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Homecoming 2011

Good Times Elevated

Office of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations P.O. Box 128 | Banner Elk, NC 28604

Good Times

Elevated Homecoming 2011 Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2011 Athletics Hall of Fame • Bobcat Tailgate • NCAA Soccer & Volleyball • Alumni Games • Reunions 1956, 1961, 1976, 1986, 1991, 2001

HOMECOMING 2011 Friday

September 30 Welcome & Registration 3 – 6 p.m. The Alumni House Welcome home to Lees-McRae College! Take a load off and start your weekend with a glass of wine when you register and pick up your packet of Homecoming information.

Hall of Fame Dinner 6 p.m. MacDonald Dining Hall Celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s Athletics Hall of Fame recipients. Lees-McRae Athletics is proud to announce the following 2011 inductees: Leonard Wheeler ’89, Football; Allison McDonald Norris ’93, Women’s Soccer; and Carla Swart ’11h, Cycling (posthumous). $15 adults/$10 children (12 & under)

Class of 1991 20th Class Reunion 7:30 p.m. The Alumni House Nirvana’s song, “Smells like Teen Spirit” was released and the grunge movement was born. Get together with your ’91 friends and classmates to celebrate great memories! $10 adults

Lees-McRae Performing Arts Presents: Curtains 7:30 p.m. Hayes Auditorium Directed by LMC’s Dr. Michael Hannah ’93, Curtains is a musical with a book by Rupert Holmes, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, with additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes. Based on the original book and concept by Peter Stone, the musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts and follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin’ Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. $12 adults/$5 student or children (12 & under) Buy tickets at the door.

Bobcat Mixer

8 – 11 p.m. Wily’s Place in The Cannon Student Center All of your LMC friends and classmates in one place for fun and catching up—it simply couldn’t be better. The deejay will rock the house, so don’t be the last one on the dance floor! $10 adults (includes drinks and snacks)

Bonfire 8 p.m. Athletic Complex A long-held tradition, Lees-McRae’s athletic teams are recognized and celebrated alongside a gigantic blazing fire. Call the fire department—the Bobcats are hot!

Saturday October 1

Welcome & Registration

9 a.m. – 12 noon The Alumni House Check-in and chat over coffee and breakfast goodies.

Class of 2001 10th Class Reunion 8 – 10 a.m. The Alumni House Bobcats and Bagels are the order of the morning for the Class of ’01. Celebrating their 10th reunion will bring back memories of not-so-long-ago! $10.00 adults/$6.00 children (12 & under)

Green and Gold Alumni 5K 9 a.m. Lacrosse Practice Field This is a Cross Country race for all LMC cross country alumni wishing to run.

Class of 1959 Social 10 a.m. James H. Carson Library Gather with classmates to start the day off together.

Homecoming Parade 11 a.m. Main Street, Banner Elk Dance to the beat of the drums, catch candy and enjoy the Homecoming Parade as it makes its way from Tate Evans Park to campus!

Women’s Alumnae Lacrosse Game 11 a.m. Lacrosse Practice Field LMC Lacrosse alumnae take the field with pride!

Men’s Alumni Lacrosse Game 11 a.m. Soccer Practice Field LMC Lacrosse alumni test your skills and have some fun!

Bobcat Tailgate 12 noon Tate Field At long last! Enjoy great food and fun along Bobcat Bank. Spend the afternoon in the crisp fall air, experience the breathtaking mountain scenery and soak in some Green & Gold! $10 adults/$6 children (12 & under)

Women’s and Men’s Soccer Reunion 12 noon Tate Field Lees-McRae Soccer is HOT! The first official team appeared in the 1987 Ontaroga. Come back to Tate Field and reminisce the glory days!

Women’s Soccer vs. Barton College 1 p.m. Tate Field Go Bobcats! BEAT the Bulldogs!

Softball Alumnae Game 1:30 p.m. Softball Field LMC Softball alumnae enjoy a spirited game with lots of action!

Class of 1956 55th Class Reunion

2 p.m. The Heritage Dining Room of MacDonald Dining Hall Reminisce the good old days when postage stamps cost 3 cents and Elvis Presley was emerging as one of the first stars of Rock and Roll! Tall tales and seeing one another again will make the afternoon memorable. The classes of ’54 and ’56 are invited.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Belmont Abbey College 2 p.m. Williams Gymnasium Go Bobcats! Crush the Crusaders!

