Big South Tournament: Free Student Tickets, Who Plays When, Televised Games and More

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams go into the Big South Tournament, set for later this week, as defending champions. You’ll find several bits of information in today’s post about how you and your Lancers can be part of the postseason excitement.

The tournament will be held in Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The most up-to-date and detailed information can be found at Longwood’s Tournament Central website.

Free Tournament Tickets for Students

The university is giving away tickets on site to the first 150 students who arrive for each game the Lancers play in the tournament.

Who Plays When and Where (Including Televised Games)

The women’s team (#6 seed) plays its first game vs. Campbell at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2. The first game for the men’s team (#2 seed) is at 6 p.m. on Friday (vs. the winner of the Campbell-vs.-Presbyterian matchup on Wednesday). Both of these games will be streamed on ESPN+.

The semifinals also will be streamed on ESPN+. The men’s championship game (1 p.m. Sunday, March 5) will be on ESPN2, and the women’s championship game (6 p.m. Sunday, March 5) will be shown on ESPNU.

Tournament Tickets

But really there’s nothing like experiencing a game in person. Tournament tickets are available online at Longwood’s Tournament Central website ($20 plus fees on Ticketmaster) or at the door of the coliseum in Charlotte ($20). More information about the tournament and lodging in Charlotte can be found on the Big South Conference Tournament website.

Go Wood Lancer Gear

During the tournament or after, you can show your Lancer pride and support Longwood athletics with an official Go Wood 2023  T-shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie available on Amazon.

Next Year in Joan Perry Brock Center — Sign Up for Early Access to Season Tickets

Are you ready to join the loudest and proudest crowd that will have JPB shaking with energy? Are you ready to cheer on the Lancers? Let us know you’re interested in purchasing season tickets once they’re available by completing the 2023-24 season ticket interest form.

Completing the interest form will automatically qualify you for the exclusive purchasing window before sales are open to the general public.

It’s an exciting time to be a Lancer!

—Sabrina Brown

Spring Break: What you need to know this year … and planning for next year

Your student is no doubt eagerly looking forward to spring break, which is set this year for March 6-10.

Even though undergraduate classes will not meet that week, the university will be closed only on Monday, March 6, and open for the remainder of the week.

Intent to Stay Form Deadline is March 3

If your student lives in Longwood-managed housing, be aware that in order for them to have access to their residence from 6 p.m. Friday, March 3, through noon on Sunday, March 12, they will need to file an Intent to Stay form.

The deadline to submit the Intent to Stay form is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Your student can find the form at the Student Housing Gateway.

If your student does not file the Intent to Stay form by the deadline, they will not be able to get into their apartment/residence hall starting at 6 p.m. Friday, March 3, and continuing through noon Sunday, March 12. If there is a chance your student will need access during that window, they should file the Intent to Stay form.

For Students Remaining on Campus

Here are a few other items related to spring break that are especially relevant for students who are staying on campus or in Farmville for all or part of the break:

  • D-Hall will close after lunch on Friday, March 3, and will re-open for dinner on Sunday, March 12. Regular hours of operation resume on Monday, March 13. Students can find up-to-date hours and information for all other Longwood Dining-managed food venues can at
  • Farmville Area Bus Service(FAB) will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3and will resume at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.  There is no bus service for travel to Lancer Park during the break period.
  • All residential communities will remain locked 24/7 during the break. Access to students’ assigned buildings will be via their Longwood ID card.
  • Inspections by RA staff of Longwood-managed housing for safety issues and break-preparation compliance will take place starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 3. Staff will enter rooms/apartments to conduct these inspections.

    For Students leaving Campus

    If your student lives in Longwood-managed housing and will be not be in residence during the break, they will need to complete the following list prior to leaving campus. Housing staff will be inspecting rooms/apartments during the break to ensure compliance.

—Remove all trash, contraband, and/or perishable food.
—Thoroughly clean assigned living areas, including the bathroom and common spaces.
—If applicable, adjust the room thermostat to a low/medium setting. Do not shut off the unit’s controls.
—Shut down and unplug all electronics (except minifridges and major kitchen appliances).
—Turn off all lights. Lancer Park residents should, however, leave the porch light on.
—Close and lock all windows.
—Lower all window blinds/shades.
—Lock all doors.

Traffic patterns for Johns and Moss Halls
Parents will be permitted to enter to load/unload vehicles on Spruce Street. To access Spruce Street, enter Wynne Drive from South Main Street, continue to Pine Street and turn onto the sidewalk in front of the Fitness Center.
Friday, March 3, noon-4 p.m.
One-way traffic exiting onto Redford Street and South Main (at the McDonald’s intersection) will be assisted by flag personnel. For departures before and after these hours, U-turns will be permitted on Spruce Street.
Sunday, March 12,  noon-8 p.m.
During these hours, U-turns on Spruce Street will be permitted because the construction gate will be closed and no personnel will be on site.

Redford Street Remains Closed
Due to construction, Redford Street remains closed. This means you you can’t access Spruce Street from the campus entrance at the McDonald’s intersection.

No Parking at Nearby Private Businesses at Any time

Do not use the nearby private business parking lots. They are 24/7 tow-away zones. In other words, your car is subject to being towed all day every day, including weekends, if you park there.


If you have any questions, please email them to Residential and Commuter Life at or to the RA/REC staff within each community.

Heads Up for Next Year: A Different Kind of Spring Break

I also thought I’d give you a heads up about options for off-the-beaten-path spring break options for next year. Alternate Breaks, a student organization, and some Longwood offices organize service trips for spring break. In the past, students have traveled to destinations including Puerto Rico to help with cleanup from Hurricane Maria and to the Grand Canyon, Saguaro, Zion and Joshua Tree national parks for service-learning experiences. Information about these alternate spring break activities usually becomes available toward the end of the fall semester or in January. If you think your student would be interested, encourage them to keep an eye out for informational meetings.

Here’s a description of a trip organized by Campus Recreation:
This is an Alternative Break trip in coordination with Campus Recreation, the City of Miami, and the National Park Service. We will be doing service with Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and Biscayne National Park. After doing our food shopping and getting acquainted with the area, we will be doing environmental service projects in both parks during the day and camping at night under the stars. There will be daily reflections to solidify the service learning and all meals will be prepared and shared by the group.

—Sabrina Brown

Take Advantage of these Activities and Services Offered at No Extra Cost

Getting a college degree involves a significant investment. So why not take full advantage of the many activities and services on campus that are provided at no additional cost?

Below are just a few of the upcoming events, activities and services that are available at no additional cost for your Lancers. And a couple are free to parents, too!

LinkedIn Professional Photo Portrait 

Thursday, Feb. 16, 1-4:30 p.m., Hiner Hall lobby

Your student can get a free professional head-and-shoulders photo taken at this upcoming “photo booth” session sponsored by the College of Business
and Education. These portraits are perfect for use on LinkedIn—and it’s never too early to establish a professional presence on this online networking site.

Open Mic Night 

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Upchurch University Center first floor lounge
Does your Lancer sing, write poetry, play an instrument? Lancer Productions, WMLU and SGA are bringing back Open Mic Night after last year’s success! Anyone who’s interested in performing can sign up here: Open Mic Night

Open to Parents and Families!
Richmond Symphony Concert 

Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Jarman Auditorium
This free concert by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra is open to everyone, including parents and other family members. The program will feature Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with violin soloist Maria Duenas, a rising star in the world of classical music. No tickets are necessary.

Open to Parents!
FAFSA Webinar: Ask Questions, Get Answers

Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.
The FAFSA—Free Application for Federal Student Aid—for the 2023-24 year is live. The FAFSA is used to determine your student’s eligibility for federal and state grants, direct loans, the federal work-study program and some need-based scholarships. Parents are invited to this help session at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb 25. Access the webinar here:

You’ll find a calendar of other activities/events provided for students—almost all at no additional charge—at .


Longwood maintains a fleet of bicycles that can be checked out by students for 30 days at a time through the Health and Fitness Center. There’s no additional charge as long as they’re returned on time.

Fitness Classes

Campus Recreation offers a wide array of group fitness classes. From yoga to Spin Bootcamp to Dance-versity, there should be something to suit just about anyone’s workout tastes. Students can take any—or all—classes at no additional charge.

Longwood Recovers Meetings

Longwood Recovers is an informal and voluntary support group for members of the Longwood community in or considering recovery. Longwood Recovery offers a private space for a weekly group meeting in addition to individual meeting slots with recovery support staff. Group meetings are held every Thursday from 3-4:15 p.m. in Upchurch University Center 305A, and all are welcome to attend (including Recovery Allies). Coffee is provided. Questions? Feel free to contact 434-394-0656.

WellTrack Boost App 

Free to all Longwood students, WellTrack Boost is an interactive self-help app that is designed to increase mental health awareness. The app also provides assessments, connections to campus resources, and strategies and tools for anxiety, stress and depression. Students can download the WellTrack Boost app and register with their Longwood email. Download WellTrack Boost

Caps, Gowns and Hoods Available to Borrow for May Commencement

The SGA has 20 caps, gowns and hoods available to borrow at no cost, especially for students who cannot purchase these items. There are a variety of sizes and hoods for the various colleges. They are available first-come, first-served from Martha Butler in the SGA office on the third floor of Upchurch University Center.

Pass Down the Gown: Recycle Graduation Regalia for Next Year’s Graduating Class

Anyone who doesn’t want to hang onto their graduation regalia can keep it from taking up space in their closet—and out of a landfill—by “passing it down” to be used by next year’s graduating class. Students can donate their caps, gowns and hoods (any or all of those items will be accepted) at the Info Desk in Upchurch University Center. Someone will be there to take donations for about an hour after the end of the May 20 Commencement ceremony.

—Sabrina Brown

Thinking about a Longwood road trip? Consider Feb. 24-25

If you’re thinking about brightening up a winter weekend with a trip to Longwood, I have a suggestion: Feb. 24-25.


Friday evening: Free concert by the Richmond Symphony
Saturday afternoon: Men’s basketball’s last home game of the season
vs. UNC Asheville
Saturday afternoon: Exhibition of paintings by nationally acclaimed folk artist Eldridge Bagley

Of course, you can also try out Farmville’s brewery, wine-tasting venue or a local restaurant; stroll and shop on Main Street; and, most importantly, spend some quality time with your student and give them a hug.

Here are a few more details.

Richmond Symphony Concert

Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Jarman Auditorium, Longwood campus
All you need to attend this concert is a love of good music. It’s free, and no tickets are required. Included on the program are Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, featuring violin soloist María Dueñas, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.

Men’s Basketball vs. UNC Asheville

Saturday, Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m., Willett Hall, Longwood campus
The reigning Big South champions take on UNC Asheville for their final home game of the season. General admission tickets are $8. Attendance has been high this season, so I recommend getting your tickets in advance at (Longwood students always get in free.) Also, you’ll be part of history as this is the last game of Lancer basketball ever to be played in Willett Hall. Both men’s and women’s teams will play in the new Joan Perry Brock Center starting next season.

Reflections of the Heart: Eldridge Bagley—50 Years of Painting

Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, 129 N. Main Street

Reunion Table, 1998, oil on linen, 18″ x 24″, courtesy of the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia.

Bagley often depicts the substance and meaning of a vanishing small-town and agrarian lifestyle in his work. Relationships with family, friends, neighbors, religion and the land are important themes in this retrospective exhibition.


If you’d like to spend the night in Farmville, here’s a list of places to stay.

Hope to see you here in Farmville later this month!

 —Sabrina Brown