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LRU partners with City of Hickory to present annual spring football game

Thu Mar 20 2014

Hickory N.C. – For the first time since ending a record setting 2013 season, the Lenoir-Rhyne University football team will take the field at Moretz Stadium, for their annual spring game on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The game is free and open to the public.

The City of Hickory is partnering with LRU to welcome the community to the game by providing the first 150 guests through the gates with free t-shirts.

LRU’s football team finished last season ranked (13-2) a strong enough record to place them second in the NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll of the year. Thousands of faithful Bear’s fans followed the team to Florence, Alabama last December to watch the Bear’s make history as they played in a national title game for the first time in over fifty years. The Bears lost to Northwest Missouri State 42-28.

During the Bear’s 2013 football season the team also won its third straight South Atlantic Conference Championship, while setting a school record for wins in a single season, and an all-time NCAA record for rushing yards in a single season with 5,563.

Four players from last season’s team were placed on Don Hansen All-American Teams. Isaiah Whitaker of Salisbury, N.C. earned first-team honors, Jimmy Long of Battlefield, V.A., and Michael Green of Kingsland, G.A. earned second-team honors, and Blake Baker of Bethlehem, N.C. earned third-team honors. Tanner Botts of Lawrenceville, G.A. and Zach Neumann of Mechanicsville, M.D., were chosen as honorable mention All-Americans.

In January LRU named Ian Shields as its new head football coach. Shields is the 20th head coach in school history, and comes to LR after spending the past five seasons as offensive coordinator at Army (2009-13). In addition, Shields assumed the role as Associate Head Coach at Army just prior to the 2013 season.

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Physician assistant program coming to Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne works toward Accreditation of new Physician Assistant program

Thu Mar 20 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — America’s rapidly aging population is creating a looming doctor shortage. One answer to the coming challenge will be found in the form of medical professionals who can extend the physician’s reach—physician assistants.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is working to meet its community’s medical needs by creating the state’s newest physician assistant program.

LR’s plans to enroll its first 40 to 50 student s in its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program in the Summer of 2015, pending provisional accreditation—which is the status for a new physician assistant program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

If all goes according to plan LR will graduate its first round of P.A.s in August 2017.

Physician Assistants can do a lot. They conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery and prescribe medications. P.A.’s can also perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and makes rounds in hospitals and nursing homes.

“P.A.’s work closely with their supervising physician even though often times the medical doctor is not even in the same building and may be miles away.  We’re an extension of the medical doctor,” explained LR’s P.A. Program Director Dr. Helen Martin.

An average P.A. will treat about 3,500 patients annually while writing between 3,000 and 5,000 prescriptions. About a third of America’s P.A.’s work in primary care. Some 37 percent work in medically underserved counties.

The P.A. program will allow LR students to pursue a master’s degree, which will allow them to serve the medical needs of their communities in a promising career field. The Physician Assistant degree tops Forbes Magazine’s list of the best master’s degrees for jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median pay for PAs is $90,000 and the job’s growing by 38 percent a year—much faster than average jobs, which are growing by 11 percent a year.

LR’s P.A. program is accelerated, intensive, competitive and lasts 27 months.  The  year-round course of study is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree. Traditionally most P.A. students have a background in the sciences or health care fields.

A second option is the 3+2 program for incoming freshmen who want to graduate in five years with two degrees ready to become practicing physician assistants upon passing their certification test—a unique option in the region.

The P.A. students will spend their first year in the program in the classroom with focus on patient care theory, science and practice, combining class work, laboratory, and clinical study. In their second year they will be required to complete eight five-week clinical rotations in the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, psychiatry and an elective.

Although many Hickory-area facilities and doctors have signed on to aid in the process, more are needed.

“That’s our main focus right now,” Martin said. “We’re looking for more sites where our students can do their clinical rotations.”

