News
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.