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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Upcoming Events

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”
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
1 p.m. "Taking risks in teaching writing"
Friday, March 6, 2015
Mid-semester - Spring

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.