Thursday, December 17, 2009

Physics Club Wins National Award

The Randolph College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been named an Outstanding Chapter by the National Society of Physics Students for 2008-2009.

This is the fourth national Outstanding Chapter award for the club, having earned the honor in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2007-08.

"We have an outstanding group of students who are passionate about physics," said faculty advisor Peter Sheldon, professor of physics. "We won this award because of their dedication to bringing science to the public."

The award is the culmination of a very eventful 2008-09 academic year for the group.
  • The chapter won the 2008 Blake Lilly Prize for their work with Randolph's annual Science Day for local elementary school children. That event also won them the Randolph College award for Best Philanthropic Event.

  • SPS hosted activities for all students including field trips to an amusement park to enjoy the physics of rollercoasters and the Smithsonian Institution, a photo contest, a project to design and build a t-shirt gun, and a Wii tournament.

  • In addition, four physics majors received travel grants from SPS National to attend and present research at the American Physical Society National Meeting.

  • SPS President Wai Sze Cheung, with the help of SPS, coached a group of children in the FIRST Robotics tournament.

  • SPS ran the Lynchburg area’s first Science Festival, and their signature event, Science Day, attracted about 300 children, teachers, and their families.

  • Randolph hosted the Society of Physics Students’ Zone 4 Meeting, a regional student physics conference.

Sheldon praised the 2008-09 officers of the SPS for their leadership and all the clubs members for their enthusiasm They were ...

  • President: Wai Sze (Winncy) Cheung
  • Vice President: Tiffany Paonessa
  • Secretary: Catherine Khoo
  • Treasurer: Yanpaing Oo
  • Historian: Nema Marjana


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Videos, Web Site Show Fun Side of Randolph College

Randolph College this week launched - a new interactive web site to help prospective students with their college search.

The site features a fast-paced Flash interface which gives visitors a whimsical look at a very serious college. Students navigate over an aerial view of the beautiful campus on a tour highlighting Randolph's noteworthy points of interests and cool new videos featuring stick figures on a whiteboard.

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Final Exams and the Randolph Honor Code

It's finals week here at Randolph College, the culmination of a semester's worth of work and learning. Students are busy putting finishing touches on papers and cramming for final exams.

Exam Week is different for us than at other colleges. We don't crowd into a big room at the appointed time and hunch over our tests while some grad student watches us like a hawk. Our century-old Honor Code allows students to take their exams unproctored and unscheduled.

Students pick up their examinations and take them one of several predetermined areas, complete their exam, and then return it to a collection point. Nobody watches over them. Students sign their exams with the Honor Pledge to verify the integrity of their work.

The system allows students the freedom to schedule their exams as they see fit. You may choose to take all your exams in the first couple days so that you can leave earlier for winter break. At the same, your roommate might string her exams out over the week to allow enough study time for each. You can take your toughest exam first and get it out of the way or save it for last. It's all up to you.

Learn more about the Randolph College Honor Code > > >

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tree Lighting Kicks Off Holidays

As the semester winds down, papers are due and exams are looming. Students are preparing to complete the term and head home for winter break.

It's also a time of holiday spirit. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony features songs, both traditional and parody, performed by student groups as well as faculty and staff.

This season's event featured non-English versions of holiday favorites by the Chinese, French, Spanish, Latin and Greek language departments, traditional songs from Jewish students and faculty, and performances by senior staff, student life, student spirit groups and Songshine, student a capella group.

Enjoy this rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside" from A Touch of Harmony, Randolph College's vocal jazz ensemble.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

News Coverage: Mary Virginia Whiteside's $2.68 Million Gift

On December 9, 2009, Randolph College announced the receipt of a generous bequest from Mary Virginia Whiteside, class of 1944. The gift of $2.68 million will be used to establish an endowed scholarship fund for deserving students.

The story generated interest in the local news media. Here's a roundup of some of the coverage.

WSET-TV - December 9, 2009
Alumna Gives $2.7 Million to Randolph College

WDBJ-TV - December 9, 2009
VIDEO - Alumnae gives large gift to Randolph College

News & Advance - December 9, 2009
Randolph College will use $2.68 donation to fund scholarships

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Randolph Receives $2.68 Million Gift

A $2.68 million gift announced Dec. 8 by Randolph College will create a scholarship fund named for Mary Virginia Whiteside `44.

Whiteside, who passed away in 2007 at age 84, worked with the college shortly before her death to create a bequest that would make a difference to students who might not be able to afford college. The scholarship fund will give preference to deserving women based on their academic record, personal qualities, and financial need.

Whiteside, a resident of Redlands, CA, graduated from the college, then named Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, as a Latin major. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and went on to teach Latin to high school and college students at All Saints Episcopal College in Vicksburg, Miss.

“This is an extremely generous gift at a crucial time,” said John E. Klein, president of the college. “Gifts like these are always valued, but especially so in a time of an uncertain economy. This gift will allow Randolph College to continue to help students and families afford a quality education. Through careful planning, Ms. Whiteside was able to create a legacy here that will have an impact on students far into the future, and we are very grateful to her.”

