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Jun 2021

Juneteenth events at and near Roanoke College

Events range from panel discussions to outdoor celebrations.

Roanoke College Appoints New Vice President of Community, Diversity and Inclusion

Teresa Ramey has been appointed as the College's new vice president of community, diversity and inclusion. She begins her work on campus in August. 

Paying tribute to "Mr. B"

Roanoke College's Athletic Training Clinic will be named in honor of Jim Buriak, associate professor of health and human performance, who is retiring June 30.

Former Roanoke vice president and dean Gerald W. Gibson passes

Gibson spent 45 years working in higher education, including 17 years as president of Maryville College.

Planning for Fall 2021 Return to Campus

President Maxey shares the plan for returning to in-person classes in Fall 2021. 

Faculty celebrate end of semester with multimedia projects

A podcast and a faux movie trailer honored students and their accomplishments.

Preview: The new issue of Roanoke College magazine

In mailboxes soon: the new issue of Roanoke College magazine! Learn about five “Rising Giants,” accomplished young alumni who are excelling in very diverse scientific disciplines. Click ‘read more’ to see the full story — and much more!

Pres. Maxey's message to the Class of 2021

President Maxey's welcome speech from the Class of 2021 Commencement, held on May 29, 2021. 

Pres. Maxey's message to the Class of 2020

President Maxey's welcome speech from the Class of 2020 Commencement, held on May 22, 2021. 

Roanoke College Poll -- Virginia Democratic Primary

The latest Roanoke College Poll looks at opinions of likely voters in the upcoming Democratic primary. McAuliffe and Herring hold comfortable leads for Governor and AG, while the Lt. Gov race is up for grabs.  

Roanoke and Hollins welcome nominations for the 2021 Kendig Awards

Nominations are open for 2021 Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards. Deadline is July 1 for the awards recognizing individuals, businesses, and organizations in the arts in the Roanoke region.

Former Roanoke softball player leads JMU to College World Series as coach

Loren LaPorte's team is making James Madison University history, becoming the school's first softball team to make it to the Women's College World Series.

Virginia Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Report

Economic fallout from COVID-19 continues to weigh on consumers, but Virginians are actually more optimistic than the rest of the country about the future.

May 2021

Class of 2021 walks across the commencement stage

The Class of 2021 is comprised of 417 graduates from 30 states and eight countries. A record four students earned the honor of valedictorian and one student earned salutatorian honors.  

Eight seniors inducted into Student Activity Media Arts Hall of Fame

Class of 2021 inductees were “perfect group of students at the perfect time,” connecting and entertaining students through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Class of 2021 includes record four valedictorians

Between four valedictorians and one salutatorian, the Class of 2021’s academic honorees explored eight different areas of study.

Roanoke College Poll: Virginians weigh in on the nation, the Commonwealth and COVID

The latest Roanoke College Poll looks at the opinions of Virginians on the state of the nation, the Commonwealth, and COVID. Democrats and Republicans disagree on almost everything. 

Alumni News - May 2021

The latest about alumni career, educational and community accomplishments. And oh, how we gather!

Finally, the Class of 2020 Commencement

After the ceremony was delayed by the pandemic, the historic Class of 2020 crosses the commencement stage.

All the Commencement Details for Class of 20 and Class of 21

Final details about all Commencement, Baccalaureate and Senior Week events planned to celebrate the graduates of 2020 and 2021.  

Program allows students to conduct real-world research about topics of their choosing

Students in ECON LAB are investigating everything from injuries to professional basketball players to business trends during the pandemic.

Durward Owen presented Roanoke College Medal

Owen, a 1955 graduate, is honored with Roanoke’s highest honor for alumni.  

Kassens’ research delves into nationwide mental health struggles during pandemic

The study shows the importance of addressing this ‘major public health crisis’ and outlines possible steps for the current presidential administration to take.

Sienkewicz awarded prestigious Rome Prize

Dr. Julia Sienkewicz will be in residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2022 to conduct research for her second book.   

Tillery earns Fulbright award to teach in Taiwan

The history major has spent the past year in Taiwan and is looking forward to extending her stay.

