Matthew Gillett ’22, a political science major from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been named the 2021-22 Richard Clarke Sommerville Scholar. The award, the University of Lynchburg’s highest academic honor, was presented Friday, Oct. 29, at the Daura Museum of Art.
For political science students at the University of Lynchburg, working hands-on for campaigns isn’t just a valuable experience — it’s a job that can extend beyond their college years.
Blake Minnix ’21 wasn’t sure if his grandfather, whom he calls “Pops,” was serious when he first started talking about earning his bachelor’s degree at Lynchburg. “I thought he was just joking around with me,” Blake said. “It really didn’t set in until my first year, when I saw him on campus or had friends asking if I was related to him because they had classes with him.”
University of Lynchburg students represented the Principality of Monaco in the National Model United Nations this week, winning a Position Paper Award and being named the “Distinguished Delegation.”
Students at the University of Lynchburg can soon minor in crisis communication and sports media. Both minors are a result of student demand and both combine courses in communication studies with other disciplines.
Emmanuel Hernandez Mellado ’23 hit the ground running when he arrived at the University of Lynchburg for the Fall 2019 semester. The first in his family to attend college, the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, resident wasted no time getting involved on campus.
Starting this fall, students at the University of Lynchburg will be able to major in intelligence studies. Housed in the International Relations and Security Studies Program, the brand-new major offers courses taught by professors with practical experience in the field.
The University of Lynchburg’s Model UN delegation recently won four Outstanding Position Paper Awards. While the annual National Model United Nations simulation could not be held in New York City due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delegations were invited to submit their position papers for judging.
A big part of working on a political campaign is the person-to-person contact — knocking on doors, shaking hands, town hall meetings, fundraisers. For Carter Elliott ’19, political director for 5th Congressional District candidate R.D. Huffstetler’s campaign, COVID-19 has changed almost everything about that.
The University of Lynchburg has announced a new, interdisciplinary program. Starting in Fall 2020, students can major in Africana studies.