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Community Partners

Lenoir-Rhyne works alongside of business and community leaders to continue to enrich Hickory with educational, commercial, and cultural opportunities. Our campus and community are intertwined. We are neighbors working together to make Hickory a great place to live, work, learn and play.

Business Council

About the Business Council

Through Lenoir-Rhyne's Business Council, area businesses, industries, educational organizations, and the University work together to enhance the quality of life in the region and to provide mutually beneficial opportunities for all groups to prosper.

Presentations, seminars, round table discussions, and membership meeting provide community leaders an opportunity to network with one another, consult other experts, and provide students with opportunities to learn from business executives and professionals.

Businesses, corporations, and foundations that believe in the mission of LR and contribute $1,000 or more annually to support current operations are members of the LR Business Council. This commitment represents continued loyalty and ensures Lenoir-Rhyne's future by guaranteeing its ability to offer quality higher education and community programming.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is fortunate to have the partnership of a large number of businesses in our quest for educational excellence. Area businesses, industry, educational organizations and the University work together to enhance the quality of life in the Unifour and to provide mutually beneficial opportunities for all groups to prosper.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Business Council was established in 1983 to promote a better understanding of the University and its programs within the business community, to provide unique learning opportunities for students and businesses, and to support the University’s giving programs. Presentations, seminars, roundtable discussions, and membership meetings provide businesses with the opportunity to network with one another and consult other experts. Also, students are provided the opportunity to learn from business executives and professionals.

Benefits

Networking Opportunities
  • Member discounts and priority seating at all Business Council events
  • Fall Forum Luncheon and Business Leader of the Year invitations
  • Seminar participation - exclusive to membership and free of charge
Campus Involvement
  • Invitation to participate in Career Fairs
  • Consutling board for the LRU Charles M. Snipes School of Business & Economics
  • Usage of the Mauney-Schaeffer Conference Hall free of charge, subject to availability
  • Student intern(s) availability upon request

Business Council Members

Business Council Members as of 2/17/2017
A Signco
Allegra Printing
B&M Mailing
Capital Concepts Financial Group
Cargo Transporters Inc.
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
Catawba Valley Medical Center
Charlotte Paint Co., Inc.
CommScope, Inc.
Corning Cable Systems
ELCA Foundation
Ellucian Company, L.P.
General Electric Foundation
George Foundation, Inc.
Hickory Furniture Mark
Hickory Mechanical, Inc.
HSM Solutions
InFaith Community Foundation
McCreary Modern Inc.
NC Community Foundation, Inc.
NC Synod of the ELCA
Piedmont Natural Gas
PRISM Development, LLC
Sherrill Furniture Company
Shurtape Technologies, Inc.
SunTrust Bank
The Bolick Foundation
The Dickson Foundation, Inc.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Turf Pro Landscaping
von Drehle Corporation

The following companies contribute to the Independent College Fund of North Carolina and from which Lenoir-Rhyne University receives support:
BB&T Charitable Foundation
Broyhill Family Foundation, Inc.
Duke Energy Foundation
UPS Foundation, Inc.
Wells Fargo Foundation

Contact:

Robert Allen

Executive Director, Advancement Relations
Hickory Campus

Community Service

The University encourages and recognizes students who become involved in volunteerism and service to the community outside of Lenoir-Rhyne University. We value the benefits of service learning in the development of our students.

According to ServiceLearning.Org: "Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities."

Hands on Hickory

Hands on Hickory is LR’s flagship service project that was established over 10 years ago. Based on our mission to ‘promote responsible leadership for service in the world,’ Hands on Hickory attempts to expose and engage our new students in a community service experience as soon as they arrive on campus. As part of the freshman orientation program, all incoming first year students participate in community wide service projects. Small groups of 10-15 students are assigned a non-profit organization where they spend a full morning learning about the mission of the organization and then doing a service activity that will benefit these organizations. In 2015-2016, close to 450 freshmen provided 1,000 hours of service by participating in Hands on Hickory.

Community Services Fairs

Lenoir-Rhyne connects students to community service opportunities through various on-campus community service fairs.

Relationships with Agencies

Submit a community service opportunity

Contact:

Rita Purvis

Coordinator, Career and Community Relations
Hickory Campus

Charlotte Williams

Assistant Professor of Human Services, Associate Dean of Engaged and Global Learning
Hickory Campus

LR Partners

The LR Partners Program promotes partnerships with local businesses, agencies, and school and government entities to provide their employees opportunities for graduate and adult undergraduate education at discounted rates based on the degree of participation by the specific affiliate. The program is available to employees in partner companies or agencies who are accepted into a participating graduate or adult learner program.

How does the program work?

In the first year of the partnership, employees receive a 10% discount that is then adjusted each year based on total number of credit hours taken by the affiliate’s employees the previous year.

  • A-1 level: If zero hours in the fiscal year—discount rate for the upcoming year for any credit hours is 5%;
  • A-2 level: If 1-70 hours, 10% discount on all hours taken;
  • A-3 level: If 71-140 hours, 15% discount on all hours taken;
  • A-4 level: If 141 hours or greater, 20% discount on all hours taken.

