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Sep 2020

President Maxey’s Weekly Update Sept. 25

I’m writing my weekly update with a quick recommendation for you all —  try to get outside and enjoy the outdoors!

Social Justice Panel teaches students about local efforts, history

As protestors take to the streets around the country, some Roanoke College students learned more about the social justice initiatives going on in their community.

Beekeeping Club relocates swarm of thousands of bees

Club offers opportunities to learn, collaborate, get hands-on experience.

Gallery assistant director’s debut exhibition closing soon

Lacey Leonard, assistant director of galleries at Olin Hall Galleries, is wrapping up her first-ever solo art exhibition this week. “Island of Self” is on display at the Alexander/Heath Contemporary gallery in Roanoke.

A remembrance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dr. Todd Peppers recalls taking his class to hear oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court and a meeting with Justice Ginsburg afterwards. We also share a student essay from the same visit.  

Alumni News - September 2020

The latest news about members of the Maroons family, from job promotions and CD releases to birthday celebrations and wedding announcements.

Top 10 Socially-Distanced and Fun Things To Do on Campus

Wondering how to spend your Friday evening or Saturday afternoon? We have you covered to ensure a fun memory and a laugh or two with your friends, all while keeping each other safe. 

President Maxey's Weekly update - Sept. 18

Today mid-September, I remain cautiously optimistic as we count down toward midterm exams, crisp weather and ultimately, Thanksgiving break.

Alumna’s research takes her to bottom of the ocean

From sharks to underwater volcanoes, Rachael Storo is conducting fascinating studies.

Paying it forward

Alumni honor Dr. Larry Lynch, retired Roanoke College professor of business administration, with an endowed scholarship.

Lassiter recognized with national award as Outstanding Mentor to biology students

Lassiter received the Council of Undergraduate Research’s Biology Mentor award for mid-career faculty.

Return to Fall 2020: President Maxey Weekly Update 9/11

Thanks to everyone in our community for helping to make life at Roanoke College vibrant, no matter where we are.

Five inducted into Student Activity Media Arts Hall of Fame

Check out inductees’ work and performances — and much more — on Roanoke College’s new Maroon Tube channel!

Return to Fall 2020: President Maxey Weekly Update Sept. 4

After working through multiple scenarios and hearing from many of you, we have made the decision to allow students to choose between living on campus or staying home for the balance of the semester.

Roanoke College Poll on COVID-19

COVID-19 concerns are steady while partisan differences persist. Virginians are less pleased with government response.

Student project gets picked for national honor

Steph Zemba’s research is centered on the religious beliefs of immigrants in Virginia.

Aug 2020

Return to Fall 2020: Weekly Update, Aug. 28

President Mike Maxey gives an update on students in isolation and on what those in the campus community can do to help.

What if I’m positive? What you need to know about Isolation and Quarantine

Now that positive COVID-19 cases are on campus, it’s a good time to review the process for care and limiting movements and interactions.

Roanoke College Poll: Virginia Consumer Sentiment Rebounds

The Virginia Index of Consumer Sentiment climbed almost 8 points over the last quarter, making up half of the COVID-19 losses from the second quarter.

Roanoke College Poll: Virginia political opinions in August 2020

Biden holds lead over Trump in Virginia. Warner leads Gade. Virginians also weigh in on race issues. 

Professor sheds light on overlooked aspect of women's suffrage movement

Dr. Mary Henold's column focuses on how the women's suffrage movement was far from over in 1920.

Valedictorian earns national scholarship

The award will help Kyle Grohbrugge ‘20 pursue her physical therapy degree.

Phased Return Delayed

As COVID-19 cases increase, no additional residential students will be allowed to move in until Sept. 11. 

Roanoke leadership committed to looking back, moving forward

President Maxey brought students up-to-date with the College’s efforts to become a more diverse, equal and inclusive environment.

Alumni News August 2020

The latest news about members of the Maroons family, from career changes to community involvement.

