The University of Lynchburg community lost two professors last week. Keith Warren Adams, an adjunct instructor of history, died peacefully at Lynchburg General Hospital of a rare form of leukemia on May 15. Dr. Joseph T. Keeley, an adjunct instructor of chemistry, died of natural causes at his home in Lynchburg on May 13.
When classes went online in March, everyone at the University of Lynchburg had to figure out how to carry on while being physically separated. Students in Curtain Call, for instance, usually spend the semester at Dillard Fine Arts Center. They work on Curtain Up, a spring concert of original songs written in collaboration with New York City songwriters.
Saturday’s conferral of degrees, held virtually in advance of October’s on-campus commencement, was “certainly not a typical graduation day,” admitted Dr. Kenneth R. Garren, president of the University of Lynchburg.
A few weeks ago, Daura Gallery director Dr. Barbara Rothermel and coordinator Laura Cole sent out a campuswide email soliciting works of art for a virtual exhibition. They weren’t looking for professional artists, though. What they envisioned was a show that would highlight “quarantine art” by the children and grandchildren of faculty and staff.
Each spring, art lovers from across the campus and greater community flock to the Daura Gallery for the Senior Thesis Exhibition, a display of artwork created by graduating graphic design and studio art students. This year, due to COVID-19, the exhibit is being presented online, as what art department chair and graphic design professor Ursula Bryant describes as a “digital showcase.”
University of Lynchburg English professor Dr. Nina Vest Salmon is the 2019-20 recipient of the T. A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence. The honor is given out annually by Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
This summer, University of Lynchburg graduate student and veteran John “J.R.” Wise ’16 will add another award to his long list of academic and military honors. He’s receiving the NATA Foundation’s Jeff Snedecker Memorial Scholarship.
The University of Lynchburg will hold a virtual conferral of degrees on Saturday, May 16, ahead of its in-person, on-campus commencement ceremonies planned for October 30 and 31, 2020.
Teresa Gunter ’20 will admit that when she first started taking classes at the University of Lynchburg in Spring 2011, she had no idea what she was getting herself into.
On Friday evening, May 1, the University of Lynchburg recognized some of its best and brightest at a virtual academic awards ceremony hosted by Dr. William Lokar, dean of the Lynchburg College of Arts and Sciences.