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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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21
Dec
2016

Kathryn Starke, Graduate Alumna, Creates Tackle Reading

Tackle Reading is a movement that will make a major impact on America’s illiteracy rates. The USA has 32 million adults, 14% of the population who can’t read. 80% of 9 year olds from low-income schools read below grade level.  Over 45 literacy experts, authors, NFL players, celebrities, and educational foundations collaborated to create a book complete with lessons, reading activities, and inspiring stories.  Thousands of Tackle Reading books will be donated to inner-city elementary schools nationwide. This book is created in conjunction with Positive-Strides.org, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to support injured athletes with educational support.

The reading resource will provide quality reading instruction for children of all ages. In addition to the book, author Kathryn Starke will kick off a Tackle Reading tour that will provide professional development opportunities, literacy coaching, and speaking engagements to elementary schools across the country. Starke has over a decade’s worth of experience coaching and training urban elementary teachers and administrators in reading instruction. She successfully brings failing schools to full accreditation in one year.

Starke founded Creative Minds Publications, LLC, to promote creative and educational materials for children.  For information regarding the Tackle Reading book, tour, and speaking engagements, email kathryn.starke@creativemindspublications.com or contact her at 804-357-0104.

We are so proud of our graduate alumna as she pursues her dreams!  Check out her feature in the local newspaper: http://www.farmvilleherald.com/2016/10/lancer-improves-literacy-with-tackle-reading/ and Kathryn’s blog post: https://kathrynstarke.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/tackle-reading-2/

2
Aug
2016

Congratulations to Recognized School Librarian Graduate Students and Alumni

Congratulations to the following School Librarianship graduate students and alumni for being recognized as Teacher of the Year for 2015-16 by their schools or school divisions!

The following Virginia school librarians have been named Teacher of the Year for their schools in 2015-16:

Claire Bremner, Washington-Henry Elementary, Hanover County
Carrie Campbell, Luray High, Page County
Stacy Hammer, Battlefield Elementary, Spotsylvania County
Shannon Kerr, Page Middle, Gloucester County
Donna Morris, Shelburne Middle, Staunton City
Melody Ramsey, Prince Edward County High, Prince Edward County

The following Virginia school librarians have been named Teacher of the Year for their school divisions in 2015-16:

Carrie Campbell, Luray High, Page County
Donna Morris, Shelburne Middle, Staunton City
Melody Ramsey, Prince Edward County High, Prince Edward County

15
Jun
2016

2016 Graduate Student Awards

2016 Graduate Student Awards

During graduate commencement on May 13th, 2016, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies presented three awards to current graduate students and one to an alumna.

2016 Longwood Graduate Student Award Winner: Catherine McCormick

The Longwood graduate student award recognizes a current, full-time student who demonstrates the initiative to take their research and studies beyond the classroom walls and apply their learning to work in the field. This year’s winner is Catherine McCormick, Master of Science in Education concentrating in Special Education General Curriculum. As the graduate assistant for Longwood’s Center for Financial Responsibility her work on recruitment of high school students for the dual-enrollment course in personal finance and economics has led to increased involvement by multiple school divisions around Virginia. She used her networking and planning skills to develop two campus/community events on financial responsibility and the on-campus closing event for the parents and high school students in the dual enrollment course. Catherine’s hard work and initiative will provide the Center with a good basis for years to come. Congratulations Catherine McCormick!

 

2016 Lancer Graduate Student Award Winner: Carol Pippen

The Lancer graduate student award recognizes a current, part-time student who demonstrates the initiative to take their research and studies beyond the classroom walls and apply their learning to work in the field. This year’s winner is Carol Pippen, Master of Education in Reading, Literacy and Learning. Her research conducted on literacy intervention led to her designing an intervention program for her own middle school, special education, struggling readers. She has applied this research and continues to collect data. She presented her findings to date at the annual the Virginia State Reading Association Conference in March and at the Longwood Graduate Research Symposium in April. Her students continue to benefit from her research and intervention design. Congratulations, Carol Pippen!

 

2016 Graduate Leadership Award Winner: Meredith Peck

The Graduate leadership award recognizes a student for outstanding service, including participation in campus activities and performance as a graduate assistant. This year’s winner is Meredith Peck, a student in the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Her dedication to Longwood is revealed in her leadership and consistent promotion of graduate students in Longwood University life. For the last year, she served as President of the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC), the elected graduate student representative to Graduate Council, and a member of the Graduate Studies Task Force. She initiated multiple projects to increase the sense of community for graduate students including a Professional Development Day and a Strength Finders Workshop. Her ability to reflect and apply her reflections to her life, her work and to GSAC will benefit graduate students for years to come. Congratulations, Meredith Peck! 

