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Ethics and national security

"Ethics and National Security: Striking a Balance in Decision Making" is the topic of a talk by W. George Jameson, former Central Intelligence Agency senior attorney, at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center, Lynchburg College.

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New simulation lab in the works

The Virginia Tobacco Commission awarded $200,000 to Central Virginia Health Sciences Education Consortium, a new nonprofit launched by Lynchburg College and Centra, to create a health simulation lab for students in nursing, paramedicine, respiratory therapy, and physical therapy, as well as local practitioners. Central Virginia Community College is also a partner in this endeavor.

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Cross country teams win ODAC

The Lynchburg College men's and women's cross country teams won Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) titles with senior Ricky Flynn and junior Jennie Pernisi taking first in each meet.

Flynn (Lynchburg, VA/Damascus) won his third consecutive individual title to further cement himself as one of the great runners in Lynchburg and ODAC history. Dr. Jack Toms won the ODAC Coach of the Year award ,while Nolan Compton (Manassas, VA/Osbourn Park) collected ODAC Rookie of the Year honors.

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Hungry and homeless

About 20 Lynchburg College students and eight faculty and staff are sleeping outside November 9-14 as part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week despite nonstop rain.

The "Solidarity Sleepers" have been camping on the porch of Snidow Chapel and plan to build a cardboard city Wednesday night.

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Lynchburg College to host German film festival

A German Film Festival commemorating the 20thanniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be held November 5-9 at Lynchburg College. "The Wall" will feature three East German Films along with Das Wunder von Leipzig, a 2009 production about the peace marches in Leipzig that helped precipitate the end of the wall. The film has never been shown in the U.S. outside the German Embassy.

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Time for a Power Shift

Thirteen Lynchburg College students will join hundreds of young people from across the state this weekend for the "Virginia Power Shift '09" conference at George Mason University. The event is one of twelve similar climate summits happening across the nation this weekend.

The Oct. 23-25 conference will feature workshops, speakers, and networking opportunities. Training will focus on how to hold elected officials accountable and secure a strong clean energy bill out of the U.S. Senate before the Copenhagen climate summit in December.

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An evening of chamber music

Come enjoy An Evening of Chamber Music featuring the Ad Astra Trio of Lynchburg College and the Passacaglia Quintet of Central Virginia on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall, Elliot and Rosel Schewel Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

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Iranian author to read from work

Farnoosh Moshiri, Iranian-born, award-winning author of novels and short-story collections, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. October 28 in Hopwood Hall Auditorium at Lynchburg College.

Moshiri earned degrees from the College of Dramatic Arts of Tehran, University of Iowa, and University of Houston.  In 1983, she fled her country and lived in refugee camps in Afghanistan and India for four years before emigrating to the U.S. in 1987.

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Hike With Haiti

The 10th Annual Hike With Haiti is Sunday, October 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Proceeds will be used to support teacher salaries and the breakfast program for children at the Matenwa Community Learning Center in Lagonav, Haiti. 

Students will meet in Snidow Chapel at 12:30 p.m. for a kick-off and then travel by school vans to Blackwater Creek Trail for the 4.8-mile hike. Each hiker is asked to raise a minimum of $10. 

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Jefferson's landscape

Reconstructing Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Landscape will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, in the Sydnor Performance Hall, Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall, by Jack Gary, director of Archaeology and Landscapes at Poplar Forest. A reception will follow the lecture.

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Making sport of physics

"Making Sport of Physics" is the topic of a Science Gang Lecture by Dr. Eric Goff, associate professor of physics, in Hopwood Hall Auditorium at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 20.

Dr. Goff will discuss research projects motivated by Lynchburg College students, Tour de France modeling, and soccer physics.

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Fifty Years of Rock

Twenty rock and roll posters take a fun look back on fifty years of rock music in the Daura Gallery with an opening reception Tuesday, October 20, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Ephemera from artists such as Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, the Grateful Dead, the Clash, Madonna, and R.E.M. exemplify the diversity of the music that has evolved since Alan Freed's Moondog Coronation Ball in 1952, cited by many as the first rock and roll concert. This exhibition is organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio.

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Inquire, Explore, Conclude, Persuade, Engage

At Lynchburg College, students will learn to: Inquire, Explore, Conclude, Persuade, Engage. These are the five goals of a new initiative recently adopted by LC faculty, based on the work of a Curriculum Task Force headed by Dr. Richard Burke, professor of English.

"It's about helping the students develop into capable and self-aware critical thinkers by the time they graduate from LC," Dr. Burke said. "We let students know, even before they come here, what the essential purpose of the LC education is."

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Two students named Marshall scholars

Dustin Sanders '10 and Thomas Coles '12 were selected as 2009-2010 George C. Marshall Undergraduate Scholars, two of 15 students chosen this year.

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Speaker denied visa

One of three women scheduled to speak on peace in the Middle East at LC tonight has been denied a visa by the U.S. government, but the talk will proceed.

Hekmat Besisso-Naji, a Palestinian Muslim woman from Ramallah, scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Monday in the Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center, has been denied a visa by the U.S. Consular office in Jerusalem. Her remarks may be represented by a video presentation.

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Junior tapped for CAREER15

Anahi Martinez, a junior international relations major from Woodbridge, Va., has been selected to represent Lynchburg College on a statewide advisory council focusing on connecting private college students with top Virginia banks and corporations on internship and employment opportunities.

