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17
Oct
2017

VSCA Conference

Last week, students from the school counseling track of the counselor education program attended the Virginia School Counselor Association Conference in Hampton, VA. Upon arrival on Wednesday night, there was a meet and greet where students met one of the keynote speakers at the conference. Thursday was full of breakout sessions with topics ranging from school counselor advocacy to working with LGBTQ+ students. After another meet and greet session Thursday night, Friday was filled with breakout sessions and a closing keynote speaker and luncheon. Students learned a lot about their field and are excited to finish school and graduate in May!

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10
Oct
2017

Special Education

This week’s Graduate Program Spotlight is on the Special Education program!

This program offers four different tracks for educators in various points in their career.

The first track is for students who earned a BS in Special Education and continued into the fifth year to earn their Master’s. These students will earn their teaching license at the end of the fifth year. The second track is for students who earned a BS in elementary or secondary education and have a teaching license. These students will be eligible for the Special Education teaching license at the end of their fifth year.

The third track is for students who earned a BS in another field, and do not have a teaching license. This is a two-year program. The fourth track is for current educators who wish to earn their Special Education General Curriculum professional endorsement. This is a one-year, program.

All four tracks prepare students to teach Special Education K – 12 and work with students with mild to moderate disabilities

Longwood’s Special Education program also offers student’s the ability to earn their Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Graduate Certificate. This program is open to students with degrees in Special Education, Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, and Social Work. The coursework covers daily life function, vocational training, family life, and academic learning of individuals with ASD.

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7
Oct
2017

Rock the Block Recap

Last month, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) participated in Longwood’s annual Rock the Block event. GSA’s Lucky Duckies game reached over 500 members of the Farmville community. Participants drew a rubber duck from a bucket of water, in hopes of winning various prizes. Upcoming GSA events include a brewery tour in Richmond, visiting the Longwood ropes course, and fundraising at Buffalo Wild Wings. More information can be found on our website at https://www.longwoodgsa.com

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4
Oct
2017

Reading, Literacy & Learning Graduate Program

Next on our graduate program spotlight is the Reading, Literacy & Learning Program!

RLL is a Master’s of Education program for teachers who want to expand their knowledge and skills in teaching literacy for grades PreK through 12.

The RLL program also has a Reading, Literacy & Learning professional endorsement for those teachers who have already received a Master’s degree and want to increase their skills and knowledge of literacy instruction.

The teachers who earn their Master’s or Endorsement in the RLL program will upgrade their knowledge and skills in teaching literacy. The RLL program offers practical experiences in preventing reading difficulties, teaching English language learners, and intermediate to middle school literacy instruction. The teachers can go on to become instructional specialists and literacy coaches, work in alternate support programs, and become teacher leaders.

Currently the program has 46 students pursing a Master’s degree, and 18 pursuing the Endorsement. There are 14 full-time and 12 part-time Master’s students, 6 students in Hanover county, 8 students in Bedford county, and 6 students in Colonial Heights. There are also 2 part-time endorsement students, 5 students in Hanover county, 6 students in Bedford county, and 5 students in Colonial Heights earning the endorsement.

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2
Oct
2017

Graduate Student Association Paint Night!

Last week, 15 graduate students met at Red Door 104 to paint the Longwood Lancer! Red Door 104 provided students with aprons, canvases, paint, and brushes. Students from various programs including Counselor Education, Speech-Language Pathology, Reading, Literacy, & Learning, and Special Education were all in attendance. The Graduate Student Association is planning to host another Paint Party in the spring. All members of the graduate community are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!

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28
Sep
2017

Communication Sciences and Disorders Program

Next on the list for graduate program spotlights is the Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program!

The CSD graduate program is a two-year program, with 44 students in the program, broken into 22 each year. The students will be certified to work with clients of all ages in the “Big Nine” areas including: Articulation, Fluency, Expressive and Receptive language, Cognition, Voice, Hearing, Social aspects of Communication, Swallowing, and Augmented & Alternative Communication.

The first-year students are taking classes full time, while also working with clients at the Speech Hearing and Learning Services (SHLS) clinic, located on West 3rd street. The students are supervised by members of the faculty during the planning and delivery of evaluations and treatment sessions. The students also conduct speech screenings for local elementary schools. During the summer, students take classes while also working at various camps put on by SHLS for children in the surrounding areas.

In the spring, the students present research at the annual SHAV convention (Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia). This past spring Longwood students took home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the conference, competing against graduate programs across Virginia, and doctoral students.

The second-year students are on campus from August through mid-September, acting as mentors for the new class, and taking classes during that month. After mid-September, the second-year students leave Longwood to work at their externship placements.  The students gain experience working with adults and children during their externships. Many students return home for the spring semester.

The CSD program also offers a 3-year course for students coming into the program with an alternative Bachelor’s degree. These students take undergraduate pre-requisite courses and two graduate courses their first year, and then are full time graduate students their second and third years.

The employment rate for the CSD graduates is 98.67%, with about half employed in education settings with children and half in medical settings with adults.

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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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