Longwood Magazine 2011 Vol 10 No 01 Winter

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Vo l u m e 1 0 , N o . 1 , Wi n t e r 2 0 1 1 A M a g a z i n e f o r t h e A l u m n i a n d F r i e n d s o f L o n g w o o d U n i v e r s i t y Longwood P AT R I C K F I N N E G A N L O N G W O O D ’ S 2 5 t h P R E S I D E N T

From the Editor

As I gaze from my window in Lancaster Hall, I know for sure that winter is upon us. The leaves have fallen, the temperatures have dropped, and the college rankings have arrived Each year, college administrators, especially those responsible for admissions and recruitment, approach the new year with a sense of trepidation in anticipation of “ The Rankings.” Did we go up? Did we go down? Are we even included? For Longwood, the answers are Yes, No, and Yes!

I am happy to report that, for the 13th straight year, Longwood University is ranked among the best in the 2011 U S News & World Report sur vey The new USN&WR “America’s Best Colleges” report ranks Longwood No 9 in the categor y “ Top Public Universities - Master’s” in the South Among all Southern Universities - Master’s (public and private) Longwood remains within the top tier at No 27

Additionally, Longwood University is again one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. The education ser vices company recently selected Longwood as one of 133 institutions it recommends in the “Best in the Southeast” section of its 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region sur vey And, for the first time, Longwood University is included as one of the best colleges in the United States in the Forbes 2010 list of America’s Best Colleges The list of more than 600 undergraduate institutions, compiled with research from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, is based on 11 factors measuring the quality of the education each school provides, the experiences of its students, and the achievements of its graduates

That’s good news on all fronts. And we have more good news to share with you in this, our 19th edition of Longwood Magazine

In our last issue, we introduced you to our 25th president, Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan. President Finnegan and First Lady Joan Finnegan have been busy settling into Longwood House and learning all about Longwood and Farmville, while setting priorities for new leadership

It is a new era for Longwood and you’ll learn more about the Finnegans in several stories on the pages that follow, including parts of an interesting in-depth inter view with President Finnegan by Ken Woodley, editor of The Farmville Herald. In a related stor y, Joan Finnegan discusses her role as Longwood’s new First Lady and some of the plans she has for historic Longwood House

Speaking of histor y, the Longwood Honor Code celebrates its 100th anniversar y this year The Longwood Creed: “ We shall not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do,” is almost identical to the Cadet Honor Code at West Point, a fact that resonates well with President Finnegan as he noted during the presidential selection process: “One of the things that struck me most about my visits to Longwood, and one of the things that made me most comfortable, was seeing the Honor Code on the wall of the librar y Not only was it a tie to West Point, but it also confirmed that the Longwood community and I shared the same values ”

Longwood students are going abroad to learn and to ser ve. This issue includes a stor y about a remarkable missionar y trip to Haiti and a capstone writing seminar in France Alumni reunions, profiles, sports – including the Greatest Athletics March Ever – and a special stor y about a new Longwood podcast commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial: “ That a Nation Might Live,” await you in this issue Enjoy!

On Our Cover
A new era begins as Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan takes charge as Longwood’s 25th President Photo by Duane Berger Read complete stor y, p
C o n t e n t s 1 7 9 3 1 4 1 9 3 3 3 8 4 4 Longwood is published twice a year for the alumni and friends of Longwood University by the Longwood University Foundation Inc. All materials © Longwood University. All rights reser ved Reproduction in part or full is strictly prohibited Comments, letters, or contributions can be sent to the Office of Public Relations, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, Virginia 23909 Telephone 434 395 2020, Fax 434 395 2825 Address changes should be sent to the Office of Alumni Relations, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, Virginia 23909. Telephone 1 800 281 4677, Fax 434 395 2825 on the web @ www longwood edu/longwood Printed on recycled stocks No state funds were used to print this publication To request this magazine in alternate format (large print, braille, audio, etc ), please contact the Longwood Learning Center, 434 395 2391; TRS: 711 Contents 1 P r e s i d e n t ’ s M e s s a g e O N T H E C O V E R 5 President Patrick Finnegan Longwood’s ne w president reflects on Longwood, leadership, and the person he is F E AT U R E S 1 1 M e e t L o n g w o o d ’ s N e w F i r s t L a d y Joan Finnegan’s genuine enthusiasm about her new role as Longwood’s First Lady is evident by the extensive calendar of social events being held at Longwood House 1 2 Longwood Celebrates 100 Years of Honor and Student Governance 1 4 Longwood Citizen Leaders Make A Difference 2 2 Design Lab Longwood University’s graphic design program now includes what has been called a student-run design agency LANCER UPDATE 32 Athletics News ON CAMPUS 38 Longwood News & Alumni Events IN PRINT 4 6 Recent Publications by Longwood Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni


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Kent Booty, Public Relations Writer and Photographer

H Franklin Grant, ’80, Interim Vice President for University Advancement

Gina Caldwell, Media Specialist

David Hooper, ’ 00, Director of Web Communications

Greg Prouty, Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations

Chris Register, Associate Professor of Art

Nancy Shelton, ’68, Director of Alumni Relations

David Whaley, Director of Publications and Visual Arts

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M Jane Brooke, ’63, Richmond, Virginia

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Marjorie M Connelly, Richmond, Virginia

John W Daniel II, Richmond, Virginia

Edward I Gordon, M D , Farmville, Virginia

Rita Berr yman Hughes, ’ 74, Virginia Beach Virginia

Chin Han ‘Hank’ Kim, ’ 90, Chesterfield Virginia

Ripon W. LaRoche II, M.D., Farmville Virginia

Judi M Lynch, Ph D , Blacksburg, Virginia

Stephen Mobley, ’ 93, McLean, Virginia

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From the President

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Longwood University’s 25th President Joan and I are delighted to be in Farmville and appreciate ver y much the warm welcome we ’ ve received from all branches of the Longwood family We owe a special debt of gratitude to Patty Cormier (and Raymond, the First Gent) for making the transition so smooth and easy, as well as for their wonderful contributions for 14 years. Patty Cormier changed the face of Longwood, moved it from a college to a university, and raised the academic standards to new heights. She will be deser vedly long-remembered as a for wardlooking president who moved Longwood into a new era

As many of you are aware, the start of my tenure was not what I expected or hoped because of illness. I’m happy to report that I’m well on the way to a full recover y. Joan and I were over whelmed by the good wishes, cards, and gifts of so many wonderful people – they raised our spirits ever y day. One thing my unanticipated absence did was prove exactly what a strong team there is at Longwood – ever y part of opening the school year, from freshman orientation to welcoming back returning students to the beginning of classes, went off without a hitch even with the president on the sidelines

In the last few months, in between tr ying to figure out which building is which and where the bathrooms are, I’ve been tr ying to meet with as many staff and faculty, students, and alumni as possible I’ve talked with all the department chairs and deans, as well as other key faculty. I’m meeting with each class, from freshmen to seniors, mostly to hear their thoughts and field their questions We’ve also scheduled a series of breakfasts with staff and faculty members from across the campus These discussions and meetings have been ver y helpful as I’ve been learning as much about Longwood as I can

Joan and I have also enjoyed the opportunity to meet alumni, parents, and friends at a series of receptions in Washington, Virginia Beach, and Richmond During those events, we ’ ve met alumni from eight different decades, from the 1930s to 2010 The remarkable thing is that what virtually all of them say about Longwood is so similar, whether they graduated from an all-girls college or a coed university that has more than doubled in size They all appreciate the spirit of Longwood and understand that it is a ver y special place because of the caring people and the close-knit atmosphere. They cherish the relationships they’ve formed and the fact that faculty members are not only available to them but are also genuinely interested in them as students and as individuals. And the best part may be that

I hear the same thing from current students As we continue to move for ward and make changes that are necessar y to keep pace, we will all strive to maintain that personal touch that is at the heart of this school


Woodley: Why Longwood? What convinced you to apply for and then accept the presidency of this university?

Finnegan: Longwood was ver y intriguing to me for a number of reasons. I knew a little bit about it because my sister graduated from here in 1976, but it was a ver y different institution back then – it was an all girls school, primarily a teachers school So I knew about Longwood College But that information was dated

When I was possibly looking for jobs because I wasn ’ t certain I would stay in the Army – the Army hadn’t let me know whether they wanted me to continue or not – I had seen an advertisement for the presidency of Longwood University and went on the website, looked at the information and was ver y intrigued by a number of things I was captured by their mission to transform young men and women into citizen leaders who contribute to the good of society I think that’s a great purpose of education I think it’s ver y akin to what we were doing at West Point, and tr ying to do there, with a more narrow focus, probably But I think that is what education can and should be about

I like the idea of a campus this size, in number of students –5,000-plus but really not intending to grow into an enormous school So I thought that I would apply and see what was there and what Longwood was about I went to

the initial inter view, which I’ve learned is called ‘the airport inter view’ because it happens at the airport And met the 13 or 14 people on the selection committee, a variety of people – from members of the board of visitors, to faculty, to staff, to students, some members of the (Longwood) Foundation And I was taken by two things One, how nice they all were, how pleasant they were to talk to And, two, how committed they were to their school How much they obviously cared about Longwood and what it meant to people. And that’s the kind of place I want to be, where folks are committed to what they are doing Where they care about what they’re doing Where it’s a calling as much as a job And I think I have found that, in all my dealings so far, in a limited time

To me, there’s an old saying that the Army has, and I think it’s a great one, and it says the Army isn’t about people, the Army is people And to me, in any job you ’ re in, position you ’ re in, the most important thing is the people that you ’ re around and you ’ re working with and dealing with. And so what we found here and what we found in the community is a group of people who are friendly, who have a smile on their face when you walk past, whether they know you or don’t And, particularly talking about the university, ever yone we met cares ver y much about the school. And for the faculty, I think, by and large, the ones I’ve met, this is not just a job, it’s a calling, which education should

Ken Woodley Editor, The Farmville Herald Editor’s Note: On 23 July 2010, The Farmville Herald published a front-page feature stor y about Longwood’s new president written by Editor Ken Woodley With the kind permission of Mr Woodley and The Farmville Herald, we have edited the two and a half page inter view for Longwood Magazine To read the complete inter view, go to: http://www longwood edu/president/26877 htm Patrick Finnegan pictured in front of T h e S o u l o f A m e r i c a , 2 0 0 1 - 2 0 0 2 , s h o e s , w o o d , a n d l a t e x p a i n t , 8 ’ x 1 6 ’ x 6 ’ , c r e a t e d b y t h e s t a f f a n d v o l u n t e e r s o f t h e L o n g w o o d C e n t e r f o r t h e V i s u a l A r t s
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For the students, I hope it’s not simply a place to get a diploma but a place to get an education in all kinds of ways, inside the classroom and outside And that’s really the kind of place I want to be I think Longwood has come a long way in the last 14 years under Dr Cormier, and has certainly changed its nature and its reputation, and I think it has great possibilities for the future and I want to be part of it

once we got off (Interstate) 95. That’s not fun. But driving through the countr yside here was – we love this part of Virginia

So we came down and our initial thought was simply to walk around the campus. We parked and we had a little map of the campus that we printed out from online and just

– Patrick Finnegan “

I loved my time in the militar y. I particularly loved the last dozen years at West Point and the last five as the Dean of the militar y academy. It was a dream job, one I never thought

I’d have, but I really think this, unbelievably, has the possibility of being another dream job.”

Woodley: How hard was it to leave your career in the militar y?

Finnegan: It wasn ’ t hard I loved my time in the militar y I particularly loved the last dozen years at West Point and the last five as the Dean of the militar y academy It was a dream job, one I never thought I’d have, but I really think this, unbelievably, has the possibility of being another dream job

I found what I really liked best about the job as Dean was being around cadets, being around the students, and I know there are lots of obligations for a university president as there are for a Dean but I’m going to tr y to continue that, to be around students as much as I can.

People would say to me at West Point, or my friends, Oh, you must be ver y sad to be leaving’ and ‘ You must be melancholy’ and the truth is we weren ’ t We loved our time there and really will miss a lot of the people there, but we’ll stay in touch with them We won ’ t see them ever y day But I’m convinced the reason we weren ’ t sad or melancholy is because we knew we were coming here We think this is a great place for us to be and a great opportunity for us, a great new adventure

Woodley: How did you go about your on-campus undercover re-con of the university?

