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LRU’s Institute for Faith and Learning Announces 2014-15 Speaker Series

Fri Sep 19 2014

HICKORY, N.C. Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Institute for Faith and Learning will begin its 2014-15 Speaker Series next month, bringing prestigious guests to LRU campuses and their surrounding areas in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia.

Lee C. Camp will kick off the series on Thursday, October 9 at 7 pm in Grace Chapel on LRU’s Hickory campus. Dr. Camp is Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the well-known host and creator of the website Tokens, and most recently the author of Who Is My Enemy?: Questions American Christians Must Face about Islam – and Themselves.

The topic of Professor Camp’s presentation is “Why ‘Why’ Matters: And ‘Ethics’ Often Doesn’t.” Camp references writer, activist and monk Thomas Merton who once opined that in striving to climb the ladder of success, we may get to the top only to realize that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. In the last two decades, the “ethicists” generally have been catching up with Merton’s insight: they’ve wanted to talk about right and wrong without talking about why or where we are headed or the purpose of our lives. In “Why ‘Why’ Matters,” Camp explores developments in the discipline of ethics which grapple with these provocative questions. He also examines why failing to ask why leads to dissatisfaction, lethargy, and irrationality; and why asking why engenders creativity and the possibility of good work, which facilitates a good life and a good community and not merely climbing any old ladder leaned up against any old wall.

The speaker series will continue with the following speakers:

Miguel De La Torre – Thursday, November 6 at 7 pm, Grace Chapel, Hickory.

Dr. De La Torre is Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. His teachings explore how religion affects race, class, gender, and sexual oppression. De La Torre has written over twenty-eight books, including the award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins.

Rolf Jacobson – Thursday, February 5 at 7 pm, Grace Chapel, Hickory &

Friday, February 6 at 1 pm, Christ Chapel, Columbia.

Dr. Jacobson’s signature combination of humor, enthusiasm and biblical scholarship have made him an in-demand speaker and author. A professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, his popular credits include Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms, and Crazy Book: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Biblical Terms. His preaching podcasts are available on “Sermon Brainwave.”

Nadia Bolz-Weber – Thursday, March 5 at 7 pm, P.E. Monroe Auditorium, Hickory, in partnership with the Visiting Writers Series, & Friday, March 6 at 1 pm, Christ Chapel, Columbia.

Rev. Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. Her theological memoir, Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint is a New York Times bestseller. She has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, The Daily Beast and on CNN. Rev. Bolz-Weber blogs at: www.sarcasticlutheran.org.

Scott Bader-Saye – Wednesday, March 25 at 7 pm in the Chamber of Commerce Building (2nd Floor) on LRU’s Asheville campus; Thursday, March 26 at 1 pm, Christ Chapel, Columbia; Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm, Grace Chapel, Hickory.

Dr. Bader-Saye is a professor of Christian ethics and moral theology at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. His publications include Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear and Church, and his professional interests include politics, economics, sex, culture, and interfaith dialogue. Dr. Bader-Saye’s events are co-sponsored by The Philip N. Knutson Endowment.

All events of the Institute for Faith & Learning are free and open to the public. No ticket reservations are required.

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. Its programs are directed at Christians of all traditions.

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LRU College Republicans honor those lost in 9-11 tragedy

Tue Sep 16 2014

On September 11, 2014, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s College Republicans partnered up with Circle K, an on campus organization which contributes solely to community service projects, to honor the men and women who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Approximately 3,000 flags were displayed on the lawn in front of Grace Chapel in an effort to ensure the events of 9-11 are never forgotten, and to remind how Americans came together to overcome obstacles, push through the rubble, and unite as one.

Names of those pictured are as follows:
Front row, left to right - Jon Wold, McKenzie Benson, Kailey Hinds, Thinh Truong, Logan King
Back row, left to right - Greg Ream, Ryan Ramsey, Bryson Smith, Carter Woolly, Jordan Lawson, Scott Weyrich
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LRU’s Asheville campus opens Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative

Mon Sep 15 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, and The Thomas Wolfe Memorial will present the official opening of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative on Friday, October 3 at 6 p.m.

The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative, directed by Laura Hope-Gill, offers the M.A. in Writing and certificate programs pertaining to Narrative. Hope-Gill worked with the Estate of Thomas Wolfe, as well as the Memorial and the Thomas Wolfe Society, to develop a program embracing Wolfe’s practice of generating prodigious amounts of writing to plumb the depths of the human experience and self-discovery.

Hope-Gill says, “The program emphasizes the journey of the draft, the finding of a new voice, and the work of the man himself. Writers in the Thomas Wolfe M.A. Program break through the self-censorship and also the templates we carry in us for what a story, poem, or novel should look like. We find our own way, as Wolfe did.”

The launch of the program, which is free and open to all, will take place at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial at 52 N. Market Street in Asheville. The event includes a reading by David Madden, Andrea Clark, and Laura Hope-Gill of Wolfe’s short story, “Child by Tiger” and an opportunity to meet the program’s inaugural students. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about events at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801 call: 828-253-8304 or visit: http://www.lr.edu/graduate/ma-writing/program.

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LRU’s Visiting Writers Series presents spoken word poet, Joshua Bennett

Thu Sep 11 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will present award-winning spoken word poet, Joshua Bennett on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Belk Centrum.

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.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in English and Africana Studies. He was the recipient of a Marshall Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. The Marshall Fellowship allowed him to graduate from the University of Warwick, UK with a Masters in Theater and Performance Studies. With the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Bennett is pursuing a PhD in English at Princeton University.

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

Sponsors of the 2014-2015 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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Board of Trustees issues Matching Gift Challenge at LRU

Mon Sep 8 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Board of Trustees has issued a “Trustee Matching Gift Challenge” as the University Rising campaign enters its final year. The matching gift will be directed toward funding the new 35,000 square foot science wing addition to LR’s Minges Science Complex.

In May of 2014, the University surpassed $8 million toward the $15 million needed to fund the new wing addition. To show its continued commitment to the needed facility and to encourage the positive momentum to fund the facility, the Board of Trustees announced a $550,000 challenge grant for gifts to the Science Complex. Any gift/pledge made for the new facility after August 25, 2014 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Board of Trustees’ $550,000 challenge grant.

“A new science facility signals LRU’s commitment to innovative, faculty-student collaboration as the model of teaching and learning for this century,” said Drew Van Horn, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He added, “This bold and exciting decision makes the need to expand and renovate the Minges Science Building more important than ever. And the Board has made a clear statement with this challenge grant that it is fully behind the successful completion of our campaign.”

The “Trustee Matching Gift Challenge” is an exciting summons to make the future bright for not only LRU students but also for the citizens of Western North Carolina. The University will begin the final drawings for the facility during September with a goal of breaking ground for the new facility during the summer of 2015. For more information about the challenge, please contact:

  • Dr. Drew L. Van Horn – drew.vanhorn@lr.edu, 828-328-7360
  • Ms. Meg Spivey – meg.spivey@lr.edu, 828-328-7431
  • Mr. Andy Anderson – andy.anderson@lr.edu, 828-328-7167
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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: www.ThinkWeNotMe.com.

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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 ratked@lr.edu 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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