Thursday, March 28, 2013

Model U.N. team wins awards at national conference

Randolph College’s Model United Nations team brought home honors from the national conference in New York last week.

Tahan Menon ’16 and Sarah Terlizzi ’15 represent Portugal
on the Security Council during the Model U.N. Conference.
Sarah Terlizzi ’15 and Tahan Menon ’16 were named the best delegation to the Security Council at the conference, and Nabeel Mahmood ’15 and Penny Trieu ’15 received the award for the best position paper on the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development.

The honor surprised Menon, but it added a great finish to an already-great conference. “I didn't even really know there were awards until the last few days, so I wasn't thinking about it,” he said. “I thought it was going to be fun, but I didn't know we were going to win.”

The national conference allows students from about 400 colleges to role play as United Nations delegates from various countries. After spending months researching the culture, politics, and positions of their assigned country, they attend meetings, give speeches, and vote on actual issues facing the world.

Randolph’s students represented Portugal this year. Terlizzi said that it was hard to get attention as Portugal on the Security Council, but she and Menon managed to stay “in character,” representing the views that Portugal would take on the issues presented to them.

Jennifer Dugan, a political science professor who advises the Model U.N. team, said the Security Council dealt with difficult topics this year, but it did not surprise her that Terlizzi and Menon were named best delegates. “They were firm and creative diplomats who navigated tough issues and entrenched positions with great finesse,” she said.

Dugan said that Mahmood and Trieu earned their honor of best position paper by crafting a paper that communicated their knowledge and proposed solutions with clarity.

Trieu said that winning the award added a lot to her first experience at Model U.N. “It made me want to do it again.”

“This year’s team worked hard and pulled in the same direction during the entire conference,” Dugan said. “We had the right balance of veteran and first time delegates as well as exceptional leadership in our two head delegates; everyone helped each other.”

Menon said that Dugan was instrumental in the success students had at the conference. “She drilled us really well for that conference,” he said. “She deserves most of the credit or recognition.”

Student travel and participation in the Model U.N. program is made possible through a generous gift from Marilyn Hicks Fitzgerald ’68 and Michael P. Fitzgerald and through the support of the Gravely-Hampson Global Studies Fund.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bill Dunlap presents “Confessions of an Itinerant Painter” at Randolph College

Renowned artist Bill Dunlap shared a different approach toward making and experiencing art while visiting Randolph College recently. In a lecture punctuated with humor, he also shared a unique definition of art.

“It’s doing the difficult and making it look easy,” Dunlap told Randolph faculty and students gathered for his lecture. “There’s an art to everything. There’s an art to war. There’s an art to cooking.”

Bill Dunlap, second from the left, visits with Randolph community members.
Dunlap visited Randolph on March 19 to participate in art classes and tell students about his artistic career, which has spanned more than four decades. He toured the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, spoke to a class on post-war art at the Maier, visited students as they drew animals at a local animal shelter, and delivered a public talk titled “Confessions of an Itinerant Painter.”

Alumnae Susan Braselton Fant ‘84 and Katharine “Kitty” Stark Caldwell ‘74, who are friends of Dunlap, attended the lecture. Fant and her husband, Ruff, funded Dunlap’s visit and lecture.

“I’m one of the lucky ones,” Dunlap said. “I wanted to be an artist before I knew what one was.” When he was young, he began sketching family photographs. Later, while teaching art, he used his time on sabbatical to rent a studio and start making art. He so enjoyed the experience enough that he decided to pursue art full time.

He showed the audience many of his works of art and explained the ideas they represent. “I like to think that I paint pictures about things, not of things,” he said.

Ruff Fant, Susan Braselton Fant ’84, Bill Dunlap, Susan Klein, Randolph
College President John E. Klein, and Katherine Kitty Stark Caldwell ’74
Many of his paintings portray landscapes inspired by scenes along U.S. 29, a highway that runs through rural Virginia and connects several cities, including Lynchburg. He referred to these paintings as “hypothetical realism.” “These things aren’t real, but they could be,” he said.

The Blue Ridge Mountains, visible from the Randolph College campus, also find their way into many of his paintings—even when he paints scenes set in other countries. “It’s my world; I’ll do what I want with it,” he said.

