Vita 2018 July

Vita Abundantior – The Magazine of Randolph College – No. 4 – Summer 2018

Cover of Vita Abundantior magazine, with photo of Paula Wallace waving to the crowd at Commencement 2018

The Magazine of Randolph College Summer 2018 – Volume 1, Number 4 Contents: A life’s work: After 45 years guiding students, Associate Dean Paula Wallace bids goodbye Major growth: Sport and exercise studies major with liberal arts approach sees marked growth Talking points: Victoria Tyszka Cedeño ’06 part of policy-shaping team at U.S. Department of... READ MORE >>

Talking points: Victoria Tyszka Cedeño ’06 part of policy-shaping team at State Department

Victoria Tyszka Cedeño ’06

In her job as a United States Foreign Service Officer, Victoria Tyszka Cedeño ’06 knows diplomacy and policy-making are a team effort. Still, one of the best feelings she gets is when the Secretary of State or Ambassador to the United Nations reads a speech she wrote. “I provide talking points for some extremely high... READ MORE >>

Kids say the most philosophical things: new program teaches philosophical concepts to children

Faith Powell ’18 (middle left) and Lydia Hamd ’18 (middle right) read The Cat in the Hat to students at James River Day School.

After reading The Cat in the Hat aloud to the circle of first graders around her, Faith Powell ’18 asked, “Would you have told your parents if the Cat in the Hat came and made a mess in your house?” Several hands went up, and each student took time to carefully explain his or her... READ MORE >>

Second sight: Community support enables Amadou Beye ’19 to receive sight-saving surgery

Amadou Beye ’19

For most of his life, Amadou Beye ’19 suffered from severe nearsightedness. Growing up in Senegal, he recalls sitting with his face right in front of the TV to watch his favorite shows. By the time he went to college, his sight had worsened. Even with glasses, he had to squint to recognize his friends... READ MORE >>

Career ready: New partnership better connects current students with alumnae and alumni

Students and alumni show their school pride during the career immersion trip to Richmond, Va.

Jessica Burroughs ’18 spent much of her senior year networking with alumnae and alumni in the financial sector in Washington, D.C. And in the spring, she was one of a group of students who embarked on a career immersion trip to the Federal Reserve and Commonwealth Retirement Advisors in Richmond, Virginia, where the students shadowed... READ MORE >>

Sister act: Different passions and personalities allow Samuels twins to create their own distinct college experience

Taylor Samuels ’18 (left) and Stacey Samuels ’18 play badminton during Macon Activities Council's Outdoor Fest in April.

After living together their whole lives, twins Taylor Samuels ’18 and Stacey Samuels ’18 knew they needed some separation during college. Taylor knew right away she wanted to play basketball at Randolph. But Stacey was torn between Randolph and another college where her best friend was planning to attend. However, after she visited Randolph, it... READ MORE >>

Lifesaving donation: Social media post connects alumna with stranger needing liver transplant

Laura

Four years ago, Laura “Beth” Hunt ’00 was set to donate a kidney to her cousin. She had undergone the preparatory steps, the surgery date was set, and all that remained was a final checkup just two weeks before the transplant. That’s when the doctor found a benign tumor on her kidney. “They said it... READ MORE >>

Coming home: Katlyn Baskin Waldo ’06 returns to Randolph to teach dance

Katlyn Baskin Waldo ’06 leads a modern dance class as part of the visiting artist program this spring.

Katlyn Baskin Waldo ’06 still vividly and fondly remembers walking across the stage in Smith Hall Theatre to receive her diploma 12 years ago. She returned for the first time this spring to serve as a visiting artist in dance—and fell in love all over again. “The beauty of the campus and the front lawn... READ MORE >>

Major Growth: Sport and exercise studies major with liberal arts approach sees marked growth

Professor Carolyn Sarson’s Kinesiology class

Kinesiology is one of sport and exercise studies professor Carolyn Sarson’s favorite classes to teach. She’s even been known to spontaneously break into song and dance, like in a class last fall when she performed The Supremes’s “Stop in the Name of Love” to demonstrate movement using the shoulder girdle and scapula. The class is... READ MORE >>

A Life’s Work: after 45 years guiding students, Associate Dean Paula Wallace bids goodbye

Paula Wallace, associate dean of the College, waves to the crowd at the 2018 Commencement ceremony.

After 45 years guiding students, Associate Dean Paula Wallace bids goodbye Tucked away in Paula Wallace’s desk drawer is a small bag with the broken insides of a flash drive. “It’s a reminder to me,” Wallace said, remembering the 2011 day when she lost the detailed assessment report that had taken her weeks to complete—and... READ MORE >>