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Commencement celebrated the achievements of just over 200 accomplished graduates

May 07, 2024

The college's summer schedule is full of exciting entertainment

May 02, 2024

The award is presented by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce

April 29, 2024

Pyatte worked at Lees-McRae for 37 years

April 26, 2024

Seagle will be one of the graduating seniors delivering a speech at this year’s Commencement ceremony

April 26, 2024

The summer months offer opportunities for students to take courses in a different format

April 26, 2024

The English major and Creative Writing minor will be one of the student speakers at this year’s Commencement ceremony

April 26, 2024

Each semester the series takes students on adventures around the High Country

April 24, 2024

Gear up for graduation with this hub for all things end-of-year

April 23, 2024

The annual tradition celebrates all things Appalachia with a week of special programming

April 22, 2024

The Outdoor Recreation Management and Wilderness Medicine and Rescue double-major is also the coach and captain of the college’s club climbing team

April 19, 2024

The ceremony celebrates the academic, athletic, professional, and service achievements of members of the Lees-McRae community

April 18, 2024

Turpin will deliver a book talk and reading from the text on campus later this month

April 17, 2024

After graduating with an associate degree in criminal justice from a local community college, Brawley’s interests shifted toward human resources

April 12, 2024

This is the latest agreement in the college's Guaranteed Admission Program

April 10, 2024

The 70-acre property was revitalized from an old landfill and today is a thriving ecosystem where Lees-McRae students conduct groundbreaking research

April 08, 2024

Jones is majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Psychology, and has incorporated the two disciplines into his student organization The Dreamer’s Club

April 05, 2024

The week-long celebration will explore all things Appalachia, from food, to music, to nature

April 04, 2024

Hamilton is currently working on her first novel, a project she plans to use for her senior seminar and to apply to graduate programs

March 27, 2024

The musical is a tale about love, adventure, and finding oneself along the way

March 26, 2024

After witnessing the lack of diversity in the outdoor industry firsthand, Hunter founded Black Folks Camp Too to address the disparity

March 25, 2024

Jernigan balanced full-time work, school, and parenthood thanks to the program’s flexibility

March 22, 2024

Scouts camped on the college's South Campus property and received instruction from Lees-McRae faculty and staff

March 21, 2024

Barrineau has completed the Exercise Science program along a pre-physical therapy track and will begin physical therapy school in the fall

March 15, 2024

As she prepares for Commencement in May, the Criminal Justice and Psychology double-major reflects on how she has grown

March 08, 2024

The agreement is effective immediately and will commence for the Fall 2024 semester

March 07, 2024

Women’s History Month is recognized in March in the United States, and this year Lees-McRae, led by Associate Professor of Communications and Media Studies Abby Arnold-Patti, is joining the celebration

February 29, 2024

Winter months can be particularly difficult for those who face mental health struggles, but this guide can help lead students in the right direction

February 19, 2024

Stevenson has been working in the healthcare supply chain for more than 20 years

February 12, 2024

Vesely has been with Lees-McRae for 10 years, but her vision for the future of the college has never been more clear

February 08, 2024

The college is the only private North Carolina higher education institution in the top 50

February 07, 2024

The former collegiate soccer player’s role as an athletic trainer at Queens University allows her to give back

February 02, 2024

The annual 100 Days Until Graduation event kicks off the official countdown to Commencement, now follow this guide to make the most of your last few months as an undergraduate

January 31, 2024

The group of students spent two weeks in Belize earning certifications in scuba diving and sailing, and experiencing full-time life on the water

January 29, 2024

Prior to the screening of the film the college will be hosting a fun and festive winter carnival

January 22, 2024

In December, a group of more than 20 Wildlife Biology students took a month-long trip to New Zealand where they discovered new species, explored foreign landscapes, and gained a renewed sense of purpose in their work

January 22, 2024

Seniors Mikayla Hamilton and Johnnie Crawford presented research papers at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, and the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference respectively

January 11, 2024

Each semester the Dean’s and President’s Lists honor students’ exemplary academic performances

January 09, 2024

Criminal Justice students take over Avery County courthouse to get full judicial experience

December 14, 2023

Each year the course tasks students with reviewing the latest science on climate change and constructing an art piece that addresses a particular environmental issue

December 12, 2023

Alumni Tessa Wells, Hannah Trimble, and Savannah Rees-Trask share their experiences in the different branches of the major

December 06, 2023

2023 marked another year of historic growth for Lees-McRae

December 01, 2023

A Greensboro chef looks back at a family Christmas unlike any other: In a tiny Banner Elk apartment, as a young college student, she hosted a holiday feast of epic proportions

November 30, 2023

The course, which is listed as a part of the Criminal Justice program, is useful for a variety of career paths including police officers, fire and EMS, and educators

November 16, 2023

The Appalachian Trail, which runs along the western border of North Carolina, is the longest walking-only path in the world

November 10, 2023

The snowboarding film is one of two winter sports films TGR will screen as part of the series throughout this academic year

November 08, 2023

The artist lecture and exhibit opening will take place Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.

