As we say goodbye to 2015, here are just a few (of the many) memorable social media posts from the Longwood community over the past year. Enjoy.
Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, professor of communication sciences and disorders, has published a new textbook that analyzes Common Core standards and provides interventions to meet student needs.
Several of the 200 known archaeological sites along the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck are prehistoric—dating from as early as 9,000 years ago.
Longwood University’s Modern Genetics biology course is more than just lectures and labs. It’s a research-focused experience for students—some of whom contributed to a published peer-reviewed scientific paper—in a nationwide genomics research project
At the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403, future King Henry V was shot in the face with an arrow that lodged six inches deep into the back of his skull. A surgeon saved his life.
As Lt. John Johnson stood on downtown Main Street near the parking meters, drivers knew what that meant. Or so they thought.
Seamless walking and bicycle connections to a great college-town Main Street. Gardens galore. A new performing arts center on the edge of campus to serve Longwood and the region.
New data show Longwood University’s total impact on the surrounding community and state economies has increased 28 percent in the last eight years.
Every morning at 8 o’clock this semester, even weekends, one of five students from a Longwood University ecology class walks across campus with food on his or her mind. Pancakes at the dining hall? No—feeding poison dart frogs in the science building
Three middle-schoolers crowded around a trough of mud in the middle of a lab in Chichester Hall. As if on cue, each of them dug his or her hands deep in the mud and pulled it to one side of the container.
Picture an archaeologist, and you’ll likely conjure an image of Indiana Jones, complete with a wide-brimmed fedora, sweeping away dust from an Egyptian tomb.
Mary Alexander ’16 and Jennifer Thompson ’17 asked some of their favorite professors: “What do you teach students to prepare them for the real world?”
In a theater-based class in the first grade, Matthew Brehm was allowed to operate the faders, which dim the lights, on a control board. "I was instantly hooked on theater lighting," he said.
The days are growing shorter and the temperatures are dropping. It’s that time of year when we crave something sweet and comforting.
When Longwood University faculty members needed technical help with an environmental education project, they found it across campus rather than across the country.
In a classroom in Ruffner Hall, dozens of children sat at workstations, the familiar pixelated Minecraft landscape in front of them.
There’s a lot of power in poetry—the medium has been used to bring life to love, loss, melancholy, ecstasy and countless other emotions. And for some, the voice of poets can become the voice of a generation.
Teachers, put away those worksheets when you’re teaching writing and instead show students examples of good writing, says an expert on teaching writing.
When professor Michael Mergen moved to Farmville several years ago to begin teaching at Longwood, he was struck by the vibrancy of the town’s history.
Two of the brightest stars in children’s literature will take the stage for a unique conversation about books, writing and broadening perspectives at the second Virginia Children’s Book Festival this Friday, Oct. 16.
President Bill Clinton was known for his powerful speeches. The man behind many of those words is coming to Farmville to speak on one of the 20th century’s most well-known political feuds.
As row after row of Longwood nursing sophomores donned their bright new white coats for the first time, they marked an important transformative moment in the life of any pre-service nurse: entrance into clinical practice.
Edwilda Allen Isaac’s vivid memories of her participation in the historic 1951 Moton High School student strike and her exhortation to subsequent generations to rally for the cause of social justice moved many audience members to tears.
Dance workshops, an exhibition of artwork by Mr. Imagination and a panel discussion with artists, archivists, curators and historians are some of the highlights of Fall into Folk.
Julie Fowlis, a world-renowned singer of Celtic music, will present a free concert Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Jarman Auditorium.
Paint? Check. Bands? Check. Longwood’s officially ready to cut loose for Oktoberfest, and though it may be raining, Mortar Board is bringing a little bit of Hawaii to Farmville this year.
Kristen Green, author of the New York Times bestseller Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, will speak Wednesday, Oct. 7th.
Longwood University is again one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review.
In 1924, Bessie Mae Land enrolled at State Teachers College, the institution that would eventually become Longwood University. Land wanted to be a teacher, but shortly after arriving on campus, she was forced to abandon her dream.
The first few weeks of the academic year are full of tradition—from move-in day to the G.A.M.E. to Convocation—but few annual events pack as much fun as Rock the Block.
Hundreds of Longwood alumni gathered outside their new home on campus on Saturday, Sept. 12. to celebrate its official opening.
The rain that forced Convocation indoors was interpreted as a positive omen by two of Longwood’s leaders.
Even though the rain forced everyone into Willett Hall, Convocation 2015 was filled–as usual–with hundreds of well-decorated caps reflecting the unique personalities of this year’s senior class. Here are 13 of the ones you didn’t want to miss.
