Friday, May 30, 2014

How the liberal arts made Ayn Dietrich '04 a spokesperson for the FBI

Every day, Ayn Dietrich ’04 talks with reporters about high profile cases involving federal investigators, from suspected terrorist activity to searches for missing children. She previously served as an intelligence analyst and the person who briefs the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the attorney general on important cases.

Friday afternoon, she gave Randolph College Summer Research students an insider’s view of that world. While on campus for her 10-year reunion, Dietrich spoke in the weekly Summer Research seminar.

“I love working for an organization whose goal is to protect those who are in this country and Americans overseas,” she said. “I take it as a real honor to spread information about what we do and clear up misunderstandings.”

Dietrich, a public affairs specialist for the FBI Seattle division, showed video clips of various interviews she gave to media, and she described the process of preparing for the interviews—which sometimes involves having an hour or less to master the facts of a case.

She also described the variety of jobs she has performed for the FBI and how her liberal arts background qualified her to find success in those positions. “I couldn’t have experienced this if I didn’t have the versatile background of a liberal arts degree,” she said.

Dietrich majored in international studies and minored in communication studies and Spanish at the College. She also worked in the White House one summer and in Spain for two summers during her college career. When she went to graduate school at Columbia University, she was able to finish in one year, and her thesis was adapted from a paper she began in her senior year at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

“You wouldn’t think that in a small college I could write a paper about  how state owned enterprise in China contributes to the failure of China to create a really robust security system,” she said, noting that a larger university might have a professor who specializes in that topic and could advise her. “But I value because what I had here, because instead of one professor who was an expert who could guide me, the College gave me five.”

She added that the College’s emphasis on writing and communicating continue to serve her daily.

As an undergraduate, she was editor of The Sundial, the student-run newspaper, and served in Student Government while also playing tennis and being active in other activities. In her working life, she has continued to be involved in the community by teaching Zumba and mentoring a teenager. “My ability to do all that came as a result of being a well-rounded student and pushing myself in different areas,” she said. “This school still challenges you to be well-rounded.”

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Athletic and theatre summer camps available at Randolph College

Randolph College has numerous day camps available for local families looking for ways to enrich the summer months for their children and teens.

Sports Camps

Beginning June 2, the College will hold several athletics camps throughout the summer allowing participants to sharpen their skills in basketball, lacrosse, tennis, and horseback riding.

The season begins and ends with equestrian camps at the Randolph College Riding Center. The first begins June 2 is designed for ages 6 and up. There will be other equestrian camps for specific age groups throughout the summer.

Basketball and tennis clinics for boys and girls and a lacrosse camp  for boys will take place on the Randolph College campus beginning in July.

For a full schedule and more information on athletic camps, visit

Theatre Camp

The two-week WildCat Theatre Conservatory from July 28 through August 9 will help participants develop creativity, confidence, and communication while learning about theatre, too. Professional performers will teach classes in acting, musical theatre, improvisation, production, and the creation of original theatre. The camp is open to students in grades K-12.

For more information and registration for WildCat Theatre Conservatory, visit

Friday, May 23, 2014

What are Randolph College students doing this summer?

Randolph College students are making good use of their time out of school this summer. Now that the semester has ended and warm weather abounds, they are spreading throughout the world to study, work, and conduct research. Here are just a few things they are doing:

On Sunday, 12 students departed for Europe for a two-week summer seminar about the way British museums and monuments tell the stories of World War I and World War II. They also plan to visit WWI battlegrounds in Belgium and France. History professor Gerry Sherayko and communication studies professor Jennifer Gauthier are leading the trip.

Other students are studying in the Netherlands, the Caribbean, and Korea this summer.

For many Randolph students, the summer is an important time to get hands-on career experience through internships.

Hannah Neifert ’14 is working in development and arts management at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She received the Donald P. Baiocchi Lyric Opera Internship in Chicago, which is sponsored by Amanda Fox ’67 and Matthew Fox.

Teague Nelson ’14 is participating in Preservation Institute: Nantucket, a summer program that teaches students about historic preservation and historical research. A.J. and Lynne Coppage Land ’60 sponsor an internship in the program for one Randolph student each year.

Meanwhile, Dina Velazco ’16 is interning as a financial assistant for Embutidos Semosa in Venezuela, and Mark Patterson ’15 is working for Go Measure 3D, a company located about 30 minutes from Randolph providing three-dimensional scanning services.

