Coal Creek Scholars visit
Lincoln Memorial University
21 October 2006

See photos below!

(Photo from LMU web site)

Many of the high school students from Briceville have never visited the campus of a technical school, college, or university.  As part of our Coal Creek Scholars program, we take the students to visit schools that they might be interested in attending.  The drive to Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) from Coal Creek was beautiful on this fall day in East Tennessee.   LMU President Dr. Nancy Moody and Dean of Admissions Conrad Daniels were gracious hosts to our group.

Our personal tour guide was Coal Creek's own Frances Lee Braden who is now a senior at LMU majoring in Business.  Frances Lee was very thorough and enthusiastic in her guidance along the way.  Frances Lee pointed out aspects of the campus and college life from a student's perspective.  After many requests, she finally gave us a tour of her dorm room.  We toured the beautiful Harrogate, Tennessee campus and several of the buildings, and were treated to lunch in the school cafeteria.
After lunch, President Nancy Moody invited the scholars to her office.  She told them how she came from a small town in Kentucky and had a similar background to the scholars.  Dr. Moody told the students that whatever school they choose, they should stay focused on why they are there and get the best education they can.  We really appreciate all the special treatment that Dr. Moody and Conrad Daniels gave the group.  Conrad also explained the importance of ACT test scores and applying to schools early. 

Scholars attending were:  April Byrge, Jacob Phillips, Cassie Phillips, Jenny Phillips, Phillip Smith (Frances Lee Braden is Phillip's cousin)

Others attending were:  Mr. & Mrs. Byrge (April's parents), the Phillip's mother Charlotte, April's friend Nathan, Barry Thacker and Carol Moore from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, and Laura Katherine Moore and Stephen Jimenez. 

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Senior Frances Lee Braden from Coal Creek, was an inspiring tour guide and ambassador for the university

President Nancy Moody discusses the importance of a college education with the scholars

Scholars outside two of
the many buildings on
the beautiful LMU campus


Coal Creek Scholars Program

For more information about the importance of the Coal Creek Scholars effort, read Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Fred Brown's article.

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