Apr 2021

Commencement Update from President Maxey

Updated: Deadline to register Commencement guests extended to May 10. 

Alumni panel gives international relations students a glimpse of their future

These Roanoke graduates offered advice on graduate school, interviewing and what advantages current students might have in the workforce.

COVID-19 update from Pres. Maxey

The next few days are a critical situation for our spring semester. It is our hope that everyone will take this situation seriously and adhere to our guidelines in order for us to finish the semester in person and on campus. 

A message from President Maxey regarding the Derek Chauvin trial outcome

While the national spotlight is on the trial outcome, my thoughts always turn first to our community and all of you.

CRRSAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information (HEERF II) and Funding to Student Accounts

Important information about the CRRSAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information (HEERF II) and Funding to Student Accounts. 

Students, faculty, staff honored with diversity awards

The annual Kenneth R. Garren Excellence in Diversity Award recognizes exemplary dedication and work in promoting diversity, inclusion and equity.

Community connection helps students further understand HIV

In advance of Transgender HIV Testing Day, this class is examining overlooked aspects of HIV with the help of a local community center.

New Explorations program allows students to explore new areas of interest

Don’t have enough time for a concentration? You can pursue an exploration instead.

Alumni Weekend 2021 - Virtual Edition

Register for your favorite events. Activities begin online Thursday. 

Alumni News - April 2021

Another round of laudable accomplishments by members of the Maroons family. An Alumni Weekend special!

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff get first round of COVID vaccines on campus

This timeline means that every student who is interested in being vaccinated will be vaccinated by the time they go home for the summer.

Roanoke College honors contributions of enslaved laborers during plaque unveiling ceremony

The plaque dedication is part of a longer research process that is seeking to better understand the history of slavery at Roanoke College.

Roanoke College to honor enslaved laborers who helped build early College buildings

At an April 8 ceremony, the College will unveil commemorative plaques on the Administration Building, the oldest and most prominent building on campus.

Mar 2021

Rare, bright, pungent flower blooms in greenhouse

The voodoo lily serves as an example of the diverse plants in the Roanoke College greenhouse. Biology professors and students want to make the greenhouse even more diverse in the coming years.

Teaching in COVID-19 Times

Dr. Rachel Collins has had to get creative to find bacteria samples on campus.

Students gain valuable, real-world experience through Washington Semester internships

Despite uncertain times this semester, five Roanoke College students have taken the opportunity to study and intern in the nation's capital.

Alumni in law enforcement encourage students to enthusiastically pursue careers

These Roanoke alumni got where they are today by relentlessly pursuing their passions, not getting discouraged, and being as well-rounded as possible.

Professors receive statewide award for dragon research

Dr. DorothyBelle Poli and Dr. Lisa G. Stoneman earned the honor for the Dragon Research Collaborative.

Alumni News - March 2021

Maroons are newsmakers! Read about the latest accomplishments of Roanoke alumni.

President Maxey’s mid-semester message and plans for Fall 2021

At the midway point of the spring semester, there are many reasons to be hopeful! Spring on campus is a beautiful season and Virginia’s COVID-19 cases are declining while the vaccination rate grows every day.

Peterson offers expert testimony to National Academy of Sciences

Roanoke’s Schumann Professor of Christian Ethics provided ethical guidance to the working group creating guidelines on neural chimeras and organoids.

New program aims to help first-generation students transition to college life

More than a quarter of students this semester are first-generation college students.

Roanoke College Poll: Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Report

Politics, COVID-19 frustrations and uncertainty are dragging consumer sentiment down as we move into 2021.

Dr. Bill Ergle, math professor, passes

Ergle, who taught math and statistics for 44 years, died on Feb. 21.

Update on Commencement Plans for Classes of '20 and '21

Roanoke College is eagerly looking forward to honoring the historic accomplishments of Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. 

Junior receives scholarship to pursue elementary education

Her experience working with students with developmental disabilities is particularly impressive.

Roanoke College Poll: Virginians reflect on COVID and politics

The latest poll looks at the opinions of Virginians on impeachment, storming the Capitol, COVID and politics.

