Criminal justice and sociology major Monica Weaver used to think she wanted to work for the FBI. Then she spent a semester in Washington with the ATF.
Maggie Hedrick found work with the Smithsonian a positive step on her path to teaching.
Aspiring attorney Chris Besse calls his experience with the Washington Semester Program “absolutely amazing.”
Roanoke College senior and softball standout interns with Washington international police communications organization
Alea Bier '13 is one of many Roanoke students who has lived and interned in the nation's capital through the Lutheran College Washington D.C. Semester Program.
Roanoke College students from across the political spectrum are getting involved in local, state and national politics - from the City of Roanoke mayoral campaign to Virginia General Assembly and Congressional races to the presidential election.
Book examines America's religious foundation
A professor calls Chis "naturally gifted. He's one of those students who's able to...recall information in a way that is critical and analytical."
Bates credited Roanoke College with preparing her for varied roles and interests. She has said that the College provided her with "the most well-rounded education possible."
This Maroon spent the summer teaching in Guatemala as a way to cement her Spanish language skills while giving back to and working with an indigenous community.
Many colleges provide opportunities for students to study abroad for a semester or year, but some students choose to study at a different location in their own country. Since Roanoke became one of the founding colleges of a program in 1986, its students have been able to study and earn credit in a residential Washington, D.C. program.
Roanoke College has been the center of several statewide political activities in the Fall of 2009.
As a result of Dr. Jon Crawford’s guidance, Hery now hopes to have a career in international education. She claims that her experience in the office was “the first time I’ve ever actually been able to visualize my career path and decide what I would like to do.”
"America was always a dream in my mind. I thought it was just glass and diamonds; I always imagined America to be the last step to heaven," Rubongoya said.
“Roanoke gave me my voice,” Adiyah Ali ’02 says. “Coming from high school to college, I learned that you can have opinions that are different from those of your professors, and it’s OK. It’s important to have an opinion and be able to defend it. I see it every day. Roanoke gave me that experience.”
Student also will spend a semester in France in an effort to further the connection with the manuscript she has studied.
After the conference, all three students say that they are able to connect the topics discussed with their classes and majors.
Distinguishing both the students and the College, this unique program involves students from practically their first days on campus in research methods usually not introduced to students until they're in graduate or post-graduate educational arenas.
Research inevitably leads to publication and close relationships with their mentors.
“Roanoke was a great learning experience for me, especially in handling pressure situations and in communicating effectively,” Barnes says.
“I'm very passionate with politics and it’s very energizing and empowering to help your state,” says Wescott.
“As an English major and communications concentration, my classes at Roanoke definitely helped me with my writing and editing skills,” Clark said.
“I remember the simulations we did in Warshawsky's classes. They create a connection between domestic and foreign politics that is experienced first hand.”
“It is uncommon for undergraduates to even have the opportunity to intern in the chambers of a federal judge,” says Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Dr. Todd Peppers.
“I've always owned guns, and I've always been interested in politics. The two subjects fit well together,” says Wilson, professor of public affairs.
The projects cover the last juvenile executed in Virginia as well as the rules and norms of hiring federal law clerks.