2013 News

December 19, 2013
On December 9, The College Database released its list of top colleges in the state for teacher education. Titled "Top Colleges in North Carolina: Shaping the Next Generation," the list highlighted post-secondary institutions in the state that produced the most education graduates during the 2012 school year. Lees-McRae was ranked no. 26 out of 42 schools that made the list.
December 18, 2013
When looking back on his time at Lees-McRae, Wiley Fisher has a lot of great memories. “I lived on back campus in McAlister Hall (now McMillan Hall). I enjoyed getting to know everyone on my floor and made some lasting friendships. Going to Rascals, skiing and campus life were always great times.”
December 13, 2013
In December 2013, Lees-McRae College named Boderick “Bo” Bennett as Vice President of Extended Campus and Online Learning. Bennett was most recently the program coordinator for Human Services at Lees-McRae as well as an adjunct professor for the criminal justice program. He will begin his duties on January 6, 2014.
December 11, 2013
The Lees-McRae College women's cross country team has earned the Conference Carolinas Team Sportsmanship Award for the first time in program history, announced league officials Tuesday.
December 11, 2013
Jennie Harpold has been named director of the New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae. Prior to assuming this position, Harpold worked with NOSW for five years as an instructor and career coach, making her a perfect choice to take over full leadership of the program. The 2014 Summer Session for NOSW at Lees-McRae is scheduled for July 6-26 and applications are now being accepted.
December 09, 2013
Lees-McRae College has been awarded the annual Alan Sharp Award for Conference Carolinas, marking the first time in the school’s history. For the 2011-12 academic year 93% of scholarship athletes graduated within six years of coming onto the Lees-McRae campus.
December 04, 2013
Lees-McRae broke ground last month on its newest addition, the two-story Lauritsen Technical Theatre and Design Studio. With construction on schedule, the building is anticipated to be complete in time for the much anticipated 2014 season of Summer Theatre.
November 22, 2013
The pushback on the cost of a college education is beginning to bear fruit. Three decades of tuition increases that have far outpaced inflation and a recession that left graduates with few job prospects have made college a daunting decision. But changing demographics, price-sensitive buyers and the specter of vacant dorm rooms appear to be curbing the upward spiral of the cost of a college degree.
November 18, 2013
Get ready for a night at the theatre! The Lees-McRae Performing Arts Department is proud to present The Ash Girl, which will premiere in Hayes Auditorium on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
November 11, 2013
Karen Gobble Meade’s love for Lees-McRae College is contagious. She lives for Bobcat Spirit and you can feel her enthusiasm in her interview for our alumni spotlight this month.
November 06, 2013
On Monday, November 4, Lees-McRae College appointed Dr. Laura Fero as Director of Nursing. Dr. Fero, who most recently was the national curriculum and instruction specialist for Chamberlain College of Nursing, will begin full-time duties on November 14.
November 04, 2013
IN 2009, Tufts and George Mason University opened the multimedia floodgates by inviting applicants to submit videos. While few admissions offices have followed suit and added a video solicitation, a sweep through YouTube shows videos, from existential mulling to absurdist displays of multitasking, being made for a wide swath of institutions. The incentive is clear for students who express themselves best via multimedia, and who isn’t looking for an edge?
October 29, 2013
The Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals at Beech Mountain Resort got off to a snowy start on Oct. 24, but by the end the Lees-McRae Bobcats made it to the podium to take third place overall in the second national championship in the 2013 collegiate season. Nearly 350 students from 50 different colleges and universities were in attendance.
October 28, 2013
Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Pa.) captured the individual omnium for the second time in his career as the Lees-McRae College cycling team placed a total of five riders on the individual omnium podiums en route to a third-place finish at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Natonal Championships at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort on Sunday.
October 25, 2013
Grandfather Mountain, one of Appalachia’s most storied peaks, will be the subject of a program at Lees-McRae College. On November 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library, Jesse Pope ’02 will present his lecture, Explorations of a Changing Environment at a Southern Appalachian Jewel: Grandfather Mountain, as part of this fall’s Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s lecture series. This event is free and open to the public.
