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  • New Maroons arrive on campus

  • 08/26/11
  • Salem, VA - New students arrive at Roanoke College on Saturday, Aug. 27. Residence halls open for new students on Saturday morning, and orientation activities begin in the afternoon. North Market Street will be closed Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. from the intersection with McClung Street to Clay Street. This will allow students and their parents more space to unload cars and move into the residence halls.

    Orientation activities begin Saturday afternoon for new students and continue through Tuesday. Orientation activities for parents continue through Sunday afternoon. Returning students are back on campus Monday, and classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 31.

    Roanoke's Class of 2015 is comprised of 537 freshmen and 81 transfer students. About half are from Virginia and the other half live in 30 additional states. Some other facts about the class of 2015, include:

    • 12 high school valedictorians
    • 1 national merit finalist and 1 semi-finalist
    • 10 Eagle Scouts from the Boy Scouts
    • 7 Gold Awards from the Girl Scouts
    • 164 students were inducted into Beta Club or National Honor Society
    • 12 class presidents, 79 officers or class representatives
    • 9 published writers
    • 52 editors of yearbooks/newspapers/magazines from high school
    • 64 club presidents
    • 128 team captains
    • 12 All-state athletes
    • 3 All-state musicians
    • Most popular names include Nicholas, Michael, Sarah and Hannah.

    Highlights of the Orientation are listed below.

    Induction Ceremony
    On Sunday at 9:10 a.m., the Induction Ceremony officially welcomes new students into the Roanoke College community. Students officially mark a place in to the College history by signing the induction books that are kept in the College Archives.

    Maroons hit the City of Roanoke

    Sunday evening the new students take buses (about 13 buses actually) to downtown Roanoke to several entertainment venues where they'll hear live music and explore the downtown scene. Roanoke Mayor David Bowers welcomes the students downtown at 7:30 p.m. This is the third year the College has taken students to downtown Roanoke during their first weekend on campus.

    Building R House

    From Sunday to Tuesday, students will be working on R House in their Orientation groups. R House is a Habitat for Humanity house being built in a parking lot near Olin Hall, and all new students work on the house as part of their Roanoke orientation. This gives students an introduction to the community service expected of Roanoke students, and it gives them a common experience with other Maroons. All Roanoke students have worked on R House as freshmen. After orientation, the nearly complete house is trucked to its permanent location and finished on site.

    Now explore Salem

    On Monday evening, students get a taste of Salem and an opportunity to visit restaurants on the city's Main Street.

    Opening Convocation

    The official opening of the academic year is Opening Convocation, held Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the Bast Center. Dr. Julie Lyon, assistant professor of business administration, will be the featured speaker. The entire campus community joins together on the Back Quad for a picnic following the convocation.

    Time to hit the books

    Classes begin Wednesday, August 31.


    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook. U.S. News & World Report ranks Roanoke No. 7 on its list of "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts College."

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