Welcome Week 2021

In, of, and for the mountains
As we mark new beginnings with the start of the fall semester, we recommit to the principles of our institutional motto—In the Mountains, Of the Mountains, For the Mountains. Our elevated location is sacred and literally and figuratively puts us above the rest. Whether you are returning to the Den or joining us as a new Bobcat we invite you to participate in Welcome Week activities to celebrate, honor, and serve the mountains we call home.

Campus Housing Move-in

To accommodate all students and help ensure safety and convenience, all new and returning students are required to register for a designated move-in time.

Are you new to Lees-McRae? Our friendly student leaders, faculty, and staff will be on hand during your move-in times to help answer questions and get you (and your stuff!) where you need to go.

Have questions? Check out our move-in FAQ

  
Schedule of Activities

SUNDAY, AUG. 8


  FALL ATHLETES  
Athlete Move-in Day  

8 a.m.–Noon and 1–3 p.m.
Check-in at Cannon Student Center

New and returning fall sport student-athletes will arrive to campus and move into residences early in preparation for preseason activities. Register for move-in here

  FALL ATHLETES  
Coaches Kickoff 

4–5 p.m.
Locations vary

Fall sport coaches will meet with teams to get the ball rolling for the upcoming season. After meeting, student-athletes will be escorted to a dinner gathering with other teams.

  FALL ATHLETES  
"Tapas on Tate" Dinner  

5:30–6:30 p.m.
Tate Field (Athletic Complex)

Fall sport student-athletes and their coaches will dine on Tate Field and hear some encouraging remarks from President Lee King and Athletic Director Craig McPhail.



 

FRIDAY, AUG. 13


  NEW STUDENTS  
New Student Move-in Day

8 a.m.–Noon and 1–3 p.m.
Check-in at Cannon Student Center

Welcome to Lees-McRae! New students and their families will check in during their allotted time before heading to their residence. Register for move-in here

  NEW STUDENTS  
Team Building with Resident Assistants 

4:30–5 p.m.
Nebel Green

Resident Assistants (RAs as we call them!) are student leaders who provide housing assistance and tailored programs—come meet your RA and your fellow residents.

  NEW STUDENTS     FACULTY/STAFF  
IN / OF / FOR: Grand Commission Ceremony

5:15–5:30 p.m.
Nebel Green

New students will participate in this ceremony of welcome and ritual induction to learn more about the traditions we hold dear.

 


 

SATURDAY, AUG. 14


  RETURNING STUDENTS  
Returning Student Move-in  

8 a.m.–Noon and 1–3 p.m.
Check-in at Cannon Student Center

Returning students will check in with residence life staff and other college leaders during their allotted time before heading to their residence. Register for move-in here

  NEW STUDENTS     
IN / OF / FOR: Grandfather Mountain Expedition  

12:15–4:30 p.m.
Grandfather Mountain

After brunch on campus, all new students will gather on Nebel Green at 12:15 p.m. to hear from Jesse Pope ’02, executive director of Grandfather Mountain, before traveling to the mountain for an afternoon of adventure. Shuttles depart from the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at 1 p.m.

Don’t miss hiking to the mile high swinging bridge and animal habitats!

  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES  
Movie on the Neeb  

8:30 p.m.
Nebel Green

Bring your blankets and gather with your friends on the Neeb for a late-night flick. Snacks, candy, and drinks will be available. Tonight’s feature: Life of the Party



 

SUNDAY, AUG. 15


  RETURNING STUDENTS  
Returning Student Move-in  

8 a.m.–Noon and 1–3 p.m.
Check-in at Cannon Student Center

Returning students will check in with residence life staff and other college leaders during their allotted time before heading to their residence. Register for move-in here

  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES     FACULTY/STAFF  
IN / OF / FOR: Day at the Beech  

11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Beech Mountain Resort

Before summer ends let’s get together for one more day at the Beech [Mountain]. Students, faculty, and staff will make their way up the mountain for free chairlift rides, guided hikes, a Red Bull DJ, games, giveaways, and more! Lunch will be free from 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and additional food and drink will be available for purchase. Note: There will be no lunch service on campus.

