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Alumna’s new book reveals the stories of African-American physicians who volunteered to serve in World War I
15 years after the Great Fire, a visionary new master plan builds on the Longwood that rose from the ashes
A new leader of Longwood’s alumni office brings a surge of energy and a bridge to career services

President & Mrs. Reveley at LCVA Gala 2016

From the President

The pair of lead stories in this issue of the magazine connects and commemorates two deeply consequential times in the history of Longwood’s campus. The first is the “Great Fire”...

Fight Like the Devil by Dan Davis ’05, Chris Mackowski and Kristopher White book cover

In Print

books by alumni, faculty, staff and friends Fight Like the Devil by Dan Davis ’05, Chris Mackowski and Kristopher White Part of the Emerging Civil War Series, this book examines...

On Point

Guana Island serves as a picturesque backdrop for work by Dr. Brian Bates ’92 (standing), director of Longwood’s new Institute of Archaeology, and students Jordan Wilson ’17 (left),Tyler Rocke ’16 and Daniel Parrish ’17.

Fantasy Island

Project on private Caribbean island among first for Institute of Archaeology Giving students hands-on experience, literally uncovering history and providing job opportunities for Longwood graduates are just three of the...

Constance Garner ’16 meets with U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (left) and Mark Warner

The Art of Teaching

Science, music come to life for middle-schoolers in unique outreach program Three middle-schoolers crowded around a trough of mud in the middle of a lab in Chichester Hall. As if...

Alumna honors sister killed at Virginia Tech by advocating for mental health services

On April 13, 2007, Erica Hilscher, then a Longwood junior, was eagerly looking forward to a visit from her parents and her sister, Emily, who would be arriving on campus...

Amazon Adventure

Scholarship sends student on research quest to Peru Honors student Keaton Unroe ’17 had never been abroad until earlier this year. Now, as part of a research project related to...

Mandolin

Parents Council grants reach all-time high in 2016

Kits for AIDS caregivers, “smile bags” for kids in developing nations after undergoing surgery for cleft lip and cleft palate, and a theatrical production that educates about and advocates for...

Keith Cochran ’16, a biology major from Gum Spring, holds a poison dart frog.

Tiny Titans

Student-aided research hopes to shed light on poison dart frogs’ powerful defense mechanism Every morning at 8 o’clock last semester, even weekends, one of five students from a Longwood ecology class...

The dance floor is standing room- only. Artworks offered in the auction capture the attention of Megan Miller. Harriet ’51 and Bill Miller pose for a portrait by student photographer Carson Reeher ’16. Anne-Latane and Charlie Schwabe take a spin. The gala is a family gathering for Stan and Linda Cheyne and their daughter, Lauren Bencick ’18.

Gothic Gala

With décor and cuisine invoking its Southern Gothic theme, the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts’ February gala drew a full house of nearly 600 revelers ready to heat up the...

Real estate faculty, online MBA program rank among the best

Longwood’s real estate faculty and its MBA program have earned recognition in recent months, one internationally and the other nationally. The real estate faculty has earned the university a top...

A green and grey striped shirt featuring a yellow star worn by a jewish prisoner

Channeling History

Partnership with Holocaust Museum gives professor the chance to be part of ‘life-changing’ program Longwood’s collaboration in a professional development program for teachers this summer is the first step in...

Twenty schools sent teams of teachers to Longwood for the initial group session of the Teacher Leadership Program.

Building from Within

$366,000 investment funds Longwood-led program designed to strengthen struggling schools An innovative new program designed to build teams of leaders in struggling school districts across the state launched in February...

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Former poet laureate to speak April 13 at library/LCVA event

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, a former poet laureate of Virginia who also is an artist and lifelong educator, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Longwood Center for the...

A Good Neighbor

Study shows Longwood’s economic footprint is growing—a boon to area communities New data show Longwood’s total impact on the surrounding community and state economies has increased 28 percent in the last...

CrashCourse

Management 495: Strategic Forecasting Instructor Dr. Steven Samaras, assistant professor of management Lessons learned In this course, taught for the first time in fall 2015, students learned how to predict the...

Physics professor and former Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences Dean Chuck Ross considers an opening move against senior history major Alex Morton.

Chess Mate

Moves on chessboard and in life are part of connection forged by dean, student It doesn’t hurt to be friends with the dean— until you start checkmating him regularly. Alex Morton...

Illustration featuring a man and woman fitting a chat bubble together like a puzzle piece

Students rack up awards for future teachers of English, foreign language

Longwood must be doing something right in preparing English and foreign-language teachers, if the number of awards students are collecting is any indication. In the last five years, all but...

Lancer Update

The 1982 baseball team at the 2016 Hall of Fame

To the Victors

Longwood honors 2016 Hall of Fame class A 23-year coaching veteran, an All- American golfer, a career .419 hitter and Longwood’s first College World Series team, 21 members strong, were...

