Campus Life

The series will feature eight exciting musical performances

May 29, 2024

The college's summer schedule is full of exciting entertainment

May 02, 2024

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

April 24, 2024

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

April 22, 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

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

April 04, 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

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

March 08, 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

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

2023 marked another year of historic growth for Lees-McRae

December 01, 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

July 27, 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

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

May 30, 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

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

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

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

April 12, 2023

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

April 05, 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

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

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

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

March 15, 2023

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

March 13, 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 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

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

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

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

January 26, 2023

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

January 23, 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

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

December 16, 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 series, organized by Campus Life, included three off-campus excursions designed to show off the best of the High Country

December 01, 2022

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

November 03, 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

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

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

September 20, 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

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

September 09, 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

“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

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

August 04, 2022

Learn about the new tech updates that will improve campus living

August 01, 2022

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

July 25, 2022

Genuine Foods will begin foodservice operations at the beginning of August

July 13, 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

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

May 25, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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 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

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

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

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

March 07, 2022

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

March 04, 2022

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

February 23, 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
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

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

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

January 21, 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

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

December 10, 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

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 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

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
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
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
Student wearing mask

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

August 25, 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
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
Shelton Learning Commons

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

June 24, 2021
Kyndra Martin-Cobb and Andrew Sparks

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

May 05, 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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Student biking

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

March 12, 2021
Bicycle friendly

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

February 18, 2021
Pledge to Vote booth

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

February 15, 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
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
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

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

December 17, 2020

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

December 10, 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

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

November 06, 2020

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

October 23, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honoring our past, building our future

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

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

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

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

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

December 27, 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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

September 24, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 25, 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

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

April 01, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 19, 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

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

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

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

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

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

October 09, 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

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

September 28, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 17, 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

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

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

May 10, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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