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Asperger Syndrome workshop offered

Due to the overwhelming response to the first, three-hour workshop on Asperger Syndrome offered by the Virginia Autism Council, Lynchburg College will hold a second free conference on Monday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon in Sydnor Auditorium, Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall.

Learning, Living, and Working with Asperger Syndrome is designed to introduce educators, parents and service providers to the characteristics of Asperger Syndrome and several effective strategies that can be used to assist these individuals.

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Spokesongs Tour wheeling to LC

Musicians Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp are biking their way to the Lynchburg College Pavilion for a Sept. 30 concert of innovative American music, all the more enterprising because they carry their instruments via two ordinary bicycles. The 7:30 p.m. event, sponsored in part by Lynchburg College, is free and open to the public.

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Mark Salzman's encore

Changes can occur at any time in a person's life. Sometimes they are welcome and sometimes they aren't. Mark Salzman will discuss three recent and hugely unwelcome life-changes that taught him important lessons about hope, free will, and what happens when you feed a dog something that it can't digest properly.  

Salzman will talk about "My Year of Diversity: A Tragicomedy" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center at Lynchburg College. Tickets are free.

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More than 700 news students join LC

Lynchburg College received a school-record 4,500 applications for the freshman class this year. Nearly 600 freshmen enrolled this fall, along with 115 transfers and a record number of honors students.

The freshman class hails from 23 states and 16 percent are multicultural. The academic strength of the freshman class continues with a 3.16 GPA.

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Where will you go?

Australia, India, Uganda. These are just some of the study abroad options available at Lynchburg College this year. To whet your appetite, the Center for Global Education will host a Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Memorial Ballroom.

Nearly 30 representatives from study abroad service providers and other colleges and universities will attend the event to speak with students and promote their overseas study opportunities.

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Concerts on tap for weekend

The Lynchburg College Orchestra and Wind Symphony and the Concert Choir will present concerts Friday, Sept. 18, for Parents and Family Weekend. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

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Concert to benefit Daily Bread

Solo pianist David Nevue will perform on Saturday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall. The concert, sponsored in part by Lynchburg College, will benefit the Daily Bread, a local soup kitchen.

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Weir breaks 25-year-old record

Allie Weir '10 is the Lynchburg College all-time goals and points career leader in field hockey, surpassing legend Phebe Phelps' marks of 106 goals and 227 points set in 1984.

A senior nursing major, Weir (Richmond, Va./James River) was also named the field hockey Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Athlete of the Week. Weir had a record-setting week for the Hornets, with 108 goals and 230 points throughout her tenure at LC. She scored eight goals and assisted on two others for a total of 18 points.

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Coach Shellenberger dies at 88

Once dubbed "the winningest coach ever in college soccer" by Sports Illustrated, William H. "Bill" Shellenberger, Lynchburg College's legendary soccer coach, died Sept. 7, 2009 at age 88. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Snidow Chapel with the Rev. Pete Warren, professor emeritus of education and human development, officiating.

Visitation will be at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. A graveside service, open to the public, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Cemetery behind Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church.

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LC sharing fun and games

Lynchburg College is offering Central Virginia Community College students an opportunity to purchase student activities passes to allow them to participate in all events sponsored by the Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

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Tracking academic success

Over a four-year study period, Lynchburg College seniors performed 42 percent better than their peers at other four-year institutions in a Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) by the Council for Aid to Education.

That assessment, along with other tests of reading, speaking, and writing, aims to track the progress of students from freshmen to senior year. The data from all these tests will help Lynchburg College adjust teaching methods as needed to ensure that four years of college boost its students' knowledge and skills.

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Scuba dooby doo

If you're landlocked in Lynchburg, don't despair. You can take scuba lessons at Lynchburg College.

Paul Stern, coordinator of the New Horizons Outdoor Adventure and Leadership Program, became a certified scuba instructor this summer, earning his license from PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors).

Stern said becoming a certified scuba instructor was harder than getting a master's degree. He had to learn about the physics on diving, how to use technical equipment, and how to teach underwater.

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Women's soccer No. 10 in nation

The Lynchburg College women's soccer team was recently slotted in the No. 10 position in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas Pre-Season Poll.

The Hornets are coming off one of the best seasons in school history as the team went 21-1-3, making it to the top 16 in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Ithaca (N.Y.) College 2-0 on a cold, snowy day in Williamstown, Mass.

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Year of Alliances and Diversity

 "Working together to appreciate our differences" is the slogan for the 2009-10 Year of Alliances and Diversity at Lynchburg College.

The kick-off event on September 10 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. is being held in conjunction with Spiritual Life and the Congregational Fair. The event will feature ethnic cuisine in Asian, Hispanic, and American styles. All  members of the campus community will be asked to wear a t-shirt that describes something about themselves. Cultural, spiritual, musical, and political aspects of diversity will be highlighted.

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One of "America's Best Colleges"

US News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2010" ranks Lynchburg College in the top tier of southern colleges and universities that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and master's degrees in the "Best Universities - Master's" category.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Lynchburg College has been ranked as a top-tier master's degree institution. LC was ranked 38th. Only nine Virginia schools are included in the top tier.

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Stories of the Messengers

The Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College presents Stories of the Messengers: Haydar Hatemi, an exhibition of 47 paintings that explore four sacred texts in search of peace in the aftermath of 9/11.

Internationally known Iranian artist Haydar Hatemi will attend the opening reception of the exhibition from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. The exhibit runs through Oct. 14.

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Messerschmidt Receives Sydnor Award

Dr. Dan Messerschmidt is the 2009 recipient of the Sydnor Award for Teaching Excellence in Business and Economics. Honored with a luncheon on Monday, March 30, 2009, he was joined by members of the Sydnor family, and SOBE faculty, staff, and students, as well as by members of his own family to celebrate his achievement.

Faculty are nominated for this award by SOBE majors and minors. Read what students had to say about Dan Messerschmidt:

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Turcotte and Selden Receive Human Resource Certifications

In January 2009, Colin J. Turcotte (Senior, Management Major) earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) while Dr. Sally Selden (Professor, Management) earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

These certifications, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifiy that Turcotte and Selden possess the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field.

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Selden elected as a Fellow in the National Academy

Dr. Sally Selden was elected as a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. On Friday, November 21, 2008, Dr. Selden traveled to Washington, D.C., for the official induction ceremony. The Academy is a non-profit, independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders that tackles the nation's most critical and complex challenges. Unique to the National Academy are the expertise and insight provided by its 600 Fellows.

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LC in the News

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.

The Beard Center's Annual Conference on Aging draws 400 participants. Read about it in The News & Advance.

The 2014 Commencement is featured in The News & Advance.

Kristin Harris is offering iPad Camps for children and adults. Check out The News & Advance story.

Dr. Eric Goff continues to get great national media coverage for his knowledge of soccer balls. Check out these interviews on Soccer.comWPOV in Washington D.C. and on All Things Considered with Melissa Block on NPR.

The Annual Mini-Economy Regional Market Day is featured in The News & Advance.

A Play Group at LC to help preschoolers with developmental delays is featured in The News & Advance.

Thornton Writer-in-Residence Patrick Ryan Frank is featured in The News & Advance.

LC students raised $22,558 for St. Baldrick's. Check out coverage: WSET and The News & Advance.

Dr. Joe Turek talks about the extreme poverty rate in Lynchburg and the bleak long-term economic outlook on WIQO's Morning Show.

President Kenneth Garren receives one of Lynchburg's Mayor's Awards of Excellence.

Dr. Eric Goff is interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered and The Takeaway about the physics involved in Olympic feats.

Nina Salmon is quoted in a New York Times story on Anne Spencer.

Rosel Schewel is honored for all her many labors of love at Lynchburg College and beyond: The News & Advance.

Dr. Eric Goff says cold weather will impact drag on the football during the Super Bowl in these New York Metro and Smithsonian Magazine articles.

Dr. Jack Toms '69 announces his retirement as athletic director after 35 years at LC: The News & Advance, WSET.

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