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Lenoir-Rhyne University selected as 2014-15 College of Distinction

Tue Jul 22 2014

HICKORY, NC – After a recent announcement of the 15th annual Colleges of Distinction list, Lenoir-Rhyne University is proud to announce its selection as a 2014-15 College of Distinction.

Selection was based on LRU’s ability to provide an innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education, while maintaining a strong record of preparing its graduates for real-world success.

Employers and grad schools highly value the preparation offered by schools listed as a College of Distinction, all of which have a long track record of successful graduates.

Recognition was given to schools that exemplified the College of Distinction’s core values: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

To learn more visit www.collegesofdistinction.com

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Summer Movie Fest concludes this Friday at LRU

Mon Jul 21 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Co-sponsored by the city of Hickory, Lenoir-Rhyne University will present the final film in its Summer Movie Fest with a showing of “Monster’s U” this Friday, July 25.

This event is free, open to the public, and will begin no earlier than 8:30 p.m. depending on time of sunset. The movie will be shown in a grassy area behind the Mauney-Shaeffer building on campus. Please bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and relax outside while watching a movie with the whole family!

In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in Belk Centrum on the LR campus. Check lr.edu, the LR Facebook page, and the LR Twitter page for weather updates.

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Five million dollars to go – LR enters final stretch on science building fundraising

Tue Jul 15 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University has raised more than 90 percent of the $65 million dollar goal needed for The University Rising Campaign, and the school intends to reach its goal by the end of this calendar year, according to LR’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Drew Van Horn. The major push for the remainder of the campaign will be to secure the resources needed for the University’s Science Complex.

The first phase of the Minges Science Complex is to construct a new 35,000 square foot wing. After completion of the new wing, which will double the size of the science facility, the existing 35,000-square-foot facility will be completely renovated. When complete the building will house state-of-the-art labs and classroom spaces in disciplines ranging from physics optics to biochemistry and microbiology.

The university’s fundraising efforts have been very successful this fiscal year and LR has reached the $60 million mark. The Science project’s next phase will occur this fall when the final drawings for the science building begin. After the final drawings have been completed and approved, the bidding process can begin. University officials hope to hold the groundbreaking for the science wing addition in 2015.

“We are very appreciative of how our alumni in Hickory and the Unifour community have supported Lenoir-Rhyne’s efforts,” Van Horn said. “We anticipate that these efforts will continue as we work diligently with our local volunteers to reach our final goal.”

With the school’s newest building, Grace Chapel, nearing the end of construction its fundraising focus has shifted to the new science facility and the hope is that the remainder of gifts given this calendar year will go to fund the Minges project.

“This is our top priority,” said Campaign Chair Jerome Bolick. “We intend to raise the final $5 million needed for this project by the end of this year with the continued generosity and support of the Lenoir-Rhyne community. This science facility will prove a vital asset to LR’s students.”

Community leaders agree Lenoir-Rhyne’s 70,000-square-foot science facility will also be a boon for the Hickory region.

“We are proud of Lenoir-Rhyne’s accomplishments because Hickory is a college town—it is absolutely a wonderful thing for us,” said Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright. “I am very proud of this science center and I think it’s going to be another boost for Hickory.”

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Summer Movie Fest continues this Friday at LRU

Mon Jul 14 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Co-sponsored by the city of Hickory, Lenoir-Rhyne University will continue its Summer Movie Fest with a showing of “Frozen” this Friday, July 18.

This event is free, open to the public, and will begin no earlier than 8:30 p.m. depending on time of sunset. The movie will be shown in a grassy area behind the Mauney-Shaeffer building on campus. Please bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and relax outside while watching a movie with the whole family!

The Summer Movie Fest will conclude on Friday, July 25 with a showing of, “Monsters U”.

In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in Belk Centrum on the LR campus. Check lr.edu, the LR Facebook page, and the LR Twitter page for weather updates.

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Carolina Suzuki PianoFest returning to LRU

Fri Jul 11 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Suzuki Kids in Koncert at Lenoir-Rhyne University will be sponsoring the second annual Carolina Suzuki PianoFest beginning, Saturday, July 26 through Thursday, July 31 on the campus of LRU.

Approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Carolina Suzuki PianoFest is one of only a handful of all-piano institutes in North America and provides a fun filled week of intense instruction and opportunities for students, parents and teachers.

During the PianoFest, local students as well as students from surrounding areas, will participate in daily Master Classes where they will receive one-on-one instruction. Repertoire classes will meet in a piano lab setting so that piano students enjoy the experience of making music with others. Enrichment classes are also a part of the institute experience and participants will enjoy a “Boom Boom Crash Course for Percussion,” led by local instructor, Rick Cline. Students will also enjoy a daily “Mouth Music” class where local instructor Irene Craig of the Suzuki Kids in Koncert faculty, and long-time choral music director, will work with students on singing and musical activities.

National SAA Teacher Trainer, Jane Reed will be a clinician at the institute, instructing teacher training classes for participants who desire to further their education as Suzuki teachers. Reed will also lead a parent forum each day and will teach master classes. Director of Suzuki Kids in Koncert at LRU and piano instructor, Jane Perry will also teach master classes. Irene Craig will teach repertoire classes as well as “Mouth Music” enrichment classes.

For further information contact Director of Kids in Koncert and Carolina Suzuki PianoFest, Jane Perry jbperrycon@charter.net.

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LR grad takes top honors in N.M. – Catherine Allen named Albuquerque Counselor of the Year

Thu Jul 10 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — When Catherine Allen realized she wanted to devote her life to working as a school counselor she came to Lenoir-Rhyne to make it happen. Now, after just three years in the profession, she’s been named Middle School Counselor of the Year in her Albuquerque, N.M. school district.

