Office of Alumni Engagement
The Office of Alumni Engagement aims to connect LR alumni with the University and one another through a variety of programs, both formal and informal. We offer opportunities to return to campus, like Homecoming and Reunion Weekend; ways to connect where you live through regional events; and programs like our alumni enewsletter and online community that you can take advantage of wherever you are.
If you have questions, please contact Leeanne Kale-Hoke.
All LR alumni are automatically members of the Alumni Association. There are no dues to pay and no membership requirements. The Alumni Association’s goals are to promote fellowship and community among alumni; build, maintain and enhance the relationship between LR and alumni; act as an advisory on matters related to alumni relations; and generally further the interests of LR.
The board meets three times a year and is led by the president and governed by the constitution and bylaws.
We are now accepting nominations for the Alumni Association board of directors. If you would like to nominate someone or yourself to the board, please use the form below.
The current members of the board are:
Term Expires 2019
Amy Floyd, Immediate Past-President, ’91
Mike Shehan, Vice President, ’05
Mary Ellen Stephens ’10, Vice President
Julia Wilson ’14, Secretary
Randy Carroll ‘14
Susan Jackson ’06
Janet Mitchell ’72
Mark Thomas ’94
Meredith Brown ‘02
Stephanie Cooksey ’09
Shane Lunsford ’95
Kay Schmucker ’64
Marty Simmons ’87
Term Expires 2020
Pastor Stephen Mims ’96, President
Lindsay Atkin ’12
Perrell Bess ’06
Sam Holtsclaw ’09
Pastor John Stirewalt ’81
Term Expires 2021
Douglas Marion ’08, President-Elect
Joyce Pugh ‘61
Toni Steed-Smith ’90
John Hall ’72
John Rhyne ’75
Hampton Hadley ’88
Every year, the Alumni Association honors deserving alumni with its awards. The award presentation takes place at the Bears for Life Luncheon held during Alumni Weekend.
The awards are:
The Clarence L. Pugh Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is presented annually to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated great prominence in his or her career field while adhering to the principles of education and Christian character upon which Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded. In 2001, the award was renamed for Clarence L. Pugh ’62 in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Opal L. Moretz Alumni Service Awards are given in memory of Opal Ledford Moretz ’65, former Lenoir-Rhyne dean of students and volunteer director of church relations, and recognize significant acts of service to the community, the University and the Alumni Association. One award for each category is presented every year.
The Rising Star Young Alumnus/a Award was commissioned by the Lenoir-Rhyne University Alumni Association board of directors in 2000 to recognize outstanding achievement and potential of young alumni.
You can nominate a deserving alumnus/a using our nomination form below.
View the list of previous winners.
Your gifts to the Fund for Lenoir-Rhyne continue to make it possible for the University to offer quality higher education and one-of-a-kind experiences for its students. With your help, students are able to receive a well-rounded education with opportunities that extend well beyond the classroom.
Every fall, we host Homecoming so alumni can return and celebrate their alma mater. This year’s will take place Friday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 14. Events include a homecoming kickoff party at the Blowing Rock Draft House, homecoming parade, football tailgate and the football game against Limestone, plus shuttles to Hickory’s Oktoberfest celebration.
Register now to secure your sport for the Homecoming tailgate. It’s a free, family-friendly event and includes tailgate fare, games and great music all in a festive atmosphere under a big tent. Register today.
Reunion Weekend gives alumni celebrating their 25th or 50th anniversary of graduation a chance to return to campus and celebrate their lifelong connection to LR. Reunion committees are comprised of alumni who volunteer to help plan the weekend and raise money in support of their class gift.
Reunion is a fun weekend that includes a class dinner on Friday night and back-to-school classes, a lunch and campus tours on Saturday. Whether you’re on campus all the time or it’s been awhile, you’ll love this opportunity to celebrate being a Bear.
Reunion 2019 will honor the Class of 1994, celebrating its 25th reunion, and the Class of 1969, celebrating its 50th reunion. It will take place Friday, March 29-Saturday, March 30. If you’d like to get involved, please contact LeeAnne Kale-Hoke.
The Alumni Advantage program allows LR alumni to earn a master's degree at a discounted rate. The growing graduate program offers more than 30 graduate programs, including fully online degree options, and flexible scheduling designed to meet the needs of working professionals.
Request your transcript from the National Student Clearinghouse. This will take you to the National Student Clearinghouse. Once there, enter all your information, make your payment, and sign the request electronically. That’s it!