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

Friday, April 18, 2014
5 p.m. Good Friday “Stations of the Cross” Service
Saturday, April 19, 2014
6 p.m. Passover Seder
7:30 p.m. April Concert Series - 4/19
Sunday, April 20, 2014
7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service
3 p.m. InFaith (IF) Service - 4/20

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.