2014 News

December 18, 2014
Bradley King ’13, who graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in accounting, has quickly climbed the ranks at Shurtape Technologies, LLC. In just one year, he has moved from cost accounting intern to cost analyst, and now he will begin his biggest move yet with routine travel to Dubai.
December 16, 2014
Graduation for many is the highlight of their college career and Anne Avery Foster ’83/’00 is no exception. “Graduating was the greatest [moment] because I was a single mom at that point and working a full time job. My first time at Lees-McRae, my favorite memory was a biology field trip working in the river. It was great because of the hands-on experience.”
December 10, 2014
In December 2014, OnlineColleges.net analyzed online degree programs from across the state. Lees-McRae ranked no. 14 out of 25 in the category “Most Affordable 2-Year Online Programs In North Carolina” accompanied by institutions such as Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University, East Carolina University, Campbell University and many others.
December 08, 2014
On Tuesday, December 2, students from Professor Joe Walsh’s Business Statistics class presented their analysis of the 37th annual Woolly Worm Festival to members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk, the Avery County Chamber of Commerce and the Woolly Worm Steering Committee. The festival was co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and the Avery County Chamber of Commerce with all net proceeds supporting children’s charities in Avery County, as well as small businesses and tourism.
November 25, 2014
The Warrior's Canvas & Veterans Art Center features national & local Veteran Artists and cultivates a nurturing environment for creativity. Lees-McRae faculty member Jason Sabbides, assistant professor of Communication Arts and Design, is the vice president of the Center which will be hosting a benefit on December 5 to gather simple art supplies so they can continue offering free art classes to Military Veterans and their families.
November 25, 2014
After earning a string of awards for his feature-length and episodic films, Jesse Knight, assistant professor of Communication Arts and Design at Lees-McRae, has created another filmmaking masterpiece, this time in the form of a music video for the North Carolina jam band BIG Something. The video was for “Megalodon” a song off the band’s latest album Truth Serum which was released earlier this month.
November 20, 2014
(High Country Press) An absurdist dark comedy, Reckless follows Rachel, who, at home on Christmas Eve, is informed by her guilt-stricken husband that he has hired a hitman to kill her, and she must flee for her life – which she does by scrambling out the bedroom window and into the snowy night.
November 19, 2014
Lees-McRae’s King-Shivell Gallery is proud to host a selection of student artwork titled “Peer to Peer.” The exhibit will be on display through December 11. The opening reception is scheduled for this Friday, November 21, from 6 – 7 p.m. in King-Shivell Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
November 18, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to announce the Sam and Mary Hart Endowed Scholarship for Science, which will provide a full tuition scholarship to one student studying science or health sciences. This scholarship will be awarded to one undergraduate student every two years. Applications may be submitted until February 15, 2015.
November 18, 2014
Lees-McRae graduate Adam Johnson ’13 is making quite a name for himself at White Plains Elementary in Mt. Airy. His technique of teaching through rapping is getting students' attention in a whole new way.
November 17, 2014
From Monday, November 17 through Friday, December 5, Lees-McRae will host a canned food drive to benefit Feeding Avery Families. As a kick off to the drive, on Wednesday, November 19, community members can bring two canned goods as the entry fee to the men’s and women’s basketball games against Southern Wesleyan University. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. The games will be played in the Williams Physical Education Center on Hickory Nut Gap Road.
November 17, 2014
Like many alums, Aaron Linville ’10 finds it difficult to decide which memories from Lees-McRae College are his favorites. “They range from rock climbing with my roommates and leading trips for other students through Outdoor Programs, to volunteering at the blood drives and other service activities as part of the Bonner Leader Program. One particular memory I will always remember fondly is turning 21 during an alternative spring break to the Grand Canyon. The day before, we helped the National Park Service do some maintenance and went rappelling and climbing in the Canyon. The next day, we hiked from the rim of the Grand Canyon, down to the Colorado River, back up to the rim of the Canyon (20 miles round trip, and one mile drop and gain in elevation), and then celebrated my 21st birthday that evening. It was the best possible way to celebrate.”
November 11, 2014
While shorter days, cold winds and snow send many denizens of the mountains into hibernation, the number and variety of flora and fauna remain one of Appalachia’s distinguishing features. Please join us to explore the wealth of life in the area with Dr. Sean Collins’ presentation Fire on the Mountain: A Hotspot for Biodiversity on Thursday, November 20, at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the Lees-McRae College campus. Part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, Collins’ program is free and open to the public.
November 03, 2014
On Monday, October 27, the Division of Business Administration hosted Dr. Michael Lohuis, director of academic engagement for Monsanto Company, for a day of academic, research-based discussion among students, faculty and staff. Monsanto is a multi-national, American-based agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation.
October 31, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to announce Jon Driggers has been promoted to Vice President of Student Development, effective October 2014.
October 30, 2014
In light of the recent news surrounding the Ebola virus, Lees-McRae faculty members Dr. Billy Carver and Dr. Dee Medford-Baker will be hosting a presentation and discussion, titled “Ebola: Written in Blood,” for the campus and surrounding community. Scheduled for November 4 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the College’s campus, this presentation is free and open to the public.
October 30, 2014
Pinkbike.com featured several Lees-McRae riders in their coverage of the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate MTB Nationals held on Beech Mountain October 24-26.
October 21, 2014
When the Lees-McRae Performing Arts Department presented Cinderella: The Enchanted Edition, most patrons awaited the ending reunion of Cinderella and her Prince Charming, but little did they know there was an equally special moment coming sooner. Faculty members Dr. Michael Hannah and Mindi Bishop collaborated with Lees-McRae senior Ethan Henry to put a new spin on Cinderella’s transformation from peasant to princess. Together, they created a one-of-a-kind dress that allowed Cinderella, played by senior Anna Ashburn, to instantly change costumes while on stage.
October 17, 2014
The Executive Committee of the Lees-McRae Alumni Board of Directors is proud to announce they recognized President Barry M. Buxton and his wife, Deborah, as honorary alumni of the Class of 2011 during the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend. The year of 2011 was chosen in honor of the first class to graduate under the leadership of President Buxton.
October 17, 2014
As the leaves start changing and the weather turns cooler, the words “snow days” start to form in the minds of current students. This can be said for alumni as well. When we asked Mary Biehner ’13 her favorite memory from her time at Lees-McRae snow days were at the top of her list. She also added being able to “walk across the stage at graduation and not fall down, and having all my family and friends stand up and cheer for me.”
October 15, 2014
The Division of Business Administration is proud to announce that Natalija Cakarevic ’14 recently completed a prestigious Summership with Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company in her home country of Serbia. The six-week internship involved on-the-job experience four days a week and intensive classroom instruction one day a week. Cakarevic was one of fifty-four applicants accepted out of 1,900.
October 15, 2014
If you are interested in local Civil War history, do not miss the next program of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College Lecture Series. On Thursday, October 23, Dr. Aaron Astor will present “Divided Loyalties along the Tennessee-North Carolina Line in the American Civil War” at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the Lees-McRae campus. This program is free and open to the public.
October 09, 2014
Amidst a warm fall day on the Lees-McRae campus, a crowd of more than 250 faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members and friends of the College celebrated the dedication and grand opening of the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences, a building that was constructed, furnished and serviced through generous donations. This facility, which began as a dream in 2010, will be the cornerstone of the College’s expanded nursing and health sciences programs. In addition to the ceremony, the day featured a buffet lunch on Tate Lawn, self-guided tours of the facility and demonstrations of high-fidelity 3G wireless human simulators including Victoria, the birthing simulator produced by Gaumard.
October 07, 2014
Facing fierce competition in the collegiate marketplace, Lees-McRae College is pleased to report an overall enrollment for Fall 2014 of 941 students, up from 890 students in 2013. This marks a 6% enrollment growth for the second consecutive year. In addition to this growth, the college has also experienced an 11% increase in its retention rate in the last two years.
October 07, 2014
As the closing event of the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend, honorary alumna Beth Sykes Shaffer ’86H donated a Little Free Library for Banner Elk’s Tate-Evans Park. Sykes constructed the library herself and painted it green and gold with paw print accents in honor of her family’s strong legacy at Lees-McRae.
October 06, 2014
On October 2 and 3, the Lees-McRae Division of Creative and Fine Arts hosted students from Mitchell High School and Monroe High School. These students had an opportunity to explore campus, attend workshops and attend Lees-McRae’s performance of Cinderella: The Enchanted Edition. The day’s events were curated by Theatre Arts Education students and creative and fine art faculty.
