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20
Sep
2017

Longwood University MBA Program

This week is another spotlight on one of Longwood University’s graduate programs: Masters of Business Administration Degree, or MBA.

This program offers both a General Business and a Real Estate concentration, full time and part time to meet many student’s needs. There is also a unique track to this degree, Longwood’s MBAdvantage dual degree program. This program gives students in the College of Business and Economics and the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences the opportunity to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

Currently there are 7 full-time General Business students, 19 part-time General Business students, and 1 part-time Real Estate student.

Careers we can expect to see students graduating with a Longwood University MBA enter include:

  • Marketing Directors
  • Directors of Operations
  • Financial Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Human Resources Directors
  • Commercial and Corporate Realtors

 

Longwood’s MBA also offers a Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program, which student complete along with their regular coursework. This program focuses on leadership development through knowledge, experience, and reflection, with a focus on leadership, values, and ethics. Students who complete the LEAD program earn a Certificate of Leadership from the SNVA Institute for Leadership and Innovation.

This year’s MBA students had the opportunity to apply for the SNVC Institute for Leadership and Innovation 2017-2018 MBA Scholarship. The recipient of this year’s scholarship is Alex Lee. Alex Lee has shown great leadership skills through her multitude of involvement during her past four years at Longwood University.

 

 

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18
Sep
2017

Oh the Places They’re Going!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss. After graduation, school librarianship students from Longwood University find jobs all across the country, while many graduates stay here in Virginia. Recently, the program coordinators have assembled a map in Hull to show where these graduates are working. Currently, there are graduates in almost every county in northern Virginia, some as far east as Poquoson, and others as far south as Martinsville. How far will the Class of 2017 go?

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5
Sep
2017

CSD Goes Bowling!

How do you foster connections between people from across the country? According to the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) graduate department, you go bowling! This year, the 23 new graduate students teamed up with the second year graduate students at Main Street Lanes to hone their skills. Prizes were awarded for the highest score and the lowest score of the evening. There was also a team of faculty and staff trying to beat the students. This was the end to the first day of orientation for the program. The new group of 23 graduate students include people from Virginia (10 Longwood Alumni), Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The second year graduate students will be leaving campus in the next few weeks to start their externship placements. Good luck to the incoming and outgoing students this semester!

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28
Jul
2017

Counselor Education: Chi Sigma Iota

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This year, Longwood’s Counselor Education graduate program inducted new members into Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) and held an awards ceremony for outstanding members of the program. CSI is an international honor society for counseling that was founded in 1985 and has over 117,000 members. Longwood constitutes the Phi Chapter of the honor society and currently has around 40 members. CSI membership is by invitation only so students wishing to join must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or over and be recommended for membership by faculty.

On March 31st, 2017, the Counselor Education department hosted their induction ceremony to CSI. Twenty-two new members were accepted to CSI and twelve new members were inducted in person at the ceremony. The event was attended by counselor ed faculty, graduate studies’ Dean Jeannine Perry and Assistant Dean Kathy Charleston, College of Education and Human Services Dean Paul Chapman, as well as current Phi chapter members and Longwood Students. One highlight of the ceremony was an address to new members by Dr. Gerard Lawson. Lawson is a professor at Virginia Tech, former Longwood Masters student in the counseling department, Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, and the current President of the American Counseling Association (ACA). The ACA is the largest association in the world that represents counselors of various practices. His presence and address at the ceremony meant a lot to the entire counseling department.

The next big event that CSI hosted was the Chi Sigma Iota Officer Induction and Awards Ceremony. This event was held on April 30, 2017 and recognized outstanding faculty and students of the program.  Jessica Morris was inducted as the new President of CSI, Katie Horton was named as the new Secretary/Treasurer, Hailey Kitchen will serve as the School Counseling Member at Large, the Mental Health Counseling Member at Large will be Setera Stevens, and Brittany Bishop was named as the 2017-2018 Newsletter Editor. In addition to the induction of new CSI officers, eight individuals were awarded for service and achievement. The Outstanding Counselor Education Student Advocacy Award was won by Katherine Klipp, the Outstanding Counselor Education Student Leadership Award went to Joseph Siverd, Jessica Hamlett was recognized with the Outstanding Counselor Education Student Service Award, Brittany Bishop won the Outstanding First Year Counselor Education Student Award, the Outstanding Advance Counselor Education Student Award went to Christopher Barnes, Dr. Kathleen McCleskey was awarded the Outstanding Counselor Education Faculty Award, the Outstanding Counselor Education Adjunct Faculty Award was given to Dr. Maureen Walls-McKay, and Monique Bates won the Outstanding Leadership Award-Greater Longwood Community.

The Counselor Education department is very excited for all of the accomplishments of the CSI Phi chapter and the students and faculty of the department as a whole. They look forward to a productive and outstanding 2017-2018 year, the opportunity to initiate new members into CSI, and award the hard work of outstanding counselor ed members next spring.

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25
Jul
2017

3rd Annual Graduate Research Symposium

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Longwood’s 3rd annual graduate research symposium was held on campus in the Greenwood Library during the afternoon of Wednesday April 26, 2017. April 26th was marked in the academic calendar as campus wide research day and all classes were cancelled so both the undergraduate and graduate research symposiums could be held. Presentations of research were held from 1:00-5:45 pm followed by a reception and awards. Four graduates students representing both the counselor education and reading, literacy, and learning (RLL) programs presented 20-30 minute education sessions during the first presentation slot. After the four presentations were concluded, the students joined together for a Q and A panel from the audience. During the poster session, 16 presenters shared their research and represented the school librarianship, communications sciences and disorders (CSD), special education (SPED), and RLL programs. The final session mimicked the first presentation and Q and A session. In the later session, however, there were two separate sessions running concurrently, each with 3 presentations each. RLL and English Literature were represented by the student researchers in the later session.

During the reception, winners from each session were announced. Dona O’Dell and Elena Faulkner (RLL) won the first session with their presentation entitled Unlocking Reading Motivation: Fostering Reading Engagement through Self-Efficacy and Collaboration. The poster session had two winners, one award for a poster presented in person and another award for a distance-poster. The distance posters were a new feature to this year’s symposium. Students who could not be here were able to record a video explaining their research that could be accessed by a qr code or online at the Digital Commons. The first award winning poster was Knowledge of Vocal Hygiene and Vocal Abuse in Longwood Education Majors by Anna Powers, Lauren McGonagle, Stephanie Fields, and Hunter Reese (CSD). The second poster winning poster was Relationship Among Speaking Fundamental Frequency, Vocal Part, and Vocal Range by Allison Nutting, Corrie Honaker, Jessica Lanehart, Sally Wilson (CSD). One winner from each of the final sessions was also announced. Christina Kline won her session with her presentation on Professional Development: The Key to Better Instruction and Achievement of English Learners (RLL). The final award was won by Susan Hinshaw and Heather Street with a presentation entitled “Gotta catch ’em all”: Selecting Instructional Approaches and Programs to Meet the Specific Reading Needs of Struggling Middle Schoolers (RLL). All of the winners and supervising faculty are shown in the picture above.

The symposium was organized by The College of Graduate & Professional Studies and the graduate council research symposium committee: Dr. Karla Collins, Dr. Jeannine Perry, Tammy Hines, Dr. Wendy Snow, Dr. Aftab Khan, Dr. Kellyn Hall, Brooke Greenbank, and Brittany Bishop. The 4th annual research symposium will be held in the spring 2018 semester.

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21
Jul
2017

Crossfit with the Dean

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On Monday November 14th, 2016 the GSA hosted its first annual Crossfit with the Dean! The dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Jeannine Perry, welcomed the GSA to join her at Crossfit 1st Due. Perry is a regular member at the gym and wanted to share her love for crossfit with all of the graduate student body. Meredith Peck, GSA’s past president, also attended Crossfit 1st due and planned the event with the dean. They thought it would be a great way to share one of the ways they have fun working out with graduate students while also contributing to GSA’s goal of building a strong graduate student community.

The event lasted for an hour, beginning with a basic introduction to a crossfit warm-up. After the initial round of squats and lifting weights, the students got to have some fun crossfit style. They split into two teams and were each given a large foam die. The dice were thrown across the gym and the number that was “rolled” corresponded to the workout that had to be done (e.g. 4 means box steps or 6 means squats). When the entire team completed the exercise, the score was recorded on a white board. After 30 minutes the teams were told to stop and the scores were tallied. Some of the graduate students who attended expressed nervousness at the beginning, they were worried about the workout being too hard or not being able to keep up. By the end of the workout, everyone was very happy they attended and did not feel left behind or discouraged from the work out at all.

The GSA finished the event by giving away a few prizes. The prizes ranged from CGPS padfolios to a free 3 month crossfit membership. Georgia Skipper, GSA’s vice president, won the membership to the gym. This event began a series in the spring semester hosted by the GSA called “Fitness Fridays” over the course of which the GSA took part in yoga, ballroom dancing, and zumba. The GSA plans to host this event again during the Fall 2017 semester.

 

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18
Jul
2017

December Graduation Reception

On Friday, December 2, 2016 the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) hosted the first ever December Graduation Reception. This reception was hosted to honor and recognize all of the August and December graduate degree recipients. The GSA and CGPS thought this was an important event to host because many of the graduates from August and December are not able to come back in May for the full commencement ceremony. By holding an event like this, the attending graduates were able to celebrate with family and friends and receive the recognition they deserved. The event was held at Charley’s and the graduates were encouraged to invite all those that they believed would want to celebrate with them. The graduate students, family members, friends, Longwood graduate faculty, and GSA officers were all in attendance to celebrate all of the graduates’ accomplishments. During the reception, graduates were given a wooden Longwood ornament, had their names and earned degrees recognized, and were able to try on graduation regalia for pictures. The GSA and CGPS wants to wish all of the August, December, and May graduates the best of luck as they move onto whatever the next adventure in their lives hold!

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14
Jul
2017

Longwood University’s First Death Cafe

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This past spring on March 28, 2017, Longwood University played host to the first death café in Farmville. The event was organized by Dr. Maureen Walls-McKay, Dr. Kat McCleskey, and the counselor education Grief, Loss, and Trauma class. Death Cafés were originated by Jon Underwood in 2010 when he wanted to host a series on death and came across the work of Bernard Crettaz. Underwood took his inspiration from the writing of Crettaz and modeled the Death Café after his ideas, hosting the very first one at his East London house in 2011. Sue Barsky Reid, a psychotherapist and Underwood’s mother, served as the facilitator for the pilot event. From there on, the two worked together to write and publish a guide for hosting and running these events all over the world.

The goal of the death café hosted here was to provide a relaxing environment in which members of the community could come and discuss their opinions, views, and experiences with death. The counselor education students and faculty felt this was an important opportunity because death is something we all experience but typically do not get the chance to openly discuss or process. Attendees of the event were provided with light refreshments, given some history of the death café, and were broken into small groups, each led by a student of the Grief, Loss, and Trauma class. Each group was provided with a list of questions to help facilitate discussion, however, the environment encouraged members to take the conversation where they felt was needed and appropriate. The Grief, Loss, and Trauma class prepares graduate level students aiming to work in the counseling field to openly discuss these tough experiences with clients. Having this forum to practice facilitating these difficult discussions not only provided a learning experience to the students but also gave them a chance for reflection, insight, and to increase their own comfortability with death. Walls-McKay and McCleskey have already indicated that they would love to host the event again next year so those whose missed out, be on the lookout for the next time this unique event comes to campus.

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27
Jun
2017

Graduate Student Association: Newsletter Initiative and Website

This year, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) had a whole list of activities and strides made towards better serving the graduate student population. Two of the new developments that came from the organization were the release of monthly newsletters and the publication of a website. The first newsletter was released in November 2016 and there has been one edition released every month since. The newsletters provide information on the GSA and keep readers informed of the events that have been held in the previous month. Additionally, the newsletters have a calendar of upcoming events listed on the back so all readers can know when and where the current and next month’s events are. They are created and updated by GSA’s president, Brittany Bishop. Newsletters are distributed on Facebook, to graduate program coordinators, and released via canvas. They have also been posted for review on GSA’s new website.

GSA’s new website was created in April and serves as a central location for all information for the GSA and links for graduate students. It features a homepage where users can click on links to other pages including an About the GSA page, Calendar and Events, News, Forms and Resources, and Contact. The About page allows users to read the mission of the GSA and introduces the executive board. The Calendar and Events page has information for upcoming events, pictures from past events, and hosts the calendar for the current school year. The newsletters are all hosted on the News page and users can click on the pictures of each newsletter to read the front and back. The Forms and Resources page is the most useful for all graduate students. This page contains several links to important information. The first opens a page to information on requesting funding from the GSA, a new initiative introduced to help graduate students fund professional development opportunities not covered by travel grants. Other linked resources include the Graduate Canvas page, College of Graduate and Professional Studies main page, Graduate travel grants information page, Graduate spotlights blog page, graduate travel blog page, student resources page, and graduate assistantships page. The last feature on the website is a Contact page where students can find phone numbers and the e-mail address for the GSA and can fill out a form to contact the GSA with any questions. The GSA hopes that the website will help increase involvement in GSA meetings and events, provide students with easy access to the most useful resources they need as graduate students, and show promote graduate studies and community at Longwood. The website is www.longwoodgas.com and is active now.

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6
May
2017

Joyanna Struzzieri Reflects Upon Her Thesis Experience

Joyanna Struzzieri, 2017 Communication Sciences and Disorders Graduate Student, successfully defended her thesis recently!  Congratulations, Joy! She writes about her experience below:

My thesis was on identifying and measuring different foods and liquids administered by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) during evaluations of swallowing function and how SLPs’ over or underestimation of these amounts during the evaluation can impact recommendations and treatment.

From beginning to end, the process for completing the thesis was always an interesting journey. When I decided to pursue a thesis in the fall of 2015, I thought I knew what the trajectory would be, but I certainly underestimated the complexity of conducting research! Once my advisor, Dr. Kellyn Hall, and myself had mapped out the process that semester, the thesis slowly came together, inch by inch.  After I obtained Longwood’s institutional review board’s approval, I began to collect data from practicing SLPs. After the data was completed, the data analysis and the writing process began. My efforts culminated in the successful completion of my thesis defense on April 11, 2017. Along the journey, I had opportunities to share my research with other professionals. I presented the results of my thesis at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s national conference in Philadelphia in the fall of 2016 and at the Speech-Language Hearing Association of Virginia’s conference in Richmond, Virginia in the spring of 2017.

Throughout the process, I would often remind myself of a quote a science teacher once told me, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”  The process of completing the thesis often felt overwhelming, but slowly I would complete one section or one aspect of the thesis at a time. I celebrated each milestone while always keeping the next objective in mind. I was fortunate to have a strong support system of my thesis advisor, faculty, peers, and family to help me and cheer me on along the way. Completing the thesis was a daunting task, but the feelings of pride and accomplishment I have now make me extremely happy I pursued this option.

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