Spring semester classes to start as scheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 12

As the beginning of the semester approaches, the campus still showing signs of the blanket of snow that fell earlier in the week, Longwood administrators are keeping a close eye on Covid-19 developments and formulating a plan that takes both public health and your students’ educational needs into consideration.

The email below was shared with students Wednesday, Jan. 5, by Matthew McWilliams, assistant vice president for communications.

One important piece of information is that classes will start as scheduled and in person on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Among the additional topics discussed below are
—The impact of the Omicron variant and how Longwood is responding to it
—Guidelines students should follow before returning to campus
—Campus policy for wearing masks

Another source of information is an updated FAQ list at www.longwood.edu/covid19. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to email questions@longwood.edu.

—Sabrina Brown


Here’s the text of the email sent to students on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

Dear Students,

As President Reveley shared with you last week, Longwood plans to start the semester in-person and on-time, with undergraduate classes beginning next Wednesday, January 12. It will once again take a commitment by everyone in our community to ensure a successful semester. Please read this email carefully so you know what to expect.

The current situation with Covid-19 is different from what we’ve faced in the past. It’s increasingly clear the omicron variant is milder for most individuals, and vaccines offer significant protection against serious illness. However, omicron is also clearly more transmissible. That means we may face, at least over the next few weeks, a large number of cases simultaneously – and we need to prepare for that.

On our campus and across the country, this change means we’ll have to shift away from certain broadly deployed tools, and in the direction of more customized ones, reflecting individual responsibility, risk and circumstances. It also means that, for the next few weeks, we may well see a temporary impact on services like dining or facilities. We will continue to communicate with campus by email.

Faculty and staff may be out more than usual, caring for themselves or impacted family, so individual classes may need to make adjustments or meet temporarily online. In such instances, faculty will be in touch with students. Getting through these weeks will require some patience and goodwill – but we are confident we can do so, just as we have in the past.

Longwood’s Covid response team has been monitoring developments carefully, in close consultation with the Virginia Department of Health, other universities and public officials. Here is an outline of our Covid protocols and what to expect.


As with previous semesters, do not return to Farmville if you have possible Covid symptoms such as sore throat, coughing, fever or congestion, or are awaiting Covid test results. Even if you are asymptomatic, we encourage you to get a Covid test before coming to campus – but we also recognize tests for the general public are in short supply, and that public officials are trying to prioritize availability for the symptomatic and vulnerable populations. Also, remember a test is only valid for the moment taken, so continue to show care in traveling to campus and once you arrive.

If you have tested positive, or are experiencing symptoms and may be arriving late, contact the University Health Center at 434-395-2102 and email your professors to let them know you won’t be in class. If you are in day 6-10 of a Covid isolation/quarantine, be sure to contact the Health Center to discuss your situation. When you can return to campus under CDC masking protocols may depend on your housing situation.


Longwood strongly encourages you to get a booster if you are eligible (six months past your second dose of a Moderna vaccine, five months past your second dose of Pfizer, or or two months after one dose of J&J).

The first reason is boosters offer significant added protection against severe symptoms from omicron. The second is that under recently updated public health guidance, those who are boosted are less likely to have to quarantine if contact-exposed. Getting boosted if eligible means you are less likely to see your semester disrupted by having to isolate or quarantine.

We recognize a number of students are not yet eligible for boosters, and that some may have medical concerns, so we are not requiring them at this time. However, please update the vaccination status form we asked all students to fill out before last semester to let us know if you’ve had your booster (or any other status update) at https://www.longwood.edu/covid19/vaccinestatus/ . Again, this will help keep you healthy – and also avoid disruptions to the semester.

Moderna vaccinations and boosters are available at the Health Center, as well as area drug stores, all free of charge.


As with past semesters, if you experience symptoms such as sore throat, fever or coughing after you return to campus, please isolate and call the University Health Center at 434-395-2102. Let your professors know you are isolating and – this is important – that you have contacted the the University Health Center. If our testing capacity becomes temporarily strained, we may work with you on finding alternative ways to get a test. We are also working with the Virginia Department of Health to potentially provide some additional testing capacity if needed.

