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Professional Development day!

Longwood University Graduate students kicked off the semester with a Professional Development day!

Professional Development, which took place on February 4th 2018, attendees had the opportunity to learn about networking, take head shots, attend two educational sessions, plus enjoy an etiquette lunch.

An alumni panel started off the event titled “What I wish I knew.” Alumni shared advice learned from experience graduating college and entering the professional world. Students were also able to ask their own questions.

The alumni then joined the students for a networking. Current and past students met together to share tips and tricks about this portion of the professional world. During the networking event, students had the opportunity to take headshots, which can be used for LinkedIn profiles or other professional sites.

The first informational session titled “Conquering Conferences” was a panel of professors and professionals who have attended numerous conferences for their own discipline of studies. They shared advice about how to navigate the overwhelming world of conferences, what to look out for, and how to really get the most from the experience.

As a break between sessions, the attendees took part in an etiquette lunch. Catered by Aramark, attendees learned the correct etiquette for formal dinner situations, and etiquette for other types of professional meals.

Professional Development day ended with another informational session titled “Interviewing tips and tricks.” The office of Career Services presented on how to prepare for interviews and how to make the day less nerve-wracking.

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Longwood graduate students take on CrossFit!

CrossFit with the Dean took place on January 26th 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Members of the Graduate Student Association got to see how they hold up to our very own Dean Perry during a rigorous hour of exercise. Though CrossFit has a reputation for not going easy on you, the students had a great time! Many of them got to learn what CrossFit is all about. Dean Perry, of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, provided prizes including a free CrossFit sessions to one lucky student!

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VAASL Conference

Longwood University was well represented at this year’s annual Virginia Association of School Librarians conference. The conference was held on November 2nd through the 4th at the Westfields Mariott Washington Dulles conference center, in Chantilly Virginia.

Current graduate students in the School Librarianship program presented at the conference.

111 alumni were present at the Longwood School Librarianship event on the first night of the conference. Longwood University School Librarianship ribbons were given to alumni and current graduate students of the program to wear on their badges throughout the conference. Over 300 ribbons were passed out over the three days!

Alumni events are held each fall at the annual VAASL conference.

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Graduate Student Gathering Space

Today’s spotlight is on the new Graduate Student Gathering Space (GSGS) in the Greenwood Library! This space is located in room 210 in the library and is used as both the Humanities room and the GSGS.

The Graduate Student Association (GSA), along with the Graduate Council, wrote to President Reveley requesting space on campus specifically for graduate students. The Dean of Greenwood Library, Brent Roberts, kindly offered room 210 for this purpose.

The GSA hosts all meetings in the GSGS and graduate students can request the space through the library for private and group study times. This room can also serve as a space for commuter graduate students between classes.

We would like to thank Dean Roberts for his help in securing this room for graduate students on campus, as well as Dean Perry and Kathy Charleston of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

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Counselor Education

One of this week’s graduate program spotlights focuses on the Counselor Education program! This program offers three different tracks: college counseling and student affairs, mental health counseling, and school counseling. Each track is a 60-hour program comprised of 30 credit hours of core courses and 3o credit hours of track-specific courses.

This program is offered year-round and includes full-time and part-time options. Students in all tracks receive adequate training on how to assist clients with self-discovery, personal growth, and how to make healthy lifestyle choices. The program culminates in a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship in a field of study aligned with student’s specified tracks.

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Ann Snyder Simmons Fellowship

The Ann Snyder Simmons fellowship was established by Ann Snyder Simmons (class of 1960) and her husband, Howell Simmons. The purpose of this fellowship is to recognize an outstanding graduate student who has complete his or her baccalaureate degree, has teaching experience, and intends to obtain the Master of Education in Reading, Literacy and Learning degree program at Longwood.

The 2017-2018 recipients of the Ann Snyder Simmons fellowship are:

Ms. Catherine Ciucci

Ms. Ciucci has consistently caught the attention of all her professors in the RLL program, who are continually impressed by her dedication to learning more as a teacher and literacy professional. There is no doubt Ms. Ciucci will be a gift to her students, families, colleagues, and the field of education.

Kate Hundley

Ms. Hundley has a passion for igniting a love of literacy in others and her professors believe she has the drive, knowledge, and determination to find the right book for every learner she has a chance to work with. She is a top performer in all of her classes and will continue to do great things for learners and colleagues she works with in the future.

Jen Elliott

Ms. Elliott’s secondary experience in literacy has inspired her to be one of the most passionate champions for literacy the RLL program has ever seen. Ms. Elliott is dedicated to providing literacy information and resources to all families. Her contributions to the field continue to make Longwood and RLL proud.

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CGPS Handing out Candy

Yesterday, two graduate assistants for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Jessica Morris and Rachel Pegelow, passed out candy on Brock Commons to the undergraduate students.

The reason? To get the word out about Longwood’s graduate programs and plant the seed of considering graduate school when the time comes for those students.

In true Longwood fashion, though it was cold, the students who stopped to take some candy also stopped to talk about what we were promoting and many seemed genuinely interested in the graduate programs.

Many students are not aware of the number and type of graduate programs Longwood has to offer. Jessica and Rachel handed out informational flyers about CGPS, and candy, to all passerby’s that day and are hopeful to have given some students a reason to consider graduate school.

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CSD Student on Externship

Today’s spotlight is on graduate student Kristen Taylor! She is a 2nd year graduate student in the CSD program. As a 2nd year student she is currently working at her medical externship placement this Fall, at Parham Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

She has been working with a variety of patients including those with, Aphasia, Dysarthria, brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, articulation deficits, and her favorite, swallowing deficits.


Kristen:           At Parham Doctors’ Hospital I have had the pleasure of conducting Modified Barium Swallow Studies, working as part of an interprofessional team  (among physical therapists, occupational therapists, and doctors) and evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide variety of disorders.


What has been the most challenging aspect of the externship?

Kristen:          I would have to say the most challenging aspect of my externship is discharging my clients. Over the course of intervention it’s easy to become your client’s friend. When it’s time for the client to be discharged, it’s hard to see them leave.


What has been the best part of the externship?

Kristen:           So far, the best part of my externing experience at Parham Doctors’ Hospital has been conducting Modified Barium Swallow Studies. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I have obtained the appropriate knowledge to identify a swallowing deficit on the spot and further treat those deficits.


And anything else you want to add?

Kristen:           I am thankful that Longwood is such a close-knit community, as my professors have each gotten to know me, my personality, and my passion behind helping others. It’s because of those bonds that Longwood has helped me form that have placed me at an external site that is PERFECT for me. ​


Good luck to Kristen and the rest of the CSD graduate students on their externships this Fall!

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Coffee. Cookies. Death.

This month, Longwood’s Department of Education and Special Education, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Chi Sigma Iota, and Centra Hospice are sponsoring a Death Cafe on November 18th. The Death Cafe is a worldwide movement dedicated to bringing discussion of death into a relaxed environment. The Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.

This event will be held November 18th at 2pm at Longwood Center for Visual Arts (LCVA). Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Reserve your seat by emailing

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Health and Physical Education

This week, we’re focusing on Longwood’s Health and Physical Education Master’s degree program. This program can be finished in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). Courses are offered online, over the summer, and in the evening during the fall/spring semesters.

Students complete a five-credit internship in a school or community setting. Upon graduation, students are eligible for the Virginia Postgraduate Professional License. Graduates take many different career paths including teaching in K-12 schools, coaching, working with community health organizations, managing parks and recreation departments, and serving as health advocates.

Visit to find out more about requirements and how to apply!

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