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Lunch and Learn event to be hosted at LRU's Columbia Center
Lunch and Learn event to be hosted at LRU's Columbia Center

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Columbia Center invites the public to a Lunch and Learn series event on child abuse and neglect, this Thursday, November 16, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Voight Building.

During the event, Grace Bennett, of Palmetto Place Children's Shelter will present, providing information on the links to adverse childhood experiences with a range of long-term health impacts. She will also share insights on how Palmetto Place works to help children in the local community.

The Lunch and Learn series events are Co-Sponsored by Lambda Rho Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society, and will continue with the following events:

  • Healthy Relationships with Dr. Lou Ann Cole, Associate Professor of Human Services, Feb. 8, 2018
  • Intervention Services, working with at-risk youth, March 8, 2018
  • Working with Veterans (Green Zone) with Dr. Aubrey Sejuit, Assistant Professor of Counseling, April 12, 2018

Lunch will be provided for all attendees. Please RSVP to Dr. Sejuit at Aubrey.sejuit@lr.edu.


LRU's Columbia Center opened in the fall of 2014, bringing the University's clinical Mental Health Counseling program to a third location and adding an additional fully online Human Services program to the list of degree options. Last year, an Occupational Therapy (OT) program was also added, which is be housed in a new 24,000 square-foot building on Main Street. The OT building includes a state-of-the-art laboratory, classrooms, student work space, as well as faculty and administrative offices.

The Center shares space with LRU's Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS), which was founded 184 years ago and merged with LRU in 2012. The mission of LTSS is to teach, form, and nurture women and men for public ministry in a context that is Christ-centered, faithfully Lutheran, and ecumenically committed.