LR’s P.A. graduates will take the Physician National Certification Examination (PANCE).  Those who successfully pass the PANCE will be licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician

“We are here to educate students to be good stewards and service professionals for their community and the world,” Martin said.

Martin came to Lenoir-Rhyne University after serving as the program director for Keiser University Graduate School’s P.A. program in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

“LR is a perfect fit for me—I’m here because this is a faith-based university,” she said. “What is a P.A. but a servant? We’re here to serve our patients and our community.”

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Mitchell Gold Named LRU Business Leader of the Year

Wed Mar 19 2014

Hickory N.C. – The Lenoir-Rhyne University Business Council will honor Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chairman of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, as Business Leader of the Year during an awards luncheon at the Lake Hickory Country Club on Monday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. This event is open to the public.

In October 2009, the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams company was honored with the Public Visibility Award at the first annual GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising. The company is also a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, on whose board Gold serves.

While many businesses were forced to drive down labor costs throughout the 1990’s, Gold and Williams invested in people through the development of an on-site, not-for-profit, education-based daycare center (the first in the residential furniture industry).  They also provide a trained corporate chef who manages a health-conscious gourmet café at the company’s headquarters, time-saving concierge services, annual health fairs for employees, an on-site nurse, and scholarships for children of employees.

The company, which started with the manufacturing of dining chairs, today provides upholstery, case goods, lighting, accessories, rugs, bed linens, and artwork. There are currently 20 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Stores in cities including New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, and Portland Oregon, as well as Toronto, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Mexico City. In 2014, the company will be expanding with new Signature Stores in top markets including Beverly Hills, Manhasset, NY, Tysons Corner, VA, and the Design District in Miami. The company also has an e-commerce division and sells select furnishings from its collection online.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has boutique shops in Bloomingdale’s (including Bloomingdale’s Dubai) and Robb & Stucky International.  It is in the finest home furnishings specialty stores throughout the country and as far from its North Carolina headquarters as Seoul and Taiwan. Private label customers include Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, and Restoration Hardware. There is also a hospitality division ( selling to top hotel chains such as the Ritz Carlton, and eateries including Starbucks. From an initial investment of $60,000, the company, now in its 25th year, has grown to $100 million in annual sales.

Gold is founder of Faith in America, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about religion-based bigotry and how it is used to justify discrimination against LGBT Americans ( He also served on the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), an advocacy group for gay rights, for seven years.

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Lenoir-Rhyne’s future open to all

Wed Mar 19 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — In February of 2013, Lenoir-Rhyne University held a public announcement that it was entering the final phase of its University Rising campaign. At that time, the University announced having secured in pledges and gifts a total of $52 million. As of the end of February 2014, the University Rising Campaign has raised $56 million. “This is an exciting announcement for the committee and the University,” said Jerome Bolick, co-chair of the University Rising Campaign Committee. With the announcement of this milestone, the campaign thermometers around the campus and mobile campaign signs were adjusted to reflect this significant gain in funding.

The University Rising Campaign focuses on providing capital, operational and endowed resources that focus on transforming academic spaces, building faith and focusing on the spiritual, enhancing the student experience and meeting the rising costs of education. Visual successes include the Mortez Sports Athletic Complex, and the new Chapel. The non-visual impact can be found in the students who have benefited from scholarship assistance, which has enabled them to graduate from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

“This campaign encompasses a number of projects, but the final phase focuses on the renovation and expansion of the Minges Science Building,” said Dr. Drew Van Horn, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “This new science complex becomes a vital link in the University’s commitment to make a difference in both the training of students in the sciences and graduating students who are prepared to deliver a higher standard of healthcare to the citizens of Western North Carolina and beyond.”

The Science Complex will be completed in two phases, the first being a 35,000-square-foot addition for $15 million and the second a renovation of the current Minges space.  The total renovation will more than double the present space and include close to 70,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and research spaces.  The new structure will be a state-of-the art teaching and learning facility that enhances collaborative exchange, provides dedicated laboratory spaces and includes expanded faculty office space.  The Science Complex will promote the latest techniques in science education, including team teaching and learning, and will encourage the growth of undergraduate research.  To date, the University has secured more than $7.5 million toward the $15 million needed for phase one.

