Juggling College Life in the Military

Kelsey Spickler ~ Guest Writer

Some students at the University of Lynchburg balance academics with military training responsibilities.

Students who are enrolled in the military have training once a month as well as a rigorous course load. They have learned how to prioritize their tasks and adjust when needed to keep up with their unpredictable lifestyle.

First year masters student Jaden Yoo has been in the United States Army Reserves as a medic since 2016. Yoo explained that for his monthly training, he is required to go to his base and catch up on the required medical courses, practice the skills he learned about, and work with other units on his base. 

While the military training allows these students to gain a more hands-on experience, they also have to be more flexible with their schedules in case they are called to serve.


Expansions in the Criminology Department

Kelley Mccormick ~ Guest Writer

Professor Keith Smith helping his students during on a hands on project. 

University of Lynchburg’s Criminology department is expanding their staff, after the tragic loss of a beloved professor. 

Professor Keith Smith suddenly passed away last spring, leaving the Criminology department with large shoes to fill.

Dr. Kimberly McCabe, head of the Criminology Department at the University, said, “There is no one that could replace a man like Smith, he was really one of a kind.”

She also said, “We all are very protective of this program. We want to make sure we can bring someone in that can keep that passion”. 

Professor Smith had a passion for law enforcement and doing what was best for his students. 


Student Activities Board Hosts Petting Zoo 

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo retrieved from and on April 16, 2022. The University of Lynchburg Student Activities Board advertisement of the Petting Zoo

The University of Lynchburg Student Activities Board (SAB) hosteda petting zoo on April 13, 2022, on the Dell

Jessica Cochrane, public relations officer at SAB, said, “The Petting Zoo event is by far our most popular event on campus. It’s just one of those things that’s easy and fun to participate in.” 

Victoria Garay, a member of SAB, said, “At the petting zoo, there were chickens, bunnies, donkeys, a llama and alpaca, sheep, goats, and the sweetest Aussie Nala. I think everyone enjoyed feeding the llama and alpaca, but really enjoyed holding the fluffy bunnies.”

  Garay talked about the importance of having a petting zoo event on campus. She said, “The petting zoo is a great event for students to relieve their stress. Having this open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm makes it easy for students to stop in between classes and squeeze in some well needed pets. Animals are a great way to relieve stress because it allows the worries and stresses of the day or week to be pushed away and focus on the cute animal at hand. Also, it is proven that fluffy animals help serotonin and oxytocin levels.” 


Student Employment Appreciation Week

William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved from Seisha S. Cunningham at on April 19, 2022. The University of Lynchburg ended its first annual SEAW with a carnival to champion student employees. 

On the week of April 11, 2022, through April 15, 2022, University of Lynchburg Student Employment Program Coordinator Seisha S. Cunningham held the first annual Student Employment Appreciation Week (SEAW). 

Cunningham said, “National Student Employment Appreciation Week (SEAW) is hosted by National Student Employment Association (NSEA) and is annually celebrated for the second full week in April. Student employees are vital because they provide invaluable service to the campus community and contribute to the overall student experience. All of their hard work should be celebrated and appreciated.” 

Cunningham noted, “This week, we had events such as the “Treat Your Students Day”, “Thank A Campus Supervisor”, “Be the Boss Matching Costume Contest, and  “Boss Baby Picture Contest” where campus supervisors donated their baby pictures and students will be guessing the correct supervisors for a prize. We end the week with a party.” 


Women In Academia: Tasha Gillum

Alyssa Camejo ~ Assistant Editor 

As part of National Volunteer Month, The Critograph would like to honor some of the influential women who are focused on creating a community of service at the University of Lynchburg/

This week we will feature Tasha Gillum.

Photo Retrieved off the University of Lynchburg Website. 

Gillum is the Bonner Leader program coordinator in the Center for Community Engagement at the University of Lynchburg. She is in her third year in this position.

Gillum attended Sweet Briar College, and studied Environmental Science with an Emphasis in Geology. 

On her undergraduate experience, Gilllum said,  “That experience of being in space where I was highly supported and encouraged and believed in was my first experience in academia. At my school, I saw women in leadership positions and doing cool research. Early on, I saw that as a possibility for myself.”  

Exposure to women being in a higher education and leadership positions is vital for women to feel supported in their academic journey. 


Preview of Historic Sandusky Exhibit in Drysdale

Ameliah Knopp ~ Social Media Manager

Photo of Historic Sandusky’s artifacts taken by Ameliah Knopp, March 9, 2022

The untold stories of the enslaved people who lived at Historic Sandusky will be revealed this spring through a new exhibit at the University of Lynchburg.

Junior Archeology minors at the school, Haley Sabolcik and Emma Coffey, are turning their poster for the Archeological Society of Virginia into a display to be shown in the Drysdale Student Center for the next year. 

“I love being able to see a story crafted and I am able to help preserve and tell stories which excites me,” said Coffey. “Stories are the core of who we are as people… People can speak through time from centuries ago to the modern era and have their stories felt.”


The Campus Buzz

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo: Photo retrieved from Brianna Lee on April 12, 2022. Tri Sigma will be one of many organizations hosting events throughout the next seven days. One of the events they will hold is the Plant Your Roots event, an event where students can socialize. 

As spring blooms, the University of Lynchburg is buzzing with activities and opportunities for students to get involved during the next seven days.

The Outdoor Leadership Program will host a free sunset hike April 13 at 5:00 p.m. In an email, Coordinator of Outdoor Leadership Programs Timothy Slusser stated, “Hornets Grab your Camera and Join the Outdoor Leadership Program as we hike to see the sunset at Humpback Rocks. We will leave campus at 5:00. There is no cost for this trip.”  Students can sign up: ​​

In Greek Life, Tri Sigma is hosting a Plant Your Roots event. Membership Recruitment Director Brianna Lee campus-wide email said, “The sisters of Tri Sigma invite you to paint a flower pot and pick out a plant Friday, April 15, @ 6:00 p.m. on the Koudelka Family Balcony (third floor of Drysdale).”  Students are encouraged to  RSVP to ensure they have enough supplies! 


Honoring Sean Williams

William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo: Photo retrieved from Tanner Wynne at on April 10, 2022. 

Phi Kappa Tau is celebrating the life of their brother, Sean Williams, by holding a volleyball tournament. They are selling shirts to raise money for his plaque. 

The Phi Kappa Tau chapter at the University of Lynchburg is raising money to commemorate the life of their brother, Sean Williams.

James Cardenas, a senior and member of Phi Kappa Tau reflected on this relationship with Williams. He said, “I met him when I was a freshman, and after I met him as a freshman, we became part of the same fraternity. I know him on a very personal level. He was a very strong, emotional speaker who was able to connect with others. He was always a helping hand to people, not just the fraternity itself, but to others as well.”


The University of Lynchburg Hosts Sub Contest

Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

Photo retrieved from 

On April 13, The University of Lynchburg Dining Services will be judging the final contestants’ annual build your own sub contest entities.

According to the Dining Services’ Instagram page, submissions began on March 25, 2022, and submissions were no longer taken on April 1, and judging began on April 4. 

Caitlin Grell, the student nutrition assistant for Lynchburg Dining Services, “This tradition has happened before at Lynchburg but we are bringing it back. We attempted to hold it back in 2020 but due to Covid- 19 that was not able to happen. So last year was the first time we have held the contest since 2015 and it was a hit! We are back for the Second Annual Sub Contest this year and want to keep the tradition going as long as we can.”


A New Serving Streak

Alissa Anderson. Photo Courtesy of Alissa Anderson

Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

The Lynchburg Women’s Tennis Team is back on track after dropping their first competition of the year to Sweet Briar. The ladies have gone on a nice tear recently winning their three competitions with a combined 22-4 record. 

The Hornets will be back in action tomorrow against Southern Virginia as they continue their six game road stretch through the month of April. The Hornets will finish the season with five straight ODAC teams including powerhouse Washington and Lee as the season finale at home.

Senior Alissa Anderson said, “The girls have bounced back from the tough loss really well.” 

The Hornets are a relatively young team with only one senior.

