A new scholarship is available for University of Lynchburg students who want to be STEM teachers. According to the University’s website, “The Noyce Scholarship Program for STEM Teachers provides unique opportunities to students who want to teach STEM subjects in today’s diverse classrooms. Qualified students receive outstanding scholarships during their junior and senior years of college that combine with other merit scholarships awarded by Lynchburg.”
Noyce Grant Pathway Coordinator at University of Lynchburg, Dr. Paula Lichiello, explained, “The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship for 2019-2024 is for students who major in chemistry, biology, physics, environmental science, or mathematics education. This NSF grant provides significant scholarship support ($10,000 to $20,000 per year) to eligible college students in their junior and senior years. In return, students commit to two years of teaching in grades 7-12 in a high-need school division in Virginia for every year of scholarship support.”
Bailey Pettrey ~ Guest Writer and Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer
The University of Lynchburg kicked off the festive holiday season with performances from the University of Lynchburg Choral Union, Concert Choir and the Lynchburg Singers. The performances were lead by ‘12 MEd and ‘16 MA, Jeremy M. Craft and accompanied by Dr. Cynthia B. Ramsey on piano. The choirs that performed featured students, faculty and members of the Lynchburg community at large.
Additionally, the concert included Lynchburg alumni. Hattie Elder ‘18, a former University of Lynchburg student, performed alongside the current crop of performers. “It was so nice to perform ‘at home’ again with some of my closest friends and colleagues,” Elder said. “Singing together really helped me get into the Christmas spirit.”
On Dec. 8th, 73 students were inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).
Secretary of NSLS, Jasmine Duff, said, “The NSLS induction encompassed the leadership and successes of many of our students. I am a part of this society to help these students grow into the leaders they are and to help them reach their full potential.”
On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the Burton Dining Hall will be open from 10:00-11:30 p.m. to allow students to have a Late-Night Breakfast during exam season. Dining Services Co-Director and Chef, Michial Neal, said that Dining Services originally started this over twenty years ago and then partnered with the Student Government Association, who will be handing out prizes.
According to Neal, students should come enjoy a break from the stress of studying. Neal said that stress is not good for the body and mind. He also said that this event can help clear the mind and help students focus. Neal said, “It is just a stress reliever.”
After disappointing results during their first season with the University of Lynchburg’s women’s soccer team, the first-years are excited to start of the spring semester and season off strong. The players refuse to allow the same result, a quarterfinal loss in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship, to stop them from success in their next three regular seasons.
Forward, Lindsay Grady, says, “This past year has been a time to learn from our mistakes and move forward to be stronger, better, and more of a family than ever. I’m excited to move into the spring with a positive attitude as well as create new team chemistry.”
The University of Lynchburg has a variety of dining options for its students ranging from the Burton Dining Hall to the Domino’s at Rainsford Hall. If students want a cheeseburger, then the Westover Room is the perfect place to go or if anyone has a craving for Mexican food, then El Si can fix that craving. As the campus continues to grow, so will the options.
The world of competitive video gaming is now growing faster and larger than ever, and the University of Lynchburg has even begun its first eSports team this year.
Esports is a form of competition sports using video games. Competitors from different teams will go against each other and compete in the same games. Teams will compete in games that are popular with at-home gamers, such as Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch and Madden NFL to name a few.