When Annette Stadtherr saw an email in her inbox about a designation University of Lynchburg could receive that would recognize its dedication to first-generation college students, she jumped at the chance to apply for it.
Caitlin Pugh ’07, ’19 MEd, a reading specialist at Robert S. Payne Elementary School in Lynchburg, has been named “Reading Teacher of the Year” by the Piedmont Area Chapter of the Virginia State Literacy Association.
The University of Lynchburg’s first all-virtual Westover Alumni Weekend will be held Friday and Saturday, March 19-20. All alumni are invited to attend and registration is currently underway.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, Dr. Holly Anthony Pinheiro, an assistant professor of history at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, will speak about the experiences of Black families living in the North during the American Civil War.
As a Generation Xer growing up in the 1980s, Dr. Brian Crim watched lots of TV. At the same time, he also fell in love with books and history. Over the years, the author and self-described “news junkie” said he started to notice how some of his favorite TV shows were influenced by historical events.
For years, the University of Lynchburg has offered students with shared interests — athletics, academics, clubs, etc. — the opportunity to live together in what it calls Special Interest Housing. Recently, Courtney Kelsey, assistant director of housing and residence life, started thinking about how the experience could be better and more purposeful.
The University of Lynchburg will hold a weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, “Good Trouble: Uniting our Dreams and Voices for Justice.” A series of events will be held Jan. 25-29, the week after the federal holiday.
Helen Mundy Witt ’67, who died on Jan. 8 at the age of 88, was more than the first Black graduate of what was then Lynchburg College. She was also an educator, civil rights advocate, wife, mother, friend, author, and an accomplished tennis player.
Alyssa Gundel ’22 says she has long been “fascinated with the idea that some of the smallest components of life can come together to create a fully functioning organism” and “always knew I wanted to make an impact on someone in the world.”
Eighty-five years ago, on Nov. 25, 1935, the first Virginia chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews was founded at what was then Lynchburg College.