Epic Rap Battles of History, the uber-popular YouTube channel that has garnered millions of views on its hilarious (and informative!) videos, is coming to Longwood on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Feller, the winner of numerous awards for his work covering the presidency for the world’s largest newsgathering organization, will speak Thursday, Sept. 17.
Longwood University is now ranked among the top 10 public regional universities in the South in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey.
With the grand opening and dedication of the Maugans Alumni Center on Saturday, Sept. 12, Longwood marks the completion of the final phase of reconstruction to portions of Longwood’s historic campus center that were damaged in the great fire of 2001.
The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) will present a free performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest in Longwood University’s Jarman Auditorium on Monday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.
As Marc and Wilma Register Sharp ’66 have worked tirelessly to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, Longwood University’s mission of nurturing citizen leaders in a residential setting has always struck a deep chord with the Williamsbu
A short story by Dr. Seth Clabough, director of the Writing Center, was selected for inclusion in an anthology of the 26 best short stories.
Contemporary author and poet Paul Beatty is the recipient of the 34th John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, awarded annually by Longwood University.
College students should think twice before they text or read a Facebook post in class. Their test scores suffer when they do that, says a Longwood University researcher.
It’s not every day someone is dive-bombed by a speeding red-tailed hawk.
The sixth annual G.A.M.E.—Greatest Athletics March Ever—brought out a record number of students and culminated at the soccer field for a thrilling match between the Longwood women's soccer program and Youngstown State.
Binta Barry knew what she wanted to do this summer, and she didn’t let a little thing like rejection stand in her way.
As looming rain showers gave way to afternoon sun, the newest Lancers lugged suitcases, refrigerators, posters and boxes of their favorite snacks up flights of stairs to their residence hall rooms.
Flight is the most energy-expensive form of locomotion, so wild birds usually conserve energy by flying at moderate speeds.
Tucked away at the bottom of a pile of nondescript letters in an archival box in the basement of Greenwood Library was a hidden treasure: an envelope bearing the name of one of the most recognizable figures in U.S. history.
Dr. Sarai Blincoe wants to provide soldiers with what she believes to be the most effective weapon in contemporary warfare: not an M-16 but the ability to win the trust of local civilians.
Nick Ravagli is no stranger to farm ponds. Growing up in nearby rural Prospect, he has been surrounded by a pastoral landscape his whole life.
Longwood University’s 5th annual First Night Faculty Gala Recital will be presented Monday, Aug. 24
Summer is a nice break from the rigors of academia, but there’s nothing quite like coming back to our campus home.
Ri’Shawn Bassette is studying other Longwood students’ saliva this summer. Quirky obsession? Probably—unless you happen to be interested in studying anxiety disorders, as Bassette is.
Students everywhere seem to really hate grammar. Catch the mistake?
Computer technology is helping Mother Nature in a Longwood research project.
James Laycock ’16 has dreamed of working for Nike since he was a kid. He doesn’t have to dream anymore. The graphic design major from Williamsburg is currently a summer intern at Nike world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., outside Portland.
The world waited in anticipation just a week ago when the first high-resolution images of Pluto and its moons were released by NASA—the first detailed look at what was once our furthest sibling in the solar system.
Headed to the beach but scared of getting in the water for fear of sharks?
Education is often like a pyramid: layers built upon layers, and the firmer the foundation, the more solid the whole structure.
Dr. Sean Ruday has all the makings of an entrepreneur, with one notable exception—he’s more interested in generating ideas than profits.
Shelby Furman and Hailey Kintz peer up through the bottom of a clear plastic plate full of wells of bacteria.
It was during Longwood seminar class during her semester that Chrischel Rolack first walked into the R.R. Moton Museum. Like many first-time visitors, she was profoundly moved by the story held within its wall.
When Natalie Joseph walked into the iHeartMedia offices in Los Angeles earlier this summer, she was greeted as a sort of mini-celebrity.
On a recent sunny morning, Gina D’Orazio ’17 and Dr. Sarai Blincoe sat side by side, studying the results of their research like political pundits poring over returns on election night.
Blam! Jonathan Buckley ’16 slams an odd-looking hammer onto the head of a hole punch. Then, as quickly as he can, he takes out tweezers, picks up a little square of plastic that was under the punch and transfers it to an ultrasound spectrometer.
Schimoler ’16 is elbows deep in a half-century of climate data, and he’s learning and using the language of a statistical program called MATLAB to crunch vast data sets that hopefully reveal new information on wildfire patterns.
"Here it is," he says to Dr. Benjamin Topham, who makes a note in his notebook. The pair smile at each other—this is the fruition of extraordinarily complex molecular models that have been calculating at breakneck speeds for the last six days.
