In Memoriam: Dr. Nancy Cowden

University of Lynchburg Associate Director of the Westover Honors College, Dr. Nancy Cowden

By Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor

This weekend, beloved biology professor and Associate Director of the Westover Honors College Dr. Nancy Cowden passed away.

Dr. Cowden has been a faculty member of the University of Lynchburg since 2000. She taught courses in biology, plant biology, plant ecology, general ecology, and sustainable forest management. In Westover, Dr. Cowden taught various colloquia and a senior thesis course.

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Get your Critograph Masked Hornet Sticker to commemorate the 2020-2021 school year. These large stickers look great on any water bottle, laptop or wherever you put stickers, buy one today and have it delivered to your campus box or mailed home!

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News and Brief for the week of Nov. 9th

Joe Biden: 2020 Presidential Election Candidate | NBC News
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Biden vows to ‘get right to work’ despite Trump resistance

Vowing “to get right to work,” President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday shrugged off President Donald Trump’s fierce refusal to accept the election outcome as “inconsequential,” even as Democrats elsewhere warned that the Republican president’s actions were dangerous.

Final weeks of historic hurricane season bring new storms

Just when you thought it should be safe to go back to the water, the record-setting tropics are going crazy. Again.

Apple unveils first Macs built to run more like iPhones

Apple is rolling out new Mac computers powered by the same kind of chips that run iPhones and iPads, a move aimed at making it easier for its most popular products to work together.

A Marathon of Preparation and Success

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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

     Director of the University of Lynchburg Men and Women’s Cross-Country Track and Field James Sprecher will speak at the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association’s Technical Symposium Series.

Sprecher said, “It is a great honor to represent the University of Lynchburg on the national stage. It is an opportunity to sell our program, our institution, and the ODAC with a national audience. As a NCAA Division III coach, it is nice to share the stage with the best coaches and programs in the country. From a recruiting standpoint it always helps to put your name and program out there for others to see.”

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Ashani Parker Named 2020 Somerville Scholar

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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

   Ashani Parker has been named as University of Lynchburg’s 55th Sommerville Scholar.

     The five other finalists were Amanda Linehan, Ellen Drubbisch, Jaquelyn Wilson, Niko Louvros, and Natalie Hanno.

     According to the email sharing the Sommerville Scholar Livestream, “The Sommerville Scholarship is named after Richard Clarke Sommerville, a distinguished professor at then Lynchburg College, serving students for more than 20 years during a remarkably rich career and life.  Professor Sommerville was a visible multi-disciplinarian, and Lynchburg allowed him the freedom to teach in the three fields he knew and loved the most—psychology, education, and philosophy.  He had an even wider influence as he performed as an artist and actor within the local fine arts community.  Following his retirement, he continued to participate in the life of the College and community.  Upon his death in 1963, friends and colleagues established a scholarship in his honor, given for the first time in 1965 and awarded annually to a rising senior student with a QPA of 3.5 or higher scholarship and character without regard to activities or need. Their character should include the student’s attitude toward University of Lynchburg and the scholarly life in general…[as shown by] the scholarly habit and appetite which lead to ever-increasing knowledge.”

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Dance Works Dances On

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Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor

Dance Works presents Fall 2020 showcase. Includes solo site-specific works that reflect the past and present. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5dH0ejEEdM&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=UniversityofLynchburgTheatre”  

     Dance Works at the University of Lynchburg has had to make some adjustments this semester, but the pandemic has not stopped them from dancing.

     Dance Works is made up of an ensemble of students who meet twice a week to practice. They engage in a range of styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, musical theater, and tap. 

     Emma Noe, a senior, is one of the dance captains while Susie Young, leads warm ups and helps other dancers with moves, techniques, or anything else.

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NACE Conference

NACE conference schedule sent out through the Hornet Info e-mail by the University of Lynchburg.