October 23, 2013
Forty-three alumni are currently serving Lees-McRae as class agents. This personalized, peer-to-peer communication to more than one-third of the total 6,300 alumni population is elevating participation in annual giving and elevating engagement in alumni relations.
October 18, 2013
While Thomas Wolfe achieved fame with his novel about Western North Carolina You Can’t Go Home Again, Lees-McRae College’s presentation of a native son returning to the mountains in triumph refutes the author’s claim. On October 28 from 7-9 p.m. in Evans Auditorium the Stephenson Center for Appalachia will host Barton Carroll, an Avery native who has lived for several years in Washington State, in a program of eclectic music. The event is free and open to the public.
October 17, 2013
Lees-McRae is extremely proud to announce Bill McGowan has been promoted to Vice President of Facilities and Security, effective October 2013.
October 17, 2013
Lees-McRae is extremely proud to announce Blaine Hansen has been promoted to Vice President of Strategic Planning and Effectiveness, effective October 2013.
October 17, 2013
Craig McPhail has been elevated to Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports at Lees-McRae College, announced College officials Tuesday. McPhail has served as Director of Athletics since 2009 and the athletic department has enjoyed a golden age of growth since then, including upgraded facilities and the reinstatement of the Fred I. Dickerson Hall of Fame banquet.
October 14, 2013
Casey Myers ’97 came to Banner Elk as a student and has really never left. “It is because of Lees-McRae that my husband and I now live in Banner Elk with our two children and big dog! We met while I attended Lees-McRae, and after traveling for about six years after graduation, we decided to come back “home” to start our family.”
October 09, 2013
Where do you start? When a coach takes over a team that has lost 43 of its last 44 games dating back to 2010, what is his first move? Do you start from scratch – just burn the whole thing down and go from there? Or do you take what you've got and do your best? That was the dilemma facing Darry Thornton when he accepted the daunting task of reshaping the Lees-McRae (N.C.) College lacrosse team. Fresh off an 0-15 campaign in 2013 when the Bobcats were outscored 264-48, which computes to an average loss of 18-3, Lees-McRae had only 19 players returning and some pretty grim prospects.
October 08, 2013
Lees-McRae is thrilled to announce construction has officially begun on the May School of Nursing and Allied Health. With the project scheduled to last for approximately one year, the College will be able to share updates with the campus community via the Shelco, Inc. Construction Webcam which runs a live feed and time lapse of the progress. The webcam can be accessed via http://www.truelook.com/clients/shelcoinc-webcam/.
October 05, 2013
The Lees-McRae College athletic department inducted three new members into the Fred I. Dickerson Hall of Fame on Friday evening, honoring its 2013 class of Jennifer Calderwood King ’01, Amanda Cook Sorrow ’02, and Ried Estus on a magical evening in McDonald Dining Hall on the Lees-McRae campus.
October 01, 2013
While feuding in Appalachia still defines the region for many outside the mountains, few have actually learned the reality behind the legends and stereotypes. If you are interested in hearing the historical truth behind one of the bloodiest regions of Kentucky, come to Lees-McRae College on October 10 to hear Dr. Bob Hutton present a lecture based on his recently published book, Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South. This lecture is presented by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia and is free and open to the public.
September 27, 2013
As the 2013-2014 academic year gets underway, the Performing Arts Department at Lees-McRae College is excited to welcome assistant professor David Craven to their team, and congratulate Assistant Professor of Music, Jim Taylor, on his promotion to interim chair of the Division of Creative and Fine Arts.
September 25, 2013
Susan Jaeger is not your typical alumna. “I returned to college in my late 50’s and just graduated in May; however, returning to college and earning a degree has always been a major goal, and when the opportunity presented itself, I just had to try – even at this late date in my life. It is certainly a testament to the fact that it is never too late to learn. I am now working toward a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration, so Lees-McRae certainly laid a firm groundwork for these studies. I so loved the time I spent at Lees-McRae, and it certainly gave me the courage to continue to strive for my dream.”
September 25, 2013
Wendell Boggs is passionate about the importance of alumni giving back to Lees-McRae. “We got a deal by today’s standards. Tuition, Room/Board and Laundry was $600 per academic year, but in those days, our families had the same struggles coming up with the finances of sending us to college as families do today in sending their children to college. People helped us along the way and I think it is important for alumni to take their turn in supporting today’s students.”
