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

Opening Day

Welcome to campus, Maroons! 

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Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Location: Roanoke College

Atlanta Alumni Chapter Summer Social

Join us for a summer social by the pool!

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Date | Time: Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Location: Brookhaven, GA

Opening Convocation

As part of orientation, come celebrate your entrance into college with President Maxey and guest speakers. 

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Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Location: Cregger Center Arena

Ice Cream Welcome from the Fine Arts Department

Welcome to Campus! You're invited to an ice cream social. We will have Cool Blue Ice Cream Truck in our Courtyard Area (Olin Hall, next to Antrim Chapel). Come by for an ice cream bar or treat.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 2:00 PM
Location: Olin Courtyard (beside Antrim Chapel)

Party in Elmwood - Roanoke College Night

Join fellow alumni, friends, and the Roanoke College community for a night at Elmwood Park!

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Date | Time: Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 5:30 PM
Location: Elmwood Park, Roanoke

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.