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The Magazine of Lenoir-Rhyne University

Spring 2014

What’s Inside





PROFILE The Magazine of Lenoir-Rhyne University Spring 2014 Volume 64 Number 2 Profile is produced by the Office of Marketing & Communications Maggie Greene, Dir. of Marketing & Comm. Erin Sweet, Asst. Dir. - Creative Services Allie Bentley, Asst. Dir. - Project Management Richard Gould, Asst. Dir. - Media Relations Sara Landry, Grad Programs Marketing Coord. William Greene, Web & Digital Marketing Coord. Kate Coleman, Graphic Designer I With Contributions From Jennifer Casey, LTSS Phil Robinson/SportsFotos Website President Dr. Wayne Powell 828-328-7334, Provost of the University Dr. Larry Hall 828-328-7112, Provost of the School of Theology The Rev. Dr. Clay Schmit 803-461-3211,

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Finding the need Filling the need

LR’s Costa Rica Connection The son of Costa Rica’s newest president is an LR Bear

Building a home & Legacy Dedicated students make a name for themselves

Bear Pairs Finding more than education

Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance Peter Kendall 828-328-7100, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Drew Van Horn 828-328-7360, Vice President for Enrollment Management Rachel Nichols ’90 828-328-7306, Class Notes or Change of Address Dana Ochs Hamilton ’88 828-328-7351, To suggest a story idea, contact Allie Bentley at 828-328-7979, ©Copyright 2014 by Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC. Lenoir-Rhyne, founded in 1891, is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Profile is a publication of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

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20 Bear Tracks 22 Campus Updates 24 Bears Scoreboard 26 Institutional Advancement Updates 30 Alumni Updates 32 Class Notes

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From the President In 1964 I was just beginning junior high school and the Beatles were first arriving in America. It is also the time when Dr. Charles Cooke first joined the faculty at LR. We recently celebrated his first 50 years as a professor, and it gave us all cause to reflect on the past and present at LenoirRhyne.

We often reflect on how Lenoir-Rhyne has changed over the years while still remaining true to our heritage and our fundamental values. The university has grown in size and reputation. In fact LR has truly emerged as one of the premier liberal arts universities in the South. We attract attention from around the country for our innovation and for our commitment to our fundamental principles. But, how different are we from the college of days gone by? If we are to look back 50 years, we will see a very different time in society and at LR.

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During his time at LR, Dr. Cooke personally taught thousands of students and approximately 80% of all the students who ever studied at LR studied during the time Dr. Cooke has been on the faculty. His tenure at LR spans over 40% of the entire life of the institution, and he worked with 55% of all the presidents who ever served LR. Most importantly, however, is how he served, always with class and honor. His first 50 years on the faculty have been witness to the greatness of the institution. Much has changed over the past 50 years, and much is still the same. When Dr. Cooke began in his role as a young faculty member, Lenoir-Rhyne was known for its debate team, headed by a young scholar named Bill Mauney. That debate team faded over the years and was eventually discontinued. It returned a year ago under the leadership of new Professor Cade Hamilton. This year the debate team, competed

in the novice division and finished first in the entire country. A national championship for the students and for LR! In 1964 while the Beatles were making musical noises in New York, LR was impressing everyone with a different style of music. The showcase A Cappella choir, directed by its first chorale director, Kenneth Lee, was becoming known nationally in Lutheran college circles, where everyone knows the best chorale programs reside. Now, only two directors later, Dr. Paul Weber continues to bring national attention to LR through the inspiring musical performances of LR students. Back in the days when Dr. Cooke started at Lenoir-Rhyne, the then college was known far and wide for its football program, led by a young Coach Hanley Painter. The fortunes of that program eventually faded, but only temporarily. We all know what has happened in recent years under the leadership of Fred Goldsmith, Mike Houston, and now Ian Shields. The nation is once again taking note of LR football. When I was starting junior high school, Lenoir-Rhyne was graduating its first students in nursing. Since that time the nursing program has become known as

the premier program in the South. Other Health Science programs have been developed to serve the needs of today’s world. Well established today are the programs in Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Counseling, Dietetics, and Public Health. One year from now we will welcome our first students in the new Physician Assistant program. Dr. Cooke became a faculty member at LR during a time when most small liberal arts colleges were strongly tied to the church. Over the ensuing 50 years, many of those colleges distanced themselves from church connections. We have certainly evolved our relationship, but we believe it is more well-defined and consistent with our mission than ever before. Until the 1980s, LR presidents were expected to be ordained Lutheran ministers. Most faculty members and students were Lutheran. In today’s world those demographics have changed, but LR’s commitment to a faith-based education has never been stronger. Our students and faculty have very diverse religious backgrounds, which we believe gives us strength because we all learn from each other. We led the nation in developing our partnership with Lutheran Theology Southern Seminary. And, finally, this summer we celebrate the long-awaited opening

of Grace Chapel in the center of campus in Hickory. Dr. Cooke joined the science faculty in Physics when the Minges Science Center was the state-of-the-art modern research and teaching center for science students. A half century of students have studied and learned together in Minges. Now, we are nearing the day (2015?) when we break ground on the new Science Center. We celebrate that Dr. Charles Cooke will start his next term of service in that building. So much has occurred during the time Dr Cooke has served at Lenoir-Rhyne, but in the end we still remain the same. We were and we are the institution that is known for excellence and providing students with the very best in contemporary education. Thank you all for being part of the LenoirRhyne story.

Wayne B. Powell, Ph.D. President

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Finding the Need

Lenoir-Rhyne University has taken this mantra to heart as the University continues to live out its core values by striving for excellence in everything it does, learning from its community and caring for others. With an eye firmly fixed on our community and the job market, the University has identified two needs that it is equipping students to fill: a shortage of health care providers and an economy struggling to recover. It is with these needs in mind that LR is establishing a pair of new programs in entrepreneurialism and a Physician Assistant program.

BUSINESS LEADERS LR’s Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship programs are preparing students to launch new companies, enter the free market and build sustainable non-profits. The programs teach marketing, accounting, sales, leadership and, perhaps most importantly—creativity. But what makes them stand out from the crowd is the practical component of the education. “We take student ideas, refine their business models and form companies,” said the programs’ founder Dr. Ralph Griffith. “Our goal is to have our students producing revenue before they graduate.” Undergraduate students are bringing their business ideas to Griffith and his team. The ideas are evaluated and the best ones go to the small business incubator. “We give them weekly consultation, access to startup funds, office space, technical support and most importantly we give them access to our Rolodex,” Griffith said. “We introduce them to the

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bankers and relevant business contacts who contribute to their chances of market success.” This is how six new startups are being born at LR right now. Six new businesses are adding value and creating jobs in an economy that sorely needs a boost. One of the businesses is a socially-responsible microloan company for local Lutheran church members in need of financial help. Sophomores Micah Rufsvold and Charlie McBurney are the brains behind the bank and it’s their vision that’s inspiring investors to take notice. As the new bank gets its bearings, Griffith is meeting with McBurney and Rufsvold weekly to make sure they’re staying on track—a meeting that takes place via teleconferencing software because Rufsvold is spending this semester studying abroad in Ghana, West Africa. And it’s not just LR students who are benefitting from the new programs. The Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship connects members of the community who come to the University with business ideas to our community partners who can help them bring their dreams to life. “We hope to create new LR-friendly businesses by helping people get started,” he said. The other unique feature of the entrepreneurial programs is that they’re dynamic. Due to the continuous improvement process model, they will bear little resemblance to their current form as the years go by. “This program is in a continual state of reverse engineering,” Griffith said. “We’re constantly asking ‘What does the marketplace need?’ and changing our methods to fit that need.”

