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May 2022

Nu of Virginia Phi Beta Kappa inducts new members

Over 40 students were inducted into Roanoke College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, along with President Maxey and two alumni members.  

Students present ECON Lab research

The program allows students to pursue subjects outside of class that interest them.

Internationally recognized physician-scientist receives honorary degree

Dr. Peter Hotez received an honorary Doctor of Science at commencement on May 7 and spoke to several groups as part of his visit to campus.

Chris Turnbull column: Names worth knowing

Chris Turnbull '00 penned a commentary about President Maxey's legacy of learning the names of all students, even before he was president. 

Two Roanoke College classes combine efforts to address a stigmatized topic

A service-learning project to eradicate “period poverty” supported a Virginia residential program for juvenile survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking.

Class of 2022 celebrates commencement

The Class of 2022 is comprised of 449 graduates from 30 states and nine countries. A record five students earned the honor of valedictorian and two students earned salutatorian honors.  

Graduates venture “Into the Woods” at Baccalaureate service

The Baccalaureate service was held on May 6. The Rev. Christopher Bowen, the Timothy Pickle Dean of the Chapel, presided over the worship service for all graduates, families and guests.

Class of 2022 includes a record five valedictorians and two salutatorians

The seven valedictorians and salutatorians hail from five different states and earned degrees in 10 different majors. Six of the seven are members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.

Roanoke College student named a 2022 Key into Public Service Scholar

James Suleyman is one of just 20 students selected nationwide. The program connects arts and sciences students with Phi Beta Kappa scholarship and public sector opportunities.  

Class of 2022 Commencement Preview

The College is ready for more than 450 graduates to take the Commencement stage.  

Apr 2022

PLACE alumni panel offers tips, connections for students and alumni

Roanoke College’s new center for Purpose, Life and Career Exploration (PLACE) opened its doors to students, alumni and community members to show how Roanoke students can get help pursuing high-value careers.

Maroon Alumni Weekend Highlights

What a weekend! President Maxey recognition, dedications, celebrations and much more  

Three alumni honored with Roanoke College Medal

The medal honors alumni for outstanding contributions in their communities and in their career fields.

Sigma Chi celebrates 150 years at Roanoke

Nearly 500 brothers returned to mark the milestone anniversary.

Students and others recognized at Garren Diversity Awards

The 22nd Annual Garren Diversity Awards recognized students, faculty and staff for their contributions toward the goal to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. UPDATED with photos. 

Alumni News - April 2022

An Alumni Weekend roundup of some of the latest news about Roanoke College Maroons!

Gates speaks to students, community about Reconstruction and learning from history

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on race, spoke to about 300 attendees via Zoom on Tuesday night.

Fralin elected to Roanoke College Board of Trustees

Robert P. Fralin, of Roanoke, will attend his first meeting of the Board this week.

Inaugural Virginia Conference on Race brings institutions, students together

The conference was well-attended and sparked important conversations about race and oppression.

Outdoor Adventures students get the most out of study abroad experiences

In Finland and France, these student leaders found that their interest in outdoor activities helped them make friends and further immerse themselves in the culture around them.

Roanoke College prepares to offer MBA program

Roanoke College faculty voted to add the College’s first graduate program in 100 years, and the proposal now heads to the regional higher education accreditor for final approval.

Roanoke College selects Dr. Kathy J. Wolfe as new dean

Wolfe brings decades of teaching and administrative leadership experience, most recently from Hamilton College, with a focus on experiential learning.

Theatre alumni remember George Arthur

Olin Hall’s retired technical director died unexpectedly on April 1.

Immeasurable impact

Leah Russell '79, associate dean and registrar, will retire in June after 40 years service to Roanoke College. To honor her legacy and in gratitude for her mentorship, one alumni couple has established The Leah L. Russell '79 Endowed Student Scholarship.

Day of Giving brings Maroons Together for Maxey

On April 6, Maroons from across the country will join together to honor President Maxey's upcoming retirement. This special Day of Giving supports the students of Roanoke College! 

First-ever Women in LeadHERship Awards honor women in Roanoke College community

Eight women received awards for their contributions as faculty, staff, alumni and students.

Mar 2022

Virginia Historic Marker dedicated in honor of Kim Kyusik

The 1903 graduate was a revered figure in Korea and was a leader in the Korean Independence movement.

Immersive, bilingual presentation dives into World War II history

“The Crossroads of Saint-Lo” recounts two parallel stories from World War II, including one fairly famous figure and one largely unknown casualty.

Maroon anglers head to Oklahoma for national bass fishing championship

This is the first time Roanoke College will have representation at the College Fishing National Championship.

Folsom engages students and community members with gripping presentation on nation’s economic history

The economic historian is the second speaker in the David L. Guy Speaker Series, presented by the Center for Economic Freedom.

Frank Shushok Jr., Ph.D., appointed 12th President of Roanoke College

Shushok, current Vice President for Student Affairs at Virginia Tech, assumes new role at Roanoke College in July.

Remembering Jenny Rosti

Jennifer Rosti, director of major scholarships and fellowships, died on March 18. Her family is establishing a scholarship in her name. UPDATED with Celebration of Life video. 

Internship exposes Environmental Studies major to complexities of museums

Vashawn Gray ’22 created a pollinator exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

Roanoke students are among nation’s first college students to manage cryptoassets

A new paper from Dr. Tim Carpenter details the benefits of business administration students investing and trading real cryptoassets in the Student Managed Fund.

Alumni News - March 2022

The latest about members of the Maroons family. Kudos all around!

Alumna establishes Roanoke College Women’s Athletic Endowment

A gift from Peggy Patrick ‘51 creates the first endowment of its kind for women’s athletics at Roanoke College. Patrick has issued a challenge to support Maroons women’s athletic teams on Giving Day 2022, to be held on April 6.  

History major in the Air Force helps bolster NATO forces in Europe

Michael McCloskey ‘10 has advanced to a leadership position with the Air Force and is combining his interests in aviation and history to succeed.

Trailer promotes value of composting, helps students conduct research

For the next few weeks, this colorful trailer will be parked in Roanoke College’s community garden.

Roanoke College explores monuments and memorials, our encounters with history in new speaker series

The series features artists and scholars, including renowned literary critic, professor and historian Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Ackley recognized with Outstanding Faculty Award at Virginia General Assembly

Ackley is one of only two professors at private Virginia colleges honored with the 2022 award, and she is the sixth Roanoke College professor to receive this recognition. 

College holds teach-in about Russian invasion of Ukraine

Faculty members used their variety of expertise to put the conflict in context and provide insight as to what might happen next.

Roanoke College Poll looks at new administration in Virginia

The latest poll of Virginia public opinion looks at recent executive actions by Gov. Youngkin, feelings about personal freedom versus health and safety, COVID vaccination and more.

Feb 2022

COVID-19 and Mask Policy updates

Masks continue to be required in all indoor common spaces. Once we successfully navigate a healthy return from Spring Break, the College will lift the mask mandate for most indoor settings effective March 28.

Kassens addresses “Great Resignation” at Chamber of Commerce luncheon on campus

The sold-out luncheon included women business leaders from the region who came to listen to the Roanoke College professor of economics.

A Message from President Maxey: Support for the People of Ukraine - 2/25/22

There are times in our lives when we realize that historic moments are happening before our eyes. With the Russian invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine, we are witness to one of those history-making moments. 

Virginia Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Report

Consumer Sentiment slides to a series low. Concerns about the current economy drive the losses, primarily due to rising prices. 

Students gain behind-the-scenes experience on set of Lifetime movie

Several Roanoke College students had the opportunity to work behind the scenes on an upcoming Lifetime film.

New members appointed to President’s Advisory Board and to the Community Advisory Group

Four Roanoke College graduates have joined the PAB; Burcham joins Community Advisory Group.

Roanoke College remembers George Kegley

 Kegley, a member of the Roanoke College Class of 1949, died on Feb. 16 at the age of 93.

General Assembly honors President Maxey

The joint resolution, which passed unanimously, shows “deep thanks to Maxey’s four decades of service to the Commonwealth.”

International student achieves dream of working in U.S. Capitol through Washington Semester internship

Fariha Sehar ‘23 is interning with Sen. Mark Warner’s office as part of the Lutheran College Washington Semester.

Campus Safety officers earn FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award

Lt. Kevin Assenat and Lt. April McCadden completed the three training programs from the FBI.

Alumni News - February 2022

A roundup of the latest news about Roanoke College alumni.