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LC joins the Music Bridge

The Lynchburg College Music Department has teamed up with the Ellington Fellowship Playhouse (The Ellington) and the Jubilee Family Development Center to provide music lessons to children who could not otherwise afford it.

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Is peace possible?

"Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision" is the subject of a Gender Studies Program lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Jala Basil Andoni, Hekmat Besisso-Naji, and Ruth El Raz argue that for the good of all, occupation should end through nonviolent means to bring a just peace and a brighter future for their children, their communities, and their societies.

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Trading Places: LC Style

Six male Lynchburg College students and a neighboring couple will redecorate a room in each others' houses the weekend of Oct. 9-11 in the second annual Trading Places: LC Style.

This initiative is a joint effort between the Office of Residence Life and the Residential Student Organization (RSO) to help establish positive relationships between LC students and local residents in surrounding neighborhoods.

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Witness for Peace

Nicaraguan Enrique Gutierrez Zavala is visiting Lynchburg College at 11:30 a.m. October 8 to talk about the cooperative movement in Nicaragua, sustainable development in the Central American rain forest, and how Fairly-Traded products, primarily coffee, help farmers in Central America rise out of poverty. His lecture will be held in the Hebb Recital Hall in Snidow Chapel.

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Weir sets national record

Allie Weir scored four times Saturday in a 12-0 win over Sweet Briar College to break the 33-year-old NCAA Division III career record for goals. She also surpassed the Division II record.

Weir, a senior from Richmond, has 121 tallies in her four seasons, surpassing the former record of Bates College's Priscilla Wilde of 120, set in 1976.

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The Tempest

Lynchburg College Theatre will present The Tempest, William Shakespeare's final play about revenge, romance, and reconciliation, on Oct. 8 - 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Dillard Fine Arts Center Theatre.

The dramatic romance revolves around the adventures of King Alonso of Naples and his entourage who are washed ashore on a strange island inhabited by a magician who deliberately conjured up the storm.

The 16-member cast includes two students from Central Virginia, Derek Arey of Lynchburg and Matt Bowyer of Bedford.

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Professor publishes first novel

Claiming Kin, a first novel by Laura Marello, associate professor of English at Lynchburg College, is being published this month by Guernica Editions in Toronto, Canada.

Set in Santa Cruz, California; San Remo, Italy; Paris, France; and a fictional town called Pottersville, North Carolina (based on Weaverville, North Carolina), the novel relates the story of two intertwined families and their battles and conflicts over kinship from the 1950s through the 1980s.

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Full Circle

"Full Circle: Memories of Lynchburg College and Beyond," a memoir by Dr. M. Carey Brewer '49, LC's seventh president, is available in time for Homecoming weekend.

Dr. Brewer will be selling and signing books on Friday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Daura Gallery. The books is also available in the LC Bookstore, and proceeds of each sale are going to a scholarship fund in Dr. Brewer's name.

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The Poison That Fascinates

Poet and novelist Jennifer Clement will read from her work on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Hopwood Auditorium. The event, sponsored by the Richard H. Thornton Endowment and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is free with a reception and book signing to follow.

Clement is the fall 2009 Thornton Writer-in-Residence at LC, and is teaching a creative writing workshop. She has published eight books of fiction, poetry, and memoir, including The Poison That Fascinates.

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LC in the News

LC students help pull nearly 40 tires out of Blackwater Creek. Check this News & Advance story.

Dr. Gerald Prante weighs in on Medicaid in this News & Advance story.

Twenty-five students from Nigeria are attending LC. Check this News & Advance story.

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy students are teaming up with Special Olympics for an Autumn Classic.

LC gets lots of coverage on its largest bequest ever: $5 million from Walter Ridgway Jr. '48: The News & Advance, WDBJ-7, WSET, WSLS, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roanoke Times.

DPT professor Garry Gellert and students help a Paralympic canoeist prepare: The News & Advance.

Our new Physician Assistant program gets a $250,000 boost from Centra and lots of coverage: News & Advance, WDBJ-7, WSET, WSLS.

President Kenneth Garren is quoted prominently in this News & Advance story for his work to change a proposed college ranking system.

LC hosts Governor's School for Math, Science, and Technology each summer. Check this front-page story.

A study of the College Lake Dam is underway. Check out The News & Advance article and coverage on WDBJ-7.

Dr. Eric Goff was interviewed by The Chronicle of Higher Education on his cool academic job on NPR's Morning Edition about the Brazuca ball being used in the World Cup. He was also  quoted in The Wall Street Journal about early play in the World Cup and wrote a piece on the Brazuca soccer ball for Live Mint, a newspaper in New Delhi, India with an affiliation with The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Clifton Potter reprises the Civil War Battle of Lynchburg on LC's campus in The News & Advance.

Charley Butcher warns parents about phone apps on WSET.

Dr. Brian Crim, associate professor of history, talks about the grim prospects in Iraq on WSET.

LC alumna Charlotte Arbogast '10 is the new dementia coordinator for the state and spoke at the Annual Conference on Aging. Check out The News & Advance.

Dr. Kim McCabe was quoted extensively in this page 1 story on human trafficking in The News & Advance.

Dr. Joe Turek is quoted in the June issue of Virginia Business magazine on the value of classroom education for MBA programs.

LC is among the first colleges in Virginia to get 100 percent renewable electricity: WVTF, WDBJ7, The News & Advance