The goal of the final phase now in progress, identified as “Take Charge of Tomorrow,” is to raise the remaining $9 million.  This slogan invites friends, constituents, and citizens of the greater Unifour area to own this exciting future.  In that regard, Mayor Rudy Wright stated, “It is plain to see that the City of Hickory and Lenoir-Rhyne University are at the leading edge of a major resurgence.”  He further stated, “The best news is that we are working together to ‘Take Charge’ of our own destinies.”

The University Rising Campaign will end December 31, 2014.  The Campaign Committee is working hard to inform friends of the University and those interested in making a difference in tomorrow.  Dr. Drew Van Horn, Vice President of Advancement at the University, indicated that “This is one of the most exciting times in the life of our region and the University.  The opportunity is extended to everyone to Take Charge of Tomorrow.”  For additional information and to find out the role you can play, contact Dr. Drew Van Horn, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at 828-328-7108 or and visit

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LR to host “Magic Tree House” author Mary Pope Osborne as this year’s Little Read author

Tue Mar 18 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold its annual “The Little Read” event for young people and the community at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. This event is free of charge and open to the community.

For a generation of children the words “Magic Tree House” evokes instant nostalgia. The book series, which began in 1992 and has since earned its author Mary Pope Osborne a lifetime achievement award, is a collection of adventure stories about an ordinary brother and sister who are sent on a series of extraordinary adventures.

In the first 28 books it’s Morgan le Fay of King Arthur fame who sends the children on their adventures. In the later books it’s Merlin himself. And at noon on Saturday, April 5 Osborne will be at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Little Read festival to discuss the dozens of children’s books that have delighted young people around the world.

She will present from “Hour of the Olympics,” the 16th book in the tree house series. The audience will learn what happens when Jack and Annie get transported back to ancient Greece for another epic adventure. LR’s Playmakers will perform at the festival as will LR’s Youth Chorus—and Osborne will hold a book-signing. The Olympic Festival and Field Day will follow the Little Read and will be held at the Moretz Athletic Complex across the street from the auditorium from 1 until 3 p.m.

LR’s Little Read is a literacy program funded by a grant from the family of Ron and Sandra Deal in memory of their daughter Sara Catherine Deal Temple who loved children and loved teaching them to read. Long before each Little Read event is held, educators from the Hickory, Newton-Conover, Catawba County and Alexander County school systems come together to review and discuss the upcoming book and develop curriculum to aid the students in their studies.

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.

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Lenoir-Rhyne University Named College of Distinction, National college guide honors distinctive educational excellence

Mon Mar 17 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2013-2014 school year. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. LRU was found to excel in all Four Distinctions and will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction™ website.

Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. Schools selected must excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

“We focus on colleges that are the best places to learn, grow and succeed,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country.”

To view Lenoir-Rhyne University’s profile or to find more information about the online guide visit

About Colleges of Distinction

Colleges of Distinction is a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education. offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities. Schools are selected based on college counselor recommendations and research, and evaluated on excellence in the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. For more information, visit

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LRU Students Present at Southeastern Psychological Association Conference

Mon Mar 17 2014

Hickory N.C. – Six students from Lenoir-Rhyne University recently joined Dr. Nikki Vasilas, assistant professor of counseling, and Dr. Gordon Cappelletty, assistant professor of psychology on a trip to Nashville, TN for the 60th annual conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA). A total of seven papers and posters were presented using research conducted over the past year.

The purpose of SEPA is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare. Their mission is to stimulate the exchange of scientific and professional ideas across the diverse areas of psychological inquiry and application.

