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:

Lenoir-Rhyne to Hold High School Scholars Academy Information Session

The 2011-2012 L-R High School Scholars Academy
pose in front of the "charge". Photo credit: LRU
Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold an information session at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, for high school juniors and their parents interested in the university’s High School Scholars Academy. The session will be held in room 213 of the McCrorie Center on the L-R campus.

The High School Scholars Academy, which began in 2007, is designed for high school students who wish to pursue a more advanced academic program for their senior year of high school. Students selected for the program will have the opportunity to enroll in English IV Honors plus three college classes in the fall and AP English (or an approved online class) plus three college classes in the spring.

Applications for the 2012-2013 school year are due Feb. 21, 2012. First preference for admission will be given to students enrolled in the Catawba County, Hickory Public, or Newton-Conover school systems. If space is available, the university will also consider students from private schools, home schools, and other school systems.

Factors considered for admission include high school GPA, courses taken in high school, SAT, ACT, PSAT or PLAN scores, and high school or community involvement.

The information sessions do not require advance registration. If you have questions, please contact Mary Ann Gosnell at or 828-328-7300. Additional information about the High School Scholars Academy can be found online at <>.

Visting Writer Series Continues: Life Experiences Pepper Author’s Stories

The Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University continues on Thursday, November 3 with “An Evening with Edward P. Jones.” The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Belk Centrum on the L-R campus. The event is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required.

"There's an old chestnut about how when you ask a Southerner a question, you don't get an answer—you get a story." So the Washington Post describes Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward P. Jones. Jones' stories, prompted by questions from his enigmatic and often tragic life experiences, mold his publications: New York Times bestselling novel The Known World (2003) and his short-story collections Lost in the City (2004) and All Aunt Hagar's Children (2006).

The literary acclamations awarded to Jones mirror the profound nature of his writing. His life, however, reflects the habits of a recluse more so than one of the most celebrated authors of this generation. Nonetheless, Jones' extraordinary writing has the ability, as novelist Dave Eggers writes, to "stun on every page; there are too many breathtaking lines to count" with "its sweep, its humanity, the unvarnished perfection of its prose."

Jones, a MacArthur fellow, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2004, which added to his other distinctions including the Hemingway Foundation's 1993 PEN Award, 2003 National Book Critics Award, the 2005 International Dublin Literary Award, and several National Book Award nominations.

Other authors in the series include Isaac Anderson, Judy Goldman, Sandra Cisneros, Lynne Cherry, and Alexander McCall Smith. The series continues through April 2012.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series is free to the public thanks to the support of sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Our State, WDAV 89.9 FM: Classical Public Radio, Catawba Science Center, North Carolina Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Catawba Valley Community Foundation, Hickory Public Library, United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Crowne Plaza Hotel of Hickory, WFAE 90.7 FM: Your NPR News Source, City of Hickory Community Relations Council, Catawba Valley Medical Center, and Rotary International.

For more information about the Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University, go to or call 828-328-7077.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Muggles and Wizards Converge on Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University is pleased to announce the second annual Harry Potter Fest on Friday, Oct. 28 on campus. A variety of activities are scheduled throughout the day and are open to the community.

Harry Potter Fest will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with a presentation by Travis Prinzi, Harry Potter scholar and researcher. Prinzi runs a popular website and podcast called, “The Hog’s Head,” named after a pub in the Harry Potter series. The event will take place in the Belk Centrum on campus. Tickets are not required but seating is limited. A Q&A with Prinzi will follow later in the day at 12:00 p.m. in the Bear’s Lair on campus.

All Harry Potter fans are invited to participate in the “Insufferable Know-It-Alls” Harry Potter trivia contest beginning at 1:00 p.m. Assemble a team of up to three people and prepare to earn your O.W.L.s. Enjoy some butterbeer and cauldron cakes while you play the game. Preregistration is required at

Today’s students don’t have to bring their pet owl to school with them but in the spirit of Harry Potter, the Carolina Raptor Center will have live owls on hand. Learn about these beautiful creatures from 2-5 p.m. on Shaw Plaza.

LRU students and the public alike are invited to attend the quidditch match to be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the Russell House lawn. Quidditch is a sport that was developed by Rowling for the Harry Potter book series. Whether you are a Seeker, Snitch, or just an observer, you are sure to have a great time watching and participating in this fun sport.

At 6:30 p.m. a community costume contest for school age children K-12 will be held. Students can come dressed in their best Hermione, Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore or Hagrid costumes, just to name a few, to wow and impress the judges. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

The evening will wrap up with a Wizard Rock concert with “Hawthorn & Holly” from 7-8:30 p.m. at Shaw Plaza. Hawthorn & Holly are the wands of Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter in the books, but in this band they stand for the joining of light and dark to create music that appeals to the Slytherin in us all, but also shows that nothing is greater than the power of friendship!

