Like last year, the University will officially close at 3:00 this Friday May 13th in advance of our Graduate Commencement ceremony later that evening. Those of you engaged in crucial and time-sensitive work that afternoon, please use good judgment and coordinate with your supervisor to find an alternative time to take a few hours off instead.
We’ve heard from a number of students that construction noise from the Student Success Center can be heard in the library and is frustrating to those of you studying for your final exams. We’ve looked into it, and there seems to be some kind of unexpected echo effect making the construction noise louder than we anticipated. But we understand how important it is to study for exams, so we’ve asked the contractors to stop all heavy equipment work at the site until next week. There won’t be total silence, but this should improve things.
Thanks for your understanding. We have a number of great new buildings underway, but construction always causes inconvenience and a bit of frustration. When things like this noise issue crop up, we’ll respond as best and as quickly as we can.
General Assembly Update
The General Assembly held its regular reconvened session this week, and I am pleased to relay good news and context concerning the two distinct areas where the Commonwealth provides us key support --- capital (i.e. building projects) and operations.
Regarding capital funding from the Commonwealth, in 2016 the Governor and General Assembly have appropriated more than $40 million to Longwood --- fully funding the long-planned new academic building (to be located behind French) and new admissions office, as well as providing important campus infrastructure funding. This is by far the largest amount of capital funding Longwood has received from the Commonwealth in a single year in our history. Emily O’Brion has done brilliant work, as have members of the Board of Visitors, and we are profoundly thankful to the General Assembly and the Governor.
With a beautiful and vibrant spring weekend behind us, we are in the home stretch of the academic year. Last week was a difficult one for the Longwood family, particularly those who knew and worked closely with Shiv and were most especially devastated by the terrible news. Yet it was greatly comforting to see once again Longwood’s spirit and camaraderie come to the fore when we all needed it most. I could not have been prouder of the Longwood students who spoke at the informal gathering on campus to honor Shiv, and at his family’s service in Northern Virginia this past Sunday. We must remember to cherish one another and our time together, and not lose sight of what matters most.
Shiv Sharma '18
In the early evening last night, there was a terrible single-vehicle car accident about 40 miles from campus, in which one of our students died, Shiv Sharma, a vibrant figure on campus who was a sophomore political science major from Springfield, VA.
At times you may have heard me say before that the best answer to the complex question "How is the University doing?" is the answer to the simple and focused question "How is enrollment going?" Our students are our purpose, and enrollment is what drives Longwood financially. Last month, I mentioned we were on track for a record year in applications. I can now report that we truly have had a record year --- with more than 5,000 applications for the freshman class for the first time in Longwood’s history. Even more importantly, deposits to enroll in the freshman class are also substantially ahead today compared to this time last year. Going forward, we will be looking to continue to keep matriculating freshman classes of roughly 1,100 students, and this year we are well on our way. Every single one of us has a role in this success.
Campus Community Campaign
This coming Monday, February 15, marks the start of our Campus Community Campaign – the annual event in which we encourage faculty, staff and students to make a gift to Longwood. There will be a number of campus activities in the days ahead, including Thank A Donor Day on February 25.
Spring Semester Welcome
This is just a quick note to welcome everyone back for the spring semester. We have navigated through Winter Storm Jonas, with deep thanks to those of you who worked tirelessly to keep key buildings open and operations humming and ready for classes today.
Last week (pre-Jonas), the events for our MLK celebration were impactful and important, as always. In the days ahead, as the semester continues to move into stride, the Richmond Symphony will perform in Jarman next Thursday 2/4 and noted Times-Dispatch columnist Jeff Schapiro will give a talk on the 2016 election. Over this week, the Women’s Basketball Team will also host Winthrop and the Men’s Team will host Radford. Like any great university, Longwood is a hub and destination.
Longwood's New Campus Master Plan
Over the past 18 months, Longwood and New York-based architecture and planning firm Cooper Robertson Partners have been working together to develop a new campus Master Plan – a document that will set out a vision and articulate priorities for our campus and facilities through 2025 and beyond.
The planning team, led with exceptional dedication by Dick Bratcher and working in consultation with the Master Plan Steering Committee, has conducted nearly 100 meetings with groups of students, faculty and staff, as well as off-campus constituents in Farmville and across the region. What has emerged should be a source of tremendous pride and excitement.
Graduate Studies Task Force
Before classes wind down for the semester and we move into exam period and the holidays, I wanted to take a moment to let you know about some work regarding graduate studies here at the University. Our undergraduate focus is the heart of Longwood, and always will be. Because of retention efforts, undergraduate enrollment is strong and becoming stronger --- undergraduate enrollment has increased by more than 300 students from the fall of 2012 to this fall (4,311 in fall 2012; and 4,640 now).
Message from President Reveley
With the promise of the holiday season ahead, there are just ten days of classes left in the semester now, one which has been so eventful and one in which we've seen the country and the world in such discord and grief, sadly too familiar.
The fundamental and distinctive thing that university life does --- in our classes and throughout campus --- is teach the habits of openly reasoning together, the heart of citizen leadership and democracy. That openness fosters an empathy which makes the tragedies we see around the country and the world, especially now, so difficult and heartbreaking, as well as galvanizing.
2016 Vice Presidential Debate Update
It has been wonderful to savor and celebrate the debate announcement these last few weeks. Now we are moving into a phase of more detailed planning for next October, and I thought this a good juncture to touch base with the campus.
We will soon receive our first detailed guidance from The Commission on Presidential Debates regarding the October 4th event itself. With this guidance in hand, we can begin considering and deciding upon options for the major activities and events that will surround the debate. That, in turn will allow all of you – as divisions, departments, and individual faculty and staff – to have those major events in mind as you consider how best to plan for, and make use of, the debate in your own areas. The idea is to assemble a scaffolding of major activities, but allow much of the energy and activity to emerge organically, through the structures of the university already in place (for instance the SGA, extracurricular groups, the general education committee and academic departments).
2016 Vice Presidential Debate Update
At the end of a remarkable week, I wanted to share again briefly how proud I am of Longwood and how excited I am for what lies ahead over the coming year.
The news of our selection to host the 2016 VP debate rocketed through the Lancer universe and far beyond. Nationally, it produced unprecedented numbers of state and national media hits (including a national AP story about all four debate hosts, read certainly by millions in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere, in which Joan Neff had the lead quote). Today’s edition of the Farmville Herald is also one for the history books. The announcement on Wednesday made for a record-shattering day for our web sites too (our home page and the new debate.longwood.edu) as well as for our social media. The debate website received 8,300 Facebook shares, and via shares on Facebook alone our announcement reached more than a quarter-million people directly.
2016 Vice Presidential Debate Announcement
In October 2016, tens of millions of people around the country and countless more around the world will turn their eyes to Longwood . . . . . . We have been chosen to host the 2016 U.S. Vice-Presidential Debate!! Host institutions for the Vice-Presidential Debate in prior elections include Washington University in St. Louis, Centre College, Case Western, and Georgia Tech.
The Commission on Presidential Debates will be making a national public announcement shortly. When it does, the message from me immediately below will be posted on our website. Gov. McAuliffe, the entire Virginia Congressional Delegation, and our local leaders have been enormously supportive in this effort.
This is a great day for Longwood --- and what a tremendous testimony it is to the Longwood spirit.
Changes to Academic Calendar for 2016-17
With 2014-15 almost at its close, I’ve been peering one hop ahead to the 2016-17 academic calendar, with students and families chiefly in mind.
Usually, as was true last month, Hampden-Sydney’s graduation and our graduation are on the same weekend. That makes it very difficult for families looking for hotel accommodations and arranging graduation meals. Next year --- 2015-16 --- is a year when our graduation and Hampden-Sydney’s, by the habitual way of doing things, fall on different weekends (May 1 is a Sunday in 2016, which is what prompts the various calendar gears to move a little differently).
President Reveley’s email to campus concerning Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell
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.
Though the weight of this horrible prospect has loomed, today extinguishes our hope of AJ’s safe return and confirms our worst fear. Our thoughts are profoundly with her family. These past weeks, they have endured unimaginable anguish and uncertainty, and now they must confront the terrible grief of this loss.
For second straight year, Longwood will hold price increases to historic lows
Last week marked the second anniversary of the announcement that I would be joining Longwood, following in my family’s footsteps here reaching back over a century. At the Board of Visitors meeting at the end of last week, we noted that Longwood has had the highest percentage enrollment growth of any Virginia public institution since 2012-13, at 5.4% --- matched by a 7.8% increase in full-time faculty.
That enrollment strength, driven by keeping students on track to graduation rather than increasing the freshman class, is giving Longwood the momentum to work to ensure affordability for students and families. At its meeting, the Board of Visitors voted to hold tuition and fees low again for 2015-16.
Message from President Reveley to campus community about campus climate
During my time as president, I’ve communicated regularly with the Longwood community about an issue that has been very much in the news and constantly on my mind – Title IX, campus sexual violence and our shared efforts to ensure we have a campus climate that is healthy, safe and fair. As I’ve said before, the issue is fundamentally a matter of civil rights – of ensuring that no student’s right to an education is derailed by gender-based discrimination, harassment and violence, and that all students are treated fairly.
Message from President Reveley to campus community on report of student missing in Norfolk over Spring Break
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. Freshman student Anjelica "AJ" Hadsell went home to Norfolk over break and then was reported missing there. We had hoped she might return to school with the resumption of classes --- but the start of classes now is passing by. We remain hopeful.
Statement from Rector Margiloff and President Reveley on Recent News Events
The recent article in Rolling Stone magazine about the University of Virginia, along with subsequent reporting, and the national news from Ferguson and Staten Island concerning community policing have made the past few weeks a time of tumultuous debate throughout the Commonwealth and nation, and across higher education. These issues speak to the matter of civil rights, among them the rights of students to pursue their education free from sexual discrimination, harassment and violence, and the rights of all of us to be treated decently and fairly under the law.
President Reveley's email to students about sexual misconduct and Title IX - November 2014
I wanted to touch base with the campus at the end of a week in which the important issue of sexual assault has been very much in the news and on the minds of many of us. I’m sure many of you have seen the article in Rolling Stone magazine about UVA, and the strong reaction it has generated. The article has elicited powerful emotions, underscoring the urgency of this issue and the importance of addressing it aggressively and comprehensively.
Longwood Expresses Regret Over Institution’s Actions During Civil Rights Era
On Saturday, the Board of Visitors - as befits a deliberative body of citizen leaders - took profound action. A press release will be posted this morning. It includes the full text of the Board’s powerful resolution.
College affordability is the heart of democracy
President Taylor Reveley IV wrote a column on the importance of college affordability that appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Reveley wrote of the historic significance of higher education as the foundation of citizenship and democracy, and the necessity to check the escalation in college costs. Using Longwood's minimal increase of tuition and fees—2.1 percent—Reveley called for a recommitment to college affordability and a renewed emphasis on an educated citizenry.
President Reveley’s message to students about Title IX and sexual misconduct - August 2014
As we gear up for a new academic year, I wanted to be in touch with every student about an important subject that has been much in the news nationally of late, and very much on my mind as well.
Sexual harassment and sexual assault take place on every college campus, and unfortunately Longwood is no exception. Such behavior is fundamentally incompatible with our core community values. But the issue runs deeper even than that; it’s a matter of civil rights.
President Reveley's email to students - "Thank You for a Great First Year"
As exam week begins, I wanted to thank you all for helping make my first year as president a great one, and to offer encouragement for a strong and safe finish to the semester. The last month has been a busy and exhilarating season of banquets and traditions and long-awaited sunshine. Now, fortified by Late Night Breakfast, let's all dig deep for a final push before the celebration of Commencement.
Let’s also finish strong when it comes to reflecting the core Longwood values of citizen leadership.
President Reveley's email to students about 2014-15 tuition and mandatory fees
Across the country, there is one complaint we presidents hear more than any other: College is getting too expensive.
I couldn’t agree more. It isn’t fair you arrived at college during a perfect storm of factors that have driven tuition prices up and up. You are working more, borrowing more, and worrying more about the future than any previous generation of students.
Longwood inaugurates W. Taylor Reveley IV as 26th president
The revolutionary power of residential liberal arts education and the critical role of citizen leaders in today’s society were among the topics that Longwood University’s 26th president, W. Taylor Reveley IV, touched on in his inaugural address Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
- Watch the video
- View the news release
- View the photos on Facebook
- View President Reveley's Inaugural Address(pdf)
- View Marianne Radcliff's Remarks (Rector of the Board of Visitors)(pdf)
President Reveley featured on WHRV's "HearSay with Cathy Lewis"President Reveley WHRV September 10, 2013 by longwoodu
President W. Taylor Reveley IV was a featured guest on WHRV's "HearSay with Cathy Lewis" on September 10, 2013. Among other topics, Lewis spoke with President Reveley about citizen leadership and the value of a liberal arts education. WHRV is the NPR station in Norfolk.
Fall 2013 President's Welcome
President Reveley welcomes Longwood faculty and staff back for the new year. Highlights include current status, initiatives and a glimpse of the future. Recorded 8/16/13.
Farmville's WFLO (95.7 FM) interviews President Reveley
In June 2013, Longwood President W. Taylor Reveley IV was interviewed by Francis Wood on Farmville's WFLO (95.7 FM and 870 AM) as part of their Call Flo morning radio show. Read more and listen to the interview