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The entrepreneurial spirit goes beyond LR’s new programs. It’s Griffith’s goal to foster a campus-wide culture of entrepreneurial thought and outlook for all students across all majors to take our students farther than they ever knew they could go.

MEDICINE A rapidly aging population plus a looming doctor shortage has revealed the need for medical professionals who can extend the physician’s reach—physician assistants. P.A.’s conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery and prescribe medications. Each year a typical P.A. treats about 3,500 patients and writes between 3,000 and 5,000 prescriptions. About a third of America’s P.A.’s work in primary care. Thirty-seven percent work in medically underserved counties. “P.A.’s work closely with their supervising physician even though often times the medical doctor is not even in the same building and may be miles away. We’re an extension of the medical doctor,” explained LR’s P.A. Program Director Dr. Helen Martin. It makes sense to focus on providing master’s programs that fit community needs while providing a road to a promising career for graduates. The P.A. program does both. The Physician Assistant degree tops Forbes Magazine’s list of the best master’s degrees for jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median pay for P.A.’s is $90,000 and the job is growing by 38 percent a year— much faster than average jobs, which are growing by 11 percent a year.

LR’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies anticipates enrolling its first 40-student class in Summer 2015, pending provisional accreditation, which is the status for a new physician assistant program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. The program is accelerated, intensive, competitive and lasts 27 months. A second option is the 3+2 program for incoming freshmen who want to graduate in five years with two degrees ready to become practicing physician assistants upon passing their certification test—a unique option in the region. Students will spend their first year in the program in the classroom with focus on patient care theory, science and practice, combining class work, laboratory, and clinical study. In their second year they will be required to complete eight five-week clinical rotations in the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, psychiatry and an elective. “We are here to educate students to be good stewards and service professionals for their community and the world,” Martin said. “What is a P.A. but a servant? We’re here to serve our patients and our community.” By offering students the option of earning a degree in entrepreneurialism or in physician assistant studies, LenoirRhyne is preparing its students for some of the most exciting and innovative careers available today.

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LR’s Costa Rica


For years LR’s head soccer coach, Tom Gott, has scoured the globe for talented players to import to Hickory. He targets nations where soccer is king and offers players an American education while playing the sport they love. When Gott reached out to a contact in Costa Rica he had no idea the player he was after, Ignacio Solis, would become the son of a head of state the following year.

Solis stands about 6-feet tall and has a slim build. When he lopes onto the field for warm-ups he’s light on his feet and looks like he could run all day long. He keeps his black hair short. It’s in a buzz cut and requires minimal maintenance in keeping with his laid-back style. And he’s quick to laugh along with his teammates and coaches as they tease him good naturedly about his father’s bid for the Costa Rican presidency. Solis’ English is good and when he’s asked about Costa Rican politics he suddenly seems older and wiser than his twenty-two years. That’s when his thoughtful side comes out and it’s clear that he didn’t drive to the Costa Rican consulate in Atlanta to vote for his father because he blindly supports his dad—Solis went to Atlanta because he deeply believes in his father and what his father intends to do for his nation.

The President Luis Guillermo Solis is an academic turned president of Costa Rica—a Central American nation of 4.5 million people. He earned his Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and went on to do additional studies at Florida International University and the University of Michigan where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Before taking the helm of his nation, Solis was a professor of history and political sciences and an associate dean of the University of Costa Rica. Though he garnered seventy-eight perecent of the vote during the April 6 runoff election, he wasn’t a lock for the presidency early on. Solis was just one among a field of 16 presidential hopefuls who ran in February’s election. Early polls had him in fourth place, but he came out on top with 30 percent of the vote. A respectable total, but well shy of the 40 percent needed to win the election outright, which is why he was required to participate in a runoff election. In March Solis’ opponent announced that he would stop campaigning, which effectively left Solis unopposed in the final election. Described as a “center-left” politician, Solis became president after pledging to: clean up corruption, create major investments

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in infrastructure, and shore up Costa Rica’s universal health care and educational systems.

The Son Ignacio Solis’ decision to leave his university, his nation and his family in order to come to Lenoir-Rhyne came down to two things: physics and soccer. In his native Costa Rica it’s impossible to be a full-time student athlete, so Solis played soccer full time while being a part-time student. But he wanted more. “I always dreamed of coming to the United States to do both things—I love to study and I also love to play soccer and the only place it was possible to do that full-time was here in America,” he said. “The program, the town, the university—it was perfect—it was what I was hoping for.” Solis is excited about his father’s future, but he doesn’t foresee having to make huge changes in his lifestyle, like having to be protected by a security detail. “I’m not the ‘First Son.’ It’s not like Obama’s my father,” he said. “In Costa Rica we don’t even have an army, so it’s a big difference. My dad won’t have his own plane, so he’ll still have to fly on regular flights.” When asked if a flagrant foul or a Red Card against Solis would constitute an international incident, his coach just laughed and shook his head. For Gott, Solis is just another player. He’s a defender. Not a glamorous position, but a good place for a hard worker who’s not afraid to get aggressive when the moment calls for it. “He’s very composed—he brings a lot of experience as an older transfer student,” he said. “The guys have really taken to him and he plays a big roll for us. He’s a great kid—the lads love him. We love him—we’re lucky to have him.” Thus far the international politics have not gone to Solis’ head. “He does the same as everyone else,” Gott said. “He’s just one of the lads.” Ignacio, a junior at LR, has invited his friends to come and stay with him in Costa Rica, but not to expect “White House” treatment if his father wins the election. “We have a presidential house, but it’s just an office,” Solis said. “If my dad wins he would keep his house.”

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Building a home & a legacy at LR They came to a university. They found a home. They found a family.

those with similar backgrounds.

They learned to love a place that once felt foreign and they learned that they could make it their own.

“I called every single family on our list and convinced them to let their kids come out and learn about all the opportunities they could achieve in higher education,” she said.

