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Randolph welcomes students to Lynchburg’s first Freedom School

Students talk during an education session

Today, Randolph and The Listening, Inc. welcomed local K-12 students to campus for Lynchburg’s first-ever Freedom School. The program is the first of its kind in Lynchburg, and only the second Freedom School in the state of Virginia. An initiative of the Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom Schools offer a free, six-week summer literacy and cultural enrichment... READ MORE >>

Saving the planet, one forest at a time

(from left) Ranjitkar, Jin, and Warren consult a field guide during one of their forest inventories

Keyu Jin ’20 and Priscilla Ranjitkar ’20 both entered the environmental science field because of their passion for protecting the environment—and because they enjoy the hands-on activities and field trips that the major entails. Now, they’re expanding their skillsets to include forestry and wilderness survival as part of a Summer Research project. Jin and Ranjitkar... READ MORE >>

Giving chemistry a little TLC: Summer Research project examines chemical purity of chamomile

Darius Chernitsky and professor Ann Fabirkiewicz run a sample through a soxhlet extractor

Are you paying too much for your chamomile tea or essential oils? A Summer Research project by Darius Chernitsky ’20 may help you find out. Chernitsky has partnered with Ann Fabirkiewicz, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry and Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division Head, to test the purity of several popular chamomile products. Chamomile... READ MORE >>

In the room where it happens: Kirby Tidmore ’20 working as legislative intern on Capitol Hill

Kirby Tidmore

This summer, Kirby Tidmore ’20 is living and working in the nation’s capitol as a legislative intern for U.S. Congressman Doug Collins. Collins serves as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and has represented Georgia’s 9th congressional district since 2013. “Working in his office is an incredible and unique opportunity to experience the legislative... READ MORE >>

Randolph alumna, faculty share research at Equine Science Society conference

Reilly Wren made her presentation,

Reilly Wren ’19 and Amanda Rumore, a Randolph biology professor, attended and presented research at the 26th Equine Science Society (ESS) Symposium hosted by N.C. State University and held in Asheville, N.C., from June 3-6. Wren presented her honors research project on Omeprazole and its potential effects on cribbing behavior in horses. Wren graduated from... READ MORE >>

Sound check: Summer Research examines natural, acoustic properties of Randolph performance venues

Hailey Gilman plays flute while the rest of the group watches the audio frequency levels

In 1969, American composer Alvin Lucier recorded a monologue called “I Am Sitting in a Room” and played the audio from a speaker into a microphone multiple times at various distances and frequencies. Eventually, after multiple iterations, all that was left to be heard were the high-pitched, natural, resonant overtones of the room. “It sounds... READ MORE >>

Smith, Czuhai present research from Randolph’s Natural History Collections at national conference

Cai Czuhai and Emily Smith examine fossils in the Natural History Collections lab at Randolph

Emily Smith, coordinator of Randolph’s natural history and archaeology collections, and Cai Czuhai ’20 recently presented research from the College’s Natural History Collections at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections annual conference in Chicago. Czuhai presented the poster, “Depicting Extinction and Evolution,” which detailed the process Czuhai used to create the life-sized... READ MORE >>

Award-winning novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin joins M.F.A. core faculty

Maurice Carlos Ruffin (photo by Clare Welsh)

Fiction/non-fiction writer Maurice Carlos Ruffin, who is a recipient of the Iowa Review Award and winner of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom competition, is the newest addition to the core faculty of Randolph’s M.F.A. in creative writing program. Ruffin’s novel, We Cast a Shadow, was one of the most anticipated books of 2019, and has been praised by The New... READ MORE >>

Schwartz studies rewilding efforts in Holland, Germany

Schwartz walks along the Green Belt in Germany

Last week David Schwartz, Professor of Philosophy and the Mary Frances Williams Chair in Humanities, conducted research in various rewilding sites in Holland and Germany. The work supported a current project on the ethical issues raised by environmental rewilding. According to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia, rewilding is the process of maintaining or even increasing biodiversity... READ MORE >>

Celebrating the Right to Vote: Profile of an R-MWC suffragist

Students dressed in 1920 apparel

As the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, Randolph College remembers its alumnae who fought for the right to vote. Leading up to the amendment’s passage in Congress on June 4, 1919, students at then-Randolph-Macon Woman’s College were highly involved in the women’s suffrage movement, even starting an Equal... READ MORE >>

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