Roanoke College in the News

Roanoke College faculty, staff, students and alumni are frequently featured or quoted in the news media. Whether a story features a faculty author or expert, an outstanding student research project, the latest Maroon sports accomplishments or an interesting alumni story, this news coverage shows what’s best about Roanoke’s classic experience and how it prepares people to make an impact. Below you will find some of the latest stories featuring Roanoke College and its outstanding people. Please note that some media Web sites may require a subscription to log into their stories.

July 2014

July 27, 2014 -
Senate candidates from Virginia spar, politely, in first debate
Washington (CNN) ??" They came ready, aimed and fired ??" calmly. On Saturday, the first U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Republican nominee Ed Gillespie was marked by zings - but also political politesse. During civil exchanges across 90-minutes stood two Virginians pushing different ideas but also outsize caricatures of the other. On one side: Gillespie'

July 27, 2014 - Hampton Pilot Online
Broderick: Dont tie federal college rating system to finances
RECENTLY, I joined 50 colleagues from nearly all of Virginia's public and private institutions of higher education in expressing our collective concerns about the federal rating system proposed for colleges and universities. We did this in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, with copies going to the entire Virginia congressional delegation and Gov. Terry McAuliffe. While Rick

July 27, 2014 - Roanoke Times
Dixie Caverns still a hidden treasure
Temple Fennell had two basic reactions after visiting Dixie Caverns. First: ???It was awesome,??? she said, after she toured the Roanoke County attraction with her two kids, a nephew and a family friend earlier this week. Followed by: ???I can??(tm)t believe I practically grew up down the street in Salem and had never been here until today.??? Connie Browning is used to hearing that from folks.

July 26, 2014 -
Mark Warner on offense in Virginia Senate debate
Sen. Mark Warner leads by double digits in every public poll of the Virginia Senate race, but the Democrat didnt debate Saturday with the confidence of someone cruising to reelection. Virginia voters werent actually watching his first debate with Republican Ed Gillespie. Fewer than 800 people were tuned into PBSs livestream, and the debate, which was actually held across the border in West Virgin

July 26, 2014 - Roanoke Times
Our view: What the first poll tells us
The first of anything is usually noteworthy. The first robin of spring. The first lightning bug of summer. Or, in this case, the first public poll of the campaign season. A few words of warning before we begin: Polls are not elections. Polls are polls. Snapshot in time, margin of error, all the rest. Still, let??(tm)s take a look at what this first public poll (the campaigns have surely done t

July 25, 2014 - Bristol Herald Courier
Most in poll don't want governor to act unilaterally on Medicaid expansion
While Virginians remain divided over the fate of Medicaid expansion in the state, a Roanoke College poll shows that more than 60 percent of registered voters do not want Gov. Terry McAuliffe to take action on his own. The poll, released Thursday, interviewed more than 500 registered voters earlier in July about several of the issues dominating headlines out of Richmond. Those voters are still dea

July 25, 2014 - Hampton Pilot Online
Va. poll: 54% say ex-Gov. McDonnell acted wrongly
RICHMOND Days before former Gov. Bob McDonnell goes on trial over his dealings with a wealthy benefactor, a majority of Virginians questioned in a new poll say he acted wrongly. Of those polled, 54 percent said they think McDonnell did something wrong in his interactions with businessman Jonnie Williams while 20 percent said he did nothing wrong and 22 percent were unsure. McDonnell, a Repub

July 25, 2014 - Hampton Roads Daily Press
Poll shows deep divide on Medicaid expansion in Virginia
Virginians remain deeply divided on the issue of Medicaid expansion but lean somewhat against, according to the first poll to come out since this year's budget impasse ended with no agreement on offering health insurance coverage to more of their low-income neighbors. The latest Roanoke College poll reports 41 percent of Virginians want to expand Medicaid but 46 percent want to leave it as it is.

July 25, 2014 - Virginia Business Journal
Survey shows Virginia Voters are split on Medicaid expansion
  Registered Virginia voters are split on Medicaid expansion (46% oppose, 42% favor), but 61 percent oppose potential unilateral action by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to expand the program, according to a Roanoke College Poll. The poll interviewed 566 registered voters in Virginia between July 14 and July 19 and has a margin of error of + or - 4.2 percent. A majority of those polled said M

July 21, 2014 - Pulaski Southwest Times
Children??(tm)s Trust announces 2014-2015 board members
By CALVIN PYNN   Children??(tm)s Trust of the Roanoke Valley has announced their Board of Directors for 2014-2015. The Board of Directors, which will mostly include returning members along a couple new members, is comprised of professionals working with various civic and social service oriented organizations. According to the announcement, which was released

July 12, 2014 - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Giles' Ragsdale to be inducted into Va. hall of fame
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. A man who coached Giles High School to state football championships in three different decades is among eight individuals named on Friday for induction into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame. Steve Ragsdale, the Spartans head football coach for 31 years, claimed Division 2 state titles in 1993 and 2005 and a Group AA title in 1980. He became the head coach in 19

July 31, 2014 - The Roanoke Times
Carmen Graves places 10th at USA Track and Field Championships
Carmen Graves, representing Brooks and Roanoke Valley Elite track club, finishes her track season with a 10th place finish at the USA Track and Field Championships in the Women's 3k Steeplechase. In less than 48 hours after running a personal best time of 9:47 in the prelims and in extremely hot conditions, Carmen was able to finish in an impressive time of 9:50. The steeple final set out

July 7, 2014 - Roanoke Times
U.S. District Judge James Turk dies
U.S. District Court Judge James Turk, who presided in Roanoke??(tm)s federal court for more than 40 years, died Sunday, a funeral home said. The 91-year-old senior jurist died at home Sunday evening, said Alex Davis, office manager at DeVilbiss Funeral Home in Radford, which is in charge of arrangements. ???A giant has fallen,??? said John Fishwick, a prominent Roanoke attorney who clerked for T

June 2014

June 27, 2014 - Roanoke Times
Arts & Extras: Salem artist Walter Biggs commemorated with marker
Salem artist Walter Biggs made his living in the 1920s and ?30s painting illustrations for books and magazines. According to the Society of Illustrators website, the staff of Ladies? Home Journal routinely chose Biggs? original paintings over silver services when offered the choice of a bridal gift. His most famous contemporary, Norman Rockwell, called his work ?brilliant and poetic.? Biggs late

June 26, 2014 - WDBJ 7 Roanoke
Old Roanoke College building demolished | Local News - Home
SALEM, Va. - It was a sad day for many Roanoke College students, faculty and alumni. Demolition began this morning o

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