Winterwear and a Cure for the “There’s Nothing To Do” Blues

The sky was a brilliant blue, the mercury had barely reached 20 degrees and the wind was wickedly whipping across campus when I came to work this morning. I had bundled up in a sweater, boots, a mid-calf wool coat, a scarf and gloves to brave the short walk from the parking lot to my office in Lancaster Hall. It didn’t feel like enough.

Thinking you might be wondering how your student is faring in the cold today, I ventured back out around 10:30 during class change to take a look. Here’s what I saw:

—Some boots and knit hats

—A few big, puffy coats
—Mostly bare hands (maybe because you can’t text wearing gloves?)

—A lot of bare ankles (among young women) and bare heads

—A lot of lightweight jackets, many unzipped
—A lot of hoodies (often with hoods down) and sweatshirts as the only outerwear


No judgment.

My college-age daughter often wears shorts with her UGGs in the winter. And I remember when I was in college (in Memphis, Tennessee, where it gets quite cold) that dressing warmly was not cool, no matter the temperature. Ah, youth. Some things never change.

The forecasters are predicting a warming trend with a high of 72 on Tuesday (no, that’s not a typo), but just in case your student comes down with a case of “There’s nothing to do” over the next few days, here are some antidotes you can offer.

 Comedian: Kevin Yee
Friday, February 1, 8 p.m. in the Upchurch University Center Soza Ballroom
Come on out and join Lancer Productions in welcoming Comedian Kevin Yee and his original comedy songs, which have been featured on the hit podcast 2 DOPE QUEENS (WNYC) and on The Gong Show(ABC)!

Peer Mentor Interest Meeting
Saturday, February 2, 2-3 p.m. in the Upchurch University Center Wilson Chamber (300)
The Office of Student Success is beginning its search for students who want to assist new Lancers in their transition to college. Peer mentors are role models and leaders on Longwood’s campus. Come to the meeting to learn more about who peer mentors are, how they engage incoming students, and the application and interview process.

Super Bowl Watch Party
Sunday, February 3, 6 p.m. in the Upchurch University Center (First Floor Lounge)
Want an awesome place to hang out with friends and watch the Super Bowl? We will be having a viewing party Bdubs style in the first floor lounge in Upchurch. We will have free food. Just come on in and claim a table!

Women’s Empowerment at Women’s Basketball Game
Tuesday, February 5, 7 p.m. in Willett Hall (gym)
Join Longwood University Athletics and the Lancer women’s basketball team for a special women’s empowerment event to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Cheer on the Lancers in their game against High Point and recognize the accomplishments of some of Longwood University’s and Central Virginia’s outstanding women. Admission to the game is free for all women.

—Sabrina Brown

Funding Available This Semester for Budding Researchers, Musicians, Actors, Artists

If you have a student who is a budding researcher or artist (musician, actor, photographer, etc.) in the making, they can apply for funding from the university to support their efforts.

The Office of Student Research is currently accepting applications for awards of up to $500 per student to help defray the costs of engaging in research or in activities related to a creative field. Students can apply as individuals or in groups of up to three students who are collaborating on a project.

“Undergraduates in every discipline are eligible,” said Dr. Crystal Anderson, director of the Office of Student Research. “So a music major working on a recital who needs to travel to access materials at another institution or to receive instruction in a master class are examples of what could be funded.”

Examples of other eligible expenses are

  • Art supplies
  • Exhibit supplies
  • Performance supplies
  • Competition fees
  • Conference fees
  • Membership fees
  • Software services
  • Subscription services
  • Laboratory supplies
  • Travel to academic conferences

There will be two rounds of awards during the spring semester.
Application deadlines
Round 1: Feb. 18 at 5 p.m.
Round 2: March 25 at 5 p.m.

Students can apply for funding during both rounds. Funds must be spent by April 30, 2019.

“The council does look for projects that would best benefit from funding at the time of the request,” Anderson said. “Fully fleshed-out projects have a better chance of getting funded, as the funding process is competitive.”

To apply, students must first complete three online tutorials that help them understand how to successfully complete the application. These tutorials take about five minutes each to complete. The tutorials, the application and the required faculty acknowledgment form—as well as more information about the program—can be found online at

The number of students funded each round depends on the number of applications submitted and the strength of the application pool, Anderson said. Last semester, the office received 14 applications and funded nine projects.

So encourage your student to give it a shot if they’re engaged in eligible activities. I always say: “You don’t ask, you don’t get.”

—Sabrina Brown

The Doctor, Nurse Practitioners and Nurses Are In: University Health Center

The medical staff at the University Health Center includes Michelle Dunn, LPN, (left); Jeanne Strunk, FNP, (women’s health); Dr. Robert Wade, medical director; Harriet Vincent, FNP; and Bethany Rothwell, RN.


As cold and flu season cranks up, it seems an appropriate time to share with you some information about our University Health Center, a resource available to all currently enrolled Longwood students.

Clinic Director Ronald Goforth, Medical Director Dr. Robert Wade and the rest of the University Health Center staff are committed to providing a high level of care and to keeping your student healthy so they can be successful at Longwood.

Toward that end, the center directors asked me to emphasize one thing in this post:
Encourage your student to get a flu shot!

The University Health Center’s primary goal is to see all students needing care within 24 hours, “but most of the time they are seen the same day,” says Dr. Wade.

Now, on to some basic information about the University Health Center. For more detailed, comprehensive information, please visit the center’s website at

Or give them a call at the phone number listed below.

The center provides primarily acute, wellness and preventative care. This means the medical staff can help if your student

  • is experiencing a short-term (acute) illness
  • is injured
  • wants to take precautions to avoid getting sick
  • wants an annual wellness or women’s health exam

In addition to these primary services, the University Health Center medical staff can also

  • administer flu shots
  • administer allergy shots (with serum provided by the student and a medical order from their allergist; fee required)
  • write prescriptions for ADD/ADHD (with proper documentation of psychological workup within the prior three years; see website FAQs about this topic. Students who need this testing can have it done through Counseling and Psychological Services at Longwood. Information about CAPS services and fees is available at
  • administer IV fluids for students who have become dehydrated due to illness
  • provide osteopathic manipulation for neck and back pain
  • perform a tuberculosis skin test, which is required for nursing students
  • collect lab specimens for testing and coordinate with LabCorp

Medical Staff
When your student visits the University Health Center, they will be seen by a member of the medical staff, which includes

  • a physician
  • a general family nurse practitioner
  • a women’s health nurse practitioner
  • three nurses

Appointments are preferred but not required. Your student can make an appointment

The clinic accepts walk-ins, but your student should be prepared to wait if necessary. Also, the earlier they get to the health center, the better, though every attempt will be made to see all walk-ins the same day.

Talking to the Medical Staff About Your Student
Parents of students who are 18 or older should be aware that FERPA (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act) prevents members of the medical staff from discussing your student’s health issues with you unless your student signs a separate release form for each day they were seen at the center. (These forms are available at the center.) Of course, your student can share any and all information with you about their conditions and treatment.

After-Hours Care
If your student feels their illness or injury can’t wait until the center reopens, they can go to

  • Centra Medical Group at 935 S. Main Street: 434-315-2850
  • Centra Southside Community Hospital Emergency Department at 800 Oak Street: 434-315-2530
  • Their primary care provider (PCP)

In addition, if your student has a non-life-threatening medical issue after hours, they may contact the health center’s nurse advice line at 805-858-3117.

Hospital and Emergency Care
Centra Southside Community Hospital and its emergency department, located at 800 Oak Street, are within walking distance of the Longwood campus. Your student may be referred to Centra Southside for X-rays and other diagnostic procedures, as well as care outside the scope of the University Health Center.

If your student has a medical emergency, they should call 911 or the Longwood University Police Department at 434-395-2091.

Being seen by a member of the medical staff is covered by student fees. If the student has health insurance, the clinic will bill the insurance provider, but no copay is required. Charges for off-site services such as prescriptions, visits to the emergency department or other health providers, hospitalization, injections and laboratory tests are the student’s responsibility.

University Health Center
Location, Hours and Contact Info
Location: Longwood Landings (106 Midtown Ave.) across from Subway
Hours of operation: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday except university holidays
Phone: 434-395-2102
Fax: 434-395-2738

A Partnership with Potomac Healthcare Solutions
The University Health Center is operated by Potomac Healthcare Solutions, headquartered in Woodbridge, Virginia. PHS operates clinics and provides medical staffing in the U.S. and abroad, including for the Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration.

—Sabrina Brown

Weather/Closing Questions? Here’s Where to Find Answers

By now many of you are probably aware that there’s snow in the Saturday and Sunday forecasts for Farmville (and consequently Longwood). Rest assured that Longwood is well-versed in preparing for snow and meeting the needs of students when it arrives.

Key administrators and staff from across the campus are meeting regularly to monitor the forecast and make preparations for the impending weather.

One change that has already been made is the time move-in will begin. Students can now begin moving back onto campus at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 11. Classes are still set to resume Tuesday morning.

As the forecast becomes more clear and decisions are made, updates to building hours, the class meeting schedule and campus events will be posted to (The screen shot above shows what the site looks like.) You can visit this site for the most updated information concerning winter weather.