Other recurring themes are his relatives, dogs, and stylistic renderings of a Rembrandt self-portrait. Dunlap said this variety of content sometimes leads to faulty interpretations of meanings behind his work. “I’m not complaining that I’m misunderstood, but they miss me all the time,” he said. “A lot of people these days write a thesis and then go find art that illustrates the thesis. I think they ought to look at the art and see what it’s trying to say.”

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Honor societies induct new members

More than 50 Randolph students were inducted into 11 honor societies at a recent ceremony. Membership in these prestigious organizations recognizes these students for academic accomplishments in their fields of study.

The honor societies and inducted students include:

Psi Chi — Psychology
Ryan Blackwell ’13
John Croney III  ’13
Lauren King ’15
Elizabeth van Noppen ’14
Emily Rist  ’14
Diep Trieu ’15
Brittney Via  ’14
Tsubasa Watanabe  ’14

Iota Sigma Pi  — Women in Chemistry
Laura Word ’13

Sigma Tau Delta — English
Emma Bartholomew ’14
Katherine Bickley ’14
Melissa Halka ’14
Mahareen Khalid ’14
Thomas Whitehead ’13

Eta Sigma Phi — Latin
Katy Boyer ’16
Natalia Froberg ’13
Hart Gillespie  ’15

Sigma Pi Sigma — Physics
Hart Gillespie ’15
Nam Hoang ’15
Chris Hollingsworth ’15
Tu Nguyen ’15

Alpha Kappa Delta — Sociology
Christina Noelle Budd ’13
Rachel Ann Cox ’13
Millie Symns ’13
Samantha Brooke Thacker ’13
Brittney Marie Via ’14
Tsubasa Watanabe ’14
Thomas J. Whitehead ’13

Chi Alpha Sigma — Scholar Athletes
John Croney ’13
John Grundy ’14
Amy Jacobs ’14
Brianne Roth ’13
Brittney Via ’14
Samim Yaquby ’13

Omicron Delta Epsilon — Economics
Huong Ngoc Doan ’14
Tung Thanh Ha  ’14
Amy Jacobs ’14
Jonghui Kim ’14
Nhung Hong Nguyen ’15
Binh Thanh Nguyen ’14
Lauren Stevenson ’13
Salina Tulachan ’15

Phi Alpha Theta — History
Christina Budd ’13
Rachel Ann Cox ’13
William B. Dede ’14
Lauren Dowdle ’13
Lauren A. King ’15
Samantha Maggard ’14
Marisa Lyn Mendez ’13
Teague C. Nelson ’14
Ryan D. Purrington ’14
Karen Rose ’13

TriBeta — Biology
Elizabeth Delery ’14
Kristen Hutchinson ’14
Lauren Liming ’14
Ellen Meadows ’15
Sara Ann Reed ’15
Katherine Riedel ’14
Anne Tran ’15
Jorge Vargas ’14

Pi Sigma Alpha — Political Science
Tra My Dinh Doan ’14
Ashley D. Edwards ’14
Risa T. König ’13
Samim Yaquby ’13

Colton Hunt ’13 Receives Josten’s Trophy, highest honor in NCAA Division III men's basketball

This afternoon, a Randolph College senior received the top national honor in NCAA Division III men’s basketball recognizing outstanding athletic talent, academic accomplishment, and community service.

Colton Hunt ’13, left, and Clay Nunley, Randolph's head men's
basketball coach, hold the 64-pound Josten's Trophy together.
Colton Hunt ’13 received the Josten’s Trophy during a ceremony in Salem, Virginia, where he was joined by his family, men’s basketball coach Clay Nunley, Randolph President John E. Klein, and Randolph faculty and staff. He was selected for this honor from among more than 7,000 other student athletes around the country. He is the first Randolph College student—and only the third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference—ever to receive this honor.

Many people in the Randolph community know Colton as a star athlete on the men’s basketball team who scored more than 1,800 points in his career here. But many of his peers also know him as the friend they can approach for help solving a challenging physics problem or understanding complex ideas in economics. His professors know him as a strong writer who works hard and maintains a nearly perfect GPA. Young people in North Carolina and Virginia Beach know him as a fun-loving and caring volunteer at Vacation Bible School and basketball summer camps.

