Friday, December 17, 2010

The Physics of Sledding

Randolph Physics Professors Peter Sheldon and Katrin Schenk, along with her son, Finn, and husband Dan Healy, who works in the College's IT department, enjoyed sledding Friday on the front lawn of campus.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snow Blankets Campus

Five inches of snow blankets campus as students finish their final exams for the semester and prepare for the Winter Break.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Randolph College Professor Earns National Teaching Honor

Susan Stevens, a Randolph College classics professor, will receive the 2011 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

The AIA awards committee chooses one winner each year it feels demonstrates excellence in the teaching of archaeology. Nominations come from colleagues and students. Stevens will receive the award January 7, 2011 at the annual joint meeting of the AIA and the American Philological Association in San Antonio, Texas.

“It is really gratifying to be recognized for my undergraduate teaching,” Stevens said. “I’m proud to be a part of an organization that recognizes the efforts of teachers and I am appreciative of my students for participating in this.”

Two of Stevens’ students, Rhiannon Knol ’11 and Eric Struble ’11, are presenting a paper at the conference and will also be in attendance to see Stevens receive her award.

Stevens earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has taught at Randolph since 1993 and is now the Catherine E. and William E. Thoresen Chair of Humanities.

Her expertise centers on Roman and Early Christian art and archeology, burial archeology, and late Roman architecture. In addition to teaching Latin and archeology courses at Randolph, Stevens also regularly conducts fieldwork, most recently in Tunisia. She is co director of excavations at Leptiminus at an underground Christian burial complex. She also speaks Latin, Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Tunisian Arabic.

As president of the Lynchburg chapter of the AIA, Stevens helps coordinate four speakers a year for the community. “Most small cities do not even have chapters,” she said. “Ours is pretty active.”

The AIA award is especially important to Stevens because of its emphasis on teaching in archaeology. “It means a lot to be celebrated specifically for teaching in the area of my own research and for bringing undergraduates into archaeology,” she said.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hundreds Turn out for Congressional Debate in Smith Hall Theatre

As voters prepare to go to the polls on Nov. 2, more than 300 students, faculty, staff and the general public attended Wednesday evening’s 5th District Congressional Debate in Smith Hall Theatre on Randolph’s campus. The debate featured incumbent Democrat Congressman Tom Perriello and Robert Hurt, a Republican state senator challenging Perriello.

The debate was sponsored by the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer Gauthier, chair of the communication studies department at Randolph, moderated the debate. Questions were asked by a panel of eight media representatives from local and regional newspaper, television, radio outlets.

Most of the topics discussed revolved around business issues facing the region, including creating jobs and the effects of the new health care bill on small businesses.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Randolph College Students and Faculty Visit with French Delegation

Randolph College French students served as translators in October for a group of French citizens visiting Lynchburg as part of the city’s Sister City program. The French delegation is from Rueil-Malmaison in France.

Randolph French professor Françoise Watts and Tina Johnson, director of the Experiential Learning Center, are both on the board of Lynchburg’s Sister City program.

Patrick Glynn ’12, Elizabeth Delery ’14, Rachel Cox ’13, and Michaela D’Angelo ’12 all served as translators for the delegation. Other French students participated as well.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Randolph Students Meet Howard Dean

About two dozen Randolph students met with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean on Monday afternoon to ask him a range of questions relating to current economic conditions, healthcare reform, the environment and the upcoming November election.

Dean, a former presidential candidate and past chairman of the Democratic National Committee, later addressed a large crowd of students and the public Monday evening in Smith Hall Theatre.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Randolph College President John E. Klein Joins With Nursery School Students to Set a World Record

Randolph College President John E. Klein joined thousands across Lynchburg and the nation Oct. 7 to set a new world record for the largest shared reading experience on a single day. Klein read Snowy Day to preschoolers at the Randolph College Nursery School.

