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

Stress Relief Board Game Night - With Food!

Meet new people, learn new games and have fun! 

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Date | Time: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | 6:00 PM
Location: Life Science, Room 502

Annual Charlotte Chapter Reception

The Office of Alumni & Family Relations invite you to join us for the annual chapter reception in Charlotte.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | 6:30 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC

“The regulatory landscape of urban forestry: Tree preservation ordinances, municipal sustainability, and community values” with Dr. Brendan Lavy

Environmental Studies is hosting Dr. Brendan Lavy for this research talk. Please join us!

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Date | Time: Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 12:00 PM
Location: Lucas 107

Christmas Celebration

This event is for RC faculty and staff ONLY.

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Date | Time: Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 6:00 PM
Location: Roanoke College

Rail Yard Dawgs tickets

Check the schedule for the next home game.

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Date | Time: Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Location: Berglund Center

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 for community organizations

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.