Thursday, December 2, 2010

Healthcare Reform Topic of Fall Business Forum at LRU

Louis Rossiter
Louis Rossiter, Research Professor with the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at the College of William & Mary , will be the guest speaker at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Business Fall Forum. He will be discussing the “Economics of National Healthcare Reform.”

This event is hosted by Dr. Wayne Powell, the Charles M. Snipes School of Business faculty and the LRU Business Council Board of Directors. Rossiter will speak at a luncheon scheduled for 12:00-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hickory. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Rossiter currently serves on the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth and its Finance Committee; and is the 2010 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Health Services Research. He has served on numerous boards and advisory groups including the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Rossiter is the former Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As Secretary, he directed the implementation of Virginia’s new private health insurance program for children and families; ensured significant further improvement in the state’s mental health system; created new policy initiatives in the emerging field of human genetics; and brought the major information technology projects in the Secretariat to national prominence.

He served as a professor at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University from 1982 to 2000 where he was the first director of the Williamson Institute for Health Studies. He took a leave of absence from the university from 1989-1992 to serve as deputy for policy to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As deputy, he created and directed a new payment system for U.S. hospitals under Medicare and formulated all agency policy initiatives through the federal legislative process.

Rossiter, 61, received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Tickets for this event are $50 each for members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Business Council and $75 each for non-members. A table for eight is $350. To reserve your tickets, contact Leeanne Kale at or call 828-328-7321.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World Aids Day Events on December 1st

Part of the AIDS quilt on display in
the Rudisill Library Quiet Room
LRU is currently hosting the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display in the Rudisill Library Quiet Room. In addition to the quilt on display, the World AIDS Day Reception is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1st at St. Andrews Lutheran Church from 5:50-6:30 p.m. The event is being sponsored by Special Touch Florist and Catering.

Immediately following the reception is the World AIDS Day Memorial Service, also at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The service will include music, speakers, reflection, and a candlelight vigil. The event is being sponsored by Frye Regional Medical Center,  The United Way and ALFA

Christian Counseling Seminars to be Presented at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University will offer a series of seminars on Christian counseling during the week of December 13-17, 2010. The seminars are designed for counselors, professional church workers or any layperson interested in learning more about the spiritual dimension of life. The sessions are free unless the course is taken for graduate credit.

The seminars can be taken as a graduate course or as separate half-day sessions. All sessions will meet from 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30 Monday through Friday of the Dec. 14 week. The first four seminars (Dec. 13 and 14) will be in the Bear’s Lair on the L-R campus. The next six seminars (Dec. 15-17) will meet in then Mauney-Schaeffer room 115. Dr. David J. Ludwig will conduct the seminars.

The seminars on Dec. 13 and14 will provide a deep, spiritual understanding of the internal struggles that everyone experiences as anxiety, depression, obsessive reactions, or impulse-control disorders. The seminars on Dec. 15 and 16 will give an exciting look at marriage and family relationships as the mood or atmosphere control the interaction. Dr. Ludwig will explain his popular “Painter/Pointer” relationship typology.

The seminars on Dec. 17 will contrast the current “Culture of ME” with the skills needed to build a “Culture of WE” in you life, your home, or your community.

Ludwig taught psychology at Lenoir-Rhyne for more that 30 years and has worked as a family therapist for more than 40 years. He is an ordained Lutheran minister and has written numerous books and created videos related to family life. Through the years, he has developed a number of programs and presented them at conferences and workshops around the world.

Individuals wanting graduate course credit must register prior to the first session by contacting the registrar at 828-328-7412. Persons who want to attend individual seminars can e-mail Dr. Ludwig at to sign up. A certificate of completion for the hours attended will be available for those who want a record of attendance for professional purposes.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Annual Christmas at L-R Concert Set for December

The A Cappella Choir, College Singers, Brass Ensemble and Handbell Ensemble will present this year’s Christmas at Lenoir-Rhyne concerts at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, and at 7:30 p.m. December 6 and 7 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Hickory.

These concerts are open to the public. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken to help defray costs. Due to the popularity of these programs, those wishing to attend are encouraged to arrive early.

