SALEM, Va.-While Roanoke College student organizations conduct service projects throughout the year, this coming weekend has three high-profile annual service events occurring back-to-back. Events include the Potato Drop, Relay for Life and A cappella Carnivella.

The sixth annual "potato drop" is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 9 a.m. Roanoke's students, staff and faculty meet on the back quad to sort and bag 40,000 pounds of potatoes in one day. The potatoes will be placed into 5 and 10-pound bags for distribution to community agencies and food banks in the Roanoke Valley.

Roanoke College's sixth annual Relay for Life will be held on Friday, April 13 from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day on the College's back quad. Relay for Life is a fundraising event supporting the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer. Roanoke's Relay is one of the oldest college relay events in the U.S. This event is open to all campus and community members. There is no admission charge, but donations are requested.

Last year, Roanoke College teams raised over $35,000 for cancer research, education and advocacy programs through the American Cancer Society. This year's goal is $40,000 and more than $14,500 already has been raised.

Live entertainment and activities will take place most of the night. At 9 p.m., there will be a "luminaria" ceremony on the quad where all the luminaries, set up in memory of those who lost their battle with cancer or in honor of those who survived, will be lit. There will be a location onsite where donations can be made, or contributions can be made online through the American Cancer Society's website at

Roanoke will once again host a festival of a cappella music on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the College's Alumni Gym. A cappella Carnivella is a benefit concert where all ticket proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Tickets for the show are available at the door or in advance at the Colket Center, (540) 378-5125. Tickets are $7 and children under 12 are admitted free.

A cappella Carnivella, sponsored by Roanoke College's own a cappella groups, Looking for an Echo and Mainstreet, also will feature performances by Exit 245 from James Madison University and Miscellaneous from Southern Virginia University.

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, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, 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. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,900 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.