Little Rooney Spring Break photo contest winners

Salem, VA-The Roanoke College Bookstore announces the winners of the Little Rooney Spring Break photo contest. The bookstore challenged the College community to take Little Rooney, a small plush version of the College's hawk mascot, with them on their spring break travels. Sixty photos were submitted and posted on the College's web galleries and Facebook page. View all of the pictures.

First Place

The first place prize, a $150 bookstore gift card, goes to Elaine Lydick who photographed Rooney eating at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. Rooney traveled with a group doing Habitat for Humanity service work in New Orleans.

Second Place

Second place honors and a $100 bookstore gift card go to Anna Vogelsinger for her shot of Rooney spreading his wings at La Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua on the Finca Magdalena Coffee Beneficiary. Vogelsinger traveled with the College's Center for Community service to do volunteer work in Nicaragua.

Third Place Tie

A three-way tie for third place earns $50 bookstore gift cards for Meghan Wilcock, Aaron Gentilucci and Laura Campbell. Wilcock photographed Rooney skiing mogels in Vermont (wearing tiny little skis). Gentilucci captured Rooney resting on an anchor 40 feet below the surface at Cane Bay, St. Croix. Campbell shot Rooney in front of the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico and reported that he sent a Roanoke College hello squawk into outer space.

The contest was a great success with many creative pictures. Rooney made lots of friends during his travels. He's pictured with especially cute kids in Nicaragua, with a New Orleans police officer, with a Habitat for Humanity homeowner and work crew, and of course, lots of Roanoke students.

Several shots show Rooney engaged in community service work in Nicaragua and working on a Habitat for Humanity house in New Orleans. As is the tradition, he signed his name on the lumber of the walls.

Rooney is even pictured with Donald Duck - an idol of any bird mascot - at Disney World. While in Florida, he was disappointed, however, to see a "Do Not Feed the Birds" sign.

Rooney's travels included: London, San Francisco, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, New Orleans, Utah, Oregon, the Bahamas, and he made it to Disney, Epcot and ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Florida.

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 280 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: March 22, 2010
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu