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A reception for the North Carolina-based artist will be held on Thursday, Oct. 14 in the King-Shivell Gallery

October 13, 2021
Leaf looking

The changing fall foliage provides great views and photo opportunities. Knowing the best way to view it all is important.

October 11, 2021
Phil Myers

Myers, a Board of Trustees member since 2015, also chaired the Finance Committee

October 08, 2021
Alyson Gill, John Enamait

Agreement builds on established Memorandum of Understanding, includes guaranteed admission for three programs

October 07, 2021

Local gynecologist, midwives—including alumna April Greene—share dedication for women’s health

October 06, 2021
Melanie Hulbert

Hulbert is ready to transform the student experience at Lees-McRae

October 01, 2021

Celebrate throughout October with a full slate of sustainability-centered activities

September 28, 2021
Morgan Gray and Preston Turner

Students of Excellence celebrates individuals who go above and beyond to serve others

September 27, 2021
Dale Parker and Gus Pederson

Lees-McRae alumni Dale Parker and Gus Pederson reflect on the Boone soccer team’s debut season

September 23, 2021
The Summit

The renovated dining hall opened for dinner on Monday, Sept. 20

September 21, 2021
Looking Back by Melissa Ball-Martin

The exhibition will run from Sept. 16–Oct. 15

September 14, 2021

Lees-McRae was one of 12 Southern regional colleges recognized for teaching excellence

September 13, 2021
PACE+STEP

The programs are designed to boost retention through completion and prepare students for life after graduation

September 10, 2021
Wayne Leon and Melissa Singler

Graduates of the Lumberton, NC school will now be offered guaranteed admission to the Banner Elk college

September 08, 2021
Jimena Golcher-Benavides

The evolutionary biologist and scuba-diving aficionado traveled to Nicaragua and Lake Tanganyika for her master's and doctorate research

September 03, 2021
Jennifer Lopes

Lopes comes to Lees-McRae from Piedmont Technical College

August 27, 2021
Gunnar Bergey

Alumnus Gunnar Bergey applies his education to supporting the sport he loves

August 26, 2021
Student wearing mask

The FDA recently approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for individuals age 16 and older

August 25, 2021

Themes of community and upholding to the Lees-McRae motto were prevalent throughout the event

August 23, 2021
Alyson Gill

Gill previously served as provost and chief academic officer at University of the Ozarks

August 19, 2021

Malbon hopes the book will bring attention to an issue many Americans struggle with

August 18, 2021
9 to 5

Fans of Dolly Parton, mathematical geniuses, or medieval Catholic composers won’t want to miss this year’s shows

August 16, 2021
Savannah Trantham

Lees-McRae alum Savannah Trantham is putting her rehab skills to work in western North Carolina

August 12, 2021
Erin Smith

Smith oversees campus housing and works with area coordinators and RAs to meet students’ needs

August 06, 2021

From Aug. 8–20, the college is hosting multiple events for new and returning students, faculty, and staff

August 05, 2021
Jim Swinkola, Senator Warren Daniel, Representative Dudley Greene

The state senator and state representative discussed issues of workforce housing, drug abuse, and broadband connectivity, among others

August 02, 2021

Rueckert most recently served as the dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities at Wentworth Institute of Technology

July 29, 2021
“America’s Artist: The Norman Rockwell Story”

The final Lees-McRae Summer Theatre production runs through Aug. 1

July 28, 2021

The first annual School Counselor Experience introduced 12 counselors to opportunities available on campus and in the nearby community

July 26, 2021

The conversation, moderated by Jim Swinkola and taking place on Lees-McRae campus, will be held in Hayes Auditorium on July 23

July 22, 2021

A Wildlife Biology research project brought Juan Sebastian Restrepo ’21 and James Cadolino face-to-face with the elusive whippoorwill

July 19, 2021

The musical is written and directed by Professor Emeritus and Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Artistic Director Janet Barton Speer

July 13, 2021

The event will be held in Hayes Auditorium on July 23

July 07, 2021
Roan Highlands

Watching the sunset from the Roan Highlands should be on the bucket list of every outdoor-loving Lees-McRae student

July 06, 2021
President Lee King

Tickets to watch the livestream event are $10 for community members

June 28, 2021
Shelton Learning Commons

Chromebooks and webcams are now available for checkout to main campus students

June 24, 2021
Michael Joslin

Recently retired Lees-McRae Professor, Michael Joslin, PhD, speaks with a former pupil about his 40-year career in journalism and academia

June 22, 2021
Games on Tate Lawn

Learn how to get the most out of orientation from those who’ve been there before

June 17, 2021

Ledford shared his love of literature, language, and history with generations of Lees-McRae students

June 15, 2021
Matthew Wimberley

“Daniel Boone’s Window” follows Wimberley’s award-winning debut poetry collection “All the Great Territories”

June 14, 2021
Leor Shuflita

Leor Shuflita and Sara Stiehler chose the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as one stop in their clinical rotations

June 12, 2021

Tickets are now on sale for the show, which opens on June 19

June 10, 2021

The season will begin on June 14 with Mac Frampton: That Mancini Magic!

June 10, 2021

Presentations will be held every Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. all summer long

June 09, 2021
Stephenson Center Summer Lectures

All events will take place at 7 p.m. and will both livestreamed and open to the public

June 08, 2021

Catawba County Library will be hosting virtual presentations with the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on June 8 and 9

June 07, 2021

The 42nd season of FORUM will kick off on Monday, June 14, and will run through Monday, August 2.

June 03, 2021
Lees-McRae Charlotte Alumni

The book drive was hosted by Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company, a Bobcat-owned business

June 01, 2021

Ten minutes away from Lees-McRae College, the hike from the Profile Trail to Calloway Peak is a portal to the heart of Grandfather Mountain.

May 27, 2021
Melanie Hulbert

Hulbert will contribute a valuable perspective to student experience and diversity initiatives at the college

May 25, 2021
Broad-winged hawk

The raptors were released from MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain

May 21, 2021
May School

During the ceremony, both students and faculty reminisced about the positive experiences they had in the program

May 18, 2021
Allan Nichols presents Herod's coat

The veteran of stage and screen presented the college with the costume he wore in “Jesus Christ Superstar”

May 17, 2021
Amber Corvin

The recent graduate was able to purse a program geared to her interests while playing four years of softball

May 14, 2021
Commencement 2021

Students, friends, and family gathered in MacRae Meadows to celebrate the accomplishments of recent graduates

May 13, 2021
Lees-McRae Campus

Students receive the recognitions for maintaining a high GPA for the semester

May 12, 2021
grandfather mountain

Once responsible for keeping mountain communities isolated, Grandfather Mountain now invites visitors from around the world

May 07, 2021
Bobcat Mentor Network

The mentorship program offers an opportunity for alumni to give back to the college

May 06, 2021
Kyndra Martin-Cobb and Andrew Sparks

The Blue Ridge Mountains provided a perfect backdrop for the new company

May 05, 2021
Emily Sowder

The Wildlife Biology graduate recently accepted a position working for Project Chimps as a caregiver aide

May 04, 2021
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre

The season will feature two shows, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “America's Artist: The Norman Rockwell Story”

May 03, 2021
Back to school: Luke Winkelmann puts snowboarding on display at Lees-McRae College

Winkelmann visited Lees-McRae to film a snowboarding video for Red Bull

May 03, 2021
Caele Gardella

The Wildlife Biology graduate recently accepted a position working for Project Chimps as a caregiver aide

April 30, 2021

Lees-McRae was recently named a Gold Bike Friendly University and was selected to compete in the Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine Top Adventure College Tournament

April 27, 2021
Ryan Beauchamp

Beauchamp earned both his bachelor's degree and Master of Arts in Teaching in five years thanks to the recently added 4+1 program

April 27, 2021
Luke Winkelmann

Winkelmann and several other snowboarders filmed the video on Lees-McRae campus in February

April 26, 2021
The Lees-McRae Honors and Awards Ceremony

Awards were given to individuals who have exhibited superior leadership, academic achievement, and service over the past year

April 23, 2021
Leave No Trace activities at Lees-McRae

Students have the option to earn Leave No Trace Trainer and Master Educator certifications

April 22, 2021
Alpha Phi Sigma inductee

Both main campus and online students were invited to join

April 19, 2021
Commencement 2021

Commencement and the end of the semester are fast approaching. Keep track of all the important end-of-year coverage here. 

