Fall is my favorite time of the year. There is something about the hues of the season that are cheerful and bring back memories of hayrides, apple cider and running through the leaves. The colors of the changing leaves and cool crisp mornings instill in me a sense of comfort and happiness. When I was ...more
Last summer I saw an ad for a new curriculum on White Privilege. I made a mental note that I would like to get a small group together to read it with me. When I finally found the materials, I was impressed and, so I quickly posted on Facebook and sent a campus email to ...more
In high school, I had dreams about engaging in creative writing for a living. I made my own notebook (because what creative genius buys his notebook at the store when he could make one on his own?) and wrote poem after poem. I wrote numerous short stories and started several novels. In college, I wrote ...more
This week we observe holidays both sacred and secular. On Monday many people celebrated Columbus Day, heralding Christopher Columbus as an Italian hero who “discovered” America. Beginning Tuesday at sundown our Jewish sisters and brothers observed the holy day of Yom Kippur when Jews ask for forgiveness and pardon for sins committed in the previous ...more
The cover of the Fall 2016 Lynchburg College magazine might surprise some recipients. Why are they staring a rhinoceros in the face? And why on the cover of their alma mater's magazine?
The short story is: 50 years ago a Lynchburg College graduate went on a safari in Africa and donated a bunch of his big ...more
Hey there! I'm Bryan Gentry. Even if we haven't met in person, there's a chance that you've met some of my writing.
I edit the Lynchburg College Magazine (making me the default author for most of the articles there) and also write most of the news stories on the College website and most of the social ...more
Recently, I watched a video on Facebook entitled The Conditioned. It’s 4½ minutes in length but is a powerful story that touched my soul and brought me to tears. Take a few minutes to watch it. The video briefly tells the story of Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho, a homeless man who lived in anonymity for 35 ...more
Welcome back Hornets!
My name is Lindsey Van Zile and I will be LC’s Campus Sustainability Intern this year. As part of my internship I will be posting in the Red Goes Green Blog, promoting recycling and initiating a compost program on campus. As a Senior Environmental Studies student, I hope to leave a legacy on ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed giving the first Science Gang talk at my college yesterday. Speaking about my research is a lot of fun for me. My talk's theme was friction, a topic that included not only my sabbatical research, but elements of friction existing between people and places. For example, political divisions are so wide these ...more
I will give a public lecture on Monday, 19 September at 4:30 pm here at Lynchburg College. My talk will be the first Science Gang lecture of the current academic year. It will be held in Hopwood Auditorium. A flyer for my talk appears below (click on the image for a larger view).
I will discuss ...more
Getting my family moved back to the US from England and preparing for a new semester at Lynchburg College have greatly reduced the amount of time that I've had available for watching the Rio Olympics. I certainly won't be able to write blog posts at the rate I did during the 2012 Olympics in London ...more
I suppose this is the last of my sabbatical journal entries on this blog. We are back in the US after my wonderful sabbatical year at the University of Sheffield. The last week in Sheffield was a lot of fun. My daughters were out of school and got to spend time with their friends. Both ...more
There are currently 24 active spacecraft exploring the solar system beyond low Earth orbit, ranging from the relatively nearby--Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is mapping our moon--to the far-flung. Voyager 1 has actually left the solar system and is currently 135 astronomical units from the Earth. (One astronomical unit is the average distance between the Earth and ...more
That increasingly bright and obviously red object rising in the southeast late at night (around 10:30 pm EDT from Lynchburg) is Mars. It will rise ever earlier as it moves into position exactly opposite the sun in our sky on May 22, when it will rise around 8:30 EDT. This every-26-month event is a Mars ...more
A relatively rare event—an extra day in February, the every-four-years February 29th—greets us again this Monday. Why does this happen? As you might expect from my posing the question on this blog, the answer is wrapped up in astronomy.
In fact, our whole calendrical system is based on astronomy. The year is based on the time ...more
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Two black holes collided and merged, releasing unimaginable quantities of energy in the form of gravitational waves. Last year these waves were detected on Earth by an exquisitely sensitive pair of instruments near Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana, and last week that detection was announced to ...more
Happy Monday! In case you haven’t realized this yet, it is exam week.
"No wonder no one was in my class this morning!!!" you say to yourself. "But now I’ve missed my exam!! I have looked into the face of a dementor and I am doomed!!!”
No worries! This doesn’t have to be the way things go ...more
People ask me what keeps me up at night, well beside the dog down the street that is obviously not getting enough love, it is the safety of all our community members. You see, there are bad guys out there who are looking for someone to take advantage of. That’s what bad guys do: They ...more
So I’m just getting back from a staff meeting and see that there are 65 e-mails sitting in my in box screaming at me to be opened, read, and responded to. I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m just not into it! So I am looking around my office looking for a good way ...more
Hello LC Community! Welcome to yet another year of learning, playing, serving, eating, sleeping, walking, running, and yes, winning as a LC Hornet!! Since some of you are new to the community (about 640 new first years and transfers and readmits ) I’d thought I run through just what a Campus Update actually is:
A Campus ...more
Hello all! Thanks for joining me once again for another article of Red Goes Green. As many of you know, President Obama’s term is coming to a close. Just like most presidents nearing the end of their term, he has begun thinking about how he will be remembered after his presidency. It has become evident ...more
Greetings fellow Hornets! I hope that all of you thoroughly enjoyed Lynchburg’s first snow day, and are ready to take on the cold weeks ahead of us. The next few weeks are going to be busy on both the national and local environmental fronts.
Continue to keep an eye out for the Recyclemania competition! It is ...more
Greetings fellow Hornets! Welcome back and thanks again for joining me for the next article of Red Goes Green. In case you haven’t heard, Lynchburg College has enrolled in Recyclemania, a national competition that promotes recycling on school campuses. After measuring all of the recycling produced within acollege, they calculate the per capita recycling rate ...more
The writing's on the wall. In the not-too-distant future, the federal government will become a conspicuous presence on college campuses, both virtual and physical.
I’ve been expecting this for a long time. Now that Obamacare is law, it makes perfect sense that the president would turn to higher education reform. After all, the “problems” plaguing the ...more
Survival hinges on the ability to adapt to changes taking place in our environment. There is no escaping this fundamental reality. Ignoring or denying change doesn't make it any less real, only more dangerous.
Unlike some biological adaptations, which can take millennia to occur, businesses must adapt quickly and with intention if they are to survive. ...more
In my previous blog post, I wrote that businesses must continually adapt to changes in
their external environment if they’re going to survive and prosper. Honestly, this strikes
me as such a no-brainer that I’m a bit embarrassed having written it. I can’t imagine that
there are too many people who would find this pronouncement worthy of serious ...more
This initial blog opens a conversation on a critical issue in education: What is the best way to prepare students for a future that is increasingly uncertain?
As a teacher of Economics, one of the most important lessons I try to convey to my students is the idea that businesses must continually adapt to changes in ...more