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LRU OT graduates participate in workshop

Tue Sep 2 2014

The School of Occupational Therapy at Lenoir-Rhyne University recently hosted a two-day workshop to help prepare recent OT graduates for the national OT certification exam. Course participants learn to critically analyze test questions, develop efficient and effective study plans, assess individual strengths and weaknesses through exam expectations, and demonstrate improved critical reasoning skills and confidence for the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy exam.
Photo caption – Front row, left to right: Rachel Chapman, Amy Haughwout, Megan Presley, Amber Huffman
Back Row: Iris Boney, Anthony Sully, Daniel Smith, Derrick Brawley, Betsy Krigbaum, Jessica Aron, Ashley White
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LRU professor’s book brings faith perspective to mental health

Mon Sep 1 2014

HICKORY, NC –Dr. David Ludwig, professor emeritus in the Lenoir-Rhyne University psychology department, uses a creative blending of his two background disciplines – theology and psychology in his most recently published book, “Christian Concepts for Care: Understanding and Helping People with Mental Health Issues.”

Ludwig is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, an ordained Lutheran minister, and associate pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory. His latest book provides an innovative approach to the understanding and dealing with mental and emotional problems from a faith-perspective.

Ludwig describes the book as one that shows the positive effect of a person’s faith, especially lived within the context of a healthy faith community, on mental health. According to Ludwig, belief in the loving presence of God provides real healing to the anxious, depressed mind by strengthening the person’s spirit, and healing past damage to spiritual DNA.

Central to Dr. Ludwig’s thinking is a deep understanding of the organizing spiritual force to life. His  popular books and videos offer practical application to developing healthier personal and family relationships, including the insightful concepts of: “Painters and Pointers,” “Freeze-dried Mood Particles,” and “Parenting as a WE.”

Dr. Ludwig and his wife, Kathy, have traveled extensively, giving presentations on family relationships. This message of the healing “power of WE” has been shared with congregations and audiences in the United States and throughout the world. Dr. Ludwig has developed the Power of WE Center at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Ludwig’s new book is now available through Amazon and on a kindle reader.

For more information, visit Ludwig’s web site at:

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LRU’s Visiting Writers Series kicks off season with author, George Saunders

Fri Aug 29 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will kick off the 2014-15 season as it presents George Saunders, on Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium.

George Saunders is best-known for his short story collections, which include Pastoralia, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, In Persuasion Nation, and most recently, Tenth of December. Both Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline are recognized as New York Times Most Notable Books.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award. Saunders’ work has appeared in anthologies such as Best American Short Story, Best Science Fiction, and Best Non-Required Reading, among others. Entertainment Weekly named Saunders one of the top 100 most creative people in entertainment. In 2006, Saunders was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and was selected as a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow. In support of his work, he has appeared on talk shows such as The Charlie Rose Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Colbert Report. Saunders currently teaches creative writing at Syracuse University.

This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

Sponsors of the 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series include: Crowne Plaza–Hickory, WFAE 90.7fm, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

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LRU’s Institute for Faith and Learning offers free class to public

Wed Aug 27 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Institute for Faith and Learning is sponsoring weekly “Christianity and Other Religions” classes, beginning next Monday, September 1 in Newton Hall at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.

Dr. David Ratke, Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at LRU will lead class sessions, which are free and open for public attendance. No sign up or registration is necessary. All sessions run from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday each week (except for October 20) through December 8.

“Christianity and Other Religions” will explore ways in which Christians might relate to and interact with adherents of other religions in an age of misunderstanding and conflict. What can Christians learn from other religions about God, the world, humans, and discipleship? What does it mean to love our neighbor when they are of a different faith tradition? What does it mean to do God’s will with those who understand and know God differently? These are the types of questions that will be considered in this class.

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. This institute’s programs are directed at Christians of all traditions.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Ratke at or 828-328-7183.

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Freshman eager to start a new chapter – LRU’s move-in day draws hundreds to campus

Tue Aug 26 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – On a hot and sunny Friday, hundreds of new students along with their families and friends converged on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University for move-in day.

Many arrived prior to 8 a.m. in an effort to beat the heat, creating a buzz on campus that signified the beginning of a new academic year. “I’m both excited and nervous,” said Jordan Cochran, a freshman from Martinsville, Virginia moving in to Morgan Residence Hall. “I brought my mom, brother, and my dad is on the way.”