Junior Grace Teefey said, “ I think as a team we have a lot of potential considering that we are young but that is the blessing for us. We have a team that almost doesn’t know better and the goal is to continue to improve throughout the rest of the year until we hit ODACs and by the time we will be hitting our full potential.”


Brown Bags with the President 

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo retrieved from on April 5, 2022. The Flynn Multicultural Center invited President Morrison-Shetlar to the Brown Bag Lunch Event to inspire other young women. 

On March 31, 2022, the University of Lynchburg’s Flynn Multicultural Center welcomed President Alison Morrison-Shetlar to join its weekly brown bag lunch. 

Brown Bag lunches allow constituents from all across the campus community to interact with  President Morrison-Shetlar. 

“I want to get to know people and to find out about them, but also for them to get to know me,”President-Morrison-Shetlar stated. “I hope I already have because I told my story which was I was first generation, had low inspirations, and I believe that is darn inspirational. Now I have been in higher education for 38 years, but have taught for 34 years.” 

Annette B. Stadtherr, director of Flynn Multicultural Services, said, “She is our first female president of the University. She has great ideas and direction for the University. She has already implemented wonderful things in her short tenure here. We look forward to many more things to come from her.”


L.E.S.S. Sustainability Fair on Thursday, April 7

Caroline Gilmore ~ Staff Writer

Caption: Earrings offered by Hooked Earrings, a local business and wholesale jewelry dealer.

This Thursday, L.E.S.S. (Lynchburg Environmental Sustainability Society) will be hosting their second Sustainability Fair on the Dell.  Featured vendors include Lynchburg Grows, Hooked Earrings,Grounded Earth, and many more. There will also be a raffle and giveaway for over $150’s worth of products for one lucky attendee at the fair.

VP of External Affairs, Sarah McCollum ’23, said, “I want people to know that LESS has this fair to teach students how their purchases impact the environment. All these vendors either focus on second hand, fair trade, organic, or local values. And those are the same values we honor as a club because they all help reduce our individual carbon footprint which in turns decreases our contribution to climate change, land use, and unjust labor.”


Women In Academia: Dr. Laura Long

Alyssa Camejo ~ Assistant Editor

Photo of Dr. Laura Long. Retrieved from University of Lynchburg Website. 

 The Critograph will continue to  showcase the women  who make a difference at the University of Lynchburg.  

This week, we feature Dr. Laura Long who is a professor of English and the Prism Magazine faculty advisor at University of Lynchburg. 

She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, masters degrees in English/ Creative Writing and in Anthropology/Folklore from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing from Oberlin College. 

Dr. Long joined the Lynchburg campus as an assistant professor in 2004, became an associate professor in 2009, and became a full professor in 2016. 

English instruction in  academia is no longer a male dominated field but has been revolutionized by women.

Long said, “I benefited from the support of one undergraduate woman professor and one graduate woman professor; they encouraged me, and also shared their personal experiences of how hard it had been for them to be treated equally to their male colleagues. So I became aware that the women before me were paving the way. They told me how they had to fight their college and university administrations to receive equal regard, such as consideration for tenure.” 


Sigma Phi Epsilon Hits It Out Of The Park

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo retrieved from on April 5, 2022. The University of Lynchburg’s Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter hosted a baseball event to raise money for cancer. 

On April 2, 2022, the University of Lynchburg Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Chapter raised money to “hit cancer out of the park”  by holding a philanthropy baseball oriented event. 

William Andrews, president of Sigma Phi Epsilon, said, “For those that do not know, the purpose of this event was to donate towards my uncle Harold E Drumheller II’s memorial through the cancer center that he received his treatments at during his battle. My uncle was the Head Junior Varsity Baseball Coach at Jefferson Forest High School for over 31 years, so we knew that we wanted to do something that involved baseball. At first, we didn’t really know how to incorporate baseball into the event, and I’m not entirely sure how we arrived at a wiffle ball home run derby but I’m glad that we did. I was initially a little nervous about how to plan this event because nobody has really ever done a baseball themed event, just because it’s a harder theme to go about. Through some trial and error with our planning, we were able to come up with an idea that ended up working out great and allowing a lot of people to have a great time.”

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