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.
Congratulations to our new group of Alumni Association Board of Directors members! The following alumni will serve on the Board of Directors beginning June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2024.
- Carter Woolley ’18
- Arzoo Mulla ’16
- Jermy Brown ’06
- Stacey Troisi ’05 and LTSS ’07
- Toni Steed-Smith '90
- Hampton Hadley '88
- L’Tanya Fish ’76
- John Hall '72
Stephen Mims '96, Immediate Past President
Janet Mitchell '72, Secretary
Douglas Marion '08, President (not pictured)
Marty Simmons '87, Vice President
Mark Thomas '94, Vice President
Lindsay Atkin '12 (not pictured)
Perrell Bess '06
Meredith Brown '02
Chris Campbell '98
Hampton Hadley '88
John Hall '72 (not pictured)
Sam Holtsclaw '09
Susan Jackson '06 (not pictured)
Anthony Laxton, II '13 (not pictured)
Shane Lunsford '95
Dawon Millwood '12
Joyce Pugh '61
John Rhyne '75 (not pictured)
Kay Schmucker '64
Toni Steed-Smith '90 (not pictured)
John Stirewalt '81
Jon Swift '76 (not pictured)
Julia Wilson Reedy '14
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.
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.
Homecoming is held every fall and provides all alumni the opportunity to return to campus and celebrate their alma mater. Homecoming 2021 is scheduled for Oct. 22-23, 2021.
We are looking forward to having our Bear family back on campus! Visit Homecoming 2021 for more information.
Reunion Weekend gives alumni celebrating their 25th, 40th 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 and other special events for the celebrating classes. Whether you’re on campus all the time or it’s been awhile, you’ll love this opportunity to celebrate being a Bear.
Reunion 2021 will take place in the fall and honor the Class of 1996 celebrating its 25th reunion, the Class of 1981 celebrating its 40th reunion and the Class of 1971 celebrating its 50th reunion. It will also honor those classes who missed their reunion due to the pandemic in 2020. The Class of 1995 has plans to celebrate their missed 25th reunion in the spring and the Classes of 1970 and 1980 will celebrate in the fall.
Click on the Reunion Weekend link above for more details. If you’d like to get involved, please contact Mary Ellen Sherrill at 828.328.7351.
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!