• Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Tickets Go On Sale May 10; Two Productions Planned this Summer


    May 3, 2021  The Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season returns this June with two musicals that put the American experience at center stage. Online ticket sales begin May 10 for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “America’s Artist: The Norman Rockwell Story.” Tickets are currently available through mail order as well. This year, audience sizes will be reduced to allow for social distancing and fewer people in a single space. In accordance with North Carolina state mandates, all audience members are required to wear a mask and receive a temperature check before entering the theater. Additionally, the theatre will be thoroughly cleaned between performances. If any audience member is feeling ill prior to their selected performance, they should contact the box office to exchange their ticket for a different showing.  / Read more…



  • Red Bull Releases Rail Report Starring Blowing Rock Native Luke Winkelmann and Filmed at Lees-McRae College


    April 26, 2021 Students attending the celebratory party marking the end of the school year got to see their college campus in a new light. Lees-McRae held an end-of-semester event for students on April 15. The Bobcat Blast featured food, games, a beer garden from a local Bobcat-owned brewery, and the world premiere of Red Bull’s “Back to School Urban Snowboarding” Rail Report with Luke Winkelmann, which was filmed in February on the Lees-McRae campus. In the video, Winkelmann and fellow snowboarders Judd Henkes and Alex Caccamo slide down stair rails on their boards, landing jumps into mountains of snow. The video shoot took place over three days in February. Appalachian Ski Mountain carted in the snow and the Lees-McRae ski and snowboard team helped the athletes build the jumps, turning the college campus into a temporary playground for some of the best snowboarders in the country.  / Read more…



  • LMC Students Come Together to Sew Wildlife Pouches for Those Affected by Australian Wildfires


    January 17, 2020. Students at Lees-McRae took matters into their own hands this week bringing relief to those affected by Australian wildfires. On Tuesday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 16, 25 students lead by Director of Library Services Jess Bellemer sewed 21 pouches for baby marsupials. Held in the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons Makerspace—a dedicated space where students can design, craft, sew, podcast, and more—Bellemer guided students of all skill levels through the process. “The goal of the makerspace is to connect students with making skills that they’ll take with them beyond their Lees-McRae experience,” Bellemer said. “The pouch making workshops showed them how they can use a skill such as sewing to support victims in a terrible crisis on the other side of the world. I think learning to sew and making usable materials for animals in need really clicked with the students.” / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Signs Guaranteed Admission Agreement with Blue Ridge Community College


    September 6, 2019. Lees-McRae College in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) will now offer guaranteed acceptance to all BRCC graduates as part of a recently signed articulation agreement between the two institutions. Called the Promise Program, the articulation agreement will enable eligible students from BRCC’s campus to complete their four-year degree at Lees-McRae. President Lee King and Laura B. Leatherwood, president of BRCC, signed the agreement on the campus of Lees-McRae on Thursday, Sept. 5 in the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons. Lees-McRae Vice President for Enrollment Management Erin Healey said, “Opportunity happens when people put their minds together to create positive change. We are working to remove barriers and are dedicated to making education accessible to our communities.” / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College is Named a College of Distinction Earning the National Designation for the Third Year in a Row

    August 7, 2019. Joining alongside 13 of North Carolina’s top institutions—including Appalachian State University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Western Carolina University in the public sector, and private institutions including Elon University and Wake Forest University—Lees-McRae is named a College of Distinction. Additionally, the business, education, and nursing programs were recognized for extraordinary professional programming. Colleges of Distinction, an online resource for students researching both private and public institutions across the U.S., reviews and compiles lists of colleges they believe to be the “best places to learn, grow, and succeed,” according to the website.  / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Community Members Gather to Unveil Renamed Frankie Ramsey Needham Alumni House


    July 17, 2019. In the midafternoon on Friday, July 12, campus community members and alumni visiting for the Frolic weekend gathered to celebrate the legacy of Frankie Ramsey Needham ’55H and unveil the formerly-named Alumni House as the Frankie Ramsey Needham Alumni House in her honor. Having retired just a few weeks prior, Needham’s tenure of 47 years marked the longest-ever service in the history of the institution. After graduating from Avery County High School in 1972, Needham began at Lees-McRae under the guidance of then-president Dr. H.C. Evans Jr. as a secretary within the alumni affairs office. Working her way up the ranks since her start, Needham retired as the Director of Advancement Services. Both Lees-McRae President Lee King and Chairman of the Board of Trustees W. McNair Tornow shared their thoughts on Needham’s retirement and wished her the best. / Read more…



  • Gov. Roy Cooper Presents Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Director Janet Barton Speer the Order of the Long Leaf Pine


    July 12, 2019. With rousing applause and a standing ovation, Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Artistic Director Janet Barton Speer was presented with the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine Thursday, July 11 at the opening night of From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story, of which she wrote and directed. Lees-McRae President Lee King and Board of Trustees member Barbara Miller Whitton, who presented the award, nominated Speer for the honor. Created in 1963, the award is one of several civilian-focused honors the governor of North Carolina can bestow. On several occasions, the award has been regarded as the highest-ranking civilian honor achievable even though—legally—that designation is given to the North Carolina Award. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented to “persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact on…North Carolina,” according to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society website. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Volleyball Releases Information on Summer Camps


    March 8, 2019 The Lees-McRae College women’s volleyball team released information on its summer camps on Thursday. Over the course of the summer months, the Bobcats will host three different camps: Elite ID Clinic, Youth Skills Camp, Bobcat Skills Camp. For more information on each, see below. The first camp will be the Elite ID Clinic. This clinic will take place on May 27 from 8 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. It is geared towards girls in grades 9-12 that are looking to continue their playing careers after high school. The clinic will be operated like a normal volleyball practice and attendees will learn all of the skills involved in becoming a better volleyball player. Cost is $130 per camper, which includes meals and a Lees-McRae volleyball t-shirt. The second camp will be the Youth Skills Camp on June 20-21. The session will be 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. This camp is open to all girls and boys in grades 4-8. During this camp these ‘Little Bobcats’ will learn news skills in a fun-filled environment that translates into beginning to play volleyball. Cost is $85 per camper ($100 walk up day of). Meals will not be provided but will offer a concession stand and pizza for purchase. Each camper will receive a Lees-McRae volleyball t-shirt. / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine President Blake DeMaso Named Lees-McRae College 2019 Commencement Speaker


    March 7, 2019 Blake DeMaso, owner and president of Summit Publishing and Mountain High Media, will address graduates during the Lees-McRae College commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. His publishing company, Summit Publishing, produces two regional outdoor print magazines with accompanying digital platforms: Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, which serves the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and Elevation Outdoors Magazine, which serves central Colorado. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, now in its 24th year, is dedicated to adventure seekers who want to learn more about outdoor pursuits, festivals and events, gear, outdoor hotspots, and regional outdoor news, according to DeMaso. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae English Professor to Lead Illustrated Lecture on Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


    February 26, 2019 Learn about the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, during the next Lees-McRae Stephenson Center for Appalachia lecture on Thursday, March 7. Starting at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium at the Cannon Student Center, Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia and English professor Michael Joslin will lead the illustrated lecture on Rawlings’ season in the mountains in 1936. Escaping from Florida heat, humidity, and malaria, Rawlings came to Banner Elk to research material and work on the first draft of her book, The Yearling, which later became a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and a movie that won Oscars and a Golden Globe. The program will examine what she learned from her mountain experience and how it affected her writing. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Theatre Arts Presents ‘Silent Sky’ February 21–24


    February 19, 2019 If you like stories about underdogs and unsung heroes, you’ll love Silent Sky. Lauren Gunderson’s drama focuses on the life of 20th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, who changed the way we see the universe. But despite her monumental discoveries, Leavitt remains largely unknown. The Lees-McRae Theatre Arts program will tell Leavitt’s story later this month in their production ofSilent Sky. The play will be performed Feb. 21–23 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre. When Leavitt began working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she wasn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she and her fellow women “computers” were expected to chart the stars and do the math for their boss—a renowned male astronomer who had no time for women’s theories. Nevertheless, Leavitt persisted, and her discoveries changed the way we understand the heavens. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Celebrates Eighth Annual Appalachian Heritage Week April 9-13

    April 4, 2018. Join Lees-McRae College in celebrating spring’s return to the mountains during the eighth annual Appalachian Heritage Week April 9–13. Sponsored by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, the College will highlight coal mining and other unique aspects of mountain heritage throughout the week. / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

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    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Lees-McRae College Theatre Arts Presents the Musical “Big Fish” on Feb. 22-25 

    https://www.hcpress.com/arts/lees-mcrae-college-theatre-arts-presents-big-fish-feb-22-25.html
    Feb. 7, 2018. Relationships can be difficult to navigate, especially those between parents and children, and even more particularly between fathers and sons. Lees-McRae Theatre Arts presents the story of one such fraught relationship with the musical Big Fish Feb. 22–25. / Read more…



  • Dueling Appalachian Poets: A Lees-McRae College Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture 

    https://www.hcpress.com/arts/dueling-appalachian-poets-lees-mcrae-college-stephenson-center-appalachia-lecture.html
    Feb. 16, 2018. The Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College invites everyone to spend an hour with two distinguished Appalachian poets, Dr. Don Johnson and Dr. Jesse Graves, on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center beginning at 7 p.m. / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • The American Red Cross: Give Blood Now, Help Save Lives by Next Month

    Dec. 20,, 2017. The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets. Donors of all blood types are encouraged to donate blood this holiday season. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Donates Over 1,000 Pounds of Food to Feeding Avery Families 

    Dec. 20, 2017. Over 1,000 pounds of food in the form of cans, dry-goods and other non-perishable items were donated to local food bank, Feeding Avery Families, by the help of Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College May School of Nursing and Health Sciences Receives 10-year Continued Accreditation

    Dec. 8, 2017. For years, Lees-McRae College has been providing students with a cutting-edge education to take on the healthcare world. With programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the school will continue to offer its expanding programs for another confirmed decade. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Organic Garden Club Kick Starts Campus-Wide Green Initiative

    Nov. 20, 2017. With help from a $3,000 grant, the Lees-McRae Outdoor Recreation Management program, in conjunction with the organic garden club, has begun a brand new, three-part, campus-wide green initiative. The $3,000 BB&T Leadership Initiative grant, with the sole purpose of bringing leadership opportunities to campuses nation-wide, will give the organic garden club the financial ability to implement a recycling plan for both residence halls and academic buildings, a compost program and a weekly litter pickup schedule. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Cheerleading Team Hosts Fall Clinic Saturday, Nov. 18

    November 15, 2017. The Lees-McRae College cheerleading team will host a fall cheerleading clinic on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Student Recreation Complex from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The clinic is open to elementary, middle and high school students who are interested in learning from collegiate-level coaches.  / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Hosts Childhood Holocaust Survivor Nov. 16

    https://www.hcpress.com/banner-elk/lees-mcrae-college-hosts-childhood-holocaust-survivor-nov-16.html
    November 11, 2017. Lees-McRae College will host childhood survivor of the Holocaust, Louise Lawrence-Israëls, to speak about her experience and life story on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium. Lawrence-Israëls volunteers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. to honor the memories of her family along with others who struggled during World War II. “German forces had invaded the Netherlands in May 1940 and set up a German administration,” according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Theatre Arts Presents And Then They Came For Me: Remembering The World of Anne Frank, Nov. 17–19      

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    November 8, 2017.  Become immersed in the heartbreaking and hopeful Lees-McRae Theatre Arts production of And Then They Came For Me: Remembering The World of Anne Frank from Nov. 17–18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre. And Then They Came For Me: Remembering The World of Anne Frank is a unique theatrical experience that brings the stories of holocaust survivors Evan Schloss and Ed Silverberg to life by blending video interviews with live action. / Read more…



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