Read the Gift Announcement > > >

Randolph College Featured in Lacrosse Magazine

Randolph is building its lacrosse tradtion. The men's team, under head coach Scott Ketcham, is about to enter its first full season of NCAA competition after playing an abbreviated schedule last year. At the same time, head coach Alexis Wagner is building a women's team to compete in spring 2010.

Ketcham and his team are the topic of a feature story in the December 2009 issue of Lacrosse magazine. "New Beginnings" looks at the growing pains associated with starting a new NCAA Division III program as well as the opportunities for student athletes.

The article features interviews with Ketcham and two of his players, Nick Randall and Kody Roza. (Read the article here)

"The sport of lacrosse has seen an explosion of interest nationwide in the past decade," says Ketcham. "More and more high school students are looking for an opportunity to continue playing in college. That's where Coach Wagner and I are finding our players - smart students who are serious about their academics first but love the game so much that they want to keep playing."

On the recruiting trail, Ketcham is focused on building depth. Last year, Randolph fielded a 15-man squad in the highly competitive Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Ketcham expects this spring's roster to grow to 22 and is recruiting for a 30-man team next year.

Wagner has recruited 16 players from the Randolph student body to play an intercollegiate schedule this spring and is aggressively recruiting now for next year's inaugural varsity season.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Peter Sheldon Named Finalist in National Competition

Randolph College physics professor Peter Sheldon has been named a finalist in the national Society of Physics Students (SPS) Outstanding Advisor award competition.

Sheldon is one of just 18 professors nationwide chosen in the competition. The winner will be announced during the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Professors are chosen for the award through a competitive nomination process. The Award Committee chooses the national winner based on leadership, student leadership development, support, and the encouragement provided by the advisor.

Gary D. White, director of the SPS said the professors chosen to be finalists “represent the best of those that serve as mentors to physics students.”

In addition to leading Randolph College’s active SPS chapter, Sheldon serves as director of the dual-degree engineering program, the Summer Research program, and is assistant coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams.

Randolph College Celebrates the Honor System

Randolph College celebrates Judiciary Awareness Week December 1-4, 2009.

Sponsored by the student-run Judiciary Committee, the week serves to celebrate the College's century-old honor system and remind the community of the importance of the honor code to our community.

Activities designed to educate students about how the system works include a daily quiz with high scorers receiving Macon Bookshop gift cards.

"I love my Honor Code" t-shirts are a popular fashion statement this week. Students also are encouraged to sign slips of paper that say "I pledge to uphold the honor code" and post them in Main Hall as well as signing their pledge into a book to be passed on to future generations.

Learn more about the Randolph College Honor System > > >

Honor Pledge

I pledge absolute honesty in my academic work and in all personal relationships at Randolph College.

I will maintain the integrity of my word, and I will respect the rights of others.

Realizing that these standards are an integral part of life at Randolph College, I assume my obligation to uphold this honor pledge.

If at any time I fail to live up to my obligation of this pledge, I will report myself to the Chair of the Judiciary Committee.

I will also ask others to report themselves for any infraction of this pledge.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Zombies Invade Randolph College

Desperate to make it to her next class, she peeks around the corner then takes off. The zombies spot her and give chase. A hail of Nerf darts takes them down and she sprints away. In a rush of relief and exhilaration, she survives... for now.

Such was life at Randolph College during the First Annual Humans vs. Zombies Challenge.

More than 60 students took part in the week-long game trying to survive as humans or thrive as zombies.

"The game brought students together who might not have otherwise never met," said Chris Zielewski, one of the game organizers. "Theatre kids were hanging out with jocks; art majors with physics. Men and women, evens and odds - all working together and having a great time."

Humans prepare to go zombie hunting

About the Game

Humans vs Zombies (HVZ) is played on more than 70 college campuses across the United States.

The game starts with all players on the human "team" wearing flourescent green armbands and one anonymous zombie. When a zombie tags a human, that player becomes a zombie (signified by changing her armband to a headband) who must then try to tag and "turn" humans. Shooting a zombie with a Nerf gun "stuns" them so they are incapable of tagging a human for 15 minutes. If any humans survive the week without being turned, then humans win. If there are no survivors, well then...

The game is restricted to campus with specific "Safe Zones" (classes, dining hall, the Skellar, etc.) where no zombie combat can occur. Zielewski credited the College's Honor Code with keeping the players within bounds. "Not a single social violation, honor code infraction, or judiciary hearing resulted from any player for actions relating to the game," he said.

Defending against the zombie onslaught

The Aftermath

In the end, seven humans survived: Nick Gentile, Melissa Gilbert, Evan Pai, Sarah Bramhall, Donald Wells, Kendrick Williams,and Liliana Stevens.

After the dust settled, the WWRM radio station sponsored an Apocalypse Party: Radioactive Zombie Rave.