Other student interns include a muralist in Baltimore, Maryland, a risk management analyst in Vietnam, and a news desk assistant in Pennsylvania.

More than 20 students are doing research in the Randolph College Summer Research Program.

Throughout this summer, check back with the Randolph College blog to read more about what Randolph students are accomplishing and learning around the world.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Members of the Class of 2014 inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Last weekend, 14 members of the Class of 2014 were welcomed into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. An induction ceremony was held Saturday, the day before their Commencement.

The newly inducted members are:

John Grundy ’14
Glenna Gray ’14
Kavya Pradhan ’14
Katherine Bickley ’14
Emma Bartholomew ’14
Tsubasa Watanabe ’14
Brittney Via ’14
Hin Doan ’14
May Nwe Soe ’14
Jim Kwon ’14
Emily Rist ’14
Julia Kim ’14
Angelina Carilli ’14
Amy Jacobs ’14

Randolph College is one of only about 280 colleges in the nation with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1916, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College received the first Phi Beta Kappa charter granted to an independent woman’s college in the South, and the Delta Chapter of Virginia was officially installed the following year. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa recognizes a student’s high achievements in scholarship and maintenance of a balanced program of study in the liberal arts.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Students begin summer research projects

Students and professors are kicking off the 15th year of the Randolph College Summer Research Program this week.

More than 20 students will spend the next eight weeks working on projects as diverse as improving water purification, writing plays, analyzing the connection between Facebook and self-esteem, and exploring the possibility of distributing unused food to people in need.

“It is an exciting time to see students take on their own independent research projects under the careful guidance of their faculty mentors,” said Amanda Rumore, director of the Summer Research Program. “For some, this is their first taste of research in their field, and for others this is a continuation of a larger project. Either way, the program always proves to be a fruitful learning experience for its participants.”

The students and their faculty mentors met over lunch Monday to meet each other and introduce their respective projects. Throughout the program, they will attend weekly seminars to help them learn more about various kinds of research. Speakers include faculty and two alumnae.

The Summer Research Program was founded in 2000 with a grant from the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund. It helps students learn skills in research, critical thinking, data analysis, problem solving, and communication.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Randolph College celebrates the Class of 2014

The Randolph College community celebrated the success of more than 140 new graduates Sunday in the 2014 Commencement in the Dell. Students, faculty, staff, and the family and friends of the Class of 2014 cheered for the graduates as they accepted their diplomas and looked forward to the future.

The College awarded baccalaureate degrees to 121 students and graduate degrees to 20. The Class of 2014 includes students from 18 states and 13 countries with a total of  25 different majors. The most common majors among the graduating class are art, biology, business, English, history, and psychology. The Class of 2014 also includes the first nine graduates in the sport and exercise studies major.

Carl Girelli, Randolph College’s vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College, presented the Maud Huff Fife Award, which is named in honor of a member of the Class of 1918. The award is given to the student whose quality point ratio is the highest in the senior class.

“Customarily, there is some mathematical rounding in the determination of the award’s recipients,” Girelli said. “Consequently, there is sometimes not one single honoree. This year is remarkable in that there are multiple outstanding students in a virtual dead heat, all of whom richly deserve the award.”

Girelli then announced that the award was being given to Katherine Bickley ’14, Glenna Gray ’14, John Grundy ’14, and Kavya Pradhan ’14.

Edward Ayers, the president of the University of Richmond, delivered the commencement address and asked the students to ponder their time of history, when rapid technological, financial, and political changes have created an uncertain time. He compared this to other times of unpredicted, unprecedented change, including the Civil War, the end of segregation in the south, and the 1970s, when he graduated from college and entered a changing job market.

“Everyone, it turns out, lives in history,” Ayers said. “History is pulling on you right now, whether you know it or not. whether you feel it or not.

“You’re always going to be living in unusual times,” Ayers continued. “Some years are better than others financially or politically. Things are always shifting beneath our feet. ... The only law of history I've discovered is that the unexpected always happens.”

He encouraged the graduates to apply their liberal arts experience by embracing the ambiguity in the world and developing timeless attributes.

“As much as history changes, some traits are always what we need: courage, patience, hard work, compassion, and love are never going out of style,” Ayers said.

