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Lohr Learning Commons

The Lohr Learning Commons, located on the 2nd floor of the Carl A. Rudisill Library, draws together a suite of academic services, learning and computer labs, co-curricular programs, and enrichment opportunities that support and enhance the educational pursuits of Lenoir-Rhyne students.

The Learning Commons is a favorite spot for many students. The area includes a large room with movable tables and chairs, and accommodates individuals, small groups and large gatherings. Vending and comfortable study nooks that overlook some of the most beautiful scenery on campus are also available.

Services and Programs

Tutor Services

Students can obtain a peer tutor for a variety of courses at no cost. Tutors may be limited for high-demand courses.

General Learning Strategies Assistance

Students who are struggling in courses may utilize general learning strategies assistance provided in the Lohr Learning Commons.

The Writing Center

Located on the library's second floor, the Writing Center provides assistance for students at any point in the writing process, whether that means helping them understand written assignments, developing and organizing ideas, improving grammar or any other aspect of writing.

The Writing Center helps students:

  • understand written assignment.
  • get started with a writing assignment.
  • develop and organize ideas.
  • with style, voice, grammar, and punctuation.
  • become a better editor and proofreader.

The Writing Center does not write or rewrite student papers, proofread without student participation or suggest grades.


Writing Center appointments can be made in person or by calling the Center. Walk-ins are welcome if the consultant is available. A 48 hour advance notice is needed for appointments outside of walk-in hours.

Mathematics Tutorial Lab

The Learning Commons Mathematics Tutoring Lab is for students in need of extra help in math. Staffed with student and graduate tutors who can help with first and second year math courses as well as many upper division classes, the Mathematics Tutoring Lab also contains reference materials, solutions manuals, and math software in the adjoining CS tutoring lab.

Speech Preparation Lab

Public speaking is frequently cited as a biggest fear for many people. Presenting to an audience can be intimidating at any experience level, but it doesn’t have to be. The Speech Lab offers a wide range of services to assist you in your speech needs. The lab offers aid to both students and faculty to help improve upon assignments, speeches, and class or job presentations. The Speech Lab can help you refine your arguments, organize your thoughts, and improve your delivery.

The Alex Lee Career and Professional Development Center

The Alex Lee Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) helps students explore academic majors and career options, find internships and part-time work, and prepare for life after graduation. The CPDC also offers confidential counseling and coaching for students and alumni, and workshops for classes or groups on career assessments, career discernment, job search tips, internship searching, interview preparation, résumé writing assistance and more.

Office for International Education

The Office for International Education (OIE) assists students in their study abroad endeavors through LRU's many exchange programs. OIE also offers information on summer study programs, internships, and international service opportunities. LRU also offers a Study Away program, allowing LRU students to study away from the LR campus at another location in the United States.

Community Service Office

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."

For more information on community service opportunities and how to get involved in volunteer programs and activities should contact Rita Purvis (rita.purvis@lr.edu), the Career and Community Relations Coordinator, in the Alex Lee Career and Professional Development Center.

Laura Dobson

Titles: Director of International Education, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7028

Carla Fowler

Titles: Director, Lohr Learning Commons, Coordinator, Student Engagement
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7622

Richard Gould

Titles: Visiting Instructor of Journalism and Mass Communication, Director of the Speech Lab

Kathy Ivey

Titles: Professor of English, Director of the University Writing Center
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7318

Rita Purvis

Titles: Coordinator, Career and Community Relations
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7709

Katie Wohlman

Titles: Assistant Dean, Students, Director, Career and Professional Development
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7699