They came for their own reasons. Yanepsi Alvarado chose LenoirRhyne because a trusted advisor told her it would be a good fit—a good place to grow and continue her studies in her adopted country. Stephen Amoah came because he wanted to play football and study physics close to his parents’ adopted city of Charlotte. Like their parents, Stephen and Yanepsi are hard working and determined to do whatever it takes to succeed. Yanepsi’s parents migrated the 1,600 miles from their native El Salvador to their adopted hometown of Thomasville, N.C. in search of a better life. Stephen’s parents came to America too, but they went the long way. They came to Charlotte, N.C. via Göttingen, Germany from their native Ghana—a journey of about 7,500 miles total. Stephen and Yanepsi have a lot in common: adventurous and ambitious parents, a home at LR and an inner drive to work as hard as they can to make their school a better place. Yanepsi Yanepsi’s departure from LR will come first. She graduated in May. Her departure will be noticed by the hundreds who have grown accustomed to seeing her broad smile light up a room. But the first thing you notice about Yanepsi is her eyes. They’re wide and brown and they’re filled with joy when she talks about serving others. They fill with bittersweet tears and longing when she ponders life after LR. She has become nostalgic for the present. When LR’s Assistant Director of Enrollment Management Mae Mills was looking for a student to help her enhance LR’s recruitment of Latino students, Yanepsi was the obvious choice. Yanepsi’s love for LR and her ability to connect with Spanishspeaking students who never considered college a real possibility makes her the perfect ambassador for the outreach experience she named the “Dreamer’s Camp.” Yanepsi knows what it’s like to be the outsider. For a ninth grader who arrived in Thomasville without knowing how to speak a word of English, every day was a struggle. Now she reaches out to Page 10 / Spring ’14 / PROFILE

She led the Dreamer’s Program attendees—teens from local high schools—in leadership building exercises. She made sure they knew that each one of them is capable of great things—potential that can be maximized in college. She passed on lessons learned at LR. Yanepsi’s time at LR started out quietly, but that didn’t last long. The friends and faculty she met here weren’t willing to let her potential go unexplored. “I never felt discriminated against—the isolation I felt came from within me because I was scared, but the people at LR always made me feel welcome and they let me know I could be a leader and help make the school better,” she said. “That girl who was shy and didn’t want to come out of her shell became a representative of the student body. This school has helped me realize that I can do anything.” Stephen It would be easy to stereotype Stephen Amoah: He’s the linebacker who crushes running backs. He’s the defender who punishes every receiver foolish enough to catch the ball over the middle. Stephen’s the guy who has three SAC championship rings—one for every year he’s been a Bear. And he’s eager for one more. He wants the complete set. “I came to Lenoir-Rhyne to obtain an education and to play football,” Stephen said. “I was recruited by a few schools, but I followed my high school coach’s advice, ‘Go to a school that really wants you.’ That was LR and Coach (Mike) Houston and it’s been a really good fit.” But there’s a whole lot more to Stephen Amoah than football. He’s the guy who’s studying physics and math in preparation for a hi-tech career. He’s the guy who saw his friends attending formal

events at their colleges and—instead of complaining that LR didn’t have a similar event—started one of his own. He’s dedicated to serving with the Fellowship of Christian athletes. He’s an honors student.

Stephen’s event has raised thousands of dollars for the local Red Cross. His recent appointment as an LR student representative to both the Environmental Stewardship Committee and the University City Council also keep him heavily involved on campus.

When you talk to Stephen you notice he doesn’t sound like most people from Charlotte. There is exactness in his pronunciation, crispness in his speech—understandable for the first-born son of native Ghanaians. You also notice that, although he’s quick to smile, his eyes remain clear, serious and focused. Stephen is a powerful young man not given to frivolity or excess.

He knows what he wants and his goals are clear.

He spent last summer as an electrical engineering intern with the N.C. Department of Public Safety travelling to government facilities around the state gathering data for an energy conservation project. This summer he’s headed to N.C. State where he’ll spend ten weeks as a paid undergraduate researcher studying materials for environmental sustainability. Stephen’s also the man behind LR’s annual Red Carpet Event. It’s a formal evening complete with music and dancing, but it’s fun for a good cause. Over the years Page 11 / Spring ’14 / PROFILE

“I want to help spread the gospel through campus ministries. I want to make the Red Carpet Event self-sustaining so it will keep going when I’m gone,” Stephen said. “I want to win another conference championship and a national championship. And I want to get a 4.0 grade point average and get admitted to a top electrical engineering graduate degree program when I graduate.” The smart money is on Stephen. And you’d be a fool not to bet on Yanepsi. A quick look at their track records and you know they can accomplish every single thing they set their minds to. They’ve accomplished great things at LR. The improvements they’ve made at this school will stand as their enduring legacies.

Students come to LR for an education, but sometimes they find more than that. Sometimes they find their soul mates. Sometimes they leave LR with a diploma and a spouse. Earlier this year Lenoir-Rhyne issued a call for stories from Bear Pairs who found each other as LR students, like Bob and Sarah Mauser ’## (pictured above) did back in 1954. What follows are highlights from the stories submitted.

Kyle and Lauren May met in Dr. Ashman’s Geography class in 2008. Lauren joined Zeta Tau Alpha; Kyle joined Theta Xi. They hung out at mixers and Greek events, two years later they started dating and got married on March 23, 2013. They followed in the footsteps of Lauren’s grandparents Nancy Jo and Larry Teague who met in a class in the Yoder Building and got married in 1962.

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Lisa Von Dohlen and Shelly Roeder met in at LR in 1988. Shelly was a freshman; Lisa was a junior. They were friends throughout college. After graduation they went their separate ways. In 1994 they met by chance at a get together, fell in love and have been lifepartners for 20 years. Lisa and Shelly live in Asheville where they work as licensed clinical social workers.

Joby and Jennifer Giacalone met on the intramural field in 1982. Joby was a senior; Jennifer was a freshman. The Hickory Daily Record did a story about the Honey Bears, which included several photos of Jennifer and one where Joby—dressed in his Joe Bear costume— was asking Jennifer for a safety pin. They danced at Yesterdays the following Monday and fell in love. They were married in 1986. Now they live in Charlottesville, Va., with their two teenage children.

Mark and Stacey Thomas met at a Theta Xi fraternity party in 1993. Mark graduated from LR in 1994. Stacey graduated three years later. They saw each other periodically, but were finally able to reconnect through Facebook in 2007. They were married at St. Andrew’s in 2010. The pastor that officiated the ceremony, the trumpet player/vocalist, and the best man were all Mark’s fraternity brothers and LR alums. Stacey’s maid of honor and the organist were LR grads and ZTA sisters.

Jesse and Nita Sigmon met at LR when he was a sophomore and she was a freshman. Jesse was a cheerleader, a waiter, President of Rho Sigma, and was on the newspaper staff. He and Nita were married in 1943 after he graduated and joined the service. They were together non-stop for the rest of their lives. Jesse served on LR’s Board of Trustees for 25 years and as LR’s college attorney for 35 years.

Tony and Margaret Huss Jackson started dating when they were sophomores at LR in 1967—47 yrs. ago. Their first date came during a visit from Tony’s parents. Tony’s brother and his girlfriend came along. After the meal the four of them went bowling and Margaret won her first and last game against her future husband. They were married the summer after they graduated in 1969—Tony’s brother and his girlfriend—Steve and Verna had gotten married four months earlier.

