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 RandolphWiki.net

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.

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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.
Learn more at www.randolphcollege.edu/sustainableliving

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 www.randolphcollege.edu/rcns

For more information on the Virginia Star Quality Initiative and to see a list of rated early learning programs, go to www.smartbeginnings.org/QRIS