April 16, 2021
Signing between Davidson-Davie Community College and Lees-McRae

The signing took place at Davison-Davie Community College on April 9

April 15, 2021
McKenzie Jensen

The graduating senior received recognition for her poem “Sometimes Nana visits me but this time she’s a robin”

April 14, 2021
The Tempest

The play by William Shakespeare will be performed on Nebel Green

April 13, 2021
Appalachian Heritage Week

Students, faculty, and staff enthusiastically celebrated a week dedicated to the mountains

April 10, 2021
Western Piedmont Community College MOU signing

Western Piedmont students who earn an associate degree will receive guaranteed admission to Lees-McRae

April 07, 2021
Banner Elk named one of the "South's Best Mountain Towns"

The location of Lees-McRae, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near ski resorts and state parks, is one of the college's many advantages

March 31, 2021
Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station

The former landfill site has become a diverse ecosystem that trains students in essential field skills

March 30, 2021
Alyson Gill

Gill brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, data-driven decision making, and innovation to the position

March 29, 2021
Matthew Wimberley

The Weatherford Awards are given each year to the works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that best illustrate the character of southern Appalachia

March 26, 2021
President Lee King and Deana Acklin lead the slow roll

The group bicycle ride was held as part of Bike Month, a campuswide initiative to celebrate bike culture

March 26, 2021
Fred Dickerson and Don Baker

As student, coach, teacher, public relations director, and vice president, Don Baker pushed the college to new heights

March 24, 2021
Jennea Welch on stage at Lees-McRae

The daughter of Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is offering hope for other young adults who have experienced parental loss

March 23, 2021
Student fishing next to Top Adventure College logo

Vote between March 22 and March 28 to help the college advance to the Elite Eight

March 22, 2021
Callie Payne, Mary Wood

Students who have already received admission to the college competed for scholarships during the annual Scholars Day event

March 19, 2021

Rose Bowden, the oldest living Lees-McRae alumnus, has thoroughly filled her 99 years

March 18, 2021
Communication Arts and Design juried student art show winner "Wrapping"

Guest juror Jack Michael chose the three winning pieces based on both technical skill and artistic commitment

March 16, 2021
Student biking

The college joins schools, city programs, and non-profit organizations across the state dedicated to promoting cycling safety

March 12, 2021
Art poster

Guest artist Jack Michael will be the judge for the show

March 10, 2021
Feminine Voices in Appalachian Literature

Works discussed in the course are available through the Shelton Learning Commons

March 08, 2021
Layana de Souza

Layana de Souza ’14 is one of 25 individuals from around the world chosen for the prestigious program

March 05, 2021
Lees-McRae and CFCC sign transfer agreement

CFCC students who earn an associate degree will receive guaranteed admission when transferring to Lees-McRae

March 04, 2021
Dr. McNamara works with an injured animal as students look on

From orphaned bobcats to entangled snakes, wildlife rehabilitation students kept busy in 2020

March 02, 2021
Photo of the Salem Mission

This first article in the multi-part series "In the Mountain" examines a piece of Black Avery County history, and how the region’s past has affected its present and future.

February 26, 2021

Graduates from the three partner community colleges will receive guaranteed admission to complete their bachelor’s degrees

February 25, 2021
Lees-McRae

Lees-McRae is one of 150 educational institutions to make the 2021 PTK Transfer Honor Roll

February 23, 2021
Bicycle friendly

The college is the smallest educational institution in the country to earn Gold status

February 18, 2021
Jocelyne Bond

Bond, the coordinator for the online Human Services program, will remain in the position until a Dean of ECOL is found

February 16, 2021
Pledge to Vote booth

Opportunities to engage students personally and a campus-wide passion for the outdoors drove results

February 15, 2021
Spriguns Equinox painting of a troll

Steve Brown discussed his artistic history, creative process, and the inspiration for his work

February 12, 2021
Lees-McRae campus with ranking badge

Lees-McRae also received recognition for its nursing program and as a top college in North Carolina

February 11, 2021
Grad photos with Wily

New event offers guidance and connection for students in their final year at Lees-McRae

February 08, 2021
Ski Weekend

Weekend will feature discounted lift tickets and rentals for all Bobcats as well as several virtual events

February 05, 2021
Matthew Armstrong working

Business Administration major Matthew Armstrong took a chance on a real estate internship—and ended up running the show

February 04, 2021
Giving Juice

Annette George shares story of faith and perseverance with students

January 27, 2021
100 days logo

The first 50 seniors to register will receive a tablet sleeve and professional headshot

January 26, 2021
Jalen Joiner

Freshman Jalen Joiner lost his mother right after receiving his Lees-McRae offer letter, but he knows she's still his biggest fan

January 21, 2021
MLK Vigil

Campus chaplain Ted Henry and Dean of Students Justin Kitts shared remarks

January 20, 2021
Spriguns Equinox

The art exhibit, which will be hosted in the King-Shivell Gallery, features depictions of mythological and folklore characters composed of everyday materials

January 19, 2021
Lees-McRae campus

ACC students who complete an associate degree will receive automatic admittance

January 14, 2021
Lees-McRae Campus 2020

The distinction recognizes full-time students who achieve or maintain high marks during the semester.

January 05, 2021

Del and Barbara Williamson and Ed and Susan Harden join the ranks of those who have left a generous gift for the college in their estate plans

December 18, 2020

Join us as we look back on some of our successes during this unexpected year

December 17, 2020

Individuals interested in learning more about the Criminal Justice, Education, Nursing, and Business and Management programs can register now

December 10, 2020

Lees-McRae recognized for showing the benefits of on-campus pets

December 10, 2020

Joining with the Boone Police Department, the Lees-McRae High Country Alumni Chapter serves our local community in hosting a food drive for the Hunger and Health Coalition.

December 10, 2020

Albany Technical College is the first school outside of North Carolina to sign such an agreement

December 02, 2020

President Lee King expressed gratitude for the Lees-McRae and Banner Elk servicemembers who had sacrificed “to keep us strong and to keep us free”

November 13, 2020

Kick off the start of the winter season with the annual Winter Film Festival at Lees-McRae College

November 11, 2020

Lees-McRae mourns the loss of revered alumnus, Board of Trustees member, and Hall of Fame inductee

November 11, 2020

Kim Longsoldier overcame the challenges of being a woman in a primarily male field in her 11 years of army service

November 09, 2020

For the first time, Haywood students will receive guaranteed admission to finish their bachelor’s degrees

November 09, 2020

The new articulation agreement allows Brunswick students to transfer to any Lees-McRae academic program of their choice.

November 06, 2020

Outdoor Recreation Management program at Lees-McRae joins effort to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor industry

November 06, 2020

All Lees-McRae online and main campus programs included for the first time in the Guaranteed Admission Program with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.