“Colton is a great example of what we work for day in and day out in Division III athletics,” said Tina Hill, Randolph’s director of athletics.

Learn more about Colton Hunt ’13 and his accomplishments in this video, which was presented at the Josten’s Trophy award ceremony.
“We want to make sure we put our students in a position where they can excel and they can really develop to their potential. Colton certainly has done that.”

“We’re just thrilled that Colton has been recognized in this way,” Hill said.

“Colton Hunt is the kind of student that I’ve really enjoyed having in my classroom,” said economics professor John Abell, Hunt’s academic advisor. “He’s someone who is going to take the subject matter seriously, apply himself, and make connections across the curriculum.” Abell said Hunt is a sought-after tutor in several subjects.

Colton’s mother, right, and grandmother traveled to attend the award ceremony.
In addition to  Hunt’s accomplishments, his humility stands out to those who know him. “He’s balanced and he’s modest about his accomplishments,” said Klein. “He credits his teammates and his coach with his success, as well as his family.”

Hunt said he was proud, but also very thankful, when he learned that he had won the Josten’s Trophy. “It’s required some hard work and some effort on my own, but I would say I’m more fortunate to be here than I deserve to be here,” he said. “Ultimately, I’m somebody who is very fortunate.”

The Josten’s Trophy was created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia, and Jostens. In addition to the trophy awarded to Hunt, the prize includes a $1,000 donation to the Randolph College scholarship fund.
Randolph College President John E. Klein and his wife, Susan Klein, attended the award ceremony.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Science Festival grows thanks to gift

The legacy of Lynn Hume Stuart ’60 continues with the 2013 Science Festival, which begins Thursday.

Lynn Hume Stuart ’60 made a gift to support the
Randolph College Science Festival for five years.
Lynn was a long-time supporter of the College and many of its programs. Last fall, she and her husband, Bill Stuart, made a gift to Randolph College to support the annual Science Festival for five years. Lynn passed away a few weeks later, on Nov. 2. Their gift has been instrumental in growing the Science Festival, which continues to offer more events involving more people each year.

The Stuarts’ gift is also supporting the Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE), a program that allows students to apply for grants to pay for research, artistic pursuits, travel study, and other experiential learning endeavors. Read more about their gift in this recent article in the Bulletin.
The Science Festival will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a keynote address by Don Lincoln, a physicist involved last year in the discovery of the Higgs boson, which was one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs in recent history. Science Festival continues with events each day through Sunday. Get the full schedule here.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Acclaimed poet Ira Sadoff set for reading at Randolph

This Wednesday, the Randolph community will be treated to a reading by poet Ira Sadoff. The author of eight poetry collections, Sadoff has published poetry in works such as the Harper Anthology of American Literature and Great American Prose Poems. He has received the Creative Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts as well as a Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.

Most recently though, Sadoff has been serving as Randolph’s Writer in Residence as a part of the English Department’s Visiting Writers Series. During his stay at Randolph, he is teaching a one credit, special topics English class that is open to Randolph students. He will also make appearances in several other classes.

“It is an advantage for Randolph students to be exposed to a wide range of authors,” said Laura-Gray Street, an English professor at Randolph. Street is responsible for bringing Sadoff, who served as her thesis advisor, to campus. “He was a role model for me. He has such warmth, energy, and generosity as well as a remarkable presence,” Street said.

The poetry reading will start at 8pm in the Alice Ashley Jack Room. Refreshments will be served. This is also a Passport program event for First Year students. Any questions about the event can be sent to Street

Later in the semester, be on the lookout for one more reading by author Allison Hedge Coke.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Randolph Senior Earns Prestigious National 2013 Jostens Trophy

Randolph College men's basketball star Colton Hunt ' 13 has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Jostens Trophy.

The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year.

The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service Above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 16th year the award has been presented.

Hunt, who is from Whittier, North Carolina, is only the third player from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to ever receive the Jostens Trophy.

To read more, please see:

Alumna honored as CNN Hero

We knew Kakenya Ntaiya ’04 was a hero. Now CNN agrees.

The broadcasting network has named this alumna one the CNN Heroes of 2013, and she was the headline story on the CNN Heroes page this week.