Kamryn Schnieder ~ Copy Editor

     On Monday, Nov. 9, the University of Lynchburg began the four-day National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Conference. The conference features a series of lectures by faculty and staff of the University of Lynchburg, focusing on communication and networking in the technological era. 

     Kalila Murray, a senior nursing major, is the current president of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), which was partially in charge of organizing the NACE Conference. She explained that she “[has] been the liaison between our advisors Jonathan Fries, BJ Keefer, and Dean Aaron Smith and the presenters who will be presenting on the different topics.” Murray also bore the responsibility of “send[ing] out the different emails to the students who showed interest in the conference and also the campus as a whole.”

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Career Center Workshops

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Evy Brunelle ~ News Editor

     One of the ways the University of Lynchburg helps students prepare for graduation is by having workshops designed to help students land a job when they graduate. 

     The Career and Professionalism Center has recently held workshops  on resumes and cover letters as well as interviewing for students.

Career and Internship Counselor Kara Douglas facilitated the Resumes and Cover Letter workshop, and the Interviewing workshop was co-facilitated by  Caleb Simon, a graduate assistant at the Career and Professionalism Center

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Pancreatic Awareness Month

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Hunter Epperson ~ Staff Writer

     In light of Alex Trebeck’s death there has been a national conversation on pancreatic cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, roughly 47,000 deaths this year have been due to pancreatic cancer, and there have been roughly 58,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer confirmed this year. 

Pancreatic cancer is caused by the formation of malignant cells (cancer cells) in the tissues of the pancreas. 

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Nerd Factor: 24,000 Stories for Alex Trebek

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Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

     Alex Trebek was the game show host’s game show host. Since 1984, the Jeopardy! host has been welcome in living rooms across the country five nights a week. When Trebek passed away due to pancreatic cancer this weekend, we lost a familiar friend.

     Even before Jeopardy!, Trebek’s career as a quiz master was remarkable. He hosted his first game show in 1966, the Canadian high school academic competition Reach for the Top. For every year after that, Trebek hosted at least one game show, an impressive accomplishment in the notoriously fickle business of television. Overall, he worked every year for 54 years. 

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Mystic Magic: Tips for Destressing

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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

     With finals around the corner, it is a more-than-stressful time in every student’s life. No matter how much we are looking forward to the end of the semester, we have to get through a little more before it is over.

     In my witchy opinion, there are a few things you can do in order to get through this time with your mind intact.

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Watch with Me: It’s Not Anime, It’s A Million Little Things

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Kamryn Schnieder ~ Copy Editor

     For this last week, I wanted to skip out on the Anime and save some good ones for the spring, so instead, I am going to talk about a show I binged Sunday night. A Million Little Things is a drama on ABC that explores the facets of adulthood friendship after the suicide of a close friend. It tackles issues like suicide, depression, relationship troubles, passion for work, and self-sacrifice. And while this show did make my eyes water and my heart hurt at times, it was also very inspiring and comedic due to how the characters handle their issues. 

     The show currently has two seasons out, with the third season airing its first episode on Nov. 19. The show is available to stream on Hulu and on ABC’s own website abc.com/a-million-little-things.

     I think something this show does well without even getting to the plot is how it tackles diversity. It has representation that is not forced or used to progress the plot; it just is the characters. However, the show does not throw these facts by the wayside either. One example is Rome, a black man struggling with clinical depression, being at odds with his family because, in his culture, they just do not talk about that stuff. The character explains in a handful of scenes that in his house, being sad is just part of life and you get over it. 

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College Life: And it’s a wrap

8 Things To Do On Christmas With Your Best Friend That'll Bring On The  Holiday Cheer
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Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer

End of semester is always a fireball of emotion as we consider our friends who are graduating and we weigh it against the excitement of a break from the academic grind.

I am excited to head home and delve into the holiday season, despite the shadow of COVID. 

I understand that the pandemic may adversely affect some of the joy around the holiday season but I am a firm believer in finding joy even in the midst of uncertainty.

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