Stepping outside her comfort zone in Model European Union simulations helped Kimberly Mendez Lemús ’20 find and assert her own voice as a double major in international relations and Spanish.
Between his political science studies, international relations studies, and service learning as a Bonner Leader at Lynchburg, Kyle Thaller ’25 said he’s broadened his perspective as a global changemaker and networker — especially as someone who’s founded two humanitarian organizations.
Studying for her art degree with an emphasis in art therapy, Victoria Hauck ’26 advises other nontraditional students to “jump right in.” Legally blind, she’s found support from Lynchburg’s staff and a space to develop and exhibit her own art.
Now a cardiac care nurse, Mandy Larsen ’19 said the lessons she learned at Lynchburg have been invaluable — from professional decorum rules all the way to researching termites with her professor.
To Emily Horton ’18, math is a creative subject. She followed her interests with a research internship, went on to get her master’s, and now works as a statistician for the federal government.
Dr. Mike Robinson teaches communications classes with plenty of punch! As an avid comic book and superhero fan, he applies his passion in courses about media, audiences, and culture.
Now pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at Virginia Tech, Mary King ’20 credited her Lynchburg psychology professors’ investment in her success and exposure to research and new opportunities in empowering her educational journey.
Anna Wehr ’17 soared as a theatre major at Lynchburg, writing and putting on a musical for her thesis project, working as managing director of the Virginia Theatre Association, then pursuing her master’s degree at Virginia Tech.
Daniel Paige Toney ’11 found his calling at Lynchburg — switching gears from biomedical science to graphic design after encouragement from a professor — and took off on a design career that’s landed him on the pages of Vogue magazine.
Having carved out a space on Lynchburg’s campus in advocating for students with intellectual disabilities, Laurence Walker ’24 has big plans to help others realize their full potential.