Darius Saunders '15
“My first impression of Randolph-Macon College was wonderful: I saw a tranquil and
serene community in which I could flourish academically,” says Randolph-Macon College
student Darius Saunders ’15. “I was here for a football
visit and as soon as I stepped on campus I felt like I was a part of a community.”
Saunders, a communication studies
major from Martinsville, Virginia, plays
football for the Yellow Jackets and is a member of One Change at a Time
(formerly Brothers for Change). The organization,
founded in 2005, works together with Hanover Social Services, Hanover Safe Place,
and local churches. In April 2011, the One Change at a Time organization received
the Pepper and Stuart Laughon
Commitment to Community Award. The award is given annually to an individual
or organization that has made significant contributions to enrich the lives of others.
“We do service projects
such as providing Thanksgiving baskets for those in need,” explains Saunders. “We
also volunteer at Henry Clay Elementary School and serve as mentors.” Each week,
several One Change at a Time members work with children in the school’s Positive
Action Club, a prevention program for children in grades K through 5. R-MC students
help the children with homework, play games with them and teach them life skills.
Saunders chose communication studies as his major because of its global reach.
“My Principles of Public Communication class with Professor John Mingus helped me
solidify my decision to become a communication studies major,” he says. “In his
class I got over my fear of speaking in front of people and I learned how to write
speeches and sharpen my speaking skills. I plan on eventually becoming an officer
in the Army or Air Force, and in the military you have to be able to give precise
orders and say exactly what you mean.”
Saunders is the recipient of the Irving Groves Scholarship. The Irving M. Groves
Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 by Irving Groves ’50 and Ruth Groves
Chaney in memory of their father, a distinguished banker and member of the R-MC
Class of 1916. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students from the
Virginia counties of Patrick and Henry.
means a great deal to me,” says Saunders. “I come from a single-parent home, and
my sister is also in college, so this scholarship helped immensely. My entire family
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