Welcome Back!

First Year Students - Start Your Second Semester Off Right!

Welcome Back is a time to reconnect, reflect, and re-energize. Your first semester was challenging, but you made it through! And you are excited about the semester ahead but want to make sure it goes well. We will provide programming to assess what went well and how might you improve your approach to college. We’ll also have you think through the semester and years ahead so you have a plan for success and how you will Live on Purpose.

*Rescheduled - Moved to the weekend AFTER classes start.

Saturday, January 21 @10:00am - 2:30pm

  • Hear from President Shushok at the event Kick Off
  • Get swag at RC's first home men's volleyball game

Sunday, January 22 @10:00am - 5:00pm

  • Choose 2 Major Meet Ups and 1 Winter Workshop

Individual schedule details will be sent to students RC emails after Winter Break.  Attendance is taken at each session.

Questions:  email orientation@roanoke.edu 


Handshake is a powerful platform that RC subscribes to.  It is a job board for on and off campus opportunities, site to make appointments with PLACE staff (formerly Career Services), and register for events.

All events below are listed in Handshake for students to register for in advance and check-in when they are at each session.

2023 Agenda

SATURDAY SERIES - Students are grouped and attend all sessions.

Welcome Back Kick Off with President Shushok!
President Frank Shushok

President Shushok has launched Roanoke College as a Strengths based school.  Hear about what makes this so special for YOU and RC!


Kid to Career
Amy Foster, Assistant Director of Career Development & Professional Transitions

This workshop will focus on how to best utilize your Clifton Strengths in a workplace setting.  It will help student understand how to serve as productive, happy and valuable team members in a workplace setting.  Whether working on campus as a student employee, completing an internship for credit or preparing to launch into your dream job, this session will allow participants to experience effective task management and teamwork while concentrating on their individual strengths.  Designed to be both fun and informative, students will walk away from this time with a greater understanding of self and others.  


Is it a MAJOR or MINOR decision?
Kelly Dalaski, Director of New Student Orientation & Transitions

No one graduates without completing courses in a major. Do I have to have a minor or a concentration? How can they be helpful in your career? Find out when you attend this workshop.


Stronger Students, Stronger Minds
Jimmy Whited, Director of Residence Life & Housing

This session is designed to help students identify their personal strengths and apply them in the classroom to reach their academic potential. By using your own strengths, students will find greater satisfaction in group work, study habits and improve their overall academic performance. Success in the classroom will then help students better navigate obstacles of independence, social circumstances and peer relations. Through strengths identification, students will become more confident and capable in every college setting and beyond. This interactive workshop will group students together to solve problems, reach goals and develop a sense of team.


Getting Started Again
Andrew Taylor, Associate Director of Student Health & Counseling Services
Colleen Quigley, Staff Counselor

Getting Started Again: Building on success while managing your mental and emotional health. Tips and discussion with RC Counseling staff.

RC Men’s Volleyball vs. Penn State

After Dinner, students head to Bast to support Roanoke College’s first HOME Men’s Volleyball game!  Prizes given to students with best session attendance!

SUNDAY MAJOR MEET UPS - Students choose at least 2

Each academic department has two 30 minute sessions.  Students are encouraged to think beyond an academic major and visit sessions based on a possible minor or concentration.

SUNDAY WINTER WORKSHOPS - Students choose at least 1

Hall Living is for All
Carter Smith, Assistant Director of Residence Life & Housing
Elle Spangler, Assistant Director of Residence Life & Housing

Join us for a conversation full of tips and tricks about how to thrive during your time living at Roanoke College from two alumni who have seen it all!  Presented by Carter Smith & Elle Spangler


What the Heck Do I Want to BE When I "grow up”
Jesse Griffin, Director of Civic Engagement

A guided exploration of purpose, passions and direction with Jesse Griffin.


Job Shadowing? Work? Internship?
Kelly Dalaski, Director of New Student Orientation & Transitions

This workshop will help students strategize their experiential opportunities that connect what they learn in the classroom with opportunities in the greater world.


Time Management and Avoiding Procrastination
Elizabeth Myers, Assistant Director for Subject Tutoring & Academic Coach

Guess what? 24 hours in a day isn’t enough time to do all of the things you can and want to do. But there are proven ways to effectively manage your time so that you can fulfill your responsibilities and also have fun, get enough sleep, etc. This workshop will address these time management strategies, including tips about preparing for assignments and avoiding procrastination.