Check out these services and activities available to students at no extra charge

Longwood's Health and Fitness Center offers a wide variety of weight and cardio equipment.

They say the best things in life are free.

If you ask me, the next-best things are those that are “included in the price of admission.” (Somehow that “free” glass of wine I used to get at the hair salon always tasted better than the one I’d pour at home.)

So I thought in today’s post I’d let you know about some of the services and activities your Lancers can take advantage of for no additional charge.

Tutoring
The Center for Academic Success offers tutoring in 13 subjects, including accounting, biology, chemistry, computer science, foreign languages, math, physics and psychology. Zoom sessions with student tutors are available at a variety of times throughout the week. The Writing Center can help with specific assignments as well as overall improvement with writing skills.

Fitness Classes
A variety of in-person fitness classes are offered throughout the week at Midtown Fitness Center (Longwood Landings) and the Health and Fitness Center on campus. The classes vary by location and include yoga, Pilates, spin, weight lifting, boxing and cardio. Participation is limited to nine students in each class to allow for social distancing. Of course, all students have access to the Health and Fitness Center for individual workouts.

Farmville Area Bus
FAB provides transportation throughout Farmville, including several stops around campus and at shopping areas. A current Lancer ID serves as a pass to ride the bus.

All current students can ride the Farmville Area Bus (FAB) by showing their Lancer ID.

New York Times and Wall Street Journal Digital Subscriptions 
Students can sign up for digital subscriptions to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal using their Longwood email address. The subscription process is managed by  Greenwood Library.

Career and Internship Fairs
Run by Career Services, these virtual events give employers and students the opportunity to connect—with summer internships and jobs after graduation often the result. The next Virtual Education Career Fair, which draws school district representatives from across Virginia, is set for March 22; the next Virtual All Majors Career and Internship Fair is March 30.

Lancer Productions Entertainment
The students who run Lancer Productions are always looking for activities that give their fellow students a chance to relax and have fun. Movie nights, making a stuffed animal, trivia contests, comedians, craft-making sessions and more are on their spring schedule of events. This speed painter created an awesome likeness of Longwood’s mascot, Elwood. Lancer Productions also books the entertainment for Spring Weekend, which is a student favorite.

Counseling and Psychological Services
Individual and group counseling are among the services provided by the licensed psychologists at CAPS. CAPS also offers therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Bike Rental
Beach cruiser-style bicycles can be “rented” for up to 30 days at a time through the Health and Fitness Center. No deposit is required, but students are responsible for damage or loss. Helmets and locks also are available, and there are bicycle racks located throughout campus.

 

Bikes are available for “rental” at no charge through the Health and Fitness Center.

Microsoft Office 365
Students are eligible for a free download of Microsoft Office 365 via their Longwood Live Mail account. The software is available to current students only, so access ends with graduation.

Hearing, Speech, Language and Voice Screenings
Each year, usually in May, Longwood’s Speech, Hearing and Learning Services offers free screenings for anyone, including students. SHLS also sponsors a monthly Hearing Loss Support Group.

Admission to Men’s and Women’s Home Basketball Games
For safety reasons, athletics contests are being held without spectators this semester, but in a normal year cheering on Longwood’s athletics teams is a popular student activity. All Longwood home games are free and open to the public except men’s and women’s basketball, which charge admission. Current students, however, also get free admission to home basketball games.

Poster Printing
Any student who needs a poster printed for a class or conference presentation can have the poster printed at no charge in the Office of Student Research. (Some academic departments also provide this service.) Posters must meet size restrictions.

Concerts
Longwood’s numerous vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as music faculty, present a variety of concerts and recitals each semester. This has been impacted by safety precautions for Covid-19, but some music events this semester will be available via livestreaming, for example, a performance by the String Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. You can view the concert live here.

Pass It On: Being a peer mentor is a great leadership opportunity

 

Some of the most influential people at Longwood are the students who serve as peer mentors. Working with small groups, peer mentors usher new students through Orientation and serve throughout the fall semester as a resource, a role model and a “been there, done that” guide. (The peer mentors above were photographed in 2019, before Covid-19.)

The Office of Student Success is currently accepting applications for these highly sought-after positions. Students can serve on either the summer team or the fall team, or during both terms. Deadline to apply is midnight Sunday, Feb. 14.

“Peer mentors give new students—primarily freshmen—the tools and the knowledge they need to be successful,” said Caroline Gibbs, Student Success program coordinator.

