LRU News

Standard and Contemporary Works to be Heard During LRU’s Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert

Tue Apr 15 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Comprised of students, community members, and alumnus, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jazz Ensemble will perform their Spring Concert, free and open to the public, on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium.

The group will present their spring concert of standard and contemporary works for big band, with individual selections as follows:

Hava Nice Day, by Sammy Nestico

Granada Smoothie, by Stan Kenton

Songbird, by Loonis McGlohon arranged by Rob McConnell

To You, by Thad Jones

Hot House, by Tadd Dameron arranged by Eric Richards

Things Ain’t What They Used To Be, by Mercer Ellington arranged by Duke Ellington

Tuning Up, by Toshiko Akiyoshi

Just Friends arranged, by Rob McConnell

The Lenoir-Rhyne Jazz Ensemble is both a lab dedicated to furthering student’s abilities to play jazz and other popular styles, and an active performing ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble is a reorganization of the “stage band” tradition, performing diverse styles of music including swing, bebop, blues, funk, Latin, and popular song. Membership in the Jazz Ensemble is open to all LR students by audition.

For more information on Lenoir-Rhyne University’s music programs, visit their website at http://mus.lr.edu/home.

Share
Posted by LRUNews under LRU News | No Comments

horizontal line

LR student business competes for $50,000

Mon Apr 14 2014

HICKORY, N.C. —The Southeast’s biggest startup competition, the Charlotte Venture Challenge, is in its 13th year and for the first time an entrant from Lenoir-Rhyne University’s in the mix.

More than 100 hopeful start-ups hailing from Georgia to Washington D.C. to Tennessee hope to come out on top. The entrants will have all day on Thursday, May 1, to hear successful entrepreneurs speak about the lessons they learned along the way. They’ll also get time to network and pitch their ideas to investors searching for the next big thing.

The competition is for ventures that have less than $350,000 invested in their companies and who have less than $350,000 in sales to date.

The five categories in the CVC are:

1.     New Energy and High Technology

2.     IT and Informatics

3.     Health IT & Biotechnology

4.     Consumer Products and Services

5.     Student Businesses

Alex Freeman and his company Fanaticmasks are representing Lenoir-Rhyne University in the undergraduate student category. Freeman’s company makes stylized masks in the tradition of Mexican wrestlers, but they’re made with modern materials and emblazoned with logos for sports teams, bands and companies are having a look at some camo masks to wear while hunting instead of using face paints.

Freeman’s masks are for the lighthearted fan who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.

“It’s just a bra for your face,” is his tongue-in-cheek product description.

Freeman started working as a marketing specialist for Fanaticmasks while he was still in high school, but the company has been honed in the university’s small business incubator under the guidance of LR’s Entrepreneurship Professor Dr. Ralph Griffith.

“He came in with an exciting idea and we just ran with it,” Griffith said. “We made some tweaks to his business plan and we honed some of his processes, but what you see in Fanaticmasks is Alex’s vision.”

Freeman’s luchador masks will be going head-to-head with nine other student ventures from N.C. State to Emory and Davidson.

On May 1 each finalist will present their venture to a panel of judges and then to a room packed with potential investors including representatives from Fortune 500 companies and potential customers all of whom will vote on the winner—who’ll be going home with a $20,000 prize and the finalists who will divide a further $55,000 among themselves.

Finalists in the CVC’s undergraduate division:

1.     Clutch Gaming Solutions (UNC Charlotte)

2.     Fanaticmasks (Lenoir-Rhyne University)

3.     OnCahoots (Davidson College)

4.     Tee-Pa (Pfeiffer University)

5.     Track2Quit (NC State)

6.     Ugly Duckling Games (Central Piedmont Community College)

7.     BioWorks (UNC Charlotte)

8.     HANDYKAP (Emory University)

9.     Redwire Logic (UNC Charlotte)

10.  Vybe Sunglasses (NC State)

 

Share
Posted by LRUNews under LRU News | No Comments

horizontal line

Alex Lee Leadership Series Presents Colonel Leon “Lee” Ellis

Mon Apr 14 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — As part of the 2014 Alex Lee Leadership Series, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Business Council and the Alex Lee Foundation will present Colonel Lee Ellis, President and founder of Leadership Freedom LLC and FreedomStar Media, on Wednesday, April 23 in the McCrorie Center, Fintel classroom at 6 p.m. Ellis’ presentation is titled, Leadership When Called.

Col. Ellis is an author, leadership consultant, and keynote speaker in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and human performance. His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, military, and other business sectors. His speaking and media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of speaking engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world.

Early in his career, Col. Ellis served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. For his wartime service, he was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and POW Medal. Col. Ellis resumed his Air Force career, serving in leadership roles of increasing responsibility including command of a flying squadron and leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel.

