the Math and Science Building; retired MLB pitcher Scot Shields will be on campus for the first time in five years; and the weather forecast is looking perfect.
Bring on Homecoming. We’re ready and waiting.
Friday was a wonderful day with family and friends at LMU!
Homecoming hit a fever pitch with Midnight Madness on Friday. It was a chance for the ‘Splitters Nation to get to know the 2011-2012 Lady Railsplitter and Railsplitter Basketball teams. Plus there were some great performances by the LMU Dance Team, Cheerleaders and Abe. We even crowned a new Homecoming Queen and King! Not to mention a halarious dizzy bat contest and a wicked simon says game. Oh what a night!
It’s a crisp October day. The sun is out, leaves are blowing around and LMU is busseling with activity. It can only mean one thing, homecoming has arrived. Droves of alumni and friends are coming home to reconnect and reflect on their glory years. There is a full weekend of activities and fun. Be sure to check back here often for highlights, photos and videos!
The weekend got off to a fun start with the Donor Recognition Reception on Thursday. Check out the slide show below for all the fun.
LMU Homecoming 2011: Celebrating Our Creative Legacy
Homecoming officially kicks-off on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., in 13 days. The annual event got underway ahead of schedule last evening with what is sure to become a new tradition – Homecoming events at extended learning sites. Director of Alumni Services Donnie Lipscomb teamed with LMU’s Women of Service to host a Homecoming gathering at the Duncan School of Law. Congressman Jimmy Duncan was also on hand and sponsored the food at the event.
After a week of mid-term exams, a celebration was in order.
Students at DSOL spent the week taking exams, including their final mid-term which took place immediately prior to the Friday night barbeque. Once the final exam was submitted, the students were greeted with hot dogs, beans, potato salad, chili and a sea of desserts. Additionally, a corn hole tournament was held and door prizes given out.
Congressman Jimmy Duncan shared stories from his early law career.
DSOL Dean and Vice President Sydney A. Beckman kicked off the event and invited Congressman Duncan to speak. The Congressman chatted with students throughout the event and shared a few stories from his legal career before congress with the group. Students, faculty, staff and their families all joined in the fun.
As we continue to take Homecoming on the road, our next stop will be LMU-Cedar Bluff on Tuesday.
More photos from the event:
Congressman Duncan greets DSOL students at the Homecoming gathering. The gathering was a family event.
DSOL student leaders Kyle Vaughan and Matt Ooten.