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2014 News and Events

Authors Visit Summer Literacy Institute

Reeve and visiting author Standing with Frances Reeve (facing center) is Sidney McPhail, featured author and School Library alumni, librarians Katherine Gilmore and Laurie Bolt.

The 11th annual Summer Literacy Institute "Inquiry to Make Connections," sponsored by the Reading, Literacy, & Learning and School Librarianship graduate programs, was held July 17-18, 2014.  The 130+ participants learned all about reading comprehension and questioning strategies from national literacy expert Doug Buehl, were delighted by award-winning author and illustrator Henry Cole’s banquet presentation, and enjoyed hearing four regional authors—L. M. Elliott, Meg Medina, A. B. Westrick, and Jason Wright—discuss their writing craft.  Twenty-four concurrent sessions rounded out the Institute program.  In addition to current Longwood graduate students, participants included administrators, classroom teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and librarians from all across Virginia.


Tamara Bird Jones Outstanding Student Teacher Award

Tamara Bird Jones L to R: Paul Chapman (Dean), Tamara Bird Jones, Mike Jones and Katie Harris (background screen)

On May 1, 2014, Katie Harris was presented the Tamara Bird Jones Outstanding Student Teacher Award.  The cash award was established by Mike Jones to honor his wife, Tamara Bird Jones, class of 1981, who is completing 30 years as a passionate educator and student advocate in Chesterfield and Henrico Counties.  The award recognizes excellence in student teaching and is given to a graduating senior who has shown superior potential for excellence in the teaching profession.  Ms. Harris attended the ceremony via SKYPE and has appeared as a Mystery Guest Reader at Springfield Park Elementary School where Mrs. Jones is the principal.


Scholarships Awarded for 2014-2015

Dean Chapman Cedric Hawkes 

Almost $100,000 was awarded to 30 students for the upcoming academic year. Dean Paul Chapman is featured above presenting the Lady Boggs Walton Scholarship to Cedric Hawkes.  Mr. Hawkes is a member of Longwood’s Call Me MISTER program and is also featured with the Director, Maurice Carter. Dean Chapman is presenting the Lady Boggs Walton Scholarship to Deirdre Bates in the photo below. More scholaship information and criteria can be found by clicking here.

Chapman Deidra even smaller Deirdre Bates and Paul Chapman

Catherine E. LhamonStudents, pre-service teachers, faculty and staff and the general public are invited to meet Catherine E. Lhamon, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights in the U. S. Department of Education, on Monday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the Orr Auditorium, Hull room 132.  Ms. Lhamon will speak briefly about current perspectives in education and civil rights and will be available to answer questions.  She will also be headlining the Longwood Symposium marking the anniversary of the Prince Edward Free Schools movement later in the evening.  More information about the event can be found here.


Recognizing Longwood's New "Pre-Service Teachers"

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On February 20, 2014, the College of Education and Human Services hosted a celebration to honor the 138 students who were accepted into the Teacher Education program. Students were given Longwood nametags identifying them as pre-service educators and a commemorative certificate.

Three generations of Longwood alumni welcomed the fourth generation, Taylor Poindexter, into the teaching profession.Taylor’s mother, Stephanie Waddill; Taylor Poindexter; Taylor’s grandmother, Joanne Taylor; and Taylor’s great-grandmother, Hilda Giannotti appear in the photo.

 Four generations

A similar ceremony was held on October 2, 2013 and 128 students were honored.