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We are what we remember – Lenoir-Rhyne University forum to focus on memory

Fri Mar 7 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Memory matters. Think about it.

Without memory we would live in an eternal present devoid of internal and external context. Its loss would cost us a portion of our humanity.

Memory is essential for self awareness, vital for interpersonal connections and key for the development of community. The reason is simple: Humans are born storytellers. The stories we tell about ourselves help us form and display our identities. The stories we tell about our friends, family and community are key to finding and maintaining our place in the world.

The theme for Lenoir-Rhyne University’s 2014 Humanities Forum is “Memory Matters.” The forum is being held at the Blowing Rock Conference Center from May 30 until June1. Early registration has begun.

As memory is key to storytelling, storytelling is key to LR’s 2014 forum. This year’s keynote speaker is Jim Dodson.  He will be speaking on “Memory and Memoir.”  He’ll also be leading a writing workshop called “The Memoir: Getting Started.”

Dodson is one of today’s most esteemed golf writers, and is editor of award-winning PineStraw Magazine in Southern Pines, North Carolina—the arts and culture magazine of the Carolina Sandhills.

He wrote a column for Golf Magazine for nearly 20 years. Dodson’s work has appeared in more than 50 magazines and newspapers worldwide. His bestselling books include a memoir of a golf trip across the U.K. with his terminally ill father called “Final Rounds.” Dodson also wrote “A Golfers Life: Arnold Palmer,” and “Ben Hogan: An American Life,” which won the USGA International Book Award in 2005. His most recent book is “American Triumvirate: How Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson Created the Modern Age of Golf”.

This is the 33rd year of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Humanities Forum. The three-day event allows the public to reserve a place to listen to some of LR’s best and brightest experts shed some insightful light on the topic of memory.

LR’s six presenters come from a variety of disciplines including the schools of music, philosophy, communication, psychology, English and history.

MUSIC

Dr. John Cheek is a music professor and an accomplished concert pianist. He will address the methods musicians use to memorize and perform massively complex compositions. Cheek will detail the process of integrating analytic skill with tactile, aural, and visual intelligence.

Cheek is a top prize-winner in a number of important national and international music competitions. He’s also a Fulbright Scholar who spent 2001 in Armenia performing in concerts and teaching courses on American music. Cheek’s most recent performance album is called “The 99 Beautiful Names of God.”

PHILOSOPHY

LR philosophy professor Dr. Michael Deckard is going to examine the intersection of memory and imagination. He will seek to answer the question, “What is the difference between memory and imagination—fantasy and reality?”

Deckard will discuss the therapeutic function of déjà vu and the “ah-ha moment.” He will draw from several literary and scientific sources as he works to answer a single poignant question: “What is the difference between memory and imagination, fantasy and reality?”

COMMUNICATION

If you don’t know something—Google it. How many of us keep Google close by so that we can gather information instantly when we’re using our computers?

What we remember depends in large part on how we retrieve information and how we process what we discover. Communication professor Dr. Jeffrey Delbert will explore how the pervasiveness of Google’s search engine is changing our brains.

Delbert says Google is making a big difference on how human’s think. It’s not the first innovation that has impacted human memory but it’s the most recent one and it’s changing us daily. Delbert will outline how Google has changed what we remember, how we remember events and also how we use information.

PSYCHOLOGY

If you’ve ever reminisced with people about shared experiences you’ve probably found yourself listening to a friend’s version of events and been surprised by how different it is from the version you remember.

Psychology professor Dr. Amy Hedrick is going to focus on the ways in which we learn to tell our stories and how our conversations with others about the past can strengthen and elaborate not only our memories, but also our sense of self.

Hedrick specializes in how social exchanges influence the development of children’s cognitive skills in multiple contexts and the causal link between young children’s exposure to elaborative language during and after a novel experience and subsequent recall.

ENGLISH

English professor Dr. Jennifer Heller’s session will be interactive. Participants will bring an object that reminds them of a personal story. Heller will expound on how humans excel at triggering memories and narratives through the use of personal totems as the audience participates by telling the tales inspired by their chosen items.

