By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

Photo of participant standing at welcoming sign to the commuter cookout. Photo was taken by Ameliah Knoppon August 13, 2021.

Commuter Student Association (CSA) at the University of Lynchburg hosted a cookout  on August 13, 2021 to help welcome new and returning commuter students to campus.The event was hosted at the commuter lounge on campus (located on the corner of College Dr. and Vernon St.) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., had free food and snacks, beverages, music, and games. 

“The turnout was great. There were a lot more commuters there than I expected to see,” said Carmen Murray.

Photo of President Alison Morrison-Shetlardiscussing with commuter students from the University of Lynchburg on Aug. 13, 2021. Photo was taken by Hunter Epperson (The Critograph)

Junior Brycen Stratton said, “It was nice, smaller than I expected but I think that was just due to time of day and advertisement about the event.” 

Murray added, “The event made me feel happy because there were quite a few people that commute to campus and are very friendly people.”

Murray also added, “A few of my favorite things that happened at the event was talking to President Morrison-Shelter, eating the delicious food with a few close friends, and meeting new people I didn’t know.” Additionally, Murray said that she enjoyed the event being small and inclusive which made it easier for her to meet more people. 

Photo of commuter students from University of Lynchburg at CSA cookout on Aug. 13, 2021. Photo was taken by Hunter Epperson (The Critograph)

Similarly, Stratton said what he enjoyed about the event was, “having something more for commuters rather than just an occasional commuter lunch or the commuter appreciation week, There isn’t much planned for commuters to do around our campus like there is for residential students”. Stratton did add that he did enjoy being able to “talk candidly with Dr. Morrison-Shelter about being a commuter and some of the struggles that come along with it.”

The CSA is planning to host more events throughout the school year. You can follow their activities on Instagram @lynchburgcsa

Key words: college, university, college life, commuter, clubs and organizations, Lynchburg, Virginia, VA, CSA, Commuter Student Association 




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