October 06, 2014
On Monday, October 20 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Mountain States Mobile Health Unit will be in the parking lot of Lees-McRae College’s May School of Nursing and Health Sciences, located across from Chaffee Administration Building. By appointment only, the Mobile Health Unit will conduct cardiovascular assessments. Each assessment will cost $39. Assessments typically cost $89, but the Mountain Ambulance and Healthcare Foundation and the Mountain States Foundation have generously offered to pay $50 of each charge bringing the cost to only $39 per person.
October 02, 2014
After more than a year of construction, Lees-McRae will host the grand opening and dedication of the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences on Wednesday, October 8 at 11 a.m. The dedication ceremony and tours of the building are free and open to the public. Parking will be available in Hayes Parking Lot across from Hayes Auditorium. An invitation-only lunch for faculty, staff, donors, friends of the College and special guests will be held on Tate Lawn after the ceremony.
September 25, 2014
Lees-McRae College is proud to announce a record enrollment of 87 students in the Honors Program. These academically-gifted, highly-motivated students boast an impressive average GPA of 3.763 for seniors, 3.722 for juniors and 3.690 for sophomores. “As of today, the overall average GPA for honors students [seniors, juniors and sophomores] is 3.725,” said Dr. Ken Craig, director of the honors program. “These are impressive numbers and these are impressive students.”
September 24, 2014
On September 12, biologists from the U.S. Forest Service, Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee, University of Massachusetts and Lees-McRae College convened at the Lees-McRae Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station in Banner Elk, N.C. This workshop served as an opportunity to solidify research protocol for monitoring hemlock health, the impact of the non-native Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, the use of ultraviolet as a predator detection method and the effectiveness of the introduced predatory beetle, Laricobius nigrinus, in controlling the adelgid. Since its arrival in the area some 14 years ago, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid has ravaged local hemlock stands.
September 21, 2014
Like many college sweethearts, Dee ’63 and Terry ’64 Cole share a lot of memories from Lees-McRae and no surprise, their favorite memories are about each other.
September 10, 2014
On Tuesday, September 9, U.S. News & World Report released their annual rankings of colleges and universities. In the 30th edition of this report, Lees-McRae was ranked among the best regional colleges – south. This year the College climbed 16 spots on the list for a tie with Bluefield College for 54th place. Regional colleges are defined as undergraduate-focused schools with diverse programs including business, education and nursing with fewer than half of degrees granted in the liberal arts.
September 09, 2014
(WNC Nature Center) One rehabilitation facility that helps many kinds of native Appalachian species is Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute (BRWI), based at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. The Nature Center works closely with BWRI’s wildlife rehabilitation program throughout the year, but during spring and summer, volunteers from BRWI pick up rehabilitation animals from the Nature Center almost every day. Since BRWI helps the Nature Center’s rehabilitation clinic in so many ways, I thought it fitting to speak with the Institute’s founder and director, Nina Fischesser.
September 08, 2014
Boone novelist Joshua Simcox ’05 will present a program at Lees-McRae College on Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. As the first fall speaker in the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, Simcox will read from his novel Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller and discuss the publication process. This lecture is free and open to the public.
September 08, 2014
Lees-McRae College’s Department of Performing Arts is proud to announce the performance schedule for its 2014 fall season. The Department will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella: The Enchanted Edition and Craig Lucas’ Reckless. Both shows will be held in Hayes Auditorium at Lees-McRae College. Cinderella will performed October 2-5, and Reckless will performed November 20-23. Tickets go on sale one hour before the performance and are $12 for adults, $5 for children, and free for Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff. All seating is general admission.
September 03, 2014
On Monday, August 25, the Division of Business Administration hosted student internship presentations in Evans Auditorium at Lees-McRae College. Five students gave presentations detailing their for-credit internship experiences. The night was host to a variety of audience members, including students, faculty, staff, College President Dr. Buxton, several members of the Board of Trustees and Business Advisory Council, and community guests. Students stated their internships were “life changing experience[s],” and felt as if the “classroom [came] to real life.”
September 03, 2014
In the September 2014 issue of Our State magazine, Banner Elk was featured as one of three college towns "you might not expect."