October 30, 2020

Outstanding alumni honored for their service to the college during Homecoming 2020.

October 23, 2020

Garrett Hinshaw, president of CVCC, presents Savannah Brown with the President’s Award. Brown recently completed her criminal justice associate degree at CVCC and is attending Lees-McRae College to pursue her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

October 22, 2020

How two life-changing events led M.J. Doyle to become a Wilderness First Responder

October 22, 2020

Following the showing of "Loud Krazy Love," a documentary of Brian Welch's struggles with addiction, Welch and daughter Jenna opened up for questions from students. Read more about the event sponsored by Avery County ABC Board, Cheap Joes Art Supplies, David Searcy, and HD Stewart.

October 06, 2020

Lauren McLelland ’10 nears goal of 100 miles in support of Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

October 02, 2020

Participants can run, walk, or jog their favorite 3.1 mile route in support of the Montibus Scholarship Trust and Bobcat Club.

September 16, 2020

U.S. News & World Report ranked Lees-McRae College 26th among 120 regional colleges in the South in its recent 2021 Best Colleges guide.

September 15, 2020

Special Education major and softball player Morgan Crowe named the next recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Scholarship

September 14, 2020

Lees-McRae freshman from Avery County receives Golden LEAF Scholarship to pursue nursing and give back to her community.

September 03, 2020

Grayson Wickel exploring his passions on the bike and on the stage

September 03, 2020

Alumni, students, and staff bring awareness to community with peaceful march against social injustice.

September 01, 2020

The King-Shivell Gallery will come to life with original work from Communication Arts and Design faculty during the annual exhibition.

August 27, 2020

Student-athletes excitedly prepare for a whole new ball game on Tate Field.

August 21, 2020

As part of the Library Services and Technology Act, the Shelton Learning Commons received $9,500 to invest in laptops and webcams for longer term circulation among students.

August 05, 2020

Lees-McRae partners with Ballad Health to bring additional resources for students, faculty, staff, and the Banner Elk and Avery County communities.

July 13, 2020

On May 20 for International Ride of Silence, the Banner Elk community remembered and honored lost or injured cyclists, including Lees-McRae students and family members, Carla Swart, Megan Baab, and Dr. Jerry Luck.

May 27, 2020

Honoring the Class of 2020

May 27, 2020

During the Spring 2020 semester, 337 students were recognized for their academic achievement.

May 20, 2020

During WJHL’s Daytime Tri-Cities, McManus encouraged viewers to take advantage of the outdoors to benefit their mind, body, and soul.

May 20, 2020

The Lees-McRae chapter welcomed its newest members during the End-of-Year Celebration on Friday, May 8.

May 14, 2020

Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Pierce helps see nearly 1,000 animal patients each year.

May 14, 2020

Golding, who graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, teaches the fourth grade at Franklin Elementary School.

May 14, 2020

In Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Top Adventure College contest, Lees-McRae took the gold for the small school category—a second time win.

May 04, 2020

Due to state gathering guidelines, both Lees-McRae Summer Theatre and FORUM seasons have been canceled.

April 29, 2020

The first Lees-McRae faculty member to receive the fellowship, Turpin will use the time to research and write his second book.

April 23, 2020

Counselor Johnny McManus explains the science behind the benefits of getting outdoors and how it improves your mental health.

April 22, 2020

Here’s how to make the most of exploring a prospective college online.

April 17, 2020

Psychology Program Coordinator Dr. James Carson and Director of Counseling Services Marla Gentile explain effective coping and self-care tips during these unusual times surrounding COVID-19.

April 15, 2020

No matter where you are right now, here are some lessons you can take with you from your home in the High Country.

April 15, 2020

In the new space, students in both the Ski Industry Business and Instruction and Outdoor Recreation Management programs will receive onsite instruction just feet from the slopes

April 07, 2020

The accolades, given by two different college program resources, ranked both the Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education and online Elementary Education program as some of the best in the U.S.

April 07, 2020

In response to shortages brought on by COVID-19 and the influx of patients, faculty from the MSONHS donated masks, face shields, gloves, and hand sanitizer among other highly-requested supplies to nearby partners.

April 02, 2020

On-campus classes to be held remotely for remainder of Spring 2020 semester; public events canceled until July 1.

April 02, 2020

One of the few colleges named after two women, Lees-McRae has a long-held tradition of supporting and celebrating women in the High Country.

April 01, 2020

Three students were selected during the annual Scholars Day as recipients of the Elizabeth McRae and Shelton scholarships.

March 30, 2020

May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Veterinarian Dr. Amber McNamara, her life, and accomplishments featured in Watauga Democrat's All About Women Magazine.

March 30, 2020

The college landed among those across the country recognized for their commitment and investment in supporting transfer students.

March 30, 2020

As you navigate the current public health situation, hear from Marla Gentile on caring for your mental health.

March 28, 2020

While you’re learning from home, here are some great resources you can take advantage of to help you in your studies.

March 27, 2020

Just as there’s etiquette when you’re in class, here’s a quick rundown on your digital presence and how to communicate properly.

March 26, 2020

Poll closes Monday, March 30 at 10 a.m.

March 23, 2020

A guide offered by Student Affairs and the Burton Center for Student Success

March 20, 2020

This year marks the eighth Top Adventure College competition hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, and Lees-McRae is once again in the running.

March 12, 2020

The campus community gathered on Thursday, March 5 to honor Dr. Billy Carver’s memory during the dedication of the newly renovated Billy J. Carver Laboratory.

March 12, 2020

Students and faculty are eager to put the space to use as they learn the ins and outs of the ski industry.

March 10, 2020

Earlier this year, students from the Ski Industry Business and Instruction minor attended the Outdoor Retailer Show and toured resorts in the region.

March 10, 2020

Asheville-based artist Madalyn Wofford will guest judge the student art exhibition in King-Shivell Gallery Monday, March 16 at noon.

March 10, 2020

After being surrendered to the Cleveland County Animal Services and scanned for a microchip, Comet was returned to Reeves and will now live with her on campus.

March 10, 2020

Both the college and the resort celebrated the opening of the new classroom named after late Dr. Thomas Brigham in honor of his legacy within the ski industry on Saturday, Feb. 29.

March 09, 2020

Rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to explore Lees-McRae and experience life as a Bobcat during Open House on Saturday, April 25.

March 07, 2020

Thinking about enrolling in the Theatre Arts program? Learn about the programs of study and audition for scholarships.

February 18, 2020

Honoring our past, building our future

February 18, 2020

National champion Roni Laughton ’20 on winning, her future, and those that supported her along the way.

February 18, 2020

Have you ever wondered what really happens in your brain when you fall in love? This Valentine’s Day, learn about the science surrounding love and attraction from expert and professor of psychology Dr. Sue Hart.

February 12, 2020

Guests are invited to a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting during the Family and Friends Ski Weekend.

February 11, 2020

A multimedia artist, Prewitt will present his solo video and sculpture work “Tallscreens” in an exhibition Thursday, Feb. 13 in King-Shivell Gallery.

February 11, 2020

This Valentine’s Day, craft the perfect love poem that is sure to woo anyone by an award-winning poet and assistant professor of English Matthew Wimberley.

February 10, 2020

Meet political journalist and historian Rob Christensen as he presents his most recent book The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

February 10, 2020

During WJHL's Daytime Tri-Cities, Sailor shared some ideas for families or friends looking to create a Valentine's Day care package for their student.

February 07, 2020

In the Conference Carolinas "Body, Mind & Soul" series, which highlights conference member student-athletes, Acklin shared her story and her inspiring journey since enrolling at Lees-McRae College.

