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2014 News and Events
Longwood Students Impact VAHPERD Conference
On November 7, Longwood juniors, Tommy Keefer, Timmy Harris, and Chris Thornton won the inaugural Health Education College Bowl competition at the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHPERD) conference. VCU was the biggest challenger to Longwood and the two were deadlocked after three rounds. It came down to a sudden death question – winner take all –and Longwood won.
Brett Jones and Megan Hedgepeth with Dr. Claire Mowling presented Motivating Set Inductions and Closures: A Bag of Secrets to a standing room audience during the 8 a.m. Saturday morning session. By using set inductions focusing on Angry Birds, The Lorax, and a "bag full of secrets", it sparked interest and increased their students’ motivation to perform. New spins on closure looked at options for doodles, riddles and "I care why" as ways to check for understanding. All activities were tested with children as part of action research projects with great results.
Jessica Parker was elected as the alternate Student Representative to the VAHPERD Board of Directors. Jawaad Douglas, a junior and member of Longwood’s Call Me MISTER program, was selected by Longwood Physical and Health Education - Teacher Education faculty as their Major of the Year. Mr. Douglas was recognized along with the other Majors of the Year by VAHPERD President Regina Kirk at the state conference.
Reception to Honor the Artists of the 2014 Hull Youth Art Exhibit
A well-attended reception was held on Sunday, October 26 to honor the 37 selected artists of the 2014 Area Youth Art Exhibit and their art teachers. Their works were selected from over a thousand entries in the Longwood Center for Visual Arts sponsored event. The exhibition will be on display in the Hull Building until May 2015. The incredibly-talented artists are in grades kindergarten through high school in schools throughout nine counties. Click HERE for more information about the event and to view their art. The reception was sponsored by the Longwood College of Education and Human Services and the Longwood Center for Visual Arts.
Recognizing Longwood’s New “Pre-Service Teachers”
On October 30, 2014, the College of Education and Human Services hosted a celebration to honor the 93 teacher candidates who were accepted into the Teacher Education program as of January 1 to August 15, 2014. Successful candidates must apply to the program, submit two positive faculty recommendations, have qualifying assessments, an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and a minimum grade of C in introductory education courses and English 150. The teacher candidates were given Longwood nametags identifying them as pre-service educators and a commemorative certificate.
"Stories Behind the Story"
On September 23, Mrs. Shirley R. Lee delivered the "Stories Behind the Story" presentation based upon her four years of researching the history of public education and school desegregation in Lunenburg County. During the course of her research, she collected more than 100 photos and other documents which were donated to the Lunenburg County Historical Society. Her book, Trails and Trailblazers: History of Public Education and School Desegregation in Lunenburg County, Virginia 1870-1970 is expected to be published in 2015. It examines and highlights the events of yesteryear surrounding public education in Lunenburg; through the eyes of former educators, students, and citizens during that period. The well-attended event was sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services. Mrs. Lee received her Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Longwood College in 1985.
Authors Visit Summer Literacy Institute
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
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
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.
Students, 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"
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.
A similar ceremony was held on October 2, 2013 and 128 students were honored.