Roanoke College named 2009 Campus of the Year!
College had tough national competition in schools such as Ohio State, Marshall and Boston Universities
SALEM, Va. – Roanoke College was selected as the “2009 Campus of the Year” by Campus Activities Magazine and is featured in the magazine’s April edition. Roanoke was nominated because of the large number of social and academic programs available to students on campus. Roanoke was victorious over some tough competition, including finalists Ohio State University, Central Michigan State University, Boston University and Marshall University.
“Recognition for Campus of the Year is huge for Roanoke College,” Cristen Sanfilippo ’10 said. “We are a small school, but sometimes power lies not within the numbers but rather within the connections. Winning this award will allow prospective students all across the U.S. to see how active our student body is.”
Roanoke has more than 100 student organizations and 2,000 students overall. The Campus Activities Board plans the majority of the entertainment events for the campus. This student organization has sponsored many campus events, including WinterFest and the Spring Fling, along with performances by Kellie Pickler and John Mayer.
A unique event to Roanoke is Fridays on the Quad. It helps students and members of the Roanoke College community to enjoy the warm weather, live music and beautiful campus while dining outside.
Student involvement goes beyond purely social events. Roanoke strives to provide students with intellectual activities to supplement the curriculum. Guest speakers are common on the campus. This year, guest speakers have included George Will, Carl Bernstein, Sister Helen Prejean and Dr. Arthur Benjamin, a “mathemagician.” Roanoke professors also hold open lectures to inform students about topics of interest. This year, several professors have spoken at two “Wall Street Collapse” programs to help the Roanoke College community better understand the current economic climate.
“Roanoke offers not only a variety of social events, but they also are very active when it comes to community service,” Marya Kawmy ’10 said. “Just recently I served on the committee for Relay for Life, and we were in the top 10 schools in the nation for our division for the amount of money raised.”
Roanoke recently unveiled a new mascot for the College. Rooney is already bringing more Maroon spirit to campus events.
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.
Released: June 9, 2009
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