Shuttles depart from the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences throughout the day. The first shuttle will leave campus at 10:30 a.m. and the last shuttle will leave Beech Mountain to return to campus at 4 p.m.

  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES  
LMC 555  

5:55–7 p.m.
Evans Auditorium

Come check out this low-risk, high grace community of students exploring faith and spirituality. Food, fun, music, and worship in a laidback conversational style.

 


 

MONDAY, AUG. 16


  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES  
Happy First Day 

8–10 a.m.
Swank Park, Cannon Student Center, Bowman Building

The first day of the semester is here—donut stress! Be sure to get a donut from the student affairs staff on your way to your AM classes.

  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES  
Welcome Back Bash  

5–8 p.m.
Cannon Student Center

Nailed it! The first day of classes are over. Celebrate your accomplishment and fuel up for day two with music, games, and giveaways.



 

TUESDAY, AUG. 17


RESCHEDULED: Commuter Student Social
4–5 p.m.
King-Shivell Lounge

Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled. Commuter students are invited to attend the Transfer Student Social on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. in King-Shivell Lounge. You don’t have to live on campus to get in on the fun. Gather with other off-campus residents and the Vice President for Student Affairs Melanie Hulbert.

  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES  
BINGO Night  

8–9:30 p.m.
Evans Auditorium

Are you fast enough to win prizes and outplay your friends? There is only one to find out. You know it, you love it…it’s BINGO!

 


 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18


Transfer Student Social  
4–5 p.m.
King-Shivell Lounge

Did you study at another college or university before Lees-McRae? Awesome! We’re glad you’re here. Meet other students with transfer credit and the Vice President for Student Affairs Melanie Hulbert.

  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES  
Silent Disco  

7–10 p.m.
Evans Auditorium

Pick up a set of interconnected wireless headphones to get in on this unique clubbing experience. If it looks like people are dancing to nothing, you haven’t got yours on right.



 

THURSDAY, AUG. 19


  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES     FACULTY/STAFF  
Convocation  

3:30 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium

Meaning “to come together,” convocation is a ceremonial gathering of the entire college community to acknowledge and usher in a new academic year. Note: All students should attend wearing special occasion or business dress.

  NEW STUDENTS    
New Student Class Photo  

Following Convocation
North Carolina Building Steps

Class of 2025 unite! You are part of a new group now. Commemorate your membership with your new classmate by taking a group photo in the heart of campus.

  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES  
Student Club Fair  

5–6 p.m.
Cannon Student Center

There are lots of ways to get involved on campus. Why not take a look at the student clubs and organizations? And if you don’t see one that interests you, we can show how to start one!

  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES  
Theatre Arts Auditions for Fall Shows  

7–8:30 p.m.
Hayes Auditorium

Whether performing is in your blood or you want to explore a new way to express yourself, you can do so on stage at Lees-McRae. Auditions are open to all students regardless of major.

 


 

FRIDAY, AUG. 20


  NEW STUDENTS       RETURNING STUDENTS     FALL ATHLETES  
Patagonia Film and Lecture 

7–8 p.m.
Evans Auditorium

Watching a movie about people pursuing their outdoor passions while going to school in a place where you can explore yours…what could be better? Enjoy the Patagonia documentary "Drop" and hear from visiting Assistant Professor Jimena Golcher-Benavides. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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    When can I start moving in?

    Fall season student-athletes begin move-in on Sunday, Aug. 8. New and transfer students move in on Friday, Aug. 13. Returning students move in on Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, August 15. For each day, the following time slots are available for student move-in:

    • 8–10 a.m.
    • 10 a.m.–Noon
    • 1–3 p.m.
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    Can I move in early? What if my roommate is moving in before me?

    Students can only move in on their specific arrival date and time not with their roommate/suitemate if their roommate/suitemate has an earlier time.

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    What should I bring? Are there items I cannot move in with me?

    We’re glad you asked! You can see the full list of items to bring and prohibited items here. 

