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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 Thursday, 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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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Opening of LRU’s Columbia Graduate Center

Fri Aug 8 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, S.C. will hold its Grand Opening on August 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by a tour of the center and catered reception. Public attendance is welcome and encouraged!

The center shares a space with the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, which was founded 184 years ago and merged with LRU in 2012. It will be housed in the garden level of Beam Hall, where the Grand Opening celebration will take place.

With the opening of the center, two of the Columbia region’s premier master’s programs will be launched, including – Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Human Services. Heading those programs will be Dr. Matthew Bonner and Dr. LouAnn Woolman respectively.

About the Counseling Program:

The CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs) accredited master’s 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 an online program, 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 Master of Arts in Human Services degree will prepare students to sit for the Human Services – Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) credentialing examination.

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LR Asheville Celebrates Continued Growth of Graduate Center

Wed Aug 6 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville is continuing to grow as three new faculty members join the campus community, bringing an array of knowledge to their respected programs.

On Tuesday, August 12 the public is invited to LR’s Asheville campus to help celebrate the new hires – Dr. Myra Martin-Adkins, Dr. Adam Powell, and Dr. Kimberly Price, with a Welcome Networking Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each new faculty member will be joining various programs within the graduate center, bringing their expertise to the following areas of study.

Master of Arts in Counseling

A new Counseling faculty member, Dr. Myra Martin-Adkins, joined Lenoir-Rhyne University this summer.

Myra Martin-Adkins, Ph.D., is LR’s new Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Martin-Adkins is passionate about teaching and student development. Prior to joining the LR faculty, Martin-Adkins worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech.

Martin-Adkins’ research is informed by her experiences living in multiple communities and focuses on the importance of building effective relationships across cultural differences by expanding the way we think about identity and culture.

An active member of the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision and the American Counseling Association, Martin-Adkins looks forward to continuing direct work with clients. She has clinical experience working with college students, adolescents, and adults with a range of presenting concerns from relational and adjustment difficulties to acute mental health diagnoses. Her experience supervising counselors-in-training spans specialty areas, having worked with students in both Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling settings.

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

LR is also adding depth to its religion program by bringing Dr. Adam Powell on board to serve as Director of the Master of Arts in Religious Studies, teaching courses such as “Theory and Method in the Study of Religion,” “American Religious Diversity,” and “Sacred Texts.”

Powell earned his doctorate in Durham, UK in the Study of Religion. His research focused on how persecution affected the doctrinal development of early Christians and early Mormons. He also studies the life and work of the sociologist Hans Mol and the relationship between globalization, religious pluralism, and social conflict. Two books on Hans Mol are forthcoming: “Hans Mol: Unpublished Papers” and “Religion as Process.”

Powell is originally from Douglasville, Ga. He has also lived in Alabama, Texas and North Carolina. He now lives in Asheville with his wife and son.

Master of Arts in Public Health

Kimberly Price, PhD, is a Certified Health Education Specialist with more than 15 years of experience in health promotion and community health. She has devoted her career to reducing health disparities for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

Price earned her master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City and her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, where her research focused on understanding how social and spiritual connections influence health behaviors.

She has coordinated health education programs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, New Jersey’s War Related Illness and Injury Center, as well as other projects with non-profit agencies in urban communities.

Price is leaving the Greater Cincinnati area to teach courses for Lenoir-Rhyne’s public health program. Her core message to her Public Health students: “Change is possible, one step at a time.”

To RSVP for the Welcome Networking Lunch on Tuesday, August 12, visit:

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Great Books sessions bring fun and fellowship to LRU

Mon Aug 4 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal will host a series of Great Books sessions based upon two exciting reads – Rebecca Skloot’s, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and The Inferno by Dante. Sessions run on Tuesdays, every two weeks, beginning September 2 through October 14, and October 28 through December 9.

Great Books sessions are informal, relaxed meetings designed to bring community members together for fellowship and facilitated discussion. There are no tests, quizzes, or papers.

Skloot, whose book will be the center focus during the first Great Books session, will also be speaking at LRU on October 23 as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Read about “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” at

For the second session, participants will read a true classic of the Western World – Dante’s, Inferno. For an overview of Dante’s poem visit,

Great Books Community Sessions, Fall 2014

(Non-degree seeking participants)

Tuesdays – every two weeks from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Session I: 9/2, 9/16, /9/30, 10/14

Session II: 10/28, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9

Place: LRU Cromer Center Fireside Room

Cost: Session I – $75; Session II – $75; Both Sessions – $140

Facilitators: Rand Brandes; Sally Fanjoy

To register for one or both of the sessions, please visit: For more information contact Dr. Rand Brandes at or 328-7077.

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