Help with the FAFSA, a great campus job opportunity and more

Today’s post gives you the “skinny” on some opportunities for parents and for students. I hope you find the information helpful.

Need help with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
Attend one—or all—of these webinars

The FAFSA for the 2023-24 year opened Oct. 1. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid—including grants, loans and scholarships—must fill out the form each year.

Many of you are probably old hands at filling out the FAFSA by now, but for others it undoubtedly is still a challenge. Honestly, most of the parents I know who have grappled with this form consider successfully completing it to be a major triumph, something along the lines of climbing Mt. Everest.

However, you don’t have to face this challenge alone. Longwood’s Office of Financial Aid is ready to lend a hand. They’re offering a series of webinars to help you prepare for and understand the FAFSA. You can access these virtual webinars here,

FAFSA Webinar Schedule
Oct. 21              7-8 p.m.
Nov. 12              10-11 a.m.
Jan. 13               7-8 p.m.
Feb. 11               10-11 a.m.
Feb. 25             10-11 a.m.

Keep in mind that Longwood’s priority filing deadline is March 1, 2023. The Office of Financial Aid must receive your student’s FAFSA by this date to determine their eligibility for most federal and state grants. If a student submits the FAFSA after this date, they would miss their opportunity to receive this gift aid.

 If you have a question or concern about the FAFSA that you’d like to address one-on-one with a financial aid staff member, you can make an appointment for a virtual meeting here:

A Great Campus Job
Applications now being accepted for resident assistants

If your student plans to live on campus next year and will have at least one year of campus residence by the beginning of the fall semester, they might want to consider applying to be a resident assistant. Applications, which can be found online here, are being accepted through noon on Friday, Dec. 2.

Resident assistants get free housing and a base meal plan. They also get great leadership, decision-making and event-planning experience that will enhance their resumes when they are searching for that first job after college.

Students eligible to apply must
—Be a full-time student while employed
—Have no judicial record
—Have lived in Longwood-managed housing for one academic year prior to fall 2023
—Have a minimum 2.5 GPA (both semester and cumulative)
—Commit to the entire 2023-24 academic year (fall and spring semesters; this means  student teachers, students studying abroad for a full semester, peer mentors, varsity athletes and students graduating in fall 2023 are not eligible)​​

In addition, the housing office looks for students who
—Are involved and love helping others
—Advocate for their peers and are creative
—Are willing to learn and meet new people

$3,000 Study Abroad Scholarships Available

Longwood’s Center for Global Engagement is offering a new scholarship this year: the ESC Summer Leadership Program Scholarship, which will award $3,000 each to two Lancers to use for participation in this excellent program through the European Study Center in Strasbourg, France. Students in the program can choose between two four-week summer sessions worth 6 credits each.

Applications, which can be found online here, are due no later than Nov. 1. Questions can be sent to

—Sabrina Brown

Career Week Oct. 17-20 Will Give Your Student a Head Start on Their Job Search

Coming up the week of Oct. 17 is Longwood’s Career Week. It’s a week full of helpful job search-related workshops, opportunities to network with alumni and a career fair.

I was surprised to hear in a meeting this week that many students wait until deep into the spring semester of their senior year to start their job searches.

I’m hoping you can encourage your student to be proactive and take advantage of Career Week. And consider passing along this message from Longwood’s Career Services: “The most successful and least stressful job searches start early!”

Career Week is the perfect time for students to get a head start on writing a killer resume and cover letter, honing their job interview skills, making connections with Longwood alumni working in areas they’re interested in, and finding out what they can do now to get the kind of experience and skills that will land the job they want when they graduate.

Also, please let your student know they can get FREE business cards as part of Career Week. Here’s the order form. The last day to order cards is Oct. 14.

And finally, if your student is home this weekend, it’s a good time for them to grab some business casual/professional clothing to bring to campus for the career fair and networking event.

Details of Career Week are below. No registration is required for students for any of the workshops or other activities.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Walk-in Mock Interviews
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Maugans Alumni Center, G04
To make the most of Career Week, students should come to the Office of Alumni and Career Services to practice their answers to common interview questions. These will be first-come, first-serve and will take roughly 30-45 minutes.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
4 p.m. | Allen Hall, Room 101
Join us for a Resume and Cover Letter Workshop to prepare yourself to network with alumni and employers during the Career fair on Oct. 20. We will be covering current standards in formatting, appearance, and content, as well as how to highlight your skills and abilities to fit the jobs you want.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Walk-in Mock Interviews
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Maugans Alumni Center, G04
To make the most of Career Week, students should come to the Office of Alumni and Career Services to practice their answers to common interview questions. These will be first-come, first-serve and will take roughly 30-45 minutes.

LinkedIn and Networking Workshop
4 p.m. | Allen Hall, Room 101
Increase your employer visibility and marketability by building a professional, updated, and engaging LinkedIn profile using advice and feedback from industry professionals.

Graduate School Preparation Workshop
6 p.m. | Allen Hall, Room 101
Learn more about how to research and choose a program; get application tips and advice, and assistance in crafting strong personal statements; and gain insight into what graduate school admissions boards are looking for.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Minority Student and Alumni Networking Session
5-6 p.m. | Rotunda
Longwood Career Services would like to invite all minority students to attend a networking session with fellow alumni and career leaders to learn about their career paths and advice, build relationships and develop their professional network. Following this special session, we will move to the general networking session in the Colonnades from 6-8 p.m.

Alumni, Student, and Employer Networking Event
6-8 p.m. | Colonnades
Build your professional network by connecting with alums across dozens of fields and industries at our student, alumni, employer networking event. A professional cocktail-party style will help you feel comfortable at events in the future as alumni help you build toward your career goals.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Career, Internship and Engagement Fair
1-4 p.m. | Maugans Alumni Center, Blackwell Ballroom
Join alumni, employers and graduate school representatives at our Career Expo to learn more about how to get the career you want, what top industry players are looking for in new hires, and how you can get a step ahead of other applicants. You’ll be able to take a professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile, develop your professional network and enjoy learning more about companies that want to #HireLancers.

Events and locations are subject to change. For the latest and most up-to-date information, visit the Career Week website:

—Sabrina Brown

High Five! Longwood moves into top 5 of U.S. News’ regional public universities in the South

Here’s some happy news!

For the first time, Longwood is a top-five regional public university in the South, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings released on Sept. 12.

Over the last decade, Longwood has charted a steady climb up the annual rankings, this year marking its first-ever appearance as the No. 5 public university in the South regional category and the seventh straight year in the top 10 in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The rankings rise coincides with a continued investment in small classes taught by full-time professors, a course of action few public universities have taken. More than two-thirds of Longwood classes have 20 or fewer students, the highest percentage of any Virginia public college or university.

Longwood’s latest U.S. News ranking continues the steady upward trajectory that spans the last decade. Since 2014, the university has climbed to No. 5 from No. 14 among public institutions in the South regional category. Among public and private regional universities, Longwood has climbed to No. 16 from No. 31 in that same time period.

The university has also maintained its rising trajectory in the Best Value in the South list, up more than 10 spots from two years ago to No. 35 overall.

You can read the full story, which includes Longwood’s position in some other notable rankings, here:

Feel free to deploy any of these “bragging points” when you’re talking with friends and family about universities your children are attending.

Having issues with Emergency Alerts?

We’ve heard from a few parents that they have signed up to receive Longwood emergency alerts but have not seen any so far. We’ve checked, and in almost all cases, there’s some missing information on the account —for example, a phone number or an email.

If you’re experiencing this issue, please check to make sure your account lists your email and cell number. Here’s how to do that:

  • Log into using the username and password you have already created
  • Make sure your cell phone number and carrier information is correct in the “SMS Numbers” box. You can add multiple cell numbers if you’d like.
  • Make sure your email information is correct in the “Email Addresses” box. You can add multiple emails if you’d like.
  • If you need to add a new SMS number or email address, make sure to click the “Add New” button or your information will not save.

 If you continue to experience issues, please email, and we’ll help resolve them.

Family Weekend Music Showcase

I hope we’ll see you this weekend for Family Weekend and the Heart of Virginia Festival. If you’re looking for a place to get out of the heat, drop by Jarman Auditorium at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, for a showcase of Longwood student musicians (and a sprinkling of faculty and staff, including me!).

The Chamber Orchestra kicks off the program, which will also include performances by the Camerata Singers, the Wind Symphony and several other musical groups and soloists. The program should conclude about 2:15.

—Sabrina Brown


Upcoming Programs Focus on Well-being: Journaling, crocheting and dealing with a crisis

What do Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci and Frederick Douglass all have in common? Each of these famous figures kept a journal or diary to record their experiences, thoughts or feelings.

What do Longwood’s Greenwood Library and CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) have in common? They both care about your student’s well-being.

Now, you may be wondering, what’s the connection between journaling, the library and CAPS?

The library and CAPS have teamed up to offer a series of workshops for students aimed at enhancing their well-being and funded by a $19,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Next up is:

Writing for Well-Being: Journaling Workshop
1-2 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, Greenwood Library Children’s Literature Room

At tomorrow’s workshop, students will receive a free journal and learn about the benefits of journaling, which include reducing stress and anxiety. Here’s more from Kaiser Permanente about the benefits of journaling:

Additional workshops scheduled for this semester:

Finding Meaning in Suffering: Authors’ Presentation
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, Room 105 Radcliff Hall
Dr. Daryl Van Tongeren, a psychologist, and Sara Showalter Van Tongeren, a licensed clinical social worker, will discuss their book The Courage to Suffer: A New Clinical Framework for Life’s Greatest Crises. Their talk will touch on resilience, finding meaning in the struggle and mental health. The first 50 attendees to arrive will receive a free copy of the book.

Connections Through Crocheting
6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Room 147 Greenwood Library

Hobbies are great ways to support mental health, and many people find crocheting a relaxing activity. In this class, participants will get started on a project with a simple pattern. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and should be open online next month. If your student is interested, they can check the library website for the link to the registration form starting in early October. (Encourage your student to sign up even if there’s a waiting list—there will be another class soon!)

If you think your student would benefit from any or all of these programs, please encourage them to attend! And they’re also open to the community, so you are welcome as well!

—Sabrina Brown

 These programs are part of the project Well-Being in the Heart of Campus: Community Connections at Greenwood Library, a partnership between Greenwood Library and Longwood CAPS. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ARPML-250933-OMLS-22.

Back-to School Photos: Your Lancers are off to a great start

Your Lancers have had a busy week and a half, but so has our university photographer, Courtney Vogel.

Take a stroll through these galleries on Facebook, and you just might see a familiar face—most likely lit up with a big smile. There’s a lot of that going around on campus these days, as you can see in these photos from move-in, New Lancer Days, The G.A.M.E. (a favorite Lancer tradition) and more.

We’re so happy to have our students back! This place just isn’t the same without them.

The G.A.M.E. (Greatest athletics march ever)

First Day of Classes

Honor and Integrity Ceremony

New Lancer Days


—Sabrina Brown


Work orders, email/text alerts and Family Weekend

work orders and housekeeping issues

We just sent the following information to students about some unexpected issues that you have let us know about. If you or your student are experiencing an issue, please encourage them to submit a work order so we can resolve it quickly.


We’ve heard from a few more students and families than normal that they encountered housekeeping and facilities issues when they arrived at their residences, particularly in our apartment communities. These experiences are not what we want for any of our students, and we’re sorry to those who have had to deal with this. We are working with all students and families individually to resolve issues and will continue to do that until everything is correct.

We are also in contact at the leadership level with Budd Group, our housekeeping service provider, to ensure that not only are these issues remedied as quickly as possible but also that they do not happen again. 

If you encounter an issue with your housing – if something is not working properly or needs to be addressed – the fastest and most effective way to get it resolved is to go to and click on the “Submit a Work Order” button. That will get you into our system and we will be able to send out the appropriate staff to resolve it.

You can also email Residential and Commuter Life at and we will work with you directly.

Sign Up for Email and Text Alerts

Longwood has an emergency notification system whose goal is to provide as many avenues for information sharing as possible in the event of an emergency. Included in this system are text and email alerts, which anyone, including parents and other family members, can sign up to receive. If you’d like to sign up, just go to

You can read more about other aspects of the notification system here:

there’s Still time to sign up for Family Weekend, 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 or call 434-395-2103.

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,

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,, 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

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:

—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 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

Answering your Covid-19 questions for this fall

You may be wondering how Covid-19 will impact your student’s experience at Longwood this fall.

The university has updated its guidelines for students, faculty and staff, and visitors, and you should be able to find the answers to your questions here. This information has also should have been emailed to all students who are expected to attend Longwood this fall. If your student didn’t receive it, they can let us know by emailing

Below are a few highlights that may be of particular interest to parents. If you still have questions after reviewing the available information, just send them to


Classes and Academic Issues
Longwood will offer a full slate of in-person classes this fall. Longwood typically offers very few online-only classes. Going forward, the university will not make accommodations for students to attend scheduled in-person classes remotely.

Students who are quarantining due to a positive Covid-19 test (see next paragraph) are responsible for informing their professors and making a plan to join classes remotely or to make up missed work. They also should  let the Care Team know when they test positive by emailing

Students who test positive for Covid-19 should follow current CDC guidance and quarantine for 5 days. There will not be dedicated isolation space on campus. Students will be expected to isolate at home or in their rooms, and we’ll work with students who have extenuating circumstances or who require additional support.

Masks/Face Coverings
Students who are returning to campus/class after the 5-day Covid-19 quarantine period need to wear a face covering for an additional 5 days when around others.

For everyone else, including visitors to campus, masks are optionalboth inside buildings and outside. Of course, everyone is welcome to wear a mask if they choose, and members of the Longwood community are expected to be respectful of others’ decisions about wearing a face covering.

According to state guidelines, Virginia public universities cannot require that students be vaccinated for Covid-19 in order to enroll. However, we strongly encourage all students who can safely receive the vaccine to do so. If the University Health Center has vaccines available, students can make an appointment by calling 434-395-2102 and receive a vaccine there.

Covid-19 vaccinations also normally are available locally at
Walmart (general immunization information)
Farmville Walmart pharmacy

Covid-19 Testing
The University Health Center can provide Covid-19 testing. Your student can make an appointment by calling 434-395-2102.

Financial Impact of Covid-19 on Your Family
Longwood understands that some family finances have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. If that is the case for your family, we want to work with you. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 434-395-2077 to request a Change of Income form to reflect your current financial situation.

—Sabrina Brown

The Circle of (College) Life: Seniors graduate, new freshmen get oriented

First of all, a belated—but no less heartfelt—congratulations to all of you whose Lancers graduated in May! I personally know what it’s like to have a child complete their college degree, and there aren’t many occasions that are happier. You have good reason to be proud.

For others of you, your son or daughter is just beginning their college journey. I hope Orientation went well for all of you. Most of all, I want to welcome you to the Longwood family—and to Parent Pipeline. My name is Sabrina Brown, and I work in the Office of Marketing, Communications and Engagement. I want the blog to be helpful and informative for parents, so please let me know if there are topics/issues/questions you’d like to have addressed. Feel free to email me at

If you haven’t signed up to receive Pipeline posts by email and you’d like to do that, go to:

If you haven’t joined the Parent Pipeline Facebook group and you’d like to do that, go to

Finally, it’s time to start thinking about the fall semester. Here are some quick tips for getting your student off to a good start.


For students living on campus, move-in is just a few weeks away. Freshmen will move in Aug. 17-18; continuing students in main campus residence halls, Aug. 19-21; continuing students in apartments, Aug. 19-21; transfer and readmitted students, Aug. 18-21. Student-athletes, student employees, international students and students in the Cormier Honors College may have different move-in schedules. Members of these groups will who have an early move-in date will receive that information from their group leaders.

All other students who will be living in Longwood-managed housing in the coming year should have already received specific information about their individual move-in schedule and instructions via email. You can also find general information online from the Office of Residential and Commuter Life here.


Students can submit the information for their Lancer Card ID online—no later than Aug. 8—to have their cards included in their move-in packets.

Here are the steps for them to follow:
—Go to and sign in using their LancerNET ID and password.
—Upload their photo. Under Account Management, select Photo Upload and follow the steps, including the requirement to upload a photo of their government-issued ID (for example, their driver’s license) in addition to the photo your student wants to use on their Lancer Card.
—Pick up ID at move-in. Your student will receive a “photo approved” confirmation email immediately after completing the online process, which means their ID will be in their move-in packet when they arrive on campus. If they don’t receive a confirmation email right away at the address they provided, they should call the Lancer Card office at 434-395-2715.

Missed the Aug. 8 deadline? No worries. Your student can still submit their photo online and pick up their Lancer Card in the Lancer Card Center located in Eason Hall Room 204.

Parking Permit $25 Discount

Students can save $25 on the cost of a parking permit by ordering the permit online by Aug. 1. Any student who will have a car on campus needs to purchase a permit.

To order a permit, students should go to and sign in using their LancerNet ID and password. Click Order Permit and agree to the terms and conditions. Then follow the instructions on each page.

Permits ordered by Aug. 8 will be available during the check-in process during move-in. Permits ordered after Aug. 8 will be available for pick-up in the Parking Services Office located in Eason Hall Room 206.

—Sabrina Brown