Longwood Magazine 2013 Fall

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Vital Signs

With its fir st class of graduates now in the field, the nur sing program’s heartbeat is strong

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The Longwood @ Yellowstone program has been developed as a way for young people to gain a new per specti ve on what it tak es to apply a uni ver sity education to real-world problems Photo by Mik e Kropf ’14

Ready for Action

Longwood's fir st nur sing graduates enter the workforce prepared to mak e a real impact

A Higher Calling

President W Taylor Reveley IV tak es the helm of one of the nation’s oldest uni ver sities

Longwood at 175

At the start of our anni ver sary year, Longwood looks to the future

Uncommon Bonds

Longwood’s impact often goes beyond classroom walls as students and professor s forge unique connections

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Illustration by Alessandro Gottardo, who works and li ves in Milan, Italy His work has appeared in The New York T imes, The New York er, The Wall Street Journal, T ime, Esquire, National Geographic, Le Monde and other national and international publications
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P u b l i s h e r

Longwood University Foundation Inc

Robert Burger Jr , President

E d i t o r

Sabrina Brown

C r e a t i v e D i r e c t o r

David Whaley

A s s o c i a t e E d i t o r s

Kent Booty, Matthew McWilliams

P h o t o g r a p h e r

Andrea Dailey

C o n t r i b u t o r s

David Driver, Diane Easter, Patrick Folliard, Richard Foster, Allesandro Gottardo, Chase Jarvis, Mike Kropf ’14, Greg Prouty, Ashley Robbins, Elizabeth Seaborn, Lydia Williams

A d v i s o r y B o a r d

Larissa Fergeson, Franklin Grant ’80, Suzy Szasz Palmer, Kenneth Perkins, Bryan Rowland, Nancy Shelton ’68, Bennie Waller ’90, Elizabeth Power-deFur

B o a r d o f V i s i t o r s

Marianne Moffat Radcliff 92, Rector, Richmond

Edward I Gordon, Farmv lle

Eric Hansen, Lynchburg

Thomas A Johnson, Lynchburg

Judi M Lynch ’87, Vice Rector Richmond

Jane S Maddux, Charlottesvi le

Colleen McCrink Margiloff ’97, Rye N Y

Stephen Mobley ’93, McLean

Brad E Schwartz ’84, Chesapeake

Shelby J Walker M S 93, Charlotte Courthouse

Lacy Ward Jr , Farmville

Robert S Wertz Jr ’85, Leesburg

Ronald Olswyn White, Midlothian

Getting ready for this school year, as Longwood looks to its 175th Anni ver sary, has been lik e a homecoming for me My grandmother Marie Eason Reveley, a member of the Class of 1940, regaled me often with stories from the college days she and her sister s shared here, and with stories about her mother, Carrie Rennie Eason, of the Class of 1910 My grandmother lik ewise brought me to campus frequently as a child

The Rotunda fire was poignantly sad for her, especially because afterward she and our family couldn’ t locate Longwood’s portrait of her father, Thomas Eason, who chaired the biology department here from 1911 to 1918 and then went on to hold a significant government post over seeing higher education for Virginia. She made several attempts to find it again before she passed away in 20 06

During my fir st week in the office this June, in a powerful gust of the Longwood spirit, the portrait of my great-grandfather Dr. Eason was found before I had even ask ed after it thanks to the inspired sleuthing of many co-conspirator s across the univer sity It was a deeply touching moment for me to see it unveiled, and it now hangs proudly in my office in Lancaster

These fir st months have been as busy and as energizing as you might expect The tribal rhythms of academia are indeed familiar to me, engrained even The summer is a season for fresh plans Rector Marianne Radcliff ’92 and I along with the entire univer sity community near and far are looking forward to building on the powerful momentum Longwood enjoys.

Over the summer days, Longwood’s prior presidents have been in touch with generous words of welcome Henry and Mary Willett, in fact, visited Marlo and me to offer tips on raising young children at Longwood House, as they themselves did starting in the late ’60s Marlo’s and my twins, May and Quint, recently had their fir st birthday, and their great-great-aunt Judy Eason Mercer ’44 was on hand at Longwood House for the celebration.

Perhaps one of my favorite days this summer because it so well captures the essential connection of past and future was visiting Elsie Stossel Upchurch of the great Class of ’43. When Franklin Grant ’80 and I arri ved at her home in Front Royal, she had yearbook pictures earmark ed to show us of my grandmother, my great-aunt Judy and their sister, Caroline, all of them friends with Elsie In 2012, Mr s Upchurch made the largest capital gift in the uni ver sity’s history Her $4 million gift will dri ve the creation of the Norman H and Elsie Stossel Upchurch Uni ver sity Center, a beautiful facility in the heart of campus that will foster the Longwood spirit in generations of students to come It is truly wonderful to be under way

Thank you and my best,

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President Reveley examines the recently found portrait of his great-grandfather Thomas Eason, who taught biology at Longwood

On Losing the Cunninghams

Last weekend I attended my 50-year class reunion at Longwood. It was a wonderful yet bittersweet event for me I realize this letter will not bring any change, but I would still like to register my feelings about the “removal of the Cunningham residence halls.”

Three of my happiest years at Longwood were spent living in Main Cunningham and South Cunningham I can still remember watching the election night coverage news of JFK’s win over Richard Nixon in 1960 at Cunningham

I understand that old buildings make way for the new buildings (progress, I suppose) and that it is wrong to live in the past. However, ever yone should have an appreciation of the past Why can it not be declared a historic site, and why does the financial side of things always seem to change the whole atmosphere of the college?

It bothered me also to hear the “Cunningham Residence Halls” referred to as the “Hams ” I think that is extremely disrespectful to the memor y of President John Atkinson Cunningham

I realize this letter will not change anything but at least I have honored my feelings and registered my thoughts. What a loss for Longwood

Another Perspective on Torture

I am writing regarding an article in the fall 2012 issue of Longwood magazine about research done by Longwood professor Dr Larissa Tracy

Although I am sure Dr. Tracy is an expert in her field of medieval studies, I am concerned about her comparison between medieval torture and Abu Ghraib, and the morality of torture Abu Ghraib was not our militar y ’ s finest hour The Army, however, admitted that it occurred and punished the soldiers responsible

for the abuse. The headlines screamed about the abuse for days and fueled the passions of pacifists all across the nation Regretfully, it is still being referenced today in articles such as this one

Dr Tracy maintains that torture was ineffective in the Middle Ages, and, consequently, it will be ineffective for “ us ” as well. By “ us, ” I assume she means military forces of the United States Her article left me somewhat frustrated

As the mother of a captain in the United States Army who has been deployed twice to the Middle East, I have a somewhat different opinion of the torture-or-not-to-torture debate. Yes, torture is sometimes used as a means of gaining information from Middle Eastern soldiers This information is used by special forces and other militar y units to safeguard our freedom Do you ever wonder how our militar y came into possession of Osama bin Laden’s location? How did we obtain the intelligence? Did we use torture? I assume this information is a closely guarded secret

Homeland Security, the CIA and other clandestine organizations have thwarted many attacks that were planned to kill our citizens How many? We will never know how many because our successes are not headlines in the Washington Post Our successes cannot become headlines because of the ver y nature of clandestine operations To reveal such information could ver y well reveal the source, thus endangering many lives For the most part, the militar y ’ s successes are kept secret no publicity.

My point in writing is to simply suggest that, although torture is not a desirable factor of

war and this is a war it nevertheless exists. And it exists to enhance the safeguarding of our freedoms Ask the survivors of 9/11 what their opinion of torture is And make no mistake about it, if my son had been captured, I would have moved heaven and earth to find him. And I would have tortured anyone in my way. Hopefully, I am not sounding like a warmongering lunatic I did not want my son to go to the Middle East What mother would knowingly wish her child to be in harm’s way? He was 12 when September 11 became part of our histor y. He decided then that he wanted to ser ve in the militar y. He did not go there to torture or kill. He went there to win the peace. And I am so ver y proud of his ser vice as well as the other militar y volunteers who have and are giving their time to defend our countr y

Betty King Guilliams ’70 Waynesboro As space allows, we print letters to the editor referring to articles that appear in Longwood magazine. Letters may be edited for length and style. Please email letters to browncs2@longwood.edu, or mail them to Longwood Magazine, Office of Public Relations, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909 Please be sure to include your class year if you are an alum, your city and state of residence, and a contact
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Christopher Register,The Cunninghams from Beale Plaza at Longwood Uni ver sity, detail, 2012, watercolor and gouache, 10 875 x 17 inches Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Longwood Uni ver sity History Collection, 2012 10 Gift of the Class of 2012 Photograph by Alex Grabiec ’07
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Living Large

Students move into 130 new apartments at Lancer Park

Longwood’s two newest residence halls opened this fall semester at Lancer Park.

The four-stor y buildings at the Longwoodmanaged apartment complex are home to a total of 454 students living in 100 four-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom apartments and six studio apartments. Lancer Park North and Lancer Park South are mirror images and face each other, separated by a courtyard They are flanked on one end by a new commons building that houses a food ser vice

operation, a small fitness center and a game room.

In addition to other amenities, Lancer Park offers the latest in laundr y technology Students can download an app that enables them to be notified when loads are ready to be removed from the dr yer

The project was financed through a $45 million bond issue, with the construction costing $39 million. The general contractor was English Construction Co of Lynchburg

Students in the new residence halls join the

264 students in existing housing at Lancer Park, a combination of four-bedroom townhouses and two- and four-bedroom apartments that recently under went an exterior facelift

Formerly called Stanley Park, the Lancer Park complex is just over a half-mile from the main campus. The property was purchased by the Longwood Real Estate Foundation in 2005 and has been managed by the Office of Residential and Commuter Life since 2006

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(opposite page, top) The new buildings at Lancer Park surround a green space (opposite page, bottom) Windows and natural light are important features in bedrooms (this page, clockwise from top left) The commons building includes a food service area, and sk ylights brighten the interior of the building Kitchens feature full-size appliances Landscaping beautifies the exterior of the complex

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Bennie Waller, professor of finance and real estate

W h a t ’ s N e w

Taught at Longwood for several years, this course was offered to high-school students for the first time as a dualenrollment course this past summer It was adapted to satisfy a highschool SOL (Standards of Learning) requirement in finance and economics

Longwood is the only four-year college to offer a course that meets the requirement

W h e r e C r e d i t ’ s D u e

Students earned 3 Longwood credits and 1 high-school credit.

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The Henrico County high-school students who took the hybrid cour se (online plus some face-to-face instruction) thought it would be “just about balancing a checkbook, but it was much more in-depth,” said Waller I want students to start thinking about these concepts early and often, so they’ll learn them and li ve them ”

Topics covered included the importance of saving, investing and having a will, as well as buying a home vs renting an apartment and buying vs. leasing a car. Waller always adds current topics, which this summer included the recent NSA identify theft case and whether the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates

Waller expects a larger number of highschool students to tak e the cour se next summer

S u g g e s t e d R e a d i n g

Growth Spur t

Longwood welcomes the largest freshman class ever

At a time when some colleges and universities are struggling to meet their enrollment goals and a few are even closing their doors Longwood experienced a 3 percent increase in applications and welcomed its largest freshman class in histor y this fall.

About 1,115 freshmen began their studies at Longwood on Aug 26, said Dean of Admissions Sallie McMullin (Enrollment figures were not final at press time ) That’s an 8 percent increase over last year ’ s freshman class of 1,036, and a 4 percent increase over the previous record-setting class of 1,074 freshmen who entered in fall 2011, she said

“Longwood’s goal was to increase enrollment by 100 students The increase in freshmen coupled with the slight increase in transfer students certainly contributed to the overall goal. We are optimistic that when graduate student enrollment, as well as retention numbers, are finalized we will surpass our target, ” McMullin said

Another successful year in transfer student recruitment helped in reaching that goal

About 220 transfer students enrolled this fall compared with 214 last year, McMullin said, adding that this is the first time transfer enrollment has exceeded 200 two years in a row.

McMullin said the admissions staff turned up the volume this year in their recruitment efforts but also credited the entire Longwood community with working toward the 100student increase

“There’s not a person on this campus who doesn’t play some role in student recruitment,” she said. “The Longwood team consists of faculty, staff, alumni and current students, and they are some of our best recruiters ”

In addition to increasing the number of students overall, recruitment efforts targeting particular majors were successful, as well, McMullin said.

Incoming computer science majors are up 50 percent; biology majors, 17 percent; business majors, 12 percent; and liberal studies (the major for aspiring teachers), 12 percent

Sabrina Brown

Vikings may have gotten bad rap, says medieval scholar

The Vikings were not just the wanton marauders of popular portrayal, says a Longwood medieval scholar who has conducted archaeological research on the Isle of Man

“ The exclusive image of rape, pillage and burning by the Vikings is probably inaccurate, ” said Larissa “Kat” Tracy, associate professor of English

Tracy spent a week photographing inscriptions on Viking-age stone monuments on the island between Great Britain and Ireland.

“I saw Celtic grave markers and Viking-age burial sites, many located within church closures or near Christian church sites,” said Tracy “I also saw the foundations or ruins of small chapels, which either predated or were concurrent with the Vikings ”

Based on her observations, Tracy concluded that the Vikings, who raided and settled

throughout Europe from the late 8th century through the 11th century, were perhaps more interested in winning the hearts and minds of the people they encountered than is often thought

“There is evidence that the Vikings integrated into the community,” said Tracy, a medieval literature specialist. “There have been two assumptions about the Vikings that they either took over Christian Celtic civilization or that they conquered it but co-existed and assimilated While most likely there was some violent action, the crosses I saw a majority of which have depictions of legendary pre-Christian heroes— indicate a shared tradition and assimilation ”

Tracy’s research trip, which was funded by Longwood, was related to her current book project, England’s Medieval Literar y Heroes: Literature, Law and National Identity.

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Per sonal Finance by Art Keown
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Ne w Leadership

3 alumni are among appointments to Board of Visitors

Gov Robert F McDonnell’s appointments to the Longwood Board of Visitors include three alumni of the university Colleen McCrink Margiloff ’97, Robert S. Wertz Jr. ’85 and Stephen L. Mobley ’93 and distinguished business leader Eric Hansen, president and CEO of Innovative Wireless Technologies

Also, at the June Board meeting, the Board of Visitors elected officers for the coming year.

Marianne Moffat Radcliff ’92, rector, Dr. Judi M. Lynch ’87, vice rector, and Ronald O. White, secretar y, were re-elected unanimously to their positions, and Jane Sheffield Maddux of Charlottesville, a retired businesswoman and community leader, was elected unanimously as member-at-large of the Board’s executive committee.

Margiloff and Wertz are first-time appointments to the Board of Visitors Margiloff of Rye, N Y , is a former middle school teacher who also ser ved as president of the Longwood Alumni Association Wertz of Leesburg is commissioner of the revenue for Loudoun County. Mobley of McLean, program manager for Thomson Reuters’ Scientific and Scholarly Research division, and Hansen of Moneta, president and CEO of Innovative Wireless Technologies (IWT), were reappointed to the Board by Gov. McDonnell. All four were named to four-year terms.

