Major Changes Are Coming to Lynchburg’s College of Business

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Dean Nancy Hubbard has implemented many changes in the College of Business. Photo from the University of Lynchburg

By Allyssa Compton

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.

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Gender Inclusive Housing

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By Stephanie Brown, guest writer

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.

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New Teacher Program Helps Students in Local School

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Photo from the University of Lynchburg LinkedIn

A student at the University of Lynchburghas been accepted as a candidate for special education training at William Campbell combined school as part of their New Teacher Training Program.

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.

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Hornets’ Swimming sets high goals right off the block

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ODAC men’s rookie of the meet, Parker Hayungs, swims in one of his butterfly events. Photo by Madison Ayres

By Madison Ayres

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.”

Rebuilding NOLA Service Trip

Students from University of Lynchburg  Nonprofit Masters Leadership program as well as several undergraduates participated in Rebuilding NOLA service trip from March 8 through March 13, 2020 as part of their spring break.

The students  partnered with two local nonprofits, The Acorn Farm to beautify a community lot slated for a rain garden, and  withJericho Road to do some neighborhood  housing assessments to update housing records.

In addition, trip organizer,  Communication Studies Professor, Dr. Jimmy Roux said,  the students also participated in a VooDoo tour and a bicycle tour of the lower 9th Ward which experienced devastation during Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago.

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A Confused Hornet in a Pandemic

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Our First Day of Sophomore Year… Didn’t know we were in for such a wild ride! Photo from Anna-Catherine Keung

By Anna-Catherine Kueng

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. 

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Update on COVID-19 (coronavirus) from University of Lynchburg President Kenneth Garren

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Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing with an important update on our ongoing response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), which has now been elevated to a worldwide pandemic. As the situation unfolds nationwide, I recognize the uncertainties and the possible risks here in our own community. I have decided to err on the side of extreme caution to keep our campus safe. I know that many of you are worried as you prepare to resume classes next week and I want to share our immediate plans to ensure your health and well-being.

Effective immediately:

  • Spring break will be extended by one week; we WILL NOT return for classes March 16.
  • On Monday, March 23, all spring classes will resume and be moved exclusively to online delivery for the foreseeable future.
  • Students are not to return to campus and will continue their coursework remotely; faculty are prepared to deliver all instruction remotely.
  • Faculty and staff are required to report as usual on Monday, March 16, to finalize planning to support online delivery of instruction and ensure students can continue to work toward completion of their current classes.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all faculty and staff – with the exception of essential personnel – will begin working remotely and will not be required to be on campus.
  • As of Monday, March 16, all scheduled events are canceled. Spring athletic events will be interrupted through at least April 3. For updates, follow lynchburgsports.com
  • We will reassess in early April.

Clearly, these decisions will cause disruption and challenges for us all. Given the current situation and the rapid progression of the virus, I feel we are taking the most prudent steps. There has not been a confirmed case of the virus on campus or in the Lynchburg region, and the risk to our community remains low. Medical authorities have noted that it’s best to work on prevention in our community before the first case is recorded.

As we’ve prepared for all possible scenarios, we’ve been focused on a few key priorities: ensuring the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community-at-large; helping to stem the spread of the virus; and continuing our ongoing teaching, learning, and scholarship. We’ll advance our priorities by limiting the number of people who gather on campus each day.

Some specific information for members of our community:

Students

  • You are not permitted to return to campus until further notice. The University will make accommodations for students who must retrieve important belongings from campus such as computers, books, and other course materials. Details about how to do so will be forthcoming.
  • We understand that a small number of students will find it impossible to go home, whether for financial reasons or because they reside in a country where the virus has resulted in unsafe travel. Additional information will be provided in follow-up email to residential students.
  • Faculty and staff are working diligently to ensure that you can meet all of your academic requirements remotely. You will be hearing from deans and professors over the next several days with details about your classes, including any clinical, experiential, performance-based, or studio learning that may require alternative arrangements.

Faculty

  • All faculty will be hearing from the provost and deans soon with more details about moving classes online.
  • The Teaching and Learning Center (T&LC) and Information Technology & Resources (ITR) have been working together on the necessary resources to allow you to deliver all of your instructional materials online.
  • Faculty are asked to return to campus next week to prepare for the transition to online delivery of classes.

Staff

  • At present, staff should report to work as usual.
  • Staff with questions or concerns about their workplaces and the possibility of working remotely should speak with their supervisors. Should you become ill, please be cautious and stay home.

Events

  • Effective Monday, March 16, and until further notice, all university-sponsored events are canceled. This includes intercollegiate athletic events.
  • Spring athletic events will be interrupted through at least April 3. For updates, follow lynchburgsports.com

You can expect regular updates from the University via email, LiveSafe/Text, and the University’s website: lynchburg.edu. Currently, all information related to COVID-19 is on the Student Health Center web page. As plans for the coming days and weeks come together, the pages will be updated regularly.

Finally, and very importantly, if you have direct contact with anyone who has coronavirus, or if you develop any symptoms of respiratory illness, report your situation to your dean, supervisor, or the Student Health Center (434.544.8357) and seek medical treatment.

I thank you all for your support in this challenging time and I know that we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

 Kenneth R. Garren

President, University of Lynchburg