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September 25 - 27
Family & Friends Weekend

We are just 24 hours away from the kickoff for Family & Friends Weekend 2015! Please be sure to invite your family and friends to join you for some very exciting activities this weekend, including our first home football game of the 2015-16 season against Tuskegee University. A tailgate will kick-start the game from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Lane Field. *A very limited brunch will be served in the dining hall during this time. Please go to Lane Field for a full meal and tailgate fun.

There is limited housing that will be provided on campus to families who need overnight accommodations. All of these accommodations and fun-filled events are FREE to you and your families this weekend. Please be sure that your family attends Check-In with the Office of First-Year Experience from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday or 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday in order to receive free admission to the football game, a meal ticket to the tailgate, and other important information concerning the weekend. Check-In will occur in front of Cleaves Hall. Note: Families who do not check-in with the Office of First-year Experience will not gain free admission to the football game, tailgate, or other events throughout the weekend.

If you have any questions concerning this weekend of activities, please contact Mr. Frierson at kfrierson@lanecollege.edu or 731-426-7505.

Kenneth S. Frierson,
Director of First-Year Experience
Lane College
545 Lane Avenue
Jackson, TN 38301

Lane Student Among Select Group of HBCU All-Stars

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities announced its 2015 HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 83 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.

Lane College's Keenan Lowery, a sophomore criminal justice major, has been selected. According to a news release, he has excelled in and out of the classroom, boasting a 3.8 GPA.

On campus, he serves in several capacities. He is Mr. Lane College 2015-16, Mr. 1908, vice president of the Lane College Pre-Alumni Council, and member of the Campus Activity Board (CAB), NAACP, Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity, and President's Council.

The All-Stars were selected from more than 450 students who submitted applications that included a transcript, resume, essay, and recommendation. Over the course of the year, the HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the initiative by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the role of the initiative as a networking resource.

Through social media and their relationships with community based organizations, the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential.

"The Obama Administration is committed to promoting excellence, innovation and sustainability across our nation's HBCUs. This year's class of All-Stars has distinguished itself as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and noble ambassadors of their respective institutions." said Ivory A. Toldson, the initiative's acting executive director.

In addition, the All-Stars will also participate in this year's White House HBCU Week Conference in September as well as various national events, web chats with Toldson and other initiative staff and professionals from a range of disciplines. The All-Stars will have exceptional opportunities to engage with other HBCU scholars and to showcase their individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.

"As can be expected, we are quite proud of Keenan regarding his latest accomplishment. This outstanding honor that he has received does not come as a surprise. Keenan is one of our finest students, and his selection to this esteemed group of scholars is the norm for him," said Dr. Logan Hampton, president of Lane College.

After graduating, Lowery plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master's degree in criminal justice and psychology, then pursuing his doctorate degree in criminal justice. His goal is to become a member of the FBI.

Ray Lewis speaks at Lane College "Dinner with the Pros" Fundraiser

The former star linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens was the featured speaker at Lane's "Dinner with the Pros" banquet Saturday night at Oman Arena, set up to raise money for improved locker room and weight room facilities for the football team.

"It's just a blessing that this guy would come way to Jackson, Tennessee and help us out and have no ties to Lane College whatsoever," Burroughs, the school's athletic director and head football coach, said.

Lewis took advantage of the moment, telling a couple hundred people gathered at tables on the Oman Arena floor about the role of faith, guidance from adults and individual motivation in his life.

Helping his mother, not starring in sports, drove Lewis' desire to work hard and stand out. He recalled being seven years old and seeing his mother beaten by a man and, despite the trauma, quickly preparing to go to work.

A young Lewis asked his mother how she could go to work after such an incident.

"How am I gonna feed y'all?" she responded.

"I've never met a stronger, greater person than my mother," Lewis told the audience Saturday. "Never."

Dragons Release the 2015 Football Schedule

(April 29, 2015, Jackson, TN.)As the saying goes “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” With the release of the 2015 football schedule, the Dragon football team will have to be tough. A full slate of ten weeks of football action is set for the Dragons’ 2015 season. They will rack up frequent traveler miles as seven of the ten games are on the road.

