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...