    Items to bring: 

    • Pillow(s) 
    • Blanket(s) 
    • Extra twin long sheets 
    • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, laundry basket 
    • Towels 
    • Wastebasket 
    • Alarm clock 
    • Computer/laptop 
    • Dry erase board 
    • Fan 
    • First aid supplies 
    • Flashlight 
    • General cleaning supplies 
    • Lamp/ desk lamp (non-halogen) 
    • Plastic and re-usable plates, bowls, cups, and mugs 
    • Posters 
    • Shower caddy 
    • Shower shoes 
    • Under-the-bed and over-the-door storage 
    • Toiletries and personal hygiene products 
    • Personal medication 
    • Umbrella 
    • Rainboots 
    • Bike lock 
    • Ice scraper for vehicles 

    Check with your roommate(s): 

    • Broom and vacuum 
    • Area rug 
    • Irons with automatic shut-off 
    • Ironing board 
    • Curtains and tension-rod 
    • Coffee maker with no exposed heat source, such as a Keurig 
    • Microwave (800W/ 120V- max) 
    • Refrigerator (3.5 cubic feet, 1.5 amps- max) 
    • Stereo/VCR/DVD player 
    • TV (capable of receiving a digital clear QAM signal) 
     
    List of Prohibited Items: 

    • Air conditioners 
    • Unregistered Pets (with the exception of one fish tank that is 5 gallons or less) 
    • Refrigerators larger than 3.5 cubic feet, 1.5 amps- max 
    • Cooking or heating units with exposed heating elements (such as toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, mini-grills, air fryers, coffee makers with an exposed hot plate, convection plates, etc.) 
    • Candles, incense, ceramic heaters, and any other device that produces flame or an open heat source 
    • Electric heaters 
    • Electric blankets 
    • Extension cords 
    • Waterbeds 
    • Homemade lofts 
    • Lofting materials 
    • Halogen lamps 
    • Dart boards 
    • Draino 
    • Wallpaper (including peel & stick removable wallpaper) 
    • Strip LED lights 
    • Command strips 
    • Any wall hanging materials that are not blue painter’s tape or tasks 
    • Other prohibited items as published in our Student Handbook 
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    How can I hang up items in my residence hall room?

    Residents may only use painter’s tape, tacks, and pins to hang up items in their rooms. Command strips are not allowed.

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    Can I take furniture out of my room?

    You are responsible for each item of furniture in your residence hall room and living spaces. Furniture must remain in assigned spaces and cannot be removed or stored in locations other than their assigned room.

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    What’s the laundry situation?

    Beginning this fall, card swipes are no longer required and there is no additional fee to use laundry services. Washer and dryer units are provided in lobbies or designated locations for our residence halls, villages, apartments, and houses. Our Residence Life staff are excited to provide education and strategies for students’ use of laundry facilities, how to share the washer and dryer units with others in the residence halls, and maintain healthy routines with laundry.
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    What if I don’t get along with my roommate?

    Many individuals are nervous about not getting along with their roommate. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal, and they may even feel the same way! It is important to communicate with your roommate early and often about your shared expectations for your room. You will complete a roommate agreement form early in the semester to help alleviate some of the stresses of living with someone on your own for the first time. If you need additional help about how to communicate with your roommate, ask your Resident Assistant (RA). 

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    Can I bring my pet?

    The pet application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. If pet-friendly spaces are available, the application process will reopen at the end of the semester for the following Spring 2022 semester.

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    How do I get involved?

    Building relationships and making new friends in your residence hall is one of the best parts of your college experience.  You will see these individuals many times throughout the year, and your Resident Assistants are excited to create a sense of community on your floors and across campus. 

    Our welcome week events, residence life, and campus life programs offer excellent opportunities throughout the year to build a sense of belonging at Lees-McRae College.  Also, we invite you to attend our Registered Student Organization Fair to learn about ways to get involved in student organizations across campus.

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    How do I contact somebody for help?

    If you need assistance between the hours of 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., you may contact the Office of Student Affairs at 828.898.3311. After 5 p.m., each area of campus has a Resident Assistant on duty which you may contact if you are in need of assistance. These numbers are posted throughout your residence hall. In case of an emergency, you may also contact Campus Safety and Security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 828.260.0505.