The LRU Youth Chorus Kicks off the Holiday Season with a Concert on November 30th

The LRU Youth Chorus will be performing on Tuesday, November 30, from 7pm – 9pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover, North Carolina

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

L-R Student James Crapps Receives Statewide Community Impact Student Award!

James “J.J.” Crapps of Lenoir-Rhyne University recently received North Carolina Campus Compact’s fifth Community Impact Student Award. Crapps was one of thirty-four college students across the state who received the award for making significant, innovative contributions to their campus’ efforts to address local community needs. Awardees also received a Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation from Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Crapps volunteered at several organizations including Rape Crisis Center of Catawba County, Hickory Police Department, Centro Latino and Habitat for Humanity, completing NC-ACTS! requirements twice. On campus, he has been a part of the homecoming committee, the campus activity board and served as a resident assistant. As the philanthropy chair for his fraternity, Crapps organized and facilitated several events and projects including fundraising for several organizations, hosting clothing drives and holding the first book drive for the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

The awards were presented at two NC Campus Compact Student Conferences that brought together over 300 college students and guests representing 34 North Carolina higher education institutions. On Oct. 30 at NC Wesleyan College, the Compact’s Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Keyne, presented the awards with the Reverend James Gailliard, CEO of the Impact Center and Senior Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church. Budd Berro, the Piedmont Regional Director for the Office of the Governor, joined Dr. Keyne in presenting the awards at Johnson C. Smith University on Nov. 6.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Western Piedmont Youth Symphony to Perform Fall Concert

The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony will perform on Monday, November 22 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).The Youth Symphony is directly sponsored by Frye Regional Medical Center with additional support from the von Drehle Corporation.Reception to follow concert.

Over 80 young 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. 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

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Grab The World By The Horns

Kimberly Caporale in Peru feeding a llama.
Photo Credit- Lindsay MeGill

Grab The World By The Horns
Editorial By: Kimberly Caporale

College is the perfect time to embrace all sorts of things, like learning to keep yourself organized, what is important and what’s not, becoming part of a new organization and taking classes that might actually interest you.  Something that seems to fall by the wayside though, is traveling. 

Traveling, even within the U.S., opens your eyes to all sorts of things.  Like different types of food, different leisure activities, different dialect, but more important than all that in the sense of independence that comes from traveling. 

I know a lot of people who have never even left the state and honestly that is shocking to me since most of my family vacations were to FL or to visit family up north.  But some people have never had a reason to go anywhere with the beach and mountains being so close, what more could one want?

In high school, I traveled with a group from school to Peru.  It was the most enlightening experience my parents could have ever given me.  It opened my eyes to an entirely different way of life that existed just a few hours away via airplane.  In ten days I saw so many different things that are still to this day indescribable. 

Traveling to Peru started my love affair with going to different places and trying new things.  I’ve flown to Florida by myself multiple times along with Chicago and New York.  Being immersed in the hustle of airports, trying to find a gate, or in a new city attempting to find this great place to eat that someone told you about. 

Sure it may seem daunting, but at the same time it is the best feeling in the world and also eye opening, widening your view point of the world, which is what a liberal arts education is all about. 

Going somewhere new may be too much for a student, which is alright.  But there are other opportunities out there.  Different departments organize trips to many places.  Sometimes this requires taking a specific class and other times it only requires that you inquire about it.  Some clubs do trips so students can attend a particular conference, which links you with others who have the same interests as you or who are in the same field. 

Take these opportunities that are practically being handed to you.  There may never be another eye opening experiences like these next four years offered to you again.  

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Creative Chaos on Campus!

Students in the FYE "Creative Chaos" class display their creative side through spontaneous graffiti on campus!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Not Your Average Violin Player to Appear at LRU

The second concert of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Concert Series will host innovative composer, performer, violinist, and bandleader Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Centrum on campus. His unique sound is unlike any that has visited L-R before. DBR will perform music from his most recent album, “Woodbox Beats & Balladry.”

The concert is free of charge and is open to Lenoir-Rhyne students as well as the entire Hickory community. DBR will also perform his Voodoo Concerto No. 1 on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 8:00 p.m., with the Western Piedmont Symphony on the second Masterworks concert of their season. Contact the Symphony directly for ticket information for the Saturday show, 828-324-8603.

