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Solmaz Institute

The Solmaz Institute is a unique framework for the provision of clinic services, outreach programs and interdisciplinary internship opportunities for students in the College of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science on the Lenoir-Rhyne University Hickory campus. The main emphasis is on addressing the dilemma of obesity in children and adolescents in this region.

The Institute offers a post baccalaureate Dietetic Internship training for those applicants who wish to become licensed as registered dietitians. Interested students should complete a Dietetic Internship application.

The institute was established in 2011 with a generous gift of $3 million from Gungor and Diana Solmaz of Denver, NC. A native of Turkey, Mr. Solmaz, was a businessman who wanted to do something positive in the way of healthy living for his adopted country and local community. Mr. and Mrs. Solmaz were very concerned about the health of youth and the prevailing problems of obesity.


Kimberly Pennington

Director of the Solmaz Institute, Instructor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science
Hickory Campus
School: 828.328.7473
School Fax: 828.328.7435
McCrorie 237; LR Box 7155