Roanoke College

Workshops and Special Programs



All seminars will be held in the Office of Career Services (Fowler House) unless otherwise noted.  All times are p.m., unless otherwise indicated.  Select the session you would like to attend, and stop by Career Services, call 375-2303 or e-mail ( to reserve your space.  Although prior registration is preferred, unless noted, walk-ins are always welcome.  Students should always feel welcome to bring food if workshops are scheduled at meal times.   Schedule for Spring 2015 follows.                

26 11am-3pm Career Premiere (Green Ridge Recreation Center, Roanoke)4

27 3:30-5:00 Roanoke Works:  pre-XPERIENCE employer program just for students at sponsoring colleges - CoLab on Kirk4
27 5:00-8:00 xperience 2015 reception (16 West - Downtown Roanoke)4
28 7:45am-3pm xperience 2015 (Hotel Roanoke)4

1 Bring your laptop to this interactive workshop.

2 By appointment only.  Contact Career Services as soon as possible.

3 Reservation for the Etiquette Dinner Workshop must be made in Career Services no later than MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16.  Students on the college meal plan must pay a $4 fee, while non-meal-plan students must pay $8 for this workshop.  Maroon Card may be used for this purpose at the Cashier's desk in College hall, or cash or check may be used in Career Services. Bring receipt for payments made at the Cashier's desk to Career Services to complete your registration.

 4 Must register in advance in Career Services.  Specific deadline will be posted for each event.  Transportation available if off campus.





This special one-of-a-kind event is designed to get young professionals connected, engaged, and involved.  Co-sponsored by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, are Young Professionals associations, and by Roanoke College, Hollins University, Ferrum College, Radford University, and Virginia Western Community College, this program will bring together some of the most influential and connected thinkers and doers in the region to help Xperience participants see how they can achieve that perfect work-life balance, and do so in the Roanoke region.  

ROANOKE WORKS is a closed pre-Xperience session, only for students attending one of the five sponsoring educational institutions, held Friday, March 27, 3:30-5:00pm at CoLab on Kirk.  This session will provide students an exclusive, behind the scenes look at REAL CAREERS in REAL PLACES.  Learn about specific careers from Roanoke employers and have the chance to get your questions answered.  Participating employers will include:  Advance Auto Parts, Carilion Clinic, Co-Lab, Corvesta, Interactive Achievement, Member One Credit Union, Neathawk Dubuque & Packett, and Scott Insurance.  They will discuss opportunities in the fields of accounting, advertising, entrepreneurship, finance, insurance, information technology, marketing, health care, among others.  

XPERIENCE 2015 then kicks off on Friday, March 27, at 5:30pm with a reception at 16 West in downtown Roanoke.  Participants will get a chance to mingle and network at one of the region's newest venues.  The next day, Saturday, March 28, Xperience moves to the HOTEL ROANOKE & CONFERENCE CENTER for workshops and panel discussions from 7:45am - 1:00pm, hosted by local entrepreneurs and community leaders from business, government, and non-profits.  Tentative topics include The Anatomy of our Success; Why We're Here; Building Your Professional Network; Finding Your Next Job; Career in Transition; How to Get Involved and Make a Difference; Project Livability; Preparing for Leadership; The Impact of Self-Branding; Leverage Your Network; The Power of Leadership; and more.   Xperience will conclude Saturday afternoon with a segment designed to highlight Roanoke's burgeoning outdoor recreational culture, from 1:30-3:30.  Participants will then celebrate the conclusion with a reception at 3:30pm at Wasena Tap Room, one of the region's booming breweries.  More details are available at  

A special Student Registration fee of $10 will cover both ROANOKE WORKS and XPERIENCE 2015, and there will be some scholarship funds to help cover half the cost from the college.  Registration for Roanoke College students is being handled by Career Services.  Questions?  Contact Ms. McLawhorn at 540-375-2303, or email  Limited spaces available!


Roanoke College Career Nights

What are Career Nights, and Why Should I Attend? Career Nights are programs scheduled for some of our alumni chapter cities, based on interest as indicated by students.  They are held at times when students are not in classes on campus, such as Fall Break and Semester Break. These events are excellent networking opportunities for summer, part-time, and/or full-time jobs and for internships. The question we attempt to answer with the Career Night programs is "If I want to live and work in (city), what can I realistically expect?"

How Does a Career Night Work?

We ask that students and graduates register for the various Career Nights by specified deadlines. The Director of Career Services then works directly with an alumni committee in each chapter to put together the program based on student needs. We attempt to find alumni, parents, or other individuals closely connected to the occupational interests of the students who plan to attend in each city. The program consists of a panel presentation and question-and-answer period regarding employment in that city in general. Panelists are then available on an individual basis to talk with the students about specific needs and interests. Many times the panelists become mentors for the students for the remainder of their college years.

What Do You Have To Do To Attend a Career Night?

Complete the registration form (available from Career Services and at these links:  Fall Break Career Nights RegistrationSemester Break Career Nights Registration). All students attending these programs are strongly encouraged to submit resumes in preparation for this event. A minimum of five students or graduates must be pre-registered for a location before a program will be planned.  Schedule for 2015-16 TBA.

When Are the Career Nights?

Career Nights are usually planned during class breaks, such as Fall and Semester Breaks, when students are able to travel to various locations.  Each program meets 6-8pm at a location in the alumni chapter city area. 

Students and graduates may attend any or all of the Career Nights. They will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The specific location for each will be included in the packet of information given to all registrants. Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of each student. Please call Ms. Toni McLawhorn, Director of Career Services, at 540-375-2303, or e-mail her at if you have any questions or wish to participate. (She would also welcome calls from those who might like to serve on a Career Nights panel!)


*NOTE: A minimum of five students or graduates must be pre-registered for a location before a program will be planned.





The Portfolio Review is a chance for students to get a sneak preview of the real world. They will have the opportunity to meet with area professionals, who will offer their feedback, advice and support on their portfolios. The Portfolio Review will not only help students improve their portfolios, it will also provide them networking opportunities and help prepare them for future interviews. More details may be found at http://www.AD2ROANOKE.COM

Typically, portfolios include graphic design, illustrations or photography. Students are also encouraged to bring copies of their resumes with them.

$20 registration fee; free to members (Roanoke College students who attend - get a receipt for payment, and Career Services will reimburse your registration fee - bring receipt to Fowler House on Monday following the event)

Students can purchase their tickets online or at the door.  BUSINESS ATTIRE IS EXPECTED.  BRING YOUR RESUME AND YOUR PORTFOLIO OF WORK SAMPLES.

If you have questions on any of the workshops or programs listed above, contact Ms. Toni McLawhorn or Mrs. Amy Foster in the Office of Career Services.

This page is maintained by: Toni McLawhorn,Director of Career Services

Last Updated: 3/20/15