Stephanie Barron ’14, the president of the graduating class,also talked about change. She compared the change the graduates facetoday to the changes they have experienced over the past four years, including the transformation of the Randolph College Student Center.

She pointed out that the faculty have been a constant source of support. “Our professors have set a shining example of what it means to be dedicated, passionate and hard workers, and they have helped us realize that true happiness doesn’t always come from doing what you are expected to do but from doing something you love to do,” she said.

Barron encouraged her classmates to approach the next phase of their lives with confidence. “I feel extremely confident that as we leave today and go out into the world we will not only be prepared for whatever changes our lives may throw at us, but that we will eagerly seek any opportunity to learn and become better, stronger individuals while keeping every bit of what makes us stand out as hard-working but also fun-loving people,” she said. “I hope that when we leave here today, we leave with our books, our endless buttons, and our diplomas but also a promise to live a life more abundant.”

Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman told the Class of 2014 that they will always hold a special place in his heart as the first graduating class of his presidency. He asked the graduates to imagine themselves in a large football stadium with all of the other people graduating from small liberal arts colleges this year. “All of you as graduates of liberal arts colleges cannot fill the stadium,” he said. “There are not very many of you. And yet I say with confidence that you will lead this nation and this world. Why do I say that? Because you have the skills necessary to perform at the highest levels. You communicate well. You think critically and creatively, and you have learned how to work well with others who are not like you.”

Bateman challenged the graduates to accept a responsibility to work for the good of others. “I ask you to think of the responsibility that you have to help provide freedom to others,” he said. “Remember what has been given to you.”

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Senior Profile: Marielle Rando ’14

Marielle Rando 14 spent much of her time at Randolph learning about leadership. Serving as the Student Government president for the last half of her senior year was the perfect capstone.

Rando initially did not run for the president position because she was studying abroad in Spain when elections took place, and she did not want to commit to a demanding position during her fall soccer season. But last October, Jim Kwon ‘14, who was serving as the Student Government president, announced that he would graduate one semester early and would therefore step down from that role. Rando offered her name for the position and was elected.

As Student Government president, Marielle Rando ’14 spoke at the
Inauguration of Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman.
This semester, she has been able to work with students, the College’s faculty and staff, and the Board of Trustees to make some significant changes. The experience has helped her see some of the ways she has grown in her time at Randolph.

“I’ve become more of a critical thinker. I’ve become a lot smarter, and I've become a successful leader,” she said. “I’ve learned that I have to put in the work for the things I want to achieve, and sometimes it’s going to be a lot of work.”

As Student Government president, Rando worked to reorganize the Social Violations Hearing Board, which now functions more like the student-run Judicial Committee in responding to social breaches of the College’s honor code.

She also helped to organize successful and memorable activities. In April, students packaged 10,000 meals for an organization called Stop Hunger Now. Later, Student Government sponsored a concert by the DJ and music producer Kap Slap. The success of that concert has prompted an alumna to donate funds to host similar high-profile concerts over the next several years.

Rando’s involvement in leadership and athletic activities caught the attention of the NCAA, and she has been awarded an NCAA Women’s Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics. She will use the $7,500 scholarship to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where she has been accepted into a sports management program.

After graduate school, Rando hopes to work in university athletics and perhaps become an athletic director. She said that the many experiences she has had at Randolph have prepared her for success in graduate school and a career.

“At Randolph, it’s a really small school, but there is just as much opportunity here as there is a big school,” she said. “You can take the opportunities in.”

Senior Profile: Shuang Li ’14

Photography had nothing to do with her major or the job description for her first internship, but Shuang Li ’14 saw an opportunity to apply her interest in the art to her work for a jewelry store. Her determination to do that led to a job offer before she graduated.

After Li’s graduation from Randolph College this weekend, she will begin a full-time job at Bowen Jewelry Company in Lynchburg, where she has had an internship for more than a year.

Shuang Li ’14 looks over jewelry advertising ideas with Biff Bowen, president of
Bowen Jewelry Company, during her internship with the company in 2013.
Coming from Beijing, China, Li majored in business at Randolph. In her junior year, she heard that Bowen Jewelry wanted a student for a marketing internship. Li began working there for a few hours on two days each week.

“When I first came in, they just needed me to do social media,” Li said. “They had never had a person to manage all their social media and keep it active.”

Li noticed that pictures on Facebook tended to drive more engagement than text updates did. So she started focusing more of her time on creating more stunning images of the jewelry.

“The jewelry industry is very image based,” Li said. “People don’t go into different stores and look at a lot of products and then decide. They decide what they want before they leave their house. They decide online.”

Taking a picture of jewelry is more complicated than it might seem. Li did a lot of research about settings on her camera, how to position jewelry so that it seems to be suspended in mid-air, and how to arrange lights around the setting. She convinced her employers to purchase some equipment. Soon, she had an image that they liked and used in a print ad, which turned out to be very successful.

Last summer, Li was working for the College’s summer paint crew and continuing the internship two days a week. Then her internship supervisors offered to hire her full-time to work on marketing for them.

Biff Bowen, President of Bowen Jewelry Company, said he was impressed by Li’s determination to master jewelry photography. When she encountered obstacles, she saw them as learning opportunities and kept trying until she could create the images she was after.

When her senior year started, Li continued working in a part-time internship at the jewelry shop, but the store offered to hire her full-time upon graduation.

Li said one reason behind her success is the advice she heard from Maryam Brown ’02, Randolph’s internship coordinator, about being professional and making a good impression: “Your job is to make your boss's job easier.”

“I've been trying to reach that,” Li said. “I will do as much as I can do to make their job easier and to save them time.”

“It is my responsibility to just finish and get that job done, no matter what,” she added. “I’m learning and growing, and I hope I can bring more to Bowen Jewelry.”

Friday, May 16, 2014

Senior Profile: Mike Ehilegbu ’14

When Mike Ehilegbu ’14 wants to improve on something, he knows how to put in the time.

As a result, he has improved as both a student and a basketball player during his four years at Randolph College.

Clay Nunley, head men’s basketball coach, pointed out recently that Ehilegbu’s best grades have come even as his classes have gotten harder. Also, his time spent working on basketball skills outside of regular practice time has paid off, making him one of the most dependable players on the team. Meanwhile, Ehilegbu also became more outspoken as a team leader.

At Randolph, Ehilegbu became interested in writing and he majored in communication studies. He decided to combine that with his interest in athletics, and he plans to pursue a career in sports journalism. “I hope I can develop a voice in sports so I can state a strong opinion and people will listen,” he said.

Ehilegbu was featured in this recent Randolph magazine story that followed up on several students who had been featured when they first arrived at Randolph. Since then, he continued to dominate on the basketball court. Ehilegbu led Randolph in minutes, points, rebounds and assists this season. His 158 defensive rebounds this year were third in the league and the most of any guard. He scored his 1,000th career point this season, too. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference named him to the All ODAC Men’s Basketball second team.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Senior Profile: Amy Jacobs ’14

When Amy Jacobs ’14 was in high school, she took the initiative to start her own equestrian photography business. When she came to Randolph, she continued to show initiative by becoming involved in many leadership opportunities.

Jacobs, who will graduate magna cum laude on Sunday, has served on the Macon Activities Council for four years, and she was the organization’s president this year. She also studied abroad, completed internships, rode on the equestrian team, tutored business students, and gave tours of campus as a Gold Key Guide.

At the Academic and Leadership Awards ceremony this spring, Jacobs was honored with the Initiative Award, Student Volunteer Award, the Stan Marshall Award for Excellence in Business, and the Ambassador Award from the Admissions department.

“I was honored to be recognized by the various organizations to which I had given my time,” Jacobs said. “However, I know that my achievements would not have been possible without the overwhelming support of the Randolph College community.”

Jacobs plans to pursue a career in human resources, marketing, or event planning. Her work at Randolph makes her confident in her ability to succeed in any of those fields. “I look forward to graduation, and I’m excited about the challenges I will face beyond the red brick wall,” she said.

You can read a recent feature on Jacobs from Randolph magazine here.

Senior Profile: John Grundy ’14

John Grundy ’14 was recruited to Randolph to play lacrosse, but he was determined to do much more. When he began college, he wanted to focus on learning more than he had in the past.

John Grundy ’14 receives the Scholar Athlete of the Year
award from Randolph English professor Dan Stiffler.
“In high school, I didn’t push myself; I never studied,” he said. “In college, I was determined not to let that happen. I wanted to push myself and see how well I could do.”

He did do more. In addition to excelling in the classroom, Grundy served as a resident assistant, participated in the Davenport Leadership Institute, and worked as a learning strategies tutor. He also served on a civility task force that helped identify ways that the community could increase respect for diversity.

His hard work paid off and was noticed. At the athletic awards banquet in April, he was given the Scholar Athlete of the year award, which honors the graduating student-athlete with the highest grade point average. Then at the academic and leadership awards ceremony the next day, Grundy was surprised with the Student of the Year Award.

This year, Grundy has had extra motivation for all that he has been involved with: he became a father last fall.

“I had to do everything for my daughter so she has a better life in the future,” he said. “Working and going to class and going to lacrosse, she made it all worthwhile.

“She’s the best thing that has ever happened to me,” Grundy continued. “When I see her smile,that makes me happy.”

His fiancée, Casey, and daughter, Isabelle, plan to move from Northern Virginia to Lynchburg, where Grundy plans to continue working at a YMCA gym. His work there started as an unpaid internship two years ago and then turned into a part-time job that includes working with personal training clients. A sport and exercise studies major, he hopes to eventually run a gym of his own, applying lessons he has learned outside his major in classes in psychology, multicultural education, sociology, communication studies, and more.

Grundy added that the most important thing he has learned has been the value of being a leader. “Coming into college, I wanted to be this all ODAC player recognized for individual accomplishments. Now I’m just happy about the impact I’ve had on my teammates, and how I’ve changed their attitudes,” he said. “That makes a much bigger impact than individual awards.”

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Senior Profile: Kelsey Abell ’14

Kelsey Abell ’14 started college thinking she would become an elementary school teacher. But for her, part of the beauty of the liberal arts curriculum was that she discovered a talent and interest in art that she had not realized before.

Abell was one of several members of the Class of 2014 featured in Randolph magazine during her first semester at Randolph. We recently followed up with her to learn about her artwork and her new plans to become a college art professor. You can read that story here.

Much of Abell’s senior year was spent in the art studio, where she was preparing works for the senior art exhibition, which opened earlier this month and is on display at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College until Sunday. That was one of her favorite moments of the year.

“The exhibition was what I was working towards all year, and it was an absolute blast,” she said. “I got to share the experience with six other senior studio art majors and my family. It has been an amazing experience with a group of people I call family and amazing to see my own art work on the walls of a museum.”

Monday, May 12, 2014

Randolph prepares to celebrate 2014 Commencement

Randolph College will celebrate the graduation the Class of 2014 in several events this weekend.

About 121 students will receive bachelor’s degrees and approximately 20 will receive master’s degrees.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, a hooding ceremony for master’s degree recipients will be held in the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College. The College will then hold Baccalaureate, a celebration of faith and thanksgiving, at 11 a.m. in Houston Memorial Chapel. Gordon Steffey, a Randolph professor of religion, will deliver the baccalaureate address. Students will present music, readings, and an interpretive dance.

Saturday’s events continue with Daisy Chain, a beloved tradition that honors the friendships between the sophomore and senior class, at 3:30 p.m. Garden Party, a celebration for the members of the graduating class, their families, and faculty, will be held in Michels Plaza at 4 p.m. Saturday. This year, a jazz group, the Dwight Spencer Trio, will provide live music for Garden Party.

The weekend will culminate in the Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Dell. Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and a renowned scholar of Civil War history, will deliver the Commencement address. Other speakers will include Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman and Stephanie Barron ’14, president of the graduating class.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Many returning for Reunion 2014

In a few weeks, many former students will return to their cherished alma mater to reunite with their classmates, former professors, and other friends.

The annual Reunion brings alumnae and alumni of the College back to campus on anniversaries of their graduation. Although all are welcome, those whose class years end with a four or a nine are especially invited to this year’s reunion from May 29 – June 1. More than 170 people from 16 class years have registered to attend.

Activities in Reunion 2014 include tours of the Old City Cemetery and the Randolph College campus; a discussion of a recently-discovered novel by Pearl S. Buck, a member of the class of 1914; a student panel; lunch with faculty emeriti; educational opportunities with no tests or homework; live bands on three nights, and more.

Alumnae and alumni can register for Reunion 2014 and get more information at

Registrations after May 15 will require a late fee.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Psychology students present research at annual VPA meeting

Several Randolph College psychology seniors presented their research papers at the annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association in Norfolk, Va.

The seniors and their presentation titles are listed below.

Jacob Hood ’14 and Robert Villanueva ’14 (presented by Jacob Hood): Effects of Race and Socioeconomic Status on the Perceived Credibility of Eyewitnesses

Alexis Arnett ’14, Nushaa Kaz ’14, and Elizabeth van Noppen ’14: The Effect of Exercise Choice on Adherence, Motivation, and Self-Efficacy

Emily Rist ’14 and Sara Kasey ’14: Stress Levels and Contact with Nature

Elizabeth Delery ’14 and Brian Mule ’14: The Effects of Meditation on the Cortisol Stress Response

Sara Khalid ’14: A Comparison of Help-Seeking Behaviors Across Cultures and Genders

Friday, May 2, 2014

Students honored in awards ceremonies

The end of an academic year offers the Randolph College community the opportunity to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and the achievements of students. This week, we held two award ceremonies—one for athletics and one for academics and leadership—to honor students for their contributions to the community.

Read about the athletic awards and see a list of recipients in this story on

About 70 students were honored with more than 80 awards at the Academic and Leadership Awards Ceremony. John Grundy ’14 received the Student of the Year Award.

List of Award Recipients

Outstanding First Year Student in Art History — Callan Frye ’17
Rachel Trexler Ellis '44 Art Prize for Excellence — Katherine Bickley ’14
Rachel Trexler Ellis '44 Art Prize for Excellence — Kelly Wood ’14

Asian Studies
Asian Studies Program Award — Tahan Menon ’16
Asian Studies Program Award — May Soe ’14
Asian Studies Program Award — Tamara Trombetta ’14
Asian Studies Program Award — Zhe Zhang ’15

Sophomore Biology Award — Ngoc Pham ’16
Sophomore Biology Award — Renee' Russell ’16
Ann Grant Gerhardt Award in Biology — Auzeen Abbassi ’15
Ann Grant Gerhardt Award in Biology — Dara Niketic ’15
Grace Taylor Wiltshire Honorary Alumnae Award in Biology — Meron Demeke ’15
Grace Taylor Wiltshire Honorary Alumnae Award in Biology — Katherine Riedel ’15
Marnie Reed Crowell Award in Biology — Averie Morgan ’15
Marnie Reed Crowell Award in Biology — Adriana Verdezoto Alvarado ’15

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry — Alyssa Everett ’15
General Chemistry Award — Alyssa Umberger ’17

Exemplary Student in Classics — Gabriel Kuhl ’17

Communication Studies
Carla Heath/James Hoban Award in Communication Studies — Amanda Sims ’16
Carla Heath/James Hoban Award in Communication Studies — Megan Wilkes ’17

Eleanor Struppa Departmental Award in Dance — Lauren Boergert ’14
Genia Melikova Award in Dance — Matthew Cornpropst ’14
Helen McGehee Award in Dance — Lindsay Brents ’16
Rebecca Jung Award in Dance — Chloe Tong ’14
Sally Spencer Award in Dance — Amanda Fischer ’15

Economics & Business
Stan Marshall Award for Excellence in Business — Amy Jacobs ’14

Kathleen Bowman Research Award in Education — Emilee Dunton ’14

1st Prize, Academy of American Poets — Grace Gardiner ’15
2nd Prize, Academy of American Poets — Eric Morris-Pusey ’15
3rd Prize, Academy of American Poets — Lydia Brown ’17
Sarah I. Davis Award in American Studies — Grace Gardiner ’15
John P. Kirby Award for Explication — Emma Bartholomew ’14
1st Prize, Margaret I. Raynal Fiction Award — Katy Boyer ’16
2nd Prize, Margaret I. Raynal Fiction Award — Eric Morris-Pusey ’15

Environmental Studies
Outstanding Environmental Studies Student — Sara Woodward ’16
Environmental Studies Senior Award — Kavya Pradhan ’14

Prix de Civilisation Française — Melissa Halka ’14
Prix de l’Alliance Française — Huong Doan ’14
Prix de l’Alliance Française — Diep Trieu ’15

Outstanding First-Year Math Student — Noelle Wojciechowski ’17

Outstanding Student Award in Music — Grace Cummins ’16
Marie N. Grisard Instrumentalist Award — Morgan Wardlaw ’17

Outstanding First Year Student in Physics — Alan Gibson ’17
Outstanding New Major in Physics — Duc Dinh ’16
Outstanding Contributor to Science Education — Timothy Slesinger ’14

Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Psychology — Diep Trieu ’15
Best Senior Project in Psychology — Elizabeth Delery ’14
Best Senior Project in Psychology — Brian Mule' ’14

J. Kenneth Morland Award in Sociology — Tsubasa Watanabe ’14
Shirley W. Strickland Award in Sociology — Abigail Smith ’15

Charlotte Daniels Stern Award in Spanish — Ariana La Grenade-Finch ’16
Charlotte Daniels Stern Award in Spanish — Blanca Sánchez ’16
Helen Edwards Morrison Award in Spanish — Sydney Henson ’14

Sport and Exercise Studies
Outstanding Achievement in Sport and Exercise Studies — John Grundy ’14

Academic Achievement Award in Theatre — Matthew Cornpropst ’14
Outstanding Contributor in Theatre — Allison Michael ’16
Outstanding Contributor in Theatre — Emily Terlizzi ’16

Maier Museum of Art
Maier Museum of Art Helen Owen Calvert Writing Award — Jordan Long ’17

Summer Research Program
Summer Research Program Outstanding Oral Presentation Award — Hart Gillespie ’15
Summer Research Program Outstanding Poster Award — Sydney Henson ’14
Summer Research Program Outstanding Poster Award — Katherine Lesnak ’15
Summer Research Program Outstanding Poster Award — Timothy Slesinger ’14
Summer Research Program Outstanding Poster Award — Tung Tran ’15

Writing Board
2014 Writing Board Best Short Paper — Teague Elliott ’16
2014 Writing Board Best Long Paper — Eric Morris-Pusey ’15

Leadership Awards
Resident Life 3-Year Service Award — John Grundy ’14
Resident Life 3-Year Service Award — Sydney Henson ’14
Resident Life 3-Year Service Award — Sarah Khalid ’14
Resident Life 3-Year Service Award — Stephanie Barron ’14
Resident Life 3-Year Service Award — Ryan Purrington ’14
Resident Life 3-Year Service Award — Kavya Pradhan ’14
Resident Life 3-Year Service Award — Sara Kasey ’14
Dorothy Hughes Award — Jessica McIntosh ’16
Ambassador Award — Amy Jacobs ’14
Tutor of the Year — Hart Gillespie ’15
American Association of University Women Award — Laura Snell ’15
Outstanding Contributor to Intercultural Awareness Award — Kavya Pradhan ’14
Student-Mentor Award — Sydney Henson ’14
Initiative Award — Amy Jacobs ’14
Outstanding Behind-the-Scenes Contributor Award — Brandon Stroble ’16
ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) Award — Marielle Rando ’14
Student Organization Advisor of the Year — Catherine Khoo ’11
Virginia Hill Worden Exemplary Leadership Award — Abigail Smith ’15
Volunteer Leadership Award — Amy Jacobs ’14
Deans’ Leadership Award — Glenna Gray ’14
Student of the Year Award — John Grundy ’14

Randolph professor explains environmental impact of local train derailment and oil spill

On Wednesday, a train derailed several miles from Randolph College, sending three cars carrying crude oil into the James River. When local media began reporting on the environmental impacts of the resulting oil spill, they asked Sarah Lawson, a Randolph environmental studies and physics professor, to explain what could happen.

On Thursday, Lawson appeared on a live WSET noon newscast to talk about how the spilled oil could affect the waterways and wildlife. Later, she helped reporters at the News & Advance explain the potential long-lasting consequences of the oil spill. Her comments are included in the sidebar on this article.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Randolph riders win at National Horse Show

Two Randolph College students won national honors at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Horse Show today.

Reynolds Martin ’15 won first place for individual novice equitation on the flat, while Meaghan Hynes ’16 won third place for individual intermediate equitation on the flat.

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They are the first two Randolph riders to win top three spots at the National Horse Show. They are the fifth and sixth in the program’s history to compete in the show.

Martin is a legacy student, the daughter of Owen Murray Jaeger ’83, granddaughter of Jane Reynolds Murray ’66, and cousin of Maggie Murray ’14.