Finnegan: We probably weren ’ t here for about two hours or so We drove down, and loved the drive down from D C ,

wanted to walk around

So there were a few buildings that were open The librar y was open and we went in there and was immediately struck by the – when you walk in one of the first things you see in big letters is the honor code, the honor creed of Longwood, which is virtually identical to West Point And that was almost shocking, in a way, to see that because we hadn’t seen that before And, again, it was almost an omen or a signal that this might be a place worth looking at

Woodley: What are the differences and similarities between appropriate and effective leadership by a general in the militar y and that of a civilian university president?

Finnegan: I’m not sure there are a lot of great differences. I’m sure there will be some but the stereotype of a general in the militar y – and the reason for the stereotype is that some are like that – is that they come in and kind of bark orders and direct people to do ever ything and they’re ver y top down micro-managers.

So the most effective leaders, I think, are more consensus building They can make decisions and implement them if they need to but they tr y and get a sense of the organization and where it’s headed and have people buy into where you ’ re going, as well – what your vision is In most places in the militar y that’s the most effective It’s certainly true at an academic institution at West Point

So I think, I’m hoping, that that will be ver y similar here. I’ve always believed in and tried to practice a ver y collegial


and inclusive style of leadership. I’m not afraid to be the leader I’m not afraid to make decisions when tough decisions have to be made But I’m disinclined to make them on my own, without input from people, particularly in times like this where educational institutions are challenged in monetar y and other ways.

You have to get, not only input from people but you have to get buy-in from people and allow them to speak their piece because, first, they may have great ideas you hadn’t thought of. Second, even if they ultimately disagree with parts of the decision at least they’ve had their say and they will feel a part of the organization

Woodley: What nuances will your militar y experience bring to your presidency at Longwood?

Finnegan: I go back to that original saying I really do think that leadership in the militar y, for me, and leadership here, is about people, it’s about caring for people, it’s caring more about what they want to accomplish, what they aspire to, and what the organization does than about yourself

This university is not about me It’s particularly about the students who are here and the focus should be on them. But it’s about having all of us work together to give the best education inside the classroom and outside the classroom to the students And so I think that’s organizational leadership that is similar to the militar y and that is it can ’ t be selffocused, by me or faculty members or anybody else. You tr y and set the goals and visions of the organization I’ll tell you these because they’re part of my philosophy and staff and faculty and students and ever ybody else is going to hear these repeatedly for the next several years Two parts of my philosophy, anyway, and my philosophy, certainly, at West Point was that our main focus always has to be on providing the best education for the students who are here And that’s educating them in the classroom and morally, ethically, physically

That’s part of it, but to provide them the best developmental educational opportunity and that’s whether we ’ re thinking what’s the next building project we ’ re going to do, the fundraising we ’ re going to do, or whatever it is, we have to keep in mind that our main focus is students. If we do that, you ’ re not going to get off track as much So that’s one

The second part of my philosophy is this ought to be enjoyable Education should be a joyful experience It’s not a grim business we ’ re in. At times, right now, it’s a challenging business because of money, but, overall, education of young

people who are going to be the future of our countr y ought to be fun It ought to be a happy experience for faculty, for administrators, for students, and I intend to have fun and I hope that ever yone here at Longwood has fun

Not ever y day is going to be a blast and there will be some faculty members who are saying as they’re grading 100 exams, ‘I thought the president said this was going to be fun ’ Well, not ever y day is going to be like that but overall the experience and the opportunity to work with bright, talented, aspiring young people ought to be fun. And we ought to make it fun for them, as well, and I think there’s some great ways to do that

Woodley: What do you view as your own strengths as a person, and as a leader?

Finnegan: The ability to work with people, the ability to bring people together, and having a sense of humor about things, which helps in tough times, and, I think, a genuine interest in others And a passion for education, because I think it’s the key to the future of our countr y

Woodley: What about weaknesses?

Finnegan: I probably tr y to do too much, sometimes, and I have to be careful about that, not getting involved in too many things because I know there’s going to be an awful lot of demands on my time and I’ve tried to learn, over time, to delegate authority and delegate responsibility and let other people do their jobs

My wife will tell you I’m a horrible procrastinator I tr y to overcome that, as well And, I don’t know if it’s a weakness but it’s something I’m going to have to keep an eye on, and that is I have spent my entire life essentially in the militar y I grew up in a militar y family My dad was in the Army I went to West Point and I’ve been in the Army since and so I have not worked or been in what is a fairly completely civilian environment before and so there may be traps out there I’m not aware of, that what may seem normal to me is going to seem strange to other people But I’m going to be careful about that to make sure I’m being sensitive to those issues

Woodley: Who, within your own realm of personal experience, has most effectively demonstrated leadership –how and why?

Finnegan: There’s a man that I worked for almost two years, General Bill Garrison, who’s become a little bit famous


because he was the commander of forces that were in Somalia in the book and movie Blackhawk Down He was just a tremendous leader He focused on what needed to be done, doing it the right way and making sure that his people were taken care of

He wasn ’ t a particularly personable guy, which was kind of funny I had friends who’d worked for him before and they just raved about him and said he’s not arm around the shoulder all the time, or anything, but people trusted what he said. In fact, I have a quote about leadership that I keep with me: ‘Leadership isn’t so much a matter of charisma, which can abused, as of character Only someone who, when he says he’s going to do something you know he’s going to do it, is worth following ’

This actually is from a book that I read, a World War II veteran was writing about his experiences and he wrote it down and I just thought this was a good thing ”

Woodley: How does one go about taking the job ver y seriously without taking themselves too seriously?

Finnegan: I think that’s the key to any sort of position, especially a leadership position. If you take yourself too seriously then that’s going to be obvious to people right away, that you are self-important People will see that and will not really want to follow you

You have to take the job and the responsibility seriously. I think you can, and I’m not sure how you would do a job like this without a sense of humor Even in the worst of times there are going to be things that are funny

Again, it really goes back, for me, to people and caring about them, talking to them, seeing what’s going on with them But you have to realize in a time like this, and there’s probably never going to be an easy time to be a university president, there are some challenges right now that are unique but there are probably unique challenges in ever y time period I think you rely on the strengths of the people who are here There are folks here, I know, you could probably go to higher-paying jobs and maybe to what people would consider more prestigious jobs, but they’ve been at Longwood and stayed at Longwood because they love this institution and what it stands for and I think that’s what you have to focus on and pay attention to and make sure it retains that character even in tough times

Woodley: What do you know about yourself now that you wish you’d known 25 years ago?

Finnegan: One thing is that you don’t have to do ever ything today That sometimes, particularly in the setting of an educational institution, it’s actually better not to make a decision right away, that it’s better to let things sit and maybe become socialized in the community and allow people to weigh in and postpone the decision to an appropriate time And part of that may be a difference between militar y and civilian because militar y leaders tend to say ‘Give me the facts, give me the information, I’m going to decide and move on to the next thing ’ Particularly, probably, in my first years as a Dean, and at other times, I wanted to ‘All right, let’s just decide this thing ’ (But) sometimes it’s better to wait and let things develop a little more before you decide which course you ’ re going to go

Woodley: What is the biggest challenge facing Longwood and how do you plan to deal with it?

Finnegan: Like ever y college or university these days in the commonwealth, and outside the commonwealth, the biggest challenge is the budget and for Longwood that translates, among other things, into faculty salaries, staff salaries There haven’t been raises for a number of years, and that can be a morale issue People do stay here, despite the fact they may be paid less, because they feel this calling. But at the same time you have to be sure that they’re being treated fairly And so we ’ re going to work hard with the legislature and we have to raise private dollars We’re in the midst of a campaign and we ’ re going to have to find resources of money to make sure we stay at least even because until the economy rebounds I don’t know how we ’ re going to do with getting state funds

So that’s the biggest challenge I haven’t figured out the answers yet but I know we ’ re going to try to work together to make sure that Longwood retains the character that it has and the people that it has and if we don’t do something a little bit better on the money side that’s going to be hard to do

I think the other challenge, in a way, for Longwood, away from the money side, is recognition of its value And there’s a difference between the price and the value The value of a Longwood education, I think, is well known to people who are here Not nearly as well known in other parts of Virginia or outside of Virginia.

This school has changed substantially in the last 20 years, from Longwood College to Longwood University and from a girls’ teachers school to a much different kind of place But I don’t know that it’s not (still) perceived as the Longwood College of the 1970s and 80s in many places


And so part of my aim will be to raise Longwood’s profile in a way that people understand, more that they understand what’s going on here rather than to make it do a whole lot of things differently, but more to say ‘ This is a great, it is a university with the feel of a small college ’ That’s what makes Longwood distinctive to me. You get a university education but people know who you are and care who you are It’s not like a school where you ’ re going and ever y class you take as a freshman has 150 students and you ’ re in a lecture hall taught by teaching assistants

That’s the value – not the price, but the value – of a Longwood education And I have to say that I think it’s nestled in a lovely little community here, in Farmville, and so we want to be, Joan and I, want to be part of this community, as well, and make sure Longwood and Farmville are tied together We’re going to open up Longwood House probably more so than has been done in the past We’re going to have open houses there and do other things to help draw the community and the university closer together

Woodley: What is your perception of the relationship between Longwood and the Farmville community and how do you plan to reach out to the community in your own administration?

Finnegan: Our original perception was that there weren ’ t any terrible town/gown issues That’s certainly what we were told during the selection and inter view process and I don’t think there’s a great tension between the Town of Farmville and the university I’m not sure there’s as strong a connection as

there could be and so we are going to work on that and one of the ways is, and Joan is ver y excited about this, is making Longwood House a kind of center for all kinds of activities

For the university, certainly, but for the community as well

One of her goals, one of our goals, is we don’t want any student to have graduated from Longwood without having visited the president’s house

Woodley: What’s the best piece of advice you ’ ve ever received?

Finnegan: I don’t know if this is a piece of advice, but I probably got this from my parents, but I really want to go back to my favorite Shakespeare quote and this is, from Hamlet: ‘Above all, to thine own self be true ’ Be your own self Be who you are and you can ’ t be anybody else If you tr y to do something that is not you people perceive it right away, you look like a sham So my parents always did tell me be your own person, be who you are

But I love that quote from Shakespeare because I think it really says it, and the follow on (the rest of the quote) is that ‘It must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man ’ Be yourself Present yourself in the way that you are and I think that’s the best piece of advice, both that I got from my parents and that I tr y to follow in my own way

Woodley: What do you do to relax?

Finnegan: I like to run and I do it for my health but

President Finnegan joins in the fun of the annual fall tradition of Color Wars with students (from left) Chuck Wongus, Ashley Stovall, Ernest Elliott and Andrea Damiano

I also do it because it’s a great time to just kind of think. And I’ll come back from a run, thinking about issues, with some ideas

I love to be with my grandkids, that’s a lot of fun I’m a big sports fan. I loved watching the World Cup. And I love playing soccer, too I played some soccer but probably am getting a little too old for that But I’ll be at a lot of Longwood sports events First to support the students

I also like to read. I usually have four or five different books going on at the same time so

important about an education – opening your mind to other ideas and allowing you to see how you use your talents to make the community a better place, to make your countr y a better nation

Woodley: What message do you want to resonate, year in, year out, through the staff and student body?

Finnegan: Leave here with an education As you learned in kindergarten, when you take something out, put it back If you take a toy, put it back. Well, here you ’ re taking something out You’re taking an education out, so give

The purpose of education, for us, is to create citizen leaders. Because an educated person is someone who can contribute to society and that’s what we ought to be about. That’s what our countr y, to me, is founded on – people who cared more about this vision of a nation, about helping other people, about being part of something bigger than themselves.” – Patrick Finnegan “

Woodley: What matters most about becoming educated and earning an undergraduate or postgraduate degree?

Finnegan: I think I’m going to link that to what Longwood says and that is that the purpose of education, for us, is to create citizen leaders Because an educated person is someone who can contribute to society and that’s what we ought to be about That’s what our countr y, to me, is founded on –people who cared more about this vision of a nation, about helping other people, about being part of something bigger than themselves

And you certainly are better able to do that, better able to ser ve the community, better able to ser ve other people, better able to appreciate causes larger than ver y selfish ones, with education It opens worlds to you, both in the countr y and in other parts of the world, and I think that’s what’s most

something back Use that education to give something back, in your community, in your family, wherever it is You’re granted this education, you worked hard for it, but use it for more than just individual purposes, use it to be a ser vant of the people I mean, Winston Churchill said “ We make a living out of what we get, we make a life out of what we give ”

Woodley: If you could achieve, with certainty of accomplishment, one thing with the rest of your life, what would it be?

