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Summer Movie Fest continues this Friday at LRU

Mon Jul 14 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Co-sponsored by the city of Hickory, Lenoir-Rhyne University will continue its Summer Movie Fest with a showing of “Frozen” this Friday, July 18.

This event is free, open to the public, and will begin no earlier than 8:30 p.m. depending on time of sunset. The movie will be shown in a grassy area behind the Mauney-Shaeffer building on campus. Please bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and relax outside while watching a movie with the whole family!

The Summer Movie Fest will conclude on Friday, July 25 with a showing of, “Monsters U”.

In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in Belk Centrum on the LR campus. Check lr.edu, the LR Facebook page, and the LR Twitter page for weather updates.

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Carolina Suzuki PianoFest returning to LRU

Fri Jul 11 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Suzuki Kids in Koncert at Lenoir-Rhyne University will be sponsoring the second annual Carolina Suzuki PianoFest beginning, Saturday, July 26 through Thursday, July 31 on the campus of LRU.

Approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Carolina Suzuki PianoFest is one of only a handful of all-piano institutes in North America and provides a fun filled week of intense instruction and opportunities for students, parents and teachers.

During the PianoFest, local students as well as students from surrounding areas, will participate in daily Master Classes where they will receive one-on-one instruction. Repertoire classes will meet in a piano lab setting so that piano students enjoy the experience of making music with others. Enrichment classes are also a part of the institute experience and participants will enjoy a “Boom Boom Crash Course for Percussion,” led by local instructor, Rick Cline. Students will also enjoy a daily “Mouth Music” class where local instructor Irene Craig of the Suzuki Kids in Koncert faculty, and long-time choral music director, will work with students on singing and musical activities.

National SAA Teacher Trainer, Jane Reed will be a clinician at the institute, instructing teacher training classes for participants who desire to further their education as Suzuki teachers. Reed will also lead a parent forum each day and will teach master classes. Director of Suzuki Kids in Koncert at LRU and piano instructor, Jane Perry will also teach master classes. Irene Craig will teach repertoire classes as well as “Mouth Music” enrichment classes.

For further information contact Director of Kids in Koncert and Carolina Suzuki PianoFest, Jane Perry jbperrycon@charter.net.

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LR grad takes top honors in N.M. – Catherine Allen named Albuquerque Counselor of the Year

Thu Jul 10 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — When Catherine Allen realized she wanted to devote her life to working as a school counselor she came to Lenoir-Rhyne to make it happen. Now, after just three years in the profession, she’s been named Middle School Counselor of the Year in her Albuquerque, N.M. school district.

At the end of each year the Albuquerque public school counselors gather for an event to reflect on the year’s successes. At the end of the event they hold an award ceremony patterned after the Oscars. When Allen heard her name called as the winner of the Counselor of the Year award and saw that her husband was there cheering her on she couldn’t believe what was happening.

“I was stunned—I thought, ‘Really? This can’t be the truth,’” she said. She was trembling and her supervisor had to help her up the steps to receive her award.

After the school year came to a close Allen attended this summer’s American School Counselor Association’s conference where she presented on a pair of topics: “Parents and School Counselors Existing Together,” and “Collaboration and Common Core Standards.”

Allen has been working with Madison Middle School’s 750 students for two years. She works directly with middle school students on thinking about careers and college in one-on-one sessions, in small groups and in the classroom alongside teachers.

“It’s natural for students to want to talk about what they want to be when they grow up,” she said. “A lot of them think they’re going to be in the NBA or in the music business as a rapper, but just as many have realistic goals like physician, pharmacist, nuclear physicist, welder or auto mechanic.”

And no matter what career the students may be focused on, Allen is able to guide them in researching, planning and goal setting, which enhances their chances for success in any given field.

“This was the first year that my school had this position so I had a lot of opportunities to step up and create programs to engage students,” she said. “I worked with a team of counselors and we came up with a lot of programs and material for the students.”

Allen earned her master’s in counseling at Lenoir-Rhyne. She liked the small school atmosphere and the fact that rolling admissions meant she’d be able to get started right away. At LR she found herself learning from professors who had been school counselors themselves. They were able to bring their real world experience into the classroom and prepare Allen for the realities of the public school system she was about to enter.

