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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.”
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 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 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 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
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
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.
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.