Roanoke featured in Princeton Review's "Best 386 Colleges"

Roanoke is cited as one of best institutions for undergraduate education, and first-rate for business, computer science and psychology majors.

Incoming students bring well-rounded, inspirational backgrounds

Nearly 500 freshmen are entering Roanoke College this month.

Dining Services changes for Fall 2020

Adjustments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic include the fact that seating capacity in all dining locations has decreased significantly.

Update on Investigation of Title IX and Related Issues

Roanoke College has retained an investigator to conduct an independent third-party investigation into the College's Title IX response and related issues.

Updates To Our Fall 2020 Return to Roanoke Plan

Roanoke College will implement a phased reopening model and will test all students upon their arrival to campus. 

Jul 2020

Admissions working in-person, virtually with high school class of 2021 and beyond

An upcoming week of online workshops aims to help students during their college search.

Alumna in rare company after being selected to Harvard Law Review staff

Bekah Carey now has opportunities that very few people have.

Update on Fall 2020 Athletics at Roanoke College

Fall and winter sport competition will be postponed through the end of the 2020 calendar year.

Maroons receive Human Resource scholarship

Kelsey McCluskey '21 and Maggie Riggan '21 have been awarded a scholarship that supports students who are pursuing studies in the Human Resource field.

Alumni News July 2020

Maroons are on the move! The latest about educational accomplishments, job changes and accolades.

Roundup of physical campus changes

Counseling Services has a new location, and downtown streets have gotten a facelift.

Return to Roanoke details for Fall 2020

Roanoke values the opportunity to provide a safe and personal educational experience for its students. The College has developed a plan based on best practices from national and state authorities for reopening this fall.

Rising juniors earn scholarships to study in Asia

Both students hope to learn about the business world in their programs.

Roanoke College is committed to our international students

Statement from President Maxey in support of Roanoke's international students as they face regulation obstacles in their return to Roanoke. 

The Reconnect Research/Roanoke College Poll on race and police

A nationwide poll by Reconnect Research and Roanoke College shows views of the nation toward local police, race relations and recent protests across the country.  

Roanoke alumna makes history as Salem’s first woman mayor

Renée Turk has spent decades serving Salem in various roles since graduating from Roanoke College.

What to expect for Fall 2020

We will share the detailed action plan with you by mid-July, but wanted to give you an idea of what to expect in the meantime.

Jun 2020

News roundup: May and June 2020

A new center for studying racial history made headlines around the country, and multiple professors published insightful opinion pieces.

Reflecting on Pride Month

A message from Wes Brusseau, LGBTQ coordinator, about the importance of the month of June and LGBTQ+ rights. 

Sophomore earns Fulbright honor to study in Wales

Gracie Goodpasture’s interest in sustainability and farm-to-table education allowed her to be selected for this prestigious program.

Ongoing Action to Focus on Diversity and Inclusion

A message to campus from President Michael Maxey and the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee (DISC). 

Franz named a Key into Public Service Scholar by PBK

Bennet Franz is one of 20 students nationwide selected by Phi Beta Kappa for this inaugural group of Key into Public Service Scholars.

Alumni News June 2020

Maroons are active! They are volunteering with the Peace Corps, mentoring young people, and leading non-profit programs and institutions.

Roanoke College announces recognition of Juneteenth

For the first time in its 178-year history, Roanoke College is recognizing Juneteenth, a day commemorating the effective end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865.

May Term class teaches features of Appalachia, value of getting outside

A photo project had students out in nature in and out of southwest Virginia.

Alumna plays key role in life-saving COVID treatment

This medication targets blood clots in patients’ lungs and allows them to breathe easier.

Roanoke College creates center to study issues of race

Center for Studying Structures of Race will expand opportunities for student instruction, faculty-student research projects and public discourse. 

News on the Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Roanoke College to begin two weeks early, skip fall break and complete semester by Thanksgiving.

