Where do I begin with my perspective as a student, specifically, a Lynchburg Hornet, in the midst of a pandemic?
First, I want to acknowledge that I could never say what virus I am referring to in this article, and you would still know. Turn on the news, get on Facebook, look at the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store, or basically talk to another human being, and you will hear about the Coronavirus. It has sparked conversation around the world, put masses into panic, and most impacting for me, it has moved my college classes online.
Recently, I saw a meme on Facebook announcing a girl was starting college at “Da Crib University.” I chuckled, yet at the same time, it is alarming to think about how seriously the virus is affecting everyone and that it has closed UL’s campus.
The University of Lynchburg’s College of Business is in the process of creating and approving several interdisciplinary majors and minors to expand the offerings available to students and to differentiate the university from other schools.
The College of Business has been busy developing new, mixed-discipline majors and minors, including actuarial science, sustainability and international business.
Gender inclusive housing made available on southside of campus
EQUALITY FOR ALL : SOUTHSIDE EDITION
The University of Lynchburg will support gender inclusive housing beginning fall 2020.
“Gender inclusive housing is not like co-ed buildings. It takes away boundaries and gives more housing opportunities for students who identify with more genders than just two,” said Terry Bodine, housing coordinator.
The University is providing trained mentors for student candidates as well as new teachers in the surrounding counties. The New Teacher Center program at the University of Lynchburg has been fortunate to pair about 20 student candidates with mentors from the program.
Varsity swimming returned to Lynchburg this year after a hiatus dating back to the 1970-71 academic year.
After exceeding their own expectations this season, the program’s 28 men and women have a lot to celebrate and much to look forward to, according to head coach Brad Dunn.
By next spring, the program hopes to double its size with the next recruiting class.
“My expectation was that we set the foundation culturally for a successful team,” Dunn said.
In addition to a strong showing by the program as a whole, several individual athletes had outstanding performances at the recent ODAC Championships in Greensboro, NC. The meet was held Feb. 6 through Feb. 9.
In a season of firsts, Dunn said he told his swimmers to “make sure that you really relish these moments because you only get four ODAC Championships, you only get four years of getting to do this.”
Dunn described the team culture as being that of a “close-knit family,” a sentiment echoed by members of the team.
“We definitely have a family atmosphere on our team,” said freshman Claire Galloway, who qualified for the NCAA B-Cut for the 100-yard breaststroke while competing at the ODAC Championships.
Freshman Parker Hayungs was named ODAC men’s rookie of the meet.
“I felt like everyone on my team worked just as hard as I did to get to where we placed and where we were at,” Hayungs said.
Reflecting on the season, sophomore Chris Jennings said he wanted to be a “vocal leader” for his teammates.
“Some days, when they didn’t have it, I knew that I needed to pick them up,” Jennings said. “If there were days where I didn’t really have it, I knew that they would have my back.”