In this edition of the magazine, you’ll see a number of stories about the varied journeys Longwood graduates take after crossing the graduation stage on Wheeler Mall and setting off on their lives and careers.
You will see the remarkable array of next chapters for our most recent graduates, the Class of 2019, heading off into a world that urgently needs their optimism and commitment. You’ll meet a number of alumni who work together at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, pursuing their passion as their vocation. And there is a conversation with Marianne Radcliff ’92, the outgoing rector on Longwood’s Board of Visitors, who, after building an extremely influential career in government relations in Richmond, has devoted countless hours to her alma mater these past eight years, doing great and lasting good.
I hope all these stories bring for you, as they do for me, a special pride and perhaps a knowing smile. Life takes unexpected twists and turns. But in a challenging world and a rapidly evolving economy, a Longwood education firmly rooted in the liberal arts and sciences both ignites passions and provides the tools and courage to pursue them. I am deeply proud of the extraordinary variety of ways Longwood graduates become citizen leaders in Virginia, the nation and the world.
Many graduates, like Marianne, reconnect in deeply meaningful ways with Longwood. For some, it may start with a visit for reunion weekend or just a weekend trip to Farmville with friends or family. For others it could be volunteering or mentoring in their local community or professional field through Longwood’s Alumni and Career Services offices.
However it happens, I hear from alumni that reconnecting with Longwood is almost always a source of great satisfaction. When you come to Longwood as a student you are a Lancer forever—wherever your journey in life may take you.
My best wishes,
W. Taylor Reveley IV
Rector Marianne Radcliff ’92 and President W. Taylor Reveley IV have been a powerful duo.
“DO YOU NEED TO HAVE RUNNING WATER?” isn’t a question you normally hear in a job interview.
The Annual Spring Student Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry is unlike any other day “off” from regularly scheduled classes on Longwood’s academic calendar.
For Brandon Carter ’10, it started with Julius Caesar, but it was Othello that really did it. Tracie Steger Skipper ’96 got hooked by A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Dr. Amorette Barber, an associate professor of biology, has been a devoted teacher during her eight years at Longwood.
LONGWOOD’S EFFORTS to create a healthier campus have received top honors in a worldwide assessment—an achievement just 54 other universities can boast.
Longwood is freezing undergraduate tuition next year for all new and returning students, continuing a commitment to being a leading Virginia public university when it comes to keeping college costs affordable.
Students receiving undergraduate degrees at this year’s Commencement ceremony in May heard from civil rights pioneer and education advocate Skip Griffin.
A section of campus never known as Longwood’s most attractive will soon be among its most vibrant and inviting— anchored by a new convocation and events center made possible by the largest donation in Longwood’s history, from philanthropist Joan Perry Brock ’64.
LONGWOOD’S INITIAL-LICENSURE teacher-preparation programs have been reaccredited through 2026 by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
From the busy streets of historic Boston to the grandeur of the wild West, this summer’s newest Brock Experiences courses showed participating students what America is made of and opened their eyes to critical environmental and social issues.
Senior Toast and Alumni Weekend give alumni from the Class of 2019 to the 1940s a chance to reconnect, reminisce and paint the campus red
There should be a lot fewer plastic straws in use on Longwood’s campus next year as students and others make good on their pledge to eliminate the single-use plastic items from the environment.
"The problem is, we as a society are not getting the real story."
LOVE YOUR LONGWOOD DAY, held this year on March 27, continues to break records.
For more than a decade, Michelle Meadows had been a behind-thescenes driver of the growth and development of Longwood athletics. Now entering her 14th year in the department, the 2001 Virginia Tech graduate and first-ballot Hokie Hall-of-Famer will continue that push on the front lines as Longwood’s new athletics director.
A Big South championship in softball; top-three conference finishes in field hockey, women’s lacrosse and women’s soccer; and the first Division I postseason appearance and postseason victory for men’s basketball.
Nick Reed’s passion for running has taken him places.
Longwood made softball history in the Big South Conference this year with a record-setting fifth conference championship.
LONGWOOD’S SOFTBALL AND LACROSSE programs helped the Lancers end the 2018- 19 academic year on a high note, and head coaches Elaine Jones and Kathy Riley were both rewarded with Big South Coach of the Year awards.
Career fairs have the amazing power to open up new worlds for Longwood students. For Amelia Erickson ’18, M.S. ’19, it will be a tiny Yup’ik village in the Alaska bush, 422 air miles west of Anchorage.
It’s no secret that knowing the right people can make it easier to find success. It’s also no secret that it feels good to give a deserving young person a hand up in their career.
Want to help graduating seniors connect with future employers or gain insight into a career field?
Longwood’s newest graduates moving to Virginia’s three largest metro areas can fast-track their way to new friends in the alumni family this August.
The horses may be decked out in tulle, ribbons and sparkly pink paint, but the young riders are all business. Spurred on by adults hollering “Push!” they dig their heels into their horses’ sides, willing their fourlegged partners to go faster around the barrels set out in the ring.
Dr. Betty Lou Weaver ’67, M.S. ’73, published her fourth book, "Poured Out Wine", which she called a “day-by-day inspirational devotion,” in March.
Louise Brewer Moore ’27 March 1, 2019
Wygal Hall, Longwood’s music building, opened in 1968. At that time, the Department of Music offered only studies in choral music and piano.