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Community Partners

Lenoir-Rhyne works alongside of business and community leaders to continue to enrich Hickory with educational, commercial, and cultural opportunities. Our campus and community are intertwined. We are neighbors working together to make Hickory a great place to live, work, learn and play.

Business Council

About the Business Council

Through Lenoir-Rhyne's Business Council, area businesses, industries, educational organizations, and the University work together to enhance the quality of life in the region and to provide mutually beneficial opportunities for all groups to prosper.

Presentations, seminars, round table discussions, and membership meeting provide community leaders an opportunity to network with one another, consult other experts, and provide students with opportunities to learn from business executives and professionals.

Businesses, corporations, and foundations that believe in the mission of LR and contribute $1,500 or more annually to support current operations are members of the LR Business Council. This commitment represents continued loyalty and ensures Lenoir-Rhyne's future by guaranteeing its ability to offer quality higher education and community programming.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is fortunate to have the partnership of a large number of businesses in our quest for educational excellence. Area businesses, industry, educational organizations and the University work together to enhance the quality of life in the Unifour and to provide mutually beneficial opportunities for all groups to prosper.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Business Council was established in 1983 to promote a better understanding of the University and its programs within the business community, to provide unique learning opportunities for students and businesses, and to support the University’s giving programs. Presentations, seminars, roundtable discussions, and membership meetings provide businesses with the opportunity to network with one another and consult other experts. Also, students are provided the opportunity to learn from business executives and professionals.

Benefits

Networking Opportunities
  • Member discounts and priority seating at all Business Council events
  • Fall Forum Luncheon and Business Leader of the Year invitations
  • Seminar participation - exclusive to membership and free of charge
Campus Involvement
  • Invitation to participate in Career Fairs
  • Consutling board for the LRU Charles M. Snipes School of Business & Economics
  • Usage of the Mauney-Schaeffer Conference Hall free of charge, subject to availability
  • Student intern(s) availability upon request

Business Council Members

2018 - 2019 Business Council Members
Allegra Printing
ARAMARK
Athletic Reconditioning Inc.
B & M Mailing
BB&T
BENCO Steel, Inc.
Broyhill Family Foundation, Inc.
Burch Bottle & Packaging
C. R. Laine Furniture Co.
Cafe Rule, LLC
Capital Concepts Financial Group
Cargo Transporters Inc.
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
Catawba Insurance Agency, LLC
Catawba Radiological Associates, Inc.
Catawba Valley Medical Center
Causecast Foundation
Century Furniture Co.
Chair City Supply Co., Inc.
Charlotte Paint Co., Inc.
Cheerwine Bottling Company
Classic Leather
Cody Law Firm
CommScope, Inc.
Conover Construction & Roofing, Inc.
Corning Optical Communications LLC
Custom Design Group
CVAB, Inc.
D&H Marketing, Inc.
David E. Looper & Company
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Don Farmer, CPA, P.A.
Duke Energy
Duke Energy Foundation
E. M. Suggs and Sara Deal Temple Foundation
ELCA Foundation
Eli Lilly & Company Foundation
Ellucian Company, L. P.
Filmtech Foundation Inc.
First Citizens Bank
Frye Regional Medical Center
General Electric Foundation
George Foundation, Inc.
Hanes Companies, Inc.
Hickory Construction Company
Hickory Furniture Mart
Hickory Mechanical, Inc.
Hickory Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Gastonia, NC
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Foundation – Hickory, NC
HSM Solutions
Impact Baseball Inc.
InFaith Community Foundation
Interstate Foam & Supply, Inc.
Jay-Jay Trophies
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
King Suzuki/Ford
Kontane, Inc.
Lenoir Mirror Company/The Jonas Foundation
Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation
Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A.
McCreary Modern, Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Nationwide Insurance Foundation
NC Community Foundation, Inc.
NC Synod of the ELCA
North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities
O. Leonard Moretz Foundation, Inc.
Patrick, Harper & Dixon, L.L.P.
Peoples Bank
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Hky, Inc.
Piedmont Educational Foundation, Inc.
Piedmont Natural Gas
PNC Foundation
PRISM Development, LLC
Resource Partners, LLC
Royall & Company
Sherrill Furniture Company
Shurtape Technologies, Inc.
Sign Systems, Inc.
Southeast Retirement Planners, Inc.
SouthSide Power & Fitness
State Farm Companies Foundation
SunTrust Bank
The Boeing Company Gift Match
The Bolick Foundation
The Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts
The Dickson Foundation, Inc.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Transportation Insight
Turf Pro Landscaping
Under Armour
Vanguard Furniture
von Drehle Corporation
VOYA Foundation
Wells Fargo (Bank and Matching Gifts)
White Tire Center of Springs Road

Contact:

Jayne Abernethy

Assistant Director for Donor Engagement
Hickory Campus

Community Service & Internships

The University encourages and recognizes students who become involved in volunteerism and service to the community outside of Lenoir-Rhyne University. We value the benefits of service learning in the development of our students.

According to ServiceLearning.Org: "Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities."

Hands on Hickory

Hands on Hickory provides our first year students with an opportunity to meet with community leaders and better understand Catawba County and the City of Hickory. During this time students will be introduced to agencies within the community where they will begin to establish a partnership that will last throughout the semester. The goal is to for students to engage with our community, work toward finding solutions on societal issues, and gain an understanding of the vital relationship between Lenoir-Rhyne University and the surrounding communities.

Community Services Fairs

Lenoir-Rhyne connects students to community service opportunities through various on-campus community service fairs.

Relationships with Agencies

Submit a community service opportunity

Internship Opportunities

Alex Lee Career & Professional Development Center provides opportunities for businesses to mentor LRU students.

Contact:

Charlotte Williams

Assistant Professor of Human Services, Associate Dean of Engaged and Global Learning
Hickory Campus

LR Partners

The LR Partners Program promotes partnerships with local businesses, agencies, and school and government entities to provide their employees opportunities for graduate and adult undergraduate education at discounted rates based on the degree of participation by the specific affiliate. The program is available to employees in partner companies or agencies who are accepted into a participating graduate or adult learner program.

How does the program work?

In the first year of the partnership, employees receive a 10% discount that is then adjusted each year based on total number of credit hours taken by the affiliate’s employees the previous year.

  • A-1 level: If zero hours in the fiscal year—discount rate for the upcoming year for any credit hours is 5%;
  • A-2 level: If 1-70 hours, 10% discount on all hours taken;
  • A-3 level: If 71-140 hours, 15% discount on all hours taken;
  • A-4 level: If 141 hours or greater, 20% discount on all hours taken.

Participating Companies and Agencies

  • Access Family Services
  • Affinity Living Group
  • Alex Lee, Inc.
  • Appalachian Community Services
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical College
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
  • Biltmore Company
  • Blue Ridge Area Foundation, Inc.
  • Blue Ridge Healthcare
  • Caldwell Memorial Hospital
  • Carolina Caring
  • Carolina Moon Hospitality
  • Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
  • Carolina Outreach, LLC
  • Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
  • Catawba County Government
  • Catawba County Schools
  • Catawba Valley Medical Center
  • Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County
  • City of Asheville
  • City of Hendersonville
  • City of Hickory
  • Community Care of Western North Carolina
  • Community Colleges of Appalachia
  • Community Foundation of Henderson County's Nonprofit Forum
  • CooperRiis
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Eliada Homes
  • Family Preservation Services of North Carolina, Inc.
  • French Broad Chocolates
  • Frye Regional Medical Center
  • Green Opportunities
  • Goodwill Industries of WNC
  • Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley
  • Haywood County Chamber of Commerce
  • Hickory Public Schools
  • Homeward Bound of Western NC
  • JBS
  • King Hickory Furniture
  • Meridian Senior Living
  • McDowell County Chamber of Commerce
  • Mission Health
  • Montford Hall
  • The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
  • Mountain BizWorks
  • Mountain Credit Union
  • NC Writers Network
  • Newton-Conover City Schools
  • Non Profit Forum of Henderson County
  • Pardee Hospital
  • Real Recovery of Asheville, Inc.
  • Shurtape Technologies, LLC
  • Solstice East/Asheville Academy for Girls
  • United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
  • Vaya Health
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Western NC Group Home for Autistic Persons, Inc.
  • Western North Carolina Community Health Services
  • Western North Carolina Human Resource Association
  • Western Regional Education Service Alliance
  • YMCA of Catawba Valley
  • YMCA of Western North Carolina
  • Zelandia Capital

Contact:

Mary Ann Gosnell

Director, Graduate Admission

LR Partners in Higher Ed

About:
Through the Lenoir-Rhyne Partners in Higher Education program, graduates from partner institutions will receive the following incentives for enrolling in participating graduate programs at LR.
- A 10% tuition discount will be applied throughout the student’s entire academic program of study.
- The student will not be charged application fees.
- If qualified, the student will be exempt from standardizing testing requirements.