Finnegan: I guess if I could accomplish one thing it would be to take best advantage of this opportunity that I have to help Longwood. So if I could accomplish one thing it would be – and I’m not sure what the (specific) answer is to that –but to make sure I give my all and take best advantage of this chance

Ken Woodley is a 1979 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and has ser ved as Editor of The Farmville Herald for 19 years His wife, Kimberly Staples Woodley, is a 1981 graduate of Longwood Their son, Ian, is a current Longwood student

Meet Joan Finnegan Longwood’s Ne w First Lady

Joan Finnegan’s genuine enthusiasm about her new role as Longwood’s First Lady is evident by the extensive calendar of social events being held at Longwood House.

We are having an event here about every 10 days, or sometimes more often,” said Joan as she gave a tour of Longwood House

The Finnegans began moving into Longwood House in late June, just prior to Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan’s official

July 1 start as the 25th president of Longwood University

Since that time Longwood’s First Lady has been busy redecorating Longwood House to blend some of her furnishings with the historic pieces in the house; joining her husband to meet students, parents, alumni and friends; and opening Longwood House to many guests

This is Longwood’s House. We are just the happy occupants, ” she said

The ver y first group the Finnegans entertained at Longwood House included the movers, electricians, painters, groundskeepers, carpenters, and staff members in Information and Instructional Technology Ser vices, Capital Planning and Construction, Material Management, and

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Joan and Patrick Finnegan at home in Longwood House

Longwood Dining Ser vices/Aramark who worked tirelessly to make Longwood House the Finnegan’s new home

Ever yone on the staff has been wonderful,” she said “ They worked on this house as though it were their own ”

That event was just the first in a series of events at Longwood House Other guests have included members of the President’s Circle, new and recently promoted/tenured faculty members, Honors Students (for a Halloween costume party), sororities, faculty/staff donors, and others.

Longwood’s First Lady is excited about the opportunity to share the beauty and histor y of Longwood House with the campus community and has a goal to invite ever y student, at some point during their time at Longwood, to visit Longwood House A special event involving graduates and their families is being planned just before commencement

Commencement is a time for celebration and I feel it is important to offer an event as a point of closure for the parents and families of our graduates,” she said “Our graduates have worked hard to achieve this goal and this is one small way to congratulate them ”

In addition to showing off the inside of Longwood House, Joan is looking for ward to reworking some of the gardens around Longwood House and plans to begin a vegetable garden on the property in the spring

We’d like to involve the Honors Students and complement what is being done at the Cormier Honors Garden near campus, ” she said “ Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a small dinner party and know that the salad you ser ve was grown in your own backyard?”

When entertaining at Longwood House, students are always part of the guest list Pitch Perfect, a group of around 25 female singers who perform a cappella, entertained at several events this fall, and plans to invite Voice Male, a similar group of Longwood male students, are in the works

Sharing the histor y of Longwood House also presents an opportunity to involve students A plan to recruit and educate a team of volunteer student docents about the histor y of Longwood House is being developed During open house events, the docents will be stationed in each room of the house to welcome guests and offer stories and historical facts about the house and its furnishings

Pat and I always say that Longwood students are the best promotion we can offer,” she said

Aside from entertaining guests at Longwood House, the Finnegans have been busy traveling throughout Virginia and to Washington, D.C. to meet alumni, legislatures, and donors

We love going on the road to meet alumni,” she said “Our message to them is ‘ Your Longwood legacy is safe ’ Today’s Longwood students are sharp and they will continue the proud traditions of Longwood University ”

About Joan Finnegan

Joan Finnegan, a native New Yorker, graduated from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset in 1967, and from St Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing and Lemoyne College in Syracuse in 1970 with her nursing degree Joan has worked professionally “in between moves ” as an obstetrical RN all around the world Her professional credentials include childbirth educator.

Joan met Patrick Finnegan while she was in nursing school and he was a cadet at West Point They have been married for 39 years and have two daughters, Katie Finnegan Rucker and Jenna Finnegan Bechen, and four grandchildren.

As an Army family member, Joan has lived in 10 different states coast to coast (including almost a decade in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where she holds her nursing license) as well as living and travelling extensively in Europe for over five years

Her volunteer histor y spans more than 40 years, including the American Red Cross (where she began as a Candy Striper), Army Spouses Clubs, Girl Scouts of America, Army Community Ser vice, Army Family Team Building, support groups for families of deployed soldiers, and various church organizations Her most recent awards include the Red Cross National Volunteer of Excellence Award, the Commander’s Award for Public Ser vice, the Certificate of Achievement in recognition of Exemplar y Performance of Volunteer Ser vice to the United States Militar y Academy and West Point Community, and the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Ser vice Medal

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President & Mrs Finnegan at Longwood House

The Legacy of Longwood House

The House that bears the name “Longwood” predates the college that would eventually adopt the same name Both the college and the house have a long and storied histor y, yet except for their geographic proximity there were no common ties until the year 1928 In that year, the college (then called Farmville State Teachers College) purchased from Wright Barber’s descendants a portion of the Longwood Estate, consisting of 88 7 uncared-for acres and a lovely 113-yearold house which showed the ravages of time and neglect In 1936, the college purchased an additional 14 88 acres from the Barber heirs bringing the total acreage owned by the college to 103 58 acres

Neglect has not been a characteristic of Longwood Estate In 1765, Peter Johnston Sr , a Scottish immigrant, purchased a large tract of land in Prince Edward County and built the original Longwood House The exact amount of land in the estate is not known, but historical records show that he gave to the Presbyterian Church the acreage where HampdenSydney College is now located and willed to his son the courthouse tract, ” presumably the area around Worsham which was the seat of county government during those early years The name Longwood seems to be a corruption of the Scottish word “Loughwood,” which was the name of the ancestral Johnston castle in Scotland.

The Johnstons – father, sons, and grandsons – ser ved the colonies and the new republic with distinction as soldiers, statesmen, writers, educators, and explorers The two most notable were Peter Johnston Jr., who fought with Light Horse Harr y Lee during the Revolution, and his son, Joseph Eggleston Johnston, the Confederate general who was born at Longwood in 1807 When Joseph E Johnston was four years old, his family sold the estate to Abraham B Venable Shortly thereafter the original house was destroyed by fire.

The second Longwood House was built in 1815 by

Nathaniel E Venable for his wife and 11 children In those ante-bellum years, Longwood house was the hub of a 1,181-acre plantation The Venable family distinguished themselves in the fields of medicine, education, business, and in the Confederate Army. They remained masters of Longwood until 1873 when 200 acres, including the house, were sold to Wright Barber

Reconstruction had taken its toll on the once-lovely estate

No doubt the house missed the sound of young laughter, running feet, and the charm of the Johnston and Venable years. New lines were added to the face of the old house with each year ’ s passing

It was not until the early 1920s that Mrs J L Jarman, wife of the president of Farmville State Teachers College, recognized the underlying beauty and value of the estate to the college Mrs. Jarman became the overseer of the restoration of Longwood House shortly after the college acquired the property in 1928 She envisioned a favorite recreation spot for students at the college A golf course and riding ring were added, the cabin and open fireplaces were constructed, and the lawns and gardens were restored to their former beauty. Many of the college’s alumni recall with pleasure the weekends spent at Longwood House, the picnics and banquets, and the May Day celebrations in the Dell

By 1949, the estate had become an integral part of the campus and in that year the college adopted the name Longwood as its own The grounds were maintained for recreational use, but eventually the house, originally constructed in 1815, was closed due to the extensive repair and modernization needed In 1968, at the request of the Board of Visitors, the General Assembly appropriated money to revive the charm of the historic house and to establish it as a home for Longwood’s presidents Floors were sanded, wiring and plumbing repaired, heating and airconditioning installed, insulation blown between the walls, and baths and kitchen updated. The spacious, high-ceiling rooms were furnished with antiques and period pieces in keeping with the architecture By the Christmas season of 1969, warm hospitality had again become a reality at Longwood House – K J B

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Longwood Celebrates 100 Years of Honor and Student Governance

Honesty. Scholarship. Responsibility. Pride. Perseverance. Potential. Character Humility Integrity Civility. Leadership. Ser vice.

These words represent the key tenets of Longwood University’s Honor Code that was established 100 years ago to “ promote an atmosphere of trust, where students are presumed honorable unless their actions prove them other wise It also ser ves as a higher-order set of moral standards and principles for all members of the community to follow and take with them wherever their lives may lead ”

The words of the Longwood Honor Code are especially meaningful as we celebrate 100 years of Honor and Student Governance,” said Ben Brittain, Student Government Association president “I hope the principles of the Honor Code will serve as a guide to all students, and eventually graduates, of Longwood University for their entire lives ”

During the fall semester, Longwood celebrated 100 years of Honor and Student Governance with a variety of events including a campus birthday party and lectures by motivational speaker T J Sullivan and Longwood President Patrick Finnegan who addressed “Honor and Integrity ” In addition, the President’s Welcome, held October 7 in the newly re-opened Jarman Auditorium, included a ceremony to recognize the 100th anniversary of Longwood’s Honor Code

One of the things that struck me most about my visits to Longwood, and one of the things that made me most comfortable, was seeing the Honor Code on the wall of the librar y, ” President Finnegan said “Not only was it a tie to West Point, but it also confirmed that the Longwood community and I shared the same values ” The Honor Creed (We shall not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do ) is prominently displayed on a main wall in Greenwood Librar y and each classroom contains a copy of the Academic Honor Pledge

As part of the ceremony, 12 faculty/staff members representing a variety of departments across campus were selected to read the Twelve Points of the Honor Code and the statements that define each point In addition, all faculty and staff in attendance read aloud and were asked to sign the Honor Code pledge which reads, “I, , having a clear understanding of the basis and spirit of the Honor Code created and accepted by the student body of Longwood University, shall at all times govern my university life according to its standards and actively work to support its principles, thereby thoughtfully accepting my responsibility for preser ving the honor and integrity of all past, present and future members of the Longwood University community of scholars I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.”

According to the Honor Board web page, “ The three basic provisions of the Honor Code of Conduct, which strictly forbids lying, cheating, or stealing, represent the standards

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of integrity and moral responsibility that all students, groups, and organizations are expected to exemplify

The Honor Code is one of Longwood’s proudest traditions

Established by the student body in 1910, the student-elected Honor Board has protected the basic values of honor and academic integrity.”

The Twelve Points

The Twelve Points were a result of a re-ratification of the Honor Code by the Longwood student body in 1930.

In 2010 the Twelve Points, as well as the Honor Pledge, were revised in celebration of the Honor System’s 100th year of existence The spirit of Longwood is fostered by Honor; an intangible quality found in each student The Twelve Points are intended to define the meaning of Honor at Longwood University


Honesty is the fiber from which any relationship is formed and is crucial to establishing personal competency and leadership

True honesty is practiced at all times, not just when convenient


Scholarship is the essence of learning and growing, inside and outside the classroom Like the Honor System, a commitment to academics is a valuable investment that pays dividends to both the individual and the community


Responsibility is a state of mind whereby we commit ourselves to maintaining our integrity and ensuring that others do likewise Our honor is tarnished by moments of indiscretion that cannot be reversed Responsibility is vital to any thriving collegiate community. Without it, the masses succumb to apathy and progress stops Without responsibility, the community suffers immensely


Pride is significant to fighting the effects of apathy. Pride is a personal commitment to excellence and taking joy in one ’ s actions Ever ything we do is a reflection of ourselves and our university; it is essential to make decisions in which we can take pride


A steadfast persistence in spite of difficulties or obstacles, perseverance is necessar y for good scholarship and maintaining ones honor. Perseverance in achieving honorable goals is a quality to be admired


As the future of our communities, we hold great potential which we are obligated to embrace We must avoid decisions that diminish our potential, because there is nothing more damaging than a dishonorable reputation


Each individual has the undeniable right to establish their own character based on personality and life experience. Our combined personalities constitute the character of an honorable community


In a climate of honor, humility is important because of the role it plays in grounding ourselves to not believe that we are invincible, but accountable to each other Humility with selfconfidence is hard to achieve, but ultimately desirable


The most encompassing point of our Honor System is Integrity Integrity is the glue that holds our values of trust and respect together Personal Integrity involves perseverance and establishing a trustworthy character. Community integrity is the pinnacle of any society, and it is what we strive for at Longwood For honor is not merely just a personal journey, but a community expectation


A courteous and respectful manner towards others, which promotes an atmosphere where one can debate and argue differing points of view without fear of reprisal, civility is the mark of a true scholar


Leadership is a quality required to guide others to achieve Anyone can lead in a self-serving manner, but as citizen leaders we must strive to lead with honor to achieve higher goals

Ser vice

In 1927, a Longwood alumna wrote, “I have prepared to lead, and in leading, to ser ve others ” Ser vice to others is the other half of leadership As citizen leaders, we must fulfill our responsibility to give back to our communities.

