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Lane College to Observe Religious Emphasis Week February 1-6, 2015

Religious Emphasis Week services will begin on Sunday, February 1, 2015 with Lane President, Dr. Logan C. Hampton, delivering a sermon at 9:45 a.m. at the New St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. On Monday at 11:30 a.m., a prayer vigil will be held on the front steps of the Bray Administration Building on campus. In collaboration with Mother Liberty CME Church, Tuesday’s religious service will include a Night of Praise, Worship, and Thanksgiving featuring the nationally known preacher and singer, Bishop Rance Allen, to be held at Mother Liberty at 7:00 p.m. The Rev. Richard Hamlet, Founder and Chair/President of Global Ministries Foundation, will speak at the College’s 11:00 a.m. Chapel Assembly on Wednesday morning. Thursday’s event will feature Sunday’s Best…Moving to the Next Level, a religious musical program showcasing the singing talents of students in song. The week will conclude with the Communion Service that will convene at 11:00 a.m. in the Graves Auditorium and Chapel, located in the Chambers-McClure Academic Center (CMAC) on campus.

Religious Emphasis Week is a tradition at Lane College that is supported by the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. It was begun over one hundred years ago by Lane College Founder, Bishop Isaac Lane, to provide focus on the symbiotic relationship between the College and the Church, and to further proclaim the unalterable ideal that Lane College is an educational institution of higher learning that believes firmly in the divine nature and spiritual unity of God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

You are urged to support the College by attending all of these free services and programs at the times and locations listed.

Distinguished Scholar Joins Lane College Administration

(Jackson, TN-January 13, 2015) Lane College President Logan Hampton today announced the appointment of Dr. Moses V. Goldmon as the college's Executive Vice President. In this executive role, Goldmon will serve as the College's second in command along the administrative hierarchy; supervise several essential functions of the College including research, scholarly and sponsored programs, honors college, enrollment management, strategic planning, institutional effectiveness, branding, compliance, and grant procurement. In addition to his administrative duties, Goldmon will serve as the College Chaplain and tenured professor in the Division of Liberal Studies and Education.

"We are elated and thrilled to have a person of Dr. Goldmon's caliber to lend his extraordinary and unique talents to Lane College and to the greater Jackson community. He loves the Lord, loves students, and is committed to doing GOD's work. Lane College is blessed to have someone with Dr. Goldmon's unparalleled experience and proven leadership to bring a fresh perspective to this administration, and we excitedly welcome him to the family," said Hampton.

Prior to his appointment, Goldmon served as Assistant Professor of Religious Education at the Shaw University Divinity School located in Raleigh, NC, and Pastor of Prince Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in New Hill, NC. He held adjunct faculty appointments in the Department of Public Health Education at North Carolina Central University and the Department of Health Behavior/Health Education in the UNC-CH Gillings School of Public Health. He has over 25 years of experience in church, university, and community settings as a pastor, administrator, faculty member, program planner, evaluator, researcher, health educator, inspirational speaker, and consultant.

Goldmon has completed independent and collaborative health disparities research projects and interventions, served as a mentor and advisor to graduate and post-doctoral students, served as a grant reviewer for federal, state and foundation funding agencies and is a peer reviewer for three professional public health journals. He has made significant contributions in the procurement of over 4 million dollars to support enrichment programs to help students of color and/or the disadvantaged to successfully pursue graduate and professional degrees in the health professions; and over 14 million dollars to support research, interventions, and service initiatives designed to address the persistent health, education, and economic disparities that exist between racial and ethnic minorities and majority populations in the United States.

Goldmon has published a book titled Choosing God's Fast: Biblical Strategies for Conquering Life's Challenges. He has also extensively published in newsletters, magazines, training and resource manuals as well as in professional peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging; Journal of Religion and Health, Health Promotion Practice; Journal of the National Medical Association; Progress in Community Health Partnership: Research, Education and Action; Journal of Palliative Medicine; NC Medical Journal, and Academic Medicine. He is frequently called upon to disseminate information about health disparities research and interventions in both professional and community based settings; and to deliver lectures, motivational presentations, workshops and seminars on topics related to personal, professional, organizational and community development, health promotion, the elimination of health disparities, leadership, and program evaluation.

He is the former Chair of the Empower Us to Help Us ministry of the Carolina Region Annual Conference; a former member of the North Carolina State University Urban Advisory Council, the Faith and Health Advisory Council of the North Carolina Council of Churches' Partners in Health and Wholeness Program, the Gramercy Institute for Empowering Communities, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force on Early Childhood Obesity Prevention, and the North Carolina Health Equity Collaborative.

Goldmon is directed by a mandate to glorify God. The mandate is fulfilled as he strives to be a Kingdom Ambassador who emulates the character and ways of Jesus Christ by seeking to know, understand, and meet the felt needs of his family, church members, students, colleagues, constituents, clients, and friends in a loving yet challenging manner. His aim is to produce a legacy of love for God, family, church and community. His foundational emphasis is on helping individuals and organizations to discover and manifest their true purpose. Among the issues of concern for Goldmon are disparities in education, health, and economics, as well as the demise of the Black family structure which is exacerbated by the challenges that face African-American males.

Goldmon and his wife, Suzzette, are the parents of two daughters.

Lane to Celebrate King Holiday

Lane College will commemorate the birth of Civil Rights stalwart, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at its Chapel Assembly beginning at 11:00 a.m. Brownsville, Tennessee Mayor Bill Rawls will be the featured speaker.

Rawls is a businessman born and raised in Brownsville, Tennessee. He is a product of the Haywood County public school system and a 1984 graduate of Haywood High School. After completion of high school, he honorably served in the United States Army Reserves for eight years, where he trained as an x-ray technician. A proud 1989 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Banking and Finance. Rawls is a partner in Rawls Funeral Homes, a third generation family-owned business that has been a staple in the Brownsville community since 1933. He also worked for Golden Circle Life Insurance Company for 12 years. There, he was a licensed insurance agent and responsible for managing the company's municipal bonds portfolio. Rawls has been a licensed funeral director since 1990 in the state of Tennessee and continues to assist with the management of the family business.

Mayor Rawls has served on and chaired various community boards including:

  • Tennessee Opportunity Programs, Board Member 2000 - 2012, Board Chair 2012 - Present
  • Living for Christ Emergency Homeless Shelter, Board Chair 2009 - Present
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Health Information Technology Advisory Board, Board Member 2014 - Present
  • Memphis in May Cultural Program Committee, Board Chair 2009 - 2010
  • Southwest Community Service Agency, Board Member 1992-1997, Board Chair 1996 - 1997

His term as Mayor of Brownsville, Tennessee is his first public office.

Rawls has a wealth of knowledge in regard to budget and finance and he has built a vast network. This allows him to make intelligent decisions regarding education, health and wellness and industrial development that directly translate into the continued growth and flourishing of the city and its citizens.

Rawls is the proud father of two sons, Terry and Evan Rawls

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