Friday, September 23, 2011

"American Brass Quintet" Comes to Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University will kick off the 2011-12 season with a free performance by the American Brass Quintet on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. Tickets are not required and the L-R Friends of Music invite the entire community to experience this group.

Founded in 1960, the American Brass Quintet seeks to promote brass chamber music as a serious chamber music medium. Now in its 51st season, the American Brass Quintet has been internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time and an icon in the brass world. The ABQ's rich history includes performances in Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and all fifty of the United States; a discography of over fifty recordings; the premieres of over one-hundred contemporary brass works, and in the last decade, mini-residencies that have brought the ABQ's chamber music expertise to countless young musicians and institutions worldwide. ABQ commissions by Samuel Adler, Bruce Adolphe, Daniel Asia, Jan Bach, Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, Steven Sacco, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, Melinda Wagner, and Charles Whittenberg, are considered among the most significant contributions to the modern brass quintet repertoire.

Premieres in the last three seasons include works by Gordon Beeferman, Nolan Gasser, Trevor Gureckis, Justin Dello Joio, Shafer Mahoney, Anthony Plog and David Sampson. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary last year, the ABQ released its ninth recording on the Summit label-a double CD of new works written for the ABQ in the last decade called State of the Art: The ABQ at 50.

Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography, and educational mission, the ABQ has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field. Hailed as "the high priests of brass" by Newsweek, "positively breathtaking" by the New York Times, and "of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished" by the American Record Guide, the American Brass Quintet has clearly defined itself among the elite chamber music ensembles of our time.

For additional information on the Concert Series, please visit [] or check the Lenoir-Rhyne University Concert Series Facebook page.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Family Weekend Scheduled for September 16-17

On September 16 and 17 we will welcome parents of families of LRU students to campus for the Annual Family Weekend-Best of LRU. Many events are planned throughout the weekend and all are welcome and encouraged to come take part. Detailed event information and registration can be found online.

Institute for Faith and Learning to Host Speaker

The LRU Institute for Faith and Learning will host speaker Mark Yaconelli who will present "Wonder, Fear, and Longing: The Life of the Soul." Using story and humor, and drawing on his work in Christian spiritual formation, Yaconelli will discuss how our everyday experience invites us into greater freedom and transparency with God, others, and ourselves.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Belk Centrum. No tickets are needed.

Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Sacred Music Program will sponsor a Service of Commemoration on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at First Baptist Church in Hickory. Participants will include the L-R Youth Chorus, the LRU Brass Ensemble and the LRU A Cappella Choir. This event is free and open to the public.

Aspects of Leadership

The LRU Business Council and the Alex Lee Foundation will sponsor a series of discussions on leadership throughout the next few weeks. This on-going event began last week with LRU President Wayne Powell and will continue this week on Wednesday, September 7 with Boyd George, President of Alex Lee Inc.

Next week's discussion will be lead by Tony Rose, Catawba Valley Medical Center President and will be on Wednesday, September 14. This program will continue until October 26th and is meant to help participants reach a better understanding of leadership so that we may practice it more effectively.

Each event will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the McCrorie Center, Fintel classroom. The series is free and open to the community.

Monday, August 29, 2011

LRU Partners with High School to Develop Outstanding Programs & Students

UCHS students Troy Barker, Lisa Emerson, and Alec Hass look on as UCHS board
chairman David Reitzel and L-R provost Larry Hall sign the partnership agreement
Lenoir-Rhyne University has entered into a formal partnership with University Christian High School in order to further develop a high quality faith-based high school curriculum for students in the greater Hickory area.

Established in 2009, University Christian High School’s (UCHS) mission is to provide a Christ-centered education that inspires students to excellence in academics, moral character, and servant leadership.

UCHS offers an advanced and highly academic curriculum in partnership with L-R. Students at UCHS have the opportunity to take a greater variety of advanced classes than any high school, public or private, in the area. Through dual enrollment opportunities, UCHS students have the opportunity to graduate with up to 30 college credit hours, which is included in the tuition cost of the school.

This partnership allows Lenoir-Rhyne to provide greater opportunities to high school students and to better prepare them to succeed at a four-year institution after graduation. L-R has dedicated a classroom/lab area for UCHS science classes to ensure update-to-date resources are available to the students in their education.

Beginning with this school year, UCHS will be located at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, across the street from L-R. The proximity of the high school to Lenoir-Rhyne allows for easy access to the college classes that juniors and seniors take.

More information about University Christian High School can be found on their website at The high school is still accepting applications for the 2011-12 academic year.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Xi House Demo

Xi House in the process of being torn down to make room for the
new residence hall. Construction on the new hall will begin later
this summer (Photo credits: Rich Duncan).

Monday, May 16, 2011

LRU, We Have An App For That!

