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A growing Cumberland University emphasizes career-driven education
Cumberland University is evolving. Adding new programs and facilities, the 170-year-old liberal arts institution is expanding its footprint both on-ground and online with a renewed focus on preparing students to meet the demands of an evolving workforce. Soon to unveil new or revamped facilities in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, and Macon County, Cumberland is rapidly expanding its academic offerings with new degree programs, online initiatives, and student career services resources. These developments are representative of a period of unprecedented growth in Cumberland’s history, according to Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of the university. “Cumberland is no longer just ‘that little school in Lebanon,’” Eaton said. “It serves in a greatly expanded way and with increasingly clear distinction. Cumberland serves its traditional, residential population from several locations within Lebanon, and our online programs will serve students anywhere and at any stage in their life.” According to Eaton, the university’s growth in facilities and online resources is being driven by a new, unified institutional vision of a career-driven liberal arts education designed to prepare students for lifelong success. “Our new programs, especially, are designed to help them compete in today’s world and in the world of their tomorrow,” Eaton said. “Our students enter their world today to find their way forward and upward, as professionals and leaders, in jobs and industries that did not exist, or were even imagined, when many of us were in college. We made the commitment to change so our students can have a better chance of success.” To that end, Cumberland is reaching out to students with a number of new programs and facilities, including the Cumberland Center for Online and Professional Studies in Mt. Juliet. Set to open in late September, the 7,500-square-foot facility will serve as the headquarters for the university’s growing online programs. Under the leadership of Stacey Garrett, the university’s recently appointed vice president for online and professional studies, the facility will aid Cumberland in offering programs designed to cater to the growing nontraditional student market. Featuring classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, and a reception area, the center will also provide support facilities for multiple programs at the university. “The Center for Online and Professional Studies represents the most important expansion of Cumberland’s reach and programming in the history of the institution,” Eaton said. “Through it, we are taking Cumberland everywhere to everyone.” The center will provide a foundation for the university’s growing online degree programs. At the present time, the university offers four online degree programs: an RN-BSN program designed for working nurses, a Master of Arts in Education program designed primarily for licensed teachers, a Bachelor of Business Administration program, and a Forensic and Criminal Justice Sciences program. Additional programs will begin later in 2012. According to Eaton, all will be distinctly differentiated from other online programs by quality and connection to jobs and careers. In the upcoming semester, the university will also unveil its new Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership program, a newly designed, cohort-based course of study offering concentrations in instructional coaching and instructional leadership. The program’s first cohort will begin in the fall of 2012. Additionally, Cumberland will soon add new graduate degree offerings on-ground and online. They include new Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees, as well as additional professional degrees in education and public service management. In the fall of 2012, the university will unveil its new Cumberland University Dual Enrollment Center in Macon County, which will greatly expand the institution’s footprint

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along the Tennessee-Kentucky border. The new facility will serve dual-enrollment high school students in Macon, Trousdale, and Jackson counties, as well as southern Kentucky. Improvements are also being made on campus to such facilities as the McFarland Instructional Center, which is home to the university’s Rudy School of Nursing. In addition, a major new facility—the Cumberland Learning and Career Commons—will open in January. “The Cumberland Learning and Career Commons is where we’re going in a longerterm and broader sense,” Eaton said. “College should never be seen as a four-year slice of your life between the ages of 18 and 22; it should be an experience that never leaves you. That’s why we want to prepare students in all ways, so they know not only how to understand knowledge, but how to put it to an end.” The Learning and Career Commons will provide students with a wide array of career training activities, including mock job interviews, resume writing assistance, and dress and behavioral instruction. Additionally, students will be able to interview professionals in their field at the building, gaining working knowledge about their chosen majors before leaving the university. Students can also explore career possibilities directly through Cumberland’s growing number of internship programs, which last year provided approximately 60 students with internships in a variety of fields. “Cumberland is reaching boldly into a new world,” Eaton said. “Our responsibility now is to prepare our students for success in that world. We must teach them, guide them, and equip them with the tools they need to succeed in the jobs and careers of the 21st century.”

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Cumberland is sports authority
Cumberland University opens its new football complex this year, but the Bulldogs compete on more than just the gridiron, 19 sports total, including 10 men’s and nine women’s. CU athletes have earned 98 All-American honors and 200 national Scholar-Athlete awards as well as numerous other honors, including four team or individual national championships. Cumberland competes in the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NAIA), an association of close to 300 member schools and more than 60,000 student-athletes. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. CU’s football team is the winningest program in the state of Tennessee over the last two seasons, posting a 15-6

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a pair of wrestlers claimed national titles, including Corey Bleaken in 2011, and earned 10 All-America honors. The men’s tennis team reached the NAIA national tournament in 2012 while the women made it to the national tourney in 2008 as well. The men’s golf program reached the national championships in 2009 and the women fell just short of their first-ever appearance in 2012. The Bulldogs also compete in softball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s soccer, and field co-ed programs in cheerleading and cycling. Cumberland reinstated the men’s and women’s cross country programs this spring after a seven-year absence and also maintains a club bowling program that also falls under the leadership of Ron Pavan, Director of Athletics.