Margiloff also ser ves on the board of Behind the Book, a nonprofit organization that motivates young people in Ne w York City to become engaged readers. She has ser ved on the university’s Alumni Association board since 2007 and has been president since July 2012, a position from which she has stepped down in light of her Board of Visitors appointment

Wertz was first elected Loudoun County’s commissioner of the revenue in 2003 and has been re-elected twice since then His current term runs through 2015 Prior to his election as commissioner of revenue, he had worked in the commissioner’s office since 1992 He has been a member of the Longwood Foundation Board since 2011 and ser ved as president of the university’s Alumni Association from 1998-2000

Mobley, first appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2009, chaired the university’s Compensation Task Force in 2012 and was a member of the most recent presidential search committee. He worked previously for America Online.

Hansen, first appointed in July 2012 to fill out an unexpired term, launched IWT in 1997 as a spinoff from GE/Ericsson He previously held engineering positions with Ericsson and Motorola.

All expenses paid for students interning at Carnegie Mellon

Four students from Longwood’s College of Business and Economics were selected to participate in an all-expenses-paid research internship at Carnegie Mellon Uni ver sity this past summer

Nick Baragar ’14 of Virginia Beach, Hannah Flaherty ’14 of Springfield, Ben Peter s ’14 of Amher st and George Werbacher ’14 of Fredericksburg traveled to Pittsburgh in June as fellows in Carnegie Mellon’s highly competiti ve ITLAB Internship program, which is open to rising senior s pur suing STEM-related undergraduate degrees at ITLAB’s 12 partner institutions All four students are completing BSBA degrees with a concentration in information systems and security

The fellowships provided by Carnegie Mellon included a stipend of $3,50 0, plus a meal allowance, round-trip airfare to Pittsburgh, uni ver sity housing, tuition for two cour ses, all required books and related cour se materials, and access to all of Carnegie Mellon’s facilities

“The Information Systems program at Carnegie Mellon Uni ver sity’s Heinz College ranks among the most prestigious in the world,” said Peter s

The internship program, which concluded in August, provided Peter s and the other participants the opportunity to conduct cuttingedge research projects directed by Carnegie Mellon faculty, who are world-renowned experts in their fields, and to tak e two cour ses

The Longwood students competed for the opportunity with students from other uni versities, including Brigham Young and Emory Randall Boyle, associate professor of information systems and security at Longwood, said the outstanding training his students recei ve made Longwood’s applicants for the program stand out

“Longwood students discover that the extensi ve applied focus of their technical training sets them apart from their counterparts at other schools,” he said “Our students have a technical skill set that is much more extensi ve than other top IS programs ” Kent Booty

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cheer for the Lancer s at the field hock ey and men’s soccer games held as part of The G.A.M.E. 4.0 on Aug. 25.
Eric Hansen Colleen Margiloff ’97 Stephen Mobley ’93 Robert Wertz ’85

Bedford Hall interiors

win national recognition

The project that renovated and nearly tripled the size of Longwood’s art building has recei ved national recognition.

The work on Bedford Hall was chosen for a Silver Citation in American School & Uni versity’s 23rd Annual Educational Interior s Showcase, which recognizes the architectural merits of interior projects in educational settings

The award is shared by Longwood and Moseley Architects of Virginia Beach, the architect for the project

“The project accomplished what it set out to do: It showcases student art in spaces very nicely enhanced with natural light Public circulation areas are formed creati vely in a minimal manner,” says the award citation from the jury

The Bedford project was one of 14 overall award winner s, selected from about 95 entries, and one of four chosen for a Silver Citation Entries are accepted for instructional, administrati ve and service facilities for public and pri vate schools of all levels.

The competition is sponsored by American School & Uni ver sity magazine, a trade publication that describes itself as the leading educational facilities/business publication for school and uni ver sity administrator s

Bedford Hall, home of Longwood’s art program since it opened in 1970, underwent a nearly $28 2 million project that added a new section in the front of the building, completed in August 2011, and renovated the existing space, finished in August 2012 Bedford now has nearly twice as much studio space, a glass-walled art gallery fronting Brock Commons, two outdoor water features and an open feel with lots of light Kent Booty

All Natural SCHEV approves degree in environmental sciences

Longwood’s integrated environmental sciences degree has been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the commonwealth’s coordinating body for higher education

The undergraduate program, which is open to students beginning this fall, is a response to a call from the state government for new opportunities for students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM) careers About 20 students each year are expected to enroll in the program

“This is an innovative program that is much needed for Virginia,” said Mark Fink, chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. “This field is going to see significant job growth over the next 10 years, and Longwood is going to be a leader in creating the environmental scientists of the future ”

The program ’ s uniqueness comes from its interdisciplinary approach, which will include needed skill sets as well as practical hands-on experiences throughout the entire curriculum Students have the options of exploring environmental science through the lens of economics, sociology, health and recreation, chemistry and physics providing not only a broader knowledge base but also opening the door to more career paths. Student knowledge will be deepened through specialized upper-level capstone courses focusing on environmental planning, management and decision making

Representatives of several key state environmental agencies and nonprofit groups, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Depar tment of Environmental Quality, Depar tment of Conser vation and Recreation

and Clean Virginia Water ways support the program.


“ This program will expand the STEM course work at Longwood and prepare our students for careers in an important and growing field,” said Charles Ross, dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences. It’s a perfect fit for Longwood and has already received considerable interest I foresee topnotch work coming out of this program ”

“ This degree program is not only interdisciplinar y, it’s truly integrated,” said Fink. The intentional integration and application of content, context and skills will enable our students to help solve complex real-world issues and be real leaders in this growing field ”

In i t s re p o r t “ Pre p a r i n g t h e To p Jo b s o f t h e 2 1 s t C e n t u r y, ” a s t a t e c o m m i s s i o n o n h i g h e r e d u c a t i o n s a i d , “ Vi r g i n i a w i l l n e e d t o p re p a re 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 a d d i t i o n a l w o rk e r s w i t h S T E M d e g re e s ove r t h e n e x t d e c a d e . ”

National study praises Longwood’s teacher programs

Longwood was one of only 92 colleges and universities in the nation recognized for excellence in teacher preparation in a study of more than 1,000 schools conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality and released in June 2013.

The 2013 NCTQ Teacher Prep Review evaluates what a program itself adds in the way of solid training nothing more, nothing less,” the report states “Programs that earn three- or four-star ratings require coursework and clinical practice that make their teacher graduates better prepared to handle classroom responsibilities than

they would have been without such preparation ”

The study looked at one or more programs at each school, evaluating a total of 1,200 undergraduate and graduate programs in elementary and secondary education at 1,130 institutions across the country.

Only 105 of the programs or 9 percent of those evaluated earned three or more stars Longwood was one of only 13 institutions that earned high ratings for two or more programs. Longwood’s undergraduate programs in elementar y and secondar y education each earned three stars Sabrina Brown

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The art gallery in Bedford Hall looks out onto Brock Commons

No Myster y English professor still in love with Hardy Boys books

It doesn’t take a detective to figure out that Longwood English professor Chris McGee loves the Hardy Boys.

In his office, he has an entire 58-volume set of the revised editions the series that he and most fans grew up reading as well as about 10 of the rare original books, 15 reprints of the original series and 75 paperbacks

What’s a little more surprising is that McGee’s passion for the fictional teen-age sleuths Frank and Joe Hardy has found its way into his scholarly endeavors The long-running myster y series for young readers has been the subject of papers McGee has given at conferences, is a “significant” part of an academic book he’s writing on myster y fiction for children and is being taught in one of his courses this fall.

McGee, an associate professor of English whose academic specialty is myster y fiction for children, fell in love with the Hardy Boys books as a 10-year-old, checking them out, one by one, from his local librar y in Hoopeston, Ill. He has read many of the books from the original series, which debuted in 1927, and all of the revised books, published beginning in 1959 Both sets were written by ghostwriters under the collective pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon and published by Grosset & Dunlap.

“ The original books are much better,” said McGee “ The revised books rely on cliff-

hanger endings to the chapters and are faster, but there is no characterization The originals were more natural, more sophisticated stories and were better plotted.”

The series was created by Edward Stratemeyer, who founded a book-publishing syndicate and also created, in 1930, the equally popular Nancy Drew series, as well as the Tom Swift and Bobbsey Twins series

“In the Hardy Boys series, Stratemeyer would create titles and character names and send those off to ghostwriters who were typically paid little money a hundred dollars perhaps to write within a tight deadline and stor y expectations,” said McGee “ We know that a Canadian journalist named Leslie McFarlane wrote many of the original stories. He infused them with a degree of humor, adventure and surprising disrespect for authority that made them stand out He wanted Frank and Joe to be rebellious, while Stratemeyer wanted them to be better-behaved ” McGee has even tried his hand at bringing the characters to life and giving them a myster y to solve.

“In graduate school, I wanted to see if I could write a Hardy Boys book so I wrote kind of a fan-fiction Hardy Boys book It was called the Myster y of the Secret Clue a joke because the title of nearly ever y Hardy Boys book involves the words Myster y, Secret or Clue ” Kent Booty

I would get rid of grades and let the law schools decide who they want to admit, which is why grades exist, so that we can focus on thinking ”

Jo s é A n t o n i o B owe n dean of Southern Methodist Uni ver sity’s Meadows School of the Arts, at the Longwood Teaching and Learning Institute in May

SOL testing needs to be revamped A multiple-choice test at the end of the year is not the way to prepare for 21st-century jobs ”

Te r r y M c A u l i f f e gubernatorial candidate and former national Democratic chairman, at Virginia Girls State in June

If I believed what my high-school guidance counselor told me, I wouldn’ t be here today

X a v i e r R i c h a r d s o n executi ve vice president of corporate development and community affair s for Mary Washington Healthcare, at Longwood’s Call Me MISTER Summer Institute in July

I don’ t get to decide what the law is I have issued legal opinions defending laws I don’ t lik e ”

K e n C u c c i n e l l i Virginia attorney general and gubernatorial candidate, at Virginia Girls State in June What we deli ver to our children is what enables us to go from what we were to what we will become ”

K r i s t i n F o n t i c h i a r o Uni ver sity of Michigan School of Information, at the Longwood Summer Literacy Institute in July

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Professor Chris McGee’s Hardy Boys collection includes 10 of the rare original books
Graduate student creates website that focuses on American Romanticism

Jeff Everhart ’11 M A ’13 didn’ t do the traditional research paper for his master ’s thesis in English Instead, he combined his two passions technology and the American Romanticism period in literature to create a website, American Romanticism Online, that is a resource for students and teacher s

“My dream is to develop pedagogical tools for teacher s using this inter section between text and technology,” said Everhart, who graduated in May with a master ’s degree and earned the Full-T ime Student Award

The website (www americanromanticism online.com) features free edited editions of texts by four author s that can be nloaded as pdf or Word docments, integrated lesson plans for the Virginia Standards of Learning and interacti ve quizzes

“The site averages 10 to 15 hits a day from Google searches,” said Everhart, who has not done any advertising. “I assume that most of these people are teacher s since the most common k ey words are ‘lesson plans ’ and ‘quiz ’ Also, students are visiting for the summaries of texts ”

The website, primarily for high-school students and teacher s, is related to two recent movements open educational resources and digital humanities The former are freely accessible, usually openly licensed documents and media used for teaching and learning, the latter a research area that incorporates digitized and born-digital materials

“Some similar websites have parts of what I’m trying to do, and I’m putting a spin on that,” said Everhart “I’ve tak en ideas from things that exist independently and put them together on one site. It was an idea I’d had for a while I mentioned it to my thesis director [John Miller], and he said ‘Sounds cool You should do this for your thesis.’”

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The Better to Hear You

New home, name for unit that provides services in speech, hearing, learning

The Longwood Center for Communication, Literacy and Learning has a new home— and a new name

Speech, Hearing and Learning Ser vices— the unit’s new name will be housed in a state-of-the-art building on Third Street.

The university has built us a Cadillac of buildings,” said Lissa Power-deFur, program director and professor of communication sciences and disorders

The new name better reflects the ser vices the program offers the community and graduate students The new building is spacious, bright and completely integrated with the latest in speech, hearing and learning technology

The classroom in the new space is designed with induction loops in the floor an amplification system for persons with hearing aids, which can be turned to a certain setting to better hear instructors’ voices The facility also boasts eight single-student and two group therapy rooms with observation windows for faculty and family, an infant-toddler connection room, a preschool room and office suite for the Infant-Toddler Connection of the Heartland, which provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities

“This is a vast increase in the capacity we will have to serve the surrounding community,” said Power-deFur. “The university has shown a willingness to invest in the graduate communica-

tion sciences and disorders program and these services we offer to the community, and we are up to the challenge of meeting the expectations that come with that investment. As our clinic p o p u l a t i o n g row s , we w i l l h a ve t h e s p a c e a n d t e c h n o l o g y t o g row t h e g r a d u a t e program ”

The new building also provides the space for expansion of new services for the community: audiology and voice and swallowing services

“ There aren ’ t audiology ser vices within an hour drive of Farmville,” said Power-deFur. We are going to be able to offer more ser vices and expand the offerings that we already have with technology like this ”

The voice and swallowing station is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art evaluation center that will be used to treat disorders affecting swallowing and the voice. People with these disorders, which can be caused by stroke or other illness, can be assessed and receive therapies on site

Since 2005, the undergraduate communication sciences and disorders program has grown from five students to more than a hundred. The graduate program has grown significantly since it opened in 2006 and currently has more than 50 students With more than 150 applicants, admissions standards for the program are increasing the average GPA of entering students is 3.4. Matthew McWilliams

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Speech, Hearing and Learning Services Director Lissa Power-deFur: The uni ver sity has built us a Cadillac of buildings ’ “ Edgar Allan Poe is one of the author s featured on the American Romanticism website.
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Mind Trip

Yellowstone experience is much more than magnificent scenery and souvenirs

Since 20 06, groups of Longwood students and faculty have been setting out in May on an annual academic pilgrimage to Yellowstone National Park Lik e the many students before them, those who traveled to Yellowstone in 2013 were seeking more than just magnificent scenery and some souvenir s

The Longwood @ Yellowstone program has been developed as a way for young people to gain a new per specti ve on what it tak es to apply a uni ver sity education to real-world problems “Longwood at Yellowstone is focused on engaging students in meaningful issues in their communities by fir st engaging them in the Yellowstone ecosystem,” said Carl Riden, associate professor of sociology

This year ’s participants majoring in a variety of disciplines, from art to science, geography to mathematics look ed into topics such as land and water conservation, wildlife management and business

“When many students leave for Yellowstone, they think they have the answer s,” said Alix Fink, associate professor of biology and dean of the Cormier Honor s College “Then they start talking to rancher s and the people who actually li ve the experience and realize they really have more questions than answer s ”

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AHigher Calling

Leading an institution of higher education was a career all but preordained for Longwood’s 26th president

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One could say that higher education is in Longwood President W Taylor Reveley IV ’ s blood

His father, W Taylor Reveley III, is the incumbent president of the College of William & Mary, and his grandfather, the late Walter Taylor Reveley II, was president of Hampden-Sydney College. One of his great-grandfathers was a professor at Longwood, and several of his family members attended Longwood, including his grandmother and great-grandmother, who graduated in 1940 and 1910 respectively

“Growing up, people around the dinner table were talking about what the curriculum was going to look like, talking about faculty issues and board meetings and plans for the next year, ” Reveley recalled during an interview at Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel. “The rhythms of academic life were a natural focus of conversation ”

Reveley, who turned 39 in August, assumed the presidency of Longwood in June, becoming one of the nation’s youngest public university presidents His inauguration will be held Nov 15

“He is young, but our sense of him was that he truly is wise beyond his years, ” said Longwood Board of Visitors Rector Marianne Radcliff ’92, speaking of the Board’s selection of Reveley. A serious, contemplative man with an athletic bearing befitting his former college football days, Reveley impressed the Board with his work experience, his big-picture views on education and his deep family connections to Longwood

“He is a diligent, thoughtful person, with a deep sense of Longwood and the direction it should go, ” Radcliff said. “The way he listens is something to be really prized in a leader.”

In addition to his new position, Reveley is a new father He and his wife, Marlo, a vice president with Allianz Global Assistance, are the proud parents of 1-year-old twins, May and Quint “It’s really wonderful that they’re going to grow up on the Longwood campus, ” he said “There definitely won ’ t be a shortage of babysitters.”

Reveley himself grew up on Richmond’s stately Monument Avenue as the eldest of four children, all of whom attended Princeton An Eagle Scout, he also played basketball and was a stand-out football player for St Christopher’s, a noted prep school whose alumni include acclaimed author Tom Wolfe Reveley continued playing football at Princeton until a chronic knee injury sidelined him in his sophomore year.

At St. Christopher’s, Reveley first traveled to Europe, and, at Princeton, he served on an archaeological dig in Cyprus, kicking off a lifelong love for international travel He and his wife have visited “ every continent except for Antarctica,” especially enjoying trips to South Africa, New Zealand and China, where the couple climbed a remote portion of the Great Wall “You could give me a Eurorail pass and tell me not to emerge for six months, and I’d be happy just going around,” he said.

Reveley’s early education fostered in him a love for classical languages and classic literature. A self-described “promiscuous reader” who once taught Latin at St Catherine’s School in Richmond, Reveley is currently reading Robert Harris’ fictional trilogy based on the life of the great Roman statesman Cicero For comfort reading, however, he retreats to well-loved classics such as Shakespeare, the Bible and the poetry of Tennyson, Keats and Frost.

Following Princeton, Reveley earned a master ’ s degree from Union

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Pictured here at Longwood House this summer, President Reveley and his wife, Marlo, are happy that 1-year-old twins May and Quint will be growing up as part of the Longwood family
He is young, but our sense of him was that he truly is wise beyond his years.

Presbyterian Seminary and then earned his law degree from the University of Virginia As a lawyer, Reveley practiced at one of the larger firms in the country, Hunton & Williams, where his father had previously served as managing partner before becoming dean of William & Mary’s law school

Reveley started at Hunton & Williams in 2002 as a business attorney, assisting public and private entities with mergers, acquisitions and financings ultimately totaling more than $1.5 billion. There he also embarked on a nearly decadelong working collaboration with former Virginia Gov. Gerald Baliles, a close friend and mentor to Reveley, whom Reveley affectionately calls “the Guv ”

“Taylor is a leader with vision and drive,” Baliles said, reflecting on the beginning of Reveley’s tenure at Longwood “It is a great day for higher education in Virginia and beyond to have him in the ranks of college and university presidents, and it is a truly great day for Longwood.”

In 2006, Baliles moved from Hunton & Williams to become director and CEO of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, a nonpartisan research institute that explores bipartisan solutions to national governance challenges, with special attention to the history and role of the U S presi-

dency. The center is responsible for annotating and transcribing the secret White House tape recordings made by the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations The Miller Center is also responsible for the official oral history debriefing of each presidential administration after it leaves office Reveley served as Hunton & Williams’ public policy fellow at the Miller Center from 2006 to 2008, before he joined U.Va.’s faculty that year as the center ’ s managing director. While there, he worked with leading scholars and with top officials from the administrations of former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush, Bill Clinton and George W Bush, as well as current government officials

“The Miller Center is a genuinely remarkable place Its true nonpartisanship is fundamental to the cachet it’s had in the eyes of policy makers, and it really is a unique resource for modern presidential history,” Reveley said.

Of the many projects Reveley worked on at the Miller Center, perhaps his favorite was serving as coordinating attorney for the National War Powers Commission, which the Miller Center convened to create policy and legislative recommendations concerning the roles that Congress and the president play in overseeing armed conflict

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(clockwise from top left) President Reveley and Greenwood Library Dean Suzy Szasz Palmer share a smile over the difference in their heights At the President’s Welcome in August, President Reveley tak es questions from Staff Advisory Committee Co-chair Hannah McElheny Ledger ’04 (second from left), Faculty Senate Chair David Lehr and Staff Advisory Committee Co-chair Allison Dobson ’11 Former faculty member Nancy Andrews ’59 signs paperwork related to the scholar ship she created at Longwood President Reveley chats with parents of new students at orientation Peer mentor s snag President Reveley for a photo op
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Taylor is a leader with vision and drive. It is a great day for higher education— in Virginia and beyond to have him in the ranks of college and university presidents, and it is a tr uly great day for Longwood.

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“It’s a problem that the country ’ s had since the founding,” said Reveley The Constitution is deliberately vague on the issue Article 1 gives the Congress the power to declare war, whatever that may mean, and Article 2 gives the president the power to as commander-in-chief, whatever that may mean. ”

Usually in instances of constitutional ambiguity, he said, the judicial branch over time offers clarity However, because the Supreme Court has always been reluctant to take up war powers matters, the commission was empanelled with the intent to clarify issues such as which members of Congress should be consulted when the president is considering going to war

The commission was co-chaired by former U S Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher. Commission members included former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, Brookings Institution President and former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, among others Reveley’s father also served as adviser to the commission The Obama administration has given meaningful attention to the commission’s policy recommendations, and Congress continues to consider the proposed legislation.

Since leaving U Va to take up his new post at Longwood, Reveley has worked quickly to engage the university community, alumni, state officials and the local community. To that end, in a time when inaugurations of university presidents are sometimes held as long as 24 months after a president assumes office, Reveley is holding his in November, in hopes of using the inauguration to focus attention on Longwood’s 175th Anniversary this academic year

“Longwood’s not only old; it’s one of the 100 oldest colleges and universities in the countr y, ” said Reveley, adding that he wants the anniversary to help raise the public profile of “this splendid and storied place ”

“This may be the most significant slow-motion crisis that the country is facing,” he said “We can do a lot of things as a country if we ’ ve got the creativity and intellectual wherewithal to do it. But if you play this phenomenon forward 20 or 30 years if we continue to allow more than a third of the people who enter college to be burdened with debt but not get a degree the consequences will be grave ”

At Longwood, the six-year graduation rate has stood at about 65 percent That needs to change, Reveley said “ The mission of this place is to help transform people’s lives by getting them a strong college education. It’s a moral issue, core to our purpose. ”

Growing up, people around the dinner table were talking about what the curriculum was going to look like, talking about faculty issues and board meetings and plans for the next year.

Discussing his priorities for Longwood, the topic foremost on his mind is student retention and graduation Nationally only about 60 percent of students who enter college earn a degree within six years, a surprising figure for those unfamiliar with the trend that has developed over the last several decades.

Going forward, he also plans to institute a curriculum review aimed at forging Longwood into a model for teaching what’s most beneficial to 21st century students, with a central place for the liberal arts

Reveley likewise wants to review how technology can enhance the university’s mission

Over the next 15 to 20 years, he envisions that students may be viewing lectures by talented professors from across the nation on their computers or mobile devices, and that the classroom can become more of a small-group, seminar experience than a lecture environment.

Additionally, he wants Longwood to serve as a catalyst and leader for economic development efforts in the Southside Virginia region, which has been hard hit over the past generation by globalization in manufacturing and declines in the tobacco industry

Finally, Reveley said, in a time of tightening state budgets, “philanthropy is going to be essential to Longwood’s deeper prosperity in the years to come. ” Longwood typically raises several million dollars a year, and Reveley hopes to increase that annual amount substantially in the years ahead, noting that the university currently receives roughly $25 million in annual operating funds from the Commonwealth

Asked how long he plans to stay at Longwood, Reveley gives a broad smile “A long time,” he said “Longwood’s most iconic president, Joseph Jarman, began at about my age and stayed from 1902 to 1946 While I don’t necessarily expect to stay for 44 years, this absolutely is what I’m excited to do, and I certainly hope and am planning for this to be a long run. Longwood has important and great work ahead.”

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Three generations of the Reveley family in 1976 at Hampden-Sydney College: from left) the president’s parents: W Taylor Reveley III, president of the College of William & Mary since 20 08, and Helen Reveley; President Reveley as a child; and the president’s late grandparents: Marie Eason Reveley ’40 and W Taylor Reveley II, president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1963 to 1977

Ready for Action

First class of nurses has impact in emergency rooms, operating rooms and birthing centers throughout the Commonwealth

Helping to deliver babies, taking care of gunshot victims and assisting in life-saving surgeries are just a few of the experiences on tap for Longwood’s first nursing graduates, who are beginning their careers after completing their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees in May

“ They’ll all have jobs,” Melody Eaton, chair of the nursing department, said in early June. “Nursing remains one of the top growth professions. There is a world of opportunity for the BSNprepared nurse ”

that spark ” She followed his advice and now is part of Longwood history

“I was all set to go to High Point University I had paid my deposit but then I heard a radio ad about Longwood’s nursing

In Virginia alone, the nursing shortage is projected to reach 36 percent by 2020, according to the Virginia Department of Health, exacerbated by an aging population and new patients expected to enter the medical system through the Affordable Care Act

Nursing remains one of the top growth professions. There is a world of opportunity for the

Among the 25 members of the inaugural class are those working in hospital emergency rooms, operating rooms, birthing centers, medical-surgical units and other departments Fourteen of them graduated with jobs, and most of the others quickly landed positions in health care settings throughout Virginia and at least one hospital in Maryland.

Stacy Bolt ’13 was urged to become a nurse by a high-school teacher who told her she “had

program, ” said Bolt, who works in the emergency room of Centra Southside Community Hospital (CSCH) in Farmville, her hometown

I was very fortunate that things turned out as they did I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

That legislation also will prompt the need for more nurses to “ coordinate care and assist with patient/client navigation through a very complicated health care system, ” said Eaton. Southside Virginia is being hit with a double whammy: The nursing shortage is even greater than in other parts of the state while the need for health care providers is even greater due to the higher incidence of chronic diseases in the Southside population such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease

Meanwhile, there is a nationwide push for more nurses to have BSN degrees In its landmark report “The Future of Nursing,” issued in October 2010, the Institute of Medicine recommended increasing the number of “

Bolt and the other Longwood nurses are helping to fill a serious need.

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Marc Bein ’13 works as a scrub nur se in the operating rooms of three Richmond hospitals affiliated with HCA Virginia

Longwood’s 10,000-square-foot simulation center includes two clinical skill labs, three patient simulator labs, a health assessment lab, a mother-infant simulation lab, conference/debriefing rooms, patient examination rooms and a home-care learning center.

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baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce to 80 percent by 2020 The number currently is less than 30 percent.

“Most hospitals are now requiring that RNs have a BSN,” said Eaton.

The 2013 graduates were among 37 freshmen who began their studies when the nursing program was launched in fall 2009 Enrollment grew to 140 in 2012-13, including 42 freshmen, which is capacity. The program has nine full-time faculty, three permanent part-time faculty, and other part-time and adjunct faculty

“In considering growth, we always have to consider three things the capacity of the school, the faculty-student radio and the clinical sites,” said Eaton. “We have to meet the community’s needs without overwhelming the clinical sites A lot of nursing programs jockey for clinical sites ”

In addition to beginning their professional careers, the Longwood nurses have been taking their board licensure examinations, passage of which enables them to work as licensed RNs. Even before graduating in May, they had gotten

a taste of their profession Their preparation included two major clinical experiences a 280hour internship during their last semester and a 56-hour externship in the summer after their junior year. Several are working in jobs that aren ’ t for the faint of heart

Kenly Walston ’13, who plans to specialize in emergency medicine, is working at the Prince George’s (Md ) Hospital Center, a shock trauma facility. “I’m sure I’ll see a ton of shootings, stabbings and car accidents,” she said shortly before starting. In her internship in the emergency department at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, her patients included heart attack and stroke victims

Bolt, who wants to become a certified trauma nurse, has been working in CSCH’s emergency room for more than a year, first on a paid, part-time basis since finishing her externship in the hospital’s intensive care unit in July 2012 She became an official, full-time ER nurse in mid-July “I’ve seen crush injuries, motor vehicle accidents, strokes and heart attacks,” she said.

Brittany Hess ’13 works in trauma and or-

thopedics at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville “The trauma part of my job includes car accident patients, traumatic brain injuries and people with work-related injuries, many of them in construction,” said Hess, who plans to work in pediatrics and trauma

Marc Bein is working in the operating rooms of the three Richmond hospitals Henrico Doctors, Chippenham and Johnston-Willis— affiliated with HCA Virginia. “I’m a scrub nurse. I’m with patients in surgery, passing the instruments and assisting the surgeons, ” said Bein, who after six months will be assigned to whichever hospital has the greatest need He wants to become a registered nurse first assistant, who, he said, “doesn’t just hand the instruments to the surgeon but assists with the surgery ”

Allison Mitchell ’13 is another graduate who decided to stay in Farmville, working in Centra Southside’s birthing center, where she takes care of women in labor and newborn babies. “I provide care during the labor process, assisting in deliveries, providing newborn care and caring

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Amber Hare ’13 is working in cardiac telemetry at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News

for the mother after the delivery until she is discharged from the hospital The nurses in the birthing center do it all,” she said.

Several graduates are working in the hospitals where they interned. In addition to Mitchell and Bolt, Molly Dibble ’13 and Melissa Nagle 13 converted internships to full-time jobs

Dibble is in the nurse residency program at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg She turned down three other job offers before accepting one from Mary Washington, in criticalcare nursing (her internship was in surgical ICU). Nagle signed on for a position in the medical-surgical unit at St Francis Medical Center in Midlothian She wants to specialize in wound-care nursing.

Eaton compared the internship to a capstone course “ The students are paired with a practicing registered nurse, and they work in unison to complete 280 practice hours, usually in a hospital. They also have classes their last semester. ”

course Some nursing programs have a simulation center but don’t use it ”

The simulations, which take 30 minutes to an hour and are done for two to four students, are videotaped so the students can view and critique their performance “In one of our last senior simulations during the spring semester, we had volunteers from the theatre program stand in as patients and family members They had a ball,” said Crews.

Mitchell, one of the graduates who stayed in Farmville, called the simulation center “essential

tion,” said Mitchell “The professors and staff were more than just teachers to the students— they were our mentors and, more importantly, our friends. They wanted all of us to succeed.”

Hess was also accepted into Virginia Commonwealth University’s nursing school “I chose Longwood’s program because I thought it was neat to be in the first class Also, I figured I’d get smaller class sizes and more one-on-one education. My experience turned out to be everything I hoped for, and more. ”

Amber Hare ’13, who is working in cardiac telemetry at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, was a double major

I could not have asked for a better education. The professors and staff were more than just teachers to the students they were our mentors and, more importantly, our friends. They wanted all of us to succeed.

Internships are just one of the strong points that qualified the nursing program for the academic world’s most important endorsement: accreditation. The program was fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in May, retroactive to the site visit in November 2012

“We had only positive feedback and were rated ‘exceptional’ with our simulation center and our learning environments,” said Eaton. The accrediting body found no problems, which is something I’ve never seen before. With every internship, we ’ ve had exceptionally positive feedback on our students The curriculum has been fully developed we have gone through all of the courses at least once and some several times. We have an excellent base with our program. ”

The 10,000-square-foot simulation center, supported by a major donation from Farmville physician Dr Edward I Gordon and completed in May 2012, is widely praised Located on the third floor of Stevens Hall, the former science building, the center includes two clinical skill labs, three patient simulator labs, a health assessment lab, a mother-infant simulation lab, conference/debriefing rooms, patient examination rooms and a home-care learning center

“It’s one of the largest clinical simulation centers in Virginia,” said Cindy Crews, its director. We utilize it and integrate it into every clinical

to our education. It allowed us to provide reallife nursing care in a safe setting while learning the importance of communicating and collaborating with other health care members This prepared us for our clinicals in the hospital and the community ”

Longwood’s BSN program, the only BSN offered by a state school within a 60-mile radius of Farmville, uses a community-based curriculum “ We’re tr ying, through outreach, to integrate our students into the Farmville community, which is the way health care is moving away from hospitals and out into the community,” said Eaton. “ We want students to care about the community and to consider staying here after graduating.”

In another difference, students are admitted directly into the program as freshmen, which enables them to begin their clinical practice and gain valuable experience before their peers at other schools. Students in most nursing programs take a year of general education courses as freshmen, apply and are accepted to nursing as sophomores, and begin their nursing studies as juniors

The members of the inaugural nursing class have nothing but good things to say about their preparation.

“I could not have asked for a better educa-

She started in fall 2008 as a biology major, then added nursing when the program started the next year “I thought nursing was perfect for me I had always thought about going into the medical field, but doctors often walk into a patient’s room and spend only two seconds with them. I’m a people person, so nursing is a perfect mixture of medicine and spending time with your patients ”

As the first president of Longwood’s chapter of the Virginia Nursing Students’ Association, a post she held for all but her last semester, Dibble helped write the chapter ’ s constitution and bylaws “The program was great in providing opportunities for leadership and in encouraging students to become citizen leaders,” she said. “The program also was good in providing clinical sites in various community settings, including health departments and local schools ”

Three of the recent nursing graduates Kelli Baker, Bein and Nagle took advantage of international citizen leadership opportunities at Longwood. In a weeklong medical study trip to the Dominican Republic in January, Bein did triage at a health clinic and later, working alongside Longwood Student Health and Wellness Center Director Margo Potts, helped assess patients and make recommendations Baker and Nagle participated in a medical mission trip to Honduras in June 2012 in which they provided basic care at five remote mountain villages over five days The trip was initiated by Hadley Sporbert, instructor in the nursing program, who was accompanied by one of her colleagues on the nursing faculty, April Shular

“Student outcomes are what matter, and our graduates are well-prepared as new nurses, ” said Eaton.

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The university pauses at this historic moment to honor its past and consider what the future holds



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Transformation. Through seven different names and significant growth in enrollment and programs, from a small private seminar y for females to a leading coed public university in Southside Virginia, Longwood University in some ways bears little resemblance today to the institution that was founded 175 years ago. In at least one important aspect, however, Longwood has remained constant. It continues to provide students the opportunity and education to achieve their full potential a transformation itself of life-changing proportions.


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The Farmville Female Seminary Association is incorporated by the General Assembly.

The school is renamed the State Female Normal School. A private school for women is established on High Street A public school for future teachers grows


The school is renamed Farmville Female College. 1884

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This year, Longwood celebrates its 175th Anniversary with the theme honoring our past, inspiring our future With the largest freshman class in history about 1,115 students entering this fall and an expanding emphasis on preparing graduates for the jobs of tomorrow, Longwood continues to move forward while preserving the qualities that have allowed it to survive and thrive for nearly two centuries.

It is a time of change at Longwood University A new president, expanding academic focus, campus construction and enhancement, and lofty goals set for both current and future students Longwood is poised to meet its next 175 years with vigor and sure footing.

The university’s bedrock academic program— education has remained strong while academic offerings have expanded Most recently, taking the lead from the governor ’ s office, Longwood has placed special emphasis on recruiting more math, computer science, biol-

ogy, chemistr y, physics and business majors.

“ We are focused on building the brand to include more than teaching,” said Sallie McMullin, dean of admissions “ The governor has issued a challenge not only to confer more degrees but also to increase STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] opportunities at state universities.”

With a plan in place to enhance opportunities for student research, Longwood’s academic colleges are pushing for ward on a plan to increase hands-on learning and boost Longwood’s academic profile through a number of initiatives.

For example, Longwood has created a Center for Cyber Security within the College of Business and Economics

We are the only university in Virginia currently being considered as a Center of Excellence by the Department of Defense in this field. Our cyber security students have oppor-

tunities for multiyear internships with the defense department, which could potentially lead to jobs with secret clearance levels,” said Paul Barrett, dean of the college “ We also have several partnerships with Fortune 500 companies right here in Virginia to help facilitate students getting high-paying jobs. Handson learning is really the cornerstone of what we do, and that emphasis will only get stronger as we continue to grow ”

Undergraduate research is rapidly becoming the standard at Longwood “We are centering our efforts on research and academic achievement, ” said Chuck Ross, dean of the CookCole College of Arts and Sciences. “From the new PRISM summer research program to our continued focus on a robust Incite journal, we are enhancing our efforts to promote student development ”

Even teacher preparation the historic roots of the university is expanding efforts to pre-

The bonds of sisterhood flourish


Four alpha chapter s of national sororities are founded.

Honor and integrity abound


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pare more effective educators “The collaboration that we have with area school systems in the form of lab schools is going to grow and expand as we continue to play an active role in the community,” said Paul Chapman, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “Furthermore, with the new Speech, Hearing and Learning Services facility, we are taking the charge to promote citizen leadership ”

“ These programs all fit per fectly with our mission and help us stay true to the citizen leader concept the touchstone for who we are as a u n i v e r s i t y, ” s a i d K e n Perkins, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I foresee a full-cour t press on enrollment and retention rates, which will benefit both the students and the university ”

The focus on research, internships and community impact has a major champion in the university’s new president “Residential liberal arts education is one of the great revolutionar y forces in histor y, and, as Longwood begins to look ahead to its third century, we can all take pride in knowing that what has made the university great since 1839 is what will propel it going for ward liberal arts combined with professional preparation,” said President W. Taylor Reveley IV.

“ We are under taking several ne w initiatives that will spur us toward improved rates, ” said Green “ These include better degree planning for students, a resource guide for parents and students to help char t a four-year path, academic content-area study strategy sessions, re-enrollment plans and many oth-

d e n t b o d y d o e s m o re t h a n b r i n g i n m o re

t u i t i o n d o l l a r s a n d g row t h e a l u m n i b a s e :

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t h e m s e l ve s

“Enrolling 6,000 students will allow us to offer additional majors as well as create more leadership and social oppor tunities, which will make us more attractive to potential students,” said McMullin

Residential liberal ar ts education is one of the great revolutionar y forces in histor y, and, as Longwood begins to look ahead to its third centur y, we can all take pride in knowing that what has made the university great since 1839 is what will propel it going for ward liberal ar ts combined with professional preparation.


ers These are all laying the groundwork for the university to reach key goals that will ensure our growth and success in the coming decades ”

Improved retention and enrollment rates, coupled with Soar in Four, a major push to increase the percentage of students who graduate in four years, is a win-win for Longwood and graduates, said Jennifer Green, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success. On-time graduates reap financial gains by minimizing the cost of attendance and don’t exhaust their eligibility for state and federal financial aid before completing their studies, she said



Academic oppor tunities are not the only area of the school that is growing.

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“But rest assured, students will continue to receive personal attention and we will stay tr ue to the community spirit that makes Longwood Longwood ” Wo rk i n g t o e n h a n c e t h a t e n v i ro n m e n t a n d p rov i d e n e w a m e n i t i e s f o r s t ud e n t s , f a c u l t y a n d a l u m n i , c o n s t r u c t i o n w i l l b r i n g e xc i t i n g c h a n g e s t o t h e L o n g w o o d c a m p u s T h e Ma u g a n s A l u m n i C e n t e r, Up c h u rc h Un i ve rs i t y C e n t e r, c o n s t r u c t i o n a t Fre n c h Ha l l a n d s e ve r a l re n ova t i o n s a re p a r t o f a n ove r a l l p l a n t o u p d a t e t h e c a m p u s a n d p rov i d e m o re o p p o r t u n i t i e s f o r s t u d e n t s . “ We a re a t a n e xc i t i n g t i m e r i g h t n ow. T h e re i s a l o t t o b e p ro u d o f, a n d i t i s j u s t t h e b e g i nn i n g , ” s a i d C o l l e e n Mc Cr i n k Ma r g i l o f f ’ 9 7 , f o r m e r A l u m n i A s s o c i a t i o n p re s i d e n t a n d a re c e n t a p p o i n t m e n t t o L o n g w o o d’s B o a rd o f Vi s i t o r s . “ I a m e s p e c i a l l y e xc i t e d a b o u t L o n g w o o d’s t w o n e we s t b u i l d i n g s t h e a l u m n i c e n t e r a n d t h e u n i ve r s i t y c e n t e r. ”

Major campus projects are funded in large par t through alumni giving, and boosting alumni par ticipation in annual giving is a high priority for the Office of University Advancement.

“ Pr i va t e p h i l a n t h ro p y i s e s s e n t i a l t o L o n g w o o d’s p ro s p e r i t y ove r t h e c o m i n g d e c a d e s , ” s a i d Re ve l e y “ L i k e m a n y p u b l i c u n i ve r s i t i e s , L o n g w o o d o n l y b e g a n t o f o c u s

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m a k i n g p r i va t e s u p p o r t m o re i m p o r t a n t . ”

In myriad ways, Longwood is positioned for success, stability and future growth in the coming decades, as we approach

Curriculum and programs continue to expand

our bicentennial. The university, through the transformative education thousands of students receive each year, is tr uly inspiring the future

Men are welcomed as students

Longwood becomes fully coeducational.

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A Histor y of Change

Sprung from the ambition of local businessmen in 1839, Farmville Female Academy was one of a number of small seminaries that flourished in Central Virginia A flagging economy in the region after the Civil War spelled the end for the small, religious schools. With its Methodist roots, the Farmville Female Seminary had a firm foundation in a strict Christian education but the m o d e l w a s u n s u s t a i n a b l e Not content to see the end of the school they had spent decades suppor ting, the Farmville community, resilient through the restlessness of Reconstruction, propped up the college and helped remold its purpose so it could once again flourish.

focused on the entire student, not just training for a career Critical of the curriculum from the beginning claiming that the training teacher candidates received was on a highschool level Jarman took it upon himself to facilitate not only campuswide construction but also an improvement of the curriculum.

Within 15 years, the commonwealth granted

When William Henr y Ruffner, recommended by Robert E. Lee, was appointed to the post of state superintendent of instruction in 1869, he b ro u g h t w i t h h i m t h e a m b i t i o n t o re s h a p e t h e p u b l i c s c h o o l s y s t e m i n Vi r g i n i a . By t h e e a r l y 1 8 8 0 s , h e w a s re a d y t o i n t rod u c e t h e c o n c e p t o f a n o r m a l s c h o o l— t h e Eu ro p e a n m o d e l f o r t e a c h e r p re p a r at i o n t o t h e s t a t e a n d f o u n d a w i l l i n g c a nd i d a t e i n Fa r m v i l l e Fe m a l e C o l l e g e

In 1884, now a public institution with a new name, new mission and under the guidance of Ruffner himself, the State Female Normal School began to thrive, and its focus on teacher education remained unchanged for the next 80 years

From an ever-changing institution with ever-changing leadership 15 presidents ser ved over the first 63 years of Longwood’s histor y the first half of the 20th centur y brought stability and sustained growth The stability was reflected in the 44-year tenure of Joseph L Jarman, perhaps the institution’s best-loved president

Jarman took the helm of the State Female Normal School in 1902 and transformed it into an efficient, growing teachers college that

A university emerges and flourishes


Longwood Center for the Visual Arts moves to Main Street.

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Fire breaks out at Ruffner Hall, destroying the historic building.

the nation. Willett was beloved almost from the beginning and led the school through several major changes: The first African American graduate, Nancy “Cookie” Scott, was admitted in 1968; in 1976, Longwood became fully coeducational. Enrollment was on its way to 2,000, but admissions standards had been cut to push the numbers higher In 1981, Willet resigned, and the board named the first female president of the public institution, Janet D Greenwood, to the helm.

the institution the ability to grant degrees, including a four-year Bachelor of Science in Education. More degree programs followed as the school’s reputation grew. The college transformed from a career-oriented training academy to a full-fledged institution of higher learning

Of course, the most noteworthy of all the changes came in 1949, when the school was renamed Longwood College. No longer simply an institution for future teachers, the college boasted a number of degree programs in music, business education, science and drama Longwood continued to grow as an all-female institution until the turmoil of the civil rights movement in the mid-1950s especially the Prince Edward County school closings in 1959. Though the association with the closings was merely geographic, the college had a hard time attracting high-quality faculty members Coupled with its resistance to “going coed,” Longwood faced myriad challenges

Fortunately, the college found its champion in Henr y I. Willett, who was inaugurated in 1968 amid turmoil on college campuses across

The financial standing of the college improved under Greenwood’s leadership and its academic profile was consolidated and streamlined into the structure that is still in place

The resurgence of the school continued under the next two presidents, as the country ’ s economy grew rapidly Under William F Dorrill, admissions standards began to rise while undergraduate enrollment rose by 12 percent. Academic growth continued its rapid rise under Patricia P. Cormier, who led the college for 14 years and through the Great Fire of 2001 Not only the academic standards saw improvement: The campus underwent a major beautification effort with the installation of Brock Commons in place of Pine Street, which had formerly run through the center of campus.

In 2002, Longwood College became Longwood University, signifying a new set of aspirations At the ceremony, then-Gov Mark Warner praised the institution as “ a thriving, vibrant institution that has prevailed over adversity.”

Enrollment continued to grow throughout the first decade of the new centur y, and today stands at just under 5,000 A mid-sized university with a wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs, including an emphasis on preparing students to fill the needs of emerging and underser ved job markets, Longwood is poised to make its next step for ward.

Divion I: a new era for Lancer athletics

April 24, 20 02

The college is renamed

Longwood Uni ver sity

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Brock Commons transforms campus


Lancer s welcomed into the Big South Conference

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The humanities have always been part of a Longwood education, though subject matter has evolved a bit over time This early 20th century biology class bear s little resemblance to the research undertak en today in Chichester Science Center


The connections between faculty members and their students often endure well beyond commencement exercises, and the spirit that inspires them has cemented Longwood’s reputation not only as a place of higher education but also of genuine collaboration between professor and student.

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MELANIE MARKS, professor of economics and study abroad cooordinator (left) & MANDY THOMPSON SWANSON ’08, MS ’12

When faculty member Melanie Marks’ two sons were young, they thought Mandalyn “Mandy” Thompson Swanson ’08, M.S. ’12, was their sister. They even designed a quadruple bunkbed so that Thompson and her sister, Tedra Thompson ’12, could share their room.

“Mandy has been a fixture in my life for as long as I can remember She’s just always been there,” said Marks, professor of economics. “My kids picked up immediately that Mandy is not just some random student but par t of my family. There was an instant connection between us Even now, five years after she graduated, I’m still one of her goto people ”

As a Longwood student, Swanson went on vacations to the beach with Marks’ family, babysat her sons and went shopping with her on weekends. After Swanson graduated, Marks helped her land jobs as assistant director of annual giving at Hampden-Sydney College and later in Longwood’s Office of Assessment and Institutional Research Marks also helped her through her Ph D application process

Swanson enrolled in August 2012 as a Ph.D. student in assessment and measurement at James Madison University

“She’s definitely my mentor, ” said Swanson, a summa cum laude Longwood graduate who was a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, won the Dan Daniel Senior Award for Scholarship and Citizenship, and earned a master ’ s in counseling from Longwood last year “ Without her encouragement and support, I wouldn’t have pursued education as far as I have Dr Marks showed a personal interest in me. ”

Marks, her adviser, said they “gravitated toward each other, and it spilled over from the classroom She was open to a mentor relationship, which was probably helped by my being the only female econ professor ” Kent Booty

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It’s definitely what you would call a win-win situation: Assistant biology professor gets assistance in conducting research important to gaining tenure; undergraduate student gets hands-on experience that prepares her for graduate school.

Dale Beach describes his work as “ my creativity,” but he recognizes its practical importance for himself and for his students. “It’s an important part of education in the sciences. For those interested in research-based professions, it’s extremely important ” Beach has two student research assistants ever y semester. In 2012-13, one of those assistants was biology major Heaven Cerritos ’14. She first met Beach when she interned for him in her sophomore year She so enjoyed the research tracing back evolutionar y roots of a

fungus called Pilobolus that she continued with the ongoing project after her internship ended. In addition, Beach and Cerritos were accepted into a competitive research program this past summer where they had the opportunity to sequence the complete genome of the Pilobolus fungus “ There’s a lot more to research than what you learn in class,” said Cerritos. “You really have to apply what you ’ re learning. Dr. Beach cares whether you understand the material He’s patient and willing to take time with stu-

dents. You can run things by him more than once. He seems to remember what it’s like to be in college.”

From Beach’s perspective, not all student research assistants are created equal “ What’s great about Heaven is she is willing to tr y, ” he said. “Some students are trepidatious. Not Heaven. She’s never shut down by fear that something might not work. And that’s an essential quality for a scientist She also has a real natural talent for genomic sequencing ”

Cerritos plans to study biology in graduate school After working on Beach’s project, she has narrowed her area of interest to either molecular or microbiology, but still isn’t quite sure which. “But that’s really good for me, ” she said “I came to Longwood loving ever y aspect of biology and couldn’t even think of narrowing my interest Dr Beach has helped me to focus ” Patrick Folliard

DALE BEACH, assistant professor of biology (left) & HEAVEN CERRITOS ’14

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NANCY POWERS, assistant professor and coordinator of elementary education (left) & PAM VENABLE ’98, graduate student

Nancy Powers, a member of the College of Education and Human Ser vices faculty, often says “family comes first.” For Pam Venable, that message hit home.

A member of the first cohort in the new oneyear master ’ s program in elementar y education, Venable faced some personal problems in the first months of the program.

“My husband became ver y ill, and I had to worr y about him in the hospital When I let Dr Powers know, she said, ‘ You take care of your family. We’ll worr y about getting you caught up on the program after your husband recovers. ’ That meant a lot, because I don’t think many professors would be that flexible ” “ There is a good support system here,” said Powers “I think that’s something that Longwood is really known for ”

Their relationship began as Venable, a 1998 Longwood graduate and fifth-grade teacher at Prince Edward County Middle School, thought about applying to the master ’ s program She emailed Powers, who encouraged her to apply “She wrote, ‘I really look for ward to meeting you ’ That kind of personal reply really hits home with potential students,” said Venable.

“She’s obviously ver y intelligent and an extremely hard worker,” Powers said in describing Venable “She has some great ideas about what to do in the classroom, and it’s a great joy to be able to work with her on putting

them into practice. Students like her are inspirational to professors.”

For Venable, the relationship that she has developed with Powers underscores Longwood’s reputation as a place where professors care about students As an undergraduate, she developed the same type of relationship with faculty members Betty Jo Simmons and Maria Timmerman For Pam Venable, Longwood is its own family Matthew McWilliams

For more examples of “Uncommon Bonds” at Longwood, go to annualreport.longwood.edu.

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books by alumni, faculty, staff and friends

This poetr y chapbook has been called “beautifully abrasive, with language that has been polished like marble ... until it is both smooth and sharp-edged.” The prose poems are about “growth, masculinity, time, space and the natural world,” said Odom, a freelance writer with more than 50 fiction, poetr y, play and nonfiction publications He is currently writing comic books and editing a section called “Graphically Speaking” for Spaces Lit Mag The cover artwork was done by his friend and Longwood roommate Curt Pilgrim ’08 Odom lives with his wife, Courtney Gomez Odom ’09, in Santa Fe, N.M., where both work for the Santa Fe Opera he in the scene shop, she in the props department. Published by Flutter Press, softcover, 20 pages.

A Mirror in T ime and Behind Closed Door s

Gwaltney’s latest novels, like her previous three books, are historical fiction, but unlike her previous work, both books are “ meant for performance,” said Gwaltney “ The publisher calls them ‘performance materials’ or ‘monologues ’ Both books have been performed, especially A Mirror in Time, which consists of one character, while Behind Closed Doors has two characters ” The Smithfield resident has for 30 years taught a writing course at Christopher Newport University for lifelong learners who want to write family histor y, and she has twice taught in Longwood’s Summer Literacy Institute. Published by HaveScripts com, softcover, 212 pages and 136 pages

The Common Core Grammar Toolkit: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Language Standards in Grades 3-5

by Sean Ruday, assistant professor of English at Longwood

This textbook describes research-based practices and recommendations for teachers interested in teaching grammar in creative ways The book emerged from Ruday’s Grammar Theor y and Practice (English 382) course and also is related to obser vations and consulting work he did at an elementar y school in fall 2012. “I want teachers to read the book and say, ‘ That’s what I can do in the classroom,’” said Ruday, a writing instruction specialist who joined the Longwood faculty in 2011. He has spoken with the publisher about writing a sequel for middle-school teachers. Published by Eye on Education, softcover, 208 pages

Investment Analysis for Real Estate Decisions 8th edition

by Bennie Waller ’90, professor of finance and real estate and chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics, Finance and Real Estate at Longwood

This college textbook, aimed at senior-level undergraduates and graduate students, is “ one of the most thorough analyses of contemporary real estate available on the market,” says the publisher. Because real estate and finance are often taught together, the book is sometimes sold as a package with the previously published Real Estate Finance (3rd edition), also co-authored by Waller, Phillip Kolbe and Gaylon Greer Waller, who was invited to be a co-author on both books, has done extensive research on real estate brokerage and appraisal One of his studies was featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal in June 2013

Published by Dearborn Publishing, softcover, 544 pages

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20 Rock the Block: 5:30-9 p m , Longwood Landings at Midtown Square. Information: 434-395-2414.

23 Authors Series: Kelle Groom, poet 8 p m , Wygal Hall Information: 434-395-2155

23 Humans Being: Celebrating the Humanities at Longwood. “ Why Music Matters” by Pam McDermott and Kim Stern 7 p m , location TBA. Information: 434-395-2155.

24 Math and Science Colloquium: 4 p m , Ruffner Hall 356 Information: 434-395-2193

25 Women’s Soccer: vs Coastal Carolina 7 p m , Athletics Complex Information: www longwoodlancers com or 434-395-2097

26– 29, Oct. 3-6 Longwood Theatre: Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. 7 p.m. Sept. 26-28 and Oct 3-5; 3 p m Sept 29 and Oct 6; Center for Communication Studies and Theatre Tickets: $6 students, $8 seniors/faculty and staff, $12 general public Seating is limited Information and tickets: E-Tix or 434-395-2474

26 Field Hockey: vs Richmond 5:30 p m , Athletics Complex. Information: www.longwood lancers.com or 434-395-2097.

28 Junior Voice Recital: Kathleen Lilly 7:30 p m , Molnar Recital Hall, Wygal Hall Information: clarkbb@longwood edu or 434-395-2504


2 Alumni Event: Young Alumni Happy Hour 5:30-7:30 p.m., Calypso Bar & Grill, 1101 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach. Appetizers with cash bar. Information: 434-395-2044 or longwoodlink com

2 Lecture: Friends of the Janet D Greenwood Librar y presents Sofia Starnes, current poet laureate for the Commonwealth of Virginia 5 p m , Greenwood Librar y Atrium Information: 434-395-2431

4– 5 Oktoberfest Longwood campus. Information: 434-395-2044.

5 Men’s Soccer: vs UNC Asheville 2:30 p m , Athletics Complex Information: www longwood lancers com or 434-395-2097


7 Executive in Residence Presentation: Julie Washington, chief brand officer, Jamba Juice of California 7 p m , Wygal Auditorium Information: 434-395-2045

9 Field Hockey: vs Liberty 4:30 p m , Athletics Complex Information: www longwoodlancers com or 434-395-2097.

9 Alumni Event: Young Alumni Happy Hour 5:30-7:30 p m , Arlington Rooftop, 2424 Wilson Blvd , Arlington Appetizers with cash bar Information: 434-395-2044 or longwoodlink com

13– Jan. 3, 2014 Art Exhibition: Artwork from Camp Unity Opening reception, 2 p m Oct 13, Longwood Center for the Visual Arts. Information: 434-395-2206.

16 Men’s Soccer: vs VMI 7 p m , Athletics Complex Information: www longwoodlancers com or 434-395-2097

17 Lecture: Friends of the Janet D Greenwood Librar y presents Kimberly P Johnson, author of children’s books. 3:30 p.m., Greenwood Librar y Atrium. Information: 434-395-2431.

18– 19 Alumni Reunion: Classes of 1968 and 1973 Longwood campus Information: 434-395-2044

18– 19 Black Alumni Weekend. Longwood campus Sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Information: 434-395-2394.

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19 Faculty Recital: Roland Karnatz, Quux Collective 7:30 p m , Molnar Recital Hall, Wygal Hall Information: 434-395-2504 or clarkbb@longwood edu

19 Art Workshop: Dia de los Muertos Free Family Workshop 10 a m , Longwood Center for the Visual Arts Information: 434-395-2206

22 Math and Science Colloquium: 4 p m , Ruffner 356 Information: 434-395-2193

22 Lecture: Sherman Alexie, winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. 8 p.m., Wygal Hall. Information: 434-395-2155.

25– Jan 3, 2014 Art Exhibition: Create Opening reception, 3 p m Oct 25, Longwood Center for the Visual Arts Information: 434-395-2206

26 Men’s Soccer: vs Winthrop 6 p m , Athletics Complex Information: www longwood lancers.com or 434-395-2097.

27 Senior Voice Recital: Chelsea Lamm and Emily Mathis 4 p m , Molnar Recital Hall, Wygal Hall Information: clarkbb@longwood edu or 434-395-2504

27– Aug. 31, 2014 Art Exhibition: Youth Art Month Highlights Opening reception, 2 p m Oct 27, Hull Education Center. Information: 434-395-2206.

28 Humans Being: Celebrating the Humanities at Longwood “Why History Matters” by Lara Fergeson and David Magill 7 p m , location TBA Information: 434-395-2155

28 Chamber Music Concert: VOICE Vocal Trio 7:30 p m , Molnar Recital Hall, Wygal Hall Information: clarkbb@longwood edu or 434-395-2504

29 Women’s Soccer: vs. Liberty. 7 p.m., Athletics Complex. Information: www.longwood lancers com or 434-395-2097


1 Senior Flute/Clarinet Recital: Ashley Stanley and Alyssa Jones 7:30 p m , Molnar Recital Hall, Wygal Hall. Information: clarkbb@longwood.edu or 434-395-2504.

7– 10, 14– 17 Longwood Theatre: The Love for Three Oranges by Carlo Gozzi 7 p m Nov 7-9 and 14-16, 3 p m Nov 10 and 17; Center for Communication Studies and Theatre Tickets: $6 students, $8 seniors/faculty and staff, $10 general public Seating is limited Tickets and information: E-Tix or 434-395-2474.


Women’s Basketball: vs William & Mar y 7 p m , Willett Hall Information: www longwoodlancers com or 434-395-2097

14 Math and Science Colloquium: 4 p m , Ruffner 356 Information: 434-395-2193

15 Inauguration of W. Taylor Reveley IV as Longwood’s 26th President Information: 434-395-2044

18 Humans Being: Celebrating the Humanities at Longwood. “ Why Literature Matters” by John Miller and Ken Perkins. 7 p.m., location TBA. Information: 434-395-2155.

22 Men’s Basketball: vs Brown 7 p m , Willett Hall Information: www longwoodlancers com or 434-395-2097

24 Alumni Event: Reception for August and December graduates Information: 434-395-2044

30 Women’s Basketball: vs. Richmond. 2 p m , Willett Hall Information:

7 Men’s Basketball: vs Eastern Kentucky Time TBA, Willett Hall Information: www longwoodlancers com or 434-395-2097 J

21 Men’s Basketball: vs. Liberty. 7 p.m., Willett Hall. Information: www.longwoodlancers.com or 434-395-2097

25 Women’s Basketball: vs High Point Time TBA, Willett Hall Information: www longwoodlancers com or 434-395-2097

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Picking Up the PACE

New men’s basketball head coach brings energy, new strategy to a youthful Lancers team

New head men ’ s basketball coach Jayson Gee is bringing a new energy to the Lancers and he’s expecting the team to follow his lead.

Gee wants Lancer Nation to be prepared for PACE: pressure, attack, compete and energize We want to get out in transition and score early,” he said “ The most difficult way to score is against a set defense. We want to take the first available good shot ”

Men’s head basketball coach Jayson Gee ‘

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est in coaching. On a college break, he stopped by his high-school alma mater to catch up with his former coach, Wayne Wiseman, who was at basketball practice Wiseman asked Gee if he’d like to put the players through a drill, which led to Gee sitting on the bench for the next game

“ That high that I felt was euphoria,” said Gee, adding that the experience drastically

We are going to be a defensive-minded and pressure team. We are going to be in your face and aggressive.’

Don’t expect the new-look Lancers to focus only on putting points on the board: In his seven years as an assistant coach at Cleveland State, Gee helped lead a squad that was known for its stingy defense He’ll bring that same focus to Longwood. “My focus right now is defense,” he said “I want to get [opposing] teams to shoot 44 percent or below. That is a goal we have to get to the first year ” Last season, Longwood’s opponents shot about 48 percent from the field.

He has a firm foundation in shooting guard Tristan Carey who averaged a team-high 15.6 points per game and point guard Lucas Woodhouse, who led the team with 180 assists.

Gee, who played basketball at the University of Charleston, began his coaching career at Cleveland State as an assistant to coach Gar y Waters. He taught me the value of defense,” said Gee Get guys who will compete and play hard. We are going to be a defensive-minded and pressure team We are going to be in your face and aggressive.”

The X ’ s and O’s of coaching were hard-fought lessons, but serendipity spurred Gee’s initial inter-

altered his career path. “I thought I was going to be a lawyer, but I returned to school and changed my major to education” with coaching as his ultimate goal

The relationship with Wiseman has continued as Gee has developed into a Division I coach Gee has called him ever y Father’s Day since he left high school.

“He decided what he wanted to do and what his goal was, and did ever ything in his power to reach that goal,” said Wiseman. He’s just a tremendous kid After 32 years of coaching, he is probably the closest kid I had who was like an assistant coach on the floor ” Ritchie McKay, associate head coach at the University of Virginia and a good friend of Gee’s, said Longwood

will see a team that plays with energy. “ What I remember about Jayson is he always had a smile and was a relentless worker,” said McKay, who met Gee on the recr uiting trail It seemed like no matter where I showed up, he was there. I can ’ t tell you how excited I was when he said he had interest in the Longwood job.” David Driver

State ‘I think our players see it can be done,’ said Gee, in reference to the visit ‘They don’t have to be that guy like



all those things that are our core values, you can make a successful transition to the next level ’

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fans (top) New head men’s bask etball coach Jayson Gee will focus on defense (bottom) NBA point guard Norris Cole (left), who has spent two seasons with the back-to-back NBA champion Miami Heat, and development league player D’Aundray Brown (right) stopped by the Longwood campus in July to visit first-year men’s basketball head coach Jayson Gee, who coached both players at Cleveland LeBron James, who’s highly Through hard togetherness, submission and
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Making the Rounds

Longwood‘s Baltzell hits more home runs than anyone in the nation

Megan Baltzell was overlooked coming out of high school. After her sophomore year in college, however, she’s gotten ever yone ’ s attention

The catcher was named a 2013 Division I All-American after a record-breaking year in which she posted a nation-leading 30 home r uns, a school-record 78 RBI and a 406 batting average

“Megan had the kind of year that deser ved recognition,” said head coach Kathy Riley We’ve never had anyone come close to hitting 30 home r uns in a season, and having 78 RBI was also a big accomplishment for her She’s one of the main reasons why we had that magical r un this year ”

That magical r un ended in the university’s first NCAA tournament ber th as a member of the Big South Conference and a pair of All-American honors for Baltzell and fellow teammate Brooke Shor t “I found out the day the All-American honors came out, ” Baltzell said “I had some friends who were keeping up with it. Coach Riley called me and congratulated me She was more excited than I was. ”

Baltzell, a kinesiology major, has come a long way in just two years as a Lancer: as a freshman, she hit nine home r uns and was a reser ve on the women ’ s basketball team. “I thought I would have another year like that,” she said “I worked extra hard this past] summer, and it paid off.”

She didn’t play basketball her sophomore year in order to focus more on softball

“I got to work out the kinks in my swing,” she said “ Those little details made the difference. Softball is my life. That is all I want to do all of the time ” She hopes to play pro fast pitch softball after college and has her sights set on coaching one day

Next season, Baltzell realizes she may not see as many pitches to hit. “ They are going to tr y and walk me more If they put me on, I am going to steal bases,” she said.

This summer Baltzell coached a youth softball team, the Baseliners, based in Stafford, and also took par t in two summer camps, one at Longwood, and the other in Richmond with Jennie Finch, a longtime standout as a pitcher for the U S national team

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Softball player named Big South Conference’s female athlete of the year

Brook e Short ’13 was named the 2012-13 Big South Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year Short, the Big South’s third-leading hitter and second in home runs, total bases and walks, is only the second softball player to win the conference’s top honor and the fir st student-athlete to do so in Longwood’s fir st year as a Big South member

Short highlighted her lone season in the Big South with Third-Team All-America accolades from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association The southpaw was also an All-Southeast Region fir st team member, the Big South Player of the Year, an All-Conference Fir st Team honoree and an All-Tournament Team honoree after helping the Lancer s win the Big South softball championship

As a pitcher, Short closed the year with an 18-8 record and a 3 07 ERA Short concluded her Longwood career as the school’s all-time leader in at-bats, hits, RBI, runs scored, home runs, walks and games played

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Longwood recognized talent in softball star Megan Baltzell ’14 that other Di vision I schools overlook ed.
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Brook e Short ’13 was a leader at the plate, on the rubber and in the clubhouse for the Big South Champion Lancer s softball team.

Highlight Reel

Longwood boasts conference champions, several All-Academic Team members


The Lancer baseball season was marked by the retirement of longtime head coach Buddy Bolding, who led the team for 35 years and compiled an impressive 953-544-4 record In his remarkable stretch at the helm, Bolding posted 31 winning seasons, and 25 seasons with at least 25 wins. 2013 was no different, as the team went 26-28, and 12-12 in its first season in the Big South good enough to earn one of eight spots in the championship tournament Surprising many, the team went 2-2 and advanced to the conference tournament semifinal.

Sophomores Aaron Myers (4-2, 3 30 ERA, 10 saves) and Brandon Vick (65, 3.95 ERA) led the Lancers’ pitching staff, while junior captains Matt Dickason (.331, 13 2B, 18 RBI) and Scott Burkett ( 304, 4 HR, 30 RBI) led the team offensively Vick was named to the Big South All-Academic Team, while junior captain Alex Owens ( 281, 4 HR, 32 RBI) was named to the All-Big South First Team.


Record-setting performances were the hallmark of the championship-winning 2013 Lancers softball team. With a program-best 41 wins, which marked the ninth 30-win season in head coach Kathy Riley’s 16 seasons at the helm, the Lancers secured Longwood’s firstever Big South Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I Regionals Sophomore Megan Baltzell ( 406, 30 HR, 78 RBI) and senior Brooke Short (.420, 18 HR, 69 RBI) both earned NFCA All-American honors following the season (see additional stories on Page 39) Sophomore Kori Nishitomi ( 440, 3 HR, 27 RBI), who set five school records in 2013, paced the team at the plate all season. After earning three Big South weekly awards, Short was named the league’s Player of the Year.

Men’s Golf

Junior Dylan Jensen paced the Lancers golf team all year with a 75.87 scoring average and earning individual medalist honors at The Manor Intercollegiate for the second straight year He was also the event ’ s first twotime winner As a whole, the team led by 16-year head coach Kevin Fillman finished 10th at the Big South Championship. Longwood could return as many as seven lettermen. The team also received the Cormier Award for Academic Excellence for the highest team GPA over the past two semesters Junior Kyle Bodin was selected to the Big South AllAcademic Team.

Women’s Golf

Longwood, coached by eighth-year head coach Ali Wright, finished third at the Big South Championship

The Lancers posted four top-five efforts among their seven top-10 finishes overall. Junior Amanda Steinhagen, who led the team with her 75.81 scoring average, led Longwood in scoring throughout the year and was named to the All-Big South Team Junior Hannah Pierce was selected to the Big South All-Academic Team

Women’s Lacrosse

Three lacrosse players were named to the AllBig South First Team from a Lancers squad that finished 10-8 overall, including a 5-2 mark in Big South games Under the direction of first-year head coach Elaine Jones, the team placed third in the conference standings at the end of the regular season to advance to the semifinals of the Big South Championship

Junior Lauren Prasnicki, with 26 goals and 51 assists, led the team in total points and assists, a categor y in which she set a school season record. Prasnicki, senior Jamie Brentlinger and junior Kathleen Battle were named to the AllBig South First Team, while junior Mar y Barondess (33g, 7a, 40p) received All-Big South Second Team accolades Brentlinger was also selected to the Big South All-Academic Team. In addition, Brentlinger, who led the team in goals, and Battle both earned spots on the Big South All-Tournament Team.

Men’s Tennis

Longwood, under the direction of second-year head coach Jakob Gustafsson, finished its 2012-13 campaign with a 5-15 overall record and a 0-8 mark in Big South matches. Senior Giorgi Khmiadashvili (11-11) led the Lancers all season, playing out of the No 1 singles position Freshman James Fudge and sophomore Steed Johnson made up the Lancers’ most successful doubles team (10-10). Junior Edward Becker, who has a 3.68 cumulative GPA, received Longwood’s Jimmy Yarbrough Inspiration Award and the Male Academic PRIDE Award Becker also earned Big South All-Academic Team recognition Freshman Bharani Sankar received the Male Lancer Outstanding Ser vice Award.

Women’s Tennis

Longwood, coached by second-year head coach Jakob Gustafsson, finished with an overall record of 7-14, 1-8 in the Big South The Lancers won their first-round game in the Big South Championship, defeating GardnerWebb, 4-3, to advance to the quarterfinal where they fell to eventual champion Winthrop, 4-0 Sophomore Malin Allgurin led the team with her 19-11 overall record in singles, including 8-8 at No 2, and she was 17-12 overall in doubles, including 11-8 at No. 2. Senior Marta Pinyol was selected to the Big South All-Academic Team Junior Bethany Law received Longwood’s Female Academic PRIDE Award The team also received the Cormier Award for Academic Excellence for the highest team GPA over the past two semesters. Greg Prouty

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Georgi Khmiadashvili ’13 played out of the No 1 singles position on the men’s tennis team

A Strong Finish

Women’s basketball building on last season’s success

It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish

The 2012-13 Longwood women ’ s basketball team carried this mantra with them ever y day as the squad worked its way toward the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Championship game

After being selected 11th in the league’s preseason polls, the young squad proved to ever yone that they could compete in the Big South Head coach Bill Reinson guided his team, made up of just four seniors and nine underclassmen, to an incredible 6-1 start in conference action After late-season injuries plagued the already short roster, the Lancers faced an uphill battle heading into the postseason as the No 7 seed for their first appearance at the Big South Championship in Conway, S.C.

“I wasn ’ t surprised that we were picked to finish last,” said Reinson. “ We were the only team in the league that had never won a conference game I believed we were better than that, and I think we proved it.”

Longwood, a team that never stopped pushing or believing, made history at the tournament with three straight postseason wins, knocking off the No 10 seed Charleston Southern University, the No. 2 seed Winthrop Uni-

versity and the No 6 seed Radford University to advance to the league’s title game against in-state foe Liberty University on ESPN3 It marked just the third time in Big South history that a No. 7 seed played in the championship game.

“ The Big South Tournament was ver y exciting,” said Reinson. “After years of being an independent, we finally had something to play for at the end of the season The ladies were ver y confident going down to Myrtle Beach and played some of their best basketball ”

The Lancers closed the season with a 14-19 overall record, matching the program ’ s win total from the previous two seasons combined.

After laying solid groundwork in its first year with the league, Longwood is looking to continue to make great strides in 2013-14.

“ We want to become a more diverse offensive team, while continuing to utilize pressure defense Our goal will still be to outwork our opponents, ” said Reinson

Longwood returns nine letter winners and has added four newcomers for its upcoming campaign. The Lancers will open the new season on the road at Seton Hall University of the new Big East Conference on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Ashley Robbins

Winners Circle

Students recognized at the 2012-13 Student-Athlete Awards Banquet included Stephen Shockley (left), men’s basketball: Henry I. Willett Male Scholar-Athlete Award; Kelsey Pardue, women’s soccer: Female Athlete of the Year Award; Amelia McConnell, women’s soccer: Lancer Outstanding Service Award; Edward Becker, men’s tennis: Jimmy Yarbrough Inspiration Award and Male Academic PRIDE Award; Michael Kessens, men’s basketball: Male Freshman of the Year Award; Director of Athletics Troy Austin; Lindsey Ottavio, women’s soccer: Henry I Willett Female Scholar-Athlete Award; Daeisha Brown, women’s basketball: Female Freshman of the Year Award; Tristan Carey, men’s basketball: Male Athlete of the Year Award; Bharani Sankar, men’s tennis: Lancer Outstanding Service Award

New women’s tennis coach stepping up from assistant spot

Casey Wharton, assistant coach for the 201213 season, has been named the new women’s tennis head coach. “Casey has exhibited a passion for Longw tennis, and I am excited to see the progress the team mak es in the upcoming year,” said Troy Austin, director of athletics

Wharton helped lead the 2012-13 women’s team to a 7-14 record, including 1-8 the inaugural season in the Big South. The team posted a fir st-round win in the conference tournament, and earned the Cormier Award for Academic Excellence for the highest team GPA over the past two semester s

“I feel that the future of the women’s program is very bright. We will work hard and stri ve to be great, both on and off the court,” Wharton said “I believe that success will follow as a result In addition, we will commit our selves to the development of studentathletes who will work together to set and reach the goals that will ultimately mak e us competiti ve in the Big South Conference ”

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Alumni Advisory Board elects new officers A

Congratulations to Colleen McCrink Margiloff ’97 on her appointment to the Longwood Board of Visitors Because of her new leadership role, Margiloff has resigned her position as president of the Alumni Association/Alumni Board. Kathleen Early ’92, who had been serving as vice president, has been elected president Kendall Lee ’01, formerly member-at-large, has been elected vice president

“I am very pleased that the governor has appointed Colleen to the Board of Visitors and look forward to working with her in her new leadership role,” said Nancy Shelton, associate vice president for alumni relations “I appreciate Kathleen’s and Kendall’s dedication to the university and their willingness to assume their new positions on the Alumni Board ”

The 2013 members-at-large of the Alumni Board are Dale Baake ’07, Cate Light Bach ’03, Bonnie Conner-Gray ’82, Nancy Piland Creekmore ’67, W Hunter Edwards ’05, Roger Hanna ’92, Liz Rammell Harris ’81, Jeris Bianchi Johnson ’88, Tammy Bird Jones ’81, Amanda Renwick Lloyd ’04, Melody Crawley Margrave ’81, Mandi Robinson Mulholland ’97, Ruth Bourne Radzisauskas ’77, Cynthia Eggleston Robertson ’81, Edona White Stanley ’95, Ellen Knapp Wood ’74 and Jennie Linh Giang Wools ’95

Officers serve a two-year term, and members-at-large serve a three-year term One-third of the members-at-large rotate off the board each year

Look who’s enjoying Longwood Loot

Kim Jones ’12 (left), Charity Reish ’10, Dana Scarantino ’10, Katie Wilson ’10/’11, Toni Fisher ’12, Claire Paul ’10 and Amy Auger ’11/’12 enjoyed recei ving Longwood Loot when they gathered recently at the beach to celebrate Wilson’s wedding

One of the Family

Popular professor receives award, alumni status

One of Longwood’s most popular faculty members is now also an alumnus.

Jim Jordan, professor of anthropology and sociology, recently received the Horace Mann Honorar y Alumni Award from the Alumni Association for his “extraordinar y ser vice, his positive impact on the lives of thousands of alumni and his example as a true citizen leader.”

Jordan is the third recipient of the award— the others are former president Patricia Cormier and her husband, Raymond Cormier and he is the 13th person to be named an honorar y alumnus / alumna.

The award was presented June 8 during the 13th Annual Field School Alumni Weekend and Crew Luau held at the Willie C Pettus Archaeology Field Station in Clover, site of the field school The location was fitting Jordan established the field school in 1980 and it was named in his honor by the Board of Visitors in September 2012. The award was presented by Kathleen Early ’92, president of the Alumni Association, who was a field school participant in 1991 at the same time as Brian Bates ’92, then a Longwood student and now field school director and associate

professor of anthropology. The ceremony was also attended by 47 field school alumni, 45 current field school students and their families, and President W Taylor Reveley IV

“A wise Sioux medicine man, Black Elk, famously said, ‘Let my people live once more, ’ and that is exactly what the field school and Dr. Jordan have allowed the past to do,” said Early just before presenting the award There is likely no other Longwood professor who has influenced his students as much as Dr Jordan ” Kent Booty

175th Anniversary publications planned

Longwood history to be updated

Longwood’s 175th Anniversar y is being celebrated with an updated histor y of the normal school-turned-university

The largely pictorial histor y will be available by March 2014 in an electronic version and a limited number of print copies. The project is being coordinated by Barbara Shepard ’95, lecturer in histor y, with assistance from an intern, William Hamlett ’13, and the university’s archivist, Lydia Williams ’97

This histor y will be peppered with photos, ” said Shepard. “ We’ll have stories from alumni their experiences with things like dorm life, sorority life and May Day and how that turned into Spring Weekend ”

The book Longwood College: A Histor y, by the late Rosemar y Sprague, a longtime English professor, was published in 1989 for Longwood’s 150th anniversar y

Please participate in 2014 Alumni Directory

Don’t forget to respond to Harris Connect when they contact you about the information you would like to be included in the 2014 Longwood Alumni Director y This is a wonderful project that will help us celebrate our 175th Anniversar y year

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W Taylor Reveley IV (left), Jim Jordan and Kathleen Early ’92

Under the Sea

Underwater archaeology is 2013 graduate’s passion

You could say that Cassie Shiflett’s career plans are adventurous

Shiflett ’13 plans to be an under water archaeologist During summer 2013, before graduating in August, she participated in the field school of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) in St Augustine, Fla., where she did an internship during the summer of 2012. These days she is working as a research diver for a company that specializes in oil spill cleanups She plans to apply in 2014 for the graduate maritime archaeology

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Betty Harper Wyatt ’43 received the Judah P Benjamin Certificate of Award on March 9, 2013, from the United Daughters of the Confederacy “for her determination and visionar y public ser vice to protect one of our national treasures, Fort Monroe, Virginia ” Wyatt was a founding member of Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park in 2006 and continued to be an active board member and true ambassador for Fort Monroe. Editor’s Note: Betty Wyatt died on July 2, 2013.

Betty Smithdeal Miller ’44 was the resident in the spotlight in the March ’13 edition of “ The Village Crier,” the monthly newsletter of The Village At Wester ville Retirement Center in Wester ville, Ohio

program at Flinders University in Australia. “I’m an adventure nut who likes to be active sitting at a desk all day is not for me— so under water archaeology is a perfect fit,” said Shiflett, who majored in anthropology

Her passion has sur vived despite dives in which visibility was so bad she could “barely see my hands while moving them back and forth in front of my face ” She wasn ’ t even deterred by a dive at the LAMP field school during which she was stung on the face by a jellyfish and her hip slipped out of its socket due to heavy swells and a strong ocean current. “After all that, I figured it was time to go back up to the surface,” she said with a laugh She currently is diving on an as-needed


Katheryne Lockridge Goodman ’63 was a delegate representing the Presbyterian Church (USA) to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995 and, since then, has spoken to more than 70 groups about her experience and how men and women can become involved in action for equality, development and peace


Susan Delong Smith ’79 was selected to participate in the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail in Alaska


Patricia Hall Franklin ’84, supervisor of fine arts for

basis with a research dive team for a company called Opflex Solutions In early summer, she went on two diving trips around Singer Island, Fla , near West Palm Beach, which has contamination problems from E coli caused by the lack of a filtration system to handle storm water runoff. The trips were part of an effort to test a sponge, called “Synthetic Eelgrass,” which Opflex manufactures and says not only cleans up but prevents damage from oil spills and storm water runoff She’s also going to Bermuda, where Opflex is working with the government to redo the storm-drainage system due to a problem with metal in the water, and might go to Nigeria, where there’s been an oil spill.

Shiflett learned what she called “the basics of under water archaeology” at the LAMP field school, during which she dove at two sites and had classroom instruction The main site, also the focus of her six-week internship in 2012, is where a ship carr ying Loyalists fleeing Charleston, S.C., sank in 1782. The site was discovered by LAMP archaeologists in 2009, and excavation has been conducted ever y summer since 2010

“Most under water archaeological field sites don’t recover artifacts, but this one does,” said Shiflett, who, although she didn’t find it, brought to the surface one of three muskets that were found during her internship, which was super vised by Brendan Burke ’03, an archaeologist who is LAMP’s logistics coordinator and the son of former Board of Visitors member Helen Warriner-Burke ’56

“I enjoy being part of the discover y of histor y— I was a histor y minor so touching that 200-yearold musket was exciting. It made me want to get up in the morning ” Kent Booty

Newport News Public Schools, was elected 2013-15 president-elect of the National Art Education Association She will assume office beginning March 2015 and will serve through March 2017 Franklin has been a member of NAEA since 1981 and has served in a number of national volunteer leadership positions including the NAEA Governing Board as Southeastern Region vice president

Daniel Ford ’87 of Virginia Beach is the author of The Marlin and the Mermaid “Help Save the Chesapeake Bay,” a rhyming children’s picture book about the source of pollution in the ocean This is the first in a series of books on this topic that Ford has planned Ford, who said he “ grew up loving the ocean, ” works in the Virginia Beach schools’ department of safety and loss control


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Cassie Shiflett ’13 and Brendan Burk e ’03 with the 18th-century musk et she brought to the surface during her internship with Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, where Burk e is logistics coordinator

From Generation to Generation

Hubbard Peanut Company, maker of Hubs brand Virginia peanuts, is a perfect example of a successful family business

They say home is where the heart is. For Lynne Hubbard Rabil ’75, it’s also where you find peanuts.

As president of Hubbard Peanut Company since 1993, Rabil continues a family business

employees plus more than 20 additional staff members during its busy holiday season

There’s definitely an element of nostalgia attached to our product. But what keeps our customers coming back is quality. Our focus is on ensuring that quality remains tr ue. ’ Lynne Rabil ’75

tradition begun by her late mother Dot Hubbard ’47. Headquartered in Sedley in what was once the Hubbard family home (Rabil’s office is in the childhood bedroom she shared with her younger twin sisters), “Hubs” now reports global sales and boasts 32 year-round

There’s definitely an element of nostalgia attached to our product,” said Rabil “But what keeps our customers coming back is quality. Our focus is on taking care of the customers we have and ensuring that quality remains true We’ve grown and managed larger volumes while maintaining consistency, and we never lost quality along the way ” Rabil’s mother started the business in 1954. A teacher turned stay-at-home mother of four, Hubbard was looking for a way to earn some extra money She’d remembered how back in college her Longwood then Farmville State Teachers College) friends had always loved her specially prepared,

crunchy peanuts. Working from her kitchen, she began blanching and deep-fr ying peanuts, using essentially the same recipe she had learned growing up on her father’s Virginia peanut farm

Soon a line of customers could be found queued up at the kitchen door. Then local drug stores, gift shops and restaurants began placing orders. Colonial Williamsburg was a large customer early on

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K a n g a ro o , ’ we k i d s w o u l d l o a d i n t o t h e

s t a t i o n w a g o n a n d h e l p m o m m a k e d e l i ve ri e s , ” s a i d R a b i l , w h o g r a d u a t e d w i t h a d e g re e i n h i s t o r y. “A s yo u n g c h i l d re n a n d t e e n a g e r s we a l s o h e l p e d w i t h p a c k a g i n g

It w a s t r u l y a f a m i l y b u s i n e s s f ro m t h e b e g i n n i n g ”

As demand for Hubs grew, Hubbard farmed out the task of shelling peanuts to local women. And though the family-owned company ’ s achievement is in many ways a stor y about women (Hubs is certified by Virginia’s Small, Women and Minority-owned Business program) men also are integrally involved in Hubs’ ongoing success Rabil’s late father, H.J. Hubbard (nicknamed Hub), for whom the brand was named, worked with local machinists to create equipment that allowed the company to produce large volume at one time

Now Rabil’s son, Marshall, who’s currently working for Whole Foods, has expressed an interest in getting involved. Rabil, who has witnessed big changes on the business side of Hubs during her lifetime, said it will be interesting to see what ideas he brings home with him

“ When the business started, credit cards didn’t exist,” she said, adding that most customers mailed in checks. “Later we set up a call center to take orders, and today it’s mostly an Internet operation

“Because I turn 60 this year, I’m thinking transition I felt ver y fortunate that my parents were by my side to hand me the reins Not all family businesses transition well. Lucky for us we have ver y good long-term employees and a next generation that seems interested ”

Over the years, the Hubbards’ five-room white clapboard house has been expanded to include a commercial kitchen and warehouse, but the feeling of home has remained strong— and forever associated with the aroma of peanuts Patrick Folliard

Lynne Hubbard Rabil ’75 runs a company headquartered in her childhood home
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Haidee Shiflet Napier ’88 was named the assistant superintendent of instructional services in the Colonial Heights School District She is a lifelong resident of Colonial Heights In addition to her undergraduate degree in special education from Longwood, she holds a master ’ s degree in school counseling from Virginia State University and has an endorsement from VSU in administration and supervision

Michelle Hummer Dickinson ’89 started her own law firm, the Law office of Michelle J Dickinson, LLC, in Columbia, Md , in March 2013. The firm specializes in civil litigation matters for businesses and individuals in state and federal courts. She previously was a partner in the international law firm of DLA Piper LLP (US) in Baltimore, Md


Curtis Campbell ’90 is the new director of athletics for Tuskegee University in Alabama He previously was the athletic director at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala , for six years, and at Division III Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill , for two years

Robin Burroughs Davis ’90, associate dean of students and director of citizenship education at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N H , received the Gown Award at the college’s May 11, 2013, commencement ceremony

The annual award goes to someone from the college whose work and contributions in the New London area are extraordinar y.

Bart Mitchell ’90 was recognized as the State Agent of the Year by Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance for the third time and was also named Master Agent of the Year for 2012

The awards are based on sales and profitability Mitchell is based in Glen Allen and has been with Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance since 1991 He graduated from Longwood with a B S degree in business administration and holds the ChFC, CLU and LUTCF designations. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)

Shawn L. Smith ’92, chief of operations for the Eastern Cheer & Dance Association, was elected to the National Advisor y Board

(NAB) of Competitive All Star Cheerleading

The NAB counsels the United States All Star Federation (USASF) on issues regarding cheerleading safety, competition standards and policies surrounding the Cheerleading World Championship and all of its preliminar y events The USASF, along with the International All Star Federation, works closely with the International Olympic Committee in efforts to make cheerleading an Olympic sport Smith cheered for Longwood from 1988-92 and coached cheerleading at Longwood from 1992-94

Charlie Brown ’93 is the new varsity girls’ basketball coach at Bruton High School in Williamsburg, where he was a standout player on the boys’ basketball team

Michelle Hundley Schenker ’97 of Winston-Salem, N C , and her husband, Alex, co-founded Cover Stor y Media, Inc (www coverstor y media com), an online publishing company, in September 2012

Michael Lawston ’99, branch manager at First Investors Corporation, is the new president of the Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers (VACE) VACE facilitates career development and growth among career ser vices and employer members, and promotes the accomplishment of professional goals by providing opportunities for relationship building and professional development activities


Janell Stinnett ’03 was appointed assistant principal at Nelson County High School in Lovingston

Christopher Leech ’05 and Erin Fogle Leech ’04 are the parents of Hunter Robert Leech, born Oct 12, 2012

Christina Leigh Kernodle ’07 and Douglas Farley were married April 13, 2013

Liz Long ’07 of Roanoke is the author of two fiction books: the fantasy novel Gifted, A Donovan Circus Novel and the paranormal thriller Witch Hearts The former, the first in a series, is about a murder at supernatural circus, and the latter asks the question, “How does a witch stay safe if a killer can get through her protection spells?” Long (http://lizclong com) is social media editor at Leisure Publishing

Ashley Sines Atkins ’08 was appointed branch officer at Essex Bank’s King William Office A resident of King William County, Atkins joined Essex Bank in 2008 Prior to her work there, she ser ved as the marketing and communications coordinator for a firm in Fairfax

Ryan Burnette ’09 and Kelly Irvin Burnette ’08 are the parents of Savannah Marie Burnette, born Feb. 18, 2013.

Lindsay Sheppard Hilton ’08 and her husband, Archie, are the parents of Kane Archie Hilton, their first child, born June 11, 2013 Lindsay is a second-grade teacher with Portsmouth Public Schools, and Archie is active-duty Navy Lindsay and Archie were married Aug. 13, 2012.


Jacob Witt Harper ’10 and Rebecca Britt Stephenson were married June 22, 2013, at High Street United Methodist Church in Franklin Harper received his J D from the Charlotte (N C ) School of Law. The couple lives in Wake Forest, N C

Danielle Jagoda ’10 married Stephen Cauley on March 16, 2013 She works as a therapist in Williamsburg, Va , and Stephen works in finance at Newport News Shipbuilding

Nathan Epstein ’11 is the newest member of the WAVY-TV/FOX 43 Sportswrap team in Portsmouth Epstein previously was sports director at WDAM-TV, the NBC affiliate in Hattiesburg, Miss , where he covered the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and the New Orleans Saints Epstein grew up in Richmond and interned with WAVY-TV 10/Fox 43 sports department while attending Longwood.

Amy Jackson ’11, a bookbinder at Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding near Winchester, was featured in a photo in the Washington Post travel section accompanying a blog post about a book restoration workshop session she was leading Jackson specializes in new binding at her job and maintains an active schedule as a printmaker and book artist

Katelyn L Black ’12 is a student in the neuroscience Ph D program at Tulane University in New Orleans

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The Flat Stanley Project is a nationwide effort to promote literacy and community among young learner s by sending out “flat” visitor s through the mail, then having students track, discuss and write about their flat character ’s journey and adventures

The Alumni Board has its own Flat Stanley character Flat Elwood

There are two ways you can start Flat Elwood on his journey You can create your own Flat Elwood project with family and friends Or, if the Flat Stanley Project is introduced to your child, grandchild or other young learner during this school year, use the Flat Elwood character

You will find a four-color ver sion and a black-and-white ver sion on the alumni website (www longwoodlink com/flat elwood) Print Flat Elwood for your young learner to decorate. Send him off on his journey or have your own adventure with him and your family You can even send him to college friends see how many signatures you can get on the back of Flat Elwood Be creati ve!

Please post photos of your Flat Elwood project on the Longwood Alumni Facebook page (www facebook com/longwoodalumni) and send them electronically to the Office of Alumni Relations (alumni@longwood edu) We want to k eep an electronic record of where Flat Elwood goes and the people he meets Prizes will be awarded for the most unique adventure and the most famous per son Flat Elwood meets. For more information on the Flat Stanley project, visit www flatstanley com Send

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Alumni reunions planned

October 2013: Classes of 1968 and 1973

Member s of the Classes of 1968 and 1973 will gather on the Longwood campus

Oct 18-19, 2013, to reli ve memories and celebrate the uni ver sity’s 175th Anni ver sary. A “Birthday Dinner” is planned for Friday night, and President W Taylor Reveley IV will mak e a “Getting to Know Longwood Again” presentation on Saturday

April 2014: Milestone Reunion for 6 classes

The Milestone Reunion for the Classes of 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959 and 1964 will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 On Friday, April 4, the Class of 1964 will have a special 50th Reunion Dinner as they reminisce about their days as students and reconnect with each other

October 2014: Decade of 20 0 0s Reunion

The Decade of the 20 0 0s Reunion for the Classes of 20 0 0-20 09 is tentati vely set for

October 2014

Currently, a family-friendly casual reunion is under consideration. If you would lik e to be on the planning committee, please let us know

If you are in one of these classes and do not recei ve emails from the Office of Alumni Relations, please email alumni@longwood edu to gi ve us your email address

For more details about these reunions, go to LongwoodLink com

Tech Savvy

Alumnus helps Virginia Credit Union compete with larger institutions

Mobile deposits are a piece of the evolution of financial ser vices, and we will keep evolving with technology ”

“ We watch technology innovations closely,” said Macrina, vice president for eSer vices at Virginia Credit Union “ We spotted what the technology was going to make available, determined that our credit union members would be interested in using it, then pursued it ”

Macrina, who is always looking for ways to innovate, helped the credit union launch mobile banking in 2011. He had noticed that several larger financial institutions were introducing scanned deposits users scanned checks from their home computers and uploaded them to their bank and saw the potential for the same concept to work on mobile phones.

With 57,000 members using their phones to bank, Macrina jumped at the opportunity and launched Virginia Credit Union’s mobile scanning ser vice in 2012 before many of the larger institutions They now see more than 2 million deposits per month through the mobile scanning technology, an impressive number for a financial institution the size of Virginia Credit Union

Virginia Credit Union is already ver y competitive with loan rates and other ser vices,” he said “As members who take advantage of eServices continue to grow, we have the responsibility to keep our ser vice at a high level.

A business major at Longwood, Macrina got his start at the credit union as a student. He worked as a teller for two summers and winters before joining the staff full-time after graduation The transition from teller to vice president was seamless

“My first full-time job at the credit union was as a member ser vice representative, working with all 16 branches. I really got a feel for the ser vice side of the business, which translated ver y well to eSer vices,” said Macrina I like to think of eSer vices as an online branch of the credit union ”

Macrina, who leads an eSer vices staff of four, said he’s passionate about competing with larger institutions. “It really hones your skills, because you have to assess your resources and make smart investments in technology that will not only appeal to new customers but also be useful to current ones, ” he said. “ We may be a much smaller financial institution, but we can be smart about providing the same level of eSer vice that customers have come to expect ”

Longwood wasn ’ t only the place Macrina found his footing in business; he also found his wife, Neeley, also a business major The couple have two children and live in Richmond. Matthew McWilliams

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Frank Macrina ’97 helped the Virginia Credit Union beat much bigger national banks to a key piece of mobile banking.
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Frank Macrina ’97 launched Virginia Credit Union’s mobile scanning service in 2012 before many larger institutions did the same
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Dustin Shuman ’13 performed as a vocal soloist at a May 17, 2013, concert at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond Shuman was part of the chorus that performed parts two and three of Handel’s “Messiah” with the Richmond Symphony in a benefit concert for preser vation of the cathedral He was a soloist on one of the recitatives and airs

Alumni named Teachers of the Year

Pam Amos Dunnavant ’90 was named a 2012-13 Teacher of the Year for Charlotte County Public Schools She currently teaches advanced biology and ecology at Randolph-Henr y High School. In addition to teaching, Dunnavant has been involved with several extracurricular activities, including Team 21 and the ecology club

Sandy Overbee Flynn ’78 was named a 2012-13 Teacher of the Year and the 2012-13 District Teacher of the Year for Charlotte County Public Schools. Flynn, a National Board Certified Teacher in Early to Middle Childhood Literacy, teaches first grade at Eureka Elementar y School

Lori Given Hoffman ’88 was named Fluvanna County Public Schools Teacher of the Year and Fluvanna County High School Teacher of the Year She teaches geometry and serves as math team leader She has 18 years of teaching experience and has been with the Fluvanna County Public Schools since 2005 She received her Master of Education degree in secondary education from George Washington University

Paul John Nelson ’08 was named Cumberland County Schools Teacher of the Year

Please let us know if you have been named a Teacher of the Year. Email the details to alumni@longwood edu

In Memoriam

Marian Moran Butler ’33 died Feb. 28, 2013.

Sally Chappelle Zimmerman ’35 died March 16, 2013

Neyra Hines Kreiger ’37 died June 29, 2013.

Marie Newton Turner ’39 died April 9, 2013

Sudie Dunton Brothers ’40 died March 18, 2013

Lois Powell Harris ’40 died May 5, 2013

Ruby Trice Williams ’41 died April 21, 2103

Emma Elliotte Cox ’42 died April 20, 2013

Mary Martha Gillespie ’42 died June 1, 2013

Allene Overbey Hunt ’42 died April 8, 2013.

Jeanne Haymes Garland ’43 died April 15, 2013

Elizabeth Baldwin Taylor ’43 died June 26, 2013.

Betty Harper Wyatt ’43 died July 2, 2013

Lucille Lewis Armstrong ’44 died June 30, 2013

Anne Marie Gerken ’44 died June 1, 2013

Sue Harper Schumann ’44 died June 26, 2013

Faye Nimmo Webb ’44 died March 1, 2013.

Rebecca Lacy Old ’45 died March 5, 2013

Margaret N Stewart ’45 died March 15, 2013.

Marilyn Bell Roper ’45 died April 11, 2013

Betty Brothers Newman ’46 died March 5, 2013

Emily Carper Robinson ’46 died April 25, 2013

Irma Lassiter Bland ’47 died May 3, 2013

Shirley Mankin Nelson ’47 died April 19, 2013

Constance Wray Horden ’49 died April 8, 2013

Virginia Cox Cobb ’49 died March 16, 2013.

Margaret Robertson Milroy ’51 died April 9, 2013

June Ritchie Oberlander ’51 died April 17, 2013

Helen Agnew Koonce ’51 died May 24, 2013

Ann McGuire Burnette Younger ’51 died July 4, 2013.

Sara Lucille Chenery ’52 died April 4, 2013

Frances Northern Ashburn ’55 died May 29, 2013

Elizabeth Jenkins Ware ’57 died May 3, 2013

Cecil Madolyn Kidd ’61 died April 2, 2013

Charles Jay DeWitt ’63 died April 6, 2013

Betty Downing Sweeney ’65 died April 8, 2013

Carol Elizabeth Broughton ’65 died April 12, 2013.

Dana Jean Gerhardt ’66 died June 27, 2013

Eleanor Carlock Reid ’67 died May 7, 2013

Rebecca Christy Sievert ’73 died May 31, 2013

Debra Elizabeth Whitehead ’75 died June 23, 2013

Linda Clements Farrar ’81 died May 15, 2013

William Earl Witcher Jr ’81 died May 18, 2013

Donnie Wayne Gresby ’85 died June 27, 2013.

Elizabeth Wickham Stephens ’86 died May 21, 2013

Susan Beckwith Nachtrieb ’92 died March 11, 2013.

Russell Burnie Jones ’13 died July 16, 2013

Daniel Joseph Pennesi ’13 died June 23, 2013

Eric Chase Wood ’15 died March 16, 2013

Faculty, Staff and Friends

Leslie Marshall Hall Jr , associate professor emeritus of histor y, died March 26, 2013

Anna Ruth Lane, retired circulation assistant in the Janet D. Greenwood Librar y and widow of Dr Charles F Lane, professor emeritus of geography, died May 15, 2013.

Massie C Stinson Jr , associate professor emeritus of English, died June 11, 2013

Where in the World Is the Longwood Scarf? In Spain and Hawaii



Send us your news and class notes

We appreciate everyone who sent us submissions for the Class Notes section in this issue of Longwood magazine. Please k eep them coming If there is anything new in your life, per sonally or professionally, email the details to alumni@longwood.edu. Don’ t forget to gi ve us your full name, the year you graduated and the degree you recei ved Please also send us a contact phone number or email address in case we have questions

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Pinkston Woollum ’64 (top), shows off her Longwood scarf during her May 2013 trip to Montserrat, Spain. On a recent vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii, Bennie Waller ’90 (below), a Longwood business faculty member, and his daughter, Wellsley, display their Lancer
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Practically Human

Because they support the foundations of an educated mind, the humanities are utterly and ineluctably practical

In times of transition, I tend to turn to the stars So the year I came to Longwood, I visited an astrologist “Learn to be rooted but strive to be free,” she advised “Be prudent, be practical but soar. ”

This fall, with the same mix of caution and idealism once counseled by Madame Fraya, our university celebrates the confluence of two auspicious transitions: the arrival of its energetic new president and the 175th Anniversar y

of its founding. To celebrate such good fortune, the Longwood community will naturally spend some time honoring our intellectual roots, reveling in our many successes and dreaming of what lies ahead With a promising new leader and a long, fruitful histor y, there’s a lot of reveling to do and a lot of lucky stars to thank.

Any sober assessment of Longwood’s past, present and future necessarily begins with an appreciation for the value of the education offered here an education steeped in the richness of histor y, philosophy and music, as well

as art, drama, literature and foreign languages Grouped together, these disciplines make up the humanities academic areas of inquir y that scrutinize human culture, develop analytical thinking and encourage creative thought. For 175 years, these programs of study have fashioned the commonwealth’s students into resourceful citizen leaders: deep thinkers and active members of the community who confront the challenges of the world with confidence and ingenuity. To rejoice in the histor y of the university is to rejoice in the value of the humanities

In an increasingly commercialized environment that often understands higher education primarily in vocational terms, courses in philosophy, art or world literature are sometimes seen, at best, as marginally beneficial adventures to be paired with more practical, career-oriented courses. At worst, they are deemed extravagant and ultimately irrelevant detours that squander public funds College students nationwide who specialize in the humanities, moreover, are occasionally stereotyped as hopelessly impractical, almost as if they plan to spend four years learning to hang glide In learning to soar, the argument goes, students in the humanities neglect to be grounded Or gainfully employed.

Such arguments fail to recognize how vital the humanities truly are to achieving ever ything a university education should make possible for our students, both as professionals and as human beings A foundation in ethics, histor y, languages and the arts is what makes success in more specialized areas possible. Both parts of Madame Fraya’s advice hold

true: The humanities keep us rooted even as they allow us to be free Because they support the foundations of an educated mind, they are utterly and ineluctably practical.

The accountant who ser ves diverse populations, the special education teacher who writes a grant proposal, the pharmacist who understands the health-related impacts of the historical tensions in her neighborhood all profit from their undergraduate training in the humanities in a useful, realistic way. What’s more, when the accountant changes careers, when the teacher is promoted to principal, when the pharmacist buys her own drug store, these graduates will lean on the practical skills they developed in their humanities courses at Longwood skills in writing, analysis, interpretation, communication and innovation.

If the Longwood experience can be summarized as a mix of both caution and idealism, the sensible, cautious, ambitious student will choose the humanities ever y time

In this year of transition, the university will return to its roots by commemorating— through a yearlong series of speakers, recitals, exhibitions and student/faculty panels the foundational role the humanities have played in the remarkable histor y of the university Beginning in early September and culminating in March, when Longwood hosts the Virginia Humanities Conference for the first time, “Humans Being” will explore the vitality of the humanities and their importance to the achievements of our students and alumni Practically speaking, there may be no better way to celebrate the enduring legacy of the Longwood experience.

The 16th-century French humanist Michel de Montaigne, an ancestor of sorts to Madame Fraya, once wrote that “there is no knowledge so hard to acquire as the knowledge of how to live this life well ” As I reflect on all that our institution has become in 175 years, I think Montaigne would have been delighted to see what’s been accomplished at Longwood University, where generations of students have learned to live well by embracing an education that is at once practical, inspired and intrepid

Wade Edwards is an associate professor of French in the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages

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Eugene B. Monfalcone’s paintings in the dome of the Rotunda of Ruffner Hall depict the foundations of learning

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September– March Virginia Humanities Conference

September 17 American Shakespeare Company performance of The Merr y Wives of Windsor

September 20 Rock the Block, Family Weekend

November 15 Inauguration of President W Taylor Reveley IV

Februar y– March Regional Founders Day Events

May 9– 10 Commencement

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