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

"A Little Bit of Equity May Be Required" with Dr. Teresa Ramey

How can we get our students to the point where they are ready to ponder their sense of purpose, meaning, and contribution? Dr. Teresa Ramey shares her insights and experiences with our students as they relate to helping students find their purpose.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 | 12:00 PM
Location: Bast 300 (The Teaching Collaborative)

2023 Biennial Juried Exhibition

This juried exhibition exemplifies works of art from artists within a 200-mile radius of Roanoke College.

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Date | Time: January 28 - March 26, 2023 | 1:00 PM
Location: Olin Hall Galleries

Board Game Night

Open to all. Join us for some board games, card games, RPGs, CCGs & More! Life Science 502. Come anytime, leave whenever you want! Check us out on Club Hub.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 | 6:00 PM
Location: Life Science 502

SGA's Fireside Chat with President Shushok

Join SGA for a chat with President Frank Shushok, Dean of Students Tom Rambo and other Roanoke staff answering questions from students. 

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Date | Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 | 7:00 PM
Location: Wortmann Ballroom Colket Center

Maroon Madness

Basketball Double Header with T-Shirts and Pizza and a performance by The Amazing Sladek.

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Date | Time: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | 5:00 PM
Location: Bast Gym

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.