‘Love, Norm’ book details Dr. Norman Fintel’s life lessons

Written by the daughter of Roanoke College’s ninth president, the book was originally meant for his grandchildren but grew into much more as Barbara Fintel Collins explored the influences that shaped his life.

International students develop bonds while on campus this spring

They learned about each other’s home countries, culture and cuisine.

A statement from SGA, BSA, and Shades of Maroon

SGA, BSA and Shades of Maroon voted on a joint resolution in support of black students, community members and Americans and to condemn acts of prejudice and hatred.

A statement from President Michael C. Maxey

I call on all of us to come together in our community as we work to make our College and larger community more just for all.”

Class of 1970 pays tribute to "Mr. Roanoke College"

From Roanoke College magazine: Class of 1970 establishes an endowed scholarship in honor of Donald M. Sutton Sr., former dean of men and financial aid director at Roanoke.

May 2020

Tree of 40 Fruit blooming once again

The tree represents a fusion of art and science, and is perfectly at home on Roanoke’s campus.

Reality can bite...but also hold the promise of fame and fortune

From Roanoke College magazine: A few truths from two alumnae writers

Alumna heading to Nepal with Fulbright honor

Claire Kirchoff ‘17 will teach English in a rural community.

Shifting the paradigm of community health

From Roanoke College magazine: Dr. Liz Ackley's work to improve community health inequities is gaining momentum and garnering national attention.

Channeling "the Great Dissenter"

From Roanoke College magazine: Dr. Todd Peppers, Henry H. & Trudye H. Fowler Professor in Public Affairs at Roanoke College, has written a one-act, one-man play about the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Roanoke College Poll: COVID-19

Virginians are concerned about the medical and economic impact of COVID-19. However, most Virginians see “normal” as months or longer away. 

Maroons raise over $1 million on Day of Giving

Funds will go to students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alumni News May 2020

Maroons are helping distribute face masks, earning nationwide honors and more.

Roanoke College Poll: May 2020 Va Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Report

The Va. Index of Consumer Sentiment plummeted almost 16 points over last quarter. However, Virginians exude confidence about the future of the economy and pulling out of the recession quickly. 

Meet Roanoke's valedictorians and salutatorians

They share how they were able to succeed and stand out at Roanoke.

Stewart earns Fulbright ETA to Taiwan

Paige Stewart ’20, a communications and Spanish major, will teach English after interning in similar roles.

Roanoke College Poll: Opinions of Virginians on politics in May 2020

Former VP Biden still leads Pres. Trump in Virginia. Sen. Warner leads TBD Republican. Gov. Northam's approval soars. 

Previewing now: the new issue of Roanoke College magazine

The new issue of Roanoke College magazine will be in mailboxes soon. Can't wait? Click 'Read More' and flip through for a preview.

‘Creators of history’: Just how historic is this year’s commencement delay?

Commencement has been delayed, altered and even canceled in the past.

Important Information about the CARES Act and Funding to Student Accounts

We are pleased to offer you some good news during these challenging times.

Campus community organizes COVID-19 response project, Maroons Serving with Purpose

Maroons are responding to a variety of pandemic-related needs. Join your fellow Maroons Serving with Purpose in helping our region, your region and the entire country overcome the challenges of these unprecedented times.

Faculty and alumni book roundup

Challenges, victories and drama await the readers of new books by Roanoke College authors.

Drs. Darwin Jorgensen and Cheryl Jorgensen-Earp win top paper award at communications conference

Dr. Jorgensen and his wife, who teaches at the University of Lynchburg, collaborated on the award-winning paper. 

Emmy-winning producer makes time to talk with students

His advice proved applicable even to students not looking to get into the television industry.

Roanoke College, Hollins Welcome Nominations for the 2020 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 has been extended to September 1.

President Maxey's remarks from the Conferral of Degrees ceremony

The historic Conferral of Degrees was held on Saturday, May 2, 2020. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Student Health and Counseling Services, along with Residence life, are challenging Roanoke College students, faculty and staff to actively engage in caring for their mental health as part of Mental Health America’s campaign.