September 23, 2013
Lees-McRae College is pleased to announce that there will be no tuition increase for academic year 2014-15. This is the second consecutive year the College has chosen not to increase tuition. With approximately 95% of Lees-McRae College students receiving some type of aid, the College remains committed to providing a quality, affordable education at the highest elevated campus in the eastern U.S.
September 20, 2013
Lees-McRae is proud to announce that Jesse Knight, assistant professor of communication arts and program coordinator for Communication Arts & Design, has been honored with two awards for filmmaking.
September 19, 2013
Lees-McRae is proud to announce Dr. Pam Keystone, who recently joined the Business Administration faculty, has been invited to present at the 2013 International APICS conference. Titled “Including Risk and Resiliency in Supply Chain Courses: Relationship to Sustainability,” her presentation discusses resilience management, education, supply chain management and sustainability.
September 10, 2013
Lees-McRae College Outdoor Programs is excited to host the 8th annual REEL ROCK Film Tour on Thursday, September 26. Wily’s Bar & Grill will hold an opening reception starting at 7 p.m. Then at 8 p.m. the event will transition to Evans Auditorium for the premier of the films.
September 09, 2013
Lees-McRae College is proud to announce that Jason Sabbides, assistant professor of Communication Arts & Design, has been commissioned to do two original artworks for Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Gatlinburg, Tenn., with an opening date of September 15.
September 06, 2013
Award winning photographer and writer Dr. Michael Joslin will present a slide show/lecture at Lees-McRae College on Thursday, September 19, as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series. Joslin’s presentation, Waterfalls, Woods Walks, and Other Natural Wonders for You to Enjoy, will take you on a tour through the seasons of many of the Toe River Valley’s scenic spots. His program begins at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium of the Cannon Student Center and is free and open to the public.
August 27, 2013
Lees-McRae is proud to announce a partnership with Zhengzhou Normal University (ZZNU) in China. Though still in its infancy, this partnership holds many possibilities for the expansion of Lees-McRae’s global education programs.
August 23, 2013
Lees-McRae College held its opening Convocation ceremony on Thursday August 22 with speeches by Student Government Association President, Heather Peterman, and keynote speaker, Manuel Jessup ’76, as well as remarks by Lees-McRae College President, Dr. Barry M. Buxton.
August 22, 2013
The Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College announces the fall program schedule. Music, history, environmental stewardship, and an introduction to the natural attractions in the area provide a varied menu of presentations on Appalachia. These programs will be offered at Lees-McRae and are free and open to the public.
August 19, 2013
Tim Hall has been named the new director of cycling and head cycling coach at Lees-McRae College, announced Director of Athletics Craig McPhail Monday.
August 19, 2013
As with any college campus many things change with time, but many things stay the same. This is evident when talking with Max Fryar. He remembers walking across campus in the snow (we still do!), the beauty of the mountains and the camaraderie he shared with his fellow students.
August 16, 2013
Lees-McRae College will hold its opening Convocation ceremony on Thursday August 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Broyhill Theatre of Hayes Auditorium. Opening Convocation is an important part of the academic tradition at Lees-McRae. Literally a 'coming together' of the College community, Opening Convocation celebrates the beginning of the academic year and welcomes new and returning students to campus. 2012 Lees-McRae College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Tanger Properties, Elder Manuel Jessup ’76 will give the keynote address, “Holding On To Your Vision.”
August 13, 2013
With classes right around the corner, Lees-McRae is gearing up for its annual Student Services Fair scheduled for Tuesday, August 20 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Student Recreation Complex. Aimed to help acclimate students to the high country community, the Student Services Fair is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to set up a both, offer trinkets, coupons, etc. and get to know the new students.
August 06, 2013
On Monday, August 5, Lees-McRae College appointed Jon Driggers as Dean of Students. Driggers most recently was the Associate Dean of Campus Life & New Student Programs at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.
July 23, 2013
Former Lees-McRae College standouts Brent Bookwalter '06 (BMC Racing) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) capped the 100th Tour de France in style on Sunday, sprinting to the finish on the Champs Elysees in the City of Light while living out their dreams of riding with the best in the world.
