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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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LRU Still Accepting Undergrad, Graduate and Transfer Applications for Fall Semester

Mon Aug 4 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – It’s time to take charge of your future! It’s not too late to apply for enrollment in the fall 2014 semester at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Completed undergraduate, graduate, and transfer applications will continue to be accepted through August 26. A completed application includes official transcripts and test scores.

Now, with over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 51 different undergraduate majors, and three campuses in two states, LRU continues to expand. While attendance grows, the student to faculty ratio remains at 13 to 1, with 81 percent of our classes having fewer than 20 students.

At LRU professors share knowledge with students they know by first and last name, and give them opportunities for advantages during a time when employers are clamoring for students with more than just a degree.

LRU competes academically and athletically on a national level. With 22 sports teams, including a national title contending football team, an abundance of sporting events provide entertainment outside the classroom. The campus is also home to 70 plus student organizations, nine Greek organizations, and a robust convocation schedule to expose students to new areas.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree and are looking to continue your education, look no further than LRU. With 24 master’s degree programs located in Hickory, Columbia, Asheville, and online, options that fit your career path and schedule are available.

New MBA tracks for fall 2014 include: Business Analytics and Information Technology, and Innovation and Change Management. These two tracks join the General, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Global Leadership, Healthcare Administration, and Leadership Development tracks already offered.

Also new for fall 2014 are three fully online programs: the Master of Science in Online Teaching & Instructional Design, the Master of Arts in Leadership, and the Master of Arts in Human Services.

When considering LR for graduate school, the Alumni Advantage program offers graduates who have completed 64 undergraduate credit hours at LRU a 15 percent discount, while those completing 96 undergraduate credit hours and above at LRU will receive a 20 percent discount.

Discover how LRU has positioned graduates for success in their professional, personal and spiritual lives for over a century. Whether interested in undergraduate, graduate, or transfer options, an enrollment counselor can help answer yourquestions and get your application underway – call 828-328-7300. Or visit

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Lenoir-Rhyne University selected as 2014-15 College of Distinction

Tue Jul 22 2014

HICKORY, NC – After a recent announcement of the 15th annual Colleges of Distinction list, Lenoir-Rhyne University is proud to announce its selection as a 2014-15 College of Distinction.

Selection was based on LRU’s ability to provide an innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education, while maintaining a strong record of preparing its graduates for real-world success.

Employers and grad schools highly value the preparation offered by schools listed as a College of Distinction, all of which have a long track record of successful graduates.

Recognition was given to schools that exemplified the College of Distinction’s core values: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

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Summer Movie Fest concludes this Friday at LRU

Mon Jul 21 2014

HICKORY, N.C. – Co-sponsored by the city of Hickory, Lenoir-Rhyne University will present the final film in its Summer Movie Fest with a showing of “Monster’s U” this Friday, July 25.

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!

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

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Five million dollars to go – LR enters final stretch on science building fundraising

Tue Jul 15 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University has raised more than 90 percent of the $65 million dollar goal needed for The University Rising Campaign, and the school intends to reach its goal by the end of this calendar year, according to LR’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Drew Van Horn. The major push for the remainder of the campaign will be to secure the resources needed for the University’s Science Complex.

The first phase of the Minges Science Complex is to construct a new 35,000 square foot wing. After completion of the new wing, which will double the size of the science facility, the existing 35,000-square-foot facility will be completely renovated. When complete the building will house state-of-the-art labs and classroom spaces in disciplines ranging from physics optics to biochemistry and microbiology.

The university’s fundraising efforts have been very successful this fiscal year and LR has reached the $60 million mark. The Science project’s next phase will occur this fall when the final drawings for the science building begin. After the final drawings have been completed and approved, the bidding process can begin. University officials hope to hold the groundbreaking for the science wing addition in 2015.

“We are very appreciative of how our alumni in Hickory and the Unifour community have supported Lenoir-Rhyne’s efforts,” Van Horn said. “We anticipate that these efforts will continue as we work diligently with our local volunteers to reach our final goal.”

With the school’s newest building, Grace Chapel, nearing the end of construction its fundraising focus has shifted to the new science facility and the hope is that the remainder of gifts given this calendar year will go to fund the Minges project.

“This is our top priority,” said Campaign Chair Jerome Bolick. “We intend to raise the final $5 million needed for this project by the end of this year with the continued generosity and support of the Lenoir-Rhyne community. This science facility will prove a vital asset to LR’s students.”

Community leaders agree Lenoir-Rhyne’s 70,000-square-foot science facility will also be a boon for the Hickory region.

“We are proud of Lenoir-Rhyne’s accomplishments because Hickory is a college town—it is absolutely a wonderful thing for us,” said Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright. “I am very proud of this science center and I think it’s going to be another boost for Hickory.”

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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, 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

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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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