(l. to r.) Annette Paul '81, President Robert R. Lindgren, Ashland Mayor Faye Prichard
R-MC's swim team and members of the Ashland community welcomed Good Morning America.
Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion of Good Morning America
R-MC cheerleaders and students showed their school spirit!
Randolph-Macon College showed its school spirit on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 as ABC’s Good Morning America show visited the “Center of the Universe.” The show’s “At Your House” series features a daily visit to a different hometown throughout the United States. The “At Your House” segments focus on how neighborhoods and communities are pulling together to help each other during today’s economic challenges.
A sea of yellow and black—including R-MC’s Yellow Jacket mascot, cheerleaders and athletic teams (including the swim team, which arrived at 4:00 a.m.)—welcomed GMA hosts Sam Champion and Chris Cuomo with an enthusiasm that defied the early hour. Randolph-Macon president Robert R. Lindgren, his wife Cheryl and children Andrea and Greg were also on hand to welcome the GMA staff on behalf of the college.
Cuomo described Ashland as “a picture-perfect postcard town” and said, “When you drive through this community, you will not believe how beautiful it is here.”
Ashland residents and Randolph-Macon alumni Annette and Lee Paul wrote to GMA and invited them to visit. “It’s the people who live here who make it special,” wrote the Pauls as they described their hometown of 13 years. The Pauls and their friends shared with the GMA hosts their concerns and observations about today’s economic climate and how it’s affecting their lives. To read more about their individual stories and the advice GMA advisors provided, visit http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/YourHouse/. The videos from the Ashland visit are under the header “At Your House in Virginia.” Additional brief clips of the GMA show are available online by permission, but only for a limited time. Cuomo smiled broadly as he acknowledged the college’s energetic presence by saying to Lindgren and the crowd, “It looks as though all of Randolph-Macon is here right now!” Students held hand-made signs, waved banners and smiled for the GMA cameras.
Ashland Mayor Faye Prichard presented Sam Champion with a key to the town and a resolution proclaiming the day “Good Morning America Day in Ashland.”