Col. Ellis earned a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. He has authored or co-authored four books on leadership and career development. His latest book entitled Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton has received multiple awards since its release including a finalist in ForeWord Review’s 2013 Book of the Year Awards, a winner in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Business and Management Category, and its selection on the 2013 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List.

Col. Ellis and his wife Mary reside in the Atlanta GA area and have four grown children and six grandchildren.

For more information on the Alex Lee Leadership Series, please contact Clem Geitner at Clement.Geitner@lr.edu.

Share
Posted by LRUNews under LRU News | No Comments

horizontal line

Student Performer to be Featured at LRU Concert Band Spring Performance

Thu Apr 10 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Celebrating its ninetieth-second season of bands at Lenoir-Rhyne, the 2013-14 Concert Band will perform on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

A rarely-performed concert suite, “Dwellers of the Western World,” by John Philip Sousa is set for this year’s program, which will also include, Elliot Del Borgo’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” John Zdechlik’s “Chorale and Shaker Dance,” and Franz von Suppé’s “Overture to Das Pensionat”.

The concert’s featured performer will be senior bassoonist, Hannah Stirewalt, from Nashville, Tennessee, performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat Major,” arranged by LR composer Luke Benton. Hannah will graduate in May with a double major in Music and International Relations and a minor in Economics.

“I am extremely excited to be able to share all of my hard work and dedication with the community,” Stirewalt said. “Mozart belongs to the classical period of music, an era that I believe has lost popularity especially with recent generations.

“The concerto is actually extremely interesting to the active listener. I have studied every nuance in the piece and I hope to bring them out to the audience.”

Stirewalt is part of a fifty-six member ensemble, comprised of LR students, community musicians from the Unifour area, and three exceptional high school students from Catawba County Schools, Caldwell County Schools and Burke County Schools.

For more information on the LRU Concert Band, visit their website at http://mus.lr.edu/concert_band_performance.

 

Share
Posted by LRUNews under LRU News | No Comments

horizontal line

Framers and Painters: Christian Theology among Academic Disciplines

Thu Apr 10 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Institute for Faith and Learning will welcome Dr. Telford Work to campus on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Belk Centrum. This event is free and open to the public.

Christian institutions of learning face an unusual question: Among the academic disciplines, should theology mind its own business and leave other disciplines alone, interfere with their work as the guardian of orthodoxy, or monopolize learning because of its expansive domain of inquiry? This presentation argues instead that other academic disciplines are uniquely equipped to be ‘painters’ of their own domains, whereas Christian theology’s topic of the Kingdom of God gives it a unique role as a ‘framer’. Our disciplines complement, inform, and are accountable to one another in an indispensable partnership.

Dr. Work is a professor of theology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Author of three books and dozens of scholarly and popular articles, he received the Christianity Today Book Award for his 2007 book, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: Living Through the Lord’s Prayer. A self-professed Pentecostal, Dr. Work’s interests range from evangelicals to icons, ecumenical dialogue, and especially Scripture. One of his current works in progress is on The Bible for Evangelical Renewal.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich “A culture of the intellect” that is theologically based. The Institute’s programs are directed at Christians of all traditions.

For more information on the Institute for Faith and Learning Series, contact Dr. David Ratke at 828-328-7183 or Dr. Jonathan Schwiebert at 828-328-7184.

Share
Posted by LRUNews under LRU News | No Comments

horizontal line

Open House to discuss new 3+2 Physician Assistant Program at LRU

Mon Apr 7 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — An open house session detailing Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new 3+2 Physician Assistant Program will be held this Saturday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Bears’ Lair Atriu

High-school students are encouraged to attend the open house, highlighting the unique program, which allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in just five years.

As a provisionally accepted undergraduate in the BSMS program, students are guaranteed a spot in the LRU PA program, provided completion of all progression requirements while earning a bachelor degree.

The mission of LRU’s Physician Assistant Studies program is to educate primary care physician assistants; students originating from a diversity of faith, geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, educationally and clinically preparing them to become compassionate professionals providing quality healthcare from a holistic standpoint to populations in diverse geographic locations, and for the medically underserved in local, national, and international settings.

Lenoir-Rhyne University has applied for provisional accreditation—which is the status for a new physician assistant program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

Share
Posted by LRUNews under LRU News | No Comments

horizontal line

LRU Youth Chorus to Present 18th Annual Spring Concert

Thu Apr 3 2014

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Youth Chorus will present their 18th Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 13, at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Hickory. This concert is open to the public, and there is a suggested minimum donation of five dollars.

This year’s concert will feature works by such German and Austrian composers as Bach, Brahms, and Mozart, sung in German or Latin. Several familiar spiritual and gospel songs are also a feature of this year’s spring program, including “I’m Going to Sing When the Spirit Says Sing”,  “This Train is Bound for Glory”, and “This Is The Day”.

