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

Board Games, Roleplaying Games, & Magic

Meet new people, learn new games and have fun! 

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Date | Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 6:00 PM
Location: Life Science, Room 502

Ethics in Professional Lives presented by Ms. Nancy Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic

Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity in partnership with the Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation host an evening with Nancy Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are NOT required.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Location: Colket Center, Wortmann Ballroom

Self Defense Grappling

Learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu

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Date | Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 3:15 PM
Location: Alumni Gym

Archaeology Day

Are you interested in Archaeology? Do you think Archaeology might be cool, but has no relationship to your major? Are you a humanities student? A social science student? A natural science student? Then this event is for you!

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Date | Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Location: Pickle Lounge

An MCSP Conversation Series Talk: "One Solution, Two Solution, Red Solution, Blue Solution: Exploring Multiplicity and Qualitative Behavior of Solutions in Mathematics" by Dr. Quinn Morris

Most equations of any type are too difficult to solve explicitly, despite the fact that we spend an inordinate amount of time finding solutions to carefully constructed equations in introductory mathematics courses.

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Date | Time: Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 12:00 PM
Location: Trexler 374

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.