Students Welcome a New Hornet to the Hive

By Alyson Draper ~ Web Editor

Students Holding flags of the world image by Ameliah Knopp

Students at the University of Lynchburg are enthusiastic about President Alison Morrison-Shetlar’s tenure on campus, particularly in the wake of her inauguration. 

During her inauguration speech Morrison-Shelter thanked students for welcoming her to the university and elaborated on her vision for the campus. She said, “With the three pillars of diversity, inclusion and collaboration in place students will be totally ready to go out into the world.”

Rebecca Parks, a senior physiological sciences major said, “I loved listening to her speech and I’m excited that we have our first female president […] I think she’s going to do an awesome job.”

Parks also participated in the traditional Scottish dance that celebrated the president’s heritage during the inauguration. 

Parks and the Dance Works team performed for Family and Parents Weekend and will be performing the dance again at their annual Dance Works recital later in October.

Maxwell Garcia, a junior biomedical science major said, he is already happy with the changes already made; such as the renovations made to the anatomy and cadaver labs, and the ventilation system in Hobbs-Siglar Hall. 

Alicia Watson, a freshmen elementary education major, who is a member of the University Wind Symphony and Orchestra said, “It was a lot of fun […] I’m excited to see how it goes,” when helping with the post-inauguration carnival. 

The inaugural festivities continued with carnival games, crafting activities and a feast prepared by Lynchburg Dining Services. Student favorite, the Kona Ice truck was also there to celebrate the momentous occasion.

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