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Oct 2019

WRKE debuts new programs

Roanoke’s student-run radio station has added a diverse line up of programming for the year, including the station’s first Spanish language, professor hosted show.

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Roanoke College recognized for strength of teaching in 2020 U.S. News rankings

U.S. News & World Report released its "Best Undergraduate Teaching" list and Roanoke ranked 40th on the list of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges for undergraduate teaching.

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L.L.Bean Bootmobile rolling onto campus in November

The almost 12 foot tall L.L. Bean Bootmobile is visiting Roanoke College this fall. Fun fact -- if the Bootmobile was a real Bean Boot, it would be a size 708.

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Please join us at the March Counselor Fly-in

Roanoke College will host the next Counselor Fly-In on March 22-23, 2020. 

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Roanoke College students take part in Halloween fundraiser for youth

"Hallowheels" is an event in which teams compete in creating dream-come-true Halloween costumes for children who use wheelchairs.

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Roanoke College Expands Test-Optional Admissions Policy for All Applicants

Standardized tests scores will now be optional for all students applying to Roanoke College. 

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Roanoke freshman recognized with National Gold Award from the Girl Scouts

Gracie Goodpasture was recognized Friday, Oct. 11 on the International Day of the Girl for being one of only ten young women to receive the National Gold Award from the Girl Scouts.

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Tibetan Buddhist monks give a lesson in compassion and kindness

Photos and memories of the weeklong residency of monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery still reverberate through campus.

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Criminal Justice graduate Babb appointed to new role

Roanoke graduate William “Mac” Babb ’90 was named the new police chief at Virginia Tech. Babb is a graduate of Roanoke’s Honors Program and was a criminal justice major.

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Sep 2019

Functional Art

MaryMar Keenan ’06 creates handmade tableware.

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Roanoke and Hollins Announce 2019 Perry F. Kendig Award Winners

Susan Jennings, Jimmy Ray Ward, and The Studio School have been honored with this year’s Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards.

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New Director Hired to Lead Outdoor Adventure Education

Roanoke College has hired Patricia Lynn as Campus Recreation’s director of Outdoor Adventures. Lynn will work to grow the program and further the College’s commitment to outdoor leadership, education and recreation.

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Can't miss: Tibetan Monk residency on campus - sand mandala creation and more

Roanoke College is hosting Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in southern India for a residency  from Sept. 23-Sept. 27. Their residency which will include the creation of a sand mandala in the atrium of the Colket Center, a lecture on meditation, sacred music and more.

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Two Roanoke students receive Rotary International scholarships

Seniors Emily Spangler and Natalie Whitney each have received a prestigious Rotary scholarship to fund a graduate program anywhere outside the United States and Canada they wish to study.

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Dr. Fleenor and Dr. Rearick awarded Lilly Faculty Fellowships

The two-year program includes four conferences in Indianapolis and Chicago through 2021, as well as the means to establish a Lilly Faculty Fellows Program on campus beginning in Fall 2020.

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Virginia Real Estate Report: Amazon Arrival Influences Local Markets

Virginian sentiment about real estate markets backed away from the second quarter numbers, yet current conditions are trending upwards.

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Regine Archer receives Charles Brown Award from Roanoke College

Roanoke College has recognized former president and current chairman emeritus of Blue Ridge Beverage Company, Regine Archer, for her many contributions to the city and College communities.

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Center for Community Health Innovation Receives Grant to Improve Healthy Food Access in Local Community

Roanoke College’s Center for Community Healthy Innovation was the only academic institution among 23 grantees  receiving financial and technical assistance awards through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative's inaugural grants program. 

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Virginia Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Report - August 2019

Sentiment continues fall despite household spending, driven by expectations for the coming year. Consumers continue to spend reflecting the strength in current conditions and report plans to purchase expensive  items before anticipated price increases from tariffs.

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Roanoke and Hollins announce 2019 Kendig Award Nominees

Nominees for the annual arts awards include The Harvester Performance Center, Susan Jennings, Yvonne Olson, RIDE Solutions, The Studio School, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Jimmy Ray Ward. Winners will be announced on Sept. 24 at an event in Olin Hall. 

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Apply to spend the spring semester in the Yucatan!

The Yucatan Program at Roanoke College offers students a unique, semester-long study abroad opportunity in the Yucatan region of Mexico. Apply by Oct. 1st! 

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Aug 2019

Roanoke College Poll: Democrats lead in General Assembly race

Democrats lead in a generic General Assembly ballot. President Trump's approval rating is down in Virginia. Approval for Gov. Northam is up slightly. 

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Omicron Delta Kappa names Jillian Barnard '19 Leader of the Year for Athletics

ODK’s National Awards Committee received 37 applicants for the five awards this year. This is the first time ODK has selected a leader of the year in athletics from Roanoke College.

