Our Community

We're lucky to be part of such a diverse and welcoming community, and are committed to enhancing the lives of its citizens and the learning of our students. We want to connect our school and community in ways that benefit all parties. We encourage students to participate in the rich experiences the Roanoke Valley has to offer, and invite community members to participate in the life of the College through lectures, athletic events, and artistic exhibits and performances. We'd like to build on relationships offered by businesses, government agencies and nonprofits to provide our students with internships and service-learning experiences, and offer the support of our faculty, staff and students to help strengthen community organizations. 

We believe the Roanoke Valley can be a laboratory for student/community learning and engagement. To that end, we are working to broaden our relationships with citizens in the Valley and strengthen partnerships with its many organizations:     

  • We welcome the community to our many lectures, exhibits and performances.
  • We focus College resources where they can best help address local issues.
  • We encourage faculty to engage students in local fieldwork and urge students to participate in service projects that will benefit the community.
  • We work with local organizations to provide internships for students and employment for graduates.
  • We work with local entrepreneurs to strengthen their ventures and act as mentors to student entrepreneurs.

Upcoming Events

Roanoke College is a Great Place to Launch your Healthcare Career

Roanoke has stand-out programming that will help prepare you to soar into the medical field of your choice.

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Date | Time: Monday, April 12, 2021 | 6:00 PM
Location: Roanoke College - Virtual

Alumni Weekend Virtual Scavenger Hunt

You're invited to join the inaugural Roanoke College Alumni Weekend Virtual Scavenger Hunt!

We have 42 tasks for you to complete for a chance to win a FREE Ultimate RC Swag Box!  

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Date: April 1 - 17, 2021
Location: Online

Post Doctoral Fellowship Candidate Research Talk Center for Studying Structures of Race

Join us for a post-doctoral fellowship candidate research talk about the Center for Studying Structures of Race!

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Date | Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM
Location: Online via Zoom

Elderscholar Program

The Elderscholar Program is in its 37th year of offering lectures for adults 55 and older. The program features Roanoke College faculty and guests speaking on areas of their expertise. This spring, the program will be virtual. Participants can watch the live seminar through Zoom from the safety and comfort of their home.  Registration is required. 

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Date | Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM
Location: Virtual

MCSP Movie Night - Out Under the Stars

MCSP Clubs are working together to host a Movie Night on Tuesday, April 13 from 7-9PM. We’ll be watching Hidden Figures out on the Back Quad…outside!

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Date | Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 7:00 PM
Location: Back Quad

Roanoke students are serving the community through local nonprofits, including:

  • Samaritan Inn
  • Roanoke Rescue Mission
  • Micah's Backpack
  • West End Center
  • Head Start
  • Lincoln Terrace Elementary School
  • Star City Foundation
  • Family Promise of Greater Roanoke
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Thank you for offering our students internships

Logos of: WSLS10, Roanoke Civic Center, Planned Parenthood, Center in the Square, Red Cross, HopeTree Family Services, Virginia State Police, FBI, YMCA, Salem City School District, Taubman Museum of Art, Mill Mountain Zoo, and Virginia Museum of Transportation

We all pitch in.

Watch Video three students building a Habitat house
Each year, Roanoke students work with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate to build a home for a needy Roanoke Valley family.