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Orientation

Orientation Date: August 17-20

Congratulations and Welcome to the Bear Family. We are excited you have chosen to attend Lenoir-Rhyne University. New Student Orientation is designed to prepare college students for the personal, social, and academic opportunities ahead. You will learn valuable tips and resources from orientation leaders and professional staff, who will serve as your guides and mentors at LRU.

What to Expect at New Student Orientation:
  • Engage in the First Year Experience (FYE) Program
  • Learn Lenoir-Rhyne Traditions
  • Explore Clubs and Organizations
  • Connect with academic support
  • Insightful discussions about the Campus Read book
  • Mindfulness for Health & Wellness
  • Learn about living on campus and safety tips
  • Discover resources for commuter, transfer, international, and first year students
  • Participate in fun late night events

Come ready with questions about campus life and what it means to be an LR Bear. Also, we can’t forget to mention the wonderful experiences of meeting other incoming LRU students. Be prepared to make friends with fellow Bears. The Orientation Staff looks forward to meeting you on August 18.

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Facebook Page: LR Orientation
Twitter: @LRUOrientation
Instagram: lr_orientation
Snapchat: LR_Orientation

Questions? Contact us at lr.orientation@lr.edu or 828.328.7016

Orientation Schedule

Friday, August 17

Residence Hall Move-In
8 am - 2 pm

LR Orientation Check-In
Cromer Center Lobby
8 am - 1 pm

Campus Resource Fair
Cromer Center Lobby
11 am - 1 pm

Lunch
Cromer Dining Hall
11 am - 2 pm

Welcome to Lenoir-Rhyne!
PE Monroe Auditorium
2 pm - 3:30 pm

Day in the Life of an LR student
PE Monroe Auditorium
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Parent Reception
PE Monroe Auditorium Lobby
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Meet Your Orientation Group!
Various Locations
3 pm - 4:30 pm

Dinner
Cromer Dining Hall
5:30 pm - 7 pm

Campus Security Meeting
PE Monroe Auditorium
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Athletics Information Session
Mortez Sports Complex
8:30 pm - 9 pm

Vespers
Moretz Sports Complex
9 pm

Saturday, August 18

Breakfast
Cromer Dining Hall
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Hands on Hickory
PE Monroe Auditorium & Shaw Plaza
8 am - 12 pm

Lunch
Cromer Dining Hall
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Summer Read
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Orientation Group
PE Monroe Auditorium
4 pm - 4:30 pm

Lenoir-Rhyne Philanthropy
PE Monroe Auditorium
4:30 pm - 5 pm

Dinner
Cromer Dining Hall
5:30 pm - 7 pm

What’s in your Backyard?
Russell Lawn
5 pm - 8 pm

LR Presents….Spirit Night (Scrimmage Football Game)
Moretz Stadium
7 pm - 10 pm

Sunday, August 19

Breakfast
Cromer Dining Hall
8 am - 9:30 am

Technology Check
9 am - 11 am
Rhyne Building
McCrorie Center
Rudisill Library

Chapel
Grace Chapel
11 am - 11:30 am

Lunch
Cromer Dining Hall
11 am - 1 pm

Title IX
PE Monroe Auditorium
1 pm - 1:30 pm

Orientation Group
Various Locations
1:30 pm - 3 pm

International Student Orientation Session
Cromer Seminar Room
2 pm

Academic Wellness
Health & Wellness
PE Monroe Auditorium
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Dinner
Cromer Dining Hall
5:30 pm - 7 pm

LR Presents….LR Hall Game Night
Cromer Center Lobby
Isenhour, Morgan, and Fritz-Conrad
7:30 pm - 10 pm

Monday, August 20

Breakfast
Cromer Dining Hall
8 am - 9 am

Beginning the Journey
PE Monroe Auditorium
9 am - 10 am

Lunch
Cromer Dining Hall
11 am - 1 pm

First Year Advising
PE Monroe Auditorium
1 pm - 1:30 pm

College Academic Fair
Belk Centrum Lobby
PE Monroe Auditorium Lobby
Cromer Center Lobby
Alex Lee Entrepreneurship Center Lobby
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

International Student Reception
Rudisill Library, Colloquium Room
2 pm

Athletics 101
Grace Chapel
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

On-Campus Job Fair
Rudisill Library
3 pm - 4:30 pm

Sorority & Fraternity Life Invitation
Belk Centrum
5 pm - 6 pm

Week of Welcome Party: Sponsored by Campus Activities Board
Cromer Dining Hall
5:30 pm - 7 pm

Dinner
Cromer Dining Hall
5:30 pm - 7 pm

Chantelle Tickles

Assistant Director of Student Activities

First Year Advising & Student Success

Visit our Office of Student Success page to learn more about academic advising, academic coaching, and probation and academic recovery.

