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Office of Alumni Engagement

About Us

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.

Alumni Association Board

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 2020
Pastor Stephen Mims ’96, President
Lindsay Atkin ’12
Perrell Bess ’06
Sam Holtsclaw ’09
Pastor John Stirewalt ’81
Randy Carroll '14
Mary Ellen Stephens ’10, Vice President

Term Expires 2021
Douglas Marion ’08, President-Elect
Joyce Pugh ‘61
Toni Steed-Smith ’90
John Hall ’72
John Rhyne ’75
Hampton Hadley ’88
Janet Mitchell ’72
Julia Wilson Reedy ’14, Secretary
Susan Jackson ’06
Mark Thomas ’94

Term Expires 2022
Meredith Brown ’02
Chris Campbell ’98
Shane Lunsford ’95
Dawon Millwood ’12
Kay Schmucker ’64
Marty Simmons ’87

Alumni Association Nomination Form

Alumni Association Awards

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.

Give to LRU

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. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5. Events include a homecoming kickoff party at the Blowing Rock Draft House on Friday, the homecoming parade, football tailgate and the football game against University of Virginia-Wise on Saturday.

Reunion Weekend

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, back-to-school classes, the Bears for Life lunch and campus tours. Whether you’re on campus all the time or it’s been awhile, you’ll love this opportunity to celebrate being a Bear.

Reunion 2020 will honor the Class of 1995, celebrating its 25th reunion; the Class of 1980, celebrating its 40th reunion; and the Class of 1970, celebrating its 50th reunion. It will take place Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25. If you’d like to get involved, please contact LeeAnne Kale-Hoke.

Regional Events

Learn about upcoming opportunities to connect with alumni in your area.

If you’re interested in helping plan events where you live, please contact Leeanne Kale-Hoke.


Class Notes

Submit a class note to appear in Profile magazine. Send your personal and professional news and we’ll share it in the next printed issue. Email Leeanne Kale-Hoke at leeanne.kale@lr.edu.

Social Media

Find out what’s happening at LR and with other alumni by connecting with us on social media.



Profile Magazine

Profile is the LR magazine for alumni and friends. It’s published three times a year — in the spring and fall in print and online and in the summer in an online only issue.

Alumni eNews

The Alumni Enews is sent monthly to all alumni via email. If you’re not receiving it, then we likely don’t have an email address for you. Submit yours using our online form.


Update Your Contact Information

Have you moved? Changed your name? Updated your email address? Send us any changes to your contact information using our convenient online form and you won’t miss any news from LR.

Alumni Advantage

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 a Transcript

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!

HACAWA Yearbooks

Did I really look like that? Go back in time and search HACAWA yearbooks online.