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View Stars, Planets and the Moon at LRU

Tue Sep 23 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University in conjunction with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club is sponsoring a Public Observing Night this Friday, September 26 in the LR Observatory. This free event will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will conclude at approximately 10:00 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 take the stairs to the roof.

During this viewing, participants will be able to see a waxing 2-day old crescent moon, Mars, the red planet, and Saturn and its rings. If you come early you may catch a glimpse of Mercury. Saturn and Mars will be setting around 10:00 pm. If visibility is clear, participants may also be able to see several impressive star clusters. The views of the telescope will be visible on television monitors outside the elevator and the observatory. Telescope views will also be streamed live to Classroom Minges 107 to be viewed on a large screen. Should weather not permit observing, an alternate program will be offered in Classroom Minges 118 for those interested.

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LRU student receives Broyhill Family Foundation Scholarship

Tue Sep 23 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Stefan Ashby, a junior at Lenoir-Rhyne University, was selected to receive a Broyhill Family Foundation Scholarship in an amount just over $2,200 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ashby is majoring in Physics & Engineering and is from Oak Ridge, N.C.

The Independent College Fund of North Carolina (ICFNC), the fundraising division of North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU), distributed $20,000 in scholarships that were made possible by The Broyhill Family Foundation. Scholarship aid was divided evenly among nine independent colleges and universities in North Carolina. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the students’ academic achievement and financial need.

“Early in our history, J.E. Broyhill and his son Paul, our founders, recognized the tremendous value that small, independent colleges provided to young people and subsequently to society-at-large,” said Sheila Triplett-Brady, Executive Director of the Broyhill Family Foundation. “Those schools still carry the tradition of providing quality education underscored by strong, American values. We are pleased to continue the tradition of support through the Independent College Fund.”

About the Broyhill Family Foundation

The Broyhill Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Lenoir, N.C. The Foundation was founded by the J.E. Broyhill family in August of 1946, at first to offer financially-limited students a chance to go to college. Through the years the foundation has continued to support higher education, the arts, medical research, and community development. The Foundation has supported North Carolina’s independent institutions for 45 years and has contributed over $654,000.

About The Independent College Fund of North Carolina

The Independent College Fund of North Carolina was founded in 1953 to provide North Carolina businesses an opportunity to support the state’s private colleges and universities. Since its founding, the Independent College Fund has exemplified business and education in partnership by helping thousands of students to prepare for careers in business, the professions, and public service. The Fund has raised nearly $80 million for the benefit of its member colleges and universities and their students. The Independent College Fund of North Carolina is the fundraising division of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that represents North Carolina’s 36 private colleges and universities. For more information about the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, visit

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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:

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:

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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 –, 828-328-7360
  • Ms. Meg Spivey –, 828-328-7431
  • Mr. Andy Anderson –, 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:

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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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