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 Fran├žoise 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.