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Longwood Citizen Leaders Make A Difference In Haiti

Two Longwood University students participated in a mission trip to the Western Hemisphere’s poorest countr y last summer.

Juniors Mar y Catherine Hoyt and Nancy Wright, former soccer players who are friends through their membership in Kappa Delta sorority, were coaches in a week-long soccer camp in July in Poste Métier, Haiti. They were the only females among the nine coaches and three other Americans who went to help with the camp, which is sponsored by Hoyt’s church, Peninsula Community Chapel in Yorktown It was attended by 90 boys ages seven to 12 who had been chosen based on school grades, church attendance and community ser vice

It was an eye-opening experience,” said Wright, a psychology major from Richmond “ We were in the countr yside in

northwest Haiti, and the poverty in the countr y is even worse than in the cities ”

Hoyt, an economics major from Newport News, echoed those sentiments “It makes you realize how you take things for granted. Last summer I was complaining when the air conditioning in my Jeep went out, but at least we have paved roads and a car to drive This experience really put things in perspective ”

Hoyt was a coach last year, the first time the camp was held, and just before spring break she asked Wright if she wanted to go this year “One other female had gone with me last year, but she couldn’t go this year, and they wanted another girl,” said Hoyt “Just before spring break, I said to Nancy, ‘Since you used to play soccer, maybe you’d like to go ’” Wright said she “didn’t take much convincing ”

Hoyt and Wright, who were in Haiti for 10 days, stayed in Passe Catabois, a 30-minute truck ride from the camp, held at an Episcopalian church and affiliated school Passe

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Mar y Catherine Hoyt (left) and Nancy Wright

Catabois, in the countr yside in northwest Haiti like Poste Métier, is home to Bruce Robinson, a civil engineer who has lived in Haiti as a missionar y for more than 20 years Robinson and Hoyt’s godfather, who went on the trip (as did Hoyt’s father, also a coach), are longtime friends They stayed in what Wright described as “ a missionar y team home, sort of like a compound ”

Ever y morning, Hoyt and Wright got up at 7 a.m., had breakfast, then rode to the camp in the bed of old pickup trucks, mostly Toyotas, that Haitians call taps-taps “ They call them tap-taps because you tap on the top when you want to get off,” Hoyt said At the camp, there would be a devotional by the church’s Haitian pastor, then the boys were fed breakfast The church and school are in the same courtyard, and there’s a field there and a larger field five minutes down the road

We would split into two groups, and we would hold scrimmages at the closer field and drills at the other field, then after lunch we would switch,” Hoyt said “ The camp

would go until about 3 o ’clock, then we’d ride back and have down time – play cards or have Bible study – shower, hang out, and have dinner at 6 p m Bruce’s wife is an amazing cook, and she was feeding 22 of us She can take anything and make it taste good, even though in Haiti ever ything comes in a can and there aren ’ t many condiments.”

Wright and Hoyt helped prepare lunches for the camp

Ever y night before we went to bed, we made 22 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch the next day,” said Hoyt, adding with a laugh, “And ever y night when we were halfway done, the dads would ask if we needed help ”

One thing they encountered where they stayed were various insects and other animals “ The windows didn’t have screens, and there were a lot of spiders and bugs that kept crawling in, and one morning we woke up to a chicken walking around inside the house I didn’t sleep ver y well,” Wright said Plus, it was hot and humid As soon as you got out of the shower,” Hoyt said, you were sweating again ”

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Mar y Catherine Hoyt with girls at the soccer camp in Poste Métier, Haiti.
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Those who helped with the camp took with them equipment, including cleats, socks, jerseys, soccer balls, collapsible goals, cones and goalie gloves, which they left there Some of the equipment had been donated by companies, including the company for which Hoyt’s godfather works. Hoyt also held a fundraiser at a California Pizza Kitchen restaurant in Virginia Beach “Everybody on the trip took two 50-pound duffel bags, one of which was completely filled with equipment The other bag held about 20 pounds of personal belongings and the rest was equipment,” Wright said. “Some of the equipment had been donated by friends, and we had taken donations of money and bought equipment at second hand sporting goods stores ”

The shoes presented a problem for the Haitian youths, at least initially “Soccer, which is called futbol, is popular in Haiti, and they usually play barefooted,” Hoyt said “ They were grateful and excited about the cleats, but it took them a while to adjust Their touches were off at first ”

The two women were received well by local residents “Little kids came to know when we would be driving past, and they would come out and wave at us, ” Wright said “Many of them had never seen a white person before, and they would keep yelling ‘blanc, blanc,’ which means white person. ”

In traveling between where they stayed and the soccer camp, they had to cross four bends of the same river, which was not always possible by truck “One day the water was high after a tropical depression, and we had to wade across in all four places,” Wright said “In the morning they dropped us off at the first river crossing and we had to walk the rest of the way, about two and a half or three miles – and we were wearing flip-flops Plus, we didn’t have any water, and since

there are a lot of donkeys in Haiti, we had to keep avoiding donkey manure It was a long day It was humbling, though, because you realize these people do this walk ever y day ”

On their first day in Haiti, after landing in the nearby countr yside in a small plane, Hoyt and Wright were going to cross a river in a boat, but rain had made the river rise They had to jump into a dump truck to get across the river Also, their bags didn’t show up for several days “ The whole trip was ver y much an adventure,” Wright said. Added Hoyt, There was a lot of improvisation ”

Returning to the United States, they said, involved as much culture shock as going to Haiti “We went to Pizza Hut, Burger King and Starbucks – all in one sitting!” said Hoyt. I don’t even like Burger King, but I did that night ”

Both women played travel and high school soccer, and Wright played her freshman year at Longwood They think that in the eighth grade, before knowing each other, they might have played together on the same summer league team Hoyt is treasurer for her sorority and the Student Government Association She is a member of the Order of Omega (Greek honor society) and the Student Advisor y Board for the College of Business & Economics, a peer mentor and an economics tutor Wright is secretar y of her sorority, vice president of the junior class, an SGA senator, a peer mentor and a junior marshal

Both women, who plan to return to the camp next summer, not only became close to the boys in the camp but also to the boys’ younger sisters “ The best part of the experience was getting close to the kids,” said Wright “You really cherish those relationships,” added Hoyt

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Together on the dusty road in Poste Métier, Haiti “ “

Active Citizenship In An International Setting

Almost all Longwood University students enroll in English 400, a capstone writing seminar called Active Citizenship, to complete General Education requirements Last summer, for the first time, eight Longwood students fulfilled that requirement in an international setting.

During the four-week program in Paris and La Rochelle, led by Dr Wade Edwards, associate professor of French, and

accompanied by Heather Mueller Edwards, lecturer in French, the students also completed the intermediate level of their foreign language requirement by studying French under faculty at the University of La Rochelle Although this was the third consecutive summer that Longwood students non-foreign language majors) studied French at the University of La Rochelle, it was the first time the program included a section of English 400. It also was the first time English 400 has ever been offered abroad

The past two years, the program featured, in addition to French, an upper-level histor y course taught by Dr Steven Isaac, associate professor of histor y at Longwood. Isaac, who launched the program, was unable to lead it this summer because he was conducting research as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Poitiers, about an hour and a half from La Rochelle

The Longwood students, three of whom are histor y majors,

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Longwood students Madeline Hunter and Ollie Garland (front) and (back, from left) Monica Ware, Jordan Hammelmann, AnnaLeah Chantr y, Brittany Dixon and Claire Turck.

lived with host French families, took weekend side trips, and kept a blog (http://larochellejuillet wordpress com/) They received three credits for the English 400 and another three credits for the French course The program, which invited students to focus on the function of language in a democracy, was called English 400 in France: Language and Identity

As their host families and professors kept telling me all summer, these students were extremely hardworking,” said Edwards, who as a result of the trip is exploring possible

France. La Rochelle is a popular vacation spot, and there was a film festival under way when we arrived Throughout the month we enjoyed a week-long music festival in the town, the World Cup (soccer tournament) and the Tour de France, and we were there for the French national holiday, July 14)

We took excursions ever y Saturday We went to an island next door, the Ile de Ré, where (actor) Johnny Depp has a house, and saw how locals raise oysters and cultivate salt from the salt marshes, and we visited a lighthouse Another Saturday we floated on gondolas in an area of

We took excursions ever y Saturday. We went to an island next door, the Ile de Ré, where (actor) Johnny Depp has a house, and saw how locals raise oysters and cultivate salt from the salt marshes, and we visited a lighthouse. Another Saturday we floated on gondolas in an area of marshland in the countr y called the Marais Poitevin, also called the ‘Green Venice,’ that has canals dug out by monks in the 11th centur y. After the French courses ended, we spent three days exploring Paris.” – Dr. Wade Edwards

exchanges with the University of La Rochelle “ They were in French class from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ever y day, and they were in the English 400 class for about an hour after that ever y day Our theme, ‘Language and Identity,’ encouraged them to investigate the role language plays in shaping personal, political, national or gender identities Because the course met off-campus, the students approached the course from a new angle – that of the cultural outsider I wanted them to learn, from the position of a foreigner, to negotiate the various linguistic registers vital to public discourse in a democracy: when to be assertive and when to be humble, when to speak up and when to listen carefully.

English 400 (Active Citizenship in an Advanced

Writing Seminar) fulfills Goal 14 in the General Education program, which is “ to learn how to communicate effectively as an active citizen leader and to participate in the written discourse of civic life ”

La Rochelle is a welcoming, small town on the Atlantic Ocean just north of the Cognac region in the middle of the west coast, ” said Edwards. “ We left July 1 from Dulles Airport and returned July 28 It was a good time to be in

marshland in the countr y called the Marais Poitevin, also called the ‘Green Venice,’ that has canals dug out by monks in the 11th centur y After the French courses ended, we spent three days exploring Paris ”

Edwards said that one of the trip’s highlights occurred on Bastille Day when the man from whom he and his wife rented an apartment opened and shared a bottle of cognac from 1920 “Our host’s grandfather used to work in the cognac industr y years ago Ever y Christmas he would present a bottle to his sister as a gift Since she didn’t drink cognac, she simply stored it in her cellar. Years later when she died, our host’s family discovered several bottles of lovely 90-year-old cognac, which he generously shared with us I was touched that someone we just met would share something so dear ”

Edwards also said he was fortunate to “bump into” Isaac a few times “He met us at the train station when we arrived and gave us and the students a histor y-laded orientation to the town of La Rochelle, which he’s been studying for a while. He was a great resource to use. In a sense, he was our anchor ”

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Cher yl Davis Honored

Cher yl Davis, senior lecturer of business education and computer information management systems at Longwood University, has been selected the 2010 Outstanding Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Southern Business Education Association (SBEA)

Davis received the award Oct 22 during the SBEA’s annual convention in Charleston, S C The SBEA, an affiliate of the National Business Education Association (NBEA), represents more than 3,000 business educators from 12 states As the regional collegiate teacher of the year, Davis is a candidate for the national collegiate teacher of the year award, which will be announced at the NBEA annual convention in April 2011.

The criteria for the award include contributions to business education through teaching; participation in professional organizations; involvement in other activities such as departmental responsibilities, ser ving on committees; and working with student organizations; and contributions to business education through major articles, publications and research activities

Davis coordinates the concentration in business education, her academic specialty She received an M S in education

with a concentration in super vision at Longwood in 1996 Before joining the Longwood faculty in 2001, she was a business teacher at Appomattox County High School from 1993 to 2001 and at Denbigh High School in Newport News High School from 1991 to 1993.

Ms Davis clearly loves her profession,” said Dr Paul Barrett, dean of the College of Business & Economics “It shows in everything she does with and for her students Her students are particularly drawn to her ability to understand where they are and how they need to learn No two students are alike, and Ms Davis has a keen understanding of this principle and finds ways to communicate so that each student feels like they are the only one in the classroom ”

Davis is currently ser ving as the college and university representative on the Executive Board of the VBEA, and she presents annually at the VBEA conference She is faculty adviser for Phi Beta Lambda, a student business organization; co-director of the Educational Division of the SNVC Institute for Leadership at Longwood; co-director of the Longwood Region of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); and a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and Delta Sigma Pi international business fraternity She ser ves on numerous departmental and university committees and is a consultant for the Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation

Although Longwood is one of 13 Virginia colleges or universities approved by the Virginia Department of Education to offer business education, Davis is currently the only instructor in Virginia certified by the National Association for Business Teacher Education to teach the NBEA online methods course.

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Cher yl Davis, ’96

Longwood’s CSDS Graduate Program Earns ASHA Accreditation

Longwood University’s graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDS) has earned accreditation from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Founded in 1925, ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

Longwood’s CSDS graduate program is the sixth program in the Commonwealth of Virginia to earn ASHA accreditation

In 2005, Longwood’s Board of Visitors approved the proposal for the CSDS graduate program Since that time, the program has awarded graduate degrees to 28 students and 43 are currently enrolled (including nine out-of-state students and one international student) The graduate program has also promoted growth of the undergraduate program – from five students in 2005 to 100 students in 2010 In addition, more than 200 students enroll annually in Longwood’s online speech-language courses in order to complete prerequisites that are needed prior to beginning graduate coursework

Dr Lissa Power-deFur, professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and director of the Longwood Center for Communication, Literacy and Learning, said, “ The faculty has worked hard to ensure that the program meets the rigorous academic and clinical standards for

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Pictured (from left) are: Michele Norman, Peggy Agee, Gayle Daly, Wendy Pulliam, Lissa Power-deFur, Shannon Salley, and Theresa Clark

accreditation Students must meet more than 120 standards prior to graduation We are proud to report that in addition to our graduates successfully meeting these standards, 100 percent of our graduates have passed the national certification examination and have become employed immediately upon graduation Currently, our graduates are working in public schools, hospitals, nursing facilities, and with home health providers throughout Virginia and the East Coast ”

A celebration dinner was held in October with guests including Longwood President Patrick Finnegan; Dr Judy Johnson, associate professor emerita of kinesiology, Board of Visitors Distinguished Professor, and current chair of the CSDS Advisor y Committee; Valerie St. John ‘97 of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV); and Dr Daniel Halling, of the Council of Academic Accreditation for ASHA

Program change and program growth –resulting in accreditation in just five years – doesn’t just happen,” said Finnegan “It is not automatic Instead, it requires a combination of leadership and teamwork, both of which have been ver y evident in conceiving, developing, and implementing this quality program ”

Tara Boyle, who earned her bachelor of science in CSDS in 2009 and will receive her master ’ s degree in 2011, said, The expertise that the CSDS faculty members have imparted on me, in so many different areas, will remain with me throughout my career. My clinical experiences have given me the foundational skills to forge head-on into any job setting The high level of professionalism and ethics that they have passed on to the students will forever be imprinted on our lives However, the most important thing that they reinforced throughout the CSDS journey is the understanding that we are never finished learning ”

Martha Battles, who earned her master of science degree in 2010, said, “ The education and clinical experience I received from Longwood’s CSDS graduate program provided me with a comprehensive knowledge base and developed my

Upon graduation from Longwood’s CSDS graduate program, I was not only competent but also confident in myself and prepared for any challenge I may encounter. ” – Martha Battles, ’10 “

Valerie H St John received her bachelor of science in speech-language pathology and audiology from Longwood in 1997 and her master of science in communication disorders from James Madison University in 1999 She ser ves as vice president for continuing education on SHAV ’ s executive board and is employed by Blue Ridge Therapy Associates in Lynchburg.

critical thinking skills Upon graduation from Longwood’s CSDS graduate program, I was not only competent but also confident in myself and prepared for any challenge I may encounter ”

Judy Johnson ser ved as a faculty member and administrator in the College of Education and Human Ser vices for 33 years. In her introductor y remarks at the dinner, she said, I have never been associated with a more hard working group, or with a group more committed to their profession and belief in the value of its ser vices The professional expertise of these individuals is recognized throughout the Commonwealth and across the nation. They are devoted to Longwood and its students They are positive, professional and ethical The word ‘quit’ is not in their vocabular y and they maintain a positive, optimistic attitude regardless of the situation ” “

The majority of Southside Virginia is rural in nature, ” said St John “As is the case in most rural areas, it is difficult to entice speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to work in those settings, unless the SLP is originally from that area. Accreditation of the CSDS program at Longwood will now provide opportunities for more graduates to return to the rural areas of Southside Virginia to fill the need that exists there for qualified SLPs ”

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Longwood’s Design Lab

Longwood University’s graphic design program now includes what has been called a “student-run design agency. ”

The Design Lab, a class offered both semesters, provides students with experience in working on design projects for clients This began in spring semester 2010 with eight students who did about a half-dozen jobs In the fall semester the lab had 10 students, five of whom participated in the spring, who worked on about 15 jobs Although it’s open to students from any major who range from second-semester sophomores to first-semester seniors, students have to be apply and be accepted The work is done pro bono

The lab is about students having a professional experience and learning about design in a way different from how they would normally learn in a class,” said Wade Lough, assistant professor of graphic design, who coordinates the lab along with Chris Register, professor of art

Wade and I tag-team as advisers,” Register said. “In a design agency, we would be the principals We primarily drum up the business, and the students ser ve in a capacity like employees All have different jobs to do, and they’re not always doing the same thing They work in teams It’s a collaborative effort, as if we were a company. ”

In the lab,” Register said, “the students are all working in the same direction, whereas in a class they work on individual projects. It’s a collaboration they wouldn’t normally get in an art program

A design lab like this is not common at the undergraduate level ”

Students in the Design Lab meet twice a week for two hours each, receive three credits and follow a syllabus, like in a regular studio class However, Lough and Register say the lab is different from a class.

It’s more than a class, and it gives them something they wouldn’t get in a class,” said Lough “ We don’t think of it as a class It’s a different dynamic than going into a classroom. The students learn not only about design but also about meeting tight deadlines and how to work with clients, especially how to listen to clients, which is important ”

Among the jobs that Design Lab students did last spring were a security brochure for the Longwood Police Department, the “identity” and a logo for the Moton Museum celebration “Our Schools, Our Vision” (by students Erica May and Kaitlyn Smith), a web site for the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (Franki Starr, Jennifer Bapties and Berk Dunbrack), and a poster announcing the Farmville Tree Board’s annual Arbor Day photo contest ( Jessica Cox and Emily Staskiel) Jobs this semester include a logo for the Southside SPCA and the poster for Longwood’s Simkins Lecture Series

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A surprising number of clients have come from off-campus We thought most of the jobs at first would be for the art department and elsewhere on campus, but many have been from the community,” Register said “It’s been shockingly successful from the ver y beginning ”

I think the work (load) will explode,” Lough said. “ We may end up with too many jobs, which would be exciting We want students to compete not only for jobs on-campus and in the community but also for national jobs, which they’ve already done Last spring they applied to design a new logo for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges Ver y soon Chris and I expect the

Graphic design is the most popular concentration in the Department of Art, accounting for about half of the department’s 165 majors, including some 25 of the 49 incoming art majors The graphic design program graduates about 25 students a year

Appropriately, Design Lab students designed their own logo, which appears on a T-shirt The logo, which features the words “design lab” in a style called jumble letters and a graphic that Lough jokingly called a “ test tube pencil,” was designed by Dane Summerell and Lindsay Scott and refined by Jessica Cox “I think the logo captures the sense that a lab is a place for exploration and experimentation,” Lough said

In the lab the students are all working in the same direction, whereas in a class they work on individual projects. It’s a collaboration they wouldn’t normally get in an art program. A design lab like this is not common at the undergraduate level.” – Christopher Register

students of Design Lab to participate in national undergraduate research projects in design ”

The composition of the fall semester ’ s class was perfect, Register said. “Half were veterans and half were rookies. It worked out well that we had five of each, which allowed us to pair up one with the other Students who re-apply also have to be accepted, like with first-time students We were especially selective in the spring We want students to be proud they were accepted and are in it, and we want that pride to be engendered in other students so they’ll want to be in it ”

The students are provided guidance “It’s not as if we ’ re throwing them in the pool and watching them flounder,” Lough said “ We tr y to match the students’ strengths to a particular job Often the more experienced students collaborate with less experienced students and help them raise the bar on their design Also, Chris and I ser ve as a firewall of protection between the client and the students, which works both ways We also ensure that the students stay on schedule with clients ”

When I inter viewed for my teaching position, Dr Chuck Ross (dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences) and I had a good discussion about the necessity of undergraduate research,” said Lough “ That discussion was one of the biggest reasons I came to Longwood. When Chris and I imagined Design Lab, we went to Dr Ross, and he made our enterprise possible

The lab will show the students that they can compete on a level with other design programs at larger schools. I think it will have a profound effect on the culture of the design program here We want students to realize that just because Longwood is located in a small town doesn’t mean they can ’ t do work as good as, let’s say, students at VCU ” “ “

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Longwood’s Design Lab Creates Ne w Logo for Southside SPCA

Katie Register Contributor

For 35 years, the Southside SPCA has been finding homes and caring for the homeless dogs and cats of Southside Virginia, but until last month they didn’t have a logo.

The students in Longwood’s Design Lab were put to work to solve this problem, and now the Southside SPCA has a unique and professional logo.

The Southside SPCA has had many exciting changes over the last few years – new buildings, new staff, increased adoptions, and now a wonderful new logo,” said Dr Helen Warriner-Burke, ’56, SPCA board member and former rector of Longwood’s Board of Visitors

We had a strategic planning meeting this summer and identified the need for a logo that will help us grow to the next level,” added board member Dr. Mark Fink, a biology professor at Longwood University

Longwood art professor Christopher Register, who has provided graphic design work for the SPCA for several years, suggested that the students involved in Longwood’s new

Design Lab take on the assignment “ The Design Lab is a student-run design agency that provides students with experience in working on design projects for clients The work is done pro bono, and since the SPCA strives to stretch ever y donated dollar, it was a good match,” he said.

The Design Lab students who developed the logo, Erica May (Warrenton, Va ) and Kyle Fowlkes (Middleton, Va ), started by researching other logos of animal shelters, and exploring the unique aspects of the Southside SPCA which is a no-kill shelter ser ving 12 counties in Southside Virginia The student designers, both graphic art majors, presented four different designs to the SPCA board, which chose a design that plays off of the “S” in “South” and “Side ”

Creating the logo for the SSPCA feels great I love helping the shelter grow and doing something for a cause I care so much about,” said May after the presentation Fowlkes added, “I signed up for Design Lab to gain real world experience with actual clients and it has been great. I really enjoyed the experience of pitching our ideas to the SPCA board ”

Southside SPCA board president Dave Evans commented, I like how the new logo looks professional and ver y sharp We are thankful for the excellent logo created by the Design Lab students for the Southside SPCA ”


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Jarman Hall Renovated

Jarman Hall, Longwood University’s main performance venue for nearly six decades, officially re-opened Oct. 7 following an extensive renovation

The renovation has significantly improved the capabilities and aesthetics of the facility. New lighting and sound fixtures have been added, interior finishes have been spruced up, and all of the mechanical and electrical systems, including the HVAC system, are new Outside the building there are new urns, plantings and brick walkways and a new bus pull-off on High Street The front façade has expanded glass panels, letting more light into the lobby, and a rear façade has been added with pilasters and a cornice, made of glass-fiber reinforced concrete, that mimic those on the front

Jarman Hall recently under went an extensive renovation “ “

The auditorium, which was painted, now has 14 acoustical curtains lining the perimeter, which can be moved to control acoustics The curtains are uplighted by scallop-shaped sconce lights mounted on the curtain pocket columns

New features in the auditorium include carpeting, custom wood around the stage, a control console in the rear of the auditorium for controlling lighting and sound, and a forestage reflector in the ceiling in front of the stage

Work on the project began in late September 2009.

The general contractor was C L Lewis & Company Inc of Lynchburg Kim Bass of Longwood’s Capital Planning & Construction was the project manager for the university, and Kevin Hooper was project manager for C L Lewis

It is now a top-notch, first-class facility in ever y way, ” Hooper said “All of the lighting systems are new, and the sound system is new The finishes in the building have remained but have been cleaned up and painted over In essence, the building has gotten a paint job and a face-lift. The acoustical engineers tell me that the auditorium can be tuned to different performances, and, due to having oversized ductwork, which reduces velocity, there will be almost no noise through the mechanical systems ”

Jarman was opened as an auditorium and music building in the fall of 1951 It is used for special events, theatrical and music productions, public lectures and other activities

Due to the renovation, there are now 1,049 seats in the auditorium, whereas before there were 1,065. The mainstage theatre for Longwood Theatre productions, the box office, and the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre, formerly in Jarman, are now in the Center for Communication Studies and Theatre

Jarman Hall is not just essential to the Longwood community, but it is also essential to our friends in Farmville,” President Finnegan said just before he and others cut a ceremonial ribbon in front of the building “Not only will we once again be able to host our Chamber Music Series, student lectures and guest performers in this impressive new auditorium, but the local area will also be able to use it once again for graduations, dance recitals and children’s theatre productions ”

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Lancer Park Now Connected To Campus

Kent Booty Associate Editor

Longwood University’s main campus and a nearby complex of universitymanaged apartments and athletic fields on the north side of U.S. 460 ( West Third Street) are now linked in a way that is safer, more direct and more visually appealing.

Indeed, The Lancer Park Bridges consist of a pedestrian bridge spanning Third Street and, about 200 yards west, a vehicular bridge that crosses over a former railroad bed just before the new entrance into Lancer Park, home to 258 students and fields used by Campus Recreation

The bridges, which officially opened Sept 9, are connected by a walkway on the north side of Third Street Lancer Park, Longwood’s first apartment community, is six-tenths of a mile from campus.

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Our students have embraced Lancer Park as a terrific residence – truly their ‘home away from home,’” said President Patrick Finnegan before he and others cut a ribbon opening the bridges “However, the challenge has been how to tie this wonderful residential and recreational option, what is really a new ‘north’ campus, to main campus and make sure our students feel connected.

Through these two bridges, we have provided a solution Not only have we provided a safe way for our students to travel back and forth, but we have also provided a welcoming party for those who want to travel to Lancer Park to socialize, study, play sports with their friends, or live

By adding these bridges, we open up this location to even more opportunities, including academic and research activity in the future ”

Until the bridges were finished, the entrance to Lancer Park was atop a steep hill on Grace Street, reached only from Appomattox Street (between the Farmville Train Station and Buffalo Shook, a plant that manufactures wood-related products), which leads to Grace Street. The entrance from Grace Street has been closed, except for emergency vehicles

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A series of elegant bridges now connect Lancer Park to Longwood’s main campus.

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I have seen more Lancer Park residents riding bikes and walking to and from campus than I have ever seen in my entire college career, ” said senior Ben Brittain, SGA president and a second-year Lancer Park resident “Before, they had to trudge up ‘Mount Everest ’ Because of that hill, there were few bike riders. This has literally bridged the gap between Lancer Park and main campus Also, more students are using the athletic fields, including new students, and studies show that students who are more involved are more successful

The street leading into Lancer Park was named Cormier Drive by the Longwood Real Estate Foundation in May and was approved by Farmville Town Council in June The naming honors Longwood’s recently retired president, Dr Patricia Cormier

On the Longwood side of Third Street, the pedestrian bridge empties onto Grove Street near Buffalo Street, providing a more direct route to and from campus “It’s a straight shot to

Our students have embraced Lancer Park as a terrific residence –truly their ‘home away from home. However, the challenge has been how to tie this wonderful residential and recreational option, what is really a new ‘north’ campus, to main campus and make sure our students feel connected.” – Patrick Finnegan

This is much safer Before, to get from Lancer Park to campus, you had to walk on two roads with no sidewalks, cross a four-lane road with cars and tractor-trailers traveling 40 miles per hour, and cross two more intersections before arriving on campus Now, you can just stroll over that fourlane road ”

This represents the pulling together of the two campuses, ” said Otis Brown, vice rector of the Longwood Board of Visitors and a member of the Longwood Real Estate Foundation “ These are bridges not just for students to walk across but a way in which the two campuses can come together ”

Ken Copeland, executive director of the Longwood Real Estate Foundation, said that more students, Lancer Park residents as well as non-residents, are now using the Lancer Park ballfields, which opened in 2009 and include a softball field and an artificial surface, multi-purpose athletic field. The walkway between the two bridges, which roughly parallels Third Street, “ties them together in an aesthetic and efficient way, ” he said

campus from Grove Street,” Copeland said “ We’ve taken a lot of twists and turns out of that walk ”

The pedestrian bridge has a built-in handrail on both sides, is about 10 feet wide and at least four feet high on the sides, and is slightly taller in the middle than on the ends, due to the arch To meet the Virginia Department of Transportation’s standards of minimum height clearance, some 20 feet of elevation had to be achieved along the pedestrian walkway as it extends east, toward downtown Farmville, from the opening of the vehicular bridge onto the pedestrian bridge It was achieved by adding to a bank that already existed

Work on the project was done by English Construction Co Inc of Lynchburg The bulk of the $4 125 million project was financed through savings from the low interest rate on a bond consolidation of all three Longwood-managed apartment communities that the Longwood Real Estate Foundation negotiated in December 2007

Lancer Park, originally called Stanley Park, was built in three sections between 1999 and 2003 It consists of 30 four-bedroom townhouses, two buildings with 12 two-bedroom apartments each, and two buildings with four-bedroom apartments each The Longwood Real Estate Foundation bought the complex in August 2005, and it has been managed by Longwood, through the Office of Residential and Commuter Life, since fall 2006. “

The new entrance into Lancer Park is from Third Street just east of the driveway for B&G Auto The vehicular bridge, immediately in front of the entrance, spans a former Norfolk Southern Railway bed that is now part of High Bridge Trail State Park The project would not have been possible had Norfolk Southern not deeded the land to the Commonwealth of Virginia in June 2007, part of 31 miles of rail that it donated for the “rails to trails” park The twolane bridge has a pedestrian sidewalk on the east side and a deceleration lane for west-bound traffic going from Third Street into Lancer Park.

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Longwood Launches Civil War Sesquicentennial Podcast

That a Nation Might Live

In 1865, as General Robert E. Lee and his troops retreated from advancing Federal forces through Farmville, a skirmish ensued on High Street alongside Longwood University (then Farmville Female College). One historic account states, “Minié balls fell about the building (Ruffner Hall) –one crashed through a window where several girls were standing and when they had recovered from their panic, their friends in gray had vanished like the phantom of a dream.”

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Today, as Virginia approaches the Civil War Sesquicentennial, it is both fitting and proper that Longwood University commemorate this historic occasion with the launch of a unique online podcast series “ That a Nation Might Live,” online at http://civilwar150 longwood edu, commemorates the issues, people and events leading up to and during the Civil War, telling the epic stor y as it happened 150 years ago, one week at a time

A podcast is a series of audio recordings released episodically that can be played directly from a website or downloaded automatically and synched to portable digital audio players

Nation-Might-Live/149017591809149 and can be found on Twitter at www twitter com/civilwar weeks All of these sites welcome comments and discussion The episodes will soon be available through iTunes, too

Conceived of and developed by Dr. Chuck Ross, dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences at Longwood University, and Dr David Coles, professor of histor y, the series offers a unique glimpse in time at the momentous events that shaped the nation – and it provides a tremendous learning opportunity for histor y students of all ages, especially those at Longwood

like iPods “ That a Nation Might Live” posts a new episode (two-to-four minutes) ever y week, turning the calendar back 150 years and reporting the week’s key developments in the run up to and during the war

We are especially excited that this project will be largely researched, written and produced by students since undergraduate research is such an important part of what we do at Longwood.” – Dr. Charles Ross “ “

Several episodes have already been posted, providing insight to the causes of the Civil War, the politics dividing the nation and the conditions leading to the election of Abraham Lincoln as the nation’s 16th president Future episodes, week- by-week through 2015, will chronicle secession and rebellion, Fort Sumter, the raising of armies, the politics of war, emancipation, key decisions and battles, Appomattox and the conflict’s impact on the nation

In addition to its home site, “ That a Nation Might Live” has a Facebook page at http://www facebook com/pages/That-a-

Given the importance of Farmville and Southside Virginia in Civil War histor y, this is a natural fit for us and should complement the many other sesquicentennial events planned around the state and the nation,” said Ross

We are especially excited that this project will be largely researched, written and produced by students since undergraduate research is such an important part of what we do at Longwood ”

The Civil War Sesquicentennial is a national historic reflection on how the ver y existence of the United States was tested far beyond the imagination of our founding fathers

As President Abraham Lincoln stated so eloquently at Gettysburg in 1863, “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure ”

Follow the stor y, week-by-week, with podcasts from Longwood University’s

That a Nation Might Live” online at http://civilwar150.longwood.edu

Live/149017591809149 and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwar weeks “

on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/That-a-Nation-Might-

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The Last Battle

Cormier Scholars Visit Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park


Members of the Cormier Honors College for Citizen Scholars visited Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park recently, scene of the last major battle of the Civil War, 72 hours before Lee’s surrender on April 12 at Appomattox.

The scholars were led by Dr Geoff Orth, director of the Cormier Honors College, and Dr. David Coles, professor of histor y, who gave some background on the significance of the battle Longwood graduate Chris Calkins, ’81, director of the park, did a presentation for the students and showed them around the grounds, which include a new Visitor’s Center. Calkins, a 34-year veteran of the National Park Ser vice, was recently appointed as the new director of Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Park.


Cormier Scholars (top) gather under the trees alongside Hillsman House, which ser ved as a Union field hospital where wounded soldiers of both north and south were treated. Chris Calkins, ’81, (below) discusses the battle.

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Lancers Update

Lancers Earn Highest VaSID All-Spor ts Ranking

Longwood University Athletics finished ninth in the 2009-10 Virginia Sports Information Directors ( VaSID) Division I All-Sport Championships, its highest finish since beginning Division I competition in 2007.

The Lancers completed the year with an overall record of 145-131-3 for an overall winning percentage of 525 percent to earn the ninth-place ranking among the 14 Virginia schools that compete at the Division I level – finishing ahead of Radford, George Mason, Hampton, Norfolk State, and VMI Longwood enjoyed its finest year of intercollegiate competition since 2003-04 (144-102-3, 584), which was the first year of the four-year reclassification period toward Division I.

I am proud to say that 2009-10 was a fantastic year for Longwood Athletics,” said Director of Athletics Troy Austin

The student-athletes, coaches, and staff work hard ever y day to provide the University with a quality Division I program; one that our alums and the community can rally behind The progress is exciting, and it provides us a great

springboard for our future. It is a great time to be a Longwood Lancer!”

The spring portion of the year proved most successful during 2009-10 as each of the five programs finished with winning records, including baseball (28-20), women ’ s lacrosse (10-8, 6-0 NLC), softball (36-16), men ’ s tennis 12-9), and women ’ s tennis (13-8) Four of the five teams, with the exception of women ’ s lacrosse, enjoyed their best campaigns as Division I programs Softball attained its fifth-highest win total ever, and its 20th overall winning season in 30 years Baseball earned its 29th overall 20-win campaign and 22nd season with at least 25 wins, and now has 29 winning seasons in 33 years Men’s tennis equaled its second-highest win total ever, and its 10th winning season in 30 years, while women ’ s tennis posted its highest win total since 2002-03, and its 21st winning season in 39 years of accurate records Women’s lacrosse won its second-straight National Lacrosse Conference Tournament Championship while enjoying its 21st winning effort in 39 years as well

In addition, women ’ s golf won the Tina Barrett Invitational, while the men ’ s golf team won the Lonnie Barton Memorial Invitational

Longwood Athletics has now displayed five consecutive years of improvement in its overall success. Expect nothing less during this 2010-11 campaign as the Lancers strive for an even more successful year of competition

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Wells & Smith Athletes of the Year

Longwood University Athletes of the Year for 2009-10 were softball pitcher

Briana Wells, ’11, from Romoland, California, and men ’ s basketball guard-for ward

Dana Smith, ’10, from Woodbridge, Virginia. Wells was 27-7 with a 2.35 ERA and 113 strikeouts for the Lancers (36-16). Smith, a two-time winner of the award, averaged 18.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists for Longwood (12-19).

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Briana Wells, ’11, and Dana Smith, ’10, are named Athletes of the Year 2009-10.

The GAME (Greatest Athletics March Ever)

Longwood University opened its 2010-11 intercollegiate athletics campaign August 22 with The GAME (Greatest Athletics March Ever). The Lancers played the University of Richmond from the Atlantic 10 Conference in a women ’ s soccer match at the Athletics Complex in Farmville The highly anticipated contest was played before a raucous and record-crowd of over 1,300, though the Spiders won 1-0 with the lone goal scored in the 55th minute. A picnic in the Longwood Dining Hall, a pep rally in Willett Hall, and a march from campus up Fourth Street and Longwood Avenue to the soccer facility on Johnston Drive, took place prior to the opening kick

During all my time here, including four years as a student and now in my 17th year as head coach, I have never seen anything like tonight in terms of the Longwood spirit and experience,” said women ’ s soccer head coach Todd Dyer ’93 after ward Beginning with the pep rally on campus and continuing with the march to the stadium and

support throughout the game, tonight’s event was such an amazing spectacle for our university and community, and it truly created some Longwood memories that will last a lifetime.”

The GAME was a collective effort among the Athletics Department, the Office of First Year Experience, and the Town of Farmville. It came about after women ’ s soccer associate head coach Steve Brdarski, First Year Experience assistant director Stacey Wilkerson, and SGA president and FYE coordinator Ben Brittain brainstormed for ideas to incorporate athletics into New Lancer Days, Longwood’s extended four-day orientation experience for all new students leading up to the start of the fall semester. New Lancer Days provided new students an opportunity to meet new classmates, develop friendships with upper-class student leaders, learn about valuable resources available on campus, and explore a variety of issues that they will undoubtedly face during their time at Longwood.

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Longwood Basketball In A City Near You

Greg Prouty Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations

Longwood University men ’ s and women ’ s basketball opened their respective 2010-11 campaigns

November 12 The men opened at the University of Kansas against the Jayhawks, a perennial top-20 program, while the women hosted the Lancer Classic Nov 12-13 with games against both Campbell and Marshall. In addition to 27 home games between the two programs, easily accessible at www.longwoodlancers.com, it’s likely that you can find a contest in a city near you this season.

The Lancer men travel to Milwaukee to play Marquette (December 4), Lexington to play VMI (Dec 11), Newark, New Jersey to play Seton Hall (Dec 13), Albuquerque to play New Mexico (Dec 17), Boulder to play Colorado (Dec 19), Las Vegas for two games during the iBN Sports Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena (Dec. 22-23), Annapolis to play Navy ( January 4), Grand Forks, N D to play UND ( Jan 9), Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech ( Jan 22), Hamilton, N Y to play Colgate (February 2), Newark, N J , again to play NJIT (Feb 5), College Park to play Maryland (Feb 9), and Savannah, Ga. to play Savannah State (Feb. 12).

The Lancer women travel to Richmond to play VCU (Dec 18), Fairfax to play George Mason (Dec 22), Morehead, Kentucky to play Morehead State ( Jan 2), Ithaca, N Y , to play Cornell ( Jan. 9), Spartanburg, S.C., to play USC Upstate ( Jan. 19),

Asheville, N.C., to play UNC Asheville ( Jan. 24), College Park to play Maryland ( Jan 30), Rock Hill, South Carolina to play Winthrop (Feb 5), Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech (Feb 10), Savannah, Ga , to play Savannah State (Feb 13), Bakersfield, Calif , to play CSU Bakersfield (Feb 19), Boiling Springs, N C , to play Gardner-Webb (Feb. 23), and Fort Myers, Fla., for a tournament hosted by Florida Gulf Coast

In addition, spring is right around the corner be sure to check our website for schedules to include Longwood baseball, softball, women ’ s lacrosse, men ’ s and women ’ s golf, as well as men ’ s and women ’ s tennis An early heads-up for baseball has the Lancers playing VCU at The Diamond in Richmond on March 9 at 3 p m , along with a game at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on March 23 at 5:30 p m

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Enthusiastic Longwood Lancer fans are set to enjoy another outstanding Basketball Season

Lancers Off To A Great Star t ...

Longwood University Athletics is well on its way toward a successful 2010-11 campaign as the fall sports seasons approached completion in late October The men ’ s golf team jump-started the year with a 54-hole score of 290-285-300 – 875 to easily win the team title among nine teams at its own Manor Intercollegiate, September 13-14, at The Manor Resort Golf Club in Farmville. The Lancers took a 29-shot advantage over second-place High Point University (904), while junior Ross Sumner (Callao) claimed individual medalist honors with his outstanding two-under par score of 70-71-73--214, among the field of 56

It’s great for us to start the year with a win,” said 14th-year head coach Kevin Fillman “ We did a lot of good work on day one, which put us in a ver y good position going into the final round I’m really pleased for Ross to earn his first medal He handled the situation extremely well, especially since it’s the first time he’d ever had the chance to win a college tournament. ”

The men ’ s golf team had finished third in each of its other two tournaments this fall, led by senior standout Michael Young|Oakville, Ontario with three top-three individual efforts and his impressive 71 67 average that was on pace toward a new school record The women ’ s golf team had one top-five team effort, led by freshman standout Amanda Steinhagen (Oak Hill) and her 76 67 average with two top-20 individual finishes Steinhagen was among the August 30 edition of Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd,” recognized for her winning back-to-back Virginia State Golf

Association (VSGA) tournament titles within five days this past summer She won the 85th VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship at the Glenmore Countr y Club in Keswick on July 9, and followed that winning formula with her second victor y in less than a week by winning the 41st VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship at the Indian Creek Yacht & Countr y Club in Kilmarnock on July 14.

The women ’ s soccer team took a record of 10-6 into the final three matches of the season, including an eight-match winning streak at home with only Senior Day remaining and scheduled for October 31 Coach Dyer (185-110-16) had led the Lancers to their 12th overall 10-win season in the 17-year histor y of the program while assuring their fifth consecutive winning campaign, and 14th overall since the team began competition in 1994 Longwood was being led by super sophomore Lindsey Ottavio (Fairfax) who had already tied the schoolrecord for season goals with 16 (Tina Tsironis, 1995; Tiffany Gruschow, 2002) Ottavio was tied for third in Division I goals through Oct 17, and tied for fourth nationally in points (33)

There’s still plenty of work to be done, but our success up to this point in the season can be credited to a fantastic bunch of student-athletes who work very hard and really pull together on and off of the field,” said Dyer

I’ve coached some talented players and teams in the past, but this team is truly special in the love and respect they share for each other, along with their commitment to represent the women ’ s soccer program and this university in the most positive manner at all times ” – G P

Winning the Right Way

As a Longwood Lancers fan, your support is crucial to the success of our programs and student-athletes The NCAA prohibits specific activities between individuals who are representatives of our athletic programs and our prospective and current student-athletes If you are a member of the Longwood University faculty, staff, alumni, or Lancer Club, or have donated to, or been other wise involved with Longwood Athletics, you are a representative of our athletic programs Please help ensure the eligibility of our prospective and current student-athletes

Visit www longwoodlancers com and click on NCAA Compliance link to learn how you can be involved with Longwood Athletics in the right way

We thank you for your continued support

For more information please contact:

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For all of the latest news and information concerning Longwood Athletics, please visit our re-designed website at www.longwoodlancers.com.

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OMar y Larkin Thornton, ’88

Vice President for ARAMARK

Kent Booty Associate Editor

Mar y Larkin Thornton, ’88, started working for Longwood Dining Ser vices as a junior in the fall of 1986 “I restocked the salad bar in the Rotunda Market, a fast-food location downtstairs in Blackwell Dining Hall,” she said.

She still works for Longwood’s dining ser vices provider, ARAMARK, but is responsible for much more than fresh croutons and cucumbers in one dining hall As regional vice president for the Southeast Region for ARAMARK Higher Education, Thornton oversees the dining ser vice and facilities ser vice operations at 60 colleges and universities in four states Eight district managers and one vice president of operations report directly to Thornton, who has been Longwood’s dining ser vice director and has held two regional administrative positions and one nationwide position in her career with ARAMARK.

I have a lot of responsibility, but I have ver y good people working for me, ” said Thornton, who began this position Aug 13, 2010 and whose office is in Car y, N C “Most of my accounts (schools) are in North Carolina and South

Carolina, and I also have one in Tennessee and one in Georgia I spend about 75 percent of my time on the road visiting accounts. The last two years I had a functional job, which involves supporting our operations in such areas as HR, marketing and finance, but not an operational one, which this is I like the operational aspect of the business ”

Before beginning her current job, Thornton was vice president of compliance for ARAMARK Higher Education and was responsible for the entire countr y In that position, she had an office at corporate headquarters in Philadelphia and another office on the Longwood campus Even after leaving her job as Longwood dining ser vice director, she continued to work out of an office at Longwood for her next two positions

Those positions were vice president of operations for the Mid-Atlantic Region (responsible for Virginia and Ohio) and, before that, district manager (covering Virginia and North Carolina) Thornton was Longwood dining ser vice director for five and a half years from 1993 to 1998

Thornton, a native of Rockland County, N Y , near New York City, majored in political science and was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at Longwood She also met

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her husband, Dr. Jim Thornton, ’85, school superintendent in Mecklenburg County, Va Although they met when she was a freshman and he was a senior, they didn’t start dating until her senior year, after he had returned to Longwood to become certified to teach

Even as a Longwood student worker, Mar y Thornton, then Mar y Larkin, moved up the ladder She was promoted to a student manager position in Januar y 1987 “I was a student manager when the Rotunda Market re-opened that spring after being renovated. The other student managers and I super vised the 250 or so student employees ”

After graduating, she was manager of the Rotunda Market for a year and a half Then she left the company, moved back home to New York and worked briefly in marketing for a wholesale baker y in New York City In her first position after returning to ARAMARK in 1991, a month after getting married, she was district manager for Virginia and also managed one of the faculty and staff dining rooms at Virginia Commonwealth University, also an ARAMARK school Even though she “moved up the retail ladder” at VCU, she retained the marketing part of that position

Why has she been successful? “I have a lot of passion for what we do I like being in the higher education marketplace Even though we ’ re not in the classroom, I feel like we ’ re part of the overall academic experience and that we can impact the future generation of leaders I like being on college campuses and interacting with college administrators. When I visit accounts, I like to interact with student employees What also has helped my success is the solid educational foundation I received at Longwood and the high expectations of Longwood Dining Ser vices ”

Thornton and her husband, formerly the Cumberland County school superintendent, live in Clarksville, Va , with their 17-year-old son, Sean, a senior at Cumberland County High School, and 13-year-old daughter, Kelsey, who attends Bluestone Middle School in Mecklenburg County The family had lived in Farmville, a short block from the Longwood campus, until Jim Thornton began his position in Mecklenburg County on July 1 He had been with the Cumberland schools for 19 years, the last six as superintendent. He presented a Sankofa Lecture in Longwood’s College of Education and Human Ser vices in October 2008

Longwood Challenge

A Tremendous Success

Last spring, David, '81, and Patricia Whitehurst Crute,‘80, and Will and Colleen McCrink Margiloff, '97, challenged alumni and friends to become new donors to Longwood University. The two couples challenged that if Longwood received 250 gifts from new donors during May and June, Will, Colleen, David, and Patricia would collectively contribute $40,000 to the Longwood Fund. The Crutes and the Margiloffs are firm believers that ever y gift makes a difference at Longwood, and they wanted to spread their enthusiasm and message across all groups of potential supporters With their support and the Longwood Challenge, 307 gifts from new donors were received during May and June – making the Longwood Challenge a great success.

Will and Tricia live in Chesapeake and their son, Patrick, is a 2010 graduate of Longwood Tricia currently ser ves on the Alumni Board. Will and Colleen live in New York, New York. They have three children and Colleen currently ser ves as the vice president of the Alumni Board

Ever yone at Longwood University is appreciative not only of the Crutes and the Margiloffs for offering such a generous Challenge, but also of ever y donor who helped make this Challenge a success Thank you to ever yone involved – C G M

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Upcoming Alumni Events ...

Celebrate Founders Month With The Finnegans

We will celebrate Founders Month this March with four events to be held throughout Virginia Please join alumni, family and friends for one of these events to commemorate Longwood’s founding on March 5, 1839. President Finnegan will talk about Longwood’s past, present and future.

Richmond: Independence Golf Club, March 16

Fredericksburg: Renato’s Italian Restaurant, March 17

Hampton Roads: Greenbrier Countr y Club, March 22

Farmville: Longwood’s Center for Communication Studies & Theatre, March 25

$20 per person. Reser vations are required. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 434.395.2044 or alumni@longwood.edu.

Milestone Reunion

Classes of ’46, ’51, ’56, ’61, ’66

April 1-2, 2011

Decade of the 70s Reunion

April 15-16, 201

Utilize Your Longwood Resources

Longwood’s Academic and Career Advising Center offers help to all Alumni

Go to http://www longwood edu/career/alumni/index htm

Tell Us About It ...

Do you know a Longwood graduate making a difference?

Logon to http://www longwood edu/alumni/awards htm and tell us about it

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Make Plans Now To Attend Longwood’s Student-Alumni Networking Event

Longwood alumni are invited to campus on Friday 25 Februar y for the annual Student-Alumni Networking Event (SANE), an event designed to assist Longwood students with exploring career options and preparing them to leave Longwood as successful Lancers This annual event, hosted by the Academic & Career Advising Center and the Cook-Cole College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisor y Board, is an excellent way for you to share expertise about your career path and provide advice on life after Longwood. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Sarah Hobgood at 434.395.4932 or hobgoodsm@longwood.edu. – N.S.

Are You Ready To Receive Some Longwood Loot?

Are you planning an Alumni gathering?

Let us send a Longwood Loot box Please send the names and class year of your attendees, the date of the event, and your mailing address to alumni@longwood.edu.

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Longwood alumni gather on campus for the annual Student-Alumni Networking Event (SANE)

OAlumni members and friends of Sigma Phi Epsilon (SPE) gathered on campus in September

Sigma Phi Epsilon Reunion

Largest Fraternity Event In Longwood’s Histor y

Alumni members and friends of Sigma Phi

Epsilon (SPE), Longwood University’s oldest fraternity, returned for a reunion that was the largest fraternity event ever held on campus.

BBQ, Band & Brews,” held Sept 11 on Lankford Mall, was attended by 233 people, including 126 alumni members of Longwood’s SPE chapter “Some 451 guys have been initiated into the Longwood chapter since its founding in 1978, including the 25 current members, so one-third of all the brothers were there,” said David McMaster, ’83, president of the chapter’s Alumni and Volunteer Corporation, who organized the reunion

The chapter’s first on-campus reunion was attended by 184 alumni and guests (many brothers’ wives are also Longwood alumni) and 49 current students One SPE alumnus, Nuvit Rodop, ’82, came all the way from Izmir, Turkey, and several came from California as well as from around the countr y At least nine of the chapter’s 22 founding fathers attended. Some 60 percent of the attending SPEs graduated between 1979 and 1989

A lot of these guys hadn’t seen each other in 25 or 30 years, ” said David McMaster, a wholesale florist in Miami “Some were returning to campus for the first time since they’d graduated It was the first time the chapter has ever had ever yone back, from founding fathers to current members ”

The event was initiated and paid for by the Alumni and Volunteer Corporation, which has more than 400 members and was formed in July 2009 “ We’ve had several off-campus reunions, the last one about 12 years ago, ” said McMaster, whose Longwood nickname was Duffy “ We wanted to reconnect alumni members with the current chapter and the university ”

At least six of the SPE alumni who attended have sons or daughters currently at Longwood, all of whom are believed to have dropped by the event, McMaster said One ARAMARK student waiter who worked the event, Clayton Lescallett, is the son of Clay Lescallett, ’83, and Cathy Downey Lescalleet, ’81, a Kappa Delta. “ We had groups from KD, Delta Zeta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Zeta Tau Alpha, Phi Mu, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and a few of our ‘GDI’ friends as well,” McMaster said

Also in attendance were four SPE alums from the mid-1980s who are colonels in the Army or Air Force: Scott Estes, ’87, Jeff Helmick, ’84, and Derick Wolf, ’84, of the Army, and Chris Wright, ’85, of the Air Force Helmick and Wolf were chapter presidents Helmick’s wife, Lisa Har wood Helmick, is a ‘84 Longwood alumna, and their daughter, Christine, is a Longwood junior

One highlight of the reunion was the presentation of the first Balanced Man Scholarship, believed to be the first scholarship awarded by a Longwood fraternity to a nonmember The scholarship for an incoming freshman or transfer student, awarded to freshman Jake Semlar, recognizes the fraternity’s “ core values of virtue, diligence and brotherly love” and will be awarded annually for academic achievement and leadership The scholarship is funded by the alumni members, though the recipient is chosen by the current members It was presented by Chuck Ebbets, ’85, alumni scholarship chairman, and senior Edward “Joe” Brown, the chapter’s scholarship chairman

The reunion also included a golf tournament in which 15 of the 19 golfers were Longwood alumni. The morning of the reunion, alumni SPE members held a business meeting in their chapter room on the second floor of Frazer and after ward met with the current members The Office of Alumni Relations was pleased to work with the fraternity on this special fraternity reunion. – K.B.

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Top left: Patrick and Joan Finnegan with Senator Mark Warner Top right: Joan Finnegan and Jane Brooke, ’63 Middle left: Ronny Van Dyke, Heather Van Dyke, ’06, Joan Finnegan, and Kathleen Early, ’92. Middle, right: Sandy Henderson, ’75, and Joan Finnegan Bottom: President Finnegan, John Wiggins, ’02, and Kristy Wiggins

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Out & About With The Finnegans

OComputer Craftsman & Entrepreneur

Randy Copeland, ’86

Randy Copeland, ’86, is the founder, president and CEO of Velocity Micro, the largest independently owned boutique PC manufacturer in the United States.

The Richmond-based company, with nearly 100 employees, specializes in high-end workstations and gaming computers but in recent years has expanded to include more affordable desktops, notebooks and peripherals Its products can be found at nearly every major electronics retailer or etailer in the country, including Best Buy, Amazon, Staples, Walmart, Costco, and Target. The company has won more than 60 major industry awards from major publications, including PC Magazine’ s coveted “Best of the Year” awards in 2008 and 2004 and its Reader’s Choice Award for Service and Reliability in 2007

Not bad for someone who admits with a smile that he “ wasn ’ t the best student” and took only one computer class, Intro to Computers – and got a D

I always wanted to be an entrepreneur I didn’t see myself as a corporate type, ” said Copeland, who founded Velocity Micro in 1997 when he split two business units that he had founded six years earlier

The company builds its high-end computers in a gymnasium-like area in two large rooms in a 40,000square-foot office building at the industrial park that adjoins the Chesterfield County Airport Copeland is proud of a 2002 review in his favorite magazine, Maximum PC, that said Velocity Micro’s computers are “built with the care and craftsmanship that the behemoth manufacturers can ’ t offer ”

The focus of our business has changed over the years, and now we ’ re targeting mainstream users as well as gamers, enthusiasts, and the research and scientific communities,” Copeland said “However, much of our business is still with gamers and workstations The FBI and the Navy are among our bigger customers, using our faster workstations for data analysis and research For a while we were doubling our growth every year. This year (2010) will be our most successful year, and we anticipate doubling sales again next year ”

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Randy Copeland’s company Velocity Micro builds its high-end computers in Chesterfield County
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Despite changes, Velocity Micro still prides itself on its in-house technical support “ We still do all our own tech support, ” Copeland said “In fact, that’s the fastest growing part of our business All of our customer support is in this building When customers call for tech support, they get someone here in Richmond, not overseas ”

My biggest mark on Longwood was that I had the loudest stereo on campus, ” Copeland, a self-proclaimed audiophile, said with a laugh “I had a great big stereo in my dorm room On Friday evenings in front of Cox, where I lived my first three years, we would sit on a retaining wall between Cox and Stubbs, in front of the driveway that went in front of Cox, and turn up the volume on my stereo One night

Production was recently doubled to 4,000 units a day and will be increased several more times in the next few months We’re expecting to ship almost a million units this year In 2011, we’ll launch more tablets in different sizes and capacities ” – Randy Copeland, ’86

In 2010 the company entered the e-reader and computertablet market by launching two touch-screen readers and a tablet The Cruz Reader, launched in September, and the Cruz Tablet and the Cruz Stor yPad, launched in October, weigh one pound and have seven-inch screens, and enable users to play music, videos and games, read ebooks, and surf the Web

The Cruz Reader is an e-reader tablet similar to a Kindle, but on a Kindle all you can do is read books; on the Cruz Reader you can surf the Web and play videos and music in full color, too, ” said Velocity Micro spokesman Josh Covington “ The Cruz Tablet, which is more like an iPad alternative, is similar in look to the Cruz Reader but is faster and more powerful The Cruz Stor yPad is similar to the Cruz Reader but geared more to kids and is simpler It also plays music and videos but doesn’t have Internet access, for security reasons ”

Copeland said in early October that the Cruz Reader is sold out at all retail operations “Production was recently doubled to 4,000 units a day and will be increased several more times in the next few months We’re expecting to ship almost a million units this year. In 2011, we’ll launch more tablets in different sizes and capacities ”

A Chester native who lives in nearby Midlothian, Copeland was originally a biology major at Longwood who planned to become a dentist like his father, now retired, and his older brother “But then I got a C in organic chemistr y, and my adviser said ‘Copeland, you ’ re going to have to take it over again if you ’ re going to get into MCV dental school,’ and I didn’t want to So I switched to the business school, which I loved. I learned a lot from (dean) Dr. Jack Jacques –he showed me how you really make money in business –and from (professors) Dr Larr y Minks and Dr Burt Brooks

I spent a lot of time hanging out with the three of them

I also learned a lot about business as the ad manager for The Rotunda ”

Phyllis Mable (then-vice president for student affairs) came by to yell at us to turn it down but ended up staying for over an hour ”

Copeland’s wife, the former Mar y Anne Thompson Copeland, graduated from Longwood in 1986 and earned a master ’ s degree from Virginia State University She taught kindergarten in Chesterfield County for 10 years

After graduating from Longwood, Copeland worked as a sales associate for a marble bathroom products business and later as regional sales manager for a Richmond-based manufacturer of kitchen cabinets In 1991 he founded Smart Marketing, an independent manufacturing firm providing carpentr y, countertops, and plumbing products to Virginia contractors and kitchen dealers Then he began offering his clients custom-built, high-powered computers to run computer-aided design programs for kitchen and bath layouts and information management. After starting Velocity Micro, he continued as president of Smart Marketing until selling it in 2007

Copeland travels at least one week ever y two months, usually to Asia. “I have flown 140,000 miles this year already, which is a lot ” In September 2009 Copeland returned to Longwood’s College of Business & Economics as Executive-in-Residence He spoke about integrity in business

Why has he been successful? “I’m not smart enough to know when to quit,” he replied with a laugh “It’s also about chasing a dream, but mostly it just gets back to not quitting ”

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In Print

Recent Publications by Longwood Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni

Welcome to Boyceville

This was written to help commemorate the 100th anniversar y of the incorporation of Boyce, a Clarke County town originally called Boyceville. Hudson grew up in Boyce (population: 500), seven miles south of Berr yville, where he lives and works “ This was written free of charge as a gift to the town, ” said Hudson, senior vice president and marketing director of the Bank of Clarke County “ The book ser ves primarily as a historical record, and it also brings back a lot of memories for a lot of people I wrote it in only nine months.” Hudson, a music education major (in 2007 he released a CD of show tunes, Lounge Lizard), was a member of Longwood’s first male class on campus and was the charter president of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity Published privately by authorization of the Boyce Town Council, softcover, 96 pages

Women with the Good News: The Rhetorical Heritage of Pentecostal Holiness Women Preachers

by Dr Kristen Dayle Welch, Assistant Professor of English

This has been called “the first book to share interviews with women preachers of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church ” Welch, a Christian scholar who grew up in the IPHC, explores rhetoric, gender and religion in the biographies, autobiographies and histories that detail what it means to be a Pentecostal woman preacher in Oklahoma, her native state Published by CPT Press, softcover, 136 pages

Hull Springs Farm of Longwood University: Using Stewardship Plans to Create a Sustainable Conser vation Model on Virginia’s Northern Neck

by Bobbie Burton, Executive Director of Hull Springs Farm, and Katie Register, Project Director of Hull Springs Farm

This is a case study from the book A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conser vation, edited by David Burke and Joel Dunn, which provides a conser vation resource for government agencies, community groups, businesses and others involved in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay The Hull Springs Farm case study (pp 221-28) is from the Stewardship chapter Hull Springs Farm, which consists of more than 662 acres in Westmoreland County, is used for conser vation, education and research and was bequeathed to Longwood in 1999 by Mar y Farley Ames Lee, ’38 Published by the Conser vation Fund, softcover, 278 pages

After All Is Said and Done

by Justin Trawick, ’ 04, Longwood Alumnus

This CD (which features seven songs and technically is an EP) is the fourth record released under the name of Trawick, who describes himself as a “singer/songwriter with a band” and has been a full-time musician for two years Trawick, who lives in Arlington, plays acoustic guitar and sings, sometimes by himself and sometimes with a five-piece band He performs about 200 shows a year all over the countr y “I came up with a name for my music: urban folk rock. It’s a hipper version of adult contemporar y and a bit hipper than folk rock My music ranges from bluegrass to rock n ’ roll to funk

It’s fun to perform in my band because ever y song is different ” Fellow Longwood alumnus, Owen Shifflett, ’03, designs the art for Trawick’s albums “Owen has been integral to my success, ” he said As a Longwood student, Trawick was a member of Phi Mu Alpha and both jazz ensembles (he also plays saxophone), and he played with a campus band, Woodburn Road

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Walking The Walk ...

The Greatest Athletics March Ever passes Longwood House on the way to the Longwood Lancers soccer field, led by (from left) Farmville Town Manager Gerr y Spates, Director of Athletics Troy Austin, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ken Perkins, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr Tim Pierson and SGA President Ben Brittain (in the green shirt). Read complete stor y, p. 36.

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