"We thought it was pretty immature at first," said one professor who wished to remain anonymous. "But it was a great way for students to let off steam. Next time, I want to play."

Zielewski and fellow organizers Laura Allan and Nick Gentile are planning a spring semester HVZ game. More than 160 students have already expressed interest in playing.

Learn more...

Randolph HVZ Facebook Group

Humans vs Zombies at Wikipedia

National HVZ Site

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

WildCat Men off to 5-0 start in second season

Coach Clay Nunley and the men's basketball team are off and running for the 2009-10 season. The WildCats have reeled off victories against Gallaudet, Ferrum, Christendom, Shenandoah, and Virginia Intermont en route to a 5-0 start.

Picked to finish 10th in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), the WildCats are determined to prove the naysayers wrong and make the conference tournament.

“We have to play with a chip on our shoulders,” says junior Timothy Clarke, a 2009 all-ODAC honorable mention honoree.

The WildCats return five starters including ODAC Rookie of the Year Derrick Woods Morrow, Clarke, Pete Hamilton, Caleb Pearson, and Jason Rutschman.

“These guys got a taste of the ODAC last year,” says WildCats coach Clay Nunley. “We will have a more veteran presence. These guys played a lot of minutes last year. It is a maturation process and they accepted a lot responsibility early. Now is the time to reap some of those benefits.”

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Katie Rechnitzer Joins 1,000 Point Club

Senior guard Katie Rechnitzer scored her 1,000th career point on November 22, 2009 as the Randolph Women's Basketball Team defeated North Carolina Wesleyan 68-65.

Rechnitzer, who needed 12 points entering the game to hit the 1,000 point mark for her career, notched the milestone at the 12:34 mark of the second frame when she scored in the paint cutting the lead to 46-44.

Rechnitzer finished with 16 points and a game-high seven assists, becoming the ninth WildCat to reach the 1,000 point plateau. She joins her sister, Sara Rechnitzer '07 who finished her career with 1,009 points.

Game recap > > >

WildCat 1,000 Point Club > > >

  • Tara Carleton

  • Meghan Stensrud

  • Marta Ruggles

  • Kai Felton

  • Jenn Baptist

  • Amy Dameron

  • Katie Rechnitzer

  • Sylvia Bailey

  • Sara Rechnitzer

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WildCat Women Gunning for ODAC Tournament

It's been 10 years since the WildCats tasted the post-season and women's basketball coach Melissa Wiggins says it's time to return to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament.

“It is way overdue,” says Wiggins. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m certain we will step up to it.”

The top 8 teams are invited to the playoff. Last year Randolph finished 10th, the same spot they're predicted to finish this year by ODAC coaches.

However, Wiggins is optimistic due to the shooting talent and quickness of her team.

“I see it as a challenge for the other schools,” Wiggins said. “If everyone can play every position (for us) then it is going to be a challenge for them to defend us.”

The WildCats return three starters: Lindsay Cross, Megan Carney, and all-ODAC honorable mention Katie Rechnitzer.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Physics Students Teach Cub Scouts the Science of Speed

Members of the Randolph College Society of Physics Students spent their Saturday morning with the Cub Scouts of Pack 48. They conducted a hands-on workshop, applying the lessons of physics to build faster Pinewood Derby race cars.

A longtime scouting tradition, the Pinewood Derby challenges scouts to build a wooden race car from a standard kit and then race them on a track. The competition begins within a pack and carries over to regional councils.

Professor Peter Sheldon and his students gave a physics lesson on how weight, gravity, speed, stability, friction, drag and other variables affect a car's performance and then broke out into groups to test different designs and setups.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Dodgeball: Students vs Faculty and Staff

Sunday, November 16 brought us the Second Annual Faculty/Staff vs. Student Dodgeball Tournament. According to eyewitness reports to the carnage... students dominated.

Faculty/Staff Team
Peter Sheldon, Kim Sheldon, Ben Downs, Kirstin Kuchler, John Klein, Bob Lanning, Angela Greene, Chris Burnley, Carter Burnley, Amanda Denny

Student Team
Duquan Little, Blair Shepherd, Octavia Rodney, Martin Wiley, Tory Brown, Chris Staats, Nashiva McDavid, Gage Stuntz, Risa Koenig, Karen Rose, Jamaine Harris, Vicki Degatano

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Randolph Students Volunteer to Stop Hunger

Randolph students were among the more than 100 students from area colleges who combined their manpower to take a bite out of world hunger Saturday.

Students from Randolph, Lynchburg College, Central Virginia Community College and Sweet Briar College teamed up with Raleigh, N.C.-based Stop Hunger Now and Lynchburg-based Sacred River Productions at a benefit event at Amazement Square’s Rotary Centennial Riverfront Skatepark.

Over a few hours out of the eight-hour event, volunteers bagged 20,000 basic meals of soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, rice and a chicken tablet, to be distributed by Stop Hunger Now.

The event also included a festival concert featuring music from local bands, as well as a skateboarding showcase.

Learn more about the event > > >

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Biggest WildCat Fan in Afghanistan

Bill Carney sports a Randolph College t-shirt and cap while working out in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Carney is the father of sophomore basketball player Megan Carney and a staunch WildCat supporter.

"I couldn't be happier that Megan is playing for such a terrific coach as Melissa Wiggins," says Carney. "Randolph is a great school where she can strike a balance between her studies and the team. Go WildCats!"

Randolph Around the World
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RISE Program Provides Funds for Students' Scholarly Pursuits

Randolph College is pleased to announce the Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE) Awards.

Beginning in the Fall 2009, every first-year Randolph College student will be eligible to receive a RISE Award during his or her junior or senior year. The grant provides funds for use in research, scholarly or creative pursuits of the student's choosing.

It could be used for travel, art supplies, computers, lab equipment, conference attendance... just about anything.

The program is designed to show support for students and the advanced scholarly work that is the hallmark of the College.

Learn more about the RISE Program > > >

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

International Photo Contest Winners

Winners have been announced for the Ninth Annual International Photo Contest, part of the College's International Education Celebration.

Traditionally held in October and November, the contest is open to all students, faculty and staff. Entrants submit photos that highlight "things international" in one of two categories "People" and "Places". Winners receive Barnes & Noble gift cards and have their photos displayed in Main Hall.


1st Prize - Melissa Gilbert '10
"Pisa Canal, Pisa, Italy"

2nd Prize - Reena Singh '10
"River Cam, Cambridge, England"

3rd Prize - Maura Duffy '12
"Madrid Street (Solarized), Spain"


1st Prize - Yanpaing Oo '11
"Old Lady at a Temple in Myanmar"

2nd Prize - Emily Wong, Assistant Director of Admissions
"Ayers Rock, Australia"

3rd Prize - Tashi Dhondup '12
"People - Unity in Diversity"

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rise of the Worm

Fall 2009 has seen the resurgence of WWRM The Worm: Student Radio. Student deejays host more than 25 on-air shows from their glass booth in the Main Hall Student Center.

Under the leadership of General Manager Sarah Krieger, WWRM has become a formidable source of student entertainment, news and information and social events.

Uncensored student-created shows stream live on the Internet 24-7 featuring an infinite variety of music, commentary, talk, and call-in discussions.

The Worm provides Party DJs for campus events, complete with a portable sound system.

The Worm also sponsors dance parties like the Glow WWRM and the Apocalypse Party: Radioactive Zombie Rave.

All students (as well as faculty and staff) are invited to join and learn how to host a show.

Learn more...

Listen to the Worm online at > > >

Find WWRM on Facebook > > >

Friend mascot Theo Worm on Facebook > > >

Learn more about WWRM at > > >

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Video: Campus Life with Jillian Barlow and Marja Copeland

A montage of scenes of campus life. Jillian Barlow talks about how Randolph College was the right for her. Marja Copeland discusses the strong sense of community that includes students, faculty and staff; how she is recognized as an individual and not a number. Alumna Kacey Meaker describes how coming back to campus is like coming home.

Watch more Randolph College videos > > >

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Randolph Featured in U.S. Airways Magazine

When you fly home for Thanksgiving, you might find a little taste of the Red Brick Wall tucked into the seat in front of you.

Randolph College is featured in the November issue of U.S. Airways Magazine. The issue highlights the College's hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia as a travel destination.

"More than 5 million passengers fly U.S. Airways each month, with more than 3 million of those passengers reading the magazine during their time on the plane," said Brenda Edson, strategic communications manager, who worked with the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce on the project. "That's a lot of people who are going to learn more about Randolph College."

Look for it when you fly U.S. Air this month.

View the magazine online.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Video: Kacey Meaker

Alumna Kacey Meaker talks about how Randolph College prepared her for her doctoral work in physics. She describes the research she conducted as an undergraduate student with professor Peter Sheldon on the physics of rollercoasters which led to their co-authoring a book on the subject.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Video: Carl Coffey

Randolph College student Carl Coffey talks about his experience as a Randolph College scholar-athlete. Carl has excelled in the College's Faculty-Student Summer Research Program, working on an advanced psychology project with Professor Beth Schwartz.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Randolph Students Make Strong Showing at Research Conference

Seven Randolph College students joined faculty members to present research at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Students (MARCUS) Oct. 10.

The conference, held at Sweet Briar College, focuses on the scholarship and research activities of undergraduate students. Randolph’s students and faculty members reported the results of research and experiments conducted through the college’s Summer Research program and independent research projects.

“These kinds of opportunities are so important for our students, as it gives them great experiences that help prepare them for jobs or graduate school,” said Peter Sheldon, director of the Summer Research program and physics professor. “These types of experiential learning activities are what typify the Randolph College experience.”