To read all of the love stories that were shared, go to

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LR Students Document Hickory’s Sacred Spaces Cross cultural understanding, historical perspective and hallowed ground come together in student multimedia project What do the Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, Union Square, the Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground and Club Cabaret, have in common? They are, each in their own way, considered Hickory, N.C.’s sacred spaces. In the fall of 2013 LR Prof. Devon Fisher and his team of students began an ongoing journey of discovery designed to explore their surroundings, identify sacred spaces and learn what exactly makes places sacred to the people of the Hickory area. But first they had to come to an understanding of the term itself. What does “sacred” mean? Answering that deceptively simple question became the project’s focus. Fisher’s students came up with a pair of answers, which they posted on the project’s website. The spiritual definition of sacred spaces is “places that allow humans to interact with the divine.” The more secular view is that what makes a place sacred is that something “about the place puts us in community in a way that helps us to realize that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.” Fisher’s students ran with both definitions and identified five sacred spaces for the project’s first phase. • The only Newton landmark to make the list was Plaza Latina— a collection of businesses, including an indoor soccer arena, located ten miles southeast of Hickory. It caters to the Latino population and serves as a central gathering place for the Hickory area’s Latino population. • The Exodus Missionary Outreach Church serves the underserved. Its congregation is composed of the homeless, recovering

addicts and the poor who sit shoulder to shoulder with community members from a wide variety of backgrounds. • Many consider Union Square the heart of Hickory. It’s a public space with wide sidewalks, shops and restaurants. It also hosts community events like Oktoberfest, art crawls and concerts. It’s also the site of Hickory’s weekly farmer’s market. • The Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground is a wheelchairaccessible playground where every child can have fun no matter their level of mobility. It also serves as a memorial to Zahra Baker. Baker survived two bouts with cancer. The first took her leg. The second took much of her hearing. But her smile and her spirit remained intact. Baker was murdered a month before her eleventh birthday by her stepmother who pleaded guilty to the crime. The playground was designed and built in an effort to build hope from tragedy. • Club Cabaret in downtown Hickory is a nightclub that primarily serves Hickory’s LGBTQ community. The club’s patrons and performers agree that the Cabaret is a place where they find community, understanding and acceptance. The first phase of Fisher’s Sacred Spaces project is the website where the students have posted photos, videos and writings documenting their work. The second component included four public presentations featuring discussions led by Dr. Devon Fisher, students in the course, and community members. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by Lenoir-Rhyne University and the Appalachian College Association.

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50 congratulations!

isn’t so bad... 50 years OF EMPLOYMENT AT LR THAT IS.

Dr. Charles Cooke, professor of physics at Lenoir-Rhyne University once turned down a job with NASA before beginning a teaching career that would last half a century. Cooke is the first faculty member in Lenoir-Rhyne history to be employed at the school for fifty years. His job is truly a labor of love, and one he may never be ready to quit. “When the time comes and I have to stop doing this job, it will be tough,” Cooke said. “All and all this has been my life and not just a job.” For half a century Cooke has been working to make LR a better school, pushing for new curriculum and more advance technology, while also touching the lives of thousands of students. During his time at LR he’s helped implement new curriculum, brought the first open access computing system in North Carolina to campus, wrote a proposal that helped put an observatory on top of the science building, was instrumental in starting the first Computer Science major, and the list goes on. While the majority of Cooke’s time at Lenoir-Rhyne has been spent in the classroom, there was a seven-year period in the nineties when he assumed the position of Director of Institutional Research. “Again I saw a chance to help the college through a very difficult time,” Cooke said. In seven years, under Cooke’s direction, the student retention rate, or percentage of students leaving LR after their freshman year, dropped from 35 percent to just 17 percent.. During that time, his analysis of student financial aid packages also led LR to overhaul its financial aid program, creating a significant increase in freshman enrollment. Cooke, who graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1959, went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was given the opportunity to teach an astronomy course while getting his Ph.D. It was then he realized working behind a desk was not his life’s calling. “I was offered a job by NASA, but didn’t want to sit in a cubical all day,” Cooke said. “I applied at several small schools but not LR.” After receiving job offers from a number of universities, Cooke decided to return to Lenoir-Rhyne to talk with his old physics professor and ask which he should consider. “He was not there, but the chair of the math department was,” said Cooke, who was offered a position the same day. “I never filled out a letter of application.” Cooke began teaching at LR in the fall of 1964. Today his former students are monitoring water quality for Duke Energy, working in computer operations at major banks, directing the N.C. Trails Program, and one can even be credited with developing the first computerized registration system at LR. Their accomplishments bring Cooke happiness, and help confirm he made the right decisions in life. After four years of being at LR he was offered a job by the Physics Department Chair at UNC teaching astronomy – a position that had long been his dream. “I turned him down because I had students here that meant a lot to me,” said Cooke with tears in his eyes. “It was a one person department and I knew if I left they would close the department. “That’s what makes this job special to me, to give those kids an opportunity.”

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1972 1974

Doo Wop hero Flash Cadillac (“At the Hop”) stopped off in Hickory to perform for Homecoming. The band would hit it big the following year when they appeared in the movie American Graffiti. They also appeared in an episode of Happy Days and in the movie Apocalypse Now.

The Spartanburg, S.C. southern rock outfit the Marshall Tucker Band performed their hit “Can’t You See” at LR.

Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd came to Hickory and performed their hits “Tuesday’s Gone” and “Free Bird” in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.


The Platters sang their hits including 1955’s “Only You” and “The Great Pretender” during their Cromer Center concert.




Julian Bond, civil rights leader and activist, spoke at a convocation held in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Bond helped form the Southern Poverty Law Center and served as its president from 1971 until 1979.

Friends of Distinction (“Grazin’ in the Grass”) and The Intruders (“I’ll Always Love My Mamma”) performed at Homecoming.

The Tams, best known for their Top 10 hit from 1964: “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am),” came to Hickory where they performed on stage in the Cromer Center.

Lenoir-Rhyne University has hosted an enviable list of high profile visitors over its 123-year history. From Jimmy Buffett to Jimmy Carter, LR has welcomed a host of entertainers and political figures to its campus for the benefit—and entertainment—of its students. In this edition of Profile we highlight the luminaries that came our way from 1960 through 1999.

Happenings at LR Over the Years

Do You Remember When…

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Mike Farrell, best known for his portrayal of Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the television series M*A*S*H, spoke at a convocation held in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Cheap Trick performed their hit song “I Want You to Want Me” during a concert in the Cromer Center.

Stanislaw Ulam, acclaimed mathematician, member of the Manhattan Project and a key leader in the development of thermonuclear weapons, came to LR to speak during a convocation.

General William Westmoreland, who had served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army in closing years of the Vietnam War spoke during a convocation in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Presidential Candidate Jimmy Carter spoke in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Then-president Gerald Ford came to LR and spoke in Shuford Gym. N.C. Governor James Holshouser and U.S. Congressman Jim Broyhill were in attendance.