Roanoke College confers 429 degrees in historic ceremony

Members of the Class of 2020 are now officially Roanoke College alumni.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020

The Class of 2020 degree conferral ceremony marks a historic time at the College, with most students completing their studies at home, online, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. 

Apr 2020

Stories of Connection: Faculty maintain bonds from afar

Their patience and compassion made a tough time a little easier.

Message from President Maxey on Fall 2020 Return to In-Person Instruction

All of us at Roanoke College are working to prepare for an on-time, on-campus start in August. 

Alumni News April 2020

Updates about Roanoke graduates Brenda Prieto Velazquez ’17, Dr. Sade Younger ’08, the Honorable Sarah A. Rice ’79 and David M. Forbes ’82.

Roanoke alumnus represents No. 1 NFL Draft pick Joe Burrow

Thanks to a family connection and an ability to form tight relationships, this Maroon was able to sign the most sought-after college football player of the year.

Stories of Connection: Student-athletes stay in shape, stay in touch

Athletes remain motivated even with seasons canceled.

Stories of Connection: Career services continue to assist students with jobs, grad school

Students are still getting good jobs and graduate school placements while working remotely.

Conferring of Degree ceremony taking place online May 2

Bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of business administration degrees will be conferred on the Class of 2020 in a Facebook Live broadcast.  

Roanoke re-opens application to freshmen and transfer students for admission Fall 2020

Many students are rethinking college plans due to the impact of COVID-19. Roanoke recognizes that many students may now wish to stay closer to home and are re-thinking previous decisions. 

President Maxey shares virtual dinner with on-campus students

Dinner conversation was full of stories from around the world.

Stories of Connection: Students, faculty stay healthy with help from one another

From dance parties to online counseling sessions, Maroons remain active and healthy.

Stories of Connection: Students get creative in re-creating campus experience at home

From the Administration Building to the Chef’s Burger Bar, students are creating ways to experience campus from afar.

College earns Tree Campus USA honor

The program honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

Stories of Connection: Faculty, students connect to make end-of-year honors personal

Even though ceremonies are taking place online, students are still wrapping up the school year in style.

Roanoke student’s project selected for prestigious national program

The project examines the relationship between community connection and health.

Local student Q&A: Olivia Kitt

"It’s a place that you can make your new home. You can still have that independence that you crave and you can also still spend time away from it."

Local student Q&A: Lucas Weaver

"You can create your own experience even if you are within the Salem area. It’s totally up to you in terms of what you want."

Local student Q&A: Hayley Assenat

"I was 10 times happier at Roanoke than I ever was at my big school."

Campus diversity brings nation, world to Roanoke

Local students are pleasantly surprised with the diversity of the campus community.

‘Learn your hometown all over again’

Attending Roanoke College as a local student can change the way you view the place you grew up.

‘Its own separate world’: Roanoke offers local students a haven in their hometown

Many Southwest Virginia students find it easy to have an independent college experience without having to leave the area.

COVID-19 Update: Timely Warning - Student tests positive

In accordance with the federal Clery Act, this message is to inform the campus that a Roanoke College student, who resides off campus, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Student Room and Board Account Adjustments

Prorated credits for room and board as well as prorated meal plans for off-campus students.



COVID-19 Update April 9: Reduced staffing on campus; holiday weekend

Roanoke will be reducing capacity for campus services with more staff at home. Information about the holiday weekend and recommendations for anyone planning to travel. 



Students drive effort to sew, donate masks

Masks will be donated to Bradley Free Clinic in Roanoke, or people can donate masks to other places of their choosing.

COVID-19 Update for April 7: Telehealth expands, June events canceled

More states are allowing for telehealth services across state lines. Summer conferences and summer camps originally scheduled for June are canceled. Changes to mail services for campus. 

