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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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