November 07, 2023

Part ghost story, part contemplative psychological thriller, “Language of Angels” is the next show for Lees-McRae Theatre Arts

November 02, 2023

Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Catherine Pritchard Childress dives deep into the Appalachian Studies minor at Lees-McRae and the impact it can have on the future of the region

November 01, 2023

Christian Gardner at the Avery Journal-Times explores the college's annual Mountain Day of Service tradition

October 27, 2023

Jones has been a leader in the Student Affairs office since May 2022, and he hopes to continue improving the office in this new role

October 20, 2023

Each year, Lees-McRae students, faculty, and staff participate in Mountain Day of Service, a day of volunteering and giving back to the community

October 19, 2023

Durham comes to the role with more than 30 years of related experience

October 13, 2023

Both Phillips and Trotter graduated from Lees-McRae with a Cycling Studies minor

October 09, 2023

The 15-year partnership between Lees-McRae and Reel Rock Film Festival continues with three exciting new films

October 06, 2023

The Lees-McRae campus welcomed alumni with open arms and sunny skies for the annual celebration

October 03, 2023

The majority of this year’s cohort of Banner Elk Fire and Rescue volunteers are students in the Lees-McRae Outdoor Recreation Management and Wilderness Medicine and Rescue programs

September 28, 2023

The show, held on Thursday, Sept. 28, is free and open to the public

September 26, 2023

The rehabilitated hawk received care at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and was released on the Lees-McRae campus

September 25, 2023

Lees-McRae women's volleyball beats rival King University

September 21, 2023

Risk management involves incident preparation and prevention and is a key skill for graduates who pursue a career in the outdoor industry

September 20, 2023

The college was also recognized among southern colleges for best value and social mobility

September 18, 2023

Part superhero origin story, part rom-com, all campy musical, “The Toxic Avenger” stretches the boundaries of musical theatre

September 13, 2023

The new Sullivan Fellows program allows for up to four new members to be inducted into the Foundation each year

September 08, 2023

Learn more about the road that has been “America’s favorite drive” for nearly 90 years

September 07, 2023

Samantha Morrison and Finnbar Maloney applied their education to internships in their potential career fields

September 05, 2023

Register for Homecoming 2023 now to participate in all the fun

August 28, 2023

Bees around the world face numerous threats and declining populations that could severely impact the global ecosystem

August 25, 2023

Connecting Us with Nature

August 21, 2023

Rayne will deliver a performance of her spoken word poetry as part of the college’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week programming

August 18, 2023

The season will also include productions of “Language of Angels” and “The Old Man and the Old Moon”

August 17, 2023

The college welcomes families to campus where they can explore and learn more about their students’ home away from home

August 16, 2023

Each year the annual Convocation ceremony welcomes students back to campus and ushers in a new academic year

August 15, 2023

Catherine Pritchard Childress will read from and talk about her new book of poetry, “Outside the Frame,” which was published in April

August 14, 2023

Lees-McRae hosts the event each year, this year focusing on student involvement and the theme, “Back to Basics”

August 04, 2023

Nelson was brought to the Center with an injured wing as a baby and has lived, grown, and thrived there ever since

July 31, 2023

This two-week camp is targeted toward juniors and seniors in high school who are interested in wildlife

July 27, 2023

The high school counselor experience brings a group of counselors to the Lees-McRae campus each year to learn more about the college

July 25, 2023

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recognizes colleges and universities each year who excel in implementing an effective program for transfer students

July 13, 2023

The original play by Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Director Janet Barton Speer tells the story of Katharine Wright, sister to aeronautic pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright

July 07, 2023

Both Summey and Hill are pursuing careers in the business world, an industry for which internship experience is particularly important

July 06, 2023

Lees-McRae alumni Chrissy Turk ’20 and Bryce James ’21 talk building their careers in the outdoor recreation field following graduation from Lees-McRae

June 26, 2023

The North Carolina-based musical is the second production of this season of Lees-McRae Summer Theatre, “a love letter to North Carolina”

June 22, 2023

The “Red, White, and Blue Ridge Variety Show” will feature a wide range of North Carolina-focused entertainment, from clogging to opera

June 16, 2023

The iconic theme park has been a beloved summer destination for more than 60 years, but the park’s iconic train, and the railroad for which it gets its name, has a much longer history

June 12, 2023

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine major is completing her summer internship at the foundation in Haines, Alaska

June 07, 2023

Getting involved in the community is a great way to celebrate the lives, accomplishments, and history of LGBTQ+ individuals this year

June 02, 2023

The general education course uses experiential learning and community service to motivate students and reinforce classroom instruction

May 31, 2023

This year’s series will feature three different public events held in Evans Auditorium

May 30, 2023

Turpin recently made an appearance on the podcast “Read Beat (…and repeat)” where he discussed the cultural history of bicycle marketing in the United States, the topic of his 2018 book

May 26, 2023

Four local woodworkers have joined the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre crew to prepare for this year’s production, “The [W]right Sister”

May 18, 2023

Students must earn a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List and a 4.0 to make the President’s List

May 17, 2023

In just her second season of competition, Lilly Kamp earned a National Championship in snowboarding

May 12, 2023

Get the inside scoop on the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center before summer wildlife presentations begin on Saturday, May 20

May 11, 2023

The newest cohort of Bobcat alumni enjoyed a weekend of fun and festivities in their honor

May 09, 2023

The aspiring physical therapist has been an invaluable member of the softball team and the wider Lees-McRae community

May 03, 2023

Welcome to your home base for all the end-of-year fun and excitement. As the countdown to Commencement begins, keep track of all the important coverage in one place.

April 28, 2023

Gaitan enrolled in the program at Lees-McRae to complete her bachelor's degree after earning an associate degree from another institution

April 28, 2023

This is the latest in a series of accolades the program has earned over the last few years

April 27, 2023

The ceremony recognized members of the Presidential Commission for Inclusive Excellence and awarded the Luminary and Beacon awards

April 26, 2023

Each year the college hosts a week of programming during April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 24, 2023

The Exercise Science major has found new passions, gained new skills, and discovered a new career path

April 21, 2023

Purchase tickets to all three of this season’s shows online now

April 20, 2023

John B. Stephenson and Jane Baucom Stephenson have left their mark on Lees-McRae both individually and as a couple

April 19, 2023

The ceremony awarded departmental awards as well as honors for high performance in service, academics, and athletics

April 17, 2023

By double-majoring in Wildlife Biology and Communication Arts and Design, Wells set herself up for success in the field following graduation

April 14, 2023

After playing throughout college, Poole now works for the nation's top lacrosse organization, Premier Lacrosse League

April 13, 2023

The festival celebrates and highlights the heritage and history of the Southern Appalachian region

April 12, 2023

In just five months, the college raised $2 million dollars, which was matched by the Bissell and Kopczynski families

April 12, 2023

Upchurch used his time in college to prepare himself for his dream career of athletic coaching

April 05, 2023

Roughton’s involvement with Lees-McRae campus life taught her skills that she will continue to implement for years to come

March 31, 2023

The film tour is returning to Lees-McRae for the fifth year

March 30, 2023

The students, along with Program Director Ken Craig and Provost Alyson Gill, toured the famous Biltmore House and visited the estate’s temporary exhibit, Italian Renaissance Alive

March 29, 2023

Vote for Lees-McRae to help advance our mountain home to the tournament championship

March 28, 2023

Throughout her time at Lees-McRae Cochran has focused on biomedical sciences and wildlife rehabilitation, two passions of hers where she has gotten plenty of hands-on experience

March 24, 2023

One year after the initial acquisition of this property, Lees-McRae faculty and students have already begun taking advantage of the new possibilities it presents

March 23, 2023

Experiential learning exercises are extremely important to the Criminal Justice curriculum at Lees-McRae

March 22, 2023

Musina was the third-party juror of the annual exhibition where students self-submit their best artwork in the hopes of being awarded first, second, or third place

March 20, 2023

Jackson’s senior internship opened doors for him in the professional field of criminal justice

March 17, 2023

Appalachian female poets Sara Moore Wagner and Pauletta Hansel will deliver readings of their work on womanhood, identity, and Appalachia

March 15, 2023

The Elizabeth McRae scholarship, Sam and Mary Hart scholarship, and Trustee Awards were all given out

March 14, 2023

This year’s exhibition will be judged by artist and professor Chris Musina

March 13, 2023

The Musical Theatre major reflects on her last four years in the program and talks about how she has grown leading up to commencement

March 09, 2023

The agreements will give graduates from the Emergency Management and Human Services programs at CCC&TI a new path to earning their bachelor’s degrees at Lees-McRae

March 06, 2023

The No Man’s Land Film Festival will visit Lees-McRae College as part of the world tour for their 8th annual event

February 28, 2023

Dickson’s talk, which will explore historical and modern perspectives on Black history, will round out Black History Month programming at the college

February 23, 2023

The grant will provide sponsorship for a significant portion of this session’s participants and financial resources for the recruitment process

February 22, 2023

The show is the department’s first foray into children’s theatre, a learning experience for the students and faculty involved in its production

February 20, 2023

The college's red-tailed hawk ambassadors share a special bond that delights and inspires the student rehabilitators privileged to work with them

February 14, 2023

The fight for equal educational opportunities in North Carolina and throughout the American South did not start and end with the famous Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision

February 09, 2023

2023 NC Year of the Trail is a state-wide opportunity to explore the trails, greenways, and blueways in communities across the state

February 08, 2023

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Sport Management Josh Pate talks with WalletHub about Super Bowl 57

February 06, 2023

The group took a weeklong trip to Utah and Colorado where they toured outdoor recreation facilities and attended the Outdoor Retailer conference

February 03, 2023

The event, which starts the official countdown to graduation each year, prompts both reflection on the past and excitement for the future among graduating seniors

January 30, 2023

The Bahamas excursion allowed ORM students and faculty to hone coastal-specific outdoor recreation skills

January 27, 2023

Sanders was the keynote speaker for the college’s commemoration event, “Lessons from the Mountaintop: Revelations from the Promised Land”

January 26, 2023

The college moved up 80 places from its 2022 ranking by the U.S. News and World Report

January 24, 2023

The department’s first foray into children’s theatre celebrates imagination and the magic of storytelling

January 23, 2023

Meg Hale Brunton of Carolina Spark Magazine talks with Director of New Opportunity School for Women Jennie Harpold about her work with the school

January 20, 2023

The insurance broker and small business owner often references the skills he gained as a student

January 19, 2023

De Souza is an ambassador for the 2021−2024 cohort of International Olympic Committee Young Leaders

January 11, 2023

Learn about how to get involved in the four new culturally specific clubs that have been started in the past year

January 10, 2023

Sanders, a faculty member at Emory University, will speak on the event’s theme, “Lessons from the Mountaintop: Revelations from the Promised Land”

January 09, 2023

Sophomore Grant East reflects on the trail building adventure in Old Fort and how it will make him better equipped for a career in the outdoor recreation field

January 06, 2023

The Alumni Board leads the college’s Alumni Association, an organization of more than 7,000 graduates and former students

January 06, 2023

The assistant professor brings more than a decade of experience as a professor, criminal profiler, and criminal psychologist to the position

January 04, 2023

The Dean’s and President’s Lists honor students who have exhibited particularly excellent academic performance in a given semester

January 03, 2023

Take a walk down memory lane and reflect on this historic year

December 16, 2022

North Carolina is the second-largest real Christmas tree producing state in the country, many of which are grown in the High Country

December 15, 2022

BearWise is an organization that works with states and communities across the country to ensure outdoor safety

December 14, 2022

English majors Mikayla Hamilton and Makayla Gregory revived the journal as a creative outlet for Lees-McRae students

December 07, 2022

The addition of master’s programs in Healthcare Administration and Criminal Justice will continue the college’s efforts to prepare students for modern workplace demands

December 02, 2022

The largest-ever Summer Clinical group, new ambassadors, and the return of a Lees-McRae alum are just a few of this year’s highlights

December 02, 2022

The series, organized by Campus Life, included three off-campus excursions designed to show off the best of the High Country

December 01, 2022

After growing up in Germany, Döring moved to the United States to pursue collegiate cycling

November 29, 2022

Avery County courthouse serves as classroom for group of Lees-McRae Criminal Justice students getting hands-on experience with mock trial exercise

November 23, 2022

As the Native people of Western North Carolina, Cherokee communities are an integral part of Appalachian culture

November 21, 2022

Communication Arts and Design students try their hand at the gourd craft tradition

November 17, 2022

The intimate event featured remarks from online student Jeffrey Thompson

November 15, 2022

This year’s film, “Magic Hour,” will be screened at Beech Mountain Resort

November 14, 2022

The director of the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center explains the behavior, care of, and threats to this migratory bird

November 10, 2022

The honor society recognizes students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members who exemplify excellent leadership qualities

November 04, 2022

The annual event will recognize and honor veterans who are part of the Lees-McRae and local communities

November 03, 2022

Abernathy recently graduated from the training academy to become a North Carolina wildlife law enforcement officer

November 01, 2022

A gallery opening for Joslin’s photography show will be held on the Lees-McRae campus

October 31, 2022

The annual contest invites students from across campus to write and submit their own scary stories

October 31, 2022

Abby Arnold-Patti and Lee Knight will each give a talk in early November

October 27, 2022

Boyette comes to Lees-McRae after four years at the University of Mississippi

October 26, 2022

Williamson dedicated years of service to Lees-McRae and the High Country

October 25, 2022

When sophomore Makena Vosberg came to Lees-McRae from Nashville, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to try a sport you can only learn in the mountains

October 24, 2022

This semi-autobiographical play about Williams’ own experiences is an exploration of memory

October 21, 2022

After falling in love with stage management during her time at Lees-McRae, Childs has turned her passion into a career on Broadway

October 20, 2022

Storytelling is a centuries-long tradition in Southern Appalachia, and the High Country has many tales of its own

October 19, 2022

The Reel Rock Film Tour brings climbing and adventure films to live audiences around the world

October 17, 2022

With more than 30 volunteer sites throughout the High Country, Lees-McRae continued the tradition of giving back to the community for another year

October 13, 2022

The event brought together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to recognize Baker’s life and impact ahead of Homecoming 2022

October 05, 2022

Hurricane Ian could not deter dozens of proud Bobcats from returning to Banner Elk in celebration of their alma mater

October 03, 2022

The High Country is home to a wealth of natural wonders that draw visitors from around the world

September 27, 2022

Tate Hall dormitory was formerly Grace Hospital, a community medical hub that served the High Country

September 23, 2022

The Office of Inclusive Excellence will be hosting a celebration for all members of the Lees-McRae and local community

September 22, 2022

The new major is being partnered with a new scholarship endowed by alumnus Dr. Lynn Lewis

September 22, 2022

Smith has held numerous positions throughout her decades at the college, making her mark on athletics and Lees-McRae as a whole

September 21, 2022

The event was held Friday, Sept. 16−Sunday, Sept. 18

September 20, 2022

After deciding to pursue vet school during her time in the Wildlife Biology program at Lees-McRae, Simerly successfully completed the program at UTCVM

September 19, 2022

Mounts is currently working on starting a veteran’s treatment court to provide support and resources for veterans in need

September 16, 2022

“Shalom Y’all: The Jewish American Experience in the High Country” was the latest installment in this series of discussion panels

September 16, 2022

This next installment of the High Country Adventure Film and Speaker Series will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11

September 13, 2022

The U.S. News & World Report ranks hundreds of colleges across the country as part of 2022–23 Best Colleges rankings

September 12, 2022

Find your passion in a student-led club at Lees-McRae

September 09, 2022

“Clue” will kick off an exciting year of theatrical productions when it opens this September

September 08, 2022

The Order of the Sacred Flame is a planned giving program that guarantees the future of the college

September 06, 2022

Trustee Neil Ramo, Director of Counseling Services Marla Gentile, and sophomore Benjamin Gribbins will be the discussion panelists at the event

September 02, 2022

This weekend of festivities will feature fun events for current, returning, and future Bobcats

September 01, 2022

This course will work on physical, psychological, and behavioral defense strategies that will improve individual and community safety

August 31, 2022

None of the snakes living in or near the lake are venomous, and they are an essential part of the local ecosystem

August 30, 2022

This year’s Parent and Family Weekend will be held Friday, Sept. 16−Sunday, Sept. 18

August 29, 2022

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation scholarship provides $10,000 in academic funding each year

August 26, 2022

Three Bobcat alumni share what it’s like working in the professional field of wildlife rehabilitation, and the journeys it took to get them where they are today

August 24, 2022

“Doc Watson: Celebrating a Life in Music” has been nominated for the 2022 Bluegrass Music Awards Event of the Year category

August 23, 2022

Twenty years after his own graduation, Pope returns to Lees-McRae to share stories of his career journey and the way Lees-McRae has impacted his life

August 22, 2022

A move into the Chaffee Administrative Building will more than double the Esports space, giving them room to continue to grow

August 19, 2022

The 2022–23 Theatre Arts season will also feature “The Glass Menagerie” and “James and the Giant Peach”

August 17, 2022

Pope will speak about his time as an undergraduate student at Lees-McRae and how it set him up for success in his life and career at Grandfather Mountain

August 16, 2022

The Lees-McRae Campus Bicycle Coordinator discusses her journey with the League of American Bicyclists

August 12, 2022

Rapid deployment training prepares law enforcement officers for active shooter and other high-stress emergency scenarios

August 11, 2022

This series showcases different perspectives on outdoor adventure

August 08, 2022

Director of the Burton Center for Student Success Beth Beggs talks independence, time management, and having a successful first year

August 04, 2022

In addition to being an instructor of reading and writing foundations, DiBacco is also the Faculty Athletic Representative

August 03, 2022

Learn about the new tech updates that will improve campus living

August 01, 2022

The symposium provides continuing education credits for veterinary professionals

July 28, 2022

The new chapter serves Lees-McRae alumni in Delaware, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland

July 27, 2022

STARS is a framework that allows institutions of higher education to receive recognition for their sustainability practices

July 25, 2022

This annual conference serves as a gathering place for academics from around the world to present their research within the cycling field

July 21, 2022

This is the first agreement Lees-McRae has established with an educational institution outside of the United States

July 20, 2022

The week-long experience takes the counselors on an in-depth tour of Lees-McRae that helps them advise their students

July 19, 2022

Follow three Wildlife Biology students as they care for injured animals at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

July 14, 2022

Genuine Foods will begin foodservice operations at the beginning of August

July 13, 2022

Hall’s latest venture takes him to Greenville, South Carolina to serve as the director and costume designer for the Glow Lyric Theatre production of “Aida”

