Lee University Hosts Service-Learning Conference For Local Students

Friday, March 15, 2013
Students and teachers from BCHS, CHS, TCPS and WVHS gather for a group photo with Leonard Center staff before heading to their designated service location.
Students and teachers from BCHS, CHS, TCPS and WVHS gather for a group photo with Leonard Center staff before heading to their designated service location.

More than 70 delegates from four local high schools were on Lee’s campus Thursday and Friday for “Illuminate,” a service-learning conference hosted by Lee University’s Leonard Center. 

Students from Bradley Central, Cleveland, Tennessee Christian Preparatory and Walker Valley High Schools gathered on Thursday for the conference with featured speakers Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president for student development at Lee, and William Lamb, director of Leonard Center. Hayes and Lamb discussed servant-leadership, service-learning, what service looks like, and how to serve the community.

“This has been a phenomenal experience,” said CHS sophomore Jake Gibson. “We learned how to be leaders without even talking – how our actions can make the difference.” 

The students reconvened on Friday for hands-on training as groups were sent to Prospect Elementary, Cleveland Boys & Girls Clubs, Havenplace and the Community Garden, putting into action what they learned on Thursday.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for our students,” said Penny Howell, BCHS teacher. “Some of them have never participated in a service project and it’s great to see them thinking about ways to serve.” 

Lee alum Rebecca Ball and Ann Pickens, SGA sponsors at WVHS, both commented on how great it was just to see students from all four schools working together for a common purpose.

“Lee University values its partnerships with the local schools and looks forward to continual opportunities to support service-learning in our city and county,” said Mr. Lamb. “The students attending this conference reflect a generation that is raising the bar in their sphere of influence and commitment to serving others.” 

For more information about Lee’s Leonard Center or other service-learning opportunities, call 614-8614.


Augustine Named Recipient Of Lee’s Excellence In Scholarship Award

Dr. Daniela C. Augustine, associate professor of theological ethics, has been named as the recipient of Lee University’s 2016 Excellence in Scholarship Award. The winner of this award is chosen each year by the Faculty Committee on Research and Scholarship. Lee President Dr. Paul Conn officially recognized Dr. Augustine for this award during spring commencement earlier this ... (click for more)

East Ridge High School Unveils New Uniforms At McDonald's Fundraiser

The East Ridge High School football team will be sporting new uniforms this season thanks to a community supported fundraiser hosted by the Ringgold Road McDonald’s restaurant.      The McDonald’s parking lot, turned fundraising headquarters, played host to the team as they waved signs and asked McDonald’s customers for donations. McDonald’s is the sponsor of ... (click for more)

Large Hole Develops In Lane Of I-24 Eastbound Over Chestnut Street; Emergency Repair Undertaken

 A large hole developed in the I-24 eastbound bridge over Chestnut Street in Chattanooga on Sunday evening. Jennifer Flynn of TDOT said, "The hole is such that we are having to close a lane to protect traffic.  This will cause a significant backup in traffic, especially given the holiday.  "This is the same bridge, but different location that we recently did ... (click for more)

12 Lost Hikers Rescued At Rainbow Lake, Edwards Point

Eleven adults and a child were briefly lost at Rainbow Lake and Edwards Point trails on Signal Mountain on Sunday. A 911 call was made at 9:45 p.m. from one of the hikers reporting the group lost sunlight hiking out of the trails at Edwards Point. Th Signal Mountain Fire Department and the Walden's Ridge Emergency Services have responded to the scene to ... (click for more)

Parking Discrimination Downtown

Many taxpayers who reside in Chattanooga (but outside Chattanooga's core) feel left behind when it comes to neighborhood paving, sidewalks, policing, streetscaping, street sweeping, public transportation, and other services. Some think most tax dollars are spent on downtown and not in their neighborhoods. It's not as if they can't vicariously experience the largesse of downtown. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Nameless Ghost

One hundred years ago the United States was at war. The most intense fighting during World War I was on what was called The Western Front. The Germans wanted to invade France from the north and in order to do it, they had to push through Flanders province in Belgium. It has been described as a hell unequalled in raw hand-to-hand combat, In just four months on Flanders fields, ... (click for more)