University City Commission extends Friends of LR program

Columbia businesses now welcome to join

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Businesses in Columbia, South Carolina, now have the opportunity to participate in the Friends of Lenoir-Rhyne Discount Program, aimed at connecting Lenoir-Rhyne University’s campus community with local businesses.

The Friends of LR Discount Program was initiated through the University City Commission (UCC), a board aimed at broadening the relationship between LR and its hometown of Hickory, North Carolina. The program allows businesses to express support for LR by offering a discount to their local University’s campus community. Currently, more than 50 businesses in the Hickory community provide LR discounts. Any business in Columbia is invited to participate in the program by offering a discount to students, faculty, and staff at LR’s Columbia Center. Businesses are also welcome to extend their discount to LR alumni.

All Friends of LR receive a flag, pennant, and stickers to display in their business, which signifies participation in the program while showing LR pride.

“The University City Commission is excited to extend our mission of growing Lenoir-Rhyne’s presence and interaction with the surrounding community to the city of Columbia,” said Mary-Margaret Baker, UCC chair. “Our Friends of LR Discount Program is an important initiative which helps enhance the collegiate atmosphere in our surrounding communities while connecting Lenoir-Rhyne students, faculty, and staff with local businesses.”

LR and the UCC are thankful for the many ways local businesses add value to the communities they serve.

Visit to learn more, view a listing of businesses already participating, and sign up.

About the Columbia Center:

In fall 2017, LR’s Columbia Center opened a Health Sciences Center on Main Street, representing continued growth for LR in the field of health sciences, and signifying a strong partnership between the University and surrounding community. The new classroom facility provided space for LR’s Occupational Therapy program, an expansion of the program offered on the Hickory campus. The Columbia Center also offers programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Human Services, and Religious Leadership.

The Columbia Center shares a campus with LTSS, which merged with LR in 2012, and is one of seven seminaries throughout the United States in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). It is the only ELCA seminary in the southeastern U.S. LTSS is an ecumenical seminary with a mission to teach, form, and nurture women and men for public ministry. Its flagship program is the Master of Divinity which enrolls students from across the country. Other degrees offered at LTSS include a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Sacred Theology, and Master of Theological Studies.

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About Lenoir-Rhyne University:

Founded in 1891, Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private liberal arts institution with 53 undergraduate degree programs and over 30 graduate degree programs. LR enrolls more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students and has had nine consecutive years of enrollment growth. LR’s main campus is located in Hickory, North Carolina, where both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered. The University also offers graduate degree programs on its campuses in Asheville, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina. The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is also located in Columbia. LR is affiliated with the NC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. The website is

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