About 615 to 620 rising high-school seniors are expected to attend the annual citizenship seminar, a program of the American Legion Auxiliary, which has been held at Longwood since 1974 and was first held in 1947.
"Uh oh. This one just lost two legs," says Patty Hale, staring into a bucket of crayfish.
It’s no secret George R.R. Martin is a student of history—and a well-versed one at that. Echoes of medieval history can be found in nearly every storyline in Game of Thrones, and the storyline on Sunday was no different.
Walker, a member of the Cormier Honors College and mathematics major, is spending eight weeks of her summer doing intensive research with Wears as part of Longwood’s PRISM program.
Molly Trivelpiece ’15 is currently a volunteer supervisor in the underwater archaeology field school of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) in St. Augustine, Fla.
Ryan Catherwood’s passion for working with alumni stems from a love of bringing people together face-to-face—and a fascination with deploying cutting-edge digital strategies to make that happen.
An impressive lineup of nationally known authors and illustrators is taking shape for the 2015 Virginia Children’s Books Festival this October, with Longwood University again hosting the event and this year playing an expanded role as host sponsor.
Few scholars are as familiar with James Dickey’s literary work as Dr. Gordon Van Ness, but even he was intimidated by his latest project.
Two athletes stand side by side. Both are fast. Both are strong. Both have devoted their lives to developing the skills necessary to succeed at their given sport.
Dr. Audrey Church, professor and coordinator of Longwood University’s graduate school librarianship program, has been elected the 2016-17 president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
Abraham Lincoln’s storytelling skill would have served him well on today’s talk shows, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin told Longwood University graduates Saturday (May 9).
Imagine your 17-year-old self stepping aboard a plane and leaving everything you’ve ever known a half of a world away. Your friends, family, language: all gone.
Inspired by the locks that line bridges in the French capital city, Longwood seniors this year were invited to create their own "legacy locks" to be displayed on Beale Plaza—a new Longwood tradition.
The scritch-scratch of shovels and picks may have been replaced by intermittent beeps of radar devices, but this archaeological dig is in search of one of the earliest English settlements in the New World.
The weather is warmer, and the kids are getting restless. Ask any parent or teacher, and she’ll tell you the last month of the school year is one of the hardest times to get students to focus on their studies.
This summer, the work will really begin.It has been a little more than a month since Chief Curtis Davis took over for longtime Farmville Police Chief Doug Mooney, but already the ideas are spilling over.
Statistics are everywhere–and they’re increasingly used to drive decisions around the globe.
Every four years, presidential candidates present their cases to the American public though presidential debates. Initially relegated to television studios, these debates began to be held at colleges and universities in 1976.
Longwood University junior Monica Vroomen will study at the University of Oxford this summer in a highly selective fellowship sponsored by the English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU).
When the Boston Red Sox broke its nearly century-long losing streak and won its first World Series in 2004, many people think the team had one man to thank: Bill James.
For much of his 31-year Longwood University career, Dr. Wayne McWee has grappled with executive-level details of academic administration.
There is gravely difficult news to share. As you may have begun to hear through news reports, police have identified remains found in Southampton County as those of our missing student, Anjelica "AJ" Hadsell.
Longwood University’s Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensembles will combine for a free concert Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Jarman Auditorium.
The Longwood University community is closely following news reports out of Tidewater concerning the search for our missing student, Anjelica "AJ" Hadsell.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has been called "America’s historian in chief," will deliver Longwood University’s commencement address and receive an honorary degree on May 9.
At Longwood, we are proud of our close-knit community and campus culture of citizen leadership. Meet six of these students who have become advocates for change from the research lab to cities in Uganda.
Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith will speak and read at Longwood University in celebration of National Poetry Month.
Longwood University Theatre will present Shakespeare’s timeless comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream in April.
Every four years, the presidential debates capture the attention of the nation and the world. This week, Longwood applied to the Commission on Presidential Debates to serve as a host institution in 2016.
Longwood University’s archaeology field school recently became one of the fewer than 10 percent of field schools in the world to be certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA).
One year ago, Longwood University announced it would increase costs just 2.1 percent in 2014-15 – the smallest increase at any Virginia public university since 2001.
The last days of the Civil War are explored in a Farmville photography exhibition by a Longwood University faculty member who used an unconventional technique.
On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Confederate surrender at nearby Appomattox, Longwood University partnered with Appomattox Court House National Park for the 16th annual Civil War Seminar.
From knights to kings and barbarians to nobility, the Middle Ages are an endless source of fascination and myth. In modern culture, depictions of medieval life can be found in classic films and in modern series and films.
As hundreds of members of the Longwood community walked around the track Friday night, together they crossed one large hurdle.
Joan Neff—distinguished teacher and scholar, accomplished musician and martial arts black belt—was introduced last week during a reception in The Rotunda as Longwood's next provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Dr. Charles Ross, a Longwood University physics professor who is an expert on Civil War science and technology, will give a free talk Tuesday, April 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Longwood’s Greenwood Library on "Black Powder and the Cannon’s Roar."
Five retiring Longwood University faculty members—including the university’s senior faculty member and a former vice president for academic affairs—were honored March 26 at a campus reception.
Dr. David Orr, an environmentalist who helped launch the green campus movement and is leading a community-university partnership to improve his college town’s environmental sustainability, will speak at Longwood University during Earth Month.
It was innocuous enough: a simple tweet during a lull in class. It’s the type of thing that happens hundreds of times a day.
If there’s a lesson for everyone to learn from the Sony hacking scandal, it’s this: keep your kids on your desk, not on your desktop.
During her more than three decades at the University of Richmond, Joan Neff has played an instrumental role in that institution’s ascent from regional to national prominence.
Kendall Tignor sees her future in her grandmother’s eyes. "I look at her and I want to help people like her. As I’m entering the nursing profession, it’s becoming clear that geriatric care is a field that needs more attention"
"Dear all --- During my time as president, I’ve communicated regularly with the Longwood community about . . . Title IX, campus sexual violence and our shared efforts to ensure we have a campus climate that is healthy, safe and fair."
Our tight-knit community is bearing grave thoughts on the return from spring break. As many of you know from campus updates and media, one of our fellow Lancers is missing.
Several Longwood University choirs will join together to present a free concert Sunday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Jarman Auditorium.
The Longwood University community shares the deep concerns of Anjelica Hadsell’s family and loved ones and we hope she is located safely. If you have information on AJ's whereabouts, please immediately contact Norfolk police at 757-664-7026.
As Gen. Robert E. Lee’s troops retreated from their defeats at Sailor’s Creek and High Bridge on April 6-7, 1865, they sought respite in Farmville, desperately seeking food from supply trains stationed in town.
The Longwood University Jazz Ensembles will present a free concert Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Jarman Auditorium.
Longwood alumnus and former basketball great Jerome Kersey passed away Wednesday. He was 52.
During its first two seasons, the popular History Channel series Vikings (2013) triggered a vigorous debate among scholars and amateur historians about the show’s authenticity—particularly the gore and violence.
If anyone’s blood runs Longwood blue, it is Nancy Shelton ’68. Daughter and granddaughter of Longwood graduates, Shelton has made her alma mater her professional home.
Looking for something fun to do on Valentine’s day without leaving town? Natalie Joseph ’16 pulled together 10 suggestions right here in FarmVegas. All are within walking distance or a FAB ride of campus.
Twisted, bloody revenge is coming to the Longwood University stage in February.
SpongeBob has been a staple in young kids’ lives for a generation now—just try to ask any 20-something “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?” and not have them reply “SpongeBob SquarePants!” Instant friendship.
From current events to concerts, from art exhibits to theatre, from corporate success stories to stimulating lectures, there is something for EVERYONE this year at Longwood University--AND events are free and open to the public (except where noted).
A unique Longwood University concert celebrating Black History Month, co-sponsored by the Moton Museum, blends legendary poets and composers in a fusion of entertainment and learning this month.
Longwood University is working closely with Centra Southside Hospital and other outside agencies to stay informed about the spread of a highly contagious norovirus, and so far we have seen only a handful of cases on campus.
A whole lot of Hollywood magic is being injected into a brand-new major at Longwood. Or at least a little nautical nonsense.
Many women know how frustrating it is when their bodies won’t shed weight where they want it to. But understanding how you’re put together can translate to a healthy acceptance of your particular body type and lead to a happier and healthier life.
Hot-button political issues aren’t just debated in the classroom at Longwood—they are experienced. For several students, immigration now has a face thanks to a program that takes them into ICA-Farmville.
Longwood University has hired the region’s only full-time doctor of audiology and will soon be home to a range of services for patients with hearing disorders.
We’ve all seen hacker movies that feature preposterous situations and technology. We’re looking at you, Hackers, Swordfish, and The Net. But Blackhat, a high-tech Bourne-type thriller is surprisingly plausible, and seems almost rooted in reality.
Tim Wise, one of the nation’s most prominent anti-racism essayists and educators, will be the keynote speaker Jan. 22 for Longwood University’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy.
Longwood University’s online MBA programs are among the best in the nation.