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

Keeping the Soul in Christian Higher Education: A History of Roanoke College

Dr. Robert Benne's latest book looks at the College's 175-year history through the lens of its Christian heritage. 

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Roanoke College Choir on tour in Virginia presenting The Mighty Fortress: Luther in Music

The Roanoke College Choir, under the direction Dr. Jeffrey R. Sandborg, presents The Mighty Fortress: Luther in Music tour. The tour includes performances at several churches of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

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Four receive Roanoke College Charles Brown Award

Recipients for 2017 represent law enforcement, local government and education.

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RC Physics Group travels to the totality as eclipse ambassadors

Roanoke College Physics Group is serving as eclipse ambassadors Monday, Aug. 21 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an official NASA partner site for the solar eclipse, and on the RoanokeCollege SnapChat. No specific events are planned on campus but a limited number of eclipse glasses will be available for the campus community at noon Monday.

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17 Artifacts for 2017

Cherished artifacts that tell the story of Roanoke.

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Presiding over a decade of growth

Ten years after Michael C. Maxey was inaugurated as the 11th president of Roanoke College, he reflects on his first decade at the helm. 

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Then & Now

175th anniversary events

Morris M. Cregger Center Community Open House

Roanoke College would like to invite you to an open house.

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Date | Time: Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 2:00 PM
Location: Roanoke College, Cregger Center

President's Ball - "Party Like It's 1842"

Mark your calendars - you don't want to miss this annual event!  All Roanoke College Faculty, Staff and Students are invited to join together with President and Mrs. Maxey for a semi-formal evening with friends, food and fun.  

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Date | Time: Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 8:00 PM
Location: Roanoke College Colket Center and Sutton Commons

Roanoke College Founder's Day

Roanoke's annual Founder's Day celebration commemorates the birthday of its first president, Dr. David Bittle. Traditionally, the celebration begins with an evening bonfire on the College's Back Quad and carriage rides. Then, a group forms a parade and marches up Main Street to East Hill Cemetary, where student members of the College's Historical Society lay a wreath on Bittle's grave and share remarks.

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Date | Time: Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Location: Roanoke College

Roanoke College seal

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.