Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Center for Community Engagement continues to offer many opportunities for students and faculty to help their community, on campus and off.
Bonner Leader Program
On Sunday mornings, you can find Hiatt O’Connor ’20 feeding the horses at Brook Hill Farm, a local nonprofit equestrian center that focuses on therapeutic riding and horse rescue. O’Connor, a Westover Honors fellow and the 2019 Sommerville Scholar, started volunteering at the Bedford County, Virginia, farm when he was in the Bonner Leader Program at the University of Lynchburg.
Aly Bonilla ’22 was one of five students from across the U.S. chosen by the Bonner Foundation to participate in its 2020 National Summer Internship Program. Bonilla, an English major from Norwalk, Connecticut, also is only the second University of Lynchburg Bonner Leader ever to be selected for the internship.
Alexa Watkin ’23 carefully opens one of the burial books in the office of Presbyterian Cemetery, a historic graveyard that’s located about three miles from the University of Lynchburg. She thumbs through the pages that list the names of Lynchburg-area residents who have been buried at the cemetery since it opened in 1823.
At home in India, Paramnistha Kanadiya ’20 MPH saw a lot of poverty, particularly among the country’s children. Wanting to do something about it led her to the University Lynchburg’s Master of Public Health program. Here, she’s gaining the knowledge and skills she’ll need to help many of these children someday through her own charitable organization.
Two students from the University of Lynchburg’s Bonner Leader Program spent the summer serving others through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, an organization that combines education and community service. As Aly Bonilla ’22 put it, it got them out of their “bubble.”
Three University of Lynchburg students have sent thousands of meals home with Lynchburg-area children over the past year. Monday night, the City of Lynchburg recognized their work with the 2019 College Student of the Year Award. Aisiah Duke ’19, Alexa Tarallo ’20, and Tori Ross ’19 are in the Bonner Leader Program, which involves volunteering […]
Leon Logothetis, host of the Netflix series “The Kindness Diaries,” will be at the University of Lynchburg on Tuesday, November 6. The talk, hosted by the Bonner Leader Program, will be held at 7 p.m. in the ballroom at Hall Campus Center. The public is invited and admission is free. In “The Kindness Diaries,” Logothetis, […]
After they graduate on Saturday, Marissa Bucklew and Emily Newsom will get ready to head west for assignments with the National Benevolent Association XPLOR program. It’s a 10-month program, associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Lynchburg College will expand its service-focused Bonner Leader Program to a four-year program in the fall of 2018. The expansion will increase the total amount of time Bonner students spend in service activities, impacting the students as well as the community.