Pet School: Lees-McRae Allows Pets In Class, Dorms - myfoxcarolinas.com

Pet School: Lees-McRae Allows Pets In Class, Dorms

Posted: Updated:
  • HickoryMore>>

  • Indy's Catawba County Connection

    Indy's Catawba County Connection

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:09:31 GMT
    Jeff Gordon captured his fifth victory in the Brickyard 400 today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His name will go down in history as the winningest NASCAR driver at the Indiana track. But, he is not the only multiple champion.
    Jeff Gordon captured his fifth victory in the Brickyard 400 today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His name will go down in history as the winningest NASCAR driver at the Indiana track. But, he is not the only multiple champion.
  • Jason Jarrett: Carrying On A Family's Legacy

    Jason Jarrett: Carrying On A Family's Legacy

    Sunday, July 27 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-07-27 17:58:54 GMT
    Last year, Ryan Newman won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As you can imagine, the team was excited and proud of the accomplishment. That was certainly true for Catawba County’s Jason Jarrett.
    Last year, Ryan Newman won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As you can imagine, the team was excited and proud of the accomplishment. That was certainly true for Catawba County’s Jason Jarrett.
  • Claremont Trying To Clear Up Letter Confusion

    Claremont Trying To Clear Up Letter Confusion

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:51:44 GMT
    City Manager Doug Barrick said the letter is something the city feels could potentially be a scam to homeowners in the Claremont community.
    City Manager Doug Barrick said the letter is something the city feels could potentially be a scam to homeowners in the Claremont community.
  • Kyle McCurryMore>>

  • Kyle McCurry

    Kyle McCurry

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-02 15:14:24 GMT
    I am a Digital Journalist based in Hickory. I cover Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and Watauga counties. I was born in Weaverville, NC. My high school dream was to be a White House correspondent, then college happened and I got involved with the radio station at Western Carolina University.
    I am a Digital Journalist based in Hickory. I cover Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and Watauga counties. I was born in Weaverville, NC. My high school dream was to be a White House correspondent, then college happened and I got involved with the radio station at Western Carolina University.

  • Indy's Catawba County Connection

    Indy's Catawba County Connection

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:09:31 GMT
    Jeff Gordon captured his fifth victory in the Brickyard 400 today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His name will go down in history as the winningest NASCAR driver at the Indiana track. But, he is not the only multiple champion.
    Jeff Gordon captured his fifth victory in the Brickyard 400 today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His name will go down in history as the winningest NASCAR driver at the Indiana track. But, he is not the only multiple champion.
  • Jason Jarrett: Carrying On A Family's Legacy

    Jason Jarrett: Carrying On A Family's Legacy

    Sunday, July 27 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-07-27 17:58:54 GMT
    Last year, Ryan Newman won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As you can imagine, the team was excited and proud of the accomplishment. That was certainly true for Catawba County’s Jason Jarrett.
    Last year, Ryan Newman won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As you can imagine, the team was excited and proud of the accomplishment. That was certainly true for Catawba County’s Jason Jarrett.
BANNER ELK, NC -

Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk offers a unique option to students who need companionship of the four-legged variety. The school is pet-friendly.

“It’s a campus-wide philosophy, if you will, about the relationship between people and animals and certainly their pets,” said Dr. Barry Buxton, president, Lees-McRae College. “It’s an appreciation for the joy and the value that they bring into our world and our lives. It’s an appreciation for how they help us grow.”

The school has designated two pet-friendly residence halls. Professors allow animals to join students in the classroom. It seems the only place pets are not allowed is in the dining facilities.

“The pet-friendly policy is what brought me to Lees-McRae,” said Jessie Reece, a senior who transferred to Lees-McRae College with her dog, Roxy. “I know that might sound foolish to some people, but she was 8 weeks old when I got her and she was 12 years old at the time. I’ve never been away from Roxy, I’ve been separated from her twice in my life...So this is a school that I can come to. I can bring my dog with me.”

The policy gave Junior Sarah Monday a good reason to buy new pet guinea pig she named Toby.

“I came running with Toby," she said. "I really liked the thought of having my little friend here with me, because it’s a stress reliever. When you’re studying in your room, you know, you’ve got a few tests that week or big exams coming up, you can take break. I love to take him outside and walk him around, play with him, or just pet him.”

While the school is open to all pets, each student goes through an interview process to see how the pet would fit in on campus. Students with pet allergies or even fears should not worry, as they can opt to live in a non-pet residence.

Administrators say the pet-friendly policy, which started in 2011, is popular with incoming and prospective students.

“It really breaks down barriers with our prospective families,” said Ginger Hansen, vice president, Lees-McRae College. “And, brings our prospective students out of their shells and allows them to engage with us more while they’re here on campus.”

The school also encourages prospective students to bring their animals to Pet-friendly Admissions Open Houses. The next event is scheduled for July 26. For more information, visit lmc.edu.

Powered by WorldNow

WJZY FOX 46
3501 Performance Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Main Number: (704) 398-0046

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices