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C. Randall (Randy) Isenhower began his role with the Catawba County Board of Commissioners in 2010 and currently serves as board chair. He is chair of the Golden LEAF Foundation, a statewide agency whose mission is to make grants for rural, economically depressed areas of the state. He served as past chair of the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education.

A Newton native, Isenhower attended Newton-Conover City Schools and graduated from Newton-Conover High School. He later earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School. He is an attorney with the law firm of Sigmon, Sigmon & Isenhower in Newton from 1979 to the present and has been a partner in the firm since 1983.

Isenhower's community involvement has been extensive, including current service on the Partners Behavioral Health Management Board and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee.

He and his wife, Carmen, live in Newton and have two daughters, Charlotte and Whitney.

Read More about Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series: Randy Isenhower
Minges Science Building Room 222, Hickory Campus

Schulte's presentation titled "Elephant Chemical Signaling" on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Minges Science Building Room 222 will have an educational emphasis for science students. The second presentation on Friday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. in Belk Centrum is a more general talk on "Elephant Behavior and Conservation." Both seminars are open to the public.

Schulte has been researching African elephants from South Africa and Tanzania for nearly a decade. His research interest in the areas of animal behavior, chemical ecology, and conservation has resulted in the publication of over 60 peer-reviewed papers. His research has recently taken more of a conservation approach as he works to reduce human-wildlife conflict through a better understanding of elephant behavior, particularly how the animals communicate with each other. Currently, Schulte is an adviser to the International Elephant Foundation and travels internationally to present his research on elephant behavior.

Since the Steelman Science Lecture Series began in 1981, Schulte joins a long list of scientific researchers who have visited LRU. The series was started with donations from LRU alumnus Sanford Steelman, Ph.D., and Merck Laboratories. Over nearly four decades, LRU has hosted approximately 50 renowned research scientists. The purpose of the series is to engage the campus community, especially natural science students, with a variety of interesting and engaging researchers as they envision where their education can take them. The program was also stablished to give LRU students first-hand experience with outstanding researchers and thinkers in the various scientific disciplines.

Read More about Elephant Chemical Signaling - Bruce Schulte, Ph.D.
Belk Centrum, Hickory Campus

Schulte's presentation titled "Elephant Chemical Signaling" on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Minges Science Building Room 222 will have an educational emphasis for science students. The second presentation on Friday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. in Belk Centrum is a more general talk on "Elephant Behavior and Conservation." Both seminars are open to the public.

Schulte has been researching African elephants from South Africa and Tanzania for nearly a decade. His research interest in the areas of animal behavior, chemical ecology, and conservation has resulted in the publication of over 60 peer-reviewed papers. His research has recently taken more of a conservation approach as he works to reduce human-wildlife conflict through a better understanding of elephant behavior, particularly how the animals communicate with each other. Currently, Schulte is an adviser to the International Elephant Foundation and travels internationally to present his research on elephant behavior.

Since the Steelman Science Lecture Series began in 1981, Schulte joins a long list of scientific researchers who have visited LRU. The series was started with donations from LRU alumnus Sanford Steelman, Ph.D., and Merck Laboratories. Over nearly four decades, LRU has hosted approximately 50 renowned research scientists. The purpose of the series is to engage the campus community, especially natural science students, with a variety of interesting and engaging researchers as they envision where their education can take them. The program was also stablished to give LRU students first-hand experience with outstanding researchers and thinkers in the various scientific disciplines.

Read More about Elephant Behavior and Conservation - Bruce Schulte, Ph.D.

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