Alumni & Friends

June 20, 2016
Lees-McRae is kicking off the 31st Summer Theatre season with Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, which runs from June 26-July 3. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, the show delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The shows will take place in the Hayes Auditorium of Broyhill Theatre.
May 10, 2016
Lees-McRae College awarded 251 degrees, the largest number in College history, during commencement exercises Saturday, May 7. Among the graduates, 23 graduated with honors, 58 graduated summa cum laude (3.90-4.0 GPA), 63 graduated magna cum laude (3.70-3.89 GPA) and 33 graduated cum laude (3.50-3.69 GPA).
April 20, 2016
Lees-McRae College is proud to announce that Dianne L. May has been chosen to receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities at this year’s commencement ceremony on May 7, 2016.
April 06, 2016
Join Lees-McRae College in celebrating spring’s return to the mountains. During the 6th annual Appalachian Heritage Week, April 7-15, the College will highlight beloved American novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who spent a creative autumn in one of the College’s cottages. Other unique aspects of mountain heritage will enlighten and entertain students and community members. Lees-McRae invites everyone to participate in the activities sponsored by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia.
April 05, 2016
Meg Quinn believes she would never be where she is today without her experience at the New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. When she arrived at NOSW in July 2010, she had low self-esteem and no idea what the program would entail. What she found in the three week intensive session was life-changing.
March 30, 2016
The Lees-McRae College performing arts program is excited to announce the renovation of the program’s dance studio. The renovations were completed in March and made possible by generous donors Dana and Vicki McKittrick and support from Lees-McRae Summer Theatre.
March 23, 2016
My favorite memory pertaining to my scholastic experience at Lees-McRae would have to be working with Bradley Huff, an ATC (Athletic Trainer Certified) on and off the field, but especially with one of the soccer players who had a knee surgery and was undergoing rehabilitation. It ties in directly with the second question because it was during those few days that I learned how to be confident with what I was doing.
February 22, 2016
The May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center was recently featured on WDBJ7 out of Roanoke, Virginia. Director Nina Fischesser spoke about the types of animals the Center takes in and the wildlife rehabilitation program.
February 19, 2016
Join us on Thursday, February 25 as we celebrate Black History Month with Dr. Kristen Baldwin Deathridge’s lecture “Public History and the History of an African-American Appalachian Community.” The program, part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, will begin at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.
February 12, 2016
One of the main reasons I chose to go to Lees-McRae College was because of the unique beautiful elevated location in the mountains, the small college experience, the small student to teacher ratio curriculum, and sports. When I visited North Carolina from Florida I instantly feel in love the mountains and the campus.
February 05, 2016
He’s been hailed as one of the most significant figures in modern musical theatre, and Lees-McRae College’s Performing Arts program will present some of Stephen Sondheim’s best music in Sondheim on Sondheim February 25‒28 at Hayes Auditorium.
January 29, 2016
Professional cyclo-cross racer Ally Stacher knows what it takes to fuel a body for the pounding, punishing, calorie-sucking energy needed to ride at the highest levels in the sport.
January 19, 2016
Lees-McRae College student Melissa Hooper shares a campus house with five other women, along with two dogs and a gecko. Even as universities relax many housing rules — gender-neutral dorms are mainstream — animals remain largely a no-go. N.C. State University (above) only allows fish and registered service animals. UNC Chapel Hill allows service and support animals.
January 14, 2016
The USCSA event hosted an event this past weekend at Beech Mountain Resort in Beech Mountain, N.C.
January 14, 2016
If the novelty of winter has ebbed, come warm up with poet Adrian Rice’s reading at Lees-McRae College on Thursday, January 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. Rice will present his poems in Evans Auditorium of the Cannon Student Center as the first of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s 2016 Lecture Series.
December 09, 2015
What is your favorite memory from Lees-McRae College? This is a really hard one to choose - there are so many. I think rather than just one memory, I remember the friendships I created in college. I still speak to so many people, and I love homecoming every year because you will never know who you will get to see. I miss my professors. I miss playing soccer and lacrosse. I miss being active in Delta Omicron Theta and the list continues. Simply stated, my favorite memory is Lees-McRae College.
November 19, 2015
Lees-McRae College’s Department of Performing Arts continues the Fall 2015 performance series with Terra Nova. The drama, written by playwright Ted Tally, is the story of Englishman Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition in 1912 as his five-man team endeavors to be the first to reach the South Pole. This journey is filled with intense moments of hope to be the first to discover this foreign place, but also of fear, determination, isolation and tragedy.
