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Lees-McRae College

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Lees-McRae College

191 Main Street W.

P.O Box 128

Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604

(828) 898-5241



CAMPUS AT-A-GLANCE (brief description)

A Presbyterian-affiliated institution founded in 1900 to serve the educational needs of the Southern Appalachian region, Lees-McRae College continues to provide a quality, values-based education in an ecumenical environment, inspiring and enabling individuals to contribute to a changing society with integrity and civic responsibility. Through a curriculum rooted in a liberal arts core and emphasizing leadership and service, graduates obtain knowledge, skills, and a holistic understanding of themselves and the world.


Location: Banner Elk, North Carolina (At 4,000 ft. above sea level, LMC has the highest elevation of any college campus east of the Mississippi.)

Enrollment: 882 Students






Name of Campus-Wide Center: Office of Community Outreach in the Global Community Center

Website: http://www.lmc.edu/sites/studentdevelopment/StudentLife/CommunityService/BonnerLeaders/


Type of Program: Bonner Leader

Year Began: 2001

LMC Website:  http://www.lmc.edu/sites/studentdevelopment/StudentLife/CommunityService/BonnerLeaders/

PBWiki Page: www.lmcbonner.pbwiki.com


Number of Bonner Leaders: 30

Active in Bonner AmeriCorps Ed Award: 30 



President: Dr. Barry M. Buxton

Director, Global Community Center: Scott Crawford

Director, Office of Community Outreach & Bonner Director: Selena Hilemon

AmeriCorps VISTA, Office of Community Outreach:  Michael Berger

Bonner Intern: Whitney Brandon

Bonner Congress Representatives: Matthew Strickland, Kelsi Lane


MORE ABOUT US (our partners, trips, structure, best or unique practices)




Alternative Fall and Spring Breaks     

This year our office offered two alternative spring breaks. During the Spring break 10 students traveled to Saint John in the Virgin Islands to learn about cultural differences and how the people of Saint John deal with the everyday trouble of having enough water. We visited two different hotels to compare the differences between there water uses. The group camped for four nights in Cinnamon Bay camp ground.


One group of 8 students traveled to Savanna, Georgia. They did five hours of beach clean up on Tybee Island, and also helped the Tybee Island YMCA start a community garden. They did five hours of service working at a local food bank in Savanna. The group also got to visit the Tybee Island Lighthouse, they went on a dolphin tour. The group went on a ghost tour of Savanna, toured Fort Pulaski,  and got to experience a Historical Trolley tour of Savanna.


Mountain Day of Service

An annual tradition on our campus, this year's Mountain Day of Service involved over 500 of our students, staff and faculty.  Participants take a day off from classes and volunteer on our campus and in the community.  Volunteers from Lees-McRae painted and mulched the play grounds of local elementary schools, painted fire hydrants with the volunteer fire department, cleaned the barns of a local therapeutic riding center, cleaned up playgrounds and stained the gazebos here on our campus into a new and vibrant place for students to enjoy. The day was completed with a dinner for all participants and a concert on Tate lawn for everyone to enjoy.


Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Each year the Office of Community Outreach hosts a Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on our campus for both our campus and community. Our Bonner Leaders serve as the primary organizers for this week of events that this year included a meal Drive, 50 Thanksgiving meals were collected and $10 gift cards were given for turkeys. There was also a  canned food drive that raised items for our local food pantry. We worked to collaborate with several organizations and departments on campus and successfully created a few new relationships with our new Student Recreation Complex and fortified our relationship with our Aramark Dining Services staff.


Human Rights Awareness Week

This year we showed a powerful documentary “Until the Violence Stops” was shown in Evans Auditorium. “Until the Violence Stops” features playwright and activist Eve Ensler in a film that documents how “The Vagina Monologues” grew into an international grassroots movement called V-Day to stop violence against women and girls.  This event was free and open to the public. 
Then there was  “The Vagina Monologues” which is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women.
A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. The cast of the play included students, faculty, staff and alumni.   The last event was a Green and Pink Party held in Evans Auditorium.  This event was a global movement created by One by One and the Sierra Club to raise money for fistula care. During the party two documentaries were shown that outline family planning in third world countries and the effects of fistula.  A group discussion about fistula followed.  




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Lees-McRae Congress Action Planning



Feel free to upload photos, especially of events like Orientation, First Year Trip, Second Year Exchange, Congress Representatives and Senior Interns, Campus-Wide projects, or the Bonner community.  Provide brief captions if you can.

Alternative Break '10 - St John

Virgin Islands Hike to Ram's Head



Alternative Break '10 - St. John

Getting ready to catch the boat to St. Thomas


Relay For Life '10

Matt and Amber working the stand


The Contestants for our Mock Rock

T-Swizzel, Kid Rock & Gwen Stefani brought home the winning prize for the Bonner team!


More of Bonner Mock Rock

Kid Rock and his cowboys, part of the first act




'10 Savanna Trip 

Helping start a community garden


'10 Savanna Trip


'10 Savanna Dolphin Tour


Alternative Break '09 - Southwest

Enjoying the ruins before doing trail work on the way back up


Alternative Break '09 - Southwest

Trail work on the way out of the canyon.


Alternative Break '09 - Southwest

The long hike out




Alternative Break '09 - Southwest

Serving in Canyon de Chelly




   Lees-McRae College Bonner Leaders

Christmas Party '07




  Alternative Fall Break 2006





Alternative Spring Break 2007




Alternative Spring Break 2008





   Bonner Congress 2007  

        Lynchburg, VA




              SLI 2008

        Alleghany College





        Relay For Life 2008

  Sophomore Exchange with

         Mars Hill College




 Mountain Day of Service 2008




  Freshmen Orientation 2008





     Alternative Fall Break 2008

   Jubilee Partners - Comer, GA





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