A new place to gather: Brock Commons
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren is pleased to announce that the college has welcomed 410 incoming freshmen and transfer students for fall 2013. In addition, Randolph-Macon’s total enrollment (1325) exceeds 1300 for the second consecutive year. Freshmen and transfer students moved in on August 28 and returning students move in on August 30. Classes begin on Monday, September 2.
“We are proud to welcome the Class of 2017,” says Lindgren. “The Randolph-Macon College community is thrilled that our newest Yellow Jackets are joining the family. That our total enrollment exceeds 1300 for the second year in a row is a testament to our outstanding faculty and staff and the value of the liberal arts education we provide.”
Nineteen states and five foreign countries are represented in the Class of 2017; 51% of the students are male and 49% are female. In addition, 21% of the 410 students are minorities, and 34% are Presidential Scholars, R-MC’s signature scholarship that recognizes students who demonstrate the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership.
Thirty-seven of the new students are Legacy Freshmen—Yellow Jackets with family members who are either current students at R-MC or who are alumni of the college.
“Family connections have long been a part of the success of Randolph-Macon College and its students,” says Ellen Stack, director of advancement services. “Approximately 14 percent of the students currently enrolled have family members who have studied here. The Randolph-Macon College Legacy Program recognizes these families for their continued generational support and commitment to the college, and R-MC is proud to announce that 182 students share this special family bond.” The Alumni Office, which supports the Legacy Program, recently presented the Legacy Freshmen with “goodie bags” to welcome them to R-MC. Included in each bag was a special invitation to attend a Legacy Tailgate Luncheon, which will be hosted during Family Weekend, October 4-6.
Premier ProgramsDuring New Student Orientation, incoming freshmen were introduced to The EDGE, an integrated four-year career preparation program that includes a series of yearly workshops and individual counseling sessions. The EDGE, within the Center for Personal and Career Development, aims to help Randolph-Macon graduating students lead the pack when competing for jobs and top graduate schools by focusing on their personal and academic development.
The Class of 2017 and their parents signed R-MC’s Four-Year Degree Guarantee. This agreement pledges that freshmen who meet all necessary requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon will waive tuition costs for R-MC courses needed to complete the degree. Lindgren and Provost William Franz met with each family to discuss and jointly sign the Four-Year Degree Guarantee.
Brock CommonsYellow Jackets now have a new place to gather. Brock Commons, a student center, opened on June 1, 2013 (Commencement Day). The spacious building includes the SunTrust Theater, Greenberry’s Coffee Shop, the R-MC Campus Store, Birdsong Café, a student mailroom and spacious multi-purpose rooms. Artwork created by R-MC alumni and faculty graces the walls of Brock Commons, which will be dedicated on October 5 at 10:30 a.m.
The Thomas H. Maeder ’66 Fire PitLocated just outside the Birdsong Café, the Maeder Fire Pit is available for student gatherings. The Fire Pit was named in Thomas Maeder’s honor by his friends Ann and Buddy Allen ’62. The patio is paved with beautiful bluestone pavers, and the pit is veneered in brick. The natural-gas burners are surrounded by crushed, recycled glass.
The Frank E. Brown Fountain PlazaSituated in the heart of campus, Fountain Plaza is a place where students can relax, study and hold events. Constructed in 1969, the Fountain Plaza was a gift from Richmond businessman and philanthropist Frank E. Brown. In summer 2013, the Plaza was updated with beautiful new brickwork.
About R-MCR-MC is known for its exceptional faculty, national and international internships, study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities (SURF), and First-Year Experience and January Term programs. The college also offers students a wealth of organizations and athletic programs from which to choose. Randolph-Macon, the oldest United Methodist Church-affiliated college in the nation, received recognition from the Phi Beta Kappa Society for having the most outstanding chapter at a liberal arts college in the United States.