Recent Awards and Achievements


  • Sophomore Tom Sippie won the 400-meter race in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championship on March 15 in Lincoln, Neb. His was the first indoor national championship for the Hornets since 2001.
  • The men's track and field team won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Indoor title for the 17th consecutive time on March 2. LC earned 154 points, 36 more than second-place Bridgewater College.
  • The Women's Soccer team took three of the four top ODAC awards for its 2013 season. Dessi Dupuy '15 was voted the ODAC Player of the Year, Rachel Sadowski '14 earned ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Dr. Todd Olsen collected ODAC Coach of the Year accolades.  


  • Lynchburg College’s School of Business and Economics (SOBE) ranked 10th in Leadership Excellence magazine as one of the best leadership development programs in the nation.
  • President Kenneth Garren recently received the Roanoke College Medal for outstanding contributions to the college and professional accomplishments. He also received one of Lynchburg's Mayor's Awards of Excellence.
  • Dr. Laura Long, associate professor of English, won the James River Writers and Richmond Magazine 2013 Best Unpublished Novel Contest for her novel, What Will Burn.
  • Dr. Sally Selden, associate dean for academic affairs, is one of 26 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy.
  • Dr. Silvia Lozano, assistant professor of marketing, won the 2013 McGraw-Hill Distinguished Paper Award and the Best Paper Award in the Mew Media, Advertising, and Marketing Communications category. Her paper, "The Influence of Marketing Communication on Capabilities: An Empirical Study of the Antecedents of Performance in International New Ventures," was presented at the March meeting of the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators.
  • Dr. Brian Crim, associate professor of history, has been awarded a Mednick Memorial Fellowship for 2013. He will use the award to complete research in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and begin writing a book "Our Germans are better than their Germans: Project Paperclip, German Scientists and the National Security State, 1945-1955."
  • Dr. Ed Polloway, dean of graduate studies and vice president for community advancement, is one of 15 scholars who have been identified to receive the national designation of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAAIDD).
  • Dr. Randy Ribler, professor of computer science, is one of nine US scholars selected by the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) to teach at Vietnamese universities as part of its US Faculty Scholar (USFS) Program. He taught at Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU-HN) in spring 2013.
  • Dr. Elza Tiner, professor of English and Latin, was one of twenty academics selected worldwide to participate in the "Rhetoric in the 21st Century" Rhetoric Symposium at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford University, England, in July 2012. She was a visiting scholar at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, in the summer of 2013.
  • Dr. Casey Clabough, associate professor of English, received the first Bangladesh International Literary Award administered through Daffodil University in Dhaka in January 2013. He also gave several lectures and readings from his new novel, Confederado: A Novel of the Americas, at a number of universities while in Dhaka.
  • Dr. Todd Olsen was inducted to the 2012 Capital One CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association) Academic All-America Hall of Fame, which honors former Academic All-American student-athletes who have achieved lifetime success in their professional careers and are committed to philanthropic causes.
  • Dr. Patricia Aronson was inducted into the Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association (VATA) Hall of Fame and Dr. Debbie Bradney was named Educator of the Year in January 2012.
  • Dr. Jeanne Booth, associate professor of counselor education, received an award from the Lynchburg Area Counselors Association for "Outstanding Contributions to Counselor Education."
  • Dr. Tom Brickhouse, professor of philosophy, was invited to submit an article to The Harvard Review of Philosophy. The article, "Persuade or Obey," written with his longtime co-author Nick Smith, is in issue XIX of this prestigious journal in fall 2012.
  • Dr. Eric Goff, associate professor of physics, delivered the keynote address at the 9th International Conference on the Engineering of Sport at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell during summer 2012.
  • Dr. Laura Marello has published a second novel, Tenants of the Hotel Biron, which tells the story of a group of artists and their associates living together in Paris 1908-1917.


  • LC students won four awards at the National Model United Nations 2014 in New York City March 30-April 3: two Outstanding Position Paper Awards, one Outstanding Delegates in Committee Award for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Committee, and an Honorable Mention Award for the entire LC Delegation representing the Republic of the Philippines.
  • LC students received two of the eight awards presented at the Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation in Washington, D.C. Nov. 14-16. Elizabeth O’Hara ’15 won the Outstanding Commissioner Award and Courtney Elliott ’14 won the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award. For the first time, there were also four Honorable Mentions presented and two of them went to LC students Justin Hamlet ’15 and Ryan Connors ’16.
  • Garrett Corless '14 is the 2013-14 Sommerville Scholar, the highest recognition given by the College for a distinguished academic record. He is a chemistry major with minors in mathematics and biology.
  • Carrie Lee Martin ’13 received the 2013 Robert L. Hill Distinguished Senior Award, which is given to a senior in the top two percent of the class who has pursued a rigorous academic curriculum while being involved in campus and community projects. Carrie, who led her class at commencement, was a nursing major.