If you test positive for Covid, under updated CDC guidelines you must isolate for five days (down from 10), followed by five additional days of mask wearing whenever around others. Again this semester, we have some isolation housing available in Cox and ARC halls. However, depending on the prevalence on campus and their housing situation, students may be required to isolate or quarantine in their residence halls or at home.


Masking requirements for classrooms and any indoor public areas will continue as we begin the semester. There is new CDC guidance that asks those who have tested positive to continue masking around others even outside for an additional five days after at least five days of isolation. Under CDC guidance, masks should have two layers and completely cover your mouth and nose. We encourage the use of masks such as N95s, and have on hand a substantial supply which we will be making available on campus early in the semester to students, faculty and staff.


Dining services will continue as last semester, including grab-and-go options for those who cannot or do not wish to eat in the Dining Hall.

You can find an updated FAQ list at www.longwood.edu/covid19. If you have further questions, please email questions@longwood.edu.

I will continue to be in touch over the course of the semester with updates. Please stay safe and continue to do your part to ensure a successful semester.

Thanksgiving Holidays: Preparations for Staying on Campus or Going Home

I know that many of you are counting the days—and even the hours—until your Lancers are home for Thanksgiving.

But we still have them for a few days here on campus, so we’ll be getting a jump on serving the traditional feast: Longwood’s Thanksgiving dinner will be in Dorrill Dining Hall on Thursday, Nov. 18. On the menu are ham, turkey, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes and more, plus Longwood’s famous baked Alaska for dessert.

Before the holidays arrive, there is some planning and preparing your student needs to take care of if they live in Longwood-managed housing—whether they will be away from campus during the holidays or whether they are remaining on campus.

Longwood will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays Nov. 24-26, and no classes will be held on those days. Unless your student is told otherwise by their professor, all classes on Tuesday, Nov. 23, including evening classes, will meet as scheduled.

University administrative offices also will be closed Nov. 24-26.

Anticipating your questions, here are a few answers I thought might be helpful.

When will Longwood-managed housing be closed for the holidays?
Longwood-managed housing will be closed from 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, through noon Sunday, Nov. 28. This means that ID card access to residence halls and apartments will not be available during this time UNLESS your student has filled out an online “intent to stay” form.

If I’m picking my student up from Johns Hall or Moss Hall, are there any special arrangements I should be aware of?
On Tuesday, Nov. 23, from noon to 6:30 p.m., residents and parents will be permitted to load vehicles on Spruce Street. Instructions about this special arrangement—which will be similar to the one-way traffic pattern used during August move-in—will be emailed to all residents assigned to Johns and Moss halls. This will prevent dangerous traffic congestion on the South Main Street side the high rises.

What does my student need to do if they’re leaving campus for the holidays?
Students who live in Longwood-managed housing and are leaving campus for the break need to complete the tasks below before they leave. Rooms and apartments will be inspected to make sure the steps below have been followed.
—Remove all trash, contraband and perishable food
—Thoroughly clean their assigned living area, including the bathroom and common spaces
—If applicable, adjust their room thermostat to a low/medium setting
—Take valuables and important items with them (medication, eyeglasses, wallet, etc.)
—Shut down and unplug all electronics, except personal refrigerators or apartment appliances
—Turn off all lights
—Close and lock all windows
—Lower all window blinds/shades
—Lock all doors

What must my student do to maintain access to their residence hall/apartment during the holidays?
Any student who needs access to their Longwood-managed housing—both residence halls and apartments—from 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, through noon Sunday, Nov. 28, must submit an online “intent to stay” form through Longwood’s housing gateway.

When can they fill out the “intent to stay” form and what is the deadline?
deadline to submit the “intent to stay” form is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22. The form is currently active.

What safety measures will be in place for students who stay on campus during the holidays?
Submitting the “intent to stay” form will provide your student with uninterrupted ID card access to their campus residence (where applicable) as well as notify Campus Police of their continued presence on campus as a safety measure. All students who remain on campus should be sure to carry their Longwood IDs with them at all times for identification purposes.

