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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:30 p.m. Holocaust speaker: Rwandan Genocide
Thursday, April 24, 2014 to Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:30 a.m. April Concert Series - 4/24
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:30 p.m. Film "WALL-E"
Friday, April 25, 2014 to Sunday, April 27, 2014
Westover Alumni Society Weekend
Friday, April 25, 2014
7:30 p.m. April Concert Series - 4/25

LC in the News

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.

Construction of LC's new Student Center is page one news in The News & Advance.

The Chandler Eco-Lodge opens its doors at Claytor Nature Study Center. Check the story in The News & Advance.

LC's Doctor of Physical Therapy program continues to support Wheels on the James for children with disabilities. Check out front page coverage in The News & Advance.

Deborah Blanchard weighs in on protecting a school's brand in The News & Advance.

Doug and Elaine Hadden Drysdale have pledged $3 million toward the Student Center. Check The News & Advance.

Lillian Likes It, a new play developed for LC students, is featured in The Burg.

LC's Hunger and Homelessness Week is covered by The News & Advance and WSET.

Haitian student Ancito Etienne '17 is profiled in The News & Advance.

Eddy Faulkner '14 inks a record deal and is interviewed by WSET.

Dr. John Eric Goff is quoted in Scientific American on the soccer video game FIFA 14.

Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, got her start at LC: WSET; The News & Advance.

Dr. Mike Solontoi was quoted extensively in this front page story on NASA's LADEE launch in The News & Advance.

President Kenneth Garren tackles the cost of a college education in this op-ed in Sunday's News & Advance.

LC is launching a new off-site program in St. Lucia, as described in this News & Advance article, which was picked up by the AP and The Washington Post.

All first-year students volunteer in the community as a way of getting to know their new home. Check TV coverage on WDBJ7 and WSET.