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

April 22, 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

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

March 21, 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

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

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

November 07, 2023

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

October 27, 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

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

October 06, 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

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

September 13, 2023

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

September 07, 2023

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

August 17, 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

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

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

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

June 02, 2023

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

May 30, 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

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

May 11, 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

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 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

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

March 30, 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

November 21, 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 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

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

October 27, 2022

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

October 25, 2022

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

October 21, 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

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

September 27, 2022

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

September 22, 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

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

September 02, 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

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

August 23, 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

The symposium provides continuing education credits for veterinary professionals

July 28, 2022

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

July 11, 2022

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

July 05, 2022

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

June 16, 2022

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

June 13, 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

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

April 29, 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

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

New campus police chief Brandon Greer is recognized in special ceremony

April 18, 2022

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

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

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

April 01, 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

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

March 15, 2022

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

March 01, 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 panel will feature a current student, a Lees-McRae alumnus, and a member of the local African American community Junaluska

February 16, 2022
Valentine's Day

Four creative ways local couples used to show their love

February 14, 2022

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

January 24, 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
Banner Elk Elementary students

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

January 06, 2022

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

December 10, 2021

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

December 02, 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
Vets Day

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

November 03, 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

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
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
“America’s Artist: The Norman Rockwell Story”

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

July 28, 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

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
President Lee King

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

June 28, 2021

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

June 15, 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

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
grandfather mountain

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

May 07, 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
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
Student biking

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

March 12, 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
Ski Weekend

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

February 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 28, 2020

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

March 23, 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 24, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 01, 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

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

February 18, 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

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

December 19, 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 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

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

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

October 11, 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

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

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

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
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

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

August 13, 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

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

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

June 21, 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 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

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

May 02, 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

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

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

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
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

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 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

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

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