Ntaiya was the first woman to convince leaders in her home village to allow her to attend college in the United States. After attending here for undergraduate school and proceeding to earn a Ph.D., she returned to her home village in hopes of providing education and brighter futures for girls there.

Last week, we shared Ntaiya’s TED Talk about her journey. Today, we are proud to present another telling of her courageous story. Read her story, “Woman challenges tradition, brings change to her Kenyan village,” and watch her video here:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Model U.N. students prepare to represent Portugal

Fifteen Randolph students are prepared to represent Portugal in the National Model United Nations Conference next week. They will give speeches, advocate for Portugal’s interests, and make decisions with students from around the world in five days of sessions that test students’ skills in diplomacy and their knowledge of global issues.

Randolph is one of about 400 colleges with a Model United Nations team. Throughout this semester, the Randolph delegates have explored how

Meet the Delegates

Randolph’s Model U.N. delegates are introducing themselves and documenting their participation in the conference on the Model U.N. blog. Check it out!
Portugal would position itself on issues such as renewable energy, empowering women, and food security. Preparing for Model U.N. makes it a unique classroom experience.

“It doesn’t even feel like a class,” said Jacob Lusczek ’14, one of the head delegates from Randolph. “It feels like you’re getting together with a group of friends to talk about issues.”

Students participate in Model U.N. for a variety of reasons. Lusczeck, for example, applied for the program after he enjoyed, and performed well in, a mock summit in his world politics class.
Sara Terlizzi ’15 got involved because of her growing interest in international law. “This is an opportunity to learn about the law firsthand and see how it is implemented,” she said.

Students have been assigned to various committees where they research specific topics that those committees will address during the national conference in New York. Terlizzi, who will represent Portugal on the Model U.N. Security Council, said this immersion has really put her in the mindset of the country. When she hears about world events in the news she automatically begins processing how people in Portugal would view the event.

On Tuesday, the student ambassadors tested their preparation with Randolph professors and staff members who played the role of foreign ambassadors and asked them to explain and defend their positions on the issues. On Saturday, they fly to New York to face similar questions from other students who also have spent the entire semester preparing. On Sunday they will attend a reception at the home of Kathy Brown ‘76.

“It’s time consuming, but the time that you put into it is very rewarding,” said Lusczek.

“It’s an experience that you won’t get with anything else,” said Terlizzi.

Student travel and participation in the Model UN program is made possible through a generous gift from Marilyn Hicks Fitzgerald ’68 and Michael P. Fitzgerald and through support of the Gravely-Hampson Global Studies Fund.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Three "Extra Special Flavor" performances with poetry, prose, and dance set for this week

This year’s Heritage Ensemble Flavor Show will fill Thoresen Theatre with Pan-African poetry, prose, and theatrics that will offer new experiences even for those who have seen the show before.

This year’s show, “Extra Special Flavor,” includes two performances with special appearances from alumnae.

Hiawatha Johnson Jr., left,  coaches students during a rehearsal
for "Extra Special Flavor," the 18th annual Flavor Show.
Hiawatha Johnson Jr., Randolph’s composer in residence, is directing the Flavor Show for the 18th year. He began producing the show because he saw a need for an outlet to reduce the unnecessary conflicts and confrontations, both between people and within individuals, that exist when people from different backgrounds are placed together. “I wanted to use the arts to speak to the flavor that we’ve added to this world,” he said.

That flavor will take the form of prose and poetry with a significant Pan-African essence, enhanced with movement, music, and theatrics. African American poets Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, and Maya Angelou will be featured at this week’s performances in addition to original works from faculty members, current students, and alumnae.

The show will be presented Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Each performance will convey the same message but in slightly different ways, Johnson said. Alumnae will perform in the Friday and Saturday shows.

The show is free to the Randolph community, $5 for the general public, and $2 to students from the general public.

The audience is encouraged to attend Pan World Coffeehouse, a campus-wide event featuring fashions performances that highlight cultures from around the world, which will begin at 7 p.m.

Bike share program gets five new bicycles

Randolph College’s bike share program has grown with the addition of five brand new bicycles that anyone on campus can check out and use.

