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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 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.
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.