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2012 News Releases

Board of Visitors names Archaeology Field School for Dr. Jordan and diversity center for first African-American graduate

September 18, 2012

Longwood University

The Longwood University Board of Visitors took the following actions during its meeting Sept. 14-15:

  • approved naming three campus projects in honor of a longtime faculty member and two alumni.
    • The Longwood Archaeology Field School was named the Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School. The field school was founded by Jordan, professor of anthropology, who joined the Longwood faculty in 1978, has received countless awards for his teaching and is revered by students.
    • The Longwood Center for Diversity and Inclusion was named the N.H. Scott Center for Diversity and Inclusion. N.H. "Cookie" Scott '72, deputy director of administration for the Virginia Department of Corrections, was Longwood's first African-American graduate. She spoke at Longwood's commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January 2012 and was the 2005 convocation speaker.
    • The new Longwood University Center was named the Norman H. and Elsie Stossel Upchurch University Center, honoring Mrs. Upchurch '43 and her late husband. Mrs. Upchurch, a retired teacher and guidance counselor who lives in Front Royal, made a $4 million commitment-the largest in Longwood's history-to the student center, which will be built on the site of the Cunningham residence halls. She is a former president of the Alumni Association (1957-59).
  • approved allocating up to $1,387,000 from the university's General Auxiliary Reserve Fund for three projects:
    • $500,000 to purchase a 56-passenger bus that will be used for intercollegiate athletics travel in lieu of a charter bus. The bus also will be used to transport students traveling on Longwood-sponsored trips and will serve to market the university.
    • $157,000 to acquire property at 507 Pine Street. It is currently leased from the Longwood Real Estate Foundation for the Cormier Honors College.
    • $730,000 for working drawings for the Student Success Center, which will construct an addition to Lankford Hall.
  • approved revisions to the Institutional Six-Year Plan. The Board is required by the state to approve such a plan and update it annually. The revisions affect only the 2012-14 biennium to the 2012-18 plan that was adopted in September 2011.
  • approved a policy for Online and Blended/Hybrid Teaching and Learning at Longwood. This revision of an existing policy was needed to satisfy Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and State Council of Higher Education for Virginia reporting requirements. Sections of the former policy were outdated and incorrect and included information that was not policy-related.
  • approved a new Emergency Operations Plan and related resolution. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management mandates that all state agencies adopt and maintain such a plan. The plan establishes policies, procedures and an organizational structure for response to major emergencies occurring on campus.
  • approved new and revised administrative policies. The new policies are the Child Abuse Neglect and Reporting and the Commemorative Naming of University Facilities and Programs policies (5234 and 9202). Those that were revised are the Honorary Degree and Key Security policies (2108 and 7203).
  • approved changes to the student handbook. The changes include a new policy on athletic event conduct, a requirement of the Big South Conference.
  • approved a memorandum of understanding between Longwood University and the Longwood University Real Estate Foundation. The memorandum spells out the transactions that can occur between the university and the Real Estate Foundation.
  • approved the appointment of Ken Copeland, vice president for administration and finance.
  • affirmed new faculty hires.
  • approved resolutions for former Board members Jane Brooke '63, Marge Connelly, Dr. Ripon "Rip" La Roche II and Susan Soza'62, whose terms expired June 30.