February 23, 2015
If you are looking for an escape from the winter blues, come to Lees-McRae College on Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium to watch a screening of Jesse Knight’s feature film The Orbs. As part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, Knight will discuss the process of producing a movie in Appalachia, and show his award-winning film. This event is free and open to the public.
February 17, 2015
On February 20 from 5 – 6 p.m., Lees-McRae’s King-Shivell Gallery will host a reception for the faculty art show, Across Borders. The featured faculty artists will be available to discuss their work. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display until February 27.
February 12, 2015
For the second consecutive semester and the third consecutive spring semester, Lees-McRae College experienced significant enrollment growth. The overall enrollment for the spring semester has increased 10%, with a 77% increase in new student enrollment and a 6% increase in continuing student enrollment over spring 2014.
February 12, 2015
Get ready for a great night at the theatre! The Lees-McRae Performing Arts Department is proud to present the British production, She Stoops to Conquer, a classic comedy of errors that debuted in 1773. The production will premiere in Hayes Auditorium on the campus of Lees-McRae College on Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. and run through March 1. All performances are open to the public.
February 11, 2015
Lees-McRae's senior class combined for 53 points while the men's basketball team made history by claiming their school-record 14th win in 86-78 fashion against Conference Carolinas foe Emmanuel (Ga.) Tuesday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
February 05, 2015
Lees-McRae College is proud to announce a new height of success for its Honors Program. At 84 students, the program is enjoying its largest enrollment to date, while also celebrating a persistence rate of 98.18% from fall 2014 to spring 2015. The program is growing at such a rate that program director Dr. Ken Craig is looking to increase its scope to 100 students by next fall. All of these accomplishments come just as the college gears up for its annual Scholars Day on February 21.
February 03, 2015
On Thursday, January 29, Lees-McRae College named Dr. Todd Lidh as Provost. Dr. Lidh was most recently the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2015.
February 02, 2015
Lees-McRae is proud to announce that on January 30, 2015, the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) approved the College to begin offering a pre-licensure nursing program. As the regulating body for the practice of nursing in North Carolina, NCBON approval marks a significant milestone in the progress of pre-licensure nursing at Lees-McRae.
January 30, 2015
Lees-McRae’s newly formed Nerd Club Gaming Association’s (NCGA) League of Legends team garnered 4th place in its first tournament, competing against 32 teams and earning Riot Points used for in game content. The formation of the collegiate League of Legends team, created by the Vice President of Nerd Club Paul Scherer, has set a new standard for pursuing competitive gaming passions at Lees-McRae.
January 26, 2015
From January 19 – 23, volunteers from Lees-McRae College participated in the 34th Annual DSUSA Adaptive Learn to Ski event at Beech Mountain Resort. Students, staff and alumni assisted instructors and volunteers with many of the lessons for the more than 70 individuals with disabilities as they learned to ski and snowboard.
January 23, 2015
From her home in Horse Shoe, N.C., Lees-McRae College alumna Ally Stacher ’10 is building an empire powered by sweet potato flavored bars simply named Ally’s Bar. In addition to operating a thriving energy bar business, Stacher is also a professional cyclist riding in multiple disciplines. It was her love of training married with a love of cooking that spawned this delightfully tasty treat and business venture.
January 20, 2015
Pity Kerry Shields. He’d filled an oversized van with gear and driven halfway across the country to watch his twin daughters compete for national championships in cyclocross bicycle racing. To be sure, it’s a niche sport followed mostly by the riders, their friends and families and hardcore spokeheads. The crowds that turned up to watch in a muddy city park in Austin, Texas last weekend wouldn’t rival that found at an average high-school football game. Still, for the Shieldses – and their beleaguered father — it was the culmination of 10 years of hard work, a rare shot at being the best in the country in a sport they love.
January 14, 2015
As with many alumni, it’s impossible for Kim Coley Rosenfeld ’13 to choose her favorite memory from Lees-McRae. “I have so many great memories with my former softball teammates including games, trips and 'family nights.' My junior year, I was able to embark on a trip of a lifetime to London. While in London, I experienced navigating a foreign country all alone: I booked my flight for the wrong day, saw amazing things, experienced food poisoning for the first time and made life-long friends that I probably would never have crossed paths with outside of the trip. Lastly, one cannot spend an extended amount of time in Banner Elk and not have memories involving snow; I will never forget snowboarding on Tate Lawn and 'bobsledding' down our driveway on Sugar Mountain!”
January 14, 2015
Senior Emily Shields claimed the national title in the women's Division I cyclocross and the Lees-McRae cycling teams grabbed third overall in the Division I team omnium at the 2015 USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclocross Nationals in Austin, Texas.
January 05, 2015
(High Country Press) It may still be wintertime, but Lees-McRae College already has great things in store for the High Country community for the upcoming summer months. The highly-anticipated 2015 lineup of the annual Lees-McRae Summer Theatre has officially been announced, and the 2015 summer season is sure to be yet another great year of theatrical treats.
December 18, 2014
Bradley King ’13, who graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in accounting, has quickly climbed the ranks at Shurtape Technologies, LLC. In just one year, he has moved from cost accounting intern to cost analyst, and now he will begin his biggest move yet with routine travel to Dubai.
December 10, 2014
In December 2014, analyzed online degree programs from across the state. Lees-McRae ranked no. 14 out of 25 in the category “Most Affordable 2-Year Online Programs In North Carolina” accompanied by institutions such as Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University, East Carolina University, Campbell University and many others.
November 25, 2014
The Warrior's Canvas & Veterans Art Center features national & local Veteran Artists and cultivates a nurturing environment for creativity. Lees-McRae faculty member Jason Sabbides, assistant professor of Communication Arts and Design, is the vice president of the Center which will be hosting a benefit on December 5 to gather simple art supplies so they can continue offering free art classes to Military Veterans and their families.
November 25, 2014
After earning a string of awards for his feature-length and episodic films, Jesse Knight, assistant professor of Communication Arts and Design at Lees-McRae, has created another filmmaking masterpiece, this time in the form of a music video for the North Carolina jam band BIG Something. The video was for “Megalodon” a song off the band’s latest album Truth Serum which was released earlier this month.
November 20, 2014
(High Country Press) An absurdist dark comedy, Reckless follows Rachel, who, at home on Christmas Eve, is informed by her guilt-stricken husband that he has hired a hitman to kill her, and she must flee for her life – which she does by scrambling out the bedroom window and into the snowy night.
November 19, 2014
Lees-McRae’s King-Shivell Gallery is proud to host a selection of student artwork titled “Peer to Peer.” The exhibit will be on display through December 11. The opening reception is scheduled for this Friday, November 21, from 6 – 7 p.m. in King-Shivell Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
November 18, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to announce the Sam and Mary Hart Endowed Scholarship for Science, which will provide a full tuition scholarship to one student studying science or health sciences. This scholarship will be awarded to one undergraduate student every two years. Applications may be submitted until February 15, 2015.
November 17, 2014
From Monday, November 17 through Friday, December 5, Lees-McRae will host a canned food drive to benefit Feeding Avery Families. As a kick off to the drive, on Wednesday, November 19, community members can bring two canned goods as the entry fee to the men’s and women’s basketball games against Southern Wesleyan University. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. The games will be played in the Williams Physical Education Center on Hickory Nut Gap Road.
November 11, 2014
While shorter days, cold winds and snow send many denizens of the mountains into hibernation, the number and variety of flora and fauna remain one of Appalachia’s distinguishing features. Please join us to explore the wealth of life in the area with Dr. Sean Collins’ presentation Fire on the Mountain: A Hotspot for Biodiversity on Thursday, November 20, at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the Lees-McRae College campus. Part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, Collins’ program is free and open to the public.
November 03, 2014
On Monday, October 27, the Division of Business Administration hosted Dr. Michael Lohuis, director of academic engagement for Monsanto Company, for a day of academic, research-based discussion among students, faculty and staff. Monsanto is a multi-national, American-based agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation.
October 31, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to announce Jon Driggers has been promoted to Vice President of Student Development, effective October 2014.
October 30, 2014
In light of the recent news surrounding the Ebola virus, Lees-McRae faculty members Dr. Billy Carver and Dr. Dee Medford-Baker will be hosting a presentation and discussion, titled “Ebola: Written in Blood,” for the campus and surrounding community. Scheduled for November 4 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the College’s campus, this presentation is free and open to the public.
October 30, 2014 featured several Lees-McRae riders in their coverage of the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate MTB Nationals held on Beech Mountain October 24-26.
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 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 15, 2014
If you are interested in local Civil War history, do not miss the next program of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College Lecture Series. On Thursday, October 23, Dr. Aaron Astor will present “Divided Loyalties along the Tennessee-North Carolina Line in the American Civil War” at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the Lees-McRae campus. This program is free and open to the public.
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 06, 2014
On October 2 and 3, the Lees-McRae Division of Creative and Fine Arts hosted students from Mitchell High School and Monroe High School. These students had an opportunity to explore campus, attend workshops and attend Lees-McRae’s performance of Cinderella: The Enchanted Edition. The day’s events were curated by Theatre Arts Education students and creative and fine art faculty.
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 25, 2014
Lees-McRae College is proud to announce a record enrollment of 87 students in the Honors Program. These academically-gifted, highly-motivated students boast an impressive average GPA of 3.763 for seniors, 3.722 for juniors and 3.690 for sophomores. “As of today, the overall average GPA for honors students [seniors, juniors and sophomores] is 3.725,” said Dr. Ken Craig, director of the honors program. “These are impressive numbers and these are impressive students.”
September 10, 2014
On Tuesday, September 9, U.S. News & World Report released their annual rankings of colleges and universities. In the 30th edition of this report, Lees-McRae was ranked among the best regional colleges – south. This year the College climbed 16 spots on the list for a tie with Bluefield College for 54th place. Regional colleges are defined as undergraduate-focused schools with diverse programs including business, education and nursing with fewer than half of degrees granted in the liberal arts.
September 08, 2014
Boone novelist Joshua Simcox ’05 will present a program at Lees-McRae College on Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. As the first fall speaker in the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, Simcox will read from his novel Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller and discuss the publication process. This lecture is free and open to the public.
September 08, 2014
Lees-McRae College’s Department of Performing Arts is proud to announce the performance schedule for its 2014 fall season. The Department will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella: The Enchanted Edition and Craig Lucas’ Reckless. Both shows will be held in Hayes Auditorium at Lees-McRae College. Cinderella will performed October 2-5, and Reckless will performed November 20-23. Tickets go on sale one hour before the performance and are $12 for adults, $5 for children, and free for Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff. All seating is general admission.
September 03, 2014
On Monday, August 25, the Division of Business Administration hosted student internship presentations in Evans Auditorium at Lees-McRae College. Five students gave presentations detailing their for-credit internship experiences. The night was host to a variety of audience members, including students, faculty, staff, College President Dr. Buxton, several members of the Board of Trustees and Business Advisory Council, and community guests. Students stated their internships were “life changing experience[s],” and felt as if the “classroom [came] to real life.”
September 03, 2014
In the September 2014 issue of Our State magazine, Banner Elk was featured as one of three college towns "you might not expect."
August 26, 2014
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 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 11, 2014
Lees-McRae is proud to welcome North Carolina artist Skip Rohde to the King-Shivell Gallery on September 17 for an artist talk about his exhibit “Faces of Afghanistan” which is on display until September 26. The event will be held at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Each of the 52 small-scale framed drawings depicts a native person Rohde encountered while traveling in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan as part of the State Department’s stabilization team. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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
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
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 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.
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 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 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
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.