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Sep 2017

College Democrats to host Town Hall with Rev. Jesse Jackson

Roanoke College students will host a public town hall with the civil rights leader on Monday, Sept. 18 at noon in the Bast Center. Click through for the ticket link and more details.

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Four receive Roanoke College Charles Brown Award from Roanoke College

Recipients for 2017 represent law enforcement, local government and education.

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Selecting Astronauts -- Anne Roemer '97

Anne Roemer '97 has what must rank high on the "top cool jobs" list. She is manager of astronaut selection at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. 

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Students, faculty serve as Solar Eclipse Ambassadors

On Aug. 21, the Roanoke College Physics Group served as eclipse ambassadors at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an official NASA partner site for the solar eclipse. 

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Roanoke College to commemorate Sept. 11 anniversary

Sigma Chi will host a Sept. 11 remembrance event on Monday, Sept. 11.

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An Important Partnership

A professor and student join forces to pen a book about an unsung hero in the battle to abolish capital punishment.

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RC Poll: Real Estate Markets Remain Strong, Inventories Continue to Fall

The Virginia Real Estate Indexes retreated from the record high of the second quarter, but remain above the historical average. Inventories are lower than this point in the previous two years, keeping prices up. Regionally, home prices remain well above average in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C.

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Roanoke College dives into academic year with new Public Health major and new Swim teams

Roanoke College begins a new academic year with a new academic program in Public Health Studies and with new intercollegiate men's and women's swim teams for the Maroons.

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Aug 2017

Consumer sentiment continues year-long slide as party divide grows dramatically

 Virginia Index of Consumer Sentiment is down almost two points since last quarter. The political divide in sentiment grows and is substantially larger than immediately after the November election. Inflation expectations increased slightly from last quarter.

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Rooney Topiary stands guard over Maroon Athletic Quad

A 14-foot-tall Rooney topiary, located near Kerr Stadium field, will embody the Roanoke College spirit.

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Roanoke College, Hollins Announce Perry F. Kendig Award Nominees

Roanoke College and Hollins University announce Perry F. Kendig award nominees. The awards will be presented in late September at an event in Olin Galleries. 

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Roanoke Earns ODAC Sports Information Award

The Roanoke College athletic communications department was awarded with the conference's Sports Information Director of the Year award. The honors were bestowed in recognition of Chris Kilcoyne '02 and Kelly Higbie '15.

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College loses respected sociology professor

Dr. M. Gilbert Dunn, a revered member of the Roanoke College faculty, died Aug. 18, 2017. Dunn had critical role in College's PBK chapter.

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Roanoke ready for new Maroons

Roanoke's newest Maroons arrive Saturday to a whirlwind of activity. They will explore downtown Roanoke and build a Habitat for Humanity house. The next week features Quantico Marine Corps Band to mark Roanoke's 175th, Opening Convocation, dedication of the new living topiary Rooney, and more! 

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Northam holds 7-percentage point lead over Gillespie; Trump approval low

The latest Roanoke College Poll of Virginians shows Democratic candidate Ralph Northam with 7-percentage point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia's upcoming gubernatorial race. President Trump's approval is low in Va.

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RC Physics Group travels to the totality as eclipse ambassadors

Roanoke College Physics Group is serving as eclipse ambassadors Monday, Aug. 21 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an official NASA partner site for the solar eclipse, and on the RoanokeCollege SnapChat. No specific events are planned on campus but a limited number of eclipse glasses will be available for the campus community at noon Monday.

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Statements on Charlottesville events from Pres. Maxey and SGA

President Michael Maxey issues statement to the campus community regarding the recent events in Charlottesville. The Student Government Assocation Executive Board also released a statement about Charlottesville. 

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Native American documentary produced by Roanoke College alumna

"Defending the Fire" is an exploration of the Native American Warrior. It debuted in August on S.W. Virginia Public TV, digital channel 15. 2.

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Accepting Nominations for an Outstanding Salemite

Roanoke College is taking nominations for the 21st annual Charles Brown award. This award is given to a Salemite who has impacted the Salem community in positive ways.

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Maroon Matinee YouTube highlights student films

Maroon Matinee is a new YouTube channel created by the Student Activities office to showcase student films.

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Roanoke in Princeton Review’s Best 382 Colleges – 2018 Edition

Focusing on input from students, Roanoke is once again included in one of the nation's top college guidebooks. Three academic programs were also recognized.

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Professor and Student Co-Author Book on Death Penalty

The pair's work resulted in the book "A Courageous Fool."  Anderson always thought she'd like to write a book one day, but never pictured it happening this soon. "This is a dream come true," she says. 

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Jul 2017

Meador recognized as a Top Cop

Stanley Meador '96, an FBI agent, was honored with national award for law enforcement officers. He was recognized for his role in locating a girl who was abducted from her home and later found alive.

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Roanoke launches new Center for Economic Freedom

Inspired by economist Milton Friedman and his passion for free markets, the Center for Economic Freedom's mission is to educate students and the community on the freedom of markets and individual choice in a liberal arts setting. Dr. Alice Kassens, will direct the Center. 

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Roanoke alumni among many serving in global mission program

Young Adults in Global Mission, sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, sends college graduates ages 21 to 29 around the world for various kinds of service. 

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Professor examines environmental humanities, age of humans in two books

Dr. Robert Emmett is co-author of " The Environmental Humanities" and one of three editors of "Future Remains - A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene."

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Roanoke, other state colleges, to host special visit week for high schoolers

From July 24-29, Roanoke and 23 other colleges are teaming up to promote campus visits for Virginia Private College week, an annual six-day initiative sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia. 

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Summer program gives high schoolers taste of college life

Several rising high school juniors and seniors are living on campus and taking a class this month as part of the Roanoke College Summer Institute. 

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Roanoke alumna wins contest for unique photo message

Jaina Lanum '17 took first place for a photo that she called "Universal Language" in the first annual Roanoke Valley Sister Cities Young Photographers Showcase. The photo shows a child in Uganda putting his hand up to a window to touch the hand of Lanum's sister, Karlee.

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17 Artifacts for 2017

Cherished artifacts that tell the story of Roanoke.

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Campus adds new mobility-friendly features - thanks to a May Term class

A revised ramp, sidewalk and patio area, and door at the back of the Life Science building and a mailroom intercom/video system were installed in the past few months. 

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Jun 2017

New Kicking Post brew named for Roanoke College

The beer, made by Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, was unveiled during April's Alumni Weekend. 

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May Term classes take students around the world (with video)

From Thailand to England, students traveled to 10 different countries during May Term.

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Student group receives award from national human resources organization

Of the 327 student chapters for the Society of Human Resources Management across the U.S., Roanoke was one of 149 Superior Merit Award winners. 

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Lewis honored for impact on education in Roanoke Valley

Peter Lewis, longtime Roanoke City teacher, principal, coach and founder of an educational nonprofit for children, received the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Contribution to Education Award.

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Presiding over a decade of growth

Ten years after Michael C. Maxey was inaugurated as the 11th president of Roanoke College, he reflects on his first decade at the helm. 

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From nine-man roster to World Series play, RC baseball makes history

The Maroons hit the big time in just their 15th season as a varsity sport. 

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Students devise business plans for startups as part of Innovation Challenge

As part of the Roanoke College Innovation Challenge, 15 students are tasked with building a business plan for three entrepreneurs. Plans must be extensive and include everything from structure and marketing to finance, accounting and strategic planning.

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Roanoke College takes gold in Best of Roanoke awards

Readers of The Roanoker magazine chose Roanoke College for the gold award in the magazine's annual Best of Roanoke series, which appeared in its May/June issue.

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Roanoke and Hollins welcome nominations for the 2017 Perry F. Kendig Awards

Since 1985, the honors have showcased the quality and diversity of arts and culture in the Roanoke Valley.

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Roanoke faculty and students help with first Dragon Festival at Va. Museum of Natural History

Science, history and myth collide during museum's first-ever Dragon Festival on Saturday, June 17 at the museum in Martinsville.

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Local donor establishes $2.35 million scholarship for exceptional student(s)

A local retired professor will establish a new student scholarship at Roanoke College that places it among the most generous financial aid packages in the country.

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Maroons wrap up amazing season in College World Series

The Roanoke College Baseball team captured the attention of the entire RC Community and baseball world with a run to the 2017 NCAA Division III World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

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May 2017

RC Poll: Va Real Estate Index

Sentiments concerning the Virginia real estate market remain strong. The Virginia Current Conditions Index hit a second consecutive record value for the most recent quarter. Sellers of real estate are more optimistic than in the past four years. Real estate prices took a sharp turn up as inventories remained flat. 

