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Conferences & Events

The Office of Conferences & Events offers a variety of meeting and reception areas with capacity for small and large seminars, meetings, concerts, camps, and workshops. We can accommodate events with anywhere from 10 to 1360 guests. Catering services are also available, including full service, buffet and casual catering. We also provide an event calendar that you can access in the link section.

Facility Rates

Facility Usage Guidelines

Refreshments
If your event requires catering contact Aramark at 828.3287005 to make all necessary arrangements. Aramark needs at least 10 days notice for catering requests. Dining hall plates and utensils must be returned to dining hall after your meeting.

Alcohol Policy
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus without prior approval from the Vice President and Dean of Students. The forms may be picked up at the Conferences and Events office.

Client Responsibility
If your event involves a guest speaker or entertainers of any sort, you are responsible for the actions of your guests. You are also responsible for any contractual requests made by your guests. If your event requires equipment beyond what the college can provide, you are responsible for renting or securing that equipment. You are responsible for fees if excessive cleanup is necessary after your event. Glitter and confetti are prohibited. You must remove all decorations after your event. As a consideration to others, if you change the room arrangement, please return the room to its original condition after your event.

Interpreter
If your event requires an interpreter for deaf or hard-of-hearing guests, please contact Support Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing at 828.328.7298 or complete the Request for Interpreting Services Form.

Equipment
If your event requires equipment beyond what the college can provide, you are responsible for renting or securing that equipment.

Smoking
Smoking is not permitted in any Lenoir-Rhyne University facility.

Advertising
If you hang flyers to advertise your event, it is your responsibility to remove those flyers (on campus as well as throughout town) after your event. Flyers must not be placed on glass surfaces. The Student Affairs Office must approve all flyers for on-campus advertising.

Technical Services
A Request for Technical Services Form must be completed for all events in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium and Belk Centrum. Also complete this form if your event requires technical support in other areas of campus. You must detail and list any and all technical needs including, but not limited to microphones, lighting, video, film, overhead, music, tables, chairs, etc. The Campus Technical Director must receive the form no less than two weeks before event.

Request Technical Services

Request Interpreting Services

For Interpreting Services, contact Lead Disabilities Specialist Shawn Frank at shawn.frank@lr.edu.

Summer Camps & Conferences Submission Form

Sponsored Events

Sponsored Events are those in which an outside group requests through a LRU College /School or Organization for their assistance with and to use LR’s facilities for their event. A Sponsored Event Form must be completed.

Schaeffer Guest Rooms

To reserve a guest room in Schaeffer Hall, you must complete the request form.

Campus Venue Contacts

Jean Beaver

Titles: Administrative Associate
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7112

Greg Callahan

Titles: Library Specialist, Administrative and Technical Services
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7236

Carla Fowler

Titles: Director, Lohr Learning Commons & Academic Support Programs, Coordinator, Student Engagement
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7622

Brent Heaberlin

Titles: Deputy Athletic Director, Athletics, Coordinator, NCAA Compliance, Director, Athletic Facilities
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7114

Beverly Hefner

Titles: Administrative Assistant, Mauney Music Building
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7147

Nathaniel Lambert

Titles: Technical Assistant, Conferences & Events
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.238.0152

Janet Matthews

Titles: Director, Conferences & Events
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7254

Cassidy Robbins

Titles: Production Manager, Conferences & Events
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7983

Mike Ryan

Titles: Assistant, Conferences & Events
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.291.6230

Scott Woodard

Titles: Managing Director, Performing Arts Facilities, Conferences & Events
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7234

Our Clients

Lenoir-Rhyne University Conferences & Events is proud of its partnership with the Greater Hickory community and our growing list of clients.

4Front Systems
Adkins Dance Studio
Ann & Amy's School of Dance
Ann Freeman Dance Academy
Auditory Learning Center
Catawba County Schools
Chamber Theatre
Christian Community Outreach Ministries
Cisco Systems
Classic Productions
East Burke High School Class Reunion
Hickory Community Concert Association
Kaplan Test Prep, Inc.
Lamberth Academy of Dance
Law Enforcement Career Development, Inc.
Lighten Up Ministries
Little Miss North Carolina Pageant
Living Arts for Students
Miss Hickory Scholarship Pageant
Miss Treva's School of Dance
Ms. Donna's School of Dance
N.C. Clogging Competition
N.C. Baptist All-State Youth Choir
N.C. Democratic Party
N.C. Department of Revenue
N.C. Synod
N.C. Teacher Academy
N.C. Women of the ELCA
On Stage America
Pastor Bill Mitcham
St. Luke's Confirmation Camp
Sweet Adelines
Ten Star All Star Basketball Camp
The Super Scientific Circus
Thornburg & Associates
University of South Carolina
US Postal Service
Youth Quake

Contact:

Janet Matthews

Director, Conferences & Events
Hickory Campus