At the end of each year the Albuquerque public school counselors gather for an event to reflect on the year’s successes. At the end of the event they hold an award ceremony patterned after the Oscars. When Allen heard her name called as the winner of the Counselor of the Year award and saw that her husband was there cheering her on she couldn’t believe what was happening.

“I was stunned—I thought, ‘Really? This can’t be the truth,’” she said. She was trembling and her supervisor had to help her up the steps to receive her award.

After the school year came to a close Allen attended this summer’s American School Counselor Association’s conference where she presented on a pair of topics: “Parents and School Counselors Existing Together,” and “Collaboration and Common Core Standards.”

Allen has been working with Madison Middle School’s 750 students for two years. She works directly with middle school students on thinking about careers and college in one-on-one sessions, in small groups and in the classroom alongside teachers.

“It’s natural for students to want to talk about what they want to be when they grow up,” she said. “A lot of them think they’re going to be in the NBA or in the music business as a rapper, but just as many have realistic goals like physician, pharmacist, nuclear physicist, welder or auto mechanic.”

And no matter what career the students may be focused on, Allen is able to guide them in researching, planning and goal setting, which enhances their chances for success in any given field.

“This was the first year that my school had this position so I had a lot of opportunities to step up and create programs to engage students,” she said. “I worked with a team of counselors and we came up with a lot of programs and material for the students.”

Allen earned her master’s in counseling at Lenoir-Rhyne. She liked the small school atmosphere and the fact that rolling admissions meant she’d be able to get started right away. At LR she found herself learning from professors who had been school counselors themselves. They were able to bring their real world experience into the classroom and prepare Allen for the realities of the public school system she was about to enter.

The two lessons she learned at LR that have helped her achieve so much just three years into her career are:

  1. Be Persistent.
  2. Be Adaptable.
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LRU’s new Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia to hold virtual open houses

Wed Jul 9 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia will present two virtual open houses beginning this Friday, July 11 between noon and 1 p.m. The final virtual open house session will be offered Wednesday, July 23, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Open house sessions will highlight the center’s Counseling program and online Human Services program. Those seeking a professional degree and an opportunity to accelerate their career should attend.

Each virtual open house session will introduce enrollment counselors, the Dean of the Graduate School, and highlight various opportunities available to you at the Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia. Information about financial aid opportunities, degree programs, and campus housing will also be provided. Sessions are expected to last approximately one hour.

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About the Counseling Program

The CACREP accredited LRU Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling is designed to prepare individuals for positions as professional counselors in agencies within the community. The counseling program places primary emphasis on the development of strong clinical skills. Upon receiving the Master of Arts degree in counseling, students will meet course work requirements for eligibility to take the examination to become a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

About the Human Services Program:

The Master of Arts in Human Services program is structured to prepare students for professional practice through the creative application of knowledge, theory, and skills. The curriculum provides opportunities for a broad conceptual mastery of human services through an understanding of subject matter, bibliographic resources, theory, practice, and scholarly research. The intent of the curriculum is to develop within students the capacity to interpret, analyze, synthesize, and communicate knowledge, and to develop those skills needed to effectively practice and advance the human services profession. The MA in Human Services will prepare students to sit for the Human Services – Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) credentialing examination.

Go to Columbia.lr.edu to register. Contact Kohl Friery or Bria Rearden at 803-461-3296 for more information.

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Kids In College STEM camp provides students with unique learning opportunities

Thu Jul 3 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir Rhyne University recently hosted a Kids In College STEM Camp for middle school students. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills were creatively reinforced through teachers, LR Master of Arts in Teaching students and local engineers.

The camp was a mixture a daily brain challenges, group activities, presentations and fun. Students were presented project challenges by engineers from Corning Cable Systems, and were tasked with creating their own inventions based off life experiences and needs.

The camp concluded with groups of students introducing their products at the final “Bear Tank” presentation. Inventions included a solution for having the perfect backpack, wearable self-charging cell phone devices, new apps for homework and bullying prevention, hiking trail mix snack machines, hair products, and even a fashionable toilet seat cover.  The students showed tremendous creativity, skill, and talent as they met the challenges placed upon them during the camp.

To learn more about the camp visit: http://edu.lr.edu/kidsincollege.

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LRU’s Music Program hosts Summer Band Camp

Wed Jun 25 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Applications for Lenoir-Rhyne University Music Program’s Summer Youth Music Middle School Band Camp will continue being accepted through July 7.

The camp allows students to continue developing their skills, and provides an opportunity to keep active with music during the summer. The camp runs Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18 in the Mauney Music Building on LRU’s campus.  Camp instruction is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with supervised early drop-off in the morning, and afternoon recreational time until 5:30 p.m.

Haskew Smith, band director at Newton-Conover High School, will conduct the band camp this year.  The camp’s director is Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, professor of music at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Tuition for the camp is $175 for the week, and includes lunch and a camp shirt.

For more information, and for an application, please visit mus.lr.edu or contact Dr. Nigrelli at christopher.nigrelli@lr.edu.

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Family movie night at LRU

Tue Jun 24 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Co-sponsored by the city of Hickory, Lenoir-Rhyne University will continue its Summer Movie Fest with a showing of “Wall-E” this Friday, June 27.

This event is free, open to the public, and will begin no earlier than 8:30 p.m. depending on time of sunset. The movie will be shown in a grassy area behind the Mauney-Shaeffer building on campus. Please bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and relax outside while watching a movie with the whole family!

Showings continuing through the summer include:

July 18: “Frozen”

July 25: “Monsters U”

In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in Belk Centrum on the LR campus. Check lr.edu, the LR Facebook page, and the LR Twitter page for weather updates.

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