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