Lynchburg College

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Coordinates: 37°23′54″N 79°10′52″W / 37.398468°N 79.18101°W / 37.398468; -79.18101 (Lynchburg College)

Lynchburg College
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Motto Above and Beyond
Established 1903
Type Private
Religious affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Endowment US $80.7 million[1]
President Kenneth R. Garren
Academic staff 157 full time
Students Approximately 2,500
Location Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Former names Virginia Christian College
Colors Crimson and Grey
Nickname Hornets
Mascot Elsie
Website http://www.lynchburg.edu

Lynchburg College is a private college in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA, related by covenant to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The Princeton Review lists it as one of the 368 best colleges in the nation.[2] LC is cited in Colleges That Change Lives and is also profiled in The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development. Lynchburg College was also the first institution in the United States to train nuclear physicists and engineers for the NS Savannah project under order of President Eisenhower, to aid in the development and operation of the world's first nuclear-powered ship.[3]

History[edit]

Lynchburg College was founded in 1903 as Virginia Christian College by Dr. Josephus Hopwood as a selective, independent, coeducational, and residential institution, which has a historical and current relationship to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The instition officially changed its name to Lynchburg College in 1919, citing a constituency that had expanded beyond Virginia. Hopwood was president of Milligan College in Tennessee when a group of ministers and businessmen approached him about establishing a college in Lynchburg. A key to the founding was that Westover Hotel, a failed resort, was available for sale. When Hopwood agreed to serve, they purchased the resort for $13,500, resulting in Lynchburg's current campus.

The College has maintained its original commitment to a liberal arts education. Beginning with 11 faculty and 55 students, the College has grown to 159 full-time faculty and 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. The College offers 39 majors, 49 minors, two dual-degree programs, the Westover Honors Program, and offers graduate degrees in Masters of Arts, Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Education, and Masters of Science in Nursing as well as Doctorate programs in Physical Therapy and Educational Leadership. Lynchburg College has more than 20,000 alumni.

The Lynchburg College hymn was written by alumnus Paul E. Waters. Its melody was taken from JS Bach's "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" Op. 135a, No. 21. The college fight song includes the phrase, "Hornet Born and Hornet Bred and when I die I'll be Hornet dead."

In the fall of 1994,a few months after Intel had introduced its Pentium microprocessor, Dr. Thomas R. Nicely, from Lynchburg College, was doing computations related to the distribution of prime numbers and discovered the Pentium FDIV bug. Dr. Nicely left Lynchburg College in 2000.

In 1997, Dr. Leonard Edelman was denied tenure by then-Dean of the College and he filed a lawsuit against the college for religious and gender discrimination. However, the filing was made beyond the allowable limit as provided for by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Edelmen filed a petition for re-consideration, and his lawsuit went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled against his extension request, and not on the merit of his tenure-denial claim.[3]

Community outreach remains a tradition of the College, through initiatives of its eight Centers of Lynchburg College and the SERVE program, through which 98,000 volunteer hours are contributed annually by students, faculty, and staff.

Campus and Campus Life[edit]

Lynchburg College campus

Lynchburg College is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, about 180 miles southwest of Washington D.C., in the Central Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It occupies 250 acres (1.0 km2) in Lynchburg and has a separate environmental research center on 470 acres (1.9 km2), the Claytor Nature Study Center, located about 40 minutes from campus. Most students live on campus and in nearby college-owned houses.

Student Organizations[edit]

Lynchburg College has over 40 clubs & organizations for students to participate in. Examples of organization types include Greek life, student government, spiritual life, volunteer organizations, leadership programs, and publications.[4]

Greek Life[edit]

Fraternity life began on the Lynchburg College campus in 1962, with the arrival of Sigma Mu Sigma, whose Sigma Chapter was active until disbanded in the mid 1980s. Fraternities and sororities appeared on campus again in 1992. All official Greek houses are located on Vernon Street, and are currently owned by the college. LC is 17% Greek. Listed below are the chapters of the social fraternities and sororities that comprise Greek life at LC.

Fraternities

Organization Symbol Nickname Chapter
Phi Delta Theta ΦΔΘ Phi Delt Virginia Theta
Phi Kappa Tau ΦΚΤ Phi Tau Zeta Epsilon
Sigma Nu ΣΝ Sig Nu Mu Chi
Sigma Phi Epsilon ΣΦΕ Sig Ep Virginia Omicron

Sororities

Organization Symbol Nickname Chapter
Alpha Chi Omega ΑXΩ A Chi O Iota Omicron
Alpha Sigma Alpha ΑΣΑ ASA Zeta Upsilon
Kappa Delta ΚΔ KD Zeta Nu
Sigma Sigma Sigma ΣΣΣ Tri-Sigma Eta Upsilon

National Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternities and Sororities

Organization Symbol Nickname Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha ΑKΑ AKA Omicron Sigma
Alpha Phi Alpha ΑΦA Alphas Sigma Pi
Delta Sigma Theta ΔΣΘ Deltas Eta Upsilon

Athletics[edit]

The Lynchburg College Hornets participate in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The Hornets program offers eight men’s sports, nine women’s sports, and two co-ed sports. Since joining the ODAC, the Hornets have recorded 148 conference titles. [5]

Lynchburg is a strong athletic program in the ODAC. Traditionally its baseball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, and track and field teams compete at a high level in conference play.

The Hornets have won several ODAC championships throughout their history, most recently with the Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field in 2010.

In 2010 the unranked Hornet men’s soccer team made it the NCAA Division III national championship game, before losing to Messiah College.

In 2011, the Hornet Field Hockey team and the Women's Soccer team both captured the ODAC Championship title, but unfortunately, both teams fell in the NCAA tournament.

Lynchburg College fielded a football team from 1917 to 1932, when it was disbanded due to financial constraints associated with the Great Depression.[6]

Men’s Athletics

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women’s Athletics

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Co-Ed Athletics

  • Cheerleading
  • Equestrian

Administration[edit]

Lynchburg College has both a President and a Board of Trustees, which currently consists of 37 individuals. The Board of Trustees' role in administration is the "fundamental oversight of the College."[7]

Presidents of Lynchburg College
Dr. Josephus Hopwood 1903–1911
Dr. S.T. Willis 1911–1912
Mr. G.O. Davis 1912–1914
Mr. Matthew Clark (Acting) 1914–1915
Dr. John T. Hundley 1915–1936
Dr. Riley B. Montgomery 1936–1949
Dr. Orville W. Wake '32 1949–1964
Dr. M. Carey Brewer '49 1964–1983
Dr. George N. Rainsford 1983–1993
Dr. Charles O. Warren 1993–2001
Dr. Kenneth R. Garren 2001–present

Dr. Kenneth R. Garren began his tenure as the tenth president of Lynchburg College in 2001. A former vice president and dean of Roanoke College, Garren led Lynchburg College through its 2003 centennial celebration and initiatives such as a strategic plan, campus facilities master planning, building projects (including Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall), and restoration work on College Lake. Recently, the college finished a multimillion dollar renovation of Shellenberger Field.

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Known for Relationship to Lynchburg College
John Hobbs Former Major League Baseball Player for Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners BA, 1978,[8]
Bob Duff Senator - State of Connecticut BA, 1993, Sigma Phi Epsilon[9]
Jerry Falwell Founder of Liberty University Journalism student before transferring to Bible Baptist College.[10]
Whit Haydn Magician, entertainer BA, 1972
Deirdre Quinn Actress 1993 BA in Theatre[11]
Jessamine Shumate Artist and painter Attended art classes during 1940s
Ronnie LaBrie Former minor league baseball player in the Washington Nationals farm system [12] Current 6th year senior
Ryan Cranston Former Major League Lacrosse Player [13] Graduate
Brandon Childs Head coach, Eastern University Men's Lacrosse [14] Graduate
Andy Warren Entertainment Manager, Walt Disney World Entertainment [15] Graduate
Mike Marchetti Corporate Applications Director, Yahoo! [15] Graduate
Percy Wootton Former president of the American Medical Association [16] Graduate
Catherine German West Former executive vice president and chief operating officer of J.C. Penney Company, Inc. [17] Graduate
Franklin P. Hall Virginia House of Delegates [18] Graduate
Robert A. McKee Former Representative for Maryland House of Delegates B.A. in political science in 1971[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ As of February 14, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). 2013 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ John Pike. "NS Savannah". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Student Activities". Lynchburg College. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ Nathan Warters (2008-02-26). "Lynchburg College sacks football hopes". The U.S. News and Advance. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Board of Trustees". Lynchburg College. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  8. ^ "Jack Hobbs". CNN. 
  9. ^ "My Bio". cthomesearch.com. 
  10. ^ "Jerry Falwell Dies After Falling Unconscious in His Office". Fox News. 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  11. ^ "Lynchburg College: StageNotes 2006". Lynchburg College Theatre. 
  12. ^ "Lynchburg College: LCSIO Release 2008". Lynchburg College. 
  13. ^ "Lynchburg College: StageNotes 2006". Lynchburg College. 
  14. ^ "Eastern: StageNotes 2006". Eastern. 
  15. ^ a b "Lynchburg College: StageNotes 2006". Lynchburg College. 
  16. ^ "Society of Smith Scholars". 
  17. ^ "Catherine German West '82 named JC Penney's chief operating officer". Lynchburg College. 
  18. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates: Historical Bio for Franklin P. Hall". 
  19. ^ "Robert A. McKee, Maryland State Delegate". msa.md.gov. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 

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