Longwood Graduate Students Visit General Assembly
Health and Physical Education graduate students taking the Contemporary Issues in Health and Physical Education course wanted to learn about contemporary state legislation that could impact the teaching profession. To accomplish that they needed to learn more about how state government functioned and what bills were being introduced in the Virginia General Assembly. Graduate students Dustin Cockram, Brandy Garganta, Carina Chavez, Meg VanTrees, Jon Gagnon, Jen Marshall, Missy Woodie and Cheryl Crews accompanied professor Dr. Vonnie Colvin for a full day in Richmond at the General Assembly. They were able to tour the capitol and sit in the gallery during a meeting of the House of Delegates. They were also able to meet with Delegate James Edmunds and later Senator Tom Garrett (pictured sixth from left). The students asked many questions and learned about the experiences of these representatives and how government functions.
Before the trip to the General Assembly, the students had already researched bills that will impact them as teachers. When they returned to Farmville, each student corresponded with his/her own representatives about pending bills in which they had a strong interest. The students are following the bills through the legislative process. This was experiential learning at its best!