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Russell receives award for child abuse prevention work

Leah Russell '79 received the Clarine Spetzler Guardian Angel award at the 9th annual Children's Trust Golden Halo awards celebration at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke in April. 

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Camping, ocean swimming, playing blackjack - for class? It's May Term at Roanoke

For several weeks in May, some Roanoke students are hiking, swimming at Cape Hatteras, learning how to win roulette, camping at a music festival and more.

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Everything you need to know about Maroons in the D3 Baseball College World Series

The Roanoke College Baseball team has taken the Maroon Nation on a wild ride in the past few weeks, resulting in the Maroons' first trip to the Division III College World Series. Roanoke is one of eight contenders for the title, and the first four games are Friday, May 26.

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RC Poll: Va. Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Report

The Commonwealth remains divided and consumer sentiment continues to slide from a record high in August 2016. 

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Marion College reunion marks 50 years since closing

Marion College's Alumni Association held a special reunion to mark the 50 year anniversary since the college closed in 1967. Located in Marion, Virginia, the college was founded in 1873. In 1967, the college closed and the last graduating class crossed the stage.

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Nik-Khah named fellow with Australian public policy institute

The Whitlam Institute, within Western Sydney University, recently announced that Dr. Edward Nik-Khah is a Whitlam Institute Fellow. 

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Roanoke has new living space for eco-minded students

The new Eco House community, located on the first floor of Crawford Hall, will house students who are passionate about the environment and want to learn more about environmental sustainability. 

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Roanoke College graduates 441

Roanoke awarded degrees to 441 graduates on May 6 during the College's Commencement ceremony, held on the John Turbyfill Quad on a chilly, windy day. 

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2017 Media Arts Hall of Fame Inductees

The class of 2017 has nine seniors joining the Student Affairs Media Arts Hall of Fame in recognition for their creative contributions to the college. The students' names will be featured on the Garrett Student Media Lounge Wall of Fame. 

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Details for Roanoke College Commencement

Salem, Va. - Bishop James Mauney, the retiring bishop of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be the featured speaker at Commencement on Saturday, May 6. Approximately 441 graduates will be among the Class of 2017. Commencement will be streamed live, and the link can be found at roanoke.edu/commencement

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Apr 2017

Student's cold weather baseball glove venture takes first in Pitch competition

Luke Aprile's entry was one of 22 entered in this year's Pitch contest, an annual competition for which aspiring student entrepreneurs present business ideas for prizes.

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Scenes from the Studio: Watch art students create masterpieces for show

Roanoke College ceramics students worked this semester to create pieces to showcase in the College's annual Art Majors Show, which ends on May 5.

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Student Organization and Leadership Award Winners

The Student Organization and Leadership Award ceremony was held on Sunday to recognize and honor outstanding student leaders and organizations for their efforts over the course of the 2016-2017 school year. Congratulations to the winners!

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Butler is one of 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health

Dr. Paris Butler '00 is being recognized as one of the 2017 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health.

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Subject Tutoring and Writing Center Successes

Densmore recognized with regional Undergraduate Tutor of the Year; Subject Tutors obtain Advance certification

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Two Roanoke College Students Named Goldwater Honorable Mentions

Caroline Peterson and Liam Lambert were named Honorable Mentions in the 2017 Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship competition.

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Roanoke celebrates 175th anniversary during Alumni Weekend

Roanoke College marked its 175th anniversary during Alumni Weekend, and many alumni returned home to celebrate this milestone event. A fantastic fireworks show capped off the weekend. 

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Bishop James Mauney to speak at Commencement

Bishop James Mauney, the retiring bishop of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be the featured speaker at Commencement on Saturday, May 6. Approximately 441 graduates will join the Class of 2017.

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Shields heads back to Germany with Fulbright

Stephanie Shields '17 has been selected for a 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Germany. She will be doing research in Munich, Germany on vocal learning - the capacity to learn to produce new sounds through imitation - in the bat Phyllostomus discolor.

