Vita No. 5

Vita Abundantior – The Magazine of Randolph College – No. 5 – Fall 2018

Vita magazine Fall 2018 Cover

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Randolph junior eyes Olympics while making her mark in the national weightlifting arena

Meredith Alwine '20

Although she’s only been competing in the sport for three years, Meredith Alwine ’20 has won multiple Junior and Senior National titles as well as three silver medals at the Junior World Weightlifting Championships.... READ MORE >>

The Key to Success: Passion for math and music help George Darko-Boateng ’20 find balance

George Darko-Boateng '20 plays the piano in Main Hall lobby

While growing up in Ghana, George Darko-Boateng ’20 and his brothers spent visits with their grandfather playing the piano. Usually, he would tap random keys for fun. But one day, Darko-Boateng recognized a note from a song he had heard in church. Determined to learn the whole song, he kept trying new keys and combinations... READ MORE >>

Monkeying Around: Costa Rica research offers up-close and personal experience to Randolph grad

Reneé Russell ’16

On her first day in Costa Rica, Reneé Russell ’16 and a group of researchers ventured into the rainforest. Not long into the trip, they heard a loud rustling in the trees overhead and spotted a group of spider monkeys jumping from limb to limb. One let out a scream and creeped toward them. After... READ MORE >>

‘I feel like this is my place’: New M.F.A. in creative writing exceeds enrollment expectations

Layli Long Soldier, an award-winning poet and member of the M.F.A. faculty, shares her work during the residency program.

As an English major, Amelia Harrington ’17, ’20 M.F.A. loved her undergraduate experience at Randolph College. She excelled in poetry and creative writing, graduating with honors in the major. But what really elevated her Randolph experience were the close relationships she developed with professors. So when she learned about Randolph’s new low-residency M.F.A in creative... READ MORE >>

Reduce, Reuse, Save: Students create free Rummage Room to handle end-of-year move-out waste

organizes the clothing selection in the Rummage Room.

As a sustainability intern at Randolph her sophomore year, Marie Abowd ’19 was charged with finding new ways to reduce the College’s carbon footprint. She was amazed to learn the College was paying to discard tons of waste when students moved out of residence halls at the end of each academic year. That’s when inspiration... READ MORE >>

Laugh Out Loud: Lianna Carrera ’07 takes on a career in comedy

Lianna Carrera '07 in a black and white photo

When Lianna Carrera ’07 first moved to Los Angeles in 2011, she had this unlikely vision in her head that someone wearing a 1950s fedora with a cigar hanging out of his mouth would pluck her out of a line-up and shout, “Hey, now here’s a kid with talent! Let’s give her a chance.” She... READ MORE >>

Living an Abundant Life: Randolph revamps its first-year common experience course

Philosophy professor Kaija Mortensen interacts with Olivia Chapin ’22 during a classroom discussion about the meaning of Vita abundantior.

Taking her seat in Thoresen Theatre, Maria Nimmo ’22 had low expectations for the lecture that was about to start. It was the first day of classes, and she was there for a required lecture by John d’Entremont, the Theodore H. Jack Professor of History. The topic? How to live a meaningful life. Forty-five minutes... READ MORE >>

‘The Greatest Gift is to Give’: Brit LeCompte supports students by funding scholarship

Britt LeCompte

The first time Brit LeCompte saw Virginia was during a vacation with his family to the Front Royal area. “My uncle decided to take the skyline drive to Staunton,” LeCompte said. “I got in this little yellow plane, and we flew over the ridge and saw the Shenandoah. It was so beautiful.” Decades later, after... READ MORE >>

Why I give: A Q&A with Bill and Ann Hepburn Webb ’84

Bill and Ann Hepburn Webb ’84 with President Bradley W. Bateman (center)

Tell us a little bit about you and your family and your connection to Randolph? Our son Andrew is a current sophomore at Randolph and I (Ann) am an alumna, Class of 1984. I majored in economics and had several high school teachers who were graduates of R-MWC and served as influences for me to... READ MORE >>