Lindsey Matthews '15
Randolph-Macon College student Lindsey Matthews ’15, an
economics/business major and Spanish
minor, found her niche at R-MC with the help of some very special Yellow Jackets.
Family connections have long been a part of the success of Randolph-Macon College,
and Yellow Jackets with family members who are either current students or alumni
of the college are known as Legacy Students.
Four members of Matthews’ family are Yellow Jackets.
“My family helped me to choose R-MC by sharing their college stories with me,” says
Matthews. “What’s more, having attended a rigorous specialty center in high school
(the Math and Science Center at Clover Hill High School) I knew that I wanted a
college that offered a personalized education and challenging curriculum.”
Matthews cherishes the Yellow Jacket connection she shares with her family. When
she and her dad—Henry Matthews Jr. ’82—walked around campus after
she received her R-MC acceptance letter, they found Henry’s namesake brick along
the Janet Harvey Trivette ’78
“I’m really close with my dad, and now when I see his brick I feel like he’s here
with me—it gives us a real connection that I couldn’t get at any other school,”
says Matthews, whose grandfather, Henry Matthews Sr. ’55, cousin,
Dr. John P. Clarke ’57, and aunt, Melodie Matthews ’89,
are also Yellow Jackets. In addition, Clarke’s great-grandfather was one of the
founders of R-MC, and one of his cousins, Lambuth Clarke, was an assistant president
of the school in the 1950s and 60s.
“It was Lindsey’s choice to attend R-MC, but I must say, I was thrilled with her
decision,” says her father. “Randolph-Macon always has always been a close-knit,
family setting where students are taught and nurtured. This is exactly the kind
of atmosphere we wanted for her, and we are happy to say R-MC has not disappointed.”
Henry Matthews says that coming back to campus with his daughter has given him a
renewed sense of the R-MC community.
“I really believed Lindsey would have a good experience at R-MC,” he says. “I am
genuinely surprised, though, by how her being there is bringing R-MC back to life
for me. We have attended several school functions together, and sharing ‘the oaks
and maples’ with her has strengthened our already strong bond with each other and
R-MC. And whenever we are at R-MC together, I have every reason to believe my late
dad is one very happy and very proud Yellow Jacket!”
Choosing a Path
Matthews chose her major after she took a business course, The Principles of Management,
with Economics/Business Professors Ed Showalter ’84 and George Lowry.
“I enjoyed the class and realized that I could get excited about business,” she
recalls. “Right now, I’m taking Marketing Analysis and love it.” Coincidentally,
Showalter and Matthews’ father were R-MC classmates. “It’s kind of cool that Professor
Showalter and I share that connection, and it really speaks to how wonderful a Randolph-Macon
education is—lots of graduates come back and get further invested in the college,”
Matthews began taking Spanish lessons in the 8th grade, continued through high school,
and brought her passion for the language to R-MC.
“My first Spanish class was with Professor Tricia Reagan,” she says. “I love her
enthusiasm for the language and her willingness to really connect with students.”
Matthews also took a Spanish class with Professor Mark Malin, who “really made a
point of showing us the joy of learning a language. I’ll never forget when he came
to class dressed as a robber—complete with hat, bandana, and water gun—and made
us figure out which verb tenses to use to describe the scenario. Professors Reagan
and Malin are two of my favorite people at R-MC.”
A dedicated student and Presidential
Scholarship recipient, Matthews recently received two academic awards. She
is the recipient of the Douglas W. Foard
Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Award, which is given to sophomores with a GPA
of 3.5 or higher. She also received the John B. and Anita S. Werner Sophomore Book
Award, which is presented to the top student in the sophomore class. Matthews’ GPA
is an impressive 4.14.
“I was shocked and honored to receive these awards,” she says. “I have been working
extremely hard not only to get good grades, but also to make the most of my education
and to really take in and apply what I learn in class, so to be recognized for that
was exciting and humbling.”
Matthews works as a web assistant/photographer in R-MC’s Marketing and Communications
Department. It’s a position that taps into her creative side.
“I really enjoy taking pictures, working on design projects—such as the logo for
the new Brock Commons Campus Store, which I helped create—and editing photos,” she
says. Passionate about art and design, she hopes to incorporate both in an internship
during her senior year.
“Lindsey has flourished as a web assistant, often taking the initiative to learn
advanced technologies and techniques outside of the office,” says Webmaster Brent
Hoard. “She has become proficient with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and
in so doing further developed her already strong talent for design and the graphic
arts. Put simply, Lindsey is an example for others to follow, and I am certain that
her future employers will recognize her talent and dedication.”
Helping others is also important to Matthews, who took Reagan’s
Spanish Service-Learning course in 2012. The 18 students enrolled in the
course gave 418 hours of service to a variety of non-profit agencies serving Spanish
speakers in Richmond.
“It was a great experience, because I got to use what I had learned in the classroom
and really make a difference,” she says. “I also learned a lot about current immigration
issues and the importance of reaching out to the community.”
After graduation, Matthews hopes to find a job that will allow her to incorporate
her many interests and give back to the community.
“I love being a part of a community that cares so strongly about its members,” she
says of life at Randolph-Macon. “Students, faculty and staff respect and encourage
each other, and it’s just an awesome, uplifting thing to be a part of.”
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