Healing the planet with plants

James McDaniel '12, a biology major from Madison Heights, Va., was one of nine students selected from across the U.S. to receive a PLANTS grant from the Botanical Society of America to attend BOTANY 2011, the annual scientific conference for the James Daniel '12 inspects a shrubBotanical Society of America, Society for Economic Botany, American Fern Society, and American Society of Plant Taxonomists.

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Governor's School 2011

About 160 of the state's top high school students are studying website design, environmental chemistry, and anatomy among other courses at the 2011 Governor's School for Math, Science, and Technology at Lynchburg College.

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Dr. Clifton Potter receives DoC award

Dr. Clifton Potter '62, professor of history, has received the T. A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Division of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries.

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Time to SOAR

Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) is under way. SOAR is designed to help new students get ready to start college. You will meet Connection Leaders, upper-class students who work with you throughout fall semester, your advisor, and a lot of your fellow students. You will get your class schedule, and, if needed, you may make changes to your schedule. Learn more about SOAR.



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History scholar heads to NYC

Mandie Middleton, a rising junior history major and museum studies minor from Nokesville, Va., has been named to the 2011 Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program. One of only thirty students in the nation selected for this honor, Mandie will participate in a one-week intensive history program in New York City June 18-25.

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Recent grad helps out in Joplin

Richard Szymczyk III '11 just returned from an 11-day stint with the American Red Cross in Joplin, Missouri, where residents are still trying to recover from the devastating tornado that killed 141 people.

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All-American in decathlon

James Bell '12 finished eighth in the decathlon to earn All-American honors at the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.

Bell finished strong Friday to move up five spots from 13th place after completion of Thursday's events. On Friday, he took second in the pole vault, clearing 15'1", and was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 162'2". He also did well in the shot put, taking seventh with a heave of 37'9 ¼".

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Women's lacrosse All-American

Christina Tran '12 earned second-team All-American accolades, announced Friday by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), putting her among the top 24 players in the nation.

Tran, a goalie, earned first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and All-Chesapeake Region honors this spring. She ranked at the top of the conference in save percentage (.528) and goals against average (8.60), and was fifth in NCAA Division III in save percentage.

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All-American lacrosse player

Sophomore defender Joe Lisicky earned third-team United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Coaching Association (USILA) honors Tuesday, making him one of the top 36 players in the country. Three other Hornets received honorable mentions.

Lisicky anchored a tough Hornet defense that allowed just 7.26 goals per game this season, second-best in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). A first-team all-ODAC selection, he led the team with 38 caused turnovers and was second with 71 groundballs. Lisicky also managed to net eight goals of his own.

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Top volunteers

About 700 LC students contributed nearly 52,000 hours of community service in 2009-10 to earn Lynchburg College a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2010.

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From China to Uganda

About 110 LC students are studying abroad this summer in programs exploring China, Costa Rica, Great Britain, Québec, St. Lucia, Uganda, and beyond.

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Aging well

The Annual Beard Center on Aging Conference, "Aging Well in Mind, Body, & Spirit," will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. May 24 in Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall with speakers, workshops, and an exhibit hall.

Keynote Addresses:

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Summer Reading Clinic

Lynchburg College is offering a five-week Summer Reading Clinic for students in grades K-12 who struggle with reading. The clinic will run June 20 - July 22 and will focus on individualized assessments and remediation. Students must be recommended by their classroom teacher to be considered for the program.

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Leaps and Bounds


Tevyn East"Leaps and Bounds," a one-woman show that explores the intersection of faith, ecology, and the global economy, will come to Lynchburg College at 7 p.m. May 25 in Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall. Free-will offerings are welcome.

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Marching into life

As the 2011 Robert L. Hill Distinguished Senior, Ashton Harmon Butler carried the senior class banner during commencement exercises May 14, leading about 500 fellow classmates.

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Graduating rain or shine


Carl PalladinoCarl Palladino, a 1986 graduate of Lynchburg College, will be the 2011 commencement speaker during ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. May 14 in the Dell. About 600 degrees are to be awarded, including 500 bachelor's and 100 master's.

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Club lacrosse national champs

club lacrosse champs

LC won the National College Lacrosse League (NCLL) Division II championship against Cincinnati, the second national title for the Hornets, who first won in 2005.

"We were down 6-2 and made a comeback," said club President Christian Robin, a senior English major from Williamsburg who is heading to law school at Elon University. "It was an exciting game."

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Creating wetlands

Environmental science students have been working on creating wetlands at Elon Elementary in neighboring Amherst County.

Students in Dr. Brooke Haiar and Tom Shahady's classes have teamed up with third-graders in Melissa Busse's class. Busse is a 2007 graduate of LC.

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Men's Lax Coach of the Year

Ten men's lacrosse players were named to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) all-conference teams, while Steve Koudelka was named Coach of the Year.

Koudelka's Hornets are 13-5 on the season and riding a nine-game winning streak as the team advances in the ODAC Tournament. It is Koudelka's third conference Coach of the Year award, the others coming in 2003 and 2005.

Four Hornets received first-team honors: Dylan Hoff, Jeff Schwartz, Joseph Lisicky and Franc Cook.

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Marketing professor honored

Stef NicovichDr. Stefan Nicovich, associate professor of marketing, has been named the 2010-11 recipient of the C. Raine Sydnor Sr. Professorship Award for Teaching Excellence in Business in the School of Business and Economics.

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Top athletes honored

Women's soccer midfielder Betsy Kwiatkowski and men's soccer defender Hunter Smith earned the top honors Monday evening at the 2010-11 Lynchburg College Athletic Awards Banquet.

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Jason Derulo to perform

Jason Derulo will perform at Lynchburg College May 1. The concert is free for LC students; $15 for other college students (if tickets are purchased at the Office of Student Activities); $20 all others.

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The eight rival religions

Stephen Prothero, professor of religion at Boston University and a recent guest on Stephen Colbert's show, will speak at 4 p.m. May 1 in Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall.

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Top rookie

Freshman James Womack (Lynchburg, VA/Heritage) nabbed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball Rookie of the Year honors and four other LC players were named to the All-Conference team.

Womack has a 6-3 record with a 2.32 ERA while yielding 29 hits and only 17 runs in 42.2 innings pitched. He has struck out 32 batters while holding opponents to a .191 batting average.

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Two riders qualify for Nationals

Drew Nichols '11 and Kelly Gerland '12 have qualified to compete in the IHSA National Finals horse show May 4-6 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

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Upcoming Events

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
Saturday, March 7, 2015 to Sunday, March 15, 2015
Midterm vacation - Spring
Friday, March 13, 2015
Fearless Caregiver Conference

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.