Students contribute service hours

Special to the Daily News

November 1, 2013

HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Office of Student Services recently released its Student Service Initiative (SSI) report for the 2012-2013 school year with record numbers.

Nearly 900 students receiving financial aid devoted a best-ever 20,048 hours of community service.

“Students not only experienced the importance and satisfaction of giving their valuable time to others, but gained essential skills they can apply to their fields of study and continued career path,” said SSI Coordinator and Associate Dean of Students Larry Thacker. “Traditional classroom learning sets a foundation, but out-of-classroom learning only enhances the student experience.”

Each year LMU awards over 10 million dollars of institutional financial aid to its students. In an effort to get students to broaden their horizons and become involved in service-learning projects in the community, recipients of institutional aid are required to participate in LMU’s SSI.

The more than 20,000 hours of service directly impacted the community in a positive manner and helped students connect with the University’s mission to serve the needs of rural Appalachia. Besides the satisfaction of giving back to the community, students increased their opportunity to meet people and engage in activities outside their day-to-day world, strengthened their marketability and enhanced their future job opportunities through networking and resume building.

Students participated in a variety of opportunities from the Knoxville area into southeast Kentucky and surrounding counties. Some of those projects included Relay for Life, ROHO, Remote Area Medical and local church involvement.

“We’re very proud of how our students are representing the university’s mission out in the community,” said Thacker.

Event coordinators and organizations needing volunteers should contact Thacker at 423-869-6433 for assistance in student placement. For more info on the SSI program, visithttp://www.lmunet.edu/campuslife/initiative/index.shtml