The theme for the Education Department Alumni Board's first meeting was "Connection,
In true Yellow Jacket fashion, the Randolph-Macon College
Education Department used Homecoming Weekend 2013
to connect with its alumni for its first Alumni Board meeting. The weekend’s theme,
“Connection, Communication, Collaboration,” was evident throughout the weekend’s
The Board—comprised of alumni who minored in education,
plus business partners, current students, and faculty—was charged with answering
the question: What can our department do to assure the effectiveness of its future
graduates—immediately, in one year and in the future?
“The weekend began with a tour on Friday of Mabry House, (the department’s ‘home’),
Thomas Branch, Brock Commons, and
Andrews Hall,” says Leslie
Roberson, director of Teacher Preparation and Educational Outreach. “One alumnus
commented, ‘The campus is spectacular and I sure wish I had the chance for a do-over!’”
An informational meeting with faculty and students followed the tour and included
highlights from the Education program as well as updates on alumni and current students.
The group also attended a reception in Brock Commons, which was hosted by President
Robert R. Lindgren. “Alumni really enjoyed this opportunity to reconnect and reengage
with friends and former coaches, instructors and staff members in this beautiful
new setting,” says Roberson.
On Saturday morning, Dr. Stewart D. Roberson (R-MC Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary
Degree recipient and President/CEO of Moseley Architects) met with the group and
reminded them that in order to achieve great things, “we must lean on one another.”
He thoroughly engaged the audience when he urged the group to join him in singing
“Lean on Me” by Bill Withers. Roberson modeled how to be committed to continuous
improvement by engaging with one another in a positive and energetic manner. In
small and large groups, the Board reviewed survey data, made specific recommendations
and prioritized these recommendations for immediate implementation, for 2014-15
implementation, and for long-term implementation.
There were consistent themes of connections, collaboration and communication throughout
the weekend. In a post-event survey, Frances Joyner ’00 offered,
“This was a great concept, with a lot of beneficial conversations about overall
goals and objectives for enhancement of the Education program as well as networking
opportunities.” Alumni were also asked for suggestions on improving the Education
Mario Jackson ’15 offered this enthusiastic idea: “More students
and alumni next year to generate more discussion and ideas!”
“We discovered that we sure can be proud of our alumni,” says Leslie Roberson. “Their
professional stories are inspiring and their commitment to the college is energizing.
Everyone left saying that they were committed to continuing to serve the college
and the department!”
The R-MC Education Department
With a strong tradition of preparing outstanding teachers, R-MC’s education minor
is a Virginia Department of Education approved educator preparation program and
is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. The teacher preparation
program at R-MC creates reflective, passionate educators who are highly qualified
in their content area and in 21st-century teaching skills. Inspired by R-MC’s own
dedicated teaching faculty, our graduates bring to their own classrooms a commitment
to children, youth, and families and to embracing and celebrating diversity.
With the first course in R-MC’s teacher preparation program, students are in the
community, working with real students and teachers in local school classrooms. R-MC
education courses fully integrate classroom and experiential learning, opportunities
for collaborative research, civic and global engagement, personalized guidance,
and leadership development.