Participants included:

Yanpaing Soe Oo: Cryptographic Primitives Research Project

Helena Brown and Randall Speer: Randolph College’s Musical Heritage: Exploring and Preserving Four Decades of Musical Performances at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

Kathryne Allen and Kurt Seidman: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Thermal Bloom Diameter and Physical Properties of Molecules

Poojan Pyakurel and Rosha Poudyal and Kurt Sediman: A Theoretical Investigation of Factors That Influence the Carcinogenicity of Polycyclic Hydrocarbons that Suffer One-Electron Oxidation

Rosha Poudyal and Poojan Pyakurel and Kurt Seidman: A Theoretical Investigation of Carcinogenicity of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) and the Effect of Methylation: One-Electron Oxidation Mechanism

Shi Hua and Jillian Barlowe and Dennis Goff: Finger Digit Ratio as a Predicator of Mental Rotation Ability and Toy Preference Among Adults

Marja Copeland and Tatiana Gilstrap, Peggy Schimmoeller, and Peter Sheldon: Hands-on Inquiry Science for Improving Teacher Quality and Student Achievement

Lesley Tylczak and Ola Fincke: An Examination of the Dreissena Polymorpha’s Impact on the Feeding Behavior of Maromia Illinoiensis

Katelin Shugart-Schmidt: The Billion Dollar Beach: Assessing the Effectiveness of the Marine Life Conservation District at Waikiki

Danielle Robinson and Eve Gasarch and Timothy Seastedt: Covet thy Alpine Neighbor: How Rare Alpine Species Relate to the Abundance of Their Nearest Neighbors

Rachel Crowder: Artistic Value: Integrating the Aesthetic and the Ethical

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Chariot Race and Dedication of Field and Track

Randolph College celebrated the official opening of the new Field and Track facility on Saturday, October 10, 2009, during halftime of the women's soccer game.

In addition to the traditional dignitaries, proclamations and ribbon cutting, the College held its first Annual Chariot Race. Five teams representing four residence halls and the faculty/staff, raced 1 lap around the track in homemade "chariots" dressed in traditional Roman togas. The race also served as the culmination of the Hall of Champions competition, sponsored by the Randolph Social Sports Network.

Chariot Race Video

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About the Field and Track Facility

The new multi-purpose playing field and track serves as the home of the WildCats soccer and lacrosse programs, as well as the campus community.

The new facility, which features a synthetic turf playing field and an eight lane all-weather track, is lit to provide for night-time competition and practice. The complex includes permanent seating, a press box, and a concession area.

Learn more about the Field and Track...

About the Social Sports Network

The Social Sports Network (SSN) is an innovative alternative to traditional collegiate intramural sports programs that is designed specifically to meet the needs of Randolph students, who typically carry full calendars of academic, social and service activities.

Instead of hosting league competition in traditional sports, SSN provides a variety of physical activities on a casual basis. Communicating via Facebook, students can organize pick-up volleyball in the Quad, a bike trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway or frozen turkey bowling in the student center.

The Hall of Champions pits residence halls against each other in a series of offbeat challenges (water balloon dodgeball, tug of war, etc). Each competition earns points toward a cumulative score. Students have likened it to Harry Potter's House Cup.

Learn more about the Social Sports Network...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Colin Beavan Visits Randolph College

Environmental activist Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man, visited Randolph College on October 2, 2009.

Beavan became an unlikely celebrity when he set out to live an entire year leaving no carbon footprint. His book chronicled his experiences, including his wife and baby, living "off the grid" in New York City. A documentary movie of the Beavans' experience premiered September 11, 2009.

At Randolph, Beavan met with students and faculty from the Environmental Studies/Environmental Sciences Department, the Environmental Club and the Food and Justice Club. He also signed copies of his book, No Impact Man, and held a public talk to an engaged and curious crowed touching on personal and policy issues around the topic of living environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

Watch a clip of Colin Beavan with Randolph College students and faculty...

The crowds, which included college and high school students, faculty, local activists and ordinary yet curious citizens were very engaged at all of the events, with Q&A sessions running long. Beavan invited the crowd to join the No Impact Project.

The event was the kickoff of a year dedicated to Sustainable Living at Randolph College. The College has long been at the forefront environmental issues and actively seeks to reduce carbon footprints at both the individual and institutional level, striving to thrive as a "green" college.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Expanded Commuter Rail Connects Randolph to DC, Northeast

Amtrak commuter rail has always served as an affordable, eco-friendly way for Randolph College students to travel back and forth from Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and the northeast corridor.

Recent upgrades of rail service in and out of Lynchburg has expanded those options for Randolph College students.

In this news clip from an event announcing the service, Rashan Colbert 'll talks about how he uses the service to go home to Northern Virginia.

(The news clip has since been removed.)

Learn more about Visiting and Getting To Randolph College > > >

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Student Government Election Results

Congratulations to the students who have been elected to serve as officers in Randolph College Student Government.

