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Randolph College Announces Center for Student Research and Center for Ancient Drama

The centers will leverage the College's strengths and offer students unique opportunities

5/9/2012 8:36:43 AM


LYNCHBURG—Randolph College announced Monday the creation of the Randolph College Center for Student Research and the Randolph College Center for Ancient Drama.

The Centers will enable the College to leverage two of its traditional strengths and points of differentiation: original and innovative student research, and scholarship and the unique student experience associated with production of the Greek Play and the internationally-recognized scholarly journal Didaskalia.

From an institutional perspective, the Centers will serve as focal points for the resources that the College already applies to student research and ancient drama.

The Center for Student Research will integrate the Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE) program, Summer Research Program, and Symposium of Artists and Scholars.

The Center will be directed by Peter Sheldon, a physics professor, and supported by a faculty committee. The Center will make student research a more holistic experience. For example, a student will better understand how a RISE grant can help support a Senior Capstone project that expands upon an idea from a Summer Research project and that she can ultimately present in the Symposium of Artists and Scholars.

This integrated approach will help make research projects more meaningful to students; build connections among departmental-level research courses and capstone experiences; help students identify off-campus research opportunities and internships; identify off-campus funding opportunities for student research; and help the College leverage student research programs as an effective recruiting tool.

The Center for Ancient Drama will integrate the Greek Play, the Conference on Ancient Drama in Performance, and Didaskalia. The Center will be directed by Amy R. Cohen, a classics professor, and supported by an advisory board. In addition to enhancing opportunities for student scholarship, the Center will help to strengthen the College’s growing reputation as a preferred destination for students who are interested in the study of classics and ancient drama.

The Center will also afford a unique way to highlight the College’s rich Greek Play tradition, the impressive Mabel Kate Whiteside Greek Theatre in the Dell, and its stature as a host and convener of scholars to participate in conferences and Didaskalia.

“I am pleased about the opportunities that the Center for Student Research and the Center for Ancient Drama will provide to students, faculty, and the entire community,” said John E. Klein, president of Randolph College, in an announcement to the students, faculty, and staff. “I look forward to further discussions, in connection with the 2011 Strategic Plan, about additional opportunities for the synergy of existing strengths.”

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations