Thursday, March 31, 2011

MAROONS IN ACTION: Peer review of drafts

MAROONS IN ACTION: Peer review of drafts: "March 31 - Peer review of drafts The semester is rapidly coming to a close and the defense of each Honors in the Major project will take pla..."

MAROONS IN ACTION: Journal submissions

MAROONS IN ACTION: Journal submissions: "March 22 - Journal Submissions It is my hope that many of the student researchers in our group will eventually submit their paper for public..."

MAROONS IN ACTION: Presentations

MAROONS IN ACTION: Presentations: "March 15 The topic for today was the presentation. Not only are each of the student researchers presenting in their defense at the en..."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Roanoke College Economics Professor Wins the 2011 Quintiles Marathon

Alice Louise Kassens (Associate Professor of Economics, Roanoke College) was the top female finisher in the 2011 Quintiles Marathon at Wrightsville Beach on March 20 in a time of 2:59:04.  Read the article and watch the finishing video below.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Roanoke College one of Princeton Review's Best Colleges of 2012!

Yesterday President Maxey broke the great news to the College that we were one of the Princeton Review's Best Colleges of 2012.  This is a first for Roanoke College. 

One of Princeton Review's Best Colleges 2012

Roanoke College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

SALEM, Va. -Roanoke College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, the widely-known education services company. The Princeton Review has chosen Roanoke for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of its popular guidebook, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” (Random House/Princeton Review Books) which will be available in bookstores in early August.

“Only about 15 percent of the colleges in the nation are in this book, and they vary considerably by region, size, selectivity and character,” Robert Franek, senior VP/Publishing said. “Each one is an outstanding institution we highly recommend to college applicants and their parents. In our opinion, these are ‘the crème of the crop’ institutions for undergraduates in America.”

Franek said Roanoke College was chosen as one of The Princeton Review’s best undergraduate colleges based on several criteria: First, Princeton Review must have high regard for the college’s academic programs and other offerings. Second, selections take into account institutional data collected from the schools and the opinions of their students.

“We also greatly value feedback we get about the schools from college-savvy staff across the country as well as from students, educators and parents who use our services and books,” Franek said.

“Roanoke College is clearly on the rise,” Roanoke President Michael Maxey said. “Princeton Review is a wonderful resource for students and parents engaged in the college search. We are pleased to be recognized by them and hope more students will learn about Roanoke’s innovative curriculum and award winning student programs through this book.”
Roanoke has recently launched a new general education curriculum, which eliminates the ordinary introductory courses that most colleges use as their core in favor of new topic-based courses that put the classic liberal arts skills into real-world context. This innovative approach to general education is attracting attention across the country. The Intellectual Inquiry curriculum was featured in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Liberal Education magazine in fall 2010.
The Princeton Review's annual "Best Colleges" guide will feature a two -page profile on Roanoke. The guidebook also contains ranking lists of "top 20 schools" in 62 categories. The ranking lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of more than 122,000 students at the 376 schools in the book who rate their own schools and report on their experiences at them. Information about the book, its rankings and ratings can be found at
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

MAROONS IN ACTION: March 3 - Abstracts

MAROONS IN ACTION: March 3 - Abstracts: "With the abstract submission deadline for the Roanoke College Conference for Student Research and Creativity (RCCSRC) approaching quickly, d..."

Monday, March 7, 2011

Economics Program Newsletter, Roanomics, coming soon

The final edits are underway and the email list is being proofed!  If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the first issue of the RC Economics Program Newsletter, Roanomics, please fill out your contact information.  Your information can be entered via the link on our blog.  We plan to send out Roanomics next week.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Older Americans and the Great Recession

A very interesting brief on the effect of the Great Recession on older Americans with regards to long-term unemployment.  This was produced by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

Tyler Rinko to present his ECON 448 paper at a national conference

Tyler Rinko '11

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Economics Major, Tyler Rinko, in the news

The following was just released to news organizations throughout the region.

DATE: March 1, 2011 #55
RELEASE: Immediately

Roanoke College student to present paper at national research conference
SALEM, Va. — Tyler Rinko ’11, of Maple Glen, Pa., has been chosen to present a paper at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Ithaca College this spring. The abstract for his economics paper, "The European Debt Crisis and How It Has Influenced U.S. Real Exchange Rates," was chosen from 3,500 submissions. 

Rinko, an economics major, will present his work to students, faculty and staff from around the world. The NCUR promotes undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study, and the conference welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all academic disciplines. 
Rinko developed his paper for an upper-level econometrics course taught by Associate Professor Dr. Alice Kassens. He currently is expanding his paper for his spring semester honors project by looking at the policies recently implemented by the European Union. He is one of seven students working with Kassens in a mentor demonstration model, a method in which Kassens works on her own research side-by-side with the students as she teaches them advanced research concepts.

“I was very surprised to be accepted for the conference,” said Rinko. “Dr. Kassens did a great job in preparing me for my research.” Kassens taught Rinko how to use specialized statistical software in order to analyze his data.

Kassens said, “The economics program has had students present at on-campus and regional conferences, but never at a national level conference like NCUR. I am so very proud of Tyler. He has grown as a student and a scholar in his tenure at Roanoke College, and this honor is a fantastic reward for that growth, dedication and hard work. I hope students coming into Econometrics next year see what hard work can bring.”

In addition to independent study and honors projects such as Rinko’s, Roanoke offers many other undergraduate research opportunities. Students may apply to the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program, where participants work with faculty mentors on an ongoing project throughout their undergraduate years, or to the Summer Scholar program, where students are awarded housing and stipends for summer research work. The Bondurant Fund underwrites undergraduate summer research in chemistry, and students involved with the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research help administer public affairs polling and survey research.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.”
For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.