In January, Westover Honors Fellow and Bonner Leader Kyle Thaller ’25 chatted with Voice of America-Africa about his humanitarian and policy work in South Sudan, and what inspired him to get involved.
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Kelsey Spickler ’24, a Westover Honors Fellow from Bridgewater, Virginia, has been named the 2023-24 Richard Clarke Sommerville Scholar. The award, the University of Lynchburg’s highest academic honor, was presented on Nov. 13 at the West Room in Drysdale Student Center.
Commencement exercises for the University of Lynchburg’s undergraduate Class of 2023 were held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, on Shellenberger Field. All told, 394 undergraduates — 203 Bachelor of Arts and 191 Bachelor of Science — received their diplomas.
Every year, Dr. Jimmy Roux gives out awards — think senior superlatives — to the students who go with him to New Orleans for his annual spring break service-learning trip. They range from the more serious “NOLA Spirit Award” and “Service MVP” to the tongue-in-cheek “T-Mobile Customer of the Year” for a student who spent a lot of time texting.
Westover Honors Fellow Kyle Thaller ’25 has been named to the 2023 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities. Thaller is one of 154 student civic leaders chosen from 38 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico.
Westover Honors Fellow and former U.S. Senate Page Kyle Thaller ’25, a political science major and international relations minor, has been invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University Annual Meeting at Vanderbilt University in Nashville from March 3-5.
The University of Lynchburg recently secured a three-year Enrichment Grant from the Bonner Foundation that will provide $40,000 annually.
In advance of Election Day, the University of Lynchburg’s Bonner Leader Program will partner with local nonprofit The Listening to host a panel discussion with Lynchburg City Council candidates.
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.
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.