Macon Movers helped the newest Yellow Jackets
settle into their home away from home.
Get Connected members are
tech-savvy students trained by the ITS staff.
At Randolph-Macon College, welcoming new students to campus is a family affair.
The newest hive of Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jackets moved in on August 28,
2013. The campus was abuzz with activity as 410 new students settled into their
home away from home.
Thirty-seven of the 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,
R-MC’s Macon Movers—comprised of current students, plus faculty and staff—helped
new students move in by toting boxes, setting up rooms, and extending a warm Randolph-Macon
“Macon Movers are a great resource,” says Rodney Bardwell, director of
Residence Life and Housing. “These volunteers greeted families, hauled boxes
from cars to residence halls and helped students get acquainted with their new surroundings—all
the while with smiles on their faces. This is a great example of the Randolph-Macon
Also on hand were Get Connected teams—tech-savvy R-MC students who helped Yellow
Jackets connect their computers to the college network.
“The Get Connected members are our ‘student techs,” says Kim Fish, manager of User
Services in R-MC’s ITS Department. “They are trained
by the ITS staff to assist students with their technology needs—from getting their
computers on the network to installing software. We have two students, Bashil
Singh ’15 and Jessica Caso ’16, who have spent the
summer working in ITS and are team leaders this year. The team is comprised of 12
students from various majors, not just
computer science, who applied for these positions. They have an interest
in technology and in helping their fellow classmates, and they are a tremendous
help to the R-MC community.”
Throughout the week, new students will participate in orientation activities.
Yellow Jackets will learn about R-MC’s EDGE program, the
cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career Development.
The EDGE prepares Randolph-Macon
College students for future success by giving them a competitive edge for the job
market or graduate-school admissions. Joshua Quinn,
medical career coordinator, and Jane Dungan, associate director of
internships and alumni relations, were on
hand during Move-in Day to welcome students and distribute information about The
Students will also meet with their First-Year Experience
instructors, attend a cookout and more as part of the orientation process.
A Randolph-Macon Tradition
On September 1, 2013, new students will attend the Matriculation Ceremony, one of
the longest-standing traditions at R-MC. The ceremony will begin with the processional
of the platform party, which includes President Robert R. Lindgren, Provost William
Franz and Faculty Marshals. The purpose of the ceremony is to administer the Pledge
of Academic Integrity to all entering students. Upon completion of the oaths, new
students are officially members of the Randolph-Macon College campus and community.
A record number 1,325 Yellow Jackets begin classes on Monday, September 2, 2013.