Recent Awards and Achievements


  • The women's soccer team won the 2014 NCAA Division III National Championship, the first team in school history to win a national championship.
  • Head Coach Todd Olsen was named the Division III National Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.
  • Soccer standouts Angela Bosco '14 and Dessi Dupuy '14 were named All-Americans and Bosco is one of 11 finalists for the 2015 DIII Woman of the Year Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.
  • Samantha Bagherpour '17 made College history by winning the school's first ELITE 89 award at the NCAA Division III Soccer Championship Banquet.
  • Rachel Sadowski '14 was one of 30 women nominated nationally for the NCAA Woman of the Year in 2014 for her stellar performance on the soccer field and in the classroom.
  • The men's lacrosse team won the 2014 ODAC Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA national tournament.
  • 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 and the Outdoor title for the sixth consecutive time.


  • 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.
  • Dr. Tom Bowman, associate professor of athletic training, was named Athletic Trainer of the Year for Research by the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (VATA).

  • Dr. Roger Jones, professor and chair of leadership studies, has been designated a certified facilitator of the National Institute of School Leadership’s (NISL) Executive Development Program, providing job-embedded training for principals at all stages of their careers . Dr. Jones has also authored a new book, Focused Leadership: Instruction, Learning, and School Improvement, by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. The book is already required reading in two Virginia school divisions that have schools in improvement.

  • Geoffrey Kershner, assistant professor of theatre, has been chosen for the “Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture” by National Arts Strategies, which attempts to connect arts and culture to community life. This one-year program will serve an international group of 50 outstanding CEOs whose organizations work closely with communities.

  • Dr. Paula Youra, communications professor, wrote Vowed to Justice: The Story of Elliot and Rosel Schewel, which provides an intimate glimpse into a family whose lives have shaped the Lynchburg community for more than 100 years.

  • Dr. Eric Goff, professor of physics, was invited to speak about “Olympic dreams that make sports of physics” at the Materials for Tomorrow conference at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg/Sweden, in November 2014. The annual conference covers research, education and innovation in materials science.

  • Dr. Adam Wesley Dean, assistant professor of history, has written his first book, An Agrarian Republic: Farming, Antislavery Politics, and Nature Parks in the Civil War Era, published by the University of North Carolina Press.

  • Dr. Kern Lunsford, professor of Spanish, earned recertification from American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. This certifies Kern as one of a select group of language professionals who has demonstrated the ability to administer and rate oral proficiency interviews with a high degree of reliability—a cornerstone of our language instruction.

  • Dr. Beth McKinney, associate professor of health promotion, received the College/University Health Education Teacher of the Year Award for 2014 from the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance.

  • Dr. Brian Crim, associate professor of history, wrote a book titled, Antisemitism in the German Military Community and the Jewish Response, 1914-1938, which was published by Lexington Books, and was selected to participate in a residential seminar at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.  January 5-9, 2015.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth ’80, ’84 MEd, assistant professor of counselor education, recently received the Counselor Education award from the Lynchburg Area Counselors Association, a chapter of the Virginia Counselors Association.
  • Dr. Laura Long's new book, Out of Peel Tree, is recommended by the Oprah Book Club as a book that "every joy-seeking woman needs to read." See the story on
  • Dr. Beth Savage, assistant professor of English, has received a Chawton House Library Fellowship in conjunction with the University of Southampton (England) for October 2014.
  • Allison Wilkins, assistant professor of English, has published her first book of poetry, Girl Who, by CW Books.


  • LC students received two of the eight awards presented at the Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation in Washington, D.C. Nov. 13-15, 2014. Elizabeth O’Hara ’15 won the Outstanding Commissioner Award for the second year in a row and Grace Leahey ’15 the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award. 

  • Sarah Ellgass '15 is the 2014-15 Sommerville Scholar, the highest recognition given by the College for a distinguished academic record. She is a nursing major.

  • Evelyn “Evy” Keeney-Ritchie ’16 is one of 50 students nationwide awarded a $1,000 Study Abroad Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
  • 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.
  • Karen Butler '14 was named the 2014 Robert L. Hill Distinguished Senior, an award given to a scholar in the top 2 percent of the graduating class. She was a chemistry major with minors in psychology and biology.