 

2016 Graduate Alumni Award Winner: Melissa Ridley Elmes

Our final award, the Graduate Alumni Award, recognizes a program graduate who has continued to excel in their field. This year’s winner is Melissa Ridley Elmes, Master of Arts in English – May 2009. Ms. Elmes has served as an executive board member of MEARCSTAPA, an academic organization dedicated to the study of monsters and the monstrous in medieval and early modern culture, since its founding in 2008. In this capacity, she has been tireless in organizing and promoting the work of junior scholars in the field while pursuing her own Ph.D. at UNC-Greensboro, which she completed this semester.   She has eight peer-reviewed articles and book chapters published and is an editor for Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal in Medieval Studies. She cannot be with us tonight as she is presenting at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Congratulations, Melissa Elmes!

7
Jun
2016

2016 Graduate Faculty Awards

During graduate commencement on May 13th, 2016, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies presented six awards, three awards to graduate faculty, two to graduate students, and one to an alumna.

2016 Faculty Research Award Winner: Dr. Power-deFur

The Faculty Research Award recognizes a graduate faculty member for unique or innovative work within their discipline that results in publication and the advancement of that discipline. This year’s first winner is Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. She is a nationally recognized scholar in her field and has an acute awareness of the needs of the school-based speech-language pathologists. Her research in this area led to the publication of her book Common Core Standards and the Speech-Language Pathologist: Standards-Based Intervention for Special Populations in October 2015. In addition, as the recognized expert in the area of ethics and standards of practice, she was asked to contribute a chapter to the textbook Management of Swallowing and Feeding Disorders released in November of 2015. Dr. Power-deFur is the elected representative to Graduate Council for CSD, has served as Chair, is the faculty representative to the Board of Visitors, and on the Graduate Studies Task Force. Congratulations Dr. Power-deFur!

 

2016 Faculty Research Award Winner: Dr. Larissa “Kat” Tracy

The Faculty Research Award recognizes a graduate faculty member for unique or innovative work within their discipline that results in publication and the advancement of that discipline. This year’s second winner is Dr. Larissa “Kat” Tracy, Associate Professor of English and Chair of Graduate Council. She is an internationally recognized scholar in medieval violence and law having published four books, the most recent entitled Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages, numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She is the co-founder of Longwood’s Meeting in the Middle Undergraduate Research Conference in Medieval Studies now in its seventh year. She won the Field’s Award in 2012, the Southeastern Medieval Association’s Award for Scholarly Achievement and the Provost’s Award for Scholarship both in 2015. Dr. Tracy served as Graduate English Program Coordinator from 2007 to 2010, is the elected English representative to Graduate Council currently serving as Chair, and is on the Graduate Studies Task Force. Congratulations Dr. Tracy!

 

2016 Faculty Teaching and Mentor Award Winner: Dr. Kevin Doyle

The Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award recognizes distinction and initiative in graduate teaching and mentoring above and beyond the regular requirements of a graduate faculty member. This year’s winner is Kevin Doyle, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Graduate Program Coordinator. He consistently provides support for graduate students above and beyond his regular teaching schedule encouraging and mentoring research as well as attendance and presentation at professional conferences. Since 2012, Longwood’s Counselor Education program has been well-represented at the annual Virginia Counseling Association conference with two students presenting. He secured two grants and established Longwood Recovers – a collegiate recovery program. Through his leadership, the Counselor Education program has taken the steps towards national accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs – a step that will enhance study for students. Dr. Doyle serves as the elected representative to Faculty Senate and Graduate Council, Coordinator of the Counselor Education Graduate Program, and Chair of the Graduate Studies Task Force.  Congratulations, Dr. Doyle!

 

2
May
2016

Second Annual Research Symposium

On April 22, 2016, Longwood Graduate Studies host its second annual Research Symposium. At this year’s symposium, there were 20 graduate students from four different graduate programs sharing their research! By observing research across different areas of discipline, we are able to gain a deeper understanding for various fields of study. Students presented in front of their peers, as well as Longwood faculty. Graduate Research Symposium awards went to Carol Pippen, Meredith Peck, Leanne Brady, Nicole Walter, Killian Murphy, and Kelley Chaney. Posters will be on display in the Longwood Library for most of the month of May. To see what our graduate students are exploring, see here: http://digitalcommons.longwood.edu/grs/