August 26, 2014
By Jay Schultz of Pinkbike We paid a visit to Lees-McRae College in downtown Banner Elk, to see if we could get some insight into secrets that lay behind these doors. What did we find out? We were told if we spilled the beans, it would be the last frame we'd ever take. Besides, no one showed us the secret hand shake.
August 26, 2014
Lees-McRae College Outdoor Programs is excited to host the 9th annual REEL ROCK Film Tour on Friday, September 12. An opening reception complete with vendor booths will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center at Lees-McRae College and the main event will begin at 8 p.m.
August 22, 2014
At the opening Convocation ceremony held on Thursday, August 21, Lees-McRae President Barry M. Buxton honored student Jessica Hattabaugh with the President’s Award for her selfless efforts to save an injured deer she found on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hattabaugh, a native of South Hampton, Mass., is a sophomore studying Wildlife Biology with a concentration in Wildlife Rehabilitation.
August 22, 2014
Lees-McRae College held its opening Convocation ceremony on Thursday August 21 with speeches by Student Government Association President, Sydnie Taylor, and keynote speaker, Jon Driggers, as well as remarks by Lees-McRae College President, Dr. Barry M. Buxton. The ceremony also included a special honor for student Jessica Hattabaugh who was honored with the President’s Award. Opening Convocation, an important part of the academic tradition at Lees-McRae, celebrates the beginning of the academic year and welcomes new and returning students to campus.
August 20, 2014
On Tuesday, August 19, Lees-McRae College hosted the Friends of Wildlife Kickoff at Elk River Club sponsored by longtime wildlife supporters, Bill and Shelly Mencarelli. This new program enhances and financially supports the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lees-McRae.
August 11, 2014
Lees-McRae’s King-Shivell Gallery is proud to welcome North Carolina artist Skip Rohde and his 52 small-scale framed drawings titled “Faces of Afghanistan.” Each image depicts a native person Rohde encountered while traveling in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan as part of the State Department’s stabilization team. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
August 11, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to welcome North Carolina artist Skip Rohde to the King-Shivell Gallery on September 17 for an artist talk about his exhibit “Faces of Afghanistan” which is on display until September 26. The event will be held at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Each of the 52 small-scale framed drawings depicts a native person Rohde encountered while traveling in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan as part of the State Department’s stabilization team. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public.
August 10, 2014
Cal Parks may be a member of the Class of 1941, but he is still young at heart. His advice for current students is simple, “Work hard and then play, whatever play is to you. Take advantage of the opportunities you have.” As with many of our alumni, it is hard for Cal to pick one favorite memory. “I would say the fellowship and friendships with the students and faculty, then after classes the extracurricular activities.”
August 01, 2014
Lees-McRae College is proud to announce the appointment of Kelly Collins as Director of Career Services. Collins, who most recently served as an adjunct microbiology professor for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, began her duties on July 28.
July 28, 2014
On Thursday, August 14 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Mountain States Mobile Health Unit will be in Lees-McRae College’s Hayes Parking Lot across from Hayes Auditorium. By appointment only, the Mobile Health Unit will conduct cardiovascular assessments and the first 25 participants will receive a complimentary assessment, courtesy of a sponsorship by the Mountain Ambulance and Healthcare Foundation and the Mountain States Foundation. After the first 25 participants, each assessment will cost $89.
July 24, 2014
(Mountain Times) Knights Who Say "Ni," taunting Frenchmen, a killer rabbit and more trot -- with the help of some repurposed coconuts -- into Banner Elk this August. It's Lees-McRae Summer Theatre's production of "Monty Python's Spamalot," and it's catapulting (like so many unlucky barnyard animals) onto the Hayes Auditorium stage Aug. 6 to 10.
July 24, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to announce it will host the grand opening of the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences on Wednesday, October 8. Designed by McMillian Pazdan Smith, this 18,000 square foot facility will be the cornerstone of the College’s expanded nursing and health science programs. The event will feature extensive tours of the building, and will be free and open to the public.
July 23, 2014
On Thursday, July 17, more than 150 faculty, staff, alumni, donors and friends of Lees-McRae College gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Lauritsen Technical Theatre and Design Studio. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon and building tour. This building will primarily be used to build sets for use in productions by the College’s Performing Arts and the Summer Theatre programs.
July 21, 2014
Like most graduates, Cassie Messer Herre ’13 said, “There isn’t just one favorite memory. From when I arrived on campus and moved my stuff into Avery 311, to trips to Twisted Falls, soccer games, LMC Homecomings, being an RA to the best 4th floor Avery crew, traveling home with new friends and making memories as we went. There is never just one memory, there are always the ups and downs, and those snow storms, but I am grateful for all of it. Lees-McRae is a volunteering school, especially to the community; so if I had to choose one of my favorite memories it would be when my sorority, Delta Zeta Nu, volunteered for the Adaptive Ski Clinic with Dee Thomas [director of outdoor programs].”
July 21, 2014
If you love Bluegrass music, the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College invites you to join us for an evening of rhythmic fun on Wednesday, July 23 from 7-8 p.m. John Goad and Hawkins County Grass will present an hour of modern traditional bluegrass in Evans Auditorium of the Cannon Student Center on the campus of Lees-McRae College. This event is free and open to the public.
July 11, 2014
If you are looking for insight into the richness of Appalachian literary history, don’t miss the Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s program on Wednesday, July 16. The Stephenson Center Lecture series will host Dr. Ron Roach, who will discuss one of Western North Carolina’s most versatile and imaginative authors, Manly Wade Wellman, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium of the Cannon Student Center on the campus of Lees-McRae College. This event is free and open to the public.
July 07, 2014
After a great production of Kiss Me, Kate, the cast and crew of Lees-McRae Summer Theatre is excited to begin their next show, A Grand Night for Singing, which will run from July 16-20. This production will be performed July 16-20 at 7 p.m., and July 17, 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.
July 02, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to announce that incoming freshmen Hailey Gregory (Fredrick, Md.) and Sierra Williams (Amelia Court House, Va.) have been awarded the prestigious full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship. The Elizabeth McRae Scholarship is the second largest scholarship awarded by Lees-McRae College, covering full tuition for a full-time student, renewable for four years.
June 30, 2014
Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on July 9, 16 and 23 in Evans Auditorium within Lees-McRae’s Cannon Student Center, the College will present a diverse set of programs: Dr. Michael Joslin, irector of the Stephenson Center for Applachia; Dr. Ron Roach, Chair of the Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University; and John Goad and his Bluegrass Band will share their expertise with the public in presentations that promise to be both entertaining and enlightening.
June 26, 2014
When the fall semester kicks off in August, Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff will be greeted by the unmistakable smell of fresh brewed Starbucks® coffee right on their own front step!
June 16, 2014
Meagan Knowles has so many memories from LMC it’s hard for her to pick just one. “The memory that sticks with me the most is freshman year Family Day. My parents did not come because my home was 800 miles away. My roommate let me “borrow” her parents so I would not be alone. It made me realize that regardless of where we all came from we were all family. That’s what Lees-McRae is, one big family.”
June 16, 2014
Did you hear the news? Lees-McRae Summer Theatre is celebrating its 30th year of musical theatre! With an exciting line-up of musicals this summer, this is sure to be a season remembered for years to come. Kicking off the season from June 29 – July 6, Kiss Me, Kate combines Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" with Cole Porter's music and lyrics. This production will be performed July 1, 2, 3 and 5 at 7 p.m., and June 29 and July 5-6 at 2 p.m.
June 03, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to announce that alumna Heather Millsaps ’12 has been awarded the Diane Kent-Parker First Year Teacher Award in Wake County Public Schools for the 2013-2014 school year. Millsaps is a kindergarten teacher at Laurel Park Elementary School.
June 03, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to announce the Lauritsen Technical Theatre and Design Studio dedication will be held on Thursday, July 17 on site of the newly constructed building. The dedication will be free and open to the public. Following the dedication will be an invitation-only luncheon for donors and special guests.
June 03, 2014
Get ‘em while they’re hot -- Lees-McRae Summer Theatre tickets are now on sale via lmc.edu/summertheatre. With three fantastic musicals scheduled from June 29 – August 10, you’ll have plenty of chances to enjoy the thrills of Broadway in your own backyard. This year’s productions are Kiss Me, Kate; A Grand Night for Singing; and Monty Python’s Spamalot.
