Making Their Mark
The Fall 2013 edition of the LC Magazine features eleven impressive alumni. Read their accounts about how their LC experience helped them meet the the College’s goals of fostering leadership, service, diversity, and wellness. Enjoy their success stories and check out other impressive #LCSuccessStories on Twitter.
Healing with EmpathyDr. Isaac "Ike" Wood '78
Since graduating from Lynchburg College in 1978, I have had the privilege of becoming a psychiatrist, teacher, and leader at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
An Early IntegratorHelen Mundy Witt ’67,’78 MEd
In 1967, I was extremely honored to become the first African-American to graduate from Lynchburg College, where I had the privilege of enjoying many wonderful experiences. While integration was new to the College, it was hardly new to me. My father was white but, as a baby, he had been left ...
Paying it ForwardSusan Cary Strickland ’75
I came to Lynchburg College not quite sure who I was or what I would become. I knew that a technical field was out and I liked to write. For the first time, sitting in small classes on a tree-laden campus that seemed ancient to me, my opinion mattered. I discovered I loved history ...
Fit for a LifetimeKristin Kowit Solmose ’01, ’03 MBA
While at LC, I was a soccer player, ran track for a year, and was also involved in the student council as my class treasurer. I majored in health promotion with minors in coaching and sports relations. I interned at a local fitness facility as well as Miriam’s House, designed to serve homeless women ...
Helping Kids in CrisisStephanie Loveridge '13 MSN
Graduating from LC in January 2013 was a major accomplishment. Having been out of college for fifteen years, getting back into the swing of academia was a real challenge. I had to reorient myself to literature searches, APA format, and how to study. But it was all worth it in the end.
Transformative LeadershipMary Elcano ’71
As the acting president of the American Red Cross in 2008, I found myself standing before a crowd of 3,000 employees, volunteers, and donors giving the keynote speech at the Red Cross National Convention. My message was: "We’re all interims! That’s right. We are all supporting actors ...
Serving as a Citizen-LegislatorRobert Duff ’93
Norwalk, Connecticut has been my lifetime home, a diverse city on the shore of Long Island Sound. Family ties here go back five generations. It was my parents and grandparents who instilled in me the belief that I could make a change for the better; that being passionate about what is right ...
"Gleaning for the World"Ronald Davidson ’73
As a student at Lynchburg College, I took a course in communications where we had to write a speech using a blackboard. On the day it was due, I had forgotten the speech, so I winged it. Dr. Allen Stanger ’33, my advisor and chaplain at lc, called me into his office and chastised me.
A Fortuitous DetourMichael Chambers ’97
I was a young transfer student in search of a semester layover before continuing to a larger university when I landed at Lynchburg College. Years later I credit that detour with shaping the sincere interest in others that presently drives my career and overall happiness.
The Path of PurposeDr. Christopher Boyd ’97
I have never been the smartest, most athletic, most articulate, or most creative person in any environment in which I’ve found myself. Rather, my greatest attributes have been integrity, hard work, and a good attitude. Though I learned the definition of these terms through childhood experiences ...
Serving by LeadingCarol Barger ’67
The concept guiding me in life is the timeless idea of servant leader, the phrase coined by Robert K. Greenleaf, which first starts with wanting to serve others and then attempting to lead people and institutions, striving for a more just and loving society, offering innovation and motivation.