“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.
On Jan. 31 at 10 a.m., there was a Town Hall Meeting held in the Sydnor Performance Hall to introduce to attendees the new task force for diversity and equity inclusion.
Dr. Robert Canida, The Diversity and Inclusion Officer, explained, “The task force came out of the office of President Garren with support and guidance from Provost Jablonski and Vice President and Dean for Student Development Smith. Why the task force was created is, you may be aware of the [fiesta] incident that happened last fall, so at a Dec. 4 meeting, President Garren met with a group of students. At that meeting, he promised he would form a task force to look into matters related to diversity and equity and inclusion, and how that task force would be charged with looking at things like policies, diversity initiatives, and also recalling orientation. By that we mean the process by which individuals, such as students, faculty and staff, are acclimated to the campus when they are hired or matriculated to the University of Lynchburg.”
The spring organization fair at the University of Lynchburg will be held on Monday, Feb. 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., on the third floor of Drysdale in the West Room. According to Deborah Brown, the Coordinator for Student Engagement and Club/Organization Development, there will be over 30 organizations participating in the fair.
The organization fair is held twice a year, once in the fall and another at the beginning of the spring semester. Brown said that the purpose of the fair is to give student organizations an opportunity to promote their organization’s purpose and philanthropy, and bring in new members. She also said it is a chance to view and talk with student leaders and find an organization that matches students’ passions and interests.
During the week of Feb. 3-8, fraternities on campus will be hosting their spring Rush Week.
The fraternities that will be participating is this rush week are Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Phi Kappa Tau.
As seen on the University of Lynchburg website, “currently there are eleven chapters (both sororities and fraternities) at the University of Lynchburg–that’s 16% of the student population.” The website continued, saying, “the three principles of fraternity and sorority life are fellowship, knowledge, and honor.”
According to the Little Black Dress flyer, there will be a Little Black Dress event on Feb. 5, 2020, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Burton Dining Hall. The flyer states, “Throw on your favorite black outfit and come meet the amazing Greek women on campus! Last day to sign up for recruitment.”
Drew Pelkey, Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, said, “Little Black Dress is an event for potential new members who are still deciding on whether to participate in recruitment or not. Potential new members can come and meet the Panhellenic sororities. The purpose of this event is to get a better understanding of what recruitment will be like, and if an individual is still on the fence, come and meet some sisters of the Panhellenic community.”