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Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes Jack Hanna on March 27th

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DATE: February 20, 2017

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Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes Jack Hanna

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome Jack Hanna to its Hickory campus on Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The famous animal expert and conservationist will share the stage with a variety of his favorite animal ambassadors. The doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. and Hanna will be available for autographs beginning at 6:15 p.m. This is Hanna’s second visit to LRU; over 1,300 guests enjoyed his first appearance in October of 2011.

“We are very excited to welcome Jack Hanna back to LRU,” said Assistant Provost and Dean of Student Life, Katie Fisher. “He has dedicated his life to the awareness and conservation of the animal kingdom. We consider it a privilege to be able to hear, firsthand, about his experiences and learn about the array of animals he will bring to LR.”

Tickets for the event are $15 per person and are currently available through the University Box Office.   

“Since Jack’s visit in 2011, we have had countless requests to bring him back to campus,” Fisher said. “His love of animals and passion for wildlife conservation is contagious, and his presentations are energizing, enlightening, as well as entertaining. We hope our campus and community members will fill the gymnasium to welcome Jack and take advantage of this unique opportunity.”  Fisher added that school and youth groups and other organizations are encouraged to attend.

Jungle Jack Hanna explores the corners of the globe as one of the most respected animal ambassadors. His enthusiasm and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, television personality, author and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds.

Recognized as America’s favorite zookeeper, Hanna has made countless television appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Fox News programs, and CNN News programs. Hanna took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating three nationally televised programs.  Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures ran for 10 years and is still currently in syndication. Most recently, the Columbus Zoo and Nationwide Insurance have partnered to sponsor the Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and a show on ABC, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit The LR Box Office is located at the entrance of P.E. Monroe Auditorium and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased with credit card or cash at the LR Box Office in person or by telephone at 828.328.7206. Discounts and group rates will not apply for this event. Requests for hearing impaired services should be made two weeks in advance of the event by calling 828.328.3296. The Shuford Gymnasium is handicapped accessible.


About Lenoir-Rhyne University:

Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded in 1891 and is a private, Lutheran, coeducational university with its primary campus in Hickory, NC. Academic programs include more than 50 undergraduate majors and 26 graduate programs. Other campus locations include the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, NC, the Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, SC, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary also in Columbia. Today, more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled across all campuses. Lenoir-Rhyne is affiliated with the NC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. The website is


About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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