Earlier this month, third-grade teacher Taylor Goodson ’12, ’14 MEd was sitting in a surprise school assembly at Coventry Elementary School, in Yorktown, Virginia. The impromptu event had been called — so she was told — in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.
College of Education, Leadership Studies, and Counseling
Stitching together snapshots from 400 years’ worth of racist systems in America was no mean feat for “The 1619 Project,” but the resulting cultural and political tsunami it’s led to in the three years since its release has felt just as significant.
On the NBC series “American Ninja Warrior,” competitors climb “salmon ladders” and cargo nets. They swing like Tarzan and negotiate impossibly tricky obstacles. The goal is to complete the course under the time limit, hit a buzzer, and advance to the next round — all without getting pitched into the water.
When Dr. Helen Mundy Witt ’67, ’78 MEd, ’13 DEd died in January at the age of 88, everyone at Lynchburg knew that her legacy would live on. More than the first Black graduate of what was then Lynchburg College, she was also an educator, a civil rights advocate, a wife, mother, friend, author, and an accomplished tennis player.
At 40, Norma White ’90, ’94 MEd decided to fulfill a lifelong dream. She would attend college and become a mental health counselor. Lynchburg’s Access Program was there to make it happen — first with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, then a Master of Education in Agency Counseling.
Starting this fall, the University will offer two graduate certificates for professionals interested in advancing their careers.
“I am excited to be joining the University of Lynchburg family. I already feel like a member of the family from all of the welcome emails to colleagues across campus that also offered support and encouragement as I begin this journey,” she said.
University of Lynchburg alum Tony Francis ʼ99 MEd, ʼ14 EDd was named superintendent of Buena Vista Public Schools.
Bright blue skies and a gentle breeze greeted students and families Friday morning on Shellenberger Field as the University of Lynchburg celebrated Commencement for its Doctor of Medical Science candidates.
The University of Lynchburg has been recognized as part of the 2021 PLEXUSS Global Rankings. Lynchburg ranked No. 1 in Virginia for criminology programs, No. 5 for public health programs, and No. 5 for education management programs.