Roanoke College’s Elderscholar Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary

SALEM, Va. - This year marks the 25th anniversary of Roanoke College's Elderscholar Program, an on-campus educational experience aimed at adults over 55. In honor of the anniversary, Roanoke will host a celebration on Tuesday, May 11, in the Olin Theater and Galleries at 2 p.m.

The featured speaker will be Virginia author Bonnie B. Matheson, whose address is titled "Ahead of the Curve." The anniversary program also will include remarks by President Michael C. Maxey, a "historic" slideshow presentation and entertainment by The Stardusters, whose bandleader Les Brown is an "elderscholar."

For two and a half decades, Elderscholar has been among the most visible and popular examples of the College's commitment to providing educational opportunities to the valley's retirees. Every fall and spring, the "elderscholars" come to campus to hear weekly lectures given by expert faculty members and enjoy food and fellowship in the College's Sutton Commons.

The program began in 1984 as a spin-off of Elderhostel, a worldwide study and travel program for seniors. Since then, Elderscholar has grown from an inaugural class of 17 participants to two semester-long programs per year, each with about 170 participants. In addition to the signature lecture series program, Elderscholar has enjoyed book discussions and travel programs. An "adventure" component is the newest addition to the Elderscholar portfolio. This program provides an experiential element through outdoor trips for the "young at heart".

For further information, contact Stephanie Garst, Director of the Office of Community Programs and Special Events at (540) 375-2323 or via e-mail

Released: May 10, 2010
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