Connecting @ Limestone
With over thirty different organizations on the Limestone campus to explore, we’re confident you’ll discover a satisfying balance of academics with personal, professional and spiritual growth.
Our Intramural Athletic Program uses the resources of Limestone University's excellent athletic complex: an indoor Olympic pool, eight lighted tennis courts with tennis pavilion, baseball and softball fields, a jogging trail, and a soccer/lacrosse field.
The Intramural Sports program strives to provide quality experiences for all participants. By providing opportunities for organized sports and events, we believe that we can enrich the lives of Limestone students through quality co-curricular activities. Our goal is to offer both competitive and recreational services that emphasize sportsmanship, team work, and healthy lifestyles.
We hire, train, and supervise employees who promote the mission and values of our program and the department of Campus Recreation. We expect our employees to treat participants in a respectful and courteous manner at all times. We believe in providing learning experiences as well as professional development opportunities for our employees, so that they may leave our program with transferable skills that will benefit them in the future.
What are the benefits of intramural activities for the students and campus? Limestone Intramurals is open to all students, faculty/staff, and alumni. We try to benefit the entire campus at Limestone University, and welcome the campus community to be a part of our activities and space.
- Intramurals are an amazing stress reliever. Stressed about an upcoming exam? That group project? How about your computer that just can't seem to print? Running around with a bunch of friends can do wonders for reducing your stress level.
- They provide great exercise. While most college students would like to go to the gym on a regular basis, few actually do. With a predetermined time already in your schedule, your workout is more likely to happen. In addition, you're less likely to miss your "workout" and the time will pass quicker than if you were alone in the gym.
- They're a great way to meet people. You may be getting used to seeing similar people in the courses for your major, in your residence hall, or at the events you go to on campus. Intramurals can be a great way to meet students that you may not otherwise even run into on campus.
- There can be leadership opportunities. Every team needs a captain, right? If you're looking to build your resume or test out your leadership skills, intramural teams can be a great place to start. Also, you can have a chance to be a part of the staff. We are always looking for new staff members and are also looking for referees. Build your resume and be a leader on and off the court or field.
- It is one of the few things you'll do just for fun. Most things you'll do in college are very goal directed: produce a paper, plan an event, or meet a deadline. Playing an intramural sport provides you with a great opportunity to head out and have some good, old-fashioned fun.
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Clubs & Organizations
Limestone University offers many opportunities for students to get involved in leadership programs, music or religious clubs, and academic organizations related to degree programs such as Criminal Justice, Science, Business, Psychology and Social Work. Students can also contribute to The Calciid, the Limestone University yearbook, and The Candelabra, the student literary magazine of poems, essays, short stories, and art.
We are committed to making our campus, our community, and our world a better place through community service. Limestone students volunteer at the Cherokee Children's Home and through the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge. They raise money for Disaster Relief Funds and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They donate toys at the Annual Rock'n Bowl Christmas Event, and they participate in community beautification through Adopt-A-Highway.
Stop Hunger Now
"262,000 and counting" was the motto for this year's hunger relief effort. This Limestone University project began two years ago when students put together 62,034 packages of rice, vegetables, and vitamins to provide nutritious meal ingredients for the Stop Hunger Now international hunger relief organization.
Last year, students packaged over 102,000. The food packages are distributed by the Stop Hunger Now hunger relief organization, which provides food assistance programs at schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.
Empty Bowls Project
There are residents across Cherokee County who are going to bed hungry each night, and Limestone University has initiated a program to help change that. Limestone’s “Empty Bowls Project” is raising money to feed the hungry and to bring awareness to this problem in its home community. “Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger,” said Limestone art department chairperson Carolyn Ford, who is heading the effort on campus. “Potters and other craftspeople, educators, and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are then invited to a simple meal using the bowls. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations. We are so proud that Limestone University and people from all around our area are joining in this cause”.
LC 2 Tutoring Program
Limestone-Central Elementary kids are learning and having a great time as well in the new tutoring program led by Limestone University students. Whether using flash cards or playing games, The University students focus on making learning fun and helping the children sharpen their math skills.
The partnership between the two schools began with more than 20 Limestone University student-athletes and education majors volunteering their spare time to participate in a new tutoring program at the elementary school. During the bi-weekly, 90 minute sessions, several of Limestone's Elementary Education students, along with members of the men's and women's soccer and field hockey teams, travelled to the nearby school to work with a group of 53 students.
Limestone Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, Dr. Paula Schubert, has been instrumental in the development of the tutoring program since the very beginning. Her diligent work to ensure that the program is a success has grown to benefit not only the young minds of the Limestone-Central students, but also those of the tutors as well. "One of the goals of the Teacher Education Program at Limestone University is to provide prospective teachers with the knowledge and ability to use instructional strategies with students to facilitate learning," she says. "The tutoring program gives students the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with children in the community. I hope the students take away a sense of enthusiasm about community involvement and a desire to continue giving back to their local communities." Dr. Schubert hopes to continue building relationships between the student body of Limestone University with the local school districts.
The Office of Student Services, Limestone Activities Board, Student Government, and other Campus Organizations keep students busy with a host of activities and events throughout the year. Here are a few of our annual events.
Christmas on Campus
Concerts, tree lighting ceremony, complete with a visit from Santa…the tradition of celebrating Christmas on Campus dates back to 1984 when the late Les Gregory, a former employee and graduate of Limestone University, arranged for 200 luminaries to be lit in honor of retired Limestone University professor Lucy G. Wheeler. With that, Christmas on Campus was born.
Since Gregory's inception, the luminaries have grown from 200 to over 10,000 candles and Christmas on Campus has evolved into one of the most anticipated nights of the year at the Gaffney-based College. Student athletes play a big role in this event as they are responsible for placing and lighting the luminaries across campus and in area neighborhoods.
Each year Limestone University alumni have the chance to reconnect with friends and take a stroll down memory lane. This annual event brings together the entire community of alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends for a celebration packed with activities – including sporting events, the Athletics Hall of Fame Induction, a campus-wide picnic, the annual Saints Club Golf Tournament, and more. Throughout the weekend, parents and families have the opportunity to visit their students and learn more about the Limestone experience.
Annual Limestone on Limestone
“College Night” on Limestone Street takes place each year, as the City of Gaffney and local business owners welcome college students back to the community with open arms. Students are treated to a free meal, a concert, as well as a plethora of opportunities to earn their share of goodies! An event which has become an annual fixture during the “Welcome Back Bash” is the frozen T-shirt contest. Soaked in water and placed in a freezer for several days, the first contestant able to unroll the shirt winds up winning the contest, being able to take the prize home. Performances are also entertained by Limestone University Marching Band, Competitive Cheer Squad, and Dance Team.