Maroon Momentum 175

175 years.

Amazing that in that very wide swath of time, a Lutheran school for boys that started in a humble cabin now fills acres in Salem with beautiful spaces for learning, research, wellness and community.

Today Roanoke College is a place where students learn from an innovative core curriculum and specialize in majors that allow for depth of study and research. It is a place where virtually all students participate in internships, creative projects, research, community service or study away.

Without question, Roanoke College has evolved. But evolution has not come at the sacrifice of ideals we cherish. Individual students matter here. Classes remain small, for instance, fostering an environment in which professors know their students, and can mentor and encourage them.

One of the longstanding truths about Roanoke College is that the Roanoke Experience (faculty+classroom+campus+community) equals more than most students might have dreamed for themselves. I know students who come to Roanoke with a clear path in mind and wind up graduating further along that path than they dreamed possible. Others find themselves at Roanoke and gain the well-founded confidence to influence the world in positive ways.

Exceeding expectations has also happened with the College. Committed men and women have contributed their work, their time and their treasure to see Roanoke College grow and accomplish more than the years before.

Now, as we look to our 175th anniversary, we celebrate where that Maroon Momentum led us.
We have made enormous progress in those 175 years. We celebrate what has been accomplished. We anticipate with excitement what lies ahead for our College.

Go Maroons!

-- Michael Creed Maxey

    Roanoke's 11th President


175 News

Roanoke, Hollins students serve community together

Roanoke College and Hollins University are celebrating an important anniversary year in a unique way - Their students are serving the community together. In mid-February, 25 Roanoke students and 25 Hollins students gathered at Feeding America Southwest Virginia to sort and package food items for needy families across the region. 

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Roanoke named to Roanoke Regional Chamber Hall of Fame

Roanoke College was one of 14 Chamber businesses with more than 100 years of membership in the regional chamber.

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Bittle Tree of Life Cross is Antrim Chapel's newest symbolic fixture

Antrim Chapel receives a new cross, the Bittle Tree of Life Cross, made from the wood of the Bittle tree planted by Roanoke founder David Bittle himself.

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Roanoke marks important anniversaries in 2017

Roanoke College kicks off a year of celebration in 2017. This year marks two anniversaries important to the College: the 175th anniversary of Roanoke College's founding and the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. 

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Paving the way

The history of men's lacrosse at Roanoke

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More stories, pictures and timelines will be added in 2017. Check back often to 

Then & Now

175th anniversary events

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Olin Gallery: Roanoke College and Hollins University 175 Celebration

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Date | Time: March 13 - 31, 2017 | 1:00 PM
Location: Roanoke College Olin Hall Galleries

Roanoke College Seal

The seal of Roanoke College shows a blue shield emblazoned with a gold cross, representing Roanoke College's relationship with the Lutheran Church; the cross symbolizes the Christian values inherent in our culture. The lamp above the shield symbolizes the lamp of knowledge. On the shield is a white dogwood flower, symbolizing the Commonwealth of Virginia. The motto on the ribbon beneath the shield honors academic achievement and reads "PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERAT," translated to mean, "Let him who earns the palm wear it." The palm is symbolic of the palm leaf given in honor of excellence in ancient Greece.