DBR is a Haitian-American violinist, composer, performer, re-mixer, and bandleader who has established himself as one of the most relevant artists on the contemporary classical music scene. He is known worldwide for his fearless exploration through his extended violin techniques, often infused with electronics. His eclectic style is exposed in “Woodbox Beats & Balladry,” which encompasses his musical elements of classical minimalism, dance club beats, traditional ballads, and thick distorted noise.

"Woodbox Beats & Balladry is an amalgam of what contemporary composers are doing and where contemporary classical music might be going," says DBR.

His career is varied as he has performed with artists such as pop-singer Lady Gaga, the Seattle and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, dancers Bill T. Jones and Savion Glover, composers Philip Glass and Derek Bermel, DJs Radar, Scientific and Spooky, jazz-singer Cassandra Wilson, and the infamous 2 Live Crew.

The core of the performance is DBR's signature custom 6-string amplified violin, which utilizes an array of extended techniques, effect pedals, and additional MAC-based processing.

DBR's frequent aggressive, percussive lower-string bowing (an extra two strings are added to his instrument for bass lines) makes his violin a compelling sonic and compositional force.

The Lair WLRZ 99.3 Campus Radio Schedule Announced

One-on-One with the Doc
Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. & Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Sports Talk with Ryan Pegarsch & Randolph Carroll
Monday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. & Friday from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Nightcap with Boogie Watson
Monday from 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Fuzzy Creatures featuring Boogie Watson, Big Bear, and the Penguin
Tuesday & Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

The Gun Show with Pragmatic Pegelow & Foxy Fox
Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Variety Show with Laura Diane Greene
Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00-10:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources

Photo Credit: LRU

The application deadline has been extended until November 8! 

In an effort to emulate multidisciplinary development/research teams found in industry and business, the Donald and Helen Schort School of Mathematics /Computing Sciences and the Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources have teamed up to offer a course during the Spring Semester of 2011. Weekly class meetings culminate in a trip to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) over Spring Break with data analysis and interpretation to follow.

There are currently three research projects: 1) beach erosion quantification 2) water quality assessment and 3) a Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) population survey in Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum) beds. Each of these projects will assist the BVI government (Conservation and Fisheries Department) with critical conservation issues facing the islands.

Students are expected to write a manuscript with publication in a peer reviewed journal in mind, and present their findings at SOURCE in April. Students must be Juniors or Seniors, hold a GPA above a 3.0, have completed one science (lab) course and a statistics course (with a B or higher in each), be interested in multidisciplinary research, and be able to live without air conditioning (on a boat) in the tropics for 10 days. Please provide the name of a faculty member that is willing to speak on your behalf.

Students are expected to pay $300.00 for the trip. Those who are unable to pay this amount and can document financial need can work through LR financial aid to pay for an offset of the fee. LR financial aid will evaluate your financial and arrangements will be made to provide some support. A $100 deposit will be required by Dec. 8th, with the balance due on the first day of classes in January. Refunds will only be given due to illness (that results in a student’s inability to go on the trip).

NOTE: Although most people consider a trip to the Caribbean to be a vacation, realize that we will be living on a boat in close quarters with fellow students and professors without air conditioning . Although we can take daily swims, fresh water showers are very limited. We encourage students willing to live “in the field” for 10 days to apply. If you have never gone camping and expect creature comforts, this may not be the course for you. Temperatures during March normally range from 78-85F for the high of the day, and 73-77F for the low.

To complete an application click HERE

Monday, November 1, 2010

Students Attend National College Media Convention

Six students had the opportunity to attend the National College Media Convention in Louisville, Kentucky October 27-31, and will be sharing their experiences in a newspaper article in the Lenoir-Rhynean to appear next month. 

The students were able to travel to the convention thanks to funding provided from SGA as well as through fundraising of their own. The convention focused on journalism as well as career planning tips. Attendees were able to speak with representatives from CNN, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Associated Press.  

Check out some pictures from their trip! 

Our view of the Ohio River 

Jamie Frye hard at work!

Fourth Street Live! in downtown Louisville, Kentucky

Alyssa Carlson and Amanda Parmelee pose with Captain Jack Sparrow at Fourth Street Live!

Kate Coleman taking a break from dinner conversation

Friday, October 29, 2010

Nation’s Poet Laureate to Speak in Hickory at Visiting Writers Series

Pulitzer prize-winning poet, William Stanley Merwin, will be the guest author at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Belk Centrum on campus.

