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Lohr Learning Commons

The Lohr Learning Commons, located on the 2nd floor of the Carl A. Rudisill Library, draws together a suite of academic services, learning and computer labs, co-curricular programs, and enrichment opportunities that support and enhance the educational pursuits of Lenoir-Rhyne students.

The Learning Commons is a favorite spot for many students. The area includes a large room with movable tables and chairs, and accommodates individuals, small groups and large gatherings. Vending and comfortable study nooks that overlook some of the most beautiful scenery on campus are also available.

Services and Programs

Academic Support & Tutoring Services Request Form

Academic Support & Tutoring Services Request Form

The Writing Center

Located in LIB201, the Writing Center provides assistance for students at any point in the writing process, including:

  • understanding an assignment
  • choosing a topic and generating ideas
  • developing and organizing ideas
  • checking documentation style
  • editing sentences

Writing Center appointments can be made by calling the Center at 828.328.7436 during open hours or by emailing the Writing Center (48 hours’ advance notice needed for email scheduling). Walk-ins are welcome if the tutor is available.

The semester’s schedule is posted on the Writing Center door, on our portal site, and on our Facebook page . Writers may also call for the schedule.

Mathematics Tutorial Lab

The Learning Commons Mathematics Tutoring Lab is for students in need of extra help in math. Staffed with student and graduate tutors who can help with first and second year math courses as well as many upper division classes, the Mathematics Tutoring Lab also contains reference materials, solutions manuals, and math software in the adjoining CS tutoring lab.

Speech Preparation Lab

Public speaking is frequently cited as a biggest fear for many people. Presenting to an audience can be intimidating at any experience level, but it doesn’t have to be. The Speech Lab offers a wide range of services to assist you in your speech needs. The lab offers aid to both students and faculty to help improve upon assignments, speeches, and class or job presentations. The Speech Lab can help you refine your arguments, organize your thoughts, and improve your delivery.

What We Do
Help you understand your speaking assignment.
Help you get started with your speaking assignment.
Help you develop and organize your ideas.
Help you with style, delivery, and visual aids.
Help you develop critical editing skills.
Provide the opportunity to video your performance.
Provide educational materials related to the Multimedia Communication Major.

Speech Lab appointments can be made by calling the Lab at 828.328.7531 during open hours or by emailing the Speech Lab (48 hours advance notice needed for email scheduling). Walk-ins are welcome if the tutor is available.

The semester’s schedule is posted on the Speech Lab door, on our Facebook page, within the LR Portal System or through Appointlet. Students may also call for the schedule.

The Alex Lee Career and Professional Development Center

The Alex Lee Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) helps students explore academic majors and career options, find internships and part-time work, and prepare for life after graduation. The CPDC also offers confidential counseling and coaching for students and alumni, and workshops for classes or groups on career assessments, career discernment, job search tips, internship searching, interview preparation, résumé writing assistance and more.

Office for International Education

The Office for International Education (OIE) assists students in their study abroad endeavors through LRU's many exchange programs. OIE also offers information on summer study programs, internships, and international service opportunities. LRU also offers a Study Away program, allowing LRU students to study away from the LR campus at another location in the United States.

Community Service Office

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."

For more information on community service opportunities and how to get involved in volunteer programs and activities should contact Rita Purvis or Charlotte Williams.


Dr. Rebecca Alt

Titles: Assistant Professor of Communication, Director of Speech Preparation Lab
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7168

Dr. Laura Dobson

Titles: Director of International Education, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7028

Carla Fowler

Titles: Director, Lohr Learning Commons & Academic Support Programs, Coordinator, Student Engagement
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7622

Dr. Timothy Goldberg

Titles: Associate Professor of Mathematics, Director of Mathematics and Computer Science Tutoring Labs
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7424

Dr. Kathy Ivey

Titles: Professor of English, Director of the University Writing Center
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7318

Dr. Mindy Makant

Titles: Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Director, Living Well Center
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7188

Brittany Marinelli

Titles: Assistant Director, Shuford Center for International Education
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7375

Brooke Sigmon

Titles: Administrative Assistant, Lohr Learning Commons
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7024

Charlotte Williams

Titles: Assistant Professor of Human Services, Associate Dean of Engaged and Global Learning
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7214

Katie Wohlman

Titles: Assistant Dean, Students, Director, Career and Professional Development
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7699