June 29, 2012
Alumnus of the Month: Shane Michael Koerber '04

Married to Staci Watson Koerber '07
Ingalls, NC
Major: Elementary Education

Shane grew up near Banner Elk. Known somewhat as a shy guy, Shane chose Lees-McRae because it is located in the mountains he dearly loves and because of the close-knit atmosphere of the campus. Small classes afforded an opportunity that can't exist at larger institutions of higher education. Being on a first name basis with professors and not having to compete for academic attention provided a great experience for Shane.

These days, Shane is involved in a Christian Rock band called Relentless Flood. In a few days, he and the band are traveling to Cornerstone Festival in Illinois to perform. "Cornerstone is sort of like a Woodstock for the Christian Rock world," stated Shane. What is equally impressive about Relentless Flood is that their song, Never Again, is currently in the Top 25, nationally, on and spent five weeks on Billboard's Top 30 in the Christian Rock category.

"Lees-McRae provided a guy like me an opportunity to meet diverse people. My roommate was in a band, which was really cool to me and my involvement in Theatre Arts classes practically cured my shyness!" said Shane. "I attribute my being comfortable on stage with the band to my experiences at Lees-McRae."

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