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The Legless, Leaping Larvae of Life Science

Roanoke College biologist Dr. Michael Wise discovered that legless, miniscule larvae can launch themselves up to 36x the length of their bodies into the air, and was part of a team of researchers that figured out how.

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Summer Campus Improvements

Staff have been working hard all summer to freshen up campus for students’ imminent return.

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Countdown to Opening Day!

New Maroons arrive on Saturday, Aug. 24. Returning students are back Monday, Aug. 26. Classes begin Wed., Aug. 28.

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Roanoke featured in Princeton Review's Best 385 Colleges

Roanoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, which features Roanoke College in the just-released 2020 edition of its guide, “The Best 385 Colleges.”

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Now Accepting Nominations for Outstanding Salemite!

Roanoke College wants to show its appreciation for a Salem resident who has made a positive impact on the Salem community this year. Nominations are now open for the 23rd annual Charles Brown Award.

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Jul 2019

Grant from Cabell Foundation to upgrade spaces in Bast Center and Fintel Library

The $250,000 challenge grant supports Humanities Collaboration Center and teaching spaces in the Education department.

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De La Cruz heading to Belgium as a Gilman Scholar

Michelle De La Cruz ’20 is a criminal justice major with a concentration in legal studies. She will be studying at Vesalius College in Brussels.

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Virginia Private College Week July 22-27

High school students are invited to experience a campus tour and information sessions about admission, student life and academic programs. Roanoke College will be open Monday - Friday with sessions at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a 9 a.m. session on Saturday, July 27. 

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Review of Roanoke College Poll results related to gun control

As the special session of the Virginia Assembly convenes to address several issues related to gun violence, the Roanoke College Poll looks back on polling on issues related to firearm regulation from the past few years. 

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Two Roanoke College grads are Harvard Bound

Bekah Carey and Matthew Johnson have both been accepted into prestigious professional programs at Harvard.

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Jun 2019

Roanoke College Poll - Virginia Real Estate

The Va. Real Estate Indexes tell a polar tale. Overall sentiment increased but vast differences between buyers and sellers exist. Amazon's arrival is a significant factor in northern Va. 

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Associates program marks 50th anniversary

For five decades, generous alumni, parents and friends have invested in Roanoke College.

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Dr. Osterman and Dr. Ackley honored with Dean’s Council awards

Osterman’s students say she is especially responsive and challenges them to achieve. Ackley’s work has influenced local policy and community projects by encouraging healthy behaviors in young people.

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Marciniec and Dennis accepted into JET program

Two recent Roanoke graduates were accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching program, an initiative sponsored by the Japanese government which is similar to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships.

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Dr. Heller and Dr. Nazemi retire

Two long time faculty members are retiring and were recognized at commencement with the Simon Carson Wells Medal.

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Roanoke College Poll: Consumer Sentiment in Va. falls

The latest Roanoke College Poll shows the Virginia Index of Consumer Sentiment fell by over four points to its lowest level since Aug. 2018. 

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Roanoke College magazine preview: Issue 1, 2019

We peeked into the offices of faculty and staff, and discovered objects that evoked laughter, tugged at our heartstrings, and uncovered little-known facts about the people who help make Roanoke College tick.

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Shaking up philanthropy

From Roanoke College magazine: Micah Spruill '11 breaks traditional giving by contributing Roanoke College's first gift of cryptocurrency.

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Changing of the Guard

From Roanoke College Magazine: Roanoke College Board of Trustees leadership transition will occur in the fall of 2019.

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May 2019

High schoolers can get true college experience in Summer Academy

The Roanoke College Summer Academy offers students an opportunity to learn from Roanoke professors, participate in college prep workshops, spend time with peer mentors, and get a real taste of college life.  

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Olivia Kitt ’20 wins spirit award for enthusiasm in Lutheran College Washington Semester

Olivia Kitt ’20 has been selected by fellow students, faculty and staff of the Lutheran College Washington Semester to receive the Dr. Nancy D. Joyner Spirit Award.

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The Trip to Quatrone – an eye opener for Roanoke environmental students

Working with the Virginia Department of Forestry, Roanoke environmental students educated residents of Quatrone, near Smith Mountain Lake, on creating “defensible spaces” around their homes to reduce the threat of extensive damage should a wildfire ever occur.

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Destinee Harper '21 appointed to Fulbright Summer Institute in UK

Destinee Harper ’21, a literary studies major and Spanish minor from Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the 8th Roanoke College student appointed to the US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute in the past 7 years.

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Commencement 2019 President's Welcome

President Maxey's welcoming speech for the 2019 commencement ceremony.