The Dragons open up the 2015 season with a trip to Selma, Alabama against Concordia College on September 5 at 2 PM. In week two, the Dragons head to Fort Valley, Georgia to take on the Wildcats. The September 12 kick-off time is 6 PM. The sunny beach of Daytona, Florida is the next stop for the Dragons on September 19 as they take on Division I Bethune-Cookman University with kick-off time at 4PM. In week four, the Dragons make their debut at Lane Field to host the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University on September 26, with kick-off scheduled for 2 PM. The Dragons open the October portion of the schedule for week five with a road trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They will face the Tigers of Stillman College on October 3 at 1PM.

The second half of the season begins with a road trip to Augusta, Georgia as the Dragons face the Benedict Tigers in the Augusta Classic for week six action. The game is scheduled to be played on October 10 at the Lucy Laney Stadium. Kickoff for the classic is scheduled for 2 PM. Week seven is “Homecoming Week” for the Dragons as they host the Marauders from Central State University on October 17. Homecoming activities are scheduled during the week and on game day. The scheduled kickoff is at 2 PM. Week eight is a short turnaround week for the Dragons as they travel to Fairfield, Alabama for a Thursday night (October 22) contest with the Golden Bears of Miles College. Kickoff is scheduled for 6PM. Week nine has the Dragons wrapping up the home season on October 31 as they host the Thorobreds of Kentucky State University. Kickoff for the final home game is scheduled for 2 PM. Senior Recognition will be held prior to the contest. For the final regular season contest, the Dragons load up for a trip to Atlanta, Georgia to take on the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College. The contest is scheduled for a 2 PM kickoff on November 7.

Excitement is in the air for the upcoming football season. Please make your plans now to come out and support the Dragons. We look forward to seeing you this year!

Former NFL All-Pro Linebacker Ray Lewis to speak at Lane College Benefit Dinner

Lane College announced that former 13 time ALL-Pro Linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis will be the guest speaker at its inaugural Dinner with the Pros, an annual fundraiser that will benefit the Lane College Athletic Department. Lewis will be joined, Olympic Gold medalist Rochelle Stevens, and other former and current NFL & NBA stars.

The event will be held on Saturday June 13, 2015 at the Oman Arena, located at 179 Lane Avenue in Jackson, Tennessee.

Sponsorships for reserved tables, at which eight persons may be seated, are available ranging in price from $5,000 to $1,000. Individual dinner tickets are available for $100.

Raymond Anthony Lewis, Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played his entire 17-year career for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami, and earned All-American honors. Drafted by the Ravens in 1996, Lewis was the last player remaining from the inaugural team at the start of the 2012–13 season.

Playing middle linebacker his entire career, Lewis is considered one of the greatest ever to play the position. He was selected to 13 Pro Bowls and named an Associated Press All-Pro 10 times. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2000 and 2003, becoming the sixth player to win the honor multiple times. Lewis was also the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award and the first to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team.

After a triceps tear that sidelined him for most of the 2012–13 season, Lewis returned for the Ravens playoff run and a victory in Super Bowl XLVII. He now serves as an analyst and contributor for ESPN in its NFL coverage.

Lane Students Selected as Athletes of the Year

West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic sponsored the 30th Annual Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame Dinner at which Athletes of the Year were honored. On behalf of Lane College President Dr. Logan Hampton and Athletic Director Derrick Burroughs, we would like to congratulate two of our student-athletes for being selected as Collegiate Student Athletes of the Year: Jasmine McNeil (Softball) and Darius Mitchell (Football).

McNeal, has been a critical part of the Lady Dragons softball team. She transferred to Lane from Los Angeles (CA) Harbor Community College. In her first season with the Lady Dragons, she was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Player of the Week three times; selected for the SIAC All-Conference Team; and finished the season as the SIAC Player of the Year. During her junior season, she had 11 homeruns and 14 doubles, with an on-base percentage of .885. McNeal studies physical education and plans to complete her undergraduate studies during the summer.

Mitchell played football for the Dragons. He was selected for the second consecutive year as a member of the SIAC All-Conference first team. The kick return specialist was chosen as Special Teams Player of the Week for two weeks during the 2014-15 season. Mitchell collected 163 rushing yards, 424 receiving yards, and 492 yards on kick-returns for an average of 121.8 all-purpose yards per game, and he was ranked sixth in the conference with All-Purpose yards.

Congratulations Jasmine McNeil and Darius Mitchell. You make us proud!

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