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the Magazine of Lenoir-Rhyne University

RISING UP in the Name of Science Plans and Progress on the new Minges Science Renovation

Fall 2013

PROFILE The Magazine of Lenoir-Rhyne University Fall 2013 Volume 63 Number 3 Editor Maggie Greene Contributing Writers Andrew Boozer, Richard Gould, Maggie Greene, Sara Landry Contributing Photographers Andrew Boozer, Maggie Greene, William Greene, Erin Sweet, Mike Langford, Phil Robinson/SportsFotos Layout and Design Mindpower Inc. 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, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance Peter Kendall 828-328-7100,

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A Quarter-Century of Literary Elites Visiting Writers Series turns 25

Bears Rise Up In and Around the Queen City LR Alums are Rising Up

Dynamic Duo Underclassman Pair Takes Over LR’s Media Outlets

University Confers Honorary Doctorates Updates from LTSS and Asheville

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 Maggie Greene at 828-328-7109,

18 Bear Tracks 23 Campus Updates 24 Bears Scoreboard

©Copyright 2013 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.

26 Institutional Advancement Updates 32 New Board Members 34 Alumni Updates 36 Class Notes


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From the President A few years back, the Commission for Lenoir-Rhyne interviewed hundreds of friends of the then-college to find the commonalities that had made LR so great through the years. They identified the fundamental principles that have come to be known as the “Character of Lenoir-Rhyne,” principles that were seen by everyone as the essence of LR’s greatness, principles that should never be forgotten – and should in fact be strengthened as we move forward. These principles are: 1) Our commitment to the liberal arts as the basis of broad learning 2) Our intentional relationship to the Church and spiritual formation 3) The uncommon relationship that students have with faculty and staff at LR 4) The strong partnership LR has with the local community And then we became a University, with a strengthened commitment to enhance all that is special about LR and also to serve more people, people who deserve to have the opportunity to benefit from our special approach to education. Today we operate with three main campuses, one each in Hickory, Columbia, and Asheville. We also have grown to an enrollment of about 2000 students, approximately 500 of whom are graduate students. In our growth and expansion process we have taken a very different path from many other institutions.

This is not surprising to those who know LR. Instead of dashing blindly into the future, tossing aside all that we learned in the past, we moved forward both cautiously and aggressively. We recognized the changing demographics of the potential student population, but we also recognized the wisdom of protecting the Character of Lenoir-Rhyne. The Character of LR has easily been extended to our new campuses. The special relationships we have with students are firmly embedded in our graduate programs. Our new campus in Asheville was developed with this in mind and great care was taken to hire faculty who have a total commitment to students. In Columbia, we were fortunate to merge with a faculty that shared our dedication to serving students. We are also moving forward in building partnerships in our new communities of Asheville and Columbia so that everyone in those regions will see LR as an active and constructive player in their development. One of the most exciting effects of our growth in graduate education is the impact it will have on strengthening and growing our undergraduate programs. We are deliberately seeking to develop articulation programs between graduate and undergraduate offerings. We expect to create clear paths for undergraduate students to prepare themselves for any number of broad opportunities in graduate education and, in many cases, students in undergraduate tracks will

be able to move directly into graduate programs with some work already completed before the transition. This will encourage students to come to LR as undergraduates because of the additional opportunities provided here. We have created an exciting system where opportunities abound; it is a pleasure to watch the details of these opportunities achieve fulfillment. Thank you all for being part of our growth at Lenoir-Rhyne. Sincerely,

Wayne B. Powell, Ph.D. President of the University

P.S. As I look out my window, I see that the girders are up on the new LR Chapel. The walls will be rising up soon!

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A Quarter-Century of

L ITERARY E LITES Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series turns 25 Hundreds of elite writers have made the pilgrimage to Hickory, NC for the past 25 years. Some have won Nobel and Pulitzer prizes. Others have sold millions of books around the world. They come to Hickory for one reason: to participate in Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series. The authors draw big crowds eager to hear them read from their works. It’s not uncommon for visiting writers to engage with LR’s students and faculty in intimate panel discussions or question and answer sessions. They also interact with their fans for photos and autographs. The series was born of one man’s passion: Dr. Rand Brandes joined LR’s faculty in 1988 and two months later started the Visiting Writers Series. Dr. Anthony Abbott, a long-time supporter of the series and retired English department chair at Davidson College, served as LR’s Visiting Writer in Residence in the spring of 2007. And he’s served on its board ever since. “The VWS is remarkably successful, not only because of its consistently fine list of writers and its variety of styles and personalities, but because of how well the writers are cared for at LR, especially by Rand [Brandes], who has done an absolutely

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stunning job of running the program,” Abbott said. “I know of no program that does more to enhance the national reputation of Lenoir-Rhyne.” In addition to founding and directing the VWS, Brandes serves as the University’s Martin Luther Stevens professor of English. He’s a poet too, specializing in traditional verse with a musicality and lyricism that hints at his background in studying Irish poetry. Brandes earned his master’s and his Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta before moving to Wake Forest University, where he taught for three years before making his way to LR. Since Brandes’ arrival, Lenoir-Rhyne has spent the past 25 years hosting some of the nation’s best-known authors – from John Updike and Frank McCourt to Alice Walker and Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney. Fortunately, thanks to a series of generous gifts, including a $1.7 million bequest, the VWS is fiscally sound and has a bright future ahead of it.

Whether the author speaks to a packed house in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium, Belk Centrum, or a more intimate audience in LR’s Carl A. Rudisill Library, the reception given to the visiting writer is the same: faculty, students, and the community turn out in enthusiastic force. “In Ireland we pride ourselves on our hospitality and generosity to visitors. Well, both of these qualities were found in abundance on campus,” said Irish poet Joan McBreen of her visit to LR during the 2010–2011 school year.

“What impressed me most was how many students were already familiar with my work. That’s very rare,” said Mark Powell, novelist and writer-inresidence during the 2007–2008 school year. “[That] means other faculty members had taken the time to assign my work and make the reading something useful … not merely something that had to be attended.” Brandes and the VWS committee members set the schedule about a year in advance and focus on ensuring diversity among the writers.

“People asked genuine, caring questions, seemed invested in reading and understanding and discussing viewpoints ... I loved it and would definitely recommend LR to others. In fact, I have done that,” said Arab-American poet, novelist, and songwriter Naomi Shihab Nye of her visit to LR during the 2005–2006 school year. “Lenoir-Rhyne University and Hickory both felt welcoming and familiar, as if people cared. A guest writer wasn’t just another stranger passing through.”

“Not just by gender and ethnicity – we want to get a good mix of writers among the genres from fiction and creative non-fiction to plays and poetry. This year we’re going to have a theologian,” Brandes said. “We focus on writers whose books have been well received and have won awards. We also want writers who are good performers.”

After a few years on the lecture circuit, many writers grow accustomed to being greeted by an unenthused audience ignorant of their body of work. LR bucks that trend.

“My time at LR was the first time I felt like an actual writer, not merely someone trying to write on the edges of life,” Powell said. “I wrote an entire draft of my third novel, The Dark Corner, while in residency.”

The lucky ones are invited to join the teaching faculty as writers-in-residence for a semester.

During their time on campus, the writers

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Left: During a question-and-answer session on campus last year, best-selling author Nicholas Sparks joined members of LR’s Kappa Delta sorority on stage. Right: Author A.J. Jacobs shared experiences he encountered throughout his quest to live the ultimate biblical life for one year with students in a First Year Experience class.

have the opportunity to forge rewarding bonds with students. “I was extremely impressed with the quality of my students’ writing and have been thrilled to see one of my former students, Stephanie Gaither, already go on to publish a novel,” said novelist Abigail DeWitt, writer-in-residence during the 2008–2009 school year. “Another student, Rachel Welty, who was in my Freshman Composition class, wrote such a beautiful essay about Michael Parker’s novel If You Want Me to Stay, that I sent him a copy of it. I’m honored to have played a small part in their educations, and in the educations of my other LR students.” After having spent a quarter century bringing more than 200 writers to Lenoir-Rhyne University, Brandes has established connections with some of the top writers in the English language. In 2011, he published What Writers Do, the first in a series of publications dedicated to documenting the VWS. It looks behind the scenes to present an insider’s view of the writer’s craft from

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the perspective of 35 authors – from John Updike and Frank McCourt to Mitchell Gold and Joan McBreen. “The lineup of writers in that volume is amazing,” McBreen said. “How honored I feel to have something of my life and work included in it.” A new two-book boxed set commemorating 2008’s Spirit of Black Mountain College partnership is scheduled for release in the coming school year. Called From the Centers of Ambition, it’s a collaboration of 52 authors. Lenoir-Rhyne isn’t the biggest university in the southeast, but it’s built a reputation for having one of the nation’s premier writers series. For more information about this year’s series, go to