Jimmy Buffet, who would release his career-making hit “Margaritaville” the following year, performed for Winter Weekend in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.








Democratic Senator and 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern addressed LR’s student body during a convocation held in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.


Coretta Scott King, the widow of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., addressed LR’s students at a convocation held in P.E. Monroe Audito

MTV comedian and movie star Pauly Shore came to LR where he performed a comedy show on the football practice field.

Alex Haley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” and the co-author of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” spoke during a convocation held in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

1975 Blues icon Muddy Waters, best known for hits like “Mannish Boy,” performed for LR’s Homecoming festivities in the Cromer Center.


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LR Names Community Service Award Winners: •Dr. Edward L. “Eddie” Beard, Jr., ’85, is the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer at Catawba Valley Medical Center. •Andrea Triplette Benfield, ’62, protected and served Catawba County’s most innocent victims for more than 30 years in her role as a licensed clinical social worker with the Catawba County Department of Social Services rising to the rank of Social Work Services Program Administrator. •Judy White, President & CEO of Benco Steel, Inc.—a regional steel service center, which specializes in providing industrial steel—was honored for her service.

Business Leader of the Year: Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chairman of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, was named Business Leader of the Year by the Lenoir-Rhyne University Business Council. He is also founder of Faith in America (

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School of Nursing Celebrates 50 Years: LRU’s School of Nursing has been preparing graduates for careers in the medical field for the past 50 years. A celebration honoring the milestone took place in April.

Counseling Programs Earn National Accreditation: Lenoir-Rhyne’s graduate programs in counseling were granted national accreditation on Jan. 16 in recognition of the program’s excellence and professionalism.

First Ever Debate Champions LR students Rebecca Payne and Jeffrey Fisher are this year’s Parliamentary Debate National Champions, the first ever national championship for LR. They won the title at the 32nd Annual Novice National Championship Forensic Tournament held at Northern Illinois University. NIU hosted 25 schools for the competition including Cornell University, Loyola University and the University of Illinois-Springfield. Fisher also won the 8th Top Speaker Award while Payne won the 10th Top Speaker Award, both in Division III. Divisions are based on the number of students brought to the competition—LR brought two.

Business Students / Business Owners: Matthew Brown and Alex Freeman, both students in LRU’s Charles M. Snipes School of Business are utilizing their knowledge to create businesses of their own. Brown is owner of RaiseSpot, an eco-friendly line of cleaning products. Freeman is part owner of Fanaticmasks, a company out of Carrboro that makes and sells sports-themed luchador masks.

LR in NYC: Dr. Rand Brandes, LR’s Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English, launched his two-volume celebration of the poets, philosophers, scientists and painters of Black Mountain College: Far From the Centers of Ambition, at Manhattan’s Poets House this January. “It was a way to showcase LR’s worldclass literary program at an event in a premiere arts venue in New York City’s Financial District,” Brandes said. Page 21 / Spring ’14 / PROFILE

Environmental Stewardship Committee: A committee dedicated to maximizing environmental stewardship of the university has been put in motion. Faculty, staff, students and community members are taking part.

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LR Center for Graduate Studies in Asheville had an exciting spring semester! As we grow and expand, we continue to form new community partnerships in Asheville and the surrounding area. Our mission continues to be fulfilled as we provide excellent graduate education that develops innovative leaders prepared to serve the current and future needs of Western North Carolina and beyond. Below are some of our latest events with faculty, staff, students, and community members. In celebration of National Peace Corps Week, Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville and Asheville Greendrinks hosted Culture Shock Story Hour, a night of funny, touching, and inspiring stories from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and former AmeriCorps Volunteers. Based on the Moth Radio

Hour, the evening featured 10-minute stories about volunteers experiences with culture shock from the 1960’s to present. Keith McDade, assistant professor of Sustainability Studies was a gracious host and a former Peace Corp volunteer. Asheville Wordfest in its 7th year is a highly regarded literary event in the nation. Asheville Wordfest presented storytelling, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, oral history, and conversation in a joyful, community-building experience for everyone. This year featured storytelling legend Connie Regan-Blake, poet Jaki Shelton-Green, and author David Madden. This was a collaborative project between The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

We are living a dynamic life at LTSS! This past October The Association of Theological Schools visited our campus for the ten-year comprehensive evaluation. We have just received the official notification from the February meeting of the Board of Commissioners reaffirming our full accreditation through the fall of 2020. Through their detailed report, ATS has reaffirmed the creative and diligent work that is going on at LTSS. In this age of what some refer to as “post-Christian” or, at least, a century marked by the declining status of the Church in society, we have moved to a focus on leadership and the intersection of congregation and neighbor. We know the church of tomorrow may not look like and act like the church of today. We are forming and nurturing the kind of leaders that will face the church of tomorrow.

This formation is happening in our classrooms as well as through our Teaching Parish Program. Through Teaching Parishes, students are formed in and by a congregation and Teaching Pastor for service with a congregation for the sake of the world. Our Teaching Parish Program, formerly known as Contextual Education, now includes conversation with other students, reflection with teaching pastors, reading groups, journals, and repeated experiences of these practices. Through this experience, students will engage in not just the skill sets of the practices of ministry, but will also encounter the living out of ministry.

For the past 103 years, 4201 N. Main Street in Columbia, SC has been the home of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS). Following the merger with LenoirRhyne University in July 2012, LTSS continues to expand its horizons. Beginning on August 21, 2014, LTSS will open its doors to house the new Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia. The center will provide excellent graduate education that develops innovative leaders prepared to serve the current and future needs of South Carolina and beyond. Dr. Amy Wood, Dean of Graduate Studies & Lifelong Learning explains, “We believe there is significant opportunity to reach

an expanded market for our Graduate Programs in Columbia, and that we have a unique opportunity to partner with the seminary in the growth and development of these complementary programs.”

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The Holy Spirit is alive and at LTSS we are seeking to be in tune with the new things God is doing in the church today as we prepare leaders to serve the church with grace, passion, and dedication.

The class schedule for each of the programs will include evening, weekend, and online classes to ensure availability for working professionals. Applications are currently being accepted for the Master of Arts in Counseling program for Summer and Fall 2014. This program is designed to prepare students for licensure as a professional clinical mental health counselor.

In May, Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville students, faculty, and staff, Walked a Mile In Her Shoes. We were the proud lead sponsor of Walk a Mile Asheville, a very successful fundraiser for the community organization, Our Voice. The event is part of the International Men’s March Against Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. Narrative Medicine is growing in WNC. Whether you are a doctor, nurse, counselor, teacher, anyone who engages with other human beings, Narrative Medicine provides systematic approaches to humanizing the clinical process. Twice a year, LenoirRhyne University Asheville offers weekend narrative workshops with Professor Laura Hope-Gill, LR Asheville M.A. in Writing, and Dr. Claire Hick of Four Seasons Hospice.

Coming Home to the Seminary – Alum returns to head LTSS Advancement The Rev. Paul Summer was recently appointed as the new Executive Director of Advancement at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Over the years since his own graduation from the seminary, Summer’s ties to the school have remained strong. His eldest daughter followed in her father’s footsteps and graduated from Southern and Summer served on the seminary’s Board of Trustees. He knows first-hand the value of an education designed to teach, form and nurture leaders to serve the institution of the church and he realized he belonged at Southern where he will continue his life’s work.

Two additional programs, Master of Arts in Human Services and Master of Arts in Leadership are pending state approval for a Fall 2014 launch. As Dr. Clay Schmit, Provost of The School of Theology, says “Bringing additional graduate programs to the seminary campus will bring new energy to our community. There is a complementary relationship between teaching pastoral theology and the helping services, two sides to the same holistic approach to ministry.”


The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team finished the 2013-14 season with a record of 24-7 overall and a 17-5 mark in league play. In addition, the Bears won their fourth South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship in school history and served as the host school of the 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Southeast Region Tournament. The Bears made their fifth appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs and put together their eighth consecutive winning season.

Women’s Basketball Jazmine Charles: First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference, South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, First-Team All-Southeast Region, Southeast Region Player of the Year Jenni Gust: First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference Danielle Bongiorno: Honorable Mention South Atlantic Conference Todd Starkey: South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year

Men’s Basketball R.J. McClure: Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference

Indoor Track & Field Kevin Baxter: All-Southeast Region, men’s 60-meter hurdles, national qualifier Aaron Nelson: All-Southeast Region, men’s pole vault Jawanzza Harris: All-Southeast Region, men’s pole vault Anthony Downs: All-Southeast Region, men’s weight throw

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Latham York: All-Southeast Region, men’s weight throw Victor Brannan: All-Southeast Region, men’s high jump Tarryn Cornejo: All-Southeast Region, women’s pole vault Grace Turner: All-Southeast Region, women’s 5,000-meter run

(right): Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) was named the 201314 South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region Women’s Basketball Player of the Year while Todd Starkey was voted the 2013-14 SAC Coach of the Year.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams earned Scholar All-America Team honors for the Fall 2013 semester by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). In addition, the men’s team had the third-highest grade point average – 3.42 – of any NCAA Division II school in the nation this past fall. This marks the fifth consecutive semester the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming Team has had a top-three grade point average among all NCAA Division II schools.

Coach Ian Shields In January, Ian Shields became the 20th Head Football Coach in Lenoir-Rhyne history. Shields came to LR after spending the past five seasons as Offensive Coordinator at Army (2009-13). Under Shields’ guidance, the Black Knights led NCAA Division I in rushing yards in both 2011 (346.5 ypg) and 2012 (a school-record 369.8 ypg) and finished third in the nation last year at 309.8 yards per game. Shields, a 1994 graduate of Oregon State University, was a starting quarterback for the Beavers. Shields and his wife, Norma, a former collegiate volleyball player at Eastern Oregon, are the proud parents of three sons: Beau, Jonah and Jordan. PROFILE / Spring ’14 / Page 25

Advancement News

Campaign update:

LR enters last phase of the University’s Rising Campaign The final phase of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s $65 million University Rising campaign is called “Take Charge of Tomorrow” and it is off to a strong start. This slogan invites friends, constituents, and citizens of the greater Unifour area to own this exciting future. Take Charge of Tomorrow’s goal is to raise the final $9 million needed for the wide range of projects the initiative has funded and to complete the projects. The Science Complex will be completed in two phases, the first being a 35,000-squarefoot addition, which will cost $15 million and the second a renovation of the current Minges space. The total renovation will more than double the present space and include close to 70,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, and research spaces. The new structure will be a state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility that enhances collaborative exchange, provides dedicated laboratory spaces, and includes expanded faculty office space. To date, the University has secured more than $7.5 million toward the $15 million needed for Phase One. The University Rising Campaign will end on the final day of this calendar year. The Campaign Committee is working hard to inform friends of the University and those interested in making a difference in tomorrow. “This is one of the most exciting times in the life of our region and the University. The opportunity is extended to everyone to Take Charge of Tomorrow,” said Dr. Drew Van Horn, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Celebrate our shared future. Go to for more information. Page 26 / Spring ’14 / PROFILE

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Grace Chapel’s central feature, a rose window twelve feet in diameter, is being built by Statesville Stained Glass— a process expected to take six to eight months. Page 28 / Spring ’14 / PROFILE

Grace Chapel’s Rose Window (in production)

The company uses traditional methods like hand painting and firing each piece of glass in a kiln where the heat melds the paint with the glass. From there each piece of glass is set by hand before the twenty sections will be installed on site. Page 29 / Spring ’14 / PROFILE

Alumni News

Alumni Network - Bears for Life Each of us does a form of networking every day, often without ever knowing it. Networking can include using your computer to make contacts, create relationships, learn important details about a new location, and making important contacts about new job opportunities. Networking is all about communicating. The golden thread in networking for our grads is the Lenoir-Rhyne University connection. This connection promises to open doors about tips on new job opportunities, where to live, and where to meet and make friends in a new community. Now, when a student graduates from Lenoir-Rhyne University, he or she has a new status: “Bear for Life.” Because our Bears are spread around the world, the University is launching a Bears for Life network that will connect and engage Lenoir-Rhyne alumni in their local community and with the University. The Bears for Life network will become a powerful extension of the University to alumni around the world. As alums become proficient in using the network, they will have expanded connections with other alums who can develop and advance their career interests, participate in lifelong learning, and network with more than 16,000 alumni.

“This is an innovative program that is growing by leaps and bounds nationally. It will support Lenoir-Rhyne graduates wherever they are,” said LR’s Director of Alumni Relations Dana Hamilton. “We believe that providing communications and programs that connect alumni to one another and to the resources of the University are important parts of being a Bear for Life.” One goal of the Bears for Life network is assisting LR’s graduates in landing jobs as soon as possible once they leave LR. “Our goal is to pair our superstars with our recent graduates,” Hamilton said. “Our goal is even to help graduating seniors make those vital connections before they graduate.” But Hamilton is clear that these events are not for our youngest graduates exclusively. “Recent grads tend to need the most help, but these events are for all of our alumni,” she said. Another Bears for Life initiative will be welcoming new alums to town. As LR grads arrive in what may be unfamiliar cities where they have few social or professional contacts, Bears for Life will serve as an outstretched hand in helping newcomers get their footing in their new home and enable them to meet fellow alums soon after their arrival. Coming together and making meaningful connections — that’s what Bears for Life is all about.


Recent graduate or graduated years ago? Starting this summer the Alumni Advantage will allow students to continue their education at a discounted rate! To be eligible for a discounted rate on a master’s degree, students must have a bachelors’s degree, with a minimum 64 credits, from Lenoir-Rhyne for a discount rate on a master’s degree. • 64 undergraduate credits earned at LR: eligible for 15% discount • 96 undergraduate credits earned at LR: eligible for 20% discount Upon acceptance and successful completion of admission requirements, discount will be applied to your package. For more information please go to

or call 828 328 7300.

