Annual Potato Drop

SALEM, VA-Roanoke College and Virginia Wesleyan College (in Norfolk) will face off April 5 at 9 a.m. in the annual potato drop. Both schools must sort and bag a total of 80,000 pounds of potatoes in one day. Roanoke College students, staff and faculty will meet on the Back Quad to sort and bag the potatoes into 5 and 10-pound bags for community agencies and food banks in the Roanoke Valley.

Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) referees will be on hand to judge the winner of the competition. Each college will receive a shipment of 40,000 pounds of potatoes, and they will not know what type of potato they are working with until the shipment arrives April 5. The two institutions can keep an eye on each other's progress through a web camera, dubbed the "YAM CAM." The first college to sort and bag their potatoes wins the contest.

Community service is emphasized as an integral part of the Roanoke Curriculum through the freshman Co-Curricular Learning and Service (CCLS) program. The college considers service a basic component of responsible citizenship and capable leadership.

Roanoke College, founded in 1842, is the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college. It is an independent, co-educational. four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Roanoke's 1,850 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.