Lincoln Memorial University is a private co-educational liberal arts university located in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU grew out of love and respect for Abraham Lincoln and today honors his name, values, and spirit. As the legend goes, in 1863 Lincoln suggested to General O. O. Howard, a Union Army officer, that when the Civil War ended he hoped General Howard would organize a great university for the people of this area. Ultimately, Howard helped to found LMU. In commemoration of Lincoln’s birthday, the institution was chartered on February 12, 1897. LMU believes that one of the major cornerstones of meaningful existence is service to humanity. By making educational and research opportunities available to students where they live and through various recreational and cultural events open to the community, Lincoln Memorial University seeks to advance life in the Cumberland Gap area and throughout the region through its teaching, research, and service mission. Visit Lincoln Memorial University’s website>>
Student Service Initiative
LMU’s commitment to service is demonstrated by the Student Service Initiative. Participants in the SSI program are all students who receive any type of financial aid from LMU. As part of the requirement to receive institutional aid, students are required to participate in a 10-hour service learning component per semester, either in a project directly related to the academic field of study or in a community service area unrelated to the academic discipline. The Student Service Initiative will include only those projects and initiatives that do not include internships and payable service.
Projects in an academic field decided upon by the student and the academic advisor are available. Community service activities could include any service or projects that are not necessarily campus-based. Volunteer work in nursing homes and hospitals, United Way, beautification projects, AYSO soccer, Little League, Special Olympics, Senior Games and volunteer work with the Salvation Army are just a few examples of projects that can be done off-campus and in the community. Projects could also include activities and service found through campus clubs and organizations. Learn more about the SSI>>
Kanto World School
LMU’s partnership with the Kanto World School demonstrates its commitment to the broader global community. The Kanto World School The World School was initiated by Masaki Matsudaira, the former Chairman and present advisor to the board of trustees at Kanto International Senior High School. Its aim is to create a truly borderless entity that will bring together high school students and teachers from all areas of the world. This program is designed to train students to adopt a global perspective by becoming receptive to differences and to enable them to form lasting friendships. Lincoln Memorial University has partnered with the Kanto School since 1979, and more than 5,000 Kanto students have visited the LMUS’s campus and studied English along with a curriculum including history, communications, American culture, homestay and various activities.
The World School also sponsors an annual International Forum bringing together students from around the world to discuss a variety of global issues, such as environmental sustainability, poverty, media literacy, and citizenship. LMU hosted the 2002 International Forum, and will host again in 2012. Learn more about the World School>>