Elizabeth ‘Biz’ McCarthy ’17, 2016 Big South Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

Great Expectations

After championship 2015 season, softball team faces big job in 2016 Coming off a banner season in 2015 that included Longwood’s first NCAA Tournament win of the Division I era, expectations...

When he’s not in class or on the diamond, Janos Briscoe ’17 is a reserve police officer and volunteer firefighter.

Officer in the Outfield

Right fielder juggles academics, baseball, firefighting and policing “Man, that’s a tough one,” Janos Briscoe says as he ponders the latest question: What makes him more nervous—facing a left-handed pitcher...

Courtney Tolton ’17

The Word on Golf

Women key in on patience, consistency Development has been the name of the game for women’s golf during the two-year tenure of head coach Shannon Briggs, and the Lancers are...

Sarah Butler ’16

Seniors to lead way for lacrosse in 2016

Following the graduation of seven core seniors, Longwood’s women’s lacrosse squad will look much different in 2016. But despite the exodus of a senior class that made up nearly half...

Florian Uffer ’17

Full Court Press

Men energized by first-year coach For a program that spent the summer without a head coach, the Longwood men’s tennis team has come a long way in seven short months...

Eboni Gilliam ’17 played for the Cape Fear Sea Devils before transferring to Longwood.

Final Destination: Division I

Community college is proving ground for basketball forward For Longwood forward Eboni Gilliam ’17, the drive to play Division I basketball outweighed the difficulty of the long path ahead of...

Alumni News

Officially known as the Longwood Network, the online resource replaces Longwood Link.

Hot Spot

Longwood community members flocking to multipurpose network to find connections, advice, jobs It’s part career hub, part social network and part events calendar—and all about Longwood alumni and students connecting with...

The Best and the Brightest

Alumni Awards honor 6 men and women who have made their marks Alumni and friends gathered on campus March 18 to recognize six men and women who have used their Longwood...

Joan ’64 and Macon Brock

Joan ’64 and Macon Brock receive national philanthropy award

Joan ’64 and Macon Brock have received a national award for their longtime philanthropic efforts. The Virginia Beach couple were honored in November 2015 as the nation’s Outstanding Philanthropists by...

Scott Abell ’92

On the Ball

Alumnus leads Washington and Lee football team to best season in 123-year history of program Person of Interest In 1991, Scott Abell ’92, was starting catcher on the record-setting Lancer baseball...

Ashley Crute

Alumna named to lead University Career Services

Ashley Jarrett Crute ’10 is the new associate director of career services. Crute had been an assistant director in George Mason University’s school of business since June 2012. Her first...

Megan Clark ’05 (l) is sworn in as the first African-American and the first woman to serve as commonwealth’s attorney in Prince Edward County as her mother Dr. Theresa Clark looks on. Susan O’Prandy Fierro ’94 (r) is the first woman to hold that position in Prince George County.

Two alumnae make history by winning top prosecutor jobs

Two alumni recently made history by being elected the top prosecutor in their localities. Megan Clark ’05 is the first African-American and the first woman to serve as commonwealth’s attorney...

Wendi Strickland ’04 (left) and Jessee Helbert ’04, M.Ed. ’05, ‘took a leap’ to start Branches of Life.

Branching Out

Friends turn caring into a career with business devoted to adults with intellectual disabilities Persons of Interest As students at Longwood, Jessee Helbert ’04, M.Ed. ’05, and Wendi Strickland ’04,...

Nationals Park,Washington, D.C.

Professional baseball serves as backdrop for upcoming alumni events

If you enjoy the national pastime and getting together with fellow alums, two upcoming events are made for you. Longwood Alumni Day with the Washington Nationals will be held at...

Tracie Linden Leeper ’01 and her husband, Gard Leeper, made a ,000 gift to Longwood’s Speech, Hearing and Learning Services in memory of their son, Jack.

Remembering Jack

Alum’s gift in memory of son will help other children with developmental delays Children with developmental delays who seek help from Longwood’s Speech, Hearing and Learning Services (SHLS) have a...

Class Notes

1960s Edith Withers ’67 was named Volunteer of the Year by the Northumberland Family YMCA in March 2015. She was recognized at the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA’s annual dinner in Hampton....

In Memoriam

LISTED IN ORDER OF CLASS YEAR Maude Beckham Foster ’38 Oct. 3, 2015. Mildred Gibboney Horner ’38 Jan. 3, 2016. Ivey Hale Lewis ’41 Jan. 16, 2016. Lena Butterworth Harper...

End Paper

A view of the work yard featuring one of the original slave dwellings at Bacon's Castle in Surry County. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Place Value

Our sense of well-being often is linked to places that have deep personal meaning and history by Elizabeth S. Kostelny ’81 “Sense of place gives equilibrium; extended, it is sense...