The event, part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record™ is designed to draw attention to the growing crisis in early childhood education in America. Today half of children from low-income neighborhoods START school one-two years behind their peers. When these children start behind, they stay behind.

Presented in partnership with Pearson, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record has helped more than three million participants share in the power of reading since 2006—all while setting a world record for the most children reading the same book on the same day. Smart Beginnings of Central Virginia is coordinating the Read for the Record event in Lynchburg.

“We are excited to be part of Smart Beginnings CVA’s effort to be a leader in the nation by having a large number of children read to on this day,” said Holly Layne, director of Randolph College’s preschool program. “Current research overwhelmingly supports the importance of facilitating early and emerging literacy skills in preschool-age children as a critical foundation for literacy development. This event is a positive way to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy skills, and our students love when members of the Randolph community take time out of their busy schedules to read to them.”

Presented in partnership with Pearson, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record has helped more than three million participants share in the power of reading since 2006—all while setting a world record for the most children reading the same book on the same day. Smart Beginnings of Central Virginia is coordinating the Read for the Record event in Lynchburg.

This annual global celebration of reading and community service highlights the importance of reading to very young children to develop crucial early language and literacy skills, and supports Jumpstart’s mission of ensuring that every child enters school prepared to succeed.

In 2009, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign broke its own record for the world’s largest shared reading experience. More than two million children were read Eric Carle’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar at organized events across the U.S. and around the world, starting on NBC’s TODAY Show. Hundreds of thousands of Penguin books were donated to children in need, and more than $1.4 million was raised to support Jumpstart’s work with preschool children.

A 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, The Snowy Day is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day.

Meet Howard Dean at Randolph on Monday

Howard Dean will visit Randolph’s campus on Monday. He'll tap into his extensive political experience as a former presidential candidate, governor of Vermont and chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

And if you have a question about the current political environment, Dean will be glad to provide his insights.

Dean will speak to students and the public Monday night (Oct. 11) at 7:30 in Smith Hall Theatre. He says college-age voters have had a strong influence on recent elections and should not be overlooked.

“President Obama was elected by people under 35. It was the first time in my life in politics that more people under 35 voted than people over 65,” Dean said recently. “That’s extraordinary, because seniors always vote, but young people came out in huge numbers. It’s a very big generational change.”

Dean visits college campuses frequently to talk about politics, the economy, health care, education and the environment. He likes to talk one-on-one with students during his visits.

“I encourage questions,” he said. “And I don’t mind questions from people who disagree with me.”

Tickets to the event are free. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Send an e-mail to with your name, address, phone, e-mail, preferred contact method and the number of tickets requested. You will receive an e-mail with confirmation and information on how to pick up the tickets.

Additional information about tickets and attendance can found at

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lee Ann Roripaugh to read poetry at Randolph College

Poet Lee Ann Roripaugh will from her new poetry collection, On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. in the Smith Hall/Jack Lounge at Randolph College.

Lee Ann Roripaugh’s third volume of poetry, On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year, was recently released by Southern Illinois University Press. A second volume, Year of the Snake, also published by Southern Illinois University Press, was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004.

Her first book, Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books, 1999), was a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series. The recipient of a 2003 Archibald Bush Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, she was also named the 2004 winner of the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, the 2001 winner of the Frederick Manfred Award for Best Creative Writing awarded by the Western Literature Association, and the 1995 winner of the Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize.

Roripaugh is currently a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pumpkin Parade 2010

President John Klein and his "gang" kick off the 2010 Pumpkin Parade festivities with their parody of a Steppenwolf classic - "Born to Be Odd".

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Randolph College to Host Congressional Election Debate

Congressman Tom Perriello (D) and state Senator Robert Hurt (R) will debate at 4:30 p.m. on October 27, 2010 in the Smith Hall Theatre at Randolph College.

A panel will direct questions to the candidates focusing their questions on issues concerning business and the economy.

Perriello and Hurt are campaigning for the Virginia 5th District seat to the United States House of Representatives.

This event is sponsored by the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and Randolph College.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Howard Dean to Speak at Randolph College (updated)

Former presidential candidate Howard Dean will speak at Randolph College on October 11, 2010.

Dean served as governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003 and was a front runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential election, eventually won by John Kerry.

As chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009, Dean was a pioneer in the area of internet fundraising and developed the "50 State Strategy" which led to Democrat electoral victories in 2006 and 2008.

About the Event

Dean will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Hall Theatre on the campus of Randolph College. The address will be open to the public.

About Howard Dean
  • CNBC Contributor
  • Founder, Democracy for America
  • Chairman, Democratic National Committee, 2005-2009
  • Architect of the “50-State Strategy”
  • 2004 Candidate for the Democratic Nomination for President
  • Governor of Vermont, 1991-2003
Howard Dean's groundbreaking campaign for the U.S. Presidency and subsequent four years as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee have provided him with both an insider's view and a reformer's commitment to the economy, foreign trade policy and international relations. His 12 years as Governor and his Chairmanship of the National Governor's Association have given him a vast knowledge of domestic issues.

His skillful stewardship of the party as Democratic National Committee chair began in 2005 and continued through the inauguration of President Barack Obama. As Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Governor Dean made the Democratic Party competitive in every race, in every district, in every state and territory, while integrating national and state party operations and standing up for Democrats' core values.

Reserved Tickets

Tickets to "Randolph College presents Howard Dean" in Smith Hall Theatre are free. Seating is limited and a ticket is required for entrance. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets will be available to the general public beginning September 29. Send an e-mail to with your name, address, phone, e-mail, preferred contact method and the number of tickets requested. You will receive an e-mail on October 6 with confirmation and information on how to pick up tickets.

Randolph College students, faculty and staff should consult the Portal ( for information on how to reserve tickets.

General Admission (closed circuit venues)
Dean's speech will also be broadcast via closed circuit television in the Smith Hall Banquet Room. General admission seating for the closed circuit broadcast is free. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Monday, September 13, 2010

David Caplain to read poetry at Randolph College

David Caplan will read from his poetry on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. in Jack Lounge of Smith Hall on the campus of Randolph College.

Caplan specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American literature. His scholarly interests include poetics and contemporary poetry. His published works include Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form (Oxford University Press 2004; paperback 2006) Poetic Form: An Introduction (Longman, 2006), and In the World He Created According to His Will (poems) (University of Georgia Press / VQR Poetry Series, 2010).

He serves as a contributing editor to the Virginia Quarterly Review and Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, and an affiliated researcher (Chercheur Affilié) at the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Poétique Appliquée at the University of Liège where he was a Fulbright lecturer.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cast Announced for Fall Production of "Reckless"

Mace Archer, new assistant professor of theatre, has hit the ground running as he directs WildCat Theatre's fall production of Craig Lucas' "Reckless".

This dark comedy has been described as "one of the wildest theatrical rides your likely to take, full of twists and turns, reversals and obstacles, and finally, pathos and discovery. Christmas will never be the same."

Congratulations to the following students who have been cast in the production.
  • Rachel -- Christine Gnieski '13

  • Tom – T.J. Story '13

  • Lloyd – Matthew Cornpropst '14

  • Pooty – Marian Van Noppen '12

  • Roy – Chad Ramey '13

  • Trish – Kate Allen '11

  • Doctor 1-5 – Rebekah Baumgartner '12

  • Doctor 6 – Emily Perry '12

  • Tim Timko – Chad Ramey '13

  • TV Reporter – Khanh Hong '14

  • Talk Show Host – Nia King '14

  • Sue – Kate Allen '11

  • Man in Ski Mask -- Chad Ramey '13

  • Woman Patient – Khanh Hong '14

  • Receptionist – Nia King '14

  • Tom Jr. – T.J. Story '13

Performances will take place October 29-31 and November 4-6, 2010.

