NSLS Induction

Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor

On Sunday, May 5,2019  at 2:00 p.m., 60 students will be inducted into the University of Lynchburg’s National Society of Leadership and Success. This will be the third National Society of Leadership and Success induction at the University since spring semester 2018.

According to the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) website, “The NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. With 655 chapters, the NSLS currently has 1,029,596 members nationwide.”

When president of the society, Kimberly Mendez Lemus, was asked about the society, she said, “Our goal is ‘Building Better Leaders Who Make a Better World.’ NSLS is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The NSLS offers lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed.”

During the  2019 spring semester, students have been working to complete the requirements to be inducted into the society. Mendez said, “To be inducted into the society, members must attend orientation, leadership training day, three speaker broadcasts, and three success networking team meetings. At their induction ceremony, students will receive their official induction certification and memberships pin.”

Elissa Presslein, a member of the NSLS, said, “Being a member of the NSLS has helped me to better my leadership skills, as well as introduced me to many new people on campus. During the course of the induction process…and even after…the society has taught and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and become a better student.”

Jasmine Duff, sophomore and member of the NSLS executive board, added, “NSLS has allowed me to celebrate my accomplishments, while also allowing me to network with leaders and new people.”

Claire Steger, a student who will be inducted on May 5, said, “I wanted to join NSLS because I liked their values, and I am excited for the ways that this organization is going to lead me to do better things.”

According to Kimberly Mendez Lemus, this year’s NSLS induction ceremony, “will be having Provost Sally Selden as the keynote speaker and we will be recognizing her as an honorary member. We will also be awarding two faculty and staff awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Service to Students. We will also be recognizing the Social Networking Team (SNT) Leaders, who helped in the induction process and volunteered their personal time to lead the SNT meetings.”

Dress code for this event is business casual.

Thank You, Dr. Potter!!

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Critograph Staff ~ 2018-2019

The Critograph staff would like to thank Dr. Clifton W. Potter Jr.  for his sixty years of service to the campus and our newspaper. We appreciate your Lynchburg College/University of Lynchburg history column and all of the memories that you have shared of the college/university.

Every Sunday, the staff looks forward to reading your opinion piece and the memories that you have shared over the years make us feel closer to the legacy of the institution. You will forever be a part of our newsroom family.

You are the definition of  a Lynchburg College legend.

Dr. Potter stated in Issue 21 of the paper from the 2018-2019 school year, “While I am writing this column, I am thinking of all those persons who have enriched my life over the last sixty years.  So many of them are gone now—professors, classmates, and students—I miss each one of them, but the lessons they taught me and the priceless gifts they gave me remain.”

Potter received his Bachelors of Arts in History at Lynchburg College in 1962. In 1964, Potter received his Masters of Arts in History at the University of Virginia and in 1970, received his PhD in History at the University of Virginia.

Since 1965, Potter has been a professor of history at the university and currently serves as the College Marshal.

Over the years, Potter has held many positions at the university and has received several awards during his tenure. He has served as chair for the Division of Social Science is 1982-1990 and as the Department Chair of History from 1990-1996. Potter is also the adviser of Omicron Delta Kappa.

Some of the awards that he has received include: Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, T. Gibson Hobbs Award, University of Lynchburg Alumni Association, Shirley E. Rosser Award for Teaching Excellence, Elsie Ervin Bock Award for Excellence in Citizenship, Thomas C. Allen Award for Excellence in Advising, and T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence.

Potter also serves as the President of the Board of Historic Sandusky, a member of the board of the Friends of New London. He is the Chair of the Eagle Board, Piedmont District, Boy Scouts of America.

Potter  likes restoration, preservation, cooking, traveling, fitness, and gardening. He is married to his college sweetheart, Dorothy-Bundy. During their marriage,they not only share a house but also an office. Potter has taught since 1965 and his wife has been a member of the history department faculty since 1984.

He has made an indelible impact on the thousands of student he has taught over the years.

“He absolutely loves Charles II,” said Genevieve Griffin, a former student of Dr. Potter. “The reason that he likes him so much is because he would have a laboratory in his castle and he would do crazy experiment. And he also wanted all of London to be connected by gardens and parks after the Great Fire of 1666.”

