Leading @ Limestone
Leadership opportunities are at your fingertips at Limestone. Student organizations such as the Student Government Association and the Student Alumni Leadership Council provide students with prime opportunities to hone their leadership skills. Experiences in these groups help prepare students to be capable and confident leaders who can make positive contributions in their communities and workplaces.
As John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” At Limestone University, we couldn’t agree more. There’s something unique about you that’s meant to inspire. We’ll help you discover it.
Student Government Association (SGA)
In 1898, with the coming of Dr. Lee Davis Lodge, Student Government was installed at Limestone. Limestone thus became one of the first colleges in the South to try the revolutionary experiment. The students themselves made rules which they deemed advisable. Through the years, the self-discipline necessary for successful student government has been one of the chief factors in developing strong character, a high sense of honor and loyalty, a love of justice, and an awareness of individual and social responsibility among the students of The University. The Student Government Association is dedicated to serving Limestone by promoting unity among the students and supporting the local community. The Association continues tradition of service by volunteering with Meals on Wheels and other nonprofit organizations and organizing student oriented campus events.
Christian Education and Leadership Program (CELP)
Limestone was established based on Christian principles and still, today, is considered a Christian non-denominational college. The “Young Woman’s Christian Association” (Y.W.C.A.) was in place during those early years, prior to The University going co-ed. And since then, several Christian groups have provided Bible study and biblical encouragement to Limestone students. One of those groups is the Christian Education and Leadership Program, established in 2000 by retired attorney and Limestone Trustee Robert Dobson III. He and his wife donated a generous gift to help fund the program. As an adult, Mr. Dobson decided to follow Christ wholeheartedly and now believed that the strength necessary to live a full and meaning full life is to be found through passionately practicing the beliefs and following the example of Jesus Christ. And because of this passion, students of Limestone’s Christian Education and Leadership Program are able to mirror Mr. Dobson’s belief while reaching out to others. With so many willing to answer a call to help and serve others, the community and other countries have greatly benefited from Limestone’s organization. CELP students have donated money and time, built homes, and enlarged God’s kingdom. Since 2005, the students of CELP have taken advantage of their time and talents to serve underprivileged families in Brazil. There, they share God’s word while renovating homes and establishing relationships. Though the Christian Education and Leadership Program is a more recent established organization at Limestone, its purpose is based on Christian principles, serving those in need and enriching people with the knowledge of Christ.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been known for its service to local communities by equipping, empowering, and encouraging students, coaches, and faculty to make a difference for Christ. FCA is the largest Christian campus ministry in the world, reaching 35,000+ people on 7,100 different campuses. It was 1989 when the Fellowship of Christian Athletes began equipping Limestone’s students, coaches, and faculty with the knowledge of Jesus Christ. With 28 intercollegiate athletic teams, over 50% of the student body is exposed to FCA. Each sport, from field hockey and basketball to soccer, participate in Christ-centered activities such as dodge ball tournaments, game nights, and volunteer work during summer camps. Thursday evenings are designated for fellowship and discipleship in one location amongst all Limestone athletic teams, students, and the community. Together, they are encouraged through God’s word during Bible study and prayer. In addition, team devotions are given prior to each sporting event which are essential to the FCA’s members and is core to the organization.
Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
In the beginning years of Limestone, there were two competitive athletic associations. Each of those associations were responsible for their own sporting teams such as tennis, basketball, and baseball, and the associations played each other on campus. By 1920, the groups combined into one, the Limestone Athletic Association, and were responsible for organizing games and planning events. Today’s group takes on slightly different goals and responsibilities, but all associations share a common love of Limestone and an interest in its students. The National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was adopted at the 1989 NCAA Convention and by 1997, the federation caused SAAC to expand across all NCAA divisions. The organization is made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on the campus of Limestone, a member of NCAA since 1991. SAAC members organize fundraising events to raise money for nonprofit organizations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, which has earned them the Conference Carolina’s “Comeback Award.” In addition, SAAC members do local community service including tutoring elementary school children.
Resident Assistants (RAs)
As early as the 1930s, Limestone had some form of a Resident Assistant (RA), referred to (in the beginning) as “dorm mothers.” These women acted as the supervisor of their assigned dormitory and, somewhat, mothered their residents by enforcing rules and ensuring that students were minding their P’s and Q’s. These days, Limestone is a co-ed school, which eliminated the position of “dorm mother” and opened the doors for RAs, who first appeared in the 1975 Calciid. Today, the RAs do exactly what their name describes: they assist residents. Whether it be a maintenance issue or a dispute with friends, the RAs consistently step up and do their best to help their residents, fellow students, and friends. While the RAs’ work never seems to be done, with late-night shifts and weekend duty, there is always time for fun at the planned Late Night Limestone events—a biweekly late night get together hosted by a group of RAs.