COVID-19 update for April 5: Fabric Face Masks recommended on Campus

Following the latest CDC recommendation, Roanoke College is now recommending individuals wear fabric face masks on campus. 

COVID-19 update for April 3

Updates on retrieval of student belongings, summer research, Fintel Library and more. 

Alumni using skills, resources to help

Maroons are doing what they can to keep their communities as healthy as possible.

Mar 2020

Tips for eating safely at home

Find out ways to be healthy as you go to the grocery store, order food from restaurants and cook for yourself.

Virginia Real Estate Report: Market strong prior to Coronavirus outbreak

The Virginia Real Estate Indexes remain strong going into 2020 buoyed by low mortgage rates and robust labor markets and consumer sentiment prior to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Ways to get the most out of remote learning

Limiting distractions and not being afraid to ask for help can go a long way as students adjust to life outside the classroom.

Message to Alumni regarding Maroon Emergency Fund

As we continue to navigate this unprecedented and challenging time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are grateful for the support and encouragement we are receiving from the Roanoke College community. 

Roanoke College Updates for March 27

New Campus Store hours, Admissions Virtual Visits, Summer Orientation and take home dinner from the Commons. 

Virtual Student Activities

Student Activities, SGA and Campus Activities Board are working hard to create remote activities and services that will keep us connected and together as a community. 

Junior helping out on ‘front line’ of virus spread

KK Sharkey is screening people for free as part of her internship, while taking proper precautions to stay safe.

New academic policies for 2020

Roanoke faculty deliver updated policies in response to current challenges.

Resourceful seniors hold impromptu graduation before leaving campus

Unsure if graduation would be postponed, some students improvised.

COVID-19 Update for March 20

A message from President Mike Maxey. 

Surviving and thriving: Roanoke’s long history of weathering dire times

Both world wars and a previous pandemic have tested the College in the past.

Faculty, staff explore new remote learning territory together

A team effort is helping Roanoke students continue their education during unprecedented times.

Alumni Weekend 2020 Canceled

The health, safety, and well-being of our alumni and friends is our highest priority.

To the Roanoke College Community from President Maxey

You should be proud of how the College community has answered the call to act in the face of the worldwide threat posed by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update for Monday, March 16

IT Resources for Remote Learning and more. 

Negative result for student’s COVID-19 test, Athletics suspended

COVID-19 Update covering test results, athletics, ride sharing and taxi vouchers, information technology tips and more. 

Roanoke College Suspends Athletic Related Activities

"At this time, it's imperative that we do our part to continue to protect the health of our community and the world at large,” Director of Athletics Scott Allison said.

Roanoke College Athletics Coronavirus Update

Sporting events are still set to take place.

Consumer sentiment pushes past coronavirus fear to near-record value

The Va. Index of Consumer Sentiment rocketed up almost four points in February 2020 coming in only a point and a half away from the historic peak, despite a volatile stock market and coronavirus fears.

Coronavirus COVID19 update for March 10, 2020

Elderscholar is postponed for a week. May Term to Italy is canceled. Dining Services makes changes. Don't forget to wash your hands!

Salem streetscaping project begins on College Avenue

Work is first phase of the city’s Downtown Plan.

COVID19 Statement for Elderscholar program

Out of an abundance of caution, Elderscholar spring lectures will be postponed beginning Wed., March 11 through Wed. March 18.

Letter to Campus Community and Parents about COVID-19 on March 5, 2020

In light of recent developments related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), I’m writing to let you know Roanoke College is continuing to monitor circumstances related to the national and international spread of the disease. 

Feb 2020

Roanoke College plans to introduce engineering science major

Engineering courses will begin in the fall of 2020. The engineering science major is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Drs. Poli and Stoneman make connection between prehistoric 100-foot tall plant fossils and dragon folklore

The two professors, with the assistance of the scholars in the Dragon Research Collaborative, combed through the literature about the plant location and tracked folkloric histories throughout the years.

