Your first days at Longwood -- it's an exciting time, and we're ready to welcome you with New Lancer Days 2020!

New Lancer Days

Mark your calendar now for August 20-23, 2020!

During these four days leading up to the start of the fall semester, all incoming fall 2020 students will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with classmates, develop friendships with junior and upperclassman leaders, learn about valuable campus resources and explore a variety of issues that they will undoubtedly face during their time at Longwood. Remember, New Lancer Days (NLD) is a mandatory part of your transition to Longwood!


Here's a typical New Lancer Days Schedule

Sample Schedule


5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.


Dinner in Dorrill Dining Hall or a local restaurant.

5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Meet your Peer Mentor, Brock Commons
(Outside of D-hall)
You Peer Mentor will have a sign with your group number.

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Lancers!,  Jarman Auditorium
Hear from President Reveley, Government Association (SGA) and special guest speaker, Harlan Cohen.

Cohen is a New York Times bestselling author, nationally syndicated advice columnist, and speaker.

9:20 p.m.

Hall Meetings | Your Residence Hall

Please check with your Resident Assistant (RA) about the exact time and location for your Hall Meeting.
Your building Residence Education Coordinator (REC) and Resident Technology Assistant (RTA) will attend your meeting.

Commuter students are dismissed. 



7:00 a.m. -
9:45 a.m.                                                                                                                

Breakfast, Dorrill Dining Hall

8:30 a.m. -
9:45 a.m.

Commuter Students Breakfast, Upchurch, 1st-floor lounge

Join us for breakfast and chat with Peer Mentors who live off-campus.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Peer Mentor Prime Time | Various Locations

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.            

Honor and Integrity Ceremony, Jarman Auditorium
The Longwood Honor Code is a very important part of Longwood University. At the Honor and Integrity Ceremony, you will learn more about striving for academic and personal excellence as a member of the Longwood community.

This is one of our oldest and most prestigious campus traditions. Please refrain from talking and using your phone. 

12:40 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.    

Lunch, Dorrill Dining Hall

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m    

Meet your Academic Department (* locations below)
** Departments that will meet at a Later Date

2:50 p.m.    

Meet Your Peer Mentor on Brock Commons

3:00 p.m. -  3:45 p.m     

Meet Your First Year Coach | Various LocationsYour coach will introduce you to coaching groups, and semester goals. Your Peer Mentor will let you know where to go.

4:00 p.m. -   5:00 p.m.    

Guest Speaker, Lou Bevacqui,  Jarman Auditorium 
An Emotional Awareness coach, author, and speaker Lou’s mission is to help people of all ages understand and gain ownership over their emotions, so they can live the life they choose.

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.    

Dinner, Dorrill Dining Hall

6:30 p.m. -   7:30 p.m.      

Molecules That Monkey with Your Mind, Jarman AuditoriumJoin guest speaker Linda Hancock, FNP, PhD, as she discusses facts about sex, substance use, smoking, and stress. 

7:30 p.m. - 7:40 p.m    

Sustainability | Justin Ellis

8:00 p.m

Anthem and Aria, Jarman Auditorium
Anthem & Aria are the nations rising stars of magic and Mind-Reading. Anthem & Aria use their magic to reveal the power in your own mind!

2:00 p.m.  Academic Department Locations

  • Biology and Environmental Sciences | Chichester, Room G13
  • Business and Economics | Hiner lobby
  • Chemistry and Physics | Chichester, Room 105
  • Communications Studies | CSTAC 204
  • History, Political Science & Philosophy | Ruffner 254 & Ruffner 256
  • Liberal Studies | Hull 132
  • Math and Computer Sciences | Ruffner 354
  • Music | Wygal 204 Social Work | Hull 245
  • Nursing | Jeffers 133
  • Psychology | Ruffner Room 312, 314
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Studies | Virginia Room
  • Undeclared | Blackwell Ballroom

8:30 a.m.                                                                                                                     

Breakfast (optional)
Tents in front of d-hall 

9:45 a.m.

Meet your Peer Mentor, Brock Commons

10:00 a.m. -
11:00 a.m.                                                         

What’s Your Soundtrack?, Jarman Auditorium

This session will explore the various soundtracks that could be playing as you navigate tricky situations.

11:00 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.

Brunch, Dorrill Dining Hall

12:50 p.m. –
1:30 p.m.

Life as a Lancer, Jarman Auditorium

Join Jen Fraley, Associate Dean of Conduct and Integrity and Chief of Police, Bob Beach and learn about university rules, regulations, and how to stay out of trouble, without even trying!

1:30 p.m. –
2:00 p.m.

Money Management, Jarman Auditorium

2:15 p.m. –
3:15 p.m.

Peer Mentor Prime Time

3:30 p.m. –
5:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions | Various Locations
Attend at least two, interactive and engaging workshops. Time to learn more about Longwood University and everything we offer.

Peer Mentors will be available to assist. 

5:00 p.m. –
7:00 p.m

Dinner Break

7:15 p.m.

Meet your Peer Mentor

7:30 p.m. –
10:00 p.m.

Lancers Stay Well with Fun and Fitness | Health and Fitness Center (HFC), Brock
Commons, Greenwood Library
Join your fellow new lancers for this NLD signature event to find fun and active ways to start the year off well with Snacks and SWAG!

  • Ninja Warrior inflatable, HFC
  • Miniature golf, Library
  • PiYo fitness class, HFC
  • Inflatables, Brock Commons
  • Rock Climbing, HFC
  • Open basketball, HFC
  • Lawn games
  • Fun, Run, Walk and Roll (HFC track) 

Breakout Sessions| Various Locations

Please attend at least two sessions of your choice.

All breakout sessions run three times:

  • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
  • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Making a transfer connection: campus and academic resources | Hiner 207
Are you a new transfer student? We want to help support your transition to Longwood with helpful information about library
and campus resources—and to hear questions you might have. Come to our breakout session, meet other students who are
also new to campus, and get on the fast-track to becoming a successful Lancer!

IncLUsion and Me
Upchurch, Kraemer 312

What does inclusion really mean, what does it look like, and why does it even matter? In this interactive session, participants will work to understand and identify categories associated with the various labels we apply to ourselves and others in our everyday lives. Key terms are addressed and the historical context of various groups is discussed. Participants will also consider the ways in which these categories shape their own identities and the ways in which they interact with others.

Collegiate Success: Through the Eyes of A Senior
Hiner 201

There is no better way to learn the ins and outs of life at Longwood than talking to someone who has experienced it for three years. In this breakout session, join in an open conversation with a current Longwood senior, walking through everything from understanding the syllabus, to how to figure out where to line up for Color Wars.

Discover What Club Sports Can Do For You!
Upchurch, Soza 
Looking to start or stay active while at Longwood? Want to continue competing in sport after high school? Join us for a student sport club panel that will share what joining a club team can do for you and explain how to join one. Swimming, Blue Heat Dance Team, Lacrosse, and Soccer are just a few of the 23 sport clubs to be a part of. Bring your questions as the panel will be ready to help you navigate sport clubs in any way they can!

There Is So Much to Do In Farmville
Hiner 101

Wondering what there is to do in Farmville? Stop by and talk with your 2019 Peer Mentors. They will be happy to give you
information about great restaurants, hiking trails, coffee shops and more!

Greek Life 101
Upchurch, Wilson Chamber

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Do you want to learn more about what Greek Life looks like at Longwood?
Come and learn about the process and requirements of membership, get questions answered and meet some of the leaders in the community. Members of CPC, IFC and NPHC will be present! We look forward to meeting you!

How to Become A Class Officer
Upchurch, First Floor Lounge

Come join members of the Student Government Association Executive Council to learn more about how YOU can change
Longwood University for the better. We will be discussing the basics of how SGA works and holding a Q&A session.

Get Involved With Leadership & Community Engagement at Longwood
Upchurch, House 302

In this interactive 30-minute session, you will learn where you stand on the Active Citizenship Continuum and learn how you
can continue your development as a Longwood Citizen Leader through programs from the Office of Leadership Development! Come check us out to be "enter-formed" on the plethora of opportunities to grow in your next four years at Longwood! Featuring Beyond the Numbers and Elwood’s Cabinet.

Transform Your Worldview with a Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Upchurch, Elder 314

This interactive session will highlight what a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor can do for you academically, personally, and economically. We will cover the content and approaches in the minor, discuss the many paths you can take to earn the minor, and review the career possibilities and personal enhancements that a WGST minor gives to students like you.

Learn About Student Organizations and Learn How to Get Involved
Upchurch, Simpson 313

Looking to be successful in your college career? Being involved is one of the best things for your grades and experience at
Longwood! Come see how you can get involved in all manners of activities at Longwood. Learn how to find new groups of likeminded individuals or be the beacon to which people can garner a new experience by forming their own student organization! Discover and uncover how to use Lancer Link, the campus gateway to Clubs and Organizations and plenty of amazing experiences!

Greenwood Goosechase
Library 148

Join the librarians in a scavenger hunt. Learn how to research, find a book, and check out items through completing easy
missions on the Goosechase app. Participate with a group or go it alone; you’ll be asked to take pictures and complete short-answer questions. Those with the most points will be eligible for prizes! For efficiency, please download the Goosechase app from your phone’s app store before attending the program.

How to Be A Lunatic 101 | Upchurch Grant 304
Do you have school spirit? Love cheering and attending athletic events? Or just want to learn about Longwood athletics? Come talk to the Lancer Lunatics about how we show our school spirit at Longwood. Lancer Lunatics is Longwood’s official student section, and we are passionate about supporting athletics while getting loud, rowdy, and crazy. Join the movement and become a Lunatic!

Roommate Problems 101
Hiner 213 (ONLY 3:30-4:30)

Do you already feel some serious tension with your roommate/suitemate? Well, the bad news is the feeling may be
mutual. The good news is there’s likely an easy fix. Check out this session to learn how to fix things with your roommate.
You’ll also learn how to quickly get help from housing staff or change rooms if things are beyond repair.

Tragic Classroom Blunders
Hiner 109

This is a session with tips on adapting to your new academic community and avoiding soul-crushing gaffes. If you’ve ever
wondered what can go wrong in a college classroom, this is the session for you.

Don’t Just Feel Good, Feel GREAT On Your Path to Citizen Leadership!
Hiner 210

Before becoming a citizen leader and changing the world, you come first. This session will provide personal well-being tips
that will help you start and continue your Longwood journey strong and well.

Degree Works: How Do Your Courses Fit?
Hiner 212

Degree Works is an audit tool you can use to help you see the progression of your requirements; as well as help you know what courses you need to register for each semester. This session will show you how this tool will help you in your time here at Longwood

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m                                                                 

Peer Mentor Prime Time 

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Brunch, Dorrill Dining Hall 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

New Lancer Days Pep Rally, Willet Gym
Longwood Athletics’ Traditions, the G.A.M.E., and meet our athletic teams!

1:40 p.m.

Class of 2023 Group Photo, Willett Gym 

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Find your classrooms/campus tour (Optional)
Explore campus and find your classrooms. Peer Mentors will be available to help you. 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Theatre Open House, CSTAC Lobby
You don't have to be a theater major, this is open to all students. 

4:30 p.m.


4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

“Last Dash before Class”, Walmart (Optional)
Need to get a last-minute notebook before classes? Hop on the Longwood bus behind the Student Union and head over to Walmart! There will be snacks, music, and a drawing for gift cards worth up to $500.  

6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

Multiplicity Mixer, Soza Ballroom, Upchurch
The Longwood University Youth and College Division of NAACP and the Multicultural Affairs Office will host a meet and greet. Join us and learn more about the culturally based student organizations on campus. Light refreshments will be served.