For Cochran’s mother Nancy, watching her youngest child unpack her belongings in what will be her new home for the next four years was a bittersweet moment. “She’s the baby,” Nancy said. “We’ve had a child in the house since 1976. Our oldest is 38 and youngest is 18.”

While Nancy is from Hickory, she says that’s not the reason her daughter decided to attend LRU. “LR was the first school to contact her,” she said. “It was in the 10th grade after she had taken the PSAT’s, and she’s had an interest ever since.”

Members of LRU’s Honors Academy like Taylor Snowden, from Brevard, N.C. arrived on campus early to review activities they participated in throughout the summer. “We went on a retreat in Black Mountain, and read a book over the summer,” said Snowden as students peered in her room to catch a glimpse of what their finished product would look like. “We came on Wednesday to go ahead and follow up on what went on this summer.”

In Isenhour Residence Hall, Matt Sullivan stood with his parents, admiring their hard morning’s work. One single item sat on the shelf above his bed – a baseball glove. Sullivan, from Bristol, V.A. came to Lenoir-Rhyne on a baseball scholarship. While the pitcher had several other scholarship offers he decided on LR after coming to Hickory for an official visit.

“I just liked this campus the best,” Sullivan said. “The coaches are pretty awesome too.”

Move-in day is held in conjunction with LRU’s freshman orientation known as, “The Rising.” Once unpacked, students gathered with their orientation leaders who helped introduce them to campus. After a Welcome Celebration in PE Monroe students and parents, many with tears in their eyes, parted ways.

“I’m most looking forward to being away from home and getting to experience a new place,” Sullivan said.

LRU will kick of its 2014-15 academic year with a 17 percent growth in overall enrollment. First year student enrollment is up 16 percent, and transfers showed a 21 percentgrowth from last year.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony marks official opening of LRU’s Columbia graduate center

Fri Aug 22 2014

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, S.C. held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 21. The ceremony recognized the opening of LRU’s newest graduate center which shares a space with the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. The opening of the center launched two of the Columbia region’s premier master’s programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Human Services.
Photo caption: LRU President, Dr. Wayne B. Powell cuts the ribbon on LRU’s new Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia as University Provost, Dr. Larry M. Hall (left), and Dr. Amy Wood, Dean of Graduate Studies and Lifelong Learning applaud the accomplishment.
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Enrollment numbers up as students are welcomed to campus

Thu Aug 21 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – As the 2014-15 academic year kicks off next week at Lenoir-Rhyne University, the campus community and city of Hickory look forward to welcoming new and returning members of the LR student body.

LRU will set an enrollment record for the sixth year in a row with 2,130 students, a 17 percent growth from the year prior. A freshman class of 365 students, representing 17 states and 8 countries is anticipated on campus, a 16 percent growth from last year. Transfer students are up 21 percent from last year with a total of 125.

“Through the level of success our students have achieved in and outside the classroom, LR has become more widely recognized, and more highly sought after by college bound students and families,” said Rachel Nichols, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “The addition of Grace Chapel, renovations to Morgan Hall, renovated athletic facilities, and an anticipated 70,000 square foot science complex, are all draws for students in and outside the region.”

A record number of 37 international students representing 18 different countries will be on campus this year, including one at the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. Eight of the 37 students will be exchange students with the remainder enrolled as degree seeking students.

Graduate programs in Hickory and Asheville also saw enrollment growth with a 21 and 18 percent increase respectively. Three new fully online graduate programs: Master of Science in Online Teaching & Instructional Design, the Master of Arts in Leadership, and the Master of Arts in Human Services all presented new options for students looking to further their education.

Director of Admissions at LRU, Beth Warrick says working to leverage financial aid models has also helped enrollment numbers grow as students are presented with more cost-effective tuition options. “We engaged in an extensive study of discounting practices in efforts to provide an accessible educational experience to families in Western North Carolina,” she said. “We saw considerable success in this enhanced model.”

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View Stars, Planets and the Moon at LRU

Wed Aug 20 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University in conjunction with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club will resume “Public Observing Night,” on Friday, August 29 in the LR Observatory on top of Minges Science Building. This free event will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will conclude approximately 11:00 p.m.

The public is invited to come to the top of Minges Science Building where several telescopes will be set up in addition to the 12.5 inch Cassegrain telescope in the observatory dome. To access the rooftop observatory, enter the building then take the elevator to the 4th floor and come up the steps.

