Fall Is Here: Encourage your Lancer to dive in

I hope the move-in process has gone well for everyone so far. Classes will be starting on Aug. 22, but campus is already buzzing. There’s so much for students to do and so many ways to get involved!

I know it can be hard, especially for new students, to take that first step in an unfamiliar setting. Sometimes they just need encouragement and a little push—and now is the best time for students to make new friends and connections.

So I’ve included some information below about a few of the activities and events that will be going on in the first few weeks of the semester. This information has been emailed to all current students, but, if you see something you think your Lancer would be interested in, bring it to their attention and tell them to look for more information in the Weekly Email from Students Affairs (“stewart, kate”). It could make all the difference.


New Lancer Days Tailgate and Amusement Park
Saturday, Aug. 20: 7-9:30 p.m., Brock Commons, Greenwood Library, Health and Fitness Center (HFC)
Carnival games, theme park-themed snacks, photo booth and even an “amusement park” ride in the HFC.










First Friday Back and The G.A.M.E.
Friday, Aug. 26, 2-8 p.m., Stubbs Mall and Johnson Drive Athletics Complex
Lancer Scarf wristband distribution: noon-3 p.m. for new students at the CHI Fountain; 3:15 p.m. for upperclassmen behind Lankford Hall
One of Longwood’s signature traditions! A pep rally and other activities lead up to the march to the Athletics Complex for the women’s soccer game at 6 p.m. Be sure your Lancer knows this is where they get the wristband they’ll need to pick up their Longwood Scarf starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Athletics Complex.

Music Faculty Gala Recital
Monday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., Molnar Recital Hall in Wygal Music Building
Music faculty provide an informal evening of entertainment, including vocals and instrumentals ranging from violin to saxophone to euphonium.

Involvement and Volunteer Fair
Thursday, Sept. 1, 4-6 p.m., Between Upchurch and Lankford and Brock Commons
A great place to find out about student organizations and volunteer opportunities, all in one location.

Lancer Tech Expo
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lankford Hall
Students can view the latest technology gadgetry and learn about IT resources and services available to them. Refreshments and giveaways.

Activities and Organizations

Cheerleading Tryouts
Sept. 9 (5:30-8:30 p.m.), 10 and 11 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), Willett Hall
Would your Lancer be interested in joining the cheerleading team? Open gyms are being held two weeks leading up to tryouts where they can learn sideline dances and stunting skills the coach and judges will be evaluating during tryouts. Open gyms: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and Sept. 8; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 6.

Health and Fitness Center Group Fitness Classes
Campus Recreation offers group fitness classes ranging from barbells to yoga to Dance-versity.

Intramural Flag Football
Offered by Campus Recreation, registration ends Aug. 31, and the season begins on Sept. 6 for men’s, women’s and open leagues.

Intramural (Outdoor) Soccer League
Campus Recreation is offering its first outdoor soccer league for men’s, women’s and open league teams! Register by midnight Aug. 31 with a team or as a free agent to be placed on a team. The cost is $20 per team. The season starts Sept. 6.

Band! Choir! Chamber Orchestra!
Does your student sing or play and instrument? It’s not too late to add an ensemble to their fall semester schedule. All Longwood students are welcome in ensembles — not just music majors.

Free Stuff

Free Bike Rentals (up to 30 days)
Students can stop by the Health and Fitness Center front desk starting on the first day of classes to check out a free bike.


Upchurch University Center
The Upchurch University Center is looking to hire a few students for the 2022-23 academic year.
Contact: Susan Sullivan, sullivansm@longwood.edu

Farmville YMCA
Farmville’s YMCA is located less than 10 minutes from campus and is actively hiring for many positions, including lifeguard, front desk, wellness coaches and group instructors. This experience could count as an internship.
Contact: Stephanie Carwile, stephaniecarwile@ymcacva.org, 434-392-3456

Volunteer Opportunities

Virginia Children’s Book Festival
The Virginia Children’s Book Festival, set for Oct. 12-14, 2022, is back in person and looking for more volunteers to help with author escorts, room management, check-in and more.
Contact: Amanda Thompson volunteer@vachildrensbookfestival.org

Student Managers, Longwood Women’s Basketball
Longwood women’s basketball is looking for student managers for the 2022-23 season. Responsibilities include attending practice and running the clock, doing laundry, filming, rebounding and more. The position also offers the possibility of traveling travel with the team, early class registration, free gear and more!
Contact: Jack Greene: greenejc2@longwood.edu

—Sabrina Brown

Family Weekend and Heart of Virginia Festival team up Sept. 16-17

Longwood’s Family Weekend is teaming up with Farmville’s Heart of Virginia Festival on Sept. 16-17 for a weekend of delicious food, live music and a variety of other events. It will be the perfect time to check in with your student and give them a hug. Bring the whole family—there will be something for everyone!


Save $15 by registering for Family Weekend by Sept. 8. Cost is $10 per person if you register by Sept. 8; $25 starting on Sept. 9. Guests under age 5 and over 65 are FREE. Register for Family Weekend here.

For the most up-to-date Family Weekend schedule, download the Guidebook App free from the Apple or Android store.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email upchurch@longwood.edu or call 434-395-2103.

Here’s a sampling of Family Weekend activities.

—Game Night, featuring bingo, trivia and Family Feud

—Continental breakfast
—Performances by student music ensembles and soloists
—Paint Party (additional $35 fee, advance registration required)
—Information sessions and academic college open houses
—Performances by student groups including Blue Heat, the WOOD, FIERCE and True Blue Stomp and Shake
—Evening entertainment


The Heart of Virginia Festival takes place at Riverside Park on Friday night (starting at 5:30 p.m.) and in downtown Farmville on Saturday morning and afternoon. There is no admission charge, but some of the activities require a fee. For more information about times and locations of events, including how to register for the 5K and 10K, click here.

—Live at Riverside (live music and food vendors)

—5K walk/run and 10K run
—Food vendors
—Craft vendors
—Live music
—Cultural events
—Children’s area

—Sabrina Brown