9/26/12 - 4:30 p.m.
Randolph-Macon College and the Theta Chi Fraternity have experienced an outpouring
of support after an early morning fire at the fraternity’s house on September 26,
2012. The college is working closely with the 14 students, who were safely evacuated,
to address their housing and other immediate needs. The college is also working
with the Housing Corporation advisor for Theta Chi, who owns the property, to address
“The outpouring of support for these students from our Randolph-Macon family during
this time of great need is awe-inspiring,” said R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren.
“We are deeply grateful for and overwhelmed by the generous offers of assistance
we’ve received from Ashland, Hanover and surrounding communities, and from other
colleges throughout Virginia.”
Immediately after the fire, R-MC sororities, fraternities and other campus constituents
joined together to begin collecting supplies and other personal items for members
of Theta Chi. Randolph-Macon has also offered each of the affected students immediate
on-campus housing and the option of obtaining a waiver to live off-campus, if they
A fund has been established at the R-MC bookstore for these students to purchase
necessary textbooks, notebooks and other supplies. The R-MC faculty is also working
closely with students to provide them with additional course materials and other
resources needed for classes. In addition, the students will receive bookstore gift
cards to aid with the purchase of immediate clothing needs and other essentials.
R-MC counseling services are also available to students as needed.
Randolph-Macon Campus Care Team and How You Can Help
The R-MC Dean of Students office has organized a Campus Care Team. Members have
gathered specific needs from the members of Theta Chi who were affected by the fire.
A website, Theta Chi Relief,
has been launched for anyone interested in donating to the Theta Chi Relief Fund.
Parents or students with questions should contact R-MC’s Dean of Students office
at (804) 752-7266. This line is intended for students and their parents only.
All media calls should be directed to Anne Marie Lauranzon, (804) 752-7317; cell
(804) 837-9891; firstname.lastname@example.org.