September 12, 2013 Historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power September 13, 2013 Religious historian with more than 40 books and the winner of the National Book Award for Philosophy and Religion


Visiting Writer-in-Residence January 16, 2014 Award-winning author of Mattaponi Queen: Stories February 20, 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

October 14, 2013 NC author of several books on great golfers, including Ben Hogan: An American Life




October 17, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and 2012 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Award”


November 12, 2013 British author and winner of the Booker Prize for her novel Possession

March 6, 2014 North Carolina Poet Laureate and author of This Metal March 27, 2014 National Book Award winner for The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


The Little Read April 1–5, 2014 Nationally acclaimed children’s writer and author of The Magic Tree House series


November 21, 2013 Crime novelist and author of Whiplash River and Gutshot Straight

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BEARS RISE UP In and Around the Queen City

Lenoir-Rhyne University does not sit still. Whether it’s the addition of a pair of new campuses in Asheville and Columbia, SC, a new chapel, or the summertime renovation of the school’s main classroom building, something’s always Rising Up. LR’s next big project is the expansion and renovation of the Minges Science Building. When it’s done, the new building will be state of the art and twice the size it was before. The goal is to have phase one of the science center committed by January 2015. To date, half of the $15 million needed has already been raised. It’s the continued dedication to academic expansion and science education that inspired this issue’s selection of notable alums who have made their home in the Charlotte region.

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At age 15, Dr. John Sensenbrenner ’79 knew that he wanted to go into the medical field. He grew up in the Charlotte area and attended a Lenoir-Rhyne College open house with his high school Lutheran group. He liked what he saw and decided to attend LR to study pre-med. After graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1979, Sensenbrenner went to medical school at East Carolina University. He graduated in 1984 and went to Greenville, SC, where he focused on internal medicine. “My wife says I’m a pediatrician for adults,” he said. In 1987, he moved to Charlotte where he bought an established medical practice. Within three years he’d almost doubled his number of patients. He has fond memories of his days as an undergrad at LR. What stands out the most for Sensenbrenner is the feeling of community. He was involved in intramurals and the choir. He went on four U.S. tours and one European tour during his four years in the LR choir. “There have been some great changes to campus since I was there,” Sensenbrenner said. “The technical advances taking place in science in general and the health sciences are just tremendous. It’s great that LR’s updating the [Minges] science building because if you’re not up to date with the latest advances, it’s really going to be a problem.” His advice for current students is simple: “Don’t hide your light under a bushel – let your light shine – get involved in everything you can.” Lynn Grogan ’73 has also noticed changes at Lenoir-Rhyne. “I’ve come back to Homecoming a few times,” she said. “It still feels like home to me, but it has grown up quite a bit.”

Originally from Greensboro, Grogan chose LR because it was a small school that was both close enough to home and far enough away to be comfortable. And it offered the right major: Grogan wanted to study medical technology. But she found more than her major here. She forged life- long connections. “I’m still really close to two of my friends from LR. We see each other often and we vacation together,” Grogan said. “They’re the closest connections of my whole life.” After spending her senior year interning at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Grogan settled down in Winston-Salem where she lived and worked for the next 10 years. After she got married, she moved to St. Petersburg, FL, where she worked at a VA medical clinic for 25 years. She’s since returned to her home state, where she works as the Ancillary Testing Coordinator for the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. “The Minges renovation is amazing because that building has not changed a bit since I was there – it was really new in the early ’70s,” Grogan said. “It’s very exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing it when it’s done.” Successful restaurateur John Love ’81 had three forces tugging at him to come to Lenoir-Rhyne. His grandmother, Bryte Love, graduated from LR in the 1920s. His father’s business partner, Adam Maples, had played fullback on the Bears’ national championship football team in 1960. And Love had strong ties to the Lutheran church – he grew up attending St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Charlotte. Love originally planned to get into architecture by studying at LR for two years, then transferring to NC State for three years to finish his degree. Luckily for LR it didn’t work out that way. PROFILE / Fall ’13 / Page 11

Love landed a job as the school’s photographer, joined the Theta Chi fraternity, and started dating a fellow student. It didn’t take him long to realize that his connections to the LR community were worth sticking around for. He got to know Professor Bill Mauney and decided to study business management and economics. From LR it was on to UNC Charlotte, where Love earned his MBA. After working to help a Texas-based restaurant go public, he fell in love with the business and decided to open his own eatery in his hometown in 1992. He called it Red Rocks Grill. These days he runs the Charlotte location and his business partner operates the Huntersville Red Rocks. This year, Red Rocks won the Diner’s Choice award from Love’s commitment to LR has endured over the years – loyalty he credits to the great experiences he had as a student. “I host an alumni Christmas party every year,” Love said. “It’s always packed and we have a great time.” And he watches his Bears play football when he can get away from his business long enough to make the trip. “It’s just a great community,” he said. “The school has changed so much since I went there. There are a lot more buildings and parking lots than there were in my day.” When Leslie DeBroder ’88 was looking at colleges she knew two things: She was looking for a school with a solid science program and she didn’t want to go to a huge school where she’d get lost in the shuffle. She also wanted to stay near her Statesville home. When it was time to make a choice, it was easy.

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“I was glad I went there and the teachers were wonderful,” DeBroder said. “I got a solid education.” She graduated with a pre-med degree with a minor in Spanish in 1988. From Hickory, she traveled east to attend Wake Forest University Medical School at Bowman Gray. “I was in classes with students from Stanford and MIT, and I did just as well as they did,” DeBroder said. She specialized in pathology and when she finished her residency, she went to work at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. “Pathologists are the doctor’s doctor,” she said. “We look at the tests and biopsies and we tell the doctor what the diagnosis is – whether it’s cancer or not.” For DeBroder, it’s the connections with her professors that stand out in her mind. She developed a relationship with Dr. Marsha Fanning that has lasted for decades. Dr. Fanning even attended DeBroder’s wedding. “She takes an interest in her students as people – not just as someone preparing to be a doctor,” she said. “She made a big difference in my life.” The Charlotte area is right around the corner from LR’s main campus, and it’s packed with LR grads who are doing big things. They’re teachers, lawyers and managers, but they have something in common. They all share the lifelong bonds built and the connections forged at LR. And they’re dedicated to supporting their alma mater as it continues to Rise Up. Whether it’s the renovation of Mauney Hall, the construction of a new wing on the Minges Science Building, or the yet-to-be named projects slated for future days, they’re with us every step of the way.


UNDERCLASSMAN PAIR tAKES OVER LR’S MEDIA OUtLEtS The media bug bit Tiffany Fields when she was a high school student in her hometown of Marion, NC. That’s where she fell in love with broadcasting and became the director of her school’s TV program.

In her down time, Fields is in the school’s radio station co-hosting her show “The Best Music You’ve Never Heard,” along with her fellow underclassman wunderkind, Leslie Ellis.

Fields decided LR was the right place for her. As a freshman, Fields made her presence known as the staff photographer and staff writer for the student-run newspaper, The Rhynean. She has published photos in the Hickory Daily Record and created a public service announcement that aired on the ABC Family network.

Ellis came in as a freshman determined to make her mark and wasted no time making it happen.

“I get my hands on just about every project that comes through [LR’s] TV studio,” she said. “I work hard, and I love what I do.” This year she’s serving as The Rhynean’s editor-in-chief while maintaining her role as a contributing writer and the paper’s chief photographer. Fields also worked as the technical director of LR’s video board. When the University’s communication department decided to launch a magazine highlighting its work, Fields jumped at the chance to become LRUnplugged’s firstever design editor. She was in charge of creating the startup’s visual identity. It was her responsibility to get every word, photo, line, and dot on every page just right. Her goal: “When I leave LR, I want my résumé to explode.” Telling compelling stories is Fields’ passion. Whether it’s through photos, video, writing, or design, she’s focused on getting her message through to her audience. “It’s fun,” she said. “It’s exciting, ever-changing, adventurous, and something that I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life doing.”

