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.”
On Dec. 14, 1960, George “Terrill” Brumback ’62 and James Hunter ’63 joined two students from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and two students from the historically Black Virginia Theological Seminary and College at the segregated lunch counter at Patterson’s Drug Store in downtown Lynchburg.
Carnegie Hall, the second-oldest building on campus, was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places. A plaque recognizing this designation will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, as part of the all-virtual Westover Alumni Weekend.
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.
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.
Earlier this month, the University of Lynchburg lost another notable graduate. Norton Warren Hurd ’38 died at his home in Deltaville, Virginia, on Jan. 8 at the age of 104.
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.