The two lessons she learned at LR that have helped her achieve so much just three years into her career are:

  1. Be Persistent.
  2. Be Adaptable.
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LRU’s new Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia to hold virtual open houses

Wed Jul 9 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia will present two virtual open houses beginning this Friday, July 11 between noon and 1 p.m. The final virtual open house session will be offered Wednesday, July 23, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Open house sessions will highlight the center’s Counseling program and online Human Services program. Those seeking a professional degree and an opportunity to accelerate their career should attend.

Each virtual open house session will introduce enrollment counselors, the Dean of the Graduate School, and highlight various opportunities available to you at the Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia. Information about financial aid opportunities, degree programs, and campus housing will also be provided. Sessions are expected to last approximately one hour.

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About the Counseling Program

The CACREP accredited LRU Master of Arts 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 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 MA in Human Services will prepare students to sit for the Human Services – Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) credentialing examination.

Go to Columbia.lr.edu to register. Contact Kohl Friery or Bria Rearden at 803-461-3296 for more information.

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Kids In College STEM camp provides students with unique learning opportunities

Thu Jul 3 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir Rhyne University recently hosted a Kids In College STEM Camp for middle school students. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills were creatively reinforced through teachers, LR Master of Arts in Teaching students and local engineers.

The camp was a mixture a daily brain challenges, group activities, presentations and fun. Students were presented project challenges by engineers from Corning Cable Systems, and were tasked with creating their own inventions based off life experiences and needs.

The camp concluded with groups of students introducing their products at the final “Bear Tank” presentation. Inventions included a solution for having the perfect backpack, wearable self-charging cell phone devices, new apps for homework and bullying prevention, hiking trail mix snack machines, hair products, and even a fashionable toilet seat cover.  The students showed tremendous creativity, skill, and talent as they met the challenges placed upon them during the camp.

To learn more about the camp visit: http://edu.lr.edu/kidsincollege.

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LRU’s Music Program hosts Summer Band Camp

Wed Jun 25 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Applications for Lenoir-Rhyne University Music Program’s Summer Youth Music Middle School Band Camp will continue being accepted through July 7.

The camp allows students to continue developing their skills, and provides an opportunity to keep active with music during the summer. The camp runs Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18 in the Mauney Music Building on LRU’s campus.  Camp instruction is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with supervised early drop-off in the morning, and afternoon recreational time until 5:30 p.m.

Haskew Smith, band director at Newton-Conover High School, will conduct the band camp this year.  The camp’s director is Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, professor of music at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Tuition for the camp is $175 for the week, and includes lunch and a camp shirt.

For more information, and for an application, please visit mus.lr.edu or contact Dr. Nigrelli at christopher.nigrelli@lr.edu.

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Family movie night at LRU

Tue Jun 24 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Co-sponsored by the city of Hickory, Lenoir-Rhyne University will continue its Summer Movie Fest with a showing of “Wall-E” this Friday, June 27.

This event is free, open to the public, and will begin no earlier than 8:30 p.m. depending on time of sunset. The movie will be shown in a grassy area behind the Mauney-Shaeffer building on campus. Please bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and relax outside while watching a movie with the whole family!

Showings continuing through the summer include:

July 18: “Frozen”

July 25: “Monsters U”

In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in Belk Centrum on the LR campus. Check lr.edu, the LR Facebook page, and the LR Twitter page for weather updates.

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Entrepreneurs transition from CVCC to LR – Local schools partner on student transfers

Tue Jun 17 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — When Dr. Ralph Griffith joined Lenoir-Rhyne University as the head of its newly-created entrepreneurship programs he had several goals in mind. Chief among them: Recruit top-quality students. With one of the nation’s top two-year entrepreneurship programs just across town, he didn’t have far to look.

In October Griffith approached Catawba Valley Community College with a proposal designed to benefit both schools. It’s an articulation agreement allowing every student who graduates from CVCC with an associate’s degree in entrepreneurialism to transfer every one of their courses to LR. There’s no transcript evaluation procedure, which can take weeks, where an official goes through the student’s transcript class-by-class deciding which courses transfer as electives and which ones transfer for course credit.