She’s loved watching and playing sports for as long as she can remember. When she left Wilson, NC, for LR, she got a job right away doing game statistics for the University’s teams through the Sports Information Department. During football season, she’s the graphics operator for LR’s huge video board. She also wrote articles for the school’s newspaper, The Rhynean. By the end of her freshman year she’d risen from contributing writer to social media manager and news team leader. She also earned the top spot on the staff of LRUnplugged as the magazine’s first-ever editor-in-chief. It was her job to make sure the design photos and stories were up to professional standards and that the magazine came together on deadline. When her time at LR is through, Ellis plans to chase her dream of covering sports for ESPN. She didn’t have to look far for inspiration. “My mom was a director at WNCT-TV in Greenville until she decided to be a stay-at-home mom. She directed the six o'clock news, live weekend sports shows and was in charge of commercial production,” Ellis said. “It's in my blood to get out in front of the camera just like my very first superhero.”

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University Confers Honorary Doctorates at Seminary Graduation Lenoir-Rhyne University conferred two honorary degrees to distinguished leaders in the Christian faith at the commencement service for Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in May at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Columbia. Receiving the honorary degrees were the Right Reverend David R. Daniels, Jr., Bishop of the 14th District of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and Ralph Winter, renowned Hollywood film producer and industry authority on the intersection of theology and film. The Right Reverend David R. Daniels, Jr. received the degree Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa. A native of Liberia, Bishop Daniels is a 1985 Master of Divinity graduate of the Seminary. Bishop Daniels is an internationally known leader in the church. In 2004, Daniels was elected as the 124th AME Bishop and the first native West African to serve as Bishop in the AME church. He was assigned to the 14th District which includes the West African districts of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Central Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, and Togo/Benin. In 2011, he became President of the Council of Bishops while continuing to serve the 14th District. As a result of his distinction in the AME Church, Bishop Daniels has served as the President of the Liberia Council of Churches and President of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia.

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Prior to his service as a Bishop in the AME Church, Daniels served as pastor of Turner Memorial AME Church in West Columbia and had previously served many churches in the Midlands area of South Carolina, including West Columbia, Newberry, Winnsboro, and Irmo. Throughout his ministry, Daniels has been an advocate for education. Under his leadership in 1995, he organized the Bryant School for Ministry (also known as the Bryant Theological Seminary), which later became the first College of the African Methodist Episcopal University (Monrovia, Liberia). He played an integral role in organizing and chartering Liberia’s AME University, where he currently serves as Board Chair for the 3,400-student university. Today he continues to lead efforts to develop new schools in African villages and recently developed a new college in Ghana. In addition to supporting institutions, Bishop Daniels funds scholarships for ministers and their spouses to earn their respective degrees to enable the church to have educated and prepared leaders. Daniels also holds a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Allen University, and studied at the University of South Carolina. In 2002, the AME University in Liberia also conferred to him the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa.

produced record-breaking box office hit movies. His projects include such hits as the X-Men series, Fantastic Four series, and Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, as well as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Academy Award nominated-Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He has worked for Walt Disney Pictures, Steven Spielberg’s “Bishop David R. Daniels, Jr., is a The graduating class at LTSS released DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, shining star among the graduates and 20th Century Fox as a producer sky lanterns outside of Christ Chapel of Lutheran Theological Southern working in television following the baccalaureate service on Seminary,” said the Reverend and film with award-winning Dr. Clay Schmit, Provost of the the seminary’s campus. The lanterns actors and directors. He is a Seminary. “From a village in West founding partner in the commercial lifted one-by-one into the Columbia Africa to the United States – and production company TWC, where he skyline before being swept away into back again – Bishop Daniels has and his partners have successfully the atmosphere, signifying the light exhibited an unwavering faith in pioneered branded entertainment God, a commitment to lifting up graduates will take into their ministries with product integration ranging education for all people, and a true from global beverage brands to around the globe. spirit of servant leadership for the automobiles. Their award-winning Church. I am proud to say he is an directors regularly have spots in the Super Bowl and the alumnus of this Seminary and am honored that he will receive Olympics. the Doctor of Divinity, our highest honor.” During Mr. Winter’s successful career in entertainment, he has The degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was sought to highlight ways in which film and theology intersect. bestowed to Ralph Winter, Hollywood producer and a soughtHe was one of the founders of the City of Angeles Film Festival, after speaker and lecturer on the intersection of film and which celebrates urban films that encourage theological theology. Winter is a successful movie producer who has dialogue. He is also one of the founders of Reel Spirituality, an Accompanying him in his ministry is his wife, Irene Moifoi Daniels. Mrs. Daniels serves as the Episcopal Supervisor of the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) and the Young People’s Department (YPD). Together they are the proud parents of three daughters.

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Left to right: The Rev. Dr. William B. Trexler, Trustee and Chair of the Seminary Advisory Council; Mr. Ralph Winter; The Right Rev. David R. Daniels, Jr.; Dr. Wayne Powell; The Rev. Dr. Clayton J. Schmit

outgrowth of that film festival which, and in conjunction with Fuller Seminary and the Windrider Forum, provides an in-depth conference on theology and film each year at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. Additionally, Mr. Winter serves as an adjunct instructor for Theology and Film at Fuller Seminary and Azusa Pacific University. He also teaches for Act One, a workshop for writers and producers breaking into the Hollywood community. Mr. Winter is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. He also serves on the Board of Compass

Arts, a small film school based in Grand Rapids, MI. He is married to Judy Beth Brown and has two children and three grandchildren. “Ralph Winter’s talents and success in the entertainment industry are undeniable,” says Provost Schmit. “He has been able to bring open discussion of theology into an area of American culture that rarely considers theological matters. His work as a producer is indeed a ministry; his pulpit is an international one that reveals how God is at work in the world in many and various ways. It is with great honor that we bestow on him the Doctor of Humane Letters.”

LtSS NEWS – After serving on the seminary’s faculty for 26 years, the Rev. Dr. Tony Everett, the Dewey F. Beam Professor of Pastoral Care, retired at the end of the 2012–13 academic year. – The Rev. Dr. Mary Sue Dreier will join the seminary’s faculty as the Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Missional Leadership. Dr. Dreier comes to LTSS from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, after previously serving for 25 years in Lutheran parish ministry.

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Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville Faculty Lauren Brady Named Dietician of the Year Through education and outreach Lauren Brady is waging her own battle against the childhood and adolescent obesity epidemic. Brady joined the faculty of Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville in October 2012 as the Dietetic Internship Coordinator. As a registered dietician she brings real world experience to the program, most recently as clinical nutrition manager at Rutherford Regional Hospital. In early 2013, Brady was recognized as the Young Dietician of the Year by the Western North Carolina Dietetics Association.

In September, Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Center for Graduate Studies will present “How Did We Get Fat in the Desert,” a panel and community discussion about the “foodie” culture in Asheville and the food desert that exists throughout most of Western North Carolina. The event is part of the Living Room Series, which presents in-depth conversations on provocative topics with a community focus. Details are available at

The LR Dietetic Internship is the only program in the country focused on childhood and adolescent obesity. Last semester the program graduated 33 students and is scheduled to welcome 40 more this fall. The interns are trained in North Carolina and then posted in communities throughout the country to work on projects that involve clinical nutrition counseling, weight management training, and healthy meal promotion in public schools.

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Bear tracks Promoviendo la Enseñanza del Español a Través del Mundo (Promoting the teaching of the Spanish language around the world) Assistant Professor of Spanish Adelia Parrado-Ortiz spent part of her summer representing the University at various conferences around the world. In June she presented a paper at The Clute Institute for the 2013 European International Academic Conference titled “Teaching Spanish Language, Literature and/or Culture: A Case Study Transition from Face to Face, to Hybrid, to Fully Online.” This conference was held in Paris, France. In addition, the Florida International University Center for International Business Education & Research invited Parrado-Ortiz to be one of the faculty at the 14th Annual Spanish Language Faculty Development Program – Teaching Spanish for Business: A Global Approach in Avila and Madrid, Spain.

Lenoir-Rhyne Students Involved in Cutting-Edge Blueberry Genome Research Cutting-edge research on sequencing the blueberry genome will be incorporated into the curriculum at Lenoir-Rhyne University and Davidson College, in cooperation with NC State University at the NC Research Campus. Students will be involved in identifying specific genes that can be used to produce plants with desired characteristics, as well as learning from scientists who are leading the effort to sequence the blueberry genome. Dr. Allan Brown, with the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute, was recently awarded a grant for $82,247 from the NC Biotechnology Center. The grant will support a program that was pilot tested over the past two years by Brown and Dr. A. Malcolm Campbell, a biology professor at Davidson. The two will expand the program to include Lenoir-Rhyne, with plans to involve other undergraduate programs across the state. Brown is leading a national team that is sequencing the blueberry genome. The partnership with undergraduate

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programs in the state is a dimension of the project that seeks to strengthen students’ competitiveness in the biotechnology workforce. With the grant support, Brown plans to work with Campbell and Dr. Scott Schaefer, assistant professor of biology at LR, to develop resources, tools, tutorials and web interfaces to facilitate genomic and bioinformatics education. The funding will also help support the design and implementation of plant genomic courses at the two schools. And it will be used to continue to strengthen the relationship between researchers at the NC Research Campus and undergraduate programs. “I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Brown on this investigation of the blueberry genome,” said Schaefer. “This project will give our students the opportunity to investigate both the theoretical and applied areas of bioinformatics, while conducting genetic research. This will be an exciting endeavor for all of our students.”