July 22, 2013
If you like to sit back and watch a great show, then Lees-McRae’s Summer Theatre productions are right up your alley! With only one fantastic performance left (scheduled from August 4-10), be sure to buy your tickets today so you can enjoy the thrills of Broadway in your own backyard.
July 18, 2013
Lees-McRae is proud to announce that graduates from the Elementary Education program boasted a 100% pass rate on Praxis II, a requirement to become licensed as a public school teacher in North Carolina. This is the third consecutive year the division has experienced such success.
July 18, 2013
If you like to sit back and watch a great show, then Lees-McRae’s Summer Theatre productions are right up your alley! With two fantastic performances left (scheduled from July 17 – August 10), you’ll have plenty of chances to enjoy the thrills of Broadway in your own backyard. This year’s remaining productions are The 39 Steps and Singin’ In The Rain.
July 18, 2013
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre is proud to host two fundraising events, one on Friday, July 19 at 2 p.m. and one on Thursday, August 15 at 7 p.m. Both events will be held in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center on the campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk.
July 17, 2013
“Kitty” Lee has more energy and enthusiasm than most people half her age. She comes back to campus every summer for the annual ESCAPE (formerly Frolic) event and her love for the College is evident the moment you meet her.
July 16, 2013
By Andrew Talansky, courtesy of Velo News (photo by Graham Watson) VAUCLUSE, France (VN) — If you looked at stage 14 of the Tour de France, on paper, you would have seen a lumpy day with some small hills, and nothing really of note. In reality, it was from it. Again, just as we had in the Pyrénées, our team had an inkling that something big could happen on this day. Sky had shown weakness the day before in the crosswinds and everyone had the same idea: a breakaway would go to the line and potentially take quite a bit of time in doing so.
July 11, 2013
The top American at this year's Tour de France is a rookie whose journey to cycling's pinnacle has been anything but ordinary. Andrew Talansky, 24, is in 24th place in his debut Tour, 13 minutes behind Chris Froome of Great Britain and 25 minutes ahead of the next American, Tejay van Garderen. But just three years ago, Talansky—who was born in New York and raised in Florida—was a no-name rider on a lower-level team in the U.S. domestic league. He had ambitions of racing at the Tour de France, and he got his big break on a snowy New Mexico mountaintop in the spring of 2010.
July 08, 2013
After the completion of nine stages, our Bobcat alumni Brent Bookwalter ’06 (BMC Racing) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) are holding strong in 22nd and 85th place, respectively, as they welcome the first day of rest.
July 08, 2013
On Tuesday, July 16, a dynamic mother-daughter team will come together to raise money for the New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College by hosting a book signing and jewelry sale.
July 08, 2013
Anyone interested in the history of life in the Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties will enjoy Dr. Lloyd Bailey’s lecture: “Old Yancey (The Present Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Counties), the County that Almost Wasn’t and the Character of its Inhabitants.” The Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College invites everyone to this stimulating program which will be begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library on Wednesday, July 17.
July 03, 2013
Lees-McRae is proud to support two former Bobcat cyclists as they ride in the Tour de France. Brent Bookwalter ’06 (BMC Racing) is making his third appearance in this historic race, while newcomer Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) is making his first appearance. As of July 3, Bookwalter and Talansky are riding in 106th and 16th place, respectively.
July 03, 2013
On Saturday, June 22, Career Services hosted Summer Splash at the U.S. National Whitewater in Charlotte. 13 students, including one incoming freshman, participated in the day’s events. As part of the day-long focus on team building and collaboration, students were divided into two groups and went rafting under the direction of guides at the Whitewater Center.
July 02, 2013
Former Lees-McRae cyclists Brent Bookwalter ’06 (BMC Racing) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) are competing in the Tour de France. This is the third appearance for Bookwalter and first appearance for Talansky in this historic race.
June 28, 2013
Brent Bookwalter, who lives in Asheville with his wife, is a pro cyclist on Team BMC. And that means he is teammates with Cadel Evans, 2011 Tour de France champ. Bookwalter was on that team, and helped Evans to the win. There are only two American teams in the Tour this year – BMC and Garmin Sharp – and only six American riders, and Brent is one of them.