Any student in good standing (including having no active judicial/honor sanctions) who has completed at least 12 hours with a 2.5 GPA or higher and who can fulfill the position requirements is eligible to apply. The selection committee is looking for students who are knowledgeable about Longwood, who are active on campus and who want to help their fellow Lancers. 

All peer mentors receive an hourly wage, and summer team members receive free housing and meals during training and summer Orientation programs. 

It truly is a transformative leadership experience and a great addition to a resume. Students often apply to serve a second and even a third year.

Victoria Cascio, a member of the Class of 2021, said being a peer mentor boosted her personal confidence and communication skills. “I have gained experience leading, teaching and making presentations,” said the English major. “It’s definitely a resume builder that will help me in my future.”

If you think your student would be interested, encourage them to take a look at the full position description, responsibilities and compensation information here.

The application can be found here.

To read what students say about what it’s like to be a peer mentor, click here.

—Sabrina Brown

 

 

 

Applications being accepted for grants that support hands-on academic projects in all disciplines

 

Conducting research or working on another hands-on academic project alongside a faculty member is a great resume-builder for college students.

At Longwood, these mind-expanding, confidence-boosting opportunities aren’t just for science students. They’re accessible to every student, regardless of their rank (freshman, sophomore, etc.) and regardless of their department or discipline. Likewise, every student is eligible to apply for financial support from Longwood to help cover the expenses of their projects.

The Office of Student Research is currently accepting grant applications for this semester. The deadline for the first round of funding is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Your student can find the application on the Office of Student Research website under Student Research Funding.

Awards range from as much as $500 for individual projects up to $1,500 for team projects undertaken by three students.

Take a look at the latest issue of Longwood’s journal of undergraduate scholarship, INCITE, and you’ll likely be surprised by the diversity of the work taking place on campus with the encouragement and guidance of faculty. It includes an analysis of a Mozart piano sonata; a student’s photography exploring his life with cerebral palsy; and research aimed at developing quick and simple methods for detecting counterfeit anti-malarial drugs.

Benefits for students who participate in this type of work are far-reaching. For starters, it facilitates active learning and spurs more creativity, better problem solving and stronger written and oral communication.

Grants from the Office of Student Research can be used to cover expenses such as laboratory, media and field equipment; art supplies; software; photocopying, printing and film processing; communication costs (postage, phone, etc.); travel to support the investigative phase of the student’s work (such as travel to field sites, museums, archives or libraries); and travel expenses related to presenting their work at a scholarly conference or the equivalent* (including transportation, mileage, lodging, registration, meals and other related expenses).

If you have a chance, ask your student if they’ve thought about doing a project this semester. If they have, encourage them to apply for a grant!

—Sabrina Brown

*Please note that during the 2020-21 academic year, support for student travel will be limited to virtual conferences and in-state travel only. The Office of Student Research encourages students to apply to present their research and creative inquiry projects at virtual conferences and symposia during the 2020-21 academic year.

 

Move-in schedules, dining hours, emergency numbers, Covid-19 precautions and more

With move-in starting Saturday for students who live on campus, I thought the following information might be helpful.

We are so excited to welcome your students back for the spring semester!

Move-in Schedule for New and Continuing Students

Jan. 9: noon-5 p.m.
Jan. 10: noon-5 p.m.
Jan. 11: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jan. 12: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Move-out Schedule for Noncontinuing Students

Students not enrolled for spring semester should retrieve their belongings on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. These students will be provided special ID card access. Property retrieval arrangements after this date should be coordinated with the student’s REC. Contact information for each hall’s REC and front desk can be found here.

Helpers

Please remember that, due to Covid-19 precautions, only 2 helpers per student are allowed to assist with moving in or out.

Move-in Dining Hours

Dorrill Dining Hall will be open the following special hours Jan. 7-11:
Brunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Covid-19 guidelines

As I mentioned in a post last month, students who test positive for Covid-19, are experiencing possible symptoms or are awaiting test results should not return to campus. Contact the university Health Center at 434-395-2102 for medical advice, questions, instructions and/or testing. If your student needs help with starting classes remotely, email questions@longwood.edu.

Residential and Commuter Life Move-in Weekend Office Hours

Location: Lancaster Hall Room G13 (ground floor)
Phone: 434-395-2080
Hours
Saturday, Jan. 9: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 10: noon-5 p.m.