MaroonCare provides 24/7 health and counseling resources for students

The new telehealth option is designed to complement the services provided by Student Health and Counseling Services. Enroll now and be eligible for a gift card.

New leadership for IPOR

Dr. David Taylor will take over as Dr. Harry Wilson prepares for his retirement.

Feb 2021

Update about COVID-19 restrictions in Virginia and reminder of best practices

Interim Dean of Students Tom Rambo reminds members of the Maroon community about staying safe on campus.

Science Center project receives strong support from alumni

Three Roanoke alumni have stepped forward with more than $5 million in gifts to the planned Science Center renovation.

Alumni News - February 2021

From illuminating books to new degrees, these alumni are making news from coast to coast.

In Black History Month keynote, Yusef Salaam talks about finding hope in tragedy

One member of the Central Park Five spoke with Roanoke students about criminal justice, his experiences, religion and more.

Roanoke selected as affiliate school in Legacies of American Slavery project

The initiative is designed to help institutions, their students and their communities explore the continuing impact of slavery on American life and culture.

Roanoke College appoints new Vice President of Resource Development

Blair '93 returns to her alma mater as the College's new Vice President of Resource Development. Currently, she is assistant vice president of advancement for Roanoke at Virginia Tech.

Student Activities Focused on Making This "the Best Semester Yet"

Despite the cooler temperatures, Student Activites and Campus Activites Board have creative ways for students to safely enjoy themselves.

Health staff, President Maxey get COVID-19 vaccines

A new tool from the Department of Health might make it easier for other members of the campus community to get their vaccines.

Black History Month at Roanoke College

Keynote speaker Yusef Salaam headlines Roanoke College's Black History Month events. Also featured are panel discussions, service learning activities, a poetry performance - and much more.

Maroons continue trend of Fulbright Scholar success

Three students are semifinalists for prestigious honor this spring.

Campus Title IX Update

Our message to students as we start the spring semester.

Virtual visit provides immersive campus experience

The new version of the tour includes more stops and more videos to get to know campus even better.

Recent faculty books explore formidable issues

Recent works examine important aspects of the judicial system, the fate of the universe, our relationship with war and more.

Jan 2021

Two trees removed on campus

Those returning to campus for the spring semester might notice a change in the College's landscape.

Professor's adopted puppy in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl

Updated: Dr. Chris Lee, math professor, and his wife have welcomed a deaf dog, Marshall, to their crew, and he was one of the big stars on Super Bowl Sunday 

Four Employees Honored with 2020 STAR Awards

Award recipients are individuals who have an outstandingly positive impact on the College community, whether interacting with students or colleagues.

Alumna involved in innovative COVID treatment

This forward-thinking company is helping save lives now with an eye on the future.

Maturity, commitment of students guide Roanoke through historic fall semester

Maroons turned plans into action in the fall, and campus leaders hope to carry that success into the spring.

Spring 2021 Arrival Information

Everything you need to know to ensure a successful, safe return to Roanoke.

Alumni News - January 2021

The latest news about members of the Maroons family, from job promotions and educational pursuits to awards of recognition and a little alumni chapter fun!

Roanoke College's 2020 in review

Current student Kaelyn Spickler '21 recaps 2020, a historic year at Roanoke College.

From the desk of the Director of Athletics

Director of Athletics Scott Allison explains why games will be held without fans and how fans can watch online.

Widening the opportunity for excellence

From Roanoke College magazine: The academic and professional achievements of Dr. Paris Butler ’00 now fuel his great desire for diversity and inclusion in the field of academic medicine.

Honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Roanoke College's celebration of the life and legacy of the most visible leader of the American civil rights movement will continue throughout the month of February, Black History Month.

Dr. Jan Heyn Lynch, professor of psychology, emeritus, passes

Dr. Jan Heyn Lynch, a professor of psychology for nearly 35 years at Roanoke College, died on Dec. 28.

A message from President Maxey about the Jan. 6 events at the U.S. Capitol

President Maxey sent a message to Roanoke College students addressing the events that occurred recently at the U.S. Capitol. 

Maroon alumni make local ‘40 Under 40’ list

From youth centers to animal shelters, these Maroons are making a difference in Roanoke.