The free app is designed to provide an abundance of information to prospective students, current students, alumni, and the Hickory community. Photo credit: LRU Marketing
Available this week in the Apple App Store is the official Lenoir-Rhyne University app. The free app is designed to provide an abundance of information to prospective students, current students, alumni, and the Hickory community. The app can be downloaded on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

The app is well timed as summer finds new students preparing to come to campus in August and they want to explore their new university.

“Though the official campus visit is an important tool, it was a logical step to create an on-line self guided tour and offer other information geared toward a generation that thrives on technology,” said Mike Langford, director of marketing and communications at L-R. The app was developed by the L-R marketing office in collaboration with Slicker Interactive, a Charleston, SC based company that specializes in innovations for Apple products.

The L-R app puts everything you need to know on the go right into your hands. Whether it’s a prospective student wanting to take the self-guided tour or learn more about academic majors, a current student wanting to check out the discounts available from local businesses or the dining hall menu, or a member of the Hickory community wanting to see when the next concert, theater production or sporting event is, it can be found on the app. Text, photos, and videos give the user the sense of being right in the heart of campus.

“With one swipe or a tap, prospective students can explore each residence hall, learn more about a degree program, read the campus newspaper, and so much more,” explained Langford. “There’s also the added feature of calendars of community, cultural, and sporting events for everyone to stay up to date on programs.”

The app uses GPS navigation to mark buildings on the Google map to help users find specific places on campus, to locate athletic complexes on campus, and to show the location of businesses offering discounts to current students.

LRU will release a similar app for Droid devices in the fall that will include the same interactive features as the Apple version.

LRU Holds Graduation Ceremony

Kelly Medley, Senior Class President addresses fellow students
during the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 13. Photo credit: L. Harris

Houston Named New LRU Head Football Coach

Photo credit: LRU Athletes
Lenoir-Rhyne University has named Mike Houston its new Head Football Coach today. Houston becomes the 18th coach in the school's history. Houston replaces Fred Goldsmith, who announced his retirement last week after four seasons at the helm and 45 years of coaching.

Houston has been Lenoir-Rhyne's Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach for the last four years (2007-10). On February 4, 2010, Houston was elevated to Assistant Head Coach.

Under Houston's leadership, the Bears' defense had one of their best seasons in recent memory in 2010. Last fall, Lenoir-Rhyne led the South Atlantic Conference in total defense (276.6 ypg) and finished fourth in Division II in rushing defense (75.7 ypg).

Senior Nursing Students Engage in Mini-Disaster Simulation

Photo Credits: Senior Nursing student, John Wallace
The senior nursing students engaged in a mini-disaster simulation on campus on May 2. Students were assigned to protray either a patient with a given injury or a nurse in selected community or hospital role .

Students assigned to the patient roles, with the help of Dara Swift and Tabitha Toney, nursing instructors used make-up and propos to simulate the real injuries. Those assigned to the nursing roles set up decontamination sites, triaged patients at the site, dispatched patients to the hospital, triaged patients in the emergency room and dealt with worried families and patients.

Following the simulation all students participated in a debriefing. Such simulations help students develop the skills necessary to be valuable employees in the event of a real disaster. The students did a fabulous job portraying real patients with injuries

Monday, May 9, 2011

Campus Read Book Announced!

The Lenoir-Rhyne University 2011 Campus Read book will be The Other Wes Moore: One name, two fates by author Wes Moore. Workers install new banner on the outside of the P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Photo credit: L. Harris

Correction to the May issue of The Rhynean

The Rhynean incorrectly announced Professor Michael Dugan’s retirement from LRU. Mr. Dugan will be returning to LRU in the fall in his capacity as Business Professor. The Rhynean sincerely regrets any inconvenience that this report might have caused.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

LRU Students to Present Posters on Public Health Preparedness

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Master of Public Health program and the Solmaz Institute for Obesity at L-R will host a joint poster session on Thursday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. in the McCrorie Center on campus. The poster presentations will be followed by an open house at the Solmaz Institute, also in the McCrorie Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the new facility prior to the Institute’s grand opening in the fall.  Both events are open to the public.

The Master of Public Health graduate program began at Lenoir-Rhyne in August 2010.  This first group of students will be presenting their final Environmental Health risk assessment poster presentations focused on public health preparedness.  In light of such disasters as the radiation emergency in Japan, the Malaria outbreak in Haiti, the BP oil spill, the Katrina aftermath, H1N1, SARS, and September 11, emergency preparedness has become an important public health priority.  Student posters will share a statement of the risk or hazard being invested, a discussion of the legal, political, and social issues affecting the problem; strategies for addressing the problem; an assessment of how the hazard is currently being addressed in a local context; gaps in current practice; and recommendations for the future. 

Topics being explored include tornado safety for a long term care facility for older adults, emergency preparedness during a hurricane for Catawba County’s homeless population, needle safety for clinicians at a local hospital, mental health preparedness for both children and adults during emergencies, radiation as a threat to food security, preparedness for patients with Type 2 diabetes, and chemical spill safety at a local factory.