Class of 1959 Meeting

2:30 p.m. Ivan B. Stafford Room in the James H. Carson Library All members of the Class of ’59 are welcome and invited to this important meeting.

Men’s Soccer vs. Barton College 3:30 p.m. Tate Field Go Bobcats! BEAT the Bulldogs!

Class of 1960 meeting

4 p.m. Ivan B. Stafford Room in the James H. Carson Library All members of the Class of ’60 are welcome and invited to this brief, but important meeting before joining the Class of ’61 in celebration of their 50th reunion.

Class of 1961 50th Reunion

4 p.m. James H. Carson Library Lobby Celebrate this milestone reunion with your classmates and friends. Bring back memories of slow dancing to Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” cheering for the Bobcats at Tate Field during a football game or walking to class in deep snow! The classes of ’60 and ’62 are invited. $10 adults

HOMECOMING 2011 Alumni Banquet and Annual Meeting

5:30 p.m. MacDonald Dining Hall Enjoy an early dinner before going to the play or out with classmates and friends. Alumni are the heartbeat of LMC, so don’t miss out on this annual occasion. $15 adults/$10 children (12 & under)

Class of 1976 35th Reunion

6 p.m. Beech Alpen Inn, Beech Mountain, 700 Beech Mountain Parkway The Class of ’76 is once again revving it up Bobcat-style! Lots of memories, fun stories and laughter are the hallmarks of this LMC class. The classes of ’75 and ’77 are invited. For more information, contact Aleeta Gent ’76 at or Suzy Parker Hamilton ’76 at

Sunday October 2

Bobcat Breakfast

9 – 10:30 a.m. The Heritage Dining Room of MacDonald Dining Hall Take advantage of one more chance to get together with friends and classmates before the end of the weekend. Recap the weekend and get fueled up for the ride home. $6 adults/$4 children (12 & under)

Lees-McRae Performing Arts Presents: Curtains

2 p.m. Hayes Auditorium $12 adults/$5 student or children (12 & under) Buy tickets at the door.

Class of 1986 25th Reunion 7:30 p.m. The Alumni House Who can forget the infamous SGA campaign speech? Great memories, good times and cherished friendships… come spend the evening catching up and reconnecting! The classes of ’85 and ’87 are invited. $10 adults

Lees-McRae Performing Arts Presents: Curtains

7:30 p.m. Hayes Auditorium $12 adults/$5 student or children (12 & under) Buy tickets at the door.

Homecoming Dance

9 p.m. – 12 midnight Student Recreation Center The Carol and Glenn Arthur Student Recreation Complex will be booming with the most current dance music and fun. Alumni are invited!

Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

The Exchange Bookstore Homecoming Hours Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up the latest LMC gear at the bookstore and show your Bobcat Pride in your hometown!

Leonard Wheeler ’89

Allison McDonald Norris ’93


Women’s Soccer

Leonard played six seasons in the National Football League after a four-year college career that included stops at Mississippi, Troy, and LeesMcRae. A native of Toccoa, Ga., Leonard was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 1992 NFL Draft, where he spent the first four years of his career. Leonard went on to play one season with the Minnesota Vikings and one with the Carolina Panthers before retiring in 2001. Leonard is now the CEO and founder of Wheeler Enterprises, Inc., a company which specializes in personal and executive coaching to facilitate growth and development meant to improve their clients’ quality of life. He is also an active member of the NFL Players Association, serving on the association’s financial committee and has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the NFLPA.

Allison starred for the women’s soccer team as one of the first four-year athletes in the program’s history, leading the Bobcats to a 63-17-1 record and a trio of conference championships during the school’s transition to a four-year institution. A native of Hendersonville, Tenn., Allison garnered all-region and conference player of the year honors as a senior, while finishing her career ranked second in program history in total assists (36), third in match-winning goals (12), fourth in total points (108), and tied for seventh in total goals (36). Allison is now the Dean of Students at her Alma Mater.

Carla Swart ’11h Cycling

Posthumous Carla almost single-handedly redefined the sport of collegiate cycling, quickly becoming the most decorated rider in the history of the sport before passing away in a tragic training accident this past January in her native South Africa. During her career with the Bobcats, Carla collected 19 individual and team national titles, while becoming the first cyclist in collegiate history to win a national title in each of the four disciplines, accomplishing the feat during the 2008 season. In 2010, Carla finished 10th in the women’s race at the World Road Championship in Australia. She finished eighth, representing South Africa, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, and also won the “Best Young Rider” award at the Tour de L’Aude stage race in France. She also signed with the HTC-Highroad’s professional team that same year.

Celebrate the accomplishments of the 2011 inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m. in MacDonald Dining Hall. Dinner is $15 for adults and $10 for children, 12 and under.

HOMECOMING 2011 Reunions Class of 1956 55th Reunion

Class of 1986 25th Reunion

Sat., Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Heritage Dining Room MacDonald Dining Hall

The Alumni House

Class of 1961 50th Reunion Sat., Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.

James H. Carson Library Lobby Class of 1976 35th Reunion

Class of 1991 20th Reunion Fri., Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The Alumni House Class of 2001 10th Reunion Sat., Oct. 1 at 8 a.m.

The Alumni House

Sat., Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.

Beech Alpen Inn 700 Beech Mountain Parkway Beech Mountain

Men’s and Women’s Soccer Reunion Sat., Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

Tate Field

How Can I Help? Become a Class Agent! There has never been a better way to give back to your Alma Mater than to engage your classmates in the life of Lees-McRae College. A Class Agent reaches out to classmates and connects them back to LMC. A Class Agent helps find lost classmates, updates contact information, shares important class news with the College, and encourages classmates to make an annual gift to the Lees-McRae Fund. In addition, a Class Agent provides valuable input to the Office of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations on how to best communicate the message of the Lees-McRae Fund and other important announcements with alumni. If you are interested in serving as a Class Agent for your class, please contact Michelle Vance Scott ’86/’90 at (828) 898-2489 or

Lees-McRae College: Your Future Elevated When President Barry M. Buxton arrived on the campus of Lees-McRae College in June 2010, he brought with him a 20-point revitalization strategy for the College. One of the goals outlined in the strategy is, “Build a distinct Lees-McRae College brand.”

Your Future

The Communications and Marketing Committee, formed in the fall of 2010, has been working on developing a new marketing tagline for Lees-McRae College. Implementing a new tagline is the first step in building our brand. After six months of hard work, and lots of input from a variety of sources, the Communications and Marketing Committee pitched a new tagline to President Buxton. The President endorsed the tagline in July, as did the Alumni Board. Faculty and staff are on board, as well.


“Your Future Elevated” best describes who we are as an institution and what we promise to do once a student is enrolled. There are many secondary taglines that the College will use with this primary phrase such as, “Success Elevated,” “Learning Elevated,” “Adventure Elevated,” “Expectations Elevated,” and your Homecoming theme this year, “Good Times Elevated!” As always, if you know of a high school student who would make a great Bobcat, please contact the Office of Admissions at (828) 898-8723. The prospective student’s application fee is waived if recommended to LMC by an alumnus, so start recruiting today!

Good times are elevated at Lees-McRae College Homecoming 2011! We look forward to seeing you and hope you participate in many of this year’s activities!

Friday, September 30 # Attending

Registration deadline is Monday, September 26. Name


Cost per person

Hall of Fame Dinner

$15/$10 child

Class of ’91 Reunion


Bobcat Mixer


Class Year

Saturday, October 1


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Telephone Email Spouse/Guest Name Spouse/Guest Class Year Class Notes:


Cost per person

Class of ’01 Reunion

$10/$6 child

Bobcat Tailgate

$10/$6 child

Soccer Reunion


Class of ’56 Reunion

Complimentary 50+ year Reunion

Class of ’61 Reunion


Alumni Banquet

$15/$10 child

Class of ’86 Reunion




Sunday, October 2 # Attending Mail reservations, along with your check made payable to Lees-McRae College to: Lees-McRae College

Office of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations P.O. Box 128 Banner Elk, NC 28604

If you have special needs or questions, please contact Michelle Vance Scott ’86/’90 at (828) 898-2489 or Visit the Homecoming website at homecomingschedule for the most up-to-date information. See reverse side to indicate specific events and tickets or register and pay online at


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Bobcat Breakfast

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Homecoming 2011 Booklet  

Lees-McRae College Homecoming Booklet 2011