Fri Feb 12 2010
Dr. Rand Brandes, Lenoir-Rhyne University Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English and director of the university’s Visiting Writers Series, has been awarded a GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellowship for 2010.
The GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellowship program works in conjunction with the Institute for Emerging Issues based at North Carolina State University to provide the incentive, mechanisms and support for faculty to apply their expertise to current public policy issues. Brandes is one of six GSK fellows this year and the first LRU faculty member to receive this honor.
Fellows work closely with Institute for Emerging Issues staff throughout the year to generate policy-relevant research and to communicate findings to key stakeholders and the general public.
Fellow activities include everything from writing opinion pieces for North Carolina newspapers, to shaping the Institute for Emerging Issues’ programs of work and offering expert advice to policy-makers. Brandes recently spoke at the institute’s Forum on Creativity in Raleigh on The Little Read elementary school literacy program. Other speakers included Gov. Beverly Perdue and former Gov. James Hunt, and creativity gurus Daniel Pink and Tom Kelley.
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Wed Oct 28 2009
Bethany Hickman, a junior at Lenoir-Rhyne University, is participating in an art therapy internship this semester at Broughton Hospital, a state psychiatric hospital in Morganton, N.C.
That isn’t unusual. What is out of the ordinary is that Hickman and the clients she works with are deaf. Hickman, from Marysville, Tenn., uses a sign language interpreter to communicate with most people. At Broughton, she communicates directly with her clients using American Sign Language. Robert Winter, professor of art at Lenoir-Rhyne, is supervising her internship. He said that having a deaf student participate in an internship with deaf clients is a first in his 28 years at Lenoir-Rhyne.
Hickman is majoring in human and community service and minoring in art therapy. After graduation, she plans to earn a master’s degree in counseling with the goal of becoming a school counselor.
She travels to the state hospital twice a week and works with two clients for approximately an hour each time. After each session, she analyzes the clients’ work and meets with her professor. Both of her clients are over the age of 30.
“When I come in, I give them a paper and pencil and a prompt (about what to draw). Then we talk about it,” she said through an interpreter. “Basically, it’s a way they express themselves through drawing. Sometimes art can help a person heal or understand a circumstance or situation.”
Connie King, program director for deaf services at Broughton Hospital, has been supervising Hickman’s work at the hospital. King reports that the patients are very pleased to be working with Hickman. “They love that they can directly communicate and don’t have to use an interpreter,” she said. Broughton has creative arts and recreation therapy but not art therapy.
“It is exciting to watch Bethany work with our patients with this new and creative approach,” King said. (more…)
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Mon Mar 2 2009
Erin from Reese Institute and LRU student Joseph White
Joseph White has been looking into campus dumpsters for more than a year now. No, he’s not a dumpster diver looking for treasure. He’s a conservation of natural resources major documenting campus recycling efforts.
Lenoir-Rhyne has had a limited recycling program for several years. But Dr. John Brzorad and Erin Seiling of the Thomas W. Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources wanted to take it to a new level. To document the success of their efforts, they needed to establish a baseline level of recycling on campus.
That’s where White came in. He agreed to check campus dumpsters and recycling bins to determine how much waste was heading to the dump, and how much was being recycled. He first measured each container and calculated the number of cubic yards it could hold. He painted measurements on the sides of the dumpsters to help him estimate the level of trash in each one. Then, five to six days a week, he checked each dumpster and recycling station on campus and recorded his findings. (more…)
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Tue Jan 13 2009
Dr. Thabiti Lewis, a professor specializing in African American literature and culture, will be the Martin Luther King Day speaker at Lenoir-Rhyne University on Monday, Jan. 19.
The public is invited to attend his free talk on “King’s Legacy and the Responsibility of Youth” at 10 a.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus.
Lewis received his bachelor of arts in English and history at the University of Rochester. He received honors in history for his work on the Atlantic slave trade.
He received a master of arts in teaching from the University of Rochester. He later earned a doctorate from St. Louis University, specializing in 20th century American literature and African American literature. He currently teaches in the English Department of Washington State University-Vancouver. Besides World Views he also teaches courses in Cultural Studies, American Studies and Ethnic Studies.
He is the author of the forthcoming book “Ballers of the New School: Race, Sport and American Culture.” He has a strong interest in race and American sport culture. Another primary focus is the work of African American author Toni Cade Bambara.
Additionally, he is interested in representations of black masculinity in popular culture and African American literature. Lewis has also written for newspapers and magazines, and delivered numerous radio commentaries. He has lectured widely on these topics.
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Fri Nov 21 2008
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Harrison Kowiak, sophomore student from Tampa, Florida, was an important member of our campus community. Please honor him and his family by leaving a comment below. To read an account of Thursday’s celebration of Harrison’s life, click here. (You will be redirected to HickoryRecord.com). You may also read a memorial for Harrison from his hometown newspaper by clicking here.
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