The papers and posters were presented by:

Lindsay KozakThe impact of childhood trauma on adult mental illness severity

Dr. Gordon CappellettyThe development and validation of a religious beliefs Q-sort

Dr. Gordon Cappelletty, Dr. Nikki Vasilas, and Lindsay KozakThe utility of the WMS-IV in differentiating dementia from head injury

Amanda Young, Laura Martorano, and Lindsay KozakRelationship between symptomatology and personality traits in a clinical sample

Dr. Gordon Cappelletty, Yanepsi Alvarado, and Carolina RoblesVerbal intelligence as a protective factor in abused children.

Laura MartoranoRelationship and gender effects on disclosure of child sexual abuse

Emily Young and Dr. Gordon CappellettyThe relationship between 2D:4D ratio and facial attractiveness in males

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LRU Concert Series presents classical guitarist, Adam Holzman

Fri Mar 14 2014

Hickory N.C. – Classical guitarist and international recording artist, Adam Holzman, will perform on the Campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University on April 4 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Holzman is founder of the Guitar Department at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music where, in addition to his active performing career, he heads a thriving guitar studio. His playing has been described by The New York Times as “polished and quite dazzling.”

Established in the fall of 2000, the Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University serves the university community and the greater Hickory area by providing opportunities to hear and interact with superb musical artists.

For additional information, go to or call the L-R music program at 828-328-7147.

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LR Debate dominates the Southeast Regionals

Fri Mar 14 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — LR’s debaters took home an arm full of awards during the team’s first trip to Southeast Regionals, held at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., from Feb. 28 to March 1.

The Bears won second place in the overall competition. The team also won second place in the Open/Varsity Division and made it to the semi-finalists in the Novice Division.

Adam Cohen walked away with the third Top Speaker award in Novice. Jeffrey Fisher won the sixth Top Speaker award in Open and Rebecca Payne was recognized as the seventh Top Speaker in Open.

In its first year in active competition in more than a generation LR defeated schools with far more experienced rosters like the University of Kentucky, Bryan College, Carson-Newman College and Walters State Community College.

This is the LR Debate Team’s first major tournament since the team was reactivated after 23 years of inactivity.

It was a team-building year during which the focus was on learning the fundamentals of debate and holding a series of on-campus debates. The team grew in number and skill as they prepared for their first year on intercollegiate competition since 1990.

From here it’s on to three more tournaments as LR continues its historic run:

Novice Nationals in Dekalb, Il.: March 14-16

Pi Kappa Delta Nationals in Indianapolis, In.: March 21-23

International Public Debate Association (IPDA) Nationals in Murfreesboro, Tn.: April 10-13

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Alex Lee Leadership Series Presents Vice President of Corning Optical Communications

Wed Mar 12 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — As part of the 2014 Alex Lee Leadership Series, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Business Council and the Alex Lee Foundation will present Mr. Clark Kinlin, executive vice president, Corning Optical Communications on Wednesday, March 26. Kinlin will present on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University in the McCrorie Center, Fintel classroom at 6 p.m. He will speak on the topic of Global Leadership.

Kinlin was appointed executive vice president, Corning Optical Communications in August 2012. Kinlin is responsible for worldwide production, development and sales of optical fiber, cable and connectivity solutions that are used in carrier and enterprise networks.

Kinlin joined Corning in 1981, and started in the Specialty Materials division, where he served in the Sales and Marketing organization and subsequently led several strategy projects focused on Corning’s expanding interests in Asia. Throughout his long career with Corning, he has also served in various roles within the Optical Fiber, Consumer Products, and Corning International divisions. Currently, he leads the Corning Optical Communications business headquartered in Hickory.

Kinlin serves on the board of Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College and his MBA from Harvard University.

The remaining speakers in the Alex Lee Leadership Series include: Ms. Kathryn Greathouse, Co-Chair United Arts Council of Catawba County, speaking April 9 on Leadership in the Non-Profit World; and Col Lee Ellis, Author of Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, speaking April 23 on Leadership When Called.

For more information on the Alex Lee Leadership Series, please contact Clem Geitner at

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