A new place to gather:
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.
During 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
Yellow 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 Pit
Located 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 Plaza
Situated 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.
R-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.