February 07, 2020

During the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, Eco Strategies Group Founder Andrea Ruiz-Hays will address the class of 2020.

February 07, 2020

Check out Wimberley’s debut book during a reading event Thursday, Feb. 13, hosted by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia.

February 04, 2020

On the show's segment Money Matters, Kevin Phillips told WJHL host Amy Lynn how employers, grants, and overlooked scholarships can help fund a college education.

February 03, 2020

In a recent ranking by Online Schools Report, a higher education online program resource, the college's online Human Services program was named one of the best in the U.S.

February 03, 2020

Ten students travel to the opposite side of the globe for a wild experience.

January 31, 2020

Held in the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons Makerspace, students led by Director of Library Services Jess Bellemer sewed 21 pouches for baby marsupials.

January 22, 2020

Hit the slopes and learn about the Ski Industry Business and Instruction minor.

January 17, 2020

On Tuesday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 16, students, led by Director of Library Services Jess Bellemer, crafted pouches to send to rehabilitation centers in Australia.

January 17, 2020

Director of Library Services Jess Bellemer shows QC Life Host Dedrick Russell how to sew a pouch for the injured wildlife affected by the Australian wildfires.

January 15, 2020

Noted for his achievements, leadership qualities, and credentials, Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, awarded Joslin with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

January 13, 2020

Join us as we look back at our favorite memories of the year

December 27, 2019

During the Fall 2019 semester, 330 students were recognized for their academic achievement.

December 20, 2019

The Q&A focused on Huffard's recent release of his new book Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South.

December 17, 2019

The first of its kind in the Southeast, the Ski Industry Business and Instruction minor incorporates outdoor recreation management, professional business practices, and industry certifications.

December 13, 2019

Former cyclist for Lees-McRae, Hoover will lead both the men's and women's cycling teams at the college in Savannah, Georgia.

December 13, 2019

In a recent ranking of online human services programs across the U.S., Intelligent listed Lees-McRae as a top college.

December 13, 2019

With help from the Asheville-based foundation, the People in Need grant will assist in the development and funding of the NOSW Summer 2020 program and beyond.

December 11, 2019

Historian and author of First Taste of Freedom, a study of early bicycle marketing, Turpin provided insight for a Smithsonian article that explored the recent uptick in scooters as a popular mode of transportation where bicycles largely dominated.

December 06, 2019

Experience Huffard’s new book during a signing and reading event Wednesday, Dec. 4, hosted by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia.

November 25, 2019
esports

Learn how students on the newly-developed varsity Esports team are redefining what it means to be an athlete in the digital arena.

November 22, 2019

On Saturday, Dec. 7, join NOSW for their second annual holiday market featuring local crafts and food.

November 21, 2019

Whether you are meeting with a potential future employer or current colleagues, here are some helpful tips to ensure you make the most of it.

November 20, 2019

Starting in Spring 2020, Dr. Sean Collins will begin his tenure as dean alongside the faculty within the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences.

November 19, 2019

Executive Director of Grandfather Mountain Jesse Pope '02 invited MWRC students and staff to both attend and be a part of the meeting that addressed environmental changes and climate threats in Western North Carolina.

November 18, 2019
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

High school seniors who want to incorporate the thrill of adventure into their college studies now have a unique option in the mountains of North Carolina.

November 18, 2019

In a night of student talent, music, scripture, and fun, join Lees-McRae as we celebrate the start of the holiday season.

November 18, 2019

With the revised Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, students at community colleges are transferring to institutions like Lees-McRae at a higher rate and with more ease.

November 18, 2019

Faculty, staff, and students were welcomed to the national leadership honor society.

November 06, 2019

Here is your rundown of Academic Preview Days and why you should seriously consider attending.

November 06, 2019

Director of Campus Recreation and Outdoor Programs Lizzy Gardner explains why Lees-McRae offers stress-reducing workshops and mindfulness hikes.

November 05, 2019

Vice President for Enrollment Management Kevin Phillips shared his top five tips for anyone applying to the FAFSA this fall

November 05, 2019

New to the Outdoor Recreation Management lineup of films, Winterland will screen in Evans Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 21.

November 05, 2019

With prime leaf viewing here, Gardner provided some tips on how to better enjoy your visit to the High Country and your leaf viewing experience

November 05, 2019

Classic comedy meets absurdity, wordplay, and lots of fun as Lees-McRae Theatre Arts presents The Good Doctor.

October 31, 2019

Encouraging colleges across the U.S. to get outdoors, the month-long challenge concluded on Sunday, Oct. 13 with the college earning a spot at the top.

October 28, 2019
Ski Industry Minor

With a satellite classroom located at the nearby resort, students can earn a minor that is the first of its kind in the southeast and the third on the East coast.

October 25, 2019
Academic Preview Days

Discover why our students call this place home at an Academic Preview Day hosted by each of our four schools.

October 22, 2019

During Homecoming, the Alumni Association presented three awards to distinguished individuals and classes.

October 17, 2019

View Asheville-based photographer Daniel Abide’s work now through the end of the fall semester.

October 15, 2019

During the TV segment, Acklin shared her top tips and the "ABC Quick Check" in order for cyclists to stay safe on the roads.

October 15, 2019

Featuring some of the world’s most extreme climbing athletes across the globe, the 14th annual REEL ROCK Film Tour will return to Lees-McRae on Friday, Nov. 1.

October 15, 2019

Experience the fourth annual mock emergency simulation that brought together three programs across campus for the learning experience of a lifetime.

October 11, 2019

Communications program graduate Christopher Finley '96 appointed as the next executive director for the Smith Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce located in Virginia.

October 09, 2019

Higher education online ranking resource Online Schools Report listed the Lees-McRae online Human Services major as one of the best in the nation.

October 09, 2019

Faculty and students from the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center released a red-tailed hawk during the annual Catawba Riverfest at the Paddy's Creek area of Lake James State Park on Sept. 21

October 09, 2019
Megan Weaver

Take a deep dive into Appalachia’s one-of-a-kind dialect with Megan Weaver, Appalachia native and former Lees-McRae English professor, on Thursday, Oct. 17 in Evans Auditorium.

October 09, 2019

Hear from students as they reflect on their time spent volunteering during the annual Mountain Day of Service on Sept. 25.

October 02, 2019

Here to inspire and celebrate women in the sport, the Orvis 50/50 On the Water Film Tour will make its debut on campus in Evans Auditorium

October 02, 2019

College programming ranking guide GetEducated listed the online RN to BSN program as one of the most affordable in the U.S.

October 02, 2019

An expedition unlike any other takes students and faculty out of the classroom, across the states, and into the heart of the West.

October 01, 2019

The article titled, "Ten Train Songs That Tell The Story of the South," lays out the top ten tracks Huffard believes maps out the intricate history of the southern U.S.

October 01, 2019

Here's everything you need to know for tailgating at Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5

September 24, 2019

In this most recent Q&A, get to know Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences Kim Priode and her long-lived pursuit of medical excellence and teaching the trade to nurses of the future.

September 20, 2019

On Sept. 13, juniors from the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences nursing program received their white coats and pins during the annual ceremony.

September 20, 2019
U.S. News and World Report Ranking

Among those colleges in the Southeast, Lees-McRae landed on a list of institutions working hardest to assist economically disadvantaged students earn their degree.

September 19, 2019

A fun new way to pay it forward and show off your school spirit at the same time

September 18, 2019

Just in time for the Halloween season, watch as Theatre Arts brings to life classic movie turned musical, Young Frankenstein.