Participating Companies and Agencies

  • Access Family Services
  • Appalachian Community Services
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical College
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
  • Biltmore Company
  • Carolina Moon Hospitality
  • Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
  • Carolina Outreach, LLC
  • Catawba County Government
  • Catawba County Schools
  • Catawba Valley Medical Center
  • Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County
  • City of Hickory
  • Community Colleges of Appalachia
  • Community Foundation of Henderson County
  • CooperRiis
  • Eliada Homes
  • French Broad Chocolates
  • Frye Regional Medical Center
  • Goodwill Industries of WNC
  • Haywood County Chamber of Commerce
  • Hickory Public Schools
  • Homeward Bound of Western NC
  • JBS
  • King Hickory Furniture
  • Meridian Senior Living
  • Mission Health
  • Mountain Credit Union
  • NC Writers Network
  • Newton-Conover City Schools
  • Pardee Hospital
  • Real Recovery of Asheville, Inc.
  • Solstice East/Asheville Academy for Girls
  • United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
  • Western NC Group Home for Autistic Persons, Inc.
  • Western North Carolina Human Resource Association
  • Western Regional Education Service Alliance
  • YMCA of Western North Carolina
  • Zelandia Capital

Contact:

Lauren Bradley

Assistant Director of Enrollment Management and Community Partnerships

Senior Bear Program

The purpose of the Senior Bear Program is to provide seniors (adults age 55 and older) in the Hickory metro area with access to a coordinated and cost-effective range of educational programs, cultural and social activities, and athletic events at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In addition, members of the Senior Bear Program may be asked to participate as instructors, advisors and mentors to traditional students at the university, as appropriate to their interests, skills and background.

Board of Advisors

The Senior Bear Program is a program of Lenoir-Rhyne University that has been developed through a partnership with Abernethy Laurels, a premier retirement and continuing care community in the Hickory metro area.

Planning and oversight of the program is provided by a Board of Advisors consisting of the following members:

  • Community Members of the Senior Bear Program (4)
  • Faculty and Staff Members of Lenoir-Rhyne University (2)
  • Resident and Staff Member of Abernethy Laurels (2)

The Board of Advisors will meet on at least a quarterly basis to plan programs, review the services and benefits of the program, evaluate and make recommendations to the university on fee structures and develop long-range plans to enhance and develop the program. Approximately 50% of the fees generated from the Senior Bear Program will be used to fund the direct expenses of the program including planned activities, promotion and other events as developed by the Advisory Board.

Participation & Package Benefits

The participation levels and benefits of the Senior Bear Program are listed below. A 20% discount will be given to all married couples participating in the program.

Senior Bear - Dean's Level ($175 per year)
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University Senior BearTM photo identification card.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University parking sticker.
  • Option to audit up to two undergraduate courses per year as approved by the Registrar.
  • Access to all university sponsored cultural and athletic events at a discount of 25%.
  • Access to and check-out privileges at the Rudisill Library.
  • Ten meals per year in the university cafeteria.
  • Use of the university pool during open-swim hours.
  • Complimentary copies of Profile Magazine and other mailings from Advancement.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University email address (if requested).
  • Other benefits as developed and approved by the Advisory Board.
Senior Bear - Professor's Level ($125 per year)
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University Senior BearTM photo identification card.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University parking sticker.
  • Option to audit one undergraduate course per year as approved by the Registrar.
  • Access to all university sponsored cultural and athletic events at a discount of 25%.
  • Access to and check-out privileges at the Rudisill Library.
  • Five meals per year in the university cafeteria.
  • Use of the university pool during open-swim hours.
  • Complimentary copies of Profile Magazine and other mailings from Advancement.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University email address (if requested).
  • Other benefits as developed and approved by the Advisory Board.
Senior Bear - Student Level ($75 per year)
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University Senior BearTM photo identification card.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University parking sticker.
  • Access to all university sponsored cultural and athletic events at a discount of 25%.
  • Access to and check-out privileges at the Rudisill Library.
  • Use of the university pool during open-swim hours.
  • Complimentary copies of Profile Magazine and other mailings from Advancement.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University email address (if requested).
  • Other benefits as developed and approved by the Advisory Board.

Senior Bear Enrollment

Contact:

Janet Matthews

Director, Conferences & Events
Hickory Campus

University City Commission

The purpose of this board is to deepen and broaden the relationship between Lenoir-Rhyne University, the City of Hickory, and their students and residents. Their focus will be on growing the student body's presence and interaction in the community and increasing the young adult population in Hickory, while enhancing the collegiate atmosphere and promoting school pride throughout the community.

For more information, please contact Hickory's Staff Liaison Yaidee Fox, Governmental Affairs Manager, at 828-323-7412 or yfox@hickorync.gov.


Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony is both a student and community ensemble.

SPRING CONCERT – Friday, April 28, 2017
REHEARSALS – 7 pm - 9:15 pm, Sanders Band Room
January 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 21, 28 (March 14 is during Spring Break)
April 4, 11, 18
Dress Rehearsals: (P.E. Monroe Auditorium) Tuesday, April 25 & Thursday, April 27
Note: Dress rehearsals meet 7:00—10:00 p.m.


For information on joining the LR Wind Symphony, contact:
Dr. Daniel Kiser
kiser@lr.edu
828.328.7154

Prof. Neil Underwood
Neil.Underwood@lr.edu
828.328.7195