June 21, 2013
If you are looking to gain insight into Appalachian culture or seeking to enrich your summer experience, reserve three Wednesdays in July to participate in the John B. Stephenson Lecture Series at Lees-McRae College.
June 20, 2013
Lees-McRae is proud to announce the official groundbreaking for the May School of Nursing and Allied Health was held on Thursday, June 20 in Stinson Parking Lot on West Main Street. Designed by McMillian Pazdan Smith, this 18,000 square foot facility will soon be the cornerstone of the college’s expanded science and health-related programs.
June 19, 2013
Starting off the season from July 1-7, Chicago is sure to be a crowd favorite. This well-known production features everything a great performance should!
June 18, 2013
Lees-McRae College would like to congratulate Nina Fischesser, director of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute, on obtaining her M.A. in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, CA. Fischesser will graduate on Wednesday, June 19.
June 18, 2013
Lees-McRae College is proud to announce that Cathy Shell, director of financial aid, has been elected President-Elect of the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA).
June 18, 2013
Talia Freeman had her heart set on attending a large university. But a last minute visit to the Lees-McRae campus changed all that.
June 18, 2013
The Office of Communications at Lees-McRae College is proud to announce the redesigned Lees-McRae website is now live and available to the public.
May 22, 2013
Lees-McRae is proud to announce they will break ground on the May School of Nursing and Allied Health on Thursday, June 20 at 11 a.m. in Stinson Parking Lot on West Main Street, across from Tate Lawn. The community is welcome to attend the ceremony. Designed by McMillian Pazdan Smith, this 18,000 square foot facility will soon be the cornerstone of the College’s expanded science and health-related programs.
May 14, 2013
Lees-McRae College conferred degrees upon 168 graduates during commencement exercises Saturday, May 11 beginning at 11 a.m. inside Williams Gymnasium on the campus in Banner Elk.
May 13, 2013
The only way to enjoy your time at Lees-McRae is to get involved. Find passion in what you love to do or learn – and then share that with someone else. I have LMC friends today that I see on a regular basis that lived in Cannon Cottage together.
May 10, 2013
Lees-McRae is excited to announce that college President Barry M. Buxton will be featured on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. This feature will focus on President Buxton’s past experience in higher education, his dissertation and his vision for Lees-McRae College.
May 10, 2013
On Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m., graduation caps will be seen soaring through the air at Lees-McRae’s annual commencement ceremony. Among the noteworthy attendees will be this year’s keynote speaker, Ms. Elizabeth H. Roberts, former Director of the Financial Stability Institute (FSI) at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland.
May 10, 2013
The Lees-McRae College Chi chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society is pleased to announce 18 members will be added to its spring 2013 class. The spring induction ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the Lees-McRae College campus. All members of the Lees-McRae College community are encouraged to attend.
May 10, 2013
After a long winter, and spring, of cabin fever, Lees-McRae has a full slate of summer camps, lectures and performances to get you and your family out of the house for a little fun and education, too!
May 02, 2013
Great news! The summer camp registration deadline has been extended until Friday, May 17. Lees-McRae is offering a variety of summer camps for students who seek excitement both in and out of the classroom in a summer climate that is unrivaled. Whether they hit the bike trails or take to the stage, Lees-McRae has a camp for your child in a safe and enriching environment.
May 01, 2013
On Friday, April 26, Lees-McRae students, faculty, staff and friends gathered on Tate Lawn for festivities and, more importantly, fundraising for SaraCare, a memorial fund based in Berea, Kentucky created to financially assist parents whose young children are battling cancer.
April 25, 2013
Lees-McRae is proud to announce that Tyler Nothstein, son of legendary Olympic cyclist, Marty Nothstein, has committed to riding for the Bobcat Cycling Team beginning the fall of 2013.
April 20, 2013
When talking to Austin Wright you can feel just how much he loves Lees-McRae College. From the feeling of family at LMC, how welcoming and comforting the campus is, or the lifelong friends he has made, he says these are just a few of the reasons to give back to Lees-McRae.
April 19, 2013
Lees-McRae alumni are scattered across the country and even around the world. But no matter where their lives lead them, Bobcats all share a common bond–the place they started out. That’s why we are working on a new project designed to help bring our Bobcats back together.