It takes very little—a photo, a stone, a scent—to recover the rush of emotive recall that accompanied the acquisition of the object. We can make virtually anything into a souvenir whose function is to help us remember the stories that form our own histories.

HISTORY

Generations have common historical touchstones. You can get a good estimate of someone’s age by evaluating their answers to the following questions: Where were you when:
Martin Luther King was assassinated?
Men first landed on the moon?
The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded?
The Twin Towers fell?

Osama bin Laden was killed?

Remembering “Where you were when” can be a key indicator for who you were, who you are and how far you’ve come. History Professor Dr. Veronica McComb will discuss the way we orient ourselves by creating a kind of time capsule of memories that we share as oral histories. She calls it the transformative power of collective experience and collective memory. She will examine the art, artistry, and limitations of creating collective memories through oral history.

For more information and to register go to http://lineberger-center.lr.edu/humanities-forum or call Dr. Rand Brandes at (828) 328-7077.

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LR photojournalist: No. 1 in NOLA — First prize in photo shootout goes to local standout

Thu Nov 14 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — The image of a silver-painted man wearing jeweled clothing and clutching a trumpet on a New Orleans street corner earned top honors for an LR student at this year’s National College Media Convention.

Tiffany Fields, a Lenoir-Rhyne University junior, took First Prize in this year’s Photo Shootout contest in New Orleans.

Fields, 20, of Marion, and about 100 of her fellow college photojournalists took part in the Shootout. The theme was “All that jazz.” The assignment: take a photo that captures the spirit of New Orleans by telling a complete story in a single image—and get it done in 48 hours.

The 79 entries included photos of subjects from street performers, artists and musicians to NOLA’s flamboyant locals and tourists.

Fields shot more than 200 photos in search of a winning image but she came up empty with only a few hours to go before the contest deadline. She wasn’t happy with her photographs and was having second thoughts about entering anything at all when she got the break she needed less than three hours before all entries were due.

Bo Battle, also known as Silver-Man, was sitting motionless at the corner of Decatur and St. Phillip deep in the heart of the French Quarter.

“He wouldn’t move or speak unless you gave him money. I had to give him $1 or he wouldn’t talk to me,” Fields said. “He would talk for a minute then freeze again. I think it cost me $3 to get my shot.”

Fields shot about 30 frames of Silver-Man in natural outdoor light at about 9 a.m. with her Nikon D5000. The only photo editing she did was to pump up the contrast. Light, composition, timing and skill did the rest.

The winners were announced Monday night.

“I was on the phone with one of my photographers from the student newspaper when I got the email on my phone,” Fields said. “I screamed when I got the news—well, I squealed like a little 12-year-old girl actually.”

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An evening with golf storyteller and historian: James Dodson

Mon Oct 7 2013

September 24, 2013

(Monday, Oct. 14, 7:00pm, Green Room Community Theatre in Newton)

Fans of golf legends Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer will be interested to know that the author who collaborated with both men on their autobiographies is coming to town and he will be speaking in Newton at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 as part of the LRU Visiting Writers Series.  This event is co-sponsored by the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.

James Dodson has been writing about the game of golf and the men who excel at it for the past two decades. His latest book, “American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf” was published in February of this year.

For two decades he was a Contributing Editor and regular columnist for Golf Magazine, and Golf and Travel Correspondent for American Express’ magazine Departures. Dodson’s work has appeared in over 50 magazines and newspapers worldwide. His writing has won more than a dozen awards from the Golf Writers of America and other industry organizations. He recently served as Distinguished Charles Rubin Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University in Virginia.

And he’s a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland.

His best known books include “A Golfers Life” (with Arnold Palmer), and “Ben Hogan:  An American Life,” which won the USGA International Book Award in 2005.  “A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life’s Lessons” was named Top Golf Book of the Year in 2009 by the International Network of Golf. In 2008, he was a featured commentator in the HBO documentary “Back Nine at Cherry Hills.”

This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

Sponsors of the 2013-2014 Series include:  Crowne Plaza–Hickory, WFAE 90.7fm, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

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Students Earn a Place on the LRU President and Dean’s Lists for Fall 2012

Mon Feb 18 2013

Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the President and Dean’s Lists for the 2012 fall semester. Students qualifying for President’s list must be undergraduates with a semester grade point average of 3.9 or better on a 4.0 scale, provided the student carried at least 12 hours of letter-graded courses.

Qualifying students on the Dean’s List posted a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better, provided no grade was below a “C”. He/she must also have carried at least 12 hours of letter-graded courses.

Note: We are pleased to publicize the President’s List and Dean’s List as a service to our students and their families. If you feel you have been omitted from this list in error, please read the frequently asked questions before you call and email. Thank you!

For information on submitting your student’s name and honor to your local newspaper, click here.

LRU President’s List – Fall 2012 (N.C. Only)

LRU President’s List – Fall 2012 (Outside N.C.)

LRU Dean’s List – Fall 2012 (N.C. Only)

LRU Dean’s List – Fall 2012 (Outside N.C.)


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President’s List and Dean’s List FAQ

Tue Jan 31 2012

We are happy to publish the President’s List and Dean’s List as a service to our students and their families. Before you call or e-mail about these lists, please read the following:

Q: I’m a graduate student and my name is not on the list, but it should be.
A: Graduate students are not eligible to be on these lists.

Q: I’m a part-time student and my name should be on the list, but it’s not.
A: To be eligible for inclusion, students must be undergraduates taking at least 12 semester hours for which they receive letter grades.

Q: I still think I should be on the list, but I’m not.
A: Carefully re-read the first paragraph of the posting, which explains who is eligible for these honors and make sure you are qualified. If you still feel you should be on the list, but aren’t, please contact Jean Beaver at jean.beaver@lr.edu or 828-328-7112. (more…)

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LRU, We Have An App For That!

Thu May 19 2011

Available this week in the Apple App Store is the official Lenoir-Rhyne University app. The free app is designed to provide an abundance of information to prospective students, current students, alumni, and the Hickory community. The app can be downloaded on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

The app is well timed as summer finds new students preparing to come to campus in August and they want to explore their new university.

“Though the official campus visit is an important tool, it was a logical step to create an on-line self guided tour and offer other information geared toward a generation that thrives on technology,” said Mike Langford, director of marketing and communications at L-R. The app was developed by the L-R marketing office in collaboration with Slicker Interactive, a Charleston, SC based company that specializes in innovations for Apple products. (more…)

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Best-selling author to speak at LRU Visiting Writers Series

Fri Mar 11 2011

Ted PetersInternationally acclaimed best selling author David Baldacci will be the guest author at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 pm, in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus.

This event is co-sponsored by the Hickory Public Library. A book signing will be held prior to the reading at 5:00-6:00 pm at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory. The book signing and reading are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required or offered.

Baldacci shocked the publishing world when he burst on the literary scene with his incredible first novel, Absolute Power. Since then he has written eighteen additional best selling works including Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, Wish You Well, Last Man Standing, True Blue, and his latest blockbuster, Deliver Us From Evil. (more…)

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Teaching Fellows make study trip to Germany

Mon Jun 21 2010

Fourteen N.C. Teaching Fellows from Lenoir-Rhyne University recently returned from an eight-day study trip to Europe.

The students and four chaperones met with their counterparts at the University of Magdeburg-Stendal in what was formerly part of East Germany. They also visited elementary and secondary school classrooms in Germany.

The students who participated in the trip, and their hometowns, are as follows: Desirae Ball, Mooresville; Krysten Bolick, Conover; Tyler Bumgarner, Taylorsville; Aaron Campbell, Roxboro; Leia DeWald, Washignton; Sarah Grier, Moooresville; Kelley Hensley, Asheville; Brittany Keaton, Tobaccoville; Brian Mulligan, Claremont; Leah Staton, Cherryville; Chase Tutttle, Winston-Salem; Laura Waller, Sneads Ferry; Stephanie Watts, Statesville; Kimberly Wood, Elkin.

The trip is part of a recently formed partnership between Lenoir-Rhyne University and the German university that provides for student exchanges as well as short-term visits. Three students from the University of Magdeburg-Stendal were students at LRU last fall.

Dr. Joyce Davis, director of the Teaching Fellows at LRU, said research and global education are important parts of the university program. She plans to continue the partnership with the University of Magdeburg-Stendal by taking each class of L-R Teaching Fellows to Germany during their junior year. (more…)

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Communications students meet with Chinese professor

Thu Mar 4 2010

The Internet is helping to expose the Chinese people to more foreign ideas, said Visiting Professor Cui Ping of China.

Her comments were made during a discussion with Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Communications Club. She was invited to speak to the group of communications majors about the differences between U.S. and Chinese media. She said she is not an expert in this subject. But she answered questions about Chinese culture, media and government.

Ping’s one-year stay in Hickory is being co-sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne and Catawba Valley Community College. She is teaching Mandarin Chinese at the two schools and is also speaking to local groups about Chinese life and culture.

Access to foreign newspapers, magazines and television programming is restricted in China, she said. In China, the news media are considered the voice of the government. However, she said TV hosts are now more likely to ask tough questions of government officials than in the past.

Access to the Internet is widely available, and it has made many Chinese people more aware of ideas and attitudes outside their own country, she said. Although China has been historically cautious about contact with foreigners, that attitude is beginning to change. (more…)

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President’s List and Dean’s List FAQs

Mon Feb 22 2010

We are happy to publish the President’s List and Dean’s List as a service to our students and their families. Before you call or e-mail about these lists, please read the following:

Q: I’m a graduate student and my name is not on the list, but it should be.
A: Graduate students are not eligible to be on these lists.

Q: I’m a part-time student and my name should be on the list, but it’s not.
A: To be eligible for inclusion, students must be undergraduates taking at least 12 semester hours for which they receive letter grades.

Q: I still think I should be on the list, but I’m not.
A: Carefully re-read the first paragraph of the posting, which explains who is eligible for these honors and make sure you are qualified. If you still feel you should be on the list, but aren’t, please contact Jean Beaver at jean.beaver@lr.edu or 828-328-7112.

Q: My name is on the incorrect list.
A: Carefully read the first paragraph of the posting, which explains who is eligible for these honors and make sure you are qualified. If you still feel you are on the wrong list, please contact Jean Beaver at jean.beaver@lr.edu or 828-328-7112.

Q: My name is listed under the incorrect city or state.
A: The President’s List and Dean’s List are compiled using the “hometown” or “preferred address” you gave to the Registrar’s Office. If you want the list to contain a different address, you will need to change this information with the Registrar’s Office.

Q: Can I have press releases sent to more than one newspaper?
A: Due to time and staff limitations, we do not provide this service. If you want additional newspapers to publish this information, we suggest you contact these newspapers directly. Any publication wishing to publish this information is welcome to download it from our website.

Q: Why hasn’t my local newspaper published my name yet?
A: Check the date that this item was posted on our news website (at the top of each posting), then add two to three more weeks. This is the average time it takes most newspapers to publish these news items, but some take longer.

Many larger newspapers do not publish Dean’s List or President’s List news items.

Q: I’ve waited 2-3 weeks, and my local paper still hasn’t published this item. What should I do?
A: Call your local newspaper and politely ask if they publish these types of releases. If the answer is yes, ask if they have received this release from Lenoir-Rhyne. If not, it is possible it has been accidentally deleted or lost in cyberspace. It is also possible we were unable to determine which paper we should send your release to, or that we do not have a correct e-mail for that paper.

Ask the person at the newspaper for the e-mail address where these items should be sent. Then e-mail the name of the newspaper, newspaper e-mail address, plus your name, and the name of the list you are on, to maggie.greene@lr.edu. Most newspapers will not publish the names of out-of-area students.

Q: Why is it taking so long for the President’s List and Dean’s List to be posted on the website?
A: We generate these lists as quickly as possible after the end of each semester. However, we have limited time and staff.

Thank you for reading this far!! You get an A+ for following directions and will do well in life!


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