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]]>
But many of these traditions are myths that have developed over the past 60-70 years, according to Dr. Mark Miller, professor of history at Roanoke College.
The Thanksgiving feast in Plymouth, Mass., in 1621 actually had little historical connection with the modern Thanksgiving holiday that has become American tradition.
Miller shares five myths and traditions commonly associated with this annual day of giving thanks.
1. Myth: The Europeans and Native Americans got along well together.
Fact: Europeans were terrified of the new world. They did not quickly accept any product of this new and wild place. They believed the Native Americans were a lost tribe of Israel that was somehow made wild by the terrible wilderness they lived in. Europeans enacted laws that prohibited touching or looking at an Indian.
2. Myth: Pilgrims attended the first Thanksgiving.
Fact: Today’s images of pilgrims are distorted. Pilgrims did not attend the first Thanksgiving feast. The term “pilgrim” was created in the 1830s, when the United States divided into the North and South before the Civil War. Historians named the first group of Englishmen who lived in the North “pilgrims.”
3. Tradition: The original Thanksgiving feast was the fourth Thursday in November.
Fact: Thanksgiving began as a harvest celebration to give thanks for the bounty of a harvest. It was likely held in late summer or early fall after the rush of field work was completed.
In 1864, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called for a day of national Thanksgiving in November. It did not become an official holiday until the 1930s.
4. Myth: Roanoke College celebrates Thanksgiving and traditionally has closed the campus on that day.
Fact: Roanoke College celebrated its first Thanksgiving in 1920 and did not allow students time off from classes until the 1950s.
5. Tradition: Turkey was served during the first Thanksgiving meal.
Fact: The traditional Thanksgiving Day menu is much the same as it was in 17th century America. Corn, turkey, venison and cranberries were a part of the original meal.
-By Shelby Sacco ‘14]]>
Dr. Liz Holbrook, a professor of health and human performance at Roanoke College, discussed ways that academic efforts can lead to real change during a recent Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talk event, titled “It Takes a Village: The Role of the Academic Partner in Stimulating Community-Level Change.”
During her Nov. 7 talk at Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea in Salem, Holbrook described a research project that she and two Roanoke students completed last year. The project explored childhood obesity rates and the barriers to healthy living in a low income neighborhood in Roanoke.
Holbrook and her students explored 64 blocks of the West End neighborhood of Roanoke to collect data. They examined the availability of healthy food and walkability of the area, which includes the condition of sidewalks, the location of green space and crosswalks.
The research team then used information from physical fitness tests from the local school system that included home addresses to plot health student’s health information on a map of the neighborhood. Holbrook saw that there was a correlation between students’ environment and their risk for obesity.
“All the information that we collect trickles down to catalyze other organizations,” Holbrook said.
This project is community-based participatory research through which Holbrook hopes to influence policy and change in the area. She sees herself as an academic informant to the 38 non-profit organization partners who are already active in the community.
“She is providing a good backbone for all of those other organizations who are targeting very specific needs,” said Anna Cory of Salem, who attended the coffee shop discussion. “It helps bring them together to organize around the data and become more focused on what they are doing.”
Cory added, “I think it was really engaging to hear about the research that is being done locally. I don’t think people hear that enough, that professors of [Roanoke] are actually involved in the local community and want to work collaboratively.”
After Holbrook presented the findings to local government officials and nonprofit organizations, she was able to see change begin to take shape. Police began patrol the West End neighborhood more frequently, community gardens have begun to take root, and cross walks have been installed.
“I think what she is doing is really amazing, and it’s really cool that you get to see an immediate impact. You don’t get that a lot with research. A lot of times it’s over time,” said Gabe Giersch, a Roanoke College senior who attended the talk.
In the future, Holbrook said she plans to conduct similar research in other communities in the Roanoke area. She also wants to expand her research to include the effects on children’s parents who live in this neighorhood.
-By Kayla Fuller ‘14]]>
Lieberman will speak Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the College’s Bast Center. The topic of his discussion is actually a question - “Can we stop the partisan polarization that is crippling our government?”
Lieberman, who is best known as the 2000 Democratic candidate for vice president, has developed a reputation for working across party lines to find common ground. He served in the Connecticut state senate for 10 years, and he was the state’s attorney general from 1983 to 1988.
He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988, and in 2006, he was reelected to a fourth term as an Independent. He retired from the U.S. Senate earlier this year.
Lieberman’s appearance is sponsored by Roanoke’s Henry Fowler Public Affairs Lecture Series. Free tickets are required and available at the Colket Center Information Desk or online at www.roanoke.edu/tickets.]]>
Last year, 75 to 100 people marched to his Salem grave to celebrate his November birthday, which the College refers to as Founder’s Day. Bittle would be 202 years old this year, and Roanoke will mark the occasion with its annual Founder’s Day celebration on Nov. 19.
Since 1993, faculty, staff and students have celebrated Bittle’s birthday with a bonfire on Roanoke’s back quad, horse-drawn carriage rides and a torch-lit parade to the East Hill Cemetery in Salem.
Three of Roanoke’s first four presidents including Bittle, also are buried at this cemetery. The History Department faculty will be dressed in robes as they march to the cemetery.
After the cemetery march, the evening will end with a birthday celebration in the Colket Center, with music by a DJ, Karaoke, food, and beer for anyone 21 and over.
The celebration will feature “music fast and loud just the way Bittle liked it,” said Dr. Mark Miller, a History professor at Roanoke.
Founders Day schedule of events:
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – David Bittle birthday cake will be served in the Commons for dessert
6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Roanoke College trivia contest in the Commons
7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. -Bonfire on the back quad, with horse drawn carriage rides
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. - Torch-lit parade to Bittle’s grave at East Hill Cemetery on Main Street
8:30 p.m. -11p.m. -Bittle’s Bash in the Colket Center
-By Shelby Sacco ‘14]]>
Roanoke raised $8,500, which exceeded its $8,000 goal. Student organizers already are making plans for next year’s marathon dance event.
Dance marathons are held throughout the country at more than 250 colleges and universities.
Each event is entirely student run, and 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to a local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Nationally, dance marathons have raised more than $62 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, according to Dancemarathon.com.
Roanoke students, faculty and staff were on their feet dancing and participating in other activities from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Bast Center.
More than 200 dancers, along with many RC families, came for the event’s family hour, including a family whose child is receiving treatment at Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital.
Roanoke students formed a committed to organize Noke-A-Thon, with senior Adam LaChappelle as its chair.
The committee is making plans for additional fundraising, including organizing a 5KolorRun and local high school dance marathons to help raise money and awareness for the work of the Children’s Miracle Network and Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital.
“I would really love to get a majority of the college to come out to support the children,” said LaChappelle. “Noke-A-Thon was a huge success and will continue to grow to amazing heights.”
For questions or to get involved in next year’s Noke-A-Thon, contact the student organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, find the committee on Facebook or Twitter @nokeathon.
-By Morgan Conroy ‘14]]>
Students, faculty and staff attended his Oct. 29 presentation, held in Roanoke’s Pickle Lounge.
Schofield of London spoke of past and present efforts to restore London cathedrals and parishes destroyed in the 17th century Great Fire of London. The fire destroyed nearly 400 acres of land, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and 80 other churches.
After the fire, Sir Christopher Wren, who was the surveyor general to the king, was given the task of rebuilding London and St. Paul’s in 1666 to its original glory.
During World War II, St. Paul’s and surrounding parishes were once again damaged. In 1940 German armed forces bombed the city of London damaging much architecture. St. Paul’s however, suffered minor damage.
After a second restoration, St. Paul’s became an inspiration to the people of Britain.
For more than 40 years, Schofield, formerly a long-time archaeologist at the Museum of London, has used his archeological passion to restore, study, and excavate houses, cathedrals and churches in London.
In the 1990’s, two Roanoke College students interned with Schofield to learn general archaeology.
Schofield has discovered priceless artifacts while reassembling deteriorating churches, including a 17th century tobacco pipe and alabaster stones from early parish churches in the drain pipes of London.
Schofield, with contribution from Dr. Gary Gibbs, a Roanoke College history professor, wrote the “Proposal for St. Margaret Pattens, City of London: an archaeological assessment.” St. Margaret Pattens, a church in London, wishes to place a door in the second floor of its 17th century tower, but Schofield is faced with the obstacle of changing the architecture and possibly destroying artifacts in the tower.
Schofield’s notable books include “St. Paul’s Cathedral Before Wren” and “London, 1100-1600: The Archaeology of a Capital City.”
-By Allison Shannon ‘15]]>
There’s a new tree on Roanoke College’s front quad, and it has significant meaning.
Faculty, staff, students and family gathered on a chilly afternoon on Oct. 24 to honor Dr. Norman Fintel by planting a tree in his name on the front quad, near the Health Services building and across from Fintel Library.
Fintel, who was Roanoke’s president from 1975 to 1989, contributed significantly to the school’s academic and financial growth. While he was president, the College’s academic standards increased, financial aid was made available to students beyond a need-based aspect and in 1986, its Honor’s Program was established.
Money was also raised for renovations to Olin Hall and the Bast Center. Roanoke also purchased the Elizabeth Campus and the Roanoke County Courthouse.
The final project was the expansion of the College’s library, which an anonymous donor named in honor of Fintel and his wife, Jo, after the former president’s retirement.
The tree ceremony began with a speech by Roanoke President Mike Maxey and a dedication prayer by Chaplain Chris Bowen, both acknowledging Fintel’s remarkable presidency at the College.
“I have always loved trees” said Fintel during the ceremony. Being from an area in the Midwest where trees were sparse, Fintel said he always enjoyed the abundant foliage at Roanoke.
A tree now stands in his honor, along with trees for other past Roanoke presidents, including David Gring, Sabine O’Hara and Maxey.
The presidential trees are tulip poplars, and they are descendants of the original Bittle tree that was taken down this past spring for safety reasons. The baby Bittle trees are its legacy.
-By Allison Shannon ‘15]]>
The College’s Student Government Association is holding elections for its 2014-2015 executive board.
The positions available are president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. The people who fill these positions will be making decisions that directly impact Roanoke students.
SGA is an organization that encourages students’ voices to be heard. It’s a forum at which decisions and changes are made that impact the entire campus community. Through SGA, members craft significant legislation to assist Roanoke students in their academic and social pursuits.
Applications for executive board candidates are due on Nov. 5. Students have received the application forms via email, and they can be submitted as a Google document.
Elections will be held Nov. 18 and 19.
-By Morgan Conroy ‘ 14]]>
Inspired by the May release of the movie “The Great Gatsby,” Roanoke College has themed its Nov. 9 ball after the roaring twenties. The ball will run from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Colket Center.
Also, don’t miss the Campus Activities Board’s showing of “The Great Gatsby” this Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wortmann Ballroom as extra inspiration for the ball.
Hosted by Roanoke President Mike Maxey and his wife, Terri, the ball is open to all current Roanoke students, faculty and staff (plus a guest) at no charge. Attire is semi-formal with black-tie optional (think cocktail party meets prom). A cash bar is available to those with a valid ID.
For this year’s ball, 1920’s attire is encouraged but not required. If you’re aiming for the Jay Gatsby look, linen or tweed suit jackets, colorful ties and pocket squares are your best bet.
If your goal is to dress like movie character, Daisy Buchanan, accessorize a sequined dress with a feathered headband, pearls and a pair of gloves for a simple 1920’s fix.
Music, dancing and varying cuisine will make up each floor of the Colket Center. Chaos will explode in Wortmann Ballroom as the Domino Band plays music from a variety of genres and time periods. Expect to hear tunes from Frank Sinatra, pop songs from the 1980’s and everything else in between.
Also, sing along to your favorite songs in the Commons with the Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos.
For a different music variety, head to the Cavern. DJ Hurley will transform the dining area into a club-style party.
The night includes some noteworthy prizes. The student residence area with the best attendance (residential, off-campus and commuter students included) will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad mini. RC IDs must be presented and scanned to enter the drawing.
College employees who attend the ball also have an opportunity to win a prize. Sign in at the faculty and staff guestbook at the registration table in the Colket Center’s Atrium for a chance to win a $50 Visa card.
The ball is one of the largest events at Roanoke, with more than 900 people attending last year. It started as the grand finale to the inauguration of Maxey as president of the College in 2007. The ball was so popular that Maxey declared it an annual fall celebration.
-By Allison Shannon ‘15]]>