C-N COACHING LEGEND KEN SPARKS RETIRES

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Ken Sparks

Ken Sparks

JEFFERSON CITY — Carson Newman University football coach Ken Sparks, the nation’s active wins leader and the fifth winningest coach in college football history, announced his retirement during a press conference Nov. 14 inside the football athletic complex that bears his name.

Sparks, a member of Manley Baptist Church, Morristown, finishes his Carson-Newman career after 37 seasons with 338 wins, 99 losses and two ties.  His career winning percentage of .7699 is the fourth highest in college football history while the 338 victories amount to the fifth best total nationally. [Read more…]

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C-N SEES RECORD FALL ENROLLMENT

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carson-newman-logo2JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman University is experiencing its third year of record enrollment with 2,659 students. Last fall’s enrollment was 2,528. In addition, the college has been cited by U.S. News & World Report.

The total enrollment represents a cumulative 35 percent growth over the last five years. The university also experienced a six-year high in the number of incoming freshmen with 506.

The increase includes undergraduate enrollment growth of 1,812 this fall, up from 1,752 last year. The university’s graduate programs are also trending upwards with an enrollment of 847 students, 71 students over last year. [Read more…]

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CARSON-NEWMAN, UNION ON PRO-GAY ‘SHAME LIST’

Baptist Press

carson-newman-logo2NASHVILLE — Nearly a third of the 102 institutions of higher education on a pro-homosexual activist group’s list of “the absolute worst colleges for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth” have Southern Baptist ties.

All schools on the list, which was published Aug. 29 by the college-focused organization Campus Pride, have a religious affiliation, with the vast majority affirming historic, orthodox Christianity. Thirty-one institutions listed (30.4 percent) cooperate either with the Southern Baptist Convention or a Baptist state convention that partners with the SBC. [Read more…]

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C-N CITED AS COLLEGE OF DISTINCTION

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carson-newman-logoJEFFERSON CITY  — Carson-Newman University has been named again a “College of Distinction” and a “Christian College of Distinction” for 2016-2017. It is the third consecutive year the university has received the honor.

Carson-Newman is one of a select group of colleges deemed to demonstrate results across the organization’s Four Distinctions — engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. [Read more…]

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COUPLE KEEPS RETURNING TO CARSON-NEWMAN

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Ron Johnson, a volunteer from Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, Knoxville, paints a handrail on the campus of Carson-Newman University.

Ron Johnson, a volunteer from Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, Knoxville, paints a handrail on the campus of Carson-Newman University.

JEFFERSON CITY — Last year George and Margaret Bradley spent their sixth summer at Carson-Newman University coordinating volunteer missions teams. At the end of the summer they thought they were through. Not so fast.

The Bradleys, members of First Baptist Church, Greeneville, were contacted by C-N officials once again to see if they would serve yet another year, but on a much smaller scale. Instead of the typical two to three months they’ve served over the last six years, only two weeks were needed this year.

“We couldn’t face a summer without coming to Carson-Newman,” laughed Margaret Bradley. “We love coming here,” her husband agreed. [Read more…]

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CARSON-NEWMAN GRAD HONORED BY NATIONAL WMU

By Julie Waters
Baptist Press

Mindy Jamison, center, co-director of the Friendship Baptist Center in Des Moines, Iowa, stands with David George, left, president of the Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation, and Wanda Lee, right, retiring WMU executive director, during the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting Monday, June 13, in St. Louis. Jamison was the recipient of the 2016 Dellanna West O’Brien Award for Women’s Leadership Development for her work.

Mindy Jamison, center, co-director of the Friendship Baptist Center in Des Moines, Iowa, stands with David George, left, president of the Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation, and Wanda Lee, right, retiring WMU executive director, during the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting Monday, June 13, in St. Louis. Jamison was the recipient of the 2016 Dellanna West O’Brien Award for Women’s Leadership Development for her work.

ST. LOUIS — Mindy Jamison, co-director of Friendship Baptist Center in Des Moines, Iowa, for the past 17 years along with her husband Jon, is this year’s recipient of the Dellanna West O’Brien Award for Women’s Leadership Development.

“Mindy pours her life into people living in the inner city of Des Moines, and at the same time invites and encourages others to minister alongside her,” said Joni Wilkinson, executive director of Iowa Woman’s Missionary Union and volunteer at the Friendship Center, who recommended Jamison for the award. “She is a mentor to women of all ages and backgrounds and continues to teach about her passion — living out her faith in her community and seeing people living in poverty come to know Christ.”

The Jamisons are well known to many Tennessee Baptists who traveled to Des Moines and worked at the Friendship Center during the decade or so that the Tennessee Baptist Convention partnered with the Baptist Convention of Iowa. [Read more…]

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LAYMAN’S GIFT AIDS C-N PROGRAM

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The McLean Investment Center will be housed in the University's Ted Russell Business Building.

The McLean Investment Center will be housed in the University’s Ted Russell Business Building.

JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman University will soon provide a new valuable learning experience for business majors. A $100,000 gift from Nashville native Steve McLean will establish The McLean Investment Center at Carson-Newman University, scheduled for completion this fall.

Set to be located on the second floor of Carson-Newman’s Ted Russell Business Building, the Center will give students access to powerful computer-based analytical tools and enable them to perform real-time market trades and research as part of 21st Century investing and stewardship. Students will have instant links with international markets and experience a unique style of learning that prepares them for the world stage.

“A synergistic space where students will actually work on investment strategy and management will solidify our finance/economics program as an important discipline at the University,” said Carson-Newman Provost Paul Percy. [Read more…]

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EXHIBIT EXAMINES CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Public invited to open house event at Carson-Newman on Sunday, Jan. 31

Carson-Newman News Office

Recent Carson-Newman graduate Darius Childs works with other students in preparing the university’s new “We March with Selma” exhibit. Housed in the Appalachian Cultural Center on Russell Avenue, the exhibit will be the focus of an open house on Sunday, Jan. 31.The display is free and open to the public.

Recent Carson-Newman graduate Darius Childs works with other students in preparing the university’s new “We March with Selma” exhibit. Housed in the Appalachian Cultural Center on Russell Avenue, the exhibit will be the focus of an open house on Sunday, Jan. 31.The display is free and open to the public.

JEFFERSON CITY – A new exhibit on Carson-Newman University’s campus focuses on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Student-curated, the display will be housed in the University’s Appalachian Cultural Center throughout the spring semester.

The public is invited to an open house event scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31, from 3-5 p.m.

The “We March with Selma” exhibit is part of the University’s “A Simple Justice: The Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act,” a year-long observance of the historical event. [Read more…]

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GROUP TARGETS BAPTIST UNIVERSITIES

Baptist Press

160126alexandra-la-mapALEXANDRIA, La. — The homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign has targeted 23 institutions of higher learning with Southern Baptist ties in a report that also names 35 other colleges and universities with distinct Christian identities. Among the schools targeted are Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, and Union University, Jackson.

Released just before the 2015 Christmas season, the report, “Hidden Discrimination: Title IX Religious Exemptions Putting LGBT Students at Risk,” asks Obama Administration education officials to increase reporting requirements for these 58 schools because each was granted “exemptions of interest” relating to either “gender identity” or “sexual orientation” or both. [Read more…]

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CLAIMING EXEMPTION PROTECTS COLLEGES

Tennessee universities among those that have asserted right to Title IX exemption

By Lonnie Wilkey and Chris Turner
Baptist & Reflector

151215title9BRENTWOOD — In a world and culture where sexual orientation and long-held traditions such as marriage are constantly being redefined, Christian colleges are taking steps to protect their institutions. Approximately 30 religiously affiliated colleges and universities nationwide (including Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City and Union University in Jackson) have asked for and received recognition of their exemption from certain sex nondiscrimination regulations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX generally prohibits institutions of higher education that receive federal funding directly or indirectly from discriminating on the basis of sex. However, when it was enacted, Congress made provision for an exemption to accommodate religious beliefs, and the Department of Education acknowledges the exemption to those colleges and universities that follow the United States Department of Education’s process and assert their rights to the exemption. Carson-Newman and Union both asserted their rights in letters to the Department of Education earlier this year. [Read more…]

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