Trick or Treat

The Student Activities Board is sponsoring a Monster Bash from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 in Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center, while a Campus Trick-Or-Treat is co-sponsored by the Office of Residence Life and the Residential Student Organization (RSO).

Activities will include a costume contest, mummy racing, face painting, and music. Trick or treating will follow in some of the College residence halls, decorated for Halloween. The Panhellenic Council is also offering vendors from Mary Kay and Pampered Chef for moms.

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The Final Frontier

Three films are on tap this week at the Daura Gallery to complement the current exhibition, Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes, a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition.

October 26 - October 28, 7 p .m.

  • The Right Stuff (1986, adventure, rated PG), 10/26
  • Roving Mars (2006, documentary, rated G), 10/27
  • Forbidden Planet (1956, science fiction, not rated), 10/28



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Do you eat food?

The "Films For Thought" films series will screen Fresh in Hopwood Auditorium at 6 p.m. Tuesday as part of LC's Year of Sustainability. A discussion will follow.

In this documentary, the latest in what might be called the what's-the-matter-with-corn-syrup genre, Ana Sofia Joanes provides a brisk indictment of industrial farming and its devastating toll on our soil, health, and livestock.

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Trading Places 2010

Four female Lynchburg College students and a neighboring couple will redecorate a room in each others' houses Oct. 23-24 in the third 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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Singing for a cause

The Lynchburg College Choral Union and Concert Choir will present a joint concert on October 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Snidow Chapel to benefit the Lynchburg Branch of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Admission to the performance will be a donation of cash or non-perishable food items.

Dr. Jong Kim, professor of music and director of choral activities/vocal studies, will conduct the concert, assisted by Katie Pyles, candidate for the master of arts in music. Ms. Pyles teaches choral music at Turner Ashby High School in Rockingham County, Virginia.

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One good person

Follow three gods on a mission to find one really good person when Lynchburg College Theatre presents The Good Person of Setzuan October 21-24 in Dillard Theatre. The play is an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's masterpiece as seen through the eyes of Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author of Angels in America. Show times will be 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on October 24.

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Fiction reading on tap

Michael Lowenthal, Fall Thornton Writer-in-Residence, will read from his work Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Hopwood Auditorium.

Lowenthal is the author of three novels: The Same Embrace (Dutton, 1998), Avoidance (Graywolf Press, 2002), and Charity Girl (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), which was a New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice" selection and a BookSense Top Twenty Pick.

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Graduate credit

Lynchburg College is the only college in the United States to offer graduate credit to attendees at the 2011 National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Conference in February. Attendees can earn from one to three graduate credits in "Special Topics: Educational Issues" at a cost of $375 for three hours of graduate credit and $150 for one credit hour.

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Science Gang

Dr. Michael Lisa, professor of physics at The Ohio State University, will explain how subatomic collisions help us understand the universe at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In his talk, "Size Matters: Space-time geometry in subatomic collisions," Dr. Lisa will describe the field of ultrarelativistic heavy ion physics, which involves smashing nuclei into each other with the goal of understanding the structure of the universe.

This Science Gang discussion will be accessible to the interested layperson, focusing on general concepts and ideas, rather than mathematical details.

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X PRIZE winner to speak

Oliver Kuttner, whose Edison2 company won $5 million for its Very Light Car entry in Progressive Insurance's Automotive X PRIZE competition, will speak on "Sustainability and the Automobile" at Senior Symposium at noon Oct. 11.

The Lynchburg-based company's four-seat Very Light Car can get 129 miles to the gallon. Kuttner's talk is one of a series of Senior Symposium talks selected for LC's Year of Sustainability.



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Coach to be honored at Homecoming

Jack TomsThe Jack M. Toms '69 Track of Champions will be dedicated Saturday to honor a legendary coach.

The dedication will take place about 4:45 p.m. during halftime of a men's soccer game against Bridgewater College on Shellenberger Field during Homecoming activities.

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Witness for Peace 2010

Daira Elsa Quinones Preciado of Colombia is one of five million people who have been displaced in her country because of war and violence. As part of the Witness for Peace program, she will speak at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8 in Dillard Theatre.

Daira is one of the founders of FUNDARTECP (The Foundation for Art and Culture of the Pacific). She works with displaced people who have recently arrived in Bogota to find food, shelter, and clothing, and she does workshops on dance, music, identity, and human rights.

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Yale professor to speak on Calvin

Bruce GordonDr. Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale Divinity School, will speak on Scripture and Conscience in the Reformation: John Calvin and Sebastian Castellio on October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Hopwood Hall Auditorium. The presentation is sponsored by the John M. Turner Lecture in the Humanities.

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Music in her soul

The 50th Sommerville Scholar

Anna Piddubna '11 was sitting in her pajamas working on her senior thesis when her roommate ran in and told her to put on some nice clothes and come to Snidow Chapel.

As Anna slid into a seat expecting to see her friend inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, Jan Sigler leaned over and told her, "You're the Sommerville Scholar."

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The "Films For Thought" film series for the Year of Sustainability continues with Tapped in Hopwood Auditorium at 6 p.m.

Given the startling statistic that Americans consume 80 million single-serving bottles of water per day, it's no surprise to learn the product is plagued by a firestorm of corporate, health-related, and sociopolitical issues.

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The Giving of Pears

Nigerian émigré Abayomi Animashaun will read from his poetry Thursday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Hopwood Auditorium.

His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as 5 A.M., Drunken Boat, African American Review, Diode, and Southern Indiana Review, and he has served as a staff editor for the Red Rock Review.

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Dancing with the Stars

President Kenneth and First Lady Sheila Garren are one of the featured couples who will be performing at the second annual "Dancing with the Lynchburg Stars" benefit for the Virginia School of the Arts (VSA) on Saturday, Oct. 2, 7-11 p.m., at the James River Conference Center, 400 Court St., Lynchburg.

The program is similar to the TV program, "Dancing with the Stars." People can vote on their favorite dancers online or by calling 434-847-8688. Each vote is a $10 donation to VSA. Most of the "voting" takes place before the event. 

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Music for the weekend

Lynchburg College music instrumental and choral ensembles will present two concerts on Friday, September 24, as part of the College's Parents and Family Weekend events. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

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For the birds

Dave '11  For the birdsDavid Lewis '11 spent his summer banding birds, surveying plants and plovers, and teaching children about macroinvertebrates at the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

An environmental science major from Fredericksburg, Va., David said the experience solidified his love of the outdoors and the need to protect the natural world.

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Into Africa

Melanie Glissman Melanie Glissman '12 dreams of opening an orphanage someday, so she spent the summer testing that dream in Kenya.

As it turns out, she has picked a good career path. An education major from Simsbury, Conn., Melanie discovered the frustrations and satisfaction of working in Africa. She and a friend, Cassidy Davidson, signed up with International Volunteer Headquarters in hopes of teaching at an orphanage.

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Speaking Spanglish

Ilan StavansIlan Stavans, considered one of the most influential figures in Latino literature in the United States, will give the John M. Turner Lecture in the Humanities at Lynchburg College at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Hopwood Auditorium.

Dr. Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, will discuss "Spanglish: The New American Language."

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Houses in the hood

Lynchburg College and Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Foundation (LNDF) are pleased to announce a partnership to enhance the neighborhoods around the College.

LNDF will be renovating and marketing three houses near LC. Lynchburg College will be recruiting and assisting LC faculty and staff who qualify to purchase these homes.

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NPR correspondent to speak

Susan StambergNPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg will discuss "Why Museums Matter and the Arts are Important in Education" on Monday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center at Lynchburg College.

There are no more tickets for this event.

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Meet our first-years

The most diverse class ever

Meet three members of the Class of 2014 with a diversity population of 17 percent, the largest in College history. The students hail from 21 states and have an overall grade point average of 3.13.


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Readings to honor MLK

To honor the recent 47thanniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech," students, faculty, and staff at Lynchburg and Randolph colleges will read parts of the speech from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.

LC participants will read on the steps of Hopwood Hall, weather permitting, or in the lobby of Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall. At Randolph College, participants will gather around the flag pole on the front of campus.

For more information, contact Shannon Brennan at 544-8609.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 26, 2015
4:30 p.m. Journalist, hiker to speak
Thursday, February 26, 2015 to Sunday, March 1, 2015
7:30 p.m. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Friday, February 27, 2015
7:30 p.m. Flute and guitar duo
7:30 p.m. Observatory Open House
Monday, March 2, 2015
12 p.m. “The global cancer epidemic”

LC in the News

The Beard Center’s upcoming caregivers conference is featured in The News & Advance.

Patty Carroll’s photographs, now in the Daura Gallery, are the subject of the lead story in The Burg.

President Garren no longer supports attempts to save College Lake, as reported by WDBJ7.

Dr. Tom Bowman has been doing some serious research on the lack of safety in lacrosse helmets and the media is noticing:, Baltimore Sun, New York Times.

Dr. Eric Goff is asked about underinflating balls in the NFL: NPR, The Smithsonian, and many more.

Life along College Lake could change. Dr. Laura Henry-Stone tells what it’s like now. This News & Advance story was also picked up by the Washington Times and San Francisco Gate.

Dr. Eric Goff is quoted in The Wall Street Journal about the shooting technique of NBA player Stephen Curry.

Our women's soccer team wins the National Champsionship! The News & Advance and WSET.

The College makes efforts to approve sex education and reduce sexual assault. Check this front-page News & Advance story and WSET story.

Dr. Tom Bowman and student research head impacts among lacrosse and soccer players: News & Advance.

Ater 28 years, Dr. Ken West writes his farewell column.

LC Theatre's production of Insights from Inside is featured on WSET and in The News & Advance.

Frank Whitehouse, professor of management, is quoted in this front page story on B&W.

Check out coverage of the public meeting on College Lake dam: The News & Advance, WSET and WDBJ7.

The opening of the Drysdale Student Center is covered by The News & Advance, WSET and WDBJ7.

Dr. Laura Henry-Stone talks about the need for more local environmental advocacy in this News & Advance story.

Dr. Roger Jones is the Central Virginia Person of the Week.

Lance Secretan, the Gifford Lecturer, was featured in The News & Advance.

College Lake Dam is the subject of a public meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Learn more in The News & Advance and on WSET.

Bob Driskill explains what we do to keep our students safe: The News & Advance.

The Lynchburg College Community Health Clinic is up and running: The News & Advance, WDBJ-7, WSET.

Dr. Tom Shahady and two alumni help save a river in Costa Rica. Check this front-page story.