2018 News

April 06, 2018
The Green Initiative, a student-run, campus-wide recycling and eco-conscious program, has begun distribution of its recycling and compost bins throughout Lees-McRae academic buildings and offices.
April 03, 2018
ORM student Chrissy Turk took home the ASU Outdoor Programs Appalachian Adventure Achievement Award (A4) at the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival.
April 03, 2018
Join Lees-McRae College in celebrating spring’s return to the mountains during the eighth annual Appalachian Heritage Week April 9–13. Sponsored by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, the College will highlight coal mining and other unique aspects of mountain heritage throughout the week.
March 26, 2018
This year marks Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s sixth “Top Adventure College” tournament and Lees-McRae is in the running.
March 26, 2018
Two incoming fall 2018 students, Emily Griffith of Connelly Springs, North Carolina, and Lucas Price of Hudson, North Carolina, were named beneficiaries of the celebrated, full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship.
March 23, 2018
Have you ever wanted to explore the local trails, lakes and streams but didn’t have the right gear? Well, now Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff can at no cost.
March 20, 2018
Following a detailed and lengthy submission to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, junior Wildlife Rehabilitation student, Tariana Nguyen, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant to purchase new equipment for the Dan and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s surgical suite and classroom.
March 19, 2018
Outdoor Legend in residence and newest member to the Outdoor Recreation Management team Aram Attarian has seen it all on the beaten trail. Originally from Southeast Pennsylvania, Attarian arrived in the High Country to receive his master’s degree at Appalachian State University before pursuing his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.
March 15, 2018
What makes Blowing Rock historic and unique? Does the area convey a sense of place? Local professor and historian Trent Margrif will answer these questions in his presentation Blowing Rock: A Sense of Place on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia series.
March 08, 2018
Lees-McRae College and the Outdoor Recreation Management program will host the second annual Outdoor Legends event April 19 from 6–9 p.m. at The Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, North Carolina.
March 06, 2018
Lees-McRae will host its spring Open House Saturday, March 17 for students and families interested in learning more about the College. Visitors can explore the College’s 20 majors and 20 minors including the new Outdoor Recreation Management and Health and Wellness Science programs.
March 05, 2018
Put on your dancing shoes Bobcat fans! Your Lees-McRae College men's basketball team is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history after defeating Belmont Abbey College, 75-72, in the Conference Carolinas Championship game Sunday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium.
March 05, 2018
After pulling a man from a burning car two years ago while off-duty, Lt. William Buchanan, a former criminal justice student, received the Medal of Valor.
March 02, 2018
Fresh off its first postseason victory in program history, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will check another first off the list this weekend as it will host the Conference Carolinas men's basketball semifinals and finals at Williams Gymnasium.
March 01, 2018
The New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College will kick off its 14th year during the summer session June 10–30, 2018.
February 28, 2018
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved three new Lees-McRae programs and included them in the institution's existing accreditation. Effective spring 2018, the three programs are health and wellness science, outdoor recreation management and an online business administration completion program.
February 27, 2018
There is no doubt that adjusting to college life is difficult. With parents farther away and a newfound freedom, guidance can seem hard to find.
February 26, 2018
President-elect Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. returned to campus last week to meet with several groups on campus as part of his transition before his first day on June 1, 2018.
February 22, 2018
What are the chances that two Lees-McRae alumni would meet on a project caring for a juvenile osprey that was over 2,000 miles from home? Perhaps it is a little higher than you would think.
February 19, 2018
In an agreement between the North Carolina Community College System and North Carolina Independent Universities and Colleges, it is now easier than ever for registered nurses with associate degrees to obtain their bachelor's degrees.
February 15, 2018
The Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College invites everyone to spend an hour with two distinguished Appalachian poets, Dr. Don Johnson and Dr. Jesse Graves, on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center beginning at 7 p.m.
February 13, 2018
The Rhea-Lyons Indoor Swimming Pool in the Williams Physical Education Center is now open for public use. Those interested are asked to purchase an annual Lees-McRae community membership pass.
February 12, 2018
Relationships can be difficult to navigate, especially those between parents and children, and even more particularly between fathers and sons. Lees-McRae Theatre Arts presents the story of one such fraught relationship with the musical Big Fish Feb. 22–25.
February 08, 2018
Come out and explore the opportunities here in the High Country during the annual Career and Graduate School Fair Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 1–4 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center.
February 07, 2018
College information and ranking resource, Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), awarded Lees-McRae a top spot on three separate lists for 2018. The college received a spot as Best Online College in North Carolina, Best Online Accelerated Nursing Degree in the U.S. and Best Online Registered Nurse Degree in the U.S.
February 02, 2018
Dee Thomas, Lees-McRae College Adjunct Professor and Director of Catalyst Sports' Boone chapter, highlighted for her leadership in nature conservation and adventure.
February 01, 2018
In honor of The American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day on February 2, the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences students and faculty will wear red to bring attention to the leading causes of death to women, those being heart disease and stroke.
February 01, 2018
Elite cyclists Kerry Werner ’13 and Eric Thompson ’11 reflect on their time racing for Lees-McRae and how racing in North Carolina's High Country shaped them into the successful athletes they are today.
January 31, 2018
Laura Pell has always had a passion for higher education—both during her time as a student and a teacher. A North Carolina native, Pell received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at nearby Appalachian State University. Between degrees, Pell taught elementary education in the Charlotte area.
January 26, 2018
This winter’s near-perfect snow conditions on the slopes in Western North Carolina created the perfect venue for the annual Disabled Sports USA Adaptive Ski Week at Beech Mountain Resort.
January 25, 2018
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College a $100,000 grant to implement a pilot mobile training program for community paramedicine in Avery, Ashe and Watauga counties.
January 23, 2018
President-elect Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. addressed a full auditorium of Lees-McRae students, faculty, staff, trustees and community for the first time during the official introduction event Friday afternoon.
January 22, 2018
The Stephenson Center for Appalachia will kick off another year Thursday, Jan. 25 with a performance by popular local musician, Charlie Brown.
January 19, 2018
On January 19, 2018, the Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees elected Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. as the 16th president in the 118-year history of the institution.
January 02, 2018
The coming spring semester at Lees-McRae will also bring with it a slew of new outdoor-based certification courses students can take both on campus and off.