At 82, Merwin has written more than 30 books of poetry, translation and prose over the course of six decades. He attended Princeton University on a scholarship, where he was a classmate of Galway Kinnell, and studied poetry with the critic R. P. Blackmur, and his teaching assistant, John Berryman. After graduating in 1948, he spent an additional year at Princeton studying Romance language.

Merwin's first collection, Mask for Janus (1952), was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Green with Beasts (1956) and The Drunk in the Furnace (1960), both demonstrate the beginning of a significant shift in style and perspective, which intensified in his later work. In 1967, Merwin published the critically acclaimed volume, The Lice, followed by The Carrier of Ladders in 1970, both of which remain his most influential collections. Both books use classical legends as a means to explore personal and political themes, including his opposition to the Vietnam War.

In 1971, Merwin received the Pulitzer Prize for The Carrier of Ladders. The rigorous practice of Buddhism and passionate dedication to environmentalism that Merwin devoted himself to in Hawaii has profoundly influenced his later work, including his evocative renderings of the natural world in The Compass Flower (1977), Opening the Hand (1983), and The Rain in the Trees (1988), as well as The Folding Cliffs, a novel-in-verse drawing on the history and legends of Hawaii.

Over the course of his long career, Merwin has published over twenty books of poetry. His recent collections include Present Company (Copper Canyon, 2007); Migration: New & Selected Poems (2005) which won the 2005 National Book Award; The Pupil (2002); The River Sound (1999), which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Flower and Hand: Poems 1977-1983 (1997); The Vixen (1996); Travels (1993), which received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and The Shadow of Sirius, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

Earlier this year, Merwin was selected by the Librarian of Congress to serve as the national poet laureate. The Librarian consults with the current laureate, former appointees, distinguished poetry critics and staff in the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center in making the appointment. Merwin will be in Washington D.C. Oct. 25 to open the library’s annual literary series with a reading.

He currently lives on a former pineapple plantation built atop a dormant volcano in Maui, Hawaii.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Congratulations to the L-R Nursing Program!

Recently the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), our Nursing program’s accrediting body, completed its review and has re-accredited our program for ten years, the maximum number of years a program may receive.

In addition, our Nursing graduates who took their boards first time in 2010 achieved a 100% pass rate on their first endeavors. There were 31 eligible students who all tested and all passed! Of the 70 nursing programs in the state of North Carolina, only eights schools reported a 100% passing rate; the average score was 88%.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October Also Recognized As National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Submitted by: Dr. Sarah Gareau

Between the pink Facebook profile pictures, Race for the Cure, and pink ribbons on merchandise, many of you may have noticed that October is breast cancer awareness month.What you may not have known is that it is also National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her lifetime is a little less than 1 in 8. The chance of a woman being physically or sexually assaulted by a partner at some point in her lifetime is 1 in 4. In fact, according to, almost as many women died during the Vietnam War from domestic violence as soldiers died. While there have been critical achievements in reducing domestic violence through such measures as the Violence Against Women Act, domestic violence continues to be a ‘devastating public health crisis.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner, including behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.Although you might think of domestic violence as an issue that only impacts poor women or women of color, it can happen to anyone regardless of race, socioeconomic background, educational level, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Yes, even men can be the victims of abuse.

If you are interested in reducing domestic violence, there are several things you can do:

If you are in a domestic violence relationship, there is help. Contact the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or contact Jenny Smith, MSW, LCSW, EdS at 828-328-7252 to make an on campus appointment for one-on-one counseling.

Dr. Sarah Gareau is the Director of the new L-R Master of Public Health program. Dr. Gareau has planned public health programming at the state and national levels related to women’s health and rights and will soon be serving on the Rape Crisis Center of Catawba County’s Board of Directors.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Martin Arrives on Campus!

The statue of Martin Luther arrived this morning on campus. The statue will be erected this week and will be dedicated officially during this weekend's Homecoming Celebration!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Luther Statue to Arrive on Monday!

Lenoir-Rhyne University will soon be home to one of the world’s largest statues of Martin Luther, whose teaching launched the Protestant Reformation and created the Lutheran Church. This 12-foot granite statue is expected to be delivered to campus and erected on Monday morning, Oct. 4 with a dedication to follow on Saturday, Oct. 9 during Homecoming festivities.

