LTSS/LRU mourns the loss of two alumni in Charleston tragedy

The communities of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) and Lenoir-Rhyne University (LRU) grieve the loss of nine brothers and sisters in Christ whose lives were taken late Wednesday night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.  LTSS and LRU extend their prayers and deepest condolences to the people of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, The Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the city of Charleston, and all who grieve.

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that LTSS/LRU learns that among the victims are two fine alumni, The Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney and The Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Simmons, Sr.

Little Free Library new at LRU

Anyone who has visited the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University may have noticed a new, birdhouse-like box located in front of The Charge (the large bear statue across from Shuford Gym). That box is a Little Free Library and, though it is small, it has a big purpose: to encourage the love the reading by making books readily available to anyone who may want one.  

LR Alum dedicated to helping the homeless

When Elizabeth Ann Norris was an undergraduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University, she knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others. In December 2013, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human and Community Services which helped her to secure a position that allows her to make a difference in lives of the homeless.

She accepted a position in March 2014 (just three months following her graduation) as Program Coordinator for Caldwell County Yokefellow. The organization was in the process of building the Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter (LEOS) – the county’s first full-time homeless shelter – located on West Avenue in Lenoir. In January 2015, she accepted the position of Shelter Coordinator of LEOS.