September 17, 2019

As part of an annual event to thank those who make Lees-McRae scholarships a reality, students and those benefactors gather for a night of celebration.

September 16, 2019

Help Lees-McRae become the next National Outdoor Champion during the AORE Campus Challenge from Sept. 16–Oct. 13.

September 12, 2019

Mid-Atlantic premier snow sports publication and community DCSki highlights new ski industry minor and instructor certification courses

September 12, 2019

Parents and families, this weekend is for you. Pack your bags and enjoy an entire weekend in the High Country dedicated to having fun in our mountain home.

September 12, 2019

Jane Stephenson and Michael Joslin invite campus and community members to a signing of their books Sept. 15 and Sept. 18.

September 11, 2019

National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) called out Lees-McRae for its new ski industry minor and cutting-edge instructor certification programming.

September 11, 2019

King-Shivell Gallery will once again come to life during the annual faculty exhibition starting Thursday, Sept. 12.

September 10, 2019

From familiar faces to new friends, Homecoming brings everyone together to honor the past, rejoice in the present, and dream about the future.

September 09, 2019

Join the college and the Town of Banner Elk for an evening of live music, food, and fun for the whole family starting at 5 p.m. in Tate-Evans Park.

September 06, 2019

Tegan Dean’s story of competing, singing, studying, and doing it all over again the next day.

September 06, 2019

The agreement, called the Promise Program, will provide eligible two-year Blue Ridge Community College graduates the opportunity to complete their bachelor degrees with guaranteed admission.

September 05, 2019

Daily Digest spotlights Lees-McRae and Beech Mountain Resort for offering exclusive ski industry business and instruction minor.

August 29, 2019

Discover the High Country’s hidden secrets and surreal landmarks during the upcoming Stephenson Center for Appalachia event led by writer and photographer Michael Joslin.

August 28, 2019

Lees-McRae highlighted as one of the top seven colleges to bring your furry companion.

August 26, 2019

All of campus gathered on Thursday, Aug. 22 to start a new academic year at the annual Convocation celebration.

August 23, 2019

In the spirit of a new year, Skeate to share tales of his past with professionals of the future.

August 19, 2019

Emergency Medical Services and Management major and cyclist Ben Herbertz will become the next recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Scholarship.

August 15, 2019

A life-long pursuit of turning a passion into her career, learn more about the accomplishments of Speer in this in-depth spotlight.

August 13, 2019

In this most recent Q&A, get to know Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life Kelsey Taylor and her passion for making a difference in the lives of students.

August 12, 2019

From laundry to budgeting and everything in between, here is a quick list of the top five adulting skills your student needs to know before college.

August 09, 2019

For the third year in a row, Lees-McRae was named a College of Distinction within the prestigious North Carolina cohort.

August 06, 2019

The second book in a four-part wilderness guide series, "Mountain Summer" written by English professor Michael Joslin is a collection of stories and photography, also taken by Joslin, in the High Country.

August 06, 2019

Criminal justice major, Chris Hatton '13 becomes next chief of police for the Town of Sylva in North Carolina

August 06, 2019

Natural and physical science major, Chris May '72, and current executive director of the Cape Fear Council of Governments was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Roy Cooper, North Carolina's highest civilian honor.

August 02, 2019

In this most recent Q&A, learn a little more about Dean of Students Justin Kitts, his time at Lees-McRae, and what he has to say to students.

August 01, 2019

On Friday, July 12, campus community members gathered to celebrate the legacy of a long-time employee and unveil the renamed Frankie Ramsey Needham Alumni House in her honor.

July 16, 2019

On August 1, Dr. Kim Priode will begin her tenure as dean alongside the faculty within the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

July 15, 2019

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Artistic Director Janet Barton Speer was awarded the highest-level civilian honor in the state, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

July 12, 2019

Travel back to 1899 New York City and get to know the scrappy, courageous youngsters of Newsies in the final show of the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season starting July 30

July 10, 2019

The Office of Student Affairs, with the direction of several new staff, will begin a new initiative to better serve campus.

July 08, 2019

Along with several other notable universities across the U.S., Lees-McRae was featured for its specialized courses on niche topics.

July 08, 2019

There can be a lot to do before you finally arrive on campus, but this checklist will reassure you knowing you’ve got everything set and ready to go for move-in day.

July 03, 2019

Theatre Arts Administration major broadens academic offerings starting in Fall 2019.

June 28, 2019

Celebrate the heritage of Banner Elk and the man that changed the course of its history forever during the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre performance of From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story starting July 11

June 25, 2019

Hear from Michael Joslin on his latest book, Mountain Summer, during the Stephenson Center for Appalachia lecture on Wednesday, June 26.

June 20, 2019

You’ve knocked out your to do list and pack your bags, but here are some final things to keep in mind once you are here on campus.

June 18, 2019

Learn about nonprofits in the High Country by specialist and Sustain Essential and Rural Community Healthcare leader Susan Larson during the Stephenson Center for Appalachia lecture on Wednesday, June 19.

June 17, 2019

Escape to campus this summer for four days of fun with alumni, family, and friends during Frolic 2019.

June 13, 2019

In this retelling of the biblical story of Jonah, experience the children’s show A Whale of a Tale starting Saturday, July 6.

June 13, 2019

Incoming Fall 2019 student, Kimberly Johnson of Sims, North Carolina, was named the beneficiary of the celebrated, full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship

June 12, 2019

Featuring traditional mountain entertainment, the Stephenson Center for Appalachia will begin its summer programming on June 12 in the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons at 7 p.m.

June 06, 2019

Travel to the Greek islands with the debut of Mamma Mia! starting June 27 in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre

June 04, 2019

Needham, director of advancement services, concluded her time as the longest-serving employee in college history.

May 31, 2019

Kick off a full summer celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Edgar Tufts with a gallery exhibit in Hayes Auditorium and reception in Miller Commons.

May 30, 2019

Orientation isn’t just for new students—it’s also a great time for parents and families to learn more about Lees-McRae! Check out this guide for what you need to know before arriving to campus.

May 30, 2019

President Lee King joined a panel of outdoor industry leaders to share the economic importance of the outdoor industry, its developing workforce, and the political climate impacting its growth.

May 28, 2019

Before hitting the road and heading to campus for orientation in June, make sure you check these items off your “to do” list.

May 24, 2019

During the Spring 2019 semester, 326 students landed on either the Dean’s or President’s lists.

May 23, 2019

During their annual ranking of online programs, EDsmart ranked online programs at Lees-McRae as one of the top ten in North Carolina.

May 23, 2019

In its most recent print edition, USA Today Pet Guide highlighted various college community members and their four-legged friends, who make up the college’s unique, pet-friendly campus

May 20, 2019

Over the course of a semester and concluding in an open house on May 2, students from the first mural-focused art course completed seven paintings for Children’s Hope Alliance at their Grandfather Home for Children campus.

May 17, 2019

Experience Commencement as 246 graduates cross the stage and begin a new adventure in their lives

May 16, 2019

Preceding the highly-anticipated Commencement ceremony, the Baccalaureate Service is an evening of scripture, words of wisdom from faculty and staff, as well as a traditional hooding ceremony.

May 13, 2019

Join the Lees-McRae community in celebrating another great academic year in the lead up to Commencement 2019.

May 07, 2019

During the May 10 ceremony in Evans Auditorium, Alpha Chi will induct 18 students and their chosen distinguished faculty member.

May 02, 2019

The highly-anticipated event brought out students, faculty, staff, and members of the High Country community for an evening of networking and shared experiences.

