The University of Lynchburg’s 2024 Summer Scholars Institute will take place on campus from June 16-21. The weeklong, hands-on college prep course offers four exciting tracks for rising ninth-through-12th graders interested in the health sciences, security studies, cultural history and archaeology, or entrepreneurship.
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.
Black women are three times more likely to die from maternal complications in the U.S. than non-Black women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the rate of those deaths has only gotten worse over the past few years. It’s an issue that nursing major Alexandra Boatwright ’22 sought to tackle for her Westover Honors senior project. With plans to work as a labor and delivery nurse after graduating, she said her passion for maternal medicine and reproductive health rights fused with her investment in problems plaguing Black communities.
You’ve seen it in headlines everywhere: health workers are being stretched thin and suffering from burnout, and complications from the coronavirus pandemic have made it exponentially worse for them. Annabelle Nagy observed that trend and, as president of the nursing Class of 2022, decided last spring she wanted to drill down into what was causing it for her Westover Honors senior project. A key part of that phenomenon that she decided to focus on was compassion fatigue, especially among pediatric care nurses.
The University of Lynchburg is once again noted among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Lynchburg’s 2022 rankings include a 21st spot among regional universities in the South — up one from last year — and a 23rd place for Best Value in that category. Among Best Colleges for Veterans, Lynchburg ranked No. 35 and on the Top Performers on Social Mobility list, the University ranked 62nd. Lynchburg also was included on a new list that ranks the best Undergraduate Nursing Programs in the country.
Kayla Hugate ’20 wouldn’t know what it’s like to work at the University of Lynchburg’s Beard Center on Aging during “normal times.” A student in the Master of Public Health program, Hugate started her job as the center’s graduate assistant just last semester, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
University of Lynchburg has once again been named an Apple Distinguished School. The three-year designation, 2019-22, recognizes the excellence of the University’s iON Nursing program.
Sloane Kelly ’22 has taken college science classes before, the kind where lectures and labs are held separately and on different days. This fall, however, the health promotion major at University of Lynchburg is taking a new pilot course in human anatomy and physiology in which the lecture and lab are combined.
Imagine dissecting a cadaver without having to pick up a scalpel. This fall, University of Lynchburg students will be able to do that with a new, state-of-the-art tool: the Anatomage Table. Billed as “the world’s first virtual dissection table,” the Anatomage Table looks like a giant tablet computer, albeit one that’s loaded with a variety of cadavers and other anatomical and medical images.
Lynchburg nursing graduate Mary Deis ’16 recently spent 11 weeks off the port of Conakry, Guinea. Her home was the Africa Mercy, a hospital ship operated by the nonprofit Mercy […]