Campus Life

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

March 08, 2018

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

March 06, 2018

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