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.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, Wolfbane put on the fourth annual Wolfswood Faire. The event ran from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m., ending with the Misfit Masquerade and announcements about the upcoming Wolfbane productions.
According to the Wolfbane page for the Wolfswood Faire, “Will the Moonfang tribe finally rise up against the Nightcloak Empire? Watch as the drama unfolds between the two battling tribes of the Wolfswood. Test out your skills in our gaming arena with tournaments of all kinds. Watch demos in archery, sword fighting, traditional dance, blacksmithing, and more from the local Society of Creative Anachronism. Guests can also journey through our artisans, entertainers, musicians, food trucks, and restaurateurs.”
On Jan. 10, 2019, Debra Wyland sent an email announcing Dr. Allison Jablonski would become the new provost for the 2019-20 school year at the University of Lynchburg, upon Dr. Sally Selden’s departure. In the email, Wyland stated, “Dr. Selden and I, along with Board Chair Mr. Nat Marshall, are unanimous in our conviction that Dr. Jablonski is a perfect leader for this position and will seamlessly continue the strong advances recently made in the academic division under Dr. Selden.”
On behalf of the Student Government Association at the University of Lynchburg, I would like to extend my most humble greetings to all Hornets, Hornet families, and guests. My name is Davion Washington Jr. and it is my profound pleasure and honor to serve as the Student Body President here at the University of Lynchburg for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. I am ecstatic that you have made yourself at home here at the University, and it will always be my goal to promote and ensure the highest quality of life for students.
On Aug. 23 and 24, 2019 over 400 first year students moved into the University of Lynchburg. They seemed to be so eager to see what this year has in store for them, while their parents tried to hold back tears, seeing their children now taking the first steps to become an adult.
Olivia Potelli, a first year student, is hoping to become a nursing major and is excited to meet new people and start a new chapter in her life. While talking to Potelli, she seemed happy to be at the University of Lynchburg and she kept smiling. Potelli said, “I really cannot wait to get to know my class. I like meeting new people and I talk a lot so that might come in handy.”
Becky Defino, another first year student, and her mother, Allison Defino, are also excited to see what this year has in store. Becky said, “I am really excited to meet new people and new friends.” Her mom said, “She is going to grow with her sister, Abbie Defino, who is a senior and goes here, as well…and we are looking forward to a great year.”
Both Defino and Potelli are excited to settle down and call this place home. Both already know what they want to major in, and with a supportive community like Lynchburg, they can most definitely succeed in the field that they choose.
On Sunday, Nov. 4, Vector Space will host its third annual robot combat event. The Hill City Robot Battle, modeled after the famous BattleBots television show and replicating the Street Fighter video game, will take place at the Virginia Episcopal School from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
According to the New in Lynchburg website, people from as far as northern Virginia and North Carolina were able to enter their robots into the competition with a $20 fee, all hoping to claim the coveted prize of tools, robot parts, and Vector Space membership. With the competition just days away, and currently 20 competitors ready for battle, the stakes are high for these robots to win it all.
Adam Spontarelli is the Director of Education and co-founder of Vector Space, and has been with the company since their doors opened in the Spring of 2016. With this year’s preparation currently underway, he hopes that new changes are enough for more action and competitiveness.
“[This is] the first [robot combat event] that will feature an enclosed arena, which allows the robots to use more powerful and terrifying weapons. We’ve been busy building the arena, recruiting participants, and helping robot builders,” Spontarelli said.
According to Spontarelli, the robot combat event is structured in such a way that gives all competitors equal opportunities on the playing field. With a tournament style bracket set in motion, anyone could come out on top.
“There are two weight classes and each is structured as a double-elimination, tournament style bracket. Bots fight one-on-one, and the bot that survives until the end wins,” Spontarelli said.
In the past and present, Vector Space has had positive connections with the Lynchburg community. Because the company was founded right here in Lynchburg, it’s remarkable to see such a good cause working with the university’s faculty. In particular, Spontarelli recalls the benefits Vector Space reaped from the University’s own bike collection.
“Dr. Kevin Peterson helped us immensely last year when we built ten custom bicycles by chopping up and re-welding donated bikes from University of Lynchburg’s impressive collection,” Spontarelli said. “Unfortunately, we have not found an opportunity to collaborate since then, but we certainly hope to in the future.”
Another hope for Vector Space is that they will have the means to put together more community events like the Hill City Robot Battle that attracts all kinds of competitors and audience members.
“Our next student project, which starts in January, is one for teen girls that combines fashion and technology. It’s a chance for girls to learn to make garments, circuits, and to program computers. That project will end with a fashion show at Lynchburg Mini Maker Faire on March 24th, which will be the next big community event. If you can’t wait that long, we’re always open for First Fridays, where we host a free, family-friendly activity ranging from power tool pumpkin carving, to concrete coaster making,” Spontarelli said.
Over the past few years, the city of Lynchburg has been recognized for its revitalization and growth in its downtown area. The expansion of new loft and apartment housing, local businesses and trendy restaurants have flooded this particular area of Lynchburg. Read more
With summer right around the corner, now is the time to start planning all of your stops for sweet treats. Lynchburg now has another stop to put on your sugar radar: Chill City Pops.
Chill City Pops is a new popsicle place, run with a food truck-esque mentality. Owners Josh Kirk (of Maylynn’s Creamery) and Blake Gederberg (of Speakertree Records) collaborated to make this dream come true. Read more
Lynchburg Humane Society will host a monthly event on every second Friday to get children involved in the community.
Parents’ Night Out will be hosted on April 13, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Center for Pets. According to the Lynchburg Humane Society’s website, “Activities will include a tour of the facility, games, crafts, movies and petting puppies and kittens.”Read more
The Lynchburg Community Market has played a large role in Lynchburg’s development.
The market has provided the community with access to fresh, farm-grown food and handmade products from local businesses since 1783.
Jennifer C. Kennedy, the market manager for the City of Lynchburg, said, “the roots of our community started around Lynchburg Community Market, so we really pride ourselves on the fact that we are tied to the community, a tie in the community and are a place where people really look to tell the story of the community.” Read more
With one ice cream shop in downtown Lynchburg closing, another is ready and willing to step into its place.
MayLynn’s Creamery has been a longtime staple of the Boonsboro Shopping Center, where the food truck has operated for six years. With the closing of Ice Cream Dream, which was open for a year-and-a-half, MayLynn’s owners Becky and Josh Kirk were able to seize the opportunity to expand into the downtown area. Read more
Lynchburg is going to be very green on Saturday, March 17 for the Saint Patrick’s Day celebration.
The Lynchburg St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl is a huge event for Lynchburg. The Pub Crawl will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday and last late into the night. Registration will be downtown at the Water Dog from 2 to 6 p.m. Micah Gaudio, a 1997 graduate of Liberty University, is the founder and organizer of the pub crawl.Read more