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November 2012
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Alumni Stories

Shane Smith'97, Radiant Ministry

Ever considered opening a church between a liquor store and a tattoo parlor? Shane Smith has, and good things have happened.
(Read more ...)

Tammy Briceland McGarvey'97, Caring For the Whole Person

Tammy Briceland McGarvey'97 has used her Roberts nursing experience to help treat mind, body, and spirit. (Read more ...)

Academic Highlights

Roberts Ranks Favorably on U.S. News & World Report's Annual List

Roberts Wesleyan College is one of only three local colleges to move up on U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Colleges" list. The college ranked 47th in the 2013 edition's Regional Universities North category, up 13 spots from last year and 25 spots since 2010.

Senior Vice President for Advancement and External Relations Jack Connell attributes this improvement to the increased quality of Roberts Wesleyan faculty.

"One thing that is driving the needle on quality is the strength of the faculty," Connell said. "In the past five years, there has been an increase in the number of faculty members with their doctorate degrees, and the college has actively worked to decrease class sizes, with about 61% of classes hosting less than 20 students."

The more than 1,800 colleges reviewed by U.S. News & World Report are evaluated on up to 16 factors, including graduation rate, financial resources available and the overall reputation of the school. The Regional Universities North rankings include schools from Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine. Roberts Wesleyan College was one of eight colleges in the Rochester area to be ranked in the report.

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Update on CCNE Accreditation Visit for Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing recently hosted a re-accreditation visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The evaluators were on campus from September 24-26 looking at all aspects of the program.

The main purpose of the visit was to review the comprehensive self-study (done by the Department in the prior year), and to verify that the statements made in self-study were accurate.

The College is pleased to report that the evaluators were favorably impressed by the quality of students, alumni, support staff, faculty, and especially with the support and resources provided by the College. A final decision from the Board of Commissioner of the CCNE is expected in April of 2013.

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Join Us for Community Gathering Chapels


Join us as the campus community worships and learns together. Mondays from 11-11:50 are "Community Gathering Chapels," in Hale Auditorium. These are opportunities for the entire RWC community, students, faculty, staff, and alumni to come together and worship.

In our fast paced world, we are asked to create space for many things. In our chapel worship, we create space to attend to the Living Christ among us, both individually and together. Sermon series help us as a community to focus together on topics of faith development, and we are intentional about worshipping in a breadth of Christian traditions and styles. For more information and a schedule, click here.


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Homecoming 2012


Crothers Jenn

There was plenty to do and see at Homecoming 2012. We hope you were able to attend and enjoy Homecoming 2012! It was a banner weekend for many reasons. Check out a few of the highlights:

Friday's Events

  • Friday's Student Pep Rally introduced our new mascot, Reggie the Redhawk!
  • The Yesteryear's Luncheon got the weekend going. We enjoyed the recollections and memories as shared by special speaker, Neva Baker Pfouts'43.
  • Over 2,000 people crowded into the Stadium to watch Olympic Gold Medalist Jenn Stuczynski Suhr'04 compete in a pole vault competition.
  • Fireworks after the pole vault competition!

Saturday's Events

  • Homecoming Parade with Grand Marshal Jenn Stuczynski Suhr'04
  • Dedication of the Crothers Clock Tower in honor of former President Bill and Rilla Crothers.
  • Excellent attendance at five-year reunions.
  • Over 130 people enjoyed the Parents Coffee and Cheesecake event.
  • A record 650 people attended the Taste of Roberts: Hors d'oeuvres and Reunions!

Click here to see pictures from the weekend.
Save the date, next year's Homecoming is September 27-29, 2013!

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Carpenter Hall Changes


Major changes in energy efficiency for Carpenter Hall. Carpenter Hall has served the Roberts Wesleyan College community well since 1935. The building currently houses Visual Arts, Social Sciences, and Social Work. Hundreds of students and faculty benefit from the space daily. Unfortunately, since 1935, just about everything, except the heating system, has been completely updated.

CarpThat all changed just after Commencement in May. A geothermal well field was installed in the east lawn. Forty 300 ft. deep wells were drilled and now provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer for the facility. This will provide major energy and costs savings for the College.

The project was completed last summer and the east lawn looks better than ever. The wells are not visible and exist a few feet below the surface. In addition, a beautiful new patio with a seating area now greets visitors as they enter the building.

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Learn History On Location


In May of 2013, Dr. Ronald (R.J.) Stansbury (Professor of History at Roberts Wesleyan College) will take students, alumni, and friends of Roberts to Scotland and England. This is a great opportunity to learn on-location about the medieval and modern histories of these storied countries. Travel is organized through E.F. Tours, one the world's leading educational tour companies.

HistoryThe trip departs from New York City on May 16, 2013 and participants will return to the States on May 23, 2013. Travel locations include: Edinburgh, St. Andrews, London, with visits to Edinburgh Castle, Windsor Castle, The Tower of London, and Parliament among other sites.

For more information please contact Dr. Stansbury directly at stansbury_ronald@roberts.edu or 585.594.6335. Click here to see an informational flier.

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Alumni Award Nominations


Each year Roberts Wesleyan College awards two alumni awards: Alum of the Year and Graduate of the Last Decade. We are requesting nominations for both awards and would like to hear from you! To learn more about who qualifies for nomination, please reference the nomination forms. For the Alum of the Year Award criteria and nomination form, click here. For the Graduate of the Last Decade Award, click here.

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