The statue is a gift from Charlotte philanthropist Irwin Belk, who previously donated nine bronze statues of athletes playing different sports to Lenoir-Rhyne. His generosity also helped fund the LRU Irwin Belk Track.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nursing Student Receives Scholarship

Sarah Estridge, a senior Lenoir-Rhyne University Nursing student, has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Great 100, Inc., RN Nursing Excellence Organization of North Carolina for the year 2010-2011.

Ms. Estridge was chosen by the School of Nursing faculty to receive the scholarship from The Great 100. Ms. Estridge was honored at a black-tie Gala at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, NC on September 18, 2010.

Concert Series Presents Heinavanker October 3rd

The concert series plays host to Heinavanker as its opening event for the 2010-2011 season, a celebration of ten years of concert excellence.  Heinavanker (the Haywagon) is a seven member a cappella vocal ensemble from Estonia, in the midst of a United States tour.  We have hosted them before and they were one of our audience’s favorites, so we are happy to have them return for this 10th anniversary year.

Their program will include Estonian folk music, and sacred music:  Middle Ages and Renaissance polyphony, and modern compositions inspired by the same.

The event is Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium.  Free admission to all. For more information, visit the ensemble’s website at or the L-R Music Program's website has information about the group, along with a polished looking poster, available for printing and sharing, at

Monday, September 27, 2010

L-R Alums To Be Presented As Church Musicians-in-Residence

Robert and Ada Smith
University’s Sacred Music Program will present L-R alums, Ada ‘75 and Robert ‘79 Smith, as Church Musicians-in-Residence from October 4 – 6. Public events include a choral reading session, “Choral Gems.... remember these?” on Monday, Oct. 4, at 7:15pm, in the Mauney Music Recital Hall. The public is also invited to a chapel service, also in Mauney Recital Hall, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 9:20 am, where the Smiths will lead a service based on The Lord’s Prayer.

While in residence, they will teach a class on children in worship (Tuesday, 8:00 am and the public is invited – Mauney Music Bldg.), give instruction to the organ majors, and work with the Chapel Choir in preparation for the service on Wednesday. There is no cost for any of these events.

Friday, September 24, 2010

New L-R Freshmen President Elected!

Congratulations to the New L-R 
Freshmen President 
Marcus Byrd!

Communication Intern Assist Alumna With Festival

Senior, Amy Saatzer recently had the opportunity to assist with the 1st Annual Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure. Through her communication internship with the The McConnell Group Public Relations, Inc., Amy was able to work with L-R Alumnus, Michelle McConnell Yelton in the planning, marketing and implementation of the event.

Make sure to check out the upcoming October issue of the Lenoir-Rhynean for a full feature story highlighting Amy's learning adventure! 
Various vendors display during event
Main performance stage
Gala Tent at Fire Fly Cove

Monday, September 20, 2010


Submitted By Aaron Bradley Scott
Nation's Oldest Student Legislature comes to Hickory
The North Carolina Student Legislature is the oldest active student legislature in the United States. Founded in 1937, the body has come together each month in the academic calendar to express ideas about legislative topics. It has been reported that 40% of all Student Legislature ideas have been recorded into law. In many regards, those coming together at Lenoir-Rhyne University on September 25-26th are the future leaders of our state; Famous alumni include Governor Jim B. Hunt, Jr., Governor James Holshouser, Senator Robert Morgan, and Charlotte Mayor Eddie Knox, to name a few. The body resembles the North Carolina General Assembly, as they hold interim councils once a month at participating universities and colleges around the state of North Carolina. In April, they meet in Raleigh to hold session in the General Assembly buildings and meeting rooms to present matters in a formal setting.
Aaron Bradley Scott
The Lenoir-Rhyne University delegation was selected to host this year's opening ceremonies after an active performance in last year's academic calendar. Last year's delegation at Lenoir-Rhyne produced eight pieces of legislature including a 17-page bill about North Carolina Energy Modernization. 

