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Traveling this summer? Don’t forget Flat Abe.

24 Jun

Balloons released with postcards.There are time honored traditions that every elementary student takes part in. I remember tying a postcard to a balloon and letting it fly, hoping whenever the flight ended someone would find my postcard, note where it landed and send it back to me. Some kids send out messages in bottles or the more traditional chain letter. The lesson in these exercises is to expand the worldview of the student. To show a child that there is so much more than their small insulated community. Similarly, the beloved children’s book Flat Stanley (by Jeff Brown in 1964) has evolved to the Flat Stanley project. In the Flat Stanley children’s books, Stanley travels the world in envelopes. Students who read the books send the paper doll and written notes to students in other parts of the world through conventional mail and e-mail. Children exchange ideas, photographs, questions and culture with students overseas. Once again, a world view is expanded and connections are made.

LMU’s Flat Abe project is aimed at providing a way for LMU students and alumni to share their blue and grey pride and document their travels. Flat Abe can be requested through the LMU Alumni page (alumni.LMUnet.edu/FlatAbe) and getting started is as easy as:

  1. Request Flat Abe
  2. Receive Flat Abe
  3. Take Flat Abe pictures
  4. Share Flat Abe pictures
Flat Abe in Zimbabwe.

Flat Abe visited Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe with Bill Hoffard.

As the alumni page explains, “Abe represents all of the LMU family and our impact on the world, because we represent LMU no matter where we are. Whether we are relaxing on the beach or volunteering our time on mission trips to underserved communities, we are carrying LMU’s legacy with us. And who better to bring with us on those trips but Abe himself?”

Since the program began Flat Abe has had some interesting journeys. He has celebrated important milestones including births, marriages and more. He has made it to quite a few locations including Labadee, Haiti; Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; and US cities in Florida, California, Texas, Nevada, and Tennessee. Flat Abe also hung out with some famous people like Clare Bowen from ABC’s Nashville.

Clare Bowen and Flat Abe.

Flat Abe and LMU Alum Jamie Mihalko met Clare Bowen of ABC’s Nashville, where else? In Nashville at a Predator’s Game.

So if summer adventures are on your horizon, don’t forget to pack Flat Abe and share your journeys with the LMU community. LMU Director of Alumni Services Donnie Lipscomb did just that earlier this week when he landed in Shannon, Ireland on his way to Galway with the current LMU Alumni Travel trip to the Emerald Isle.

 

Honest Abe in the Emerald Isle.

Flat Abe arrived in Ireland earlier this week.

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Saturday Snapshot: Rain, Rain Go Away

6 Jul
A view from the Pinnacle.

A view from the Pinnacle.

As the rainy July 4th weekend continues, I wanted to share a view of campus from a brighter day. This shot was taken from the Pinnacle during a publications photo shoot earlier this spring. So despite the rain, remember how beautiful our area can be.

Labor Day progress on the Math Science Building

5 Sep

LMU's Math Science building remains on target to be complete by the start of next fall.

What’s Happening: ‘Splitters for Summitt

30 Aug

The LMU community shows its support for UT Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt.

‘Splitters for Summitt

28 Aug

 The LMU community is nothing, if not supportive of our collegiate brethren. Following the April 16, 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech the LMU community came together and reached out in a number of ways.  So it came as no surprise to me that following Pat Summitt’s announcement that she had been diagnosed with dementia, that two LMU students came forward to organize a show of support on behalf of our University community. The students, Tiffany Roach and Amanda Manis, took to Facebook to coordinate a ‘Splitters for Summitt photo opportunity.  The event invite reads:

“As a fellow Tennessean, Pat Summitt has put monumental effort into women’s basketball and women’s athletics in general. As a coach of 37 years, she has won 8 NCAA National titles. She is also the winning-est coach in men’s and women’s basketball. Without this amazing woman, women’s basketball would not be what it is today. Thank you Pat Summitt.

So come and show that the ‘Spliiters support Summitt by wearing orange on Tuesday.”

 

A view from campus: LMU Organic Garden

7 Aug