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overall record, better than any other of the 16 collegiate programs in the state, including Vanderbilt, Tennessee and all of the other Division I, II and III teams. The Bulldog baseball team claimed NAIA national championships in 2004 and 2010 and finished as the national runner-up twice as well (1995, 2006). The program has won 19 regular season conference championships, 10 conference tournament titles and reached the NAIA World Series 11 times. In addition a total of 60 players have earned All-America honors and 76 have inked professional contracts. The women’s basketball program was the national runnerup in 2007 and the men’s basketball team reached the national tournament three times in the last eight seasons. Individually

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Directions to Nokes-Lasater Field
From Nashville: Take I-40 East to Exit 238. At the top of the exit ramp turn left at the light and continue straight on South Cumberland Street (Highway 231 North). Continue straight for 1.4 miles, going through four stop lights. At the fifth stop light (Ryan’s Steakhouse on the right), take a right onto Tennessee Blvd. Go thru the first stop sign and take the first left onto Gulf Avenue. Continue on

Gulf Avenue, which turn into Harding Drive. Go past the old Lebanon High School and the main parking lot will be on the right. It is 0.4 miles from Tennessee Blvd. to the entrance to the parking lot. From Knoxville: Take I-40 West to Exit 239. At the bottom of the ramp turn right and travel one mile. Turn left at the first stop light onto Tennessee Blvd. At the first stop sign turn right onto Park Ave. and then travel 0.1 miles and turn left into Harding Drive. Drive 0.2 miles to the entrance to the main parking lot will be

on the left. Auxiliary parking is available in the front and back of the hospital to the right (north side) of Harding Drive. From the north (Kentucky state line): Take Highway 231 South into downtown Lebanon. Go halfway around the city square and continue on Highway 231 South. Turn left onto Tennessee Blvd. Go thru the first stop sign and take the first left onto Gulf Avenue. Continue on Gulf Avenue, which will turn into Harding Drive. Go past the old Lebanon High School and the main parking lot will be on the right.

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TRAFFIC FLOW Traffic will be routed to the parking areas using Tennessee Boulevard and Park Avenue as well as East Spring Street. Fans will NOT be allowed to pull down Gulf Avenue or Knoxville Avenue to access any of the parking areas. Barriers will be in place with gameday workers staffing those areas at the junction of Tennessee Boulevard and Gulf Avenue and at Knoxville Avenue and Gulf Avenue. Cumberland GameDay staff with parking passes will be the only ones allowed to pass through the barriers. Patrons may drive east on Tennessee Boulevard past the stadium, turn left onto Park Avenue and then left onto Harding Drive. Access may also be gained going north on South College Street, then east on East Spring Street, then south on Joe Branham Drive. PARKING The main parking lot for Nokes-Lasater Field is located on the east side of the stadium behind the visiting bleachers. Parking and tailgating activities will take place in that lot and the ONLY access to the parking lot will be from Harding Drive, to the north of the parking area. Fans will NOT be allowed to pull down Stadium Drive just south of NokesLasater Field. Parking is also available in front of and behind the UMC McFarland Campus hospital, which sits just across Harding Drive from the stadium and the main parking area. A smaller lot is available on Harding Drive in front of the old high school and there are also marked parking spots along Joe Branham Drive that runs between Harding and East Spring Street. STADIUM ENTRANCES Home fans will enter and exit at the north end of the stadium on the east (visitors) side and gain access to the home stands by walking around the north end of the stadium between the fence that surrounds the field and the old high school. Tickets may be purchased at the gate before entering the stadium. NO FANS will be allowed access to the field or track area. Visiting fans will enter and exit the stadium at the south end on the east (visitors) side. Tickets may be purchased at the gate before entering the stadium. In case of emergency, gates will be opened on both sides of the stadium on both the north and south ends, but this is only in case of an emergency. HANDICAP PARKING All handicap parking is clearly marked on the east (visitors) side of the stadium in the main parking area off Harding Drive. ONLY people with handicap parking license plates or hanging signs from their rearview mirrors will be allowed to park in those spots. SEATING All but a handful of seats in the stadium are general admission bleacher seats. Reserved seat season tickets may be purchased from the Cumberland Athletic Department for $100 per seat for the season. These tickets gain access to the chairback seats just below the press box on the home side. Only stadium seats will be allowed in the stadium. No folding or fold-out lawn chairs will be allowed in the stadium and all fans must sit in the bleacher sections on either side of the stadium.

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2012 Football Gameday Events
September 8 – vs. University of the Cumberlands
1:30 p.m. Kickoff “White-Out” game – Show your pride by wearing WHITE to the game. Before the game honor Boy Scouts and Wilson County middle schools Halftime honor women’s golf and men’s tennis teams Tailgating (11 AM-1PM): Enjoy food provided by local churches, games, prizes and live music from the band “Kick” Free t-shirts for the first 500 CU Students Kids Zone – inflatables, face painting and tattoos Halftime field goal challenge: 5 minutes-5 CU Students-most made field goals wins Winner receives: $200 voucher to CU Bookstore Parent’s Tent – Ronnie McPeak Safety-First Aid Tent Student Life Tent – CU student raffle, cornhole

September 15 – vs. Belhaven University

1:30 p.m. Kickoff Cumberland University Preview Day US Community Credit Union Day – giving away free hot dogs Before the game honor US Community Credit Union Kid Zone – Anthony Balloon Kid, inflatables, face painting and tattoos “Move Across Wilson” family games (6 minutes) Student Life Tent – CU student raffle, cornhole CU Nursing Tent – Health Awareness, Fruit Sale, Safety-First Aid Tent

October 6 – vs. Union College (Homecoming)
1:30 p.m. Kickoff Cumberland University Preview Day
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“Cardinal-Out” game: Show your pride by wearing CARDINAL to the game Tailgating (11 AM-1PM): Enjoy food provided by local churches, games, prizes, live music and Alumni Weekend Activities Kids Zone – Anthony Balloon kid, inflatables, face painting and tattoos Halftime – Homecoming Court, King and Queen Sports Hall of Fame inductees – Between 1st and 2nd quarters Alumni Award winners – Between 3rd and 4th quarters Parent’s Tent – Ronnie McPeak Safety-First Aid Tent Student Life Tent – CU student raffle, cornhole

October 20 – vs. Campbellsville University (Family Weekend)
6 p.m. Kickoff – Blackout Game “Black-Out” game: Show your pride by wearing BLACK to the game Canned food drive benefiting Joseph’s Store House Kids Zone – inflatables, face painting and tattoos Games for prizes Student Bands Parent’s Tent – Ronnie McPeak Safety-First Aid Tent Student Life Tent – CU student raffle, cornhole

November 3 – vs. Bluefield College

1:30 p.m. Kickoff Bring an unwrapped Christmas Toy and receive half off admission Cumberland University Preview Day Senior Day for football Kids Zone – inflatables, face painting and tattoos Parent’s Tent – Ronnie McPeak Safety-First Aid Tent Student Life Tent – CU student raffle, cornhole

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History runs deep at Nokes-Lasater Field
by Jo Jo Freeman
Nokes-Lasater Field was christened in 1965 at a cost of $75,000 and served as the home of Lebanon High School for the next 46 seasons. The facility is named in honor of two long-time residents of Lebanon – former sporting goods dealer Jimmy Nokes and long-time caretaker of the field and LHS volunteer Raymond Lasater. Nokes owned a sporting goods store on Main Street in two different locations during his time and was known for providing equipment to athletes no matter their financial situation. Lasater maintained the field from 1987-96, growing, watering and mowing the grass and lining the field for games. He was once named volunteer of the year by the Tennessee Education Association and served as the statistician for the LHS basketball teams from 1973-92 while also doing radio broadcasts for WCOR. His name was added to the facility in 1991. With the takeover of the facility during late spring, Cumberland has spruced up the stadium and surrounding buildings, pressure washing the concrete bleachers and painting the steps and other concrete areas on both sides of the stadium. The press box on the visitors (east) side has been painted and signage added to it, while the visitors side also received a new fence. CU football coaching staff members and student-athletes painted the coaches offices and locker room areas and central heat and air as well as carpeting was added to the areas for team use. The former track building on the north end of the home (west) side was renovated and is now an athletic training room that includes taping and treatment areas, hot and cold tubs, staff offices and storage areas. Showers for the visiting teams have been added to the baseball locker room on the south end of the visitors side, and the indoor hitting facility will serve the same purpose for the Bulldog softball team as well as an indoor area for football to practice in case of inclement weather. The concessions areas and restrooms have all been painted and renovated slightly for the upcoming season and showers have also been added to the softball locker room on the visitors side, an area that will now serve as the referees’ dressing room.

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