Class of 2011
Secretary: Rosha Poudyal
Treasurer: Octavia Rodney
SVHB Rep: Yonas Kahsay

Class of 2012
Vice President: Alina Herron
Treasurer: Megan Carney
Secretary: Jessica Cline
SVHB Rep: Pavol Kosac

Class of 2013 (First Year Board)
West Hall Reps: Brian Diaz and Catherine Godley
Moore Hall Reps: Katie West-Hazlewood
Main Hall Reps: Shawnee Felts, Madeline Carmain and Alexandria Williams
Bell Hall Reps: Ryan Woloshin, Zara Sibtain and Colton Hunt

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pumpkin Parade 2009

Pumpkin Parade is one of the most unique college traditions in the country. This event has carried over from Randolph College's rich history as Randolph-Macon Woman's College (R-MWC) and remains popular with female and male students alike.

A week of festivities highlights the bonds between the senior and sophomore classes with gift-giving from secret sophomores.

"The actual parade takes place during Family Weekend. Seniors dress in their gowns and buttons and meet in front of Smith Hall to light their pumpkin; sophomores dress in all white and meet in front of Moore Steps. Seniors walk with their pumpkins to Moore and are greeted by their sister class. Both classes sing to one another. The President of the College also sings to the senior class (It's usually a song known to all, and it's usually sung very badly). Afterwards, everyone goes to Martin Science Building and pictures are taken. Celebrations usually go well into the night." - excerpted from

The 2009 Pumpkin Parade was met with torrential downpours, forcing the event into Smith Hall.

Seniors Process With Their Pumpkins

President John E. Klein Serenades the Students

Classes Serenade Each Other Then All Join Together to Sing the School Song

Friday, September 18, 2009

Welcome Back Alumnae!

It's been a gorgeous week at Randolph. A couple rainy days, but overall wonderful September Virginia weather.

Walking around campus this afternoon, you couldn't miss the Hot Air Balloon over the soccer fields. The Alumnae Association is offering free tethered balloon rides to anyone that shows up wearing a Randolph t-shirt. Pictured above is President John Klein with wife Susan and Wanda WildCat taking a lighter-than-air spin.

The event is the kickoff to Alumnae Council weekend. It's terrific to see the smiling faces of our alums back on campus. Welcome home.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lynchburg Named a "Best Adventure Town" by National Geographic

Randolph College's hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia has been named one of the 100 Best Adventure Towns by National Geographic.

The list highlights 100 cities in the United States with a wealth of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, biking, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding, and more.

Randolph College is two blocks away from the Blackwater Creek Natural Area, a 7-mile rails-to-trails project with off-road bike trails as well as paved pathways for walking, jogging, or biking. Students who don't own a bike can borrow one from the Environmental Club Bike Sharing Program.

Just 20 minutes driving distance away are the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are clearly visible from campus. The mountains afford numerous fishing, hiking, camping, rock-climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and snow skiing opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.

Smith Mountain Lake offers boating, water skiing, tubing and other water sports.

On campus, the College’s exciting new field and track offers the best in all-weather playing surface, lighting, and spectator seating. The eight-lane all-weather track is suitable for competitive training as well as recreational jogging or walking. The all-weather playing field contains material created from recycled tires that is both state-of-the-art and eco-friendly. The complex serves student recreational and intramural activities as well as varsity sports.

The College’s nationally recognized Riding Program has its own nearly 100-acre facility just minutes from campus at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Program has won three ODAC championships since 2002. Both women and men compete on the riding team, but the Riding Program provides instruction for the casual rider as well.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Video: Psychology Student Discusses Her Research

Psychology major Lexi Mandarakas talks about her Summer Research project on best practices in teaching and learning with professor Beth Schwartz.

The project will result in published work, which puts Mandarakas at an advantage as she applies to graduate school and seeks future employment.

Watch more Randolph College videos > > >

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Randolph College Celebrates Environmental Sustainability, Strives to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Randolph College continues to operate on the forefront of environmental responsibility and education.

In addition to fielding an outstanding Environmental Sciences program, Randolph has made institutional commitments toward operating in an environmentally sustainable manner including...
  • Signing on to the Talloire Declaration Nearly Two Decades Ago
  • Establishing Environmental Issues Council in 2000.
  • Charter Member of AASHE and STARS
  • First College in Virginia to Sign President's Climate Change Commitment
  • Developing a Green Master Facilities Plan
  • Developing an Environmental Sustainability Plan
  • Sustainable Food and Dining Services
  • ...and more.
Learn more about Randolph College's commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability...
A Year of Sustainable Living
This 2009-2010 academic year will be devoted to Sustainable Living, with various events and speakers highlighting awareness, education and action in reducing our carbon footprint and promoting environmentally sustainable lives. Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man, will visit campus on October 2.
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Study Abroad in England with Randolph College Abroad: The World in Britain

For more than 40 years, the College has sent students across the pond to spend an academic year at the University of Reading, England. The program has earned a reputation as one of the best study abroad programs in Great Britain for U.S. students.

Students stay in houses owned by Randolph College across the street from the University of Reading campus and can study for a semester or the full academic year. Participants can take full advantage of all the classes, experiences, and activities that the University offers.

World in Britain Welcomes New Director, Bloggers

This year, the we bid farewell to Randall Ivy who retired as director of the program and welcomed new director Lars Franke.

We also welcome four new bloggers — Alex Ostrowski (Randolph ’11), Nick Marshall (Randolph ’11), Anneka Freeman (Randolph ’11), and Katie McKinney (James Madison University) — who will share their adventures and experiences the 2009-2010 academic year from Reading.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Physics Professor Peter Sheldon Wins Larew Award

Physics professor honored for distinguished teaching.

Professor of Physics Peter Sheldon

Professor of Physics Peter Sheldon is the 2009-10 recipient of the Gillie A. Larew Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The honor was announced during Randolph College's Convocation ceremony on September 1, 2009.

The award is given annually to a member of the Randolph faculty who has demonstrated excellence as a classroom teacher.

In presenting the award, Dennis Stevens, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, praised Sheldon for his commitment to teaching in and out of the classroom. "He challenges students to see the world around them in new perspectives. His students talk about the excitement of seeing the practical application of theory."

Sheldon is active throughout the campus - from building a human-sized hamster wheel with the Society of Physics Students to launching projectiles across the quad during class. He is active in the College's Summer Research Program, working with a student on a book about the physics of roller coasters, as well as other projects.

An avid runner, Sheldon serves as assistant coach to the men's and women's cross country teams and in August 2009 finished his first Ironman Triathlon.

Classics Professor Amy Cohen Wins Davidson Award

Professor recognized for bringing distinction to Randolph College.

Associate Professor of Classics Amy Cohen

Associate Professor of Classics Amy Cohen is the 2009-10 recipient of the Katherine Graves Davidson Award.

The honor was announced during Randolph College's Convocation ceremony on September 1, 2009.

The award is given annually to a full-time member of the Randolph faculty who has been outstanding in bringing distinction to the College.

In presenting the award, Dennis Stevens, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, praised Cohen for "her passion and energy" in producing the Greek Play as well as her dedication to teaching and contributions to campus culture and social life.

During the summer of 2009, Cohen took a group of students to Greece to perform the centennial edition of the Greek Play, "Alcestis," in a classic Athens amphitheatre.

Learn more about the Greek Play...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Unique College Traditions: Senior Robes

Academic regalia is a common site at college and university ceremonies such as Convocation and Commencement - from the richly colored velvet robes of the professors to the simple cap and gown of graduating students.

Randolph College seniors personalize their robes, a proud tradition going back to the early days of the College's history as Randolph-Macon Woman's College.

The robes are worn at special events throughout the year including Convocation and Pumpkin Parade.

Buttons, ribbons, patches and other attached memorabilia tell the story of each student's experience at the college - events they've attended, causes they've championed, countries where they've traveled, honors they've received, friends they've made, good times they've shared.

Many college events offer a collectable button and the Student Life Office keeps a button-maker on stand-by for clubs and organizations.

In addition to the robes, seniors also express themselves through unique and often outrageous headgear. From silly hats and tiaras to mardi gras headresses, the game is on to see who has the top top.

Video: The Class of 2009 Processes to Opening Convocation

Randolph College's Preschool Program Rated One of Best in Virginia

Early childhood education program for Randolph's "youngest" students receives recognition under new state initiative

Randolph College Nursery School has received four-star rating from the Virginia Star Quality Initiative.

Randolph College’s Nursery School is one of just 31 childcare providers in the state to receive a four-star rating from the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, a new voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early learning programs. The four-star rating is the highest given to date.

“This was an intense year-long process, but the commitment was worth the time,” said Holly Layne, director of Randolph’s preschool program. “We were proud to learn we had received stars because the rating validates that we are providing a high quality early childhood experience for our children. Quality childcare is vital to ensuring that all children enter school prepared to succeed, not just academically, but in life.

“The Quality Improvement Plan is our main focus in this process,” she added. “It guides us along the path to continually improve our efforts to best serve children. All the programs in the Lynchburg area that are participating in QRIS should be commended for their commitment to quality. It has been nice to see the programs working together and supporting each other to ensure that every child in our region has access to quality care.”

The Virginia Star Quality Initiative is a system designed to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early child care and education settings that families consider for their children.

The Initiative is a partnership between the Office of Early Childhood Development and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and is part of an overall state plan to improve, integrate, and evaluate all early childhood services, infrastructure, and public engagement efforts in the Commonwealth. The program provides childcare providers and preschools with resources and mentors as well as a consistent measure of program quality.

Smart Beginnings Central Virginia is coordinating the effort regionally with early childhood educators. Three local early childcare providers received either three or four stars during the first year of the program.

“We’re very proud to have three such excellent programs that are continuously working to improve the standards for early childhood education,” said Gayle Lucado, coordinator for Smart Beginnings Central Virginia. “We offer our congratulations to Randolph for being one of the first to begin this process and for being so successful. We’re excited that we are going to be working with even more early childhood educators this coming year.”

