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  • College welcomes new students

  • 08/21/08
  • SALEM, Va.-Roanoke College this weekend will welcome new students and returning Maroons to the busy Salem campus. As each of them comes off busy summer jobs, travels, studies and time spent with friends and family, the faculty and staff at Roanoke have been busy preparing for the 2008-09 year. The Orientation schedule is available here.

    Several construction and renovation projects have made more spaces for students to enjoy. Improvements to Chalmers Hall's infrastructure as well as its roof and restrooms will make it a more safe and comfortable living space. The Sutton Commons (dining hall) has new paint and carpet as well as new lighting in the servery and new artwork throughout.

    Approximately 85 first-year students will move into Tabor Hall (part of the first-year complex project), which has been under construction for the past year. The 2008-09 academic year will witness renovation, construction and completion of Shenandoah and Blue Ridge halls, as they make up the final pieces of the new first-year student complex.

    The first-year students have their own construction project underway. The third annual R House is being constructed in the Olin Hall parking lot off Thompson Memorial Drive. This Habitat for Humanity house will be completed by new Roanoke students during Orientation. On Sat., August 30, when it is mostly complete, the house will be transported to its permanent location on Hershberger Road in Roanoke.

    Tabor and other first-year residence halls on campus will house a fine first-year class, which includes 27 international students hailing from 19 countries, including Bulgaria, France, Japan, Spain, China, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Netherlands, Gaza Strip, Romania, Lebanon, Senegal, Cayman Islands, Vietnam, Israel, Mongolia, Rwanda and Myanmar (Burma). This is the largest group of new incoming international students at Roanoke in recent memory.

    Additional facts about the new Maroons include the following:

    • They call 31 states home.
    • The class is 45% males, 55% females.
    • Forty-three percent are from Virginia.
    • Forty-six of the students were born outside the United States.
    • One is a first runner-up in the World Chess Olympia.
    • Miss Teen Roanoke Valley is among them.
    • A certified private pilot will land with this class.
    • The 2007 National Double Dutch Champion is a new Maroon.
    • One is a Congressional Art Award recipient.
    • Seven Eagle Scouts and five Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are among them.
    • There are four National Merit finalists and semifinalists.
    • Over 140 of them are members of the Beta Club or National Honor Society.
    • Nine were class presidents; 63 were student government officers or class representatives.
    • Three are entrepreneurs with current at-home businesses.
    • Eighteen served as editors for yearbooks/newspapers/magazines.
    • Five have published prose or poetry.
    • Thirty-three were club presidents.
    • Seven were selected for national membership in Who's Who.
    • Twenty-two are forensic/debate team members.
    • An impressive 78 have been sports team captains.
    • Six were all-state athletes.
    • Three earned honors as all-state musicians.
    • One is a Bronze Presidential Service Award recipient.
    • They have hobbies ranging from motocross to sailing to equestrianism.

    A newly formed team of returning students known as the “Muscle Corps” will be on hand to help get new students' suitcases, refrigerators, etc. up the stairs and elevators and into their new homes efficiently. In addition to the usual move-in helpers-groups such as the Maroon Corps student orientation leaders and professional staff members from the College's admissions office, this new group also will help with logistical needs throughout Orientation, or “New Maroon Days.”

    All new Roanoke students were given a common reading assignment for the summer. Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle was mailed to students earlier in the summer and their Orientation will include discussions on the book. Many faculty and staff members read the book as well.

    Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.”

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

  • Public Relations
  • (540) 375-2282
  • gereaux@roanoke.edu