On behalf of the Solmaz Institute for Obesity, undergraduate sports nutrition students will present their final poster presentations on sports specific nutrition recommendations for the following L-R sports teams:  men and women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, men and women’s tennis, baseball, softball and women’s basketball.  Posters will focus on the nutritional needs of collegiate athletes specific to their sport.  Information will include dietary needs for daily intake, pre-performance, during performance, and post performance.  Hydration and ergogenic aids will also be highlighted.

This event is the first of many which will reflect the important relationship being established between the Dietetic Internship and Master of Public Health programs.  Collaboration between these two programs symbolizes an understanding of the importance of obesity prevention not only for individual health but also the greater public health infrastructure. 

Obesity is one of the three factors (physical activity and smoking being the other two) driving the prevalence of four chronic diseases that account for 50% of all mortality (Healthy People, 2011).  To address the myriad of factors which lead to obesity takes a systems approach that considers not only individual behavior, but also the environment, social determinants, genetics, and health policy.  These factors are addressed in both the Dietetic Internship and Master of Public Health Program.

Friday, April 8, 2011

SOURCE 2011 - Tuesday, April 12

Mark you calendars for the upcoming SOURCE event
this coming Tuesday, April 12. Convocation create for "intellectual development" available.

Welcome Reception - 12:15 pm (Belk Centrum)
Keynote Speaker  - 1:00 pm (Belk Centrum)
Plastic Bee Brains |
Dr. Susan Fahrbach
Reynolds Professor of Developmental Neuroscience
Wake Forest University

Student Session One 2:15-3:15 

  • Natural Sciences 1, Rhyne 149 (Convocation Category: Intellectual Development)
  • Jordan Rockensuess, “Analysis of Antioxidants in Wines, Teas and Spices”
  • Rebecca K. Smith, “Deuterium Isotope Effect on the Rate of Reduction by Yeast Alcohol Dehydrogenase”
  • Morris Patton, “Using the Design of Experiments (DOE) Technique to Optimize Pharmaceutical Tablet Fomulations – A Study of Aspirin Drug Product Formulation”
  • Literature and History, Rhyne 249 (Convocation Category: Intellectual Development or Cultural Development)
  • Anne-Marie Bangs, “The Impact of Translation on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”
  • Jeremy Ard, “Echoes of Justice: The Justice of God against Imperial Ritual and Myth in Romans 1:18-32”
  • Colin Corpe, “Socialism is the Best Medicine: Wilde’s Socio-Political Ideal in The Importance of Being Ernest”
  • Christopher Scott Teague, “Is the Internment of Japanese Americans Properly Represented in High School and College Classrooms?”
  • Creative Expression 1, Music Recital Hall (Convocation Category: Intellectual Development or Creative Development/Expression)
  • Julia Byrd, “What is a Musical Masterpiece?”
  • Julian Phelps, Youth These Days
  • Valerie Frank, QED: A Ten-Minute Play
  • Honors Thesis Competition Session 1, Belk Centrum (Convocation Category: Intellectual Development)
  • Sarah Embry, "The Marriage of Luther and Blake: Divine Love, Vision, and the Theology of the Cross"
  • Jennifer Lawing, “Identifying Qualities Which May Forecast Physical Violence in Acute Care Mental Health Inpatients”
  • Sarah Estridge, “The Comparison of Hemoglobin AIC Scores in Type ii Diabetic Clients”
  • Lucas Carnohan, “Effects of Temperature and Substrate Color on the Growth and Color Morphology of the Chinese Praying Mantis (Tenodera ardifolia sinesis S.)”
  • Mallory Lowder, “A Comparison of the Efficacy of the Earthworm Eisenia fetida S. and a Locally Collected Earthworm, Lumbricus rebellus H. on the Rate of Decomposition of Leaf Litter”
Student Session Two: 3:30-4:30
  • Natural Sciences 2, Rhyne 149 (Convocation Category: Intellectual Development)
  • Brian Sullivan, “Effects of Caffeine on Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Development: Growth Rate, Heart Rate, and Motor Function”
  • Amanda Withers, “The Effect of Compost Age on Germination and Growth Rate of Clemson Spineless Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)”
  • Christopher B. Gilbert, “An Investigation into a Pressurized Water Projectile”
  • Satire and Reality of Islamaphobia, Rhyne 249 (Convocation Category: Intellectual or Cultural Development)
  • A roundtable presentation/discussion by David Hennig, Skye Sessions, and Jordan White
  • Creative Expression 2, Music Recital Hall (Convocation Category: Intellectual Development or Creative Development/Expression
  • Randi Duplantis, Michelle Sapanaro, Charity Simmons, and Hannah Simmons, “Loving Love, Ruby Lavender”
  • Stepfanie Gaither, Talking of Michelangelo: A Ten-Minute Play
  • Corey S. Cavenaugh, Prayers to Tommy
  • Honors Thesis Competition Session 2, Belk Centrum (Convocation Category: Intellectual Development or Cultural Development)
  • James E. Crapps, Jr., “Going Beyond Design”
  • Henry Michaels, “The Unanswered Questions? Why Musicians are Drawn to a Life in Music”
  • Emily S. Annas, “Lived Experience of the Participant in the Breast Health Navigation Program”
  • Lauren Triplette Hutto, “An Investigation of Intubation as a Risk for MRSA Infection among NICU Patients”
  • Madison Holloway, “A Nutritional Comparison of Chia Seeds Salvia hispanica and Acorns of Northern Red Oak Quercas rubra: The Future of Functional Foods” 
Student Session Three 4:45-5:45