The College received five new Trek bikes from Bikes Unlimited in Lynchburg on Monday. Randolph's Student Government provided funding for the new bikes to accommodate the bike share’s growing popularity as well as provide bikes that are more suited for trail riding.

Helena Gray ’16, bike share manager, and Ludovic Lemaitre ’11, sustainability coordinator,
show off the five new Trek bicycles that were added to the bike share program this week.
The bike share program was started several years ago to allow students to access bikes for short trips that they need to make and for exercise and recreation. The College is just a short distance from Lynchburg’s Blackwater Creek Trail, which is popular for biking. Faculty and staff members are welcome to check out the bikes, too.

People can sign out a bike at the information desk in the lobby of Main Hall. “All you have to do is go to the front desk and ask for a key and a helmet,” said Helena Gray, bike share manager. “You go and get the bike that corresponds with your key, and it’s yours until dusk.”

A few things to remember:

  • Check the brakes and tires before beginning your ride
  • Wear a helmet
  • Be aware of Lynchburg’s regulations for riding bikes
  • When finished with the bike, return it to the rack where you picked it up and lock it to the rack using the lock that corresponds with the bike’s number
  • Return the key and helmet to the front desk

Monday, March 11, 2013

Students visit psychology history museum

Spring break offered a group of psychology students the opportunity to learn more about the history behind psychological research and understanding.

Jordan Bailey ’14, Tina Barnes, psychology professor Rick Barnes,
Victoria Harris ’13, Cindy Ferguson ’13, and Robert Ferguson  went
on the trip to the Center for the History of Psychology.
Psychology professor Rick Barnes invited students from his History of Psychology course on a trip to the Center for the History of Psychology in Akron, Ohio. The center houses archives and artifacts from famous psychological experiments and includes educational exhibits detailing the history of the discipline. Students saw devices such as Henry Lavery’s psychograph, which was thought to measure mental aptitude, and Stanley Milgram’s shock machine, which was instrumental in a controversial study on obedience, among other artifacts and documents.

Cindy Ferguson ’13 said the experience was not to be forgotten. “I enjoyed seeing firsthand the tools and studies that we have discussed in class,” said Ferguson. “ I was inspired to continue to learn all that I can in this amazing field of psychology.”

Philosophy professor headlines Centenary's Forum with consumer ethics discussion

Randolph philosophy professor David Schwartz is taking the message of consumer ethics to Shreveport, Louisiana. Tonight, Schwartz will lead a discussion at Centenary College of Louisiana on the topic of the responsibility consumers have to be informed about the ethical practices of the companies whose products they purchase.

The college invited Schwartz to speak for Centenary’s Forum, an annual event that explores social issues. In conjunction with the event, Schwartz wrote an opinion article for the Shreveport Times and asked readers to contemplate the ethical question of whether to purchase shirts made and embroidered by slaves.

Schwartz is the author of Consuming Choices: Ethics in a Global Consumer Age, which explains the ethical questions consumers face and offers a guide in making ethical choices.

Randolph College Announces 2013 Commencement Speaker

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling will give Randolph College’s 2013 Commencement address May 12. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the Dell.

Bolling was elected to serve as the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2005. Prior to his election as Lieutenant Governor, Bolling served for 10 years in the Senate of Virginia, where he was widely recognized for his work on health care and natural resource issues. Prior to his service in the Senate, Bolling served as chairman of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors.

"I am pleased to have Lieutenant Governor Bolling as the College's 2013 Commencement speaker because, in addition to his successful forays in politics, he has struck me as a person who has had varied experiences in his life and relates to people on a personal level," said John E. Klein, president of Randolph College.

To read the full press release, please see:

Friday, March 8, 2013

Alumna's TED Talk now available online

Kakenya Ntaiya ’04 has captured many audiences with her personal journey that included becoming the first woman from her African village to attend college. Now a TED Talk about her accomplishments is available online.

Ntaiya delivered the speech last fall as part of the popular TED Talk series that features thought leaders from various fields. Titled “Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school,” the talk details life in her Massai village, her strategic efforts to convince her father and the village leaders to allow her to break tradition and attend college, and her decision to open a school for girls in her home village.

The speech was placed on the TED website this week. Watch it here: