Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Men's Soccer team ready for European tour

Randolph’s men’s soccer team is embarking on a European tour ahead of their fall 2013 season.
The men's soccer team practiced on campus for a week in preparation for their European tour.
Tomorrow, head coach Bryan Waggoner and 21 student-athletes will depart for London where they will spend more than a week seeing sights, competing in matches against international teams, and observing professional soccer games.

The team took a similar trip three years ago, and Waggoner said it was an incredible way for the team to bond, improve their skills, and have an intercultural experience. He looks forward to seeing that happen again.

“We saw our team grow tremendously on our last European soccer tour in 2010. The 2013 tour provides an outstanding opportunity for the team to further develop their team chemistry, and it will be a great way to launch our upcoming season. I am confident that this team with 14 seniors, a strong core of returning players, and energetic first-year student-athletes will continue to excel.”

Throughout the trip, the WildCat Athletics Facebook page will post photos that Waggoner sends in as the group tours England.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

News stories feature Randolph in Virginia Private College Week stories

Julia Kim ’14 leads a tour during Virginia Private College Week
Two local television stations came to Randolph College recently for news stories about Virginia Private College Week.

Their stories show Randolph students giving tours and a prospective student talking about what she is looking for in a College. They also include interviews with Michael Quinn, Randolph's vice president for enrollment management.
It’s not too late!
Visit Randolph and two other participating private colleges through Saturday, August 3 and you can receive three application fee waivers.
Find out more.

Here are the stories:

Virginia Private College Week kicks off by WSET.

Virginia private colleges open doors to prospective students by WDBJ-7.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Martha's Vineyard Museum internship confirms career choice

Lian Perez ’14 believes that she has discovered her future career through her Randolph College studies. Working as a public relations intern at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum this summer, she has explored that career path and learned more about museum promotion and marketing.

And it’s a perfect fit, she says.

“I’ve always wanted to do something related to art, but I didn’t really want to follow a curatorial route,” said Perez, who is majoring in art history and museum studies. “I love working with artifacts, but I’m more interested in working with people.”
On a trip to New York during her sophomore year, Perez decided to pursue a career in museum marketing and communications. She has been taking many communication studies classes, too, in preparation for that.

“Communicating effectively and putting out the best image of the museum helps the museum to grow,” she said. “If you are a nonprofit museum, you rely on your supporters. They want to see that their donations are being used wisely.”

Last year, she was excited to discover an internship opportunity at the museum of the well-known resort island Martha’s Vineyard. She worked with Maryam Brown ’02, Randolph’s internship coordinator, to perfect her application. An interview over the phone then went very smoothly. “The initial reaction was very positive and I could tell I would be able to work well with them,” she said.

After being selected for the internship, Perez applied for and received a Randolph Innovative Student Experience grant to help cover the costs of moving to Martha’s Vineyard for the summer for the internship.

Perez has been working on a variety of marketing and events tasks, everything from writing a press release to announce an upcoming program to crowd control during an event. This has taught her many aspects of planning and executing educational and fundraising events, lessons she looks forward to applying when she helps raise money and plan for Randolph’s senior dinner dance this year.

But most importantly, this internship has confirmed that she made a good decision to pursue this career. “I go into the internship every day exciting and smiling. Sometimes I don’t want to leave,” she said. “It makes me feel really confident that I’m going to be very happy with my career. A lot of people are unhappy with their employment, so it’s nice to know that I’ll be happy and really enjoy what I’m doing.”

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Visit Randolph during Virginia Private College Week 2013

Will Dede ’14 knows how important a college tour is for families and students searching for a college. Seeing Randolph College in person helped him realize it was the right college for him. “When you visit a school, you have a feeling that comes to you,” he said. “I had that feeling.”

Dede is one of four Randolph students who will be giving campus tours to visitors during Virginia Private College Week. This annual event allows high school students to learn more about private colleges as well as save some money—rising juniors and seniors who visit at least three participating colleges from July 29 – August 3 will receive three application fee waivers.

Visit Randolph College
during Virginia Private College Week
July 19 – August 3, 2013
Get more information and schedule your tour here.
Randolph College’s student Gold Key Guides will be on hand to give tours during Virginia Private College Week at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Monday – Friday, and one session at 9 a.m. that Saturday.

We wanted to give our visitors the chance to meet the Gold Key Guides in advance of next week’s tours, so we asked them to tell us a little about themselves. Here is what they told us:

Chelsea Fox ’15

Hometown: Culpeper, VA

Why I chose Randolph: I had no idea what I wanted in a college, but as soon as I took my tour I knew that this was where I should spend the next four years!

My major: Music

My favorite stop on the tour: My favorite part of the campus tour is talking about the traditions like the Even and Odd Rivalry, Ring Week, and Pumpkin Parade because they are part of what makes us unique!

Be sure to ask me: I always hope people ask me about campus life and events because I love sharing all of the wonderful experiences that I've had here.

Julia Kim ’14

Hometown: Wonju, South Korea

Why I chose Randolph: I went to high school in Hawaii and I wanted to come to the east coast for an experience. I loved the size of Randolph College and how friendly the faculty and staff were. I felt very comfortable coming here from a faraway location.

My major: I am majoring in economics and minoring in studio art.

My favorite stop on the tour: I love showing our new student center and the view from the 4th floor, the fitness center. It is just so beautiful.

Be sure to ask me: Anything! I will try my best to answer whatever question you have. I enjoy talking about the class environment and how awesome our professors are.

Will Dede ’14

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Why I chose Randolph: I always wanted to attend a small private liberal arts college, and get out of Missouri. I looked at five liberal arts colleges throughout Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. When you visit a school, you have a feeling that comes to you—I had that feeling.

Also, moms know, and mine knew Randolph would be a good fit.

I’m studying: Double-Major in political science and History with minors in philosophy and religious studies.

My favorite stop on the tour: My favorite parts are the library and the Experiential Learning Center because those two places show how students receive a much better education here than at other institutions.

Be sure to ask me: Why go to Randolph College?

May Soe ’14

Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar

Why I chose Randolph: I was looking for a small college where I can establish close relationships with faculty, staff, and friends while fulfilling my academic dreams. Randolph seemed to satisfy all of my wants so I decided to attend Randolph; and I was not disappointed at all about my decision.

My major: Business, and a minor in mathematics and chinese studies.

My favorite stop on the tour: Explaining self-scheduled exams and the Experiential Learning Center. I love telling visitors how Randolph students are privileged to schedule exams on our own. I am really satisfied to live under the Honor Code, where everyone values integrity.

And last summer, thanks to the ELC, I had a chance to do an internship with Energizer in Shanghai, China. The internship experience was amazing.

Be sure to ask me: More about the opportunities that Randolph offers (such as internships abroad, RISE grant), and more about how Liberal Arts education works.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Research examines Virginia history for professor's book

A Randolph College professor and student dove deep into historical archives to bring to life critical periods of the history of Virginia and America this summer.

John D’Entremont, the Theodor H. Jack Professor of History, has been working on his book Endowed by Their Creator: The Story of Virginia in the Saga of America. He calls it “an American history book disguised as Virginia history” because it uses Virginia to examine important issues and themes that have impacted the nation as a whole, such as religious freedom, slavery, and democracy. “Virginia really is a microcosm of America,” he said.

D’Entremont recruited Will Dede ’14 to work with him during Randolph’s Summer Research Program. They have traveled to the University of Virginia to read letters and newspaper articles that highlight individuals who illustrate racism in America.

One of those individuals is Frederick Holliday, a pro-slavery Virginia governor after the Civil War. When Holliday was succeeded by a governor who did not share his racist views, he traveled the world to find societies that agreed with him that blacks were inferior. “Holliday left Virginia for 15 years to look for Virginia, the way Virginia used to be,” D’Entremont said.

The other individual is James Kilpatrick, a Virginia newspaper editor who promoted massive resistance to the integration of public schools, even after the Supreme Court had ordered integration. “He used the News Leader as his pulpit to preach the evils of integration and the evils of an intrusive federal government,” D’Entremont said. “He was not stunted or tarred by his association with segregation. Actually, that was the springboard to national fame and wealth.”

D’Entremont and Dede read many handwritten letters from each of these individuals describing their views on politics and race. Dede focused more on Kilpatrick’s papers, including letters exchanged with readers and politicians. “It’s kind of moving just to be able to hold these papers that he was sitting there writing himself 50 to 60 years ago,” he said.