  • Natural Sciences 3, Rhyne 149 (Convocation Category: Intellectual Development)
  • Kenny Vilagos, “Dormitory Energy Use and Waste Generation”
  • Tim Johnson, Ben Maguire, Andrew Golden, and Rachel Hoover, “Beach Dynamics in the British Virgin Islands”
  • Lucas Carnohan, Brittany Oxford, La Wu, and Heather Sackett, “A Year to Year Comparison of the Water Quality of the British Virgin Island Bays”
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences, Rhyne 249 (Convocation Category: Intellectual or Cultural Development)
  • DeondrĂ¡ Newell, “Coming Out: The Impact of Age in Regards to Behavior”
  • Jessica Frisina, “Perceptions of and Explanations for Infidelity”
  • Kyle May, “Healthcare Reform: How Will it Affect Catawba County and North Carolina?”
  • Creative Expression 3, Music Recital Hall (Convocation Category: Intellectual Development or Creative Development/Expression)
  • Stories, Poems, and Photography Appearing in Cantos 2011, Read or Presented by the Contributors
  • Honors Thesis Competition Session 3, Belk Centrum (Convocation Category: Intellectual Development)
  • Joshua Aaron Poole, “The U-2 Affair: Refreezing the Cold War?”
  • Leah Ballard, “Preferred Education of CHF Patients”
  • Summer S. Gosnell, “Relationship Between Neonate Apgar Scores & Maternal Analgesics”
  • Haley Suttles, “Outcome of Clients with Sepsis in a Local Emergency Department”
  • Elisabeth M. Campbell, “Extracts on Percent Germination and Radical Lengths of Lettuce Seeds (Latuca sativa)”
Posters Available for viewing in the Belk Centrum Lobby, from 12:15 to 4:45
  • Jennifer Martin, “Attitudes towards Tattoos: Does Gender Matter?”
  • Rachel Chapman, “The Eating Behaviors of Students at Lenoir-Rhyne University”
  • Stephanie Watts, “Looking Past the Disability”
  • Von Carmack and Jason Lazo, “Lacrosse and Nutrition”
  • Dustin Absher and Dewayne N. Jones, “Analysis and Application of Nutrition for Men’s Soccer at Lenoir-Rhyne University”
  • Robert Knight, “Static Electricity Effects of Nitrogen Fixation on Wisconsin Fast Plants Growth”

Nursing Professor Presents Poster and Writes Book Chapter!

Congratulations to Dr. Judy Hilton, who presented a poster at the 19th Annual Congress: Women's Health 2011 in Washington, D.C., April 1-3. The name of the poster was "Folic Acid Awareness and Intake Among Young Women Aged 18-24 years".

Dr. Judy Hilton also wrote the chapter entitled "Normal Postpartem Care" for Maternal Newborn Nusing Care Plans, 2nd ed. Jones and Bartlett Learning, recently published.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Youthful Voices to Perform Classics at Spring Concert

The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus, under the direction of founder and conductor Florence Jowers, will perform their annual Spring Concert at Corinth Reformed Church on Palm Sunday afternoon, April 17th, at 3:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken to help with tour expenses.

The more than 100 singers will perform favorites such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with a jazz twist and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” as well as many nature-themed pieces. Pianist Freda Herrell will accompany them. Repertoire is chosen from classical, folk, world music, spirituals, and contemporary pieces with texts that are worthy of memory.

Four seniors will be honored at this concert: Mary Grace Sheets from Newton-Conover High School; Katie Keyes, Emily Byrd and Mary Kathryn Kuehnert, homeschooled singers.

The tour choir from this chorus sang last summer in a concert in Carnegie Hall, New York City. The chorus has also traveled extensively in the southeast, and will perform in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina in May of this year.

For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Jowers at 828-328-7195.

Monday, April 4, 2011

SGA Winners Announced!

Lenoir-Rhyne is proud to announce the winners of the election for 2011-2012 Student Government Association Executive Officers.
President:           Bart Keeler
Vice President:   Rosa Reyes
Secretary:           Joshua Mackey
Treasurer:           Megan Neubauer
Chief Justice:
      Clifton Garmon

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Final "Town Hall" Meeting Scheduled for Monday, April 4th

LRU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the fourth and final “town hall” session on Lenoir-Rhyne’s Institutional Values. The final session will be Monday, April 4 at 9:20 AM in the Belk Centrum.

The fourth and final value to explore is “curiosity.”

Presenters will include: Mr. Justin Hawkins; Dr. Beth Wright; Mr. Rich Duncan; and
Dr. Karen McDougal, who will moderate the session.

Convocation credit is available to students.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Students Earn a Place on the LRU President's List for Academic Achievement

Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the President’s List for the 2010 fall semester. Qualifying students must be undergraduates with a semester grade point average of 3.9 or better on a 4.0 scale, provided the student carried at least 12 hours of letter-graded courses.

The following President’s List students are listed by their home county in North Carolina followed by out of state students listed by their home state.

NORTH CAROLINA (Listed by counties)
Spencer Dennis Voelkert

Ashley Nichole Bowman, Lauren Elizabeth Bumgarner, Tyler Butler Bumgarner, Chassidy Brooke Campbell, Tameka Yvonne Morales, Sara Rose Rostan, Jacob Ira Stuckey

Kelley Elizabeth Hensley, Caitlin Nicole Hensley, Kari Elizabeth Jauch, Benjamin Ernest Lawson.

Jeffrey Todd Bedford, Kelly Elaine Brittain, Julia Mary Byrd, Hailey Michelle Garrou,
Amanda Danielle Hodge, Jordan Pah'l Luckadoo, Timothy William Henry Michaels, Hillary Erin Ratliff, Kendra Caroline Williford.

Martin Edward Guyer, Brian Patrick Lewis.

Brandi Rochelle Collins, Lauren Nicole Davis, Devin Yates Duncan, Rebecca Kerr Smith, John Carlton White.

Anne-Marie Hale Bangs, Jonna Rebekah Beard, Logan Nicole Bearfield, Stacy Lauren Beasley, Rachel Joy Birkedal, Crestal Rose Biron, Todd Joseph Bryan, Welland Dane Burnside, Georgianna Lee Cappelletty, Elizabethann Lynn Chambers, Taylor Lauren Covington, Scott Walter Curtis, Maira Parise Eckert, Whitney Rae Edmondson, Honey Yang Estrada, Jennifer Elaine Gold, Judyta Dorota Goscinska, Andrea Denise Harwell, Laura Marie Hutchins, Danielle Linda Jackson, Caitlin Lauren Jones, Katie Marie Long, Brandon Andrew Lucaciu, Norman Grant Meres, Angelica Beth Nichols, Matthew Thomas Paynter, Stephanie Lee Reidel, Andrew Lee Robison, Sabina Rita Rumswinkel, Amanda Lea Shelton, Leah Jennings Sigmon, Charity Elizabeth Simmons, Hannah Patiee Simmons, Heather Nicole Stallings, Matthew Wayne Stephens, Keesha Marie Townsend, Nou Gao Yang, Lauren Marie Yoder, Amanda Leigh Young.

Amber Christine Huffman.

Chelsea Nichole Hill.

Megan Lenore Carper.

Bethany Dawn Sawyer, Amanda Renee Withers.

Brooklyn Danielle Bowers, Haley Irene Rawlinson, Eden Denyse Tilley, Amy Lynn VanEgmond.

Desirae Chari Ball, Alisha Dawn Cordle, Bryan Douglas McNees, Jared Christopher Thompson, Julie Ann Turner, Stephanie Carol Watts.

Kathryn Edith Kanupp, Morgan Odelle Mitchem, Joshua Aaron Poole.

Rachel Christine Arrington, Charles Alexander Askey, Nicole Jeanette Merritt, Courtney Marie Norris.

Danielle Maria Bongiorno.

Quinn Susannah Scarvey.

Kyle Dennis Holmstrom.

Daniel Gray Bullins

Audrey Meacham Hudson, Rosa Maria Reyes.

Alyssa Ellen Carlson, Danielle Elizabeth Latoni, Heather Leigh Sackett.

Matthew Christopher Hamm, Kai Jared Thurow, Moriah Christine Walker.

Amber Marie Longhi.

Kristen Suzanne Fulmer, Kyle O'Donald Starling.

Precious Lenise Elkins, Jennifer Michelle Platzer.

Lucas Paul Carnohan.

Grace Kelli Brahler.

James Augustus Fisher.

Hannah Elena Harkey.

Cameron Joseph Hnot.

Jacqueline Eileen Tierney.

Megan Leigh Neubauer.

Bethany Anne Hickman, Austin Lee Nave, Morris Raymond Patton.

