LRU News

Homecoming Events Set to Honor LRU Alumni

Thu Sep 27 2012

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University invites friends, family, alumni, and the Hickory community to attend Homecoming 2012, Friday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 13.

Homecoming activities begin on Oct. 12 with the 24th Annual Hanley H. Painter Bear Memorial Golf Tournament at Lake Hickory Country Club. The entree fee is $125 per person and benefits Lenoir-Rhyne athletic scholarships. For more information and to register, please call 828-328-7130.
Beginning at 6:00 p.m., Lake Hickory Country Club will host the 11th Annual Homecoming PEF/Bears ClubGala at the Viewmont location. The cost is $50 per person and benefits Lenoir-Rhyne athletic scholarships. For more information and to register, please call 828-328-7130.

Saturday, Oct. 13 begins with the annual Lenoir-Rhyne Homecoming Parade starting at 10:00 a.m. Gather on Stasavich Place in front of Shuford Gymnasium to watch the parade, featuring student organization floats and the Homecoming court. Immediately following the parade, a dedication ceremony will be held for the two new statues given to LR by Mr. Irwin Belk. A statue featuring a football player and one showing a swimmer will be unveiled.

The Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin at 11:15 a.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Inductees for 2012 will be Fred Brown, John Davidson, Meghan Jolly, R. Michael McWhirter, and the late Henry Owl.

At 11:30 a.m., the Fund for Lenoir-Rhyne Annual Donor Thank You BBQ and Reunion Luncheon will begin on the practice football field. Tents will designate reunion areas for the following groups: the classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and those LRgrads who want a central location to connect with friends.

The Fourth Annual Corn Hole Tournament will also be held on the practice football field beginning at 11:30 a.m. All alumni are invited to create a team to play against current students. Space is limited to 32 teams, so please respond quickly to 828-328-7351 or

At 2:00 p.m. the Bears football team will face off against Tusculum in Moretz Stadium. At halftime, Lenoir-Rhyne honors its newly inducted Sports Hall of Fame members as well as the annual ring ceremony, which recognizes the championship teams from the past year and acknowledges all Bears sports teams. Game tickets can be purchased at the gate.

The sports events continue with a women’s soccer match against Carson-Newman at 5:00 p.m. and men’s game at 7:30 p.m. on the Moretz Sports-Athletic Complex field. Attendance is free.

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