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.