Year of Sustainability

LC's Year of Sustainability began with a kickoff celebration featuring dinner, live music, speakers, local merchants, organizations, and representatives from places of worship. Next up is a film series beginning Sept. 14 with I Love Trash.

Dr. Kevin Peterson, associate professor of mathematics, is chairing the Year of Sustainability. He has set out a broad definition of sustainability to guide the year's focus:

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First generation

Amethyst Hurt and Austin Davis are among 580 first-year students at LC this fall, but they are also the first in their families to attend college.

Their move-ins were documented by The News & Advance on the front page of Sunday's edition.

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Get on the bus

Students, faculty, and staff can ride the Greater Lynchburg Transit Co. (GLTC) buses throughout the city this semester at no charge with a valid college ID.

For at least one commuter student, this is great news. "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thanks to B.J. Keefer (director of Student Activities) for making this happen! My car broke down three weeks ago and I've been freaking out on how to get to school! (sigh) I love my school," writes Adrienne T. Simms '12 of Lynchburg.

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DPT facility rivals the best

Lynchburg College's new doctor of physical therapy (DPT) facility, which rivals any in the country, is ready for fall classes Aug. 26.

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One of "America's Best Colleges"

U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2011" ranks Lynchburg College in the top tier of southern colleges and universities that offers a full range of undergraduate programs and master's degrees in the "Best Regional Universities" category.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Lynchburg College has been ranked as a top-tier regional institution. LC was ranked 40th for 2011. Only nine Virginia schools are included in the top tier.

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Military friendly

Lynchburg College is on the 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools compiled by G.I. Jobs. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

In 2009, Lynchburg College created a Veterans Award, in conjunction with the Post 9/11 GI Bill, to enable all veterans who meet College admissions requirements to attend tuition-free.

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A week in the wilderness

Seventeen incoming first-year students will spend Aug. 17-21 in the great outdoors camping, climbing, caving, and paddling at LC's Claytor Nature Center in Bedford County and in the Jefferson National Forest at Goshen.

The ABOVE (Above and Beyond Orientation Values Experiences) program was established by Paul Stern, coordinator of LC's New Horizons Outdoor Adventure and Leadership Program, to help first-year students with the transition to college life. Students make friends before their first semester gets under way.

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Transitioning to college

About 70 incoming freshmen will attend the Summer Transition Program (STP) Aug. 13-18 to get a jump-start on adjusting to college life.

Lynchburg College began the program in 1987 to aid students of diverse ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds in making a successful transition to college. In recent years, the College has expanded the program to include, first-generation college students and those who are Pell-Grant eligible.

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Training teachers in watershed science

Lynchburg College has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Chesapeake Bay Studies Program.

The grant will provide $50,000 per year for three years to support an effort to integrate professional training in watershed science for teachers and watershed educational experiences for students. The target group for the project will be fourth-grade teachers and students in Lynchburg and surrounding counties.

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Public Relations gets new name

LC's Office of Public Relations has been renamed College Communications and Marketing as it welcomes a new director and an expanded role.

College Communications and Marketing (CCM) now includes website oversight in addition to media relations, print publications, and advertising.

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Coach Toms named to Hall of Fame

Coach Jack Toms '69 is one of six inductees who will be enshrined in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame later this year, the USTFCCCA announced on Friday.

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Students receive study abroad scholarships

Angela Massino '11 and Sarah Ranfone '12 received awards of $1,000 from the College's Shoemaker International Travel Scholarship in support of their upcoming study abroad experiences.

Massino is spending the fall semester in Milan, Italy, studying the history of the Italian film industry, communication studies, and Italian. Ranfone is taking part in a program in Santiago, Chile, studying Human Rights in Latin America along with Spanish; she'll also be involved in a service-learning project.

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LC one of "Best 373 Colleges"

Lynchburg College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review's 2011 edition, The Best 373 Colleges. Only about 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in America are selected for this guide.

Students praise Lynchburg College for its "tight-knit" community and solid liberal arts education that helps "to prepare them for life."

