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

NOKELive: Race as History & Ideology

The Roanoke College Alumni Association invites you to NOKELive: Race as History & Ideology featuring Dr. Jesse Bucher & Dr. Joshua Rubongoya

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Date | Time: Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 5:30 PM
Location: Online

NOKELive: What You Didn't Know About Norm & Jo Fintel

The Roanoke College Alumni Association invites you to our next NOKELive event featuring Barbara Fintel Collins.  

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Date | Time: Friday, July 24, 2020 | 11:00 AM
Location: Online

NOKELive: Take a Hike - Outdoor Adventures Night

The Roanoke College Alumni Association invites you to NOKELive event featuring Patricia Lynn, the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation. 

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Date | Time: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 | 7:00 PM
Location: Online

Alumni Weekend 2021

The Roanoke College Alumni Association invites you to join us for Alumni Weekend 2021.

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Date: April 16 - 18, 2021
Location: Roanoke College Campus

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.