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.”
The University of Lynchburg Women’s Lacrosse team is looking to make a statement this upcoming season. The team has their sights set further than the first round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament where they ended their 2019 season with a loss against conference opponent Shenandoah University by a score of 11 to 12.
The Hornets have six fourth-year players on their squad returning for this season. They are looking to use this maturity and strength to build upon the results of last season, ending their season with a 9-8 record overall.
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.
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.”
On Sunday, Nov. 10, the University of Lynchburg’s Women’s Club Soccer team ended their final fall season game by defeating Mary Washington University’s team by a score of 2-0. Overall, the team won six out of their ten games last year! The team has been constantly improving within the last few years as more students of the University have been wanting to join the squad.
Second-year student and defender Maura Kloski noted, “This team is amazing, the girls are so fun and the coaches might be even funnier. The past two seasons we have grown so much as a team. We are ranked in the top 50 of all club sports, D3 to D1, on the East coast. I am so excited to see how this season progresses, and continue to bond with the girls!”