Basketball update (Go Lancers!) and planning ahead for spring break

Below you’ll find some important, and hopefully helpful, information about planning for spring break, which is coming up the first full week of March.

But first an update on Longwood’s unprecedented success on the basketball court—for both the women’s and men’s teams.

Big News in Women’s and Men’s Basketball

As of today (Friday, Feb. 25) the women’s team (17-11, 14-3 Big South) is tied with Campbell for first place in the Big South Conference regular season. It all comes down to tomorrow’s games (Saturday, Feb. 26),  when Campbell faces High Point and Longwood takes on Hampton for the second time in a week. Longwood vs. Hampton is set for 3 p.m. in Willett Hall, with the game scheduled to be televised on ESPN+. The outcome of these two games will determine where the women will be placed in the Big South Conference tournament, where a spot in the NCAA Tournament will be on the line.

The men’s team, now officially the Big South Conference regular season champions, is heading soon into the conference tournament, where they’ll also be battling for a slot in the NCAA Tournament. As No. 1 seed in the Big South Tournament, the men are scheduled to play in Game No. 5, set for noon on Friday, March 4.

Getting Ready for Spring Break

Your Lancer is probably already looking forward to spring break, which is scheduled for the week of March 6.

If your student lives in Longwood-managed housing, there are some arrangements they need to make prior to the break whether they plan to leave campus or stay on campus.

For residents of Longwood-managed housing, spring break officially begins at 6 p.m. Friday, March 4, and extends through noon Sunday, March 13. No classes will be held Monday through Friday, March 7-11, and university offices will be closed Monday, March 7.

If your student plans to stay on campus during spring break, they need to fill out and submit an “intent to stay” form through the Student Housing Gateway no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. Students who don’t fill out this form will not have access to their Longwood-managed housing beginning at 6 p.m., March 4, and extending through noon on Sunday, March 13.

If your student plans to leave campus for break, please encourage them to take care of these tasks before they leave:
—Remove all trash, contraband and/or perishable food.
—Thoroughly clean your assigned living area, including the bathroom and common spaces.
—If applicable, adjust your room thermostat to a low/medium setting.
—Take valuables and important items with you (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.

Campus Dining Options

Some campus dining outlets will be open during the break. Here’s a quick look at the schedule:
Friday, March 4
Dorrill Dining Hall: Closing at 2 p.m.
Greens To Go and Bento: Closing at 4 p.m.
All food outlets in the University Center, including Starbucks: Closing at 3 p.m.
Moe’s: Closing at 8 p.m.
Chick-fil-A: Closing at 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, through Saturday, March 12
All main-campus dining outlets: Closed
Moe’s: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Chick-fil-A: Open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (except closed Sunday, March 6)
Sunday, March 13
Dorrill Dining Hall: Open 5-8 p.m.
Pod Market: Open 5-11 p.m.
All other main-campus dining outlets: Closed
Moe’s: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Chick-fil-A: Closed
Monday, March 14
Regular hours resume

Farmville Area Bus (FAB)

Also during the break, Farmville Area Bus (FAB) service will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, and is scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.

Redford Street Remains Closed

Due to construction, Redford Street remains closed to normal through traffic. You won’t be able to access Spruce Street from the university entrance on South Main Street near McDonald’s.

Don’t Get Towed!

Please be sure NOT to use private business parking lots near Moss and Johns halls because they are tow-away zone at all times, including weekends.

Information for Residents of Johns and Moss Halls

Picking Up and Dropping Off Your Student 

Similar to December closing and January move in, vehicles will be permitted to enter Spruce Street, which can be accessed by turning onto Wynne Drive from South Main Street, then turning right on Pine Street and right again onto the sidewalk in front of the Health and Fitness Center. During the following spring break times, residents and parents will be permitted to load and unload vehicles on Spruce Street:
Pick Up
Friday, March 4:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
During these hours, after you have picked up your student, you will proceed down Spruce Street, turn right onto Redford and then exit campus (from the intersection closest to McDonald’s) onto South Main Street. University personnel will be assisting with the flow of traffic during these hours. If you’re picking your student up after 5 p.m., U-turns will be permitted on Spruce Street so that you can exit the way you came in.
Drop Off
Sunday, March 13: noon – 8 p.m.
The traffic pattern for dropping off your student will be different from the pick-up pattern due to the fact that the construction gate allowing access to Redford from Spruce Street will be closed on Sunday. You’ll still access Johns and Moss halls by turning from South Main Street onto Wynne, then right on Pine and right onto the sidewalk in front of the Health and Fitness Center. However, when you exit, you’ll need to make a U-turn on Spruce Street and exit the way you came in. No university personnel will be on site to assist with traffic, so please be patient and courteous to other drivers.

Important Note About Pick-up/Parking Zone fronting South Main Street

With general traffic safety on South Main Street in mind, the congested pick-up/10-minute parking zone in front of Moss and Johns halls will be UNAVAILABLE FOR USE from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 4, and noon-8 p.m. Sunday, March 13, and possibly longer if deemed necessary by LUPD. However, you may use this parking zone at other times during the spring break period. Whenever you use this area, please be sure not to block traffic on South Main Street.

If your student will be coming home for spring break, I hope you have a wonderful visit.

—Sabrina Brown




Brock Experiences offer an intellectual twist to summer

Does your student have plans for the summer?

If not and you’d like to give them the opportunity to expand their horizons—and their minds—right here in the United States, consider the Brock Experiences.

One of Longwood’s signature programs, Brock Experiences are a rotating offering of faculty-led courses that take participants throughout the U.S. to grapple with some of the big questions facing society today. This summer students will be going to Yellowstone National Park, Alaska, San Francisco and Arizona.

All of the courses except Alaska are still taking applications.

All provide 3 hours of academic credit that fulfill a Civitae Core Curriculum requirement. Program costs vary, but are in the neighborhood of $2,500, which includes
—Travel in the field
—Most meals
—All educational activities
—A rough estimate of the travel cost to the program site (students make arrangements and pay for this separately) also is included in the $2,500 estimate

Students may also apply for scholarship support.

Below are some of the details for each of the programs still accepting applications, as well as links to the applications. (Students have to fill out the application—but you can share this post.)

If you have questions, feel free to email Josh Blakely, the program director, at

Stewardship of Public Lands

How do we best manage our diverse natural landscape?
Yellowstone National Park

This intense, two-week journey through Wyoming and Montana in the country’s most famous national park opens students’ eyes to the myriad issues impacting the preservation of our natural resources. As they gaze out at majestic mountains and lakes, students ponder what our responsibility as a country is to protect our precious natural resources while recognizing their value in driving commerce for thousands of communities near the park.

Dates: On-campus pre-departure workshop, May 8-10; travel portion: May 14-24
Locations: Cody and Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Gardiner, Montana; Yellowstone National Park; Grand Tetons National Park
Civitae Core Curriculum: Fulfills one Perspectives requirement
Apply here for Yellowstone program.

Being Human: Genetics and Society

What does it mean to be human in the 21st century?
San Francisco

Under the microscope in this course are our genes and their contribution to who we are as individuals, as a culture and as a species. The San Francisco Bay Area of California is the ideal location for this exploration. In cities surrounding the bay, research institutions with world-leading human genetics and bioethics programs are dissecting the human genome and inventing medical tools for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Students will interact with stakeholders from a variety of different disciplines.

Dates: On-campus pre-departure workshop, May 9-11; travel portion, June 7-14
Location: San Francisco, California
Civitae Core Curriculum: Fulfills one Perspectives requirement
Apply here for San Francisco program.


Who comes to the U.S., and why do they make the journey?

There is perhaps no more hotly contested issue in the United States today than immigration—who crosses our borders, and why do they make the journey to a foreign country to settle? How do they get here, and what challenges do they face once on American soil? Students will meet immigrant families, employers and border security officers as they explore this extraordinarily complex issue.

Dates: On-campus pre-departure workshop, May 9-11; travel portion, May 24-31
Locations: Tucson and Nogales, Arizona; Saguaro National Park; Tubac National Park; Richmond, Virginia
Civitae Core Curriculum: Fulfills one Perspectives requirement
Apply here for Arizona program.

—Sabrina Brown

No. 1 in the Big South, Lancers earn spotlight as ESPNU to televise Thursday’s home game

Intent on keeping a tight grip on their unprecedented undefeated status in Big South Conference play, the Longwood men’s basketball team will take on USC Upstate at 7 p.m. Thursday night at home in Willett Hall—with the game to be televised on ESPNU.

You can watch or stream the game if you have the right service (see below for ways to do that) or consider heading to Farmville to see the game—and give your student a hug—in person.

As of this morning (Monday, Feb. 7), tickets were still available ($7 per person general admission; $3 for senior citizens). The atmosphere in Willett is electric this season, and the game will almost certainly be sold out.

It’s a historic season for both men’s and women’s basketball.

The men have won all nine of their Big South games, with an overall record of 17-5.

The women’s team is currently 9-3 in the Big South, putting them in third place in the conference, and 12-11 overall. The women’s next conference home game is at. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, against North Carolina A&T. They’re serving up some exciting basketball as well, so this game is another great reason to head to Farmville.

How to watch on ESPNU

Stream on ESPN.COM*
*Note: ESPNU games are not available to stream with an ESPN+ subscription and require a subscription from one of the following cable/streaming providers:

Verizon Fios Ch. 73/573 HD (More or Most Fios TV plans)
DirecTV Ch. 208 (Choice, Ultimate or Premier plans)
Dish Ch. 141 (All plans)
Comcast Xfinity Ch. 1301 HD (Select+, Signature+, Super+, Preferred or Premier plans)
Cox Cable Ch. 232 HD (Contour Ultimate or Sports Pack 2 add-on)
Spectrum Ch. 370 (Silver or Gold plans)
DirecTV Stream Choice, Ultimate or Premier plans
Hulu Live TV plan
Sling Sports Extra add-on (3-day free trial)
YouTube TV Base plan (14-day free trial)
Vidgo All plans (7-day free trial)
Fubo TV Elite plan or Sports Plus, Fubo Extra add-ons (7-day free trial)

Life skills are the focus of February presentations

The Office of Alumni and Career Services kicks off its Lancer Learning series with a presentation each Wednesday afternoon this month. Here’s the “who, what and where” in case you want to give your student a heads up about stopping by.

All three programs are scheduled for 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Upchurch 300.

February 9: Budgeting and Investing. Brad Watson, managing director of Davenport Wealth Management, will talk about how to build a budget, investing for young adults, planning for retirement early in your career, and developing good money-management strategies.

February 16: All About Taxes. Dr. Dawn Schwartz, assistant professor of accounting in the College of Business and Economics, answers these important questions: What are taxes and how do you file them? How should you fill out tax paperwork when you are hired for a job? How do you avoid common tax pitfalls?

February 23: Shedding Light on Health Insurance. Summer Martin, customer care representative from Anthem, discusses common health insurance questions: How do you choose a good healthcare plan from your employer? Why do young adults need health insurance? What do all those abbreviations mean? How do I decipher a doctor’s bill?

—Sabrina Brown