Learn more at the WildCat Theatre site...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rick Barnes blogs from Semester at Sea

Rick Barnes, professor of psychology and environmental studies, is spending
the fall 2010 semester teaching aboard a ship as it cruises around the world.

Barnes is teaching two courses, Environmental Psychology and Sustainable Communities, with Semester at Sea. Special guest on the Fall 2010 voyage is Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The ship visits 11 ports in Africa and Asia...

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Cadiz, Spain
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Takoradi, Ghana
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Chennai, India
  • Singapore
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
  • Hong Kong / Shanghai, China
  • Yokohama / Kobe, Japan
  • Honolulu / Hilo, Hawaii, USA
  • San Diego, California, USA

Follow Professor Barnes' journey on his blog...

About Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea (SAS) is a study abroad program founded in 1963, now managed by the Institute for Shipboard Education in Charlottesville, Virginia. The University of Virginia's the current academic sponsor for the program while the program, itself, is run on a cruise ship called the MV Explorer. Throughout the history of the program, nearly 50,000 undergraduate students from more than one thousand colleges and universities have participated in Semester at Sea.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Blogging from Britain

A new crop of students from Randolph and other colleges are spending this academic year at the University of Reading with the Randolph College: The World in Britain program. Three of them—Susie Lukens ’12, Jamey Hagy ’12, and Samantha Lower (Univ. of California at Irvine)—are blogging about their experience.

Follow along at...

About Randolph College: The World in Britain

Since 1968, Randolph College has provided a program of study at the University of Reading, England. As many as 35 students from Randolph College and a variety of other American colleges and universities can participate at any one time. Students may choose to study a full year or one semester during their junior year. Students live in one of three College-owned residences adjacent to the Reading campus.

Learn more at...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jennifer Gauthier wins Larew Award for teaching

Jennifer Gauthier, associate professor of communication studies, was named as the recipient of the Gillie A. Larew Distinguished Teaching Award during Convocation ceremonies August 31, 2010 at Randolph College.

The award is given annually to a faculty member for outstanding teaching.

"Gauthier is known for being both challenging and caring." said Dennis Stevens, dean of the college, in announcing the award. "One of her students said that she 'is a gifted thinker and educator and an asset to this academic community.' Another said that 'it seems as if she never has an ‘off’ day."

"She is liked and respected by her colleagues. My predecessor referred to her as 'a walking power plant' because of the energy and enthusiasm she brings to her students. She takes her teaching seriously, both in and out of the classroom, as is shown by her work in leading the Driver Film Festival, which focused on social issues of intense concern to students."

The Gillie A. Larew Distinguished Teaching Award was established to honor Gillie Larew for her amazing contribution to the college. She was a student at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1900 and returned to teach mathematics for 46 years. She also served as Dean of the College for four years. It is the oldest of our faculty awards, having been first presented in 1968. The recipient is chosen by a committee of former winners in consultation with the Dean of the College.

Randall Speer wins Davidson Award

Randall Speer, associate professor of music, was named as the recipient of the Katherine Graves Davidson Award during Convocation ceremonies August 31, 2010 at Randolph College.

The award is given annually to a faculty member who has brought distinction to the College.

"This year's winner has had a significant impact on our community," said Dennis Stevens, dean of the college, in announcing the award. "Not only is he a respected teacher, but he has enriched our lives by his contributions to the cultural life of the college and the greater Lynchburg community."

In the past year, Speer has published two original choral works, organized and directed the collaborative production of Mozart's Requiem, and led a student Summer Research team in a project to catalog the College's music archives. Speer serves as director of the Randolph College Chorale and the Touch of Harmony vocal jazz ensemble. He has composed original works for Randolph College theatre productions and served as a judge for community music competitions.

Speer has taken the power of music to Westminster Canterbury, and he has brought the power of music to Randolph College students in his international study seminar in Austria, Italy, and Bulgaria.

