Friday, November 4, 2011

Flu Vaccines Available at Student Health Center

Photo credit: Corbis Images

Flu Vaccinations are available in the Student Health Center during regular health center hours. No appointment necessary. 

Cost $15.00 (cash or check)

Hours are posted on the Student Health Center web page.

Friday, October 28, 2011

An Insiders Look at Magazine Publishing is Focus of LRU Business Forum

Bernie Mann, publisher of Our State magazine, will be the guest speaker at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Business Fall Forum. He will be sharing an inside look at the fascinating world of magazine publishing.

This event is hosted by Dr. Wayne Powell, the Charles M. Snipes School of Business faculty and the LRU Business Council Board of Directors. Mann will speak at a luncheon scheduled for 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Lake Hickory Country Club. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Mann is the owner and publisher of Our State magazine, North Carolina’s premiere travel, history and culture publication. Part of the Our State brand also includes “Our State,” a monthly television show produced by UNC-TV. Now in its sixth season, the show has won 4 Emmy Awards.

Mann has been awarded by former Governor Easley the 2006 “Winner’s Circle” award for his contribution to North Carolina’s Travel and Tourism Industry, the 2005 North Carolina Presenters Consortium Award for service to the arts industry, and the 2003 Charles Kuralt Media Award for the promotion of North Carolina.

Prior to his career in publishing, Mann owned and operated 12 radio stations in North Carolina, Virginia, and Arkansas for 25 years.

He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Arts Council, Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Eastern Music Festival. He is a past president of the Greensboro Symphony and board member of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. A Greensboro Rotary member since 1990, he served as president from 2006-2007, and past president from 2007 - 2008.

He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife Bobbie. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

Religious Studies Professor to Speak at LRU

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Institute for Faith and Learning will welcome Michael Vines, Ph.D. to speak on “Reading Right: Understanding the Gospels Within Their Literary Context.” Dr. Vines will be speaking in the Belk Centrum on campus at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Vines is associate professor of religious studies at Lees-McRae College. A graduate of Willamette University and a former staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Dr. Vines received his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and his M.A. in Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature since 1991, his research interests focus on the literary history of the New Testament.

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Vines and his family now reside in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. When he is not teaching, Dr. Vines enjoys woodworking, as well as hiking and cycling in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Concert Series Presents Soprano Soloist

The Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University will continue its 2011-2012 season with a free performance by soprano soloist Danielle Talamantes on Sunday, November 20 at 4 p.m. The concert will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Hickory.

Talamantes has been described as a passionate opera star on the rise that completely commands her stage with body language that complements her vocal character portrayals. With a number of sold out performances, Talamantes has quickly become one of the regions most sought after soloists. Her concert in Hickory will include works by Schubert, Granados, Leoncavallo, Respighi, and Duke Ellington.

Her unique talents have also grabbed the attention of a number of classical music organizations, symphonies, and opera companies. She recently debuted as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata with the Fremont Opera. Other performances include work with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Chorale and Orchestra, and the Oratorio Society of Virginia.

Talamantes has received numerous competition honors of 1st and 2nd place across the country. She will continue to gain national notoriety with the current concert season including debuts with the Nashville Symphony and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Established in the fall of 2000, the Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University serves the university community and the greater Hickory area by providing opportunities to hear and interact with superb musical artists. The Concert Series brings musical artists to the University to present concerts and recitals, work with students in the master class setting, lecture to music classes, and provide examples of professional artistry in music.

For more information on this event and supporting the Concert Series, contact the Lenoir-Rhyne University Office of Advancement at 828-328-7822.

Monday, October 24, 2011

“Pastor/MONK-in-Residence” at L-R

The Rev. John Cochran, a Lutheran Benedictine monk from St. Augustine’s Monastery in Oxford, Michigan, is the Fall Pastor-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Monday, October 24 – Wednesday, October 26.

Pastor Cochran, who retired from a distinguished career as a parish pastor in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA in 2008, joined the Benedictine monastery soon after retirement, taking final vows as a Benedictine monk in 2010. St. Augustine’s, founded in 1957, was established in Michigan by a Lutheran Benedictine monastery in Sweden.

