Longwood Alumni Reunions
During the Decade of the '70s Reunion luncheon, four alumni received awards. The Distinguished Alumni Community Service Award was presented to Kay Rilee Ohmberger, '70, for her work with the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Court Appointed Special Advocate program.
The Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Pamela Carmines, '77, Barbara Gawinski, '78, and Barbara Bannin Kelley, '74.
Dr. Carmines, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, is working on four active grants, three from the National Institute of Health and one from UNMC.
Dr. Gawinski, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, is the author of books and articles and a board member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Ms. Kelley is Chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and was named in the 1999 Teacher Magazine as one of the 10 people who shaped the decade in American education.
Five faculty members were honored recently at Convocation for their teaching.
Dr. Deborah Welch, assistant professor of history, received the Maude Glenn Raiford Teaching Award. Four others Dr. Lee Bidwell, associate professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Dr. Stephen Keith, assistant professor of education; Dr. Wayne McWee, professor of business and chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and Computer Information Management Systems; and Dr. Bruce Montgomery, professor of music received Fuqua Excellence in Teaching Awards.
The Raiford Award was established in 1990 by philanthropist J. B Fuqua of Atlanta, a Prince Edward County native, in honor of his 3rd-grade teacher, a Longwood alumna ('21) who died in 1991. He created the Fuqua Award in 1994. Both involve a $5,000 cash award, and the Raiford Award winner also receives a medallion.
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Dr. Mark Crabtree of Martinsville, whose wife is a Longwood alumna, has been elected rector of the Board of Visitors.
Dr. Crabtree, a member of the Board since 1998, is a dentist and the mayor of Martinsville. He is a past president of the Virginia Board of Dentistry and a former member of the Board of Visitors at Wake Forest University, his alma mater. His wife is the former Rebecca Williams, an Urbanna native who graduated from Longwood in 1981 with a B.S. in therapeutic recreation.
Also during the Sept. 8 meeting, Ann Green Baise ('74) of McLean was elected vice rector, and the Board presented resolutions honoring outgoing Board members Alice Cheatwood Stallard ('59) of Midlothian and Susan Harwood of Farmville, whom Dr. Crabtree replaced as rector. Mrs. Baise and Mrs. Stallard also are former rectors.
Enrollment tops 4,000 for the First Time
Longwood's overall enrollment has topped 4,000 for the first time in its history.
The total enrollment, for both on- and off-campus, is 4,127 for this fall, an increase of 166 over last year's figure of 3,961, which was the largest enrollment at the time.
On-campus enrollment is 3,873, as opposed to 3,650 last year. This year's freshman class is 895, almost identical to last year's freshman class of 896, also the most ever. Longwood's strategic plan calls for an enrollment of 5,000 by the year 2007.
Not only the quantity but also the quality of incoming students is improving. The average SAT for freshmen increased from 1,065 last year to 1,073 this year, and the average grade-point average rose from 3.16 to 3.2. Average SAT scores for freshmen have increased by 33 points since 1996, says Dr. Ed Smith, director of assessment & institutional research.
Longwood has moved up in the U.S.News & World Report rankings of America's Best Colleges for 2002. Among "Best UniversitiesMaster's" in the South, Longwood moved from number 11 to 10 for public universities, and also moved into the top tier for combined private and public universities, from number 42 to 33. U.S.News college rankings, widely referenced by students and parents, are based on indicators for academic reputation, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
Longwood is included in the category of institutions that provide a "full range of undergraduate- and master's-level programs, and few, if any doctoral programs." Some 573 schools, are in this category. Schools in this and the other three categories are broken down into four regions; the South consists of 11 states.
President Patricia Cormier called the rankings, released in early September, "a reflection of Longwood's progress in academic excellence and an affirmation of our reputation among the institutions of the South."