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Thank You, Sister Simone Campbell!

In March Sister Simone Campbell stepped down as Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, the organization she led for 16 years that educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. Many people got to know her work during the debate over the Affordable Care Act when she drafted the “nuns’ letter” to Congress supporting the bill that was signed by 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters. The support played a key role in getting the Affordable Care Act passed, and President Obama invited her to the signing ceremony. She then became widely known as “A Nun on the Bus,” organizing campaigns around the country speaking out on social justice, and her creative, strategic, joyful leadership is a source of inspiration. Continue reading Thank You, Sister Simone Campbell!

Roanoke College pays homage to enslaved skilled laborers

Tribute – One of two bronze plaques affixed to the columns of Roanoke College’s Administration building front entry.

by Shawn Nowlin

The enslaved laborers who primarily built Roanoke College over 175 years ago were recognized on April 8. During the observance, members of the College and Roanoke Valley community congregated as a small group of Maroon undergraduates unveiled two bronze plaques on the Administration building.

In his comments at the ceremony, President Michael Maxey said, “Today is an expression of discovery – discovery of our own history, and the hope for the future discovery that historical research can bring to us.” Continue reading Roanoke College pays homage to enslaved skilled laborers

Soles4Souls shoe drive nets more than 1,100 pairs of shoes

Members of the Graduate School Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion load a van with shoes from the Soles4Souls shoe drive. Photos by Monika Gibson

On a April 9, the curved pathway leading to the Graduate Life Center’s entrance across from Squires Student Center at VA Tech was lined with bags brimming with shoes. More than 1,100 pairs of footwear of all sizes, the result of a month-long drive coordinated by the Graduate School’s Office for Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion (ORDI) were headed for a Soles4Souls intake center. Continue reading Soles4Souls shoe drive nets more than 1,100 pairs of shoes