June 02, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Amber McNamara for being featured in Private University Products and News. Her unique work with acupuncture was showcased as well as the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
May 23, 2014
In May 2014, Lees-McRae welcomed the newest addition to the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences -- an ambulance simulator to be used as part of the proposed emergency medical services and management (EMSM) program.
May 23, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to announce a new partnership with AmazonSmile, which donates 0.5% of every purchase to the 501(c)(3) public charitable organization of the customer’s choice. Head over to smile.amazon.com to start shopping and supporting Lees-McRae!
May 22, 2014
On Tuesday, May 20, Lees-McRae welcomed a small delegation of Chinese educators from Langfang Foreign Language School who inaugurated a Chinese Culture Center in the James H. Carson Library on the College’s campus.
May 14, 2014
In this edition of our alumni spotlight we introduce one of our newest members of the alumni association, Veronica Brinkman, Class of 2014!
May 14, 2014
The North Carolina Chi chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society recently held its spring induction ceremony during which twenty students, representing the top ten percent of the junior and senior class, were inducted on the campus of Lees-McRae. Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi was established to recognize academic achievement. Today, Alpha Chi has chapters at 300 college campuses across the United States.
May 13, 2014
Lees-McRae College conferred degrees upon 202 graduates during commencement exercises Saturday, May 10 inside Williams Gymnasium on the campus in Banner Elk.
May 09, 2014
While spring advances, at Lees-McRae College everyone will soon be singing, “It’s summer time, and the learning is easy.” The Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s summer courses offer something for everyone. The schedule is staggered to give students the chance to take a variety of options focusing on the mountains and choose either seated or online classes.
May 08, 2014
Due to weather conditions, the commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. has been moved to Williams Gymnasium within the Williams Physical Education Center at Lees-McRae College.
May 06, 2014
We all know that Lees-McRae is an outdoor enthusiasts' dream, and now it's time to prove it! Beginning Tuesday, May 6, Blue Ridge Outdoors will host a Top Adventure College Tournament and we're in the running. This contest will put Lees-McRae up against other colleges and universities in a head-to-head 32-school bracket. Large Division I schools will battle one side of the bracket while Lees-McRae battles against smaller schools on the other side. At the end of the contest, both division winners will compete for Top Adventure College glory.
May 05, 2014
Lees-McRae senior field athlete Evan Webb has been named the Conference Carolinas Men’s Field Performer of the Year, the conference announced Monday morning.
April 25, 2014
On Thursday, April 24, crime scene tape and evidence bags could be found on Lees-McRae’s campus as part of a simulated crime scene conducted by the Avery County Sheriff’s Office. Criminal justice students in the Perspectives in Policing class enjoyed this exciting opportunity to sift through evidence and solve the crime as they brought their classroom studies into the real world.
April 23, 2014
As part of the Performing Arts curriculum, Lees-McRae students visited three local elementary schools to perform Alice in Wonderland. On Thursday, April 10, Katelyn Dancy, Katie Gesell, Destini Fleming, Adrienne Reece and Schuyler Carson performed two shows at Newland Elementary School for kindergarten through fifth grade children. Then on Tuesday, April 15, Laren Evans, Holly Knowles, Anna Ashburn, Chloe Boggs and Randi Sowards performed shows at Banner Elk Elementary School for pre-kindergarten through third grade children and Crossnore Elementary School for kindergarten through third grade children.
April 23, 2014
Lees-McRae College will hold its annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. on Tate Lawn. As the culmination of the academic year, commencement is a special time for students, faculty, staff, families and the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates. Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees member and former chairman, Thomas H. Brigham, Jr. ’72, has been chosen as the 2014 Commencement speaker along with former Board of Trustees chairman, Jane B. Stephenson ’57. Mr. Brigham will present his keynote address titled “Pursuing your passion and living life for significance,” and then Ms. Stephenson will present her address titled “Leap into life and make a difference.”
April 22, 2014
For this month’s edition of Alumnus of the Month we are getting a two for one! Sean McCoy ’11 and Rebecca Witt ’09 met while they were students at Lees-McRae and it is easy to see how much these college sweethearts still love LMC!
April 21, 2014
Lees-McRae senior Tyler Dunn has been named the Conference Carolinas Men’s Indoor Track & Field Winter Scholar Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced Monday morning.
April 14, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to announce they have signed cooperative agreements with four Chinese institutions. Though still in their infancy, these relationships hold many possibilities for the expansion of Lees-McRae’s global education programs.
April 11, 2014
On Thursday, April 10, Lees-McRae rolled up its sleeves and celebrated its 10th annual Mountain Day of Service. The day began with a kick-off in Evans Auditorium where participants received T-shirts and supplies. Throughout the day, groups spent time throughout campus working on projects such as painting, planting flowers, collecting recycling and giving the campus a good spring cleaning.
April 11, 2014
On Thursday, April 10, Lees-McRae College’s criminal justice class, Judicial Process and Court Ethics, hosted a trial demonstration featuring students as well as local lawyer Jeff Hedrick and Avery County Assistant District Attorney Matt Rupp.
April 07, 2014
Former Lees-McRae student and current pro golfer Will MacKenzie was featured in an article by The New York Times which included an interview with Will and a timeline of his career on the PGA Tour.
April 04, 2014
Lees-McRae College is proud to announce that incoming freshman, Sam Pugh, has been named the winner of the 2nd annual Video Essay Scholarship Contest. As the winner, Pugh will receive a $2,000 annual scholarship that is renewable for up to four years as long as he maintains a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
March 31, 2014
Since Old Man Winter refuses to accept his exit, Lees-McRae College will usher him off the stage with its celebration of the Fourth Annual Appalachian Heritage Week April 7 through 11. Each day the College will celebrate a particular aspect of mountain heritage and invite everyone to participate in activities sponsored by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia.
March 31, 2014
The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) at Lees-McRae College is accepting applications for its three-week residential summer program that helps low-income women gain the skills and confidence to turn their lives around. This summer’s session will be held from July 6-26.
March 21, 2014
On March 18, Lees-McRae College President Barry M. Buxton was elected to serve on the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Executive Committee.
March 18, 2014
Rita Smith, chair of the division of nursing and allied health, was featured in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association News Magazine in the January edition. Smith has been at Lees-McRae since 1983, where she started as an athletic trainer, assistant basketball and assistant tennis coach.
March 18, 2014
Lees-McRae freshman Treven Salminen has been named to the 2014 Finnish National Lacrosse Team for this summer's World Championships in Commerce City, Colo.
March 11, 2014
John Hinnant ’93, one of the newest members of the Alumni Board, will tell you that Lees-McRae College taught him to truly love learning. “I’m on my 4th professional career. I have never feared career change as I know I am capable of doing anything if there is a way to learn how. Lees-McRae was constantly teaching us how to love learning. I still read and I still enjoy a learning environment even though it’s not a classroom environment.”
March 11, 2014
If you wonder where the growing chorus of peeps, howls, quacks and cries comes from as spring gains hold of the mountains, come to Dr. Stewart Skeate’s program Nature of the Elk Valley at Lees-McRae College on March 20 at 7:00 p.m. Part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s Lecture Series, Skeate’s informative presentation will take place in Evans Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
March 06, 2014
Lander University’s Alumni Association has selected Jon Driggers, ’98, of Banner Elk, N.C., as the recipient of its Young Alumni Award. Driggers was an exercise science major from Aiken, a resident assistant, SGA senator, peer educator and recipient of the Lander University President’s Award. He has served as dean of students at Coker College and South University in Columbia, and held positions at Clemson University and Erskine College. He is now dean of students at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.
March 05, 2014
Lees-McRae senior Persephanie McRae won the women’s high jump while senior teammate Kortnie Curry finished second to pace the LMC Track & Field squads at the Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championship at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.
March 05, 2014
On Friday, March 21, Lees-McRae will host an opening reception for artist Robert Tynes, whose exhibit of contemporary Trompe L’Oeil paintings will be on display from March 14 through April 11 in the King-Shivell Gallery at the College. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
February 19, 2014
Tusculum coach Richard Carrington and Lees-McRae coach Darry Thornton will stride toward each other and shake hands, establishing the contest as the first-ever between two black head coaches at the Division II level, and just the second known meeting in NCAA men's lacrosse history.
February 18, 2014
Get ready for a different kind of night at the theatre! The Lees-McRae Performing Arts Department is proud to present Mystery of Edwin Drood, a murder-mystery in which the audience chooses the culprit! The production will premiere in Hayes Auditorium on the campus of Lees-McRae College on Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. and run through March 2. All performances are open to the public.
February 17, 2014
With winter weather in full force, head down to King-Shivell Gallery on the campus of Lees-McRae College to enjoy works by artist Dianne Cable. This exhibit will be on display throughout the month of February. The pieces are mostly assemblage, which is artwork that is made of found objects and can be three dimensional or two dimensional. The gallery will also feature an ongoing slide show of other works by Cable throughout her artistic career. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
February 17, 2014
North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will read from his award-winning work on Thursday, February 27, at Lees-McRae College as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium, the program is free and open to the public.
February 13, 2014
If you’re lucky, you might snag an internship before you graduate from college, but it will probably consist of manning the copier and getting coffee. Fortunately for Lees-McRae seniors, they have the opportunity to gain real-world experience in their field through a new partnership with AC PRIDE business incubator.
February 13, 2014
Betsy Walker's time at Lees-McRae was a family experience. Both her parents worked for the College -- her father was a professor and her mother was a librarian -- and her siblings also went here!
February 05, 2014
Looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day? Come out to Lees-McRae for The Vagina Monologues! On Friday, February 14, Lees-McRae will host The Vagina Monologues at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center. This performance contains mature subject matter and is open to the public. Donations of at least one dollar are required and proceeds will benefit OASIS of Avery County. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
February 05, 2014
On Monday, January 13, six members of the Lees-McRae Enactus Team, along with Enactus advisor Amy Taylor and faculty member Joe Walsh, traveled to S & D Coffee in Concord, North Carolina. The day included a tour of the facilities as well as a presentation on the production and development of its products.
February 05, 2014
Other than being known for the place where current Unaka High School head coach Aaron Dugger stood out in the mid-2000s, Lees-McRae basketball has basically been irrelevant since making the move to NCAA Division II in the mid-1990s.
February 05, 2014
Escape to the mountains for Lees-McRae College's Ski Beech Blast at Beech Mountain Resort! Scheduled for Saturday, February 22, the event will offer Lees-McRae College alumni, students, faculty, staff and families all day (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.) lift tickets for only $30! Additionally, the Pinnacle Inn, Beech Mountain is offering a 10% discount for Lees-McRae affiliates.
January 16, 2014
The Lees-McRae athletic department is proud to announce that 140 student-athletes have been named to the 2013 Fall Presidential Honor Roll, the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon.
January 16, 2014
In December 2013, AffordableCollegesOnline.org analyzed online degree programs from more than 2,000 accredited colleges and universities across the nation. Lees-McRae ranked no. 6 out of 30 for affordability in North Carolina with a list including top institutions such as Duke University, East Carolina University, Campbell University and many others.
January 15, 2014
Beat the winter blues by coming out to enjoy the Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s Lecture Series at Lees-McRae College. The lectures begin on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium with an illustrated talk by Dr. Scott Huffard, "The 1891 Wreck at Bostian’s Bridge and the Haunted History of the Western North Carolina Railroad," and run through the middle of April. A variety of programs, scholars, poets, novelists and natural historians will pour the light of their work onto the gloom of winter. All Stephenson Center lectures are free and open to the public.
January 14, 2014
The Lees-McRae cycling team finished third in the Division I Collegiate Cyclocross National Championship, while tallying 192 points. Senior Kerry Werner claimed his second consecutive individual title over the weekend on the men's side in Boulder, Colo.
January 13, 2014
Becky Alghrary-McRee ’63, former Banner Elk Resident and Lees-McRae alumna, will hold a book signing for her new book, From the Catawba to the Tigris at Lees-McRae College on Friday, Jan. 17. The book, McRee’s fifth, recounts her many unforgettable adventures in the years she spent traveling to and from, and living in Iraq in the 1970s and 80s.
January 13, 2014
Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) successfully defending his title as the Division I men's national champion after he completed his six-lap race in 47:26. Werner, who won this national title for third time today, turned five of his six laps in under eight minutes.
January 09, 2014
In January 2014, Lees-McRae College named Chris Parker as Director of Sports Information. Parker was most recently the Assistant Sports Information Director at Brevard College, a member of the South Atlantic Conference and a fellow NCAA Division II institution.