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

Elderscholar Program

The Elderscholar Program is in its 38th 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 both in-person and virtual. Participants can choose to attend the live lecture with lunch afterwards, or watch live with Zoom from the safety and comfort of their home.  Registration is required. 

Learn more

Date | Time: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 | 12:00 PM
Location: Live: Colket Center Ballroom & Virtual: Zoom Webinar

Richard Pasquarelli- "The Things We Are"

“My paintings are more than representations of people’s possessions; they are portraits of their minds.” - Richard Pasquarelli 

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Date | Time: September 10 - October 9, 2022 | 1:00 PM
Location: Olin Hall Galleries

Kyra Hinton- "Mapping the Human Experience"

"Mapping the Human Experience" explores the human experience, as described through the lens Enneagram, and uses the perspective of landscapes and satellite photos to depict each type’s journey to health.

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Date | Time: September 10 - October 9, 2022 | 1:00 PM
Location: Olin Hall Galleries

Board Game Night!

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, October 4, 2022 | 6:00 PM
Location: Life Science 502

Elderscholar Program

The Elderscholar Program is in its 38th 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 both in-person and virtual. Participants can choose to attend the live lecture with lunch afterwards, or watch live with Zoom from the safety and comfort of their home.  Registration is required. 

Learn more

Date | Time: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 | 12:00 PM
Location: Live: Colket Center Ballroom & Virtual: Zoom Webinar

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.