Alumni News - February 2020

Recent news about Roanoke College alumni Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class James Buriak '12, Kenneth Tyral '16, and Sean Ryan '18.

Coronavirus Update 2-26-20

Sandy McGhee, Roanoke's director of student health and counseling, sent a message to campus regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and spring break travels.

Roanoke College Poll: Virginians prefer all Democrats to Trump but many Dems underwater on favorability

As Super Tuesday approaches, Roanoke College Poll looks at possible November election matchups. At this time, each of the Democratic candidates leads President Donald Trump in Virginia.

Roanoke to compete in three esports titles

Roanoke will play in the National Association of Collegiate esports in the fall of 2020 teams in League of Legends, Rocket League and Counter Strike Global Offensive.

Equalitea Celebratory Event

In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment, women’s suffrage, students are invited for tea, cakes, and suffragette selfies in Colket on Friday, February 21st.

Mac and Bob’s to be featured on “Today” show Sunday

“Sunday Today” will air a segment about how community support has helped the cherished Salem restaurant, founded and owned by Roanoke College alumni, conquer challenges in the past year.

In Case You Missed It Spring 2020

Here's the latest round up of news from the Maroon Nation. Read stories about alumni saving lives, helping children, and supporting worthy community groups. 

Black History Month Events

The Office of Multicultural Affairs has arranged a variety of student centered events to mark Black History Month.

Lewinsky calls for shift in social media culture

Monica Lewinsky shares details of life during and after public scandal with Roanoke College students, faculty and staff.

Witnessing history

Two Roanoke College students in Washington Semester program sit in on Senate impeachment trial.

Roanoke College approves new major in data science

The rapidly evolving field requires a blend of technical skills, critical thinking and strong communication skills.

Jan 2020

Get a taste of life as a Maroon in the Summer Academy

Roanoke’s Summer Academy provides immersive college experiences for rising high school sophomores, upperclassmen and incoming college freshmen.

Roanoke College Students to Deliberate "Ethics and Higher Education"

Four Roanoke College students will participate in The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ (VFIC) 21st annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl on February 9-10, at University of Lynchburg. 

Students reflect on an invaluable experience in Zambia

Three Roanoke College students made an eye-opening voyage to Zambia, Africa with Orphan Medical Network International.

Campus Safety Office supports Ronald McDonald House

Campus Safety officers collected $1,200 for the Ronald McDonald House – all for the rare (for police) privilege of sporting facial hair.

Alumni News – January 2020

Recent news about Roanoke College alumni David Phipps '88, Michener Chandlee '91, Jonathan Hausner '93, Dr. Nina Barzachka '03 and Shelbi Holloman '17. 

Blog: How to tie a bow tie

President Mike Maxey is known for being a friendly face – one that is almost always framed with a bow tie! 

Roanoke Announces the Addition of NCAA Wrestling

The Maroons will begin competition in Fall 2021 with wrestling as Roanoke’s 22nd NCAA Division III program.

From seed to feed

From Roanoke College magazine: In 2018, Joe Shea '09 opened Tiller Baking Co. in Charleston, South Carolina. Tiller Baking is known for its handcrafted hearth loaves made with fresh-milled whole grains.

Blog: New Year, New Email

The Office of Marketing and Communications is rolling out a new email signature for all Roanoke College employees.

About Us: Hearing with their hearts

From Roanoke College magazine: How Dr. Chris Lee, mathematics professor, and his wife, Christina, founded a national organization dedicated to saving deaf dogs.

The Real "War Babies:" Roanoke and the World Wars

From Roanoke College magazine: How Roanoke College has endured during the most difficult of times over the decades.

Where to from here?

From Roanoke College magazine: Life after Roanoke has led members of the College's Class of 2019 to graduate and professional schools, including those at Harvard University.

Scholar Stories

From Roanoke College magazine: Five alumni share how the prestigious scholarships and fellowships they received during their years at Roanoke changed their lives.