She will speak about the topic “Feminism: Alive, Well and Changing the Game” in the Wortmann Ballroom at the Colket Center.
Valenti has been called one of the top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian, and she is the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture. She also is the founder of Feministing.com, an online community for feminists and their allies that encourages activism.
Valenti also has appeared on numerous media outlets, including The Colbert Report and the Today Show.
When she is not traveling across the country giving speeches at colleges, organizations and conferences, she spends time with her husband and daughter at her home in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Read more about Valenti here.
Also, be sure to check out all of this month’s Women’s Forum events, which run through March 27, here.
-By Shelby Sacco ‘14]]>
Four communications pieces were recognized for excellence at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III award ceremony. The Roanoke Rising campaign case statement, Roanoke Rising campaign website and the Admissions viewbook were all awarded Grand awards, and a mailer for the Young Associates program was recognized with an Award of Excellence.
CASE awards are judged on criteria that include not only the creative execution of the piece, but also its objectives, method and results. Communications professionals, mostly from other colleges and universities, judged the entries.
“We were excited when we found out this work was recognized at such a high level,” said Director of Marketing Blair Garland. “But, the remarkable stories that happen here all the time made it relatively easy to create such inspiring pieces.”
The Roanoke Rising campaign case statement and website were created to inform the Roanoke College community and friends about the campaign, what it will do for the future of the College and why we need philanthropic support to get there.
“The Roanoke Rising case statement and the Roanoke Rising Campaign Website have proven to be an attractive and informative way to share important details about the importance of giving to the campaign,” said Vice President of Development Connie Carmack. “These tools help our entire community—alumni, parents, faculty, students, staff and friends—to know and understand the College’s priorities, our progress toward goal and how their ongoing support can and does make a significant impact on the lives of our students both now and for generations to come.”
For prospective students, the viewbook tells a compelling story about life at our classic college and especially how Roanoke has a special knack for helping its students out-perform themselves.
“Roanoke College has so many successful student stories to tell,” said Brenda Poggendorf, vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid at Roanoke. “The new publications tell those stories more boldly and more creatively. Our record application pool for next year’s freshman class is due, at least in part, to the success of our publications.”
Recent graduates were sent the Young Associates mailer, which touts the new annual giving program. Younger alumni can become members of this prestigious giving society at discounted rates based on the number of years from graduation.
College designer James France designed and art directed the Young Associates mailer. The Roanoke Rising campaign case statement, website and Admissions view book were created by Landesberg Design, with writing by Andrea Jarrell and photography/videography by Jason Jones.]]>
Roanoke’s Residence Life and Student Activities offices sponsored a snow sculpting contest on Feb. 13, the College’s first full snow day.
More than 15 teams participated in the event, including residence halls, athletic teams, student organizations and groups of friends. The sculpting took place from noon until 3 p.m. Then, the judging began.
Students sculpted an igloo, an octopus, race cars, polar bears, Rooney, dinosaurs and much more.
The winning sculpture was Mount Noke, a creative rendition of Mount Rushmore. It featured the heads of David Bittle, Roanoke’s first president and founder, Sabine O’Hara, Roanoke’s 10th president, Mike Maxey, current president of the College, and Rooney, the College’s hawk mascot.
Courtney Francisco, a senior at Roanoke College, was the group leader.
“I’m proud to say it was my idea to do the Mount Noke,” she said. “As the hours went by though, everyone threw in ideas, like sculpting ‘Mount Noke’ across the bottom and using the paint. We had a couple other ideas but that one seemed the best.”
Francisco along with her friends, Alex Thompson, Claire Heider, Ranae Dower, Jenna Cullins, Robyn French and Amy Queen, printed pictures of each person as a guide for their sculpture. French used a spoon to sculpt Maxey’s face, while Francisco and Thompson used chopsticks to create Rooney.
First place winners received a cash prize of $500.
“We each received $75, and we plan on going out together to celebrate for dinner and drinks,” Francisco said.
The second prize, of $200, went to the No.3 race car designed by Roanoke’s Men’s Baseball Team.
See more photos of this month’s snow-covered campus and the sculpture contest here.
-By Morgan Conroy ‘14]]>
Jaymes Inman is a Roanoke College senior from Roanoke. Here, he shares his perspective on the film, “Sig Davidson: Reflections on Jewish Roanoke.” On Feb. 18, the College hosted a film screening and discussion with Davidson, a Roanoke alumnus.
The screening of the film, “Sig Davidson: Reflections on Jewish Roanoke,” and the question and answer time with Sigmund ‘Sig’ Davidson at Roanoke College had a lot to offer to everyone who attended.
While the basic premise of the film was to learn about our local and unique Jewish community here in Southwest Virginia through the eyes of one of its long standing prominent members, the life and stories of Davidson offer us a fantastic opportunity to utilize our liberal arts education to draw lessons from almost a century of lived experiences. What can the life of Davidson teach us?
For me personally as a Jew who is heavily invested in the history of the Jewish people, Davidson is representative of an entire generation of Jews across the globe who lived through some of the most tumultuous decades of world history. He has been an outsider in his own community, seen war in the service of his country, returned home only to face discrimination and in spite of everything, he built a successful family business — including being one of the first in Roanoke to hire a black salesman. Still, today he plays an integral role in attempting to bridge the divide that separates us as a greater community.
Yet the thing that stood out to me most about Davidson is that he still smiles. At 92, he stills enjoys interacting with others, believes in the goodness of people and has hope for the future. Today, as I was sitting in my class about the Holocaust and learning about the horrors faced by Jewish elders as they had to choose who would be sent to the death camps, I couldn’t help but think about Davidson and his closings remarks in the film - “I believe in love.”
In the face of the bloodiest century of human existence, especially for Jews, and a lifetime of obstacles and barriers, Davidson, in his typically jovial manner, shares his love with everyone and has high hopes for the long road we still have in front of us.
I highly recommend that you take some time to consider what Davidson’s life and work means. I think that it is an invaluable part of the Roanoke College experience to learn about that which we don’t know, or may not be familiar with, and to reflect on the kinds of people who we want to be after we walk across that stage on graduation day, diploma-in-hand. I know that I am better for having learned about Davidson’s life. It has made me reflect on my own life, and I have come out believing a little stronger in love, too.]]>
Roanoke College’s Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity is hosting a fashion show on Feb. 6 to show students what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate to wear when interviewing for a job.
At the show, the fraternity also will accept clothing donations for local Goodwill stores.
Roanoke students, faculty and staff will be participating in this fun filled fashion show from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Colket Center’s Wortmann Ballroom.
The idea behind the show stems from Ashby McGarry, a Roanoke senior and president of AKPsi. She wanted to organize and bring the event to campus in order to better prepare students who are going into the work force.
The pageant will feature student models who will be judged based on three different outfit choices.
1. Representing the major – An outfit that students would wear in their work field
2. Outfits not to wear on a job interview
3. Clothing that is appropriate for a job interview
Local businesses have donated $300 worth of gifts for the first, second and third place winners.
The judges will be three Roanoke faculty and staff members. They are Amy Foster, assistant director of Career Services, Richard Bond, an instructor in the Business Administration & Economics department, and Dr. Brian Chisom, associate dean of students.
All attendees are asked to bring old clothes to donate to Goodwill stores.
“This show will be the funniest way to prepare the student body for their future,” McGarry said.
-By Shelby Sacco ‘14]]>
QU4RTETS, a series of music, art and lecture events inspired by T.S. Eliot’s masterwork “Four Quartets,” will appear on Roanoke’s campus starting this Friday and continuing through Feb. 14.
World renowned artists Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman will headline a 6:30 p.m. introductory program and art exhibition opening on Jan. 17.
An opening reception for the QU4RTETS art exhibition will be held from 6-9 p.m. in Olin Gallery. The exhibition will feature pieces by Fujimura, Herman and composer Christopher Theofanidis.
Smoyer Gallery also will host “Mentee,” another art exhibit featuring work by Fujimura (whose daughter attends Roanoke College) and artists who have worked alongside him. Both art exhibitions will remain on display through Feb. 14.
During Friday’s introductory program at Olin Hall, composer Theofanidis will discuss his piece “At the Still Point.” Theofanidis’ works have been performed by the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The evening will end with the Kandinsky Trio and guest musicians performing “At the Still Point.”
The next day, on Saturday Jan. 18, the Kandinsky Trio will make another musical appearance, performing “At the Still Point,” at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Theater. They will be joined by guest artists and violinists. Concert tickets are available here or by calling (540) 375-2333.
Other events associated with the QU4RTETS series include a lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 21 by Fujimura, who will discuss his vocation as a Christian artist from 7:30- 8:30 p.m. in the Colket Center Pickle Lounge.
Also, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, current and retired Roanoke College professors Dr. Robert Denham, John P. Fishwick Professor of English, emeritus, and Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris, from the Religion and Philosophy department, will discuss “Four Quartets” as literature and as religious and philosophical thought.
QU4RTETS has appeared at Duke, Yale and Baylor universities and Gordon College. After leaving Roanoke, it will travel to China, Japan and the United Kingdom.
For more information, visit the Fujimura Institute’s website.
-By Allison Shannon ‘15]]>
Final accounting is being conducted, but it is clear this first-ever online giving challenge created buzz and excitement. Many alumni used the challenge as an opportunity to thank a professor or mentor who made a difference in their lives. More than 90 different faculty and staff members were mentioned by name in a variety of posts on Facebook and Twitter. The College compiled a collection of these posts on the Race to 250 page for those who want to see the moving tributes from grateful alumni.
The Race to 250 provided a boost for the Roanoke Fund. This yearly effort strengthens academic programs and enhances student life by providing resources for the College’s most critical needs — the maintenance of the campus infrastructure, scholarships for students, equipment for athletic teams, books for the library, student research projects, and technology in the classrooms. It also helps recruit and retain the kind of faculty who are not only experts in their fields but who also invest their time and energy into pushing their students to reach farther for their goals.
A variety of prizes were given away through the Race to 250. The grand prize, won by Jennifer Bedet ‘99, was an All-Access Pass to 2014 Alumni weekend, including tickets to events, meal passes and a two-night hotel stay. Other prizes, such as a Vineyard Vines tote or bowtie and a Roanoke cornhole set were popular, too. Plus, the chance to get a copy of Chef Bob’s favorite recipes enticed many to reminisce about their favorite Commons memories on Facebook.
It’s not too late to make an impact. Alumni participation is one way college ratings agencies measure institutional success, and every alumni gift helps increase this important measure. For those who have already given and those who may still be considering a gift, THANK YOU for supporting Roanoke!
Dear faculty and staff members,
Your name may have been mentioned in the #Raceto250 giving campaign. There are several posts that mention faculty and staff mentors, by name, from some of your former (or current) students. You can look for your name on the Race to 250 website. The page gathers social media posts from Facebook and Twitter and makes it easy to see what folks are saying, even if you aren’t on social media. Even if you do tweet or use Facebook, it’s worth checking out the Race to 250 page just to see what alumni, students, faculty and staff are saying about Roanoke and the faculty and staff members who made an impact in their lives. It’s amazing to see the variety of names mentioned, some who are on campus now and others who have retired or died years ago.
There’s two consistent themes in all the posts. First, alumni still love Roanoke! Second, you can see the impact our faculty and staff have on students. It’s often life-changing. You really can touch the future by helping a student grow and further their education. The student learns some important lessons, in and outside the classroom, then graduates and goes on to a productive and rewarding career. Later they look back and realize all the lessons they learned, many which probably didn’t seem like a lesson at the time. Often the graduates then start to do the same for people around them and the world is a better place.
Keep an eye on this Race to 250. Roanoke has until noon on Friday, Dec. 13 to get 250 gifts. When this challenge is met, Roanoke College gets $25,000 from Board of Trustee member Nancy Mulheren ‘72 and her family.
On Wednesday, December 11th, at 12 noon, Roanoke will commence the Race to 250 and try to meet the Mulheren challenge.
This challenge is the perfect opportunity to recognize the Roanoke faculty or staff member who made a difference to you. Who at Roanoke knew what you were capable of? Who inspired you? Who changed your life? Join the Race to 250 by posting what they meant to you and giving to continue their tradition of excellence.
How can you be a part of this important opportunity?
Aren’t familiar with the Roanoke Fund? It’s a yearly fundraising effort that strengthens academic programs and enhances student life by providing resources where the College needs them most — scholarships for students, books for the library, student research projects, athletic and recreational programs, campus beautification, and technology in the classrooms. It also helps recruit and retain our renowned faculty like the ones who mentored, taught or inspired you.
Alumni giving affects national rankings for Roanoke as well. The country’s top liberal arts colleges have high levels of alumni giving, which is factored into ratings scores.
Participation at any level of giving is encouraged. If you want to make an impact on Roanoke - and enhance the value of your degree - Roanoke needs you to join the Race to 250 team. You can make a difference before noon on Friday. Every alumni gift counts!]]>
Roanoke College’s Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils are hosting Study Thon on Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 10 p.m. in Alumni Gym.
It’s a simple concept. There will be quiet study for 50 minutes of every hour (quiet means you can hear a pin drop). Then, for 10 minutes, there will be music, food and giveaways.
Alumni Gym will be set up with round tables for groups and individuals to study and spread out, and there will be surge protectors for plugging in laptops and other devices. Tutors will be available at different time blocks throughout the event.
The longer students stay during Study Thon, the bigger the giveaway prizes. Gift cards from restaurants around the area will be raffled off each hour, leading up to the grand prizes - a television and an iPad Mini.
Lunch, dinner and snacks will be served throughout the day. Snacks will include granola bars, gummies and even a brain food table, which will include foods known to stimulate brain activity. Pizza will be served by Lucky’s at 5 pm.
Food and raffle tickets are free.
So, bring your friends and study!
-By Morgan Conroy’14]]>