Dede is especially interested in the influence Kilpatrick has had on modern politics by removing race from the dialogue about segregation and other issues. “He was able to frame it as not necessarily a race issue, but as overreach by the federal government and by the courts,” he said. “He clearly did a good job of framing the argument.”

Dede has been very surprised by some of the heated rhetoric and boldly racist claims he read in the letters. D’Entremont said this is because for decades, the nation has tried to forget many racist moments from its past. But the country can learn from its mistakes only as Dede and others his age explore the depth of racism and other problems in history. “It’s only with people like him that we have any chance of being a mature and healthy society able to recognize our own flaws,” he said.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Eighteen weddings in one day? Internship helps student experience wedding planning industry

A few weeks ago, Ashley Fratus ’14  threw 18 weddings in one day.

Fratus is interning at the Mandalay Bay Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, which hosts more than 1,700 weddings each year. The fast-paced environment is giving her a crash course in the skills that she hoped to build this summer. “I was trying to find a place that would open a lot of doors for me in the future,” Fratus said. “It’s giving me hands-on experience in the exact field that I want to go into eventually.”

Fratus, a business major and psychology minor, hopes to become an event planner specializing in wedding events. “I’ve always been a really organized person, and I just loved to plan everything,” she said. “I also really like to interact with people. Event planning combines both of those things that I love to do. It plays right into the skills that I already have.”

This spring, she was looking for a summer opportunities in Las Vegas, her home city. She contacted Mandalay Bay’s chapel director, who offered her a 10-week position as an assistant to the chapel’s six coordinators.

The experience has allowed Fratus to learn about various wedding traditions, as well as detailed parts of making a wedding go smoothly, such as sending wedding party members down the aisle at exactly the right times. She also has seen the importance of good business management. “Since they have such a high volume, there is a lot of organization and planning that goes into it,” she said. “I’m learning how everything flows together.”

Monday, July 15, 2013

Students enjoy Amazement Square internship

Two Randolph students have enjoyed their summer internship so much that they offered to continue the work as volunteers.

Mai Dam ’15 and Alyssa DeNisco ’14 have spent the summer planning and marketing events for Amazement Square, an interactive children’s museum a few miles from the College. They helped promote weekend educational events as well as the Ugly Bug Ball, a fundraiser in October. Ashleigh Karol, director of marketing, was impressed by their work as well as their requests to continue working even after their internships are done.

Mai Dam ’15, left, and Alyssa DeNisco ’14 meet with Ashleigh Karol to
discuss plans for Amazement Square's fall fundraiser, the Ugly Bug Ball.
“They both have been here through the summer and have fulfilled their credit requirements, but they both want to be here in the fall as volunteers,” Karol said.

The students decided to continue working with Amazement Square so they could see the fruits of the work they completed this summer. “We both are excited by the way Amazement Square does their work,” said Dam, a business major from Vietnam. “We helped plan the Ugly Bug Ball from the start. We don’t want to leave in the middle of the process.”

DeNisco, a communication studies major from New York, added that this internship has taught her a lot about techniques for planning and marketing an event. Staying a few extra months will allow her to see how that process continues up to and after an event.

Part of the students’ internship duties includes social media outreach, including devising, writing, and posting updates on social networks. “We already know a lot about Facebook and Twitter, just from growing up with them,” DeNisco said. “Using them to market is different.”

Amazement Square has offered internships to Randolph students frequently in the past, and one student, Laura Walsh ’15, has worked there as a paid employee since the spring of 2012. The College and the museum recently created a formal partnership that includes an exploration of more internship opportunities. Karol said that having interns and volunteers is vital to the organization, and she hopes the experience will help students launch careers. “I hope they see us as the type of organization they can come back to for references,” she said. “I try to give them as much experience as possible.”

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New president meets students, staff, faculty ... and horses

During his first full week on the job, Randolph's new president has been exploring campus and meeting members of the community.

On Monday, Bradley W. Bateman took some time to visit with many people at a staff and faculty ice cream social. On Tuesday, he spent most of his day touring campus buildings, including a stop by the Randolph College Riding Center, where he learned how much the horses like peppermint candy.

Caitlin Unterman ’12, a Randolph rider who is now studying for a Master of Arts in Teaching at Randolph and teaching physical science at nearby Forest Middle School, was pleased to see Bateman’s interest in the Riding Center. “I think the new president is a great addition to the already close-knit family community at Randolph,” she said. “He is personable and charismatic, which makes him approachable and easy to talk to. It was a joy to meet him and share my love of the Riding Center with him.”

“I enjoyed the warm reception I have experienced while meeting more Randolph faculty and staff members over the past few days,” Bateman said. “I have learned a lot about the College’s campus, programs, and, most importantly, its people.”

“This has been a wonderful beginning to my presidency, and I look forward to meeting more members of the community, including students, alumnae, and alumni, in the coming months.”

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Christine Gnieski ’13 shares love of theatre on summer tour

This summer, children in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Florida are developing a love and talent for theatre with the help of Christine Gnieski ’13.

Christine Gnieski ’13, right, has been touring with Missoula Children's Theatre.
Gnieski is on tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), a company that sends theatre professionals to communities to teach musicals to children and teenagers. Each Sunday, Gnieski and another actor drive to a new town to produce a musical rendition of the Pinocchio story. They hold auditions, select actors and assistant directors, and perform the show twice on the weekend. Then they drive to a new location and start again.

Randolph theatre professor Mace Archer introduced Gnieski to MCT’s artistic director during a theatre conference this spring. Gnieski interviewed for a position and was quickly hired.

Gnieski was well known for her acting career at Randolph, performing in plays such as The Rocky Horror Show, Spring Awakening, Avenue Q, and Uncle Vanya. Her long-term goal is to act on Broadway. MCT is the perfect place to start because it allows her to tour and is helping her gain the experience she needs to try her hand at larger venues. “Also, it’s hard to find a professional actor who has never done children’s theatre,” she said.

“This is a great job to jump-start my acting career because, not only am I teaching younger generations to have a love for theatre, but I'm also really solidifying my love and respect for theatre as well,” she said. “If you can teach sixty 5- to 17-year-olds a one hour musical in five days, what can’t you do?”

Monday, July 8, 2013

Students continue studying inertial navigation

Tim Slesinger ’14 continued research this summer to find a way to turn one of the most common electronic devices into a powerful navigational tool.

Last summer, he began working with Peter Sheldon, a Randolph physics professor, to find a way to use smartphones and other common electronic devices for inertial navigation, a process which tracks an object’s speed, direction, location, and orientation using only physical forces generated by the motion rather than outside sources such as GPS satellites. They used an iPod Touch to record accelerometer data while riding roller coasters, and then Slesinger worked with that data to try extrapolating the roller coaster’s route.

This summer, Alex Tran ’15 joined the project. They focused on more basic experiments to determine how they can most accurately record and analyze accelerometer information. Most of their experiments involved a one-dimensional motion created by pushing a wheeled cart along a short track.

“We do it over and over again so we can take more data,” Tran said. “The data is very complex. We have to get rid of the noise and estimate the position as best as we can.”

The students used several devices to push on the cart and record accelerometer data so they could see what type of accelerometer was most accurate. “We noticed the accelerometer on the fourth-generation iPod Touch is much better than on the second generation,” Slesinger said. Both recorded data with less noise—which could be caused by magnets or external vibrations—than a professional grade accelerometer. A Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone had the best accelerometer of all the devices they tested.

If the research team comes up with a reliable way to do inertial navigation with these more affordable devices, it would open up more possibilities for physics teachers to do advanced experiments with their students without breaking the bank.

They also recorded video of each experiment this summer, allowing them to verify whether the cart was traveling at the same speeds that their calculations indicated, and they explored how to incorporate data from the devices’ gyroscopes.

The one-dimensional test is less exciting than a roller coaster, but Slesinger said it will allow him and Tran to perfect the method of processing the accelerometer readings. Then a three-dimensional map would be more attainable. “If we get a perfect, ideal program for the one-dimensional navigation, it will be miles easier to go into the complexity of a three dimension system,” he said.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Randolph composer-in-residence recognized in national newspaper

Randolph's Hiawatha Johnson was recently featured in a New York Times movie review on Judd Ehrlich's documentary, "Magic Camp." The review, published June 27, gives high praise to the movie, which it calls a "spry and revealing examination of Tannen's Magic Camp, an annual week-long July assembly of aspiring illusionists at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania."

Johnson, a composer-in-residence for Randolph also serves as an instructor for the program.

To read the review, please see: