Traci Lynn Phipps Nelson '07
“The challenge of managing time between class and lacrosse at Randolph-Macon greatly benefited me in creating a successful business,” says Nelson, who majored in psychology. “And being a member of the lacrosse team nurtured my passion to educate and coach student-athletes.” St. Louis Speed Lacrosse offers student-athletes the opportunity to improve their lacrosse skills and overall athleticism.
“The best players, from all over the country, travel to and compete at top lacrosse colleges and universities,” explains Nelson. “St. Louis Speed Lacrosse is dedicated to teaching skills and fostering players’ understanding of game strategies in a fun, competitive environment.”
In her first year as head coach at Mary Institute Country Day School in St. Louis, Nelson helped the team make it to the 2012 Missouri State High School Activities Association State Championship game. Although the team lost in the finals, the competition was thrilling, and in 2013 Nelson was named Missouri Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
“We made it back to the State Championship game in 2013, and we won, marking the school’s first lacrosse State Championship since 2006 and MICDS’ first team State Championship in four years,” she says.
Staying Connected Nelson cites the “dynamic culture” of Randolph-Macon as an important factor in students’ success.
“It helps build long-lasting relationships and aids students in efficiently managing their time while taking on challenging, yet rewarding classes,” she says. “The student-teacher ratio, combined with knowledgeable and passionate professors, are invaluable aspects of the R-MC experience.” Nelson stays connected to R-MC by keeping in touch with her Phi Mu sorority sisters and lacrosse teammates.
“I try to attend Homecoming each year to catch up with everyone and remember the good old days,” she says. “My sorority sisters and I keep in touch via email, text messages and occasional phone calls. And last year I brought my St. Louis Speed Lacrosse athletes to R-MC so that they could tour the college. I was impressed with the all improvements on campus. I love how the Day Field turf and location make the football/lacrosse field a main attraction, and Andrews Hall is fantastic; the patio looks out over the field. It is awesome that you don’t even have to leave your dorm to cheer on the Jackets!”
Paving the Way for Success Rather than prepare students for one career, Randolph-Macon College prepares students for a lifetime of careers in an ever-changing world. Exceptional faculty work with students to cultivate their ability to think critically and analytically and to find creative solutions for solving problems. R-MC graduates are well-prepared for successful careers, often far outside of their areas of study.
The Randolph-Macon EDGE and Alumni NetworkThe Randolph-Macon EDGE, the cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career Development, helps Randolph-Macon students lead the pack when competing for jobs and top graduate schools. Students have the support of faculty, career coaches, alumni and staff as they focus on their personal and academic ambitions.
InternshipsStudents may choose to pursue paid or volunteer internships in a wide variety of settings. The Bassett Internship Program has been successfully placing students in academic internships both in the U.S. and around the globe for 30 years. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and Career Development, the program helps students identify their interests and matches them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s alumni provide a strong network of support for students throughout their time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with career direction and opportunities.
The Four-Year Degree GuaranteeThe college’s Four-Year Degree Guarantee states in writing that freshmen who meet the Four-Year Degree Guarantee requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon will waive tuition costs for courses needed to complete the degree. Currently, 95 percent of R-MC graduates complete their degree in four years or less—an important value-added benefit for parents to consider when visiting colleges with their students.
Study AbroadStudy Abroad programs offer students a beyond-the-classroom global perspective and opportunities to immerse themselves in other cultures. Students can choose from a host of travel courses during January Term and semester-abroad programs.
SURFThe Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program gives students the opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of original research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Many students present their findings at national and international conferences. Read more Alumni Success stories.