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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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
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.