"A colleague says that he is affable, quick to laugh, optimistic, cheerful, never complains, and works incredibly hard," said Stevens.

The Katherine Graves Davidson Award was established in 1975 to honor Trustee Emerita Katherine Graves Davidson, '35. The award has been made possible by gifts from Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilson Newman in recognition of the services rendered to private education by Mrs. Davidson and her husband, Frank G. Davidson. It is given annually to a faculty member who has brought distinction to the college. The recipient is chosen by a committee of local alumni, in consultation with the Dean of the College.

Emily Chua wins Davidson Scholarship Award

Emily Chua, associate professor of music, was named as the first recipient of the Katherine Graves Davidson Scholarship Award, during opening convocation ceremonies at Randolph College on August 31, 2010.

The award, named in honor of former Trustee Katherine Graves Davidson and made possible by gifts from Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilson Newman, is designed to call attention to the importance of faculty scholarship, including creative activity.

Chua has been described by her colleagues as "thoughtful, energetic, and an outstanding pianist who gives selflessly of herself." In addition to her many recitals both on and off campus, Chua has gained a reputation for her musical scholarship.

In collaboration with Nicholas Ross she released a CD entitled "A Piano Odyssey: Kent Holliday."

"If you haven't had the opportunity to listen to it, I recommend that you do," said Dennis Stevens, dean of the college, in announcing the award. "I was particularly touched by her interpretation of the Sonata for Piano, which includes Holliday's musical response to the events of September 11, 2001. I was deeply touched by it, and I am sure that it will also speak to you."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dr. Quillian Addresses Class of 2010

With the beauty of Randolph College’s Dell as the backdrop, Dr. William F. Quillian, Jr., president emeritus, presented the 2010 Commencement address Sunday, May 16 to 125 graduates. The 97-year-old was the keynote speaker at a special ceremony honoring Randolph College’s heritage as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Student Government Election Results

Congratulations to the leaders elected to student government and class leadership offices for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Student Government Executive Board
  • President: Carl Coffey

  • Vice President: Marja Copeland

  • Treasurer: Khandarmaa Enkhbold
Judiciary Board
  • Chair: Aneliese Apala

  • 2011 Rep: Sara Goldstein

  • 2011 Rep: Caleb Moxley

  • 2011 Rep: Arielle Orem
  • 2012 Rep: Meghan Luksic

  • 2012 Rep: Patrick Glynn
  • 2013 Rep: Ryan Woloshin

  • 2013 Rep: Lee Nutter

  • 2013 Rep: John Croney
Social Violations Hearing Board
  • 2012 Rep: Alexandra Starbuck
  • Main Hall: Will Berke

  • Main Hall: Jael Daniely

  • Main Hall: Erinn Sudol

  • West Hall: Derrick Woods-Morrow

  • Webb Hall: Megan Dillard

  • Wright Hall: Meredith Humphreys

  • Moore Hall: Rachel Cox
2011 Class Officers
  • President: Amanda Roberts

  • Vice President: Meica Green
2012 Class Officers
  • President: Kira Chhatwal

  • Secretary: Jessica Cline
2013 Class Officers
  • President: Catherine Godley

  • Vice President: Zara Sibtain

Friday, March 19, 2010

Holi - The Festival of Colors

Randolph students gathered in Bell Quad to dance and smear each other with color in recognition of Holi - the Hindu Festival of Color.

Participants decorated themselves and others with brightly colored powders and danced in the sun to music provided by WWRM deejays. Passersby and observers were invited to join in the fun. Those who did not want to get too messy often settled for a couple of small dashes of color on the forehead and cheeks.

Said one student who was unsuspectingly roped in on the way back from class, "I'm not really sure what's going on here... but I like it!"

Celebrated all over India since ancient times, Holi was originally an agricultural festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Holi is a time when people and nature alike throw off the gloom of winter and rejoice in the colors and liveliness of spring. It is a time to let loose.