Not long before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christopher Badgett ’13 and his mother had planned to see “The Color Purple” together. The popular musical, based on a novel by Alice Walker and a 1985 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, is one of Badgett’s favorites. So is one of its musical numbers, “I’m Here.”
Tim Wilhelm ’18 MEd was named one of the Lynchburg area’s “Top Teachers” by Lynchburg Living magazine.
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.
University of Lynchburg graduate Tarsha Joyner ’13 and her downtown bakery, Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats, will again be featured on national television — this time in Canada.
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.
Liza Gainey ’20 DMSc was inspired to start volunteering in her community during her coursework for the Doctor of Medical Science at the University of Lynchburg. In particular, she credits her classes in global health and disaster medicine with providing that spark.
Since earning her Doctor of Medical Science degree from the University of Lynchburg in September, Lt. Col. Sharon Denson ’20 DMSc has continued to garner accolades as a U.S. Army medical professional.
John Garrison Marks ’10 first started thinking about what life was like for free Black people during the slavery era in a history class at the University of Lynchburg.
Richard Szymczyk ’11, who has a bachelor’s degree in health promotion from the University of Lynchburg, recently received the Rising Stars of Safety Award, presented by the National Safety Council.
This past summer, with the lights out on Broadway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a theater in the rural Berkshires decided that the world, or at least western Massachusetts, needed live theater now more than ever.