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New Look and New Name for Mac and Marcy Johnson Outdoor Adventures Center

The updated center, now in the Bast Center, was dedicated to McMillan "Mac" and Marcy Johnson. Mac Johnson ‘70, retired vice president and dean of students, created and led the College's Outdoor Adventures program for many years.

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Roanoke students participate in Model Arab League and National Model U.N.

Students negotiate current issues in international relations simulations and learn that forming alliances is the cornerstone to small state diplomacy.

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Cisneros receives Fulbright ETA to Mexico

Edyth Cisneros earned a Fulbright Student Award teaching English in Mexico. She also will be working on a mini documentary series about the other side of immigration - those left behind.

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Dr. Miller to speak at Harrison Museum of African American Culture event

Dr. Mark Miller, the David Bittle College Historian, will speak at the Harrison Museum of African American Culture on Tuesday, April 11. Miller is joined on the program by Dr. Idella Goodson Glenn, of Hollins University. Each will be addressing their institution’s 175th anniversary and some of the history involved in the development of each college. 

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Former Roanoke presidents receive College medal

Dr. David Gring and his wife, Susan, and Dr. Norman Fintel and his wife, Jo, received Roanoke College medals during an awards luncheon in the College's Cregger Center on April 7. Norm Fintel, who had been battling cancer, passed away on April 7.

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Roanoke College remembers President Emeritus Dr. Norman Fintel, 1925-2017

Norm Fintel, Roanoke's eighth president, spearheaded significant growth at Roanoke from 1975 to 1989. The campus grew with the additions of the Bast Center, Olin Hall, the former Roanoke County Courthouse and the purchase of the Elizabeth campus. Enrollment and endowment grew as well. 

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The Class of 2017 celebrates 30 days left of college

In celebration of the Class of 2017’s upcoming graduation in a month, several seniors shared their favorite Roanoke College memories, their advice for future and present Maroons, and plans post-graduation. Read about each of them and check out the photo gallery.

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Students discuss roles in off-Broadway hit, "Becky Shaw" (with video)

Theatre Roanoke College's "Becky Shaw" runs through Sunday.

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Wicander earns Fulbright ETA to Spain

Kristen Wicander will be teaching English to children ages 6-12 in La Rioja, Spain. In addition, the Spanish and psychology major will be teaching social studies, science, and American culture.

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Students form debate society named for Roanoke alumnus

The Fishwick Literary and Debate Society is named for John P. Fishwick, a 1937 Roanoke graduate who served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Harvard Law School. Mr. Fishwick endowed a professorship in the English department, which is held by Dr. Robert Schultz, the John P. Fishwick Professor of English.

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Gouveia to study art history in second Fulbright award

Brieanah Gouveia received Fulbright Study Award to Scotland's University of Glasgow for an art history program titled Collecting and Provenance in an International Context.

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Extended: Virginia LOVE letters on campus 'til Friday, 4/21

Virginia is for Lovers and Roanoke College has loved its home in Virginia for 175 years. As part of the celebration of 175 years, the Virginia LOVE letters time has been extended to Friday, April 21. 

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Mar 2017

Expanding the Fiesta

During the week of April 3 - 6, two award-winning Native American authors will visit Roanoke to discuss and read from their work. Other events will include a poetry recital, a theatrical performance, panel discussions and lectures.  

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Roanoke students earn a record five Fulbrights

Roanoke College students have earned a record number of Fulbright awards this year. Five students, all women, learned this month that they would be doing research and studying in Austria, Spain, Mexico, Germany and Scotland with the prestigious Fulbright program.

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Not a long time, but a good time…

Janet Vass Sarjeant '73 shares her memories of Roanoke in the early 1970s as she and others make plans for their 45th Reunion -- Revolution 45. All alumni from around the Maroon nation prepare to return to campus for Alumni Weekend on Roanoke's 175th year. Don't miss it!

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Come Home for Alumni Weekend

See you soon, Maroons! Register today for Alumni Weekend. Roanoke College marks its 175th anniversary in 2017 and alumni from all over are planning to return home to campus to help celebrate this milestone anniversary. Many events are planned throughout the weekend and it's all capped off by a fantastic fireworks show on Saturday night.