“He really liked going to Oxford and being a student there,” continued Griffin.

In Issue 6 of the Critograph this year, Dr. Potter said, “My career in collegiate

journalism began in September 1958, but by the time I graduated in 1962, I had worked

on all the Lynchburg College publications, edited The Prism, and was President of The

Board of Publications.”

Jacquan Hargraves remembered, “After the papers were distributed, he would always have one on his desk at the beginning of class.”

Potter also stated in Issue 21 of The Critograph, “When this column is published, barely one hundred days will remain before the ties that bound me to this special place will be severed and I shall pass into history, a faded picture in an old yearbook, or one of many names on a long-forgotten list. This does not trouble me because this is the essence of life, or to quote a line from of my favorite songs from 1934, For All We Know, We come and go like a ripple on a stream.”

We are very thankful for the time you have invested in The Critograph, we will miss you, your words and your wisdom.

Happy retirement!

New Exhibit at the Daura

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Anna – Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

On Monday, April 22, 2019, The Rockbridge Group: Masters Along the Maury opened at the Daura Gallery. It is student-curated, designed, and installed by Teresa Gunter, Whitney Grim, Christine Moore, Emma Noe, Grace Rogansky, and Will Tharp. It is also the capstone for MST 302: Museum Exhibitions.

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Lynchburg’s Creative Writers


Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

The Creative Writers of the University of Lynchburg, or CWUL, is a new club that was started at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

The president, Kamryn Schnieder, is a sophomore, liberal arts major who started the club with friends from the ENGL 205 Intro to Creative Writing class.

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The Startup of the African Student Association


Anna-Catherine Kueng ~Assistant Editor


On March 27, 2019, there was an interest meeting held for the African Student Association, “inviting people of African descent and persons interested in exploring and participating in the rich African heritage to join us.”

The African Student Association will begin to meet next academic year, and it will be their first year at the University of Lynchburg.

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Pick a Bone: UofL Sports Show


Julie Short ~ Guest Writer

University of Lynchburg communications students Jeremy “Jae” Block, Justin “Bones” Jones, Anthony “Mac” McAvoy, and Maxted Bourne released the first episode of their sports show, “Pick a Bone (with Bones and the Boys),” on Jan. 27, 2019.

The show is filmed in Schewel Hall’s television studio and has new episodes released every Tuesday and Friday.

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Adulting 101 Conference

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor


On Saturday, March 30, from 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership Development will be hosting their annual Anderson Leadership Conference, “Adulting 101: Everything You Need To Know Before You Graduate!” for juniors and seniors.

The conference has been held in the past, but B.J. Keefer, director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development, said, “The conference was called ‘everything you need to know before you graduate,’ but now this new term ‘adulting’ has come in, so this is the first year using that name.”

According to an email sent by Keefer, session topics include: “The Job Offer: It’s More than a Paycheck; How to Network and Not Make a Fool of Yourself; Personal Finances/Saving/Budgeting – Where to start; I Owe WHAT? Your Student Loan, Your Debt, Your Payments; AND MORE!!!!”

The keynote speaker will be Geralyn Gulino ‘13, who is working in the counseling field in Lynchburg, VA, through Centra Home and Health. She also served as the student body president during her senior year at Lynchburg and was on the planning team as a student representative for the Drysdale Student Center.

Keefer said, “It’s all done by alumni. All the sessions are led by alumni. Keynote speakers should not be old people like me. They should be students who have graduated within the last 10 years because they’re more relatable. I know Geralyn and I look at where she is now and she serves on a number of incredible boards here in town and has really made Lynchburg her home.”

As stated in the email, “All sessions will be lead and facilitated by Lynchburg alumni and friends of the university. We will conclude our day with a panel presentation of Human Resource Directors, who will be able to answer questions regarding what employers are really looking for and what you need to do to secure your first job!”

Overall, Keefer said, “For me, [the conference] is a safe space for students to ask some of the questions that they might be afraid to ask because they feel like they should know them, such as ‘what should I look for in retirement packaging?’”