Contract agreements for partner institutions:
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LR will partner in branding, marketing, and recruiting efforts when it serves to the advantage of both institutions. LR will also receive access to interested students or alumni and opportunities to promote programs and recruit at partner institutions.
- Contracts will be reviewed on an annual basis and continued unless otherwise terminated by notification. Either institution may terminate the contract at the end of any semester; however, any student currently enrolled and receiving the discount will continue to do so throughout their tenure as a student of Lenoir-Rhyne.
- These discounts may not be combined with any other LR discount program. If other discounts exist, the student may select the one program that optimizes her/his discount. LR reserves the right to not offer discounted credits in certain programs, which will be specified in the partnership agreements.

This program does not apply to the Occupational Therapy or Physician Assistant Studies graduate programs.

Senior Bear Program

The purpose of the Senior Bear Program is to provide seniors (adults age 55 and older) in the Hickory metro area with access to a coordinated and cost-effective range of educational programs, cultural and social activities, and athletic events at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In addition, members of the Senior Bear Program may be asked to participate as instructors, advisors and mentors to traditional students at the university, as appropriate to their interests, skills and background.

Board of Advisors

The Senior Bear Program is a program of Lenoir-Rhyne University that has been developed through a partnership with Abernethy Laurels, a premier retirement and continuing care community in the Hickory metro area.

Planning and oversight of the program is provided by a Board of Advisors consisting of the following members:

  • Community Members of the Senior Bear Program (4)
  • Faculty and Staff Members of Lenoir-Rhyne University (2)
  • Resident and Staff Member of Abernethy Laurels (2)

The Board of Advisors will meet on at least a quarterly basis to plan programs, review the services and benefits of the program, evaluate and make recommendations to the university on fee structures and develop long-range plans to enhance and develop the program. Approximately 50% of the fees generated from the Senior Bear Program will be used to fund the direct expenses of the program including planned activities, promotion and other events as developed by the Advisory Board.

Participation & Package Benefits

The participation levels and benefits of the Senior Bear Program are listed below. A 20% discount will be given to all married couples participating in the program.

Senior Bear - Dean's Level ($175 per year)
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University Senior BearTM photo identification card.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University parking sticker.
  • Option to audit up to two undergraduate courses per year as approved by the Registrar.
  • Access to all university sponsored cultural and athletic events at a discount of 25%.
  • Access to and check-out privileges at the Rudisill Library.
  • Ten meals per year in the university cafeteria.
  • Use of the university pool during open-swim hours.
  • Complimentary copies of Profile Magazine and other mailings from Advancement.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University email address (if requested).
  • Other benefits as developed and approved by the Advisory Board.
Senior Bear - Professor's Level ($125 per year)
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University Senior BearTM photo identification card.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University parking sticker.
  • Option to audit one undergraduate course per year as approved by the Registrar.
  • Access to all university sponsored cultural and athletic events at a discount of 25%.
  • Access to and check-out privileges at the Rudisill Library.
  • Five meals per year in the university cafeteria.
  • Use of the university pool during open-swim hours.
  • Complimentary copies of Profile Magazine and other mailings from Advancement.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University email address (if requested).
  • Other benefits as developed and approved by the Advisory Board.
Senior Bear - Student Level ($75 per year)
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University Senior BearTM photo identification card.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University parking sticker.
  • Access to all university sponsored cultural and athletic events at a discount of 25%.
  • Access to and check-out privileges at the Rudisill Library.
  • Use of the university pool during open-swim hours.
  • Complimentary copies of Profile Magazine and other mailings from Advancement.
  • A Lenoir-Rhyne University email address (if requested).
  • Other benefits as developed and approved by the Advisory Board.

Senior Bear Enrollment

Contact:

Janet Matthews

Director, Conferences & Events
Hickory Campus

University City Commission

The purpose of this board is to deepen and broaden the relationship between Lenoir-Rhyne University, the City of Hickory, and their students and residents. Their focus will be on growing the student body's presence and interaction in the community and increasing the young adult population in Hickory, while enhancing the collegiate atmosphere and promoting school pride throughout the community.

The Friends of LR Discount Program allows businesses to express support for LR by offering a discount to their local University’s campus community. The UCC welcomes any business in Columbia that provides services and/or products to students, faculty, and staff at LR to participate in the program. Visit lr.edu/FriendsofLR to learn more about the program, view a listing of businesses already participating, and sign up.

For more information, please contact Hickory's Staff Liaison Sarah Prencipe.


Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony is both a student and community ensemble.

SPRING CONCERT – Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm in PE Monroe.

For information on joining the LR Wind Symphony, contact:
Dr. Daniel Kiser
kiser@lr.edu
828.328.7154

Prof. Neil Underwood
Neil.Underwood@lr.edu
828.328.7195