Early learning providers who participate in the Star Quality Initiative are provided with a way to continually improve the quality of their services. The Initiative has five Star levels that incorporate and build upon current regulations for early care and education programs. The highest rating given this year was four stars.

“The Virginia Star Quality Initiative is much more than a rating; it recognizes provider achievements and improvements in quality.” said Phylis Benner, special projects manager for the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. “A program with a star rating has exceeded required standards and is on a quality improvement path; assures parents of its focus on providing high quality experiences for all children and reflects a culture of commitment to excellence among staff.”

Info about the Virginia Star Quality Initiative

  • Programs are awarded from one to five stars based on achievement in each of the four standard areas. The four standard areas in the Virginia Star Quality Initiative– 1) education, qualifications and training of the teaching staff; 2) interactions among teachers and students; 3) group size and child-to-teacher ratio; and 4) learning environment and instructional practices–have indicators that must be achieved for each star level.
  • Programs are assessed by a thorough documentation review and by on-site observations by trained and reliable Star Quality Raters. More than 100 programs in 13 communities across Virginia have been awarded a star rating.

For more information or to enroll in Randolph College’s preschool program , please see

For more information on the Virginia Star Quality Initiative and to see a list of rated early learning programs, go to

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Welcome and Welcome Back

The College welcomed 170 new students earlier this week and welcomes back returning students this weekend. Orientation for new students concludes today with an adventure program at a local ropes course. Returning students begin checking in this morning and will be moving in to their rooms throughout the day.

Later tonight, they'll all meet each other for the first time with a glow-stick rave party in the student center.

On the more serious side, the barista will be working overtime when classes begin Monday morning bright and early at 8 a.m. All are invited to attend the Convocation ceremony on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Students Greeted With Campus Improvements

Field and Track ComplexIt's been a busy summer as Randolph College continues to upgrade and improve our facilities.

Thanks to a gift from Mary Michels Scovanner ’77, students will notice improvements in various social spaces on campus including a renovation of the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Student Center, new billiards table, permanent lighting in the Dell, a portable sound system for parties, new bikes for the bike share program, new cardio equipment in Physical Education and Recreation center (gym) and a renovation of the Smith Hall Bar.

The new Field and Track complex is open for business. Runners, joggers, and walkers are invited to use the synthetic surface track. WildCat fans will enjoy watching women's and men's teams compete on the lighted all-weather surface from the new stands. View photos.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Preventing H1N1 Flu at College

As the new academic year commences at Randolph College, the Health Center and the Student Life Office are taking positive, proactive steps to keep students, faculty and staff healthy and prevent the threat of H1N1 flu (aka swine flu). H1N1 afflicts college-age populations particularly hard.

Officials have distributed hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes to all offices and faculty, worked to obtain vaccinations, and continually hold information sessions for students on how to avoid infection.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Randolph College Named a Forbes Best Buy

Forbes Best Buy Randolph College was the only private college in Virginia named a Best College Buy in the latest rankings from Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CACP). Randolph College also earned a spot in Forbes America’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges and the Best Colleges in the South lists.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges gave the College high praise for the rigor of its academic programs, naming it one of the nation's "best and most interesting" colleges. Randolph is one of just 12 Virginia colleges and 330 nationwide to be recognized.

The Princeton Review's Best 371 Colleges named Randolph a "Best Southeast College" and lauded the College's outstanding academics and diversity. Randolph ranked 12th among all colleges in having a high level of interaction between students of different races and classes.

U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2010 ranks Randolph in the Top Tier of national liberal arts colleges. The College was also recognized for our diversity and global focus — ranking 7th among those colleges in the percentage of international students on campus.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Randolph College to Host Girls Sports Clinic

Girls Sports Clinic logo Randolph College will participate in the Virginia Amateur Sports Girls Sports Clinic on September 19, 2009. The clinic is an opportunity for girls, ages 7-13, to experience athletics that they enjoy or are interested in. For more information regarding the event, please visit

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Best Colleges in Virginia

According to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2010, twelve colleges and universities in the state of Virginia are considered to be among the best colleges in the United States.

They are (in alphabetical order)...
All are outstanding institutions where you can get a great education.

There is a little something for everyone on this list. Small, medium and large colleges. Public and private institutions. Coed and single sex. Liberal arts colleges and research universities. NCAA Divisions I, I-A, II and III. Urban, small town and rural.

A college search is about finding the right "fit" for you. If you're looking for a Virginia college, consider this list a starting point. Take a good long look at each of these schools. You really can't go wrong.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

$1.4 Million Gift Will Provide Student Scholarships

A $1.4 million bequest dedicated to student scholarships from the estate of Margaret Pertzoff will help make a Randolph College education more affordable to future students. For 31 years, Pertzoff was a well-known, honored, and beloved professor at the college, teaching European and Russian history. The Margaret H. Pertzoff Endowed Scholarship Fund will enhance Randolph College's efforts to provide its students with financial assistance.

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