LRU Faculty and Staff Honored Each spring, the University brings the academic year to a close in its Honors Convocation. In 2013, the ceremony recognized various students, faculty, and staff for special achievement. Faculty and staff awards were presented to: Dr. Mary Lesser, who was named Outstanding Student Organization Advisor. This award is given to the Student Organization Advisor who selflessly gives of his/her time and talents to develop, strengthen, and maintain a recognized student organization. This award is nominated by the organization. Dr. Judith Hilton received the Raymond M. Bost Distinguished Professor Award. This award recognizes and encourages outstanding teaching. The Faculty Scholar Award was presented to Dr. David Ratke. This award is presented to the faculty member who has made the greatest contribution to his/her discipline in the spirit of academic inquiry during the academic year. Dr. Kerry thompson received the Roediger Distinguished Professorship award. This award recognizes faculty members for their service to the University, the community, or church communities. The Jeff L. Norris Non-Teaching Employee of the Year was Michael Flicker, head athletic trainer. This award is presented for contribution to the University mission, going beyond the call of duty on the job, contribution of a value-added idea, placement of institutional good above individual or departmental good, and positive attitude. Juan Ramirez, Enrollment Management Counselor for transfer students, was presented with the Student Government Association Award. The SGA Executive Cabinet gives this award to the person who has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of the Student Body.

Composer’s New Work Premieres Professor of Church Music Dr. Paul Weber was commissioned by the National Lutheran Choir, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, to write a new work based on an old Bohemian Brethren Easter hymn, “With High Delight” (Mit Freuden Zart). The English translation of this hymn was rendered by Lutheran theologian and poet Martin Franzmann. The 12-minute work in three movements depicts the consolation and joy of the Easter message and is set for an a cappella choir. Weber’s new work first premiered in the Twin Cities area during a hymn festival at Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN. Dr. Weber was present for these two premieres and was joined by LR alums Tawny and Nick Homesley (’07) and Lydia Aurand (’11). The composition will receive two more premiere performances this summer at Luther College, Decorah, IA, and at the Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, on July 1 for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Biennial Conference. Performances are open to the public. The National Lutheran Choir is a 70-voice ensemble that seeks to strengthen, renew, and preserve the Lutheran heritage of choral music through the highest standards of performance and literature. Members of the National Lutheran Choir are drawn from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and beyond for local and national performances. The choir was founded in 1986 by Dr. Larry Fleming. PROFILE / Fall ’13 / Page 19

Bear tracks Pastor Shares Musical Talents with Campus Community Two musical compositions by campus Pastor Andrew Weisner were performed on campus during the spring semester. The first, “No Greater Love,” a trio for two flutes and bassoon, is a musical tribute to the 20th century martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe and was performed during a weekly Chapel service in February by LR students, flutists Sarah VanSkike and Amanda Young, and bassoonist Hannah Stirewalt. A piece for concert band, “Five Steps of Grandeur,” composed in honor of David Wortman, LR adjunct music professor and director of Hickory’s Northview Middle School band, was performed in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium in April, during the spring concert of the Hickory High School and Northview’s bands. LR music student Kristin Souther ’13 collaborated with Pastor Weisner as editor for “No Greater Love” and as editor/ arranger for “Five Steps of Grandeur.”

LR Prof Publishes First Novel: A tale of intercontinental crime, love and duty inspired by dream. The novel took seven years to write and another two to find a publisher, but Dr. Katherine Pasour is nothing if not tenacious. The proof is a 500-page thrill ride called Sheltered by an Angel’s Wings. Pasour’s debut novel is a Christian thriller: it’s an adventure story about love, faith, and perseverance. She spent years writing short stories and plays in her downtime as a way to unwind and express herself, but this is the first time she tackled a novel. And it all started with a dream. In the dream, Pasour found herself in a London hotel where a terrorist had just unleashed a deadly biological weapon. The dream was vivid, detailed, and frightening. “I woke up scared and upset because the dream had no conclusion,” she said. “That’s when I decided to write the story and find out what happened.” The lead character in Pasour’s novel is Professor Emily Ratliffe, a 40-year-old wife and mother who finds herself caught in the middle of a terrorist’s plot. Emily falls ill, but recovers following divine intervention and becomes determined to do what she can to help the others who are clinging to life following the

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attack. In the aftermath, she develops a close friendship with a handsome British secret agent who had been working undercover in the hotel. She refuses her husband’s pleas to come home, because she is committed to helping the victims and bringing justice to those who launched the attack. As the novel progresses, her relationship with the agent threatens to go too far, as a more grievous threat looms: The leaders of the terror network decide Emily knows too much and declare her their new prime target. CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay, published Sheltered by an Angel’s Wings, which is available at Pasour’s website,, and Barnesandnoble. com. Pasour has been with LR for 16 years. She serves as the Dean for the College of Health Sciences and teaches in the department as well.

New Board of Trustees Members Named

Lenoir-Rhyne is pleased to announce the newest members of the Board of Trustees: George A. Moretz has retired from day-to-day activities but currently serves as chairman of the board and secretary of Carolina Mills, Inc. and as president of the Moretz Family Foundation. He graduated from NC State with a Textile Management degree in 1964. This isn’t his first time on LR’s Board – Moretz has already spent 18 years on the Board, beginning in 1993. As president of his family foundation, he has been a major supporter of LR’s capital campaigns over the years (including the current one) and has supported scholarship and professorship funds at the University. Moretz has a long history of being active in his community. He was a leader of LR’s Piedmont Educational Foundation and was a charter member of the Business Council. He has also served on several boards, including the Piedmont Council BSA, Catawba Valley Community Foundation, Sipe’s Orchard Home, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Frye Regional Medical Center, Newton-Conover Rotary Club, YMCA of Catawba Valley, the Hickory Board of Wachovia, the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry and the Catawba Science Center. He and his wife, Carolyn, are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hickory. They have three adult children. C. Cliff Ritchie ’76 is the great-grandson of Cheerwine’s founder, L.D. Peeler, and serves as president and chief executive officer of Cheerwine Bottling and Carolina Beverage Corporation in Salisbury, NC. For years, Cheerwine was only available in and around its home state, but now is available throughout the Southeast. Recent growth has put Cheerwine closer to its goal of nationwide distribution just in time for the company’s 100th anniversary in 2017. Ritchie graduated from LR with a degree in business

administration. His community involvement includes serving on boards such as LR’s Board of Visitors, American Beverage Association, N.C. Beverage Association (president), Wachovia Bank, Rowan County United Way, Rowan Friends of Scouting Campaign (chair), Rowan Little League (president), Salisbury Foundation of the Carolinas and Rowan Rotary Club. Ritchie is also a member of the LR President’s and Founders societies and a PEF supporter. In 2010, Ritchie was inducted into the World Beverage Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Amy, are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury. They have three children. Sybil Baird Stewart ’58, studied math and French at Lenoir-Rhyne and taught math at Fred T. Foard and Newton-Conover high schools in Catawba County just down the road from her alma mater. After she retired from the school system, Stewart got her real estate license and sold property for Jim Isenhower in Newton, NC. Then she bought the Smart Shoppe in Conover, NC, and ran the ladies’ dress store for eight years. For more than 30 years Stewart has served several area churches as a substitute pianist and organist. She’s also a long-time supporter of Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina. And she’s a member of the Catawba County Board of Planning and Development. Her volunteer work includes serving on LR’s Board of Visitors, LR’s Capital Campaign Event Logistics Committee, and NC Baptist Children’s Homes Board (chair). A longtime supporter of Catawba Valley Medical Center, she serves on the Catawba Medical Foundation Board, which raises money to support CVMC and is a member of Women in Philanthropy, a giving group affiliated with the Foundation. She is a member of the LR President’s and Founders societies.

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LENOIR-RHYNE REDSHIRt FRESHMAN KEVIN BAXtER (Columbia, SC) advanced to the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships on May 23–25 in Pueblo, CO in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Baxter holds the school record in the event (14.05 seconds). His time was ninth best in the nation at one point during the outdoor season. tHE LENOIR-RHYNE SOFtBALL tEAM won its fourth consecutive Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament in 2013. LR defeated Catawba twice to capture the tournament crown, its eighth in school history. Senior first baseman Jessica Fellmeth was named the tournament MVP. LR finished the year with a record of 37-16 and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament, where it advanced to the regional finals.

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TOM FLEENOR NAMED HEAD BASEBALL COACH Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Tom Fleenor as its new baseball coach. Fleenor comes to LR after serving as Head Coach at USC Sumter for the past six seasons (2008–13). Fleenor started the junior college program at USC Sumter and compiled a 242-103 (.701) record as mentor of the Fire Ants. Fleenor led USC Sumter to a 37-18 mark this past season and a berth in the Region 10 Tournament. USC Sumter also won the Region 10 Title in both 2009 (52-11) and 2011 (41-11) while Fleenor garnered region coach-of-the-year accolades during both seasons. Fleenor started his baseball coaching career at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN (1994) before serving on the baseball staff at Ole Miss (1995–98). Fleenor earned his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Wesleyan in physical education in 1993 and was a three-time all-conference (1991–-93) and two-time all-district (1992–93) honoree as a member of the Bulldogs’ baseball team. Fleenor was inducted into the Tennessee Wesleyan Athletics Hall Of Fame in 2010. Fleenor and his wife Laura are the proud parents of two children Bradley (13) and Anna Grayce (10). Laura is currently serving her country on a military deployment for the Air Force.

2013 NCAA DIVISION II ALL-SOUTHEAST REGION HONORS SOFtBALL Jessica Fellmeth – First Base Haily Jarman – Third Base OUtDOOR tRACK AND FIELD Kevin Baxter – men’s 110-meter hurdles Victor Brannan – men’s 400-meter relay Tarryn Cornejo – women’s pole vault Collis Clark – men’s 400-meter relay Artis Gilmore – men’s triple jump and long jump Jamont Jones – men’s 200-meter dash and 400-meter relay Samantha Levine – women’s javelin Aaron Nelson – men’s pole vault Jarrod Spears – men’s 100-meter dash and 400-meter relay Vertrice Wilson – women’s 100-meter hurdles

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University Rising Campaign Going Strong Lenoir-Rhyne University is in the final stages of a fundraising campaign. We’re determined to raise a total of $65 million by Jan. 1, 2015. So far, so good. BACKGROUND:


The money will be used for projects designed to enhance our students’ educational experience and to provide additional resources for the Hickory community.

It was announced in early February of this year that the University Rising Campaign has entered into its final stage. At that time LR had raised $52 million. Since then we’ve added another $2 million to the total.

We’ve raised more than $50 million so far. We’ve built the Moretz Sports Athletic Complex, which includes facilities for our Track and Field teams, a soccer field with bleachers, a ticket office, and public restrooms. Our new chapel is rising from the ground as work crews are busy welding the soaring building’s steel skeleton in place. Construction is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014. We’ve got the plans in place to double the size of our Minges Science Building with the construction of a new wing and the modernization of the existing building. Funding for much of the building’s cutting edge equipment is in place and we’ve raised nearly half of the money needed to pay for the whole project.

“The new energy is due in great part to the University Rising ‘Final Phase’ committee,” said Dr. Drew Van Horn, LR’s vice president of institutional advancement. “In my 30 years in fundraising, I have never seen a group of volunteers who were more excited and motivated to bring the Campaign across the finish line than our committee.” The excitement can be seen as the thermometers placed around campus continue to rise. Recent gifts to the campaign include two anonymous gifts from local community members totaling $400,000 in addition to a gift of $248,000 from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.

WHAt’S NEXt: It’s not over until it’s over. Our goal is $65 million. We won’t rest until we get there.

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OtHERS HELPED YOU MAKE It tHROUGH – NOW It’S YOUR tURN tO LEND A HAND Alumni play a vital role as donors for the Fund for Lenoir-Rhyne

We make our own choices. We chart our own courses, but where would you be without the people who helped you out along the way? Every one of us can point to people who gave us a chance, and who have taken chances on us whether we thought we’d earned their confidence or not.

Here’s another reason to give: Media outlets like U.S. News & World Report that produce school rankings use alumni giving stats as one of their chief measures of college quality. The more you give, the higher we rise.

The percentage of alumni who donate to Lenoir-Rhyne University stands at 13 percent. This year we are taking the first step in raising that rate to 25 percent. It may take us some time to reach GIVING UPLOAD that participation rate, but we know that our 2011–2012 alumni, who are all Bears at heart, will step up and give.

That’s certainly true here at Lenoir-Rhyne University. You’ve seen the news. You know the state of this nation’s economy. You know that more people need help now more than ever.


More than 70 percent of LR’s alums got financial aid as students. We’re working to continue to provide for our students by fostering the tradition of ongoing generosity. Here’s where you come in: The Fund for Lenoir-Rhyne exists to underwrite scholarships for students. That’s all it does. None of the money gets used for building projects, maintenance, or promotions. One hundred percent of it goes directly to help worthy and deserving students pay for tuition, room, and board. Our goal this school year is to raise $700,000. We got started on June 1 and we’ll continue our fundraising push until May 31, 2014. “Individuals gave so you could attend Lenoir-Rhyne,” said Dr. Drew Van Horn, LR’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Now we’re asking you to give back to the next generation of LR students.”

2,109 Alumni Donors


Alumni Participation

$2,048,642.38 total Dollars Raised

Our students will be calling you and asking you to consider a contribution. Talk to them. Get to know them. They’re among the students your gifts will directly impact. And have a good look at our new promotional material when it shows up in your mailbox. Donate and you’ll help today’s students live the same experience you did when you went to Lenoir-Rhyne.


For more information on how you can rise up and give back, contact Kent Farmer, Director of Annual Giving, at


We will update our progress in future issues of Profile.

Business Council Members (including foundations)

President’s Society Members


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chapel update:

Sacred Steel Rises as LR’s Chapel Takes Shape tHE OAKS SWAYING GENtLY ON LENOIR-RHYNE’S CAMPUS are being dwarfed by the new grey steel rising up to become the heart of campus, our chapel. Construction crews have been working tirelessly under the relentless North Carolina summer sun. They are driven and committed to crafting a holy place on consecrated ground. The contractor’s goal is to complete the construction by June 2014. Then it will be time to install the pipe organ and the other finishing touches. They’re on schedule and the work is going according to plan. To keep an eye on the construction as it progresses, have a look at our real-time webcam. You’ll find it on the Lenoir-Rhyne University website at

In late May construction crews began their work on the chapel. Their first step was to dig a massive pit and haul away 113 dump truck loads of unstable moisture-heavy soil from the site of the chapel’s foundation. The soil was replaced with an aggregate rich with sand and gravel. Once the site was stabilized, subcontractor STEELCON of Granite Falls, NC poured concrete footings and began putting up steel beams.

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In mid-June crews used a crane to lift the 32-foot-high steel columns into place, where they were attached to anchor bolts embedded in the concrete footings.

June 13: STEELCON workers welded supporting beams and cross bracing into place to support the columns and components that will form the chapel’s main frame.

June 23: The steel beams that will undergird the chapel’s roof were joined together at a peak some 53 feet above the earth below. The shorter columns along the building’s north and south sides frame what will become the chapel’s outer aisles.

June 25: While some small commercial buildings seem to go from foundation to completion over a weekend, LR’s new chapel is an intricate and sacred structure. The time and expertise required to build it far exceeds that which is needed to build the newest corner fast food restaurant. That’s where David E. Looper & Co. General Contractors come in. It’s their job to ensure that the project comes together on time and meets the expectation of Lenoir-Rhyne’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the wider community.

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CALLING ALL LENOIR-RHYNE SCIENCE GRADUAtES A lot has changed since the Minges Science Building was constructed half a century ago. Back then the idea of walking on the moon was a topic best left to science fiction and comic books. Color TV was a fantasy – so were heart transplants and cell phones. We weren’t even convinced that having a computer in our homes might come in handy. The times are still changing and we’re changing with them. That’s why Lenoir-Rhyne is charging ahead with fundraising efforts to double the size of the science building with a 35,000 square-foot addition equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. And we’re calling on you to help. Beginning in the fall, the University Rising Campaign will focus its efforts on asking alumni who graduated with a degree in the sciences to support the Campaign for the proposed science complex. Fred Brown ’69, Hank McCrorie ’60 and Dr. John Bumgarner ’59 will chair this phase of the Campaign. All three of these men reflect the strong impact that Lenoir-Rhyne graduates have had on the sciences. Brown, currently a Senior Vice President in Carolinas Health Care Systems, has had a long and successful career in hospital administration. McCrorie is a retired Pfizer executive who spent his career in the pharmaceutical industry. Bumgarner is a retired anesthesiologist. These graduates from LR’s science program have volunteered to contact friends and associates on behalf of the Campaign. You might be hearing from them any day now.

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LRU AWARDED GRANt FOR SCIENCE EQUIPMENt the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have notified LenoirRhyne University that it has been selected to receive a $248,100 grant. The grant application was submitted one year ago and was awarded after an on-site visit by an Arthur Vining Davis representative. The money for the grant is specified for science equipment. The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are based in Jacksonville, Florida and are national philanthropic organizations established through the generosity of the late American industrialist, Arthur Vining Davis. The Foundations have been strongly committed to the support of private higher education in America. Trustees of the Foundations have concentrated on privately governed and supported four-year residential liberal arts institutions, which place strong emphasis on teaching and whose students choose

majors primarily in the arts and sciences rather than career or vocational studies. Trustees of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations target schools of broadly acknowledged academic excellence that have a solid record of financial strength to receive their grants. University President Wayne Powell observed, “Arthur Vining Davis compliments us tremendously by their grant award, especially when recognizing that their grants are often awarded to much larger teaching and research universities with a distinguished reputation for excellence in undergraduate education. The decision of the Trustees reminds us that Lenoir-Rhyne is moving in the right direction with our academic accomplishments.”



The Alumni Association will do a lot of traveling over the next twelve months, and we hope to see you soon. Check out the tour schedule and look for more information in your mail (and e-mail) boxes soon!


VIRGINIA: Charlottesville, Roanoke, Richmond, NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte, Raleigh / Durham, Winston-Salem / Greensboro / High Point, Asheville, Wilmington, SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, GEORGIA: Atlanta, FLORIDA: Tampa, Jacksonville, ALABAMA: Birmingham, TENNESSEE: Knoxville, WASHINGTON D.C.


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NEW BUSINESS COUNCIL BOARD MEMBERS Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes five new members to its Business Council Board. Steve von Drehle is the President of the von Drehle Corporation, manufacturer of paper towels, tissues, and dispensers. Born in Hickory, NC, Steve graduated from Hickory High School in 1973, after which he served three years of active duty in the U.S. Army. He graduated from NC State University in 1981 and received the award as Outstanding Senior in Furniture Manufacturing and Management. He received a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1985. Steve and his wife Carol have two children, Stacy and Chris. Chris currently attends Lenoir-Rhyne University. Steve and Carol have two grandchildren. Steve enjoys golf and hunting, attends St. Aloysius Catholic Church, and is a member of the Catawba County Planning Board. Judy White (not pictured) has lived in Hickory all her life. She was married to the late Joel White and has one daughter and one granddaughter. She is the President of Benco Steel, Inc. and helped it to become an independent regional steel service center serving North and South Carolina. The corporation’s clientele ranges from one-man welding shops to multi-million dollar manufacturers. Judy has restructured a “mom-and-pop” business into a corporation consisting of departments led by accomplished professionals. Originally from Petoskey, MI, Gar Atchison (not pictured) moved to Hickory in May 2006 to assume the role of CEO at Hickory Orthopaedic Center. In 2011, he joined Frye Regional Medical Center and is currently the Vice President of Business Development. Gar and his wife Michelle have two daughters, Alexa and Grace. Gar is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a degree in financial management. He received an MBA from Lake Superior State University. Since 1989, Gar has been employed in the healthcare field, working for both hospital and physician practices. He is a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Roger Young is the President of David E. Looper and Company, the present contractor for Lenoir-Rhyne’s new Chapel. He has been with Looper Construction for 10 years. Roger and his wife Meghan have four children: Tripp, Deke, JB, and Cecilia. Born in Hickory, NC, Roger is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Roger is president of the Catawba Science Center Board. He served on the YMCA Board of Directors and the Facility Committee of Corinth Reformed Church and is the Consistory President/Chair of Board of Property Management/Building Committee member. Roger is associated with various other community organizations. Gary Garvey joined Shurtape Technologies, LLC as Vice President of Human Resources in May of 2011 with more than 30 years of experience in the field of human resources. Shurtape Technologies, LLC has operations in North America, Asia, South America, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Shurtape, he held senior leadership positions in human resources at Charlotte–based FairPoint Communications, Draka Holding N.V., and Draka Comteq B.V. in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as well as Lightolier, Corning Cable Systems, and Siecor Corporation. Gary received a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Providence College. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Compensation Association, through which he attained the designation of Certified Compensation Professional. He currently resides in Conover, NC with his wife Genny.

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New Board of Visitors Members Named Lenoir-Rhyne is pleased to announce the newest members of the Board of Visitors: A.W. “Andy” DeCuzzi, of Sherrills Ford, NC, is a certified public accountant who supervises six Division Controllers for 37 locations for Republic Services of NC LLC. DeCuzzi graduated in 1972 from East Carolina University where he studied social work and psychology. He started his career as an auto mechanics and electronics teacher in the Pitt County school system in Greenville, NC. He returned to ECU and earned his accounting degree in 1976. From there, he went to Goldsboro, NC, where he signed on as a plant accountant. He got into the waste management sector and worked across the state from Roanoke Rapids to Raleigh before settling down in the Hickory area in 2000. Charles A. Hauser ’70, of Cornelius, NC, retired from the Iredell County/Statesville City School System as a vice principal in 2001. Hauser graduated from LR in 1970, then went on to earn three master’s degrees and his doctorate in school administration in 1981. Hauser began his career as a special education teacher in Morganton Senior High School. He taught and served as an administrator in several schools over his 31-year career. Hauser has served on many local boards including the State Employees’ Credit Union, Family Housing of Charlotte, the I-Care Board, Hospice of Iredell County, Inc., and is a past president of the East Iredell Lion’s Club. He and his wife, Martha ’70, are members of New Beginnings Moravian Church in Huntersville, NC. They have one son and three grandchildren. Richard “Dick” Huffman Jr. ’72, of Salisbury, NC, is an attorney and owns Huffman Law Firm. He studied business administration before earning an MBA from UNC Charlotte and his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1981. Huffman began his career as the business manager for The New Direction Inc. He then moved to Duke Power Company. After earning his law degree, Huffman joined Waggoner, Hamrick, Hasty, Monteith and Kratt. Huffman started his own law firm in 2005 and specializes in business and corporate law, workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, and personal injury. He remains active in political campaigns and has been active on a wide variety of boards and institutions including the Salisbury Community Foundation; the Downtown Salisbury, Inc. Board of Directors; the Rowan Museum Board of Directors; the Community Care Clinic Board of Directors; the Board of Directors of Historic Salisbury Foundation; and the Salisbury Planning Board. John Love ’81, of Charlotte, NC, studied business at LR and got his master’s in business administration from UNC Charlotte in 1983. He is a restaurateur and owns Red Rocks Café of Charlotte, NC. A member of the Central Church of God in Charlotte, Love also serves on several boards including the Providence Home Emergency Teen Shelter in Southport, NC, the National Restaurant Association, and the Cedarwood Country Club. He’s an honorary member of the Charlotte East Rotary. He and his wife, Karyn, have a 10-year-old daughter. For more about John Love, please refer to this issue’s “Alumni in the Queen City” article.

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First Row: Margaret Ann Cloninger, Thomas Ray Cloninger, Betty H. Cloninger; Second Row: Cathy Cloninger, Hannah Cloninger; Third Row: Alan Cloninger

Dedication of the Cloninger House The structure formerly known as the Alumni House was dedicated during Alumni Weekend 2013. The 107-year-old structure was renamed The Cloninger House, based on an endowment established in December 2008. Margaret A., Thomas R. ’75, and Betty (nee Highsmith) ’75 Cloninger contributed to the endowment in memory of the late Polie Q. Cloninger, and to honor those women in the Lutheran ministry. Attendees to the dedication included members of the Cloninger family, owners of the structure during the 1960s and 1970s, Tom and Anne (nee Suggs) ’62 Guthrie, past and present Alumni Association Board of Directors, faculty and staff of the Hickory and Columbia campuses, and LRU and LTSS alumni. Homecoming Preview Get ready for a fun-filled weekend on October 4 & 5. Reunions to celebrate include the classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008. Childcare will be provided by nearby Foothills Gymnastics for those with children 3 years old and older (or those toilet trained). Honorees will be recognized for the 53rd Annual Alumni Association Awards and those receiving Hall of Fame induction. Don’t miss out on the 25th Annual Hanley H. Painter Bear Memorial Golf Tournament and the 12th Annual PEF | Bears Club Gala. No LR Homecoming would be complete without cheering on the Bears as they go up against the Brevard College Tornados. Many more activities will be available – keep up with the schedule at or through the Lenoir-Rhyne Alumni Association’s Facebook page. Alumni Affairs Office Relocated The office of the Director of Alumni Affairs is now located in the Lineberger Administration Building along with the other staff members of the Division of Institutional Advancement. The move was made in order to enhance communication within the Advancement Division and to provide support for the Director in the endeavor to continually enrich Lenoir-Rhyne University’s relationships with alumni.

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DIRECtOR CHANGE thank You Suzanne Jackson BA ’02, MA ’11 After six years as the Director of Alumni Relations at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Suzanne Jackson will depart as the University’s key alumni connection. Suzanne will be joining the team at the Jackson Group, a multi-faceted family-operated business. Under Suzanne’s leadership, the University’s Alumni Relations programs have grown in breadth and depth. Alumni gatherings in areas heavily populated with LR alumni have become routine and homecoming offerings and events have expanded. In addition, Suzanne has taken the organization and the work calendar of the Alumni Board to a new level. “We appreciate the dedication and love that Suzanne has shown toward her alma mater,” said Dr. Drew Van Horn, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “She has built well upon the foundation left by alumni directors in the past and left our organization in a fantastic place for her successor.” Lenoir-Rhyne University, in conjunction with the Alumni Board, will honor Suzanne for her work during homecoming weekend. Suzanne may be reached at Welcome Dana Ochs Hamilton ’88 Lenoir-Rhyne University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dana Ochs Hamilton’88 as the new Director of Alumni Relations. Dana, who served as a Major Gifts Officer at the University, is an LRU graduate and has related effectively to alumni in her capacity as a Major Gifts Officer. “In my opinion, Dana is a perfect fit for the Director of Alumni Relations and we welcome her in this new capacity,” said Dr. Drew Van Horn, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Dana’s father-in-law, Dr. Jim (Pappy) Hamilton, was Lenoir-Rhyne’s basketball coach in the 50s; her father, Dr. Keith Ochs, was Athletic Director and professor at LR from 1970 to 1995; and her husband, John Hamilton ’97 MA, was the head baseball coach at LR from 1987 to 1996. Last but not least, Dana serves as Delta Zeta Alumnae Advisor. As you can see, her blood runs red and black! Upon her appointment as Director of Alumni Relations, Dana said, “I am thrilled with my new appointment, and I look forward to working with the Lenoir-Rhyne alumni family. It will be a joy to serve my alma mater in this new position.” Dana may be reached at

UNIVERSItY ALUMNI ASSOCIAtION BOARD OF DIRECtORS Ten new people joined the Lenoir-Rhyne Alumni Association Board of Directors recently: Dr. Arvind Vasudevan ’99, Concord, NC Adam Stewart ’03, Mooresville, NC Mary Ellen Stephens ’10, Greensboro, NC The Rev. Robert Lapp ’83, Wilmington, NC Sarah Embry ’11, Hickory, NC Martha Brewer Hauser ’70, Cornelius, NC Steve Richter ’87, Lorton, VA Lucas Zubrod ’99, Fort Mill, SC Mike Shehan ’05, Hickory, NC Emily Fowler ’10, Kernersville, NC Each member will serve a one-, two-, or three-year term, and will work alongside members of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors to accomplish the mission and goals supporting the University. The full slate of officers for 2013– 2014, as presented to members of the Alumni Association on April 27, consists of six executive Board members and 18 Directors. The mission of this Board is to serve as representatives for the Alumni Association and work with the Director of Alumni Relations through the Office of Institutional Advancement and Church Relations. The full slate of officers is as follows: 2012–2013 Alumni Board Members Immediate Past President – Robert McIver ’77 President – Charles McCombs ’83 President-Elect – Jade Cobb Murray ’03 Vice President – Dr. Gerren Brittian ’06 Vice President – Jessica Frisina ’11 Secretary – Patricia Hall Mabe ’69

term Expiring 2014 Patricia Kester Jenkins ’61 Deborah Walker ’79 Angela McRary Totty ’94 Dr. Arvind Vasudevan ’99 Adam Stewart ’03 Mary Ellen Stephens ’10 term Expiring 2015 Nellie Pruitt ’59 The Rev. Robert Lapp ’83 Todd Burwell ’93

Joseph Griffin, MBA ’02 Micaela Glenn Cuda ’03 Sarah Embry ’11 term Expiring 2016 Martha Brewer Hauser ’70 Jackie Brown ’86 Steve Richter ’87 Lucas Zubrod ’99 Mike Shehan ’05

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Class Notes 1952 Robert Lineberger has published a brief book, Fred and Mava, chronicling how the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod established its first congregation in South Carolina. The Richland and Lexington County libraries and the Irmo branch in South Carolina have accepted the book. It has also been accepted by the Rudisill Library at LR and the Lineberger Library of LTSS.

1961 Dr. Joseph P. Hester and Atlanta businessman H. Darrell Young published their book, Creating Pathways for Leadership Development, in May. Don R. Killian, Gaston College Sociology professor, and Rick Setzer, a Newton businessman and mentor in the NewtonConover School System, contributed to the writing of the book. The book’s purpose is to share ideas for building the foundations for a values-based leadership culture.

1964 Eldon Eckard was named Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Physics at Bainbridge State College in Bainbridge, GA.

1969 William “Bill” Gilroy published his first book, Let God Chart Your Course.

1973 Kathryn Wolford Barrett is celebrating her graduation from Lenoir-Rhyne 40 years ago, her 40th wedding anniversary, and being a proud grandparent of two.

1975 Libby Adams Carter’s debate team at Pinecrest High School made both school and state history when two students placed first in the nation at the Harvard University National Debate Tournament Page 36 / Fall ’13 / PROFILE

in Cambridge. Pinecrest took top honors out of 289 teams representing schools across the nation.

1979 Miriam Adderholdt recently presented at the NC Association Conference in Winston-Salem, NC. The presentation was based on her award-winning book, Perfectionism: What’s Bad about Being Too Good? She was also featured on a recent podcast by Dr. Jane Bluestein of Albuquerque, NY. The Spectrum Podcast on Perfectionism can be accessed online. Broadus G. “Bill” Reese and Dawn Michelle Burgess were married on December 9, 2012. They have a 2-yearold son, James Ray, and now reside in Greensboro where Bill is a programmeranalyst for Lorillard Tobacco Company.

1984 timothy Collingwood retired March 1 from Wilson County Schools and the State of North Carolina. He is currently retired and loving it!

2000 Baby Bear To Jim and Airen Murray Blaine, a daughter, Ellis Murray, on April 13. She joins big sisters Maloy and McPherson. To Jason and Katherine Cooke Whisnant, a son, Nicholas Alexander, on January 2. He joins big sisters Hannah and Kate.


Married Ashley Danielle taylor and John Christopher Simms on April 27. They have a 6-year-old daughter, Reagan Nevada Taylor.

2009 Married Andrea Stover and Kyle Bates on April 6. In the fall, they will both be enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at LTSS.

2010 Married Emily Edwards and Brent Alan Heaberlin on May 4 at Daniels Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton. Both Emily and Brent are Lenoir-Rhyne employees. Brent is the Associate Athletic Director and Director of NCAA Compliance and Facilities, and Emily is the Coordinator of Events and High School Programs. The couple resides in Hickory.

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World Culture Tours invites you to explore the beauty of

SOUTHERN ITALY NINE-DAY TOUR INCLUDES: Roundtrip airfare from New York, seven nights accommodation, luxury motor coach throughout, professional tour manager, breakfast daily, welcome dinner, five additional dinners, farewell dinner, sightseeing per itinerary, wine and cheese tasting.


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1: Depart from USA 2: Arrive Italy - Sorrento 3: Sorrento 4: Sorrento - Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento 5: Sorrento - Amalfi Drive - Sorrento


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Do you have contact information for any of these LR Bears that we’ve lost contact with? If so, please forward to the director of alumni relations at

Alice Witherspoon ’68 Martha Briggs Shore ’68 Patsy Snyder Thomas ’68 Judy Little ’68 Patricia Friday Froneberger ’68 James Lorch ’68 LeMerle Alford ’68 Frances Rayle Pack ’68 Carole Granchi Payne ’68 Carole Jones Marmorato ’68 Donnie Lewis ’68 Howard Whittington ’68 Dennis Looper ’68 Betty Jones Clarke ’68 M. George Miles ’68 Susan Cobb ’68 Jeanne Ulsh Conner ’68 Judith Wright Hutchens ’68 Eugene Means ’68 Emily Transou ’68 Patricia Glass Allen ’73 Charles Ellis ’73 M. Susan Agner Dishman ’73 Kayo Brooks ’73 Linda Beck Bingham ’73 Dale Sasser ’73 Robert Selders ’73 Lydia McPherson ’73 Gail Collins ’73 Roger Franklin ’73 Jane Braswell Allen ’73 Donna Blanks Banks ’73 Agnes Osei-Kessie Briscoe ’73 Kathleen Jensen ’73 Sally McCune McCarter ’73 David Deal ’73 Stephen Musgrove ’73 Enoch Brannock ’73 John Forrey ’73 Judith Bodenheimer ’73 Linda Deale Kerley ’73

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Sue Hatch Kreichelt ’73 George Ward ’73 B. Kathryn Cobb Glenham ’73 Deborah Davis Shacklock ’73 Frances Wells Hanna ’73 Candace Aldridge Combs ’73 Deborah Clemmons Fitzsimmons ’73 Richard Furr ’73 Rodney Duncan ’73 Ann Hollar Eggleston ’73 James Chapman ’73 Jean Cline ’73 Benetta Dellinger Dunning ’73 Pamela Bolch Seabock ’73 Susan Smith Sowell, MD ’73 Rebecca Holshouser ’73 Henry Slater ’73 Belinda McGalliard Woody ’73 Douglas Bowen ’73 Martha Clontz ’73 H. William Jacobs ’73 Helen Whitener ’73 Donna Nance ’73 Edna Merle Martin ’73 Patricia Lackey Pope ’73 Ed McGee ’73 David Pearson ’78 Charles Davies ’78 Diane Evans McDaniel ’78 Paul Sexton ’78 Cynthia Sigmon ’78 Heather Holley Ren ’78 Maxine Morrow Goodwin ’78 Charles Pratt ’78 Patricia Thompson White ’78 Alfred Chine ’78 Susan Eilenberg ’78 Martin Bowers ’78 Deborah Kuehnert ’78 Miriam Ritchie Gillespie ’78 Ronald Skrzynski ’78

Cathryn Fowler Bowers ’78 Jervis Hairston ’78 Robbin Randall ’78 Dawn Wallace Lafone ’78 S. Renay Bowman Reep ’78 Kathryn Strunk Robinson ’78 M. Jeanne Mauney ’78 Walker Hunter ’78 Kim Rickly Profio ’78 Jennifer Cothren Stuhlmiller ’78 Mark Quinn ’83 Pamela Young ’83 Cynthia Covington ’83 Gralyn Blalock ’83 Pamela Morrison Peeples ’83 Joyce Vaden ’83 David Meredith ’83 Mary Kimball ’83 Jerilyn Sintel ’83 Timothy Sammetinger ’83 R. Marcus Workman ’83 Aileen Chin ’83 Chena Clapp Stewart ’83 Steve Dennis ’83 Dean Hoelz ’83 Steve Fleming ’83 Andrew Harrison ’83 James Devine ’83 Marcia Taylor Parsons ’83 Kathy Ogle ’83 Susan Lundy ’83 Cynthia Hildebran Yount ’83 Evelyn Uhl Parker ’83 Hiep Quach ’88 Sarah Smith Ortega ’88 Debra Cozart Beach ’88 Edward Hoover ’88 Robert Sassi ’88 Jose Palacio ’88 Fei Wang Quach ’88 Steve Setzer ’88

Lartrecia Davis ’88 Joy Setzer ’88 Michael Summers ’88 Mary Wike Terry ’88 Lisa Shuford Watts ’88 Lee-Anne Flandreau ’93 Jennifer Gustafson ’93 Laura Timmons Kandler ’93 Robert Prezzano ’93 Charlotte Hunter Burns ’93 Tanya Bollinger Stevens ’93 Darren Hart ’93 Malea Barringer Jones ’93 Betty Keener Brittain ’93 Rosemary Calhoun ’93 Luther Misenheimer ’93 Katherine Swaim Stone ’93 S. Gregory McGinnis ’93 Pamela Mosteller Graves ’93 Lora Burns Wilson ’93 Kathryn Principe Benninghove ’93 Amy Sullivan Clark ’93 M. Marschalk ’93 Tami Matheny ’93 Vera Mauney Matson ’93 Robbin Johnson McGinnis ’93 Bryan Woodcock ’93 Tyrone McDaniel ’93 Michael Ram ’93 Bennett Setser ’93 Ali Hussain ’93 Sara Warren Horne ’93 Kelley Ratcliff ’93 Richard Benninghove ’93 Timothy Gwin ’93 Carmen Barnes Holden ’93

Todd Thompson ’98 Brett Duffey ’98 Joseph Murray ’98 Susan Bartlett ’98 Kara Lillie ’98 Michael Hovis ’98 Julia Osborne ’98 Holly Viegut McDaniel ’98 Ellen Roper ’98 Tonya Penland Manus ’98 Thomas Crosby ’98 Jason Hollifield ’98 Anna Quackenboss ’98 Lisa Montalvo ’98 Dustin Rushing ’98 Julia Godwin Vaughan ’98 Amy Goodman Williams ’98 Julie Bowers ’98 Christopher Mayo ’03 Kyle Cornwell ’03 Nathaniel Davidson ’03 Summer Wingler ’03 Clayton Lassiter ’03 Christy Foster ’03 Elaine Seter Bolick ’03 Brittney Hart Kondratiev ’03 Colleen Cox ’03 Christine Brock ’03 Diane Hillyer ’03 Tamara Fowler ’03 Billy Denson ’03 Sidissie Bushen ’03 Kieon McLemore ’03 Erin Coulter ’03 Lakeshia Feaster ’03 Molly Houk ’03

Sarah Dellinger Sharpe ’03 Robert Silber ’03 Amber McVey Cather ’03 Amy Bloom ’03 Amber Luckey ’03 Marla Kent ’03 Elena Varga ’03 Shanta Wright ’03 Emily Moore ’03 Adrea Tiller ’03 Heather Teig Hopkins ’03 Mauricio Rodriguez ’03 Andrew Moose ’03 James Harrison ’08 Stephen Hinds ’08 Lindsey Kenz Seaver ’08 Zachary Derberry ’08 Lesley Cross ’08 Megan Lineberger ’08 Marcus Springs ’08 Richard Kurfees ’08 Nicolle Larson Johnson ’08 Charles Brooks ’08 Sara Lambert Derberry ’08 Barry Tate ’08 Jessica Stone ’08 John Papadopulos ’08 Sarah Swann ’08 Darrell Rivers ’08 Sara Capps ’08 Morgan Campbell ’08 Mark Drucker ’08 Tabetha Jones Frost ’08

In Memoriam Dorsey W. Winstead, Jr. ’49 of Sanford on June 13 Norma Ruth Minges ’49 of Miami Springs, FL on Sept. 18, 2012 Mary Bostic Alexander ’51 of Nebo on Feb. 3 Robert Wayne Carswell ’55 of Columbia, SC on Mar. 10 The Rev. John F. Weaver ’58 – LR ’61 – LTSS of Newberry, SC on May 5

Danny Herbert Lingerfelt ’61 of Morganton on Apr. 14 The Rev. John Wesley Kale ’66 of Greensboro on Apr. 9 F. Stephen Yount ’66 of Morganton on Apr. 28 Susan Cochcroft Newton ’70 of Charlotte on Apr. 22 Stephen Douglas Furr ’83 of Midland on May 7

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Fall semester schedule of events AUGUSt


LRU Graduate School Open House



LTSS Missional Learning/Open House


Visiting Writers Series presents Lou Berney


Concert Band fall performance


Concert Series presents Jon Irabagon Jazz Trio


LR Youth Choir Fall performance

A Taste of LTSS


Visiting Writers Series presents Jon Meacham


Visiting Writers Series and the Institute for Faith and Learning presents Martin Marty


LRU Graduate School Open House


19–21 Playmakers present Wordplay


Christmas at Lenoir-Rhyne musical performances

20–21 Family Weekend


Christmas at Lenoir-Rhyne musical performances

28–30 LTSS Discernment Retreat


LRU Jazz Ensemble concert


Winter Commencement Ceremony




Institute for Faith and Learning presents Laura Stivers

Check out these websites for additional details on these events and more:


Visiting Writers Series presents James Dodson

Athletics –


Visiting Writers Series presents Junot Diaz

Graduate Program events –


A Taste of LTSS

LtSS –

27–30 Bach Festival Days


Visiting Writers Series presents A.S. Byatt

13–16 Playmakers present William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Music events – Playmakers – Visiting Writers Series – All LR Events –

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