In Black History Month keynote, Fleming discusses importance of empathy

Brandon P. Fleming used his life story to illustrate how one person’s compassion can make a huge difference in the lives of others.

Professor’s book on Roanoke’s queer history resonates locally and nationally

Dr. G. Samantha Rosenthal’s book “Living Queer History” is partially a study of Roanoke’s LGBTQ+ history and partially a memoir of Rosenthal’s own journey.

Maroon Madness, Black History Month keynote address highlight eventful night on campus

Between the keynote speaker of Roanoke College’s Black History Month programming and the annual Maroon Madness, Roanoke College’s campus was abuzz Wednesday night.

Roanoke College News Roundup

Faculty and alumni have been featured in a variety of news coverage through the winter.

President Maxey to lead Council of Independent Colleges Board of Directors

President Michael C. Maxey elected CIC Board of Directors Chair after serving as Vice Chair for Programs.

President Maxey shares thoughts in wake of violence at Bridgewater College

Roanoke College President Michael C. Maxey spoke to students about the recent tragedy at Bridgewater College, speaking on the importance of working together.

French major earns Gilman Scholarship Award to study in France

Dixie Weaver ‘23 is the 15th Roanoke student to receive the prestigious Gilman Scholarship Award.

Roanoke responds to violence at Bridgewater College and HBCUs

The campus community will gather at 4 p.m. Thursday at Antrim Chapel to support one another, share words of comfort and hope and light candles in solidarity with all those who chose love and peace in the face of violence.

Roanoke remembers Dr. Jesse C. Thompson, professor of biology, emeritus

Dr. Jesse Clay Thompson, Jr., professor of biology, emeritus, died on Dec. 25, 2021 at the age of 95.

Jan 2022

Butler set to lead Yale Department of Surgery diversity efforts

Dr. Paris Butler ‘00 will be the Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Associate Professor of Surgery, effective April 1, 2022. He is the first vice chair of DEI in the Department of Surgery’s 209-year history.

Family legacy continues at Roanoke College

Samuel Paitsel ’21 reflects on becoming the sixth generation of his family to graduate from Roanoke College.

Roanoke College alumni make local 40 Under 40 list

From hospitals to schools to the fire station, these graduates are making a difference in the Roanoke and Salem region.

Roanoke College welcomes Olympic cycling hopefuls to Roanoke Valley

Roanoke College played a role in announcing that a group of female cyclists who are preparing for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are coming to the region.

Sowing seeds of change

Dr. Dwight C. Jones, Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speaker at Roanoke College, shares inspiring message of speaking up, speaking out and sacrificing for change.

Winter storm hits campus - Changes and Updates

Classes will begin on Tuesday Jan. 18 at the regular times.    

Roanoke College Appoints New Members to Board of Trustees

Alumni Micah Spruill ‘11 and Dan Strelka ‘89 have been elected to serve on the Roanoke College Board of Trustees.

Alumni News - January 2022

Welcome to a new year of the latest about Roanoke College Maroons!

Reminders about the opening of the spring semester, winter weather and more

We appreciate everyone making the necessary adjustments for the spring semester. We have a few reminders for you regarding your return to campus.

Roanoke College now offers Maroon Card on phones and device wearables

With mobile Maroon Card, students can get around campus with just a tap of their device at campus readers. Roanoke College is the only Virginia college offering this service to students.   

Honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

All members of the Roanoke College community, including alumni and parents, are invited to join virtual and online activities on Monday, Jan. 17, concluding with a virtual keynote address at 6:45 p.m.

Peppers and Hill collaborate on Supreme Court and poetry

The two professors from different disciplines worked together to look at the poetry of Supreme Court Justice Fuller and the criticism he received for it.  

Updates to Spring 2022 Return to Roanoke Plan: Phased Return to Campus

COVID-19 cases in our area and the nation have reached record high levels. Roanoke College will implement a phased return to campus for 2022 spring semester.

Environmental riches

From Roanoke College magazine: A group of Roanoke College faculty and students have embarkred on a project to convert an underused section of the College's Elizabeth Campus into an environmental preserve and outdoor laboratory.

Return to campus update: Booster shot requirement

Dean of Students Tom Rambo sends a message to students returning to Roanoke for the spring semester.

Students present research, connect with alumni at ECON Lab Mini-Conference

The program allows students to conduct real-world research of their choosing.