Roanoke College Magazine
About this issue
We peeked into the offices of Roanoke College 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.
"It's just a fun thing to have," said Dr. Roland Minton, mathematics professor, of the levitating lightbulb in his Trexler Hall office.
"They don't call us secretaries anymore, but I still use the book," Sarah Battaglia, campus safety coordinator, explained about the decades-old secretary's handbook in her office.
"It shows the simplicity of soccer. All you really need is a ball," Scott Allison '79, director of athletics, said of the small, thatched soccer ball from Africa in his Cregger Center office.
See and read about these and more "office treasures" in the new issue of Roanoke magazine.
Read too, about the pending change in Board of Trustees leadership, as outgoing board Chair Morris M. Cregger '64 prepares to pass the baton to Malon W. Courts '92, and and much more College news.
Unusual Objects | What we keep in our offices says a lot about us.
Object: “King of the Hill” figurines, in the office of Joe Boucher, Director of Student Activities
Object: Artichoke collection, in the office of Dr. Mark Miller, David F. Bittle College Historian and Professor of History
Object: General ledger books, in the office of Kathryn Vanness, Financial Projects Advisor
Object: Hat from Tajikistan, in the office of Roanoke College President Michael Maxey
Object: Beatles “shrine,” in the office of the Rev. David Delaney, Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Virginia Synod ELCA
Object: LEGO toilet on wheels, on the dashboard of the 1990 Ford van “office” of Mark Wilhelm, Plumber, Building Maintenance
Object: Thatched soccer ball from Africa, in the office of Scott Allison ’75, Director of Athletics
Object: Pinecone collection, in the office of Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris, Professor of Religion
Object: Paper clip collection, in the office of Linda Miller, College Archivist
Object: Plant grown from the clipped leaves of a plant that was in Olin in the 1970s, in the office of Dr. Brenda Poggendorf, Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Financial Aid
Object: Palauan storyboards, in the office of Dr. Chad Morris, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Honors Program
Object: Russian nesting dolls, in the office of Dr. Martha Kuchar, Professor, English and Communication Studies
Object: Photo of Henry Fowler ’29 and Carol Channing, in the office of Dr. Todd Peppers - Henry H. & Trudye H. Fowler Professor in Public Affairs
Object: Shadowbox of father’s Roanoke College memorabilia, in the office of Libby Camper, Assistant Director of Campaign and Volunteer Relations.
Object: Hand-stitched biblical passage, in the office of Dr. Ned Wisnefske, Charles & Helen Schumann Professor of Lutheran Theology
Object: Bobblehead of longtime math teacher and Salem High School football coach Willis White, in the office of Suzanne Hiner, Director of the Roanoke Fund. White is Hiner’s father.
Object: Levitating lightbulb, in the office of Dr. Roland Minton, M. Paul Capp & Constance Whitehead Professor of Mathematics
Object: Old cellphones, in the office of Dr. Tom Carter, Associate Professor, English and Communication Studies
Object: Artful objects, in the office of Talia Logan, Olin Gallery Director
Object: LEGO robots, in the office of Catherine Sarisky, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Object: Painting of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, in the office of Jeremy Ruch, Assistant Director of Development
Object: 1980s secretary’s handbook, in the office of Sarah Battaglia, Campus Safety Coordinator
Object: Faux critters, in the office of Dr. Mary Camac, Associate Professor of Psychology