The youth chorus, which began in 1997 has served hundreds of youth in our area over the past years, many of whom have gone on to careers in music. Today, the organization is comprised of three choirs and over 100 singers between the ages of seven and eighteen. Forty-five of the advanced chorus singers will be touring Germany and Austria in July.

The beginning choir, Minnesingers will also be singing this spring at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem for their spring fling. The Meistersingers advanced chorus has sung in various venues this year, including Lutheran Chapel Church in Gastonia, Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newton, and Davidson Presbyterian Church in Davidson. In past years, the choir has sung with the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir, and with other children’s choirs throughout the southeast. The choir has also sung in Carnegie Hall, at the Sing A Mile High Festival in Denver, CO, and was the featured choir at Canterbury Cathedral and St. George’s Chapel in England for Evensong services.

The youth choir is open to both girls and boys by audition, and rehearses weekly at Lenoir-Rhyne University under the direction of Professor Florence Jowers, accompanied by Freda Herrell. Auditions are being scheduled now for the fall season. Please visit mus.lr.edu/lryc or call 828.328.7195 for more info.

Share
Posted by LRUNews under LRU News | No Comments

horizontal line

Alex Lee Leadership Series Presents Kathryn Greathouse

Thu Apr 3 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — As part of the 2014 Alex Lee Leadership Series, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Business Council and the Alex Lee Foundation will present Ms. Kathryn Greathouse, co-executive director United Arts Council of Catawba County on Wednesday, April 9. Greathouse will present on the topic of leadership in the non-profit world on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University in the McCrorie Center, Fintel classroom at 6 p.m.

Greathouse has been the co-executive director of the United Arts Council of Catawba County since 2003, and was the previous executive director between 1989 and 1996. The Arts Council is a fundraising and sub granting council with an established United Arts Fund campaign.

Currently Greathouse also serves on the Board of Directors of the Unifour Foundation, Board of Directors of Outright Youth of Catawba Valley, and is a member of the Hickory Rotary Club.

The remaining speakers in the Alex Lee Leadership Series include: Col Lee Ellis, Author of Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, speaking April 23 on Leadership When Called.

For more information on the Alex Lee Leadership Series, please contact Clem Geitner at Clement.Geitner@lr.edu.

 

Share
Posted by LRUNews under LRU News | No Comments

horizontal line

Open House to discuss new 3+2 Physician Assistant Program at LRU

Wed Mar 26 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — An open house session detailing Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new 3+2 Physician Assistant Program will be held this Saturday, March 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Bears’ Lair Atrium.

High-school students are encouraged to attend the open house, highlighting the unique program, which allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in just five years.

As a provisionally accepted undergraduate in the BSMS program, students are guaranteed a spot in the LRU PA program, provided completion of all progression requirements while earning a bachelor degree.

The mission of LRU’s Physician Assistant Studies program is to educate primary care physician assistants; students originating from a diversity of faith, geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, educationally and clinically preparing them to become compassionate professionals providing quality healthcare from a holistic standpoint to populations in diverse geographic locations, and for the medically underserved in local, national, and international settings.

Lenoir-Rhyne University has applied for provisional accreditation—which is the status for a new physician assistant program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

Share
Posted by LRUNews under LRU News | No Comments

horizontal line

LRU partners with City of Hickory to present annual spring football game

Thu Mar 20 2014

Hickory N.C. – For the first time since ending a record setting 2013 season, the Lenoir-Rhyne University football team will take the field at Moretz Stadium, for their annual spring game on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The game is free and open to the public.

The City of Hickory is partnering with LRU to welcome the community to the game by providing the first 150 guests through the gates with free t-shirts.

LRU’s football team finished last season ranked (13-2) a strong enough record to place them second in the NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll of the year. Thousands of faithful Bear’s fans followed the team to Florence, Alabama last December to watch the Bear’s make history as they played in a national title game for the first time in over fifty years. The Bears lost to Northwest Missouri State 42-28.

During the Bear’s 2013 football season the team also won its third straight South Atlantic Conference Championship, while setting a school record for wins in a single season, and an all-time NCAA record for rushing yards in a single season with 5,563.

Four players from last season’s team were placed on Don Hansen All-American Teams. Isaiah Whitaker of Salisbury, N.C. earned first-team honors, Jimmy Long of Battlefield, V.A., and Michael Green of Kingsland, G.A. earned second-team honors, and Blake Baker of Bethlehem, N.C. earned third-team honors. Tanner Botts of Lawrenceville, G.A. and Zach Neumann of Mechanicsville, M.D., were chosen as honorable mention All-Americans.

In January LRU named Ian Shields as its new head football coach. Shields is the 20th head coach in school history, and comes to LR after spending the past five seasons as offensive coordinator at Army (2009-13). In addition, Shields assumed the role as Associate Head Coach at Army just prior to the 2013 season.

Share
Posted by LRUNews under LRU News | No Comments

horizontal line

Next Page »

© 2012 Lenoir-Rhyne University