May 01, 2019

F3T will return to campus Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m. in Evans Auditorium

April 25, 2019

Students, faculty, and staff gathered Tuesday, April 23, in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre to celebrate the recipients of several coveted awards in academics, leadership, and service.

April 24, 2019

For Sexual Assault Awareness Week, the college and OASIS have collaborated to bring events across campus that are open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

April 17, 2019

Experience a summer of unforgettable musicals with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre starting June 27

April 17, 2019

After a hard-fought battle, the college shared with the magazine what makes our outdoor adventures and recreation top notch.

April 17, 2019

As one, the college completed more than 1,200 volunteer hours across more than 35 service locations in both Avery and Watauga counties.

April 15, 2019

Students across programs travel for an unforgettable spring break trip in Costa Rica, and learn about not only a new country, but also themselves.

April 12, 2019

Students Veronica Laughton and Brendan Bengtson together with Outdoor Recreation Management instructor and League of American Bicyclists certified instructor Deana Acklin will teach community children essential bicycle skills needed for the future.

April 12, 2019

STTI Nursing Honor Society, housed within the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences, welcomed new members during a recent induction ceremony on March 27

April 05, 2019

From March 7–12, students and faculty from the School of Business and Management cycling studies minor lobbied in Washington, D.C., as part of the National Bike Summit

April 05, 2019

President Lee King and eleven other students, faculty, and staff were welcomed to the national leadership honor society

April 03, 2019

NOSW will kick off another year of programming during the summer session June 9–29, 2019.

April 02, 2019

Give your palate a thrill during the International Spring Fiesta Wednesday, April 3 in the Student Recreation Complex

April 01, 2019

Have a love for the ski industry? Or perhaps outdoor medicine? Starting in fall 2019, the Outdoor Recreation Management program will offer two new minors students can pursue.

March 29, 2019

Take advantage of a full week of workshops, events, and experiences you won’t get anywhere else but in the Appalachian High Country.

March 29, 2019

Charlotte Five, a daily email newsletter and website, listed both the college and Banner Elk as one of the "4 tiny towns in the Carolinas worth a visit"

March 28, 2019

President Lee King and others will showcase our mountain home during a series of receptions

March 28, 2019

Today's technology can be confusing, but with the help of students from the School of Business and Management, it doesn't have to be.

March 28, 2019

The recent partnership provides members of the FCNI new academic opportunities and resources as well as a home base for the growing international organization

March 25, 2019
Blaine Hansen

The regional accreditation body for the Southeast, SACSCOC recently appointed Hansen to a three-year term on the Commission's Board of Trustees.

March 22, 2019

Lees-McRae named one of just two North Carolina colleges to be ranked among the 50 best bike-friendly colleges in the U.S.

March 20, 2019

Award-winning High Country artist Nicolas Schneider will guest judge the student art show in King-Shivell Gallery Monday, March 25 at 2 p.m.

March 13, 2019

Together, the nursing program and the Lees-McRae Student Nurses Association in sponsorship with the High Country Charitable Foundation will host a panel discussion and screening of Beautiful Boy Wednesday, March 20 starting at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

March 11, 2019

During the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, president of popular publication Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Blake DeMaso, will address the class of 2019

March 07, 2019

Graduation on the horizon? Seniors, this career advice is for you.

March 06, 2019

With warmer days on the horizon, here are some quick, easy ways to get outside and enjoy our beautiful campus

March 01, 2019

In this most recent Q&A, learn a little more about Climbing Team Coach Carter Smith, his passion for the extreme sport of climbing, and why students should try it, too.

February 27, 2019

The High Country became the spark that would lead novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to write her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Yearling. Learn about Rawlings’ season in the mountains Thursday, March 7 through the eyes of English professor, Michael Joslin.

February 26, 2019

After taking historic gold last year in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s “Top Adventure College” tournament, Lees-McRae will fight once again to reign supreme

February 22, 2019

Some good news for those considering bringing their furry friend to college: Lees-McRae was ranked sixth in the nation's top 25 pet-friendly colleges

February 21, 2019

Students in the Outdoor Recreation Management program take their learning to a new level

February 18, 2019

Get your skis and snowboards ready for the annual Ski Beech Weekend co-hosted by Beech Mountain Resort and the Alumni Association March 1–3.

February 15, 2019

College community mourns the passing of former Trustee Ed Hood

February 12, 2019

Open to all high school students, the Theatre Arts department will open its doors for a day of auditions and information Feb. 23

February 11, 2019

The Lees-McRae Outdoor Recreation Management program will now offer the NC Environmental Education Certification Program—becoming one of only a few colleges in the state to offer the certification.

February 11, 2019

In this most recent Q&A, learn about Head Women’s Basketball Coach Keith “Mister” Jennings, his time in the National Basketball Association, and what every student on campus—athlete or not—can learn from basketball.

February 08, 2019

A telling of underdogs and unsung heroes, Silent Sky is based on a true story about one astronomer’s monumental discoveries gone largely unnoticed.

February 06, 2019

You may recognize the faces that make up the three-member band of Back Porch Anarchy. Experience the old-time mountain band on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in Evans Auditorium.

February 01, 2019

The highly-versatile Makerspace within the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons offers campus a new way to create, learn, and gain hands-on experience

January 29, 2019

Of more than 3,000 schools considered across the nation, the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences landed in the top 40 institutions in the state

January 28, 2019

Marking a prestigious academic achievement, nearly half of the college student body were awarded a spot on either list for the fall 2018 semester.

January 08, 2019

Join us as we look back at our favorite memories of the year

December 19, 2018

Together with Richmond Community College, human services program transfer students can seamlessly earn their bachelor’s degree.

December 11, 2018

A top dog in College Magazine’s 2018 ranking of the 10 best pet-friendly colleges in the U.S., Lees-McRae grabbed third in the annual round up.

December 07, 2018

Holiday spirit was in the air Monday, Dec. 3 as students, faculty, staff, community members, and their families gathered on campus for a night of games, singing, and a telling of the Christmas story.

December 05, 2018

On Saturday, Dec. 8, join NOSW for their inaugural holiday marketplace featuring local crafts and food from around the region.

December 05, 2018

A one-of-a-kind film experience, the F3T will make its debut on campus Friday, Nov. 30

November 29, 2018

In a night of music, scripture, and fun, join Lees-McRae as we celebrate the start of the holiday season.

November 27, 2018

Clinica de Migrantes explores the realities of a free medical clinic in the bustling city of Philadelphia. Faculty from the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences will present the film Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

November 06, 2018

Exploring money and moral boundaries, Craigslisted asks the question: How many compromises would you make if you needed cash fast?

November 06, 2018

Open House is packed with tours, sessions and meetings. Conquer your next Open House with this quick breakdown of its most-important elements.

November 02, 2018

Open to the Lees-McRae and High Country communities, faculty in the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host a STTI practice conference Nov. 3 with a focus on rural nursing leadership.

October 31, 2018

As you begin your college search, check out these ways to communicate with the college of your dreams.

October 30, 2018

Poets Michele Poulos and Gregory Donovan will present the film A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet and their original work during a two-day celebration Nov. 8 and 9.

October 30, 2018

Featuring some of the world’s most extreme climbing athletes across the globe, the 13th annual REEL ROCK Film Tour will return to Lees-McRae on Friday, Nov. 2.

October 26, 2018

Oct. 15–19 is CFNC’s Free Application week, so before you submit your free application, read these four quick tips.

October 16, 2018

Experience the historical inauguration of Lee King, 16th President of Lees-McRae

October 11, 2018

During their annual higher education rankings, Affordable Colleges Online ranked the Lees-McRae Online Elementary Education program as one of the best in the U.S.