“If you transfer to a school without an articulation agreement in place, it can be very difficult to graduate in four years—for many people it can take five years to graduate,” Griffith said. “Our new agreement puts these students on an established track. Take these classes at CVCC; take these classes when you transfer to LR. It’s much easier and straightforward—there’s no guesswork involved.”

Lenoir-Rhyne’s articulation agreement applies to every student who has ever graduated from CVCC’s entrepreneurial program during its four-year history—not just recent grads or future grads.

“Their program is top-notch,” Griffith said. “They’ve got one of the country’s premier entrepreneurial programs at the community college level.”

The agreement became official at the signing ceremony held on June 16.

This is the second articulation agreement formed between LR and CVCC. The first one was the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses program. Better known as RIBN, the program allows students to take three years of classes at CVCC or other participating community colleges while paying that community college’s tuition rate. During that three-year course of study students take one class per semester at LR and pay the standard LR tuition rate. After three years in the program students take the NCLEX-RN to become a registered nurse.

Once students become nurses they’ll have the opportunity to start working in their field and earning an income while taking their fourth year of courses at Lenoir-Rhyne—at a reduced tuition rate.

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View movies under the stars this summer at LRU

Mon Jun 16 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Co-sponsored by the city of Hickory, Lenoir-Rhyne University will kick off its Summer Movie Fest with a showing of “Despicable ME” this Friday, June 20.

All movie showings are free, open to the public, and will begin no earlier than 8:30 p.m. depending on time of sunset. Movies will be shown in a grassy area behind the Mauney-Shaeffer building on campus. Please bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and relax outdoors while enjoying a family film under the stars!

Showings continuing through the summer include:

June 27: “Wall-E”

July 18: “Frozen”

July 25: “Monsters U”

In the event of inclement weather, movies will not be shown. Check lr.edu or the LR Facebook page for weather updates.

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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams donate $36,000 of furniture to LRU

Tue Jun 10 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University’s P.E. Monroe Auditorium, built in 1957, has gotten a fresh new interior look to its lobby, thanks to a donation by one of the school’s most generous supporters.

This spring Mitchell Gold donated $36,000 worth of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture to the University, helping to refurnish P.E. Monroe Auditorium’s lobby. The 31 pieces include couches, tables and chairs, rugs and benches.

The idea for the gift was planted when Barbara Dugan, the wife of LR’s former Business Department Chair Michael Dugan, approached Gold to discuss buying furniture to refurbish the auditorium’s outdated décor.

“As soon as she said it I knew they needed it,” Gold said. “The auditorium’s furniture had nothing to do with the classic mid-century modern building—so I decided to donate the furniture Barbara had asked to buy.”

Stylish new furniture that makes use of chrome and glass for its modern classic look has replaced the oak and green leather mission-style couches. Deceptively comfortable high-backed chairs sit beside silver-enameled sections of tree trunks repurposed as pull-up tables.

Gold first formed ties with Lenoir-Rhyne in 2005 shortly after founding Faith in America.

In early 2009, following the publication of his book “Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Social, Personal and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America,” Gold was invited to return to LR to take part in the Visiting Writers Series. But this time the series’ founder Dr. Rand Brandes wanted more than the traditional format where the author speaks for 40 minutes then takes questions for 20 minutes.

“He said, ‘Why don’t you get one of your fancy friends to come interview you?’” Gold recalled. “So I called Soledad O’Brien, who was with CNN at the time, and invited her to Hickory. She agreed and we did the interview for a packed house in the P.E. Auditorium.”

In 2013 Gold’s invitation to CNN’s Chief Political Anchor Wolf Blitzer was compelling enough that the CNN mainstay came to Lenoir-Rhyne’s P.E. Monroe Auditorium to moderate a public dialogue titled “Politics, Religion and LGBT Equality” between Gold an African American minister and a Baptist preacher.

“I’m grateful to Lenoir-Rhyne for the opportunity and the venue to have these kinds of life-changing public discourses,” Gold said. “I intend to continue my partnership with the university and to continue to offer scholarships to our employee’s children—we have at least four or five attending LR right now and we hire LR grads.”

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