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LRU Asheville and Columbia Centers continue to grow.
Truong '17 awarded Fulbright Grant
In May, Lenoir-Rhyne University celebrated the graduation of nearly 300 students across the Hickory, Columbia, and Asheville campuses.
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2017 Faculty & Staff Award Recipients
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During the 114th annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Sciences (NCAS), five Lenoir-Rhyne students received awards for their research projects.
Thirteen students in Professor Dale King’s Transnational and Multicultural Dimensions in Global Business class expanded the scope of the typical classroom by working on an international Master of Business Administration project, called the X-Culture.
The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame 2017 class of inductees honored Marty Curtis, Bob Patterson, and Tom Watson, all whom have ties to Lenoir-Rhyne. The 2017 class of inductees also included Hall of Fame’s inaugural Team of Distinction – the 1960 NAIA National Football Champions Lenoir-Rhyne College.
Dr. Rand Brandes, Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English and Director of the Visiting Writing Series, had a feature published in The Irish Times during a recent visit to Ireland.
Alejandro Rendon, member of LR’s Physician Assistant (PA) Inaugural Class of 2018, started the North Carolina United Scholars Program (NCUSP) to increase diversity in the PA workforce.
Luke Benton, Visiting Instructor of Music, was commissioned by the Western Piedmont Symphony to co-write a concerto for Celtic harp and orchestra with internationally known Scottish harpist, Maeve Gilchrist.
Students learned about the Icelandic business context and how the country is transforming itself into a world leader for tourism, innovation, and sustainability.
This past spring, Richard (Dick) Warren Morse signed an agreement to create an Endowed Faculty Chair in Psychology.
JERRY FOX '59 LR Hall of Famer, was inducted into the Iredell County Sports Hall of Fame May 22, 2017.
SANDRA WATERS '65 was presented with a proclamation from Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman for 50 years of service to the city at the July 11th Newton City Council meeting.
CAROLYN (SMITH) GREGG '65 received the Daughters of the American Revolution's National History Award Medal in May 2017.
THOMAS WATSON '66 was inducted into the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame with the 2017 class.
MARTY CURTIS '72 was inducted into the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame with the 2017 class.
JOE FRIDAY '86 retired from the Greenville Police Department after 25 years of service.
MARTIN 'MARTY' KLEIN '91 was confirmed by the United States Senate for promotion to Brigadier General in the United States Army.
CLARK GARDNER AND RUTH (NOLAND) '91 were married at Lake Junaluska in November 2016.
STACEY (HILL) THOMAS '97 graduated from UNC Greensboro with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership degree.
SEAN FAGAN '05 AND REBECCA HALL '05 were married in Valparaiso, Ind. in July 2016.
JONATHAN WEANT AND LAURA (VOELKERT) WEANT ’05 welcomed their second child and first son, Lukas Gary Weant, on September 4, 2016.
JAMES 'J.D.' OSBORNE '06 became Director of Sales for SightLife Surgical after 10 years of successful pharmaceutical, biotech, and OR device sales.
FARRAH YOUNG '17 spent the summer working for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in Raleigh, NC.
NICHOLAS HOMESLEY AND TAWNY (CHURCH) HOMESLEY ‘07 welcomed their second son, Blake Nicholas, on July 16, 2017. They reside in Minneapolis, Minn. with "little Bears," James and Blake, and their three dogs. Blake's paternal grandparents, The Rev. George Homesley '83 and Robin Hortin Homesley '81, are also LR alums.
GANESH BANYA '16, a graduate of the Master of Public Health program, was accepted in the Health Services Research Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas.
ASIA WILSON '14 was named a 2017 Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce 30 under 30 honoree.
ISAAC GROSE '13 married Hannah Presson in Greensboro, NC on July 29, 2017.
BRADLEY SETZER '10 married Megan Buckner in Rutherford College NC on December 10, 2016. He recently joined North Carolina Everett Fellowship as a Legal Aid in Wilmington NC. Setzer received his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law. He previously worked for the Burke County District Attorney's office.
BENJAMIN WITCHER AND SARAH (EMBRY) WITCHER '11, announce the birth of their daughter, Ellis Arden Witcher, born March 21, 2017.
MATTHEW RYAN PARSONS '06 AND MONICA HEITMAN PARSONS '08 welcomed their first child; a daughter, Ryah Michelle Parsons on June 25, 2016.
GERREN BRITTIAN '06 and his chiropractic practice was voted Reader’s Choice Best Chiropractic Office in the City of Winston-Salem for 2017 by the Winston-Salem Journal.
Lenoir-Rhyne University announced the hiring of Cameron Sealey as the new Head Women's Basketball Coach in April.
Danny Williamson was named Head Coach for both Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field.
A total of 292 Lenoir-Rhyne University student-athletes were named to the inaugural Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the 2016-17 academic year.
- Men's Tennis
Under the direction of first-year mentor Tom Rees, the Bears finished 11-10 overall and 4-7 in SAC play this year. Hamed Gandouz - Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference (singles).Tomas Hons - Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference (singles)
The Baseball Team went 22-26 on the year and 6-18 in the SAC in 2017. The Bears had two players drafted by Major League Baseball: senior John Curtis (Lenoir, NC) by the Atlanta Braves and junior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, NC) by the St. Louis Cardinals. In addition, junior Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, NC) signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals.
Thomas St. Clair - First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference, SAC Pitcher Of The Year, All-Southeast Region First Team, NCBWA Division II National Pitcher Of The Week
Marcus Shoemaker - SAC Gold Glove
The Softball Team continued its two-decade run of excellence in 2017. The Bears went 46-13 on the year and 16-4 in the SAC and earned a share of their 11th league regular season championship in school history. LR also earned a berth in the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the 11th time in the past 12 seasons.
Erin Boone - First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference, First-Team All-Southeast Region, Third-Team All-American, NFCA Top 25 Watch List
Sarah Kenley - First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference, SAC Player Of The Year, First-Team All-Southeast Region, Southeast Region Player Of The Year, Third-Team All-American
Sydney Landreth - First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference, First-Team All-Southeast Region
Brandi Parks - Second-Team All-Southeast Region
Mackenzie Cates - Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference
Sydney Miller - Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference
- Men's Lacrosse
The Men’s Lacrosse Team had a record-breaking season in 2017. The Bears went 12-3 on the year including an 8-0 record in the SAC and won their second consecutive league regular season title. LR also earned its first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs and hosted Tampa in the opening round of the national tournament on Saturday, May 13. LR was also ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation.
Quinn Kuhn - SAC Men’s Lacrosse Elite 18 Winner
Ben Corrigan - First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference
Eric Dickinson - First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference, SAC Freshman Of The Year
Shane Gottberg - First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference
Mike Hanlon - First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference, SAC Player Of The Year, Third-Team All-American
Collin Lett - First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference, Second-Team All-American
Jacob O’Connor - First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference
Ryan Crompton - Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference
Greg Paradine - SAC Coach Of The Year
- Women's Lacrosse
The Women’s Lacrosse Team, under the direction of first-year Coach Carlee Buck, went 11-8 on the year and 5-3 in the SAC. The Bears tied for fourth overall in the league standings and advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 SAC Championship.
Noreen McAllister - SAC Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete Of The Year
Alyssa Sack - Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference
Emily Kessler - Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference
Melissa Bechtel - Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference
Rachel Elmore - Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference
Ines Flueck - Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference
Gabby Sousa - Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference
- track and field
The Men’s Track and Field Team was third overall at the 2017 SAC Championship in April. Two athletes won league championship events: senior Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, NC) in the shot put and junior Derek Chavis (Lexington, NC) in 3,000-meter steeplechase.
P.J. Lotharp - All-Southeast Region (60-meter dash), NCAA Division II Indoor National Qualifier (60-meter dash)
C.J. Williams - All-Southeast Region (200-meter dash)
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The Women’s Track and Field Team finished fourth at the 2017 SAC Championship this past April on campus at the Irwin Belk Track and the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The following athletes won conference championships: senior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) in the hammer throw and freshman Autumn Drayton (Charlotte, NC) in the discus. Junior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) was named to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America NCAA Division II Second Team for Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country.
Autumn Drayton - All-Southeast Region (shot put)
Savannah Drummonds - All-Southeast Region (pole vault)
Paiton Fair - All-Southeast Region (400-meter dash)
Domonique Jones - All-Southeast Region (weight throw)
Haylea Salamon - All-Southeast Region (shot put, weight throw)
The Men’s Swimming Team finished seventh at the 2017 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in February.
Noah McRea - Honorable Mention CSCAA Scholar All-America, NCAA Division II “B” cut qualifying time
Jacob Queen - Honorable Mention CSCAA Scholar All-America, NCAA Division II “B” cut qualifying time
The Women’s Swimming Team placed ninth overall at the 2017 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center this past February in Charlotte, NC In addition, the women’s team earned CSCAA Team Scholar All-American honors for the Spring 2017 semester.
- Women's Basketball
The Women’s Basketball Team had its first winning season in three years in 2016-17, finishing 17-12 on the year and 13-9 in league play. The Bears finished sixth in the conference and ranked eighth in the nation in scoring defense at 55.4 points per game.
Chelsey Romero - Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference
- Men's Basketball
The Men’s Basketball Team finished 10-17 on the year including a 9-13 record in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). The Bears were led by first-year Coach Everick Sullivan.
Darrion Evans - Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference
- Women's Tennis
The Women’s Tennis Team went 9-12 on the year and 3-8 in SAC play in 2017. The Bears were under the leadership of first-year Head Coach Tom Rees. The LR Women’s Tennis Team also won the ITA Southeast Region Community Service Award.
Iulia Ponomareva - Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference (singles)
Student success is at the heart of everything we do at Lenoir-Rhyne.
RACHEL NICHOLS, Vice President for Enrollment Management