At the dedication ceremony for the new Norman K. and Elsie Stossel Upchurch University Center in October, I welcomed the hundreds of students, alumni and great friends of the alma mater in attendance by calling the occasion one of the great moments in Longwood history, in line with our founding in 1839, the completion of the Rotunda in 1907 and the opening of Brock Commons in 2005.
Within just days of its doors opening, it became clear just how enormous an impact Upchurch will have on our identity and on the experiences of our students for generations to come.
That is partly a function of its size, elegance and architectural fit right in the center of campus, at the intersection of Wheeler Mall and Brock Commons. But even more important is what will happen inside—how the purpose and soul of this beautiful new structure reinforce so powerfully what is best and most distinctive about Longwood, most especially our deep culture of extracurricular activity and our sense of community.
Upchurch, like Longwood itself, will be a place where people gather face-to-face to build friendships and—through the work of organizations including The Rotunda and SGA, as well as just over meals in the food court—learn the habits of democracy: teamwork, conversation, debate and civil disagreement.
In that way, the building will serve not only to connect our current and future students with one another but also with those who have come before. That is why it was so wonderful to have so many students and alumni present together at the dedication. But best of all was the presence of Elsie Upchurch ’43, vibrant at age 97, whose generous $4 million gift catalyzed the endeavor. Her close friends at Longwood included my grandmother Marie Eason Reveley ’40. I noted that our current seniors will themselves be age 97 in the year 2094 or 2095, and I believe the Upchurch University Center will be a beacon then just as now.
Elsie has been the embodiment of a citizen leader during her long career in education and through her philanthropy, with her late husband, Norman. At the dedication, she was so immensely proud to see a building that embodies so much of what she and others love about Longwood come to life, knowing how meaningful it will be throughout generations to come. She, and all of you who support Longwood, make a profound difference in the life of the alma mater and have our deepest gratitude.
W. Taylor Reveley IV
As Dr. Kim Little walked onto campus on an unseasonably warm fall day in October, passing banners proclaiming Longwood’s founding in 1839, she reflected on history.
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As the Longwood community gathered together on a Friday afternoon in late October for the Norman H. and Elsie Stossel Upchurch University Center’s official grand opening.
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Three well-known figures on campus with long experience at the university have taken on the biggest roles of their careers, joining the president’s cabinet and assuming a mantle of leadership.
The Brock Experiences’ first year was impactful and inspiring for the 37 students who set out this past summer to take a three-dimensional look at immigration and stewardship of public lands and waterways.
Danyelle Henderson ’20 has never shied away from a challenge, no matter how big.
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In a ceremony in September, Longwood University unveiled a new monument that celebrates the consequential history of Farmville and its surrounding communities.
In September, the newest member of the Longwood Board of Visitors, Larry Palmer, underwent an initiation of sorts.
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This coffee- table book, which features 1,300 black-and-white photographs and an eight-page color section, highlights properties with significant historic and architectural attributes.
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Members of the Longwood community gathered in Willett Hall last month to kick off the 2018-19 men’s and women’s basketball season.
An athlete’s success can be measured by a wealth of statistics: wins, losses, goals, assists, saves and many more.
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Whether you’re on vacation, at a conference or just hanging out with other Lancers, what better way to show your Longwood spirit than by raising a Longwood flag?
If you are an employer recruiting new employees or if you are seeking a new position for yourself, you are invited to attend three upcoming career fairs.
Kelsey McDonald ’15 doesn’t settle. She didn’t settle for being an average athlete—she was a star player on Longwood’s soccer team.
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Book on African- American doctors in World War I earns national award.
Faculty, Staff and Friends
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For alumni who would like some “aided recall” about their days at Longwood, a gem of a resource is available through Greenwood Library.