News

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, October 24, 2014
8 p.m. Observatory Open House 10/24
Sunday, October 26, 2014
12:30 p.m. Hike with Haiti
Monday, October 27, 2014
12 p.m. Senior Symposium
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:30 p.m. Theoria on bullying and suicide
7 p.m. Gary Phillips '71 to give religion lecture

LC in the News

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.

LC students help pull nearly 40 tires out of Blackwater Creek. Check this News & Advance story.

Dr. Gerald Prante weighs in on Medicaid in this News & Advance story.

Twenty-five students from Nigeria are attending LC. Check this News & Advance story.

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy students are teaming up with Special Olympics for an Autumn Classic.

LC gets lots of coverage on its largest bequest ever: $5 million from Walter Ridgway Jr. '48: The News & Advance, WDBJ-7, WSET, WSLS, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roanoke Times.

DPT professor Garry Gellert and students help a Paralympic canoeist prepare: The News & Advance.

Our new Physician Assistant program gets a $250,000 boost from Centra and lots of coverage: News & Advance, WDBJ-7, WSET, WSLS.

President Kenneth Garren is quoted prominently in this News & Advance story for his work to change a proposed college ranking system.

LC hosts Governor's School for Math, Science, and Technology each summer. Check this front-page story.

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.

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