“Father John,” while residing on campus as Pastor-in-Residence, will visit classes, converse with students, faculty and staff, and serve as preacher for the university’s weekly Chapel service, Wednesday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. He will be joined in Chapel that day by the university’s A Cappella Choir, directed by Dr. Paul Weber. 

On Monday, October 24, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Pastor Cochran will present at lecture at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (downstairs) Newton Fellowship Hall entitled, “The Monk in the Modern World.” Responding to his remarks will be Brother Andrew Spivey, OSB, a Roman Catholic monk from Belmont Abbey, Belmont, NC; and a general discussion/question-answer time will follow.

Friday, October 21, 2011

LRU Nursing Program to Benefit From Grant

The Foundation for Nursing Excellence (FFNE) has received a $1,370,000 grant from The Duke Endowment (TDE) to increase the number of Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates in North Carolina by expanding the RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) project. The Hickory RIBN program is a four-year nursing option that will dually admit and enroll students to both Lenoir-Rhyne University and one of five area community colleges.

A higher educated nursing workforce is needed to address the increasingly complex healthcare needs of citizens, and expand the pool for future faculty and advanced practice nurses. North Carolina must create new partnerships between community colleges and universities to support seamless progression toward a baccalaureate degree. The Duke Endowment is further investing in the expansion of the RIBN project to ensure an adequately prepared nursing workforce to support the health and well being of the citizens of our state.

This program will provide a seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education for students. The first three years of study will be at the community college campus along with one course per semester at L-R. Upon successful completion of the first three years, students will take their fourth year at Lenoir-Rhyne.

“We are so excited to be a part of the Hickory RIBN Collaborative,” said Kerry Thompson, chair of the School of Nursing at LR. “This opportunity allows us to be innovative and provide our local health care facilities the advantage to offer more baccalaureate prepared nurses to the work force.”

One of the priority recommendations from the 2004 NC IOM Nursing Workforce Report and from the 2011 IOM Future of Nursing report is to significantly increase the proportion of BSN prepared nurses by 2020. Currently over 66% of newly licensed nurses enter the workforce with associate degrees in nursing and less than 15% of these nurses achieve a BSN or higher degree in nursing during their careers.

Based on the success of the initial stage of this project in western NC and the broad interest in expanding this educational model statewide, The Duke Endowment is investing in the expansion of the RIBN model in five regions across the state, including 14 associate degree and five university nursing education programs.

RIBN students will have the opportunity to begin working as an RN at the end of their third year, unlike a traditional BSN program, once they have passed the NCLEX. This L-R program is in conjunction with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Catawba Valley Community College, Mitchell Community College, Western Piedmont Community College, and Wilkes Community College.

“The School of Nursing at Lenoir-Rhyne is firmly committed to maintain high educational standards and this program is another way that we can work with leaders all across the state to provide quality nursing graduates with the potential to advance our nursing profession,” Thompson explained.

For more information on the RIBN program at L-R, contact Mae Mills at 828-328-7730 or Emily Edwards at 828-328-7731.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Community Invited to Learn More About Suzuki Method

Program director Jane Perry working with several students
during a recent group lesson. Photo credit: LRU
On Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Suzuki Kids in Koncert program at Lenoir-Rhyne University will host an open house in the Mauney Music Building on the L-R campus. The Kids in Koncert program enrolls students as young as four years old up to adults.

The Suzuki method was developed by Japanese musician Shinichi Suzuki as a way of teaching music to young children. The method is based on the concept that children learn music in the same way they would learn a language – by listening, modeling what they hear, and repetition. Through the Suzuki method, students learn to play before they learn to read. Parents are actively involved in the learning process by attending sessions with their child. Students will participate in a combination of private and group lessons, as well as opportunities to perform in recitals each semester.

The Suzuki Kids in Koncert program offers instruction in violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, and harp. Faculty includes April Dean, violin and viola; Jean Hatmaker, cello; Helen Rifas, harp; Cheryl Weldon, flute and piano; Irene Craig, piano; and Jane Perry, piano and Director of Kids in Koncert.

Perry says the open house “will provide an opportunity for interested people to come and learn about the Suzuki method of music instruction, meet the faculty of the program, visit the studios, hear students perform, have opportunity to ask questions, visit a petting zoo of the instruments, and enjoy refreshments.”

For more information about the open house or about the Suzuki Kids in Koncert program, please call Jane Perry at (828) 267-3476.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Eugene O’Niell Play to be Presented at Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers will perform Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Niell November 2 through November 5 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus.

O’Neill, often called America’s greatest playwright, first produced the play in 1947. It’s real fame, however, came after 1957, and it has since been produced on Broadway five times with actors such as Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst, and Kevin Spacey. The language and relationships in the play are typical of O’Neill’s “unblinking look at raw, and sometimes ugly truths” and yet the bittersweet acceptance of the pain in life is what makes his work so captivatingly beautiful.

Moon for the Misbegotten is set in 1923 on a farm in New England of Irish immigrant Phil Hogan and his daughter Josie. Her quick wit and sharp tongue are matched against the charming but cynical Jim Tyrone for an evening full of manipulation and romance.

“The play blends humor and tragedy together in a rather brilliant way,” says cast member Cody Watson. “I think the audiences that are coming to see it won't be able to help loving the characters they are seeing onstage.”

The show is directed by L-R alumni Joshua Yoder ‘03, who also holds a MFA in Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The cast includes Amber Ellis, senior Theatre major; Patrick Woodward, freshman Theatre major; Cody Watson, Senior Theatre major; Anthony Chambers, freshman Theatre major; and Terry Evans, Hickory community member.

The show will run Wednesday, November 2 – Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, children and non-LR students, and free for L-R students with ID. The production will be performed with both actors and audience seated on the P.E. Monroe Auditorium stage, so seating is limited.

For additional information and to make reservations, call 828-328-PLAY or go to This play contains strong language and sexual innuendo that may not be suitable for children.

Western Piedmont Youth Symphony to Perform Fall Concert

The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony will perform on Monday, October 31 at 7 p.m. in the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley Auditorium. General admission with open seating is $5 per person with a family admission of $15 (up to four). Following the concert, the audience is welcome to stay for the showing of Bugs Bunny’s “Howl-o-ween” cartoon. Trick or Treat reception to follow for concert goers.

These young and talented musicians have been hard at work preparing for their first concert of the season. Directed by John Gordon Ross, the Youth Symphony boasts a full complement of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. The Youth Symphony is directly sponsored by Frye Regional Medical Center with additional support from the von Drehle Corporation. Come and support our young musicians.

Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Business hours are 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily. Contact the Business Office at (828) 324-8603 for concert box office schedule or for more information. Visit the Symphony’s website at

Catawba Valley Ski Club Sponsoring Premier of Movie

The Catawba Valley Ski Club is sponsoring the North Carolina Premier of Match Stick Productions newest ski movie for the a second year. "Attack of La Nina" will be shown on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the Carolina Theater in downtown Hickory at 7:00 PM. The title comes from the "la nina" weather pattern that was responsible for the massive snow storms North America experienced last winter. Tickets are only $5.00 and are available in advance or at the door on the evening of the show. The $5.00 ticket will also be applied to your annual membership to the Catawba Valley Ski Club, if people decide to join. It will also make you eligable for door prizes on the night of the show. Door prizes will include a new pair of skis and a snowboard, along with some other great prizes. You do not have to be a member to attend or win the door prizes. To purchase tickets in advance, email Tom Rigsby at We will be projecting in High Definition this year! This should be a great event and a fantastic way to get excited about the upcoming winter sports season.

We look forward to seeing all the Western North Carolina winter sports enthusiasts on Tuesday, November 8th!

The Catawba Valley Ski Club is a non-profit club, affiliated with the Crescent Ski Council. As a member of the club, people are able to access all the trips and local activities, including ski/snowboard racing, that the Crescent Ski Council provides. Crescent is a group of more than 20 clubs from all over the Southeast. For more information contact Tom Rigsby
President, Catawba Valley Ski Club at 828-381-4842 or via Email: