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Health & Physical Education

This week’s spotlight blog is focusing on the Health and Physical Education graduate program

The Health and Physical Education masters program can be completed in one year or two years for more flexibility. The two tracks offered cater to already licensed Health & P.E. teachers or professionals licensed in another discipline.

All students complete a 5-credit community health internship within a school or community setting. The students also work to submit a grant proposal to fund a school or community initiative.

Career paths for students in the HPE program include:

  • Teaching in K-12 schools
  • Coaching and/or teaching at the college level
  • Working with community health organizations, non-profit agencies and health coalitions
  • Managing city/county Parks and Recreation departments
  • Serving as a health advocate
  • Teaching adaptive physical education
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SPEAK Out! Day

On Tuesday February 13th seven members of the Health and Physical Education master’s program, 6 graduate students and Professor Kari Hampton, headed to Washington DC to prepare for the SHAPE America SPEAK Out! Day. The society of Health and Physical Education sponsors an annual Speak Out Day for health and physical education advocates to meet with members of Congress.

The group spent the 13th preparing and learning about ESSA (The Every Student Succeeds Act) and about how the act needs to be funded in order to properly serve students across the country.

On February 14th, the group headed to Capitol Hill to meet with various Virginia Representatives. They spent time meeting with members from Congressman Dave Bratt’s office as well as staff members from seven other Virginia Congressman and Senators offices.

Below is a quote from Dr. Kari Hampton:

“The students and I learned so much and enjoyed getting to share what we know with those who can make a difference. The learning experience for our students was one that I cannot replicate in the classroom, this experience taught our students to think on their feet, to express themselves regarding topics they are passionate and to find ways to defend funding for a bill that will ultimately help them and the students they will serve in the future.”

Below are quotes from two members of the program who attended the Speak Out Day:

“As a soon to be professional teaching in the school system, I believe this experience was liberating to be able to advocate for something we’re passionate about.” – Ashley Brown ‘17

“From a professional stand point this experience taught me that no matter how big or small my opinion matters there’s so much we can all be doing to make the educational system better.” –Erica Mawyer ‘17



From Left to Right: David Van; Ashley Brown, Dr. Kari Hampton, Erica Mawyer, Congressman Dave Bratt, Jeff Wagnon; Eric Grutza, Paul McFarland, Andy Lucas.

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GSA Paint Night

On Friday, February 16th, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) hosted a paint party at Red Door 104 on Main Street. All graduate students were invited to attend. This paint night, which is a bi-annual event, departed from the usual Longwood inspired paintings and instead painted beautiful Willow Trees!

A big thank you to Audrey Sullivan, owner of Red Door 104 for planning a wonderful night of fun and relaxation during our busy semesters.

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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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