July 12, 2022

The musical is based on the much-loved children’s book of the same name by Roald Dahl

July 11, 2022

The two-week Wildlife Science Summer Program is geared toward juniors and seniors in high school who are interested in wildlife, biology, and ecology

July 07, 2022

Belisle is currently completing her doctoral capstone in the EdD program at Liberty University, where she is examining graduation and attrition rates for Black male students

July 06, 2022

Banner Elk may be small, but it offers big opportunities for adventure

July 05, 2022

From Banner Elk to Pigeon Forge, these Bobcats are taking their in-class skills into the professional realm with summer acting gigs

June 30, 2022

The biology professor has big ideas for increasing awareness of the importance of ecological sustainability

June 22, 2022

Outdoor Recreation Management students practice their skills in the field on two-week Western National Parks expedition

June 20, 2022

For over a century, June 19 has been recognized for the emancipation of enslaved individuals in the United States

June 16, 2022
Games on Tate Lawn

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

June 15, 2022

The first show of the 37th season will open Sunday, June 26

June 13, 2022

Davies’ 15 years of experience at Stagedoor Manor helped prepare her to take on a teaching role at Lees-McRae

June 06, 2022

Learn how Lees-McRae creates safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community this Pride Month

June 01, 2022

The Business Administration major turned his love of the great outdoors into a career

May 26, 2022

For more than 100 years Grandfather Home for Children has addressed the needs of children in the High Country

May 25, 2022

NC Ag in the Classroom is hosted each year by the NC Farm Bureau

May 23, 2022

The lists recognize students of high academic achievement from the previous semester

May 19, 2022

The Walk and Roll in the Park event will feature educational programming on cycling as well as games and giveaways

May 17, 2022

Wildcat Lake and Arthur Student Recreation Complex will be open to the public for the summer season

May 16, 2022

The Roadmap Scholars Initiative is described as a “first-of-its-kind path” to help low-income students become competitive law school applicants

May 12, 2022

Commencement weekend was full of ceremonies and events that gave graduates a chance to reflect on their time at Lees-McRae

May 09, 2022

Sims: “As I prepare to get my degree from the school, I am thankful for every step of my journey.”

May 06, 2022
Scott Huffard

Huffard will be taking a semester of leave to investigate the life and legacy of railroad engineer Casey Jones

May 03, 2022

Augustin has been very involved on campus throughout her four years, focusing on community

May 02, 2022

The 2022 season features two award-winning musicals, “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Matilda: The Musical”

April 29, 2022

The ceremonies celebrate the accomplishments of the junior and senior nursing students and serve to commemorate their commitment to their field

April 29, 2022

Barker has earned her degree in Elementary Education at the Surry Community College distance learning campus

April 28, 2022

England’s time on the basketball team and in SGA have afforded him many opportunities to get involved on campus

April 27, 2022

Dr. Lynn Lewis hopes his donation to the school will give students like himself an opportunity to succeed

April 26, 2022

This annual event is not only a celebration of all things Appalachia, but also a time to learn from and reflect upon the rich history of the region

April 25, 2022

Powell has already set two records for no-hitters in her first year playing softball at the collegiate level

April 25, 2022

Searcy is leaving the college to pursue new opportunities, entrusting the position of police chief to Brandon Greer

April 22, 2022

The ceremony highlighted Bobcats doing outstanding work across departments and academic programs

April 22, 2022

Shelton Learning Commons is hosting four sessions throughout the week where students have a chance to use Oculus VR headsets

April 21, 2022
Commencement 2022

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

April 20, 2022

North Carolina is nationally renowned for its scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and various mountain ranges to explore. Rich in local history and vast in outdoor pursuits, one will get an unforgettable sense of accomplishment upon paying a visit to one of these state's best mountain towns.

April 19, 2022

Vance is a senior in the Online Human Services program

April 19, 2022

Ignite Retreat is a weekend-long experience that challenges participants to actively drive change in their lives and communities

April 18, 2022

New campus police chief Brandon Greer is recognized in special ceremony

April 18, 2022

Horton has been working on a senior project about plant restoration in Venus fly traps

April 13, 2022

The weeklong event is an annual tradition that recognizes and celebrates the heritage of Lees-McRae and the surrounding region

April 12, 2022

Simulations of real-world scenarios are important experiential learning tools for different programs at Lees-McRae

April 12, 2022

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Katie Talbert is named category finalist for 6th annual Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 4 Under 40 Awards

April 12, 2022

Lees-McRae College aims to grow residential enrollment to 1,000 students – Children’s Hope Alliance to serve ten times as many children

April 11, 2022

The convergence of these holidays can unite people from different faiths

April 11, 2022
Sexual Assault Awareness Week

The college’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week is part of a wider push that takes place nationally each April

April 08, 2022

The Whalen Grant provides faculty with funds to further their research and continued education

April 07, 2022

The college has recently purchased a drift boat that will be used for experiential learning, fundraising, and more

April 07, 2022

Matthew Wimberley has published two award-winning books of poetry

April 07, 2022

The Business Administration major is on the college’s cycling team and serves as president of C.R.A.N.K. Crew

April 06, 2022

The weekend was full of fun, food, and friendship for Bobcats of all ages

April 04, 2022

The funds will be used to enhance the student experience, modernize the infrastructure, and improve accessibility.