Teresa Swan Tuite

Director of Student Success & Retention, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Teena Brooks

First-Year Advisor

First Year Experience (FYE)

FYE 191-192: First Year Experience
The purpose of FYE is to help students make the transition from high school to college, to prepare them to be successful in their college careers and beyond. In more concrete terms, this includes fostering the academic skills and professional behavior required in college and introducing students to the rigors of college in general and to the unique educational culture of Lenoir-Rhyne in particular. Each section of FYE has a specific content area, so students should select courses based on their interest in the subject matter; in all sections, however, students should expect to be challenged by the reading, writing, researching, thinking, and discussing involved. This is a two-semester course, with three credit hours in the fall and three in the spring.

Campus Read
Freshman students will read Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami and participate in conversations about this collection of stories, during Orientation and throughout the year. The author will visit campus in September, as part of the Visiting Writers Series.
*All students are expected to complete the Campus Read and a short writing assignment prior to their arrival for Orientation.

Campus Read Assignment

Your first homework assignment as an LR student is to read Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. Afterward, write a short response using at least one direct quotation with citation. Your goal should be to interact with the writing in a way that goes beyond summarizing it.

You may analyze an aspect of the stories or the writing, respond on a personal level, or draw comparisons to other texts, films, or real life. Bring your response to Orientation, where you will discuss the book in small groups and submit your writing for your First Year Experience instructor.

Dr. Julie Voss

Dr. Julie Voss

Associate Professor of English, Director of General Education

Residence Life

Visit our Residence Life page to learn more about housing options and the services we provide.

Jonathan Rink

Jonathan Rink

Director, Residence Life

Additional Student Support Services

Additional Student Opportunities

'Spirit of LR' Marching Band

The “Spirit of LR” Marching Band is a unique group of students from many majors on campus dedicated to entertainment and musical excellence. Not only will Marching Band help to hone your musical and performance skills, but it will introduce you to a close-knit community of students who will quickly become your friends.

Membership qualifies each student for the Marching Band Scholarship of $1,000 (within the LR scholarship guidelines - no student will be awarded scholarship monies over the cost of tuition).

Band Camp: Guard and Percussion - August 8-10 and Full Band - August 11-16.
Housing and meals are provided during camp. We have instruments of all kinds for students to use. Many of our large brass are still new, and our percussion battery and front ensemble instruments are top quality. Color guard equipment (flags/rifles) is provided for each member as well.

If you are interested, contact Neil Underwood, Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands.

LRU Cheer & Dance Teams

General Information

Final Summer Tryout: Monday, June 18 at 2:30 pm, following Red & Black Day

If you are interested in registering or have additional questions, you may reach out to Head Coach Christy Creson.

Invitation Requirements

Cheer Bears
Co-Ed Cheer Squad; Tumbling skills are strongly encouraged, but not required, all one leg stunting skills (Lib, Stretch, Arabesque with full twist dismount).
We will also review more advanced skills (Switch Ups, Full Ups, and Back Tuck Baskets)

If you have a gymnastics background you do not have to have a cheerleading background to audition.
  • Must Possess strong game day skills in; Motions, Dance, Personality and Fitness
  • Interviews will be conducted with each potential cheerleader
  • Each Cheerleader is required to purchase; shoes, warm-ups , accessories and pay for NCA Camp ( This can be paid out of pocket or fundraised) and will move into school 2 weeks prior to school starting.

    Males do not require previous cheer experience.

Dance Team
Must have previous dance or cheerleading experience. We will be incorporating high kicks, pirouettes, straight leg turns and leaps into our routines.

  • Must possess strong game day presence in Motions, Dance.
  • Interviews will be conducted with each potential dancer.
  • Each Dancer is required to purchase practice wear, shoes, warm-ups and will move into school 2 weeks early and must fundraise or pay for NCA Camp.

Preview Day Attire

Cheer: Please wear LR colors (cardinal, black or white) and black shorts with white cheer shoes and hair pulled back with a bow. Please arrive with hair and makeup game day ready.

Dance: Please wear black leggings or pants and black top (crop or full length nothing loose fitting) with jazz shoes- Please arrive with hair and makeup performance ready.

You must pre-register by emailing us your information and fill out a waiver to attend preview day.