October 09, 2018

Spectacular fall colors and some of the best views in the High Country are right outside of your residence hall.

October 09, 2018

Join Professors Emeriti Allen and Janet Speer as they present stories of the Civil War in a whole new light on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

October 08, 2018

In a day to give back to the High Country community, more than 400 students, faculty, and staff complete approximately 1,600 volunteer hours during annual Mountain Day of Service.

October 03, 2018

Ali O’Leary will present her solo exhibition titled “Dear John” starting with a lecture Thursday, Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m. in Evans Auditorium.

October 02, 2018

In a moment’s notice, students respond to a training simulation unlike any other

October 02, 2018

Monday, Oct. 1 marks the opening of the annual—and sometimes dreaded—FAFSA, but it doesn’t have to be confusing or scary! Check out these five tips from one of our admission specialists and you’ll be flying through your next application.

October 01, 2018

Check out Our State Magazine’s annual mountain issue featuring Lees-McRae and the Town of Banner Elk.

September 28, 2018

As part of an annual event to thank those who make Lees-McRae scholarships a reality, students, faculty, staff, and those benefactors gather for a night of celebration.

September 21, 2018

Enjoy this fun parody of all the silly—and sometimes bad—horror films. Little Shop of Horrors will be presented in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre Oct. 5–7.

September 21, 2018

We debunked some of the most common misconceptions about study abroad programs to help you get ready for an overseas adventure of your own.

September 20, 2018

On Sept. 12, members of the High Country Charitable Foundation donated $53,000 towards the purchase of equipment for the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

September 19, 2018

Fall is nearly here in the High Country, and to celebrate, join the Stephenson Center for Appalachia for a night of local, mountain music on Sept. 20

September 18, 2018

Michael Zanetti, a 2016 graduate with a major in business administration and minor in cycling studies was recently appointed to the position of lead account executive for Salt Lake City-based bike component brand Rotor America.

September 13, 2018

Spotlighting young, thriving North Carolina business owners and professionals, Business North Carolina magazine selected Jesse Pope '02 as one of the 22 "Trailblazers" under 40 in its September issue.

September 13, 2018

Even for parents, the first few months of college can be exciting and tough. Check out these quick do’s and don’ts for parents with a new college student.

September 07, 2018
Homecoming court 2017

With Homecoming 2018 on the horizon, check out everything that’s happening on campus both for Homecoming weekend and in the days leading up to it.

September 06, 2018

On Aug. 27, President Lee King and donors of the college congregated to Grandfather Mountain for the annual President’s Circle Summer Soirée.

August 31, 2018

As part of the monthly Service Saturday, Director of Campus Life and Student Engagement Hannah Finkelstein reflects on her experiences at Avery County Habitat for Humanity and why you should get involved, too.

August 31, 2018

Together as one, the college and the Town of Banner Elk will celebrate their connections with the Founder’s Day Ceremony and Family Picnic and Concert on Oct. 4

August 30, 2018

With fall quickly approaching, discover how you can explore the High Country in a whole new way during the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture on Sept. 6.

August 30, 2018

During her keynote address, NOSW Founder Jane Stephenson shared her center of the universe and why students should have one, too.

August 28, 2018

King-Shivell Gallery will once again come to life during the annual faculty exhibition starting Aug. 30.

August 28, 2018

In this most recent Q&A, discover what Director of Campus Recreation and Outdoor Programs Lizzy Gardner hopes to bring to campus, her unique pets, and how you can get the most out of your immediate outdoors.

August 27, 2018

Convocation on Thursday, August 23, will feature New Opportunity School for Women Founder, Jane Stephenson, and her speech, “Where is Your Center of the Universe?”

August 22, 2018

College can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Check out these six tips you can use right now to make this new adventure a breeze.

August 16, 2018

The College and High Country community will come together to celebrate its 16th president, Dr. Herbert L. King Jr.

August 13, 2018

In this most recent Q & A, learn about the Director of Experiential Learning and International Education and why students should consider studying abroad before graduation.

July 30, 2018
MAT Program

Starting fall 2018, students can now receive their Master of Arts in Teaching.

July 25, 2018

Along with his family, President King met with members of the Banner Elk community for one of the first times since the start of his tenure earlier this summer.

July 23, 2018

Experience Washington Heights, New York, through energetic performances and Latin rhythm in Lees-McRae Summer Theatre’s performance of In The Heights.

July 20, 2018

Longtime City of Lenoir police officer, Capt. Brent Phelps '05, has been announced as the next chief of police.

July 19, 2018

Students, faculty, and staff can now enjoy products and events provided by Coca-Cola.

July 17, 2018

In the pursuit of a dream, one rising senior spends her summer among the dolphins.

July 12, 2018

Now in its third year, the Mile High Fourth of July celebration June 29-July 4 will boast plenty to do both on campus and off.

June 29, 2018

Take a musical journey that defined a generation with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre beginning July 13.

June 27, 2018

Escape to campus this summer for four days of fun with alumni, family, and friends during Frolic 2018.

June 25, 2018

Best Value Schools ranks Lees-McRae second on list of best small U.S. colleges for animal lovers.

June 22, 2018

These three simple tips will help parents and families assist their student through this big life-changing step.

June 21, 2018

The final Summer Lecture Series event will come to a close on June 27 with a talk from President Lee King.

June 21, 2018
Hannah Finkelstein

Get to know the new Director of Campus Life and Student Engagement with this quick Q and A.

June 18, 2018

Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre will come to life with the debut of The Wiz on June 24

June 15, 2018

Apple Hill Farm owner, Lee Rankin, to give talk titled, Farm Family, during Stephenson Center for Appalachia lecture on June 20

June 14, 2018

Performances by area musician, Rhonda Gouge, on June 13 will kick off an exciting summer season of Stephenson Center for Appalachia lectures.

June 11, 2018

Starting Monday, June 11, new hours will be in effect for the Rhea-Lyons Indoor Swimming Pool.

June 11, 2018

Friday, June 1, marked the first day of King’s leadership as 16th president of the institution.

June 05, 2018

The landmark fundraising effort raised more than $32 million for various projects and initiatives across campus

June 01, 2018

Looking for something to do this summer? The 2018 Summer Theatre season kicks off June 24.

May 30, 2018

On May 4, 2018, Lees-McRae became the first "small school" to take the crown in Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine's annual Top Adventure College competition.

May 23, 2018

Adding to a long list of accolades, Lees-McRae online learning programs notched a spot on the Best Value School’s annual ranking of “Best Online Colleges in North Carolina."

May 18, 2018

Dr. Claire Cline and Dr. Teresa Darnall tapped to present research at the University of West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, May 24–25.

May 16, 2018

Hosted by Lees-McRae College and the Outdoor Recreation Management program, the event celebrated several notable High Country legends April 19.

May 15, 2018

On Saturday, May 5, the Lees-McRae community and their families welcomed 266 students into the graduating class of 2018.

May 10, 2018

In the hours that led to Commencement 2018, students, faculty and staff gathered across campus to celebrate another year of accomplishments and successes.

May 07, 2018

Lees-McRae beats out Liberty University to take the crown in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s annual Top Adventure College competition.

May 04, 2018

Join the Lees-McRae community in celebrating another great academic year in the lead up to Commencement 2018.

May 02, 2018

Get to know some of the 2018 graduating class, their favorite memories over the last few years and their plans after Lees-McRae.