April 01, 2022

Greer brings 20 years of law enforcement experience to the position

March 31, 2022

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn how to take advantage of all the Learning Commons has to offer

March 30, 2022

Turner hopes to work with exotic animals for his career, a desire that was grown at Lees-McRae

March 30, 2022

The panel was hosted by the Office of Inclusive Excellence in honor of Women’s History Month

March 29, 2022

The tour features fishing-related short films from around the world

March 28, 2022
Lepreece Lynch, Nicholas Byers, Cameron Williams, Charles Gibson

The event, sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, gave African American members of the community a chance to relate their experiences

March 28, 2022

The week’s festivities will include breakfast from Chick-fil-a, multiple crafts, and cookies from Appalachian Cookie Co.

March 25, 2022

Shapiro will take what she learned in Banner Elk to a new job with Washington, D.C. Capitol Police

March 24, 2022

There will be two sessions of the camp for two different academic levels

March 23, 2022
Children's Hope Alliance President Celeste Dominguez and Lees-McRae President Lee King

The acquisition will play a key role in accomplishing priorities laid out in the strategic plan

March 22, 2022

The scholarship is a prestigious award given to exceptional incoming students each year

March 22, 2022

Associate Professor and Veterinarian Amber McNamara shares ways we can protect our wildlife this season

March 21, 2022

This is the second discussion panel hosted at the school to bring awareness to topics of diversity and inclusion

March 18, 2022

Pieces were submitted for judging by students across campus

March 18, 2022
Calloway Peak

Scots-Irish immigrants were one of the groups who heavily contributed to the creation of a distinct Appalachian culture

March 17, 2022

The musical, which is based on the 1980 film of the same name, features original music by Dolly Parton

March 17, 2022

The lab has several simulation mannequins spanning all ages which allows nursing students to simulate countless situations

March 16, 2022

The Friday night event will feature resources and information on drug and alcohol abuse, addiction, and recovery

March 15, 2022

In just two years Hollifield has made her mark on Lees-McRae and Banner Elk

March 10, 2022

This year’s guest juror is Adam Adcock, a faculty member of the art department at Appalachian State University

March 09, 2022

As a researcher and a professor, Evelyn Brewer is working to identify and resolve the gaps between patient and caregiver

March 08, 2022

After winning in 2020 and placing second in 2021, Lees-McRae needs your help to take home the gold once again

March 07, 2022

“Struck at the Crossroads in Boonville” uses century-old love letters to compare the 1890s to today

March 07, 2022

Acklin is passionate about making the community more accessible through adaptive sports and bicycle friendly infrastructure

March 04, 2022
North Carolina salamanders, wildlife biology

Four Wildlife Biology students accompanied Michael Osbourn, PhD, on a weeklong field survey in Nantahala National Forest

March 03, 2022

Elementary Education faculty take careful steps to ensure that their students are fully prepared for the classroom

March 02, 2022

Lees-McRae is honored to bear the names of two women who dedicated their lives to helping others, especially children

March 01, 2022

Nursing, Human Services, and Elementary Education are among the online degree programs recognized

February 28, 2022
Candice Fenton-Haynes and President Lee King

After 15 years in the service industry, Fenton-Haynes was ready to start serving students. Lees-McRae made it possible.

February 24, 2022

Gibson is excited to set an institutional precedent when it comes to DEI work at Lees-McRae

February 23, 2022
Junaluska Neighborhood Park

Why getting a fuller understanding of Appalachia’s past can help us create a better future

February 21, 2022

The college’s online programs were ranked the second highest among online private institutions in North Carolina

February 17, 2022

The panel will feature a current student, a Lees-McRae alumnus, and a member of the local African American community Junaluska

February 16, 2022

The panel will feature experts in the field who specialize in rural nursing and its unique challenges

February 15, 2022

Outdoor Recreation Management and Ski Industry Business and Instruction students traveled to Colorado and New Mexico for real-world educational experiences

February 15, 2022
Valentine's Day

Four creative ways local couples used to show their love

February 14, 2022
Student exercising

Fitness Center Manager Maddie Beck shares easy ways to maintain cardiovascular health

February 11, 2022
Lili Bauer

Lili Bauer has focused on sustainability and accessibility throughout her undergraduate career, an effort that she hopes to continue post-grad

