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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.)


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