It is with great pride that I look through the pages of this, the third issue of Longwood magazine. We have worked diligently over the past few years to improve our publications to provide you with a good review of the highlights at Longwood College today.
Each time I look at the range of accomplishments and activities of Longwood alumni, my dedication to the future of this institution and its people grows even deeper. There is a perpetual sense of the spirit of service and citizenship that runs as an undercurrent through the College and its people which is personified in the stories that are told in these pages. For each of the stories told here there are dozens of others representing the same spirit that seems to come almost automatically with Longwood College and people whom we teach and touch.
We have spent much of the past five years positioning Longwood for a strong and competitive future by clearly identifying our needs from academics to campus improvements, from student development to athletics, and everything in between and developing the strategies to address them. One strategy that you will hear more about is our effort to increase private support for many of the objectives that cannot be funded through other means.
To that end, you will read here about the Bowman Challenge initiated by Anne Kelly Bowman to help increase annual support and about the extraordinary commitment by Macon and Joan Perry Brock '64 to fulfill one of our dreams for Longwood. For many years, we have wanted to improve the aesthetics and the collegial atmosphere by giving the campus a central focal point. By providing the funding for Brock Commons, Macon and Joan will provide perhaps the most striking physical transformation Longwood has ever known.
Further, I join with Anne Kelly, Macon and Joan by inviting others to "step up to the plate" for Longwood. The Challenge and Brock Commons are only two on a long list of needs that must be fulfilled to make sure that Longwood remains among the most competitive institutions of higher education in Virginia. As we prepare for the College's first major comprehensive campaign I ask each and every one of you to consider what role you can play to ensure our success.
As always, I enjoy hearing from you. Please call or write about any issues related to this wonderful institution.
Patricia P. Cormier