Senior Bear™ Program

The purpose of the Senior Bear™ Program is to provide seniors (adults age 55 and older) in the Hickory metro area with access to a coordinated and cost-effective range of educational programs, cultural and social activities and athletic events at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In addition, members of the Senior Bear™ Program may be asked to participate as instructors, advisors and mentors to traditional students at the university as appropriate to their interests, skills and background. All individuals interested in becoming a member of the Senior Bear™ Program should contact Janet Matthews, Manager of Event Services at (828) 328-7254 or

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