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.