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Order of the Tower

Established in 1964 by Don Baker ’57 and former faculty member Lewis Hall, the Order of the Tower is an organization serving the College in a leadership capacity to promote the general welfare of the College. For 50 years, the Order has done a great deal to promote qualities of leadership and responsibility among students, thus making membership an honor for a select group of students.

Membership is limited to sixteen outstanding students, and selections are made in April. Along with a nomination from a current Order of the Tower member, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75, complete an essay, provide written recommendations, and take part in an interview. Members make a deep commitment of time and energy to the Order, as they are Lees-McRae’s top leaders in skills such as organization, marketing and teamwork. The Order of the Tower's duties include assisting in orientation programs for new students, serving as hosts for visiting groups and dignitaries and for social functions sponsored by the college, and assisting with the development of the annual Honors and Awards program, along with hosting the event.


Meet the Current Order of the Tower Members

Alexandria Bullard

Major: Nursing
Hometown: North Topsail Island, NC

What are you involved with at LMC?
Nursing Program
Order of the Tower member

Favorite thing about being a student?
I love the individualism that is made available for the students at Lees-McRae.

Gunnar Bergey

Major: Business Administration
Graduation Year:
2016
Hometown: Lederach, PA

What are you involved with at LMC?
Captain of the cycling team
Regular skier at Beech Mountain
Member of Alpha Chi and Sigma Beta Delta
Order of the Tower member 
Love to enjoy the outdoors

Favorite thing about being a student?
All of the different opportunities you can be involved with (clubs, student government, intramural sports, etc.) 

Tesia Childs

Major: Performing Arts Studies
Graduation Year:
2016
Hometown: Gastonia, NC

What are you involved with at LMC?
President of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Society
Stage Manager
SGA Senior Class Vice President
Performing Arts Department Office Assistant
Order of the Tower member

Favorite thing about being a student?
My favorite thing about being a student here is the relationship I have with my professors. This is because they are almost always accessible. They respond to emails quickly, and I have several of their personal cell phone numbers and can text them if I have a question.

Allison Cook (President)

Major: Business Administration
Graduation Year:
2016
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

What are you involved with at LMC?
President of Student Government Association
President of Order of the Tower 

Favorite thing about being a student?
My favorite thing about LMC is how easy it is to make friends with everyone and never feel left out on such a small campus.

Callie Gregg

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

What are you involved with at LMC?
Women's Lacrosse
SAAC President
SGA Executive Vice President
Order of the Tower member
Orientation Leader 

Favorite thing about being a student?
Playing lacrosse and getting an education.

Courtney Halford

Major: Pre-Professional Biology
Graduation Year:
 2016
Hometown: Polk County, NC

What are you involved with at LMC?
President of Delta Zeta Nu sorority
Math and Biology tutor at the Burton Center for Student Success
Order of the Tower member

Favorite thing about being a student?
My favorite thing is the close-knit community that produces life-long friendship with students, faculty and staff.

Dustin Longstreet

Major: Pre-Professional Biology
Graduation Year:
 2016
Hometown: Saint Cloud, FL

What are you involved with at LMC?
Resident Director, Tate Residence Hall
Mentor at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Co-Captain of Collegiate League of Legends team
Tutor at the Burton Center for Student Success
Order of the Tower member 

Favorite thing about being a student?
Campus life is amazing and you always feel involved as a student and feel like you are a somebody at this small school. 

Bayleigh MacHaffie

Hometown: Massachusetts

What are you involved with at LMC?
Order of the Tower member
Senior Supervising Mentor at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
I work underneath the director and veterinarian on staff to help run the rehabilitation center and teach new students how to care for the animals we receive. I also help with training the ambassador animals we have for presentations and festivals.

Favorite thing about being a student?
My favorite thing about being a student at LMC is the close community atmosphere. Teachers are nearby and readily available to help students whenever needed, which is very comforting.

Chloë Trabecka Maddox

Hometown: Helen, GA

What are you involved with at LMC?
Track
Rock Climbing
Order of the Tower member 

Favorite thing about being a student?
I love the fact that Koda, my dog, can tag along with me wherever I go. 

Savanna Ramsey

Major: Business Administration and Psychology
Graduation Year:
2016
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC

Favorite thing about being a student?
I'm a student and not a number. I'm given a well-rounded education at LMC which grows, nurtures and challenge me to follow my dreams.

Rachel Sontchi

Hometown: Concord, NC

What are you involved with at LMC?
President of Common Ground Service Club
Elementary Education
Tutor at Freedom Trail Elementary School
Order of the Tower member

Favorite thing about being a student?
The relationship with professors! I really feel like I am cared about by my professors.

Chartella Taylor

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

What are you involved with at LMC?
Women's Lacrosse Player
Vice President of Delta Omicron Theta sorority
Vice President of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee)
Order of the Tower member

Favorite thing about being a student?
Making mistakes and learning from them.