Sabrina Louise Cummings, Brittany Danyele Davidson.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Lenoir-Rhyne University to Hold Relay for Life Event

Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold its fourth annual Relay For Life event on April 15, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. lasting throughout the night until 6 a.m. the following morning.
The event is open to the Hickory community and is $10 for those who have not previously

Relay for Life is a walk which goes for 12 hours straight and is filled with different ceremonies dedicated to survivors and those who lost their battles with cancer. Teams are formed and they are asked to have a representative walking the whole time; often times they alternate throughout the night. The teams also have mini-fundraisers during the event to donate to the cause.

This year’s theme is “Touchdown for a Cure”. The opening ceremony will begin promptly at

6:00 p.m. and the night will include food, a “Mr. Relay” male beauty competition, the traditional luminary event, live entertainment and more.

According to Hannah Warren, the event chair, Relay For Life is held throughout the United

States. These events are hosted by various groups such as school organizations and churches. Warren says, “Relay For Life is a collaborative project that cannot happen without the help of the volunteers and our Relay For Life planning team.”

Relay For Life is an event held in conjunction with the American Cancer Society to raise money for cancer research. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, G.A., the ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices. The organization focuses on capacity building in developing cancer societies, with the ultimate goal to raise as much money as possible for cancer research.

This organization also works to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information on cancer,

cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, survival, and quality of life. Relay For Life gives
people a chance to celebrate those who have won their battle against cancer, remember loved ones who did not, and fight against the disease.

For more information on Lenoir-Rhyne’s 2011 event visit: or contact Hannah Warren at

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Graduation Fair This Week!

The Graduation Fair will take place this week on:

Tuesday, March 29th from 12:00pm – 5:00pm and
Wednesday, March 30th from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Cromer Center Lobby

Students will be able to purchase caps and gowns, (both undergrad and grad) and order class rings. The price of the bachelors unit will be $68.95 + tax, and the masters unit will be $64.95 +tax. If you are unable to attend the Grad Fair the LR Bookstore will have everything you need.

Student’s Involvement with Carolina Donor Services Leads to Campus Award

Carolina Donor Services recently recognized Lenoir-Rhyne University for winning the 2010 National Donation Campus Challenge event.

Started by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the National Donation Campus Challenge unites the federal government, organ donation community, colleges and universities to educate campus communities on the critical need for more organ and tissue donors. They work to increase donor registration through statewide donor registries.

Lenoir-Rhyne University won the challenge with 127 registrations. Led by student Amber Douglas and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., the challenge offered students campus-wide donation education sessions, donor drives, and a movie night that featured the movie Seven Pounds. L-R also brought current Mrs. North Carolina, Tammi Murray, to help raise awareness and encourage students to register.

Amber took this challenge on not only for her school, but also for her mother, a recipient of a double lung transplant that improved her life drastically. The tight bond between the Zeta Phi Beta sisters encouraged each of them to help with this cause. Through Amber’s mother, they saw what it means to get a second chance at life.

Along with Lenoir-Rhyne, Alamance Community College, Pitt Community College, and Lenoir Community College participated in the challenge.

About Carolina Donor Services
Carolina Donor Services is the federally designated, not for profit organ and tissue donation organization serving 6.1 million people in 78 counties of North Carolina and Danville, Virginia. In North Carolina, there are over to 3,000 people currently on the waiting list for a life saving organ transplant, across the United States there are over 110,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. For more information about Carolina Donor Services please visit our website at or call 1-800-200-2672.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Exploration and Creative Thinking at the Center of LRU Kids in College Programs

Middle school students enjoy exploring and learning over
he summer at the Lenoir-Rhyne Kids in College program.
Applications are now being accepted for Kids in College and Kids in College-Middle School, the Lenoir-Rhyne University summer enrichment programs for students completing kindergarten through eighth grade this spring. This year’s theme is Exploring Our Earth.

This program is designed for academically gifted or teacher-recommended students with high academic qualifications. The following criteria will be considered:
  • Identified as academically gifted

  • Achieved a Level 4 on the End of Grade test
  • Maintained an “A” average in math or reading 
  • Recommended by current teacher

Experienced and licensed teachers will be chosen to facilitate the program. The classes will be held in the Rhyne Building on campus. Lunch will be provided for camp participants. Parents will be responsible for dropping off and picking up their children.

The elementary school program will run June 27-July 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program is designed for students completing kindergarten- fifth grade.

The middle school program will be August 1-5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program is for students who have completed grades 6-8. The middle school camp will have an extended focus of Exploring Our Earth Through Economics where students will explore economics of this area and learn the value of economics on our future. RBC Foundation USA has provided a $2000 grant for this study of economics.

The cost of the program is $325 per week. Additional information and registration forms can be found on the LRU web site at Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified students. Parents will be notified of acceptance as soon as the following requirements are received:
  • A completed application with teacher recommendation.