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Alumna named women's basketball coach

Lynchburg College director of athletics Dr. Jack Toms '69 announced Monday that former LC standout Abby Pyzik '04 will return to the College as the head women's basketball coach.

Pyzik has assisted at neighboring Washington & Lee University the last two seasons. The Generals captured the conference title last year and made their first-ever NCAA Division III Championship Tournament appearance in school history.

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New golf coach named

Dr. Stephen P. Smith '97, '99 MEd will take over the Hornet golf program next season, replacing Dr. Bill Kuchler, who is retiring from active coaching after five seasons directing the program. Kuchler will stay with the College, continuing as an associate professor of sport management.

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Daura gets new look

Renovations at the Daura Gallery are well under way and visitors will experience a completely new feel when the gallery reopens Sept. 20.

The carpeted wall covering has been removed and replaced with paper-free drywall, and will be painted with soft white paint. The new surface provides the opportunity to paint walls in colors that enhance the works of art on exhibit.

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DuFour named trustee

Rebecca "Becky" DuFour has been named to the Board of Trustees at Lynchburg College. A resident of Moneta, Va., DuFour is a 1982 LC graduate with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Virginia.

In the early years of her career she was a teacher, school administrator, and central office coordinator. For the last several years, she has been an educational consultant with her husband Richard, on the topic of Professional Learning Communities at Work.

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Korean teachers to visit Governor's School

Twenty-four teachers from Busan, South Korea will spend three days at Lynchburg College observing the Governor's School for Math, Science, and Technology. About 160 of the state's top high school students are studying the computer as a tool, water as a scarce resource, and the science of strength, among other topics.

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Virginia Private College Week

Rising high school juniors and seniors and their families are invited to Lynchburg College and 24 other institutions during Virginia Private College Week July 26 - 31. Students who visit three colleges during the week will receive special application fee waivers, a nearly $100 savings.

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Summer concerts July 24, 25

A free summer concert series featuring an organ recital and the launch of a new professional-level choir will be presented by Lynchburg College Graduate Studies in Music on July 24 and 25.

The organ recital, to be held at Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. , Saturday, July 24, will feature Grace Eun-Hee Kim of South Korea.

Kim will be performing works by J.S. Bach, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Franz Joseph Haydn, Dudley Buck, and Charles Ives.

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Junior wins international scholarship

Ashley Baker '12 has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in England for the upcoming academic year. She is Lynchburg College's first recipient of this national-level award.

A math major from Seattle, Wash., Baker will be studying abroad through Randolph College's program with the University of Reading.

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Dr. Goff on NPR

Dr. Eric Goff discussed the physics of soccer on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Sunday" as a lead up to the World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain. He addressed the controversy over the new Jabulani ball that was created for the World Cup in South Africa. Listen to the interview.

An associate professor of physics, Dr. Goff is the author of Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports, a look at the physics behind the feats of great athletes.

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New coach named for cross country, track

Lynchburg College's new director of cross country and track and field is anything but a new face to the program. Doug Thomasey '05 was named Wednesday to replace legendary mentor Dr. Jack Toms '69 and will over-see all six highly successful Hornet programs: men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track and field, and men's and women's outdoor track and field.

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Rookie of the year

Lynchburg College's Brock Shiflett was named the Baseball All-State College Division Rookie of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VASID). Shiflett and senior Jeff Taylor Jr. also were named to the all-state second-team squad.

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Training teachers in Dominica

Lynchburg College has expanded its special needs workshops to the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean.

Weeklong training is being offered this week to 30 primary and secondary school teachers.

Dominica is located a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. The island's population is about 70,000.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, March 6, 2015
Mid-semester - Spring
Saturday, March 7, 2015 to Sunday, March 15, 2015
Midterm vacation - Spring
Friday, March 13, 2015
Fearless Caregiver Conference
Monday, March 16, 2015
12 p.m. “The conflict over evolution and creationism"
Thursday, March 19, 2015
4:30 p.m. Poet to speak

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.