April 30, 2018

Seven students and four faculty members embarked on a journey to Haiti during spring break from March 2-11 to deliver supplies, teach clinics and develop real-world skills.

April 25, 2018

On June 1, Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. will assume the presidency of Lees-McRae. In the spirit of King’s coming leadership as the 16th president, we borrowed 16 questions from the Proust Questionnaire (commonly used by Vanity Fair).

April 20, 2018

Students, faculty and staff gathered Thursday, April 19, in Evans Auditorium to celebrate the recipients of several coveted awards in academics, leadership and service as part of the traditional Honors and Awards event.

April 20, 2018

The commencement ceremony at Lees-McRae College on Saturday, May 5 will feature a familiar face. Current president, Dr. Barry M. Buxton, has been tapped to serve as speaker in recognition of his many efforts and contributions.

April 16, 2018

Three Lees-McRae nursing program students, Krystal Gutierrez, Maria Gonzales-Perez and Katherine Bentley, have been selected to present research during the International Rural Nursing Conference July 23–26, 2018.

April 13, 2018

On Wednesday, April 11, students, faculty, staff and alumni joined to complete nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer work for Mountain Day of Service.

April 13, 2018
Green Initiative

The Green Initiative, a student-run, campus-wide recycling and eco-conscious program, has begun distribution of its recycling and compost bins throughout Lees-McRae academic buildings and offices.

April 06, 2018

Join Lees-McRae College in celebrating spring’s return to the mountains during the eighth annual Appalachian Heritage Week April 9-13. Sponsored by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, the College will highlight coal mining and other unique aspects of mountain heritage throughout the week.

April 03, 2018
Chrissy Turk at Banff Film Festival

ORM student Chrissy Turk took home the ASU Outdoor Programs Appalachian Adventure Achievement Award (A4) at the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

April 03, 2018

Two incoming fall 2018 students, Emily Griffith of Connelly Springs, North Carolina, and Lucas Price, of Hudson, North Carolina, were named beneficiaries of the celebrated, full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship.

March 26, 2018

This year marks Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s sixth “Top Adventure College” tournament and Lees-McRae is in the running.

March 26, 2018

Have you ever wanted to explore the local trails, lakes and streams but didn’t have the right gear? Well, now Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff can at no cost.

March 23, 2018

Following a detailed and lengthy submission to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, junior Wildlife Rehabilitation student, Tariana Nguyen, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant to purchase new equipment for the Dan and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s surgical suite and classroom.

March 20, 2018
Aram Attarian

Outdoor Legend in residence and newest member to the Outdoor Recreation Management team Aram Attarian has seen it all on the beaten trail. Originally from Southeast Pennsylvania, Attarian arrived in the High Country to receive his master’s degree at Appalachian State University before pursuing his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

March 19, 2018

What makes Blowing Rock historic and unique? Does the area convey a sense of place? Local professor and historian Trent Margrif will answer these questions in his presentation Blowing Rock: A Sense of Place on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia series.

March 15, 2018

Lees-McRae College and the Outdoor Recreation Management program will host the second annual Outdoor Legends event April 19 from 6–9 p.m. at The Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, North Carolina.

March 08, 2018

Lees-McRae will host its spring Open House Saturday, March 17 for students and families interested in learning more about the College. Visitors can explore the College’s 20 majors and 20 minors including the new Outdoor Recreation Management and Health and Wellness Science programs.

March 06, 2018

Put on your dancing shoes Bobcat fans! Your Lees-McRae College men's basketball team is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history after defeating Belmont Abbey College, 75-72, in the Conference Carolinas Championship game Sunday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium.

March 05, 2018

After pulling a man from a burning car two years ago while off-duty, Lt. William Buchanan, a former criminal justice student, received the Medal of Valor.

March 05, 2018

Fresh off its first postseason victory in program history, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will check another first off the list this weekend as it will host the Conference Carolinas men's basketball semifinals and finals at Williams Gymnasium.

March 02, 2018
New Opportunity School for Women

The New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College will kick off its 14th year during the summer session June 10–30, 2018. The program’s mission is to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income women who live in or hail from the Southern Appalachian region.

March 01, 2018

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved three new Lees-McRae programs and included them in the institution's existing accreditation. Effective spring 2018, the three programs are health and wellness science, outdoor recreation management and an online business administration completion program.

February 28, 2018

There is no doubt that adjusting to college life is difficult. With parents farther away and a newfound freedom, guidance can seem hard to find.

February 27, 2018

President-elect Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. returned to campus last week to meet with several groups on campus as part of his transition before his first day on June 1, 2018.

February 26, 2018

What are the chances that two Lees-McRae alumni would meet on a project caring for a juvenile osprey that was over 2,000 miles from home? Perhaps it is a little higher than you would think.

February 22, 2018

In an agreement between the North Carolina Community College System and North Carolina Independent Universities and Colleges, it is now easier than ever for registered nurses with associate degrees to obtain their bachelor's degrees.

February 19, 2018

The Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College invites everyone to spend an hour with two distinguished Appalachian poets, Dr. Don Johnson and Dr. Jesse Graves, on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center beginning at 7 p.m.

February 15, 2018

The Rhea-Lyons Indoor Swimming Pool in the Williams Physical Education Center is now open for public use. Those interested are asked to purchase an annual Lees-McRae community membership pass.

February 13, 2018

Relationships can be difficult to navigate, especially those between parents and children, and even more particularly between fathers and sons. Lees-McRae Theatre Arts presents the story of one such fraught relationship with the musical Big Fish Feb. 22–25.

February 12, 2018

Come out and explore the opportunities here in the High Country during the annual Career and Graduate School Fair Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 1–4 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center.

February 08, 2018

College information and ranking resource, Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), awarded Lees-McRae a top spot on three separate lists for 2018. The college received a spot as Best Online College in North Carolina, Best Online Accelerated Nursing Degree in the U.S. and Best Online Registered Nurse Degree in the U.S.

February 07, 2018

Dee Thomas, Lees-McRae College Adjunct Professor and Director of Catalyst Sports' Boone chapter, highlighted for her leadership in nature conservation and adventure.

February 02, 2018

Elite cyclists Kerry Werner ’13 and Eric Thompson ’11 reflect on their time racing for Lees-McRae and how racing in North Carolina's High Country shaped them into the successful athletes they are today.

February 01, 2018

In honor of The American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day on February 2, the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences students and faculty will wear red to bring attention to the leading causes of death to women, those being heart disease and stroke.

February 01, 2018

Laura Pell has always had a passion for higher education—both during her time as a student and a teacher. A North Carolina native, Pell received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at nearby Appalachian State University. Between degrees, Pell taught elementary education in the Charlotte area.

January 31, 2018

This winter’s near-perfect snow conditions on the slopes in Western North Carolina created the perfect venue for the annual Disabled Sports USA Adaptive Ski Week at Beech Mountain Resort.

January 26, 2018

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College a $100,000 grant to implement a pilot mobile training program for community paramedicine in Avery, Ashe and Watauga counties.

January 25, 2018

President-elect Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. addressed a full auditorium of Lees-McRae students, faculty, staff, trustees and community for the first time during the official introduction event Friday afternoon.

January 23, 2018

The Stephenson Center for Appalachia will kick off another year Thursday, Jan. 25 with a performance by popular local musician, Charlie Brown.

January 22, 2018

On January 19, 2018, the Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees elected Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. as the 16th president in the 118-year history of the institution. King will succeed Dr. Barry M. Buxton on June 1, 2018.

January 19, 2018

The coming spring semester at Lees-McRae will also bring with it a slew of new outdoor-based certification courses students can take both on campus and off.

January 02, 2018