What campus dining options will be available during the Thanksgiving holidays?
Longwood meal plans do not include a charge for the Thanksgiving break/weekend. Food outlets will observe normal hours on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 24, through Saturday, Nov. 27. Moe’s will reopen at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, and Dorrill Dining Hall will reopen at 5 p.m. Sunday. All normal operations resume on Monday.

Will the FAB (Farmville Area Bus) be running during the days the university is closed?
Farmville Area Bus (FAB) service will end at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23.  Bus service is expected to resume at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28.  No bus transportation is available to Lancer Park during university breaks.

I hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving full of fun, friends and good food. One of the things I’ll be thinking about on Nov. 25 is how thankful I am that you have entrusted your child’s college experience to Longwood.

—Sabrina Brown



Do your Lancers still love Halloween? You bet your candy corn they do.

Tis the season for pumpkin-carving contests, the annual Haunted House in the Fitness Center, giant spider webs sprouting in basements and a good, old-fashioned scary movie at Longwood’s High Street Theatre.

It’s plain to see all over campus that your Lancers are up to their eyeballs in Halloween spirit this year. Below are some examples of their talents in creating creepy, cute and creepily cute costumes—proof that you never get too old to dress up for Halloween.

—Sabrina Brown

Work and Play Go Hand in Hand

The next few weeks are full of fall events where your Lancers will be showing off what they have learned and also having some silly—and even scary—fun (boo!). All work and no play is definitely not a recipe for success, so, along with encouraging them to work hard, put in a word for taking an occasional study break.

Fall 2021 Student Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry

Students present their academic work, from biology research to graphic design projects, in this twice-yearly event. Ask your student if they’re planning to participate. (The registration deadline is this Friday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m.)

The showcase is set for Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 2-5:30 p.m. Parents can see their students in action via Zoom for oral presentations and performances.   Poster presentations and visual art displays will be virtual and will be posted on the ForagerOne Symposium platform.

You can find more information here.

Student Ensemble Concerts

If you weren’t able to come to campus for Family Weekend, you missed a great showcase of our students’ musical talents. There was a sizable crowd in Jarman Auditorium, and the students got a boost from performing for a live audience again after last year.

There is something to be said for live-streamed concerts, however: Parents can watch them from home.

If your student is in the Camerata Singers, the Chamber Singers, the Wind Symphony and/or the String Ensemble, mark these dates and times on your calendar. All three concerts will be live in Jarman Auditorium and live-streamed  at “Elwood’s Recital” on YouTube.

Camerata and Chamber Singers
Thursday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
The students in these ensembles not only sing, but also share their own reflections in words and in images throughout the concert.

Wind Symphony
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring clarinet professor Dr. Roland Karnatz in the 1940s swing-style piece “Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto” and a Veterans Day tribute that will include service songs of the U.S. military followed by Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Wind Ensemble

String Ensemble
Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring works by Gustav Holst, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jay Ungar, Ledah Finck and Gordon Ring.

Now For the Fun

If your student is telling you there’s nothing to do, see if they know about these  entertaining events.

Magic Show: Matt the Knife
Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, 8 p.m.

Organized by Lancer Productions
Described as an “intense mentalist, magician and speaker who’s wickedly humorous, occasionally dangerous and unapologetically irreverent.”

Haunted House with Campus Recreation
Friday, Oct. 29, 8-11 p.m.
Screaming encouraged 🙂


Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest
Monday, Nov. 1, throughout the day
Organized by Alumni and Career Services
Students can submit photos of their pumpkins and costumes, which will be posted online for community voting to determine prize winners. Tell your student to let you know if they enter so you can vote for them! Winners will be announced on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Step Afrika!
Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, 8 p.m.
Organized by Lancer Productions
A dance troupe that performs and teaches the history of stepping.

—Sabrina Brown






A Busy October: From Silly to Serious


Ask your student if they had fun at Oktoberfest, which wrapped up this past Saturday with a full slate of activities and lots of live music. Some of Longwood’s most cherished traditions—including Color Wars and bonfire—take place during this fall semester celebration. (Color Wars pits students graduating in odd years against those graduating in even years in a battle of red and green paint. Bonfire is all about hot apple cider and telling stories from Longwood’s history.) You can see a full album of photos here—and maybe even catch a glimpse of your student.


Hearing that your child has gotten a job in a field they’ve worked so hard to prepare for, or been accepted to graduate school, rank toward the top of life’s best moments.

Longwood—and many of our alumni—are committed to helping students achieve those goals, and Career Week, coming up Oct. 11-14, is a perfect example of that commitment.

The week is designed to help your student navigate the job-search and graduate-school application process, as well as connect with Longwood’s alumni network and meet potential employers.

All students are welcome at the sessions noted below. It’s really never too soon to start crafting a killer resume or thinking about what it takes to get into graduate school. How to land an internship will also be on the agenda.

Please encourage your student to take full advantage of the week’s activities, which are detailed below.

Any parents, and especially those who are Longwood alums, are welcome to attend the networking session Wednesday evening (Oct. 13). Alumni parents also are invited to attend the alumni reception Thursday evening (Oct. 14). If you have any questions, you can reach out to Megan Miller, associate director of campus career engagement, at millermp@longwood.edu or 434-395-2064.

Students and parents who plan to attend should register here: http://www.longwood.edu/career/career-week/. A full schedule and descriptions of events are also available on this website.

If your student has any questions, they can email alumni@longwood.edu or career@longwood.edu.


Monday, Oct. 11
Resume and Cover Letter Workshop | 3 p.m. | Upchurch University Center, Room 300

Tuesday, Oct. 12
Graduate School Preparation Workshop | 1 p.m. | Upchurch University Center, Room 300
LinkedIn and Networking Workshop | 3 p.m. | Maugans Alumni Center, Martinelli Room

Wednesday, Oct. 13
Alumni, Student and Employer Networking Event | 6 p.m. | Upchurch University Center, Soza Ballroom

Thursday, Oct. 14
Career, Internship and Engagement Fair | 1 p.m. | Maugans Alumni Center, Blackwell Ballroom
Alumni Reception | 6:30 p.m. | Radcliff Hall

—Sabrina Brown


Want to have a harmonious fall break? Give these 10 ideas a try

Today’s Parent Pipeline post was contributed by Larry Robertson, Longwood’s assistant vice president for student development and former dean of students.

Fall break is just around the corner—there will be no classes Oct. 7 and 8. Your student may be heading home for the first time this semester or, if they’re a freshman, for the first time since they headed off to college.

Larry Robertson

Just like any family vacation, especially when it’s been a while since everyone has lived together under the same roof, there can be a few pitfalls. Harmony can be achieved, however, with a little forethought and planning.

Since this post is for parents, here’s my Top 10 list of things to think about before your student comes through the door.


You may not be aware that you’ve become accustomed to your house being a little quieter since your student moved to campus. You will likely be amazed at how much extra noise their two feet can make—and a lot of that noise may be generated at night after you’ve gone to bed. Your student may have become a night owl.


Curfews can be a point of friction, but discussing this issue before your student comes home will go a long way toward an amicable solution. Remember they’ve been coming and going as they please for several weeks—but it’s still your home and you set the rules. Even if you don’t intend to set a curfew, you may want to remind your student to let you know where they are and when they plan to return.


Many of you may want to do your student’s laundry, and that is fine. However, some of you may want to remind them that they are capable of doing it for themselves. That’s OK, too. Again, it will help to discuss this before they get home.


Don’t plan too much. It’s a good idea to check first with your student to see what their plans are before completely filling their time at home with family activities. Your student may have plans to connect with friends. It might be better to choose one or two times designated for family activities and give your student some flexibility to do other things. If you plan to take them out for meals, avoid Chik-fil-A, Applebee’s and other restaurants that are in Farmville. Trust me—they are ready for something different.


Be prepared to see some changes in your child’s behavior, though they will probably be minor. They might have new favorite foods (sushi, for example), new favorite snacks (Flaming Hot Cheetos, for example), new exercise routines or even be using Longwood lingo you’re not familiar with (“The Wood,” “CHI,” “D-hall,” etc.). Don’t be afraid to ask them to explain. Also be aware that they may have incorporated some colorful language into their vocabulary.


Try not be alarmed if they come home with a noticeable change in appearance, like a new hair color, bangs, a new tattoo or a new piercing. This is very common among college students. They may just be looking for a way to assert their newfound “freedom.”


Some students may bring home loads of homework. These students may have procrastinated or suddenly realized that midterms are fast approaching. If this is your student, encourage them to take some breaks and relax a little. Some students may not bring home any homework at all. Depending upon the classes they’re taking and their personal study habits, they may have stayed on top of their assignments. If this is your student, don’t pry or nag, but ask them what midterms they have coming up. Or you may be able to find out how they’re doing by asking them about their favorite and least favorite classes.


It’s not uncommon at this point in the semester for students to share that they are struggling in a class or that they are thinking about changing their major. Encourage them to talk to their professors during office hours or after class. Remind your student that help is available through tutoring and the Writing Center.


If you hear the words “I am failing,” ask for clarification. Your student may think they are failing when they really have a C. Or they might be concerned about earning an A minus. In some cases, it may be important to remind them that doing their best doesn’t always mean being perfect.


October can be a difficult time for a lot of new college students. In addition to adapting to their new life at college, they’re also starting to realize that life is continuing at their high school without them and their friends at other colleges are having different experiences. It may seem that everyone else is changing. What they don’t realize is that they’re changing, too. Be prepared for them to be quieter or seem down. You can ask them how they’re feeling, but don’t be surprised if they don’t know what’s wrong. It’s all well within the range of normal.

Finally, don’t forget to have some fun with your student over fall break. And don’t be surprised if you’re somewhat relieved to have the house back to yourself when they return to school. That’s within the range of normal as well.



On a roll: Longwood again ranks in U.S. News top 10 public universities in the South

I’m so happy to be able to share with you the good news that—for the sixth straight year—Longwood has been named one of the top 10 public universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition, Longwood was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the top South Region colleges on its annual list.

One important factor in this year’s U.S. News ranking is this statistic reported in the magazine: Longwood has the highest percentage of small classes of any public college or university in the South.

With nearly two-thirds of Longwood classes having 20 or fewer students, and nearly all taught by full-time faculty, your Lancers have a distinct advantage over peers at larger institutions: access to faculty members who mentor them through research projects, academic exploration and the signature Civitae core curriculum.

The latest ranking continues Longwood’s steady rise over the last decade. Since 2013, the university has climbed to No. 7 from No. 12 among public institutions in the Southern regional category. Among public and private regional universities, Longwood is again ranked in the top 20.

The biggest climb in the rankings, however, is a major jump on the Best Value in the South list: Longwood leaped a whopping 14 spots to No. 33 overall this year.

You can read the full story here.

Sabrina Brown


Up for a Road Trip? Join in the Family Weekend fun Sept. 17-18

No plans for the weekend?

What about a road trip to Longwood? It’s Family Weekend—and we have all kinds of activities planned that will showcase students and introduce you to some of Longwood’s faculty.

You can come for an afternoon, a day or the weekend. Take this opportunity to give your Lancer a hug and tell them how proud you are of them. Your support and your confidence in them still mean a lot—even if they think they’re too grown up to show it.

You can register at Upchurch University Center when you arrive on campus. There’s a flat cost of $10 per person (no charge for students), which helps cover Game Night snacks and prizes on Friday, a continental breakfast Saturday morning and other costs associated with the activities. The Saturday night performance of The Great Dubois—billed as “the world’s most unique two-person circus show”—requires a $5 ticket (students admitted free with Longwood ID).

Some of the weekend’s activities are detailed below. For a full schedule, you can download the Guidebook app at https://guidebook.com/g/lufamilyweekend2021/.

—Sabrina Brown


4-8 p.m.
Registration Upchurch University Center

8-10 p.m.
Game Night! Upchurch University Center
—BINGO, hosted by Lancer Productions, Soza Ballroom
—Trivia, hosted by Greenwood Library, Wilson Chamber
—Family Feud, hosted by the Cormier Honors College, First Floor Lounge 


8 a.m.-noon
Registration Upchurch University Center

8 a.m.
Yoga Stubbs Lawn

10:30 a.m.-noon
Campus Presentations Upchurch University Center, Wilson Chamber
10:30 a.m. – Study Abroad
11 a.m. – Fraternity and Sorority Life
11:30 a.m. – Brock Experiences

Field Hockey Game Athletics Complex, Johnson Drive

12:30-1:45 p.m.  (doors open at 12:15 p.m.)
Music Showcase Jarman Auditorium
Featuring student and faculty ensembles, chamber groups and soloists, including Camerata Singers, Wind Symphony, Chamber Singers, String Ensemble, University Choir and a jazz combo.

1 p.m.
Men’s Rugby Game First Avenue Field

1-3 p.m.
Faculty Presentations (please check the guidebook app for exact times)
Wonders of Biology, presented by Denis Trubitsyn, Bjoern Ludwar and Mark Fink,  Chichester 213
Chemistry Magic, presented by Sarah Porter,  Wheeler Lawn
Stronger Together through Books, presented by the education and counseling faculty, Greenwood Library, second floor
Where Action Meets Compassion, Lives Change, presented by Ian Danielson, Hiner 207
Brett Hursey and the Grainger Players (staged reading of a 10-minute play, Tough Cookies), Hiner 207
The Power of Narrative, presented by Mary Carrol Hackett, Hiner 207
Speech Learning Pathology and Audiology Presentation by students and faculty, Longwood Speech, Hearing and Learning Services, 315 W. Third Street
Clinical Simulation Lab Tours, Stevens, third floor
Skills To Pay The Bills, presented by Jeff Halliday, Allen Hall 101
Use Your Voice: Communication as a Citizen Leader, presented by Kris Paal, Allen Hall 101

2-3 p.m.
Student Performances Jarman Hall

6 p.m.
Club Football Game Lancer Park Fields

8 p.m.
The Great DuBois, “the world’s most unique two-person circus show” Jarman Hall

A momentous week, shipping packages to campus and upcoming events

If you’re reading this, you and your student have made it through the first week of classes. Congratulations!

For some students, it’s been all smiles and smooth sailing. For others, I know it’s been more of a challenge. College is a big transition for both you and your student. Give it time, and don’t give up.

Starting college is such a great opportunity for your student to become more independent, to meet and conquer challenges, to step outside their comfort zone, to be brave and so much more. It’s really a hands-on exercise in growing up. Give them support, but let them do it. They will thank you for it later (sometimes much later, but still …).

Next item of business …


Shipping/delivering to campus seems to be a topic of interest—and of some confusion—among Longwood parents. So I hope the information below will be helpful. You might want to print it out and save it for future reference.

via the U.S. Post Office, UPS or FedEx
Address your package like this:

Student Name
Longwood University
201 High Street
6-digit number of your student’s PO box (include ONLY the numbers; DO NOT INCLUDE the words PO Box)
Farmville, VA 23909

When delivered by the U.S. Post Office, UPS or FedEx, here’s how the package gets to your student:
1. The package will be delivered to the Longwood post office, which is in Graham Hall.
2. The post office will send a notification to your student’s Longwood email letting them know they have a package to pick up.
3. To pick up their package, your student will need to go to the post office. They should bring their Lancer ID as well as the email notification (this can be on their phone or printed out). The post office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind when you’re shipping packages that students won’t be able to pick up anything on the weekend.

Also delivered to your student via the Longwood post office will be refund checks from Longwood cashiering, stipend checks from the university and any printed internal communications from their academic departments, professors, student organizations, etc. The pick-up procedure for this mail is the same as for packages.

If you need help or have questions, contact Pam Rohr, mail services manager, at rohrpd@longwood.edu or 434-395-2116.

—Groceries and other items from the Farmville
—Food from restaurants using services like Wayfast and Uber Eats
These items will most likely be delivered directly to your student’s residence hall or Longwood-managed apartment. Provide the vendor with the student’s name, the residence hall or apartment complex, and the room or apartment number.


Encourage your student to get involved!

First Friday Back and The G.A.M.E
Friday, Aug. 27, 3:30-9 p.m., Lankford Patio, Stubbs Lawn, Athletics Complex

Stampede Athletic Band Organizational Meeting
Sunday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Longwood Landings rehearsal room

Involvement and Volunteer Fair
Thursday, Sept. 2, 4-6 p.m., Brock Commons

Outdoor Movie Night: Monsters University
Friday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m., Stubbs Lawn

Clark Intercultural Center Welcome Back
Friday, Sept. 3, 4-6 p.m., Clark Intercultural Center (behind the Health and Fitness Center)

Welcome Back Bingo!
Friday, Sept. 10, 8-10 p.m., Soza Ballroom Upchurch University Center

Family Weekend
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18, multiple locations around campus

—Sabrina Brown



Back to School: Nobody does it better than Longwood

The start of the school year has always been exciting for me, starting when I was a kid and then extending through my daughter’s school years and my long career in higher education.

But I’ve honestly never seen any place do “Back to School” better than Longwood.

The next few days are loaded with activities for your Lancers. If your student is the type who’s inclined to stay in their room—encourage them to get out there and mingle, say “hello” to people, join a group going to an event, smile!

This is such an important time—especially for freshmen—to meet people and make friends. Everyone is in the same boat at the beginning of the year, so students are very open to forging new connections.

Shark-invested campus? Carnival-type rides have traditionally been part of back-to-school activities.

If you’re wondering what your student will be (or could be) up to as they settle in, I’ve included below details about some upcoming activities. Encourage them to join in!

Also, on the academic side, fall semester classes start Monday, Aug. 23. Add/drop deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. Here’s some information about add/drop in case you’re not familiar with that process.

Mission IMPROV-able 

Friday, Aug. 20, 8 p.m., Jarman Auditorium
A night of improv comedy put on by Lancer Productions, a student organization.

New Lancer Days Tailgate 

Saturday, Aug. 21, 7-9:30 p.m., Brock Commons
Carnival games, snow cones, cotton candy, music, Longwood swag, a photo booth and more.

Snow cone, anyone? These icy treats and cotton candy will sweeten the Tailgate event on Saturday.
Meet the Greeks 

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m., Brock Commons (Soza Ballroom, Upchurch University Center, in case of rain)
Everything anyone could want to know about Greek life at Longwood can be found at this event. Representatives from all 22 organizations will be there to share information about their groups. Fraternities and sororities can be a great way to connect with other students.

First Friday Back and The G.A.M.E 

Friday, Aug. 27, 3:30-9 p.m., Multiple Campus Locations
Longwood scarf wristbands for freshmen handed out noon-3 p.m.; wristbands available to upperclassmen starting at 3:15 p.m. while supplies last
After some fun activities, students get their Lancer spirit going at a pep rally and then march together to the Athletics Complex to pick up their Longwood scarves and cheer for the men’s soccer team.

Every Lancer’s favorite accessory is the Longwood scarf. A new design is revealed each year, with freshmen given priority when the scarf is given out in the fall.
Involvement and Volunteer Fair 

Thursday, Sept. 2, 4-6 p.m., Brock Commons
This is the perfect opportunity for your Lancer to find fellow students who share their interests and to get involved!

Finally, I’d like to extend a heartfelt welcome to all the new parents who have joined Parent Pipeline via email or the Facebook group over the summer. I hope you’ll feel more connected to your student’s experience through this blog and find some helpful information, as well.

Most of all, I hope your student has a fun and successful fall semester!

—Sabrina Brown