November 18, 2015
Nina Fischesser, director of the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, will be releasing a bald eagle at Lake James this Friday. She rescued the eagle from the lake in September and transferred the bird to the Carolina Raptor Center for treatment. The eagle has recovered and was approved for release on November 10.
November 13, 2015
My favorite memories at Lees-McRae College were spending the spring on the porch in the Village and riding the cyclo-cross course in the fall.
November 10, 2015
Students at Lees-McRae College will now have the opportunity to earn a licensure in Special Education, General Curriculum (K-12) and graduate with a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts. The accredited Special Education program is the most recent addition to the Lees-McRae Division of Education, which offers licensures in both Theatre Arts Education and Elementary Education (K-6).
October 09, 2015
Boone novelist Joshua Simcox will present a program at Lees-McRae College on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. As part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia lecture series, Simcox will read from his novel Zapheads: Scars and Ashes and will discuss the publication process.
October 07, 2015
I have many fantastic memories from my time at Lees-McRae, but the ones that really stick with me are the many hours spent sitting in Dr. Stewart Skeate’s office talking about birds, flowers, ecological systems, and graduate school. He was such a great mentor and I really don’t think I would be working as an educator today if it wasn’t for this relationship. For the past 14 years I have had the honor of mentoring hundreds of students at Appalachian State University. I often think about the positive influence a mentor can make because of my experience at Lees-McRae.
October 05, 2015
Lees-McRae College has implemented a tuition guarantee program for students beginning in fall 2016. As a testament to the College’s commitment to affordability, all students entering the 2016-17 academic year will be guaranteed the same rate of tuition for remaining academic years based on their classification as of fall 2016.
September 10, 2015
What is your favorite memory from Lees-McRae College? This is a very difficult question – I just can’t pick one. In my years at LMC, each moment really shaped the type of person I am today. I often look back and think – “Remember that time?”
September 01, 2015
As higher education institutions continue to face stiff competition from both traditional and alternative learning programs, Lees-McRae College is pleased to report record enrollment growth for the 2015-16 academic year. Student numbers jumped 10%, from 940 in fall 2014 to 1,034 this fall.
August 31, 2015
The Lees-McRae athletic department is proud to announce the induction of Troy Brown, Shela Moffett-Fabri and Ally Stacher into the Lees-McRae Fred I. Dickerson Athletics Hall of Fame.
August 21, 2015
Students, faculty and staff who attended the annual Lees-McRae Opening Convocation ceremony on Thursday, August 20 were inspired by the message woven throughout the program – follow your passion and you'll find success.
August 18, 2015
Lees-McRae College will host the 2015 Opening Convocation on August 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Broyhill Theatre of Hayes Auditorium. Each fall, students, faculty and staff come together for the afternoon to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year. Executive Director of Grandfather Mountain and Lees-McRae alumnus Jesse Pope will give the keynote address titled Follow Your Passion, Find Your Success at this year’s Opening Convocation.
August 17, 2015
Colleges and universities across the country continue to implement new and innovative programs to enrich the faculty and student experience, and Lees-McRae is no exception. Our pet-friendly campus policy is garnering national attention and was just featured on People.com.
August 12, 2015
I do not have one specific memory of Lees-McRae that is my favorite. Instead I have many! I fondly remember days out at the Field Station for Dr. Skeate’s biology classes with Buckeye, Dr. Skeate’s dog, disappearing into the bushes along the trail only to come back carrying a branch twice the size of himself. Needless to say, fetch was an interesting event.
July 15, 2015
What is your favorite memory from Lees-McRae College? My favorite would have to be driving to my first day of college at Lees-McRae. I was so excited to be living in the mountains for four years and meet new people. I guess you could say I felt like a free man since I was away from home.
July 13, 2015
On Friday, July 10, more than 90 faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members and friends of the College celebrated the dedication of the Ann and John Tickle Classroom at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The 950 square foot classroom space allows for larger classes and community educational programs to be held.
June 25, 2015
Lees-McRae College has launched a $250,000 fundraising campaign for the renovations of Hayes Auditorium. The auditorium, built in 1975, is located at the front of campus on Highway 194 and serves as an important campus and community venue.
June 22, 2015
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reaffirmed the accreditation of Lees-McRae College for 10 years. The reaffirmation was announced at a meeting of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees on June 11.
June 12, 2015
My favorite memory from Lees-McRae was getting to ride my bike in some of the country’s most beautiful mountains. I also really enjoyed the time I was able to spend with my dad working on my senior research project on cardiac arrhythmias in collegiate athletes.
