Roanoke College in the News

Roanoke College faculty, staff, students and alumni are frequently featured or quoted in the news media. Whether a story features a faculty author or expert, an outstanding student research project, the latest Maroon sports accomplishments or an interesting alumni story, this news coverage shows what’s best about Roanoke’s classic experience and how it prepares people to make an impact. Below you will find some of the latest stories featuring Roanoke College and its outstanding people. Please note that some media Web sites may require a subscription to log into their stories.

July 2016

July 5, 2016 - WVTF Public Radio
Virginia Team Finds Possible Connection between Plant Fossils and Ancient Dragon Lore
According to research coordinated by a pair of Roanoke College professors, fossils common to coal seams may be responsible for dragon tales all around the world. Three years ago, DorothyBelle Poli saw a dragon. She was part of a team collecting fossils for the Virginia Museum of Natural History in a quarry in West Virginia.

July 5, 2016 - The Roanoke Times
Arts & Extras: Roanoke gallery looks at origins of dragons
A new Roanoke gallery exhibition examines the creation of dragons. "Hunting Dragons: Origins," opening Friday in the Wilson Hughes Gallery, isn't an exercise in imaginary history, like "The Lord of the Rings" or "Game of Thrones." Rather, the exhibition proffers a theory about a fossil phenomenon that could have inspired the idea of dragons among ancient peoples.

June 2016

June 29, 2016 - Fargo Forum
Nate Stewart named Valley City State's new athletic director
VALLEY CITY, N.D.?Nate Stewart, currently the director of athletics at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., has been named the new athletic director at Valley City State University. Stewart replaces Jack Denholm, who resigned after six years to become the athletic director at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Stewart will begin his duties on July 29. A native of Christiansburg, Va.,

June 27, 2016 - Roanoke Times
Carmen Graves heading to Olympic track and field trials
It?s a good thing C Carmen Graves never won the NCAA Division III title she craved while running for Roanoke College. Otherwise she probably would not be heading off to the biggest track meet of her life.

June 14, 2016 - Martinsville Bulletin
Is this the time we do something?
On April 16, 2007, I was at Mac and Bob's Restaurant in Salem. I was a senior at Roanoke College at the time and one of my classes - a novel writing class with just two students - met there twice a week to discuss the finer points of crafting literature. On a good day, it was sort of like the Algonquin Round Table, except with more cheese fries and off-color jokes.

June 2, 2016 -
2016 by the numbers: Obama's rising ratings a boon for Hillary Clinton?
But a Roanoke College poll from last week found the race in Virginia tied, with both candidates at 38 percent.

June 23, 2016 - CardHub
Ask the Experts: Why Do Health Care Costs Vary So Widely?
A report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ? the government agency that administers and oversees the disbursement of many federal health care benefits ? has revealed that the amounts hospitals charge insurance providers often vary widely at the regional, state, and even hospital level. The study examined the way in which more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide bill for the 100 most common t

June 2, 2016 - Richmond Times Dispatch
Anderson: The Immigration Question Remains: Unison or Harmony?
In November 2015, the mayor of my small Southern city favorably compared his decision to ?pause? accepting Syrian refugees into our community to FDR?s decision to send Japanese-Americans to internment camps. Roanoke, Virginia, made national and international news; many were not so proud, while others cheered.

May 2016

May 28, 2016 - Salem Times Register
Kuchar receives second Fulbright Scholar award
– Dr. Martha Kuchar will be traveling to Moldova in the fall to teach business and writing courses. Submitted photo.When Dr. Martha Kuchar visits Eastern Europe in the fall, in some ways, she said it will feel like she is returning home. In other ways, she said she expects it to feel very different. Kuchar, chair of the Roanoke College English department, will spend the fall semester in M

May 28, 2016 - Virginia Business Journal
Punching above its weight class
Salem-based Roanoke College is a small school with a big impact on its hometown and its region. Robert Stauffer, a now-retired Roanoke College economics professor, completed a study in 2008 that gauged the school's local economic impact at more than $100 million. That figure included $21.5 million in gross wages paid to employees, $18.5 million in local college spending and $756,000 spe

May 27, 2016 - Roanoke Times
In the region: Toney advances in NCAA track
WAVERLY, Iowa ??" Patrick Henry High School graduate Harrison Toney of Roanoke College finished sixth overall in the prelims of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships Thursday, earning a berth in Saturday??(tm)s final. Toney finished in a time of 9 minutes, 12.85 seconds to advance to the 14-man final. kAm~? E96 H@&

May 27, 2016 - Roanoke Times
Local re-enactor, battlefield protector Chris Caveness dies from cancer
While Roanoke County resident Chris Caveness was once an extra in a Hollywood movie about the early years of the Civil War, the history buff was a star in the eyes of his family. The longtime insurance agent and Civil War re-enactor died Tuesday at age 57 after being diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in November. kAmr2G6?6DD 4C62E65 2 ?@?AC@7:E @C82?:K2E:@? E@ AC@E64E

May 26, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal
Debating the Federal Reserve's Inflation Target - WSJ
I agree with Martin Feldstein that the Fed should eliminate its explicit inflation target policy, but not for the reasons he emphasizes (Ending the Feds Inflation Fixation, op-ed, May 18). The problem isnt so much the accuracy of inflation measures, but rather the basic underlying theory whereby 2% inflation is defined as the ideal rate for a healthy economy. A major justification for the 2% targ

May 26, 2016 - WDBJ 7 Roanoke
Spanish-Speaking Salem Red Sox Learning English
SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) Like many other minor league ball clubs, the Salem Red Sox field several players from Latin countries. While these athletes are extremely well-versed in turning double plays and driving in runs, they have a much tougher time simply communicating with their English-speaking teammates. "It's very, very difficult," said Pitcher, Germ

May 23, 2016 - The Hill
Poll: Clinton, Trump tied in Virginia
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCorker meets Trump, downplays possibility he'll be VP More than 400 businesses urge Congress to support Pacific deal The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders will get one-third of the seats on platform committee: report More than 400 businesses urge Congress

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