Discount does not apply to all programs. Please inquire about the advantage. Page 30 / Spring ’14 / PROFILE

Rev. Andrew Taylor-Troutman, Bill Stevenson, Ed & Polly Byrd, Robert McIver, Cheryl Abee not pictured.

ALUMNI HONORED For contributions to their professions, their community and their alma mater, the following alumni were recently recognized: Clarence L. Pugh Distinguished Alumnus Award Mr. Bill Stevenson ’62 The Association’s highest award is presented annually to the alumnus/a who has achieved great prominence in his or her career field. Opal L. Moretz Alumni Service to the University Award Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Byrd ’69 Recipients must have provided unusual or exemplary service to Lenoir-Rhyne University, the Lenoir-Rhyne Alumni Association, or to his or her community since graduating from LR.

Opal L. Moretz Alumni Service to Community Award Mrs. Cheryl Sigmon Abee ’89 Awarded to those that have devoted countless hours of their personal time to their communities. The Young Alumni Rising Star Award The Rev. Andrew Taylor-Troutman ’03 Recipients must show an outstanding promise in his or her field of endeavor, have been cited for outstanding achievement, or cited for community or volunteer leadership. Must have graduated from LR within the past ten years (or, up to 15 years in the event the nominee has been involved in significant postgraduate studies such as medical school, law school, etc.).

Opal L. Moretz Alumni Service to the Alumni Association Award Mr. Robert McIver ’77 Presented to those who build up the Association through participation in alumni events, both on and off campus, or by showing their enthusiasm and dedication to the Association.

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Class Notes 1964

Virginia Gilreath, the oldest of 14 children, is currently writing a book of her exciting life. She became a commercial pilot with single and multi-engine and instrument ratings in 1968 and still continues to fly. She became a National Airplane Racer in the Angel Derby from Texas to Bahama and in 3 Powder Puff Derbies, which was 2,500+ miles one way with more than 100 planes flying.


Eldon and Linda Price Eckard (‘65) of Bainbridge, GA celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 22.


Ruth L. Albert completed her coursework at at the Columbus, Ohio location on October 31. This included instructor-led training, online course work, and hands-on training that included a number of IT certifications. She continues to reside in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. David LR ’82, LTSS ’97 and Cindi Shoberg Eidson ’82 relocated from Southern Illinois to Jackson, MI at Thanksgiving. David has accepted a call to Immanuel Lutheran Church as Senior Pastor. He was installed on December 6 by Bishop Craig Satterlee.

Marion Kirby was inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in Raleigh. Marion, his Hickory High School Coach, Frank Barger, and his LR Coach, Clarence Stasavich, have all achieved this honor.


Scott Skrzynski changed his name to Ronald Scott Crocker Stephenson. He is an award-winning journalist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Jeanne Dawson, and their 17-year-old twins, Joe and Irene. He also has a grown son, Charlie, who teaches in China. He graduated with a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He has written extensively about race, poverty, child welfare and health and received many awards for his writings. He noted that he received extraordinary support -- academic and emotional -- from the LR faculty and fellow students.


Rev. Dr. Terry Hans Johnson has written his first book, Pure Religion - To care for Widows, Orphans, and Strangers, a book that will make one pause and think. W.O.S. is a pattern throughout the Bible.

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Baby Bear Bryan and Katie Redden Katz of Blacksburg, VA announce the birth of a son, Ethan Jeffrey Katz on August 16, 2013. He joins his big sister, Emily. In addition to being a mom, Katie now teaches at Radford University in the School of Nursing, works as a Family Nurse Practitioner and just finished her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in August.



Carolyn Smith Gregg has published a book Remembering Greene County Mills, her sixth book on historic Greene County, TN.



Baby Bear Craig and Joanie Grambow Ratchford welcomed a baby boy named William Lamar Ratchford to their family. William was born 11/12/13 and joins Jason (13), Hollie (12) and Lillie (8) to round out the Ratchford clan.

Ashley D. Taylor graduated in June 2013 from Marshall University and CAMC School of Nurse Anesthesia with a Doctor of Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia. He is currently a staff nurse anesthetist for Blue Ridge Healthcare.


Married Hope Brown and Adam Russell were married June 15, 2013 in Salisbury, NC.


Dolly Huffman Clayton was recently honored as one of The Fayetteville Observer’s 40 Under Forty!


Andrew Taylor-Troutman was named by the Alumni Association as the 2013 recipient of the Rising Star Award. He has also published his second book with Wipf & Stock. Parables of Parenthood is an in-depth study of ten selected parables written in accessible language for a wide audience. Each chapter illustrates the exegetical points by drawing on stories from his son’s first-year.


Married and Baby Bear Olga Ortiz and Nicholas Brown on January 11, 2013. Gabriela Germania Brown was born on August 20, 2013.



Make plans to join us for an exciting Homecoming Weekend Friday, October 10 & Saturday, October 11

Watch the BEARS take on North Greenville.

Lenoir-Rhyne University


North Greenville University

Watch your mail and email for your official invitation and more event details for the weekend. We hope you can join us!

Here is a Sneak Peak of some Planned Activities for the weekend: 25

The 26th Annual Hanley H. Painter Bear Memorial Golf Tournament

The 54th Annual Alumni Association Award Ceremony

Sports Hall of Fame

Alumni Association Annual Barbecue and Other Foods

Homecoming Parade

Class of 1983 25th Class Reunion

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Always in our memory Jefferson Lawrence Norris, 84, of Hickory, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Catawba County Regional Hospice. He was a 1952 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University (formerly Lenoir-Rhyne College) (A.B., English) and Appalachian State University (M.A., political science). Following his freshman year in college, he served one year in the U. S. Navy. Norris was an employee of Lenoir-Rhyne for 47 years, serving in the offices of registrar, public relations and alumni affairs, development, administration and finance, and research and planning. He retired from the position of Administrative Assistant to the Board of Trustees in 1999. On his retirement, the college’s Employee-of-the-Year Award was named in his honor and he received the Alumni Association Lifetime Service Award and the institution’s Trustee Award. In 2003, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. An active Lutheran, Norris was a past council president of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Hickory, and a past editor of the semi-monthly publication of the North Carolina Lutheran Synod. He edited the daily newspapers of three biennial conventions of the Lutheran Church in America and served as secretary of the Public Relations Division Committee of the National Lutheran Council. His published writings include “Fair Star: A Centennial History of Lenoir-Rhyne College,” “All One Body: The Story of the North Carolina Lutheran Synod 1803-1993”, “Lentz Heritage Revisited: A Genealogy of Bastian and Dewalt Lentz,” “The Norrises of Watauga County,” and historical recaps of the Hickory Rotary Club and the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Barrier Bowden ’52; son, Jeff L. Norris, Jr. ’78 and daughter-in-law, Carol Ann; daughter, Laura N. Frock ’80 and son-in-law, Jonathan; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Norris, Andrew Frock and wife, Brittney, and Catherine Frock; and sisters, Ida Mae Elliott ’52, and Theresa Yoder ’54 and brother-in-law, John ’52.

