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December 2011
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We now have a Facebook group. Come and join us!
roberts fun facts:
There is no "oldest" single building on campus. Both Roberts Hall and Cox Hall were built in 1892 to replace the original campus building that was lost to fire. Seminary Hall burned down in September of 1890.

Upcoming Events


RWC Christmas Gala

Homecoming 2011 Recap
A beautiful weekend of weather contributed to an exciting and well-attended Homecoming 2011 on September 23-25! Highlights included:

  • Friday's Pep Rally with speaker Eileen Gable Button'89
  • Yesteryear's Luncheon with speaker Wayne Clugston'61
  • Wind Ensemble Concert
  • Mark Lowry Concert
  • Celebration of the 25 Year Anniversary of Organizational Management/Management of Human Resources program
  • Allen Vizzutti and the Roberts Wesleyan College Orchestra Concert
  • The Homecoming Parade!
  • Celebration of 30 years of Undergraduate Business at Roberts
  • Athletic events for cross-country, volleyball, and soccer
  • The Grand Family Reunion Event! (Over 600 people in attendance!)

We hope you enjoyed your time on campus, and we look forward to seeing you next year at Homecoming 2012 on September 28-30!

Four Grads Named "Forty Under 40" Honorees

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Kelly E. Smith, Roberts' associate vice president for Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and three other adult alums, were among the Rochester Business Journal's 2011 "Forty Under 40" award honorees.

Shawanda Evans, Julie Christensen, and Daniele (Lyman) Coll-Gonzalez, along with Smith, were recognized for their professional achievements and their significant civic contributions to the Rochester community. All "Forty Under 40" recipients were the guests of honor at a gala luncheon Nov. 15, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

"This is a significant and much-deserved honor for Kelly – one that speaks highly of her and to the high calibre of people we have here at Roberts Wesleyan College," President Dr. John Martin said. "Daniele, Shawanda, and Julie are a credit to themselves, to the community, and also to their alma mater."

Smith holds a master's degree in American Government from Regent University and earned a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management from Roberts in 2007. She is liaison to some of the College's most important audiences – with responsibilities that include advocacy before local, state, and federal governments; fundraising among corporate donors; and community relations among state and regional organizations.

Evans, who earned her Master of Education degree in 2006, is director of post-secondary services for the Hillside Family of Agencies' Work-Scholarship Connection. The agency helps students who are at risk of dropping out of school stay and eventually enroll in college.

Christensen earned her Master of Social Work degree in 2008. She is coordinator of the University of Rochester's Project SEARCH – a transition-to-work program for young adults with significant disabilities – and directs a project updating New York state policy regarding employment supports for people with disabilities.

Coll-Gonzalez earned a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management in 2006 and a master's degree in Strategic Leadership in 2007. She is senior vice president and chief operating officer of AIDS Care: The Center for Positive Living, and Pleasant Street Apothecary, both in Rochester.

Partner With Us In Prayer: Virtual Prayer Wall

There is a new way for you to support our campus and community through prayer. The spiritual life section on our website now features a Virtual Prayer Wall for you to share prayer needs and pray for the needs of others in the Roberts community.

The Virtual Prayer Wall allows us to seek and offer prayer support as part of a loving community that cares, while acknowledging the complexities of differing schedules. The Virtual Prayer Wall isn't – and shouldn't be – a replacement for face-to-face prayer. But it does help members of the Roberts community to support and encourage one another in prayer, in a way that respects privacy while creating meaningful links between them.

Go to www.roberts.edu/PrayerWall to participate today.

Social Media Update: Improvements To Both Facebook And Twitter For Roberts Alumni


If you are on Facebook already, you will notice that our original Facebook GROUP for Roberts Wesleyan College Alumni Association is moving from a GROUP to a PAGE!

What's the difference? Pages have a more professional look and are not linked to a person. You will see official posts from the RWC Office of Alumni Relations (rather than an administrator on the site) showing up in your news feed. You can still write on the wall, connect with the members, and post pictures as you did before. You can also suggest to friends that they "like" the page.

Like our page and you will hear about upcoming local and regional events for alumni, updates on our sports teams, news about our alumni, and ways you can get reconnected with the Roberts community.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will be deleting the GROUP right after the New Year on January 4, 2012, so if you want to stay connected and informed please be sure to like the new PAGE before January 2012.


RobertsWesleyan is the twitter handle to follow in order to be up-to-date on all things Roberts! You will hear about on-campus news and events as well as updates from around campus.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay connected!