Governor Bill Haslam


October 10, 2012 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will celebrate Homecoming Friday, October 12, and Saturday, October 13, with a full slate of activities including the dedication of the Math and Science Building with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivering the keynote address.

The Math and Science Building dedication will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The University’s newest and most advanced building is 140,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classroom, research, laboratory and office space. The $26 million facility houses undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study at LMU and was partially funded through a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan program. It is the largest building on campus and includes a 400-seat auditorium, microscopy suite, over 4,600 square feet of research labs, a large anatomy suit with four pods, and advanced biology, chemistry and physics facilities. All of the classrooms are enabled with lecture capture and streaming capabilities and the building features complete wireless internet integration.

Other highlights on the homecoming schedule include the Railsplitters Legends premiere, Railsplitter 5K Run, Reunion Luncheon and Family Fun BBQ and the Alumni Baseball Game featuring the retirement of the jersey of former LMU and Major League Baseball pitcher Scot Shields.

The Railsplitters Legends premiere is slated for Friday evening at 6 p.m. in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship. Railsplitter Legends, a Sigmon Communications produced television show, celebrates and commemorates LMU’s rich athletic history. The pilot episode will debut on Friday and is entitled, The Icon – Coach Dean Bailey. The show was co-produced by Director of Sports Media and Marketing Rusty Peace and News Editor Adam Plyler. Peace hosts the program which features photos and interviews with student athletes who played for the legendary coach.

The registration for the annual Railsplitter 5K Run will get underway at 8 a.m. on Saturday, at Lafrentz-Poole Hall. The race will take place at 9 a.m. Advanced registration is $15 or $20 on the day of the race. All runners will get a race t-shirt.

The Reunion Luncheon and Family Fun BBQ will take place at noon on Saturday, in the upper Tex Turner parking lot. Free and open to the public, the event will feature inflatables and family-friendly activities and a catered lunch. Additionally, LMU soccer, baseball and softball games will be taking place immediately following the luncheon.

Shields’ jersey will be retired during the Alumni Baseball Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Lamar Hennon field. He will also meet and sign autographs for fans during the event. Shield was a relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2002-2011 and was a member of the 2002 World Series Championship Team.

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

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