Updates also will be texted or emailed to students. If you would also like to receive alerts via text and/or email, you can sign up here Click on “Sign Up” in the upper right corner; then fill out the requested information and click on the “Create Account” tab. You’ll then have the options to fill in a phone number that can receive texts and an email address.

Of course, there’s always the chance that the snow will completely miss us. Hope springs eternal.

Best, Sabrina Brown






If Your Student Has the Will, We Have the Way to Get Moving in 2019

Happy 2019, Lancer parents!

If your student has mentioned wanting to step up their physical activity in the coming year, here’s some information you can pass along about how they can make that happen at Longwood.

Included are individual workouts, group fitness classes, sessions with personal trainers and intramural sports. Many of these offerings are free, while others are offered for a small fee.

Individual Workouts
Longwood’s Health and Fitness Center on the main campus offers state-of-the-art facilities and workout equipment available to all enrolled students at no charge.  Basketball and racketball courts, an indoor track, weight and cardio equipment, and free weights are accessible throughout the day and evening.

Group Fitness Classes
Free group fitness classes are held in the Health and Fitness Center Monday through Friday. Your student can participate in Zumba, yoga, Pilates, spin and more.

Free classes are also held at Longwood’s Midtown Fitness Performance Center, which is just a short walk from the main campus. Classes include circuit training, hardcore abdominal work and Bootcamp (a workout involving tires, sandbags and sleds).

Longwood’s Health and Fitness Center offers a wide variety of weight and cardio equipment.

Workshops such as Women on Weights, which focuses on strength training, are offered at the Midtown location. Held on weekly from Jan. 21-March 1, workshops cost $20 for students.

Personal Training Sessions
Individual or “buddy” sessions with a personal trainer also are available in a variety of packages. For example, an individual “starter pack” includes an assessment appointment where the trainer and the student decide on goals and three workout sessions for $54. A “buddy pack” includes an assessment and five workout sessions for two students at a cost of $39 per student.

Intramural sports, where teams of students compete against each other, are offered throughout the spring semester. Sports begin at different points throughout the semester, beginning with 5v5 basketball, then going to indoor soccer and softball and ending with team handball. Costs range from $15-$30 per team. Students can sign up and get more information at

If your student is interested in finding out more about these fitness options, direct them to

Best, Sabrina Brown




The Weather Last Sunday Was Frightful—But the Snow Looks Delightful

Ruffner Hall

Depending on where you live, you might not be aware that it snowed all day in Farmville last Sunday, dropping more than 12 inches of snow in the area. Most students were probably safely and snugly home by then, so they missed out on the winter wonderland that the campus became as a result.

Longwood closed for two days, so the timing was actually lucky. That amount of snow a few days earlier would have wreaked havoc with the final exam schedule.

The Longwood campus is beautiful all the time, but it is particularly picturesque in the snow, as you can see from the photos below.

We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and that your student uses the winter break to rest and recharge.

Residence halls open for the spring semester at noon on Saturday, January 12. Classes begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15.

Best, Sabrina Brown

Lankford, the former student center, on the left and the new Upchurch University Center on the right
Brock Commons
Joanie when it’s snowy



Straight from the Source: Several Freshmen Are Sharing Their Experiences This Year

If your student happens to be one of those who is reticent to provide details about their college experience, don’t despair. There’s a group of Longwood freshmen who can fill you in.

They’re part of a project called My Life As A Freshman, and they’ve been sharing their experiences through journal entries and photos since orientation.

If you go to, you can meet Averee, Bella, Brooklynn, Daniel, Heather, Hunter, Jayla, La’Mya and Timothy, and get the skinny on topics including
–What it’s like to live in a residence hall
–Fun traditions
–Campus activities
–Developing good study habits
–Making friends
…and much more

This is really a great bunch of students. Some are athletes, some are honors students. They’re in a variety of majors, from biology to communication studies. They come from all over Virginia (and one from out of state). There’s even a chance that one of them is friends with your student.

I can’t tell you how much fun I have had getting to know them—both through personal interaction and through reading their journal entries.

Here’s an excerpt from one of Bella’s entries:

“How lucky I am to be in a campus environment that is so beautiful. I love that when you come into town you can see where the campus begins and ends. I love that I can walk from one end to the other and be surrounded by such history. I love that the new buildings look like the past. I love that Longwood has continued so many traditions that I want to be a part of.

“So, yes, I do get homesick, and I do miss my friends and family. But I’m steadily making new friends, forging relationships with my professors and thinking about my future at Longwood.”

All of these freshmen have surprised me with their candor and introspection, and delighted me with their different personalities and their humor. They’re going to continue their journaling through the spring semester, so you can cruise through the archive for previous posts as well as keep an eye on their website for future reflections. Or you can sign up on the site to receive their entries via email. Here’s the URL again:

I know it’s not the same as hearing from your own student, but it’s a pretty good second-best. Bottom line: I really like these young people, and I think you’d like them, too.

All the best, Sabrina Brown

The Run-up to Exams: Grand Illumination, Caroling, Late Night Breakfast (and Studying, Too)


If your student seems a little more focused or even stressed these days, it’s usually just a natural consequence of exam time. As an antidote, Longwood has sprinkled the end of the semester with some traditions that provide a break from what can be an intense time of year.

These include the Grand Illumination, the lighting of the 24-foot holiday tree in the Rotunda of Ruffner Hall; caroling by the Camerata Singers, also in Ruffner; and Late Night Breakfast in Dorrill Dining Hall.

President W. Taylor Reveley IV officially started the holiday season on Tuesday night when he turned the switch on the 10,000 lights on Longwood’s holiday tree. The tradition of having a holiday tree in the university’s main building began in about 1887. Surrounding the tree are displays noting several traditional holiday celebrations, including Chanukah and Kwanzaa.

The lighted 24-foot tree is an irresistible photo background.
The first holiday tree displayed in the Rotunda of Ruffner Hall was in 1887.

Tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. in the Rotunda of Ruffner Hall, the Camerata Singers will gather around the holiday tree and lift their voices in traditional melodies of the season.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, beginning at 10 p.m. volunteer faculty and staff will serve up a hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits, and more to send students into exam week well-fed. Legend has it that Late Night Breakfast began at Longwood in 1999 at the suggestion of Susan Sullivan, who still works at Longwood and is director of the University Center and Student Activities. Fueled by the substantial breakfast and encouraged by faculty and staff, students usually turn the dining hall into an impromptu dance floor.

Late Night Breakfast always includes dancing.
Faculty and staff volunteer to serve breakfast to students beginning at 10 p.m.

If your student seems to be experiencing more than the usual stress about exams, encourage him or her to discuss how they’re feeling with a friend or a professor they know—or to check in with the professionals at Counseling and Psychological Services (434-395-2409).

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from Everyone at Longwood!


Even though many of the trees on campus are bare, I thought we could all enjoy one more beautiful fall photograph in honor of Thanksgiving weekend.

Here at Longwood we have many things to be thankful for. Two that immediately come to mind are the opening of the Upchurch University Center in late October and the installation last Friday of Longwood’s newest statue of its patron hero, Joan of Arc—an awe-inspiring monument created by world-renowned Scottish sculptor Alexander Stoddart. I will be writing future posts about those two developments and what they mean for your students.

For now, with the Thanksgiving feast recently consumed and perhaps a football game still to be enjoyed, those of us at Longwood send our sincere best wishes to your family.

I hope that your student returns to campus recharged and ready to head into final exams, which take place the week of Dec. 3. The last day of regular classes is Nov. 30.


5 Minutes Could Save You $$$ in 2019-20: Encourage your student to apply for a scholarship

We have clear blue skies and sunshine in Farmville today, and there’s another bright spot as well: The application period for next year’s scholarships is open!

If your student will be enrolled at Longwood for the 2019-20 academic year—whether a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior this year, or even a graduate student—they are eligible to apply for one of the 370 or so scholarships available. Applications will be accepted through midnight on Feb. 1, 2019.

Submitting the general application—which takes about 5 minutes to complete—is the first step. For some scholarships that’s all that is required. Other scholarships also require a scholarship-specific application, which could require the submission of a resume, a personal statement or essay, a portfolio of work or other information about the applicant.

“Everybody should take the 5 minutes to do the general application,” says Ashley Crute, director of scholarships. When it comes to the scholarships that require an additional scholarship-specific application, Crute has this advice: “Apply for anything and everything you’re qualified for. You never know.”

Some scholarships are merit-based, some are based on financial need and others have a combination of those requirements. In addition, some scholarships have very specific criteria that reflect the interests of the donor or the namesake of the scholarship.

For example, the Camilla C. and Helen B. Tinnell Scholarship in English is designated for a full-time rising junior or senior who is majoring in English, has at least an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.2 GPA in English, and has a desire to teach. The Talmadge “Tal” H. Yeatts Scholarship goes to a student who is employed by Longwood’s food-service provider and demonstrates strong academic achievement.

There are scholarships designated for students in the Honors College and for students who want to participate in one of Longwood’s Brock Experiences, which take students around the country to study important issues of the day. The students in the photo above traveled to Arizona in summer 2018 to explore immigration issues.

Awards range from $1,000 per year to $5,000 per year—and some go even higher. To get started, your student should go to (Sorry, Mom and Dad, you have to have a LancerNet ID and password to access the application.)