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Published Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 11:07 am

LMC Staley Lectures to Host Dr. Conrad Ostwalt

Lees-McRae welcomes Dr. Conrad Ostwalt, Professor of Religious Studies at Appalachian State University, as the spring 2016 Staley Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Ostwalt will present a series of three public lectures following the theme of Millennial Dawn in America: The Evolution of Spirituality, the Church and God.  Each lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium and will cover the following topics:

  • The Evolution of American Religion: Millennials, Nones and Emergent Spirituality on February 4
  • The Evolution of the American Church:  Megachurches and the Emergent Church on February 11
  • The Evolution of God:  Relational Theology and an Emergent God on February 18

“We are thrilled to offer the Staley lectures this February,” said Associate Professor of Religion Michael Vines.  “As a preeminent scholar in the field, Dr. Ostwalt brings his thoughtful analysis of the current state of Christianity in America to Lees-McRae. We invite students, faculty, staff and the community to enjoy the series.”

Dr. Conrad (Ozzie) Ostwalt has served in Appalachian State’s Religious Studies department since 1988.  His teaching areas include religion in America, religion and culture, religion and film and religion and literature. In addition to teaching, he has published dozens of scholarly articles and five books, the most recent an expanded and revised 2nd edition of Secular Steeples:  Popular Culture and the Religious Imagination.

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Series is a project of the Thomas F. Staley Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Staley of Rye, New York established the Lectureship in the fall of 1969 in memory of their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley and Judge and Mrs. H.H. Haynes, to promote the Christian message among students at small, church-related colleges. The Foundation seeks to bring distinguished scholars and artists who truly believe, and can clearly communicate the Christian gospel, to college and university campuses across America.

See A Patch of Blue at Watauga Library Feb. 11

The Watauga County Public Library’s movie group invites you to join us for a viewing of A Patch Of Blue on February 11th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Director Guy Green’s 1965 film A Patch Of Blue tells the story of a blind, uneducated white girl (Shelley Winters) who is befriended by an African-American man (Sidney Poitier) that is determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.

This film has an MPAA rating of Unrated and an approximate run-time of 105 minutes.

For more information please call (828) 264-8784 ext. 2

ASU Early Music Ensemble to Perform Feb. 7

Harmonia Baroque, the Hayes School of Music’s early music ensemble, will perform Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

Ensemble members are  Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, traverse, Alicia Chapman, hautbois, Chandler Fadero, violin, Priscilla Porterfield, mezzo-soprano, Corinne Cassini, cello, Nick Allion, cello, Douglas James, theorbo, and Michael Bell, harpsichord.

The program will feature works from the 17th and 18th centuries, including compositions by Giovanni Platti, Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco, Jean-Baptiste Lully and Henry Purcell.

Beer and Cookies, College Week Coming Up at Beech

Beech Mountain Brewing Co. presents its very first beer pairing night Friday January, 29th 2016.  The tasting starts at 5pm, at $10 per person receive a flight of five beers selectively paired with an assortment of Girl Scout cookies.  That’s right beer and Girl Scout cookies…does it get any better?

The selected flight of beers include:

  • 5506′ Pale Ale: Hoppy-Citrus-Elevated. The 5506′ Pale Ale has an excellent supporting malt backbone while showcasing American C hops – centennial, cascade, and chinook – a prime example of the American Pale Ale style.
  • Patroller Porter: Roast-Coffee-Relax. With its roasted complexity, this beer is a coffee lover’s dream brew, reminiscent of your favorite winter warmer.
  • Wee Heavy Bevvy Scotch Ale: Rich-Caramel-Smooth. Recommended as a slow drinking beer, you’ll discover layers of caramel, dark fruit and roast in this complex heavy bevvy.
  • Beech Blonde: Light-Refreshing-Fun. This smooth golden ale offers a clean, honey flavor to enjoy every season.
  • Powderbowl IPA: Tropical-Pine-Lit. The smooth bitterness of this brew is complimented with pine, citrus, and tropical hops.

This delicious assortment of beers will be paired with new and classic favorites of Girl Scout cookies. To find out which cookies pair best with Beech Mountain Brewing Co. beers, you’ll have to be there!

As if beer and cookies isn’t already as good as it gets; The Nautical Wheelers will perform in the Beech Mountain Brewing Co. from 5:30 to 9pm! This acoustic trio hails from the foothills for North Carolina performing original tracks mixed with covers from some of the best music ever created.  Drawing influences from 70’s rock, country, and blues this band has something for everyone.  There is no cover to attend the show. All ages are welcome.

**Beech Mountain Resort has no affiliation with the Girl Scouts of America.


Unbelievable discounts,  live music and more during

CollegeWeek at Beech Mountain Resort.

Friday January 29th @ 5:00p.m. – February 7 @ 5:00 pm

Beginning January 30th through February 7th, save big on lift tickets with a valid student ID when presented in the Group Sales office. Discounts on rental equipment are also available through the Group Sales office; advance reservations are required. For a more detailed breakdown of pricing click here (you do not need a group of 15 to get the discounted rates, just a valid college ID).

CollegeWeek would not be complete without live music performances in the Beech Mountain Brewing Co. and the Beech Tree Bar and Grille. Kicking the week off, join us for a Girl Scout Cookie and Beer pairing. With live music from the Nautical Wheelers, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Join us Saturday, in the Beech Tree Bar and Grille for live music from Shelby Rae Moore.  The following weekend, Red Bull returns bringing a two live DJs both Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th. DJ performances will be held daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in both the Beech Tree Village and on the Skybar deck. Finish off your Saturday night with live music from Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band!

For the best deals on lift tickets, the best party scene, and the best skiing in NC, visit Beech Mountain Resort for College Week!

ASU to Test Campus Siren on Wednesday

Appalachian State University will test its campus siren warning system Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 11:55 a.m.

Examples of the tones that are used in an emergency or during tests can be heard online at uses the “hi/low” tone for emergencies; “discontinuous air horn” for tests of the system; the “alert” tone for all-clear signal; and the “wail” tone for tornado warnings.

For more information about the university’s AppState ALERT voice/text/e-mail notification system, visit

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