Since her announcement last semester, Dr. Morrison-Shetlar has made it her mission to meet every student at the University of Lynchburg. While she has yet to complete this goal, the word about UL’s president elect is spreading.
Students are eager to meet Dr. Morrison-Shetlar and see the impact she will have on the university campus.
With many questions surrounding the parking issue on-campus as a result of the building of Westover Hall, many students, faculty, and staff members of the University of Lynchburg have looked to Campus Safety and Security for answers.
Since the beginning of the school here, the University has had a number of traffic violations, from minor parking violations to hit-and-run incidents. In fact, just last week, there was a hit-and-run incident, according to the University’s Daily Crime Log found in the University of Lynchburg website in the Campus Safety section.
The University of Lynchburg theatre department will present “Pride and Prejudice: Not your ordinary Jane Austen!” on Feb. 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Dillard Theatre.
According to Jeff Wittman, professor and chair of theatre, “Our concept for the play (acting, dance and design) is that we build our courage for the possibility of love. We are honoring what we love about Jane Austen’s novel but looking for new and surprising things throughout the play. We are emphasizing the comedy and absurdity in the play for a roller coaster ride of fun. As characters and as an audience, we also see how our own dreams, hopes, and fears can run up against societal restrictions.”
Since Jan., the Daura Gallery at the University of Lynchburg has established quiet hours for Friday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to host Mindfulness at the Museum. Laura Cole, coordinator of Academic and Public Engagement at the Daura Gallery, said Jer Bryant, the director of the Wilmer Writing Center and Interfaith Chaplain for Spiritual Life Center, and Dr. Barbara Rothermel, Director of the Daura Gallery, discussed the lack of a meditation space on campus. According to Cole, the purpose of the program is to provide a space to decompress and get people to see art. She said, “Art has its own benefits.”
Cole said that in addition to the weekly quiet, once a month there will be a guided meditation. Last month, Dr. Steve Dawson led the guided meditation and he focused on walking meditation. Cole said the guided meditation is a place for those who “do not know where to start. Like, it gave me a little bit of direction.”
In July of 2020, President Garren will be stepping down from his position and the University of Lynchburg will be instating Dr. Allison Morrison-Shetlar as the new president.
As the first female president of the University, Dr. Morrison-Shetlar said, “ I am delighted to be making history on campus and it is very important to me that I represent the institution. Being the first woman is drawing attention to the University, and that is something that is really important […] as an institution that supports diversity. I am the first woman, and I am also from Scotland. It is very exciting for me to come in.”
“The housing process [for the 2020-21 academic year] is going to be drastically different,” said University of Lynchburg’s Associate Dean of Students Kristen Cooper. Although it will differ from past years and “seem complex,” Cooper and the rest of the residence life team intend to “get in-front” to have an effective process that will actually be easier for students in the long run.
The National Honor Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapter at the University of Lynchburg introduced the new executive board for the Spring and Fall 2020 semesters.
The new executive board includes Kalila Murray (President), Jasmine Duff (Vice President), Madison Shea (Secretary), Lead Dumas (Success Networking Team Coordinator), and Hannah Paulding (Publicity Chair). In order to be elected for the position, each student had to submit an application and interview for their desired position.