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Scott is Roanoke’s first Fulbright to Europe

Savannah Scott '17 has accepted a Fulbright study/research award to study at the University of Technology of Vienna, Austria. Scott, who is from Huntington, N.Y., is a member of the Honors Program and a biology major, with minors in chemistry and French. She will be studying water quality in Austria from October 2017 to June 2018.

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Students study conservation, sustainable agriculture during first Yucatan semester course

Eight Roanoke students are living and studying in Yucatan, Mexico, for the College's first semester abroad course.  

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Film event to uncover the truth about lies

The Academic Integrity Council at Roanoke is sponsoring a film viewing and discussion of the importance of academic integrity both inside and outside the classroom. The film is "Dishonesty: The Truth About Lies."

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Through film, alumna reveals Native American culture, history

Pam Pierce '72 founded Silver Bullet Productions, a nonprofit educational film company in New Mexico. She will speak and show one of her award-winning documentary films on March 15 at Roanoke College as part of Women's Forum.

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Virginia Real Estate Index: Falling prices lead boost in real estate sentiment

Sentiment concerning the Virginia real estate market remains strong in the Commonwealth.

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RC Poll: First Quarter Va Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Report

The Virginia Index of Consumer Sentiment is down since a record high in August. Sentiment is below the national February value. Republicans and Democrats remain divided, particularly about the future health of the economy. 

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Feb 2017

Behind-the-scenes at Theatre Roanoke College's winter production

Watch rehearsal scenes and interviews with the cast and stage crew of Theatre Roanoke College's "Circle Mirror Transformation."

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Preservation group lauds Clay Street House, Bank Building restoration

Restoration work at the Clay Street House is expected to be complete this year.

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RC Poll: Virginians not enamored of President Trump, lean left on immigration; Democrats and Republicans divided

Virginians generally disapprove of Trump's presidency so far and think he is moving too quickly on policies.  Overall, a majority of Virginians see the nation divided regarding the important issues facing the U.S.

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Roanoke College and City of Salem welcome VHSL and ODAC Championships

From February 22-26, Roanoke College and City of Salem host the VHSL Track meet and ODAC Championships at the Cregger Center. 

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Roanoke, Hollins students served community together

Roanoke College and Hollins University celebrated an important anniversary year in a unique way. In February, Roanoke and Hollins students gathered at Feeding America SWVa to package food items for needy families. 

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Roanoke named to Roanoke Regional Chamber Hall of Fame

Roanoke College was one of 14 Chamber businesses with more than 100 years of membership in the regional chamber.

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Meet the Maroons: The Benne Family

"Meet the Maroons" is Roanoke College's occasional series to introduce you to the interesting members of our community.

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Bittle Tree of Life Cross is Antrim Chapel's newest symbolic fixture

Antrim Chapel receives a new cross, the Bittle Tree of Life Cross, made from the wood of the Bittle tree planted by Roanoke founder David Bittle himself.

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Record number of Roanoke students are Fulbright finalists

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program chose six Roanoke students as finalists for study, research and English teaching assistantships around the globe.

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Jan 2017

Roanoke student recognized for spirit, enthusiasm in Washington internship program

Out of 48 students in the Lutheran College Washington Semester's fall program, Hayley Moe '18 received the Dean Nancy D. Joyner Spirit Award. 

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Four Roanoke staffers receive STAR Awards

Executive chef Matt Phillips, catalog librarian Patty Powell, administrative assistant Trina Mitchell and housekeeper Choung Wirt were recognized for high standards of performance and noteworthy accomplishments.

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RC Poll - Virginia General Assembly

Virginians weigh in on felony theft, voting right restoration, minimum wage, abortion limitations and more. 

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Off-Broadway, On Campus

The Off-Broadway, On Campus event is a collaborative effort between the College and The American Cancer Society. Proceeds from the event go towards cancer research.

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Roanoke students witness history in Washington, D.C.

Numerous students trekked to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, on Jan. 20 and the Women's March on Washington, a grassroots rally, on Jan. 21.

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RC student-produced movie lands spots at numerous film festivals

"Daylily Day," written by Steph Spector '16, has appeared at film festivals in New York and Virginia this past year.

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Roanoke marks important anniversaries in 2017

Roanoke College kicks off a year of celebration in 2017. This year marks two anniversaries important to the College: the 175th anniversary of Roanoke College's founding and the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. 

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Paving the way

The history of men's lacrosse at Roanoke

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