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