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Roanoke appoints new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Melanie Wine Tolan, a communications strategist, has been named Roanoke College’s executive director of marketing and communications. In the newly created position, Tolan—former executive vice president at Edelman, a global communications firm—will join Roanoke College’s senior leadership team.

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Roanoke Gains UCAP Actuarial Science Certification

Roanoke College’s actuarial science program was added to the Universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs listing, indicating that the program prepares students for success in the profession, including the introductory exams in the field.

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Congratulations Class of 2019!

Three Valedictorians, three Salutatorians, Fulbright Scholars, Goldwater Scholar and more! See all the photos from Commencement weekend 2019.

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Roanoke ready for Commencement on May 4

The Class of 2019 will have 457 graduates with three student valedictorians and three salutatorians. Baccalaureate is scheduled for Friday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. Commencement begins at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Turbyfill Quad.  

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Roanoke College, Hollins Welcome Nominations for the 2019 Perry F. Kendig Awards

Since 1985, the honors have showcased the quality and diversity of arts and culture in the Roanoke region. The deadline for nominations is Monday, July 1.

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Apr 2019

Roanoke College in the news

ICYMI: Professor of the year, Roanoke's men's lacrosse goalie, surprise guest for Theatre Roanoke College and more stories about Roanoke College in the news.

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Anna Ford '19 chosen to present research at Washington, D.C. conference

Ford is one of 60 participants chosen out of more than 350 applicants.

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Research goes off campus

Students conduct research and hold internships through the Salem VA Medical Center and Roanoke College Undergraduate Research Experience. 

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Dr. Henold receives Fulbright fellowship to Hungary

Henold, John R. Turbyfill Professor of History, will spend the 2020 spring semester teaching in Hungary as a Fulbright scholar.

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Theatre Roanoke College's [title of show] cast surprised by unexpected guest at last performance

The Theatre Roanoke College cast of the spring musical, [title of show], was surprised by a special guest on their closing night this past Saturday, April 13.

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2019 Alumni Medal awarded to Carole Crotts Rich '78

Alumni Weekend 2019 was highlighted by the presentation of the Roanoke College Alumni Medal to Carole Crotts Rich ’78, former vice president of Hershey Company

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Southard honored for her diabetes advocacy

Roanoke graduate Sally Waters Southard ‘77 received the Living and Giving Award for her service to JDRF.

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Study/Research Fulbright in India Awarded to Linnea Stewart

Linnea Stewart has been awarded a Fulbright to study and conduct research on bird populations on organic and non-organic farms in India.

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Roanoke Model UN and Arab League delegations place at national and regional conferences

Roanoke College students have participated in three diplomatic conferences in recent months, winning awards in each on national and regional levels.

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Freshmen hike 37 miles in 17 hours for Earthbound fundraiser

Over the weekend, freshmen Ian Densley, Connor Kinkema and Cole Hensen took on the legendary Triple Crown hike, a 37-mile loop in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Roanoke College receives two prestigious NEH Grants

The grants will support a Humanities Collaboration Center in Fintel Library and an interdisciplinary archeological curriculum.

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Mar 2019

Umland selected for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia

Study abroad opportunities facilitated by Roanoke set afire Umland's passion for travel and led him to apply for a Fulbright.

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Schultz to publish War Memoranda with Taubman Museum of Art

Dr. Robert Schultz and artist Binh Danh are issuing a book honoring Walt Whitman for the 200th anniversary celebration of the poet’s birth.

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Alumni Weekend coming up April 4-7

Make plans now to return to sunny Salem to relive your Roanoke days, visit with friends and see how much dear ol’ Roanoke has changed!

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Roanoke College Poll: Real Estate Market Sentiment Holds Steady, Inventories Continue to Frustrate

The Virginia Real Estate Indexes held fast to the dips in the last quarter of 2018. Buyers appear frustrated by prices which are currently driven by falling inventories which are down 15 percent over the past year.

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Salem Riverfest concert to benefit Roanoke River conservation

Salem Riverfest, hosted by Roanoke College, is a benefit concert for the Clean Valley Council in support of conservation of the Roanoke river. The event features three bands, food trucks, a beer garden, and more!

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Roanoke College alumna serving in top higher-ed post in Liberia

Mawine Diggs '06 is the first woman to head Liberia's National Commission on Higher Education.

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College establishes Center for Community Health Innovation

The Center, directed by Dr. Liz Ackley, supports initiatives to reduce health inequities in the Roanoke Valley.

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The Roanoke College connection to Fred Rogers's Neighborhood

Dr. Brooks Crozier remembers his uncle, Fred Rogers. 

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Student Awarded Project Funding from International Psychology Honors Society

Psychology major, Kiah Coflin ’19, and Dr. Powell awarded funding for research project on romantic relationships from the International Psychology Honors Society.

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Forrest Channels Love of Soccer Into a Career

Andrew Forrest ‘06 is the general manager for El Paso’s professional soccer team where he will oversee all business operations for the team.

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Networking with NASA + Fighting Robots

Physics major Jacob Klein ’19 spent the summer of 2018 at the Virginia Space Flight Academy in Chincoteague, Virginia, teaching robotics to middle and high school campers.

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Quinn Harlan '21 finishes fourth in 60 M final at NCAA track & field national championships

Roanoke sophomore Quinn Harlan qualified for the final race in the 60 m championship. 

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Roanoke College Poll: Sentiment is strong with Virginians, although impacted by political unrest

The Va. Index of Consumer Sentiment increased by almost two points, largely due to gains in consumer expectations for the coming year. The party gap grew amidst political turmoil.

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Feb 2019

Remembering alumnus Kim Kyusik, leader of Korean independence movement, 100 years later

A political and academic leader in Korean efforts to gain independence from Japan, Kim Kyusik, played important roles in the movement and during the establishment of a provisional Korean government. 

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RC Poll: Virginians think Northam, Fairfax and Herring should stay

The latest poll of Virginians looks at leadership issues, sexual misconduct, immigration, socialism and gun control.

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Students compete in statewide Ethics Bowl hosted at RC

Roanoke’s two teams had good showings. Much of the talk at the event centered around an amazing performance by freshman Sophie Kachur, who won two rounds by herself when her teammates were out sick.  

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Dr. Ball launches Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Roanoke County Jail

This is the first course of this kind taught at Roanoke College and the first for the Roanoke County Jail. It is one of just a few Inside-Out programs in Virginia.

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Partial government shutdown delays, but doesn't derail, spring Washington DC internships

Fifteen Roanoke students are interning in Washington now. Three who were assigned to shuttered government agencies volunteered at nonprofits providing food for furloughed workers until they could begin their internship.

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Dr. Valerie Banschbach receives Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award

Dr. Banschbach, professor and chair of environmental studies, received a 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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Six students are Fulbright semi-finalists

This year six seniors are semi-finalists for the prestigious and highly competitive Fulbright student scholarships that facilitate study, research, and English teaching assistantships (ETA) around the globe.

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Student's internship leads to documentary appearance

During a summer internship with the Global Owl Project, Julia Mello ’19 was featured in an episode of “Oregon Field Guide” about the organization’s work with the owls and their research.

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Roanoke College to host statewide Ethics Bowl

Roanoke hosts the 20th annual statewide collegiate Ethics Bowl on Sunday and Monday, February 10-11. Sponsored by the VFIC and Wells Fargo, the theme of the event is “Ethics and Social Justice.”

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2019 Juried Biennial Exhibition Winners

The exhibition features works of art from artists within a 200 mile radius of Roanoke College.

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Jan 2019

Enter this year's Pitch competition with your ideas!

The Pitch provides aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to develop a business plan and present it to a panel of judges comprised of local business owners and city employees.

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New books by Roanoke College faculty

Books include a young adult novel and a biography of a Civil War general.

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Roanoke College hosts inaugural International Film Festival

The inaugural Roanoke College International Film Festival will kick off next month, aiming to bring together the campus and Roanoke communities through culture and film. 

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In Case You Missed This News

Forbes goes to Dr. Warden to analyze the latest archeological finding in Egypt. Roanoke was named a Hidden Gem of the Southeast. Dr. Benne publishes an op-ed and Toy Like Me makes Christmas even more special.

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Pearson receives Gilman award to study in Australia

Vanessa Pearson ’21, the 11th Roanoke College student selected as a Gilman Scholar, will spend the Spring 2019 semester in Australia at James Cook University taking psychology, education and Australian history classes.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019 Commemoration Events

Join us January 19-26, 2019 as we celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin King Jr. with a series of events on and off campus.

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Kuchar serves on national committee for Fulbright

Dr. Martha Kuchar recently served on a Fulbright national committee to screen student applications for Fulbright’s ETA program.

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Rasoul at Va. General Assembly as it marks 400 years

The Roanoke graduate is a member of the oldest legislative body in North America.

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Ocampo receives top Washington Semester award

Gaston Ocampo wins LCWS Spirit Award for his intense interest in program activities and positive influence on his peers.

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History-maker

From Roanoke College magazine: An interview with Maxine Fitzgerald '69, the first African-American to enroll at Roanoke College as a full-time student.

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Building an empire

From Roanoke College magazine: With a great love - and knack - for the business of preparing, serving and selling food, Roanoke College alumni have found success in restaurant ownership. The business is not for the faint of heart, says one of those alumni, Roger Neel '85, the owner and co-owner of six eating establishments.

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A swimming success

From Roanoke College magazine: After exceeding all expectations in their first season, Maroons swimmers continue to excel in season two.

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