Longwood University’s Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) worked collaboratively with the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) to host a Vice Presidential Debate watch party attended by Longwood University Alumni, Southside Virginia business owners and residents, on Tuesday, October 4th. The event was held at the Prizery, an arts and cultural center that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the South Boston Historic Tobacco Warehouse District.
A warm welcome for attendees included Longwood Vice Presidential Debate paraphernalia, and patriotic decorations, including a generous donation of American Flag banners and fabric from Annin Flags. Dr. Paula Leach, Director of ITTIP, and Dr. Betty Adams, Executive Director of the SVHEC, further welcomed the guests beginning the evening with the raffling of some door prizes. Door prizes included donations from local southside businesses:
$25 Gift Certificate – Ernie’s Restaurant
$25 Gift Certificate – Southern Plenty
$25 Gift Certificate – Windmill Bakery
$50 Gift Certificate – Bistro 1888
$50 Gift Certificate – Molasses Grill
American Flag – Annin Flags
Belk Fragrance – Belk Department Store
Gift Bag – Distinct Impressions
Gift Bag – Department of Tourism
Gift Bag – Historical Society
Tickets (2) to Elf -Little Theatre
Tickets (4) to A Mysterious Evening with Daniel Cullen – Prizery
Nick Long, a WHLF (local radio station) disc jockey, played the role of master of ceremonies for the evening. The guests mingled while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. While the debate was being broadcasted live from Longwood University’s campus in Farmville, Virginia, a large screen enabled invited guests to view the televised debate from Longwood’s ITTIP outreach location in South Boston, Virginia.