February 10, 2022

The intimate and emotional play has challenged student actors to approach live performance in a new way

February 08, 2022
Student in the lighting lab

The lab allows technical theater students to test out different lighting techniques for the stage

February 03, 2022
Conference Carolinas Diversity and Inclusion seminar

Conference Carolinas hosted Lees-McRae athletics at a diversity and inclusion seminar

February 01, 2022

Businesses from all over the region will be recruiting employees for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities

January 31, 2022
Students pose with Wily the Bobcat at 100 Days Until Graduation event

Alumni Relations and Career and Life Planning host seniors for a celebration of their academic achievements and transition to becoming alumni

January 28, 2022

Grace Champion from Career and Life Planning talks about what really matters when applying to post-grad jobs

January 27, 2022

Gibson brings 15 years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work to the college

January 26, 2022

Improve your academic performance and college experience with this advice

January 25, 2022

Brown uses historical photography techniques to offer a fuller representation of modern Appalachia

January 24, 2022

The commemoration program included music, poetry, a reading of King’s most famous speech, and an address from Pastor Alan Yawn 

January 21, 2022
Cynthia Viola

Viola studied art and business at Lees-McRae before launching her career as a wedding photographer

January 21, 2022

"Proof" will run from Wednesday, Feb. 16 to Saturday, Feb. 19

January 20, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr.

Honor and remember the civil rights leader at the annual commemoration program

January 19, 2022
Mountain Day of Service

There are many opportunities on and off campus to bring our community closer together

January 17, 2022
Reagan Pugh speaks to Lees-McRae students at Sullivan Foundation workshop

The traveling workshop featured a series of activities to help Business Administration students refine their enterprise ideas

January 13, 2022
Lees-McRae Campus

The lists recognize students who maintain a high GPA throughout the semester

January 12, 2022
Banner Elk Elementary students

Props and costumes from previous Lees-McRae shows helped create the kingdom of Arendelle on stage

January 06, 2022
Outdoor Recreation Management

Group Dynamics and Facilitation prepares ORM majors for careers working with diverse teams

December 17, 2021

A non-comprehensive list of some of our favorite moments of the year

December 10, 2021

Lees-McRae was also recognized as one of the best colleges in North Carolina for main campus and online degrees

December 08, 2021

The college was recognized as an essential driver of commerce in the community

December 02, 2021

The Students of Excellence program recognizes students who go above and beyond in creating a welcoming and vibrant campus culture

November 29, 2021

Biology professor Susan Gardner shares some food safety tips to make your holiday more enjoyable

November 24, 2021

The alum turned a way to make some extra money as a student into a profitable career

November 23, 2021
Brian Sims

The History major and transfer student isn’t wasting a second at Lees-McRae 

November 17, 2021

The United Kingdom native picked Lees-McRae because of its deep community roots

November 15, 2021

Swap will highlight sustainability through activities, raffles, and gear trading

November 12, 2021

Event will feature "Stoke the Fire", a new film focused on joy of skiing

November 12, 2021

Ceremony featured remarks from President Lee King, time to honor veterans with institutional connections

November 11, 2021
Doc Watson

The blind guitarist from Deep Gap, North Carolina who shared the joy of folk music with the world will be honored Nov. 13 with a celebratory concert.

November 10, 2021

Students, faculty, and staff celebrate beginning of a new era with special ceremony

November 09, 2021

Five-student female cast has had to work hard to master the complex score and prepare for live performances

November 08, 2021
Lees-McRae College and Gaston College

Students with an Associate of Applied Sciences in Human Services will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree at Lees-McRae

November 05, 2021
Lees-McRae Open House Guide

Maximize your experience with these tips from our Admissions team

November 05, 2021
Vets Day

Ceremony will show gratitude to the brave men and women who have served or are faithfully serving

November 03, 2021
In the Green

This new musical tells the origin story of Hildegard von Bingen through 90 minutes of rhythmic vocal performance

November 02, 2021

REEL ROCK, one of climbing’s greatest celebrations, returns and will feature six different mini-films

October 29, 2021

The four-CD set will include a never-before-heard recording of a young Watson performing in Boone, North Carolina in 1941

October 29, 2021

Installation of station is in line with institution’s commitment to community

October 28, 2021

Donated equipment will fill the revamped Fitness Center, reinforcing commitment to wellness

October 25, 2021
Weidner Abernethy

Abernethy attributes his success to hard work, his family, and the foundation provided by Lees-McRae

October 21, 2021

The plan has five areas of focus that will build on the institution’s strengths and lead to future growth

October 20, 2021

The poet and assistant professor of English will also read selected works

October 18, 2021

Cody Porter, assistant professor of Wildlife Biology, says woolly worms are abundant and mobile

October 15, 2021
Mountain Day

Students, faculty, and staff complete projects at 31 local sites

October 14, 2021

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
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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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