John David Moose passed away on March 1, 2014 at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia. He was the former President of Collins & Aikman Corporation, former Chair of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Board of Trustees and was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne University and Stanly County Sports Halls of Fame for his athletic achievements. J.D. earned a scholarship to play football for Lenoir-Rhyne where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1959. While a student at LR, he lettered in football all four years and lettered in track and field two years. While on the football team, LR won four North State Conference championships. He served as captain of the football team in 1958, the year the Bears were voted the best team in the state and posted a 9-1 record. After college, John Moose enlisted in the U.S. Army. He joined Collins & Aikman Corporation in 1960 and held various positions before becoming president of the North American Automotive Group in 1989, and he served as president of the company’s Automotive Fabrics International Group from 1994 to 1998. He held numerous volunteer positions at Lenoir-Rhyne. He served on the Board of Trustees for 16 years between 1985 and 2006 and was Chair of the Board from 2000 to 2006. In, he has served on the Board of Visitors and Piedmont Educational Foundation/Bears Club Board. The Moose children were also LR Bears. Mary Moose Floyd graduated in 1987 and son David Augustus Moose was a student and football player. David was tragically killed in 1984. John and Sandy Moose established an annual football scholarship endowment in memory of their son who was captain-elect of the 1984 football team. The head football coach’s office on the Hanley Painter Athletic Floor in McCrorie Center bears the Moose family name. John David Moose is survived by his wife Sandy Rufty Moose; daughter Mary Moose Floyd and son-in-law Michael Anthony Floyd; grandchildren David Augustus Moose, Catherine Alexandra Floyd and Jacob Anthony Floyd; and sisters Beth Moose Swanner and Linda Moose O’Brien. Page 34 / Spring ’14 / PROFILE

In Memoriam Evelyn Patterson Smith ‘33 on 2/4/2014 Ella Raby Cilley ‘34 on 8/17/2013 Mildred Weaver-Hafer Locke ‘35 on 11/30/2013 Hugh D. Stetler ‘35 on 3/18/2014 Margaret Rudisill Borland ‘36 on 9/4/2013 Helen George Hollingsworth ‘37 on 6/23/2013 Mattalene McRee Chadwick ‘39 on 9/22/2013 The Rev. John James Powell ‘39 on 1/24/2013 Dorothy Grimes Turner ‘40 on 12/8/2013 Margaret Nichols Wallace ‘40 on 12/6/2013 Pauline Hewitt Warren ‘40 on 8/5/2013 E. Suzanne Vander Linden Hall ‘41 on 6/13/2013 Christine Browning Lafferty ‘41 on 4/26/2013 Dr. George J. Dubois ‘42 on 4/25/2013 Dr. Connolly C. Gamble ‘42 on 10/13/2013 W. Rickard Rodgers ‘42 on 7/19/2013 Regina Beth Black Wofford ‘42 on 8/10/2013 Dr. Leland Kirk Glenn ‘43 on 8/21/2013 Elizabeth “Lib” Plonk Mercer ‘43 on 5/14/2012 Robert W. Teeter ‘43 on 2/18/2014 Mildred Mae Hefner Craven ‘44 on 12/6/2013 E. Isabel Hardin ‘44 on 7/28/2013 Charles Query Lemmond ‘44 on 6/21/2013 Wilma Fay Brakefield Shumaker ‘44 on 11/12/2013 Emily King Vander Linden Williams ‘44 on 3/6/2014 The Rev. Dr. Harold Gerhardt Deal ‘45 on 10/28/2013 Helen Bivins Russell ‘45 on 6/4/2013 The Rev. Dr. C. Marion Starr ‘45 on 1/13/14 and wife June Hollar Starr ‘47 on 12/25/2013 Betty Hilton Weaver ‘45 on 1/2/2014 Bill S. Miller ‘46 on 5/8/2013 Dr. Larry Howard Penley ‘46 on 10/11/2013 Mary Rhodes Ritchie ‘46 on 7/12/2013 W. Sue Black Bollinger ‘47 on 8/11/2013 Gladys Craven Pierce ‘47 on 8/25/2013 Ernest H. Roseman ‘47 on 2/26/2014 June Hollar Starr ‘47 on 12/25/2013 and husband The Rev. Dr. C. Marion Starr ‘45 on 1/13/14 Edward W. Teague ‘47 on 2/12/2014 The Rev. H. Alvin Kuhn ‘48 on 6/9/2013 Elizabeth Bremer Behrends ‘49 on 9/13/2013 H. Lewis Crocker ‘49 on 10/9/2013 Ethel Decker Dale ‘49 on 2/21/2014 Harry Jordan King ‘49 on 6/1/2013 Carlton S. Moorefield ‘49 on 1/2/2014 Nancy Isenhour Moser ‘49 on 6/14/2013 Meta Black Power ‘49 on 9/22/2013 Dr. Edwin Lee Rogers ‘49 on 8/6/2013 Dr. James Francis Elliott ‘50 on 3/15/2014 John Hull ‘50 on 1/7/2014 The Rev. Weldon R. Sheets ‘50 on 12/12/2013 Paul E Bollinger ‘51 on 1/9/2014 Gwendolyn Mahoney Candler ‘51 on 12/3/2013 Robert Lynn Coble ‘51 on 10/21/2013 Christine DeRhodes Gentry ‘51 on 2/16/2014 Dr. John Emmett Martin ‘51 on 11/24/2013 Robert Leslie Parleir ‘51 on 3/23/2013 Bobby John Rhyne ‘51 on 5/28/2013 Joanne White Shuford ‘51 on 5/31/2013 M. Wayne Munday ‘52 on 10/1/2013 Jeff L. Norris ‘52 on 2/5/2014 Dr. Daniel D Sain ‘52 on 8/1/2013 Garland Leslie Seagle ’52 on 10/8/12 Catherine Landis Tuttle ‘52 on 1/27/2014 Carroll E. Kirby ‘53 on 2/20/2014 Joseph S. Ramsey ‘53 on 10/1/2013 The Rev. Lester O. Roof ‘53 on 12/24/2013 Willie Price Shook ‘53 on 7/5/2013 Helen V. Lutz Bradshaw ‘54 on 11/2/2013 Charles Gilley ‘54 on 8/30/2013

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Summer movie Fest

Free movies on the LR campus this summer. Event co-sponsored by the City of Hickory and the University City Commission. Showing the blockbuster hits of Disney’s Pixar starting at 8:30 p.m. on the lawn behind Mauney-Schaeffer. Bring your chairs or blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. June 20 June 27 July 18 July 25

Despicable Me Wall-E Frozen Monsters U

Event is free and open to the public. In the event of rain the movie will be cancelled.

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