During this viewing, participants will be able to see a waxing crescent moon, Mars, the red planet, and Saturn and its rings. If you come early you may catch a glimpse of Mercury. If visibility is clear, participants may also be able to see several impressive star clusters.

Telescope views will be streamed live to room Minges 107 to be viewed on a large screen. Should weather not permit observing, an alternate program will be offered in room Minges 118 for those interested.

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Visiting Writers Series returns to LRU for its 26th season

Fri Aug 15 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Returning for its 26th season, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will begin the 2014-15 season on Thursday, September 4. For nearly three decades, the series has brought world-renowned authors to members of the LRU campus and the citizens of Hickory, NC.

Known for his short story collections, George Saunders will kick off the season, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium. Also a creative writing professor at Syracuse University, Saunders’ story collections include, Pastoralia, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, In Persuasion Nation, and most recently Tenth of December. Saunders has appeared on talk shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, has been published in Best American Short Story and named one of the top 100 most creative people by Entertainment Weekly.

The series continues with the following writers:

Joshua Bennett, on Friday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in PE Monroe

Bennett has performed his poetry at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening for Poetry and Music at the White House. He has also performed with Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Rita Dove.

Rebecca Skloot, on October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium

The Hickory Public Library will co-sponsor this event. Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has remained on the New York Times bestseller list for four years. More than 60 critics called her book one of the best of 2010; just a few of these critics include USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, NPR and People Magazine.

Colum McCann, on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium

Irish Fiction writer McCann, has published six novels and two collections of short stories. His novel, Let the Great World Spin, received national and world-wide acclaim, earning him the National Book Award for the novel. In 2010 and 2011, the novel was awarded the Best Foreign Novel Award in China and the International Impac Award. Let the Great World Spin was a best-seller on four continents. His most recent novel is Transatlantic published in 2013.

Jesmyn Ward, on Monday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Centrum

Ward published her first novel, Where the Line Bleeds, in 2011. For her second novel, Salvage the Bones, she received the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award. Her most recent book, published in 2013, is a memoir titled Men We Reaped. 

Katherine Howe, on Thursday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Centrum

Howe will be Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Spring 2015 Visiting Writer-in-Residence. A New York Times bestselling author, she has published two novels, with her third novel, Conversion debuting this year. Her first novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane shifts between contemporary times and the Salem Witch Trials. USA Today describes the book as “mesmerizing.”  Her second novel, The House of Velvet and Glass has received much acclaim.

Paul Muldoon, on Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Centrum

Muldoon was born in 1951 in Northern Ireland.  Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is a professor at Princeton University and Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts.  Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, and since 2007 he has served as poetry editor of The New Yorker.

Nadia Bolz-Weber, on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium

Bolz-Weber is the founding Lutheran pastor at the House for all Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. The mission congregation is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Bolz-Weber is also author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television. She has also written a memoir titled Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint. She writes for Christian publications such as Christian Century and Sojourners. 

Joyce Hostetter, on Saturday, April 18 at 12 p.m., PE Monroe Auditorium

This year’s Little Read author, Joyce Hostetter is most famous for her novel Blue, which tells the story of Hickory’s 1944 polio epidemic. A sequel to the book titled, Comfort was released in 2009. The Little Read is an event for young people and the community.

Sponsors of the 2013-2014 Series include: Crowne Plaza–Hickory, WFAE 90.7fm, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

All events are open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

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Accreditation Reaffirmed for LRU’s Charles M. Snipes School of Business

Tue Aug 12 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – At the recent 26th Annual ACBSP Conference in Chicago, IL, the Charles M. Snipes School of Business at Lenoir-Rhyne University was recognized as a business program that had earned reaffirmation of accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs.

Originally receiving ACBSP Accreditation in 2002, the Charles M. Snipes School of Business will now be accredited for the next ten years. To complete the reaffirmation process site visits occurred in the fall of 2012 and fall of 2013, and an extensive self-study was completed.

“The Reaffirmation of our ACBSP Accreditation confirms what has been offered by Lenoir-Rhyne since 1901, when the ten-year old college began offering business programs because the local business community needed well-prepared managers, accountants, financiers, and marketers,” said Dr. A. Dale King, Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Business at LRU. “We are both professionally and academically qualified with faculty who serve as consultants and accountants in the business community.”

The certificate was accepted by Dr. David Jones, Assistant Professor of Business and MBA Coordinator at LRU, and was awarded to Dr. J. Wayne King, Professor Emeritus and ACBSP Member Emeritus, and Dr. A. Dale King.

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