Building Access and IDs

Building entry doors will not be unlocked during move-in, and residents will be expected to use their ID cards to enter their buildings. If your student is new to Longwood and didn’t submit a photo to the Lancer Card Center before arriving on campus, they can get a temporary loaner card at check-in. These cards must be returned to the Lancer Card office in Room G10 Coyner Hall; phone, 434-395-2715. Because the office will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, the card should be returned when the office opens for normal hours on Monday, Jan. 11.

Lost or nonworking card issues should be directed to the Lancer Card office during normal business hours Monday-Friday or to the Longwood University Police Department after hours or on the weekend (434-395-2091).

Emergency After-Hours Facility/Housekeeping Needs

The Work Order Center and the Budd Group office will be closed Jan. 9-10. Email and voicemail will not be monitored. Normal business hours resume on Monday, Jan. 11.

Emergency needs after hours or on the weekend should be directed to the Longwood University Police Department (LUPD) at 434-395-2091.

Farmville Area Bus Schedule

The Express and Campus lines begin service at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10. Service on Monday, Jan. 11, and Tuesday, Jan. 12, will be on the weekend schedule, with regular service hours resuming on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

—Sabrina Brown

 

Longwood-managed apartments offer safe, convenient, hassle-free living

It’s January, and that means New Year’s resolutions, the start of spring semester—and thinking about your student’s housing for next year.

Today’s post will be aimed primarily at parents of students who will be juniors and seniors next year. We know there are many housing options available to your student. And we know you are weighing many factors as you make this important decision.

You want your student to be safe. You want them to have somewhere to turn for help if they need it—especially if it’s in the middle of the night and you’re not close enough to get there quickly.

One of the biggest advantages Longwood-managed apartments offer is peace of mind. Below are a few more of the advantages of living at Lancer Park and Longwood Landings (pictured above):

If your student tells us by Jan. 24 that they will be registering to live in a Longwood-managed apartment, they’ll automatically be entered to win $4,000 toward their apartment for next year. Registration for apartments begins Feb. 8.

—Staff are on call 24/7 to respond to your student’s needs.

—Longwood Police Department officers keep a close eye on Longwood-managed apartments with regular patrols 24/7.

—Emergency phones and security cameras are placed at strategic locations at both complexes.

An LUPD officer lives with his family on site at Lancer Park.

All of your student’s neighbors will be Longwood students or staff.

Several restaurants—including Subway, Chick-fil-A and Moe’s—are located on the ground level of the Longwood Landings complex. The complex is located just across Main Street from the main campus.

Residents can store their belongings FREE in their apartments over the summer (if they will be living in the same apartment the following fall). No more moving belongings in and out.

Residents can live in their apartments over breaks and the summer at no additional charge (if they will be living in the same apartment after the break or for the next regular semester).

Longwood has restructured its meal plans. A new 50-meal plan offers flexibility and savings.

—Use of washers and dryers is FREE.

—Cable, internet, water and electricity are included in housing rates. No more surprise utility bills or hassles with splitting bills and security deposits.

—Main-campus parking for apartment residents has been expanded to include 24/7 access to commuter spaces for Lancer Park residents and residential spaces for Longwood Landings residents.

A list of apartment and meal plan options, along with pricing for the 2021-22 year, can be found at go.longwood.edu/housingrates.

A market is part of the Lancer Park complex, which offers a variety of apartment styles.

Longwood-managed apartments also are an option for sophomores, although we encourage the on-campus residential experience for students’ first two years.

—Sabrina Brown

P.S. Just a reminder for your student to tell us by Sunday, Jan. 24, that they plan to register for a Longwood apartment so they will be entered to win a credit of $4,000 toward the apartment! You can find the details here: go.longwood.edu/myhousingplans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for a successful spring semester

As we anticipate the new year, I’m passing along an email about the spring semester that was sent to your student on Wednesday, Dec. 30, by Matthew McWilliams, assistant vice president for communications.

It contains important information about
—Covid-19 precautions for students to take prior to returning to campus and guidelines for students who should delay their return
—Guidelines for move in, set for Jan. 9-11, including the limiting of helpers to 2 per student
—Continued vigilance in combatting Covid-19 this semester
—The extension of the fall visitor policy into the spring semester
… and more

I hope you can take a minute between now and your student’s return to campus to read through this update.

By working together and taking precautions seriously, the entire Longwood community—and especially students—made Longwood’s successful fall semester possible. By continuing that commitment, the coming semester can be just as successful.

Happy New Year!

—Sabrina Brown

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Full text of email sent to Longwood students on Dec. 30, 2020

I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday season. I’m reaching out about 10 days before most students return to campus with some information about your return and the upcoming semester. The semester will begin as scheduled, with graduate classes beginning Jan. 8 and undergraduate classes beginning Jan. 13.

While the news about vaccines is a source of great hope for 2021, we continue to see substantial Covid-19 cases across the country and here in the Commonwealth. We must assume the virus will be present in our community during the spring semester. That means the precautions that served us well in the fall will remain in place as we return to campus. I urge every member of the campus community to review the Shared Commitment that was foundational in our success in the fall and pledge yourself to those principles again.

As in the fall, we are prepared to handle Covid-19 cases in the university community. It is up to all of us to do the things we know work—wear masks, keep socially distanced, and wash hands regularly—to make the spring successful.

Prior to Returning to Campus

Our collective steps to ensure a successful semester must begin now, ahead of our return to campus. Please exercise great care these next two weeks— wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding gatherings.

If you are experiencing any potential Covid-19 symptoms or have been contact exposed, or are awaiting test results, do NOT return to campus. Please call the University Health Center at 434-395-2102 and email questions@longwood.edu so we can work with you on academic considerations if you need to delay your return.

Per our consultations with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), our plan for repopulating campus this spring will mirror our successful approach in the fall. In general, a test is not required before returning to campus. However, if you have visited with family or friends over the holidays, testing options have expanded and can help ensure you are not an asymptomatic carrier. If you have visited with others, we encourage you to seek out one of these tests a few days before returning to campus. VDH’s testing site map may be a helpful resource. If you are near Farmville, you can arrange for a test at the University Health Center, which opens Jan. 4 at 8 a.m. To make an appointment, call 434-395-2102.

Daily Health Screening

Ten days before you return to campus, you should resume asking yourself the daily health questions:
—Are you currently experiencing a fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)?—Are you currently experiencing a new cough?
—Are you currently experiencing a new shortness of breath?
—Are you currently experiencing new chills?
—Are you currently experiencing a new sore throat?
—Are you currently experiencing new muscle aches?
—Have you had a loss of taste or smell?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should contact a health care provider and not return to campus until cleared following a negative test.

Move-in

Students can begin moving back into their on-campus residence halls on Jan. 9. Spring move-back is different from the fall—there are fewer belongings to move, and the return is naturally more staggered over several days, so we will not assign specific move-in times. However, please exercise caution. Remember that when you are in on-campus buildings, including residence halls and university-managed apartments, you must wear a proper face covering. This includes family members who are helping you move back in. Please limit the number of family members who assist you with move-in to two. Face coverings are also required outside when you cannot maintain consistent 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

Visitors

The visitor guidelines put in place for the fall semester are still in effect. These will continue to be reviewed regularly in consultation with student leadership.

Testing, Quarantine and Contact Tracing

As during the fall semester, we will engage in prompt testing of those with symptoms or who are contact exposed, as well as contact tracing, and provide support services for students who may need to isolate or quarantine. The Health Center expects to be able to continue offering “peace of mind” testing to students who are not symptomatic or contact exposed but would like to be tested. VDH is strongly supportive of our approach this past fall and has not recommended random surveillance testing of the campus community. However, over the course of the semester we may engage in targeted surveillance testing — for example of a broader group of people around a cluster of positive cases.

We are looking forward to having you back on campus this spring. Thank you for continuing to take these individual actions that will be key to a successful spring semester.

Best,

Matthew McWilliams
Assistant Vice President for Communications
Longwood University

Happy Holidays!

 

It’s hard to know what kind of holiday wishes to send to folks this year. Some of you may not be able to experience the holidays as you have in years past. Still, I hope that the spirit of the season finds you no matter where you are or whom you are with this week.

Toward that end, I thought I’d share with today you some words of reflection on the fall semester and the holidays from President W. Taylor Reveley IV and Longwood’s Board of Visitors.

I’ve also included a link to a holiday-themed collection of performances by Longwood’s music faculty and students as well as a video featuring one of our most cherished holiday traditions.

Personally, I’d like to wish you and yours all the best. Longwood is truly a special place, and you and your Lancer are a big part of the reason why.

—Sabrina Brown

From President W. Taylor Reveley IV

in an email to the Longwood family

At the end of this harsh and historic year, the usual sense of holiday joy may feel harder to summon. But this holiday season, as campus winds down the work of this semester, I am filled with gratitude as well as hope.

Our achievements in 2020 weren’t the usual ones. Simply being together for in-person learning tapped our deepest reserves of creativity, flexibility and perseverance. We have had to dig further still to maintain the human connections that are Longwood’s heart and soul. These efforts have produced real exhaustion. But our mission of preparing citizen leaders has never mattered more, and we should be proud we have succeeded, in such full measure.

To our students — Thank you. I know this semester has been hard in so many ways, but your commitment to public health and to one another made it possible to be here. So many people have doubted college students. But you have stepped up, earning praise and gratitude from the Town of Farmville and well beyond. I promise you, in 2021, sunnier days lie ahead.

To our faculty and staff — Your professionalism, imagination and dedication have been powerful, and they have mattered so deeply in the lives of our students. Amidst your own challenges, including caring for family members young and old, you safely reimagined our classrooms, upgraded our buildings, cared for anxious students, redesigned courses and quickly learned new technologies to keep our students personally and academically connected. Thank you.

To our home community of Farmville, we are so grateful for your partnership and support. And in spite of 2020’s challenges, we took real strides together. The opening of the elegant Johns and Moss Halls, landmarks along Main Street. A third Starbucks! Indian food! The coming year will also bring our new art-house style cinema on High Street — and much else in the way of progress, as our community flourishes.

In this hard year for families, our community and the nation, we have experienced grief, anxiety and challenging conversations about justice, equity and our obligations to one another. There is still difficult road to travel in 2021, and we cannot let up. But Longwood has met and prospered through every great challenge we’ve faced, drawing essential strength from our community and our true spirit of camaraderie. This year, all of you — students, faculty and staff, friends near and far — have been writing your own great chapter in our history.

I wish you peace and health this holiday season.

President Reveley

From the Longwood University Board of Visitors

in a full-page ad in the Farmville Herald

In the spirit of the season, during this historic and challenging year of 2020,
We wanted to say THANK YOU with this public resolution of gratitude

To Longwood’s students, faculty and staff, and the entire Lancer family — our Lancers have been true citizen leaders,

To the Town of Farmville and the broader community — our partners and trusted friends,

To Hampden-Sydney — our neighbor through the centuries here in America’s oldest two-college community,

To the Commonwealth of Virginia — an example of compassion and common purpose in the face of this pandemic and in this time of reckoning,

To President Reveley and the administration of the University — for remarkable, principled leadership and vision

May the holidays offer peace and joy, as well as renewal,
in the promise of yet finer days to come

Holiday Music from Longwood Musicians

Some holiday-inspired selections from the faculty and students in the Department of Music.

 

A Grand Illumination in the Rotunda

 

 

 

 

Wrapping up Fall, Planning for Spring

As we wrap up the fall semester, I wanted to share with you some dates and a few pieces of information that may be helpful. Spring semester will be here before we know it!

Important Dates

—The university will be closed beginning tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 18, and will reopen Monday, Jan. 4.
—Residence halls and other Longwood-managed housing will reopen beginning Saturday, Jan. 9. Check-in will be noon-5 p.m. on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 11.
—Classes begin for undergraduates on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
—Spring break will be different this year due to public health and academic calendar considerations. Instead of 5 consecutive days off, students will have 5 days off spread throughout the semester. These days are: Monday, March 1; Thursday-Friday, April 1-2; and Tuesday-Wednesday, April 27-28.
—Martin Luther King Jr. Day—Monday, Jan. 18—is a Longwood holiday.
—The add/drop period ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.
—The last day of regular classes is Monday, April 26.
You can find the full spring academic calendar here.

Dashboard

The last Covid-19 daily update for the fall semester will be Dec. 17, when the university closes for winter break. We will restart daily updates when the university opens on Jan. 4. If there are any urgent public health matters to communicate to the campus community while the university is closed, we will do so.

Covid-19 Practices and Precautions

The precautions and practices that have served us well this past semester will remain in place. Later this month, more specific guidance will be shared with students about returning to campus and public health precautions next semester.

Covid-19 Testing

Over the course of the fall semester, the University Health Center increased its testing capacity and has generally been able to offer appointments for peace-of-mind testing in addition to testing for those who are symptomatic or contact-exposed. We expect to continue to be able to continue testing on this basis in the new year. The University Health Center will be closed Dec. 18-Jan. 3.

Longwood Magazine

Finally, by now you should have received the latest issue of Longwood magazine. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the academic and extracurricular activities that kept your students busy this fall. Faculty and staff really put their hearts into making this a good semester for your Lancers. If you didn’t receive a copy and would like one, just send your mailing address to browncs2@longwood.edu.

 —Sabrina Brown

Showcasing Our Students’ Hard Work This Semester: Take a Look!

Characterization of cellular targets and derivatization of a choline-appended Pt anticancer therapeutics.

If you’re like me, you can only guess at the meaning of those words. But Keira Naff ’21, a chemistry major, knows exactly what they mean—and a lot more.

She’s one of more than 400 students who are presenting the results of their research or creative endeavors this week in Longwood’s Fall Student Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. Held virtually this year, the showcase features the work of students in disciplines from mathematics to marketing and nursing to neuroscience.

Starting Saturday, Nov. 21, you can take a look at their work online at https://symposium.foragerone.com/lufssrci20. This includes pre-recorded presentations, videos and artwork. The oral and poster presentations are organized in random order on the event site, but you can search by student name, discipline, project type, class name or keyword. Each pre-recorded presentation is set up to allow you to leave questions and comments for the student presenters. Questions and comments are encouraged.

There’s also a live Zoom presentation session set for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday featuring students who are taking this semester’s Elementary School Literacy Instruction course. You can access that session through the main link (above). And you can browse through the showcase program, available now online, to see if your student participated.

“It’s really important for students to get hands-on experience, to understand that learning by listening is not enough. These students who are presenting their projects went above and beyond this semester and I am happy to highlight their impressive work at the Fall Student Showcase,” said Dr. Amorette Barber, director of the Office of Student Research.

So if you have a few spare minutes this weekend, take a look. I think you’ll be impressed with what your Lancers have been up to this semester.

—Sabrina Brown

 

Thanksgiving reflections and Longwood-managed housing information

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we’re still here. Not all universities can say that.

I don’t think anyone in the world would say their fall this year has been perfect, but I’m hoping that, as I do, you feel thankful for the things that went right at Longwood this semester.

I’m thankful for the Longwood leadership team that came up with a workable plan. And most of all, I’m thankful for our students—the young people you guided to this point in their lives—who took the situation seriously and, for the most part, followed the guidelines. Again, not all universities can say that.

The last day of undergraduate classes is Nov. 24, and most students will soon head home for Thanksgiving break. Most exams will be proctored online, and we anticipate that many students will choose to take their exams from home. For safety reasons, students who plan to return to Longwood-managed housing (on-campus residence halls, Lancer Park or Longwood Landings) for any length of time after Thanksgiving need to let us know by filling out an Intent to Stay form by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.​

Your student has received the information below about opening and closing dates, but I thought it might be helpful to pass it along to you as well.

Please note that the winter break information is different for students living in Longwood Landings and Lancer Park apartments.

Thanksgiving Break

Residence Halls, Longwood Landings and Lancer Park
Housing Closes: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
Food Outlets Open: None
Deadline to Submit Intent to Stay Form: 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16
If your student plans to stay in Longwood-managed housing during this period, they need to fill out an Intent to Stay form, available through the Housing Gateway.

Exam Period

Residence Halls, Longwood Landings and Lancer Park
Housing Opens: Noon Sunday, Nov. 29
Housing Closes: Noon Saturday, Dec. 12
Food Outlets Open: Yes (limited hours and outlets)
Deadline to Submit Intent to Stay Form: 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16
If your student plans to stay in Longwood-managed housing during this period, they need to fill out an Intent to Stay form, available through the Housing Gateway.

Winter Break

Residence Halls
Housing Closes: Noon Saturday, Dec. 12 through noon Saturday, Jan. 9
Housing Re-opens for Spring Semester: Noon Saturday, Jan. 9

Winter Break

Longwood Landings and Lancer Park Apartments
If your student will be occupying the same apartment in spring 2021, they may occupy their apartment over the winter break. However, they must fill out an Intent to Stay form by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. The form is available through the Housing Gateway.

Whatever your Thanksgiving celebration looks like this year,  I hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

—Sabrina Brown