"This program is what created my love for legislative debate," says Delegation Chairperson Aaron Bradley Scott. Scott, a resident of Connelly Springs, ran for North Carolina House of Representatives in Burke and McDowell Counties and lost by 160 votes in the May Democratic Primary. Lenoir-Rhyne University offers the Student Legislature as an elective credit for Political Science majors, but it is officially a club on the university's campus. "We don't just have Political Science majors, we have Education, Economics, Philosophy majors, and more," Vice-Delegation Chairperson Spencer Voelkert explains. Voelkert, a native of Alamance County, started participating in the Student Legislature after a few stints of representing in the Model U.N. program on campus. So far, Lenoir-Rhyne has 14 current students participating in this year's North Carolina Student Legislature.

According to the faculty advisor, Dr. Joseph Mancos, “it is the largest I have seen in many, many years.” Last year, Lenoir-Rhyne was recognized for many accomplishments within the state-wide program where Dr. Joseph Mancos won Faculty Advisor of the Year, Lenoir-Rhyne won Best Small School Delegation, and Aaron Bradley Scott won Best Speaker and Best Resolution on separate occasions.

Dr. Joe Mancos
Presently, Lenoir-Rhyne's delegation is holding a fundraiser of selling coupon books that can be used at local restaurants and other attractions in the Hickory Metro area for $20. The money raised will help pay membership dues or other expenses that occur while traveling to Interim Councils across the state of North Carolina. If you are interested in purchasing a book or finding out more about the North Carolina Student Legislature at Lenoir-Rhyne, email Delegation Chairperson Aaron Bradley Scott for details at

The opening Interim Council at Lenoir-Rhyne University is September 25th at 9:00am in the McCrorie Center. September 26th the event will be moved to the Rhyne Building.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Newberry Takes Down L-R 3-0

The Lenoir-Rhyne volleyball team (5-3, 2-2) played the first of their two matches in South Carolina this weekend on Friday night at Newberry College (8-3, 1-1). Newberry took care of their visitors 3-0 and held L-R to only 28 kills on the night. Setter Brianna Blackey had 35 assists for Newberry, who had a hitting percentage of .391. Lenoir-Rhyne continues their South Carolina trip with a match against Anderson University on Saturday.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Men's Soccer Knock Off 2009 D-II Runners-Up

Lenoir-Rhyne (3-1) traveled up the mountain Thursday night to face national power Lees-McRae College  (3-2) and came away with a 1-0 win. The Bears scored in the 56th minute off Sean Rogers' header off a corner kick from Jordan Holmes. L-R was able to hold on to the lead despite 14 shots form Lees-McRae. Senior goalkeeper Tom Heath was able to save 5 of their shots on goal, and receive help from his defense to keep the other shot on goal out of the net. The Lads will take on Anderson this Sunday at 4:00 at home.

Construction of Base for Martin Luther Statue Continues!

Construction of the base in the Shaw Plaza that will house the statue of Martin Luther nearing completion.

L-R Community Service Fair

Students Learn More About Volunteering Within the Hickory Community
During the recent L-R Community Service Fair, students were given the opportunity to learn more about local organizations and how they can serve as volunteers.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

You Gotta Fight For Your Rights

Does Gaga Take It A Little Too Far?
Editorial By: Kimberly Caporale

Kimberly Caporale
On September 12 MTV hosted their annual awards show. Each year there is some type of controversy, last year it was Kanye West saying Taylor Swift didn’t deserve the award she was given. This year the talk of the VMA’s didn’t occur on stage. It occurred with Lady Gaga’s choice of outfit: a meat suit and accessories.

Lady Gaga explained her choice of attire to Ellen Degeneres, “If we don't stand up for what we believe in and if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones.”

I agree that it is crucial for everyone to stand up for what they believe in. That is one of the most important things one must learn in college. Students no longer have parents over their shoulders telling them what to do,
Lady Gaga (Photo credit:
it is the students responsibility to handle issues with roommates and professors on their own, or seek out those who can help them. And if a student doesn’t make this adjustment quickly it can change the course of their lives, from changing majors to transferring.

Not only is standing up for what you believe in important in college, but isn’t that what we were being taught in school when we learned about bullies? Bullies are becoming an even bigger problem in schools and kids shouldn’t have to deal with that while receiving an education. Although if we don’t learn how to tell someone no then, who are we ever going to stand up for our moral compose when we are adults? Our generation is expected to lead the world in the coming years and if we can’t stand up for what is right, then we will have a serious problem on our hands. Not only as a nation, but as a world society.

Although Lady Gaga’s stance may seem radical, maybe she is onto something. Could all our rights be taken away if we don’t stand up for them? Well if we aren’t willing to stand up for them we obviously don’t need them. Regardless she has successfully managed to keep herself in the media light once more and topped her own scale of out there.

Remembering 911

By: Kimberly Caporale

Each year people participate in a variety of activities to honor those who lost their lives in the September 11 tragedy. It may be putting out flags for those who perished, as the LR campus does, participating in community service, which was done throughout the country or having a memorial service, which was also done on the LR campus this year.

The memorial service was very simple with a speaker, prayer and hymns. The memorial gave listeners an array of things to think about in relation to the tragedy that struck our nation when most of current college students were still in grade school. Many students stood and reflected on the number of flags placed out on the Russell House lawn, each representing a life that was lost.

But even if people didn’t directly participate in a ritual to honor those who were lost on that day, I saw an out pouring of support of social networking sites. So many people’s Facebook status, and Twitter updates centered around remembering the tragedy that shook our nation.

The years don’t erase the pain or magnitude of what occurred on that day in 2001, but each year Americans seem to find new and better ways to serve their fellow man, knowing that there is no guarantee of tomorrow.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

L-R Volleyball fall to Tusculum


HICKORY, NC- Tuculum (5-2, 3-0) handed Lenoir-Rhyne (5-2, 2-1) their first conference defeat Saturday taking the match 3-0 at Shuford Gym. Bailey Price led the Pioneers with 10 kills, while Brook Christenbury and Katelin Wensley each had 6 for the Bears. Overall Tusculum only out hit L-R 34-33, but the difference was seen in hitting percentage, with Tusculum being more efficient with a percentage of .245 to the Bears' .083. Lenoir-Rhyne continues conference play next weekend, traveling to Newberry next Friday and Anderson on Saturday.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

L-R Soccer sweeps double-header with King College


HICKORY, NC- Both the men's and women's Soccer teams squared off today against King College from Bristol, TN. The first match was a dominant performance by the L-R Lady Bears, who defeated King 8-0 off two Amber Holt goals. The Lady Bears scored 4 goals in each half, both times scoring in the first 15 minutes. The men's match up was much more competitive, as the home team won 1-0 with a late goal from Nicky Matthews. The Bears almost had an early goal when Oriol Cortes broke on a run into the box, but was taken down by King goalkeeper Richard Masters, who was shown a red card and sent off. Backup goalkeeper Patrick Milfeld stopped the penalty shot of Dave Bailey, helping KC avoid an early hole, the Tornado would have to play a man down the rest of the match. The Bears outshot the Tornado 19-3, but the only one that went in was in the 87th minute. Nicky Matthews cut a ball back inside and beautifully placed a shot just over Milfeld's head to win the game for Lenoir-Rhyne. The Women will play Anderson at home next Saturday and the Men will drive up the mountain to Banner Elk to take on Lees-McRae next Thursday.

L-R Football down Davidson

HICKORY, NC- Lenoir-Rhyne football defeated Davidson Saturday night 41-13 in front of 7081 fans on Family Weekend. The Wildcats out-passed the Bears 208 yards to 11, and gained more 18 first downs to the Bears' 13. Despite gaining more total yards than Lenoir-Rhyne, Davidson gave the Bears a short field to play on by giving up 5 turnovers. Quarterback Chris Cochrane threw 3 interceptions, two on back-to-back possessions. The Wildcats had two other drives end with a fumble. Lenoir-Rhyne did out-rush Davidson, gaining 266 yards on 53 attempts. The Bears improve to 2-1 on the season, while Davidson falls to 0-2. Lenoir-Rhyne travels to North Greenville next Saturday for a 7:00 pm game against the Tigers.

Students Participate in Organizational Fair!

L-R Student Carlos Conde checks out
information on one of the campus

Members of Zeta Phi Beta show their organizational

Megan Neubauer works the CAB information
table during the event

Ladies of Delta Zeta display information on their

Ladies of the Kappa Delta Sorority pose in front of
their table