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Celebration of Academic Excellence

At the end of every academic year, Lenoir-Rhyne University sponsors a celebration of Academic Excellence to recognize students who excel in their academic programs of study.

Our celebration begins on April 23 with a keynote from the University’s faculty fellow, setting up the Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on April 24. The celebration culminates with the Honors Convocation and the Academic Awards Ceremony on April 30. Between the two events various colleges, schools, and organizations host:

  • Honors Society Inductions
  • Academic Presentations and Debates
  • Poster Presentations
  • Other Academic events

Keynote from Faculty Fellow

The 2017-2018 Lenoir-Rhyne University faculty fellow is Dr. Jennifer Heller. Her keynote is titled "Mirror, Mirror, in the Classroom: The Art of Self-Reflection."

Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)

Since 2009, the campus cancels classes for the day to provide space for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research projects and creative works to the campus community. The event also hosts a keynote speaker to discuss the merits of undergraduate research, especially how this facilitates relationships between faculty and students.

Graduate Research and Creative Expression (GRACE)

Since 2017, the Asheville campus provides a day for graduate students to showcase their cutting-edge research and creative works, as well as discuss projects across disciplines. The event is free and open to the public, with refreshments available.

Academic Awards Ceremony

This ceremony recognizes high-achieving students who have excelled in many of the University’s academic majors. Family and friends are encouraged to share this special occasion with the award recipients.

Honors Convocation

This ceremony recognizes students, faculty, and staff for their achievements throughout the academic year.

Schedule of Events

Honor Society Inductions

Sigma Theta Tau
February 22 @ 7 pm, Grace Chapel (Current Seniors)
April 19 @ 7 pm, Cromer Center (Graduate Students and Community Members)

Mortar Board Senior National Honor Society
April 8
2 pm
Grace Chapel, Hickory Campus

Omicron Delta Epsilon
April 11
Invitation Only

Chi Beta Phi National Science & Math Honorary
Induction Ceremony & Graduate Recognition

April 13
5 pm
Millholland Outdoor Classroom - Closed Event

Chi Sigma Iota - Asheville
April 13
6 pm
2nd Floor Board Room, Asheville Center

Chi Sigma Iota - Columbia
April 13
6 pm
Reinhartz Hall, Columbia Center

Chi Sigma Iota - Hickory
April 14
5:30 pm
Grace Chapel, Hickory Campus

Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society Induction Ceremony

April 15
6 pm
Colloquium Room, Rudisill Library

Chi Alpha Sigma
April 23
10 am
Cromer Dining Hall

Delta Mu Delta
April 25
Time & Location TBD

Pi Sigma Alpha Banquet and Induction Ceremony
April 25
6:30 pm
Dos Amigos Mexican Restaurant

Theta Alpha Kappa
April 27

Invitation Only

Upsilon Chi
May 3
10 am
Location TBD

SALUTE Academic Honor Society for Veterans Initiation

November 10
Belk Centrum

Alpha Lambda Delta Initiation
December 3
Belk Centrum

Learn more about honor societies at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Thesis & Poster Presentations/Debates

Nursing Debates
April 18 & 25
Time & Location TBD
Debate Topics:
- Mandatory Immunizations for Children
- Family Presence During a Code - Allow or Not
- Medical Marijuana
- Drug Use During Pregnancy - Punishable by Law
- Welfare Recipients Required to Submit to Random Drug Screening to Receive Benefits

BIO 400 - Senior Biology Research Project Presentations
April 19
12:15 pm
Minges Science Building 300
- Brooke Brockman "Effect of Lemongrass Oil on Antibiotic Resistance of Pathogenic Bacteria"
- Ryan Sapp "Prey Preference in African Clawed Frogs (Xenopus laevis)"

May 1
12:15 pm
Minges Science Building 300
- Jacob Adkins "Effect of Straw and Clay Content on the Strength of Adobe Walls as Measured by In Situ Shear Tests"
- Brandi Miller "Caffeine and the Growth of Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacteria in Vitro"
- Jennifer Barrera "Influence of Serotonin on Gut Bacteria in the Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa)"

May 7
8 am
Minges Science Building 300
- John Amodeo "Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in Amyloid Aggregation"
- Nadia Lawrence "Anti-Staphylococcal Activity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa"

Nursing Research Day
April 19
4 pm
Cromer Center
- Berina Coffey - "Sepsis Bundle Characteristics and Readmission Rates"
- Kady Hurst - "Is There a Relationship Between National Early Warning Score (NEWS) and Mortality in Emergency Department Patients With a Diagnosis of Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock"
- Morgan Deal - "Body Mass Index and Complications During Childbirth"
- Hanna McRee - "Neonatal Abstinence Length of Stay"
- Madison Poe - "Vital Sign Stability Compared to Readmission Rates"

College of Health Sciences Research Extravaganza Poster Presentation
April 24
12 pm - 2 pm
Moretz Gymnasium

Occupational Therapy - Columbia Campus
Evidence-based Practice Posters
Ethics Presentation

April 26
Time TBD
Health Sciences Building, Columbia Campus

BIO 498 - Senior Honors Biology Research Presentations
April 30
1:30 pm - 3 pm
Minges Science Building 222
- Sinclair Do: Influence of capsaicin on the growth of pathogenic organisms
- Hannah Aaron: Confirming monofloral honey composition through the comparison of PCR, pollen counting, and basic color identification methods
- Laura Dytrt: The influence of ginger (Zingiber officinale) on the growth of gut bacterial species, in vitro (Microbiology)

May 1
3 pm - 5 pm
Minges Science Building 222
- Renelsa Blackman: The effects of exogenous juvenile hormone III on 5th instar tobacco hornworms
- Sean Bryant: Identification of bacteria through Fourier-Transform infrared spectroscopy
- Justin Ashby: Type 2 cGMP-dependent protein kinase suppresses tumorigenesis
- Aubrey Hite: The effects of clove oil Eugenia carophyllata) on the growth of antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacteria

Occupational Therapy - Hickory Campus
Evidence-based Practice Posters
Treatment & Assessment Posters
Ethics Presentation

May 1
Time TBD
McCrorie Center

Mathematics Senior Theses presentations
May 2
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Rhyne 159

Psychology Projects
Time & Location TBD
- The Neuropsychology of PANDAS: A Case Study of an Early-School Male. Gordon Cappelletty, & Baylee Lail
- Neuropsychological Correlates of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Gordon Cappelletty, & Ana Kondratiev
- Feline Purring as an Effective Treatment of Anxiety. Baylee Lail & Gordon Cappelletty
- The Relationship between Exercise and Eating Habits in College Students. Chelsea Jacobs, Samantha Bishop, Rachel Hamilton, Rebecca Moxley, & Taylor Newton (Faculty Sponsor)
- Gender Differences, Age, and Stress. Tessa Young, Sarah Gutierrez, Aisa Allen, Kayla Miller, Rosalind Loritts, & Taylor Newton (Faculty Sponsor)
- Music Preference and Driving Performance. Jennifer Fisher, Norma Chavez, Jorelle Farmer, Aimee Lucas, & Taylor Newton (Faculty Sponsor)
- The Relationship between Alcohol Usage and Personality Type in College Students. Jenica Poindexter, Jacqulyn Cunningham, Sydney Brown, Makaila Starnes, Connor Dailey, & Taylor Newton (Faculty Sponsor)
- Effects of Meditation and Prayer on Stress in College Students. Noah McRea & Taylor Newton
- The Relationship between Extracurricular Activity Involvement and Self Esteem in College Students. Briana Johnson, Ashlee Withrow, Aleesta Clodfelter, Sarah Souther, & Taylor Newton (Faculty Sponsor),
- The Relationship between Self-Esteem and Religiosity. Baylee Lail, Emily Sprinkle, Anthony Pyatt, Alayna Morris, & Taylor Newton (Faculty Sponsor)

Awards Ceremonies & Banquets

Counseling Regalia Ceremony - Hickory
May 5
4:30 pm
Grace Chapel, Hickory Campus

LRU Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia
Awards & Graduation Banquet

April 13
6 pm
Reinhartz Hall, Columbia Center

Teaching Scholars Senior Honors Ceremony
April 3
11:30 am
Rhyne Building, Hickory Campus

Honors Convocation
April 30
10 am
PE Monroe Auditorium

Academic Awards Ceremony
April 30
4:30 pm
Belk Centrum


VIEW FULL Schedule

Celebration Kickoff
April 23
10 am
Belk Centrum

Welcome Reception
NAT 388/Psych. Poster Session
Graduate Information Fair
12 pm - 1 pm
Belk Centrum Lobby

Keynote Address: Dr. Brannon Anderson, Furman University
Award Recipient for Undergraduate Research
1 pm - 2 pm
Belk Centrum

2:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Rhyne Building 149, Rhyne Building 249, Belk Centrum, PE Monroe Auditorium