  • Signed insurance and liability form.
  • $50 deposit (returnable only if space is unavailable).

The remainder of the program cost is due by May 1 for accepted students. Parents are required to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. May 26 in the Belk Centrum on campus.

Contact Professor Joan Huffman, program director, at 828-267-3442 or for additional information.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

L-R Observatory to Reopen After 15 years!

On Friday, March 11, 2011, public observing will return to Lenoir-Rhyne after an absence of 15 years. Thanks to The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club, both Observatory and telescope are in excellent condition and able to be used for such a function.

On March 11, the Observatory (top floor of Minges Science Building) will open for inspection and public observing at 7:00p.m. Telescopes will also be placed in the field across from Mauney Music Building with members of the Astronomy Club on hand for instruction.

The entire refurbishing of the Observatory and telescope took about two years. This was accomplished under the leadership of Mr. Bob Hunt, a member of the Astronomy Club; Mr. Hunt was assisted by other members of the Astronomy Club, Dr. Richard Mazak, and students in Dr. Mazak’s astronomy classes.

The telescope is a 12.5 inch diameter Cassegrain telescope which can also function in the Newtonian mode. It was originally installed under the leadership of Dr. Charles Cooke, Professor of Physics. The telescope was completely disassembled, the mirrors re-silvered, the motors rebuilt and everything cleaned and reassembled.

Please join The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club, Dr. Mazak, students and others on March 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m. for the reopening of the Lenoir-Rhyne Observatory.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

LRU Brass Ensemble to Perform This Weekend

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Brass Ensemble (UBE), along with the Unifour Brass Ensemble, will perform a concert on Sunday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Morganton, NC.

The event is free of charge, but a love offering will be taken to help raise funds for L-R students who will be traveling to Europe this May.

The performance will feature several antiphonal works by Giovanni Gabrielli, Gioseppe Guami and Aurelio Bonelli. The music will also espouse sounds from Victor Ewald, Vaclav Nelhybel, Richard Wagner and more.

First organized in 1978 as a brass quartet, the UBE and its members have provided music for area orchestras, big bands, church services, dedications, weddings and receptions, theater productions, area club functions, and civic functions. The ensemble's repertoire ranges from the medieval to modern eras. In addition, several members have conducted music for theater productions, public and private school music, community brass ensembles, community jazz ensembles, and community bands. Several past members have gone on to become professional performers or to have teaching careers at universities and colleges across the nation. The Unifour Brass Ensemble Inc. is dedicated to providing the public, most notably our young people, with a basic appreciation for music through the wonderful sound of brass instruments.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Brass Ensemble is frequently seen in area churches, in formal recitals, at campus functions, in department-sponsored hymn festivals, and with the L-R A Cappella Choir. The Brass Ensemble performs literature of all style periods and in a wide variety of genres.

For more information regarding this event, contact Timothy Phillips, Adjunct Professor of Trumpet and Theory at

Monday, March 7, 2011

Student Gets Hands-On Experience at WHKY

Junior Communications major Alyssa Carlson spoke on-air last week with WHKY, Hickory's local radio station, about Kappa Delta's Zumba-Thon, Lenoir-Rhyne's Rise Up campaign, and campus life as a whole.

This opportunity represents one of the many ways that Lenoir-Rhyne helps students gain real-world experience, and allows students to get a leg-up before graduation. Not only are the opportunities great learning tools, they are also used to add to student's resumes and portfolios for their job searches.

Natalie Tolbert Crowned Miss Lenoir-Rhyne University

Natalie Tolbert was crowned the first-ever Miss LRU last night after competing in a pageant hosted by the LRU Spirit Team. Natalie is a junior Human and Community Services major at L-R, and is involved on campus with the SugarBears Dance Team and Kappa Delta Sorority.

Other contestants included Rubyana Whitworth, Drinda Hensley, Tayah Cambell, Raven Winstead, Amber Willard, Allison Floyd, Nikki Rae Walker, Willie Rice, and Amber Miller. The contestants were judged based on their L-R spiritwear, talent, evening gown, and on-stage questions.

Entertainment was provided by Step N Out Dance Productions and Krista Whitener Academy of Dance.

Congratulations to Natalie Tolbert on her win as Miss Lenoir-Rhyne University. Natalie will represent LRU for a year, participating in events and representing and raising money for a philanthropy of her choice.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Senior Nursing Students Conducting Health Screening

The Lenoir Rhyne senior nursing students are once again conducting a health screening on March 9 & 10 from 6:30 am to 8:30 am in the McCrorie Center. Registration is due by March 4th.

The Registration form is available on the Faculty/Staff web or you can obtain a form by emailing or calling Sharon Miller at 328-7281. The price is $30 for a complete chemistry panel and blood count. The cost of this blood work at your physician’s office would be well over $160. It is a great baseline to follow from year to year. The group will also be doing BPs.