May 18, 2015
Lees-McRae College conferred 214 degrees upon the class of 2015 in a beautiful commencement ceremony held on historic Tate Lawn. As a result of excellent career preparation and an 88% placement rate, the new graduates are embarking on a journey of endless opportunities.
May 14, 2015
I have three favorite memories. The first was my initial arrival on campus. My mom and sister accompanied me to the campus. I went in the bookstore to ask for directions where I was to go for housing as I arrived ten days early on campus for football practice. I went to the office where I met Trula Bennett. She directed me to the old gym where I lived for about ten days until formal classes started.
May 11, 2015
Lees-McRae College conferred degrees upon 214 graduates during commencement exercises Saturday, May 9 on Tate Lawn on the campus in Banner Elk. The 2015 ceremony was the first time commencement has been held on Tate Lawn in the history of the College. Of the graduating class, 15 graduated with honors, 56 graduated summa cum laude (3.90-4.0 GPA), 43 graduated magna cum laude (3.70-3.89 GPA) and 31 graduated cum laude (3.50-3.69 GPA).
April 28, 2015
Lees-McRae College will hold its annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 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 Lees-McRae College graduates. Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees chairman, Harvey Lowd, has been chosen as the 2015 Commencement speaker. Lowd will present his keynote address titled “Dream Big.”
April 13, 2015
What is your favorite memory from Lees-McRae College? There are too many favorite memories but I think what always stands out for me was the personal interaction with professors. I’ll never forget being in John “Doc” Wilson’s sociology class and, on the very first day, he said, “You can have any name you want in my class!” So I told him I wanted to be a Dean at Lees-McRae. From then on I was “Dean McAfee”.
March 20, 2015
Lees-McRae College is pleased to announce the appointment of Brent Thomas ’85 as Vice President of Advancement. Thomas most recently served as the Director of Development at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He will begin his duties at Lees-McRae College on April 1, 2015.
March 12, 2015
UNC-TV recently featured the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College in a special episode of the North Carolina Now program which provided a behind the scenes look at the new facility and Hart Simulation Center.
March 10, 2015
Playing soccer for four years is Shela Moffett-Fabri’s favorite memory from her days at Lees-McRae. “I was a part of the first group to play all four years. We called ourselves the Fab Five (Allison McDonald Norris, Jeanne Cobbe (JC), Karen VanWert and Julia Callerman-Fullwood). I’ll never forget the National Tournament where we played soccer during Hurricane Hugo. Then, on our return home from the tournament, LMC had its first snow. Seeing the Florida players was a sight, playing in the snow in shorts.”
March 10, 2015
We all know that Lees-McRae is an outdoor enthusiasts' dream, and now it's time to prove it! Blue Ridge Outdoors is hosting a Top Adventure College Tournament and Lees-McRae is 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.
February 10, 2015
Like many other Lees-McRae graduates, Leon McLean ’47 felt that his goal in life was to excel and not just get by with mediocrity. And, like so many others at Lees-McRae, he learned that academics in college is serious business. “I learned that you must study diligently and be prepared for challenges you encounter. Lees-McRae experiences taught me to be tenacious; to develop social and emotional assets along with academic success.”
January 23, 2015
From her home in Horse Shoe, N.C., Lees-McRae College alumna Ally Stacher ’10 is building an empire powered by sweet potato flavored bars simply named Ally’s Bar. In addition to operating a thriving energy bar business, Stacher is also a professional cyclist riding in multiple disciplines. It was her love of training married with a love of cooking that spawned this delightfully tasty treat and business venture.
January 14, 2015
As with many alumni, it’s impossible for Kim Coley Rosenfeld ’13 to choose her favorite memory from Lees-McRae. “I have so many great memories with my former softball teammates including games, trips and 'family nights.' My junior year, I was able to embark on a trip of a lifetime to London. While in London, I experienced navigating a foreign country all alone: I booked my flight for the wrong day, saw amazing things, experienced food poisoning for the first time and made life-long friends that I probably would never have crossed paths with outside of the trip. Lastly, one cannot spend an extended amount of time in Banner Elk and not have memories involving snow; I will never forget snowboarding on Tate Lawn and 'bobsledding' down our driveway on Sugar Mountain!”
January 05, 2015
(High Country Press) It may still be wintertime, but Lees-McRae College already has great things in store for the High Country community for the upcoming summer months. The highly-anticipated 2015 lineup of the annual Lees-McRae Summer Theatre has officially been announced, and the 2015 summer season is sure to be yet another great year of theatrical treats.
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.”
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.”
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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
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 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.
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.